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By Jeremiah Dobruck and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | December 11, 2013
Schools in Costa Mesa are back to using a stopgap security measure now that a police officer assigned to the city's high school campuses has moved on to work in the private sector. Since last month, Estancia and Costa Mesa high schools no longer have a police officer dedicated to the campuses. The district's two Newport Beach high schools have one each. Instead, the Costa Mesa campuses have returned to relying on patrol officers who visit campuses as their time allows. "It's not a perfect deal," said Chuck Hinman, deputy superintendent with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2013
A UC Irvine student brought a loaded gun onto campus Monday and was clutching it close to his chest when another student spotted the weapon, a campus representative said. Within 12 minutes of the reported sighting, police had taken Manas Moole Reddy of Irvine into custody not far from the Ayala Science Library, according to UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney charged Reddy, 28, with one felony count each of possession of a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
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By Bradley Zint | November 19, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday rejected a request that the city pay the costs of fighting a lawsuit brought by two councilmen against the police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. The Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. had sought to use taxpayer money in its defense against the civil action filed in August by Mayor Jim Righeimer, his wife and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger. The council vote was 3 to 0, City Attorney Tom Duarte said at the start of Tuesday's meeting.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 15, 2013
Newport Beach Police Officer Shawn Preasmyer remembers the day six years ago when he brought home a new partner - and a new roommate. It was pouring rain as he set up a kennel for Ringo, the Dutch Shepherd who would live with him for a few weeks before a training program would match them up for good. Ringo was Preasmyer's first canine partner but he joined another dog at home that day. The officer remembers Ringo meeting his chocolate Labrador retriever. "The lab spins around on him and kind of says, 'We're going to be friends, but I'm going to rule the back yard,'" Preasmyer said.
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By James P. Gray | November 1, 2013
One of the most noble public servants in our society is a police officer. These men and women have often-difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve. When I was a child, my parents drummed into me that "if I was lost I should find a policeman, because they are my friends. " I still believe that, but, unfortunately, we don't hear those sentiments too often these days. Why is that? Well, for one, with the policy of drug prohibition, often the police are seen, at least in some neighborhoods, as an occupying force.
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October 29, 2013
Federal agents helped Newport Beach police search offices in a building near John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, police said. Police served a search warrant at 4500 Campus Drive as part of a white-collar crime investigation, NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella confirmed. Manzella declined to say who occupied the offices or offer details of the investigation, but she confirmed that Newport Beach police led the operation. Officers were still on the scene about 3 p.m., Manzella said.
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October 28, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Officer Monique Beckner was among 22 honorees recognized by the Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County for displaying compassion while on the job. The Trauma Intervention Program of Orange County recognized law enforcement, firefighters and hospital personnel "who went above the call of duty in the past year to provide compassionate support to citizens in crisis" during its annual Heroes With Heart Awards dinner Friday, according...
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By Bradley Zint | October 24, 2013
The Orange County Fair Board voted Thursday to waive the attorney-client privilege it had with the state attorney general's office, a move that's expected to aid investigators reexamining the failed sale of the fairgrounds property. Six of nine board members voted in favor of the motion, with Joyce Tucker and Kristina Dodge recusing themselves and Dave Ellis absent. Tucker and Dodge were on the Fair Board during the attempt to sell the 150-acre property in Costa Mesa, which began in 2009 as part of a statewide effort by then-Gov.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A group of teenagers fought with a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday afternoon, and one 16-year-old tried to grab the gun from his holster, officials said. The officer was pulled into a scuffle when he responded to a call at a Ralphs grocery store at 380 17th St. at about 2:30 p.m. Police did not identify the officer but said he was the first on the scene when several "uncooperative, hostile" minors were shoplifting, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
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October 9, 2013
The city of Newport Beach is seeking police officers to replace those expected to retire in the next few years. The city will accept applications for entry-level and academy-graduate police officers until 5 p.m. Oct. 22 or until the department receives 500 qualified applicants, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Entry-level applicants must successfully complete a California POST Basic Academy and the city's police field training program. Academy-graduate applicants must possess a current POST academy certificate and successfully complete the department's field training program, according to a news release.
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