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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.
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.
By Emily Foxhall | October 7, 2013
After spending a weekend recovering in Laguna Beach, a sea lion found with fishing line around his neck has returned to familiar territory at the entrance of Newport Harbor. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center at midday Monday released the sea lion, who has been named Officer Jon in memory of Laguna Beach motorcycle Police Officer Jon Coutchie . Last month, Coutchie died in a vehicle crash while on duty. The sea lion on Monday swam around the buoy where he was rescued, according to a video of his release . The pinniped had developed an infection from the fishing line, which had wrapped tightly around its neck.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 4, 2013
Costa Mesa police have received a 4% raise because of increased tax revenue, the city announced Friday. The cost-of-living adjustment will be retroactive to July 1, according to a news release from Costa Mesa. In 2010, city officials and the two police unions covering sworn officers negotiated a raise that would be triggered if sales, property and hotel tax revenue beat 2007-08 fiscal year levels by 5% or more. The city brought in more than $72 million in tax revenue that fiscal year.
By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times | October 2, 2013
The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156. Greg Reese rehearses his lines. The door opens. The girl inside is wearing black lingerie and looks like she did in the online ad that caught his eye - a teenager using the name Candy Green in a bathtub filled with bubbles. "Ready to have some fun," it promised. The girl is all business: $100 for a date, she says, standing in the room with bright blue carpeting and crumpled white sheets.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 25, 2013
Costa Mesa is once again bringing a police officer out of retirement to provide a law-enforcement presence at its two high schools. Jess Gilman, a former school resource officer, or SRO, will start working at Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools, splitting his time between the campuses five days a week, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Wednesday. Gilman retired from the Costa Mesa Police Department in October, but returned on contract soon after to work at the high schools because the department didn't have a large enough staff to provide an SRO. Less than a month after classes resumed this year, Gilman has agreed to fill in once again.
By Bradley Zint | September 19, 2013
An Upland-based law firm being sued by two Costa Mesa City Council members is closing, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir "will be winding down and eventually close," according to the letter sent by partner Dieter Dammeier to one of his police association clients. It was dated Wednesday. Dammeier also writes of a "mass exodus" of attorneys amid the recent "turmoil. " It does not specify the timeline of the firm's dissolution.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 17, 2013
At least 60 people rallied outside Costa Mesa City Hall on Tuesday night, holding signs that read "Crime is up. Got cops?" and "Support police, not political agendas. " The rally, organized by the grass-roots group Costa Mesans for Responsible Government, also known as CM4RG, aimed to support police and raise awareness for what members see as a looming public safety crisis, said the group's president, Robin Leffler. "What we're really really concerned about is safety for our neighbors and safety for ourselves," Leffler said.
September 10, 2013
A man stole a woman's purse from a Costa Mesa dentist's office and may have tried to run the victim down as she chased him, police said Tuesday. The Chanel bag and its contents were removed from the break room of the office in the 1500 block of Nutmeg Place about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to police. When the woman saw this, she followed the unidentified man outside, where he got into a four-door silver Toyota and drove toward her, police said. The woman told police she believed the man was trying to run her over as he fled, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Zach Hoferitza said.
By Adolfo Flores and By Adolfo Flores | September 3, 2013
A man has been hospitalized following an officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning in a residential neighborhood in Irvine, police said. The man's condition was not known. The shooting in the 1100 block of Crested Bird occurred at about 10:40 a.m., said Sgt. Scott McClellan with the Irvine Police Department. No officers were injured in the shooting, McClellan said. There was no additional information on the man who was shot or what prompted the incident. Twitter: @AdolfoFlores3 Flores write for the Los Angeles Times. 
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