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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A Costa Mesa man has sued the Newport Beach Police Department, alleging that a police dog mauled him after officers released the animal near a garage where the claimant was sleeping. Usyel Ocampo Roman, 34, seeks yet-to-be-determined damages and payment to cover medical bills and other expenses related to the incident. A lawyer for Ocampo Roman filed the complaint in Orange County Superior Court on Oct. 10. Ocampo Roman was asleep in his friend's garage on Coolidge Avenue in Costa Mesa when Newport Beach police were assisting in a search for suspects nearby about 3 a.m. March 17, according to the lawsuit.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | October 24, 2006
The threat of a police dog prompted a Newport Beach man to surrender to law enforcement in Costa Mesa early Monday but not before he had led them on an hour-long chase through north Orange County. Patrick Joseph Rizzo, 45, started the chase just after midnight near Jamboree Road and Bristol Street when Irvine police tried to pull over his silver 1990 GMC pickup, Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield said. "The vehicle did not yield and, in fact, accelerated," so officers put on their sirens and lights, he said.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | January 3, 2008
Sgt. Jerry Hildeman has three children — two girls and a boy — a wife of nine years, Alyssa, and a 4-year-old dog, Robbie. It may seem weird to list Robbie, a police dog for Costa Mesa, as part of the family, but not if you talk to Hildeman. “I spend more time with him than I do with my wife and kids,” Hildeman said. “I can tell you what he is going to do just by looking at him.” Robbie, a Groenendael or Belgian Shepherd, was retired by the Costa Mesa Police Department at the City Council meeting Wednesday after four years of service.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 4, 2010
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa man was hospitalized in Northern California after he fought off a police K-9 dog that chased him into a forest while evading police, California Highway Patrol officials said Friday. Garrett Frank Merlino, 46, was arrested Aug. 29 in Laytonville after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit on northbound Highway 101 in Mendocino County. According to a recount of the incident by the CHP, a Mendocino County sheriff's deputy tried to pull Merlino over on the highway because he was driving too slowly.
LOCAL
May 8, 2007
A Costa Mesa man had to be taken down by a police dog after he reached for a replica handgun, Costa Mesa police said Monday. Police received a call about a suspicious man with a gun getting into a car Sunday afternoon near the 2200 block of Fairview Road. Officers responding to the call pulled over a vehicle fitting the description and found Manuel Lopez and Salvador Orantes Gomez, both 31 of Costa Mesa, inside, Sgt. Bob Ciszek said. Gomez exited the car without any incident, but Lopez was less cooperative, Ciszek said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
COSTA MESA – Four police vehicles surrounded a car and two officers drew their guns Friday after a person ran away from a traffic stop. The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at Fairview Road and Baker Street. A police officer saw a car with a vehicle violation and attempted to pull the car over when one person in the car got out and ran away, said Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Bob Ciszek. Three people were arrested for possession of prescription drugs, Ciszek said.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | July 14, 2006
A nearly three-hour standoff at a Costa Mesa office park ended Thursday with a woman being detained and sent to Orange County Adult Mental Health Services for psychiatric evaluation. The woman, identified by police as a transient, barricaded herself inside an office after allegedly waving a broken bottle in a nearby hotel and threatening a police officer, police said. The ordeal began around 8:15 a.m. when police received reports that a woman was going from room to room at the La Quinta Inn in the 1500 block of South Coast Drive, waving a glass bottle.
NEWS
By Lauren Vane | June 15, 2006
Wearing a blue American Legion cap and walking with a cane, Bill Holiday proudly displayed the flag pole as dogs of all breeds and sizes jumped and played in the park. "This is my flag. I'm a veteran of WWII, and I take pride in my community," Holiday, 79, said. The Costa Mesa resident has been planning a Flag Day celebration for a long time. A member of the American Legion and a passionate dog lover, Holiday planned a small ceremony Wednesday to honor American service dogs at the flag pole in the Costa Mesa Bark Park.
NEWS
October 30, 1999
Elise Gee Although the mere mention of his name should be enough to stop a speeding bullet, even Nero is in need of a little protection. In this case, Nero isn't the notoriously cruel Roman emperor, he's a police dog in the K-9 unit of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Two Costa Mesa residents, Jana Herbert and Casey Donahue, are raising money to outfit Nero and Costa Mesa's other police dog, Bart, with bulletproof vests to protect them in the line of duty.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 14, 2013
A Thursday morning ceremony captured the Costa Mesa Police Department's recent highs and lows. Family members joined police at the front of Council Chambers for a ceremony recognizing several promotions and two retirements. And there was also a more somber moment — a slide show set to music honoring 32-year department veteran Mike Delgadillo, who died after an off-duty car crash. In honor of those retiring, Police Chief Tom Gazsi presented the wives of Capt. Allen Huggins and Lt. Tim Schennum with flowers, thanking them for supporting the men during their nearly 30 years of service.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A Costa Mesa man has sued the Newport Beach Police Department, alleging that a police dog mauled him after officers released the animal near a garage where the claimant was sleeping. Usyel Ocampo Roman, 34, seeks yet-to-be-determined damages and payment to cover medical bills and other expenses related to the incident. A lawyer for Ocampo Roman filed the complaint in Orange County Superior Court on Oct. 10. Ocampo Roman was asleep in his friend's garage on Coolidge Avenue in Costa Mesa when Newport Beach police were assisting in a search for suspects nearby about 3 a.m. March 17, according to the lawsuit.
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NEWS
April 6, 2013
A dog died and a man was taken to hospital with serious injuries early March 31 after they were rear-ended by another car on Irvine Boulevard, Irvine police said. Brad Marsicano, 30, of Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Lt. Julia Engen said Monday. Marsicano was driving a Toyota 4Runner when he reportedly rear-ended a Mazda 3 hatchback while it was stopped about 1:20 a.m. March 31 on Irvine Boulevard and Sand Canyon Avenue, according to police. A man, woman and two dogs were in the Mazda.
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By Lauren Williams | March 14, 2013
A Thursday morning ceremony captured the Costa Mesa Police Department's recent highs and lows. Family members joined police at the front of Council Chambers for a ceremony recognizing several promotions and two retirements. And there was also a more somber moment — a slide show set to music honoring 32-year department veteran Mike Delgadillo, who died after an off-duty car crash. In honor of those retiring, Police Chief Tom Gazsi presented the wives of Capt. Allen Huggins and Lt. Tim Schennum with flowers, thanking them for supporting the men during their nearly 30 years of service.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | June 8, 2012
A pack of three adult pit bulls bit a mother and son early Friday south of Corona del Mar before being euthanized by authorities. The attack near Newport Coast Drive and East Coast Highway occurred at 5:36 a.m. The victims were guests at Marriott's Newport Coast Villas, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Todd Hughes. They were taken to Hoag Hospital with minor injuries, said Jennifer Schulz, a Fire Department spokeswoman. It was unclear if all three dogs bit the mother and son, or how many bites they had. Eventually, the pit bulls were located, but when one officer got out of his car, the dogs advanced as if to attack.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
A man accused of stealing a Hummer limousine was later seen fleeing the vehicle naked, authorities said Monday. Ahmad Mabrok, 29, of Tustin allegedly had a gun when he confronted the limousine's driver at the intersection of Sand Canyon Avenue and Burt Road in Irvine about 8:15 p.m. Saturday, said Irvine Police Department Lt. Julia Engen. The man was quickly pursued by the California Highway Patrol, and in Whittier, where he pulled over and tried to flee the limo, he had no clothes on, Engen said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
COSTA MESA – Four police vehicles surrounded a car and two officers drew their guns Friday after a person ran away from a traffic stop. The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at Fairview Road and Baker Street. A police officer saw a car with a vehicle violation and attempted to pull the car over when one person in the car got out and ran away, said Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Bob Ciszek. Three people were arrested for possession of prescription drugs, Ciszek said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 4, 2010
COSTA MESA — A Costa Mesa man was hospitalized in Northern California after he fought off a police K-9 dog that chased him into a forest while evading police, California Highway Patrol officials said Friday. Garrett Frank Merlino, 46, was arrested Aug. 29 in Laytonville after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit on northbound Highway 101 in Mendocino County. According to a recount of the incident by the CHP, a Mendocino County sheriff's deputy tried to pull Merlino over on the highway because he was driving too slowly.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | January 3, 2008
Sgt. Jerry Hildeman has three children — two girls and a boy — a wife of nine years, Alyssa, and a 4-year-old dog, Robbie. It may seem weird to list Robbie, a police dog for Costa Mesa, as part of the family, but not if you talk to Hildeman. “I spend more time with him than I do with my wife and kids,” Hildeman said. “I can tell you what he is going to do just by looking at him.” Robbie, a Groenendael or Belgian Shepherd, was retired by the Costa Mesa Police Department at the City Council meeting Wednesday after four years of service.
LOCAL
May 8, 2007
A Costa Mesa man had to be taken down by a police dog after he reached for a replica handgun, Costa Mesa police said Monday. Police received a call about a suspicious man with a gun getting into a car Sunday afternoon near the 2200 block of Fairview Road. Officers responding to the call pulled over a vehicle fitting the description and found Manuel Lopez and Salvador Orantes Gomez, both 31 of Costa Mesa, inside, Sgt. Bob Ciszek said. Gomez exited the car without any incident, but Lopez was less cooperative, Ciszek said.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | October 24, 2006
The threat of a police dog prompted a Newport Beach man to surrender to law enforcement in Costa Mesa early Monday but not before he had led them on an hour-long chase through north Orange County. Patrick Joseph Rizzo, 45, started the chase just after midnight near Jamboree Road and Bristol Street when Irvine police tried to pull over his silver 1990 GMC pickup, Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield said. "The vehicle did not yield and, in fact, accelerated," so officers put on their sirens and lights, he said.
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