April 25, 2008
AREA 1 Joann Street: A petty theft was reported in the 600 block at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday. Anaheim Avenue: Vandalism was reported in the 1900 block at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday. Maple Avenue and West Bay Street: Gang activity was reported at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday. East Mesa Verde Drive: A grand theft was reported at 8:18 p.m. Wednesday. ? AREA 2 Maple Avenue and West Bay Street: Gang activity was reported at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday.
October 1, 2011
A Costa Mesa gang member was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison Friday for his role in killing a rival Santa Ana gang member. Jesus Ramon Rojo, 27, pleaded guilty in September to killing Julio Cesar Guerrero-Elias, 20. Guerrero-Elias was dropping a friend off in an alley when he was shot. The victim then drove several blocks injured before crashing into a parked car in the 1100 block of Paularino Avenue. He later died of his injuries at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, according to archived reports of the shooting . The crime was the second gang-related shooting in April 2006 — a year that saw heightened gang-related violence.
June 23, 2011
A suspected white supremacist gang member from Costa Mesa is to appear in court Friday on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping. Jessie Raffensberger, 32, is accused of assaulting a man who was lured to a hotel, holding him against his will and hitting him with a semi-automatic pistol for the benefit of white supremacist and criminal street gangs, according to a 2010 news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. Raffensberger's arrest in 2010 was part of the largest take-down of white supremacist prison and street gangs in Orange County.
August 24, 2005
Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy will be arraigned Thursday in Pasadena Superior Court after being charged Tuesday with one count of possessing a controlled substance and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment. Murphy, 47, is free on $100,000 bail after being arrested July 13, after police found cocaine, three handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition in her home on Lima Street in Burbank, where the mother of three lives with her 12-year-old son. The handguns were registered to her boyfriend, Glendale resident Scott Schaffer, who is in federal custody awaiting an Aug. 30 trial.
July 13, 2011
SANTA ANA - Wednesday's countywide gang sweep - a three-year effort dubbed Operation Black Flag - began with a lead in Costa Mesa, law enforcement officials said. Following the initial tip, the investigative trail led Santa Ana police investigators to Cesar "Roach" Munguia, 31. The high-ranking member of Forming Kaos, a Costa Mesa street gang, is accused of dealing guns, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin, said Costa Mesa Police Capt. Les Gogerty. Costa Mesa was "basically where it started," Gogerty said.
April 8, 2008
Newport Beach Santa Rosa Drive and Newport Center Drive: A suspicious vehicle was reported at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday. Via Lido: A residential burglary was reported in the 800 block at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday. 23rd Street: A trespassing was reported in the 100 block at 3:57 a.m. Tuesday. Coronado Street and Ocean Front East: A suspicious person was reported at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday. 42nd Street and Balboa Boulevard: A person was reported drunk in public at 12:32 a.m. Tuesday.