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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.
By Lauren Williams | 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.
By Joseph Serna, | December 16, 2010
Three Costa Mesa residents were among nearly 50 people arrested or indicted in Orange County's biggest white supremacist prison and street gang crackdown ever. Jessie Raffensberger, 31, Richard Michael Briggs, 58, and Edward Anthony Ferraro, 30, are among more than a dozen suspected white supremacists charged with a litany of felonies, from extortion to assault with enhancements for allegedly being affiliated with a gang. All three face life in prison if convicted of all charges.
By Lauren Williams, | 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.
By Lauren Williams | May 5, 2013
Costa Mesa police have arrested two men suspected of stabbing three people, an officer said Sunday. Roman Nava, 18, and Felipe Moreno, 19, both of Costa Mesa, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and promoting a criminal street gang, Their arrest follows the stabbing of two men and a boy at about 12:32 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Anaheim Way and Yorkshire Street, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department....
By Lauren Williams | June 11, 2012
One of the defendants in a case against a Costa Mesa-based gang has pleaded guilty to distributing illegal drugs and associating with members of the Mexican Mafia, federal court documents show. Douglas Joseph Jackovich, 29, also known as "DJ" or "Temper," has been associated with the Forming Kaos gang and was one of 17 defendants in the federal case filed in June 2011, according to federal court documents. Forming Kaos claims Costa Mesa as its territory, primarily the Westside area bounded by Fairview Road, Placentia Avenue, 19th Street and West Wilson Street.
By: Darleene Barrientos | 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.
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