October 9, 2009
The Newport Beach police and fire departments will host Public Safety Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newport Center Fire Station and Police Headquarters, 868 Santa Barbara Drive. Live demonstrations will include a firefighter challenge, live firefighting and jaws of life demonstrations. The event also will feature appearances from the K-9 and SWAT teams and the police helicopter. Both the fire and police stations will be open for public tours during the event. There also will be displays from the Newport Beach lifeguards and other emergency responders.
August 15, 2003
Realism sets 'S.W.A.T.' apart at times Clark Johnson has directed several episodes of TV's best crime dramas, including "Law and Order," "NYPD Blue," "Homicide" and "The Wire." Clark brings the same gritty realism found in these shows to his big screen effort in "S.W.A.T.," which sets it apart from the mind numbing demolition derby at the center of most blockbuster police thrillers. The cops seem to be real people, not cartoon superheroes. We see a thoughtful presentation of the actual training that S.W.A.
March 21, 2007
A 43-year-old man who apparently shot himself in the head barricaded himself inside his Eastbluff neighborhood home for about two hours Wednesday until police were able to rush the house and get him to a local hospital. The man’s mother called police at about 3 p.m. saying her son tried to kill himself in his home on the 2400 block of Vista Hogar, but he was conscious and talking, Newport Beach Police Lt. Jim Kaminsky said. When officers arrived at the home, they confirmed that he had shot himself and had several weapons and ammunition, so they stayed back and tried to contact him from outside, Kaminsky said.
June 7, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city executive's still-developing plans to restructure the Costa Mesa Police Department will be presented to police officers Wednesday, interim Police Chief Steve Staveley said. Staveley said police staffing levels would be addressed in some form, but he could not elaborate. City Chief Executive Tom Hatch declined to comment on aspects of the proposal that have to do with police staffing levels. However, a report made by an independent firm hired by the city to study the department, Management Partners Inc., makes recommendations about "providing the same level of customer service with a reduced workforce.
March 22, 2007
A 43-year-old man who apparently shot himself in the head barricaded himself inside his Eastbluff neighborhood home for about two hours Wednesday until police were able to rush the house and get him to a local hospital. The man's mother called police at about 3 p.m. saying her son tried to kill himself in his home on the 2400 block of Vista Hogar, but he was conscious and talking, Newport Beach Police Lt. Jim Kaminsky said. When officers arrived at the home, they confirmed that he had shot himself and had several weapons and ammunition, so they stayed back and tried to contact him from outside, Kaminsky said.
August 5, 2009
Costa Mesa police arrested a Garden Grove man on probation who tried to sell an old Costa Mesa police SWAT uniform online and had weapons in his home, authorities said Wednesday. Police arrested Craig McVay, 48, in his home Tuesday afternoon after approaching him as potential buyers of the uniform, and he revealed he was also selling an old police Billy club, said Sgt. Bryan Glass. A Craigslist ad for a SWAT jumpsuit for $30 prompted several people to tell police about the sale, Glass said.
August 8, 2007
Madison Reiter poked her head out of an armored SWAT vehicle Tuesday night. It was good practice for the 10-year-old Costa Mesa girl because someday she, like her mom, hopes to be a police officer, she said. Her mother Angela Reiter is applying to be an officer with the Newport Beach Police Department. The Reiters, including Madison's sisters Chloe, 9, and Kristina, 6, were just one of many families visiting with Newport Beach police for the annual National Night Out Tuesday.
November 13, 2006
Argument over ball cap sparks bar brawl A New York Yankees cap might have incited a brawl this weekend outside the Triangle Square Yardhouse in Costa Mesa, leaving one man unconscious and another twice stabbed, police said. Alfonso Rodrigo Cedillo, 25, of Costa Mesa confronted Rafael Palma, 19, about the Yankees cap he was wearing outside the bar at 2:21 p.m. Sunday, police said. The dispute eventually led Cedillo to beat up Palma, police said. Palma pulled out a four-inch pocket knife and stabbed Cedillo during the attack, Sgt. Greg Scott said.
November 25, 2001
Deepa Bharath I'd never ever gripped a gun in my hand. Nor had I seen three different kinds of methamphetamines and five varieties of cocaine. But over the last 12 weeks, I got a glimpse into a world that I only hear and write about. Enrolling in Costa Mesa Police Department's Citizen's Academy is probably the biggest favor I have done for myself as a reporter who covers public safety and courts. The extensive course that ran 12 weeks for three hours each class covered topics including the court process, police recruitment, crime prevention, ethics and gang enforcement.
August 7, 2002
Deirdre Newman After the recent rash of Southern California kidnappings, Newport-Mesa families on Tuesday learned valuable tips to prevent abductions as they joined a nationwide effort of crime and drug prevention. The 19th annual National Night Out encouraged residents across the nation to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. In Newport Beach, the event at Mariners Park drew hundreds of residents whose top priority is keeping their children safe.