UPDATE, NOV. 21, 4:21 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department just announced that it, too, will conduct a checkpoint tonight, from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1400 South Bristol Street.
Having served as a police officer in Costa Mesa and Irvine for a combined 35 years, Patrick A. Rodgers has seen pretty much everything you could expect on the crime beat. But the FBI Academy-trained Rodgers--who retired from the Irvine Police Department (IPD) 14 years ago to become a police traini ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with Irvine Police results on Friday night's checkpoint. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:30 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. Where? Read on ...
See the update at the end of this post with images of and more details on Brea's flasher. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 14, 6:05 A.M.: The Irvine flasher may have struck again, and now police have released a sketch of him in color (at right). Meanwhile, the Brea Police department is looking for a guy who l ... More >>
Residents in Irvine neighborhood complain about "fag flag" flying over home
A 21-year-old guy has been popped for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 in canned baby formula from three different Irvine stores. Joshua Campos was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary Thursday, according to an Irvine Police statement that indicates officers who saw him surveillance vide ... More >>
Have you seen Leandra Elizabeth Clark? The 16-year-old left her Irvine home on June 26 after being disciplined by her mother, was last seen by acquaintances in the area of Culver Drive and Scottsdale Road the next day and may now be in New England. She has previously run away from home before "and ... More >>
Married lawyers Kent Wycliffe Easter and his wife Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, whose trial for allegedly planting drugs in the car of an Irvine school volunteer is scheduled to begin in October, are suing the Los Angeles Times, the Irvine Police Department, the Orange County District Attorney's offic ... More >>
Dennis Scott Durbin's guilty plea to sexually assaulting a female patient in his Irvine chiropractor's office sends him to jail for a year, subjects him to three years of probation and forces the surrender of his license to practice.The 65-year-old also won't be cracking necks in Orange County parks ... More >>
A guy who looks as if he could have been sampling his product and his wife (not so much) were arrested in April by Irvine Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for allegedly making and distributing steroids illegally.But bodybuilder Carlos Hernandez, 27, and Roxanne Hernandez, 3 ... More >>
The Irvine Police Department announced the arrest of two men and a warrant out for a third in the case of recent burglaries of religious institutions that has already resulted in the arrest of a fourth man previously disclosed by the Santa Ana Police Department.The suspect being sought is parolee Ja ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about Kyva Roberson being found safe and healthy this morning on the campus of Costa Mesa High School.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 7, 1:42 P.M.: Irvine Police are looking for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have run away from home after being disciplined at school M ... More >>
See the update at the bottom of page 2 on the belief that a single gunshot killed the suspect, the San Bernardino County sheriff defending his deputies and the latest on the reward.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 14, 10:56 A.M.: Had Christopher Jordan Dorner lived and been taken into custody, the Orange County ... More >>
See the update on page 2 about police making an arrest and prosecutors filing charges.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 11, 9:23 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department is reaching out to the public in hopes of finding two men linked to an apartment complex apartment fire they believe was set so units could be burglar ... More >>
The Irvine Police Department just announced a DUI checkpoint Saturday night at Jamboree Road and Birch Street.This is the first of eight such ops the department has scheduled in coming months.
It's a Festivus miracle!A 5-year-old Corona boy has been reunited with his missing bike thanks to some dot connecting by Irvine Police Department investigators.
Porn star Carmella Bing, who was born Sarah Marie Fass, was apprehended in an Irvine backyard early Wednesday and cited for drug paraphernalia possession by police following a stolen car she was riding in as part of an identity theft ring investigation.The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident was cited, ... More >>
How creepy is this? A Capistrano Beach man is accused of hiring a woman to work for his tire business from her home, with a computer he supplied--and then used it to spy on her remotely.Shane Chris Christensen, 41, is facing charges of eavesdropping, computer fraud, videotaping without consent and, ... More >>
See the update/*correction at the end of this post disclosing the suspect was an employee of the wine cellar, and his son, who is the owner, helped bust his father.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 8, 8:50 A.M.: The owner *An employee of a business that stored fine wines for customers is being arraigned any minut ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the charges and possible stiff penalty the chiropractor faces.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 5, 3:03 P.M.: An Irvine chiropractor was arrested Tuesday at his Sky Park Chiropractic office Tuesday after the 65-year-old allegedly touched a female patient in a sexual rath ... More >>
Peter David Nitschke was an Irvine-based attorney and president of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods in 2010 when he offered to "help" manage the finances of two elderly sisters he knew from the congregation, after the death of their 95-year-old mother.But, on Tuesday, Irvine Police arr ... More >>
Irvine Police say they broke up a prostitution ring Wednesday afternoon, and to illustrate the bust the cop shop released booking photos of everyone who was arrested, including suspected madame Soon Keun Kim shown here.That should read mugs were put out there of everyone busted except the lone male ... More >>
A Cal State Long Beach graduate suspected of embezzling more than $100,000 from the Girl Scouts of Orange County was arrested at a Wisconsin airport earlier this month and is awaiting extradition back to California, according to U.S. Marshals and Irvine Police.Marshals were reportedly acting on a t ... More >>
Prescription drug abuse by South County teens has been a hot topic lately thanks to the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain making its world premiere May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and, due to a sell out, getting a second showing May 3 in the huge Big Newport theater.That makes a couple ... More >>
Rubber-neckers beware: that car accident you're going to stare at Thursday won't be real. Keep it moving, please. Woodbridge High School in Irvine is planning a simulated drunk driving collision at West Yale Loop, between Alton and Barranca parkways, as part of the "Every 15 Minutes" program t ... More >>
Jorene Ypanto Nicolas pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on manslaughter charges Monday despite law enforcement's contention the San Diego 29-year-old's distracted driving caused the death of 23-year-old Deanna Mauer. Inattentive motoring--which can include eating, texting or just not paying ... More >>
The city of Irvine proudly proclaims itself America's safest city, and it surely is when it comes to your garden variety rapes, assaults and murders. But even America's safest city must deal with scam artists, boiler room operators and FBI informants who infiltrate mosques. Indeed, it's that ball ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department conducts a sobriety checkpoint from 4 to 11 p.m. today at Dover Drive and 18th Street.Cops will be hunting for motorists who have no drivers license or have had too much to drink or drug.
On several Fridays this year, we've presented the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week.But what about the Ugliest Police Mugshots of the Year?Glad you asked.After the jump are the 10 ugliest of the ugliest, which were mostly culled from our semi-weekly selection, although we also tossed in some oth ... More >>
YouTubeThey call him the streak.A thief was fully clothed when he stole a Hummer limo at gunpoint in Irvine Saturday night.But, as a helicopter officer informed after the man who led cops on a bi-county chase jumped out of the stretch in Whittier and started running, "He's naked!"
Police agencies across the nation are once again participating in the third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is scheduled to run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.The event allows people to rid their homes of expired or unwanted prescription drugs--for free and with no questions asked.
That kid from The Wire who was too much of a pussy to be a gangsta has been annoying little girls in Irvine. Well, at least that's who the person depicted in this composite drawing looks like to me. He's described as black, age 20-26, 6 foot, 180-190 lbs. with a muscular build, brown eyes and bl ... More >>
Piss a cop off and they'll give you a ticket, but please 'em, and they'll give you a Slurpee.Together with 7-Eleven, the Irvine Police Department has reinstated "Operation Chill." Under the program, which began nationally in 1996 and is funded entirely by 7-Eleven, officers "ticket" kids who the ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 15, 12:12 P.M. Westminster's Hoang Quoc Tathanhlong has been sentenced to three years in state prison for lying about being a certified financial planner and stealing more than $650,000 from a widow he met at a funeral home.The 50-year-old, who did make a couple payments to the wido ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 6, 12:33 P.M.: The Irvine Police Department has released parking details for the throng of media and mourners expected at this evening's memorial service for Ashton Sweet, who was killed in a Memorial Day weekend DUI crash.Meanwhile, the accused murderer of the 14-year-old Irvine fre ... More >>
Go ahead and pee in your pants.Two Los Angeles women have filed civil-rights lawsuits alleging that members of the Irvine Police Department unlawfully detained, searched and assaulted them, as well as forced one of them to urinate in her pants to the officers' amusement.According to lawsuits by S ... More >>
A former Rancho Santa Margarita accounting consultant is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana today for allegedly embezzling $822,000 from a longtime friend's company, using the ill-gotten money to pay off seven credit cards that racked up charges for gasoline, bar tabs, restaurant bills, cable ... More >>
Jana Marie Spires has been tied by authorities to a half-dozen fires in Irvine over the past 10 months, but missing from the list of charges is suspicion of posing for one ugly police mugshot.I mean, look at that kisser. Don't bother throwing the book at her, someone already has!At the 39-year-ol ... More >>
UPDATED, MAY 9, 8:39 A.M.: Besides reporting no significant traffic delays, the Irvine Police Department released the following statistics from Friday night's sobriety checkpoint at Campus Drive and Bridge Road: Vehicles stopped: 545Sobriety tests: 9DUI arrests: 2Citations issued: 10
UPDATE, MARCH 28, 5:11 P.M.: Brothers Gabino Baldivia-Guzman, 32, of Costa Mesa, and Zenaido Baldivia-Guzman, 25, of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty Friday to murdering a woman in September 2009 and setting her body on fire in an Irvine business park lot. The pleas were made in Harbor Justice Ce ... More >>
Hoang Quoc Tathanhlong, 49, of Westminster, lied about being a certified financial planner while working at a funeral home and stealing more than $650,000 from a widow through fake investments before using the money for his own personal expenses, including buying himself a Mercedes-Benz, prose ... More >>
Desperate times apparently call for desperate robbery weapons.A guy walked into a gas station/mini-market in the 6100 block of Trabuco Road in Irvine about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 and asked about buying some tires. He was followed by a second man who was carrying a tree trunk, about three feet long. ... More >>
UPDATE: We missed probably the biggest collection point of all (updates throughout) . . . Local police want what's in your medicine cabinet today.No, government budget cuts have not been so deep that the forced confiscation of citizen medications has replaced cops' prescription drug plans. This i ... More >>
As if Hispanics don't feel ganged up on already (see Arizona, every "Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Day," every other Navel Gazing comment), now they apparently have to worry about Iranian-Americans.Or, at least the one from Irvine charged with a hate crime.
Courtesy of Irvine Police DepartmentJohn Patrick BedellJohn Patrick Bedell, the troubled former Irvine resident (and Weekly reader?) who was shot to death on his way to shooting up the Pentagon, carried two 9 mm handguns with him that fateful March 4 day.One was a Ruger Bedell purchased at a Las ... More >>
Red-tailed hawk ... but not THE red-tailed hawk.With all the media tales chronicling the disconnect between the public sector, the private sector and regular old folks, it's refreshing to see the three came together beautifully when it came to rescuing a red-tailed hawk stuck atop a utility pole ... More >>
If you're getting your drink on in Anaheim or Costa Mesa tonight or Westminster tomorrow night, beware: the cops have DUI checkpoints set up.UPDATE: In addition to all the towns mentioned in Spencer's post and, according to someone commenting on this one, Fountain Valley, the Irvine Police Departmen ... More >>
Courtesy of Irvine Police DepartmentDays after releasing the artist's sketch above depicting the woman whose badly burned body was found in the parking lot of a closed business in the 1800 block of Kettering in Irvine on Sept. 5, Irvine police have presented another piece of evidence they hope wi ... More >>
I knew Irvine cops had a rep for being tough, but this is ridiculous. Cristine Gaiennie and her partner, Patsy Lovell, both employees of the Irvine Police Department, are the proud mothers of quadruplets. After conceiving their first child, son Jason, through artificial insemination, the couple dec ... More >>