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News ImageLet’s Talk VapingSmokeless doesn’t mean harmless. E-cigusage by high school students rose 78% between 2017 and 2018. That’s close todouble the kids exposed to nicotine in a single year. E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among youth.
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News ImageTwo in custody after drive-up ATM break-in Two suspects are in custody after stealing a commercial truck and burglarizing a drive-up ATM.
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News ImageSheriff’s Department participates in Operation Clear Track for Rail Safety WeekThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s OCTA Transit Police Services participated in a week-long campaign to remind pedestrians and cyclists to keep railroad tracks clear.
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News ImageInvestigators Seek Public’s AssistanceTheOrange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple incidents thathave occurred within the last two weeks in the Aliso Viejo and Laguna Hillsareas and the Aliso Creek Hiking Trail that connects the cities.
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News ImageSPECIAL BULLETIN: OCSD attempts to ID child annoyance suspectThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department issued a Wireless Emergency Alert Thursday, Sept. 19, in an attempt to identify a child annoyance suspect.
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News ImagePRESS RELEASE: Investigators seek public's assistance to identify child annoyance suspect(s)

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2019) – Orange County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify suspect(s) involved in separate child annoyance incidents during the last week.


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News ImageCupcake business with sweet sentiment inspires support for those with autism

Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were in for a sweet surprise Sept. 11 when a local family showed their gratitude for first responders with a special delivery.

North Operations Lt. Pat Rich, who leads the Sheriff’s Department’s security operations for the Orange County Fair, was looking for a way to thank OCSD financial department employees for their work on the month-long event.

When he met Evan Eusebio at the Villa Park City Council meeting, Lt. Rich knew the best way to thank the team: cupcakes.


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NEWS RELEASE: One Size Does Not Fit All: Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Child

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Sept. 12, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department isjoining law enforcement agencies, public health departments and other communityorganizations to raise awareness about the importance of keeping children inthe correct car seat for their age and size.


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NEWS RELEASE: Think Two Steps Ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Sept. 12, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is working with law enforcement agencies across the state to promote safe behaviors that allow drivers and those on foot to get where they need to go safely.


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A look inside the farm at the Farm

The last vestiges of farm culture sporadically dot dense urban sprawl; a sharp contrast to the thousands of acres of celery farms, strawberry patches and orange groves that once made up the landscape in the county’s early years.

Little is left of the industry that laid roots for Orange County, but an unexpected bastion of rural life remains at the James A. Musick Facility.


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NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Encourages Public to be Responsible and Drive Sober

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2019) – As summer comes to a close, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is asking drivers to not get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that impact your ability to drive safely.


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NEWS RELEASE: Unborn child of pregnant Orange County Jail Inmate pronounced dead

Santa Ana, Ca. (July 30, 2019) – An in-custody death of an unborn child occurred at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA. On July 27, 2019, a 30-year-old inmate housed at the Orange County Jail’s Intake and Release Center was transferred to OC Global Medical Center related to her pregnancy. Later that day, she was transferred to UCI Medical Center, where it was determined her unborn child, estimated to be approximately 27 weeks, was deceased.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Music Director at Yorba Linda Middle School Arrested for Child Molestation

SANTA ANA, Ca- (July 25, 2019) – On Thursday, July 25 at approximately 9:45 a.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Daniel Methe, 44, at his home in Yorba Linda for child molestation. Methe is suspected of committing multiple lewd acts on a teenage girl when she was between the ages of 13-15 beginning in 2011. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $100,000.


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Proactive efforts aimed at tackling drugs, violence in Orange County jailsThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department has deployed new proactive efforts to reverse the increase in drug trafficking that has been experienced within the four county-run jail facilities in Orange County over the last eight years.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests 43-year-old man on suspicion of elder sexual abuse and rape

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 17, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims detail on Wednesday, July 17, arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of rape, elder sexual abuse, oral copulation and sexual battery. Russell Bernardino, of Mission Viejo, was arrested at approximately 8 a.m. at his residence in Mission Viejo. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.


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In-Custody DeathSANTA ANA, Ca. (July 15, 2019) – A 44-year-old inmate was pronounced dead this morning after being transported to the hospital. Deputies were called to assist the inmate in his cell at the Theo Lacy Facility at approximately 8:20 a.m. Deputies responded and located the inmate unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma on his body. Deputies rendered medical aid and called for additional medical assistance. The inmate was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased approximately an hour later.
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Temporary Closure of Musick Jail to begin July 18

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 11, 2019) – In March 2019, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes announced changes to Orange County Jail operations, including the temporary closure of the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine and ending the agreement with the Federal Government to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. On July 10, 2019, the last detainees were transferred from Orange County Sheriff’s custody, and the temporary closure of Musick will begin on July 18, 2019.


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News ImageFourth of July Firework SafetyIndependence Day and its festivities are right around the corner! While fireworks are a customary part of the celebration, a lack of safety when using them could lead to serious injury.
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NEWS RELEASE: SONGS sirens to be deactivated, residents reminded to register for AlertOC

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 28, 2019) – Beginning July 1, 2019, Southern California Edison (SCE) will begin deactivating and removing a siren system from communities surrounding the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) nuclear power plant.


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NEWS RELEASE: Motorcycle safety operation in Dana Point Sunday

DANA POINT, Calif. (June 28, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Sunday, June 30, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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News ImageJewelry Store Burglary Suspects ArrestedTwo people were arrested in the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, after an attempted burglary at a jewelry store in Yorba Linda. The attempted burglary procedures were very similar to recent jewelry store burglaries in other South County cities.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff's Department launches San Juan Capistrano motorcycle safety enforcement

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (June 14, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Sunday, June 16, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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News ImageOCSD helps young homeless couple find housing

A married couple who had been living out of a car for months was placed into housing thanks to help from a dedicated OCSD team tasked with helping the homeless.


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Five things you can do right now to keep your home safe

Property crime continues to be the most reported crime in Orange County, but there are many steps you can take to safeguard your home. While the Sheriff’s Department is a proponent of installing home security systems and surveillance cameras, these are not always cost-effective solutions for everyone.

This doesn’t mean you can’t effectively protect your property. Here are some things you can do right now to prevent your home from being an easy target:


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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff to conduct bike and pedestrian safety operation in San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (May 30, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, June 1, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff to conduct bike and pedestrian safety operation in Dana Point

DANA POINT, Ca. (May 30, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of Dana Point on Monday, June 3, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests man suspected in 1976 cold case murder

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 30, 2019) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a man suspected of murdering a 30-year-old woman in 1976 and dumping her body near the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.


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OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

STANTON, Ca. (May 17, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of Stanton on Monday, May 20, and with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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News ImageLake Forest deputy’s proactive efforts thwart potential string of burglariesThree men were arrested -- and a burglary plan potentially foiled -- after an observant deputy noticed suspicious behavior and initiated an investigative car stop in the city of Lake Forest.
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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff to conduct bike and pedestrian safety operation in Dana Point

DANA POINT, Ca. (May 15, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of Dana Point on Saturday, May 18, and with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff to conduct bike and pedestrian safety operation in San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (May 15, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, May 18, and Monday, May 20, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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News Image15 arrested in DUI and Driver’s License checkpointThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division arrested 15 people at Friday night’s DUI and Driver’s License checkpoint in the city of Dana Point.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

San Clemente, Ca. (May 10, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of San Clemente on Monday, May 13, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department launches motorcycle safety enforcement

STANTON, Calif. (May 10, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Monday, May 13, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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NEWS RELEASE: DUI checkpoint planned for Dana Point this weekend.

DANA POINT, Ca. (May 8, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department willbe conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 10, at anundisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3a.m.


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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff to conduct bike and pedestrian safety operation in Stanton

STANTON, Ca. (May 2, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of Stanton on Monday, May 6, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD holds motorcycle safety enforcement in San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (May 2, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Saturday, May 4, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD holds San Clemente bike and pedestrian safety enforcement

SAN CLEMENTE, Ca. (May 2, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the city of San Clemente on Monday, May 6, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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News ImageOCSD bids farewell to Police Service Dog, NoaThe Orange County Sheriff Department’s K9 Unit is saddened to announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog, Noa. The 15-year-old Belgian Malinois passed away Monday, April 22, after a long and successful career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
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News ImageThe tough stuff, the highlights and everything in between: How OCSD dispatchers help our community

There are the calls that test them.

Every dispatcher is guaranteed to receive that first call that challenges their resolve for navigating someone else’s worst imaginable day.

Dispatcher Katie Howard received one such call in her first week off training. A mother had inadvertently fell asleep on her seven-week-old baby, and the baby had died. It was one of three calls involving young children that OCSD dispatchers fielded that week.


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News ImageOCSD remembers retired narcotics K-9 Luna

The Orange County Sheriff Department is saddened to announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog, “Luna.”

Luna, a 14-year-old Belgian Malinois, passed away Sunday, March 31, comforted by her handler, Deputy Jones.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff transfers 717 inmates to ICE during first year of SB 54

SANTA ANA, Ca. (April 3, 2019) – In the first full year of implementation of California Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), a state law that limits which offenders local law enforcement can notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) transferred 717 inmates to ICE upon completion of their local sentence from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018.


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News ImageTIP honors OCSD personnel at Heroes with a Heart gala

Three Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel were among 19 honorees at the March 28 Trauma Intervention Program annual Heroes with Heart gala, which recognizes first responders who go above and beyond to show empathy and compassion on the job.


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News ImageLearning from the lab: High School students glean drug prevention tips from OCSD

Slides from the murder scene flipped onto the screen – one grotesque shot after another.

The students briefed on the infamous 2005 “Fortune Teller Murders” weren’t fazed by the blood-soaked and paint-splashed scene; they leaned in.

They learned about the complexities of processing the detailed scene and how forensic scientists played a critical role in building a case that led to the arrest of a North Carolina couple who murdered a Westminster fortune teller and her daughter after receiving a less-than-ideal reading from the clairvoyant. (I’ll link to story on this case.)

These 40 students from three Orange County high schools visited the Crime Lab and Coroner Division on Friday, March 1, for a behind-the-scenes look at the function of these two busy divisions of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


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News ImageLearning from the lab: High School students glean drug prevention tips from OCSD

Slides from the murder scene flipped onto the screen – one grotesque shot after another.

The students briefed on the infamous 2005 “Fortune Teller Murders” weren’t fazed by the blood-soaked and paint-splashed scene; they leaned in.

They learned about the complexities of processing the detailed scene and how forensic scientists played a critical role in building a case that led to the arrest of a North Carolina couple who murdered a Westminster fortune teller and her daughter after receiving a less-than-ideal reading from the clairvoyant. (I’ll link to story on this case.)

These 40 students from three Orange County high schools visited the Crime Lab and Coroner Division on Friday, March 1, for a behind-the-scenes look at the function of these two busy divisions of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to target distracted driving in special enforcement effort in the city of San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (March 25, 2019) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division will launch a special enforcement effort on Wednesday, March 27, to target distracted driving in the city of San Juan Capistrano.


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News ImageHere’s how to protect yourself against virtual scams

Many scam artists are going virtual to find new targets, but there are steps you can take to stay safe and prevent becoming a victim.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in recent months has seen an uptick in reports of various scams, from virtual kidnappings to faux pet purchases, in an effort to extort money unsuspecting victims.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement OperationLAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (March 18, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Departmentwill step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout thecounty on Friday, March 22, with focused enforcement on collision-causingfactors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to target distracted driving in special enforcement effortLAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (March 18, 2019) - TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division will launch a specialenforcement effort on Thursday, March 21, to target distracted driving in thecity of Laguna Hills.
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News ImageCitizens critical in apprehension of hit and run suspectsA group of suspects who stole a car and crashed it into a residence in the city of Lake Forest were taken into custody thanks to quick law enforcement response and assistance from engaged residents.
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News ImageDon't Drink and Drive this Holiday WeekendIn 2017, Orange County Sheriff's deputy Jeremy Johnson made a total of 57 DUI arrests. Since the passing of Prop 64, which decriminalized marijuana, DUI drug arrests have increased 40 percent in California. DUI drug arrests now exceed those for DUI alcohol in the United States.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department launches Laguna Hills motorcycle safety enforcement

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (March 13, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Saturday, March 16, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department launches Dana Point motorcycle safety enforcement

DANA POINT, Calif. (March 13, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Saturday, March 16, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to hold DUI checkpoint St. Patrick’s Day weekend

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 12, 2019) – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired.


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NEWS RELEASE: Homicide in the city of Stanton

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 8, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a homicide in the city of Stanton.


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NEWS RELEASE: Deceased UCI student cause of death determined, investigation ongoing

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 11, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division has determined an official cause of death for UCI student Noah Domingo, 18, of La Crescenta.


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International Women's Day
Happy International Women’s Day! This year we wanted to put the spotlight on Donna Boston, Director of the County’s Emergency Management Program. Donna is an incredible asset to the Sheriff’s Department and the County as a whole. Her career in Emergency Management spans 20 years and she specializes in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. She oversees the Emergency Management Division that provides emergency management and preparedness services to the unincorporated areas of Orange County and supports the efforts of the Orange County Operational Area.

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News ImageOCSD Crisis Negotiation Team helps diffuse tense situation with barricaded man

Get them talking. Make a connection. Diffuse the situation.

These are the tenets of crisis negotiation, but the process is much more nuanced and complex than it sounds.

It was approaching 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when the mother of a 3-year-old called the Sheriff’s Department to report the child’s father refused to release her daughter. Her ex, the woman told dispatchers, was acting strangely and had two of his firearms laid out on a table inside the home.


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News ImageOCSD seeking public's help to ID Lake Forest bank robberThe Orange County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help identifying a suspect who robbed a Lake Forest bank on April 26, 2018 in the 23000 block of El Toro Road.
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Report: Deaths of homeless individuals in Orange County

SANTA ANA,Ca. (February 25, 2019) – TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division publicly released tworeports today concerning reported deaths of individuals experiencinghomelessness in Orange County in 2018.


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NEWS RELEASE: Orange County public safety agencies launch Text-to-911

SANTA ANA, Ca. (February 6, 2019) – Orange County law enforcement and fire dispatch centers are now equipped with Text-to-911 to allow the hearing impaired, speech impaired or those in an emergency situation who are unable to make a phone call reach emergency services dispatchers by text message.


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NEWS RELEASE: Vicitims in Yorba Linda plane crash identified

SANTA ANA, Ca. (February 6, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division has positively identified the four decedents who died after a plane crashed into a single-family residence in Yorba Linda on Sunday, February 3.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD seeks additional victims of a contractor arrested for grand theft

SANTA ANA, Ca. (February 1,2019) – A woman, hired by multipleclients as a home organizer, has been arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’sDepartment (OCSD) on suspicion of felony grand theft. Investigators believethere may be additional victims, and are seeking community members to comeforward.


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News ImageThe Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center recognized for 2018 achievementsThe Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) on Tuesday, January 29, was recognized by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for their work in 2018, which garnered the team several awards including being named the nation’s top fusion center.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: OCSD Identifies Jane Doe Homicide Victim after 31 YearsSANTA ANA, Ca. (January 17, 2019) - The Orange County Sheriff's Department has identified a Jane Doe homicide victim whose remains were recovered more than 31 years ago.
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News ImageOCSD Arrests Man Accused of Cold-Case Rapes in 1990s

SANTA ANA,Ca. (January 11, 2019) – OrangeCounty Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a man yesterday suspected ofcommitting multiple rapes in the 1990s, including the kidnapping and rape of a9-year-old girl in Lake Forest. The man was identified utilizing techniquessimilar to the methods used to identify the Golden State Killer.


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News ImageMan posing as water employee burglarizes San Juan Capistrano homeOn Tuesday, December 18, at approximately 10 a.m., a suspect posing as a city water employee gained access to a resident’s home in the 27000 block of Paseo Mimosa in the city of San Juan Capistrano to steal more than $10,000 worth of jewelry.
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News ImageDecember is National Impaired Driving Prevention MonthThe season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in impaired driving. Most people would never imagine that their holiday celebration could result in the loss of one’s license, imprisonment, or worse – fatalities. This December, OCSD is raising public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.
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NEWS RELEASE: Update on joint investigation of Aliso Viejo explosion

SANTA ANA, Ca. (November 26, 2018) – The joint investigation between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) continues to determine who is responsible for the May 2018 explosion at an Aliso Viejo day spa that killed one female and injured two others.


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News ImageHoliday Safety – It’s Shopping Season, Help Prevent Package TheftThis time of year brings out those looking for a crime of opportunity as well as those thieves that actually target your delivery. Thieves will follow or watch for the UPS, Fed Ex or other delivery trucks and then target a home after a delivery is made. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your presents safe from porch pirates
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News ImageBlack Friday Safety TipsWith Black Friday right around the corner, we know you'll be staying up late to hunt for deals! Before you head out, take a look at these holiday shopping safety tips from OCSD to keep you and your family safe.
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OCSD warns residents of thieves targeting unattended purses left in shopping carts

Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators have seen an increase in the number of wallet thefts occurring at grocery stores.

Suspects will target shoppers who leave their purses in the child seat section of the grocery cart. Working in pairs, one suspect will distract a shopper while the other rifles through the victim's belongings, stealing their wallet.

As the busy shopping season approaches, investigators want to share some tips to protect yourself and your belongings.


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News ImageNovember is National Child Safety and Protection MonthNovember is National Child Safety and Protection Month, a nationwide effort to promote awareness for the potential hazards that children may face in everyday situations, as well as how to react to—or prevent—emergency situations.
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Man arrested for possession of explosives in Tustin

TUSTIN, Ca. (November 15,2018) - A man was arrested at hisresidence in unincorporated Tustin on Wednesday for possessing explosivedevices, fireworks and a large amount precursor materials to make explosivedevices.


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News ImageOCSD mourns the loss of Police Service Horse, CloudThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) is saddened to announce the tragic passing of Police Service Horse, Cloud, after he suffered a medical emergency during monthly training on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Riverside County. Cloud’s passing is the first on-duty Mounted Enforcement Unit death in the nearly 50-year history of the unit.
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NEWS RELEASE: Court reveals GTL recorded additional inmate attorney-client privileged calls

SANTA ANA, Ca. (November 9, 2018) - In June 2018, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) became aware of an issue with attorney-client privileged phone calls between inmates and their attorneys. In July 2018, the contractor who provides phone service to inmates in the OCSD jails, Global Tel Link Corporation (GTL), revealed that due to human error by a GTL employee, 1,079 inmate telephone calls to numbers that should have been designated as “do not record” were erroneously recorded by the contractor.


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NEWS RELEASE: Statement from Sheriff Hutchens regarding election of next Orange County Sheriff

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Nov. 7, 2018) – Please see the statement below from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

“I congratulate Sheriff-elect Don Barnes on a well-earned victory! He is the right person for the job and will be ready to lead the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on day one.”


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News ImageObservant deputy thwarts commercial burglary attempt leading to the arrest of three suspectsTwo men are in custody after keen observation by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy interrupted a commercial burglary in progress.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

STANTON, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2018) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in the city of Stanton on Monday, Nov. 12, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff's Department Awarded DUID Enhanced Testing Grant

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Nov. 2, 2018) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department – OC Crime Lab has been awarded a $316,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for training and enhanced DUID testing.


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Fighting Fentanyl: How OCSD is fighting the opioid crisis

Across the nation, the opioid crisis continues to ravage communities and claim new victims every day, including here in Orange County.

The most dramatic change law enforcement has seen in this recent epidemic has been the introduction of fentanyl – a highly potent synthetic opioid that is strong enough to cause an overdose with as little as 2 milligrams.

Since January, OCSD narcotics teams have intercepted 12.5 kilograms of this deadly drug and arrested seven people attempting to sell and transport it. That amount is enough for roughly 6 million people – nearly twice the county’s population -- to fatally overdose.


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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff's Department partners with Mexican Consulate to release Public Service Announcements

SANTA ANA, Ca. (October 23, 2018) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) has partnered with the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana to produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to remind Orange County residents that OCSD does not enforce immigration laws while on patrol.


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News ImageNational Cyber Security Awareness Month Tips from OCSDHaunted houses and horror movies are scary, but the only thing more terrifying than Halloween this October is getting cyber scammed.
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NEWS RELEASE: Statement from Sheriff Hutchens regarding use of force in Stanton

SANTA ANA, Ca. (October 19, 2018) - Please see the link below to a video of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens providing a statement regarding the use of force that occurred in Stanton on August 19, 2018.


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NEWS RELEASE: Self-identified police officer from Mexico arrested for transporting more than 50 lbs. of meth

SANTA ANA, Ca. (October 10, 2018)- On October 9, 2018, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Highway Interdiction Team initiated a traffic stop for vehicle code violations on the northbound I-5 freeway between Orange and San Diego counties. The driver, Miguel Patron, 41, Ensenada, identified himself, stated he was a police officer in Mexico and handed the deputy his police identification. Patron was extremely nervous and several criminal indicators were identified by the deputy conducting the traffic stop.


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News ImageHalloween Safety Tips from OCSDAs trick-or-treaters haunt the streets on Halloween, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. Parents, children, and drivers must remain extra vigilant to prevent injuries and fatalities.
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News ImageOCSD looking to identify owner of abandoned and abused horseOrange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for the owner of a 20-year-old white horse abandoned in unincorporated north Orange County.
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NEWS RELEASE: Two arrested in Lake Forest homicide

LAKE FOREST, Ca. (October 2, 2018) - On Monday October 1, 2018, at 5:50 am deputies responded to a call of unknown trouble at the Forest Glen apartments on Farthing Street in Lake Forest. A resident saw a male collapsed outside in a courtyard with significant wounds and called the Sheriff’s Department. The male, a Hispanic man in his twenties, was pronounced deceased at the scene and a homicide investigation began. The identification of the victim is pending notification of next of kin.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD seeking community’s assistance in identifying bank robbery suspect

LAKE FOREST, Ca. (September 26, 2018) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who robbed a Lake Forest bank on Monday September 24, 2018.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... providing leads

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

Making sense of what’s left behind is the crux of the work of the OC Crime Lab.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... providing leads

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

Making sense of what’s left behind is the crux of the work of the OC Crime Lab.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... testing toxicology

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

With impaired driving becoming an increasing problem on Orange County’s roadways, the Crime Lab last year launched an initiative to test all impaired drivers involved in a traffic collision, regardless of the results of the breath alcohol test.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... leaving an imprint on the criminal justice system

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

Dating back to the late 19th century, fingerprinting served as one of the pioneering practices of forensic science. Matching and maintaining millions of fingerprint images remains an important tool to help law enforcement agencies identify suspects and solve pending cases.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... delving into DNA

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

DNA evidence often can be a critical component to solving crimes or identifying suspects, bringing closure to victims and their families.


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News ImageThe Crime Lab makes a difference by ... making a good impression.

In honor of National Forensic Science Week, the Orange County Crime Lab wants to educate the public on the many ways our work impacts the county and makes a difference in the life of the citizens we serve.

We all know the importance of making a good impression. Lucky for Orange County residents, Crime Lab personnel are experts at the practice.


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News ImageOCSD looks to ID man suspected of sexually assaulting autistic male

Orange County Sheriff's Department Investigators are looking for the community's help to identify a man suspected of sexually assaulting an autistic adult male in the bathroom of the San Juan Capistrano Public Library.


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News ImageDriver arrested on suspicion of murder after excessive speed crash in Mission ViejoA 24-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of murder after a March 2017 traffic collision that killed a 33-year-old woman.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI checkpoint planned for Lake Forest this weekend

LAKE FOREST, Ca. (Sept. 5, 2018) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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News ImageWhat do we do with all the drugs?

Every year, thousands of pounds and millions of dollars’ worth of illegal drugs are confiscated during investigations throughout Orange County.

But when the case has closed and there is no longer any legal reasons to keep these narcotics, where do they go?


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OCSD launches new school safety initiative

With 13 contract cities and Orange County’s unincorporated areas, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for the safety of students and staff for more than 125 public and private schools.

While sound tactics and strategy for how to handle violence on school campuses have been in place for many years, the Sheriff’s Department recently launched a new standardized program that will help law enforcement and districts better prepare for, and potentially prevent, critical incidents on campus.


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Back to school: How OCSD prepares to keep children and campuses safe

Teachers and administrators aren’t the only ones hard at work in the summer months in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Every summer, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officers participate in specialized training that helps keep campuses and students safe.


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NEWS RELEASE: In-custody death occurs in San Juan Capistrano

SAN JUANCAPISTRANO, Ca. (August 20, 2018) – Anin-custody death of a male subject occurred today following an altercationbetween the subject and deputies. At approximately 4:40 p.m. deputies werecalled to the 32000 block of Camino Capistrano in the city of San JuanCapistrano regarding a male who was acting erratically and entering and exitingbusinesses in the area. Deputies contacted the subject, who is a man in histwenties.


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News ImageCommunity key in helping OCSD nab vandalism and hate crime suspectThanks to an engaged community and quick work by investigators, a man suspected of vandalizing a San Clemente elementary school with hate-inspired graffiti is in custody.
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NEWS RELEASE: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Aug. 20, 2018) - As we enter the final stretch of summer spending time at the pool or barbequing with friends and family, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired.


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OCFA and OCSD Announce Joint Air Operations PlanMISSION VIEJO, Ca. (August 15, 2018) - The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) released today an operating plan for Air Search and Rescue that outlines how air operations will be coordinated between the two public service agencies.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI checkpoint planned for Dana Point this weekend.

DANA POINT, Ca. (Aug. 14, 2018) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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News ImageOCSD arrests man who jumped from Lido Bridge and landed on passing vesselOrange County Sheriff’s Department on Friday, Aug. 3, arrested a 27-year-old-man suspected of jumping off Newport Beach’s Lido Bridge and landing on a passing vessel, injuring a 66-year-old woman.
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NEWS RELEASE: Multi-agency investigation leads to the seizure of $1.6 million worth of illegal narcotics

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 26, 2018) - An investigation by a multi-agency operation to intercept narcotics and hold drug traffickers accountable has resulted in the arrest of three men and the confiscation of 184 pounds of illegal narcotics and five guns.


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News ImageOCSD Harbor Patrol rescues 13 from sinking boat off Newport BeachA quick response Sunday afternoon from the Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol led to the rescue of 13 passengers on a quickly sinking vessel about a half-mile off the coast of Newport Beach.
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News ImageOCSD deputies arrest two men suspected of back-to-back robberies in Lake ForestOrange County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested two men suspected of robbing one victim and attempting to rob another Sunday night in Lake Forest.
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News ImageOC Crime Lab accepts international honor recognizing the lab's performance and efficiency

The Orange County Crime Laboratory recently was recognized by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Inc., positioning Orange County as operating at above 90 percent peak efficiency among other crime laboratories.


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News ImageSerial indecent exposure suspect in custody, OCSD looking to identify more victimsOrange County Sheriff’s Department investigators believe there may be more victims of a suspect they arrested who exposed himself to female bus riders on at least three occasions in Orange County
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OCSD letter regarding Register articleTrust between the public and law enforcement is continually evolving. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) believes it is important to bring to the attention of the public an unfounded mischaracterization by the Orange County Register that attempts to erode that trust, and was not corrected despite numerous requests.
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Sheriff’s Department responds to OC Grand Jury report on deaths in jail

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 25, 2018) - The care and custody of inmates is one of the top priorities of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD). OCSD operates one of the largest jail systems in the nation while processing more than 50,000 bookings each year and housing more than 6,000 inmates each day. The staff of our jails, both OCSD and healthcare personnel, go to great lengths to ensure the complex health needs of each inmate entrusted to us are met.


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NEWS RELEASE: Senate Bill 54 results in release of 414 criminals, 45 have re-offended in OC

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 14, 2018) - California Senate Bill 54, which took effect on January 1, 2018, placed restrictions on collaboration between local custody operations and federal law enforcement authorities. These communication restrictions have resulted in 45 criminals with federal detainers re-offending following their release back into the community.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department launches interactive CrimeMapping program

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 8, 2018) - Residents in Orange County Sheriff’s Department contract cities and unincorporated areas will be able to better track public safety issues in their neighborhoods with a recently launched software program that allows them to monitor and analyze criminal activity in their area.


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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in San Clemente this weekend

San Clemente, Ca. (May, 31 2018) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Orange County law enforcement to honor the fallen with the 2018 Peace Officers’ Memorial and Candlelight Vigil

Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement agencies across the county, along with members of the community, will gather to commemorate the dedication and service of the county’s fallen officers.

Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel, president of the Orange County Chiefs’ of Police and Sheriff’s Association, will deliver the keynote address.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

Stanton Calif. (May 17, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in Stanton on Saturday, May 19, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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Aliso Viejo explosion being investigated as a crime

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 16, 2018) - Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), continue to investigate the cause of an explosion at an Aliso Viejo business that killed one female and injured two others.


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News ImageOC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens implores community to help families in need with annual ‘essentials’ drive

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is encouraging the community to participate in a countywide drive to collect baby essentials for families in need.

From now until June 8, HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, will be collecting basic baby essentials such as diapers, wipes and food, which will be distributed to families in our community.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

Stanton Calif. (May 10, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in Stanton on Saturday, May 12, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

Stanton Calif. (May 2, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in Stanton on Friday, May 4, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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NEWS RELEASE: California Attorney General and Orange County Sheriff’s Department Announce the Arrest of 85 Individuals in Orange County Gang Takedown

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 2, 2018) - Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens today announced the arrest of 85 individuals; seizure of 36 firearms, including assault weapons; seizure of 14 pounds of methamphetamine and 3 pounds of heroin; and the recovery of 2 stolen vehicles, as part of an investigation of Mafia members and associates operating in Orange County.


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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

SANTA ANA, Calif. (May 1, 2018)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Thursday, May 3, throughout the county in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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MEDIA ADVISORY: Inmates and college students tackle criminal justice course with Orange County’s first Inside Out Jail Exchange ProgramThe Orange County Sheriff's Department is partnering with Vanguard University for a unique college course experience behind the walls of the Intake Release Center.
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

Laguna Niguel, Calif. (April 18, 2018) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, April 20, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement OperationStanton, Calif. (April 18, 2018) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in the city of Stanton on Thursday, April 19, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in San Juan Capistrano this weekend

San Juan Capistrano, Ca. (April 18, 2018) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement OperationStanton Calif. (April 13, 2018) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in the city of Stanton on Saturday, April 14, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

SANTA ANA, Calif. (April 13, 2018)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Sunday, April 15, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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OCSD Investigators Seeking Additional Victims of Child Annoyance Suspect

Santa Ana, Calif. (April 12, 2017)- On Wednesday, April 11, OCSD North Investigations and Special Victims Unit investigators arrested Mike Patrick Thomas, 50, of Tustin, on child annoyance charges related to inappropriate communication and contact with a female juvenile. Thomas is believed to have engaged in inappropriate contact, text messaging and conversations with the victim. During the investigation, it was discovered that a few years ago, Thomas was accused of inappropriate contact with another minor, who has since graduated from high school.


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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

SANTA ANA, Calif. (April 12, 2018)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Saturday, April 14, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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DUI enforcement operations planned for April 10

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (April 6, 2018)Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCFA/OCSD ARREST SERIAL ARSONIST


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to conduct bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

Stanton, Calif. (April 4, 2018) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the county on Saturday, April 7, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.


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TEN YEARS OF HANDS-FREE LAW: CHALLENGES REMAIN

SANTA ANA, Ca. (April 4, 2018) - Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California.


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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (April 4, 2017)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Friday, April 6, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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News ImageThanks to RapidDNA and fast-acting Investigators a second-degree robbery suspect is behind barsThe Rapid DNA Program quickly provided the identity of a felon charged with robbing a donut shop cashier in Mission Viejo at knifepoint.
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NEWS RELEASE: SB 54 prompts Sheriff’s Department to publicly post inmate release datesSANTA ANA, Ca. (Mar. 26, 2018) – Beginning today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will make publicly available inmate release dates through the existing “Who’s in Jail” online database. This action will enhance communication between the Sheriff’s Department and our law enforcement partners to remove dangerous offenders from our community.
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News ImageScam Smart: Selling Items Online

Looking to sell that old couch on Craigslist? Read this first.


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News ImageMan arrested for three felonies after attempting to defraud rental car companyA 22-year-old man was arrested after attempting to defraud a rental car company Sunday night.
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NEWS RELEASE: Distracted Driving Enforcement in Mission Viejo FridayThe Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Division will target distracted drivers with enhanced patrol efforts on Friday.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in Mission Viejo on FridayThe Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Division will hold a DUI checkpoint in Mission Viejo on Friday.
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NEWS RELEASE: Suspect and victim identified in possible murder-suicide

SANTA ANA, Ca. (March 6, 2018) - On Monday, March 5, 2018, Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators initiated an investigation following an incident inside a residence in the 13400 block on Winthrope Street in unincorporated Santa Ana.


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NEWS RELEASE: Distracted Driving Enforcement in Mission Viejo MondayThe Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Division will target distracted drivers with a targeted enforcement this Monday.
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NEWS RELEASE: Distracted Driving Enforcement in Mission Viejo FridayThe Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Division will slate added enforcement to target distracted drivers in Mission Viejo on Friday.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD to enforce trespass laws following the voluntary transition of homeless individuals encamped along the Santa Ana River Trail

SANTA ANA,Ca. (Feb. 26, 2018) - Asof 2 p.m. today, all individuals encamped along the Santa Ana River Trail inthe project area between Ball Road in the city of Anaheim and Memory Lane in thecity of Orange have voluntarily complied with the request to relocate. TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department will now actively enforce state trespasslaws and will maintain high visibility patrols in the area. This activeenforcement of trespass laws will enable the County to complete theenvironmental remediation project and restore the area to its intended purpose.


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News ImageOCSD makes 12 arrests in Aliso Viejo DUI checkpointThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Division made a dozen arrests and issued my than 40 traffic citations in an overnight checkpoint in Aliso Viejo Friday, Feb. 9.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests fraud suspect, seeks additional victimsSANTA ANA, Ca. (Feb. 13, 2018) - Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Economic Crimes Unit, in conjunction with the United States Secret Service, have arrested Daniel Lee Case on suspicion of running a forced sale fraud scheme at multiple business resulting in an estimated multi-million dollar loss.

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News ImageSuspicious subject call yields ID theft arrest and recovery of stolen items

An investigation into a suspicious persons call resulted in the recovery of thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise and the arrest of three suspects.

Deputies at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, responded to reports of suspicious subjects at Kohl’s in the 22000 block of El Paseo in Rancho Santa Margarita.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD traffic investigators arrest felony hit and run suspect

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. (Feb. 5, 2018) - On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at approximately 8:50 p.m. Stephen Schenkenberger was struck on his bicycle while crossing Niguel Road from Ridgeway in the City of Laguna Niguel.


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NEWS RELEASE: Don’t Fumble: Tackle Drunk Driving Before the Clock Starts

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Feb. 1, 2018) - Kickoff on America’s favorite pastime is just about ready to start. For many football fans, when it’s time for Super Bowl LII, everyone’s a fan…and Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is huddling up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder to urge football fans across the nation not to drop the ball on this issue.


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OCSD joins OC Humans Relations Commission to promoto #HateFreeOCIt’s the last day of January: How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up for everyone?

The start of the year brings commitments to live healthier lives, so we decided to keep with the theme and commit to creating healthier communities.

We are partnering with the Orange County Human Relations Commission to promote kindness, acceptance and tolerance for a #HateFreeOC.


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NEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department Awarded DUID Testing and Research Grant

SANTA ANA,Ca. (Jan. 23, 2018) -TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department – OC Crime Lab has been awarded a $270,000grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for cannabinoidresearch and enhanced drug impaired driving testing. The Orange CountySheriff’s Department will use the funding to facilitate the efficient testingof all blood samples collected in DUI investigations for the presence of drugs,regardless of the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and conduct cannabinoidresearch.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests woman for murder after 2016 vehicle collision

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Jan. 19, 2018) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a woman for murder following a 2016 vehicle collision where she was found to be driving under the influence.


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News ImageOrange County’s shelter dogs benefit from second-hand inmate clothingDozens of shelter dogs will wait for their forever homes a little more comfortably thanks to a recycling program that repurposes inmate clothing and blankets to make dog beds and chew toys.
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News ImageOCSD to deploy resources to Santa Barbara County in wake of mudslidesThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department is sending a 39-member Sheriff’s Response Team to Santa Barbara County to aid the community devastated by recent mudslides.
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News ImageLaguna Niguel DUI checkpoint sees more than 700 cars screened and 11 arrestsA DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint held Friday night in Laguna Niguel turned out two arrests for drunken driving and another nine for driver’s license violations.
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OCSD to serve as NEWS RELEASE: Orange County’s primary Search and Rescue agency in remote areas

SANTA ANA,Ca. (Jan. 16, 2018) -TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will serve as the County’s primaryresponders for remote-area rescues as an agreement with the Orange County FireAuthority (OCFA) for a dual-agency approach expires today.


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News ImageInvestigators attempt to ID shoplifterOrange County Sheriff's investigators are looking to identify a woman suspected of shoplifting from two Ladera Ranch stores.
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News ImageVIDEO: Duke catches laser-strike suspect on camera, leads to felony arrest

A 41-year-old man was arrested after discharging a laser atDuke 1 pilots as they patrolled over San Juan Capistrano Wednesday night.

Duke 1 video captures a man standing outside his car firingthe laser at Duke multiple times while the helicopter was overhead at about7:30 p.m. Jan. 10.


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NEWS RELEASE: Body found in Borrego Park ID'd as missing 19 year old

LAKE FOREST, Ca. (Jan. 10, 2018) - The body of a 19-year-old man found in Borrego Park by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators has been identified as missing person Blaze Bernstein.


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News ImageNational Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month and we encourage you to help those in need by donating blood. To do our part, we are hosting the Red Cross Bloodmobile at two locations this month.


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NEWS BULLETIN: OC Sheriff's Department searching for missing 19-year-oldThe Orange County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's assistance in location 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein, who was last seen Jan. 2 in Lake Forest.
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News ImageSaying goodbye to Explosive Detection K9, SamWe are saddened to announce the passing of one of our Explosive Detection K9s, Sam.

Sam, a 9-year-old black Labrador, served with the Sheriff’s Department for more than three years with his partner, Investigator Mireles.


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News ImageMan saved after deputies administer Naloxone, bringing total number of lives saved to 30 since the program's inception

A 27-year-old man is now among 30 people saved by deputies administering Naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of a drug overdose.


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News ImageOCSD welcomes first female Search & Rescue flight crewAs the Sheriff’s Department’s Search and Rescue Program continues to expand and introduce new members to the team, we were honored this year to welcome the first female flight crew to the unit.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigators looking to ID home burglary crew

ROSSMOOR, Ca. (Dec. 28, 2017) - Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are looking to identify a three-man crew suspected of burglarizing multiple homes in recent weeks.


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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze: OCSD launches saturation patrol in Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST, Ca. (Dec. 27, 2017) - While alcohol-impaired driving remains the most serious problem on our roadways, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with other impairing substances in their system keeps rising.

Faced with more instances of DUID – Driving Under the Influence of Drugs – state and local officials are reiterating the message that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” The message takes on increased importance with the state set to begin licensing commercial nonmedical marijuana sales on Jan. 1, under provisions of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying a DUI saturation patrol in Lake Forest this holiday weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The enforcement will run from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30.


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NEWS RELEASE: NEWS RELEASE: Changes to OCSD custody procedures due to SB54 take effect today

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Dec. 27, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is making several changes to its custody operations in light of recent legislation expected to take effect Jan. 1.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

STANTON, Calif. (Dec. 27, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations in the city of Stanton on Thursday, Dec. 28, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Deputies will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries.


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News ImageTwo lives saved thanks to deputies’ quick responseTwo Orange County residents are recovering and may get to be home for the holidays thanks to the quick action of several Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
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News ImageNew communications system improves public safety

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Communications Bureau (ECB) is responsible for answering all 9-1-1 calls for our 13 partner contract cities and all unincorporated areas and all non-emergency phone calls to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. On average, ECB receives and handles nearly a half million phone calls a year.

After months of research, including looking at other large public agencies, it was decided that an automated phone answering system for all incoming non-emergency phone calls would be necessary to keep up with the phone call demand, improve our customer service and, most importantly, improve public safety.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff’s Department, Santa Ana PD partner to arrest armed robbery suspectsSANTA ANA, Ca. (Dec. 12, 2017) – A man and a woman suspected of robbing a Lake Forest hotel at gunpoint and fleeing with an unknown amount of cash were arrested early Monday morning.Deputies at about 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, were dispatched to reports of an armed robbery at a hotel in the 23000 block of Lake Center Drive in Lake Forest.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigators Seeking Additional Victims in Internet Stalking Case

DANA POINT, Ca. (Dec. 11, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department Investigators have arrested a man suspected of stalking more than 15 women on various social media platforms and threatening violence against them.


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News ImageOrange County intelligence centered honored for excellence in combating terrorism, cyber crime

Much of their work doesn’t garner headlines or community-wide recognition.

For members of the Orange County Intelligence and Assessment Center (OCIAC), that often means they are finding success in their work.


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Orange County Hosts Civil Processes SeminarThe city of Dana Point in October served as the host city for this year’s California State Sheriff’s Association annual Civil Procedures Seminar, which drew more than 200 people from across the state.
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News ImageHoliday Safety – It’s Shopping Season, Help Prevent Package TheftWith the holiday season quickly approaching, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday around thecorner, chances are you are starting to order presents over the phone, viathe Internet, or by mail. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your presents safefrom lurking porch pirates.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: OC Sheriffs ‘Push 20’ on Veterans Day to Raise Awareness for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department willdrop and

complete 20 pushups in unison to raise awareness, and funds, for

veteran suicide prevention.


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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in Laguna Hills this Weekend

LAGUNA HILLS, Ca. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests LA man who threatened ‘killing spree’ in YouTube videos

ALISO VIEJO, Ca. (Nov. 6, 2017) – A 39-year-old man who threatened a staff member at Soka University through bizarre email exchanges and a YouTube channel rant was arrested early Friday, Nov. 3, on suspicion of criminal threats.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Coroner remembers the unidentified dead in honor of Dia de los Muertos

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Nov. 1, 2017) – In recognition of Dia de los Muertos, a holiday to remember friends and family members who have died, the Orange County Sheriff Coroner is remembering some of their unidentified decedents from over the years and requesting the public’s assistance to get them identified.


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News ImageOCSD joins Halloween fun at CHOC Children's

Padding down the corridor and stopping at an inviting-looking table, a tiny Donatello stretched to his tiptoes to get a better look at the candy selection.

This trick-or-treating spot was the equivalent to that home on the block that skips the mini versions of the best chocolate bars and instead hands out the full-size ones.

Deputy Pete Chavez dumped not one, but two, adult-sized handfuls of candy into a Halloween-themed pillowcase candy bag that was nearly as big as the trick-or-treater soliciting sweets.


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News ImageHappy Halloween - Trick or Treat SafetyCheck out the Orange County Sheriff's Department Halloween Night Safety Tips!
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News Image‘Jail pumpkins’ delivered and decorated at Rancho Santa Margarita schools

A jail facility may seem an unlikely place for Halloween pumpkins, but we’d argue these are the best picks in the patch.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel earlier this month harvested 150 pumpkins from the James A. Musick facility and on Thursday, Oct. 26, delivered them to children at four elementary and intermediate Rancho Santa Margarita schools.


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NEWS RELEASE: Update on Sheriff’s Department enhanced homeless outreach

SANTA ANA, Ca. (Oct. 26, 2017) – After seven weeks of an enhanced enforcement presence along the Santa Ana Riverbed and in County flood control channels, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, along with partner law enforcement agencies from Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana and Fountain Valley, has made 180 arrests and, in concert with other agencies and organizations, offered services and resources to hundreds.


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The science behind the scene: OC Crime Lab Empowers Girl Scouts at STEM eventBilling forensic science as a cool career doesn’t seem a hard sell.

Blood spatter, crime scenes and fingerprint analysis can pique the interest of even the mildly scientifically inclined, but inspiring young girls and women to consider a career in science remains an important mission.

The Orange County Crime Lab was among many organizations and companies tasked with empowering more than 450 Girl Scouts about pursuing a STEM career.


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News ImageRed Ribbon Week in Orange County!Since 1988, Orange County has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week! The Red Ribbon Campaign is a national drug prevention effort that takes place during the month of October.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigators arrest four in Yorba Linda armed robbery$0YORBA LINDA, Ca. (Oct. 16, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Departmentinvestigators have arrested four men suspected of luring a man to a fraudulentbusiness deal and robbing him at gunpoint.$0
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Safety Tips - Pumpkin Carving SafetyBefore you and your family start carving your jack-o-lantern's, make sure to be cautious and follow these safety tips.

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National Preparedness Month - Get Involved! Be a Part of Something LargerGet involved and share preparedness info in your community, faith-based organization and business.
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National Preparedness Month - Practice and Build Out Your Plans• Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
• Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
• Participate in an emergency drill
• Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)

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OCSD and AOCDS partner with local business to aid hurricane victimsMembers of the Orange County Sheriff's Department partnered with a local business owner to donate more than $157,000 worth of emergency items to aid the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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National Preparedness Month - Plan to Help Your Neighbor and CommunityLife-threatening emergencies can happen fast! Take the necessary steps to help your neighbors and surrounding communities.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint slated for Lake Forest This WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff's Department will hold a Driver's License and DUI Checkpoint at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, until 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.
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September is National Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Office of Emergency Management would like to encourage Orange County residents to be prepared by making a family plan, stockpiling emergency supplies and knowing how to stay connected to the County. Taking these simple steps will go a long way during a natural disaster or other emergency.
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OCSD Crime Prevention Specialist featured on KUCIChristina Goddard, OCSD Crime Prevention Specialist with Laguna Niguel Police Services, spoke with Mari Frank of Privacy Piracy on KUCI 88.9 FM about Coffee with a Cop.
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News ImageKeeping OCSD K9s cool in record-breaking heatHow does the OCSD K9 Unit keep their partners cool in hot temperatures?
The OCSD employs specialized tools and some good old fashioned cooling techniques, to keep our K9s safe.
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News ImageOCSD makes great showing at annual World Police and Fire Games

Athletic talent abounds at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

More than 30 employees participated in this year’s World Police and Fire Games, bringing home 25 medals in a variety of sports from soccer to pistol shooting to ice hockey.

Congratulations to all the participants!


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigators Arrest Music Teacher on Suspicion of Sexual Assault

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (Aug. 25, 2017) – Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail (SVD) on Thursday, Aug. 24, arrested a 30-year-old San Juan Capistrano music teacher on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.


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OCSD and Orange Unified School District Partner for School Safety ProjectVILLA PARK, Ca. (Aug. 24, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange Unified School District on Sunday, Aug. 27, will partner for a school safety project that will facilitate better law enforcement response during major emergencies.
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OCSD Statement on Dekraai Case RulingSANTA ANA, Ca. (Aug. 18, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department releases the following statement in reference to Dekraai ruling.
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DUI Checkpoint in Mission Viejo this WeekendMISSION VIEJO, Ca. (Aug. 15, 2017) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault SuspectMission Viejo, Ca. (July 28, 2017) – On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Detail (SVD) investigators arrested Qing Dai, 40, Mission Viejo, following allegations he sexually assaulted a 37 year old female at Sunny’s Massage, located at 24000 Alicia Parkway #32, Mission Viejo, CA.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in Laguna Niguel this WeekendLaguna Niguel, Ca. (July 26, 2017) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, to 3 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017.
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UPDATE: OCSD Locates Family of Misidentified DecedentSANTA ANA, Calif. (July 7, 2017) - The decedent who was previously misidentified as Frank M. Kerrigan, 57 was positively identified as 54-year-old John Dean Dickens. Through an extensive search, his family was located out of state and informed of his death on June 29, 2017.
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NEWS RELEASE: In-Custody Death at Intake Release CenterSANTA ANA, Calif. (July 3, 2017) – On July 3, 2017, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy was conducting meal distribution to inmates housed at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana. During food delivery, the deputy found a male in his twenties, unresponsive, inside his cell.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 29, 2017) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy from 7 p.m. Friday, June 30th, to 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 1st in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests in the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point.
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NEWS RELEASE: ACLU of Southern California’s Jails Project Report: Falsehood v. FactSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 28, 2017) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California released a report on June 27th regarding the Orange County jail system managed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Many of the claims and allegations in the report are inaccurate or purposely distorted. In an effort to correct the record, Sheriff Hutchens is providing the following facts which refute information in the report:
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UPDATE: OCSD Investigating Misidentification by OC Coroner OfficeSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 26, 2017) - The decedent who was previously misidentified as Frank M. Kerrigan, 57, has been positively identified by fingerprints. The Coroner Division is attempting to locate and notify family therefore we will not be releasing the name of the decedent at this time. Until his family can be found or all efforts are exhausted, his body will remain interred at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD statement on ACLU of Southern California’s Jails Project ReportSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 27, 2017) - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California released a report today on the Orange County jail system managed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The report presents a purposely distorted view of the Orange County Jails. The ACLU’s findings are largely based on interviews and surveys of former inmates. While inmates certainly have a perspective to offer on our jail system, the failure to include the perspective of law enforcement has resulted in a report that only tells one side of the story.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigators Seeking Info on Child Molest SuspectYORBA LINDA, Ca. (May 26, 2017) – Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail (SVD) are looking for more information on a man accused of sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Investigating Misidentification by OC Coroner OfficeSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 24, 2017) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an internal investigation into the misidentification of a decedent. The department extends regrets to the family of Frank M. Kerrigan, 57, for any emotional stress caused as a result of this unfortunate incident.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff to Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement OperationSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 22, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the county on Sunday, June 25, 2017 with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s OperationSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 22, 2017)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on June 26, 2017 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.
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NEWS REPORT: Sheriff’s Department issues statement on OC Grand Jury Report: “The Myth of the Orange County Jailhouse Informant Program"SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 13, 2017)- “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department welcomed the independent review of our jail operations by the Orange County Grand Jury. The report validates many past statements made by Sheriff Sandra Hutchens regarding the use of jailhouse informants and confirms a departmentally sanctioned program does not exist.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned for June 13LAKE FOREST/MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (June 12, 2017) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy from 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests in the cities of Mission Viejo and Lake Forest.
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s OperationSTANTON, Calif. (June 9, 2017)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Monday, June 12, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas in Stanton frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff To Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement OperationSANTA ANA, Calif. (June 1, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations throughout the county on Tuesday, June 6, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Deputies will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint in Dana Point this WeekendDANA POINT, Ca. (May 30, 2017) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, to 3 a.m. Saturday, June 3.
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NEWS RELEASE: Saddleback Church Youth Mentor Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Acts with a ChildLAKE FOREST, Ca. (May 26, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail investigators on Thursday, May 25, arrested a 32-year-old youth mentor at Saddleback Church on suspicion of inappropriate relations with at least two juveniles. SVD investigators on Wednesday, May 24, were contacted after patrol deputies took a report alleging a man working as a junior high youth mentor with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest had an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old boy.
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NEWS RELEASE: Buckle up ‘Click It or Ticket’ launches todaySANTA ANA, Ca. (May 22, 2017) –As summer approaches and families hit the road for vacations, The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety are reminding motorists to buckle up. The national seat belt campaign, “Click It or Ticket,” launches today, May 22, and will run through June 4. The program, scheduled concurrently with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year, is aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe.
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NEWS RELEASE: 2017 Peace Officers’ Memorial and Candlelight VigilTUSTIN, Ca. (May 25, 2017)- A memorial ceremony and candlelight vigil will be held to honor Orange County law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint Planned for May 20STANTON, Ca. (May 18, 2017) – Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s DUI Enforcement Team will hold a DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoint this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19, to 3 a.m. Saturday, May 20.
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After 50 years, legendary Harbor Patrol deputy has pretty much seen and done it all

They popped up out of the ocean like huge corks.

“Weirdest thing I saw in my life,” says Terry Smith, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy who has been patrolling the county’s harbors and coast for 50 years.

A fisherman reported the mysterious bales popping up, one by one, above the surface of the sea about two miles off San Mateo Point, near Trestles. The bales turned out to be 14,000 pounds of marijuana — about $3 million worth.

“We never did figure out where they came from,” Smith says of the dope, seized by the OCSD Harbor Patrol about a decade ago. Drug smugglers, he says, may have hidden them under the water using a time-release mechanism.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Coroner Division Ids Jane Doe After Nearly 30 Years

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 11, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Division has identified the victim of a vehicle crash from 27 years ago, bringing closure to her family after many years.

Coroner’s officials on Thursday, May 4, received confirmation the 26-year-old woman struck and killed by two vehicles on April 1, 1990 as she crossed Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach was Andrea Kuiper of Fairfax, Va.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Seeking Public's Assistance in Homicide Investigation

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 5, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to track down additional information and witnesses in the March 23 homicide of 19-year-old Jonathan Ramirez.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Child Exploitation Task Force Arrests San Clemente Resident for Engaging in Lewd Behavior

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 4, 2017) – Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Detail (SVD) and the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) on Thursday, May 4, arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a boy under age 18 and furnishing the minor with marijuana and controlled substances.


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Bicycle safety enforcement operations planned for Saturday

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 4, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) call upon bicycle riders and motorists alike to be cautious during May’s National Bicycle Safety Month, and every other month during the year.


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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD seeking additional victims of man who posed as maintenance worker to burglarize the elderly

LAGUNA WOODS, Ca. (May 2, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators are seeking additional victims of a man who posed as an air conditioning maintenance worker to gain entry to residents’ homes and burglarize the residence.


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Be A ‘Roll’ Model: OCSD encourages safety, awareness for National Bicycle Safety Month

SANTA ANA, Ca. (May 1, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) call upon bicycle riders and motorists to be cautious during May’s National Bicycle Safety Month, and every other month during the year.


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News ImageOCSD Air Support Unit honored for rescuing 4-year-old kidnapped by manThe sun was setting and their shift ending when the call came in on July 27: A 4-year-old boy reported missing at Santa Ana’s Jerome Park.

The child was attending a birthday party and, like many of his friends, was running on the playground when he disappeared.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff's Department Investigating Mission Viejo HomicideMISSION VIEJO, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a double stabbing at a Mission Viejo apartment complex that left one man deceased and another with critical injuries.
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NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests man suspected of vandalizing vehicles in Rancho Santa Margarita

RANCHOSANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Orange County Sheriff’sDepartment deputies on Thursday, April 20, arrested a man suspected ofvandalizing more than 20 vehicles over a five-month period in various locationsin Rancho Santa Margarita.


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NEWS RELESASE: OCSD to conduct roving DUI Patrols for St. Patrick's Day

Don’t test your luck this St. Patrick’s Day – drive sober or get pulled over.

As residents across Orange County prepare to celebrate one of the country’s most popular holidays, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Enforcement Team is preparing to keep the roads safe.

OCSD will be conducting roving DUI patrols throughout the county Friday in an effort to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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NEWS RELEASE: OC Sheriff To Conduct Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian SafetyEnforcement Operations throughout the county on Saturday, March 18, 2017 withfocused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists,pedestrians and bicyclists.


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OCSD Response to Department of Homeland Security Report

SANTAANA, Calif. (March8, 2017)OnMarch 8, 2017, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a report fromthe Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG)after an inspection of the Theo Lacy facility in November 2016.


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NEWS RELESASE: Lt. Lane Lagaret is OC Sheriff's New PIO

SANTA ANA, Calif. (March 3, 2017)The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is pleased to introduce our new Public Information Officer (PIO), Lt. Lane Lagaret.


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News ImageOCSD wishes K9 Rhino well in retirement

K9 Rhino has retired after six years of service with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Read more about Rhino and his partner Jason Ivins, who recently was promoted to sergeant.


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NEWS RELEASE: Two suspects arrested in Stanton homicide

STANTON, Calif. (March 2, 2017)Sheriff’s investigators have arrested two suspects in the Feb. 28 homicide of a 25-year-old Anaheim man.

Sheriff’s deputies at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, responded to reports of a shooting near Dale and Lola avenues. Deputies arrived to find Frederick Temple lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound.

Deputies rendered aid until Orange County Fire Paramedics arrived and pronounced Temple deceased.


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Inspired by a Dr. Seuss classic, OCSD presents "Oh! The Things That You'll Be"

In honor of Read Across America Day, the Orange County Sheriff's Department wrote a take on the Dr. Seuss classic, "Oh! The Places You'll Go."

To inspire all those who one day dream to become a deputy, the OCSD presents: "Oh! The Things That You'll Be"


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Video: OCSD SWAT and Aviation Support Unit run complex training

Last week, the Orange County Sheriff's Department SWAT team and the Aviation Support Unit ran a complex training in a remote location.

Many of our communities back up to wilderness parks and national forest, which can present unique challenges.

In this scenario, two active shooter suspects have escaped to Orange County's most rugged areas in an attempt to evade our SWAT and ASU teams.

How do you think those suspects fared? Watch to find out.



News ImageRetired deputy sheriff returns as a reserve to help OCSD's Search and Rescue program

Clinging to just a handful of sage scrub on the steep cliff, perilously close to falling 150 feet to her likely death, the terrified 18-year-old turned to the man sent to rescue her.

“Don’t let me fall!” she implored.

Wearing a dark-green jumpsuit, white helmet, brown gloves, black boots and a red harness, Reserve Deputy Jim Slikker knew he didn’t have the best footing on the slope in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.


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Sheriff Hutchens Clarifies OCSD’s Role in Immigration Enforcement

As immigration policy has taken front and center over the past few weeks, debate continues and questions from the public proliferate. As your Sheriff, I do not determine immigration policy, and I will leave discussion on the merits of proposals to the Congress and the President. However, I want to clarify the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s role in the enforcement of immigration law.


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Investigators Seeking Suspect, Property in Mission Viejo Residential Burglary

OrangeCounty Sheriff’s Department investigators are looking for a suspect whoburglarized a home in the 27000 block of Pueblonuevo Drive, making off withmore than $6,700 in valuables.


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Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of OC Sheriff’s Operation

TheOrange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized MotorcycleSafety Enforcement Operation on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in an effort to lowerdeaths and injuries.


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Investigators Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault SuspectOn Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Detail (SVD) investigators arrested Ryan Daniel Bishop, 32, Laguna Hills, following allegations he sexually assaulted a 32 year old female at Massage Heights in Mission Viejo.
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News ImageOCSD Airport Operations Captain honored by military as ‘Patriotic Employer’Orange County Sheriff’s Department Airport Operations Capt. Wayne Byerley was recognized Tuesday, Feb. 21, by the United States National Guard and Reserve Force for his support of employee participation in the Reserves.
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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department employees participate in annual ‘Run to Remember’

With every stride and every passing mile, they remembered someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

More than a dozen Orange County Sheriff’s Department employees on Feb. 12 laced up their shoes for the annual Los Angeles Run to Remember to pay tribute to fallen first responders, including OCSD’s own nine fallen heroes


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10 OC Sheriff's Department sworn employees honored at Annual Appreciation DinnerOthers were singled out for acts of bravery or for investigative skills.

And some, through a single act of compassion, took the concept of customer service to a higher level.

Whatever the reasons, the 10 members of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, who received Meritorious Service Awards at the 2017 Law Enforcement and Firefighters Annual Appreciation Dinner, were deserving of recognition.


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Encouraged by a more streamlined hiring process, newest OCSD lateral hires take oaths


Deputy Matthew Jonte receives his new badge from his mother, Lisa, at the OCSD laterals swearing-in ceremony Feb. 2. Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

The Orange County Sheriff's Department recently began streamlining its process of hiring peace officers with on-the-job experience.The department is quite pleased with the results.

Since Nov. 1, OCSD has processed more than 50 applications from prospective laterals – officers and deputies with experience from other law enforcement agencies – including several who’ve been hired and sworn in.


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Call the right play for Super Bowl LI

Football fans across the country will tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5, and for many, the event often includes alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk” campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

The Sheriff’s Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.


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News ImageFamily tragedy partly inspired OCSD deputy coroner investigator to pursue her career

On every call, she starts at the head and works her way down, careful not to miss anything.

Did the decedent suffer any trauma, and if so, where and what kind?

What was the approximate time of death?

Any tattoos or other distinctive body markings?

As an Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy coroner investigator who responds to death scenes — from traffic accidents to unattended deaths in homes, to babies who pass away unexpectedly to homicides and freeway jumpers —- Michelle Hartney deals in hard, cold and disturbing facts.


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OCSD Traffic Enforcement to run bike and pedestrian safety operation

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Saturday, Jan. 21 with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred, along with the violations that led to those crashes. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
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Improving Motorcycle Safety the Aim of OC Sheriff’s OperationThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Jan. 21, 2017 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries from collisions.


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Award-winning OCSD Crime Lab technician makes customer service a priority

Story from Behind the Badge OC.

One of the first things that struck him were the odd smells.

The vinegary smell of heroin, the metallic odor of blood, the unmistakable odor of a dead body. “I’ll never forget that,” Raymond Frausto said of that last smell.

Frausto, 29, is a technician in the Evidence Control Section of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab, where he is among four techs who perform the critical tasks of receiving, logging, moving, tracking and releasing all evidence that comes into the lab.

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Four Arrested in Residential BurglaryYORBA LINDA, Calif. (January 11) – On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four suspects in connection with a residential burglary in the 5200 block of Sunset Lane.
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O.C. Sheriff’s Dept. rescues three hikers who were in immediate peril in Whiting RanchThe three hikers weren’t supposed to be off trail Tuesday around noon while going for a hike in the 2,500-acre Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in the Foothill Ranch/Trabuco Canyon area.Thanks to a very challenging cliff rescue by the Aviation Unit of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, during which the three hikers were close to plummeting about 150 feet to their likely deaths, the three today are safe.
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Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Theft SuspectInvestigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect involved in taking packages off the front porch of a residence in Yorba Linda.
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OCSD Investigators Warn of Auto and Check Fraud ScamInvestigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) are warning the community of an ongoing scam and asking for the public’s assistance in locating two suspects.

Clinton Charles Rose, 35, and Lauren Marie Conkey, 23, have been identified as suspects in a number of auto and identity theft cases. Rose and Conkey are suspected of contacting victims through various web sites to purchase vehicles from private party sellers. They contact the victim, present fictitious checks and identification, and then take possession of the vehicle. They are suspected of then falsifying documents to resell the stolen vehicle to another victim.

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Volunteers Team Up to Build Anaheim Community PlaygroundYesterday, 40 OCSD employees volunteered on their own time to help KaBOOM!, Target, and the Community Action Partnership of Orange County to build a playground at the Anaheim Independencia Center in unincorporated Anaheim. In just five hours, they completely updated the playground structure and added shade structures and picnic tables at the Center. This is what community policing looks like- coming together to make the community better and reminding us all that #PlayMatters.


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“5 to Drive” Campaign Helps Parents Prepare, Protect Teen DriversThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16-22, 2016 to promote the “5 to Drive” campaign,encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the rules of the road whenthey are behind the wheel.
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A Dose of Reality About OpioidsThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department presented “A Dose of Reality About Opioids” Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Los Alamitos High School, the first of four to be held in the month of October. The next meeting will be held on the next three Thursdays of October.
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OCSD Career Fair Schedule of Events#JoinOCSD at our Career Fair on Saturday October 1, 2016 from 10am-5pm at the Tustin Training Academy at 15991 Armstrong Avenue, Tustin CA. This is a family-friendly event showcasing the diverse Orange County Sheriff's Department. In addition to information about open positions within the department, there will be K9 demos, deputy sheriff info sessions, obstacle course demos, OCSD helicopter, bomb squad, SWAT, and much more. Please see attached PDF for event schedule and more info.
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"Golden Hub of Innovation Award" in Public SafetyThe Association of California Cities Orange County (ACC-OC) presented The Orange County Sheriff’s Department with the “Golden Hub of Innovation” award in Public Safety today for their series of community presentations on the 3Gs: Guide, Guard and Govern. The presentations provide parents with the proper tools to address drug related issues among teens.
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National Preparedness MonthIt’s disasters like these that exemplify the importance of being prepared in an emergency. September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Although Southern California is prone to disasters such as droughts, earthquakes, and wildfires, the Department of Homeland Security warns residents to be prepared for anything.
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DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, September 2, 2016 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 7:00pm and 3:00am.$0
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September Declared “California Pedestrian Safety Month” to Address Pedestrian Safety CrisisIn answer to rapidly increasing numbers of pedestrians being killed and injured on California roadways, the California State Senate has passed a resolution declaring September as “California Pedestrian Safety Month.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be joining with other law enforcement agencies, city and state transportation agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs to promote public awareness aimed at both drivers and pedestrians alike to always be aware of each other and share the road responsibly.
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September is National Emergency Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Emergency Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Management Division would like to encourage County residents to prepare and plan for emergency and disaster events. The time is now to make a commitment to be a survivor.
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eServices Briefly Unavailable 8/30 6-8amOn Tuesday August 30, 2016 from 6 to 8 a.m. public access to eServices on the OCSD website will be unavailable.



This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverThis Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America’s roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.
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OC Jail Hardening Press Conference: Safety and Security of the OC Central Men’s Jail 6 Months After EscapeIn the last six months, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has worked tirelessly to “harden” the CMJ and all OC jails to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and the community and to prevent an escape from happening again. $0
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Sheriff Hutchens Outlines Efforts to Harden OC Men’s JailSheriff Sandra Hutchens released additional details today about the January 22, 2016 escape of inmates Hossein Nayeri, Bac Duong, and Jonathan Tieu from OC Central Men’s Jail (CMJ) and the improvements made to harden the CMJ in the six months since the escape.$0
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Person of Interest in Fatal Motorcycle Accident LocatedOn Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau investigators arrested Damon Ellery Block, 41, following an investigation of a fatal traffic collision that occurred on Santiago Canyon Road in Modjeska Canyon.$0
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Traffic Enforcement Operations Planned This WeekThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Thursday, August 18, 2016, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.$0
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DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendDeputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, August 19 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. in the cities of Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods and Aliso Viejo.$0
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OCSD Welcomes Constitutional Policing Advisor Mary IzadiSheriff Sandra Hutchens has hired Mary Izadi as the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s first Constitutional Policing Advisor. Ms. Izadi was selected from a group of well-qualified applicants by an outside panel of constitutional policing experts after an open recruitment process. The panel included Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, Robert Gerard, attorney and former Orange County Bar Association President, and Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola Law School.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Person of Interest in Fatal Motorcycle Accident IdentifiedOn August 1, 2016 at approximately 2:50 p.m. a fatal vehicle vs. motorcycle accident occurred on Santiago Canyon Road in Modjeska Canyon. The male passenger on the motorcycle died, and the female passenger on the motorcycle was severely injured. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. It was immediately discovered that the vehicle was stolen from a Santa Ana tow yard, and investigators began looking for a person of interest seen on video stealing the vehicle from the tow yard.
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New Chief of Police Services for City of Yorba LindaThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Yorba Linda are pleased to announce Lt. Jarrett Kurimay the new Chief of Yorba Linda Police Services.
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Traffic Enforcement Operations Planned This WeekThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department will stepup Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Thursday, August 4,2016, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involvingmotorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Five Suspects Arrested in Connection with Homicide InvestigationOn Friday, July 22, 2016, Orange County Sheriff investigators arrested Ashkan Dezhangfard, 3-8-94, San Juan Capistrano, Ryan Huebnar 8-4-95, Laguna Niguel, Siavish Hosseinaliarhani, 11-25-97, Laguna Niguel, Angelica Shiabata, 6-20-88, San Juan Capistrano and Brion Hyde, 5-23-94, San Juan Capistrano, in connection with a homicide at the end of Trabuco Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.
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Bike and Pedestrian Enforcement Operation Aims to Increase SafetyThe Orange County Sheriff's Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Thursday, July 21, 2016, with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
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DUI Enforcement Operations Planned This WeekendOfficers from the Orange County Sheriff's Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, July 15, 2016 between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M. in the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.


United States Coast Guard Recognizes the Orange County Sheriff’s DepartmentOn June 22, 2016, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Los Angeles presented the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) Harbor Patrol/Marine Operations Bureau (Harbor Bureau) with a plaque in recognition of the mutual relationship and distinguished support established between both entities. After 54 years, the USCG Air Station Los Angeles located at the Los Angeles International Airport is closing, and shifting operations to Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California. With the USCG Air Station Los Angeles closing, USCG Commanding Officer (CO) Thomas Cooper presented the dedicatory plaque on behalf of the officers and crew of Air Station Los Angeles to Training Deputy John Cooper of the OCSD Harbor Bureau in Newport Beach, California.


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NEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUITaskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, June17, 2016 in the city of Mission Viejo between the hours of 7:00pm and3:00am.
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NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault SuspectOn Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Orange CountySheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Detail (SVD) investigators arrested JesseDouglas Walker, 31, Irvine, following allegations he sexually assaulted a 20year old female at Elements Massage in Laguna Niguel.
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Specialized Enforcement OperationThe Orange County Sheriff's Department will beconducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday June18, 2016 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers willbe on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcyclecrashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by driversand riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both thoseoperating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safetylaws.
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NEWS RELEASE: Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations Planned This WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff's Department will stepup Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Friday, June 17, 2016,with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists,pedestrians and bicyclists. The departmenthas mapped out locations over the past seven years where pedestrian and bikecollisions have occurred along, with theviolations that led to those crashes. Extra officers will be on dutypatrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in aneffort to lower deaths and injuries.
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Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of Specialized Enforcement OperationThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department will beconducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Saturday June18, 2016 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers willbe on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcyclecrashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by driversand riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both thoseoperating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safetylaws.
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of the OC Sheriff’s OperationThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, June 9, 2016 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.
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Sheriff Hutchens Addresses Jail Special Handling LogThe attached is a statement from Sheriff Sandra Hutchens addressing the jail special handling log.
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NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff’s Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance in Suspicious DeathOn June 3, 2016, at approximately 4:15 am deputies responded to the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Seven Seas in Dana Point. When deputies arrived, a male victim was discovered unresponsive laying in the roadway. The victim was pronounced deceased by the Orange County Fire Authority.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendDeputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday, June 4th at 3:00 a.m. in the cities of Stanton and Yorba Linda
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 27, 2016 in the city of Dana Point between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am.
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NEWS RELEASE: Improving Motorcycle Safety Aim of the OC Sheriff’s Specialized OperationThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Friday, May 27, 2016 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.
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NEWS RELEASE: 2016 Orange County Peace Officers’ Memorial CeremonyCharged with protecting those they serve, some law enforcement officers tragically pay the ultimate price, laying down their own life in valiant service of others. In honor of Orange County’s 53 fallen heroes, the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and the Orange County Chiefs’ of Police and Sheriff’s Association (OCCPSA) each year sponsor the Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony.
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NEWS RELEASE: New “Coast to Coast” Seat Belt Enforcement EffortFrom May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement personnel will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This education enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
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NEWS RELEASE: Home Invasion Attempted Robbery in El ModenaOn Wednesday May 18, 2016 at approximately 8:50 a.m. a home invasion robbery occurred on the 18000 block of East Vine Avenue in El Modena. At the time of the home invasion, one female and one male were inside the residence. The suspect approached the female victim and demanded money while threatening her with a knife. Hearing the commotion, the male victim confronted the suspect and sustained a cut to his face during an ensuing altercation. The injury sustained was not life threatening.
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NEWS RELEASE: Update on Attempted Sexual Assault at Mission Viejo’s Oso Creek TrailOn May 11, 2016 an attempted sexual assault occurred on the Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo near Marguerite Pkwy. and La Paz Road. At approximately 3:30pm, a female was walking the trail when the suspect grabbed her and pulled her to the ground. The suspect attempted to pull the female’s pants off. The female fought back and the suspect fled the area. The suspect is described as male, unknown race, 5’10”, possibly 50 years old, husky build, black flat top hair cut wearing a white shirt, khaki pants and work boots.
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NEWS RELEASE: Armed Robbery in Mission ViejoOn Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at approximately 8:50pm suspects entered Cal-Med Pharmacy and ordered victims to the ground. One suspect had a handgun. Loss was a small amount of cash and approximately $3,000 in prescription medication.
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NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Information on Attempt Sexual Assault SuspectOn Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Marguerite Parkway and La Paz Road (Oso Creek Trail) reference an attempt sexual assault of a female.
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NEWS RELEASE: Cinco de Mayo Don't Drink and DriveHistorically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Present-day celebrations can lead to drunk driving—and there’s no victory in that. If you are planning to party this Cinco de Mayo, keep this number in mind: 343 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend in 2014. Of those 343 people who lost their lives, 34 percent (116) died in drunk-driving crashes. Sadly, almost one out of five (17%) of all the drivers in fatal crashes that weekend had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .15 % or higher—almost two times the legal limit
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NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested in 1986 Cold Case HomicideOn Wednesday, April 27, 2016, Steven Wyvern White, 66, was arrested in connection with the 1986 homicide of Cedric Horn, 77.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff's Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, April 15, 2016 in the city of San Clemente between the hours of 6:00pm and 2:00am.
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NEWS RELEASE: UPDATED INFORMATION: Sheriff’s Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Body FoundOn January 6, 2014, unidentified female remains were found in the Casper’s Wilderness Park (Rural South East area of Orange County). Based on the preliminary investigation it is estimated the remains may have been exposed to the elements for a period of at least six months. After preliminary testing, it has been determined the remains are of a petite female, at least thirty years of age, shoulder length wavy dark brown hair with light colored highlights. The decedent had a very distinct gold colored dental bridge on her left lower jaw and possibly had a broken nose at some point in her life.
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NEWS RELEASE: OC Child Exploitation Task Force Arrests Coach for Engaging in Lewd BehaviorOn Wednesday, April 13, 2016, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department’s Special Victims Detail (SVD) and the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) arrested Troy Linehan Crutchfield, 26, Costa Mesa, on charges related to sending harmful matter to a minor electronically and communicating with a minor to engage in lewd behavior. Crutchfield is suspected of taking and sending lewd videos of himself to a minor. Crutchfield was arrested following an investigation that started in March 2016
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Delegation of Immigration Authority 287(g) Community AwarenessThe annual 287(g) Program Steering Committee Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 1800-2000 hours, at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy located at 15991 Armstrong Ave., Tustin, CA, 92782. This meeting is open to the public. The purpose of the meeting is to increase community awareness and provide an overview of the 287(g) Program at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. For questions, agenda item requests or speaking requests specifically regarding the 287(g) Program, you may contact the 287(g) Program Manager Regina Nelson at (202) 407-5140 or Sgt. Mark Peters at (714) 647-7000, before the 287(g) Program agenda is finalized on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

NEWS RELEASE: OCSD Joins National Campaign To End Distracted DrivingDistracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, to focus on education and enforcement.
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NEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Additional Victims of Sexual Assault SuspectOn Friday, March 18, 2016, Orange County Sheriff's Department Special Victim’s Detail investigators arrested Jared Jonah Linares, 18, Orange, following allegations he sexually assaulted two female high school students at Villa Park High School. Linares is currently a student at Villa Park High School.
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NEWS RELEASE: Court Sting Stakeout Operations Results in Three ArrestsOn Monday, March 14, 2016, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department conducted an undercover 'Court Sting’ operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Deputies staked out offenders whose licenses where suspended/revoked and also drivers who were driving without a license after being told of their license suspension or who had never been issued a driver’s license. Thirteen offenders were followed by deputies from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving. While some offenders complied with the law and had other means of transportation, three individuals in court proceeded to get behind the wheel and drove away from the court house.
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NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run Traffic CollisionOn Wednesday, March 09, 2016, Orange County Sheriff's Department Traffic Bureau investigators arrested Abbigail Lynn Landaas, 27, Trabuco Canyon, following an investigation of a fatal traffic collision that occurred in Stanton on February 25, 2016.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Taskforce Sweep Apprehends 21 SuspectsSome think if they don't show up for a court hearing, the police won't have the manpower to come find them. If your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders on February 22, 2016. Officers attempted service on 35 warrants. Five offenders were arrested who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case. Another 16 turned themselves in following the attempted warrant service.
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NEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendDeputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday, March 5th at 3:00 a.m. in the cities of San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Dana Point.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance Identifying Burglary SuspectOn Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at approximately 1235 hours, Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residential burglary on the 1200 block of Buena Vista in San Clemente. The owner was not home at the time, but was alerted that someone was inside his residence using a motion-activated surveillance system that was connected to his phone.
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News ImageSheriff Hutchens Speaks at the University of California, Irvine Center for Psychology and LawOrange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens gave a presentation at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) concerning policing and community relationships. The event was hosted by the Center for Psychology and Law Department as part of their "Views By Two" series that pairs a Center researcher with a prestigious practitioner to educate the public from two distinct perspectives in the scope of psychology and law. Sheriff Hutchens delivered a presentation to the audience and answered questions from members of the public during a Q & A session.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Coroner Seeks Public’s Assistance Locating Next of KinThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division has been able to identify a man found dead in a park on April 6, 1991 as Daniel Valencia Munguia (AKA Antonio Alvarez Madriz) DOB 11-10-1946. The identification was made via fingerprints. There is no available picture of Mr. Munguia. Mr. Munguia had a tattoo on his left shoulder that said, “I {heart} PIYO.” (See below for picture of actual tattoo)
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Female Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-RunInvestigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Department are seeking the public's assistance to locate the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. The accident occurred around 6:50 p.m. last night on Cerritos Avenue near Sherrill Street in the city of Stanton.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Escapees Nayeri and Tieu Captured- All Three Now In CustodyEscaped inmates Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu were captured this morning by the San Francisco Police Department. All three inmates that escaped from the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana are now in custody.
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News ImageSTOLEN VEHICLE- OC JAIL ESCAPEPlease be on the lookout for a vehicle we believe to be connected to the escaped inmates- a 2008 white GMC Savana Utility Lic: 8U66466 Plates/stickers may have been removed. Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of this vehicle or the escaped inmates, please call our Hotline at 714-628-7085 or Investigations at 714-647-7014. Anonymous tips may be submitted at OCSD.org.
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News ImageReward up to $200K for Info on Jail EscapeReward is now up to $200,000 for information leading to the capture of fugitives Hossein Nayeri, Jonathan Tieu, and Bac Duong. WE NEED YOUR HELP. If you see one or more of them, they are to be considered dangerous and possibly armed- immediately call 9-1-1. If you have information pertaining to their whereabouts, call our hotline at 714-628-7085. Thank you to the OC Board of Supervisors for the additional $150K. ?#?ocjailescape

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News ImageSPECIAL BULLETIN: Three Inmates Escape From OC JailOn Friday, January 22, 2016, inmates NAYERI, Hossein, 37, TIEU, Jonathan, 20, and DUONG, Bac, 43, were discovered unaccounted for at the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. An immediate search was conducted of the Central Jail Complex and adjacent Civic Center area of Santa Ana; however, all indications are that the inmates escaped the jail and have fled the area. Based on the preliminary investigation, the inmates were last confirmed to be seen during the morning hours of Friday, January 22, 2016.

Anyone with information about these inmates is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
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News ImageMessage from Sheriff Hutchens- Jail Escape“Last night, three inmates escaped from Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana. We are utilizing every resource available to ensure these inmates are brought back into custody as quickly as possible. As Sheriff, my utmost concern and primary responsibility is the safety of each Orange County resident. I take this situation very seriously and the men and woman of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will not rest until all three men are captured.

“The three escapees, Hossein Nayeri, Jonathan Tieu, and Bac Tien Duong, are dangerous criminals. My investigations team is working around the clock with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Orange County Probation Office, the U.S. Marshals and the FBI. I am confident that this collaborative effort will result in returning these inmates to where they belong- behind bars.

“The capture of these inmates can be expedited with the public’s help. If you see one of these men, call 9-1-1. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these inmates, please call our Hotline at 714-628-7085 or Investigations at 714-647-7014. Anonymous tips may be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227).”

For continued updates, please follow Orange County Sheriff’s Department social media #ocjailescape.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Coroner Division Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Body Found in Ocean off Huntington BeachOn Thursday, December 31, 2015, a body was located in the ocean, approximately 1 mile off shore from the entrance to Huntington Harbor. The deceased person is believed to be that of a middle-aged male adult. Based on the preliminary investigation, Coroner investigators believe the body was in the ocean for up to 6 weeks. The body is decomposed and presents a physical condition consistent with prolonged exposure to salt water.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, Deputy Darryn RobinsToday we remember a fallen hero, Deputy Darryn L. Robins.

Deputy Robins was a seven-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department working In the Central Jail and then on patrol in the city of Lake Forest.

Deputy Robins' career was dedicated to the community and to the children within it. While in Lake Forest he took the opportunity to work directly with youth, speaking at the elementary schools and frequently performing a rap version of "Officer Friendly". The children called him Deputy "Rappin" Robins. Darryn also went to many intermediate schools, where he developed a presentation to encourage young boys and girls to avoid gangs.

Deputy Robins' untimely and tragic death in December 1993 during an on-duty training mishap left the entire Sheriff’s Department and the community with a deep sense of loss and grief. Because of the record he established in his relatively short law enforcement career, because he always set his standards high and because he epitomized what a professional law enforcement officer should be, the Department honored his memory by presenting the first Sheriff's Memorial Medal to Deputy Robins' family.



News ImageRemembering OCSD's First Fallen Hero, Undersheriff Robert SquiresOn the evening of December 16, 1912 Sheriff Ruddock received a telephone call from the Irvine station, telling him that a young Irvine girl had been attacked by a drifter who had fled into the hills.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Capistrano Valley High School Teacher ArrestedMISSION VIEJO, Calif. (November 30, 2015) – On Monday, November 30, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Justin Verducci, 25, Irvine, on charges related to inappropriate text communication with a student. Verducci was arrested in front of his Irvine residence following investigation into allegations he was “sexting” with a 16 year-old student at Capistrano Valley High School where he is employed as a teacher.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra StanleyToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain.



News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Mark TonkinToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin joined the department on August 21, 1981. He was initially assigned to the Main Jail and worked a short time as a court bailiff before going to North Patrol. In January of 1988 Deputy Tonkin was assigned to the Career Criminal Apprehension Team.

On October 24, 1988 Deputy Tonkin, an eight year veteran of the Sheriff-Coroner Department, lost his life in a helicopter crash while assigned to DESERT RANGER, a multi-agency cooperative narcotic enforcement program. Mark was one of eight victims aboard a California National Guard UH1H Huey Helicopter which went down and burned in mountainous terrain near El Centro, California.

Deputy Tonkin was survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and parents, James and Gloria Tonkin.



News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. DavisSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.



News ImageNational Child Passenger Safety WeekDid you know that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13? Many of these deaths and injuries can be prevented through the proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts. September 13 through September 19, 2015 is Child Passenger Safety Week. During this week, take time to make sure you have your child in the appropriate seat and are using it properly. See the below video for more information about how to keep your child safe while driving.



News ImageReserve Deputy Don Hanson Receives Search and Rescue AwardWe are very proud of retired Reserve Deputy Don Hanson who received the distinguished 2015 Larry Peabody Memorial Search and Rescue Award this weekend in Pioneer, California. The award is given out each year to only one person in the State Search & Rescue Community. Sheriff Ingrid Braun of Mono County; Deputy Chief Matthew Scharper, the California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) State Search and Rescue Coordinator; and Bev Peabody, the widow of Larry Peabody, presented the award. Congratulations Reserve Deputy Hanson!



News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Murder Suspect ArrestedWESTMINSTER, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Friday, September 11, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) deputies arrested Craig Tanber, 37, Dana Point, wanted in connection with the stabbing homicide that occurred last Monday, September 7, 2015 in front of the Patsy’s Irish Pub in the City of Laguna Niguel. Tanber was taken into custody without incident or injuries.

Tanber was arrested at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning after investigators obtained information he was staying at the Motel 6 at 13100 Goldenwest Street., Westminster. SWAT operators made entry into the motel room and safely took Tanber into custody.

Tanber will be booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of murder. He will be held on $1 million bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested on Sex Charges, Investigators Seeking Additional VictimsSANTA ANA, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Mark Falkowski, 28, Long Beach, on sex charges related to inappropriate electronic communication with a female juvenile. Beginning in early 2014, Falkowski is believed to have engaged in the exchange of inappropriate e-mails and conversation via Skype with the victim.
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News ImageSPECIAL BULLETIN: Wanted for MurderNAME: TANBER, Craig: 01-27-1978

DESCRIPTION: Male, white, 6’1”, 190 lbs., brown
hair, hazel eyes

TATTOOS: Numerous covering body

CRIME: C.P.C. 187(a) – Murder


On Monday, September 07, 2015, Tanber is suspected in the stabbing death of Shayan Mazroei, 22, Laguna Niguel. The stabbing occurred early this morning during a physical altercation in front of Patsy’s Irish Pub in the city of Laguna Niguel. Tanber is a documented gang-member with a significant criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. He frequents the South Orange County area and the City of Huntington Beach.

Anyone with any information regarding Tanber’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at the numbers provided below.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: September is National Emergency Preparedness MonthSANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 1, 2015) – September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Management Division would like to encourage County residents to prepare and plan for emergency and disaster events. The time is NOW to make a commitment to be the survivor.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Pursuit of Stolen VehicleLAKE FOREST, Calif. (August 29, 2015) – On Saturday, August 29, 2015 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a suspect following the pursuit of a stolen 2004 Ford F-250 truck he was driving. The pursuit terminated when the suspect crashed into the service bay area of the 76 gas station located on the northwest corner of El Toro Road and Trabuco Road. Deputies took the suspect into custody after a short foot pursuit following the collision.
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News Image2015 OCLEEAA Summer AcademyThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2015 Summer Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from August 5 to August 9, 2015.


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News ImageOCSD Partners With NextdoorTheOrange County Sheriff’s Department announced a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com),the private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safercommunities with the help of residents.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Murder - UPDATEANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 30, 2015) – On Thursday, July 30, 2015, Edgar Ramirez, 20, will be ordered released from custody today following rejection of the case presented by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Ramirez will be transported from court to the Orange County Jail and be processed for release.

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Ramirez was arrested at Sheriff’s Headquarters following an interview with investigators and consultation with the Deputy District Attorney assigned to the case. Subsequent investigation and discussion between Sheriff’s investigators and the District Attorney’s Office has resulted in a decision to not file charges against Ramirez at this time.

The investigation is this case ongoing.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for MurderANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 29, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 10:50 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Edgar Ramirez, 20, Anaheim, in connection with the shooting death of David Douglas in unincorporated Anaheim on Sunday night. Ramirez was arrested following an interview with investigators at Sheriff’s Headquarters in Santa Ana.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Ramirez was arrested for murder and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $1 million bail and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.com

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Bank Robber “Snowbird Bandit” ArrestedRANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – (July 23, 2015) – On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT) investigators arrested Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, Rancho Santa Margarita, in connection with a series of robberies over that last several months in the south Orange County area.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Erica Alonso Death Investigation UPDATE-Toxicology Results & Cause of DeathSANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 22, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators obtained results of toxicology tests performed on Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills. The results indicate Ms. Alonso had varying levels of alcohol and Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in her system at the time of her death.

Based on the Ms. Alonso’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 and the amount of GHB found in her system, the Coroner Division has determined the combination and amounts were lethal. The Coroner Division has determined the cause of death to be an overdose; however, the manner remains undetermined.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for MurderANAHEIM, Calif. – (June 22, 2015) – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested David Steven Ortega, 32, Chino, in connection with the shooting death of David Douglas in unincorporated Anaheim on Sunday night. Ortega was arrested near his residence in the city of Chino.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Ortega was arrested for murder and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held without bail and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Homicide Investigation Following Shooting IncidentANAHEIM, Calif. – (July 20, 2015) – On Sunday, July 19, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators began an investigation following discovery of two adult male shooting victims. Both victims were found inside a Ford SUV vehicle, stopped in the intersection of Poona Drive and Lullaby Lane in unincorporated Anaheim. The victims were treated by paramedics and transported to an area hospital. One of the two victims, a 51 year old male, was pronounced dead early this morning as result of his injuries. The deceased victim’s name is not being released until the Coroner Division’s investigator can confirm his identity and notify next of kin.

On Sunday, July 19, 2015 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Poona Drive and Lullaby Lane reference a shooting that just occurred. Deputies arrived and discovered the victim with gunshot wounds to the upper body area.

Based on the preliminary investigation and information obtained at the scene, it appears the victims were in a confrontation with the suspect just prior to the shooting. The suspect fled the area on foot with approximately 3-5 others subjects immediately after the shooting. The suspect is described as a male, Hispanic, late teens to early twenties. No further description is available.

Investigators are continuing to determine a motive and whether the shooting was gang-related.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.


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News ImageJoin OCSD for the Special Olympics Torch RunOn May 14th, the Flame of Hope for the Special Olympics World Games was lit during a formal torch lighting ceremony in Athens, Greece. After arriving in Washington, D.C. on May 19th, it began its journey along three different routes to reach every state in the U.S. on its way to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Flame of Hope reaches California today, July 13, 2015 and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg will begin. Special Olympic athletes and Law Enforcement members from all across the globe will be carrying the torch together through 120 California cities.
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News ImageOCSD Wins Golden Hub Award for Traffic Safety CommitteeOn Thursday, June 25, 2015 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) was awarded the Golden Hub of Innovation Award for Public Safety by the Association of California Cities Orange County (ACCOC). Each year ACCOC hosts the Golden Hub Awards to recognize innovations within Orange County that create efficiencies, save taxpayer dollars and serve the community. OCSD received the award for the effective methods and positive impacts of the Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Committee.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Steven ParsonsToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Steven Parsons.

Deputy Parsons joined OCSD in 1989 and would become the first motorcycle patrolman in the city of Laguna Hills in 1997. In his nomination for the coveted Gold Star Award merely two and a half weeks prior to his death, Deputy Parsons was lauded as "having single-handedly impacted traffic safety resulting in significant decreases in traffic accidents." On June 24, 2000 Deputy Parsons passed away after being involved in a traffic collission in the city of Laguna Hills while on motorcycle patrol. He was, and will continue to be, a role model for all.



News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Trabuco Hills High School Teacher’s Aide and Coach Arrested for Possession of Child PornographyLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (June 20, 2015) – On Friday, June 19, 2015, Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) and Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested, Raymond William Henry II, 57, Laguna Niguel, for possession of child pornography.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Fatality Hit & Run CollisionSTANTON, Calif. – (June 16, 2015) – On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at approximately 4:43 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a vehicle versus bicyclist traffic collision on Beach Boulevard, south of Cerritos Avenue. Deputies arrived and discovered a male, adult lying in the roadway deceased from his injuries.
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News ImageSPECIAL BULLETIN: MISSING PERSONNAME: CAUDILL, Keith – 1/09/1951

DESCRIPTION: Male, Caucasian, 5’8”, 195 lbs.,

CLOTHING: Blue Pendleton shirt, black pants,
brown slippers & wearing glasses

VEHICLE: None

LAST CONTACT: Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 3:50 p.m.

On Sunday, June 14, 2015 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Mr. Caudill left his residence at 2158 Via Mariposa, Laguna Woods following an argument with his mother. Mr. Caudill made statements as he left that he was going to visit the beach and “watch the ocean’s waves.” He walks with the assistance of a walker and has a medical condition that will cause him to quickly deteriorate and become disoriented without his medication.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Caudill’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.Today we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.

Deputy Riches became a fully sworn deputy in 1991 and was assigned to the James A. Musick Facility Branch Jail and the Orange County Central Jail. In October 1998, Riches was assigned to patrol in the city of Lake Forest.





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News ImageHomeAid Essentials for Young Lives' Delivery Day EventToday Captain Behrens attended the HomeAid Essentials for Young Lives’ Delivery Day Press Conference. The HomeAid Essentials campaign is a community-wide effort to collect essential items for young children in shelters throughout Orange County, helping families facing homelessness due to job loss, illness or domestic violence. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has worked as the Honorary Chair of the HomeAid Essentials drive for the past five years. This year’s drive was the most successful yet, gathering over 1.9 million diapers and essentials; about 700,000 more goods than the year prior. All the items gathered at the press conference will be distributed to various shelters throughout Orange County.

News ImageOCSD Hosts Marijuana SummitLast week the Orange County Sheriff’s Department presented their second Marijuana Summit at the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin. Nearly 300 people attended the event, doubling the turnout of the first summit in 2013. Those in attendance included law enforcement, probation officers, social workers, educators, medical staff, prevention groups, elected officials, and counselors working with kids.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance Identifying Robbery SuspectYORBA LINDA, Calif. – (June 4, 2015) – On Sunday, May 31, 2015 an armed robbery occurred at the El Torito Grill restaurant located at 22699 Oakcrest Circle. The suspect used a semi-automatic handgun and the loss was approximately $5,000.00 cash.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect and Victim Identified in Murder-SuicideTRABUCO CANYON, Calif. – (May 28, 2015) – On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Luis Arizmendi, 41, Trabuco Canyon and his son, Sebastian Arizmendi, 3, Trabuco Canyon, were discovered deceased inside the residence located at 15 Swallows Lane. The bodies were discovered after Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT deputies made entry where Luis was barricaded with Sebastian following a domestic incident with his wife.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department Operation Aims to Improve Motorcycle SafetySANTA ANA, Calif. (May 21, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation during the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous infraction.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, CA (May 22, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:00 a.m. in the cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18thSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18, 2015 to May 31, 2015, just prior to one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
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News ImageNational Peace Officers Memorial DayOn October 1, 1962, Congress passed a joint resolution that authorizes and requests the President to designate May 15th of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week." President Obama continued this tradition, proclaiming May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. Today, flags will be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the local, State and Federal law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting us with courage and dedication.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 8, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, May 08, 2015 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
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News ImageMajor County Sheriffs’ Association and California State Sheriffs’ Association Support the Stepping Up InitiativeSACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 7, 2015)- Leading criminal justice and mental health organizations are joining together in supporting The Stepping Up Initiative, an unprecedented national collaboration designed to generate action in communities across the country toward a common goal: reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Attempt Child AbductionNORTH TUSTIN, Calif. – (May 6, 2015) – On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an attempt child abduction of an 11 year-old female in the area of Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road, near Utt Middle School.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the 11 year-old female victim was alone walking her dog near Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road. A white van with a male, Hispanic driver pulled alongside the female victim and attempted to lure her into the vehicle. The driver initially asked the victim if she needed help with her dog; after she refused, the suspect demanded she get into the vehicle by stating, “Hey, get in the car.” The female victim refused and ran home from the area. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Browning Avenue from Salt Air Drive towards Irvine Boulevard.

The vehicle was described as a white box van, possibly an early 2000 Chevy Astro van with the logo “Quick Clean” and a recyclable water symbol with a blue rain drop on both sides of the van. The “Quick Clean” logo/lettering is peeling away from the van. No vehicle license plate information is available.

The suspect driver is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 30 years old with a shaved head, wearing a blue windbreaker with a zipper and sunglasses.

Anyone with additional information regarding additional victims is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (714) 647-7060 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org



News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Dana Hills High School Teacher Arrested for Child Molestation and PornographyDANA POINT, Calif. – (May 4, 2015) – On Monday, May 04, 2015, Ezequiel Barragan, 48, Aliso Viejo, was arrested following allegations of child molestation and possession of child pornography.

On Monday, May 04, 2015, the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) was notified by a United States Postal Service (USPS) agent regarding an ongoing child pornography investigation. Barragan has been the target of a USPS investigation resulting in discovery of information that he also engaged in sexual relations with a male juvenile over the last two years. Today’s investigation has included interviews, search warrants and review of evidence obtained by investigators.


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News ImageCalifornia Peace Officers' Memorial DayMonday, May 4, 2015 has been designated as California Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. The resolution, introduced by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, urges all Californians to honor those individuals who have given their lives for our safety and express appreciation to those who continue to dedicate themselves to making California a safer place in which to live and raise our families.
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News ImageDeputy Oates Discusses Driving Under the Influence with Mari Frank

Mari Frank of KUCI recently interviewed Deputy Oates with the OCSD Regional Traffic Bureau. The deputy, who has been with the department for 14 years, discussed the Traffic Bureau, the dangers of driving under the influence and what the public can do to help.



News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Body Discovered Off Ortega Highway Identified as Missing WomanCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (April 28, 2015) – The body discovered in a remote area off Ortega Highway in the Cleveland National Forest has been preliminarily identified as Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills; however, confirmation is pending fingerprint and/or dental record comparison. Alonso was a reported missing person since February 15, 2015.

On Monday, April 27, 2015 at approximately 10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified after a group of biologist working for Cal-Trans, discovered a decomposed body in a rugged area off Ortega Highway, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 5. A crime scene was established overnight until homicide and coroner investigators could assemble and begin conducting an investigation.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at approximately 11 a.m., the body was recovered and transported to the Coroner Division. Investigators continue to process evidence collected at the scene as well as evidence obtained through the Coroner’s examination. Coroner investigators have not determined a manner or cause of death; however, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Alonso Autopsy ResultsSANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 29, 2015) – On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division conducted an autopsy of Erica Alonso, 28, following yesterday’s discovery of her body in the Cleveland National Forest. Following the autopsy and extensive examination of her body, the cause of death is “undetermined” and there were no obvious physical signs of trauma. Sheriff’s Investigators continue to examine information and process evidence collected throughout the investigation.

Fingerprints were collected during the autopsy and are currently being matched with Cal-ID records to officially confirm Alonso’s identify. Confirmation is expected later this evening or tomorrow.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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News ImageDeputy Helps Save Ducklings Caught in Storm DrainIt was a quiet Sunday in Mission Viejo until a major rescue operation commenced near the intersection of Los Alisos and Madero in the city of Mission Viejo.



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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Huntington Beach PD Officer-Involved ShootingHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – (April 27, 2015) – On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Adrian Coates, 18, Huntington Beach, during a traffic stop in the city of Costa Mesa. Coates was the driver of a stolen vehicle pursued by the Huntington Beach Police Department earlier in the day.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Huntington Beach police officer-involved shooting occurred following a pursuit and felony traffic stop of a reported stolen vehicle. During the felony traffic stop Coates made a U-turn and accelerated towards officers, resulting in the officer-involved shooting. Coates drove the vehicle past the officers and fled the immediate area. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department airship, “Duke,” assisted ground units and located the vehicle abandoned a short distance away.

As is protocol for all Huntington Beach Police officer-involved shootings, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was called and assumed responsibility for the investigation. Following the preliminary investigation and collection of evidence at the scene, investigators located and arrested Coates at approximately 11:00 p.m. Coates was uninjured and indicated he had not been hit by the officer’s gunfire during the incident.

Coates was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $50K bail and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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News ImageK9 Kilo's End of Watch - April 23, 2015The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s K9 unit is saddened to announce the passing of retired Police Service Dog, “Kilo”. Kilo, a thirteen year old Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd mix, was in a great deal of pain due to several fused vertebrae that medication was unable to relieve. On the early morning of April 23rd, 2015, OCSD had to say goodbye to Kilo.
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News ImageFamily of Missing Woman Offers $5K RewardSANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 22, 2015) – The family of Erica Alonso, missing since February 15, 2015, has offered a $5K reward for information leading to her whereabouts. Alonso went missing early on the morning of Sunday, February 15, 2015, after leaving her boyfriend’s house in the city of Irvine. She is believed to have driven away in her 2014 Honda Civic, which has since been located in the city of Aliso Viejo, approximately one mile from her residence.
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News ImageRemembering Deputy Robert SchultzToday we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Deputy Robert Schultz

On April 21, 1958, Deputy Robert Schultz was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped an old school bus being driven by a mentally disturbed man.

The man's family was riding in the bus and had displayed signs for help in the windows. The deputies stopped the bus near Dana Point and started getting the family off of the bus. As they did so, the man ordered his 11-year-old son to shoot the deputies and the boy opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle. Deputy Shultz was struck by a round and killed, and his partner was wounded.





News Image2015 North Los Angeles Explorer CompetitionTwenty Orange County Sheriff's Explorers spent April 10-12 in North Los Angeles competing in the 2015 North LA Explorer Competition. Post Coordinator Sergeant Dan Daniels (Reserve Bureau), Post Advisors Deputy Gregg Surrell (Yorba Linda Police Services), Deputy Edith Lucero (North Patrol) and Deputy Hugo Huerta (Mission Viejo Police Services) accompanied the Explorers on their journey. The Sheriff's team competed against over 290 explorers from Explorer Posts throughout the state.
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News ImageNational Public Safety Telecommunicators WeekIt’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

OCSD Radio Dispatchers receive 9-1-1 and other calls from the public for contract cities and unincorporated county areas, receiving 2,500 calls on an average day. They dispatch all calls for service, maintain two-way radio contact with Deputies in the field and coordinate radio communications with allied agencies twenty-four hours a day.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Locating Vehicular Manslaughter SuspectSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. – (March 8, 2015) – On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at approximately 7:35 p.m., Antolin Brito-Soto, 33, San Juan Capistrano, was involved in a solo-vehicle collision near Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road. Brito-Soto’s four (4) children were in the vehicle; three were seriously injured and one, a 5 year-old daughter, died from her injuries resulting from the collision.

The collision occurred as Brito-Soto drove his 2002 Ford Explorer westbound on Junipero Serra Road, through Camino Capistrano into an adjacent parking lot and over an embankment. Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined Brito-Soto was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Brito-Soto was arrested the night of the collision and posted his $150K bail several weeks later. He has not returned to court since his arraignment on charges of vehicular manslaughter and child abuse.

Brito-Soto is a male, Hispanic, 5’3’’, 150 lbs., black hair and brown eyes with a medium build and olive complexion. He is known to frequent the San Juan Capistrano area; however, he has ties to Chicago, Texas and Mexico. Investigators have exhausted resources in those areas and are asking the public for assistance locating Brito-Soto.

Orange County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell is prosecuting the case.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Bureau at (949) 425-1860. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.




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News ImageNew Saddleback Station OpeningOn Saturday April 4, 2015 at 6:00AM, patrol deputies at the new OCSD Southeast Substation in Lake Forest deployed for the first time.
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News Image2015 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup RelayLast weekend a total of 262 law enforcement teams from the U.S. and abroad participated in the 31st Annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. Men and women from OCSD were able to sport two teams, the Open Team (#22) and the Invitational Mixed Team (#168). Both teams did very well, and all runners ran strong. Our volunteers (departmental and non-departmental) were invaluable and supported the runners immensely.

The Open Team finished with a time of 15:02:07, 10th in the Open division and 16th overall. The Invitational Mixed Team finished with a time of 18:59:00, 33rd in the I.M. division and 187th overall with the Crime Lab placing 45th and 241st overall. Great job OCSD!

News Image2015 Citizens Academy Application

Want to learn more about the Sheriff's Department, tour our facilities and meet the incredible men and women behind the badge? Join us for OCSD Citizens' Academy Class 4! Thursday evenings 6-9pm from July 9-August 27, 2015. Space is limited, and successful completion of a background check is required. Applications are accepted until April 30th. Click the link below to apply!

http://ocsd.org/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=43202


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News ImageDuke Rescues Elderly MaleYesterday Deputies Epley and DiGanci were dispatched in Duke 1 to the area of Soka University in reference to a lost 84 year old male with dementia. His daughter had called the Sheriff’s Department to report her missing father who had not been seen for an hour. Duke searched the immediate wilderness area surrounding Soka University but was not able to locate the missing person. They expanded the search area and located the elderly male about 2 miles southeast of Soka University, far from any trails. Duke 1 was able to land the aircraft on a nearby slope and Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) DiGanci got out of the helicopter and hiked to the elderly male. He assisted the elderly male into the helicopter where he was then transported to awaiting personnel. Once again, another great job by Duke! Read more about the story here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-656293--.html



News ImageSheriff’s CCW Policy Following Court’s Grant of Rehearing in Peruta CaseSANTA ANA, Calif. – (March 27, 2015) – On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to rehear “en banc” the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2014, a three-judge panel split 2 – 1 and held that a Sheriff’s policy requiring more than “self-defense” or “personal protection” to meet the “good cause” requirement for a concealed weapon license violates the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.
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News ImageApril is Distracted Driving Awareness MonthSANTA ANA, Ca. (March 30, 2015) – To save lives and educate all Californians about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, which is April 1, 2015 to April 7, 2015.
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News ImageVehicle Belonging to Missing Person LocatedSANTA ANA, Calif. – (March 25, 2015) – On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at approximately 2:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies located a white 2014 Honda Civic EX, California license plate #7FSS563 in the area of Cedarbrook and Redwood, Aliso Viejo in the Glenwood Park neighborhood. The vehicle belongs to Erica Alonso, 27, Laguna Hills, a reported missing person since Sunday, February 15, 2015.
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News ImageSuspects Arrested Following Assault on Waitress with VehicleANAHEIM, Calif. – (March 23, 2015) – On Monday, March 23, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Rowshaid Pellum, 24, Cerritos; Markeisha Williams, 18, Long Beach; Shyteice Miles, 19, Long Beach and Santeea Ralph, 23, Long Beach; in connection with an assault that occurred at the Mexico Lindo Restaurant in the 10900 block of Magnolia Avenue in unincorporated Anaheim.
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News Image2015 Explorer Post 449 BanquetRecently 137 Explorers and their families from eleven divisions throughout Orange County attended the annual Explorer’s Banquet at the Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy in Tustin. The Explorers are an integral part of OCSD. Responsibilities include supporting deputies during road closures and search missions, provide crowd control, distribute information on parking regulations or temporary street closures, and assisting with crime prevention demonstrations.

Each post was recognized, along with four Explorers who received awards for their achievements this year: Dominic McCloe received the Spirit Award, Melissa Vega and Daniel Serrano received the Leadership Award, and Richard Paniagua was recognized as Explorer of the Year.

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News ImageDeputies Arrest Bank Robbery SuspectMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (March 16, 2015) – On Monday, March 16, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lharimi Lamsen, 30, Stanton, on suspicion of bank robbery. Lamsen was arrested as he fled the area of the Wells Fargo Bank where he is suspected of having just committed an armed robbery.
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News ImageAssistant Sheriff Barnes Discusses Drug and Crime Trends with Mari FrankMari Frank with KUCI recently interviewed Assistant Sheriff Don Barnes about drug and crime trends, and what we can do to keep ourselves and our families safe.

Assistant Sheriff Barnes has been with the Department for 26 years and oversees the Administrative Services Command. This command provides support services necessary to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and ensures facilities, computer systems, and communications equipment operate at maximum efficiency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Divisions under Administrative Services include Communication and Technology, Financial/Administrative Services, Research and Development, and Support Services. In addition to his role with OCSD, Assistant Sheriff Barnes is also the Chairman of Orange County Crime Stoppers.



News ImageSheriff’s Deputies Honored with the American Legion Medal of MeritThe OCSD Directed Enforcement Team (DET) was recently honored with an American Legion Medal of Merit for the year of 2014.
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News ImageThe OCSD Mounted Enforcement UnitThe Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) is an integral part of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Established in 1969, the MEU is a specialized enforcement unit that extends the reach of OCSD operations into areas difficult to patrol. As of 2014 the unit has 22 members, all of who own their own horses.
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News ImageVilla Park High School Coach Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with StudentsSANTA ANA, Calif. – (February 26, 2015) – On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested Dwayne Jordan Richardson, 20, Fullerton, following allegations he engaged in sexual misconduct with two female minor high school students. Richardson is a “walk-on” girls’ basketball coach at Villa Park High School and does not teach at the school.
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News ImageNew police chief brings a strong past to improve the city's futureWe are proud to introduce Lieutenant Scott Spalding as the new Chief of Police for San Juan Capistrano Police Services! Lt. Spalding has been with OCSD for over 27 years, having worked in custody and patrol operations; SWAT; investigative assignments in general and economic crimes, internal affairs and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Learn more about Lt. Spalding in the below OC Register article:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/year-652226-people-crimes.html

News ImageInvestigators Seeking Additional Victims Following ArrestLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (February 24, 2015) – On Thursday, February 19, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Raymond Newton Baker, 72, Laguna Niguel, following a three week investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a victim under the guise he was training her to use a medical device.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested Following Laguna Niguel Homicide InvestigationLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (February 22, 2014) – On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators arrested, Michelle Green, 50, Laguna Niguel, in connection with the stabbing death of her 52 year-old, live-in boyfriend. Green was arrested at her residence in the 24700 block of La Vida Drive.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying John Doe

SANTA ANA, Calif. (February 19, 2015) – Investigators have recently compiled the sketch of a John Doe missing since Tuesday, December 24, 2013.

At that time, the body of a male was found floating approximately one mile off of the Newport Beach Coastline in the Crystal Cove area. The victim may have suffered unknown head trauma and had been weighted down with a 35lb iron dumbbell. The subject was wearing a dark colored ‘Champion’ nylon sweatpants with zippered legs, size 11 black ‘Asics’ tennis shoes and a black ‘Timex’ watch with a black plastic band. While his age is unknown, it is believed he is older than 30 and as old as 50, height of 5’8”-5’9”, approximately 165 lbs with dark hair.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 or (714) 647-7044. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Recovered Body Identified as Missing Laguna Beach SwimmerSANTA ANA, Calif. – (February 19, 2015) – On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, a body was discovered near the rocks at Shell Beach, in the area of Monarch/Three Arch Bay. The body has been positively identified as Anthony Parnell, 18, Las Vegas. The area Parnell’s body was discovered is approximately one-half mile south of 1000 Steps Beach, the area he was last seen.

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol deputies assisted Orange County Lifeguards, Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments with the recovery of the body. Emergency response personnel recovered Parnell’s body and transported it to the Dana Point Harbor Patrol Office where they were met by a deputy corner from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, February 20, 2015, to determine an official manner and cause of death. No further information is available.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: MISSING PERSONMISSING PERSON

NAME: ALONSO, Erica Melissa – 3/26/87

DESCRIPTION: Female, Hispanic, 5’3”, 110 lbs., long
Brown hair, brown eyes

CLOTHING: Unknown

VEHICLE: 2014 Honda Civic EX, white, 4-door
CA License #7FSS563

LAST CONTACT: Sunday, February 15 @ 4:00 a.m.


On February 14, 2015, Ms. Erica Alonso and a date met friends at the Sutra Lounge in the city of Costa Mesa where she spent the evening until approximately 1:30 A.M. While at the club, Erica and her date befriended another couple who offered them a ride in a red, Toyota Scion FRS to continue the night’s activities at her date’s home near Culver Drive and Deerfield Avenue in the city of Irvine. At approximately 3:45 a.m., the couple left the residence, and approximately 10 to 15 minutes later, Erica also left the residence. Erica and her vehicle (see vehicle info above) have not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Alonso’s whereabouts or who can identify the couple in the red Scion FRS is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at the numbers provided below.

****Investigators are attempting to identify the couple who gave Ms. Alonso and her date a ride home. See attached bulletin for additional information and photos.

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News ImageATTEMPT TO IDENTIFYLaw enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the couple in the below photographs that Erica and her date befriended at Sutra Lounge. The pictures are actual photographs of the couple at Sutra Lounge. The vehicle shown is a similar model to the vehicle they were driving.

Investigators are seeking to interview these individuals who may have information that will assist in locating Erica.






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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Phone Scams Use Names of OCSD Personnel to Solicit MoneySANTA ANA, Calif. (February 13, 2015) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud continue to occur throughout Orange County.
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News ImageOnline Dating Safety TipsThis Valentine’s Day many singles will be utilizing online dating in the hopes of finding that special someone. Online dating is one of the most popular services sought after by internet users. In fact, it is the third most requested online service trailing closely behind music and gaming with an estimated 1 in 5 adults’ ranging in ages 25- 34 years old utilizing these services monthly. As the stigma once attached to online dating has decreased, more and more users have flocked to various sites in the hopes of meeting a special someone.
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News ImageMultiple Vehicles Stolen from Stanton Auto ShopSTANTON, Calif. – (February 10, 2014) – On Monday, February 9, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of stolen vehicles at Tunex Auto Services located 10460 Magnolia Avenue. The business owner indicated to deputies that ten (10) vehicles were stolen from the property between the evening of Saturday, February 7 and Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
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News ImagePSR Edward Leonard appeared on Privacy Piracy Radio Show

The Professional Service Reserves Deputy Director, Edward Leonard, made an appearance on the radio show Privacy Piracy this past week talking about the PSR division.


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News ImageSheriff's Deputy on a Mission to Maintain Safety in SchoolsThe School Mobile Assesment and Resource Team (SMART) is utilized in school situations related to drugs, violence, threats and/ or the use of any weapons. The team responds at the request of law enforcement or school personnel to provide various services and resources and works in conjunction with school officials, the Probation Department, the District Attorney's Office and mental health agencies to get any and all situations settled effectively and efficiently.

Click the link to read about Sheriff's Deputy Doug Claypool and his mission to protect student's safety in schools.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/claypool-650215-team-kids.html


News ImageMEDIA ADVISORY: Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology Press Conference

Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology Press Conference
OCBULL3T


WHAT: The Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) will introduce the Orange County Ballistics Using Local Law Enforcement 3D Technology (OCBULL3T) and announce the first 3D database cold-hit on bullets in California. The bullet database cold-hits recently connected two separate Anaheim Police Department cases involving firearms. Though this was the first database cold-hit, the OCBULL3T system has provided several other bullet and cartridge hits in cases being investigated by numerous other agencies in Orange County. In addition to information about the Anaheim Police Department cases, crime lab experts will discuss the OCBULL3T technology, its capabilities and the resources it provides to law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County.


WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Scheduled to Appear:

  • Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens, Orange County Sheriff’s
    Department

  • Chief Raul Quezada, Anaheim Police Department

  • Director Bruce Houlihan, Orange County Crime Lab

WHERE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department - Brad Gates Building
320 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
5th Floor Conference Room


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: GAME PLAN FOR SUPERBOWL SUNDAY: ARE YOU DRINKING AND DRIVING?SANTA ANA, Calif. (January 30, 2015) – On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The California Office of Traffic Safety, Sheriff, Police and the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.
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News ImageSUPERBOWL TIP SHEET: KNOW YOUR ROLE ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAYPlanning on attending a Superbowl Party? See here for tip on how to stay safe on Superbowl Sunday.
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News ImageSuspects Arrested for Robbery at Verizon Wireless Retail StoreYORBA LINDA, Calif. – (January 28, 2015) – On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tyler Mason, 18, Riverside; Quinten Carr, 22, Riverside and Jshaun Jackson, 22, Moreno Valley; in connection with an armed robbery at the Verizon Retail Store located in the 20600 block of Yorba Linda Boulevard.
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News ImageThe OC Marine Operations Bureau Trains with the U.S. Coast GuardThe Orange County Sheriff’s Marine Operations Bureau (part of the department’s Homeland Security Division) regularly cross-trains with the United States Coast Guard on rescue drills. This is extremely vital since the department and the Coast Guard are the only open ocean enforcement/rescue entities along the Orange County coastline.
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News ImageOCSD Crime Prevention Specialists Focus on Identity TheftThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Prevention Specialists
have dedicated January to Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness. Crime Prevention Specialists work in each of our contract cities to provide educational services and programs, such as Neighborhood Watch & Business Watch, to help strengthen community and law enforcement partnerships which keep our communities safe.

See the attached newsletter for safety tips on how to guard against this ever-growing crime.
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News ImageTeachers Arrested Following Allegation of Sexual Relationship with StudentsSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (January 18, 2014) – On Saturday, January 17, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit investigators arrested South Hills High School teacher, Melody Lippert, 38, Covina and district teacher Michelle Ghirelli, 30, Covina; following allegations they engaged in sexual relations with students who attend the school.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, Calif. (January 15, 2015) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI Saturation Patrols will begin on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM and continue until Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:00 AM in the cities of Stanton, Villa Park and Yorba Linda.
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News ImageSuspected DUI Driver Crashes During Pursuit by DeputiesLAKE FOREST, Calif. – (January 10, 2015) – On Friday, January 9, 2015 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a pursuit of a 2002 Ford Explorer in the area of Toledo Way and Serrano Road. The driver of the vehicle was suspected by deputies of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
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News ImageThe Parent Project

Empowering Parents. Transforming Teens.

Do you want to get better at being a mom and dad? Need help understanding what it’s like to be a kid/teenager in today’s society? Looking for a life changing experience to parenting? Come learn the parenting skills that were developed from working with over 500,000 families nationwide involving every situation imaginable. The “parenting manual” is here.

Date: 1/29/2015

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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News ImageLaw Enforcement Appreciation Day 2015Friday, January 9, 2015 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! Members of law enforcement go out every single day with the mission to protect and serve their surrounding community. We invite you to join us in thanking nearly 3,000 OCSD Deputy Sheriffs who put their lives on the line to keep the citizens of Orange County safe. Please consider taking just a few minutes to show your gratitude for their service.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: 25 Suspects with Outstanding DUI Warrants Caught in OCSD SweepOn December 15, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk driving under the influence (DUI) offenders with outstanding arrest warrants. Deputies served warrants and arrested 12 offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case. An additional 13 offenders turned themselves in to court during the two weeks following the warrant event.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, Deputy Darryn RobinsToday we remember a fallen hero, Deputy Darryn L. Robins.

Deputy Robins was a seven-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department working In the Central Jail and then on patrol in the city of Lake Forest.

Deputy Robins' career was dedicated to the community and to the children within it. While in Lake Forest he took the opportunity to work directly with youth, speaking at the elementary schools and frequently performing a rap version of "Officer Friendly". The children called him Deputy "Rappin" Robins. Darryn also went to many intermediate schools, where he developed a presentation to encourage young boys and girls to avoid gangs.

Deputy Robins' untimely and tragic death in December 1993 during an on-duty training mishap left the entire Sheriff’s Department and the community with a deep sense of loss and grief. Because of the record he established in his relatively short law enforcement career, because he always set his standards high and because he epitomized what a professional law enforcement officer should be, the Department honored his memory by presenting the first Sheriff's Memorial Medal to Deputy Robins' family.




News ImageNEWS RELEASE: CRITICAL MISSING PERSONS CARL and THERESA TARANTINO

SPECIAL BULLETIN
CRITICAL MISSING PERSONS

NAME: TARANTINO, Carl – 10/27/1931

DESCRIPTION: Male, white, 83 yrs old, 5’4”, 140 lbs., blue eyes, bald

CLOTHING: Possibly a green checkered shirt green sweater

LAST CONTACT: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:00am


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI Checkpoint Nets 23 ArrestsThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2014 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in the city of Mission Viejo
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, December 19, 2014 in the city of Mission Viejo between the hours of 6:00pm and 3:00am.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Physical Altercation Involving Inmates at Theo Lacy Jail - UPDATEUPDATE – (December 17, 2014): The inmate victim, Thiep Truong Nguyen, 49, Westminster, has died at a local hospital

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at approximately 11:57 a.m.; a physical altercation occurred between two inmates at the Theo Lacy Jail. The altercation occurred between a 39 year-old male and a 49 year-old male who were housed together at the jail.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County DUI Task Force Holiday Crackdown on Impaired DrivingThis time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you are celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, local law enforcement agencies have a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015 actively searching for drunk drivers.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Physical Altercation Involving Inmates at Theo Lacy JailORANGE, Calif. – (December 16, 2014) – On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at approximately 11:57 a.m.; a physical altercation occurred between two inmates at the Theo Lacy Jail. The altercation occurred between a 39 year-old male and a 49 year-old male who were housed together at the jail.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public's Assistance Identifying Robbery SuspectsSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (December 17, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at approximately 7:20 p.m, a robbery occurred at the Verizon 4G Wireless store located at 120 North El Camino Real. The suspects entered the store and demanded iPhones that were being stored in the back of the store. No weapon was seen or threatened by the suspects and they were seen leaving the location in a late model, grey or light blue, Toyota mini-van.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Winter Holiday Mobilization Schedule of OperationsThe Southern California Avoid DUI Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign. The following schedule of operations, dates, and locations are provided for broadcast.
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News ImageRemembering OCSD's First Fallen Hero, Undersheriff Robert SquiresToday we remember OCSD's first fallen hero, OCSD Undersheriff Robert Squires.
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News ImageNational Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month: The Cost of Drunk Driving to OffendersDriving under the influence has serious consequences. Most serious, of course, is the threat to the life and safety of other drivers. Drunk and drugged driving can also have serious financial impacts. According to the DUI foundation, the costs associated with a conviction may vary from state to state, but almost always run into the thousands of dollars.
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News ImageThe 2014 OCLEEAA Explorer CompetitionOn Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department hosted the 2014 Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) Explorer Competition at the Katella Training Facility and the Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy.
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News ImageDon't Buzz and DriveAn average of one drunk driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2012. December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and every year, communities around the country organize various events to spread awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. The facts and statistics presented nationwide alone are staggering.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Victim Identified in Lake Forest Fatal Vehicle versus Skateboarder CollisionLAKE FOREST, Calif. – (November 25, 2014) – On Monday, November 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a traffic collision on Trabuco Road, north of Cherry Avenue, involving an Acura SUV and a skateboarder. The skateboarder, David Valerio, 16, Mission Viejo, was transported by paramedics from the scene to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
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News ImageTraveling Safety Tips from OCSDMany of us will spend the upcoming holidays traveling to visit family and friends. As we travel it is important to remember key safety tips. Here are some general tips to make sure that you have the safest holiday season wherever you go:

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: CRITICAL MISSING PERSON - LEE, Sa K.Mr. Lee was last seen at his residence in the Leisure World Community of Laguna Woods on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m. He has medical and memory problems and has wandered away in the past. The immediate area has been searched with negative results. He does not have access to a vehicle and is presumed to be on foot. Mr. Lee does not speak English.
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News ImageDUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, Calif. (November 20, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra StanleyToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On the night of November 19, 1940, Deputies Ezra Stanley and Carl Pryor were patrolling Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when their car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. The car skidded as the gas tank caught fire. Deputy Stanley was unconscious and wedged tightly in the car. Deputy Pryor's attempted to free Deputy Stanley, but his efforts were in vain.
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News ImageVictim in Fatal Stabbing IdentifiedANAHEIM, Calif. – (November 17, 2014) – On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators initiated an investigation following discovery of a male adult lying in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds.
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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Announces Results of DUI Court Sting OperationSANTA ANA, Calif. – (November 18, 2014) – On Monday, November 17, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies conducted an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach targeting suspected DUI drivers whose licenses where suspended/revoked or who were unlicensed drivers.
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News ImageNews Release: Suspect Arrested in Fatal StabbingANAHEIM, Calif. – (November 17, 2014) – On Sunday, November 16, 2014 at approximately 8:13 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Cerritos Avenue and Perdido Street for reports of an injured person lying in the street. Deputies arrived and discovered a male adult lying in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds. Ruben Martinez, 27, Anaheim, was detained at the scene and later arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing.
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News ImageSAVE THE DATE: Parent Project ClassesThe Parent Project is a parenting skills program specifically designed for parents with difficult or out-of-control children. Parents are provided with practical tools and no-nonsense solutions for even the most destructive of adolescent behaviors. The tougher it gets to be a teen, the tougher it gets to be a parent!
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News ImageProfessional Services Command Award of ExcellenceLatha Sharaschandra was awarded the Professional Services Command Award of Excellence by OCSD’s Professional Standards Division (PSD) at their monthly meeting. She was recognized for her dedicated service to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department over the course of her career.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Missing Mountain Biker Located UninjuredCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (November 13, 2014) – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue located James Kretzschmar, 40, Irvine, in the Lyon Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest. Kretzschmar was reported missing to the Irvine Police Department shortly before midnight on Wednesday, November 12. He was located with his mountain bike, uninjured and in good health.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Missing Mountain Biker Located UninjuredCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (November 13, 2014) – On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue located James Kretzschmar, 40, Irvine, in the Lyon Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest. Kretzschmar was reported missing to the Irvine Police Department shortly before midnight on Wednesday, November 12. He was located with his mountain bike, uninjured and in good health.

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News ImageSheriff Hutchens honored at Celebrate Leadership EventFour local women and former Girl Scouts were honored last week for their roles in the community and their trail blazing leadership. These women were honored at the fifth annual Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Celebrate Leadership event.
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News ImageADA Compliance Team RecognizedIn December of 2011, an ADA Compliance Team was formed to organize and coordinate the efforts to make the jails more accessible for disabled inmates. This team was created with the assistance of knowledgeable members of management, supervisory and line staff from CHS Medical, Classification, Facilities Operations, Sheriffs Systems, Transportation, Correctional Programs, County Counsel and S.A.F.E Divisions.
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News ImageVeterans Day 2014

Each November 11th we pause to honor the veterans of our armed forces. At Bunker Hill and Gettysburg, at Normandy and Iwo Jima, at Inchon and the Gulf of Tonkin, at Tora Bora and Bagdad, and on countless other battlefields, ordinary Americans were willing to sacrifice their lives so that our liberty may endure. To this day our country is fortunate to have men and women who follow in the brave tradition of past veterans and answer the call of military service.

A veteran’s service to country often does not end with the conclusion of their military career. Many and most go on to continue to serve their communities. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is proud to have a number of military veterans as part of our ranks. Both in sworn and professional staff capacities, these veterans bring their skill, bravery and character to the work they do on behalf of the Department’s public safety mission.

Founding Father Patrick Henry warned that “those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undertake to support it.” Thank you to all the veterans who have undertaken the support of our precious freedoms. Happy Veterans Day!


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News ImageDUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, Calif. (November 7, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, November 07, 2014 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00pm and 3:00am.
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News ImageReserve Lt. Don Hanson and Sonsee- Aray RetireIt is the end of an era for Reserve Lieutenant Don Hanson and search and rescue bloodhound, Sonsee- Aray. After 10 years of service together and over 18,000 hours logged as a team, the pair is officially retiring from their duties at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The two have had amazing careers both together and individually.
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News ImageHomicide Being Investigated as Murder-SuicideTUSTIN, Calif. – (November 4, 2014) – On Monday, November 3, 2014 Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators initiated an investigation following a shooting that occurred at a residence in the 18400 block of Warren Avenue. The victim, Lahoma Ballester, 55, Tustin, was discovered near the front of the residence with a gunshot wound. Ballester was later pronounced deceased at a nearby hospital.
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News ImageHomicide Investigation Leads to Pursuit and Fiery CrashTUSTIN, Calif. – (November 4, 2014) – On Monday, November 3, 2014 at approximately 7:00 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 18400 block of Warren Avenue for a report of a shooting. Deputies arrived and discovered a female adult, suffering from a gunshot wound.
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News ImageMurder-Suicide Suspect & Victim IdentifiedMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (November 1, 2014) – On Friday, October 31 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators initiated an investigation following a shooting that occurred at the Camden Apartment complex located at 26871 La Alameda. At approximately 8:36 p.m., deputies responded to reports of a shooting and discovered the deceased bodies of an adult male and female in the parking area of the apartment complex. The deceased were discovered outside of the female victim’s vehicle in the parking area of the complex. Following the preliminary investigation and evidence collected at the scene, the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.



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News ImageThe Orange County “Avoid” DUI Taskforce is Deploying Additional Deputies/Officers on Halloween NightSANTA ANA, Calif. (October 30, 2014) – As Halloween is quickly approaching, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is encouraging all residents to drive sober or designate a sober driver this weekend.
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News ImageOCSD Employees Recognized at 13th Annual Heroes With Heart Dinner and Awards GalaOn Thursday, November 6th, 2014 OCSD Deputy Kyle Sheek and Deputy Coroner Brooke Beasley will be recognized at the 13th Annual Heroes with Heart Dinner and Awards Gala sponsored by TIP Orange County Chapter. TIP, also known as Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc., is a specially trained team of volunteers who are called by hospital and public safety personnel to assist family members after a sudden death, victims of a crime, witnesses to a tragedy, children left alone after the death or injury of a parent and anyone traumatized by a crisis event. The event recognizes law enforcement, firefighters and hospital personnel, nominated by TIP volunteers, who went above the call of duty in the past year to offer support to citizens exposed to crisis.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect & Victim in Clothing Boutique Murder-Suicide IdentifiedSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (October 26, 2014) – On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators initiated an investigation following a shooting that occurred at the Bliss Clothing Boutique at 167 Avenida Del Mar. The shooting resulted in deputies discovering the deceased bodies of an adult male and female inside the business. Following the preliminary investigation and evidence collected at the scene, the incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Clothing Boutique Shooting Investigated as Murder-SuicideSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (October 25, 2014) – On Saturday, October 25, 2014 at approximately 2:01 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a shooting at Bliss Clothing Boutique located at 167 Avenida Del Mar. Responding deputies were contacted by an employee of the Bliss Clothing Boutique who indicated a shooting was occurring inside the business. Based on information provided to deputies that an active shooter was inside the business, the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) was requested.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Coroner Division Seeks Public’s Assistance Locating Next of KinSANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 24, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division seeks the public’s assistance identifying a deceased male found in the early morning hours of October 11, 2014 along the shoreline near 32nd Street and Oceanfront in the city of Newport Beach. He appears to be of Caucasian, Asian, or middle-eastern descent, 15-25 years old, 5’9” tall, 130 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. He has a small healed surgical scar on the right side of his neck. He was wearing orange and white Hawaiian print swim trunks and a black button up dress shirt with faint vertical lines.

Anyone with information about this person is encouraged to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division at (714) 647-7411 and reference case number 14-03965-MM.

Actual Photos: http://ocsd.org/divisions/prof/coroner/ud/john/14_03965_mm
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Teacher Arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with Child StudentMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (October 24, 2014) – On Friday, October 24, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Kristen Roush, 34, Aliso Viejo, following a several month long investigation involving an inappropriate relationship she had with a male juvenile student. Roush, an eighth grade teacher at La Paz Intermediate School (Mission Viejo), was arrested at her residence in the city of Aliso Viejo.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Mark TonkinToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin joined the department on August 21, 1981. He was initially assigned to the Main Jail and worked a short time as a court bailiff before going to North Patrol. In January of 1988 Deputy Tonkin was assigned to the Career Criminal Apprehension Team.

On October 24, 1988 Deputy Tonkin, an eight year veteran of the Sheriff-Coroner Department, lost his life in a helicopter crash while assigned to DESERT RANGER, a multi-agency cooperative narcotic enforcement program in the state. Mark was one of eight victims aboard a California National Guard UH1H Huey Helicopter which went down and burned in mountainous terrain near El Centro, California.

Deputy Tonkin was survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and parents, James and Gloria Tonkin.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTIONSANTA ANA, Calif. (October 22, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $330,620 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The funding will be used as part of the county’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
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News ImageSheriff’s Special Officer Writes Book to Impact Latino YouthSheriff’s Special Officer Juan Villegas (SSO), a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 24 years, has written a book entitled “Life Has Values” in the hopes of impacting youth in the Latino community.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Armed Robbery Suspect

STANTON, Calif. – (October 15, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 14, 2014 at approximately 11:35 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the La Pico Market located at 10480 Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton. The suspect brandished a knife and threatened both the store employee and customers. The loss was an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and a bottle of alcohol.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Assault on Real Estate AgentLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (October 12, 2014) – On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Thomas Glenn, 23, Laguna Niguel (transient), in connection with a physical assault of a real estate agent yesterday. Glenn was arrested by deputies in the area of Crown Valley Parkway and Niguel Road as he walked out of a nearby park.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Coroner Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating Next of KinSANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 14, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating possible next-of-kin for an unidentified male found on May 29, 2014 in the city of Santa Ana.

At the time of death, the deceased used the name Lam Pham with a date of birth of March 10, 1963. He is an Asian male with a thin build, approximately 51 years of age, 5’ 8”, 99 lbs. with short black hair and brown eyes. It’s believed that he lived a transient lifestyle since 1996. An actual photo can be viewed on OCSD.org under Coroner and Unidentified Dead.

Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact the Coroner Division at (714) 647-7411 and reference case #14-02935-BA.

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News ImageBarricaded Suspect Arrested for Outstanding WarrantMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (October 9, 2014) – On Thursday, October 9, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jason Nicholas Miller, 33, Mission Viejo, on an outstanding felony arrest warrant for domestic violence, stalking and violation of a court order as well as obstructing/delaying a peace officer resulting from today’s incident.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Burglary Suspects Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – (October 9, 2014) – On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Harold Nathaniel Reese, 28, Los Angeles; Antwain Travon Smith, 28, Los Angeles; Raven Samone Queen, 19, Compton and John Smith, 24, Los Angeles, in connection with a residential burglary that occurred in the Nellie Gail Ranch community of Laguna Hills.





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News ImageYou Are Not Alone (YANA) Program keeps watch over senior citizens and disabled residentsYANA is a program offered by various law enforcement agencies nation wide that provides welfare checks on residents who are elderly or disabled that register with the program. In Orange County, Laguna Niguel Police Services and San Clemente Police Services offer the YANA program to citizens that meet certain requirements. See the below OC Register article to read more about the wonderful work YANA does!

http://bit.ly/YANA
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News ImageIt's National Walk to School Day!October 8 is International Walk to School Day. In addition to promoting healthy activity, walking to school can create community benefits like reducing traffic and boosting a sense of community in neighborhoods.
Most important is to make sure that children walking to school are safe.
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News ImageVictims in Irvine Multi-Fatality Traffic Collision Identified

SANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 8, 2014) – On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division was contacted regarding a multiple fatality traffic collision on the southbound Interstate 5 freeway in the city of Irvine. The coroner investigator responded to the collision scene and conducted an investigation involving the death of three male and two female juveniles.

The five victims are identified as the following:

Jennifer BAHENA, 14, Laguna Hills; Jennifer CAMPOS, 15, Aliso Viejo; Matthew Ivan MELO, 15, Mission Viejo; Brandon Alejandro MORENO, 14, Mission Viejo; and Alejandro SOTELO, 14, San Juan Capistrano.

Autopsies have been completed and the cause of death for BAHENA, CAMPOS and MELO has been determined to be multiple blunt force trauma injuries as a result of the collision. Cause of death for MORENO and SOTELO is pending.

No further information is available.


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News ImageOpenings Available with Orange County Sheriff's Food ServicesMany professions are needed when staffing a jail facility. Law enforcement, medical personnel and maintenance staff are just a few that may come to mind. One often not considered is food service.
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News ImageOrange County Sheriff's Advisory Council Kicks Off Red Ribbon MonthOctober 3rd marks the beginning of Red Ribbon week, a national drug prevention effort that takes place this month. The Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
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News ImageDeputy Woodroof Discusses 3G's: Guide, Guard and Govern with Mari Frank

Recently Mari Frank with KUCI interviewed Deputy Michael Woodroof about the upcoming 3G's: Guide, Guard and Govern presentations occurring throughout the County beginning October 6th. The goal of the presentation is to provide parents with the tips and tools they need to communicate with their children, specifically about prescription drug abuse.

Deputy Woodroof, who has been with the Department for 11 years, is a School Resource Officer (SRO) in the city of Dana Point with his primary duty at Dana Hills High School.



News ImageCold Case Investigation Results in Murder ConvictionSANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 1, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, Paul Marshal Curry, 57, Salina KS, was found guilty by a jury of poisoning his wife of two years, Linda Curry.


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News ImageOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness MonthThe internet plays a huge role in our daily lives with uses ranging from performing professional tasks to utilizing it for personal entertainment. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud and abuse. Cyber security risks can threaten our finances, identity, and privacy, which is why this issue is one of our country’s most important national security priorities.
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News ImageOCSD Emergency Management DivisionRecently Mari Frank of KUCI interviewed Donna Boston, Director of the Emergency Management Division. Donna spoke about the role of Emergency Management in a disaster and ways you can prepare yourself and your family.

The Emergency Management Division provides emergency management and preparedness services to the unincorporated areas of Orange County and supports the efforts of the Orange County Operational Area. There are currently 115 jurisdictions in the Operational Area (OA) encompassing all County departments and agencies, public and private organizations and the general population within the boundaries of Orange County.

For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, be sure to visit http://www.ReadyOC.org and sign up for alerts at http://www.AlertOC.com.



News ImageNEWS RELEASE: More than Two Million Residents to Receive AlertOC Test Call TuesdaySANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 22 , 2014) – More than two million Orange County residents, along with users of AlertOC’s smartphone app, will receive a call, e-mail or push notification on September 23, 2014 to test the County’s mass notification system. This is the fifth annual regional test of AlertOC and will include 24 participating cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.


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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Sergeant Matthew R. DavisSergeant Matthew R. Davis joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. After graduating Sheriff’s Basic Academy, he worked in the Theo Lacy Branch Jail for two years and then was promoted to Deputy II and transferred to the South Operations Division. After a few years of working in the Major Accident Reconstruction Team he was selected a Motor Officer in Mission Viejo and 1999 was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

On the afternoon of Friday, September 20, 2002 tragedy struck the family of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. While on duty in the City of Mission Viejo, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision on his motorcycle after a vehicle making a left hand turn pulled into his lane. Sergeant Davis fought vigilantly for two days, and despite heroic medical efforts, succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.

Sergeant Davis will always be remembered not only as a friend, but also as a hero. He maintained a friendly, professional and business like demeanor as he dealt with his co-workers and members of the community he served.

Sergeant Davis is survived by his wife and three children.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Missing PersonNAME: Lantz, Ronald Eugene-DOB 06/03/1936

DESCRIPTION: Male, White, blond hair, hazel eyes, 5’8”, 160 lbs.

LAST CONTACT: September 22, 2014 @ 9:20AM

CLOTHING: Navy polo shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers

Mr. Lantz was last seen on Monday, September 22, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the area of Palo Alto St. and Stonehill Dr. in the city of Dana Point. He was walking with his wife toward St. Edwards Church when they became separated.

Mr. Lantz suffers from medical issues and may be in need of medical attention. He is carrying credit cards and a small amount of cash.

Anyone with any information regarding Mr. Lantz’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 714-647-7055 or 714-647-7000

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News ImageTen Car Seat Safety TipsInstalling child car seats can be a confusing task much to the fact that there are a variety of car seat and vehicle designs. Each car seat fits differently with each vehicle and there are a variety of car seats out there with different options. All seats on the market must go through a standardized series of testing. Provided are ten safety points that may assist you in installing your child’s car seat properly.
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News ImageIn Custody Training Program GraduationLast week 16 female inmates graduated from the first female In Custody Training Program (ICTP) at the Intake Release Center (IRC). Graduates received certificates from members of the Sheriff’s Command Staff and Assistant Sheriff Kea spoke, congratulating them on their accomplishments. The inmates spoke about their experience, describing the circumstances that brought them into custody, what they learned from ICTP and what their plans are after release. They also thanked instructors Julie Griego and Andrea Bezmalinovich, who stood by the graduates every step of the way.
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News ImageCSA Deployed to Guantanamo Bay Presents Department with American FlagOn September 10, 2014 Correctional Services Assistant (CSA) Christine Vong presented the Orange County Sheriff’s Department with an American flag in remembrance of 9-11. The flag was held in a display handmade by CSA Vong.
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News ImageOCSD Transit Police Services and Hazardous Device Squad Conduct Counterterrorism OperationsOver the past week, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Transit Police Services division, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Devices Squad, conducted multiple counterterrorism operations throughout Orange County in an ongoing effort to provide the highest level of safety possible to the citizens of Orange County
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspects Posing as Housekeepers Arrested for Residential BurglaryALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 16, 2014) – On Monday, September 15, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, Riverside and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, Riverside, in connection with several residential burglaries in the south Orange County area. The suspects are related by marriage.


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News ImageChild Passenger Safety WeekSeptember 14, 2014 through September 20, 2014 is Child Passenger Safety Week. Here at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, passenger safety is of the utmost importance. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to the children in the United States.
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News ImageJoin Us In Thanking OCSD Deputies On National Thank A Police Officer Day!Saturday, September 20, 2014 is National Thank A Police Officer Day! We’d like to invite you to join us in thanking the more than 2,700 OCSD Deputy Sheriffs who put their lives on the line to keep our community safe. Please consider taking just a few minutes to show your gratitude for their service.

Here are a few suggestions of how to get your message of thanks to us so we can share it with our deputies:

• Send a card- mail to OCSD Public Affairs, 550 North Flower St, Santa Ana CA 92703

• Leave a comment on our Facebook page- Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA #thanksOCSD

• Tweet a message or video with the hashtag #thanksOCSD

• Email a message or video to webmaster@ocsd.org

Be sure to involve your whole family!

If you come across an OCSD deputy in your community on September 20 who is not actively engaged in a call for service, take a moment to say thank you. Our deputies don’t come to work expecting to be thanked, but it is always appreciated!



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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Bank Robbery Threatens ExplosivesSTANTON, Calif. – (September 15, 2014) – On Monday, September 15, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery at the Bank of the West branch located at 11051 Beach Boulevard, Stanton. The robbery suspect, Danny Ray Worrell, 62, Stanton, threatened the bank teller with a note indicating he was armed with a gun and explosives. The loss from the bank was cash and the suspect was seen leaving in a maroon Chevrolet corvette.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Silverado Canyon Mandatory Evacuation Orders LiftedSILVERADO CANYON, Calif. – (September 14, 2014) – Mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted for the Silverado Canyon area, east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. Residents only may access their residences utilizing Silverado Canyon Road; however, Silverado Canyon Road at Santiago Canyon Road will remain closed for non-residents.

Residents should be prepared to present law enforcement with identification and proof of residency when accessing the affected areas. Road conditions may still present hazards; motorists are reminded to drive slowly, use caution and be aware of public safety equipment in the area.

If residents have questions, they can call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Commander at (714) 628-7170.

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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, Dispatcher and SSO Receive Awards from Attorney GeneralOn Monday, September 8, 2014 four members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received awards from California State Attorney General Kamala Harris.


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News ImageNew OCSD Cadaver Dog Helps Find Stolen GunOn Saturday September 6, 2014 OCSD Search & Rescue was requested to do an evidence search for a gun that was taken in a Rancho Santa Margarita burglary. The suspect, who was in custody, reported he dumped a backpack with the gun inside of it near the brushy hillside area of Oso Parkway. 19 Search and Rescue members arrived to assist as well as a new cadaver dog, Abby.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: St. Mary’s School E-Mail Threat Investigation - UPDATEALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 10, 2014) – On Monday, September 8, 2014, Sheriff’s investigators and the School Mobile Assessment Resource Team (SMART) began investigating a threatening email that was sent to St. Mary’s School. Investigators and school administrators have continued to work collaboratively throughout the investigation, attempting to identify the source and credibility of the threat.

Immediately following receipt of the email threat Monday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department initiated an investigation in an attempt to evaluate the threat. Sheriff’s deputies increased their patrol presence in and around the campus and school administrators modified student movement throughout the campus for the remainder of the day.

As a strictly precautionary measure, school administrators closed the school campus yesterday, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and today, Wednesday, September 10, 2014, until additional details could be learned from the investigation.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Sheriff’s Department Investigating Threat Made to St. Mary’s SchoolALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 9, 2014) – On Monday, September 8, 2014, St. Mary’s School received a potentially threatening email that created concern regarding the safety of the school. Orange County Sheriff’s investigators, including the School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART), immediately initiated an investigation in an attempt to determine the origin of the email and credibility of the threat. The SMART team continues to work closely with school administrators as the investigation is ongoing.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Sheriff’s Department Investigating Threat Made to St. Mary’s School - UPDATEALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 9, 2014) – On Monday, September 8, 2014, Sheriff’s investigators and the School Mobile Assessment Resource Team (SMART) began investigating a potentially threatening email that was sent to St. Mary’s School. Investigators and school administrators have continued to work collaboratively as the investigation continues and the threat is assessed.


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News ImageAirport Police Services Return Lost MementoEvery year John Wayne Airport Police Services receives hundreds of lost items, many of a personal nature. While every effort is made to return property to the owner, many times items go unclaimed.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested in Mission Viejo Home-Invasion RobberyMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (September 5, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Steven Tyler Davy, 30, Anaheim, in connection with a robbery that occurred at a residence in the 23300 block of Via Linda, Mission Viejo. Davy was arrested at a motel in the city of Anaheim where he was living.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department Operation Aims At Improving Motorcycle SafetySANTA ANA, California (September 5, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations on both Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Pimping and Pandering by Operating BrothelsSANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 3, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators served multi-location search warrants following a pimping and pandering investigation involving two locations. Nga “Sandra” Tran, 45, Lake Forest, was arrested following an investigation that identified her as the owner/operator of brothels in the cities of Stanton and Lake Forest.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Man Charged With Murdering 82-Year-Old Grandmother And Soliciting Murder Of Witness In The CaseSANTA ANA – A man has been arrested and charged with murdering his grandmother and soliciting the murder of a witness. Michael Wesley Baker, 32, is charged with one felony count of murder and three felony counts of solicitation to commit murder. He faces sentencing enhancements for 2012 prior convictions for possession of methamphetamine, domestic violence, and a strike for terrorist threats. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 59 years to life in state prison. Baker is being held on $1 million bail. His arraignment date is to be determined.
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News ImageWoman To Be Arraigned For Pimping And Pandering Four Women Out Of Three Brothels Disguised As Massage ParlorsSANTA ANA – A woman is scheduled to be arraigned today for pimping and pandering four women out of three brothels disguised as massage parlors. Nga Thuy Tran, 45, Lake Forest, is charged with four felony counts each of pimping and pandering by procuring. If convicted, Tran faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. The People will be requesting she be held on $200,000 at her arraignment today in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Register Now For the 5th Annual AlertOC Regional TestSANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 3, 2014) – On September 23, 2014 over two million Orange County residents will receive a call to test AlertOC. This is the fifth annual regional test of the system and will include 25 participating cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: September is National Emergency Preparedness MonthSANTA ANA, Calif. – (September 1, 2014) – September is National Emergency Preparedness Month and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Management Division would like to encourage County residents to prepare and plan for emergency and disaster events. The time is NOW to make a commitment to be the survivor.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested for Possession of Substances Identified as Precursors to Homemade ExplosivesLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (September 2, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at approximately 12:45 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence incident at a residence in the 100 block of Fairlane Drive, Laguna Niguel. During the course of the domestic violence investigation, deputies observed numerous weapons, military ordinances and potentially explosive substances. The Sheriff’s Department’s Hazardous Device Squad (HDS) responded to evaluate and collect the items.


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News ImageSUMMER/LABOR DAY AVOID DUI CAMPIGN – FINAL REPORTSANTA ANA, Calif. (September 2, 2014) – The Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign crackdown on drunk and/or drugged drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests countywide over the past 18 days. The enforcement was part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roadways safer.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Missing Mountain Biker Located After 12-Hour Overnight Search in Cleveland National ForestCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (August 31, 2014) – On Sunday, August 31, 2014, Search & Rescue personnel from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Reserve Bureau located a missing mountain biker who was lost in the Cleveland National Forest off Ortega Highway, approximately ten (10) miles east of the San Juan Capistrano city limits. The missing mountain biker, a 49 year old male from Burbank, was located at 8:00 a.m. this morning after an overnight search by Search & Rescue personnel and Sheriff’s Department air support. The mountain biker was located uninjured with minor scrapes and cuts.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Arson Suspect Arrested in Dana PointDANA POINT, Calif. – (August 31, 2014) – On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at approximately 3:45 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to sounds of breaking glass and a suspicious subject at the Dana Point Arts Plaza building in the 34100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. Deputies arrived and located Alex Espinoza, 27, Laguna Niguel, inside the building. Espinoza was holding a lighter and the building was on fire.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Shooting Incident in RossmoorROSSMOOR, Calif. – (August 29, 2014) – On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 11272 Wallingsford Road, Rossmoor, following reports of a shooting at the residence. Deputies arrived with Orange County Fire Authority paramedics and discovered Gretchen DeStefano, 96, Rossmoor, deceased, suffering from a gunshot wound. Christine Reynolds, 71, Rossmoor, the daughter of the victim, was detained at the scene.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Summer/Labor Day Holiday AVOID DUI Campaign UpdateSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 29, 2014) – The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments over the past 14 days in Orange County.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run Traffic CollisionSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (August 26, 2014) – On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau investigators arrested Kelly Michelle Wolfe, 46, Capistrano Beach, following an investigation of a fatal traffic collision that occurred on July 4, 2013.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Theft SuspectYORBA LINDA, Calif. – (August 26, 2014) – On Friday, August 22, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department began investigating a package theft from the porch of a residence in the 24600 block of Las Patranas, Yorba Linda. The theft occurred on Thursday, August 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m., while the resident was away from the home. The package contained a cellular phone valued at approximately $600.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Announces Results of DUI Court Sting OperationSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 26, 2014) – On Monday, August 25, 2014, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach which targeted suspected drivers whose licenses were suspended or revoked due to a prior DUI. The undercover operation was part of the ‘Avoid the 38’ Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign, which is scheduled to continue through midnight on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014.
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News ImageCanine Offering Life Lessons and Reward (COLLAR) ProgramIt’s National Dog Day! OCSD wants to recognize the wonderful dogs that take part in our Canine Offering Life Lessons and Reward (COLLAR) Program.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Summer/Labor Day AVOID DUI Campaign UpdateSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 25, 2014) – The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI mobilization has resulted in DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Salt Creek Beach Swimmer Search/Recovery Effort TerminatedDANA POINT, Calif. – (August 24, 2014) – On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at approximately 11:33 a.m. Orange County Lifeguards received a report of a missing swimmer off Salt Creek Beach. The missing swimmer is a 60 year old male who was last seen body surfing in the water, near Tower #2. An intense multi-agency search of the water and shoreline immediately ensued and has continued over the last approximately 30 hours.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Residential Robbery SuspectMISSION VIEJO, Calif. – (August 22, 2014) – On Friday, August 22, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m., a residential robbery occurred at 23300 block of Via Linda, Mission Viejo. The suspect forced open the front door of the residence and confronted an 82 year old female victim while she was lying in bed watching television. The suspect looked at the victim and told her “don’t move” while he ransacked her bedroom as well as other rooms in the residence.
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News ImageBack to School Safety TipsIt’s back to school time! Schools remain one of the safety places for your child to be. The danger associated with schools is typically the journey to and from it. Here are safety tips from OCSD to make this coming school year a safe one.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Eight Suspects with Outstanding DUI Warrants Caught in ‘AVOID the 38’ DUI Task Force SweepSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 20, 2014) – On Monday, August 18th, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department dispersed into neighborhoods with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants in search of high risk DUI offenders. Deputies served the warrants and arrested eight offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Summer/Labor Day AVOID DUI Campaign UpdateSANTA ANA, Calif. (August 18, 2014) – The first weekend of the end of summer DUI Mobilization has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Marijuana Cultivation Eradicated by Narcotics InvestigatorsLAGUNA WILDERNESS PARK, Calif. – (August 15, 2014) – On Friday, August 15, Orange County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators are conducting a marijuana cultivation eradication operation in the Muddy Canyon area of the Laguna Wilderness Park. The location is south of the SR 73 toll road, east of Newport Coast Drive near East Coastal Peak Park and Ridge Park Road. The plants are located on property in OC Parks jurisdiction, outside city limits. Investigators have estimated there to be approximately 2500-4000 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Suspect Impersonating an OfficerSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (August 15, 2014) – On Thursday, August 14 at approximately 9:20 p.m., an adult male victim was contacted by a suspect believed to be impersonating a police officer. The suspect conducted a traffic stop of the victim in the city of San Clemente and stole personal property from inside the vehicle.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Lead Up to Labor Day Brings DUI Crackdown to Orange CountySANTA ANA, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – From August 15 through September 1, 2014, deputies and officers will be aggressively targeting drunk and drugged drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end impaired driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Orange County roads.
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News ImageMeet OCSD's First Women's Shooting Team, Trigger Team 18!Earlier this year Deputy Laurel Yoshimoto created the first Orange County Sheriff’s Department Women’s Shooting Team, officially known as “Trigger Team 18”. The goal of the team is to encourage women in law enforcement to take part in shooting competitions more regularly.


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News ImageHow the Orange County Crime Lab StartedIt's National Forensic Science Week! Learn more about how an incredible murder trial led to the creation of the first Orange County Crime Lab in 1948.
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News ImageDon't Fall Victim to a Scam!DON’T FALL VICTIM TO A SCAM! A scam has recently been circulating through Orange County where suspects call the victims and claim to be a member of the Sheriff’s Department.
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News Image2014 OCLEEAA Summer AcademyFrom Wednesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 10th, 27 members of Explorer Post 449 joined their peers from Orange and Los Angeles Counties at the Explorer Academy, an abbreviated version of the Law Enforcement Academy. The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) hosts the Academy twice a year and has been doing so for over 30 years. OCSD requires Explorers to graduate from the Academy within their first year of joining the program.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: OC Child Exploitation Task Force Arrests Piano Teacher for Lewd Acts with a ChildLAKE FOREST, Calif. – (August 8, 2014) – On Friday, August 8, investigators from the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) arrested John Mordecai SCOTT, 58, Lake Forest, following an investigation involving lewd acts with a child. Scott is suspected of showing and taking lewd photographs of a minor female victim at his residence and place of employment.
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News Image2014 National Forensic Science WeekThe week of August 10-16 is National Forensics Science Week. The week is set aside to recognize the important contribution forensics play in law enforcement and criminal investigations.
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News ImageBRAT Collaborates With Other Law Enforcement Agencies in Quad Bandit CaptureOn August 7th the “Quad Bandit” was taken into custody after robbing a bank in Brea. The robber, who received his nickname after attempting to rob four banks in one day, surrendered to Fullerton police after Brea officers responded to reports of a robbery at Bank of the West and broadcast to neighboring departments. The Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT) has been investigating the Quad Bandit for several months regarding a number of other robberies in the Orange County area and is pursuing federal charges.
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News ImageOCSD and Cities Partner for National Night OutOn Monday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th OCSD Police Services in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano partnered with their city officials to host National Night Out.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Critical Missing PersonCRITICAL MISSING PERSON

NAME: DILE, Johnny – 12/18/1949

DESCRIPTION: Male, Caucasian, 6’2”, 240 lbs.
hazel eyes, brown hair, white beard

CLOTHING: Black t-shirt, blue jeans, black cap w/
“Vietnam Vet” on back of cap strap, white
sneakers, metal frame glasses

LAST CONTACT: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 @ 09:00 a.m.

BICYLCLE: Red Mountain Bike

Mr. Dile was last seen on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at his residence in the 8000 block of Cerritos Avenue in the city of Stanton. He was discovered missing, along with his red mountain bike, at approximately 11:30a.m. after he failed to return home. Mr. Dile suffers from several medical conditions, causing him difficulty remembering where he lives, and may be in need of medication. He recently moved to Stanton from the Lancaster area and is known to go to Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Dile’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 or (714) 647-7055.


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News ImageO.C. Agencies Unite to Combat Human TraffickingSheriff Hutchens joined other county and city leaders, as well as the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force at a press conference which focused on the growing problem of human trafficking in Orange County.
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News ImageOCSD at the OC Fair

Mari Frank with KUCI recently interviewed Marilyn MacDougall who is the Executive Administrator of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and Executive Director of the Drug Use is Life Abuse program. Marilyn, who has been with the department for nearly 23 years, is also extremely involved in OCSD’s participation at the OC Fair.

OCSD is the law enforcement agency that patrols the Fair and is responsible for the lost children’s booth. In the interview, Marilyn not only provides insight into OCSD’s Fair activity but also offers safety tips for families in attendance.

You can learn more about the Sheriff’s Advisory Council here: http://ocsd.org/about/council and the Drug Use is Life Abuse program here: http://www.duila.org/.



News ImageOCSD Joins OCFA and U.S. Fire Service for Joint Fire ExerciseOn Thursday, July 31st the Orange County Sheriff's Department conducted a joint fire exercise with the Orange County Fire Authority and representatives from the U.S. Fire Service / Cleveland National Forest District.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Rossmoor Shooting IncidentOn Thursday, July 31, 2014 at approximately 8:25 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Tucker Lane, Rossmoor, following reports of a shooting at a residence. Deputies arrived and discovered an adult female and adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to local hospitals where the male victim was treated and released; however, the female victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Michael Molle, 72, Rossmoor, was detained and arrested at the scene.
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News ImagePRESS RELEASE: O.C. Agencies Unite to Combat Human TraffickingOrange County law enforcement, transportation officials and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force will hold a joint news conference to discuss the growing problem of human trafficking and efforts to put an end to the crime through strict enforcement and community partnerships.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendDUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, August 1st at 7:00 pm until Saturday, August 2nd at 3:00 am in the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. These patrols will be targeting areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
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News ImageMEDIA ADVISORY: Orange County Law Enforcement Agencies and Educators Partner to Strengthen School SafetyCOSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2014) – In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy and other incidents of violence in the nation, there has been a call to reduce gun violence and protect children and communities. Many agencies have realized the importance of creating safer school climates and have proposed solutions, such as hiring additional school resource officers, counselors and mental health professionals, and promoting collaboration between schools and law enforcement in developing comprehensive emergency plans, which include hands-on training.

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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Deputies Arrest Two Suspects in Residential Burglary Following 911 CallROSSMOOR, Calif. – (July 28, 2014) – On Monday, July 21, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residential burglary in-progress in the Rossmoor community. As deputies arrived, two male subjects fled on foot from the rear of the residence, jumping over fences onto the property of adjacent homes in the neighborhood. After coordination of responding deputies, two male juveniles were detained and taken into custody for residential burglary.
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News ImageK-9 Roan Receives Medal for Exceptional ServiceCongratulations to Reserve Deputy Lieutenant Klappenback and K-9 Roan for receiving the K9 Medal for Exceptional Service by the organization K9s of the War on Terror!
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News ImageLieutenant Lane Lagaret named Chief of Police Services in Yorba LindaLieutenant Lane Lagaret has been selected as the new Chief of Police Services for the city of Yorba Linda.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Coroner Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying DescendentSANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 24, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division is seeking the public’s assistance identifying and locating family of an unidentified male decedent.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Porcelain Dolls Found on Porches at San Clemente HomesSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (July 24, 2014) – On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified regarding porcelain dolls being left on the doorsteps of numerous residences in the Talega community of San Clemente.
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News ImageOCSD Holds Mobile Field Force TrainingOn July 16, 2014, OCSD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team conducted its annual Mobile Field Force Training.
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News ImageAirport SSO's Save Life of 76-Year-Old ManLearn how three SSO's at John Wayne Airport worked quickly to save the life of a 76-year-old man found not breathing at the airport.
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News ImageOCSD Explorer Post 449 Recognized at National ConferenceLast week Explorers from across the nation attended the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference in Bloomington, Indiana.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Armed Robbery SuspectsLADERA RANCH, Calif. – (July 22, 2014) – On Monday, July 21, 2014 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Arco AM/PM gas station store at 27402 Antonio Parkway, Ladera Ranch.
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News ImageOrange County Jails Provide Food for the NeedyOrange County jails Musick and Theo Lacy are both facilitating programs that provide non-profits with food for those in need.
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News ImageVirtual Ride Along #VRAw18

On Friday, July 18th OCSD hosted a Twitter “Virtual Ride-Along” that gave any OCSD Twitter followers the chance to experience what a real life ride-along is like through their computers. The evening followed deputies in the Tri-City area of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Using the hashtag #VRAwith18, officials tweeted radio calls, follow up and pictures all in real time. Calls followed included vandalism, suspicious persons believed to be selling narcotics, and a runaway.

View our entire night of tweets by clicking here #VRAw18.

OCSD will be hosting future Virtual Ride-Alongs throughout the County. Follow OCSD on Twitter to take part in the action!


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News ImageOCSD Brings Home Gold at US Police and Fire Championships!The United States Police and Fire Championships were held on June 21-29th in San Diego. This Olympic-type event drew over 5,000 competitors, in over 55 different sporting events.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this WeekendSANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 17, 2014) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageInvestigator Brown Receives Letter of CommendationOCSD Investigator Jeff Brown was recently commended by US Bank for his work and expertise during bank robbery investigations.
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News ImageDuke Helps Capture Laser Strike SuspectsOn July 10th a flight approaching John Wayne Airport (JWA) reported being struck with a green laser.
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News ImageOCSD Reserve Bureau at the OC FairThe Orange County Fair kicked off this weekend with nearly 39,000 people attending in the first hour alone.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Aliso Viejo Death Investigated as Murder-SuicideALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (July 9, 2014) – On Monday, July 7, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators were notified by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department investigators following discovery of Brigitte Julie Shaw, 49, Aliso Viejo, deceased inside her residence.
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News ImageOrange County Crime Lab Receives NACO AwardCongratulations to the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) who recently received a National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award for their excellent work in Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Enhanced Detection and Collaboration.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Aliso Viejo Death InvestigationALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (July 8, 2014) – On Monday, July 7, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s investigators were called to the 23400 block of Summerfield, Aliso Viejo (St. Moritz Apartment Complex) following discovery of a deceased female inside an apartment. The deceased female was located during execution of a search warrant by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as a result of an ongoing investigation.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Independence Day Holiday Weekend Avoid DUI Campaign –Final Report

SANTA ANA, Calif (July 8, 2014) – The Independence Day Weekend Anti-DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.


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News ImageOCSD Collaborates with Make-A-Wish for 4th of July Harbor Event

On July 4th OCSD’s Harbor Patrol Reserves Unit collaborated with the American Legion in Newport Beach to host the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Fourth of July harbor cruise and pancake breakfast for nearly 40 children and their families.


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News ImageOCSD Deputies Honored for Saving Man's LifeThe Laguna Hills City Council recently honored OCSD Deputies David Gregor and Erik Tilove, CSO Matthew Padilla, and two civilians, for their heroic actions in saving a man’s life.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Sheriff’s Department Operation Aims At Improving Motorcycle SafetySANTA ANA, California (July 3, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on July 6, 2014 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


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News ImageFireworks on the 4th of JulyOn the 4th of July calls to OCSD Dispatch increase by an average of 35%. Of the total calls received nearly 40% are complaints about fireworks.
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News ImageMEDIA ADVISORY: Holiday Harbor Cruise for Wish Kids with Life-Threatening IllnessesThis 4th of July holiday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will host approximately 40 local Make-A-Wish kids and their families for a special cruise around Newport Harbor.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’SANTA ANA, Calif. – (July 2, 2014) – This Fourth of July families and friends will gather to celebrate our country with parades, parties and fireworks. For many people the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

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News ImageEagle Scout Candidate Recognized for Memorial ProjectEagle Scout candidate Ethan Bolin was recognized by Sheriff Hutchens and members of the OCSD Command Staff for his hard work in creating a memorial to Orange County's first fallen officer, Undersheriff Robert Squire.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Remains Found Near Caspers ParkSANTA ANA, Calif. – (June 27, 2014) – On January 6, 2014, unidentified female remains were found in Casper’s Wilderness Park (Rural South East area of Orange County).
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News ImageOCSD Paticipates in Mock Water RescueOn Thursday, June 26th OCSD participated in a Mock Water Rescue hosted by OCFA and the city of Mission Viejo.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Identified in Ladera Ranch Deputy-Involved ShootingLADERA RANCH, Calif. – (June 30, 2014) – On Sunday, June 29, 2014 at approximately 10:26 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100 block of Sansovino, Ladera Ranch regarding a domestic disturbance call.
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News ImageOCSD's DET and Duke Catch Suspect in Vehicle TheftsThe OCSD's Directed Enforcement Team (DET) and Air Support Unit recently worked together to stop a spree of vehicle thefts at Salt Creek Beach (SCB) in Dana Point.
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News ImageDuke Helps Capture Suspect in Santa AnaOn Friday, June 20th OCSD’s helicopter “Duke” helped capture a man suspected of using a slingshot to shoot marbles at police in Santa Ana.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Dana PointDANA POINT, CA – (June 25, 2014) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 27, 2014 in the City of Dana Point from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Steven ParsonsToday we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Steven Parsons.


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News ImageOCLEEAA Gold AwardsOn June 19th the Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) held its annual Gold Awards at the Sheriff’s Academy.
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News ImageTheo Lacy's Sustainability Program Wins NACO AwardThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) is proud to announce that the National Associations of Counties (NACO) has awarded Theo Lacy’s Sustainability Program a 2014 Achievement Award in the category of Environmental Protection and Energy.
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News ImageInmate Services Volunteer Appreciation PicnicOn Saturday June 14th more than 500 Inmate Services volunteers representing 16 different volunteer groups attended the Inmate Services Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Orange County Coroner Seeks Public’s Assistance in Locating Next of KinSANTA ANA, California – (June 17, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division is requesting the public’s assistance in locating family members of George Ades, 67, of Irvine.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Armed Robbery SuspectLAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (June 17, 2014) – On Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at approximately 1 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Arco AM/PM gas station located at 27491 La Paz Road in the city of Laguna Niguel. The suspect held a “stun gun” to the cashier’s back/neck area and demanded cash. The suspect fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No vehicle was seen.
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News ImageRemembering a Fallen Hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.Today we remember a fallen hero, OCSD Deputy Bradley Riches.

Deputy Riches became a fully sworn official in 1991 and in 1998 was assigned as patrol in Lake Forest. On Saturday, June 12, 1999, Deputy Riches was on routine patrol driving through a parking lot when a man carrying an AK-47 assault rifle opened fire on him while he sat in his patrol car. He valiantly began an emergency radio transmission, but succumbed to the more that two-dozen assault rifle rounds that were fired at him. Deputy Riches' death left the department and community speechless, but his legacy will always be remembered.

News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Announces Results of DUI ‘Court Sting’ OperationSANTA ANA, California (June 10, 2014) – Two individuals were arrested on Monday, June 9, 2014 during an undercover ‘Court Sting’ operation at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Arrest Suspect in Multiple ATM TheftsALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (June 10, 2014) – On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Daniel Eamon Sweeny, 40, Tustin, in connection with numerous ATM thefts. Sweeny is suspected of having stolen as many as 24 ATM machines across Orange County over the course of the last year.




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News ImageSheriff’s Department Reviewing Policy Related to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) DetainersSANTA ANA, Calif. – (June 4, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reviewing its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer policy in light of an Oregon federal district court’s decision, Miranda-Olivares v. Clackamas County, 2014 WL 1414305 (D. Ore. April 11, 2014), which concluded that an ICE detainer, without a determination of probable cause, is not legally sufficient to hold an inmate beyond his or her sentence ending date.

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News ImageK-9 Sando Captures Burglary SuspectOCSD’s K-9 program is an essential part of the Sheriff’s Department. Currently eight deputies and their canine partners provide coverage in the County, reducing the manpower needed to search in large buildings and open space by over 50%.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: No Weapon Found During "Lockdown" and Search of Dana Hills High SchoolDANA POINT, Calif. – (May 29, 2014) – On Thursday, May 29, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies were notified by Dana Hills High School administrators of an empty rifle/shotgun carrying case that was left in the parking lot of the school. At the time they were notified, deputies were already at the school investigating a separate incident unrelated to the gun carrying case.

Based on discovery of the empty rifle/shotgun carrying case in the school parking lot, deputies placed all students and staff on “lockdown,” limiting movement until a thorough search of the school could be completed. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) were requested for additional personnel to complete a search of the school campus.

A systematic search of the Dana Hills High School campus resulted in no weapons being found. No students or staff members were detained or arrested related to the incident.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the “lockdown” and was lifted and students were released from the campus. Sheriff’s deputies assisted school administration with coordinating a systematic release of students and vehicles from the school campus.

Sheriff’s investigators will continue to investigate and determine why the rifle/shotgun carrying case may have been left in the school parking lot.

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News ImageDeputy Wins Battle of BadgesThe “Battle of the Badges” boxing events raise money for Cops 4 Kids & Communities, a non-profit organization committed to changing the lives of at risk youth with compassionate mentoring by law enforcement or other members of the community.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested in Yorba Linda Cold Case HomicideSANTA ANA, Calif. – (May 14, 2014) – On Sunday, May 11, 2014 Orange County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Paulino Olmos Gonzalez, 48, on charges of murder in connection with a 1991 homicide that occurred in the city of Yorba Linda. Gonzalez was identified as a suspect following a recent re-examination of DNA evidence collected and stored at the time of the initial investigation. Following the DNA match, Gonzalez was located in federal custody in the state of Texas serving a federal sentence.

On November 3, 1991, Gonzalez is alleged to have been involved in the shooting death of Salvador Murillo, 50, in a rural area of Yorba Linda comprised of orange groves and oil wells. Murillo died of an apparent gunshot wound and his death was determined to be a homicide. Responsibility for the investigation was transferred last year from the Brea Police Department when Yorba Linda began contracting the Sheriff’s Department for police services.

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Sheriff’s Department Investigators flew to Texas and extradited Gonzalez to Orange County. He was booked into the Orange County Jail and being held without bail. Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in court today, May 14, 2014.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public's Assistance Identifying Hit and Run Suspect Vehicle

Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Hit and Run Suspect Vehicle

STANTON, Calif. - (May 8, 2014) – On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian victim was struck by the vehicle as he crossed the street near the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid at the scene and fled westbound on Chapman Avenue.

The 24 year-old male victim was critically injured as a result of the collision and remains hospitalized in the burn unit recovering from his injuries. He suffered burns and abrasions to over 20 percent of his body and a severe laceration to his head requiring 38 staples.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a bright, teal metallic (blue/green) 1993-1996 GMC single cab pick-up truck. The vehicle has front end damage as a result of the collision and a sticker(s) attached to the left side of the rear cab window (see photos below). There is no suspect information.

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance identifying the vehicle in the video. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau Investigators at (949) 425-1864. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at http://www.occrimestoppers.org.


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News ImageWounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team Plays OC First RespondersThe Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team challenged OC First Responders during a charity softball game on May 3. Funds raised support the Warrior's annual summer softball camp for children who are amputees.
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News ImageCRITICAL JUVENILE RUNAWAY: Critical Juvenile Runaway from Orangewood Children's HomeORANGE, California - (May 7, 2014) - On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Brittany Georgia Mitchell walked away from the Orangewood Children’s Home with two other juvenile females. Brittany’s juvenile companions returned to the Children’s Home shortly after leaving; however, Brittany did not. She was last seen at the Outlets at Orange (“The Block at Orange”) located across the street from Orangewood Children’s Home. The preliminary information is that Mitchell is known to frequent the Anaheim area. Anyone with information regarding Mitchell’s location or with information they believe may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 OR (714) 936-0763. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to OC Crime Stoppers at 885-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or occrimestoppers.org.$0
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News ImageNational Telecommunicator's Week AwardsJoin us in congratulating two OCSD Dispatch employees recognized during National Telecommunicator's Week.
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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Conducting Homicide Investigation in Mission ViejoMISSION VIEJO, Calif. - (May 5, 2014) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014 Orange County Sheriff’s investigators initiated a homicide investigation after an adult male was found deceased inside his apartment (Vista Real Apartments) located at 27260 Los Altos in the city of Mission Viejo. Based on preliminary evidence located at the scene, investigators believe a physical altercation may have occurred inside the apartment leading up to the victim’s death.

The victim’s identity has not been confirmed and is pending further investigation by the Coroner Division. An autopsy is scheduled for today, May 5th to assist in determining the manner and cause of death. No further information is available as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at www.occrimestoppers.org.


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News ImageNEWS RELEASE: Investigators Seeking Public's Assistance with Mission Viejo Homicide

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - (May 5, 2014) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014 Orange County Sheriff’s investigators initiated a homicide investigation after an adult male was found deceased inside his apartment (Vista Real Apartments) located at 27260 Los Altos in the city of Mission Viejo. Based on preliminary evidence located at the scene, investigators believe a physical altercation may have occurred inside the apartment leading up to the victim’s death.

The victim has been identified by the Coroner Division; however, release of the name is pending next of kin notifications. A vehicle associated to the victim is believed to be outstanding. The vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Corolla, 4-door, silver, California license plate #5ULA168.

An autopsy of the victim was completed earlier today; results are pending further investigation and a toxicology examination.

Anyone with additional information or has seen this vehicle is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at www.occrimestoppers.org



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News ImagePHONE SCAM ALERTOCSD has received multiple reports of a phone scam with the caller identifying himself as an employee of the OC Sheriff's Department. DO NOT provide any personal information, bank account information, or money. Read on for more info and what to do.
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News ImagePress Conference on Preventing Wildland FiresOrange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Parks to Hold Press Conference on Preventing Wildland Fires
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News ImageDUI Saturation Patrols in Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods and Aliso Viejo

SANTA ANA, California – (April 22, 2014) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm until Saturday, April 26 at 3:00 am in the cities of Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, and Aliso Viejo. These patrols will be targeting areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.


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News ImageEarth Day 2014: Sustainability Team at OC JailDeputies Jim Hamill and Bill Wagner recently received Medals of Merit for their success as the Sustainability Team at OC's largest jail. Read more about their efforts, and the immense savings their programs have brought to the county, conserving waste and financial resources.
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News ImageRemembering Deputy Robert Schultz

Today we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Deputy Robert Schultz

On April 21, 1958, Deputy Robert Schultz was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped an old school bus being driven by a mentally disturbed man.

The man's family was riding in the bus and had displayed signs for help in the windows. The deputies stopped the bus near Dana Point and started getting the family off of the bus. As they did so, the man ordered his 11-year-old son to shoot the deputies and the boy opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle. Deputy Shultz was struck by a round and killed, and his partner was wounded.



News ImageOC Sheriff’s Department and DEA Host National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 18, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
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News ImageeCigs: The New E-Diction PresentationsDuring the month of March the Orange County Sheriff’s Department along with the Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Heath Care Agency, and PRYDE held 5 presentations to educate parents on various E-cig/ vapor devices.
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News ImageMissing Person - Alicia Coto

NAME: Coto, Alicia Flores. DOB 01/17/1936

DESCRIPTION: Female, Hispanic, brown eyes, salt / pepper hair, 4’8”, 91lbs.

LAST CONTACT: April 16, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m.

CLOTHING: Brown Sweater, unknown color pants

Ms. Coto was last seen on April 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. leaving her residence, located on Pallazo, in the city of Laguna Niguel. Ms. Coto suffers from several medical issues, and may be in need of medication. Ms. Coto utilizes a walker, but left her residence without it. Ms. Coto also left her residence with no identification and possibly no money. Ms. Coto does not have a vehicle and would most likely be traveling on foot.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Coto’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Investigators at 714.647.7055 or Sheriff Dispatch at 714.647.7000.


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News ImageTough Mudder for 21 OCSD DeputiesTwenty-one OCSD deputies participated in a Tough Mudder to help wounded warrior Ryan Sykes complete a life-long dream.
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News ImageMissing Person - Elizabeth Harrison

NAME: Harrison, Elizabeth J., a.k.a.Goldstein, Elizabeth

BIRTHDATE: 6/15/77

DESCRIPTION: Female, Caucasian, brown eyes, brown hair, 5’3”, 220lbs.

LAST CONTACT: April 4, 2014 @ 7:30 a.m.

CLOTHING: Unknown

Ms. Harrison was last seen on April 4, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at the Motel 6, located on 7450 Katella Ave., in the city of Stanton where she currently resides. Although Ms. Harrison has a history of leaving for days at a time without notifying anyone, family members are concerned because she left the motel without any money or identification. Ms. Harrison does not have a vehicle and would most likely be traveling on foot.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Harrison’s whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 714.647.7055 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at 714.647.7000.


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News ImageDUI Saturation Patrols in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente

SANTA ANA, California – (April 9, 2014) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.


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News ImageSSO Runs 120 Mile Baker to Vegas SoloThis April, Sheriff’s Special Officer Brian Keltner ran the entire Baker to Vegas race solo (all 120 miles) to raise awareness for the Warrior Hearted Special Children’s Foundation. Read on for a recounting of the experience, and the source of his inspiration in his own words.
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News ImageCitizens' Academy Class 3 Accepting ApplicationsWant to learn more about the Sheriff's Department, tour our facilities and meet the incredible men and women behind the badge? Join us for OCSD Citizens' Academy Class 3! Thursday evenings 6-9pm from July 10-August 28, 2014.
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News ImageOrange County Proclaims Local Emergency in Response to La Habra EarthquakeSILVERADO CANYON, Calif. - (April 4, 2014) – Today, the Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency following the March 28th La Habra earthquake and seeks the assistance of Governor Brown to proclaim a State of Emergency. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to ratify the proclamation on Tuesday, April 8.
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News ImageResidential Burglary Suspect Sought by Investigators

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. - (April 2, 2014) – On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 a burglary occurred at a residence in the city of Mission Viejo. The burglary occurred at approximately 3 a.m. while the homeowners were sleeping in a bedroom on the second floor. The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked sliding glass door and stole iPads and cash from the victim’s purse. The loss from the residence totaled approximately $1,200.00.

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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Joins Crackdown on Texting and Handheld Cell Use Behind the Wheel

SANTA ANA, California (April 1, 2014)As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be joining with over 200 other local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Deputies will be on alert throughout the month for those who break the cell phone laws and place themselves and others in danger. Special high visibility enforcement operations to cite cell phone violators will take place on April 3, 8, 17, and 22.


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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Arrests Three Suspects with Outstanding DUI Warrants

SANTA ANA, California (April 1, 2014) – On Monday, March 31, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department deployed into neighborhoods in search of high-risk DUI offenders. Some people think if they do not show up for a court hearing, law enforcement will not have the manpower to find them. If you have a DUI violation, beware. Officers served warrants and arrested 3 offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding DUI case.


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News ImageSuspect Arrested in Theft of Gasoline from Service Station

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - (April 1, 2014) – On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at approximately 10 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Zahir Shabazz, 49, Garden Grove after he stole approximately 120 gallons of gasoline from a 76 gas station. Shabazz was taken into custody by deputies after the gas station employee confronted Shabazz and physically detained him until deputies arrived.


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News ImageSeeking Information on San Clemente Hit and Run

On Friday, March 21, 2014 at approximately 11:48 PM, a hit and run traffic collision occurred on E. Avenida Pico and Calle Frontera in the City of San Clemente. The male victim was struck while crossing the street. The driver fled west on E. Avenida Pico toward the I-5 Freeway without attempting to render aid to the victim who sustained serious injuries.

Evidence recovered by investigators, as well as witness statements, indicated a gold 2000-2006 GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Tahoe was involved in this hit and run. The involved vehicle may have damage to its right front fender and may be missing the passenger side-view mirror and antenna.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau at 949-425-1886 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.


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News ImageSoccer Coach Arrested for Lewd Acts with a Minor

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – (Thursday, March 27, 2014) – On Wednesday, March 26, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Detail arrested Ronnie Gamez, 27, Laguna Niguel, in the city of Laguna Niguel. Gamez, a soccer coach associated with several south Orange County club organizations, was arrested for lewd acts on a minor stemming from an incident in early March 2014. Parents of the victim found inappropriate communications between their child and Gamez, and reported the incident to law enforcement. The inappropriate sexual relationship allegedly began in February 2014 through March 2014.


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News Image50th Anniversary of Alaskan Tsunami Reminds Residents to Prepare

March 23-29 is Tsunami Preparedness Week

SANTA ANA, California (March 26, 2014) – Thursday, March 27 marks the 50th anniversary since a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck offshore of Alaska causing a tsunami that spread down the west coast, resulting in 12 deaths in Crescent City, CA. Locally in Orange County, high ocean waves from the 1964 tsunami inundated parts of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, causing damage to harbors, as well as flooded homes and businesses.


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News ImageDUI Court Sting Operation

SANTA ANA, California (March 25, 2014) – Three individuals were arrested on Monday, March 24, 2014 during an undercover Court Sting operation at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department targeted suspected DUI drivers whose licenses where suspended and/or revoked, or who were unlicensed drivers.


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News ImageMounted Enforcement Deputies Make Felony Drug ArrestLearn more about our Mounted Enforcement Unit and how their intuition and quick thinking lead to a recent felony drug arrest.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested for Residential Burglary and Possession of Stolen PropertySANTA ANA, Calif. - (March 21, 2014) – On Sunday, February 23, 2014 Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Natanael Garcia, 30, Orange, on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Garcia is suspected of forcing entry through a rear window and stealing property from a residence in the 10200 block of Crawford Canyon Road in the unincorporated Santa Ana area.
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News ImageSpotlight: OCSD Technical Rescue Team

Mari Frank of KUCI interviewed Reserve Lieutenant Chuck Williams recently. Reserve Lieutenant Williams is a Handler and Trainer as well as directs the Technical Rescue Team and has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years.


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News Image10 Citations Issued During Decoy ‘Shoulder Tap’ OperationSTANTON, Calif. - (March 18, 2014) – On Saturday, March 15, 2014 the Orange County Sheriff’s Department participated in a statewide effort coordinated by the California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) called a Decoy ‘Shoulder Tap’ Operation. The goal is to reduce access to alcohol by youth/minors (persons under the age of 21). The operation was conducted at various establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the city of Stanton.
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News ImageDesignate a Sober Driver on St. Patrick’s DaySANTA ANA, Calif. - (March 15, 2014) — With St. Patrick's Day on March 17, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and the Orange County “Avoid the 38” DUI Task Force are reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people were senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011. Those fatalities were preventable
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News ImageChoc Children's Community DayIn collaboration with Kohl’s Department stores and other community partners, Choc Children's Hospital is hosting a day of fun games and safety education for our families!

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News ImageDUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO, CA – (March 12, 2014) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, March 14, 2014 in the city of Mission Viejo between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


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News ImageUnidentified Body Found – Attempt to Identify

On January 6, 2014, unidentified female remains were found in Caspers Wilderness Park (Rural South East area of Orange County) and it is estimated that the remains have been exposed to the elements for a period of at least six months. After preliminary testing, it has been determined that the remains are of a petite female, at least thirty years of age, shoulder length wavy dark brown hair with light colored highlights. The decedent had a very distinct gold colored dental bridge on her left lower jaw and possibly had a broken nose at some point in her life.


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News ImageBattle of the BadgesBattle of the Badges began in 2007 in Southern California as an opportunity for badge carrying personnel to positively impact our community by competing in a friendly blood drive competition.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested Following Dana Point Shooting Investigation

DANA POINT, Calif. - (March 10, 2014) - On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence at 32500 block of Crete Road, Dana Point, and located an adult, male victim, 56, with a gunshot wound. An investigation into the shooting incident immediately ensued and a suspect, Julian St. John, 40, Orange, was identified as the shooter. The victim indicated that following the shooting, St. John stole his Mercedes Benz SUV parked in the driveway and fled the scene.


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News ImageSuspect Arrested in San Juan Capistrano Double HomicideSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - (March 7, 2014) – Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators have arrested, Ashton Colby Sachs, 19, Seattle, in connection with the double homicide that occurred last month at the residence located at 32271 Peppertree Bend, San Juan Capistrano. Ashton is the son of the deceased victims, Bradford and Andra Sachs, and was not residing at the residence on Peppertree Bend at the time of the murder. Ashton is a college student in the state of Washington and has resided in the Seattle area since the fall of 2013.
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News ImageElectronic Cigarettes: The New “E-diction” Presentations in Orange CountyThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education are hosting a series of free, public presentations on electronic cigarettes and their use by students in local schools. Topics will include the various types of e-cigarettes and vapor pens; how they work; their prevalence in schools; health concerns; and prevention tips. Presentations are intended for adults only.
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News ImageRemembering Fallen CHP OfficersIn the pre-dawn hours of February 17th 2014, CHP Officers Brian Law, 34 and Juan Gonzales, 33, were dispatched to an injury traffic collision on State Highway 99 near Kingsburg.
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News ImageOC Sheriff’s Department Hosts Free Seminar for ABC Licensed Businesses

MISSION VIEJO, California - (February 28, 2014) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – Orange County (NCADD-OC), in partnership with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), are hosting a free seminar for ABC licensees and their employees in Mission Viejo.


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News ImageCommercial Burglary at Laguna Hills Jewelry StoreLAGUNA HILLS, Calif. - (February 27, 2014) – On Monday, February 24, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators began investigating a commercial burglary that occurred at the South Bay Jewelry Store located at 24261 Avenida De La Carlota in the city of Laguna Hills. The burglary appears to have occurred between the evening of Saturday, February 22nd and the morning of Sunday, February 23rd.
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News ImageForensic Scientist Scott Becker Receives Award from the California Association of Criminalists (CAC)Scott Becker is the recipient of the 2013 CAC Edward F. Rhodes Memorial Award. The award, which is given to an individual who is newly employed in the field of criminalistics or preparing for a career in criminalistics, provides the individual with an opportunity to attend a major forensic or scientific meeting that benefits forensic practitioners.


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News Image2014 OCLEEAA Winter AcademyThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2014 Winter Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from February 13 to February 17. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. 161 explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 148 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented by 40 explorers at the academy and proudly saw 40 explorers graduate at the Sheriff’s Tustin Academy, on February 17. Captain Robert Peterson, Captain James Rudy, Lieutenant James England, Lieutenant Brad Newmyer, Lieutenant Matthew Barr, Lieutenant John Macpherson, Lieutenant Lisa Von Nordheim and Sergeant Dan Daniels of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were in attendance. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing in the awards categories:
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News ImageGraco Harness Buckle RecallRecently Graco has had a Harness Buckle Recall. Graco has identified that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open or become stuck in the latched position.
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News ImageThe OCSD Explorer Program

Cadet Joshua Wiggs was recently featured on KUCI’s radio show. He oversees the Explorer Program as well as works with the Reserve Bureau. Wiggs has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for three and a half years. The Explorer Program is the first law enforcement program in the nation. The program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations as well as assist with DUI checkpoints and traffic and crowd control. The explorer program is offered to youth ages 14 and a half to 21.There is also a Jr. Explorer Program offered to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. If you are interested in joining either of these Explorer Program’s you can visit Explorer Post 449 for more information or call them at (714) 566-2711.



News ImageBrandman University Law Enforcement Agency Leadership ProgramOn Tuesday February 4, 2014, the Brandman University Law Enforcement Agency Leadership program graduated its first class of students to successfully complete all three courses of the program.
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News ImageDUI Saturation Patrols in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente

SANTA ANA, California – (February 14, 2014) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department “AVOID the 13” DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday, February 14th at 7:00 pm until Saturday, February 15th at 3:00 am in the cities of San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente. These patrols will be targeting areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.


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News ImageSan Juan Capistrano Homicide Investigation – UPDATESAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - (February 12, 2014) – On Sunday, February 9, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators began investigating the deaths of Bradford Sachs, 57 and Andra Sachs, 54. Both victims died of injuries resulting from gunshot wounds as later confirmed by autopsy. An 8 year old male, juvenile inside the residence was also injured as a result of a gunshot wound and remains hospitalized.
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News ImageAliso Viejo Substation Medication Drop OffThe overwhelming majority of households today have unused medications that are either being stored in medicine cabinets or disposed of improperly. The proper disposal of unused, expired, or unwanted pharmaceuticals is a growing public health concern.
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OC Schools Aim to Fend Off E-Cigarette Trend
OCSD School Resource Officer (SRO) Brian Gunsolley talks about the growing trend of e-cigarettes in local schools. Saddleback Valley Unified School District has banned the devices from school campuses.






News ImageSan Juan Capistrano Homicide Victims IdentifiedSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - (February 10, 2014) – On Sunday, February 9, 2014 shortly before 2 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call for service at 32271 Peppertree Bend in the city of San Juan Capistrano. Deputies arrived and located Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, San Juan Capistrano, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, San Juan Capistrano, deceased inside the residence. An 8 year old male, juvenile was also located inside the residence with serious injuries and transported to a local hospital where he remains.
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News ImageJoin the Orange County Sheriff ReservesReserve Deputy Testing and Chaplain/PSR Pre-Screen Interviews are scheduled for February 22, 2014
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News ImageYorba Linda Homicide Victim IdentifiedYORBA LINDA, Calif. - (February 6, 2014) – The victim of the homicide that occurred Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in the city of Yorba Linda has been identified as Aubreyanna Sade Parks, 17, Gardena. Parks has a prior local arrest for prostitution and was reported as a runaway at the time of her death.
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News ImageLaura's House Candlelight VigilFebruary is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Laura's House, a domestic-violence agency, will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday February 7th for Jacque Villagomez, a 19-year-old who was killed by her boyfriend in 2008.
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News Image"Jails to Tails" at Theo LacyTheo Lacy’s Jail Sustainability Team have come up with many innovative ways to “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle” over the past year. This past month the team started working with OC Animal Care on a new way to provide bedding supplies for their shelter dogs.
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News ImageYorba Linda Homicide Suspect IdentifiedYORBA LINDA, Calif. - (February 5, 2014) – On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the death of a deceased female found on the side of the roadway on Live Oak Lane in the city of Yorba Linda. During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s Homicide investigators arrested Larry Soo Shin, 35, Yorba Linda, on suspicion of Murder.
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News ImageCoffee with a Cop Program

Carrie Braun Community Relations Manager for the Community Programs and Services Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was recently interviewed on KUCI. Braun has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for a year and a half and help runs the program ‘Coffee with a Cop.’ This is an event that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has recently adopted and its main goal is to remove barriers and build relationships in a neutral and informal environment. The next event will be held at Ellie’s Table in San Clemente from 8-10 am on February 12. The goal for this program is that every contract city will be able to host at least one ‘Coffee with a Cop.’ For more information please visit our website www.ocsd.org or like us on Facebook.



News ImageRemembering Sergeant Ira G. Essoe

Today we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Sergeant Ira G. Essoe

On November 6, 1980, while working his shift in the Warrant Detail, Investigator Essoe and his partner drove to a local mall to collect bail on a warrant. As they looked for a place to park their unmarked car, the investigators saw three men attempting to steal a car. The men all were parolees. Investigator Essoe was fired upon as he attempted to make contact with the men. The shot paralyzed Essoe from the chest down. Following the shooting, Essoe was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Even after his life-threatening injuries, Sergeant Essoe continued to give back to the department. Essoe remained paralyzed and struggled to survive through many medical problems directly related to the shooting. On February 4 2010, Retired Sergeant Ira Essoe succumbed to his injuries. The coroner ruled his death a homicide – “delayed complications from remote gunshot wounds.”



News ImageRobbery Suspect Known As “Apologetic Bandit” ArrestedLAKE FOREST, Calif. - (February 3, 2014) - On Friday, January 31, 2014, Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested Farhad Sharifi, 19, Aliso Viejo, on suspicion of committing numerous robberies over the course of the last 12-14 months. Sharifi was arrested early Friday morning after committing an armed robbery at the 7-11 convenience store located at 24386 Muirlands Blvd., in Lake Forest.
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News ImageField Training Bureau Graduates Class ThreeLearn more about the Field Training Bureau and the innovative way they train deputies transitioning from corrections to patrol.
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News ImageDUI Saturation Patrols Planned for Super Bowl Sunday

SANTA ANA, California (January 30, 2014) - As the Super Bowl approaches and football fans across the country prepare for the game, the National Football League (NFL) the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have joined forces with the Orange County “Avoid the 38” DUI Task Force to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday, because – Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.


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News ImageUndersheriff John Scott Appointed Interim L.A. County Sheriff

OCSD Undersheriff John Scott has been selected as the interim Sheriff of Los Angeles County. We all congratulate him and are confident that he will do an excellent job for that agency.

Undersheriff Scott does not plan to run for the Sheriff of Los Angeles County. He will remain until a new Sheriff is elected for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He plans to return to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at that time.



News ImageCoffee With A Cop: Laguna NiguelJoin Laguna Niguel Police Services deputies and professional staff for coffee and conversation on 1/29/14 from 7-9 a.m. at New Awakenings.
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News Image4th Annual Women’s Flag Football Charity Games

On Saturday, January 25, female law enforcement officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Santa Ana Police Department and Orange County Probation hit the gridiron to raise money for Riverside Police Officer Andrew Tachias who was shot and left critically injured last February by fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner.


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News ImageTheo Lacy Facility Lockdown Lifted

E-Cigs: A dangerous new trend in Orange County schoolsMore youth are using e-cigs with marijuana to get high. See this special report by CBS featuring OCSD Deputy Clay Cranford



News ImageOC Child Exploitation Task Force Makes ArrestSANTA ANA, California - (January 21, 2014) – On Friday, January 17, 2014, Jordon Bresyn, 22, Buena Park, was arrested for child annoyance of a female, 13 years or younger, communicating with a minor online and arranging to meet a minor for a lewd act. He is booked in the Orange County Jail on $200,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday, January 22.
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News ImageAre you prepared? Remembering the Northridge EarthquakeJanuary 17 marks the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, which damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in Los Angeles and resulted in dozens of deaths.
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News ImageUndercover Operation Targets Stanton-Area GangsSTANTON, Calif. - A task force made up of special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and officers with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), today arrested 10 people for various firearm and narcotics violations as the result of an investigation dubbed “Operation Western Front.”
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News ImageLarge House Party Results in Arrest of HomeownerSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. - (January 13, 2014) – On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Ross Pake, 53, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested following a large law enforcement response to a party at his home in the 31000 block of Peppertree Bend, San Juan Capistrano. Pake was arrested for Obstructing/Delaying an Officer and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, both misdemeanor offenses.
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News ImageMeet Clyde of the Mounted Enforcement UnitClyde is a 13 year old member of our Mounted Enforcement Unit with an incredible story of survival.
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News ImageStanton Homicide Suspect Arrested and Booked on Suspicion of MurderSTANTON, Calif. - (January 12, 2014) – On Sunday, January 12, 2014, Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested Daniel Perez-Munoz, 21, Garden Grove in connection with the homicide of Phuong (Bob) Huynh, 52, Garden Grove.
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News ImageCommunity Alert: Distraction Residential Burglary in Yorba LindaLast week in the mid-morning, an elderly woman was approached outside her residence in Yorba Linda by Suspect 1 (pictured) with questions about tree trimming. While the victim was distracted, Suspect 2 entered the house and stole several items.
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News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign – Final Report

SANTA ANA, California (January 2, 1014) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown on drinking or drugged drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the sobriety checkpoints, special saturation patrols and routine patrols in the Orange County “Avoid the 38 ” DUI Campaign for the past 20 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 13, 2013 through midnight on Wednesday January 1, 2014 officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 862 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, 971 DUI arrests occurred during the holiday campaign. Tragically, there was one death attributed to a drunk driver in our area. Last year, there were no DUI deaths reported. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report and/or Coroner reports pending).


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News ImageDUI saturation patrols in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest

SANTA ANA, California – (January 2, 2014) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department “Avoid the 13” DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Friday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm until Saturday, January 4th at 3:00 am in the cities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest. These patrols will be targeting areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.


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News ImageInvestigators Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Deceased Male Found off Newport Coast

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (January 2, 2014) – On Tuesday, December 24, 2013, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators began a death investigation after the body of an unidentified male was located floating approximately one mile off the Newport Beach coast area of Crystal Cove. The body was initially located by a commercial fisherman who contacted the Sheriff’s Department.




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News ImageLaw Enforcement Seeks Public's Help Locating Fugitive Charged with Murdering Sushi Chef Roommate

SANTA ANA – Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating a fugitive, who is believed to possibly be in Nicaragua, who is charged with strangling and murdering his roommate/co-worker. Henry Nunez-Godinez, 22, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. A $1 million warrant has been issued for his arrest.



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News ImageDon't Drink and DriveWith a recent fatal crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Mission Viejo, the Orange County Sheriff's Department reminds you not to drink and drive.
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News ImageDUI Fatality in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO, California (December 29, 2013) – Early this morning, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to a traffic collision in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive in Mission Viejo.


The driver, Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, Mission Viejo, crashed his vehicle through the front of the residence. He was booked for felony DUI with a prior conviction and may face additional charges following the completion of the investigation.


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News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign – Update #4

SANTA ANA, California (December 27, 2013) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments during the past several days in Orange County.

From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 13 through midnight on Thursday December 26, officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 597 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, 694 DUI arrests occurred during the same fourteen (14) day time period. There have been no DUI related deaths reported. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report).


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News ImageHappy Holidays from OCSDOn behalf of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, the Orange County Sheriff's Department wishes you and your family and very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.
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News ImageRemembering Deputy Darryn RobinsToday we remember a fallen hero - OCSD Deputy Darryn Robins.

On December 25, 1993, Deputy Darryn Robins was tragically shot and killed by another deputy during a training exercise. A positive and caring person, he is remembered for his love of life, community and especially children.





News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign - Update #3

SANTA ANA, California (December 23, 2013) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments over the weekend in Orange County.

From 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 13 through midnight on Sunday, December 22, 2013, officers representing 38 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 490 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012, 588 DUI arrests occurred during the same ten (10) day time period. There have been no DUI related deaths reported. (NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report).


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News ImageMission Viejo Kids “Shop with a Cop” at TargetOrange County Sheriff’s deputies from Mission Viejo Police Services teamed up with Target to bring holiday cheer to 15 local students between the 3rd and 8th grades.
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News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign - Court Sting UpdateSANTA ANA, California (December 19, 2013) - Five people were arrested Thursday, December 19, 2013, at a Court Sting Operation conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as part of the ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force. This operation was conducted at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
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News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign Update #2SANTA ANA, California (December 20, 2013) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments during the past several days in Orange County.
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New Ways Kids Are Hiding DrugsHiding drugs may be easier than you think. Child safety deputy Clay Cranford, from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, details how kids are sneaking drugs into schools.



News ImageWinter Holiday DUI Campaign UpdateSANTA ANA, California (December 17, 2013) – The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force deployments over the weekend in Orange County.
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News ImageRemembering Undersheriff Robert SquiresToday we remember a fallen hero - OCSD Undersheriff Robert Squires

On December 16, 1912, 100 years ago today, Undersheriff Robert Squires was shot and killed in one of Orange County's most notorious shootouts in an area called Tomato Springs. He was the first Orange County peace officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Undersheriff Squires was leading a posse of more than 200 residents and lawmen in an attempt to arrest a would-be rapist. When the posse found him, the fugitive taunted the men to get him and ran off into the foothills. Squires caught up to him first and both men fired at close range. Squires emptied his revolver at the suspect before being mortally wounded and struck six times by the fugitive's rifle.

After a six-hour standoff, a single shot killed the "Tomato Springs Bandit," as he was later called.



News ImageMeet Crime Prevention Specialist Brittney OldhamBrittney Oldham, Crime Prevention Specialist for Laguna Hills Police Services was recently featured in the December issue of County Connection, a publication of the County of Orange. Read more to learn how Brittney helps residents to be harder targets against crime and how she keeps the city of Laguna Hills safe.
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News ImageSpecial Bulletin - Person of Interest

NAME: GODINEZ, HENRY NUNEZ (04.08.1991)
AKA: NUNEZ, HENRY

DESCRIPTION: Male, Hispanic, black hair, brown eyes, slender build

TATTOOS/SCARS: Unknown

LAST SEEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013

POSSIBLE VEHICLE ASSOCIATED WITH MR. GODINEZ:
2005 Black VW Jetta: 6KJM618

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Laguna Hills patrol deputies responded to a welfare check call. Deputies made entry and located a deceased male inside the residence. Based on preliminary information, this case is being investigated as a homicide.

Henry Nunez Godinez is a person of interest in this case. Mr. Godinez and the victim were roommates and co-workers. The identity of the victim is pending confirmation and notification of next of kin.

Mr. Godinez is Nicaraguan and may be traveling to Nicaragua via Mexico. Please contact Inv. Justin Montano at 714.647.7046 or the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 714.647.7000 with any information regarding Mr. Godinez or his whereabouts. You may also submit anonymous tips to www.crimestoppers.org or 855.TIP.OCCS (855.847.6227).


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News ImageAliso Viejo Deputy of the Year HonoredCongratuations to OCSD Deputy Kevin de Fries. Deputy de Fries was recently named Aliso Viejo's Deputy of the Year.


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News ImageOrange County DUI Task Force Holiday Crackdown on Impaired Driving

SANTA ANA, California (December 11, 2013) - This holiday season, state and local law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement.

From December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014, the Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers. Enforcement efforts will include: 12 DUI/Driver’s license checkpoints, a multi-agency strike team, 14 local DUI saturation patrols, 2 DUI warrant/probation sweeps and a DUI court sting operation targeting suspended drivers who were ordered not to drive by a judge.


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News ImageOrange County DUI Enforcement Operations – Winter Holiday Schedule

SANTA ANA, California (December 11, 2013) - The Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force will be conducting enforcement operations for the Winter Holiday DUI Campaign from December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Below is a schedule of operations, dates, and locations. Some agencies have yet to determine exact dates of operations.


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News ImageQuadruple Fatality Traffic Collision

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. - (December 7, 2013) - On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a solo-vehicle traffic collision on South El Camino Real near the intersection of Valencia in the city of San Clemente. Deputies arrived and found a late model BMW 3-series with extensive damage. Four of the five occupants of the vehicle were pronounced deceased at the scene; the fifth occupant, a 24 year-old female, was treated and transported to a local trauma center with significant injuries.


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News Image2013 OCLEEAA Fall CompetitionThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2013 OCLEEAA Competition at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Katella Facility in Orange, and the Sheriff’s Training Academy in Tustin on November 23rd and 24th.The Explorers competed in 14 different scenarios. There were 48 teams of 4 explorers each from 23 different agencies throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties.


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News ImageIn-Custody DeathSANTA ANA, Calif. - (November 29, 2013) – On Thursday, November 28, 2013 at approximately 1:38 p.m., Inmate Itzcoatl Ocampo (3-20-88) was pronounced deceased by medical staff at Western Medical Center (WMC), Santa Ana. Ocampo was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after becoming ill while in custody at the Orange County Jail (Central Jail Complex - Central Men's Jail).
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News ImageHoliday Shopping Safety TipsImportant safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council make holiday shopping go smoothly.
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News ImageThanksgiving Travel & Safety TipsTo ensure a safe and happy thanksgiving, follow these simple, convenient travel and Thanksgiving safety tips to keep your family and home safe for the holidays.
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News ImageThank You From Handler of K9 "Abby"OCSD's newest K9 has been named, and her handler would like to thank the community for their suggestions.
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News ImageOC Crime Lab Discovers Errors in Blood-Alcohol TestsSANTA ANA, CA – (November 21, 2013) – Earlier this month, the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) discovered a clerical error in calibrating one of two machines used to analyze blood alcohol concentration. The error affects cases from the end of May 2013 to the beginning of October 2013.
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News ImageCalifornia's 50 Safest CitiesOCSD is proud to announce that eight of our contract cities have been featured in the most recent "50 Safest Cities in California."
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News ImageDUI Enforcement Operations in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna WoodsSANTA ANA, California – (November 20, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department “AVOID the 13” DUI Task Force will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageCoffee With A Cop: Yorba LindaYorba Linda residents are invited to have "Coffee With A Cop" on Wed. December 4 from 7-9 a.m. at Java Joe's.
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News ImageLaw Enforcement Phone Scams Soliciting MoneyYORBA LINDA, CA – (November 19, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department advises the public to be aware of phone scams involving subjects pretending to be law enforcement personnel. Several instances of this type of fraud have been occurring throughout Orange County.
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News ImageRemembering Deputy Ezra Stanley

Today we remember a fallen hero – OCSD Deputy Ezra Stanley.

On November 19, 1940, Deputy Stanley and his partner, Deputy Carl Pryor, were driving on Pacific Coast Highway between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach when a drunk driver struck their vehicle from behind. Their patrol car was forced out of control, skidding on its gas tank and bursting into flames. Stanley was trapped inside and unconscious. His partner attempted to free Deputy Stanley from the wreckage but was unsuccessful.



News ImageExplorer Captain and Advisor HonoredExplorer Captain Elia Rodriguez and Explorer Advisor Sergeant Dan Daniels were honored at the 24th Annual Spurgeon Awards.
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News ImageVilla Park High School Wrestling Coach Arrested for Felony Battery on a StudentVILLA PARK, Calif. – (November 14, 2013) – On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26 years old, Orange, was arrested for felony battery on a student at Villa Park High School. Hernandez is a “walk-on” wrestling coach at the school and is accused of committing felony battery on a student member of the wrestling team.
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News ImageYorba Linda Attempted Robbery Suspect in CustodyYORBA LINDA, CA – (November 14, 2013) – This morning Matthew Weingartner, 19, of Yorba Linda was arrested for the attempted robbery of a female jogger. The incident occurred on a horse trail near Valley View Avenue and Bastanchury Road in Yorba Linda.
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News ImageLOCATED: Missing Person from Stanton - Fowziya Omar Igalle

UPDATE: Ms. Igalle was located in Garden Grove in good health and returned to her family.

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NAME:
Fowziya Omar Igalle

DESCRIPTION: Female, Somalian, date of birth: 1/1/87,
brown eyes, black hair, 5’5”, 180 lbs.

CLOTHING: Black headdress, green dress, yellow sandals

LAST SEEN: November 14, 2013 @ 1:10 pm on foot


On November 14, 2013, at approximately 1:10 pm, Fowziya Omar Igalle walked away from family members in the area of Cerritos and Gilbert in the city of Stanton, California. Ms. Igalle has the mental capacity of a 4-year-old child. She does not speak English and speaks very little of her native language. She was wearing a black headdress, a green dress, and yellow sandals.

Anyone with any information regarding Ms. Igalle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714.647.7055 or 714.647.7000.


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News ImageDUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in San Clemente

SAN CLEMENTE, CA – (November 6, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, November 8, 2013 in the city of San Clemente between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


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News ImageOCSD Personnel Change the Face of Men's HealthDeputies ans Sheriff's Special Officers from the Central Justice Center are working together to change the face of men's health by participating in a campaign during Prostate Cancer Month.
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News ImageExplosion in Dana Point May Have Been Drug-RelatedDANA POINT, CA - (November 6, 2013) – On Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at approximately 12 p.m., Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) firefighters and Orange County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a structure fire in the 26000 block of Vista Del Mar in the city of Dana Point. The initial information indicated that the fire was as a result of several large explosions coming from the garage of a residence. Approximately 60 firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. Firefighters treated an adult male victim with serious burns to his face, chest, arms and legs and transported him to a local hospital.
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News ImageOC Sheriff’s Department Receives Second Chance Act GrantSANTA ANA, CA - (November 5, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Services Division was awarded a Second Chance Act grant of $319,000 from the Department of Justice to provide services to inmates who have a high risk to reoffend. The award is for one year with the possibility of additional funding over the next two years.
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News ImageD.E.E. in Yorba LindaYorba Linda Police Services is taking a proactive approach to school safety by training all public and private schools in the city how to take a proactive approach in an active shooter situation. Read on to see what D.E.E. stands for and listen to an interview with Sgt. Chris Hayes.
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News ImageHalloween Revelers Beware: The DUI Task Force is Cracking Down on Drunk DriversSANTA ANA, CA (October 30, 2013) – This Halloween the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will crack down on drunk and drugged drivers throughout the county with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The ‘Avoid the 13’ DUI Task Force is giving a warning to all partygoers – keep the party off the road.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested for Outstanding Warrants and Attempt Murder of DeputyANAHEIM, Calif. - (October 30, 2013) – On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop in the area of Brookhurst Street and Cerritos Avenue in the unincorporated area of Anaheim. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver, Dennis Wayne Ross, 44, Garden Grove, had outstanding arrest warrants for Under the Influence, Possession of Methamphetamine and Violation of a Domestic Violence Court Order.
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News ImageOC Coroner Seeks Public Assistance to Identify Next of Kin

SANTA ANA, CA - (October 29, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Coroner Division is requesting the assistance of the public in locating family for Tuan Lac Phan. Phan died at Garden Grove Hospital on September 24, 2013. He is 49 years old, 5 feet 5 inches and 115 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is Amerasian. He was transient and known to frequent the cities of Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Westminster. He had a disability and used a walker to ambulate. Also, at one time he lived in Texas. Anyone with information on Phan should contact the Orange County Coroner’s Office at 714-647-7410 and reference case number 13-03833-RE.



News ImageDrug Liaison Officers Offer InsightOCSD Drug Liaison Officers were featured in OC Register articles during National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
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News ImageTrick-or-Treating Safety TipsGoing trick-or-treating? Follow these 10 safety tips for a safe and spooky Halloween!

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News ImageOC Child Exploitation Task Force Makes Arrests and Seeks Additional Victims

SANTA ANA, California - (October 28, 2013) – On or about October 9, 2013, a concerned parent contacted the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo to report an inappropriate relationship between a minor female, 13 years or younger, and an adult male.


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News ImageDeceased Suspect Identified in Home-Intrusion

YORBA LINDA, CA - (October 27, 2013) – On Sunday, October 27, 2013 at approximately 3:15 a.m., deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call for service at a residence in the 5100 block of Wendover Road. Deputies arrived and discovered Paul Michael Bracamontes, 22, Fullerton, deceased from a gunshot wound suffered as a result of being shot by the homeowner.


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News ImageRed Ribbon Week 2013October 4- October 27 is Red Ribbon Week, encouraging kids to say NO to drugs and live drug-free lives. Learn how Orange County is participating, and what local restaurants and businesses offer discounts to students wearing their red wristbands.
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News ImageRemembering Deputy Mark Tonkin

Today we remember a fallen hero – Deputy Mark Tonkin.

Deputy Tonkin was assigned to “Operation Border Ranger,” a cooperative county and state law enforcement interdiction program. On October 24, 1988, during a drug surveillance activity, the helicopter Deputy Tonkin and seven others were flying in collided with some high voltage power lines and crashed. Tonkin and the seven other passengers all perished in the crash. Tonkin was an eight year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.



News ImageDUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Lake ForestLAKE FOREST, CA – (October 23, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
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News ImageSafe Communities Event on 10/23Join Supervisor Todd Spitzer, OC Health Care Agency and OCSD for a Safe Communities meeting on 10/23 from 6-8pm at Foothill High School.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested in Connection with Home-Invasion RobberyLAKE FOREST, CA - (October 21, 2013) – On Friday, October 18, 2013 at approximately 3:00 p.m., investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrested Vannak San, 32, Long Beach, in connection with a home-invasion robbery that occurred on August 21, 2013 in the city of Lake Forest. San was subsequently interviewed and booked into Orange County Jail for robbery, residential burglary and criminal threats.
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News ImageOC Sheriff’s Department and DEA Host National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySANTA ANA, Calif. – (October 18, 2013) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Read on for a list of collection sites.
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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

SANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $163,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. The grant received by the Sheriff’s Department will aid in the county’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.


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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Receives Grant for County-Wide DUI Enforcement CampaignSANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways with 774 deaths and over 24,000 injuries. The “Avoid the 13” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Orange County. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be administering a recent $114,232 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to cover DUI enforcement operations within the department’s 13 contract cities.
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News ImageOrange County Sheriff’s Department Combats Roadway Deaths and Injuries with DUI CheckpointsSANTA ANA, CA - (October 18, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Orange County roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $32,900 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Orange County. The Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.
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News ImageThe Great California ShakeOut is coming - October 17 at 10:17 a.m.

SANTA ANA, CA - (October 16, 2013) – On Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., Orange County residents, students and businesses will practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” position as part of the world’s largest earthquake drill – the Great California ShakeOut.

“We know earthquakes will happen in Orange County and will have the potential to impact our resources,” said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “Every Orange County resident should know how to prepare themselves and their families for when an earthquake happens.”


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News ImageSan Clemente Police Services Sign Receives FaceliftThe San Clemente Police Services substation sign received a facelift from a local artist grateful for the assistance her family received from a deputy.
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News Image"Bully" Screening and Panel with OCSD Deputy MyersJoin the Anti-Defamation League of OC and OCSD for a screening of the movie "Bully" and a panel discussion on Wed. 10/16 from 7-9pm at University Synagogue in Irvine.
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News ImageWalk to School on October 9October 9 is International Walk to School Day. In addition to promoting healthy activity, walking to school can create community benefits like reducing traffic and boosting a sense of community in neighborhoods.
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News ImageOC Coroner Seeks Public’s Assistance to Identify Jane DoeSANTA ANA, CA - (October 9, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division is seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the family of an unidentified female of possible mixed race.
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News ImageUndefeated Black Talons Win GoldOCSD's unofficial roller hockey team took first place in the United States Police and Fire Championship.
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News ImageJoin in National Day of Prayer for Law EnforcementSunday, October 6, 2013 is the National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement and as a Sheriff’s Department Chaplain I am asking everyone to join with me in a moment of prayer and a moment of silence.
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News Image“Apologetic Bandit” Commits Armed Robbery at Arco Gas Station

MISSION VIEJO, CA - (October 4, 2013) – On Friday, October 4, 2013 at approximately 3:26 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the Arco gas station on Crown Valley Parkway at the 5 freeway in the city of Mission Viejo. The suspect used a small, black handgun and the loss was cash.



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News ImageGolf Tournament to Benefit Drug Education

SANTA ANA, California (October 2, 2013) – The Board of Directors of Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department invites golfers to tee off at the 18th Annual Drug Use Is Life Abuse Golf Invitational on Monday, October 21st at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel.


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News ImageMADD Designated Driver Golf ClassicMADD estimates they assist one drunk driving victim or survivor every ten minutes. Find our more about their mission and an upcoming fundraiser.
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News ImagePublic Safety Agencies Showcase Communications Equipment and Mobile Command Posts

The California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee will be hosting a “Radio Rodeo”. The purpose of this event is to test the interoperability of radio communications equipment inside mobile command post vehicles. It will also provide a venue for first responders and emergency management employees to view the resources available in Orange County.


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News ImageOC Youth Commit to a Drug-Free Life During Red Ribbon Week

SANTA ANA, California (September 30, 2013) – Since 1988, Orange County has been celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention effort that takes place during the month of October. Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) plays a leading role in this effort in Orange County. For 25 years, DUILA has provided Red Ribbon wristbands to every school-aged child in public and private schools in Orange County. This amounts to an astounding one million Red Ribbon wristbands annually.

Additionally, DUILA partners with local businesses to provide incentives for students who wear the Red Ribbon wristbands in recognition of their commitment to be drug-free. The following list is an example of the incentives available from October 4 - 27. Students must be wearing their Red Ribbon wristbands to receive these deals.


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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: Emergency KitAn emergency kit is a vital piece for comfortable survival, but what should it have, and where should you keep it? Read on for Ready OC's suggestions.
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News ImageTwo Suspects Arrested in Connection with Laguna Niguel Robbery

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California - (September 29, 2013) - On Sunday, September 29 at approximately 1 p.m., Timothy Lavert Bates, 25, Los Angeles, and Albert Fletcher Brown, Jr., 26, Hillcrest, were arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an AT&T store in the city of Laguna Niguel. Bates and Brown were subsequently tracked and located at the Mariners Church in the city of Irvine approximately thirty minutes after the robbery occurred.


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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: Stay or Go?Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away.
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News ImageArmed Robbery at Shell Gas StationLAGUNA HILLS, CA - (September 27, 2013) – On Friday, September 27, 2013 at approximately 4:15 a.m. an armed robbery occurred at the Shell gas station on Lake Forest Drive and Del Lago Drive in the city of Laguna Hills. The suspect used a small, black handgun and the loss was cash.
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News ImageDeputy-Involved Shooting in Laguna NiguelLAGUNA NIGUEL, California - (September 25, 2013) – On Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at approximately 7:30 p.m. deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a disturbance call involving subjects being stabbed with a knife. During the response to the call for service, one deputy was attacked by the suspect and another deputy shot and fatally wounded the assailant. The suspect, Connor Bishop Zion, 21, of Laguna Niguel, was pronounced deceased on the scene by Orange County Fire Authority Paramedics. Zion's mother and roommate were also injured as a result of the altercation and were transported to a local hospital for stab wounds.
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News ImageDriver Arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription DrugsMISSION VIEJO, California - (September 25, 2013) – On Friday, March 15, 2013, at approximately 6:48 p.m., Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti , 39, was involved in a fatal traffic collision involving bicyclist Eric Billings ,54. The investigation by the Major Accident Reconstruction Team (MART) of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Billings was riding his bicycle southbound on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road when Bayrooti drifted into the bicycle lane fatally striking Billings.
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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: PetsIn the event of a disaster, do you have a plan for feeding and caring for your pets? Follow these simple steps to ensure your pets are safe in an emergency.
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News ImageMissing Person Paul Coppin of San ClementeThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating missing person Paul Coppin.
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News ImageABC7 Interviews Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at the Komen Race for the Cure

News ImageRegister for Annual Regional Test of AlertOC

SILVERADO, California - (September 23, 2013) – Nearly two million Orange County residents will receive a call, email or push notification on Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. to test the County’s regional mass notification system. This is the fourth annual regional test of the system and will include 24 participating cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.


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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: SeniorsBefore disaster strikes, seniors should consider additional preparedness actions, depending on their state of health and what they would need in the event of a disaster.
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News ImageRemembering Sergeant Matthew DavisToday, we remember a fallen hero - OCSD Sergeant Matt Davis.

On September 22, 2002, Sergeant Davis was involved in a traffic collision while on duty as a motorcycle officer in Mission Viejo. A driver pulled out in front of Davis at an intersection. Despite heroic medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries on September 22, 2002.



News ImageInmate Escape from Musick Jail Facility

IRVINE, California - (September 21, 2013) - On Friday, September 20, at approximately 4:00 p.m. inmate Max Edward Fernandez (DOB: 8-27-1986) was confirmed missing during a security check at the James A. Musick Facility. The investigation is ongoing as to how Fernandez escaped the facility. Fernandez was in custody for possession of stolen property and a narcotics violation. He has a criminal history of thefts, burglaries, narcotic violations, auto theft and resisting arrest.

Fernandez is described as a male white, 5 feet 8 inches, 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes with several tattoos (tribal band - upper right arm, skull - upper right back, USMC with a hammer head shark - left tricep). He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt and red shorts under a pair of gray sweat pants. Fernandez may have injured or cut himself during the escape.


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News ImageEscapee from Musick Facility In Custody

IRVINE, California - (September 21, 2013) - On Friday, September 20, 2013 inmate Max Fernandez, 27, escaped from the James A. Musick Facility. An investigation immediately ensued and efforts to locate Fernandez were initiated.


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News ImageSuspect in Stanton Homicide ArrestedSTANTON, CA - (September 20, 2013) – At approximately midnight this morning, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department located the suspect in a Stanton homicide case, Leobardo “Banda” Valladares, at a residence in Garden Grove. Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from officers with the Garden Grove Police Department, set a perimeter and evacuated surrounding homes. Members of Orange County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team were also on scene. After a three-hour standoff with authorities, Valladares surrendered and was taken into custody.
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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: People with DisabilitiesIf you or someone close to you has a disability and other access and functional needs, you may need to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family in an emergency.
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News ImageHomicide Suspect IdentifiedSTANTON, CA - (September 19, 2013) – On Sunday, September 15, 2013, an altercation occurred in front of the Oasis Bar which led to the fatal shooting of Francisco Salgado Torres, 48 years old of Anaheim. The suspect, identified as Leonbardo “Banda” Valladares, 43 years old, fatally shot Torres multiple times and fled the scene on foot.
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News ImageOCTA Transit Police Services Employee of the QuarterCongratulations to OCSD Deputy Mike Wigginton who was named the OCTA Transit Police Services Employee of the Quarter.
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News ImageDUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Dana PointDANA POINT, CA – (September 19, 2013) - The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, September 20, 2013 in the City of Dana Point from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: Make A KitGet a kit. Make a plan. Be informed. Get involved.
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News ImageAttempt to Identify Homicide SuspectSTANTON, CA - (September 17, 2013) – On Sunday September 15, 2013, an altercation occurred in front of the Oasis Bar which led to the fatal shooting of Francisco Salgado Torres, 48 years old of Anaheim. The suspect fatally shot Torres multiple times and fled the scene on foot.
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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: Teacher TipsExperiencing an emergency away from home can be frightening for children. These tips are for teachers on how to best prepare your students and yourself.
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News ImageSeeking Person of Interest in Indecent Exposure and Child Annoyance Incident in Mission ViejoMISSION VIEJO, California - (September 13, 2012) - On Friday, September 13 at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of indecent exposure and child annoyance near the intersection of Via Pera and Los Alisos. The victim, a 12-year-old female, reported that while she was walking home from school she saw a male suspect jump out from behind some bushes and expose his penis. The victim ran away and reported the incident.
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News ImageRelease of 2012 Orange County Coroner Report

SANTA ANA, California - (September 12, 2013) – The Orange County Coroner Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has released the 2012 Coroner Report. The report is designed to provide an overview of victim characteristics, frequency, cause and location of deaths in Orange County.


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News ImageNational Preparedness Month: Why Prepare?Are you and your family prepared in the event of a large-scale disaster? Found out why its important and what you should do before, during and after an emergency.
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News Image9/11- The Day That Changed Us ForeverJoin OCSD in taking a moment of remembrance this September 11.
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News ImagePicnic Unites Sworn and Civilian PersonnelThe Administrative Services Command hosted a picnic, bringing together OCSD employees and their families who work tirelessly to keep the Department running.
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News ImageRegister for 4th Annual Regional Test of AlertOC with New Smartphone App

SILVERADO, California - (September 6, 2013) – New smartphone apps are now available for AlertOC, Orange County’s regional mass notification system. Available for iPhone and Android smartphones, these apps will allow users to receive push notifications, review past messages, update contact information, and set device and language preferences. Smartphone users can find the app by searching “Blackboard MyConnect” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


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News ImageExcessive Heat Advisory from OC Health CareWith temperatures rising, learn the signs of heat exhaustion and reduce your risk of heat-related illness with these tips from the OC Health Care Agency.
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News ImageCommendation for OCSD North Operations DeputiesOCSD deputies assigned to the North Operations Division showed great attention to detail during a recent incident. Their willingness to go the extra mile resulted in the arrest of two felony suspects and made a mother extremely happy and relieved.
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News ImageBack-to-School SafetyFrom playground safety to bullying prevention, here are tips to help kids stay safe at school.
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News ImageOCSD is Recruiting Deputy Sheriff Trainees

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for Deputy Sheriff Trainees. A written notification of this recruitment will be viewable on Monday, Sept 9 through Thursday, Sept 12 at http://www.ocgov.com/jobs.


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News ImageSummer / Labor Day Holiday Avoid DUI Campaign – Final ReportSANTA ANA, California - (September 3, 2013) – The Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI crackdown on drinking drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and routine patrols in Orange County during the past 18 days.


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News ImageOrange County DUI Task Force Arrests 12 DUI SuspectsSANTA ANA, CA - (August 27, 2013) – On Monday, August 26, deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were successful in clearing a number of DUI warrants in several South Orange County communities. Deputies served warrants on individuals who failed to show up to court following their DUI arrest. Twelve individuals were arrested and booked into the county jail.
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News ImageK9's Victor and Jari RetireTwo hard-working Patrol K9's with more than 400 suspect searches and $350,000 in drug-related currency recovered between them recently retired.
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News ImageOCSD Now Hiring: Air Conditioning MechanicThis recruitment is open to the public, on a continuous basis, until the needs of the Department have been met. This recruitment may close at anytime and it is recommended that interested candidates apply immediately.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested in Connection with Yorba Linda Arson FiresYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 26, 2013) – On Sunday August 25, 2013 an arrest was made in connection with three (3) arson fires that were set in the east Yorba Linda area last week. Gabriel Michael Castillo, 19, Anaheim Hills was arrested and booked into Orange County Jail on charges of arson following a collaborative investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Anaheim Police Department (APD) and Anaheim Fire & Rescue (AF&R).
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News ImageReserve Lieutenant and K9 HonoredAliso Viejo honors Reserve Lieutenant Doug Williams and his K9 partner Luna for their service to the city.
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News ImageSummer / Labor Day Holiday Avoid DUI Campaign – Week One UpdateSANTA ANA, California - (August 24, 2013) – The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special “Avoid the 38” DUI deployments during the first week of the period.
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News ImageCrime Prevention: Daytime Residential BurglariesFollowing recent daytime burglaries in Yorba Linda and Lake Forest, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind residents to be alert and protect yourself and your home.
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News Image3 Suspects Arrested in Connection with Residential BurglariesYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 23, 2013) – At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, three (3) suspects were arrested in connection with residential burglaries that occurred yesterday in the city of Yorba Linda. William Golightly, 35, Los Angeles; Tesfaye Ringwood, 30, La Habra and Kyle Robinson, 26, West Covina were taken into custody without incident as they returned to an abandoned vehicle in the area.
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News ImageLaguna Niguel Appoints New Chief of Police ServicesThe City of Laguna Niguel is pleased to announce the selection of Lieutenant Matthew Barr of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as its new Chief of Police Services.
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News ImageEmerging Drug Trends Presentation August 29Join OCSD for one of five Emerging Drug Trends presentations on August 29 for info on recognizing at-risk behavior and learning what resources are available.
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News ImageSheriff Hutchens Speaks at Komen OC Survivor EventOrange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens was the keynote speaker on Sunday August 11, 2013 at the Susan G. Komen Orange County Annual Awards Luncheon for Breast Health Contributions.
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News ImageFollow OCSD on TwitterFor news and interesting pictures showing what OCSD is doing around the county, follow us on Twitter @OCSD.
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News Image2013 OCLEEAA Summer AcademyThe Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2013 Summer Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from August 7 through August 11. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. Explorers from OCSD Post 449 made an impressive showing in the award categories.
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News ImageOC Crime Lab was first in California to use familial DNA to solve cold caseIn honor of National Forensic Science Week, we are highlighting a landmark case that used familial DNA to solve a 34-year-old cold case.
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News ImageOrange County DUI Task Force Joins National Crackdown to Reduce Drunk Driving FatalitiesSANTA ANA, California (August 15, 2013) - From mid-August through Labor Day, sheriff, police and CHP officials will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown in Orange County will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.
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News ImageOrange County DUI Enforcement Operations August/Labor Day Holiday ScheduleSANTA ANA, California (August 15, 2012) - The Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the August/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign.
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News ImageHow the OC Crime Lab StartedLearn more about an incredible murder trial that led to the creation of the first Crime Lab in Orange County in 1948.
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News ImageHome Safety TipsAfter recent home-invasion robberies in the county, OCSD provides tips to better protect your home from being targeted.
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News ImageOrange County Crime Lab - 2012 AccomplishmentsThe Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) provides comprehensive forensic information and scientific evidence analysis for all of Orange County. The OCCL staff works around the clock to process thousands cases and items of evidence. Read on to see all that they accomplished in 2012.
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News ImageThe Orange County Crime LabEstablished in 1948, the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) is among the largest crime labs in the nation. OCCL is a full-service crime laboratory serving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, 21 independent city police departments, 13 fire agencies, and more than 100 additional law enforcement agencies.
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News ImageTentative Identification of Suspect in Deputy-Involved Shooting

YORBA LINDA, CA - (August 12, 2013) – The suspect in the deputy-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, August 10 has been tentatively identified as Bryan Song Yang, 37, of Riverside County. He has been booked on warrants pending further investigation and additional charges. He remains in a local hospital.


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News Image2013 National Forensic Science WeekThe week of August 11-17 is National Forensics Science Week. Throughout this week, we will be highlighting aspects of the Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL), a nationally recognized leader in the forensic science community.
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News ImageTentative Identification of Lake Forest Homicide VictimLAKE FOREST, CA - (August 10, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the homicide that occurred in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest on Friday morning, August 9. Oscar Luis Morlett, a 21 year-old Foothill Ranch resident was detained and subsequently arrested on murder charges. Morlett remains in custody on $1 million bail.
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News ImageDeputy Involved Shooting in Yorba LindaYORBA LINDA, CA - (August 10, 2013) – At approximately 2:00 p.m. today, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy contacted a male subject in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant on Oakcrest Circle. During the contact with the subject a deputy involved shooting occurred.
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News ImageSuspect in Custody in Lake Forest HomicideLAKE FOREST, CA - (August 9, 2013) – At 11:45 a.m. Oscar Luis Morlett, a 21year-old Foothill Ranch resident, was detained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as a person of interest in the death of a 66 year-old resident of Foothill Ranch. Morlett was located approximately two miles from the residence on Blazewood.
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News ImageIf you see something, say something.Citizens can play a role in keeping our communities safe. Be aware of your surroundings and report something that does not seem right.
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News ImageOCIAC Recognized as a National Model in Congressional ReportThe Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center (OCIAC) was recently identified in a congressional report as a national best practice for the strong collaboration that exists between law enforcement and fire services.
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News ImageCelebrate National Night Out with the Orange County Sheriff’s DepartmentJoin us for free, family-friendly events in several Orange County cities on Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6. The events will feature displays of vehicles and equipment from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County Fire Authority, as well as activities for children, entertainment and more!


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News ImageOCLEEAA Gold AwardsFour Explorers and one Explorer Advisor were honored at the 2013 OCLEEAA Gold Awards in July.
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OCSD's Citizens' Academy featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News
OCSD is hosting its first county-wide Citizen's Academy to provide Orange County residents with an understanding of the law enforcement profession. ABC 7's Amy Powell experienced the training firsthand. Check out her report:



News ImageOrange County Law Enforcement Agencies and Educators Partner to Strengthen School SafetyCOSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA (July 29, 2013) – In response to the Sandy Hook tragedy and other incidents of violence in the nation, there has been a call to protect children and create safer school climates. Proposed solutions include, hiring additional school resource officers, counselors, and mental health professionals, and promoting collaboration between schools and law enforcement in developing comprehensive emergency plans, which include hands-on training.
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News ImageNational Night Out 2013August 6 is National Night Out- find out where OCSD is hosting free, family-friendly events.
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News ImageDUI Enforcement Operations in Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan CapistranoSANTA ANA, California – (July 26, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageOpportunity Crimes: Don't Make It EasySgt. Eric Nester shares his tips on how to avoid being a victim of an "opportunity crime."
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News ImageSuspect in 1992 Homicide Extradited to Orange County

SANTA ANA, California - (July 24, 2013) – Leonardo Pimentel-Sanchez, a fugitive who eluded law enforcement for more than 20 years, was returned to Orange County on Tuesday, July 23, from Mexico City where he had been held since his arrest in Tijuana on November 16, 2012.


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News ImageContract Cities: Letter from the SheriffOver the past 50 years, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has had the privilege of providing law enforcement services to our contract cities.
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News ImageSuspect Arrested for Sexual Child Abuse

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, California - (July 23, 2013) – On Wednesday, July 17 at approximately 8:15 p.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Michael Clair Glines, 52, of Rancho Santa Margarita for lewd and lascivious acts upon children under the age of ten. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $1,000,000. Glines has a criminal history which includes an arrest for possession of drugs and drunk driving.


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News ImageStudents Thank Drug Education DeputiesDUILA deputies receive a "thank you quilt" from students at Foothill Ranch Elementary School in Foothill Ranch, CA.
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News ImageSheriff Sandra Hutchens' Response to Grand Jury ReportsIn response to recent reports from the 2012-13 Grand Jury, the Orange County Register published this op-ed from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
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News ImageOCSD Explorers CompetitionSixteen Orange County Sheriff's Explorers competed in Las Vegas Nevada at the 2013 Las Vegas Law Enforcement Explorer Competition.
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News ImageWhat Will Your Teen Be Up To This Summer?Did you know that some kids are abusing drugs by age 12 or 13 and that 90% of alcohol consumed by youth occurs while binge drinking? Orange County high school students involved in Next Step, a program of Drug Use Is Life Abuse (DUILA) would like parents to be informed on the latest drug trends among teens.

Click on the PDF link below to read what these concerned and informed high school students have to say to parents.

About NextStep:
NextStep engages high school students to mentor middle school students in continuing drug education efforts. This highly participatory program is designed to change with the trends of the particular time and involves both parents and students to educate and promote a clear no use message. For more information, visit www.DUILA.org.
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News ImageBasic Academy Class 205 - Memorial Run

On Wednesday, July 10, Basic Academy Class #205 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy participated in the Fallen Officers Memorial Run, formerly known as the Hot Dog Run. The run consists of a 5K course starting at the gates of the Tustin Academy Facility and concluding at the site of the new Orange County Peace Officer’s Memorial. It was the last physical training session for the recruits before their graduation.


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News ImageOC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens honored as a "Shining Star" by the Major County Sheriff's Association.Join us in congratulating Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens on her recognition as a "Shining Star" by the Major County Sheriff's Association.
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News ImageOCSD is Hiring Correctional Services Assistant TraineesBeginning Friday, July 12, 2013, applications for Correctional Services Assistant (CSA) Trainees will be available on-line only at www.ocgov.com/jobs.
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News ImageIntroduction of New Public Information Officer (PIO) for OC Sheriff's DepartmentA note from Lt. Jeff Hallock, OC Sheriff's Department's new Public Information Officer (PIO).



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News ImageAnnual Crime Prevention Awards Honor Orange County Sheriff’s Department EmployeesOn Wednesday July 3, 2013, the Exchange Club of Corona del Mar recognized members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for their outstanding work throughout 2012at their annual Crime Prevention Awards. Please join us in congratulating these employees are truly deserving of these awards for their hard work and determination throughout the past year.
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News ImageHoliday Harbor Cruise for Wish KidsOn Wednesday, July 4, 2013 The Orange County Sheriff’s Department hosted approximately 220 local Make-A-Wish kids and their families for a special cruise around Newport Harbor. The wish kids, who are battling life-threatening illnesses, boarded a triple-decker yacht provided by Electra Cruises and played games, danced, and got their faces painted and made patriotic crafts. It was a day for them to forget about their illnesses and just have fun.
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News ImageResults of Independence Day Weekend Enforcement Operations

SANTA ANA, CA (July 9, 2013) - The Independence Day Holiday anti-DUI enforcement operations has resulted in an increase in DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI deployments in Orange County.




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News ImageCHOC Provides Synthetic Drug Warning to ParentsDeputy Matson of the Community Programs and Services Division shares the latest info on synthetic drugs with CHOC parents.
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News ImageMissing Person - Truong Quoc HoangOCSD requests the public's assistance in locating Trung Quoc Hoang. Trung was last seen on Friday, July 5 in the area of Hazard and Brookhurst in the city of Garden Grove. See attached flier for more details. Anyone with information is asked to call 714-628-7170.
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News ImagePassing of K9's Roan and MonaTwo trailblazing K9's have recently passed away- learn more about their service to OCSD and the people of Orange County.
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News ImageHoliday Harbor Cruise for Wish Kids with Life-Threatening Illnesses

This 4th of July holiday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will host approximately 220 local Make-A-Wish kids and their families for a special cruise around Newport Harbor. The wish kids, who are battling life-threatening illnesses, will board a triple-decker yacht provided by Electra Cruises and play games, dance, get their faces painted and make patriotic crafts. It is a day for them to forget about their illnesses and just have fun.


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News ImagePhysical Fitness for Law Enforcement ClassPhysical fitness class helps future applicants prepare for a career in law enforecement.
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News ImageDUI Task Force Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers this Fourth of July

SANTA ANA, CA (July 2, 2013) - Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes.


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News ImageOrange County DUI Task Force Schedule of Operations for Independence Day WeekendSANTA ANA, California (July 2, 2012) – The Orange County DUI Task Force will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the upcoming holiday weekend. All Orange County law enforcement agencies plan heavy staffing levels for Independence Day festivities on Thursday, July 4.
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News ImageBattle of the BadgesSheriff's Special Officer Eddie Espinosa brings home the belt for OCSD.
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News ImagePress Conference on the Dangers of Fireworks

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) are partnering together to warn residents of the potential dangers of fireworks this Fourth of July holiday and promote fireworks safety.

This press conference will include demonstrations of the damage and injuries that can occur with fireworks when used incorrectly.

Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am
Media staging at 9:45 am

OCSD Katella Training Facility
1900 West Katella Avenue, Orange, CA


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News ImageFlat Tire OpportunitySgt. Nester recalls an opportunity to change more than just a tire for a stranded motorist in Mission Viejo.
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News ImageIncarcerated Canines Earn Last ChanceShelter dogs get their last chance at adoption with training from inmates.
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News ImageRemembering Fallen Deputy Steven ParsonsDeputy Steven Parsons was mortally injured June 19, 2000 when a driver traveling 50 miles an hour ran a red light striking his police motorcycle and throwing him 60 feet through the air. He remained in a medically induced coma until June 24, 2000 when family members authorized doctors to remove him from life support. Deputy Parsons had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years.



News ImageTeam Kids CarnivalKick summer off this Sunday June 23 from 3-6pm at this fun carnival featuring Orange County's public safety partners and nonprofits.
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News ImageDUI Enforcement Operations in Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Laguna NiguelSANTA ANA, California – (June 20, 2013) - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageOCSD Volunteers Participate in National Communications ExerciseOrange County Sheriff Department volunteers are participating in a 24-hour long national emergency communications exercise called Field Day.
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News ImageDeputy Awarded for Work With Latino CommunityDeputy Brian Gunsolley was honored recently for his work with the Latino community at Laguna Hills High School.
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News ImageCaregiver Suspected of Sexual Elder Abuse

LAGUNA WOODS, California - (June 19, 2013) – On Monday, June 17 at approximately 7:30 p.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Robert Ligayo, 62, of Aliso Viejo for elder abuse and sexual battery. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $100,000. Ligayo has no other criminal history.



News ImageHome Invasion in Yorba Linda, Two Suspects in CustodyYORBA LINDA, California - (June 15, 2013) – This morning at approximately 6:30 a.m., deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 6000 block of Calle Entrada in Yorba Linda regarding a home invasion robbery.


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News ImageFormer Santa Ana Teacher Suspected of Child Molestation

SANTA ANA, California - (June 13, 2013) – On Tuesday, June 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m., members of the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) arrested Robert Ornelas, 62, of Santa Ana for child molestation of a female, 12 years or younger, from 1990 to 1995. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $1,000,000.


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News ImageRemembering Deputy Bradley RichesDuring the early morning hours of June 12, 1999, Deputy Bradley Riches was ambushed and murdered. He was on routine patrol in the city of Lake Forest when he drove into the parking lot of a convenience store. Without warning or provocation, a man shot Deputy Riches numerous times with an assault rifle while he sat in his patrol car. He initiated an emergency radio transmission but succumbed to his injuries before that transmission could be completed. The suspect was arrested later by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies and was subsequently convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Deputy Riches had served with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 9 years.
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News ImagePeace Officers' Memorial: Sheriff HutchensSheriff Sandra Hutchens joined more than 1,000 community members to dedicate the new Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial on May 29.
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News ImagePeace Officers Memorial: Candlelight VigilThe night before the new Peace Officers' Memorial was dedicated, law enforcement and the community gathered for a Candlelight Vigil to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
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News ImageSummit Held Featuring Prescription Drug AbuseLaw enforcement agencies from across Southern California came together to learn the latest trends about prescription drug abuse.
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News ImageDUI Enforcement Operations in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San ClementeSANTA ANA, CA – (June 6, 2013) – Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.
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News ImageCorrectional Services Assistants (CSAs) Class 9 GraduationClass #9 of Correctional Services Assistant Trainees graduated on Wednesday, May 29.
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News ImageTake25 Safety Fair RecapThe inaugural Safety Fair brought together public safety and the community.
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News ImageAre You Prepared for an Emergency?Director of Emergency Management Donna Boston shares her most important tip for preparing yourself and your family.
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News ImageSan Juan Police Services WebsiteSan Juan Capistrano Police Services recently unveiled a new, more interactive website.
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News ImageTop 10 Tips: Crime in ProgressOCSD Blog Team member Sgt. Nester from Stanton Police Services shares his Top 10 Tips for what to do if you witness a crime in progress.
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News ImageOrange County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony - May 29 at 11:00 amLaw enforcement officers representing 40 Orange County agencies pay tribute to our fallen officers on Wednesday, May 29 at 11:00 am at the Orange County Regional Training Academy in Tustin.
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News ImageMemorial Day Weekend DUI CrackdownSANTA ANA, CA – (May 23, 2013) - The Orange County DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to arrest impaired drivers and to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs.
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News ImageSafety Tips on Cox Community ConnectionJoin the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Deputy Clay Cranford for safety tips and upcoming Safety Fair info.
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News ImageDUILA Humvee At Safety FairCome see the Drug Use is Life Abuse Humvee at the Safety Fair for Families on May 25 in RSM.
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News ImagePresentation for Parents on Drug Trends in Laguna NiguelOCSD encourages parents to attend a presentation on current drug trends among local teens on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm at Laguna Niguel City Hall located at 30111 Crown Valley Parkway. School Resource Officers (SROs) from Aliso Niguel High School and Dana Point High School will be on hand to discuss issues and concerns. Limited seating is available, please RSVP at (949) 362-4306.
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News ImageSafety Fair for Families- May 25Join us for a Safety Fair for Families on Saturday May 25 from 11-2 in RSM's Central Park.
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News ImageCalifornia Peace Officer's MemorialOn Monday, May 6, 2013, hundreds of uniformed peace officers from around the nation gathered at the California State Capitol to honor those California peace officers who gave their lives protecting their communities in 2012.
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News ImageMother's Day: A Deputy And A MomMeet Maria Bowman- Deputy Sheriff and mom to an OCSD Explorer Corporal.
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News ImageIncreased Patrols in Yorba Linda ParksYORBA LINDA, CA – (May 11, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff's Department was notified Friday evening, May 10 of a possible child annoyance or attempted child abduction that occurred at Veteran’s Park in Yorba Linda on Tuesday, May 7 at approximately 8:30 pm.
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News ImageMari Frank Interviews Carrie Braun About the Department’s Upcoming Citizens AcademyOCSD’s Community Relations Manager, Carrie Braun, talks about the Department’s upcoming Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy will provide an in-depth look at each aspect of the Sheriff’s Department, what recruits need to do to become a Deputy Sheriff, as well as the types of things that the Deputies see when they are on patrol. Citizens will also receive a tour of the jail, coroner facility and dispatch center. The goal of this Academy is to enrich the public with a clear understanding of the law enforcement functions as well as provide valuable and lasting relationships with our citizens.

News ImageForensic Scientist Heather Pevney Receives Professional Services Command Excellence AwardHeather Pevney, a Forensic Scientist at the Orange County Crime Lab, was recently recognized for her dedication and professional commitment to a high quality of service.
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News ImageNew Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial MonumentThe new Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial Monument will be presented in special ceremony at the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy in Tustin on Wednesday, May 29.
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News ImageThe Orange County DUI Task Force on Special Patrols for Cinco de MayoSANTA ANA, CA – (May 3, 2013) – As the community celebrates Cinco de Mayo, party-goers may indulge themselves with their favorite margarita or tequila and then, unfortunately, choose to get behind the wheel. This year, the “Avoid the 38” Orange County DUI Task Force is joining with other law enforcement across the nation to encourage everyone to plan ahead this Cinco de Mayo and to never drink and drive.
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News ImageCommendation for Yorba Linda DeputyDeputies go above and beyond the call of duty every day- read how one Yorba Linda deputy helped an elderly woman recover more than $100,000.
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News ImageBaker to Vegas 2013 RecapOCSD had three teams participate in the 2013 Baker to Vegas relay- find out how they fared.
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News ImageOCFA and OCSD Press Conference on Preventing Wildland Fires

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in partnership with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) along with Orange County Parks will announce their joint efforts in preventing man-made, arson, or wildfires within Orange County and placing an emphasis on OCFA’s Ready, Set, Go! program.


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News ImageReserve Sgt. Friedland Honored by American LegionSgt. Mike Friedland honored by Laguna Woods American Legion for establishing the Elder Services Detail.
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News ImagePreview of the New Orange County Peace Officers' MemorialMedia is invited to a preview of the new Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial. The Memorial is the final stages of construction and will be unveiled at a special Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. For more information about the Peace Officers' Memorial, visit http://www.ocpeaceofficersmemorial.com/.
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News ImageOCSD Reserves: National Volunteer WeekThis National Volunteer Week, we recognize our volunteer Reserves and Explorers- read more about the work they do and the savings they provide to the County.
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News ImageDUI/Driver's License Checkpoint in Mission ViejoMISSION VIEJO, CA – (April 25, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, April 26, 2013 in the City of Mission Viejo from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
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News ImageOCSD and DEA Host National Prescription Drug Take Back DaySANTA ANA, California (April 24, 2013) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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News ImageMari Frank Interviews Sgt. Steve Mitchell About the OC Sheriff Dive TeamMari Frank had the Dive Team Supervisor of the Orange County Sheriff’s Departments on her weekly “OC Sheriff News and Safety Tips” show earlier this month to explain a little bit more about the Dive team and what they do in the community. Sergeant Steve Mitchell has been with the Sherriff’s Department for 27 years and leads the team in underwater search and recovery. You can catch Mari’s show every Monday morning at 8:00 and 8:30 on KUCI.



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News ImageOCTA Board Honors Sheriff's Department Employee of the QuarterOCSD Deputy Robert Toyer was honored as the Sheriff’s Department Employee of the Quarter by the OCTA Board of Directors.
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News ImageEarth Day Feature: OCSD Wins Go Green AwardOCSD was recognized by the California Peace Officers’ Association at the 2012 Annual Best of COPSWEST awards luncheon for its efforts in “going green.”
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News ImageRemembering Fallen Deputy Robert ShultzDeputy Robert Shultz was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped an old school bus being driven by a mentally disturbed man.

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News ImageNational Telecommunicators WeekIt's National Telecommunicators Week, and OCSD is proud to honor our dispatchers. Learn more about the important work they do.
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News ImageMeet Mission Viejo's New K9 TeamK9 Conan and his handler, Deputy Buhr, are serving the city of Mission Viejo.
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News ImageRed Flag Fire Warning Issued on Wednesday, April 17A Red Flag Warning is in effect now through Friday, April 19. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather is predicted.
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OC Sheriff Announces Heightened Alert after Boston Marathon Explosions

SANTA ANA, California (April 15, 2013)- “Although the tragic incident in Boston, Massachusetts this afternoon appears to be isolated, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is on heightened alert,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “Our deputies will have an increased presence at local sporting/entertainment venues and other large gathering places.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a sophisticated integrated response plan to act quickly and protect citizens in the event of a local emergency. “We are actively reaching out to local event organizers to review their safety protocol, as well as ensuring our first responders are properly equipped with necessary resources should a similar incident occur,” Hutchens said.


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News ImageMike Mullen K9 FacilityThe K9 training facility at John Wayne Airport has been named the Mike Mullen K9 Training Facility.
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News ImageBasic Academy 204 GraduationBasic Academy Class 204 graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy on April 9, 2013.
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News ImageDeputy Michelle Rodriguez - Laguna Niguel Deputy of the YearDeputy Michelle Rodriguez was named Laguna Niguel’s 2012 Deputy of the Year.
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News ImageFeature: Good Samaritan Foils RobberyOCSD Blog Team Member Sgt. Eric Nester divulges the details on a recent attempted robbery in Stanton.
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News ImageClass 204 Memorial RunOn Monday, April 8, Basic Academy Class #204 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy participated in the Fallen Officers' Memorial Run, formerly known as the Hot Dog Run.
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News ImageCrime Survivors Recognizes OCSD at BanquetCrime Survivors will honor OCSD along with 38 other law enforcement agencies and 10 award recipients at their annual banquet on April 26.


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News ImageZero Tolerance Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign

SANTA ANA, California (April 2, 2013) – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be actively ticketing drivers who are texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”


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News ImagePress Conference on the Lost Hikers Search and Rescue EffortTRABUCO CANYON, California (April 4, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from several agencies has located both Nicholas Cendoya, 19, and Kyndall Jack, 18, of Costa Mesa who have been missing since Sunday evening.

This press conference will provide an update and a debrief of the search and rescue operations.

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Fire Station 18
30942 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA

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News ImageOutpouring of Community Support in the Search for Lost Hikers

TRABUCO CANYON, California (April 2, 2013) – There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from community members as the search continues in the Cleveland National Forest for two hikers missing since Sunday evening, March 31st. Many individuals concerned for the well-being of the missing hikers have taken it upon themselves to assist with the search efforts.


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News ImageLost Hikers in Trabuco Canyon

TRABUCO CANYON, California (April 1, 2013) – On Sunday, March 31 at approximately 8:25 p.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding lost hikers in Trabuco Canyon in unincorporated south Orange County.


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News ImageLOCATED - Missing Person from Mission ViejoUPDATE on April 1, 2013:
Kristina Paige Gutierrez was located and is safe.

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News ImageHarbormaster's Final SplashRetiring Lt. Tom Slayton keeps tradition alive on his last day as Harbormaster.
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News ImageMedal of Valor Ceremony 2013The Sheriff's Advisory Council hosted the 25th Annual Sheriff's Medal of Valor Luncheon on March 26, 2013.
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News Image"How the Coroners Office is different than CSI on TV" - Mari Frank Interviews Chief Deputy Coroner Jacque Berndt



News ImageOCSD's 25th Medal of Valor CeremonySANTA ANA, CA – (March 22, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will honor 30 of their own at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon of the Medal of Valor Ceremony. This annual signature event recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department. The deputies and employees who will be honored have demonstrated exceptional Valor, Courage, Merit, and Lifesaving. The event is underwritten and hosted by the Sheriff’s Advisory Council.
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News Image"OCSD Patrolling Yorba Linda" - Mari Frank Interviews Lt. Bob Wren



News Image"Overview of the SMART Detail" - Mari Frank Interviews Sgt. Mark Stichter



News ImagePatrol School Class #1OCSD Patrol School Class #1 recently graduated- learn more about this new training and how its better preparing deputies transitioning to patrol.
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News Image"Emergency Preparedness" - Mari Frank Interviews Director Donna Boston



News ImageSt. Patrick's Day DUI Enforcement Throughout Orange CountySANTA ANA, California (March 15, 2013) – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and never get behind the wheel drunk or drugged. During this holiday period, law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County will be on high alert, cracking down on drunk drivers as part of its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign.
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News ImageBuzzed Driving IS Drunk DrivingFrom 2006 to 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during St. Patrick’s Day holidays.
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News ImageDUI/Driver's License Checkpoint in San ClementeSAN CLEMENTE, CA – (March 14, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday March 15, 2013 in the City of San Clemente from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
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News ImageDrug Dealer Indicted for Murder

SANTA ANA, California (March 13, 2013) – A lengthy Orange County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigation has led to the arrest of Louis Richard Wood, a 35 year old resident of Mission Viejo. Wood is accused of being present and supplying drugs that contributed to the overdose death of an Orange County resident. On November 16, 2011 Emma Wihlborg (21 years old) died of an overdose of drugs while staying at a hotel in Lake Forest.


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News Image'Every 15 Minutes' Presentation at Villa Park High SchoolVILLA PARK, California (March 12, 2013) – Villa Park High School will be presenting the ‘Every 15 Minutes’ program at the school on Monday, March 18, 2013. This event brings the realism of an alcohol involved traffic collision to the students by staging a realistic “mock” crash using student actors and actresses in front of the school on Taft Avenue.
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News ImageBasic Academy Class 206 - First InspectionOn Monday, March 11, Class 206 of the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy had their first inspection.
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News ImageOCSD is Hiring Deputy Sheriff TraineesStarting on Friday, March 8, 2013, the Sheriff’s Department will be accepting applications and required supplemental information on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met. Please be advised that this recruitment may close at any time without notice.
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News ImageLonnie Kocontes ArraignmentMedia Advisory
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News ImageWounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game on March 9 in Mission ViejoWhen is a softball game more than a softball game? When one team’s players have returned home from military service seriously injured, and they still want to play competitive ball.
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News ImageSpring Forward and Check Fire AlarmsHaving a working fire alarm in your house cuts your risk of dying in a fire by half.
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News ImageTheo Lacy Escapee in Custody

ORANGE, California (March 2, 2013) – At approximately 5:30 a.m., Saith Na, the inmate that escaped from Theo Lacy Jail on Friday, March 1, 2013 was captured.


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News ImageSuicide Note Discovered in Ladera Ranch Shooting

LADERA RANCH, California (March 1, 2013) - This press release is related to the incident that occurred on February 19, 2013 when Ali Syed murdered three Orange County residents and then killed himself.


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News ImageInmate Escape at Theo Lacy

ORANGE, California (March 1, 2013) – Earlier today inmate Saith Na, 26, was discovered missing during a routine body count at the Theo Lacy facility. The facility was immediately placed on lock down. The perimeter was searched for any signs of escape. An interior search of the entire facility is ongoing and an investigation is underway.


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News ImageBattle of the Badges Blood DriveOCSD recently hosted "Battle of the Badges," an annual competition between law enforcement and other first responders to collect the most pints of blood for the Red Cross.
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News ImageMeet Captain Toni BlandOCSD Captain Toni Bland talks about her career in law enforcement as an African-American woman.



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News ImageLOCATED - Missing Person from Midway CityUpdate:
Verta Parker was located on February 21, safe and sound, in a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.

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Verta Parker, 63, was last seen on January