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The latest on local crime and public safety.
Woman Found Dead in Aliso Viejo Was Victim of a Murder-Suicide, Deputies Say

Woman Found Dead in Aliso Viejo Was Victim of a Murder-Suicide, Deputies Say

Investigators believe Brigitte Julie Shaw, 49, was killed by her live-in boyfriend Philip Alexander Smyth, 50, whose body was found this weekend near Hesperia.
UPDATED: Woman's Body Found in Aliso Viejo Apartment

UPDATED: Woman's Body Found in Aliso Viejo Apartment

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies had gone to the home to serve a search warrant.
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Blaze at Nellie Gail Home

Firefighters Rescue Dog from Blaze at Nellie Gail Home

The fire broke out about 2:15 p.m. in the 25900 block of Sheriff Road in some bushes next to a two-story home, where it spread.
Water Main Break Closes Alicia Parkway in Aliso Viejo

Water Main Break Closes Alicia Parkway in Aliso Viejo

Public works crews are en route to conduct repairs.
Investigators Arrest Suspect in Multiple ATM Thefts

Investigators Arrest Suspect in Multiple ATM Thefts

Daniel Eamon Sweeny, 40, of Tustin was accused of stealing more than 20 ATMs.
Westminster Man Found Guilty of Scalding Baby Girl

Westminster Man Found Guilty of Scalding Baby Girl

Alfred Alexander Hollimon, 24, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Task Forces Nabs Two O.C. Bank Robbery Suspects, Seeks Third

Task Forces Nabs Two O.C. Bank Robbery Suspects, Seeks Third

Agents believe the three were behind robberies in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, La Harbra and Huntington Beach.
Police Dog Take a Bite -- Literally -- out of (Alleged) Crime

Police Dog Take a Bite -- Literally -- out of (Alleged) Crime

The K9 bit the forearm of a burglary suspect in Laguna Hills.
VIDEO: Fire at Temple Beth El; Preschool Children Evacuated

VIDEO: Fire at Temple Beth El; Preschool Children Evacuated

The blaze started in a storage area under the stairs.
Thieves Pull off $1 Mil Jewelry Heist, Deputies Say

Thieves Pull off $1 Mil Jewelry Heist, Deputies Say

The suspects cut a hole in the roof to gain access to the Laguna Hills jewelry shop, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
DA: Man Bilked O.C.-Based Charter School District out of $750K

DA: Man Bilked O.C.-Based Charter School District out of $750K

Jeremy Landau, 43, of Sherman Oaks, was charged with 13 counts of money laundering, two counts of misappropriation of public funds and one count of conflict of interest in a sale and purchas
O.C. Man Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft ATM

O.C. Man Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft ATM

Richard Allen Clements would haul the automated teller machines off in his truck. He's expected to be sentenced to two years.
Dekraai's Lawyer Alleges Prosecution Misconduct

Dekraai's Lawyer Alleges Prosecution Misconduct

But an assistant district attorney calls the claims "over the top" and "scurrilous." Dekraai is facing the death penalty, accused of perpetrating the worst mass killing in county history.
'Apologetic Bandit' Charged with 3 Holdups, but Officials Suspect More

'Apologetic Bandit' Charged with 3 Holdups, but Officials Suspect More

Farhad Sharifi of Aliso Viejo was arrested Friday in Lake Forest and is alleged to have robbed convenience stores and gas stations throughout South Orange County.
Lawyer Convicted of Swindling Elderly Sisters He Knew from Laguna Woods Church

Lawyer Convicted of Swindling Elderly Sisters He Knew from Laguna Woods Church

Altogether, Peter David Nitschke admitted stealing more than $780,000 from nine clients.
Deputies Believe Aliso Viejo Man Is the 'Apologetic Bandit'

Deputies Believe Aliso Viejo Man Is the 'Apologetic Bandit'

He was known for saying sorry as he left gas stations and convenience stores.
UPDATED: Car Crashes into Home, Kills Coto Man

UPDATED: Car Crashes into Home, Kills Coto Man

The 22-year-old is identified. A woman and two children inside the home were reportedly not hurt.
Local Attorney Convicted of Possessing Child Porn Gets Debarred

Local Attorney Convicted of Possessing Child Porn Gets Debarred

It was a crime of "moral turpitude," says a rep for the State Bar.
Driver Sought in Drunken Driving Fatality Surrenders

Driver Sought in Drunken Driving Fatality Surrenders

The Mission Viejo man faces murder charges, Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said. He was arrested in New York.
Deputy Gets Probation for Pepper-Spraying a Pizza

Deputy Gets Probation for Pepper-Spraying a Pizza

The incident happened in Laguna Hills in 2012. The partakers in the altered pie reported experiencing discomfort in consuming it.