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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Man Impersonating Police Officer Makes Traffic Stop, Robs Victim

Man Impersonating Police Officer Makes Traffic Stop, Robs Victim

Deputies are looking for a man who made the stop on the I-5 Freeway in San Clemente from a vehicle fixed with red and blue lights.
Deputies Clear Marijuana Plants from Laguna Wilderness Park

Deputies Clear Marijuana Plants from Laguna Wilderness Park

The "mature" crops have an estimated street value of as much as $5 million.
Albertson's Reports Hacker May Have Compromised Shoppers' Private Information

Albertson's Reports Hacker May Have Compromised Shoppers' Private Information

The breach occurred between June 22 and July 17 of this year, the company reported today.
Dana Point Has County's Second Highest Suicide Rate

Dana Point Has County's Second Highest Suicide Rate

Dana was tied with Newport Beach. Laguna Beach came in with the highest rate per 100,000 population.
South County Piano Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Molestation

South County Piano Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Molestation

John Mordecai Scott of Lake Forest could face up to 30 years and four months in prison if convicted. He also taught in Mission Viejo and RSM
PHOTO: Shark Sighting at San Clemente Pier Closes Beach

PHOTO: Shark Sighting at San Clemente Pier Closes Beach

VIDEO added! San Clemente beaches, from North Beach to Lost Winds Beach, were closed for two hours.
Former Disneyland Repairman Pleads Guilty to Molesting 4 Girls

Former Disneyland Repairman Pleads Guilty to Molesting 4 Girls

One of the incidents took place in Laguna Hills.
Deputies Suspect Lake Forest Piano Teacher of Lewd Acts with a Child

Deputies Suspect Lake Forest Piano Teacher of Lewd Acts with a Child

John Scott also teaches in Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Officials believe there may be additional victims.
24-Year-Old Stuffs 33 Pounds of Meth in Car

24-Year-Old Stuffs 33 Pounds of Meth in Car

The drugs have an estimated street value of $330,900.
CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children

CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children

The biological mother allegedly abducted them, but then she showed up Wednesday night disoriented and without the children.
Number of Human Trafficking Victims in O.C. on the Rise

Number of Human Trafficking Victims in O.C. on the Rise

Officials pledge to continue routing pimps, freeing prostitutes and breaking up smuggling rings.
Man Who Hid Camera Inside Orange County Changing Room Pleads Guilty

Man Who Hid Camera Inside Orange County Changing Room Pleads Guilty

In court documents, Paul Michael Barbour admitted to watching child pornography since he was a teenager and using hallucinogenic drugs.
Judge Declines to Dismiss Case Against Lawyer Accused of Throwing Ex Off Cruise Ship

Judge Declines to Dismiss Case Against Lawyer Accused of Throwing Ex Off Cruise Ship

Lonnie Loren Kocontes, who lived in Mission Viejo, is accused of killing his wife by dumping her into Italian waters.
Man Accused of Driving Drunk and Killing His Daughter Declared a Fugitive

Man Accused of Driving Drunk and Killing His Daughter Declared a Fugitive

Antolin Brito Soto, San Juan Capistrano, was supposed to show up for a court hearing today, but when he didn't, an arrest warrant was issued
O.C.'s Worst Mass Murderer Seeks Ruling that Will Avoid Death Sentence

O.C.'s Worst Mass Murderer Seeks Ruling that Will Avoid Death Sentence

Judge Thomas Goethals said a recent appellate decision raises the bar "pretty high" for Scott Dekraai to get his way.
Deputies to Beef Up Patrols This Weekend in Dana Point to Catch Drunk Drivers

Deputies to Beef Up Patrols This Weekend in Dana Point to Catch Drunk Drivers

“Don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested for DUI,” said Deputy Shane Stewart.
Power Outage Affecting 2,300 Customers in San Juan and Dana Point

Power Outage Affecting 2,300 Customers in San Juan and Dana Point

Areas impacted include Aeropuerto southwest to Pacific Coast Highway and Las Ramblas (Meredith Canyon).
Bedridden Woman Perishes in Laguna Niguel Fire

Bedridden Woman Perishes in Laguna Niguel Fire

A two-story condominium burned, likely caused by a discarded cigarette.
Person Struck by Amtrak Train

Person Struck by Amtrak Train

OC Line 666 to Oceanside will stop at Santa Ana as a result
Caught on Tape: Truck Passenger Hurls Water Bottle at Cyclist, Deputies Investigating

Caught on Tape: Truck Passenger Hurls Water Bottle at Cyclist, Deputies Investigating

The Orange County District Attorney's office has asked for more information before deciding whether to pursue the incident, which happened on PCH in Dana Point.