SANTA ANA – A private detective and former Riverside police officer accused of trying to help set up Costa Mesa city leaders in the midst of a police union dispute has died while awaiting trial.
Scott Impola – one of two investigators accused of making a false DUI report against Councilman Jim Righeimer and using a GPS tracking device to tail then-Mayor Stephen Mensinger – died on July 10, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday. He was 49.
Impola’s attorney, David Vaughn, confirmed his client died of natural causes. He declined to comment further.
Along with former Riverside police Officer Christopher Lanzillo,
COSTA MESA A 29-year-old Anaheim man with four prior driving under the influence convictions was found passed out behind the steering wheel of his car and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.
The incident was reported to Costa Mesa Police on Sat. August 12 at 7:53 p.m., when a motorist driving on the 405 freeway called 911 reporting a Honda swerving across multiple lanes of the freeway, said Sgt. Matt Selenske.
The motorist followed the Honda as it exited at Fairview Road and then watched the car stop at the intersection with Paularino Avenue blocking several lanes of
When Brian Smith and Robert Hagopian opened The Butchery in Costa Mesa, they knew the spot would fill a special niche. The Laguna Beach residents met through their children, who were classmates. After several weekends at the beach and family dinners hosted at each other’s homes, Hagopian and Smith got down to the gristle. The two dads enjoyed cooking and agreed that finding top-tier meats in Orange County was nearly impossible. In a county flooded with tony restaurants, the grocery store cooler case was the only option for home cooks searching for steaks. At the time, Orange County’s culinary
COSTA MESA — Two police officers used a portable defibrillator and chest compressions to resuscitate a 54-year-old man who had stopped breathing while in a store at South Coast Plaza on Wednesday, July 12, authorities said.
The officers were assigned to the high-end retail district when they overheard the dispatched medical aid broadcast about 4:25 p.m., Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Greg Scott said.
Within three minutes, the officers located the man at the ECCO shoe store lying on his back, purple, unresponsive and with only a faint pulse, Scott said.
The officers immediately offered aid until paramedics arrived and took over patient
COSTA MESA — A Placentia woman was arrested Sunday, July 2, after police chased a vehicle reported stolen from a Fiat dealership, a police official said.
The Costa Mesa Police Department received a call at 6:07 p.m. from Orange Coast Fiat in the 2500 block of Harbor Boulevard reporting a stolen vehicle, Sgt. Matt Selinske said.
About an hour later, a Costa Mesa police officer found the vehicle, a Fiat 500, near 17th Street and Monrovia Avenue, Selinske said. The driver sped off in the car and a chase began.
The vehicle was stopped after about two minutes at 7:05 p.m. in
COSTA MESA An explosive device was detonated by the Orange County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad Sunday, June 18, after it was found on the front lawn of a Costa Mesa home, police said.
Costa Mesa police officers were called to the 900 block of Darrell Street at around 6 p.m. after the homeowner discovered what appeared to be a firework-looking device wrapped in plastic with an exposed fuse, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Matt Selinske.
The bomb squad arrived and blew the device up inside a bomb-proof container, Selinske said.
The incident and the device remain under investigation by the bomb squad
COSTA MESA – The city decided against publically opposing a so-called “Sanctuary State” bill making its way through the state legislature after drawing the ire of critics several years ago when it made clear undocumented immigrants were not welcome in the city.
Allan Mansoor, widely known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, said Senate Bill 54 would release violent offenders in the country illegally onto the streets and restrict law enforcement officials from doing their jobs.
If passed, the bill would limit immigration enforcement cooperation between federal authorities and local and state law enforcement agencies.
Under the terms, it would prohibit state and local law