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Deputy helps grandmother, child struggling with homelessness

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Maria Mendoza was on patrol in November 2017 when she got a call of an occupied vehicle. She was surprised when she arrived to find a 70-year-old woman and an...

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Beer lovers at OC Fair eagerly participate in OCSD’s ‘Know Your Limit’ event

“Choose me,” the man told the deputy. “I’m drunk.” It’s not a common thing to hear, but neither is it common to have scores of beer-swilling revelers hooting and hollering as they line up...

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department organizes star-spangled Fourth for Make-A-Wish kids and their families

For a group of Orange County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputies, lifting the sprits of Make-A-Wish kids is as much of a Fourth of July tradition as American flags and fireworks. This past July...

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‘Swatting’ calls waste public funds, resources

Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Quyen Vuong was eating soup when he got the call: A man claimed to have planted several bombs in a quiet Mission Viejo neighborhood. Vuong, the chief of Mission Viejo...

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Team effort at OCSD led to quick arrest of man who threatened Soka University

He was used to living in cramped quarters, sharing a 400-square-foot apartment in West Hollywood with his mother. A gun rack just inside the entryway made the living space even tighter. These days,...

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OCSD surprises 6-year-old boy with new bike following terrifying hit-and-run

The gap in his teeth matched the size of his grin: Wide. Roque Antonio, 6, still is in the process of getting all of his adult teeth. [caption id="attachment_41373" align="aligncenter"...

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Father’s Day: A “cop kid” reflects on life growing up

Every morning at 6 a.m. sharp, I would hear the screeching of the garage door opening and moments later a car engine starting. Dad was off to work again. My father, Paul D’Auria, retired this year...

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Annual vigil honors O.C.’s 53 peace officers who died in the line of duty

“Robert Squires … Orange County Sheriff’s Department.” “Guy S. ‘Jim’ Matthews … California Highway Patrol” “Lauren E. Hurd … California Highway Patrol” “Leo Roy Darst …...

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OCSD runners carry the ‘Flame of Hope’ during the Special Olympics Torch Run

Participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics never gets old for Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Officer Jean Tindugan. Tindugan, who has been participating for...

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OCSD’s Medal of Valor ceremony honors 27, including 6 for actions during Vegas massacre

After the deputy got his wife to the exit that led to safety, he knew he had to go back into the kill zone. She begged him to go with her. “She grabbed me by the arm and said, ‘You have to come...

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