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Armed neighbors detain attempted murder suspect in backyard until OCSD arrives

He was busying himself in his spacious backyard around 6:45 p.m. Thursday in Mission Viejo when he heard the rustling coming from behind a shed. Justin Helstien's wife, Hala, was inside, making...

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OCSD mourns loss of Clyde, a rescue horse who became key member of mounted unit

Clyde, a former Percheron Draft Horse rescued from certain death by an Orange County Sheriff’s Department reserve lieutenant, died Monday, Oct. 1, after serving as a valued member of the Mounted...

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OC GRIP honors Sheriff Sandra Hutchens for her longtime support of successful program

Early in her career as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sandra Hutchens felt the frustration patrol deputies and police officers still feel today when they arrest a gang...

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Comprehensive OC Crime Lab uses science, technology to solve crimes

Crime scene tape marks an area outside the OC Crime Lab in Santa Ana, where the forensics team is pulling equipment from a van: fingerprint dust, swabs for collecting biological material, cameras,...

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Laura’s House honors sheriff for helping to curb the ugly cycle of domestic violence

Their faces are etched in her memory. In her 40-plus years in law enforcement, O.C. Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens has encountered countless victims of domestic violence. The faces of the youngest...

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After special needs classroom is burglarized, OCSD and city step up to recover losses

Teachers at Dana Hills High School didn’t envision starting the school year with vandalized white boards and burglarized classrooms. But the morning of Aug. 26 – the second week of the new...

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National Forensic Science Week honors this OCSD veteran and all CSI specialists

The veteran CSI specialist grabbed some disinfectant wipes and began cleaning the interior of the van. “We have a very dirty job,” said Senior Forensic Specialist Kelli Cogert, of the Orange...

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Lake Forest memorializes four fallen heroes with permanent displays on baseball fields

Two men lost their lives while serving their communities. Two others were killed while serving their country. Fittingly, all four are memorialized together in Heroes Park in Lake...

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An OCSD patrol deputy’s day can go from routine to horror in a flash, as he can attest

The new patrol deputy and father of two had 30 minutes to go until the end of his shift. He had dinner plans with his wife. It was Mother’s Day. Todd Hylton has replayed that day --- Sunday, May...

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When threats to schools come in, this specialized OCSD team springs into action

The deputy pushed his smartphone across the conference room table. “Here’s one,” he said. The photo showed a person wearing a ski mask and reflective sunglasses. The caption: Yes...

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