Tag: Huntington Beach Police Department

Vehicle Chase Turns up Stolen Catalytic Converters in Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters and leading Huntingdon Beach police on a vehicle chase that resulted in a fiery crash, authorities said Aug. 7. A police officer spotted a speeding vehicle leaving a residential tract at about 5:15 a.m. Saturday in the area of Atlanta Avenue and Newland…


4 SoCal Men Arrested in Multimillion-Dollar Scam Targeting Elderly Timeshare Owners

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Four Southern California men were arrested on May 26 for allegedly defrauding dozens of timeshare owners—many of whom were elderly—out of more than $5 million by lying and using “boiler room tactics.” The four men arrested are Michael McDonagh, 41, of Long Beach, Antonio Duarte, 42, of Corona, Christopher James Vannoy, 32, of…


Coyote Attacks Girl in Huntington Beach

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—A girl was being treated on April 29 for serious but non-life-threatening injuries she suffered in an attack by a coyote near the Huntington Beach Pier. Officers were called at 9:45 p.m. on April 28 to the beach north of the pier regarding reports of a coyote attack, said Jennifer Carey, the Huntington…


‘Orbeez Challenge’ Could Lead to Arrest: Huntington Beach Police

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—The Huntington Beach Police Department is warning against participating in a viral national challenge where juveniles are shooting others with water pellets, leading to injuries. Called the “Orbeez Challenge” and now sweeping across the country, the trend started on social media platform TikTok, where kids and young adults are doing drive-by-style shootings using…


Memorial Held for Huntington Beach Officer Killed in Helicopter Crash

ANAHEIM, Calif.—A memorial service was held on Mar. 8 for the Huntington Beach police officer killed in a helicopter crash while on duty last month. Nicholas Vella, a 14-year-veteran of the Huntington Beach Police Department, died from injuries he suffered when a helicopter that he and another officer were piloting crashed into Newport Bay on…


One Officer Killed, One Injured in Police Helicopter Crash in Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—A Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter crashed into shallow water in Newport Bay on Feb. 19, resulting in one officer being critically injured and the other officer dead, according to authorities. “This is a difficult night for all of us,” Huntington Beach Police Chief Eric Parra said during a Feb. 19 news conference….


Huntington Beach Police Department Plays Santa for Underprivileged Family

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—The Huntington Beach Police Department made a local underprivileged family’s Christmas a little more special this year by showing up on their doorstep with toys for their three boys. The department normally partners with CHOC (Children’s Health of Orange County) Children’s Hospital to spread cheer during the holidays, which was canceled this year due…


Unruly Gathering in Huntington Beach Prompts Emergency Curfew

HUNTINGTON BEACH—An overnight curfew was place in May 22 Huntington Beach after hundreds of unruly people, prompted by a viral Tik Tok video about a birthday party on the beach, led police to declare the gathering an unlawful assembly. The Huntington Beach Police Department said the curfew would remain in effect until 5:30 a.m. May…