OCSD Newsroom Headlines

May 19, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18, 2015 to May 31, 2015, just prior to one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

May 15, 2015 
National Peace Officers Memorial Day

News ImageOn October 1, 1962, Congress passed a joint resolution that authorizes and requests the President to designate May 15th of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week." President Obama continued this tradition, proclaiming May 15, 2015, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16, 2015, as Police Week. Today, flags will be flown at half-staff to pay tribute to the local, State and Federal law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting us with courage and dedication.

May 8, 2015 
Major County Sheriffs’ Association and California State Sheriffs’ Association Support the Stepping Up Initiative

News ImageSACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 7, 2015)- Leading criminal justice and mental health organizations are joining together in supporting The Stepping Up Initiative, an unprecedented national collaboration designed to generate action in communities across the country toward a common goal: reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails.

May 8, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. (May 8, 2015) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, May 08, 2015 in the city of Lake Forest between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

May 6, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Attempt Child Abduction

News ImageNORTH TUSTIN, Calif. – (May 6, 2015) – On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an attempt child abduction of an 11 year-old female in the area of Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road, near Utt Middle School.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the 11 year-old female victim was alone walking her dog near Salt Air Drive and Simon Ranch Road. A white van with a male, Hispanic driver pulled alongside the female victim and attempted to lure her into the vehicle. The driver initially asked the victim if she needed help with her dog; after she refused, the suspect demanded she get into the vehicle by stating, “Hey, get in the car.” The female victim refused and ran home from the area. The vehicle was last seen southbound on Browning Avenue from Salt Air Drive towards Irvine Boulevard.

The vehicle was described as a white box van, possibly an early 2000 Chevy Astro van with the logo “Quick Clean” and a recyclable water symbol with a blue rain drop on both sides of the van. The “Quick Clean” logo/lettering is peeling away from the van. No vehicle license plate information is available.

The suspect driver is described as a male, Hispanic, approximately 30 years old with a shaved head, wearing a blue windbreaker with a zipper and sunglasses.

Anyone with additional information regarding additional victims is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s (714) 647-7060 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org

May 5, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Dana Hills High School Teacher Arrested for Child Molestation and Pornography

News ImageDANA POINT, Calif. – (May 4, 2015) – On Monday, May 04, 2015, Ezequiel Barragan, 48, Aliso Viejo, was arrested following allegations of child molestation and possession of child pornography.

On Monday, May 04, 2015, the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force (OCCETF) was notified by a United States Postal Service (USPS) agent regarding an ongoing child pornography investigation. Barragan has been the target of a USPS investigation resulting in discovery of information that he also engaged in sexual relations with a male juvenile over the last two years. Today’s investigation has included interviews, search warrants and review of evidence obtained by investigators.

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