Police, bar owners partner to keep downtown safe
Officer Eric Song and others work with restaurant and bar owners and managers to prevent crime. Read More
Warning: thieves posing as utility workers
Police suggest residents ask for identification. Read More
Detective solves case of mysterious birthday present
Fullerton grandparents, birthday girl send letters expressing gratitude Read More
‘Thank you,’ say 50 kids
The children, from the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA, surprise police officials with letters. Read More
FPD raises $4,000 for Special Olympics
Officers more than triple last year's fund-raising effort. Read More
Chief commends shot officer and those who helped him
More than 300 people packed the Community Center last week. Read More
New hires and promotions honored
Fullerton PD named 31 new and recently promoted employees. Read More
Four awarded life saving medals
Had it not been for the quick action of officers, lives would have been lost, police said. Read More

FPN has moved to www.BehindtheBadgeOC.com

We are happy to announce that we are publishing even more news and features about the Fullerton Police Department – but now we’re doing it at Behind the Badge OC. Please visit us at www.behindthebadgeoc.com, and from the drop down menu, choose Fullerton/FPD. Also, please like us
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Downtown brawl results in two arrests and one person stabbed

A fight that broke out near the train station in the early morning hours on Saturday left one person stabbed and two arrested thanks to the work of of K-9 Fullerton Police Officer Jon Miller and Reserve Officer Randall Richards, who last month won the department’s Distinguished Servic
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Police department joins faith community to give Fullerton some love

The inaugural Love Fullerton event on May 27 drew more than 2,000 men, women and children eager to roll up their sleeves to help their neighbors and the homeless, as well as sprucing up their hometown’s schools and parks. Love Fullerton grew out of a conversation and dream to bring th
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Teacher gets standing ovation for saving students from intruder

The man burst into a Nicolas Junior High School classroom, screamed “get down” and, after crawling around, grabbed a student’s leg. Recognizing the potential danger, teacher Robyn Clemente quickly called the principal’s office then rescued her students. Positioning herself between the
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Police warn residents not to taunt animals following pit bull attack

By Joel Foy Here’s a round-up of significant calls during the past week: Two men were left with severed fingers and severe bite marks on their arms after a pit bull attacked them last week. Police say the men admitted taunting the dog, who was a stray being cared for by a homeless man
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Five ways to reduce risk of drowning

By Mayrav Saar Behind every “carefree” childhood experience, there is a parent who has anticipated, prepared for and arranged everything. Summer safety is no exception. Drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, with 20% of those involving
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Woman uses roofing hammer to smash windows, gate

A 29-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly smashing the windows of a house, two parked cars and a gate with a roofing hammer. Police arrested her in the 300 block of W. Knepp. A neighbor heard the shattering of glass about 5 p.m., and called 911. The woman was found at
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Officer saves 7-11 clerk who was having heart attack

Three nights a week, Officer John Munoz works the graveyard patrol shift. Part of his routine includes checking in on a 7-Eleven to keep a close eye on some people known to hang out in the area who may be up to no good. He also checks on the employees, some of whom he considers friend
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About 2,000 give back at ‘Love Fullerton’

About 2,000 people from around the community volunteered to paint, mentor and engage in other acts of kindness to improve the city Saturday during the first annual “Love Fullerton” event. Police Chief Dan Hughes and members of the department helped organize and promote the service day
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Police raise $3,100 for Special Olympics

At the core of a police officer’s mission: protect and serve the community. Last Thursday, about a dozen Fullerton officers spent the evening providing a different kind of service – raising money for charity. During the annual Tip-A-Cop event at Heroes Bar & Grill, the police depa
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Annual report: Crime down, arrests up, new K-9 donated

A decrease of nearly 17 percent in violent crimes. More than 860 DUI arrests. A new police dog, courtesy of a donation by Rotary South. Last year included many significant accomplishments for the Fullerton Police Department, which this month released its 2013 Annual Report. The report
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Sixth-grader gets to be ‘Chief for a Day’

It’s good to be The Chief. Especially when you’re a sixth-grader at Golden Hill Elementary School, and you get picked up in an armored police vehicle. The ride in a SWAT vehicle ranked among the highlights of Tyler Klym’s Tuesday. A sixth-grader, Tyler was chosen among dozens of young
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Bank employee honored for help nabbing serial robber

Gerald Malonda did something that police and his boss generally frown upon. He pursued an armed bank robber. The action began to unfold about 9:30 a.m. on April 30 at Farmers & Merchants Bank on North Harbor, where Malonda has worked as a vice president and portfolio banker for t
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Man arrested on suspicion of lighting house on fire

Police arrested a man suspected of trying to break into cars and lighting a house on fire while a family was sleeping inside, police said Thursday. Adam Duane Taylor, was arrested shortly after starting the blaze at in the 1400 block of W. Houston about 5 p.m. Wednesday, officials sai
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Graffiti removal? City has an app for that

Imagine the following scenario: A tagger defaces a beige wall by spraying his gang name in red paint. By the following morning, the graffiti has disappeared, and the wall has a new coat of matching paint. A version of the situation has played out in Fullerton nearly 3,500 times, thank
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Shoe executive gives away $1,800 coin, cops deliver Easter meals to homeless and woman arrested for allegedly abusing 10-year-old son

When police contacted him this weekend, the homeless man had $5,000 cash on him. He had also given a $1,800 gold coin to a golfer at the Fullerton golf course, police said. The man in question is the co-owner of a shoe business in Northern California, but suffers from mental illness,
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Let’s show Fullerton some love

Imagine if everybody in town cleared their calendars for half a day and committed to doing something to make Fullerton better. Would you join the effort? What if all you had to do was sign up, show up and do some work? What if the organizers created a menu of awesome volunteer opportu
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Detectives arrest two in suspected identify theft operation

It all started with a tip from a grocery store. An investigation soon led to a traffic stop of a suspected stolen vehicle. And the case ended with the arrest of two women suspected of carrying out a crime that has become a scourge of the computer age: Identity theft. In all, more than
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Police thank Senior Volunteers for earthquake help

Once the earth stopped shaking, members of the police department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol stepped into action, working throughout the night to help maintain order following a magnitude 5.1 quake. RSVPs stood watch from 11 p.m.-7 a.m. on March 28 at an intersection where a wat
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FPD’s Explorer of the Year credits program for advancement to Navy

By Sgt. Jeff Stuart At a recent Fullerton Police Explorer meeting, Capt. Johnny Delgadillo – Fullerton’s 2013 Explorer of the Year – announced that effective April 4, 2014, he has enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Delgadillo joined the Fullerton Police Explorers in February of 20
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Suspect can’t out run Blitz, the police dog

Police K-9 Officer Blitz tracked and subdued a suspect Wednesday who fled following a vehicle collision after officers attempted to stop the car he was driving near Orangethorpe and Magnolia. When an officer attempted to pull him over about 9 p.m., the suspect, Sonny Tovar, drove onto
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Fullerton’s new approach to helping homeless paying off

The items may seem small: A pair of sweats. A voucher to stay overnight at a motel. Socks. But the impact is huge for a homeless person – especially one stranded in a rainstorm at 3 a.m. “I appreciate what police officers do,” said Marie Avena, founder of Coast to Coast Foundation. “I
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Neighbor helps police recover stolen laptop with sensitive data

Police are crediting an alert resident today for helping them catch a thief who allegedly stole a neighbor’s laptop that was filled with sensitive banking information. The burglary occurred Sunday night in the 1200 block of Paseo Dorado. The neighbor saw a suspicious person and vehicl
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More car burglars arrested; Lock doors, take stuff into house, police say

Police arrested two men on suspicion of stealing property from several cars in the 1100 block of W. Elm Street Sunday morning. Officers were initially called to the area at 4 a.m., but couldn’t find the burglars. They returned after somebody called 911 to report the suspects had retur
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Chief Hughes, Captain Crum recognized

Police Chief Dan Hughes and Capt. George Crum were recognized separately last week for their leadership in making Fullerton and Orange County safer. The Fullerton Elks Lodge named Hughes its “Citizen of the Year.” And Mothers Against Drunk Driving awarded Crum the organization’s first
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Sex offender attempts to steal car, man ‘severely’ beats child over bad grades and stabbing victim ends up burglary suspect

It was another action-packed start to the weekend in Fullerton with police officers making arrests in a few notable and unusual cases. The action began to unfold Friday morning, when a registered sex offender allegedly tried to steal a car outside of a donut shop. The owner of the car
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After third ‘sexting’ incident in a month, police warn parents to monitor phones, e-mail

A relatively new trend authorities call “sexting” is on the rise, and Fullerton Police are reaching out to parents to warn them and arm them with tools to protect their children. Sexting involves sending nude or semi-nude photos via text message. In the past month, Fullerton Police di
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‘Department gave me everything,’ says retiring sergeant

by Anthony F. Irwin A Fullerton police officer of nearly 30 years retired last month and, as he looks back, he says pride in the city and camaraderie compelled him to undertake the career. “I grew up in the area and have seen it grow to where it is today,” says Sgt. Sean Fares.  “I co
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Crime drops, arrests rise

Violent crime dropped in every category but rape in February and property crime dropped in all categories. Meanwhile, drunken driving arrests more than doubled. And there were half as many drunken-driving accidents. It was mostly good news Wednesday at the police department’s monthly
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Weekend update: Death of 95-year-old woman appears to be accidental

Police are investigating the death of a 95-year-old woman who was found in her backyard with injuries on her legs and lower body. An initial review by the coroner indicates that she may have fallen, and there does not appear to be any signs of foul play, said Sgt. Jeff Stuart. Police
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Police arrest alleged car thieves, remind residents to lock it, hide it or lose it

Police are reminding residents to remove their valuables from their cars today after they arrested of three men on possession of stolen goods during a police sting operation targeting car thieves. Tevita Hala, 19, Palaki Liaava, 20, were arrested Thursday morning carrying a stolen cam
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Police to parents: Monitor child’s phones, e-mail, social media

By Bill Rams The news over the weekend understandably shocked parents and school officials: Nicolas Junior High School eighth-grade teacher Melissa Lingren was arrested on suspicion of inappropriate sexual relations with two male students. On one of the boy’s phones, police say they f
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Homeless no more, a bomb scare and a black tar heroin arrest

A homeless woman who spent three weeks at the Transportation Center now has shelter thanks to the efforts of the Fullerton Police Department’s Homeless Liaison team. Cpl. John DeCaprio and county mental health expert Hector Varela connected the woman with a senior outreach organizatio
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Schools to answer questions following teacher’s arrest

Fullerton School District officials will hold a meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Nicolas Junior High School to answer questions a few days after an eighth-grade teacher was arrested for sexual misconduct with two students. Detectives arrested Melissa Lingren, 28, an eighth-grade teacher,
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Police focus on performance and communication

By Bill Rams When Police Chief Dan Hughes first called me nearly two years ago, I was anxious to meet him. As you might remember, it was a tough time in Fullerton. Three City Council members were facing recall. Serving as acting chief, Hughes was the third person in the chief’s
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What did family members tell officer who stopped man on bike?

A Fullerton police officer stopped a suspicious-looking man on a bicycle after midnight this morning, and he was later arrested on suspicion of sexual battery. The action began to unfold near the intersection of Euclid and La Palma. Cpl. John Ema was wrapping up a car stop in the City
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Weekend update: A fatal bee sting, what jammed traffic on Imperial and how a few Fullerton cops helped the homeless

It was an active President’s Day weekend in Fullerton. Among the activity: Officers and paramedics tried to save a man who on Friday night apparently had an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Officers responded to the 2300 block of Iris Court within a minute of receiving an emergency c
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Proactive policing nets more drug and gang arrests

More examples emerged Thursday of Fullerton patrol officers using their investigative instincts and talent to turn routine checks and car stops into drug and gang arrests. Yesterday, we posted a story about two similar checks that led to arrests. At about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, the tren
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Two routine checks lead to a drug and gang arrest

Police on Wednesday commended the efforts of two patrolmen whose investigative instincts led to separate drug and gang arrests. The first one happened just after noon Tuesday when Cpl. Robert Kirk stopped a suspicious-looking car in the 1400 block of North Harbor Boulevard. Inside, Ki
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Officers persuade suicidal man to surrender

Police and a county mental health official persuaded a homeless man to surrender after he put a knife to his own neck and threatened to commit “suicide by cop,” police said Tuesday. “When police officers use force, it often makes news,” said Sgt. Jeff Stuart. “Officers showed great re
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Weekend update: A compliment, a stabbing and a big mess

It was a relatively busy weekend – with a few noteworthy calls. Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Glenwood Saturday night to deal with a 13-year-old boy who had allegedly assaulted his parents. And Sgt. Michael Hines and Officer Denny Bak handled the call with just the rig
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Passion for policing leads business leaders to give thousands of hours

By Fred Irwin One helps is an executive for a lumber company. The other is a safety director at DirectTV. But Randall Richards and Mike Lyman share something in common beyond success in the private sector: a passion for policing. Richards, Lyman and a third man (who asked not to be na
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Strategies for reducing crime top police agenda

By: Bill Rams It was business as usual Wednesday afternoon at the Fullerton Police Department. Police supervisors gathered for a monthly crime-strategy meeting and discussed efforts to reduce crime downtown, shared crime stats and trends and gave a standing ovation to a 30-year vetera
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Let’s work together to make ’14 even safer

  By: Bill Rams The housing rebound continued. Unemployment dropped. And, in Fullerton, violent crime and crime overall continued to plummet. Judging by several metrics monitored by the police department, 2013 was a relatively safe year. The challenge will be to carry the momentu
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Chief to ‘vigorously’ defend firing decision

By: Bill Rams The badge a police officer wears represents integrity, honor, character, courage and loyalty, says Police Chief Dan Hughes. “But above all, the badge is a symbol of public trust,” he says. In June, Hughes described the “tremendous responsibility” that comes w
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Scam alert: Thefts involving cash cards, money wires

Fullerton Police are warning the public about scams that target individuals and businesses using cash cards or money wiring. “Scams that focus on businesses often look for employees who are not well-versed in the finances of the business.  Victims of personal scams tend to be targeted
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For couple, job at police department led to more than paycheck

By Fred Irwin She came from Michigan for a change of scenery.  He was a local boy born and raised in Placentia.  They showed up at the Fullerton Police Department – him 30 years ago, her 24.  They found a career – and each other. “There are quite a few men and women that have spent ve
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Fullerton police department invites you to attend citizen’s academy

Residents curious about the policies of their police department have a place to go.  Fullerton Police Department will host its 12th Citizens Academy every Wednesday evening from six to nine starting January 22 in the Mural Room.  “It’s a great opportunity for residents to understand w
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Cops hand out Christmas gifts

On a rainy Thursday afternoon, officials from Fullerton Police Department’s Community Service Bureau toured to the city to deliver Christmas gifts to in-need families.  Thursday’s “Adopt a Family” deliveries rounded out the department’s Holiday season fundraisers. “We thoroughly enjoy
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Rangemaster keeps cops sharp with firearm simulator

Fullerton Police Department’s AIS PRISim (Advance Interactive Systems Professional Range Instruction Simulator) prepares officers for the field by presenting hundreds of scenarios without risking physical harm. “In the field, literally any call puts an officer in harm’s way,” said Sgt
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Fullerton police department celebrates youth program’s graduation

Heads whipped around and people pointed as “Bear,” Fullerton Police Department’s SWAT vehicle pulled into Richman Elementary School, Tuesday afternoon. There was no emergency – Corporal Alan Valdiserri had brought the truck as reward for the school’s latest graduating class from Fulle
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Families take forefront in holiday shopping event

Last night, Fullerton Police Department held its first annual “Heroes and Helpers” event, pairing 16 kids with police officers for an hour of holiday shopping. “We’re really excited because our family doesn’t usually get to do something like this,” said Evelyn Avalos, the eldest of fo
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With downtown crime down, cops’ focus turns to rest of Fullerton

A ride-along December 6 showed how progress in the downtown district – as detailed in the Orange County Register by Lou Ponsi – has allowed more efficient allocation of police officers throughout Fullerton. “I won’t say we’re exactly where we need to be – there’s definitely progress t
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Violent crime in Fullerton continues downward trend

Officials from Fullerton Police Department met last Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest crime trends in their city and found that violent crime decreased 26 percent from October to November, and is down more than 18 percent for this year. “As you’ve seen, in almost every issue w
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Gang unit credits injunction, detective work for slow nights

Fullerton Police Department’s gang unit enjoyed what used to be a rarity during a Friday night shift: a slow night – a benefit of Fullerton’s gang injunction and pro-active detective work by the department. “It used to be we were running all over the place in response to calls,” said
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Fullerton police dog makes his first drug bust

Rotar, the newest member of Fullerton Police’s K9 unit, made his first drug bust Monday November 11, finding 3.8 grams of methamphetamine in an RV illegally parked on Garnet Avenue, officials say. “It’s always exciting to see how a dog responds to his first assignment,” said Officer T
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Fullerton police wish a happy, safe holiday shopping season

With the holiday shopping season about to kick into high gear, the Fullerton Police Department reminds shoppers would like to offer some suggestions to make your shopping safer and more enjoyable as part of our “Lock it, Hide it, or Lose it” campaign: 1. Don’t be an easy target. Cars
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Fullerton police department advises caution during holiday season

The following was posted on Fullerton Police Department’s Facebook page: FRAUD ALERT: As we approach the holidays, the likelihood that you will receive calls from organizations soliticiting charitable donations increases. While there are many legitimate organizations that rely o
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Caregiver allegedly steals meds, jewelry from elderly couple

Fullerton Police officers arrested a man last week on suspicion of a hit and run while under the influence and found that he’s been stealing from an elderly couple entrusting him with their care, officials say. “It’s tough to hear about cases like this because we are literally trustin
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Fullerton police cover latest crime stats; focus on theft

  Fullerton Police officials gathered at a crime strategy meeting Wednesday afternoon to examine the latest crime statistics heading into the holiday season and the good news is violent crime in the city is down 17%. “We’ve had a great year so far,” said Captain Lorraine Jones. 
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Fullerton, Anaheim work together to give Leukemia patient special ‘lift’ to hospital

  Caitlin Lyle, a Troy High School grad battling Leukemia, received a special ride – in an Anaheim Police Department helicopter – Monday for her fourth round of chemotherapy. “I just can’t believe how much support everyone’s shown us.  Words just can’t say what it means to
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Fullerton police employees grow mustaches to support ‘brother’s’ fight with cancer

As Ofc. Matt Wilkerson’s wife battles an aggressive form of cancer, FPD officials are showing show support through Mo-Vember, a cancer awareness program centered on mustaches. Officials up and down the department shaved their faces and donated at least $20 Thursday to participate in a
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Fatal car crash occurs after man flees police

A man died after crashing his vehicle early Wednesday morning while fleeing police,  officials said. Authorities say a cab driver followed Zachery Media, 22 of Fullerton, after he allegedly got out of the taxi without paying his fare, calling FPD in the meantime, reporting that Medina
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Is there a roving band of serial car burglars?

The thieves didn’t just steal from Chad Williams’ Jaguar. They hit his neighbors’ cars, too. “Now of course, you are thinking, ‘lock your doors’ and you got nothing to worry about,” he said. “I lock my car doors 99 percent of the time, but occasionally I forget. That is what mak
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Fullerton Police introduce Rotar the police dog

By Anthony F. Irwin At its second annual open house Saturday, Fullerton Police officials introduced Rotar, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois named after the Fullerton South Rotary Club that donated $15,000 for his purchase. Flanked by Ofc. Tim Haid, the dog walked the perimeter of an en
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Q & A with Fullerton Detective Tom Fullerton

Originally published in the OC Register Sunday, October 20. Editor’s note: Commentary’s Spark of Innovation feature spotlights local engineers and scientists to encourage Orange County students to see career possibilities for themselves in science, technology, engineering
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Elementary school teacher honored for protecting her “kiddos”

The Fullerton School District and City Council honored elementary school teacher Robyn Clemente Tuesday night for shielding her children when a man – bleeding and believed to be under the influence of drugs – burst in. “This was the absolute best-case scenario of a teacher keepi
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First female police officers of Tajikistan visit FPD during tour of Orange County police departments

A delegation of policewomen from Tajikistan visited Fullerton Police department Saturday during an informational tour of Orange County police agencies. The group represents the first female law enforcement officers in the history of their country, officials said. “It was an hono
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Customer’s punch to the face helps stop bank robber

A customer punched an alleged bank robber in the face Monday morning, slowing him down until police arrived to make the arrest. Jacob Williams, 29, of Fullerton, was arrested shortly after 10:30 a.m. on suspicion of the heist. Police say he told everybody in the branch at 1001 W. Oran
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Retired Fullerton officer reflects on his career

By Ed Dahms I was very fortunate to be hired by the Fullerton Police Department in 1962. I had never thought of becoming a Policeman, it had never entered my mind. I had recently moved from Iowa with a wife and two small children and no job. I was just looking for any type of employme
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Meet Dave Everitt and Steve Zerga, FPD senior volunteers

Members of Fullerton’s Retired Senior Volunteer Police (RSVP) tend to several important jobs that would otherwise require the time of paid employees. The group of eighteen volunteers is on track to serve over 6,000 hours this year, well ahead of the 4,700 requisite hours set by
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Police arrest driver who tried to run over gang detective

On an otherwise slow Friday night, Sgt. Matt Rowe – head of FPD’s gang unit – stood in his office, preparing paperwork on a case when the call rang throughout the station: “245 (Aggravated Assault) on an officer.  Subject last seen on foot at Walnut and Highland.” At Walnut and Highla
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Captains Lorraine Jones and George Crum say “thank you”

Capts. George Crum and Lorraine Jones thanked Fullerton Police officers Wednesday for their professionalism and outstanding crime-fighting work during a monthly crime strategy meeting in the police station’s mural room. Lt. Alex Bastreri kicked off the monthly meeting by congratulatin
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Police chief: ‘Hold ourselves to the highest standards’

By: Bill Rams Police Chief Dan Hughes wants to make sure he makes the best possible decisions when it comes to police officer discipline. When it comes to use-of-force and in-custody death investigations, he also wants the outcome to match the evidence. In an unprecedented move, he’s
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Fullerton Police join support of Troy grad’s recovery by granting a wish

  For most, the summer after graduating high school is about senior trips and planning for the next phase of their education.  For Caitlin Lyle, this summer has been about fighting for her life. Shortly after graduating from Troy High School, doctors informed Lyle that she had be
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Police department invites you to a discussion about how to spot and prevent youth drug abuse

Fullerton Police Department invites you to attend Please join the Fullerton Police Department, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton Elementary School District and the Fullerton Council PTA Thursday September 19, 2012 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM The Fullerton Community Center –
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Meet the man who heard OJ Simpson say, ‘I didn’t mean to do it’

On a recent afternoon, Sgt. Jeff Stuart lectured two teen-agers about the dangers of drug abuse before loading them into his patrol car and hauling them to jail. A 22-year veteran police officer, Stuart has become something of an expert communicator – whether he’s dissuading teens fro
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Why do police sometimes keep patrol vehicles running?

Police officers sometimes keep patrol cars idling during heat spells to keep equipment such as laptops cool, police officials said today. They aren’t being intentionally wasteful, though Sgt. Jeff Stuart said he understands how residents might come to that conclusion. “Should any of t
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Man in stand-off arrested

Authorities say an alleged thief was taken into custody peacefully Sunday morning after a lengthy standoff in the 2500 block of Fender Ave. Fullerton Police were called to the area around 6:10 am, after Edgar España, 24, of Costa Mesa, was confronted for allegedly stealing an electron
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Fullerton PD receives letters of gratitude from community

Residents regularly send in letters of gratitude to police officials, and Chief Dan Hughes shared some of the comments in a newsletter that was published last month. “All feedback helps make us better,” he said. “And the positive ones are great reminders of why we work here – to
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Senior volunteers make a difference in keeping Fullerton safe, police say

Fullerton Police Department officials are recruiting retirees to help them tend to tasks that would otherwise require the work of employees. In the field, the volunteers, called Retired Senior Volunteer Police, wear uniforms, drive patrol cars and handle parking enforcement, traffic c
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Lots of ‘likes’ for cop’s return to work

By Bill Rams The Facebook post elicited a big response. “Great news!!” wrote Terry McAninch. “Be safe!” “Welcome back. Amazing recovery,” wrote Fran P. Willingham. The reason for the exclamations: Fullerton Police Officer James Boline, shot four times during a traffic stop in March, r
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Fullerton Police, Fire Departments respond to fire at Fullerton Union High School

Early Tuesday morning, at 2:02, Fullerton Fire Department requested assistance from Fullerton Police Department in response to an alleged burglary and arson, officials say. The suspects – still unknown at this point – entered an administrative office by smashing a plate-glass door and
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New hire profile: Ofc. Carin Wright

FPD sat down with Ofc. Carin Wright, Patrol Division – weekend day shift – to talk about her experience as a new hire in the department.  Tell us about your background before joining FPD: After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University, I started my law e
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Bomb threat called in to FPD; nothing found

Employees of Fullerton Police Department evacuated their offices Wednesday evening after a bomb threat was called in at 5:32. Dispatch received a call from someone claiming there was a bomb in the department and that it would explode in 10 minutes if not found, officials say. As a pre
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Bouncers honored for aiding in arrest

Fullerton Police honored two local security guards this week who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure an arrest.  On April 27 at 1:46 a.m., Officer Nick Rosner was patrolling the downtown area when Jose Covaruvias grabbed him and was preparing to fight.  Rosner was then punched in t
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Monthly crime strategy meeting focuses on auto burglary spike

At Fullerton Police Department’s recent monthly crime strategy meeting, officials reported a prolonged spike in auto burglaries throughout parts of the city.  “These meetings are part of the advent of intelligence-led policing.  We continually work to be as efficient as possible in th
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Toilet thieves’ plans get flushed

Cash registers are usually among the first places thieves look when burglarizing a business. Police arrested a Moreno Valley man and woman Aug. 2 who looked for their loot in the bathroom. David and Racheal Magar, 40 and 38, of Moreno Valley, were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing
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Funds directed to alleged thief, not Boys and Girls Club, police say

By Anthony F. Irwin A man was arrested last week on suspicion of using young children to con people into giving donations to the Boys & Girls Club. Police say Francisco Ayala, 38, has been using 13 children – ages 10-13 – to trick people into believing they would be donating to th
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Could a liquor-fueled riot happen in Fullerton?

By Bill Rams A growing mob of punks kicked over portable bathrooms, smashed newspaper racks and used a toppled stop sign to smash through a bike shop window last week on Main Street in Huntington Beach. The Fullerton Police Department sent a handful of officers to assist, and they hel
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COMMUNITY ALERT: Southern California Edison Scam Report

New Payment Scam Targets Southern California Edison Customers The Fullerton Police Department is cautioning Southern California Edison customers to be aware of a new scam that involves callers posing as SCE employees and demanding immediate payment for allegedly past-due bills. The ca
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Man flees after being taken to hospital

  A man had been taken to St. Jude Hospital as he was considered potentially harmful to himself.  After evaluation by the Psychiatric Evaluation Team, a hold was placed and transportation to College Hospital was arranged. The man decided he did not want to go, however, and fled f
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Officers commended for handling of DUI stop

July 18  Corporal Ryan Warner and Officer Timothy Gibert made the best of a DUI traffic stop Thursday night during the Farmer’s Market at 200 block of East Wilshire Avenue. A woman named Tiffany called the watch commander to commend both officers on their polite and professional treat
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Anaheim and Fullerton PD’s work to foil jewelry theft

Wednesday A knife-point robbery occurred at a McDonald’s parking lot on South Lemon – inside the jurisdiction of Anaheim PD. Three suspects involved fled southbound on Lemon until they crashed their vehicle near the 91 freeway.  They then fled the crash site westbound on foot.  Soon t
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Officers break up alleged assault, arrest burglar

Officers responded to the Starbucks at Harbor and Chapman Tuesday regarding a transient detained by two guys.  The man being confronted had stolen a cell phone and iPod from customers in the coffee shop, police said.  When responding officers arrived on the scene, the stolen property
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Man arrested after attempted stabbing

Officers responded to the 200 block of N. Raymond Avenue Saturday at 5:48 PM regarding a possible stabbing.  The victim reported that Raymond Philhart arrived at the house looking for his adult son, who Philhart said was a drug addict.  Philhart allegedly pulled a knife and slashed at
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Burning Bush extinguished; alleged arson arrested

Wednesday Fullerton and Brea Police Departments worked together to handle an arson late Wednesday night. Officers were dispatched to 3229 Associated Road regarding trees and bush that had been lit on fire by a male transient that night.  Witnesses reported the male had a dark beard an
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Police say housekeeper allegedly responsible for $25K in theft

At 4:17 PM, a victim reported a Grand Theft, as her housekeeper had stolen nearly $25,000 in cashed checks written to herself from the victim’s account, and that the maid was currently at the victim’s residence. The suspect was detained and arrested for forgery and grand theft b
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Church members thank Fullerton Police with baked goods

Families from Fullerton’s Rock Harbor Church visited the Department to thank Officers and other personnel for their service Saturday evening.  Brownies, cookies, and other goodies were served with hand-written thank you notes to the men and women responsible for keeping the peace in t
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