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September 23, 2020 
MEDAL OF COURAGE & LIFESAVING: Deputies rescue woman from man wielding knife

VIRTUAL MEDAL OF VALOR: Four deputies who safely apprehended a man threatening his wife with a knife were among the honorees at this year’s Medal of Valor ceremony.


September 23, 2020 
MEDAL OF COURAGE & LIFESAVING: Saved juvenile from jumping off a bridge

VIRTUAL MEDAL OF VALOR: When a young girl was threatening to jump from an overpass into traffic, a group of Sheriff’s Department personnel quickly responded to bring her to safety. While one deputy calmly talked to the girl, others held tight to her clothing until the chain-link fence could be cut away. Eventually, they pulled the girl to safety.


September 22, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: The Sheriff’s Department Working to Curb Distracted Driving

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Ca. (Sept. 22, 2020) – Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior the Sheriff’s Department is working to deter drivers from doing.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, deputies will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or any other action on their phone that is not hands-free and violates California’s cell phone law. A violation is subject to a $162 fine for the first offense, and at least $285 for a second offense.


September 21, 2020 
NEWS RELEASE: Bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operation in Dana Point

DANA POINT, Ca. (Sept. 21, 2020) – The Sheriff’s Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, deputies will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.


September 21, 2020 
MEDAL OF COURAGE & LIFESAVING: Deputies stop man with machete

VIRTUAL MEDAL OF VALOR: Five deputies who stopped a man wielding a machete and a gun as he made his way through Lake Forest in 2018 were among those honored at this year’s Medal of Valor ceremony.


September 21, 2020 
Forensic History: How the OC Crime Lab helped evidence mount against serial killer Randy Kraft

Forensic History: How the OC Crime Lab helped evidence mount against serial killer Randy Kraft

On a non-descript stretch of freeway during a routine traffic stop, one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers was caught.


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