OCSD Newsroom Headlines

July 17, 2019 
NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests 43-year-old man on suspicion of elder sexual abuse and rape

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 17, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims detail on Wednesday, July 17, arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of rape, elder sexual abuse, oral copulation and sexual battery. Russell Bernardino, of Mission Viejo, was arrested at approximately 8 a.m. at his residence in Mission Viejo. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.


July 15, 2019 
In-Custody Death

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 15, 2019) – A 44-year-old inmate was pronounced dead this morning after being transported to the hospital. Deputies were called to assist the inmate in his cell at the Theo Lacy Facility at approximately 8:20 a.m. Deputies responded and located the inmate unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma on his body. Deputies rendered medical aid and called for additional medical assistance. The inmate was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased approximately an hour later.


July 11, 2019 
Temporary Closure of Musick Jail to begin July 18

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 11, 2019) – In March 2019, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes announced changes to Orange County Jail operations, including the temporary closure of the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine and ending the agreement with the Federal Government to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. On July 10, 2019, the last detainees were transferred from Orange County Sheriff’s custody, and the temporary closure of Musick will begin on July 18, 2019.


July 1, 2019 
Fourth of July Firework Safety

News ImageIndependence Day and its festivities are right around the corner! While fireworks are a customary part of the celebration, a lack of safety when using them could lead to serious injury.


June 28, 2019 
NEWS RELEASE: Motorcycle safety operation in Dana Point Sunday

DANA POINT, Calif. (June 28, 2019)- The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation Sunday, June 30, in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.


June 28, 2019 
NEWS RELEASE: SONGS sirens to be deactivated, residents reminded to register for AlertOC

SANTA ANA, Ca. (June 28, 2019) – Beginning July 1, 2019, Southern California Edison (SCE) will begin deactivating and removing a siren system from communities surrounding the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) nuclear power plant.


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