Police Blotter: Man Leaves Smelly Area Wearing Gas Mask

Also, a brother’s teasing prompts a girl to dial 9-1-1.

Notice any strange odors and a man wearing a gas mask?

That's what went down Sunday afternoon when a Rancho Santa Margarita woman wanted deputies to look for a man driving his new black Camaro around her neighborhood. The man was wearing a gas mask and workout clothes, according to the informant.

The woman was sure she smelled some sort of gas or chemical smell in the area, and thought deputies should check it out.

The call came in around 1 p.m. on Sunday, from Dove Canyon Drive and Plano Trabuco Road.

Brother's teasing makes girl dial 9-1-1

A 9-1-1 operator received a call Thursday evening from an upset young girl, who said her older brother was arguing with her.

After speaking to the girl, who is about 16, and her brother, who is three years older, the operator determined that he was making fun of his sister, which made her so distraught that she called the emergency line. They explained to both children how to properly use 9-1-1 in the future.

The call came in around 4 p.m. on Thursday, from Paseo Acebo.

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The following is a summary report of calls from Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Trabuco Canyon and Las Flores to the Orange County Sheriff's Department from October 11 to October 14.

Disturbance 11:48 a.m. Sunday, on Via Terrano. A man said he was in a physical fight with his girlfriend, who would not leave the premises.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 5:56 p.m. Sunday, on Melinda Road and Rancho Trabuco. An informant wanted deputies to look for a group of teens who were sitting on a curb, clutching red cups.

Family Dispute 2:09 p.m. Sunday, on Korite. A woman said her out-of-control daughter was using markers to write all over the house, and tried to break down her door. The teen then began making threats to her and her husband.

Disturbance 12:41 p.m. Sunday, on Tierra Seguro. A girl said her parents were arguing with her 14-year-old sister, who allegedly has anger issues. The girl thinks her sister had stolen money from her father. Both parents were attempting to hold her sister down.

Citizen Assist 10:48 a.m. Sunday, on Ametrine Way and Melinda Road. A man said he had struck a city sign at an intersection, knocking it over, but he had to leave at the time of the accident.

Traffic Accident 11:33 p.m. Saturday, 100 block of Via Lampara. A man said an intoxicated man in a white Ford Crown Victoria hit his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway. Deputies arrived and arrested the 51-year-old cab driver, who was cited and released from the Intake Release  Center.

Disturbance 9:09 p.m. Saturday, on Via Cuidado. A caller complained about a group of people, who were drinking beer behind his complex. He wanted things to stop before it "got out of hand."

Suspicious Vehicle 7:24 p.m. Saturday, on Serene Canyon Road. A caller said a man pulled into his neighbor’s driveway, and he and his passengers began yelling at small children in the neighborhood.

Disturbance 6:01 p.m. Saturday, 29700 block of Melinda Road. A woman said she got into an argument with her boyfriend, so she locked him out of their residence. He then began pounding on the door. Deputies arrived and arrested the 37-year-old man, who is being held on $50,000 bail at the Central Mens Jail.

Disturbance 1:45 a.m. Saturday, on Berlamo. An informant said two kids were beating up another kid, and a woman was screaming. The group moved to the end of the cul-de-sac.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 10:23 a.m. Friday, 30600 block of Santa Margarita Parkway. A female employee of Payless Shoes said a man came into the store several times that morning, but would leave whenever a customer walked in. The man then returned when she was alone.

Disturbance 5:54 a.m. Friday, on Avenida de Las Flores and El Portal. A caller wanted deputies to look for a cleaning truck that was circling a parking lot, cleaning it. The informant was upset because the truck was cleaning prior to 7 a.m., which violated a noise ordinance.

You can read about more incidents on the Orange County Sheriff's Department blotter.

These reports are culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.


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