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Police Blotter: Pungent Scent Emanates From Neighbor’s Apartment

Also, a group of teens lounge where they please, and a resident is concerned by an early-morning visit.

Smelly odors have been in the news lately. The Salton Sea got blamed for a recent assault on the olfactory system in the Inland Empire and L.A. Basin.

In Rancho Santa Margarita, the Salton Sea wasn't to blame.

A woman thought she detected the scent of cow manure that had wafted to her home from her neighbor's Rancho Santa Margarita apartment Monday evening. 

She made the call to the Orange County Sheriff's Department because she was concerned about the man who lived in the unit. He was in his 50s, he walked with a cane and he didn't appear to be well.

Deputies found no cows in the apartment.

The call came in around 7 p.m. on Monday, from Flora del Sol.

Teens lounge on sofa in the street

An informant was concerned about a group of teenagers who were lounging on a couch that they had placed in the middle of Via Pelayo Friday evening.

The call came in around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, from Via Pelayo and Via Corbina.

Early morning visit by "investigators" concerns resident

A Rancho Santa Margarita resident said two men pulled up in front of his house in an unmarked white pickup truck early Friday morning. The men came up to his door and claimed that they were investigators.

When the informant asked them where they were from, they got back into their truck and drove away.

The call came in around 1 a.m. on Friday, from Cascada.

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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 September 7 to September 10.

Vandalism Report 10:13 a.m. Saturday, on Via Amistosa. A woman saw gang graffiti at the Villa La Paz apartments.

Stolen Vehicle 1:34 a.m. Saturday, 22700 block of El Prado. A man said someone had stolen his black 2010 Kia Sol.

Shots Heard 1:34 a.m. Saturday, on Via Silla. A man reported hearing several gunshots being fired in his neighborhood.

Disturbance 10:17 p.m. Saturday, on Avenida de Las Banderas and Galisteo Drive. A caller said a group of teens were drinking and being noisy at a park near Serra Catholic school.

Assist Outside Agency 8:08 p.m. Saturday, on Santa Teresa. The Orange County Fire Authority needed help with a heavily-intoxicated 48-year-old man, who was screaming that he was in pain and was going to die. The man reportedly drank at least three liters of vodka in the previous few days, according to the original caller.

Disturbance 7:07 p.m. Saturday, on Via Amistosa. A woman said her husband had pushed her out of their house, and wouldn’t let her back inside. She thought he was jealous of her friends, and said he had been drinking that evening. Deputies arrived and arrested the 23-year-old man, who is being held without bail at the Central Mens Jail.

Disturbance 1:55 a.m. Saturday, on Via Amistosa. Two people were fighting, according to an informant, and one of them allegedly told the other to put a gun away.

Disturbance 11:26 p.m. Friday, 100 block of Via Serena. A caller wanted deputies to look for a group of men who were smashing bottles against the walls of his apartment complex.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 9:57 p.m. Friday, on Antonio Parkway and Santa Margarita Parkway. An informant said a man was staring people down and looking into people’s cars in front of Carl's Jr.

Petty Theft 8:40 p.m. Friday, on Antonio Parkway and Santa Margarita Parkway. A caller saw a man run out of Ralphs with a plastic basket full of items from the store.

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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