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Injuries pile up for understaffed Costa Mesa Police Department


Eight months ago, a Costa Mesa police officer pulled up to an Eastside grocery store.

Four teenagers had tried to steal liquor, and employees called for help in restraining them. Inside, one of the kids reached for the officer's service gun. Another took a swing, hitting the cop under the eye.

An off-duty Orange County sheriff's deputy, who happened to be at the store, jumped in to help, and he and the officer wrangled two of the teenagers. Reinforcements arrived, detaining the other two suspects.

The Oct. 15 fight came at an expense. One officer needed stitches. Another suffered a strain that's since kept him from working.

They were not alone. October marked the worst stretch of on-duty injuries in years — eight Costa Mesa Police Department officers were hurt in two weeks alone. Those numbers are in line with a larger trend. Since 2009, on-duty injuries have doubled, according to...

Boys win breakfast with Chief Gazsi


Costa Mesa's police chief walked into a doughnut shop Thursday morning, but the cliche was for a good cause.

Chowing down on some sweet confections with Chief Tom Gazsi was the prize for a fundraising raffle at St. Joachim Catholic School in Costa Mesa's Eastside neighborhood.

About 9:30 a.m., Gazsi met first-grader James Palazzo and his brother, seventh-grader Luke Palazzo, at St. Joachim and took them to Sidecar Doughnuts on 17th Street. There he treated them to breakfast.

Gazsi attended St. Joachim as a kid.

He reminisced about walking or riding his bike from his family home in Costa Mesa to get to catechism classes.

"Having grown up at St. Joachim, it was wonderful to come back and spend time with this family," Gazsi said.

By Jeremiah Dobruck /   Photo by Kevin Chang, Daily Pilot

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