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Newport Beach

Volume 5, Issue 62  |  August 4, 2020

Police Files

Bike thefts are rampant in community

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) has processed 28 separate bike thefts since July 1. About half of the bikes had been left unsecured. Of the bikes that were locked, many were taken because the suspect was able to easily cut the lock. 

Please review the tips below to help reduce bike thefts in our community.

–When possible, secure your bike to a fixed object in a LOCKED garage or storage area.

–When you take your bike out, to the beach, shopping or to go to dinner, always lock it. If possible, also park your bike where you can see it.

–Use a high quality lock (for example: hardened steel U-lock or hardened steel chain and padlock) to secure your bike to a fixed object. When using a U-lock, position the lock so that the keyhole faces down towards the ground.

–Register your bike at Having your bike registered can help with locating your bike and having it returned to you if it is lost or stolen.

–If your bike is stolen, report the theft to police as soon as possible by calling 949.644.3717 or make a police report online at:

The map below shows that the incidents are a citywide issue.

Police Files bike thefts map

Courtesy NBPD

What’s on the Docket

Misty Touchard & Ronald Touchard – Today, July 31 at 8:30 a.m. (Harbor Court 1)

This is a Pre-Trial Hearing.

Between June 13, 2016 and July 1, 2016, Ronald Touchard is accused of taking over the titles of three residences in the City of Newport Beach he did not own or have claims to by submitting paperwork to the State of Delaware indicating he was the sole officer of Capital Win Corporation and Gainquick LLC (CWCG), an investment  company based in Laguna Beach.

Touchard is accused of convincing “hard” money lenders that as the president of CWCG, he held the deed of trust for each residence, although he did not. He is further accused of taking $5.9 million in equity out of the three residences for his and his wife’s financial benefit.

Ronald and Misty Touchard are accused of using the stolen funds to make numerous large purchases including a Land Rover, and moving the money between various bank accounts in a pattern consistent with money laundering.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigated this case and arrested the defendants with the assistance of the Newport Beach Police Department.

James Rayon Buggs, 44, Huntington Beach – Today, July 31 at 9 a.m. (Harbor Court 2)

This morning is a Preliminary Hearing & Hearing Bail Review.

Buggs faces a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole and a maximum sentence of the death penalty for the murders of Darren Donald Partch, 38, of Newport Beach, and Wendi Sue Miller, 48, of Costa Mesa. Both were found deceased inside a residence in the 2100 block of East 15th Street in Newport Beach on the evening of April 21, 2019.

There is no evidence that Miller had any interaction with Buggs prior to the homicide. Miller and Partch were acquaintances. 

Buggs has a prior strike for an assault on a police officer in San Diego County in 1995.

Buggs will also be charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of attempted first degree burglary, and a sentencing enhancement of personal discharge of a firearm causing death.

Information is gathered from the Orange County District Attorney’s court file bank.

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