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Grocer Bags Its Conversion

Most customers seemed pleased by the whirlwind makeover that took place earlier this week inside the former Albertsons supermarket that anchors the Aliso Creek Shopping Center. Inside the newly rechristened Haggen supermarket, 12-year Laguna Beach resident Patty Barnett said she...

Class Notes

Local Teen to Sing With Stars Tessa Mansour, a cast member of the Laguna Beach High School musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” will also perform alongside professionals at Celebrity Fight Night, a charity event honoring Muhammad Ali, in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday, March 28. Tessa will...

Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Burglary Suspects

Three Los Angeles residents suspected in a Newport Beach burglary were arrested after a brief pursuit through Laguna Canyon that ended Wednesday, March 25, when the suspect’s car collided with another outbound car near El Toro Road. No one was injured in the wreckage, authorities...

Updated: Turbulence Hits Blue Water Festival

Updated March 27: Barring any other unforeseen complications, the Blue Water Music Festival should open Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, on the grounds of the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Canyon, but without the top headlining acts promised, promoters say. Only...

Streetbeat

Monday, March 9 Fraud. 300 block of Broadway St. 3:16 p.m. A friend wrote a $2,160 check to repay a loan on a closed account. Fraud. 1500 block of Caribbean Way. 4:21 p.m. A victim reported someone had opened up various credit accounts in her name. Tuesday, March 10 Fraud. 600...

Blue Water Festival Encounters Turbulence

Advisers to the Blue Water Music Festival say Mayor Bob Whalen will introduce an extraordinary measure at tonight’s City Council meeting that, if passed, could still allow the event planned for March 28-29 to go on. The festival is teetering on the brink of collapse due to the...

‘Mayhem’ Lives Up to His Name

Mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested on multiple charges after police were called to a disturbance at the White House restaurant Saturday, March 7. The restaurant’s usual crowd included boxing fans and mixed martial arts fighters, invited by Tom Atencio...

Soul Surf Rides T Street

Under cloudy skies with chilly temperatures, the competition ran in two to three foot surf at San Clemente’s T Street Beach last Saturday, Feb. 28. The series offers divisions for kids as young as 5 and 6 and several children from Camp Pendleton participated as well. “These...

Indy on Arts

  Friday, March 6 “20,000 Days on Earth” screens at the free Flicks at the Forum, Forum Theatre, Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; screening at 7 p.m. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Nate...

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 23 Vehicle burglary. 32300 block of Coast Hwy. 7:32 a.m. Rear windows were smashed in four plumbing trucks and their contents of tools plundered. Burglary. Cliff Dr. 10:12 a.m. A wallet and cellphone together valued at $800 were taken. Vehicle burglary. 300 block of...

Streetbeat

Tuesday, Feb. 17 Pedestrian stop. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:33 a.m. Alexander Jeffrey Pratt, 26, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for a $100,000 warrant. Petty theft. Thalia St. 2:21 p.m. A stolen backpack containing a smart phone was found abandoned and recovered, but the...

Friends Mourn Lives Upended by Slaying

Late last August, surf school owner James Pribram returned home from the beach in early evening to the broad streets and hillside ranch houses of Laguna Niguel and came upon the unexpected. Richard Begley, who Pribram knew from his boyhood where they both surfed local breaks in...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Feb. 27 Kalama Brothers, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. The Higgs, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. James Clay Garrison, Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy. Richie Furay, 8 p.m., The...

Girlfriend Suspected in Boyfriend’s Slaying

Former Laguna Beach resident Michele Lynn Green will be arraigned at the Central Jail Court in Santa Ana Tuesday, charged with one felony count of murder. She is suspected in the weekend stabbing death of live-in boyfriend Richard Begley, 52, in Laguna Niguel. Prosecutors say...

2014 Campaign Sets Spending Record

Candidates and organizations spent $300,240 on last November’s race for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council, making 2014 the most expensive campaign in a dozen years. That cumulative figure is based on financial disclosure filings by the candidates and committees for the...