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Monday May 16 Burglary. 2800 Chillon Way. 8:54 a.m. A resident discovered an overnight burglary of a garage, with electronic gear valued at $200 taken. Fraud. 32300 block of Coast Hwy. 10:32 a.m. A law firm discovered $1,440 had fraudulently been removed from an account....

New Owners Re-season Café Zoolu Creole Style

Laguna Beach resident and bar owner Michael Byrne intends to remake longtime local favorite, Cafe Zoolu, into a creole restaurant. Owners Michael and Toni Leech look forward to retiring.

Updated: Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question homicide suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked his right to a lawyer, concluded an appeals court that overturned the first-degree murder conviction for a violation of procedure.

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 20 Hugh Johnson jazz trio, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Serenade, Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Closing: “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-2787. Kurtis Gentile & JP Peart, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy....

Buyer’s Remorse? Police Say Otherwise

Two women traveled 60 miles from Moreno Valley and paid thousands of dollars for cosmetic procedures by a Laguna Beach plastic surgeon known for breast reconstruction and face-lifts. When the patients arrived at the doctor’s office last week, however, they were met by fraud...

Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question murder-robbery suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked the need for a lawyer, leading a court of appeals to overturn his 2013 Superior Court conviction. An opinion issued by the California Court of Appeals last week reversed the...

Water District Will Raise Rates

The South Coast Water District, which services South Laguna plans an incremental increase in water and sewer rates over the next five years that will add about $87 a year to the typical bill of a homeowner beginning July 1.

Streetbeat

Monday, May 2 Vandalism. 600 Park Ave. 1:13 p.m. A vehicle was keyed. Fraud. 700 block of Cliff Dr. 2:18 p.m. Somneone opened a bank account in the victim’s name. Wednesday, May 4 Sleeper. 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 7:42 a.m. Jonathan Ken Lain, 46, of Long Beach, who had left...

Muslim Patrons Sue Urth Caffe

A lawyer representing seven Muslim women filed a lawsuit against the Urth Caffe, claiming they were ousted from the popular Laguna Beach restaurant in an act of religiously motivated discrimination, a violation of a state civil rights act.

Streetbeat

Tuesday, April 26 Fraud. 1100 block of Gaviota Dr. 11:17 a.m. A resident received word from the IRS and two creditors about suspected identity theft. Traffic collision. 900 block of Summit Way. 6:53 p.m. A motorcyclist who lost control and was thrown off complained of pain to his...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 18 Grand theft. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 4:56 p.m. Someone took musical equipment worth $2,100 from a garage. Traffic collision vs pedestrian. 400 S. block of Coast Hwy. 8:42 p.m. No details were available. Tuesday, April 19 Stolen vehicle. 300 block of Jasmine St....

Merritt Protests Ballot Revisions

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Paul Merritt knows his candidacy for the U.S. Senate is a long shot, but he’s incensed that in his view the California Secretary of State has made the odds longer.

Police Issue Phone Scam Warning

Police issued a warning about a telephone scam where the calling party identified themselves as a police captain and appeared to be calling from the department’s non-emergency number. The individual demanded that a resident withdraw $2,000 in order to avoid arrest for a supposed...

School Threat is Resolved Without Incident

Parents in the Laguna Beach Unified School District were informed of an unspecified threat made by a student against Laguna Beach High School in a somewhat cryptic announcement issued Tuesday, April 19. Police confirmed detectives interviewed an unidentified student who was...