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Surviving the Eye of the Storm

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Friends call Eric Parizek “Lucky Boy.” Now, after surviving the ferocity of Hurricane Odile while visiting in San Jose del Cabo last week, the 42-year-old Laguna Beach resident concedes the term of endearment suits him. “It was the first time in my...

Police Capture Memories for Perpetuity

      About 200 residents joined most of Laguna Beach’s 84-person police department this past Sunday at the dedication of “Eternal Legacy,” a sculpture installation in memory of two police officers who died in the line of duty 60 years apart. Constructed of glass...

Former Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

A federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive officer of an Orange County medical device company on insider trading charges Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Department of Justice announced. James V. Mazzo, 57, of Laguna Beach, the chief executive officer of Santa Ana-based...

Police Arrest Man Suspected of Mortgage Fraud

After a two-year investigation, police investigators arrested a 51-year-old Pasadena man Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Los Angeles, now accused of a $400,000 mortgage fraud involving a Laguna Beach home. Police allege Paul Clark siphoned $400,000 in cash from Chase bank in 2012 by...

Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy For his own safety, former Olympic cyclist and bike shop owner Paul Deem would rather cycle through the stop-and-go traffic of downtown Los Angeles than the wide-open roadways of Orange County, where motorists expect to accelerate to highway speeds on...

Library Spotlights a Favorite Son

The Newport Beach Arts Commission honors California scene painter Rex Brandt on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., which hosts an exhibition of the local resident’s work and a 2 p.m. program and reception. Exhibition curator Gordon McClelland will host...

Guest Column

It’s a Matter of Perspective By Ari Grayson ~ It’s human nature to see things only from our own personal perspective, but this parable illustrates how shortsighted this can be. A lumberjack is walking through the woods when he spots a grove of big beautiful hard-wood trees. Just...

Hikers Extracted by Helicopter

Lost hikers, who had wandered off Car Wreck trail in Wood and Aliso Canyon Wilderness Park, were extracted without injury by a Fire Authority helicopter about 9:49 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, authorities said. Police and firefighters were dispatched to attempt to locate the three...

Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer restaurant in Laguna Beach will close next month, part of a reorganization by Casa Resorts Inc., which also operates other hospitality properties in Laguna Beach and Anaheim. Closing the restaurant and hiring a...

Streetbeat

Tuesday, Sept. 2 Stolen vehicle. 700 block of Summit Dr. 10:59 a.m. A blue Porsche 911 with the plate EQUID7 was stolen from a driveway. The keys were not in the car. Petty theft. 1500 block of S. Coast hwy. 1:54 p.m. A wallet and cell phone were stolen the day before on the...

Thieves Target Jewelry

Tuesday, Sept. 2 Stolen vehicle. 700 block of Summit Dr. 10:59 a.m. A blue Porsche 911 with the plate EQUID7 was stolen from a driveway. The keys were not in the car. Petty theft. 1500 block of S. Coast hwy. 1:54 p.m. A wallet and cell phone were stolen the day before on the...

Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An investigation of the traffic death of Laguna Beach motor Officer Jon Coutchie last year concludes that a motorist was primarily at fault in the collision, but says Coutchie’s speed 30 m.p.h. over the posted limit was a contributing factor, according...

Ever Upbeat, Reed Signs Off With a Cheery Epitaph

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Darrin John Reed, a longtime Laguna Beach resident whose parting words revealed his unending enthusiasm for life, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a two year battle with leukemia and its complications. Last month, Reed was admitted to Hoag hospital’s ICU...

Realtors Take a Dunking for a Cause

David Cabot and managers of Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices, and board members of its allied charitable fund, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the sand in Laguna Beach to honor the memory of their friend and former chief executive Jon Cook. Donations by Berkshire agents from...