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John Mancuso

The man known to many in our community of Laguna Beach as “Mr. Giovanni,” John Carmen Mancuso, began his life in Hastings, Penn., Nov. 6, 1932. His parents, Michele Mancuso and Carmela Todaro, immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the century from Grotte, Sicily. He was the...

LB Indy Log

Monday, Jan. 12 Disturbance. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 7 p.m. Two 18-year-old from Huntington Beach, Joseph Anthony Farfan and Michael David Moody, who had alcohol and glass on the beach, were arrested for outstanding warrants. Burglary. 1900 block of San Remo Dr. 9:30 p.m....

Resident Falls Prey to Phone Scam

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Police say an astute store clerk who advised a customer against buying $7,000 worth of gift cards helped avert a second loss by the elderly patron, who had already distributed a first round of gift cards to con artists. The elderly woman’s son told...

Windows to the Sea Up for Redesign

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Beach access points serve as more than stairways to the sand. When big surf hits and surfers charge across the waves below, stairways and landings throughout Laguna Beach turn into informal amphitheaters for admirers and prospective riders checking...

Personnel File

Crosscultural Council Hires its First Director   Mary G. Schmidt has been named the first executive director of the Laguna Beach Crosscultural Council, which supports the day workers center in Laguna Canyon and La Playa Center, which teaches English as a second language to...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 16 The Strangers, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. xx, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Mary Stallings, 8 p.m., Soka University Performing Arts Center. Aliso Viejo. $29. (949)...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan 5 Vandalism. 200 block of Ledroit St. 8:12 a.m. A resident suspect’s a neighbor in the cutting of five of his trees. Disturbance. 200 block of Beverly St. 1:18 a.m. Damon Harold Roberts, 51, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. His bail was...

Charges Filed in Laguna Beach Traffic Deaths

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two motorists last week in two separate traffic fatalities that occurred in Laguna Beach in 2014, police said today. In both instances, the motorists will be arraigned for vehicular-manslaughter next month, police Capt. Jason Kravetz...

Bright Convicted in Friend’s Stabbing

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Former classmates Jensen Gray and Ryan Tyler Bright remained in touch long after their graduation from Laguna Beach High School. Twice the pair was arrested together, in 2007 and again in 2009, ultimately pleading guilty to drug and paraphernalia...

Arrest Made in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy A candlelight vigil was held this past Monday, Jan. 5, at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz to remember alum Travis Marton, who was killed early New Year’s Day in a hit-and-run collision in Newport Beach. The driver of a taxi cab with extensive...

Indy on Arts

Friday, Jan. 9 Nate & the Declaration, 9 p.m., Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave. World Anthem, 7 p.m., Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Hwy. Nick I and ADD, 9 p.m., Mozambique, 1740 S. Coast Hwy, 949 715-7777. Pianist Emanuel Ax, 8 p.m., Soka University Performing Arts Center....

Streetbeat

Monday, Dec. 29 Fraud. 800 block of Canyon View Dr. 11:54 a.m. Someone opened a cell phone account in a resident’s name. Tuesday, Dec. 30 Burglary. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 8:25 a.m. Items worth $500 were taken from a locked vehicle. Vehicle burglary. 19200 block of Laguna...

Laguna Police Make Arrest in Fatal Hit and Run

A Valencia man died as a result of a hit and run collision on New Year's Day in Newport Beach. A taxi driver was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run nearby, in Laguna Beach.

Streetbeat

Monday, Dec. 22 Hit and run. 300 block of Forest Ave. 2:22 p.m. Jerry Lee Chaney, 35, of Newburgh, N.Y., encountered the hazards of an unfamiliar town when trying to turn around in the confines behind City Hall. He hit a detective’s car and fled the area, but was observed and...

Checkpoint Nets 7 Arrests

Police at a DUI checkpoint in North Laguna screened nearly 1,000 vehicles this past weekend, which resulted in seven arrests, including three drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Another 15 drivers were cited for license suspensions, four people...