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  Detectives are trying to identify two teenage girls who fled in a car after robbing a pedestrian at knifepoint Wednesday, Feb. 24, about 3:48 p.m., police said. After demanding a purse and cell phone from the woman walking in the 500 block of Anita Street, the two girls...

‘Louis & Keely’ Revives the Magic of Lounge Life

Meet Louis Prima, portrayed by Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello, and Keely Smith, embodied by Vanessa Claire Stewart, set to make magic in “Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara.” The musical bopping at the Laguna Playhouse through March 27 is produced by Hershey Felder, who’s...

Police Arrest Weaponless Robber

A police officer responding to a robbery call in downtown Laguna Beach spotted a man who fit the description of the suspected culprit outside a second store that he had also entered to demand money, police said Monday. No weapons were used and no civilians were injured in the...

Updated: Court Refuses to Block Anti-Camping Laws

Former Newport Beach resident Pam Bowers uses crutches because of a broken leg. Though she’s been homeless in Laguna Beach for the last year, new rules that restrict who can store belongings at the city’s homeless shelter have proved onerous. Bowers, 46, says she can’t manage her...

Driver Arrested in Suspected Hit and Run

Police arrested a 54-year-old woman for suspicion of felony hit and run at her Laguna Beach home, less than two blocks away from a head-on collision at Beverly and Coast Highway that injured another motorist the day before. Suzanne Olson was taken into custody at 9:48 a.m....

Ruling Favors Laguna in Suit Over Homeless Policies

A federal judge favors Laguna Beach in a ruling over a lawsuit filed by the ACLU over the city's policies towards the homeless.

Collision Injures 5, Driver Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

Five people were injured, two severely, in a two-car collision late Monday near Laguna Beach’s northern city limit and a 19-year-old driver was arrested for suspicion of felony drunk driving, traffic investigators said. Two 19-year-old passengers suffered life-threatening...

Updated: Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Theft Charges

A former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s campaign was arrested at his home Tuesday, Feb. 2, and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from campaign coffers and from a business where he previously worked.

Historic Water Pact Taps a Local Source

For the first time in 68 years, the Laguna Beach County Water District will lessen its total reliance on imported water by tapping local groundwater in the Santa Ana River Basin, district officials said Wednesday.

Police Seize Stolen Firearms

A routine midnight check of a public park led police to recover two assault rifles stolen days earlier in Fountain Valley and arrest a possible suspect Wednesday, Jan. 27. One of two men outside a vehicle in Alta Laguna Park with its doors open fled after a jailer informed them...

Taking Stock

Time To Buy? Storm clouds are blowing out. Market corrections last a couple of months on average and we probably have a few weeks before a sustained uptrend reemerges. Meanwhile, stocks will churn about, fluctuating in a valuation band that reflects lowered expectations from...

Ex-Campaign Treasurer Faces Embezzlement Charges

The district attorney’s office says a former treasurer for U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s re-election campaign was arrested at his home today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, and accused of embezzling over $300,000 from the campaign and a business where he previously worked. Jack Wenpo Wu, 45, of...

Police Seize Stolen Firearms

A routine midnight check of a public park led police to recover two assault rifles stolen days earlier in Fountain Valley and arrest a possible suspect Wednesday, Jan. 27. One of two men outside a vehicle in Alta Laguna Park with its doors open fled after a jailer informed them...

Fierce Winds Cause Power Outage

At the peak of its fury, Sunday’s windstorm tore limbs from trees, blocked streets, damaged vehicles and caused a brief power outage at 3,500 homes in Laguna Beach. No injuries were reported, police said. Winds resumed Monday with midmorning gusts of 20 m.p.h. Rain extinguished a...

After ‘Overheated’ Run-Up, Home Prices Cool

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach during 2015 fell to $1.7 million, a 5 percent decline over a year ago and the first price drop in four years of escalating values.