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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers Friday, July 18, between 6 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19. In the previous three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 37 crashes that injured 52 people, Lieutenant Jeff Calvert […]

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Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy About 60 people diverted their holiday weekend plans for a tribute at the Sandpiper Bar in Laguna Beach to honor their friend William Poovey, who died in a freak accident in Zimbabwe on Friday, July 4. Poovey, 43, suffered fatal injuries when a tourist tram near Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

Monday, 6/30 Pedestrian stop. Bluff Drive. 12:41 p.m. Robert Santoro, 58, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and held without bail because his act violated parole. Car theft. 3000 Nestall Rd. 1:25 p.m. A 2014 rental car went missing. Foot patrol. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 11:08 p.m. A 24-year-old […]

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Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all day,” said Capt. Tom Trager,  physically assisting swimmers and […]

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Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

The remodel underway at The Ranch, the former Aliso Creek Inn hotel and restaurant in Aliso Canyon, is being challenged as unlawful in a hearing before the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, July 9, in Ventura. If the commission follows the recommendation of its staff, the project would be subject to a de novo review by […]

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Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Prior to an annual closed-door performance evaluation with the Laguna Beach school board, the district’s top administrator said during a public session Monday, June 30, that she is not seeking a renewal of her contract. Superintendent Sherine Smith, whose $234,000 a year contract expires in 2016, was unavailable for comment, said her executive assistant, Victoria […]

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Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Two hikers discovered the body of a man described by Laguna Beach police as a member of the local homeless population on a Laguna Coast Wilderness Park trail early Thursday, June 26. The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office, said Capt. Jason Kravetz. […]

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Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits

Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits

Police arrested Jose Manuel Jiminez Jr., 26, of Riverside, for attempted robbery and battery south of Crown Valley Parkway about 5:12 p.m. last Tuesday, June 17, suspected of hitting and trying to steal the wallet of a man near a Coast Highway fast-food restaurant. The victim, in back of the restaurant on a break, refused […]

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New Place to Taste and Enjoy the Scenery Opens

New Place to Taste and Enjoy the Scenery Opens

Driftwood Kitchen, the former Beach House restaurant on Sleepy Hollow Lane, reopened this week with ocean front dining on a 36-seat patio featuring seafood, steaks and hand-shucked oysters. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Driftwood Kitchen also offers handcrafted cocktails in a new 20-seat Stateroom Bar, the former home library of old Hollywood character actor […]

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Bicyclist Dies in Crash With Car

Bicyclist Dies in Crash With Car

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. crash with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. The fatality is the third in three months in Laguna Beach, making 2014 one of the most dangerous in years for pedestrians and cyclists. […]

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The President Rolls Through Town

The President Rolls Through Town

The buzz about a presidential visit started building in the North Laguna neighborhood around Ledroit Street last Thursday when temporary “no parking” signs sprouted in yards. The signs warned residents their vehicles risked being towed if not removed from the streets by 5 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Up until President Barack Obama’s motorcade swept towards […]

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Obama Talks to UCI Grads

Obama Talks to UCI Grads

President Barack Obama challenged graduates at UC Irvine to fight cynicism and climate change during his commencement speech at Angel Stadium on Saturday, fueling them with the inspirational word that defined his 2008 presidential campaign and resonated with youth who helped sweep him into office. “Cynicism is a choice,” Obama said. “Hope is a better […]

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Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. accident with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. Cyclist John Greg Colvin was traveling northbound on the right side of Coast Highway when for an unknown reason he was struck by a […]