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Rescuers Aid Fall Victim

A 25-year-old Laguna Niguel man who had fallen from an ocean bluff was airlifted by helicopter from a south Laguna Beach around 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, police said. Emergency personnel were told the man was sitting on the rocks and had fallen about 20 feet off of a cliff near...

High Winds Cause Damage

Strong Santa Ana winds broke off tree limbs and damaged cars at several points around town Saturday, Dec. 26, but police received no reports of injuries. A tree that shaded the Lumberyard restaurant pulled down wires and blocked lanes about 7 p.m. Elsewhere and earlier in the...

Queue With a Purpose: Close Encounter With a Car Wreck

A car crumbled in a fatal collision and displayed in an illuminated truck trailer served as a sobering road side attraction at a Police Department checkpoint near Crescent Bay Drive last Friday, Dec. 18. The 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. checkpoint intended to serve as a deterrent to drunk...

In Rare Vote, Council Closes Downtown Shop

In an unusual vote, the City Council voted to uphold revoking the operating permit of a downtown skin care boutique due to aggressive sales tactics by its staff.

Streetbeat

Monday, Dec. 7 Disorderly person. 300 block of Broadway St. 11:23 a.m. Following an argument between a couple, the woman was pushed into a planter and police arrested her boyfriend, Michael Thomas Gugliotta, 51, for suspicion of felony domestic abuse. Fraud. 300 block of Forest...

New Resource Opens for Troubled Teens

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will expand its behavioral health services for the first time to include group therapy for teens and their parents, one of the first mental health programs for adolescents in south-county.

Shopping Pays Off for Detective

An off-duty detective shopping at an Irvine mall spotted a man suspected of passing bogus currency last month in Laguna Beach, which led to his arrest Friday, Dec. 4. At the direction of Detective Larry Bammer, Irvine police arrested Christopher James Grier, 22, of Mission Viejo,...

Twisted Landmark Receives Special Status

A venerable tree in Heisler Park, whose low-lying, twisted limbs entice climbers and photographers alike, gained heritage status in October thanks to an appeal by a member of the Beautification Council. The City Council approved the designation for the pink Melaleuca, which means...

Updated: Gelson’s Seals a Deal for Laguna Haggen

                          High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties, those in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief...

Streetbeat

Monday, Nov. 23 Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. Noon. Police arrested Jerald Cousian, 47, of Laguna Beach, for suspicion of robbery after he was flushed from hiding in an apartment complex. Cousian, who earlier had allegedly shoplifted items from two stores, also allegedly...

Streetbeat

Monday, Nov. 23 Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. Noon. Police arrested Jerald Cousian, 47, of Laguna Beach, for suspicion of robbery after he was flushed from hiding in an apartment complex. Cousian, who earlier had allegedly shoplifted items from two stores, also allegedly...

Gelson’s Seals Deal for Laguna Haggen

High-end supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets won bankruptcy court approval to buy two more former Haggen properties in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad, Gelson’s President and Chief Executive Rob McDougall said in a statement. Terms of the deal were not announced. “We have many...

Streetbeat

Monday, Nov. 16 Fraud. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. Two $20 counterfeit bills were received on Saturday. Traffic stop. Coast Hwy 1:11 p.m. Eddie Rubio, 60, of La Mirada, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Grand theft. 200 block of Lower Cliff Dr. 2:37 p.m. A gold Vacheron...

Water District Forecasts New Rates

South Coast Water District expects to reset its water rates by July 1 and begins a series of public workshops beginning Monday, Nov. 23, to review operating cost forecasts and use by residential and commercial customers. The water district, which serves 35,000 customers between...

Updated: Objections Stall Deal for Haggen Store

Closed Haggen grocery stores in Laguna Beach and Carlsbad remain in limbo this week...