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Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Art student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died Tuesday, April 8, at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital as a result of being struck by a car as she crossed Laguna Canyon Road last week, a school official confirmed today. Students and staff of Laguna College of Art and Design will honor her with a vigil from 8:30 to […]

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Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Police detained four San Juan Capistrano teens about 10 p.m. Friday, March 28, after a purse was stolen from a young woman who had placed it on a low wall in the area of Park Avenue and Glenneyre Street. With a description of the fleeing purse-snatchers as skateboarding and wearing Red Hawk jerseys, police swarmed […]

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Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Two students returned to Thurston Middle School to inform school officials they rebuffed a man who had offered them money to hand out flyers and to attempt to coax them into his white sports car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, police said. Police searched the area to no avail and will be making extra […]

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Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” by Laguna Beach author Paul Holmes, […]

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Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Ted Doughty, director of facilities for Laguna Beach schools for the past two years, will retire, effective June 30, the district announced Monday. Doughty’s retirement reflects continuing turnover among the district’s top ranks, which have included recent departures by the assistant superintendent and  directors of technology and human resources. Doughty has worked for 40 years […]

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Cops Revive Injured Man

Cops Revive Injured Man

Two Laguna Beach police officers who were recertified in a CPR class early last Friday, March 21, put their skills to work in restoring a pulse to man who had fallen. When Corporal Becky White and Officer James Gramer arrived two minutes after the 11:53 a.m. call from the 100 block of Cliff Drive, they […]

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City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

  About 100 people attended an $85 per person fundraiser for Robert Zur Schmiede this past Sunday, kicking off his campaign for Laguna Beach’s City Council. The candidate, the current appointed chair of the city’s Planning Commission, outlined his top priorities, which included protecting Laguna Beach’s open spaces and beaches and invigorating its economy. Zur […]

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Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police cited four adults this past Saturday, March 15, for agreeing to purchase alcohol for a decoy, who told them they were under the age of 21, police said. Two decoys made similar requests of about 72 people in nine locations between 11 a.m.  and 4 p.m., […]

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Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Unusual Visitor Discovery Center Opens

Allan Simon may be a relative newcomer to Laguna Beach, but he’s clearly smitten by his adopted hometown, owning several commercial buildings and the burgeoning Firebrand Media company. Now, he’s investing in showcasing the town’s assets with a high-tech tourism center, One Laguna, using eye-dazzling digital displays to allow visitors to visually explore the seaside […]

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Whale of a Ship Surfaces

Whale of a Ship Surfaces

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An ominous U.S. Navy warship cruising less than two miles offshore south Orange County’s coastline this past Sunday caught the attention of anyone with a view of the sea between Laguna Beach’s Main Beach and Dana Point’s harbor. The crew of the impressive U.S.S. Coronado, a 419-foot trimaran designed […]

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Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

About 100 people contributed $16,000 at a fundraiser for cancer-stricken Stephan Chapman last weekend at the home of Steve and Rona Gromet. Funds will help pay for health-care deductibles and everyday living costs for the local family, organizer Michele Hall said. Garfield Logan bid and won a custom surfboard donated by Laguna Surf and Sport, […]

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Incensed by a Comparison

Incensed by a Comparison

Editor, Re: “Victims of View Abuse” letter on March 7. How dare Mike Rybah compare losing your view to being raped! That is the most offensive comparison I have heard in a long time. I understand views are important to Laguna Beach residents, and maybe being fortunate enough to live in paradise leads some people […]

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Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6. No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians as they began to cross Thalia northbound, she […]