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Homeless Man Dies Outside Shelter

Police say that a 57-year-old homeless man was found dead of a suspected drug overdose in the parking lot of the Laguna Beach homeless shelter about 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. There were no signs of foul play and witnesses who were with the man the night before he bedded down...

A Letterman’s Charm Offensive

Between tokes on a cigarette and phone calls, street artist Ben Eine wields cans of spray paint that transform walls into vibrant murals of typography across London, Dubai and New York. Amid last Friday’s heat wave, Eine finished up the second of two murals he created for Laguna...

Pub Crawl Ends Without Arrests

Local police patrolled the pubs on foot Saturday, Aug. 29, making pit stops at eight Laguna Beach establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. They weren’t bending the elbow on the job however. They were talking to about a 100 patrons who were, according to Lt. Jeff Calvert....

Breakers Lose in Opener

The Breakers football team lost 50-0 in its opener on Friday against Valley Christian of Cerritos on the home field. The loss was the most lopsided opening game in 81 seasons of play. The Ted Clarke era got off to a rocky start as Breakers first four possessions ended with an...

Study Adds Fuel to Fire Safety

In natural ecosystems, fires ignite every 30 to 150 years. Yet over the last century, blazes in the Santa Ana Mountains and Laguna Coast have ignited far more frequently, devouring native plant communities faster than they can regrow and allowing fire-prone invasive species to...

Laguna Cinema Turns Out the Lights

The only movie theater in Laguna Beach closes Sunday, Aug. 30, due to a lease dispute between the owner and theater operator, according to the manager. Patrons exiting South Coast Cinema on Friday night stopped to take photos of the marquee of what is likely to be final showings,...

DUI Checkpoint Nets Six Arrests

Police arrested six suspected drunk drivers, seven others for license suspensions and another for drug possession during a six-hour checkpoint in North Laguna that began Saturday, Aug. 22, police said. More than 2,200 cars went through the checkpoint at Irvine Cove Drive. Police...

Diver Dies Off Crystal Cove

Authorities say the body of a diver was found offshore Crystal Cove State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The coroner’s office identified the man as Wesley Kim, 27, of Reseda, who was unresponsive in the ocean while snorkeling or free diving. An autopsy will be conducted , the...

Prosecutor Withdraws Cold-Case Murder Charge

Due to the deaths of two witnesses and the inability of a third to travel, prosecutors on Tuesday were forced to drop charges against a felon accused in the 1978 robbery-stabbing of Laguna Beach resident Brent Stapleton Tobey. Prosecutors say they expect to re-file murder charges...

Diver Loses Consciousness in Laguna’s Crescent Bay

A 29-year-old Anaheim man in an early morning diving class at Crescent Bay Beach ascended too rapidly and lost consciousness Sunday, Aug. 16, police said. The diver was brought ashore by an instructor about 8:58 a.m. and treated by fire personnel before being transported to...

‘Enchanted Garden’ Loses Its Sorcerer

Customers juggling intended purchases and wine-filled glasses stood eight-deep at the Laguna Nursery cash register last week. Such a sight apparently proved as rare at the nursery in recent years as a Dudleya stolonifera, a threatened succulent species native only to Laguna...

Updated: Homeless Man Dies in Crash

A roadside shrine on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park now marks the location where a homeless man was struck and killed by an outbound motorist about 1 a.m. last Friday, Aug. 7, police said. The death is the fourth traffic fatality within the city this year, all of which have...

Streetbeat

Monday, Aug. 3 Traffic collision. Coast Hwy. 11:56 a.m. Three motorists involved in a rear-end collision near Vista del Sol complained of pain and two were transported for treatment. Traffic stop. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:50 p.m. Robert Dedericoni, 59, of Escondido, was...

Homeless Man Dies in Canyon Crash

A man who had exited a car parked on Laguna Canyon Road near the dog park was struck and killed by an outbound motorist Friday, Aug. 7, about 1 a.m., police said. The coroner’s office identified the victim as 40-year-old Richard McCrary, but provided no home address. The death is...

Personnel File

Foot Patrol Beat Earns Honors   Officer Zach Martinez was honored at the Orange County Crime Survivors gala, which took place in Garden Grove last week. Martinez was recognized for his community outreach efforts in the downtown business district. He is the assigned foot beat...