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Trial in Double-Fatality Collision Again Postponed

The trial of Dr. Robert Pettis, accused of vehicular manslaughter in a double fatality stemming from a speed race in Laguna Canyon in 2013, was again put off.

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Monday, June 6 Grand theft. 28700 block of Top of the World. 8:54 a.m. Someone entered a home under construction and took tools valued at $3,000. Burglary. 31300 block of Coast Hwy. 11:13 a.m. A $1,000 generator locked and in a secured area was removed from a home. Tuesday, June...

Checkpoint Results in Two Arrests

A police checkpoint near Aliso Beach resulted in the arrest of one suspected drunk driver and a second motorist detained on other criminal charges between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday, May 29, says a statement from police. A total of 1,658 cars passed through the checkpoint. Of...

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Monday May 16 Burglary. 2800 Chillon Way. 8:54 a.m. A resident discovered an overnight burglary of a garage, with electronic gear valued at $200 taken. Fraud. 32300 block of Coast Hwy. 10:32 a.m. A law firm discovered $1,440 had fraudulently been removed from an account....

Buyer’s Remorse? Police Say Otherwise

Two women traveled 60 miles from Moreno Valley and paid thousands of dollars for cosmetic procedures by a Laguna Beach plastic surgeon known for breast reconstruction and face-lifts. When the patients arrived at the doctor’s office last week, however, they were met by fraud...

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Monday, May 2 Vandalism. 600 Park Ave. 1:13 p.m. A vehicle was keyed. Fraud. 700 block of Cliff Dr. 2:18 p.m. Somneone opened a bank account in the victim’s name. Wednesday, May 4 Sleeper. 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 7:42 a.m. Jonathan Ken Lain, 46, of Long Beach, who had left...

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Tuesday, April 26 Fraud. 1100 block of Gaviota Dr. 11:17 a.m. A resident received word from the IRS and two creditors about suspected identity theft. Traffic collision. 900 block of Summit Way. 6:53 p.m. A motorcyclist who lost control and was thrown off complained of pain to his...

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Monday, April 18 Grand theft. 31900 block of Coast Hwy. 4:56 p.m. Someone took musical equipment worth $2,100 from a garage. Traffic collision vs pedestrian. 400 S. block of Coast Hwy. 8:42 p.m. No details were available. Tuesday, April 19 Stolen vehicle. 300 block of Jasmine St....

Police Issue Phone Scam Warning

Police issued a warning about a telephone scam where the calling party identified themselves as a police captain and appeared to be calling from the department’s non-emergency number. The individual demanded that a resident withdraw $2,000 in order to avoid arrest for a supposed...

Source of Fire Remains a Mystery

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse says that investigators could not determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a La Mirada Street home last month, but ruled it to be accidental. He said investigators estimate the owners, Richard Bisson and Paola Porrini, suffered a $4.5...

Boat Outing Turns Treacherous

Laguna Beach lifeguards and Good Samaritans came to the aid of passengers on a stalled powerboat pushed by waves onto a shoreline reef about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 3. “They were in a perilous position,” lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow said in an interview this week. The outing by...

Tesla Smashed in Laguna Home Burglary

A homeowner tries to use his Tesla to block the path of burglars trying to flee his home.

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Monday, March 14 Vandalism. 21600 Treetop Lane. 9:43 a.m. Skateboarders scratched up the picnic tables. Traffic collision. Second St. 3:19 p.m. A city lifeguard vehicle that was backing up struck a parked car. Fraud. 400 block of Dartmoor St. 7:48 p.m. The victim’s bank alerted...

Decoy Operation Finds Success

Four adults who agreed to buy alcohol for minors received misdemeanor citations during an undercover program that targeted eight Laguna Beach establishments Saturday, March 12, police said. A total of 60 adults were asked to buy alcohol for two minors working with police and...

Cyclist Injured in Collision

Motorists encountered a difficult morning commute along Coast Highway Tuesday, March 8, due to a collision at Agate Street involving a pickup truck and motorcycle, police said. The collision occurred when the northbound motorcyclist struck the passenger side of a southbound truck...