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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...

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...

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...

Court Sets Hearing in Begley Stabbing

Michele Green, a former Laguna Beach resident who was arrested in February for the alleged stabbing death of her boyfriend, Richard Begley, returned to court Wednesday, Aug. 5, where a judge set Sept. 28 for a preliminary hearing, the district attorney’s office said. Newport...

Streetbeat

Monday, July 20 Fraud report. 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 12:59 p.m. A storeowner reported receiving a fake $50 bill. Traffic collision. 1900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 2:29 p.m. An 85-year-old Laguna Woods motorist died after a collision with a utility pole. Investigators...

Streetbeat

Monday, July 13 Vehicle burglary. 20200 block of Laguna Canyon Road. 12:06 p.m. A purse was swiped after someone busted the passenger window of a car. Vehicle burglary. 20200 block of LCR. 12:58 p.m. Valuables worth $1,700 were taken from a car parked at the wilderness park after...

Hit and Run Driver Injures Two on Foot

Two pedestrians crossing Coast Highway in a South Laguna crosswalk suffered minor injuries after being sideswiped by a car Wednesday, July 8. The 11:34 p.m. accident occurred in the crosswalk at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way, said Sgt. Tim Kleiser. The two on foot were...

Streetbeat

Monday, June 29 Stolen vehicle. 31700 block of Fairview Rd. 2:39 p.m. The owner said a known person has failed despite repeated requests to return her 2006 Toyota Sienna since last December. Tuesday, June 30 Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 2:43 p.m. Someone took a kitchen...

Lightning Strike Ignites a Tree Blaze

Lightning struck a tree that caught fire in the Temple Terrace area during this past Tuesday’s unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. Four fire engines spent several minutes dousing a palm tree in the 2000 block of San Remo Drive to prevent the blaze from spreading to homes along the...

Ex-Pro Surfer Held for Suspicion of Drug Dealing

  A retired professional surfer and co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand was arrested for suspicion of drug dealing after Laguna Beach police seized $2,000 worth of cocaine in his home last week, police said Monday, June 22. Police charged Michael Elliot Tomson, 60, of...

Streetbeat

Monday, June 8 Drug activity. 600 block of Park Ave. 2:50 p.m. Officers issued a citation to a student in possession of marijuana and notified his parents. Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 3:38 p.m. A laptop and passport were taken from a car where a window was...

Multiple Offender Re-arrested

Police arrested suspected drunk driver Derek Haskayne, 51, of Orange, on Sunday, June 7, after he refused to yield on Coast Highway and then plowed into a light pole near Aster Street and Cliff Drive about 4 p.m. Sgt. Tim Kleiser says investigating officers found a container of...

Fleeing Suspect Collared in South Laguna

A brief manhunt in South Laguna sent people scurrying indoors as two law enforcement helicopters circled and siren-blaring cars jammed the small lanes Monday, June 1. Laguna police say sheriff’s deputies collared a man hiding in bushes near Scenic and Fourth Street who earlier...

Artist’s Death Attributed to Natural Causes

  Well-regarded Laguna Beach artist Terry Thornsley died of natural causes, supervising Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal said Monday. An autopsy was conducted Thursday, May 28, on Thornsley’s body, he said. Thornsley, 57, a sculptor and painter, in April was nominated as artist...