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Schooling Civilians for Emergencies

Schooling Civilians for Emergencies

The police department is offering free training for people who live or work in Laguna Beach and are interested in joining the Community Emergency Response Team, volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. Training will begin on Wednesday, March 19 and concludes with an exercise drill. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from […]

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Teens Suspected in Car Break-ins

Teens Suspected in Car Break-ins

Police took four Laguna Beach teens who were not identified into custody about 2:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, as a result of a search of a neighborhood for a suspected car burglar, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Three 17-year-old boys were cited for curfew violations and a 16-year-old for driving and drinking even as police investigate […]

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Alleged Robbery Subsides to Stripper’s Cancellation Fee

Alleged Robbery Subsides to Stripper’s Cancellation Fee

A man displeased by a hired stripper reported a Christmas Eve robbery by her bodyguard, but ultimately declined to press charges, according to police. Police apprehended a vehicle on El Toro Road about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, occupied by the stripper and her bodyguard, who allegedly punched the resident and took $150 in […]

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DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

Of 1,647 vehicles that passed through a north Laguna Beach police checkpoint over five hours last Friday, five DUI suspects were arrested and taken off the road and another four motorists arrested for driving unlicensed, police said in a statement. Another 27 motorists were issued other types of citations and one person arrested on another […]

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 Checkpoint Planned This Weekend

Checkpoint Planned This Weekend

Laguna Beach’s police department will conduct a DUI checkpoint beginning this Friday, Dec. 20, at an undisclosed location within the city limits, between the hours of 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when DUI checkpoints and patrols are conducted routinely, […]

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Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

An inquiry into the death of a 43-year-old homeless man while in the custody of Laguna Beach police found no evidence of criminal negligence, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 10. A coroner’s pathologist determined that Stephen Gregory Gage died of pneumonia and organ failure and detected the presence of multiple drugs in his […]

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Police to Deploy More Checkpoints

Police to Deploy More Checkpoints

Laguna Beach’s police department received a $33,199.00 grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing roadway deaths and injuries from the state Office of Traffic Safety. The grant will target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up […]

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Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

An inquiry into the death of a 43-year-old homeless man while in the custody of Laguna Beach police found no evidence of criminal negligence, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 10. A coroner’s pathologist determined that Stephen Gregory Gage died of pneumonia and organ failure and detected the presence of multiple drugs in his […]

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Louise Street Home Consumed in Blaze

Louise Street Home Consumed in Blaze

  Investigators have yet to determine the cause of a destructive early morning fire in North Laguna that potentially threatened neighboring structures on Monday, Dec. 2, firefighters said. No one was injured by the blaze, which caused an estimated $400,000 in damages. Twenty‐one firefighters from Laguna Beach and Newport Beach were dispatched to the 1600 […]

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Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

A real estate agent’s signs in four different locations were vandalized with the numbers “666” spray painted in silver on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The reporting party told police he suspects a brother, according to the public log. Properties on Starlit, St. Ann’s, Glenneyre and Noria streets were hit, said Sgt. Louise Callus. Monday, Nov. 18 […]

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Updated: Teens Suspected of Smoking Heroin

Updated: Teens Suspected of Smoking Heroin

Police arrested two Laguna Beach High School teens for suspicion of felony narcotics possession after school officials allegedly caught them smoking heroin in a campus restroom about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, police said. Police seized .31 grams of heroin in a jacket pocket, searched as part of the officer’s investigation, Sgt. Louise Callus […]

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Street Beat 11/15/13

Street Beat 11/15/13

Monday, Nov. 4 Burglary. 1500 block of Caribbean Way. 9:25 a.m. A diamond ring valued at $25,000 was stolen. Animal call. 900 block of N. Coast Hwy. 10:19 a.m. A hotel guest checked out on Nov. 1 leaving behind a pet rabbit in a cage. Medical response. 2500 block of Monaco Drive. 10:20 a.m. Officers […]

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Street beat

Street beat

Two Die in Overturned Truck The coroner’s office identified two passengers who died in a single-vehicle collision while exiting state Route 73 near Laguna Beach on Halloween Night. Victorino Benites and Esteban Dimas Alonzo, both 42 and residents of Santa Ana, were killed when the vehicle where they were passengers hit a guardrail, said a […]

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Two Die in Overturned Truck

Two Die in Overturned Truck

The coroner’s office identified two passengers who died in a single-vehicle collision while exiting state Route 73 near Laguna Beach on Halloween Night. Victorino Benites and Esteban Dimas Alonzo, both 42 and residents of Santa Ana, were killed when the vehicle where they were passengers hit a guardrail, said a coroner’s office statement. The unidentified […]

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Street Beat 11/1/13

Street Beat 11/1/13

Pair Arrested for Suspicion of Drug Dealing By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Undercover detectives who made contact with a person offering to sell methamphetamine arrested two people for drug related offenses Thursday, Oct. 24, in the parking lot of a local market, police said. Alexander Enrique Galindo, 21, of Corona, was taken into custody […]