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Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Two pedestrians were injured in two separate vehicle collisions on Coast Highway within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries when struck...

Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two pedestrians were injured in Laguna Beach in two separate Coast Highway collisions within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries while crossing Coast Highway on a...

Fleeing Truck Sets Off a Hot Pursuit

A high-speed police pursuit over 10 miles through Laguna Canyon in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, Aug. 6, ended without injury and the arrest of an allegedly drunk driver in Irvine, police said. Joshua Caleb Bucklin, 28, of Irvine, was charged with suspicion of felony evading and...

Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Laguna Beach police arrested a 39-year-old Gardena motorist at gunpoint Friday, July 25, who fled pursuing officers for 2.6 miles and collided with two other vehicles, injuring another driver. Hector Chavez was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI and evading, and...
Posted On 31 Jul 2014

Street Beat

Monday, July 14 Structure fire. 1000 block of Catalina. 10:22 a.m. Everyone was evacuated from a building where a fire broke out in a laundry area. Tuesday, July 15 Structure fire. 100 block of Cleo St. 7:38 p.m. A fire erupted at a patio BBQ. Wednesday, July 16 Burglary. 1900...

Streetbeat

Monday, 6/30 Pedestrian stop. Bluff Drive. 12:41 p.m. Robert Santoro, 58, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and held without bail because his act violated parole. Car theft. 3000 Nestall Rd. 1:25 p.m. A 2014 rental car went missing. Foot patrol. 3200...

Police Crack Down on Park Smokers

Undercover Laguna Beach police officers issued five citations to people found smoking Saturday, June 21, in the drought-parched open space known as the Carolyn Wood Knoll, near Alta Laguna Park. Since law enforcement officials believe smokers are lighting up during darkness,...
Posted On 01 Jul 2014

Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Two hikers discovered the body of a man described by Laguna Beach police as a member of the local homeless population on a Laguna Coast Wilderness Park trail early Thursday, June 26. The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County...

Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits

Police arrested Jose Manuel Jiminez Jr., 26, of Riverside, for attempted robbery and battery south of Crown Valley Parkway about 5:12 p.m. last Tuesday, June 17, suspected of hitting and trying to steal the wallet of a man near a Coast Highway fast-food restaurant. The victim, in...

Fire Forces Residents From Home

Twenty-eight firefighters contained a house fire in the 900 block of Noria Street in Arch Beach Heights within 25 minutes on Monday, June 22. The occupants of the two-story residence were not home when the firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire department and Orange County Fire...

DUI Checkpoint Snares One Offender

One motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when Laguna Beach police officers conducted a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Coast Highway one half mile north of Wesley. Of the 2,016 vehicles that passed...

Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder

A woman arrested for suspicion of attempted homicide after firing a gun at a man had pulled the trigger multiple times on a revolver that failed to fire, police said. Cristina Marie Higuera, 47, of Laguna Beach, was held for $500,000 bail following her arrest Monday, May 26,...

Motorist Bypasses Valet for Dramatic Entrance

How grand is the entrance to the Montage resort? Not wide enough for a BMW 325, which crashed through the front doors of the lobby and into a wall about 4:49 a.m. last Wednesday, May 21, and caused what police described as extensive damage. The driver, Leilani Hughes, 51, of...

Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving

Laguna Beach police officers will deploy this Memorial Day weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in saturation patrols beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Monday, May 12 Traffic stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canon Rd. 10:22 p.m. Terri Lunn Yakich, 41, of...

Police Target the Unbuckled

Laguna police join a national seat belt enforcement crackdown that begins Monday, May 19. Despite a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more drivers who aren’t belted in and stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed in a collision than...