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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...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 28 Animal calls. Calle Aragon. 7: 19 a.m. A mother duck and babies are reported stuck in a storm drain in the sidewalk. Drug activity. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 1:48 p.m. A citizen who reported two transients smoking pot in a parking lot resulted in the arrest of...

Motorists Cited for Ignoring Pedestrians

Laguna Beach police issued 40 citations for crosswalk right-of-way violations as well as written and verbal warnings during a cross walk enforcement detail. The effort to raise motorist awareness about pedestrian safety took place at numerous crosswalks on North and South Coast...

Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver

A 42-year-old Aliso Viejo motorist, who allegedly fled after hitting a woman in a Laguna Beach crosswalk,  was arrested for suspicion of driving drunk and hit and run at least four miles away, police said. Witnesses said Sherry Lynn Vialone did not stop after striking a...

Easter Revelers Best Plan Ahead

Officers from Laguna Beach’s police department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until Saturday at 3 a.m. in areas where DUI collisions and arrests are frequent. In the past three years, DUI...

Wednesday, April 2

Traffic stop. West St. 12:59 a.m. A 37-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail. Welfare check. 200 block of San Tropez Court. 10:33 a.m. Paul Frederick Hanna, 45, of Yorba Linda, was arrested for suspicion of methamphetamine possession and child...

Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Police detained four San Juan Capistrano teens about 10 p.m. Friday, March 28, after a purse was stolen from a young woman who had placed it on a low wall in the area of Park Avenue and Glenneyre Street. With a description of the fleeing purse-snatchers as skateboarding and...