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One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in...

Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in...

Police Seek Info on Hit and Run Driver

A homeless man who was critically injured in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon this past Monday, Feb. 24, remains in critical condition in Mission Hospital and investigators are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver, police said...

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 10 Fraud. 31600 block of Fairview Rd. 5 p.m. $1251 was taken from a checking account without authorization. Petty theft. 600 block of Park Ave. 5:44 p.m. Three cell phones were stolen from three individual gym bags from inside the girl’s locker room. The following...

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 3 Petty theft. 1700 block of Manzinita Dr. 11:41 a.m. A camera valued at $1750 was discovered taken out of a vehicle in the previous week. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Vandalism. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. Someone chiseled the name “Zahide” on a plaque dedicated to Harry...

Thieves Raid Post Office Boxes

About 15 post office boxes in the downtown branch were pried open or attempted to be pried open sometime during the past weekend, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Possible losses are unclear as “there is no way to know what may have been in the boxes,” she said A tractor-trailer rig...

Monday, Jan. 20

  Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:59 p.m. A window was smashed and a purse hidden under the seat was stolen from inside a locked vehicle. The purse and its contents was valued at $100. Disturbance. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:16 p.m. Police will...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 13 Property. 100 block of Coast Hwy. 10:43 a.m. Schwinn Clearcreek with basket was cut from the handicap ramp. Traffic stop. 100 block of Coast hwy. 11:34 p.m. A 41-year-old Mission Viejo woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Traffic...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...