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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...

Cops Revive Injured Man

Two Laguna Beach police officers who were recertified in a CPR class early last Friday, March 21, put their skills to work in restoring a pulse to man who had fallen. When Corporal Becky White and Officer James Gramer arrived two minutes after the 11:53 a.m. call from the 100...

Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police cited four adults this past Saturday, March 15, for agreeing to purchase alcohol for a decoy, who told them they were under the age of 21, police said. Two decoys made similar requests of about 72 people in nine locations between 11...

Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6. No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians...

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 24 Fraud. 1100 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:28 a.m. A resident received a phone call from Kohl’s about the victim’s personal information being used to buy $1,000 in furniture, which was to be delivered to San Bernardino. The delivery was halted. Vandalism. 200...

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has...

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...