Collision Closes Canyon

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Laguna Canyon Road reopened for morning commuters Wednesday, Feb. 15, after a 10-hour overnight closure due to a downed utility line, knocked over by a collision involving a teen-age driver from Laguna Beach, police said.

The 18-year-old behind the wheel was arrested for being under the influence of drugs, said Lt. Jason Kravetz. Neither she nor her male passenger were injured, he said.


Police Appeal for Help Catching Car Burglars

Laguna Beach police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people believed to be suspects in seven thefts from mostly unlocked vehicles in Arch Beach Heights and the central part of town over the past two weeks.

Credit cards stolen from parked vehicles in Laguna Beach have been used at various stores in south county, including Albertson’s in Laguna Beach, CVS in Dana Point, and Wal-Mart in Laguna Niguel, police said in a statement Tuesday.

“The suspects are stealing miscellaneous items which include GPS devices, sunglasses, loose change and wallets. On one occasion, a male resident on Brooks Street saw the suspects going through his car and confronted them,” said Lt. Jason Kravetz. They fled when confronted, he said.

The suspects were seen driving a black late-year Volkswagen Jetta. The female suspect is described as Caucasian, in her early to mid-20s, approximately 5’3 and 120 pounds. Her male companion is also Caucasian, of similar age, and approximately 5’6 and 150 pounds.  He appears to have upper chest tattoos.

Video footage of an incident at Wal-Mart can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFChEf4YL0.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Matt Meadows at (949) 497-0758.

 Monday, Feb. 6

Drugs. 600 block of Park Ave. A student who offered to sell another girl Ecstasy was detained and found to be in possession of pot and a pipe.

Theft. 9:39 a.m. 900 block of Santa Ana St. Two vehicles were ransacked during the night. No items were taken.

Burglary. 9:45 a.m. 22100 block Paseo del Sur. Unknown suspect entered the garage and removed a wallet and radar detector from a vehicle. A credit card has already been used.


Vehicle burglary. 11:43 a.m. 400 block Shadow Lane. Occurred sometime overnight. Thieves took sunglasses and bicycle, together valued at $1100.


Car stop. 4 p.m. Canyon Acres. Officers stopped a dump truck for expired stickers and arrested driver Dewayne Matthew Meddy, 41, of Bellflower. He was detained for an outstanding $26,000 warrant for driving on a suspended license.


Burglary. 5:31 p.m. 100 block of La Brea St. Residents returned to find their back patio door open and their home burglarized. Jewelry, silver flatware, money and antique coins worth $44,000 was missing. Detectives are investigating.

Vandalism. 5:41 p.m. 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy. A rug, table and chair valued at $1,600 was found vandalized in a guest room.


Petty theft. 6:19 p.m. 900 block of Tia Juana St. GPS and sunglasses worth $500 were taken from an unlocked vehicle.


LBMC violation. 8:33 p.m. Camel Point. A female in her 20s was reported soliciting money for a trip to London. The address and phone she provided are phony. Police are unable to locate.


Traffic stop. 11 p.m. Myrtle St. Khaliun Bor, 26, of Garden Grove was arrested for suspicion of DUI after being pulled over for speeding. She had a previous DUI conviction and was held for $10,000. Meanwhile, Homeland Security informed police Bor was subject to deportation proceedings to Mongolia and took custody of her.


Tuesday, Feb. 7

Traffic stop. 1:30 a.m. Wesley Drive. A 30-year-old Dana Point woman was arrested for DUI.


Petty theft. 11:18 a.m. 31500 block of Eagle Rock Way. A suspect jimmied off a gas cap to siphon the tank, spilling fuel and damaging a $4,000 paint job.


Detective activity. 11:39 a.m. Victoria Ann Wallance, 23, of San Clemente, was arrested in Mission Viejo for possession of a stolen car and booked in Laguna. Bail was set at $20,000.


Fraud. 31000 block of Holly Drive. A resident noticed an out of sequence check cashed for $140 in San Clemente. A suspect made a fraudulent check with the victim’s account number.


Traffic collision. 4:29 p.m. 2500 Laguna Canyon Rd. A 48-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for DUI as a result of non-injury collision.


Theft. 300 block of Ocean Ave. A bike valued at $699 and left overnight at the Peppertree lot disappeared.


Fraud. A local resident discovered that four withdrawals for $13,300 had been made on his account at banks in La Jolla, Modesto and Turlock. A man trying to cash a check in Palmdale fled as the banker called to inquire about another check.


Thursday, Feb. 9


Traffic stop. 12:39 a.m. Thalia St. A Ladera Ranch woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Burglary. 3:50 p.m. 31500 block of Coast Hwy. An unknown suspect broke into a locked cabinet inside a doctor’s office and stole an unknown amount of prescription medications.


Burglary. 7:59 a.m. 400 block of Forest Ave. Unknown suspects gained entry into a business and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash drawer before fleeing.


Friday, Feb. 10


Vehicle theft. 8 a.m.  32100 Virginia Way. Theft of wallet and other items.


Vehicle theft. 8:19 a.m. 400 block Los Robles. Loss is wallet and checkbook. The vehicle was unlocked.


Foot patrol. Noon. Bus stop. Subject trying to light himself on fire. He burned a hole in his sweater. Several items in his pockets were charred and smoking.


Grand theft. 3:35 p.m. A person in a gray vehicle stole a $700 welder.


Vehicle burglary. 7 p.m. 31900 block of Sunset Ave. Occurred last night. Loss is $1,000 in tools.


Saturday, Feb. 11


Traffic stop. 2:25 a.m. Forest Ave. A 23-year-old Irvine woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Traffic collision. 7:46 a.m. State Hwy and Laguna Canyon Rd. A 48-year-old female was extricated from a car, which needed to be hoisted from a ditch. The vehicle caught fire after going off the road.


Reckless driving. 2:05 p.m. 600 block of Brooks St. driving. A 59-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Rape. PD. A south-county woman reported two assaults in Laguna Beach in recent weeks by suspects she knows. Investigators will be following up.


Burglary. 1100 block of Catalina St. A woman reported the theft of as much as $8,000 in jewelry over the last nine months by a suspect she believes she knows.


Stolen vehicles. 3:33 p.m. 800 block of Santa Ana St. An executor believes a girlfriend has wrongfully taken possession of assets including a ’99 Ferrari, ’58 Chevy Bel Air and a ‘64 Triumph motorcycle.



Traffic stop. 8:29 p.m. Coast Hwy. A Mission Viejo man asleep at a light was arrested for DUI as well as other vehicle code violations.


Vehicle theft. 600 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane. Three unlocked vehicles were ransacked; the loss is a cell phone and GPS device.


Traffic stop. 9:32 p.m. 100 block S. Coast Hwy. Derek James Jordan, 27, of Rancho  Cucamonga, was arrested for an outstanding $100,000 Pomona court warrant for driving on a suspended license.


Pedestrian stop. 9:55 p.m. 300 block of Broadway St. A 53-year-old Laguna homeless man was arrested for four outstanding warrants for drunk in public and illegal lodging.


Traffic stop. 10:11 p.m. Oak St. A 73-year-old Laguna Niguel resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Traffic stop. 5:23 a.m. 200 block of Forest Ave. A 39-year-old local woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.


Sunday, Feb. 12          

Traffic stop. 12:50 a.m. 300 block of S. Coast Hwy. Craig Andrew Valli, 43, Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and possession of dangerous drugs. He was pulled over for a traffic violation. Bail was set at $20,000.




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