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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 block of Cliff Drive, they found a 60-year-old male who wasn’t breathing and lacked a pulse after hitting his head, Capt. Jason Kravetz said.

The officers began two-person CPR, administered a shock with gear from their cars and resumed compressing the man’s heart and blowing air into his mouth. Within four minutes, the man regained a regular heartbeat and began breathing, Kravetz said.

Fire personnel arrived at 12:01 p.m. and took over care for the man, who was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach and is expected to survive, Kravetz said.

Officers are required to obtain new CPR and first aid certifications every two years. White, on the force since 2008, and Gramer, on the job since 2011, had finished their class, administered by Sgt. John Falk, six hours earlier, Kravetz said.

Monday, March 17

Burglary. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 9 a.m. Someone swiped $245 worth of cleaning supplies from a locked storage shed.

Animals calls. 1500 block of Regatta Rd. 11: a.m. A bat is stuck to the ceiling.

Burglary. 600 block of Nyes Place. 11:34 a.m. Someone broke the interior garage door at a home under construction.

Burglary. 300 block of High Dr. 1:57 p.m. Various items worth $2500 were stolen from a car parked in a driveway.

Vehicle burglary. 1200 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:25 p.m. A thief broke into a car over the weekend and stole a laptop and $427 in cash.

Tuesday, March 18

Traffic stop. Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:59 a.m. A 30-year-old Mission Viejo man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail while three women companions went home by taxi.

Assault. 1200 block of Roosevelt Lane. 9:20 p.m. A woman reported an unsolicited proposition from a man, who had observed her in her home washing dishes while naked.

Wednesday, March 19

Public intoxication. 11:22 a.m. 600 block of N. Coast Highway. A worker confronted a person who attempted to steal a bicycle.

Petty theft. 200 block of lower Cliff Dr. 1:18 p.m. A bike was swiped from the Broadway side of a market; Tony Lee Barnes, 60, of Lexington, N.C., was arrested for suspicion of receiving stolen property and held for $20,000 bail.

Grand theft. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. A foot-tall bronze sculpture of a leaping dolphin valued at $3,300 and numbered 329 of 2,000 was stolen.

Vandalism. 3000 block of Mountain View Dr. 2:26 p.m. A car window was smashed.

Drug activity. 300 block of Broadway St. 1:58 p.m. Daniel Paul Schneider, 48, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of selling pot after police observed an exchange with an 18-year-old involving 5 grams. The Laguna Niguel teen was cited as well.

Thursday, March 20

Disturbance. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 8:56 p.m. Ryan Andrew Newby, 23, of  Huntington Beach, was arrested for suspicion of domestic battery after witnesses told police he had applied control holds on his 19-year-old girlfriend. He was held for $10,000 bail.

Friday, March 21

Traffic collision. Park Ave. 11:12 a.m. A dump truck struck a curb and overturned after its brakes failed while driving down Park Avenue, forcing the street’s closure for an hour. The driver was uninjured and firefighters dammed leaking gasoline before it reached a storm drain.

Grand theft. 2800 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:58 p.m. Someone stole a $1,000 heater off restaurant patio.

Saturday, March 22

Traffic stop. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rod. 1:53 a.m. A 43-year-old New Jersey man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Juveniles. 900 block of Temple Terrace. 3:14 a.m. Four teens are reported toilet papering a house.

Lifeguard rescue. 9:11 a.m. Cliff Drive. Several lifeguards came to the rescue of a 36-year-old man in distress, who had been diving with a class.

Petty theft. 400 block of Glenneyre St. 1:08 p.m. Someone stole a $2,000 check and a debit card from an unlocked vehicle.

Petty theft. Ocean Way. 2:28 p.m. A purse was stolen from the beach sometime in last few hours.

Pedestrian stop. Mountain Rd. 8 p.m. Ryan Gerhard Friebe, 35, of Vista, was arrested for felony no bail warrants for resisting arrest and two other misdemeanor warrants.

Traffic stop. Cleo St. Benny Pena, 18, of Ontario, was arrested for an outstanding assault warrant and resisting arrest after he attempted to reach under a car seat when police tried to remove him from the car. Police found a hammer.

Sunday, March 23

Traffic stop. 12:02 a.m. 300 block of Legion St. Stephanie Renee Alexander, 47, of Fullerton, was arrested for five outstanding warrants.

Drunk driving. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 4:07 p.m. A 44-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

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