Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabriel Giffords, pulled away his daughter’s dog that had attacked a sea lion pup last Saturday, March 23, on Goff Island Beach below Laguna Beach’s Montage resort.
Onlookers attempted to distract the 65-pound American pit bull mix by hitting it with a stick, according to the police log.
The dog had broken free from its 18-year-old owner, Kelly’s daughter, and attacked the seal, which had already been removed from Aliso Creek earlier in the day because it was beaching itself, Sgt. Louis Callus said. The seal died from its injuries.
Kelly and Giffords, who in 2011 survived an assassination attempt that injured 13 people where six others were killed, were guests of residents near the resort, Callus said.
Here is a link to a video of a portion of the incident, which is unpleasant. link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJwCGNAWdQc
Here is another video of a sea lion rescue: http://share.whiptheapp.com/9p0yenGu
Reward Offered for Penguin’s Return
After last Thursday’s lunch rush, someone made off with Norman, the Penguin Café’s 30 to 35 pound mascot from the 900 block of S. Coast Highway.
A $500 reward is being offered for Norman’s return, according to a Penguinmaltshop Facebook post.
“He was made for the Patriots Day parade by a customer and waddled down the route for several years about 20 or so years ago. Since then he has occupied a spot in front of the restaurant were many a local and tourist have taken pictures with him,” reads the post.
Rescuers Extract Injured Bike Rider
A 32-year-old bike rider, injured when losing control on a steep trail above Laguna Canyon Road about 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, was extracted for emergency treatment by helicopter about an hour later, fire officials said.
Firefighters hiked in from the Big Bend portion of the roadway to reach the downed cyclist on the Telonics Trail, said Division Chief Dan Stefano. “The trails are challenging; he apparently lost control trying to negotiate a steep slope,” said Stefano, adding that, “the only way to remove him was by helicopter rescue.”
Rescuers on foot who reached the injured biker rendered trauma level care, said Stefano, who did not describe the injuries. The cyclist was accompanied by other riders, he said.
The injured man was flown to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, according to the police log, which said the man suffered either leg or hip injuries.
Monday, March 18
Petty theft. 300 block of Ocean Ave. 3:46 p.m. An unknown female stole two nylon dresses valued at $120.
Vandalism. 900 block of Oriole Dr. 4:09 p.m. The reporting party saw teens walking away and heard the sound of glass breaking.
DUI. S. Coast hwy. 7:55 p.m. A 49-year-old Georgia visitor was jailed for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Tuesday, March 19
Burglary. 21000 block of Raquel Rd. An unknown suspect who left behind tools broke a clay pot and made off with a four-foot $40 tangerine tree and a five-foot $85 euphorbia fire stick plant.
Vehicle burglary. Broadway. 2:29 p.m. A wallet left in the glovebox of an unlocked car was taken.
Fraud. 31000 block of Aliso Circle. 8 p.m. An unknown suspect used a resident’s social security number to open a credit card.
Wednesday, March 20
Burglary. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 6:30 a.m. Someone broke into an apartment through a window and made off with a flat screen TV, DVD player and a toaster oven, cumulatively valued at $1120.
Fraud report. 300 block of Broadway. 2:14 p.m. A bank card in a stolen wallet was used to buy a $100 gift card.
Grand theft. 800 Katella St. 2:37 p.m. A woman suspects that several items of jewelry was stolen by the same person who took her credit card.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Traffic hazard. Vista del Sol. 3 a.m. A 42-year-old woman of unknown address was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. S. Coast Hwy. 8:25 a.m. A 50-year-old Huntington Beach man was jailed for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Friday, March 22
Traffic stop. El Toro Rd. 12:51 a.m. A 32-year-old Santa Ana resident was held for suspicion of DUI and $2500 bail.
Trespassing. 30700 block of Coast hwy. 11:48 a.m. Three young-adult surfers received misdemeanor citations and were placed under citizens arrest after being warned not to walk through a gated community to gain access to beach.
Vandalism. 600 block S. Coast hwy. 11:32 p.m. A beer bottle smashed and dented a car.
Saturday, March 23
Foot patrol. 13-00927. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 12:12 a.m. Nathan Charles Cassity, 19, of Lake Forest, was arrested for suspicion of possession of pills without a valid prescription and held for $20,000 bail.
Traffic stop. 200 Laguna Ave. 12:41 a.m. A 59-year-old Lake Forest man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 200 block of Laguna Ave. A 19-year-old from West Hollywood was held for DUI and $2500 bail.
Fraud. Blue Lagoon. 11:20 a.m. A European website submitted for auction an apparently counterfeit oil painting with the forged signature of Sacha Thebaud.
Traffic collision. Ocean Ave. 12:28 p.m. A Porsche collided with a bicyclist. No further details were available.
Sunday, March 24
Grand theft. 200 block of S. Coast Hway. 12:41 a.m. A woman reported losing a $1,000 gold ring with a birthstone.
Traffic collision. 21000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:35 a.m. A 41-year-old Foothill Ranch crashed a convertible Continental Bentley registered to a resident of Boca Raton, Fla., into a dumpster and a utility pole, which temporarily knocked out service. The uninjured driver was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Traffic stop. Jasmine St. 1:41 a.m. A 44-year-old Venice woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 2900 Laguna Canyon Rd. 2 a.m. A 36-year-old Aliso Viejo man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.