Belly Dancers Tangle in Post-Parade Brawl

Patrons of Laguna Beach’s Marine Room got more than the usual performance last Saturday by bagpipers, an entrant in the Patriots Day Parade who stopped by after the community event to play for tips.

This year, they were clearly upstaged by two other parade entrants, members of the belly dancing troupe JJ and the Habibis, who, still in their cleavage-baring, jangling costumes, got into a brawl on the sidewalk after a shoving match on the dance floor, said general manager Agnes Dougherty

“Hair and veils were flying,” said Dougherty, who said co-manager Robby Boyd vaulted over the bar to “break up the cat fight.” “There were no wardrobe malfunctions,” she added.

The dance students involved had irritated each other in the parking lot before the parade began, said troupe leader Jheri St. James. The two went to the Mar Bar separately, and an argument about a purse escalated with verbal taunts, a push, a fracas and one woman possibly suffering a detached retina, St. James said.

“There are still lots of legal words flying around on the part of the injured party who is married to a lawyer, ‘felony assault, for example,” St. James said.

Ultimately, the victim did not want prosecution, according to the police log.

Monday, Feb 25

Petty theft. 6 p.m. 1600 block S. Coast Hwy. Brandon Chase Norman, 22, of San Clemente and Dylan Lawrence Doumeng, 22, of Aliso Viejo, were both arrested for suspicion of possessing stolen property after a search of their backpacks turned up shirts stolen from a surf shop and property of two women that earlier reported a theft from their room. Bail was set at $20,000.

Traffic collision. Seventh Ave. 10:51 p.m. A 39-year-old San Clemente man was involved in a collision and subsequently arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Theft. El Paseo 2 p.m. A beachgoer reported a loss of unspecified property valued at $800.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Stolen vehicle. 500 Blumont St. The owner of a 1963 VW Beetle left his locked car in the lot for a week and returned to find it missing.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Fraud report. 400 block of Shadow Lane. 10 a.m. The victim learned a credit card account was opened using her social security number as well as her current and previous home addresses.

Fraud. 2600 block of Temple Hills Dr. 11:22 p.m. Someone posted a fraudulent profile on LinkedIn using the victim’s name.

Traffic stop. Montage. 10:35 p.m. Kyle Chandler, 20, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $10,000 due to a second offense.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Traffic stop. 200 block of Forest Ave. A 28-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested for  DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Vandalism. 2700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:40 p.m. Both mirrors of her vehicle were broken off.

Friday, March 1

Fraud. 500 block of Forest Ave. 9:31 p.m. Three unauthorized and fraudulent checks have been written on the city’s account, each in the amount of $939.77.

Public intoxication. Ocean Front at Cleo St. 3 p.m. A woman sunbathing topless and her passed out male companion caused a scene. Both were later arrested for being drunk in public.

Traffic stop. 200 block of Anita St. 10:37 p.m. Lorna Sunshine Poblete Hernando, 53, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a previous offense.

Saturday, March 2

Traffic stop. 200 block of N. Coast Highway. 12:18 p.m. A 29-year-old Canoga Park woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. Montage Resort Dr. 12:21 p.m. A 51-year-old Newport Beach woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. Vista del Sol. 2:36 p.m. Brian Chandler Eaton, 31, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.

Fraud. 2700 block of Queda Way. 11:08 a.m. A known suspect wracked up $3,000 in charges on a resident’s credit card at a Stockton casino.

Traffic stop. Vista del Sol. 4:56 p.m. Ryan Christopher Hunter, 27, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for outstanding warrants. Bail was set at $15,000.

Sunday, March 3

Traffic stop. Upland Rd. 12:58 a.m. A 19-year-old from San Clemente was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. Upland Rd. 1:58 a.m. A 24-year-old Ladera Ranch man was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. Cress St. 2 a.m. A 46-year-old visitor from Ontario, Canada, was cited for  DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. West St. 3:56 a.m.A 19-tear-old from Murrieta was popped for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Vandalism. 500 block of Monterey Dr. 7:52 a.m. Someone flattened a tire and scratched an obscenity into the fender of a vehicle overnight.

Burglary. 900 Meadowlark Dr. 10:54 a.m. Someone who entered an unsecured garage door swiped $500 worth of tools.

Traffic collision. 2900 block of Laguna Canhyon Rd. 11:25 a.m. A 36-year-old Newport Beach woman was taken to Mission Hospital with a head injury after falling from a bicycle while going around utility workers. She was wearing a helmet and the injuries are not life threatening, police said.

DUI. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 7:23 p.m. After witnesses reported a driver swerving between lanes, police arrested a 55-year-old Dana Point man for DUI.


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