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A Rude Awakening

Editor, Our family has had our family home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 a.m. in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought earthquake, until we heard cussing and screaming. My...

DUI Checkpoint Snares One Offender

One motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol when Laguna Beach police officers conducted a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Coast Highway one half mile north of Wesley. Of the 2,016 vehicles that passed...

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...

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week....

Fatigued Diver Dies Returning to Shore

A scuba diver died from cardiac arrest after surfacing from an afternoon dive with his son in one of Laguna Beach’s most popular coves on Sunday, Sept. 29, lifeguards said Monday. Paul Peto, of Yorba Linda, became unresponsive while diving, according to a coroner’s office...

What Became of Laguna’s Tree Sitter

Editor, You may have seen Zoe. She used to sit under the only magnolia tree on Ocean Avenue next to Zinc’s Cafe across from the historic pepper tree. You may have read her sign: “Love Laguna’s Tree Sitter.” Zoe no longer sits under her tree. She was jailed last...

U.S. Surfing Open Marred by Melee

A wave of violence erupted in Surf City USA after the conclusion of the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday in Huntington Beach. Local police had to use tear gas and other non-lethal means to disperse an unruly crowd of hundreds that left a wake of damage to city vehicles, portable...

Help Needed to Find Rape Suspect

Police investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 26-year-old man suspected in a sexual assault of a Laguna Beach woman in April. Earlier this week, police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Babak Azadgilani, also known as “Bobby”, of Laguna Niguel, said...

Police Use Taser to Subdue Assault Suspect

An assault involving three men escalated into a struggle with Laguna Beach police, who ultimately deployed a taser twice to subdue the younger combative suspect in the 300 block of Cozumel around 1:15 a.m. Friday, May 10, police said. Police ultimately arrested Laguna Beach...

A ‘Twisted Blessing’ Works to Save Lives

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna resident Holly Morrell was going under the knife again, the sixth procedure in nearly a decade. A defibrillator planted in her chest required repair. Two wires, or “leads,” were fractured, meant to connect to veins near her heart that monitor...

Corrections 1/11/13

The Jan. 4 edition of Street Beat incorrectly reported the Dec. 26 arrest of Michael Paul Lunceford, 36, of Laguna Hills, for fraud and drug possession charges due to erroneous information provided by police. Sgt. Louise Callus said Lunceford’s name was inadvertently provided in...

Is Your Heart In the Right Place?

Betting that two hearts are better than one, Laguna Beach resident and heart disease survivor Holly Morrell, founder of Heartfeltcardiacprojects.org, and local heart transplant survivor Kelly Perkins, founder of Movinghearts.org, have joined forces to offer heart screenings that...

Police Seize Counterfeit Designer Goods

  A tip to police from a knowing mother who suspected her daughter’s $70 bargain Louis Vuitton wallet was counterfeit resulted in a raid on a Laguna Beach shoe repair shop Thursday and ultimately the confiscation of $360,000 worth of phony luxury brand leather goods, police...

Identity Thief Leads the High Life

A 36-year-old man apparently living the high life, hopscotching for months between Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa resort hotels by using purloined credit card information, was arrested last week by Laguna Beach police. On Monday, April 16, Harold Eric Larson, 36, of Orange, entered...

Unmasking a Silent Killer

Screenings save lives By Benjamin Bodart, Special to the Independent       Jennifer Gustafson will always remember June 1. A letter arrived that day saying that a recent medical tests her daughter Dillon had taken identified a potentially fatal heart defect....
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