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Violent Crime Drops by 30%

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. Laguna Beach is not alone in reporting declines in crimes […]

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Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

Historical Society Recounts ‘93 Blaze

The terrible Laguna Beach wildfire was 20 years ago, taking place on Oct. 27, 1993. This unsolved crime touched the lives of most all Lagunans. The Laguna Beach Historical Society program on the fire is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, and will include photos and a report on the 1993 firestorm written by the Orange […]

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Laguna Broadens its Online Services

Laguna Broadens its Online Services

Laguna Beach hopes to improve customer service as well as fight crime with two new technology initiatives announced this week. To foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications as well as disaster preparedness, Laguna Beach’s police department has partnered with Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based online social network for neighborhoods established in 2010. Laguna Beach’s 15 neighborhood sites will go […]

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Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Ride Along Reveals Laguna’s Dark Side

Three intoxicated teens took a joy ride on a recent Friday night up to Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood. Their 10 p.m. outing went downhill in more ways than one. The driver lost control on Park Avenue and flipped the vehicle, which slid 250 feet. Fortunately, no motorist was coming in the other […]

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Council Eyes Improving Downtown Patrols

Council Eyes Improving Downtown Patrols

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy Laguna Beach’s police department intends to continue its foot patrols of downtown streets and study the effect of the increased police presence since April, the police chief informed the City Council on Tuesday. The re-deployment of patrol officers to downtown, however, drew the rebuke of the police union president, […]

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Criminalizing Homelessness Worsens the Situation

Criminalizing Homelessness Worsens the Situation

Editor, Criminalizing homelessness by harassing, arresting or jailing the poor because they have nowhere else to go but the street should sicken all of us. If a homeless person has committed a crime then they deserve to be arrested or jailed. However indiscriminately and unrelentingly ticketing them and jailing them hoping that if we make […]

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Auto Thieves Target Porsches

Auto Thieves Target Porsches

About 40 Laguna Beach residents who own 1990’s era Porsches this week received a special delivery to their home from the police department: a crime alert bulletin suggesting that thieves are targeting their vehicles and how to avoid getting hit. Two late-model sports cars, each worth at least $50,000 and equipped with alarms, disappeared overnight […]

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Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Editor, The whole idea of public video surveillance cameras in Laguna Beach is quite disturbing (“Council Considers Views, Safety,” May 24 edition) It can be abused by the police — not necessarily as a tool to solve crime after it has happened, but rather as a “fishing expedition.” It can intimidate the public, including tourists. […]

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Dicterow Wins Her Support

Dicterow Wins Her Support

Editor, When you first meet someone it takes mere seconds for your first impression responses to kick in, and in the case of meeting Steve Dicterow, I knew immediately that I really liked the guy. I had just recently moved to Laguna Beach, and I was taking photos at an event. Steve invited me to sit […]

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Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

By Alan Boinus   The gun lobby would have us think that last week’s tragedy in Aurora, Colo., was an aberration. Just another crazed criminal that putting controls on guns will not solve. After all, these kinds of lunatics will stop at nothing to do their evil.  Unfortunately, gun crimes like Aurora that make national news […]

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Skateboarding Isn’t a Crime

Skateboarding Isn’t a Crime

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.)   Yet another street banned to skateboarders at last night’s City Council meeting. Is it any wonder? One lady said, “a speedboard ran into my car tire, popping it.” I’m pretty sure that isn’t possible. Words like “someone is gonna die” were flying fast and […]

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Laguna Officers Honored by Survivors Group

Laguna Officers Honored by Survivors Group

Laguna Beach police Detective Julia Bowman and Corporal Jason Farris were among the public safety personnel honored by Irvine’s Crime Survivors Inc., an advocate and resource for crime victims and their families, last Saturday in Garden Grove. The annual event awards public and private safety personnel for assisting and helping victims of crime. Bowman was […]

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Gold Stars

Gold Stars

Local Business Earns Its Industry’s Praise   Laguna Beach’s Young Company was named to the BtoB Magazine’s annual list of the top business-to-business advertising agencies. The agency was one of five in the state to be recognized in a national report in the magazine’s March 12 issue.   Police Nominated for an Award   Corporal […]

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Serious Crime Drops

Serious Crime Drops

Laguna Beach experienced a 9 percent drop in violent crime last year, but a 20 percent increase in thefts from vehicles compared to the average in the previous five-year period, the police department said in an annual report released Wednesday. The communities of Irvine, Mission Viejo and Santa Monica have all reported recent increase in […]

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Inmate Returns to Face Murder Charge

Inmate Returns to Face Murder Charge

A Connecticut inmate returned to California and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the 1978 stabbing-murder of an architect in Laguna Beach. Three decades after the fact, Walter Lawrence Dalie, 52, was charged Feb. 23, 2011, with murder with special circumstances in the death of Brent Stapleton Tobey. Dalie has been incarcerated […]