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Looking Back on 2013’s Top News

  By Rita Robinson The 13th year of the 21st Century brought good luck as well as bad, victories and resignations, beginnings and abrupt endings.  Here’s the Indy’s list of the top 10 events for the year. #1:  San Onofre’s Shutdown Shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear...

Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury last week found Matthew Thomas Dragna guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning-murder of Damon Nicholson in his Laguna Beach apartment. The jury’s verdict, convicting Dragna of one felony count of special circumstances murder during a robbery,...

Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury found Matthew Dragna of Lake Forest guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning death of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson. The jury’s verdict was announced in the Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday afternoon. Earlier in the week, the...

Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In their final arguments before a jury charged with determining if a Lake Forest man is responsible for the 2009 murder of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson, the prosecutor and defense attorney conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused in a...

Murder Suspects Move Closer to Trial

Four days after the second anniversary of Damon Nicholson’s bludgeoning death, a judge ordered two Lake Forest men bound over for trial to face a special circumstances murder charge during a preliminary hearing last Thursday in Harbort Court. “I do feel we made a step forward,”...

Crime Victims Find Unexpected Help

A suggestion from the county public administrator, who protects the assets and manages the affairs of deceased residents, proved a lifeline to Debbie Ambrose in 2009. Now, a Laguna police officer hopes he can offer a similar lifeline to others. Shocked and in disbelief over the...