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New Chief Climbs Aboard at Height of Fire Season

Edward Valdez stepped into the position of Laguna Beach fire division chief and fire marshal this week, a post vacant since December when Dan Stefano left to become chief of the Costa Mesa Fire Department. The responsibilities of a fire division chief include enforcing the...

Costumed Caper Ends in Creek Rescue

An unidentified and intoxicated teen-ager wearing a Halloween costume was rescued after a 50-foot fall down an embankment above Aliso Creek shortly after midnight on Sunday. Police say he jumped a barrier to elude police, called to Aliso Creek Inn to break up a large party...