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Checkpoint Nabs Nearly a Score of Scofflaws By Donna Furey | LB Indy Over 1,500 vehicles were screened and three suspected drunk drivers arrested last Friday, Aug. 22, during a DUI checkpoint by Laguna Beach police near Irvine Cove. In all 17 citations were issued including four...

Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Two pedestrians were injured in two separate vehicle collisions on Coast Highway within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries when struck...

Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two pedestrians were injured in Laguna Beach in two separate Coast Highway collisions within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries while crossing Coast Highway on a...

Two Motorists Hit During DUI Pursuit

Laguna Beach police arrested a 39-year-old Gardena motorist at gunpoint Friday, July 25, who fled pursuing officers for 2.6 miles and collided with two other vehicles, injuring another driver. Hector Chavez was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI and evading, and...
Posted On 31 Jul 2014

Police on the Hunt for Drunk Drivers

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers Friday, July 18, between 6 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19. In the previous three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in...

Streetbeat

Monday, 6/30 Pedestrian stop. Bluff Drive. 12:41 p.m. Robert Santoro, 58, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and held without bail because his act violated parole. Car theft. 3000 Nestall Rd. 1:25 p.m. A 2014 rental car went missing. Foot patrol. 3200...

Fire Forces Residents From Home

Twenty-eight firefighters contained a house fire in the 900 block of Noria Street in Arch Beach Heights within 25 minutes on Monday, June 22. The occupants of the two-story residence were not home when the firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire department and Orange County Fire...

Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder

A woman arrested for suspicion of attempted homicide after firing a gun at a man had pulled the trigger multiple times on a revolver that failed to fire, police said. Cristina Marie Higuera, 47, of Laguna Beach, was held for $500,000 bail following her arrest Monday, May 26,...

Motorist Bypasses Valet for Dramatic Entrance

How grand is the entrance to the Montage resort? Not wide enough for a BMW 325, which crashed through the front doors of the lobby and into a wall about 4:49 a.m. last Wednesday, May 21, and caused what police described as extensive damage. The driver, Leilani Hughes, 51, of...

Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving

Laguna Beach police officers will deploy this Memorial Day weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in saturation patrols beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Monday, May 12 Traffic stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canon Rd. 10:22 p.m. Terri Lunn Yakich, 41, of...

Police Target the Unbuckled

Laguna police join a national seat belt enforcement crackdown that begins Monday, May 19. Despite a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more drivers who aren’t belted in and stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed in a collision than...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 28 Animal calls. Calle Aragon. 7: 19 a.m. A mother duck and babies are reported stuck in a storm drain in the sidewalk. Drug activity. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 1:48 p.m. A citizen who reported two transients smoking pot in a parking lot resulted in the arrest of...

Motorists Cited for Ignoring Pedestrians

Laguna Beach police issued 40 citations for crosswalk right-of-way violations as well as written and verbal warnings during a cross walk enforcement detail. The effort to raise motorist awareness about pedestrian safety took place at numerous crosswalks on North and South Coast...

Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver

A 42-year-old Aliso Viejo motorist, who allegedly fled after hitting a woman in a Laguna Beach crosswalk,  was arrested for suspicion of driving drunk and hit and run at least four miles away, police said. Witnesses said Sherry Lynn Vialone did not stop after striking a...

Easter Revelers Best Plan Ahead

Officers from Laguna Beach’s police department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until Saturday at 3 a.m. in areas where DUI collisions and arrests are frequent. In the past three years, DUI...