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Fast-Moving SUV Causes Pile-up

An SUV traveling at a high rate of speed instigated a five-vehicle collision on Park Avenue near midday Wednesday, Oct. 29, police said. Police temporarily closed Third Avenue and a portion of Park Avenue between Reed and Through Streets to clear the area. Five people were...

Street Beat

Tuesday, Aug 12 Property. 500 block Forest Avenue, 10 a.m. A citizen brought ammunition to the police department to be destroyed. Traffic collision. Laguna Canyon Road at the dog park. 10 a.m. Medics were called, one vehicle was towed from the scene. Traffic collision. 10 a.m. An...

Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Two hikers discovered the body of a man described by Laguna Beach police as a member of the local homeless population on a Laguna Coast Wilderness Park trail early Thursday, June 26. The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County...

Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

A nearly 17-mile pursuit of a reckless motorist by Newport Beach police Thursday afternoon drew a slew of onlookers along Coast Highway and Broadway Street, and ended in the Festival of Arts parking lot where police used a stun gun to subdue the driver, police said Friday. The...

Vehicle Plummets Off Carport

An elderly driver escaped injury Friday, Aug. 16 despite having crashed her car onto the first floor of a Laguna Beach apartment building at 235 Lower Cliff Dr. at 11:44 a.m., Laguna Beach police said. The driver, who was not further identified, had to be cut from the car because...

Three Victims in Home Invasion Robbery

Two residents of a Laguna Beach mobile home park were pistol-whipped during a home invasion robbery Saturday when armed men entered a home through an unlocked door, police said. Police appealed for help from potential witnesses that might have observed anything unusual around...

Fresh, Familiar Faces in New City Hall Posts

In nearly finalizing a department reorganization begun by his predecessor, Laguna Beach’s police chief, Chief Paul Workman announced the promotion to captain of two, nearly 25-year employees previously serving as lieutenants. Capt. Jason Kravetz, well-known in the community as...

Bobcat Hunting Laguna’s Pets

Police issued a warning today about a bobcat estimated to weigh 35 pounds that has taken up residence in Three Arch Bay and is suspected in the killing of three or four local pet cats. When another domestic cat was seized early this morning, animal services officers responded to...

Collision Forces Roadway Closure

A Tustin man driving at about 80 mph on Coast Highway about 3 a.m. Sunday, June 10, lost control of his vehicle and went airborne, slamming into a tree and flipping several times before coming to rest near the White House restaurant, police said. Firefighters treated cuts on the...

Collision Shuts Down Roadway

A Tustin man speeding into Laguna Beach on Coast Highway about 3 a.m. Sunday, June 10, lost control of his vehicle and went airborne, slamming into a tree and flipping several times before coming to rest near the White House restaurant, police said. Firefighters treated cuts on...

Police Arrest Suspect in Injury of a Woman

A man who retaliated for being kicked in the groin by pushing his attacker was arrested for felony battery in Laguna Beach on Sunday, April 29, when the woman fell down stairs and sustained severe but not life-threatening injuries, police said. The 55-year-old woman suffered...

Three People Arrested in Irvine Cove Robbery

Three people described by police as having ties to white supremacists were taken into custody for allegedly staging a robbery of a couple in gated Irvine Cove on Sunday evening. The male victim told police he was forced to lie in the street near Riviera Drive and turn over his...

Police Make Prostitution Arrest

Acting on an informants’ tip, police arrested Christal Ann Sara Schrader, 29, of Garden Grove, for suspicion of using a Laguna Beach hotel room for prostitution, Lt. Jason Kravetz said on Monday. Schrader answered the door when detectives knocked at her room at a hotel in the 900...

Woman Injured in Coyote Attack

Laguna Beach animal control officers continued to patrol Laguna Woods, tracking a pair of elusive, but aggressive coyotes that knocked over a resident while seizing her leashed pet Yorkie this week. Police continued to receive calls from residents about coyote sightings after the...

Crime in Laguna Declines

Laguna Beach experienced a 10 percent decrease in major crimes and a 14 percent decrease in petty crimes last year, according to a police report. The downward trend is not unique to Laguna, but has been occurring across the nation, though some locally implemented measures are...
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