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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...

Trial in Nicholson’s Murder Underway

The defense attorney for a Lake Forest man accused in the bludgeoning-murder of Laguna Beach resident Damon Nicholson told a Superior Court jury that an accomplice was responsible for the deadly attack during his opening statement on Wednesday. Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, is...

Jailed Suspect Faces Trial in ’09 Murder

Opening statements are expected Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the trial of a Lake Forest man suspected in the bludgeoning-murder of a Laguna Beach resident in 2009, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, charged with one felony count of special...

Renewing Calls for a Skatepark

Editor, Groms be gone? Really?   As a local father of two boys who both skateboard I always find articles written with such horrifiying accounts of near fatal events with local skateboarders to be taken seriously, but as I wrote many years ago where do these kids go to...

New Hires at Laguna’s City Hall

Susan Cannan, director of community services and assistant to the city manager, plans to retire, effective March 30, after a 32-year career that spanned jobs in six different cities, the city manager said.   Ben Siegel, who has served as the assistant to Lake Forest’s city...

Local Boys Step Up in Tournament

Thurston sixth graders Garrett Tyler and Guy Thomas competed in the SCVA Holiday Classic Volleyball Tournament in Torrance recently. The two-day tournament drew 32 teams from all over California, and as far away as Arizona and Mexico. Tyler and Thomas play for Lake Forest’s...

Weekend at the Nix

Visitors to the Nix Nature Center in Laguna Canyon recently witnessed some of Orange County's amazing aviators - live raptors from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, based in Lake Forest. As part of the Laguna Canyon Foundation and OC Park's Weekend at the Nix Program,...

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,”...

Rolling Stock

The 9/11 motorcycle ride that began Sunday outside of Lake Forest at Cook’s Corner roared through through Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Seal Beach before ending at Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay. Resident Kurt Mahony counted 1,200 bikes as he was filming. Thanks...