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Police Recruit a 4-Legged Partner

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   Laguna Beach police selected Officer Zachary Fillers as handler of a new police service dog, which is expected to join the department next month and start work in January. By then, both the service dog and Fillers, a three-year member of the force,...

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week....

Nokes Leads the Chamber’s 97th Year

The Chamber of Commerce’s new president, Larry Nokes, was sworn in and the organization’s Spirit winners announced during a presentation on Jan. 31. The chamber’s other officers and board members include president-elect Gregg Abel, as well as Debbie MacDonald, Aaron Talarico,...

Chamber of Commerce Announces Award Nominees

Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce announced nominees to its Spirit of Laguna Awards, which will be announced at its December board meeting. The winners will be honored on Jan. 31 during an installation scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Road. And the...

Community Foundation Seeks New Leader

Darrcy Loveland, chief executive of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, informed board members of her intent to retire, effective next month. Foundation board chair Rick Balzar said this week a search committee has been established to look for a successor. Loveland, a resident...

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...

Physical Losses Restored to Robbery Victim

A hair stylist at a Laguna Beach salon who was robbed of her purse at gunpoint earlier this month is likely still nursing the bruise she suffered in the attack, but on Christmas Day she received an unexpected gift: the replacement of her stolen cell phone. Patricia Wenskunas, of...

Serious Crime Drops

Laguna Beach experienced a 9 percent drop in violent crime last year, but a 20 percent increase in thefts from vehicles compared to the average in the previous five-year period, the police department said in an annual report released Wednesday. The communities of Irvine, Mission...

Police Chip In On Their Own Retirement

For the first time in recent city history, police department employees will contribute to their own retirement in a new contract preliminarily approved by the City Council Tuesday. Under the terms of the agreement, new police department employees will pay 9 percent of their...

Hypocrisy Over Drug Laws

Editor, The president of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, Larry Bammer, says that the defeated marijuana Proposition 19 is dangerous, and he talks about illegal sales of marijuana from storefront dispensaries. You can get a medical marijuana card if you have any one...

Very Real Job Risks Require Training

Editor, I appreciated both the article and photograph from Editor Adelson (“Rookies Added to Laguna’s Force,” Oct. 1) Noel’s comment (Letters, “Questioning Photo of Rookies,” Oct. 8) that we are in Laguna so the rookies should be talking to the residents or homeless not...