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Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Investigations supervisor Louise Callus retired from the police department on Thursday, July 31, capping a 30-year career with Laguna Beach that began with a temporary summer job in 1984 as an unsworn parking control officer. After getting rehired fulltime that fall, Callus...

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...

Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6. No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians...

Coast Highway Blocked by Downed Pole

Coast Highway near the Laguna Art Museum was reopened late Tuesday afternoon after authorities removed a light standard knocked  into the roadway, police said. A boom on a truck swung to the side and struck the light pole outside the museum at midday, Sgt. Louise Callus said....

Pedestrian Injured in Laguna Collision

A 56-year-old visitor was injured when struck in a Laguna Beach crosswalk by a vehicle turning at Cress Street onto Coast Highway about 1:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, police said. Portions of Coast Highway were temporarily closed as a result of the collision and following accident...

Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District

The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said. Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said operated Relaxbar at 1276 S. Coast Highway, was charged with...

Monsanto Opponents Rally at Main Beach

Activists included Laguna Beach in an international protest over genetically altered products and plan a March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 25, at Main Beach. Mindful of a Facebook post showing 800 people plan to attend, police have requested extra officers be available,...

Canyon Collision Claims Two Lives

Two people died and a third suffered minor injuries in a head-on collision that resulted in the partial closure of Laguna Canyon Road early Tuesday, April 2, disrupting the routines of early morning commuters, police said. The road, closed between El Toro Road and state Highway...

Prowler Evades Police Search

The pilot of a police helicopter circling over Laguna Beach’s Temple Hills neighborhood Monday, Jan. 28, was assisting in an unsuccessful search for a person that acted suspiciously, police said. A white male attempting to hide against a planter in a driveway in the 1700 block of...

Three Injured in Two-Car Crash

An Upland woman suffered a leg fracture when she was trapped against a light pole as a result of a 2:30 p.m. collision that closed Coast Highway last Friday, police said. The accident at Coast and Cress Streets involved two vehicles colliding head on as the driver of a southbound...

Teen Surprised by Burglar

A teenager fled to the safety of a neighbor’s house after encountering a burglar in her own home in the 800 block of S. Coast Highway about 6:27 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, police said. One or more thieves apparently kicked in the locked front door while she was showering, Sgt....

Corrections 1/11/13

The Jan. 4 edition of Street Beat incorrectly reported the Dec. 26 arrest of Michael Paul Lunceford, 36, of Laguna Hills, for fraud and drug possession charges due to erroneous information provided by police. Sgt. Louise Callus said Lunceford’s name was inadvertently provided in...

Suspicious Customer Elude Police

A man in his 60s wearing board shorts and posing as a customer exposed himself to a 16-year-old female clerk in a Laguna Beach surf shop on Sunday, Nov. 18, and his suspicions actions in two other nearby surf shops prompted shopkeepers to make similar complaints, police reported....

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Highway

A homeless man from Oklahoma suffered severe injuries last Saturday, Nov. 3, when struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Coast Highway outside of a crosswalk near Laguna Beach’s Three Arch Bay, police said Monday. The injured person, who was not further identified, was...

Former MTV Star Arrested

Laguna Beach native Talan C. Torriero, 25, who was featured in the first season of MTV’s reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” was arrested for suspicion of DUI last Saturday, Sept. 1, driving in his own hometown, according to police. A patrol officer near Brooks...
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