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Smithcliffs Hit by Jewelry Thieves

Detectives are investigating two home burglaries where more than $600,000 in jewelry was stolen within Laguna Beach’s gated ocean-front enclave of Smithcliffs last week. “There is a likelihood that the two Smithcliff burglaries are related, but I cannot definitively say I am 100%...

Tip Leads to Multiple Drug Arrests

Laguna Beach detectives arrested four people for drug offenses last Tuesday, July 10,  after pursuing a tip that a Dana Point man might be selling drugs in Laguna Beach, police said. After detectives began surveillance of Michael Gillen Gregory, 27, of Dana Point, they observed...

Stabbing on Beach Leads to Arrest

A 42-year-old homeless man suffered a five-inch stab wound to the chest as a result of a fight on the beach with another transient, police said Tuesday. The victim was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach with non-life threatening injuries, said Lt. Jason Kravetz. The...

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...

Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

A 31-year-old Lake Forest man who allegedly swung a machete at a Laguna Beach teacher was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Irvine last Saturday afternoon, police said. Juan Vigil Portillo allegedly swung a machete at an Anneliese School teacher, who observed...

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...

Leader of Pet Rescue Accused of Stealing Funds

Elizabeth Katherine Bauer, the former president of P.U.P. Laguna (Protecting Unwanted Pets), was arrested last week for suspicion of embezzling nearly $72,000 from the pet rescue’s accounts, police said today. Bauer, 40, of Mammoth Lakes, served as president of the mostly...

Hikers Find Body on Trail

A 20-year-old Laguna Beach man, discovered Thursday in Laguna Beach’s Bluebird Canyon, died from a self-inflicted gunshot, according to supervising Depty. Coroner Larry Esslinger. Laguna Beach police were called Thursday afternoon by a couple walking their dog in the 1100 block...

Class Notes

Making a Score on Drug Take Back Day   Laguna Beach police hosted its third “Drug Take Back Day” last Saturday, its most successful drive yet, collecting 125-pounds of prescriptions and over the counter medications that filled five boxes. Several high school students,...

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...

Laguna’s Mayor Avoids Traffic Collision

A driver whose foot-gear apparently became entangled in the accelerator pedal crashed head-on into a car parked downtown Tuesday afternoon just in front of a vehicle driven by Mayor Toni Iseman. Iseman, who was heading toward the water on Ocean Avenue, said she recalled the...

Rug Merchant Charged With Multiple Sex Offenses

Rug merchant Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan was charged by Orange County prosecutors Tuesday with the sexual assault of four women, including forcible rape, and showing pornography to a minor in the downtown Laguna Beach rug store he manages. Maralan, 33, was required to register as...
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