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Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Sixteen years after a woman’s body was discovered in Laguna Canyon, law enforcement investigators early Wednesday, Oct. 8, arrested her son-in-law as the suspect in the cold-case homicide about 7 a.m. as he was about to enter an Aliso Viejo gym. John Edward Gutierrez, 46, who...

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...

Murder-Suicide Suspected in Couple’s Halloween Deaths

A couple in their 40s as well as their large Great Dane were discovered shot in a murder-suicide in their home on Halloween night, the first murder to occur in Laguna Beach in three years, police said Thursday. Investigators did not find a note at the Arch Beach Heights home at...

Guest Column: Look In The Mirror, America

By Alan Boinus   The gun lobby would have us think that last week’s tragedy in Aurora, Colo., was an aberration. Just another crazed criminal that putting controls on guns will not solve. After all, these kinds of lunatics will stop at nothing to do their evil. ...

Inmate Returns to Face Murder Charge

A Connecticut inmate returned to California and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the 1978 stabbing-murder of an architect in Laguna Beach. Three decades after the fact, Walter Lawrence Dalie, 52, was charged Feb. 23, 2011, with murder with special circumstances...

Business Partner Arrested in Missing Surfer’s Death

Two men were arrested this week in connection with the disappearance and murder of Laguna Beach surfer and business executive Christopher Ryan Smith, who was last seen more than a year ago.   Prosecutors allege that Smith was killed last June by Edward Younghoon Shin, who...

Umbrage Over Lost Art

Editor, Regarding the mural that was recently destroyed in the canyon… (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25 edition) I feel like there has been a premeditated murder in town and this winery should be boycotted by our townspeople and the artists.   Karen Petty,...

Supporting Youth Theatre by ‘Killing Me, Softly’

Murder-mystery fundraiser, March 5 The Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents its fourth annual murder mystery fundraiser, “Killing Me, Softly,” on Saturday, March 5, at the Laguna Playhouse. This evening of music and murder includes the option of dinner beforehand at 5 p.m. at...

DNA Solves Cold-Case Murder

Prosecutors filed charges this week in a 1978 cold-case stabbing of a Laguna Beach architect.