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Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving

Laguna Beach police officers will deploy this Memorial Day weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in saturation patrols beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24. Monday, May 12 Traffic stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canon Rd. 10:22 p.m. Terri Lunn Yakich, 41, of...

Police Target the Unbuckled

Laguna police join a national seat belt enforcement crackdown that begins Monday, May 19. Despite a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more drivers who aren’t belted in and stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed in a collision than...

Motorists Cited for Ignoring Pedestrians

Laguna Beach police issued 40 citations for crosswalk right-of-way violations as well as written and verbal warnings during a cross walk enforcement detail. The effort to raise motorist awareness about pedestrian safety took place at numerous crosswalks on North and South Coast...

Four People Cited for Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Laguna Beach police cited four adults this past Saturday, March 15, for agreeing to purchase alcohol for a decoy, who told them they were under the age of 21, police said. Two decoys made similar requests of about 72 people in nine locations between 11...

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...

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 24 Fraud. 1100 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:28 a.m. A resident received a phone call from Kohl’s about the victim’s personal information being used to buy $1,000 in furniture, which was to be delivered to San Bernardino. The delivery was halted. Vandalism. 200...

Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in...

DUI Checkpoint Nets 6 Arrests

Of 1,647 vehicles that passed through a north Laguna Beach police checkpoint over five hours last Friday, five DUI suspects were arrested and taken off the road and another four motorists arrested for driving unlicensed, police said in a statement. Another 27 motorists were...

Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

An inquiry into the death of a 43-year-old homeless man while in the custody of Laguna Beach police found no evidence of criminal negligence, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 10. A coroner’s pathologist determined that Stephen Gregory Gage died of pneumonia...

Louise Street Home Consumed in Blaze

  Investigators have yet to determine the cause of a destructive early morning fire in North Laguna that potentially threatened neighboring structures on Monday, Dec. 2, firefighters said. No one was injured by the blaze, which caused an estimated $400,000 in damage...

Updated: Teens Suspected of Smoking Heroin

Police arrested two Laguna Beach High School teens for suspicion of felony narcotics possession after school officials allegedly caught them smoking heroin in a campus restroom about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, police said. Police seized .31 grams of heroin in a jacket pocket,...

Street Beat 8/30/13

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...

Street Beat 3/15/13

Monday, Feb. 4 Grand theft. 31800 Coast Hwy. About $2,400 in cash, personal and insurance checks were taken from locked drawers in medical offices. There is no sign of forced entry. Grand theft. PD. 9:39 a.m. A baby goat reported stolen was already captured and recovered by...

Street Beat 3/1/13

Tuesday, Feb. 19 Grand theft. 100 block of McKnight Dr. 1:36 p.m. An antique bench valued at $2200 placed at the curb disappeared. Grand theft. 1400 Terrace Way. 2:30 p.m. Detectives assisted the owner recover a lost Ipad using the “find my Ipad” application. It is unclear why...

Street Beat 2/15/13

Monday, Feb. 4 Petty theft. 1100 block of S. Coast hwy. 11:55 a.m. A bar patron reported that her purse was stolen last night and that her credit cards had been used. Grand theft. 1100 block of Catalina St. 12:58 p.m. Someone rode off with a $600 beach cruiser bike left unlocked...