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Money found in an envelope in a public restroom on April 24 near the downtown Bank of America has been turned into police, who are trying to determine its rightful owner. The finder, a Florida resident, turned in the property after returning home. Questions? Ask Cathy Berg, at...

Samaritans Aid Beating Victim

A man on probation for a previous assault conviction was arrested in Tustin for suspicion of kidnapping and felony domestic violence after Laguna Beach police received reports of an assault in progress early Sunday, police said.   Joseph Barrak, 37, of Tustin, fled from El...

Car Burglar Strikes Laguna

Police are appealing to the public for help in catching thieves who plundered nearly a dozen vehicles and a jewelry store in a crime spree that began Tuesday, Feb. 29, and continued into the early hours of Wednesday, March 1. On Tuesday, police released the photo of a suspect in...

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Tools Brandished in Assault Attempt   A worker at a condominium complex in the 31400 block of Coast Highway was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon last Thursday, Dec. 22, police said. Jorge Luis Frias, 44, allegedly cornered a man in the complex’s...

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Monday, Nov. 28 Traffic stop. 9 a.m. 200 block of Chiquita. Uriel Aquilar Esquivel, 48, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for outstanding DUI warrants and two vehicle code violations. Bail was set at $10,000. Fraud. 8:30 p.m. PD. A Laguna Beach man who dined in Los Angeles on Nov. 12...

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Teen Assaulted on Beach A 16-year-old Laguna Beach boy was detained by police and taken to Juvenile Hall late Tuesday after an acquaintance reported he had sexually assaulted her on the beach in front of a downtown hotel, police said. The 19-year-old victim, also a Laguna...

Teen Assaulted on Beach

A 16-year-old Laguna Beach boy was detained by police and taken to Juvenile Hall late Tuesday after an acquaintance reported he had sexually assaulted her on the beach in front of a downtown hotel, police said. The 19-year-old victim, also a Laguna resident, reported the assault...

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Phony Utility Workers Suspected of Theft Two men impersonating AT&T employees are believed to have stolen a stamp collection from an elderly resident while pretending to make phone repairs in the 1000 block of Gaviota Drive last Thursday, police said. The collection was...

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Monday, Nov. 7 Grand theft. 2:57 p.m. 300 block of Broadway St. Someone cut a lock and stole a Focus Thunder mountain bike valued at $5,903 left at a store for repair. Grand theft. 3:33 p.m. 2800 block of Bernard Ct. Three boxes of court transcripts left on a porch were stolen....

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A 51-year old Laguna Beach cyclist, descending Los Flores Canyon Road above Malibu, died from head injuries after he struck a barrier and was thrown to the ground on Sunday, the California Highway Patrol reported. Robert Hyndman, a marketing writer who lived in North Laguna,...

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 Costumed Caper Ends With Creek Rescue An unidentified and intoxicated teen-ager wearing a Halloween costume was rescued uninjured after a 50-foot fall down an embankment above Aliso Creek shortly after midnight on Sunday. Police say he jumped a barrier to elude officers, called...

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Man Held for Underage Sex Offense Police arrested a Costa Mesa man for suspicion of statutory rape on Friday, Oct. 7, six months after a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old Laguna Beach girl, police said. Detectives arrested Michael Sheridan, 23, in Costa Mesa’s Heller Park at...

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 Monday, Sept.12 Traffic stop. 12:14 a.m. A Corona del Mar woman, 23, was cited for driving while drunk and held for $2,500 bail. Traffic stop. 2L25 a.m. A 19-year-old visitor from Panama was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail. Animal calls. 1:27 p.m. A hiker at Alta...

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Inmate Returns to Face Murder Charge An arraignment of Friday, Sept. 23, was set for a Connecticut inmate extradited to California last week on murder charges in the 1978 stabbing-death of a Laguna Beach architect. Three decades after the fact, Walter Lawrence Dalie, 52, was...

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Woman Held in Wallet Robbery A 22-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested for suspicion of robbery after citizens reported seeing her steal a wallet from an elderly man after pummeling him in the face,  police said. Chelsea Jill Aragon was held for $100,000 bail. Aragon...