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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver

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 pedestrian at Coast Highway and Brooks Street at 11:17 p.m. […]

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Paddle-Out Pays Tribute to Surf Icon

Paddle-Out Pays Tribute to Surf Icon

On surfboards and paddle boards, power boats and a Hobie Cat, at least 3,000 people took to the water of Doheny State Beach this past Friday. The paddle out tribute to Hobie Alter included surf industry luminaries, family and hundreds of admirers. Another 1,000 watched from shore. Geysers of water spouted as Alter’s wish was […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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 Easter Revelers Best Plan Ahead

Easter Revelers Best Plan Ahead

Officers from Laguna Beach’s police department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until Saturday at 3 a.m. in areas where DUI collisions and arrests are frequent. In the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 37 […]

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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

The section of Laguna Canyon Road where an art student from France was fatally injured had long been known to her college, city officials and Caltrans as a crossing in dire need of a traffic signal. Fine art major Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died this week after being struck April 3 by an elderly motorist from […]

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Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Wednesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 2

Traffic stop. West St. 12:59 a.m. A 37-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail. Welfare check. 200 block of San Tropez Court. 10:33 a.m. Paul Frederick Hanna, 45, of Yorba Linda, was arrested for suspicion of methamphetamine possession and child endangerment as the drug was in an area […]

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Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Art student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died Tuesday, April 8, at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital as a result of being struck by a car as she crossed Laguna Canyon Road last week, a school official confirmed today. Students and staff of Laguna College of Art and Design will honor her with a vigil from 8:30 to […]

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Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Teens Detained in Purse Snatching

Police detained four San Juan Capistrano teens about 10 p.m. Friday, March 28, after a purse was stolen from a young woman who had placed it on a low wall in the area of Park Avenue and Glenneyre Street. With a description of the fleeing purse-snatchers as skateboarding and wearing Red Hawk jerseys, police swarmed […]

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Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Boys Rebuff Suspicious Overture

Two students returned to Thurston Middle School to inform school officials they rebuffed a man who had offered them money to hand out flyers and to attempt to coax them into his white sports car about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, police said. Police searched the area to no avail and will be making extra […]

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Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” by Laguna Beach author Paul Holmes, […]

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Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Ted Doughty, director of facilities for Laguna Beach schools for the past two years, will retire, effective June 30, the district announced Monday. Doughty’s retirement reflects continuing turnover among the district’s top ranks, which have included recent departures by the assistant superintendent and  directors of technology and human resources. Doughty has worked for 40 years […]