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Trial in Double-Fatality Collision Again Postponed

The trial of Dr. Robert Pettis, accused of vehicular manslaughter in a double fatality stemming from a speed race in Laguna Canyon in 2013, was again put off.

Greeter Reveals His Heart

True to his multi-dimensional sidewalk performance, Minutoli says his greeting marathon will also serve several purposes: it will mark his fifth year greeting in Laguna, the first anniversary of his brother’s death and substitute for the lunch he never had with a young man who...

Carlton Alfred Post

June 14, 1935 – June 9, 2016 Last Thursday, June 9, 2016, our community lost one of its most beloved citizens. Carl Post, a Laguna Beach resident of nearly 45 years, passed away after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Post was born in San Bernardino, on June 14, 1935....

Streetbeat

Monday, June 6 Grand theft. 28700 block of Top of the World. 8:54 a.m. Someone entered a home under construction and took tools valued at $3,000. Burglary. 31300 block of Coast Hwy. 11:13 a.m. A $1,000 generator locked and in a secured area was removed from a home. Tuesday, June...

Endangered Species Returns to Laguna Park

A group of captive bred and still endangered Pacific pocket mice are re-introduced to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

Checkpoint Results in Two Arrests

A police checkpoint near Aliso Beach resulted in the arrest of one suspected drunk driver and a second motorist detained on other criminal charges between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday, May 29, says a statement from police. A total of 1,658 cars passed through the checkpoint. Of...

Streetbeat

Monday May 16 Burglary. 2800 Chillon Way. 8:54 a.m. A resident discovered an overnight burglary of a garage, with electronic gear valued at $200 taken. Fraud. 32300 block of Coast Hwy. 10:32 a.m. A law firm discovered $1,440 had fraudulently been removed from an account....

New Owners Re-season Café Zoolu Creole Style

Laguna Beach resident and bar owner Michael Byrne intends to remake longtime local favorite, Cafe Zoolu, into a creole restaurant. Owners Michael and Toni Leech look forward to retiring.

Updated: Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question homicide suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked his right to a lawyer, concluded an appeals court that overturned the first-degree murder conviction for a violation of procedure.

Indy on Arts

Friday, May 20 Hugh Johnson jazz trio, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Serenade, Heisler Park Amphitheater. Free. Closing: “Sex and Education,” 7:30 p.m., Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Tickets: 949 497-2787. Kurtis Gentile & JP Peart, 7 p.m., Big Fish Tavern, 540 S. Coast Hwy....

Buyer’s Remorse? Police Say Otherwise

Two women traveled 60 miles from Moreno Valley and paid thousands of dollars for cosmetic procedures by a Laguna Beach plastic surgeon known for breast reconstruction and face-lifts. When the patients arrived at the doctor’s office last week, however, they were met by fraud...

Court Reverses Murder Conviction

Laguna Beach police erred in continuing to question murder-robbery suspect Matthew Dragna after he invoked the need for a lawyer, leading a court of appeals to overturn his 2013 Superior Court conviction. An opinion issued by the California Court of Appeals last week reversed the...

Water District Will Raise Rates

The South Coast Water District, which services South Laguna plans an incremental increase in water and sewer rates over the next five years that will add about $87 a year to the typical bill of a homeowner beginning July 1.

Streetbeat

Monday, May 2 Vandalism. 600 Park Ave. 1:13 p.m. A vehicle was keyed. Fraud. 700 block of Cliff Dr. 2:18 p.m. Somneone opened a bank account in the victim’s name. Wednesday, May 4 Sleeper. 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 7:42 a.m. Jonathan Ken Lain, 46, of Long Beach, who had left...