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Monday, Feb. 9 Traffic collision. 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:38 a.m. One car rear-ended another that had stopped short to avoid crossing traffic. A driver complained of pain but was not hospitalized. Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:15 p.m. A purse...

Authorities Recover a Body from the Ocean

Lifeguards on Wednesday recovered a body near Three Arch Bay presumed to be that of missing teen Anthony Parnell. The 18-year-old was swept out to sea 11 days earlier from Thousand Steps Beach in South Laguna by a large wave. The teen and three friends visiting from Las Vegas had...

Wave Sweeps Teen From Rocks

OC Lifeguards throughout the week continued to search the shoreline between Aliso and Salt Creek Beach for an 18-year-old Nevada man, who was swept from the rocks of Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell on Sunday. Waves of five to eight feet prevented lifeguards from...

Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a top Long Beach police commander and longtime Orange County resident, was named to lead the Laguna Beach police department this week. She will become the city’s first female chief of police. Farinella, 50, starts on the job March 16 and succeeds Chief Paul...

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 2 Burglary. 1700 block of Glenneyre St. 11:24 p.m. Several windows were broken while a resident was out of town, though no entry was made. Tuesday, Feb. 3 Traffic stop. Calliope St. 12:26 a.m. A 24-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for...

Laguna Selects a New Police Chief

Laura Farinella, a Long Beach deputy police chief who lives in Orange County, will become the next Laguna Beach police chief, the city manager announced Monday. Farinella, who starts work next month, succeeds Chief Paul Workman, who announced his intention to retire last August....

Search Resumes for Teen Swept into the Sea

Rescuers resume their search today for an 18-year-old Nevada high school student, who was swept from the rocks Sunday afternoon at Thousand Steps Beach by a strong west swell. On Monday, four OC Lifeguards returned to the area known as The Caves, a rocky point on the south end of...

Home Prices Reach a New Record

The median price of homes sold in Laguna Beach last year neared $1.8 million, exceeding the previous peak median price of $1.7 million achieved in 2006. In a year-to-year comparison, the median sales price for single family homes in Laguna jumped 16 percent in 2014. Sales volume...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 26 Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 10:11 a.m. A license plate reader alerted police to an outstanding warrant for motorist Miguel Lopez, 35, of Anaheim, wanted for domestic violence and child endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000. Stalking. 31600 block of Coast hwy. 12:26...

Charges Filed Against Driver in Bicyclist’s Death

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against a 20-year-old Emerald Bay resident over a collision eight months ago that caused the death of a bicyclist and sparked a protest rally at Laguna Beach City Hall. Dylan Randluby was charged Wednesday with...

Club Redirects Its Savings Locally

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation will manage the local Boys and Girls’ Club’s $1.1 million endowment, an agreement representing the largest fund in the foundation’s young history that increases its assets by nearly half. Since its founding in 2004, the foundation has...

Montage Sold to Hotel Group

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., whose properties include the Hotel Del Coronado and Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, acquired the 250-room Montage Laguna Beach for $360.0 million, the company said in a statement Thursday. At a sale price of $1.4 million a room, the deal puts...

Choose Sides for Super Bowl

Laguna Beach police urge football fans to take sides this Sunday whether they are Seahawk or Patriot fans and decide whether to drink or drive. Police will be deploying on Sunday, Feb. 1, to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. “Drunk driving is completely...

Facts on Hate Crimes Reflect a Different View

I have been reading with interest the back and forth on Ms. Razin’s fiction article that first appeared two weeks ago. Ms. Razin believes there was an anti-Muslim fervor after 9-11 and quotes The Independent, “…Laguna’s embrace of someone that stands out amid the anti- Muslim...