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Lightning Strike Ignites a Tree Blaze

Lightning struck a tree that caught fire in the Temple Hills area during this past Tuesday’s unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. Four fire trucks spent several minutes dousing the palm tree that caught fire on San Remo Drive and prevented it from spreading to nearby homes, fire...

Lightning Strike Ignites a Tree Blaze

Lightning struck a tree that caught fire in the Temple Terrace area during this past Tuesday’s unexpected afternoon thunderstorm. Four fire engines spent several minutes dousing a palm tree in the 2000 block of San Remo Drive to prevent the blaze from spreading to homes along the...

Ex-Pro Surfer Held for Suspicion of Drug Dealing

  A retired professional surfer and co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand was arrested for suspicion of drug dealing after Laguna Beach police seized $2,000 worth of cocaine in his home last week, police said Monday, June 22. Police charged Michael Elliot Tomson, 60, of...

Streetbeat

Monday, June 8 Drug activity. 600 block of Park Ave. 2:50 p.m. Officers issued a citation to a student in possession of marijuana and notified his parents. Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 3:38 p.m. A laptop and passport were taken from a car where a window was...

Multiple Offender Re-arrested

Police arrested suspected drunk driver Derek Haskayne, 51, of Orange, on Sunday, June 7, after he refused to yield on Coast Highway and then plowed into a light pole near Aster Street and Cliff Drive about 4 p.m. Sgt. Tim Kleiser says investigating officers found a container of...

Fleeing Suspect Collared in South Laguna

A brief manhunt in South Laguna sent people scurrying indoors as two law enforcement helicopters circled and siren-blaring cars jammed the small lanes Monday, June 1. Laguna police say sheriff’s deputies collared a man hiding in bushes near Scenic and Fourth Street who earlier...

Artist’s Death Attributed to Natural Causes

  Well-regarded Laguna Beach artist Terry Thornsley died of natural causes, supervising Deputy Coroner Mitchell Sigal said Monday. An autopsy was conducted Thursday, May 28, on Thornsley’s body, he said. Thornsley, 57, a sculptor and painter, in April was nominated as artist...

Checkpoint Snags DUI Suspects

Six drivers suspected of inebriation and 11 others driving with restricted licenses were arrested at a Laguna Beach police checkpoint Sunday on Coast Highway, north of Wesley Drive. More than 1,600 vehicles passed through the checkpoint over its six hours of operation beginning...

Pursuit Ends in Arrest of Suspected Drunk

An allegedly drunk driver collided with three other cars while leading police on a high-speed, nearly eight mile chase last Saturday, May 16, through downtown and Laguna Canyon. Alan Terrazas, 41, of Aliso Viejo, only yielded to police after his own car was disabled when he...

Police Pursuit Ends With Crash

An allegedly drunk driver collided with three other cars while leading police on a high-speed, nearly eight mile chase last Saturday, May 16, through downtown and Laguna Canyon. Alan Terrazas, 41, of Aliso Viejo, only yielded to police after his own car was disabled when he...

Streetbeat

Monday, May 4 Grand theft. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 10:36 a.m. Someone stole 16 marine-grade Northstar batteries from a cell site valued at $4800. Drunk driving. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 1:25 p.m. A 42-year-old La Crescenta man was cited for DUI. DUI. 1300 block of S. Coast...

Canyon Road Reopens

Laguna Canyon Road reopened at 3 a.m. today after a 10-hour closure due to emergency repairs by utility crews to replace a toppled telephone pole, police said Tuesday. A telephone pole, sheered off in the 2700 block when hit by a car, toppled across the road and struck an...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 27 Burglary. 100 block of Chiquita St. 12:19 p.m. During a two-hour absence by the resident, someone entered a home window and took watches valued at $200 from a jewelry box. Detective activity. 33600 block of Del Opisbo. 2:51 p.m. Narcotics investigators who set up...

Streetbeat

Monday, April 20 Property. 1600 block of Hillcrest Dr. 8:30 a.m. There are no known suspects in the disappearance of jewelry valued at $4,000 and $900 in cash. Grand theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 11:40 a.m. A man who left his car downtown while working returned eight hours...

Thoughtful or Guilt-Laden, Thief Returns Car Keys

A car thief took $1,000 worth of electronics and cash from a vehicle abandoned near St. Catherine’s Church Friday, April 17, just a half mile from where it had disappeared, police said. Its owner, who had left the key on the bumper, discovered the Nissan Pathfinder missing after...