Decoy Operation Finds Success


Four adults who agreed to buy alcohol for minors received misdemeanor citations during an undercover program that targeted eight Laguna Beach establishments Saturday, March 12, police said.

A total of 60 adults were asked to buy alcohol for two minors working with police and acting as decoys.

Court costs and fees for furnishing alcohol to a minor can cost $1,000, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.


Monday, March 7

Traffic collision. S. Coast Hwy. 8:54 p.m. A woman complained of pain after being struck in a crosswalk at Cress Street by a car turning northbound onto the highway.

Tuesday, March 8

Vehicle burglary. 2600 block of Solana way. 7:32 a.m. A purse and wallet were taken from a car where a window was smashed.

Traffic collision. Agate St. 9 a.m. A motorcyclist suffered non life-threatening injuries when struck by a southbound vehicle turning left from Coast Highway.

Vehicle burglary. 300 block of Broadway St. 9:32 a.m. Binoculars and other items valued at $1800 were taken.

Wednesday, March 9

Drug activity. N. Coast Hwy. 1:43 p.m. A man seen hugging and licking parking meters was issued a citation for an outstanding warrant but released at the scene.

Thursday, March 10

Burglary. 800 block of Glenneyre St. 7:38 a.m. $194 in cash and a laundry bag was discovered missing.

Extortion. 2600 block of Victoria Dr. 11:21 a.m. A woman reports that a person she is indebted to has threatened to write unflattering posts online.

Saturday, March 12

Traffic collision. Coast Hwy. 12:34 a.m. A 60-year-old San Diego woman was arrested for DUI in the wake of a two-car collision.

Speed race. 31100 Coast Hwy. 2:46 a.m. A 24-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man was cited for DUI.

Pedestrian stop. 300 block of Broadway St. 3:02 a.m. Kalani Henry Machado, 46, of Lake Forest, contacted for sleeping in public, was arrested for several outstanding warrants.

Reckless driving. Laguna Canyon Rd. 2:22 p.m. A 53-year-old Nevada driver, who left a gun on the rear passenger seat, was cited for reckless driving but possessed a concealed weapons permit.

Brandish weapon. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 3:55 p.m. A man who was brandishing a knife was detained for a mental health evaluation.

Sunday, March 13

DUI. Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:25 p.m. A 39-year-old Dana Point man was cited for DUI.

Fraud. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:30 p.m. A customer attempted to purchase items with a fake $100 bill.

Monday, March 14

Traffic stop. Laguna Ave. 1:25 a.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for suspicion of DUI and drug possession. Police allegedly found 1.46 grams of methamphetamine in a baggy in the driver’s jacket pocket, which she claims were drugs seized from a friend during an intervention.





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Andrea Adelson
The former author was the editor of the Laguna Beach Independent. Prior to taking the job in 2005, she worked previously as a reporter at five daily newspapers, including the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the New York Times.


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