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Diver Dies Off Crystal Cove

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Authorities say the body of a diver was found offshore Crystal Cove State Park about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The coroner’s office identified the man as Wesley Kim, 27, of Reseda, who was unresponsive in the ocean while snorkeling or free diving. An autopsy will be conducted , the coroner’s office said.

The skipper of the pleasure craft Ohana called the Coast Guard about 1:30 p.m. to report a diver in distress after a second diver surfaced and reported losing visibility of another diver.

DUI Checkpoint Nets Six Arrests

Police arrested six suspected drunk drivers, seven others for license suspensions and another for drug possession during a six-hour checkpoint in North Laguna that began Saturday, Aug. 22, police said.

More than 2,200 cars went through the checkpoint at Irvine Cove Drive.

Police believe checkpoints serve as a deterrence to drunk and drugged driving and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Monday, Aug. 17

Burglary. 600 block of Park Ave. 3 p.m. Someone threw a fire extinguisher through a classroom window, causing $1,200 in damage.

Fraud. 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 6:36 p.m. A resident who paid $636 for a trip over the phone discovered it was a scam.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Traffic stop. Oak St. 2:59 a.m. A 31-year-old Irvine woman was cited for DUI.

Grand theft. 900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 11:10 a.m. A bike was reported stolen.

Rape. 500 block of Forest Ave. 11:27 a.m. Police are investigating a sexual assault that allegedly occurred last week on the beach inside a tent.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Robbery. Ocean Ave. 12:09 p.m. Justin Serotko, 36, of Santa Ana, was arrested for suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly swung a broom at another man and ripped off his sunglasses. The victim suffered minor abrasions.

Burglary. 1000 block of Catalina. 1 p.m. Valuables worth $2,700 were taken in the early morning hours from a locked vehicle.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Traffic collision. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:28 a.m. A cyclist complained of pain and was taken to a hospital after colliding with an opening door of a parked car.

Fraud. 2400 block of Park Ave. 9:38 a.m. A resident learned their checks were fraudulently used in Fontana.

Grand theft. 600 block of Park Ave. 10:59 a.m. A roofer’s tools were stolen overnight.

Friday, Aug. 21

Drunk driving. 300 block of Cypress Dr. 2:08 a.m. A 19-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for DUI.

Disturbance. 600 block of Ramona Ave. 2:27 a.m. A love triangle dispute between two women involved with the same man resulted in one woman going to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other woman fled the scene.

Fraud. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 10:24 a.m. Two charges exceeding $300 each were made to a resident’s checking account.

Stalking report. 2100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:41 a.m. A mother reported that a man with dark hair followed her 14-year-old daughter home.

Traffic stop. Upland Rd. 11:52 p.m. A 49-year-old Dana Point man was cited for DUI.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Traffic stop. Diamond St. 12 a.m. A 57-year-old Ladera Ranch man was cited for DUI.

DUI. 600 block of Park Ave 1:49 a.m. A 41-year-old Newport Beach woman, who was observed stumbling before getting into a car was arrested for DUI.

Pedestrian stop. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 2:02 a.m. Two Laguna Niguel teens were cited and detained for curfew violations and a third for resisting arrest when police encountered the group. One youth was on the ground in a parking area.

Disorderly conduct. 200 block of Broadway St. 12:58 p.m. Complaints over begging prompted police to question two men including Nathan Rivera, 27, of Whittier, who was wanted for a drug warrant. Since San Bernardino County declined to extradite, Rivera was cited and released.

Vandalism. 31100 block of Coast Hwy. 6:50 p.m. Two front tires were reported slashed.

Sunday, Aug. 23

Traffic stop. Forest Ave. 12:33 a.m. A 28-year-old Palm Desert woman was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. 1300 block of S. Coast hwy. 2:36 a.m. Ashley Alaetra Ayres, 18, of Costa Mesa, who admitted to using her sister’s ID, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and providing false identification.

Traffic collision. 900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 4:45 p.m. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a collision between a vehicle and a motorcycle. The cyclist suffered an ankle injury.

Burglary. 2600 block of Queda Way. 6 p.m. Police are following up a report by a resident about someone they know trying to break into the house.

Traffic stop. 300 block of Jasmine 11:20 p.m. An 18-year-old Laguna Beach teen was cited for DUI.

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