City Reminds Residents to Leash Canine Companions

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The city of Laguna Beach recently issued a reminder to residents that dogs are prohibited on city and county beaches between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from June 15–Sept. 10. During that time, dogs can be on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Dogs are never allowed off leash at any time on city and county beaches. Additionally, per county policy, dogs are not allowed at Thousand Steps beach throughout the year.

Dogs are allowed off leash only at the city’s dog park, located at 20672 Laguna Canyon Road.

“The Police Department receives many complaints from citizens regarding unleashed dogs and in response to these complaints, the city is committed to strictly enforcing its ordinance relating to dogs on leashes,” officials said. “Fines will be administered for those found in violation of the ordinance.”

For more information, contact Jim Beres, civilian services administrator, at 949-464-6669.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Traffic stop. 1:03 a.m. 600 block of North Coast Highway. A 43-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 1:42 a.m. Tustin resident Chandler Thomas Lascalza, 22, was arrested on for an outstanding central court warrant and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 2:54 a.m. Canyon Acres Drive and Laguna Canyon Road. A 28-year-old Orange resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Saturday, Aug. 11

Traffic stop. 2:43 a.m. Rockledge Road and South Coast Highway. Placentia resident Brody Scott Boyack, 22, was arrested for DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to one prior offense.

Fraud report. 10:24 a.m. 300 block of Ocean Avenue. A woman reported being scammed out of $13,700 after she complied with what she thought was an email from her boss requesting money.

Foot patrol. 3:34 p.m. 31700 block Coast Highway. Goleta resident Zphaniah Levi Alva, 23, was arrested for an outstanding central court warrant.

Friday, Aug. 10

Traffic stop. 12:20 a.m. 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Road. A 59-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Pedestrian stop. 12:24 a.m. 1100 block of South Coast Highway. A 58-year-old Tustin resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 12:31 a.m. El Paseo and Laguna Avenue. Isai Zamorano, 28, of Santa Ana, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and a 19-year-old Santa Ana resident was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic stop. 2:30 a.m. A 26-year-old Ontario man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Medical. 11:24 a.m. 100 block of North Coast Highway. Anita Marie Novak, 39, of Michigan, was arrested for felony domestic violence and held for $50,000 bail. Officers initially responded to reports of a man and woman yelling at each other in an alleyway. The man, Allen Friant, had injuries all over his body from what he claimed were attacks by Novak. Once inside LBPD jail, Novak admitted to bringing in narcotics and a charge of possession of contraband in a jail facility was added.

Foot patrol. 7:15 p.m. Civilian beach patrol officers contacted two subjects at Tablerock Beach, when a small baggie of cocaine fell out of one of the subject’s pockets. LBPD dispatch was unable to locate the male subject, who claimed to be from New Hampshire, in any police systems. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. When the subject’s fingerprints came back, he was identified as 25-year-old Nicholas Serra, of San Clemente. Serra was arrested for five OC warrants and held for $10,000 bail each and was also charged with providing false information to a peace officer.

Suspicious circumstances. 9:41 p.m. 500 block of South Coast Highway. Officers responded to Main Beach where a woman reported she was sexually assaulted in a tent. Known transient Michele Prince, 44, said she was bitten by another woman inside of a tent on the south end of Main Beach. The other woman said Prince entered her tent uninvited, held her by the throat and threatened to hurt her. No sexual assault occurred, but Prince was arrested for threats and battery and held for $50,000 bail.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Disturbance. 4:38 p.m. 100 block of South Coast Highway. Brian Scott Ensley, 40, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for resisting an executive officer ($25,000 bail) and carrying a concealed dagger ($20,000).

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Vandalism. 10:53 a.m. North Coast Highway and Broadway Street. Laguna Beach homeless woman Stephanie Marie Monge, 31, formerly of Santee, was arrested for felony vandalism ($20,000 bail), misdemeanor throwing a substance at a vehicle ($500 bail), and battery on a peace officer ($500 bail). Monge reportedly threw a large rock at a vehicle, shattering the windshield and denting the roof. While an officer was standing with Monge, she threw a bottle of milk at his face before spitting at him and trying to kick him. Monge was transported to LBPD and then Orange County Jail.

Sunday, Aug. 5

Disorderly conduct. 8:33 p.m. 700 block of Cress Street. A 57-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

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