Hikers Extracted by Helicopter


Lost hikers, who had wandered off Car Wreck trail in Wood and Aliso Canyon Wilderness Park, were extracted without injury by a Fire Authority helicopter about 9:49 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, authorities said.

Police and firefighters were dispatched to attempt to locate the three missing hikers, who called for help about 7:25 p.m. A sheriff’s helicopter equipped with infrared cameras was requested and located the hikers, but it lacked extraction capability, said Laguna Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. A second helicopter from the Fire Authority eventually hoisted them out, he said.

“It was dark, they were unfamiliar with the area, it was steep, and they were off of the trail,” said LaTendresse, noting that city personnel, who had to access the trail on foot in order to search for them, did not reach the hikers before they were lifted out.

Monday, Sept. 8

Fraud. 1000 block of Skyline Dr. 12:27 p.m. A local resident discovered someone had used his identity when his insurance was denied due to a license suspension. He learned someone who received a ticket and failed to pay had impersonated him last year.

Burglary. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 2:27 p.m.  The victim told officers that her purse was stolen from an office; the loss is $1,100 in cash, credit cards and the purse.

Traffic stop. 300 block of Broadway St. 10:36 p.m. A 46-year-old Aliso Viejo resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Traffic stop. 100 block of Fairview St. 12:59 a.m. A 52-year-old New York woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Vandalism. 600 block of Glenneyre St. 5:40 p.m. A vehicle was keyed; the victim believes it is retaliation for a previous incident.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Pedestrian stop. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 3:45 p.m. An 18-year-old from Lake Forest was cited for a misdemeanor and released for transporting marijuana as officers detained three others for smoking in the wilderness area.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Burglary. 300 block of Cliff Dr. 8:53 a.m. Someone attempted to break a patio door lock between 3 and 6 a.m.

Petty theft. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 11:05 a.m. Christy Lyn Weisz-Bushorem, 41, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on a felony no-bail drug possession bench warrant while police were investigating a theft at a neighboring facility.

Probation search. 31500 Eagle Rock Way. Two women were arrested after detectives conducted a probation search at the home of Amy Rose Hammond, 37, of Laguna Beach. While searching the home, detectives located methamphetamine, hypodermic syringes, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Hammond was cited for suspicion of meth possession and Jordan Rachel Bias, 25, of Capistrano Beach, was arrested for allegedly providing false information, possession of heroin and two no-bail bench warrants.

Occupied vehicle. 1258 a.m. 100 block of Anita St. A Palm Desert resident was arrested for warrants.

Traffic stop. 700 block of Wilson St. 1:53 a.m. A 36-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Drunk driving. Acacia Dr. 7:59 a.m. A 27-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for suspicion of meth possession and drunk driving after he lost control and hit a parked car. Bail was set at $20,000.

LBMC violation. 300 block of Broadway St. 1 p.m. Stanley Hohimer, 51, a Laguna Beach transient, was arrested for a no-bail felony warrant for a parole violation.

Fraud report. 21200 Castle Rock Rd. 2:23 p.m. A son’s friend pawned a loaned custom surfboard worth $700.

Pedestrian stop. 31700 block of Coast Hwy. 11 p.m. Kristopher Philip Lingo, 36, of Diamond Bar, was arrested for suspicion of multiple drug possession charges after police searched the car of three people loitering in a parking lot. Bail was set at $20,000.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Traffic collision. Oak St. 1:42 a.m. A 44-year-old Dana Point resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500.

Suspicious person. Brooks St. A man who whistled and taunted a 14-year-old girl to “come inside” his van was interviewed by police, but no arrests were made.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Pedestrian stop. 1400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 12:43 a.m. A 34-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested for an under the influence warrant and held for bail of $15,000.

Traffic stop. Oak St. 1:11 a.m. A 59-year-old Newport Beach woman was cited for DUI and held for $15,000 bail.

Assist other dept. 600 block of Emerald Bay. 4:12 a.m. Swanson park. A 21-year-old Emerald Bay resident was arrested for obstructing a police officer after he fled and hid in in the backyard of a vacant residence when police arrived to investigate a vandalism report. Two others also fled. They were reportedly vandalizing benches by throwing them into a bonfire in the park.

Drunk driving. 700 block of Bolsana Dr. 5:52 a.m. A neighbor reported the break-up of a loud party and police snagged a departing guest, a 21-year-old Laguna Beach man, who was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.





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