Hit and Run Driver Injures Two on Foot

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Two pedestrians crossing Coast Highway in a South Laguna crosswalk suffered minor injuries after being sideswiped by a car Wednesday, July 8.

The 11:34 p.m. accident occurred in the crosswalk at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way, said Sgt. Tim Kleiser.

The two on foot were visiting from China; one suffered minor cuts to the arm and the other had a possible broken toe, Kleiser said. The vehicle has not been found, he said.

Beach Outing Ends in Arrest

Three children found unattended on Main Beach about 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12, led to the arrest of their parents, suspected of neglect. Police allege the mother was in a restroom using drugs while the kids played on the beach; she was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence, Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.

The children, ages 6, 8 and 10, were all taken to Orangewood Children’s Home and Child Protective Services was notified, Kleiser said.

The mother, Julie Black, 46, of San Dimas, reported the children missing two hours after police transported them to the police station, where they were provided with dinner, Kleiser said. “She was instructed to come to the Police Department and showed up with the children’s father,” which Kleiser identified as Leeroy Richard Black, 55, also of San Dimas.

The pair were both arrested for child neglect and additional charges, Kleiser said.


A Family That Closes Ranks

After a bar bouncer ejected a 16-year-old Laguna Beach youth with a fake ID, police arrested one of his adult siblings for resisting arrest and pepper sprayed another for interference, police said.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser said a female was doused with pepper spray in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue Saturday, July 11, about 11:44 p.m. after she ran up behind officers trying to detain the teen, who was attempting to leave with an Uber driver.

“Security officers at the Marine Room had to assist the police officers in preventing others from approaching the officers while they were trying to legally detain two people,” Kleiser said.

The patriarch of the clan believes the pepper spray was unjustified, but wants to see video before pursuing a complaint.


Monday, July 6

Vandalism. 1300 block of Skyline Drive. 10:48 a.m. A neighbor reportedly threw a rock through car window.

Traffic collision. 1700 block of S. Coast hwy. 10:08 p.m. An allegedly inebriated 19-year-old Laguna Niguel driver hit several parked vehicles and was arrested for DUI.

Tuesday, July 7

Suspicious. 100 block of S. Coast hwy. 8 a.m. Travis Austin Brown, 29, of Texas, was arrested for outstanding warrants and police took two bikes from his female companion, who could not explain their ownership.

Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 2:17 p.m. A driver who admitted to entering the country illegally was cited for driving with a suspended license and false registration.

Traffic collision. 15-02518. Beach St. 5:55 p.m. A 25-year-old Laguna Beach woman complained of pain but was not hospitalized after being struck in a crosswalk by a turning vehicle. The driver wasn’t charged.

Wednesday, July 8

Fraud. 400 block of Agate St. 1:34 p.m. A resident was able to stop a $300 payment fraudulently made on a checking account.

Burglary. 2100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 1:47 p.m. Various items were reported missing from a car.

Public intoxication. Brooks St. 10:12 p.m. Tawnee Rochelle Alexander, 27, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested for drug-related warrants and intoxication after staff at a bar complained about a woman that came into the business and urinated on the floor before leaving.

Thursday, July 9

Foot patrol. 100 block of S. Coast hwy. 1:29 a.m. Shaina Rachelle Pfenning, 19, of Oklahoma City, was arrested for an outstanding parole violation warrant and held without bail.

Battery. 1500 block of S. Coast hwy. 2:22 a.m. Brian Lee Miller, 29, of Riverside, was arrested for battery and trespassing after he allegedly bit a security guard who had rousted him for sleeping on the grounds half dressed.

Traffic stop. 300 block of Forest Ave. 1:51 p.m. Anthony Charles Urbano, 54, of Sante Fe Springs, was arrested for suspicion of possessing meth and drug paraphernalia.

Petty theft. 600 block of N. Coast Hwy. 6:29 p.m. A shopper that had left a purse in her car while returning a shopping cart arrived home to discover its disappearance, along with $1,200 in cash, medical records and credit cards.

Friday, July 10

Drunk driving. St. Ann’s Drive. 12:03 a.m. A 45-year-old Laguna Beach resident was cited for DUI.

Traffic collision. Thalia St. 10:22 a.m. A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle, but further details were unavailable.

Drunk driving. 500 block of Mountain Rd. 8:18 p.m. Stephen Kawaratani, 64, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after a motorist complained his parked car was hit and blocked by another motorist. Bailswas set at $10,000 due to a prior offense.

Saturday, July 11

Pedestrian stop. 31900 block of Ninth Ave. 12:59 a.m. A 49-year-old San Diego woman and 28-year-old man from the United Kingdom were arrested for intoxication and public nudity when police, breaking up a party in the area, found them having sex in the street.

Traffic stop. 200 block of Cress St. 1:16 a.m. A 52-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI.

Pedestrian stop. S. Coast Hwy. 2 a.m. Brian Robert Schaar, 30, a Laguna Beach transient, was arrested for a parole violation.

Stolen vehicle. 31100 block of Monterey St. 3:21 p.m. A vintage red Mercedes convertible vanished from the garage of a recently purchased home. The owner of the former rental failed to reprogram a garage door keypad.

Drug activity. 1600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:34 p.m. Two 54-year-old women, one of Fountain Valley and the other from Huntington Beach, were cited for pot possession.

Sunday, July 12

Drunk driving. 200 block of Forest Ave. 12:25 a.m. A 35-year-old Irvine woman was cited for DUI.

Petty theft. 31300 block of Brooks St. 7 a.m. Two unlocked vehicles had items stolen.

Theft. 400 block of Poplar St. 8:30 a.m. Two bikes valued cumulatively at $2,000 were taken.

Suspicious person. 1800 block of Ocean Way. 3 p.m. A man was questioned for allegedly harassing a female lifeguard in her tower.







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  1. Who decides which suspects’ NAME is allowed to become published and which suspects names are withheld or perhaps, intentionally concealed in reporting crimes in this area? Is this selective reporting to protect identity of key individuals and those well known living in community or perhaps high profile person of public interest? Curious, if anyone has a reasonable explanation why some names are published and other names withheld?


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