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Pedestrian Struck Near Aliso Beach

A 23-year-old Coast Highway pedestrian suffered severe injuries as a result of a 7: 35 p.m. July 4 collision with a vehicle near the entrance to Aliso Beach, police reported.

Michael David Ash, 31, of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony drunk driving, his second arrest for driving under the influence after already being convicted in 2005, police Lt. Jason Kravetz said. Bail was set at $100,000.

An officer on patrol found the victim in the roadway and immediately began rendering aid, Kravetz said. The Los Angeles resident, who was not identified, sustained extensive injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Boarder Evaders Arrested at El Morro

Four of 18 people who came ashore at Crystal Cove State Park in a panga-style boat before 5 a.m. Saturday, July 2, fled back to sea, according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.

Fourteen others who were apprehended in the vicinity were all Mexican nationals, said agent Kurtis Woods from San Diego.

The California National Guard and Newport police assisted border patrol agents making arrests, Woods said. As neither the Coast Guard nor Harbor Patrol was involved, the boat was not interdicted at sea, he said.

Another boat with a similar cargo of people, also suspected of attempting to enter the country illegally, made shore at Emerald Bay last month.

House Sitter Suspected in Burglary

Residents in the 400 block of Bluebird Canyon Road returned home on Thursday, June 30, to find $73,000 worth of jewelry and money missing.

Investigators intend to question the residents’ house sitter, who was gone along with the loot when residents arrived home, Lt. Kravetz said.

Holiday Weekend Taxes Police

The police department received 293 calls for service and made 10 arrests on Monday, July 4, more than double the amount of calls for a typical summer day, Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

By comparison, last year on July 20 the department had 108 calls for service and made five arrests, while on Aug. 8 the tally was 156 calls and eight arrests, he said.

This year’s call volume was the second-highest on Independence Day in the last five years, exceeded only by the demands of July 4, 2009, when 309 people requested police services and officers made 18 arrests.

Body Found on Main Beach

Police on a routine patrol discovered the body of a homeless man who appeared to have died a few hours earlier on Main Beach shortly after midnight on Tuesday, July 5.

The man was identified as 59-year-old Robert Hurd. “There were no signs of foul play and the man appeared to have passed away an hour or two before he was found,” Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a statement.

Hurd was found at 12:39 a.m. on the lawn area at Main Beach near the Lifeguard Tower.   

The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Monday, June 27

Grand theft. 8:57 a.m. 1200 block of Coast Hwy. A $2,000 bike was stolen from a garage.

Vandalism. 12:14 p.m. 400 block of Coast Highway. Unknown person damaged a sign, a $1,500 loss.

Grand theft. 2:49 p.m. 300 block of Jasmine St. A Movado watch valued at $1,100 was discovered missing after a resident stayed overnight with a friend in Malibu.

Disturbance. 4 p.m. 800 block of Tia Juana St. A Laguna Beach man was arrested for domestic violence.

Found property. 4:38 p.m. West St. Beach. A clean 12-inch knife was found wrapped in a medical garment.

Found property. 5:27 p.m. 200 block of Broadway. Four shirts were discovered in back of a store.

Tuesday, June 28

Vehicle burglary. 7:29 a.m. 400 block of Poplar St. Gift cards were stolen from two locked vehicles.

Stolen vehicle. 7 a.m. 400 block of Hilledge Dr. A 1999 Chevy Astro van was taken between 2 and 6 p.m.

Burglary. 8:17 p.m. 1500 block of Coast Hwy. An evicted guest reported that $1,000 in cash and gift cards was missing after staff removed her belongings from a room.

Drugs. 8:44 p.m. 600 block of N. Coast Hwy. Jaime Serrano, 34, of Buena Park, was arrested for allegedly selling 49 Vicodine pills to undercover officers. Bail was set at $25,000.

Bonfire. 8:59 p.m. Table Rock Beach. James Douglas Ballard, 20, of Anaheim, was held without bail for warrants suspecting him of cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession.

Thursday, June 30

Vehicle burglary. 9:36 a.m. 400 block of Poplar St. A camera and wallet were taken from a locked vehicle.

Traffic stop. 11:34 a.m. Vista del Sol. Talmage Bartlett, 58, of Lake Forest, was arrested for suspicion of meth possession. Bail was set at $20,000.

Fraud. 12:17 p.m. 2900 block of Mountain View. A possible former employee tried unsuccessfully to cash checks worth $6,100 in Dectur, Ga., on the account of a resident.

Fraud. 1:47 p.m. 2000 block of Ocean Way. An unknown suspect made three $1,000 withdrawals in March from a west Los Angeles bank on a local resident’s account.

Grand theft. 3:59 p.m. 1200 block of Coast Hwy. Someone stole Fed Ex boxes containing 46 yoga mats worth $1,154 left outside for pickup.

Stolen vehicle. 7:10 p.m. Los Olivos. A 2003 Jeep wrangler disappeared, but was recovered on July 4.

Traffic stop. 9:22 p.m. 200 block of Thalia St. A 25-year-old Texas woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Friday, July 1

Animals. 11:34 a.m. 2800 block of Chateau Way. A bat was reported flying about a bedroom.

Fraud. 3:32 p.m. 1700 block of Temple Hills Dr. Someone cashed 14 checks and withdrew $1,100 at an east Los Angeles bank from a resident’s bank account.

Fraud. 3:36 p.m. 300 block of Ledroit St. Someone made six unauthorized debit card purchases totaling $500 on two accounts held by a resident.

Traffic stop. 4:13 p.m. 31000 block of Coast Hwy. A 42-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Saturday, July 2

Traffic stop. 12:25 a.m. 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. A 55-year-old Irvine man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic collision. 12:35 p.m. 2600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. Traffic was blocked for 30 minutes while rescuers freed a driver trapped in a vehicle that plowed into a tree. The injured driver was transported for medical aid.

Hit and run. 5:46 p.m. S. Coast Hwy. A 24-year-old Indiana woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Traffic collision. 5:55 p.m. El Toro Rd. A female passenger on a motorcycle suffered moderate injuries after she was launched into a stopped car when the motorcycle driver lost control.

Traffic stop. 9:23 p.m. Diamond St. A 30-year-old Manhattan Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Sunday, July 3

Traffic stop. 2:46 a.m. 200 block of N. Coast Hwy. A 26-year-old Pico Rivera woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Vandalism. 11:51 a.m. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. A vehicle was keyed overnight.

Drugs. 3:11 p.m. 400 block of Coast Hwy. Richard Calandro, 57, of Laguna Hills, was arrested for suspicion of cocaine possession after he changed rooms and left a baggie behind.

Stolen vehicle. 4:44 p.m. 200 block of Ocean Ave. A BMW left overnight was discovered stolen, but recovered July 5 in an underground lot in the 1100 block of S. Coast Highway.

Traffic stop. 11:44 p.m. Broadway. A 32-year-old Newport Beach man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Grand theft. 7:44 p.m. Main Beach. Someone stole a backpack containing electronics valued at $1,196 from a beach-goer who fell asleep.

Monday, July 4

Drug paraphernalia. 1:32 p.m. 400 block of Coast Hwy. A guest left drug paraphernalia in a room.

Medical aid. 3:24 p.m. W. Ridge Rd. A mountain biker required medical aid after suffering a possible separated shoulder.

Traffic stop. 6:30 p.m. Fourth St. Robert Louis Phillips, 47, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $100,000 bail, a fourth offense in 10 years.

Traffic stop. 9:37 p.m. 200 Calliope St. A 37-year-old Anaheim man was arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant.

Traffic stop. 10:51 p.m. 400 block of Forest Ave. A 23-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Foot patrol. 11:18 p.m. Alta Laguna Park. A 26-year-old woman was arrested for an outstanding Santa Ana vehicle code warrant.

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