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Woman Rescued From Rollover

The fire department extricated an unidentified Laguna Beach woman by rope from a vehicle that may have intentionally been driven off Bluebird Canyon Road on Sunday, July 31, police said.

The 27-year-old driver was transported to Mission Hospital after suffering moderate injuries in the single-car accident about 1 p.m., police said.

Police received several 911 calls about a white 2009 BMW 335i that went “off the cliff” and rolled several times, coming to rest about 120-feet in a ravine. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle speeding up Bluebird Canyon at approximately 100 mph, and police said it was very possible the accident was intentional.



Monday, July 25

Medical. 12:20 a.m. 400 block of Mermaid St. A 26-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for being under the influence of GHB, with bail set at $1000, and was taken to Mission Hospital.


Traffic stop. 7:45a.m. Lagunita and Coast Highway. A 40-year-old Santa Ana resident was arrested for false identification and bail was set at $500.


Disturbance. 8:44 a.m. 500 block of Forest Ave. Laguna resident Eli Jesse Grossman was arrested for allegedly resisting an officer and battery on a police officer, with bail set at $20,000.


Battery. 9:11 a.m. 900 block of Capistrano Ave. A 36-year-old woman was arrested for domestic battery, with bail set at $10,000 after screaming, hitting and scratching her ex-husband and threatening to kill herself in the presence of three children. She was also charged with possession of drugs, with bail set at $20,000.


Vehicle burglary. 1:15 p.m. 700 block of Coast View Dr. A car was broken into and a wallet, skateboard, and iPod were taken.


Fraud report. 3:18 p.m. 300 block of Glenneyre St. A woman’s credit card information was compromised and unknown persons have withdrawn a total of $4500 from her bank account.


DUI. 4:04 p.m. 900 block of Summit Dr. A 55-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for DUI and bail was set at $2500.


Tuesday, July 26

Pedestrian stop. 1:23 a.m. 300 block of Glenneyre St. Demetri Catsouras, 29, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested on felony charges for alleged possession of cocaine and destroying evidence, with bail set at $20,000, and $500, respectively. Catsouras was arrested near a business he manages where officers found him hiding behind a trash can, said Sgt. Robert Rahaeuser. He said he was tying his shoe, but they found a torn, clear plastic bag with cocaine nearby, he said. The arrest was made by an officer in training, who has less than six months with the department, and was accompanied by a veteran corporal, Rahaeuser said.


Property. 9:23 a.m. 200 block of Agate St. Dana Point resident Silvia Trujillo-Delgado, 29, was arrested for alleged identity theft. Bail was set at $20,000.


Detective activity. 12:21 p.m. 13000 block of El Dorado Drive. A 53-year-old Corona resident was arrested for making obscene and threatening phone calls, with bail of $500.


Grand theft. 4:14pm 1500 block of S. Coast Highway. Yaneli Mendez, 28, of San Juan Capistrano, a hotel housekeeper, was arrested for suspicion of grand theft, with bail set at $20,000, after she was allegedly caught with jewelry from a guest room.


Traffic Stop. 10:21 p.m. Cardinal Dr. Coast Highway. A 20-year-old woman was arrested for DUI, held for bail of $2500.


Sexual battery. 200 block of Park Ave. A woman was assaulted in a Laguna Beach home by her employer. She was transported to Mission Hospital and detectives are investigating.


Wednesday, July 27

Traffic Stop. 12:34 a.m. 1600 block of S. Coast Highway, Sea Cliff Inn. A 29-year-old Norway resident was arrested for DUI, with bail of $2500.


Disturbance. 5:51 a.m. Sun Valley Drive. Foothill Ranch resident Vittorio Cantalupo, 49, was cited for alleged possession of 28.5 grams of marijuana or less. Officers had been called about a fight at the homeless shelter.


Traffic collision. 8:22 a.m. Glenneyre St. at Mountain Rd. Fire Department rescuers had to cut the driver from a 06 BMW that overturned.


Medical. 9:50 a.m. 686 N. Coast Hwy. A 50-year-old Laguna Beach woman’s body was found in her home. Foul play was not suspected. No further details were available.


DUI. 7:27 p.m. 30922 Coast Highway. A 22-year-old Canyon Country resident was arrested for DUI with bail set at $2500.


Hit and run. 7:51 p.m. Stefanie Mahealani Thais, 44, of Laguna Niguel, scratched a trolley with her vehicle and was tracked down at Laguna Avenue. She was arrested for suspicion of DUI, with bail set at $10,000.


Thursday, July 28

LBMC Violation. 2:37 p.m. Shaws Cove. An 18-year-old from West Covina was cited for spearing a Garibaldi, the protected state fish. OC Superior Court will issue a penalty amount.


Traffic stop. 4:58p.m. Brooks Street and Glenneyre Street. A 34-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs. Bail was set at $1000.


Info Only. 7:34 p.m. 31000 block of S. Coast Highway. Approximately a mile offshore, a commercial fishing boat was reportedly very close to a breaching whale. Lifeguards were notified.


Friday, July 29.

Grand Theft.  12:20a.m. 1500 block of Regatta Rd. A woman’s MacBook Pro valued at $2500 was allegedly stolen by an 18-year-old houseguest.


Burglary. 10:27 a.m. 100 block of Cliff Dr. Someone stole subwoofers from a vehicle.


DUI. 10:51 a.m. 600 N. Coast Highway. 11:07 a.m. Laguna Hills resident Heather Berault, 44, was arrested for suspicion of DUI, her second offense in 10 years, with bail set at $10,000. A store employee reported that the woman hit two vehicles as she attempted to drive away.


LBMC violation. 3:11 p.m. Moss Street beach. Lifeguards requested an officer cite a man for spearing a leopard shark, a protected species.


Hit and run. 4:29 p.m. Castle Rock Road. Laguna Beach resident Isidro Francisco Rodriguez, 43, was arrested for suspicion of felony hit and run, with a bail of $50,000. After attempting a left turn onto Laguna Canyon Road from his home, Rodriguez struck a motorcyclist and then continued driving into town. Witnesses called in his license plate. He was arrested the following day, telling officers he did not stop for fear of being late for work. The motorcycle rider suffered a severely lacerated foot.


Petty theft. 8:21p.m. 600 N. Coast Highway. David Shane Brooks, 43, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for three outstanding warrants and an additional burglary allegation, with bail of $20,000. A cashier reported seeing Brooks allegedly stealing food.


Saturday July 30

Petty theft. 10:24 a.m. 260 Ocean Ave. A woman’s wallet containing $600 and left on a table was stolen.


Traffic stop. 12:31 p.m. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. An Anaheim man was arrested for a warrant for driving without a license, with bail set at $2500.


Public Service Request. 3:51 p.m. Main Beach park. The Fire Department had to cut apart a baby swing where two 11-year old boys were playing and got stuck.


Welfare check. 10:09 p.m. Bluebird Park. Police responded to a report of an assault by six to seven men, but when approached, the 22-year-old male ran away screaming and refused help.


Sunday, July 31

DUI. 2:44 a.m. Montage Resort Drive. Aliso Viejo resident Lance Brandon Nomil, 21, was arrested for suspicion of DUI for the second time, and bail was set at $10,000.


Vehicle burglary. 12:25 p.m. 100 N Coast Highway, Mobil. A man had his car window smashed and a glossy tan leather purse, camera, and passport stolen.


Animal Call. 9:08p.m. 600 block of Mystic Way. A woman reported a huge black thing with eight legs in her house, “the size of a mango.” Police arrived to find a very large spider and took it into custody.


DUI. 9:40 p.m. City limits north. Ladera Ranch resident Kenneth John Stetter was arrested for suspicion of DUI with bail of $10,000 due to a prior offense. Stetter reportedly nearly caused an accident by running the gate at Emerald Bay and making a u-turn on Coast Highway.


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