Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle


Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6.

No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians as they began to cross Thalia northbound, she said.

The male, who was thrown onto the truck, suffered a broken rib, collapsed lung and broken nose, Callus said, while the woman was knocked to the side and suffered a cut to her head. Both were transported to Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital with injuries, which were not considered life-threatening, she said.

Bison Sculpture on the Lam

The 23-inch "American Bison" work, the fourth of 30 cast by artist Michael J. Hart, was stolen from the Redfern Gallery last week.
The 23-inch “American Bison” work, the fourth of 30 cast by artist Michael J. Hart, was stolen from the Redfern Gallery last week.

Police have yet to develop any leads to identify the thief that smashed a gallery window and made off with a limited edition $9,500 bronze bison sculpture sometime before 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 5.

Gallery owner Ray Redfern told police he learned of the shattered storefront window from a stockbroker whose office is nearby. Nothing else was reported missing, Sgt. Louise Callus said, noting that video shows a male pushing a Dicks’s Sporting Goods shopping cart heaving a rock through a window in the 1500 block of Coast Highway at 4:24 a.m.

Photo: The 23-inch “American Bison” work, the fourth of 30 cast by artist Michael J. Hart, was stolen from the Redfern Gallery last week.

Tuesday, March 4

Traffic stop. 30600 block of Coast Hwy. 12:17 a.m. A 66-year-old Monarch Beach resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 1700 block of Santa Cruz St. 10:03 p.m. A 49-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and resisting arrest and held for $2500 bail.

Drunk driving. Forest Ave. 2:59 p.m. A 51-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail after she drove into a parked car.

Thursday, March 6

Petty theft. 600 block of Park Ave. 3:58 p.m. A mother reported her son’s $600 phone was stolen from a backpack and tracked to an address on Coast View.

Friday, March 7

Traffic stop. N. Coast Hwy. 2:26 a.m. A 23-year-old Tustin man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:27 a.m. A 17-year-old driver and his passengers, four other teens from Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Casa and Mission Viejo, were all cited for curfew violations and held for release to their parents.

Mentally ill. 400 block of Coast Hwy. 1:45 a.m. Responding to a report about a nude woman breaking furniture outside, police arrested Sheleta Nycole Morton, 30, for suspicion of domestic violence. She allegedly twice bit her boyfriend when he attempted to summon police. Bail was set $50,000. She was also held for an additional driving unlicensed warrant.

Disturbance. 200 block of Forest Ave. 5:35 p.m. David Chey, 50, and his 82-year-old panhandling mother, Soon Chey, both of Irvine, were arrested for burglary and petty theft warrants. Due to her disabilities, Orange County Jail refused to hold her.

Traffic collision. 2700 block of S. Coast Hwy. 11:21 p.m. A male driver from Huntington Beach was northbound on Coast just north of Nyes Place when he veered to the right and struck a parked pickup truck. No one was injured but both vehicles were severely damaged.

Saturday, March 8

Traffic collision. Coast Hwy and Eagle Rock Way. 10:36 a.m. A motorcyclist refused medical aid after hitting the curb to avoid a stopped vehicle.

Foot patrol. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 10:41 p.m. Four juveniles were detained and released to parents. The report was incomplete.

Occupied vehicle. St. Ann’s Drive. 10:55 p.m. A 38-year-old Mission Viejo man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Sunday, March 9

Traffic stop. Park Ave. 1:27 a.m. A 53-year-old Tustin woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Occupied vehicle. 700 block of Cliff Sr. 3:57 a.m. A 17-year-old male from Garden Grove and a 16-year-old Long Beach girl were both arrested for suspicion of hash possession and other lesser charges. Two other youths were cited for curfew violation. All four were released to their parents.

Traffic stop. N. Coast Hwy. 4:28 a.m. A 19-year-old from Westminster was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

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