Two Stranded Beach-goers Rescued


Two young women stranded on a rock reef at Thousand Steps Beach as the tide was rising were rescued by sheriff’s deputies and lifeguards early Saturday, July 2, authorities said.

Laguna Beach police requested the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter with a hoist to extract the stranded beachgoers about 7:55 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Mark Stichter said.

The helicopter lowered a member of the sheriff’s rescue personnel to assist one of the women, who had been thrown against the rocks by surf after going through a cliff cave, said lifeguard Capt. Jason Young. She and her rescuer were hoisted by helicopter and taken to nearby Mission Hospital, Stichter he said.

Lifeguards were able to assist the other uninjured woman, who left the beach from a private stairway in Three Arch Bay, Young said. “They did not have the awareness of the conditions,” he said.

The women were not further identified.


Monday, June 27

Traffic collision. 31500 block of Coast Hwy. 5:42 p.m. A motorist complained of pain following a collision.

Suspicious. 1900 Rim Rock Canyon Rd. 5:53 p.m. Police detained four juveniles in a car and recovered pellet guns and marijuana nearby. Three citations were issued.

Tuesday, June 28

Fraud. 900 block of Glenneyre St. 2 p.m. An investigation is underway to determine if a woman who described herself as a caretaker was filling a prescription lawfully.

Drug activity. 1300 block of Circle Way. 8:57 p.m. Two minors were cited for alcohol possession.

Wednesday, June 29

Theft. N. Encino. 8:56 a.m. A watch and cash cumulatively valued at $6,780 were taken from an unlocked vehicle.

Theft. 2400 block of Glenneyre St. 11 a.m. Jewelry valued at $24,000 was taken from an unoccupied home for sale.

Thursday, June 30

Public intoxication. Cress St. 1:36 a.m. A report about a fight between men led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Tucson man for allegedly striking his spouse.

Traffic collision. Park Ave. 9:47 a.m. In heavy traffic, a car backed up and struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The victim was not hospitalized.

Traffic collision. Emerald Bay. 10:54 a.m. A vehicle on Bay Crest Drive attempted to head north and cross traffic on Coast Highway, but was struck by a southbound vehicle.

DUI. 30900 block of Coast Hwy. 8:30 pm. A 49-year-old San Diego man was cited for DUI.

Suspicious person. 31500 block of Coast Hwy. 9:29 p.m. Burglary suspect Steven Edward Cain, 49, of Thousand Palms, was spotted by a sheriff’s helicopter and Laguna Beach police, hiding in rocks on Table Rock Beach. In a search of Cain’s vehicle, police found items missing in two other burglaries.

Friday, July 1

Burglary. 400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 8:55 a.m. Clothes were taken from two hotel rooms.

Trespassing. 600 block of N. Coast Hwy. 9:32 a.m. River Bowles, 21, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of burglary and possessing stolen property after police searched his campsite and found items stolen in two earlier thefts. The thefts occurred in the 400 block of Cliff Drive and the 300 block of Cypress Drive. Bail was set at $50,000.

Petty theft. 22200 block Paseo del Sur. 12:16 p.m. Mail was stolen from a front porch.

Drunk driving. Coast Hwy. 7:38 p.m. A 21-year-old from Mission Viejo was cited for DUI.

Citizen assist. 300 block of S. Coast hwy. 11:54 p.m. Two young men trying to enter a bar with fake IDs were detained after trying to flee from police. A 20-year-old from Salt Lake City and a 19-year-old from Newport Beach were arrested for phony IDs and resisting arrest.

Saturday, July 2

Traffic stop. Mountain Rd. 12:43 a.m. A 55-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. Saint Ann’s Dr. 1:24 a.m. Cesar Antonio Celis, 26, of Temecula, was arrested for suspicion of DUI. He had a prior offense.

Burglary. 900 block of Glenneyre St. 1:54 a.m. A thief who shattered a front glass door to gain entry to a pharmacy fled with prescription cough syrup.

Petty theft. 1300 block of Skyline Dr. 11:28 a.m. Several items are missing from an unlocked vehicle in a driveway.

Vehicle burglary. 3200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:54 p.m. Valuables estimated at $950 were taken.

Burglary. 800 block of Gainsborough Dr. 1:18 p.m. A thief gained entry through a patio window and made off with electronics and jewelry valued at $10,000.

DUI. Bluebird canyon. 5:17 p.m. A 23-year-old Riverside man was cited for DUI.

DUI. Laguna Canyon Road. 9:15 p.m. Reports about erratic driving prompted police to arrest a 58-year-old Mission Viejo man for DUI.

Vehicle stop. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. 11:36 p.m. Nicholas Joseph Madril, 29, of Aliso Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of DUI, a second offense.

Sunday, July 3

Drunk driving. El Toro Rd. 4:51 p.m. Observed swerving, police arrested a 26-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man for DUI.

Vehicle burglary. 1000 block of Skyline Dr. 5:25 p.m. An owner reported a $500 loss.

Traffic collision. Coast Hwy. 8:57 p.m. A motorist suffered minor injuries in a two vehicle collision.

Monday, July 4

Public intoxication. 31500 block of Bluff Dr. 7:24 p.m. Andy Rios, 27, of La Puente, was arrested for an outstanding vandalism warrant and being drunk in public.

Fraud. 600 block of S. Coast hwy. 11:16 p.m. Someone attempted to use a fake $100 bill.

Tuesday, July 5

Drunk driving. Laguna Ave. 1:26 a.m. Arley Carrillomejia, 20, of Orange, was arrested for suspicion of felony drunk driving following a collision with another vehicle, where passengers complained of pain. Bail was set at $100,000.



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Andrea Adelson
The former author was the editor of the Laguna Beach Independent. Prior to taking the job in 2005, she worked previously as a reporter at five daily newspapers, including the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the New York Times.


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