DUI Arrests

None this period


Incident Reports

Monday, June 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert James Lankford, 31, Irvine

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Drinking in Pubic

2:46 p.m. Timothy Peter Cerone, no fixed address, was arrested for drinking in public.

S. Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Disorderly Person

10:11 p.m. Long Beach resident Bryant Chauncey Raynard, 49, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for resisting arrest.

Tuesday, June 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Mark Benkelmen, 55, Laguna Beach

4th Avenue & Coast Hwy | Hit/Run

7:26 p.m. A maroon truck, license #6EPN696, ran a red light, hit RP’s vehicle and did not 


Broadway Street | 300 Block | Trespassing

11:13 p.m. San Clemente resident, Craig Edward Throckmorton, 55, was arrested for 

trespassing (Bail $1,500).

Wednesday, June 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeremy James Farris, 40, Aliso Viejo

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Warrants/Possession of Narcotics

3 a.m. Four subjects driving a Toyota with no plates were seen by RP who was concerned they might be robbed since they were leaving town. Two subjects were arrested: Alexis Guillermo, 20, Santa Ana, for an outstanding warrant and possession of narcotics (Bail $500); and Daniel Tomas Elizalda, Santa Ana, 22, on an outstanding warrant (Bail $10,000). Two female passengers in the car were released and waited for UBER transportation.

Coast Hwy | 700 Block  | Petty Theft

9:05 a.m. RP says items taken from an unlocked vehicle. Stolen items include movie tickets, flashlight.

Police Files

ID theft suspect is ID’d, still being sought

Detective Jordan Mirakian, financial crimes, who was a key part of the investigative team leading to federal charges being brought against Laguna embezzler Elizabeth Mulder, is currently working on another case of identity theft/check fraud that occurred at the Bank of America in Laguna Beach. (Mulder will be sentenced October 16 and is facing 23 years in prison.)

“Seems things are getting quite interesting,” according to Detective Sergeant Jim Cota, who says that tips from the public have been a great help. 

Det Mirakian says he’s ID’d the suspect, but added, “I don’t know if she knows that yet. She has an open case from the Sheriff’s Department, similar circumstances, so I am working with the District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Department to prosecute that case with our case. She seems to be living out of motels so finding her may be a bit tricky, but we will eventually find her.”


Do you know this man?

LBPD needs residents’ help in identifying the man in this photo. Call them at 949-497-0370 if you recognize him. 

“He was captured on video surveillance stealing two, 2016 Commencal Meta Trail Ride 650B mountain bikes from the Aliso Creek Golf Course back in mid-May,” Cota said. “The bikes are orange and black and are estimated to have a value of $2,200 per bike.”  LBPD are hoping that this photo will help them nab the thief.

Man says he doesn’t feel well, likely feels worse after cops arrive

Braden Bolton, 38, walked into Brussels Bistro on Forest Ave on June 18 complaining that he was not feeling well. 

He no doubt felt even worse a little while later after making threatening gestures and statements and finding himself under arrest for being drunk in public and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $20,000.


How to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft

To prevent identity theft happening to you, Det Mirakian offers these five key tips:

Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birthdate, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online. 

Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for several days. 

Review your receipts. Promptly compare receipts with account statements.

Watch for unauthorized transactions.

Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.

Store personal information in a safe place at home and at work.

“I’d say the most important tip I have is shredding documents and regularly checking your mail for credit offers,” Mirakian says. “We have seen an uptick in mail theft and identity thieves have been known to dig through trash to find important ID information.  

“Identities are sold person to person for a value nowadays, so it’s incredibly important to avoid leaving personal information on paperwork or other applications without shredding it first.”

DUI Arrests

Nicholas Joseph Miano, 25, Mission Viejo – Saturday, June 17

Justin Ryan Herbolic, 26, Mission Viejo – Friday, June 16 With a Prior


Incident Reports

Sunday, June 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Carter Patrick Monacell, 19, Laguna Beach

Hillcrest Drive & Wave Street | Drugs

12:04 a.m. During a traffic stop, Gina Sanfellipo, 42, Valley Center, was arrested for possession of drugs. 

Saturday, June 17

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Traffic Collision

7 p.m. A car and a motorcycle collided. The motorcyclist reported leg injuries. 

Forest Avenue & Beach Street | Drugs, Warrants

6:53 p.m. David Schoonmaker, Lake Forest, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on two warrants – one for burglary and identity theft and the other for failure to stop at the limit line. 

N. Coast Hwy & Myrtle Street | Petty Theft

4:34 p.m. Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address, was arrested for stealing a $50 bottle of vodka. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Domestic Violence

2:42 p.m. Jeffrey Noon, 63, no fixed address, was arrested for domestic violence with $10,000 bail. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Vandalism

9:48 a.m. The RP’s vehicle was damaged. 

N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle 

9:44 a.m. A wallet and computer were taken from a car that had its windows down. Credit cards from the wallet had been fraudulently used. The loss was estimated at $2,500. 

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Parole Hold

8:17 a.m. Martin Gomez Velasquez, 22, no fixed address, was arrested on a no bail parole hold.

N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

7:43 a.m. A computer and a watch were stolen from a locked vehicle. 

Friday, June 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ursula Platt, 53, no fixed address

Rodney Burckhardt, 43, Costa Mesa

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Burglary

12:18 p.m. Blank checks were stolen from the RP’s home. So far, they had been used for $500.  

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

9:01 a.m. A wallet and tennis shoes were stolen. A possible suspect was named.

3rd Street & Mermaid Street | Traffic Collision

7:58 a.m. A vehicle and bicyclist were in a collision. The extent of any injuries was not specified. 

Thursday, June 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Martina Delia Herrera, 44, no fixed address

Beth Elaine Davis, 55, Mission Viejo

She was also arrested on two warrants. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Assault

2:59 p.m. A man jumped on the RP’s back while he was sleeping. Officers were not able to find the suspect. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

1:48 p.m. Telephone scammers called a restaurant in an attempt to get money. The restaurant was not fooled and there was no loss. 

Beach Street | 200 Block | Grand Theft

1:02 p.m. The victim paid $12,000 for products that were never received. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants

9:57 a.m. Sadeghi Mottahereh, 60, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two warrants. 

Irvine Cove & N. Coast Hwy | Stolen Vehicle

6:28 a.m. Officers were alerted to a stolen Honda Accord stopped on the shoulder. Gildardo Oseguera, 29, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Wednesday, June 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Rodney Buckhart, no fixed address

Brandon Espinosa, 33, Mission Viejo

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle 

6:39 p.m. A vehicle was vandalized and identity paperwork was stolen.

Police Files

IRS scammers are at it again

Be wary of phone calls from individuals who claim to be from the IRS. A recent Laguna Beach victim provided $2,600 worth of Walmart gift cards to callers who said they were from the IRS.

Often, these phone calls are accompanied by threats of imprisonment. 

According to the IRS website, the IRS “does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuit, imprisonment or other enforcement action.” In addition, the IRS will not ask for gift cards or other prepaid cards.

If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a phone call, hang up and find and call the agency’s official phone number. Or, contact a tax professional. 


Man mugged off Coast Hwy

At 5:15 on Saturday morning, an Uber driver picked up a fare in the 31100 block of Coast Hwy and took the man to Mission Hospital. 

The driver reported that his rider had been beaten up by another man. His wallet with $140 in cash, a driver’s license and a debit card was stolen. 

No suspect information was available.

DUI Arrests

None this period


Incident Reports

Wednesday, June 14

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant

6:02 a.m. Andrew Steven Sparks, 29, Virginia, was arrested on a no bail warrant for probation violation for grand larceny out of Virginia.

Tuesday, June 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Heather Nicole O’Leary, 28, Lakewood

Neil Joseph Zajic, 39, Anaheim

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Warrant

2:06 a.m. Kyle Rusher, 24, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a $15,000 bench warrant for false information to a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Monday, June 12

S. La Senda Drive | Fraud

6:41 p.m. The RP’s identity was used to open a Verizon account with a bill of $696. 

N. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Fraud

1:08 p.m. A man used a fraudulent $50 bill to pay and fled the scene. Officers were unable to locate the suspect. 

Jasmine Street | 400 Block | Fraud

12:03 p.m. After wiring $37,000 to the seller of a vehicle, the victim learned that it had been fraudulently listed on eBay. The case was sent to eBay and IC3, an internet crime complaint center, for further investigation. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 700 Block | Parole, Resisting, False Personation, Driving Without Interlock Device

11:29 a.m. In a traffic stop that ended in a foot pursuit, Oscar Mendoza, 24, Palmdale, was arrested on a no bail parole hold. He was also charged with resisting, false personation of another, and driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. 

9th Avenue & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

11:14 a.m. A bicyclist was taken to the hospital for a leg injury after a collision with a vehicle. 

Coast Hwy | 30600 Block | Vandalism

10:01 a.m. A sign was vandalized with paint. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Vandalism

9:56 a.m. A message board was spray painted. 

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Misuse of 911

12:57 a.m. After calling 911 for the fourth time without an emergency, Keith Nam, 44, was arrested for misuse of 911. 

Sunday, June 11

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrants

12:51 p.m. Adam Eugene Schmidt, 32, Maryland, was arrested on two no bail warrants from Maryland – one for assault and the other for escape. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Grand Theft

10:42 a.m. A bracelet valued at $50,000 was taken. A possible suspect was named. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

9:33 a.m. Malak Harris, 34, no fixed address, was arrested on a West Court warrant.

Police Files

Robbery arrest made at Husky Boy Burgers

At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, officers received a call that a robbery had just occurred at the Mobil gas station in the 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 

“Four suspects entered the gas station and took beverages from the store,” said Sgt. James Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “When they were confronted by the sales clerk, one of the four struck him in the face and took his cell phone. They fled in a Chevy Camaro.” The crime was captured on surveillance video.

An immediate area search was conducted and the suspect vehicle was located at the Husky Boy Burgers parking lot. Inside the vehicle were four juveniles and one adult, all from San Bernardino County. The four juveniles were taken into custody; one of them (the main aggressor) was charged with Robbery, Theft, and Assault.

According to Emergency Operations Coordinator of the LBPD, Jordan Villwock, at no time did the police department believe the community was at risk. 

Detectives identify individuals responsible for rash of vehicle burglaries

On June 3, LBPD Officers responded to multiple vehicle burglary reports throughout North Laguna Beach. LBPD Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation. During their follow-up two suspects were identified in the case, Rachel Alvarez and Johnny Cervantez.

LBPD booking photos

Rachel Alvarez and Johnny Cervantez

On June 8, LBPD Detectives went to the City of Redlands and interviewed Alvarez, and she confessed to her involvement in the burglaries and relinquished the stolen property in her possession. The stolen property included a laptop that belonged to a schoolteacher, which contained the only copy of her student’s grades.  

Alvarez and Cervantez were booked for possession of stolen property, drug, and theft related charges. Alvarez has already plead guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of probation, and was ordered to pay restitution. 

This investigation is ongoing, and LBPD Detectives are still pursuing additional suspects in this case. 

“In almost all of these cases, the victims left their vehicles unlocked. Crooks enjoy the path of least resistance, and it is much easier to target victims who do not protect their property. The best way to prevent crimes of opportunity is to secure your belongings and hide valuables from the public view,” said Captain Jeff Calvert.

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Sergeant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To submit tips anonymously, please contact Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or 855-847-6227. You can also reach Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers.org.

DUI Arrests

Jeffrey Mathew Eliot, 26, Lake Forest – Sunday, June 11

Eric Brian Kupferberg, 51, Washington – Friday, June 9

Sujitra Sirivilai, 35, Oceanside – Thursday, June 8 With a Prior

Varnitta Lynn Davis, 37, Laguna Niguel – Wednesday, June 7


Incident Reports

Sunday, June 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Eric Edward Hardman, 29, Santa Ana

Saturday, June 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Terry Dwayne Sanders, 39, no fixed address

Christina Nelson, 20, Newport Beach

Glenneyre Street | 1700 Block | Fraud

2:14 p.m. The RP’s credit cards have been used at various stores. 

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 600 Block | Vandalism

11:52 a.m. The RP’s fence was vandalized by an unknown person or vehicle. 

Catalina Avenue | 31500 Block | Vandalism

10:34 a.m. The RP’s mailbox was vandalized and mail scattered. 

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Fraud

8:58 a.m. The victim reported fraud on their accounts. 

Friday, June 9

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Curtis Abbott, 52, no fixed address

Shane Rueweller, 29, San Juan Capo

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Warrants

6:06 p.m. Paul Bernazzani, 50, no fixed address, was arrested on several warrants for being drunk in public and for illegal lodging. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Petty Theft

3:10 p.m. A surfboard was stolen. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

12:36 p.m. The victim lost $100. 

Cortez Avenue | 1000 Block | Fraud

8:42 a.m. The RP paid a contractor $4,500 as a down payment for work that was never done. 

Boat Canyon Drive & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs, Warrant

4:12 a.m. Victor Luna, 22, Pomona, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also cited on a San Bernardino warrant for larceny. 

Myrtle Street & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs

2:11 a.m. During a traffic stop, Deborah Robinson Franz, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was $500. 

Thursday, June 8

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Drugs, Probation

7:08 a.m. Mary Tracy Petrasich, 58, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. She was also arrested for no bail probation violation. 

Wednesday, June 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Bianca Bennett, 40, Santa Ana

James Eugene Leis, 28, San Clemente

S. Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Warrant 

5:43 p.m. Erik Brett Irimi, 36, no fixed address, was arrested on a no bail warrant from Los Angeles County.

Police Files

Serial car thief caught: more individuals under investigation

Laguna Beach Police officers located and arrested one of a group of individuals who have been committing thefts from vehicles in the city.

22-year-old Johnny Cervantez from San Bernardino was arrested on Saturday for receipt of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Officers are still investigating the thefts. Stu News Laguna will provide more information once it is available. 

Dog gets involved in arrest: is rescued by LBPD

An interesting side-note from the LBPD’s Facebook page related to the San Bernardino search: While serving a search warrant, detectives came across an eight-week-old German Shepherd, who had obvious injuries to its legs and paws and was not being properly cared for. 

The owners of the dog said they didn’t want him and also said they had been trying to get rid of him, but because of his injuries no one would take him. Working with a local rescue, detectives arranged to have the dog surrendered for adoption. 

From LBPD Facebook page

German Shepherd puppy is rescued thanks to LBPD detectives

Detectives did this while recovering stolen property from the house and identifying additional suspects in the case. The LBPD says they are happy to report that the owners voluntarily turned over the dog to rescuers and he is now healthy and preparing to be adopted, thanks to the excellent work of Sgt. Cota, Cpl Sendele, Ashton, Gensemer and Officers Mirakian and Ocampo. 


$5 million+ of software, camera equipment taken from a truck

Overnight on Thursday, a truck parked in the 400 block of Jasmine Street was entered. The owner discovered the door cracked open, but no damage to the car.

Missing was $15,000 in cash as well as approximately $5 million in computer software.

“The investigations division is looking into the incident to identify any suspects,” said Sgt. James Cota, LBPD spokesperson.

DUI Arrests

Nicholas Saverio Pitassi, 21, Fullerton – Wednesday, June 7

He was also arrested for possession of narcotics. 


Incident Reports

Tuesday, June 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Philip Sambrooks, 46, Burbank

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

12:04 p.m. A suspect stole cookies and juice and left in a vehicle. 

La Mirada Street | 1000 Block | Vandalism

11:34 a.m. Herbicides were sprayed on the RP’s garden, killing their plants. A suspect was named. 

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Vandalism

9:08 a.m. Someone spraypainted “Playboy” on the sidewalk.

Mar Vista Avenue | 31700 Block | Grand Theft

8:49 a.m. $5,000 worth of property was stolen. The RP named a possible suspect. 

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Vandalism

8:43 a.m. The wall to a business was spraypainted. 

Monday, June 5

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jeremy Allen Stone, 36, Texas

Brandon Espinosa, 32, Mission Viejo

Bradford Sturtevant, 53, Trabuco Canyon

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Lost Property

11:19 p.m. An iPhone was lost. 

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Petty Theft

7:01 p.m. An unknown subject took a surfboard from the beach. 

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Petty Theft

6:31 p.m. A Louis Vuitton wallet with personal items was stolen. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Parole Violation

12:04 p.m. Ralph Bowers III, 46, was arrested for no bail parole violation. 

Temple Hills Drive | 3200 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

11:03 a.m. A garage door opener was stolen from a vehicle. The opener has since been disabled. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Petty Theft

8:22 a.m. A check was stolen and used for $450. 

Sunday, June 4

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Vandalism

5:14 p.m. A car was keyed and another driver had water bottles thrown at his vehicle. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Petty Theft

1:24 p.m. Someone took $500 out of the RP’s mail, leaving the opened mail behind. 

High Drive | 300 Block | Vandalism

11:06 a.m. The front window to the RP’s Chevy was smashed, but nothing was stolen.

Police Files

Laguna Beach resident charged with defrauding Orange County businesses of more than $1.5 million

On January 26, 2016, LBPD Economic Crimes Detectives began a fraud investigation against Elizabeth Mulder, a resident of Laguna Beach, after a local business owner identified Mulder as his accountant and alleged that Mulder embezzled $200,000 from his wine business, JAC Wines.

The investigation revealed that between July 2009 and May 2016, Mulder devised and executed a scheme to defraud and obtain money from small businesses by gaining the trust of their owners, some of whom allowed her to gain control over their financial accounts. In total, Mulder embezzled over $1.5 million from her victims, according to documents filed in federal court.

When sentenced, Mulder faces up to 23 years in prison.

A victim talks about her experience with the embezzler

Among her victims was JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers, president of Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates, an upscale travel agency based in San Juan Capistrano. 

Kurtz-Ahlers tells StuNewsLaguna that she thought everything was going smoothly during the five years, 2011 – 2016, that Elizabeth Mulder acted as her accountant, primarily handling income tax issues for Kurtz-Ahlers’ upscale travel agency.

Then Kurtz-Ahlers found out that all the money she thought she’d paid to the IRS had disappeared into Mulder’s pocket. 

“I was in shock. I’d known Elizabeth Mulder’s mother, Alice Whynaught, for years, which made me feel quite comfortable hiring her daughter,” Kurtz-Ahlers said. “To be honest, I admired Elizabeth, I thought she was a terrific entrepreneur, very successful – meanwhile she was a skillful manipulator. She took advantage of her mother’s connections to get clients and then embezzle from them.”

Along with the shock of realizing her funds had been embezzled, Kurtz-Ahlers still has to deal with IRS. They expect Kurtz-Ahlers to pay what she owed for those five years – plus penalties and fines – and it is taking a great deal of negotiation to come to a settlement with the IRS.  

Skillful, yes, but in deception, not finance

“Elizabeth came across as someone who was sincere and really wanted to help you. Plus she had so many clients, I thought she must be good at what she did. That’s what everyone thought.”

But Mulder was in the process of embezzling what would turn out to be 1.5 million dollars from clients who trusted her. She was good at what she did – except her skill was in theft.

“Police detective Jordan Mirakian of the Laguna Beach Police Department was amazing,” Kurtz-Ahlers says. “We all went to him in a group and he was diligent about taking the information about every case. She was quite inventive in the different ways she took advantage of her clients.”

Search warrants executed by LBPD Detectives at the Mulder residence and her bank accounts revealed additional victim businesses throughout Orange County. These companies included Toni & Guy Hair Salon (Newport Beach), Kurtz-Ahlers LLC (San Juan Capistrano), Bella Pilates (San Clemente), Andra Builders, Inc. (Costa Mesa), and California Print 2 Copy (Irvine).

Mulder deceived clients into making checks payable to a phony business she created called “Income Tax Payments,” under the guise that those payments would satisfy the clients’ outstanding IRS tax obligations. She also created false personas as representatives and/or investors of companies to lead her clients to believe various expenses were being paid for the benefit of the business.

LBPD “brought in every available resource”

“This investigation serves as a reminder that our police department will pursue individuals in positions of trust who take advantage of innocent victims. We brought in every available resource, including our partners from the Federal Government, to ensure that this case would be appropriately prosecuted and justice would be served,” said Captain Jeff Calvert, LBPD.

Mulder used the money embezzled from the victims for a variety of personal expenses including a rental home in Laguna Beach, cosmetic surgery, personal vacations, living expenses, horse rentals and the purchase of horse equipment.

This case was investigated by the Laguna Beach Police Department Investigations Division, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the IRS Criminal Investigation, and the United States Attorney.

For further information, please contact Sergeant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Two helicopter rescues in two days

The Fire Department has been busy this week. On Wednesday, June 8, at 2:57 p.m., the Department received a call from the 600 block of Diamond Street. A construction worker had fallen from a construction site. 


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Photo courtesy of LB Fire Department

Helicopter rescue in progress

The lack of stairs made it impossible to reach him other than by helicopter, and moving the patient was critical due to the extent of his injuries. 

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Photo courtesy of LB Fire Department

Patient is safely en route to the hospital thanks to our firefighters and the OCFA

The Fire Department, working with the OC Fire Authority, was able to hover and then drop someone down to rescue the patient and deliver him to Mission Hospital.

Golfers hear call for help

Then on Thursday morning at 9 a.m., golfers at The Ranch at Laguna Beach reported hearing calls for help from a steep hillside.  Access to the person was impossible by foot and the patient was unable to move due to a foot injury.  

Working again with the OCFA, Laguna Beach Fire Department deployed a “short haul” approach to airlift him to the hospital in Mission Viejo.


Stolen vehicle leads to chase, spike strips deployed

Laguna Beach Police were alerted to a stolen vehicle located at Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The driver, Juan Gutierrez, chose to flee in the vehicle through the downtown area without stopping. 

The vehicle ultimately headed north to Newport Beach. With the assistance of Newport Beach PD, the vehicle was disabled utilizing Spike Strips. 

Three occupants were detained and two were arrested. They were Gutierrez and Arriaga. Gutierrez was also in possession of approximately one gram of methamphetamine.


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