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Police Files

Suspected DUI driver arrested following high-risk pursuit in the canyon

On Sunday, Feb 10, at 2:52 a.m., an LBPD officer was in the canyon near the dog park when she began to follow a possible DUI driver driving a 2014 BMW 535i outbound on Laguna Canyon Road.

“The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle near the 73 Toll Road. The vehicle did not yield or react in any way,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The officer went in pursuit of the vehicle. After a short distance, the vehicle yielded. A high-risk vehicle stop was initiated and the driver was ultimately detained.”

A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was identified. Joseph Paul Digiulio, 23, of Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Heavy rain a real downer for trees

The deluge of rain and high wind over the past few weeks has been a real downer for trees in Laguna Beach, literally, with reports of downed trees. Sadly, the saga continues with two more logged into the LBPD police logs. 

On Saturday, Feb 9, at 11:04 a.m., at the 700 block of Wilson Street, LBPD received a report referencing a tree falling on electrical wires. According to police records, the tree in the backyard had fallen into wires and the wires were hanging low. Edison was called.

Later that same day, at 3:01 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to a fallen tree biting the dust at the 600 block of Cliff Drive. According to police records, “the large tree fell onto the walkway, blocking the stairs.” No one was injured and LBPD called Public Works. According to police logs, a tree cutting service was enroute to cut the tree down. Public Works remained on scene until the service arrived.

Looking ahead – it seems more rain is on its way, along with wind gusts as high as 25 mph on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Diamond found near Naked Dog

On Wednesday, Feb 6, at 4:21 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to found property. According to police records, the RP found a diamond ring near the Naked Dog Bistro on Forest Avenue, also near Laguna Beach Animal Hospital.

The RP was asked to fill out a finders’ affidavit. If you or someone you know lost their diamond ring by the Naked Dog, call LBPD’s non-emergency line at (949) 497-0701.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Feb 9

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:51 p.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St & Legion St | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:03 p.m. A 53-year-old San Rafael man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 800 Block | Suspended License

2:50 p.m. Eduard L Albarillo, 47, Laguna Hills, was arrested for driving with a suspended license. No bail was set.

Laguna Ave | 200 Block | Parole Violation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Warrant 

5:23 a.m. Ronald David McGrane, 50, Santa Ana, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $5,000).

S Coast Hwy & Diamond St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:21 a.m. A 33-year-old Huntington Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway St & Beach St | DUI with 1 Prior 

2:05 a.m. Robert Taylor Ballou, 29, Trabuco Canyon, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and with a blood alcohol content of 0.01% or higher (bail was set at $10,000). 

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | DUI

1:54 a.m. A 36-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

NB State Hwy 73 & Laguna Canyon Road | Vandalism

12:18 a.m. There were reports that the LBPD message board/sign had been tagged with graffiti, coming inbound on Laguna Canyon Road. The board was clear Friday afternoon, so the tag was estimated to have occurred either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Friday, Feb 8

Broadway St | 500 Block | Property

4:55 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a found used hypodermic needle. According to police reports, “A needle was found in the bushes near the eucalyptus tree near the underground garage. An employee reported it. The employee states he sees people doing drugs in the walkway.”

Cypress Drive & Jasmine St | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:37 p.m. A 67-year-old Lake Forest woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct, Warrants

5:28 a.m. Alan Michael Harrison, 34, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant for controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $2,500), on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $10,000), and disorderly conduct (unknown bail was set).

S Coast Hwy & 9th Ave | DUI, False Identification

1:40 a.m. Steven Ray Christian, 59, Dana Point, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and providing false identification to a peace officer (bail was set at $500).

Thursday, Feb 7

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

10:30 p.m. A 36-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Feb 5

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Resisting Arrest, Littering, Public Consumption of Alcohol

2:19 p.m. Brian Kieth O’Connor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest by a peace officer (bail was set at $500), littering on land or water (bail was set at $500), and consumption of alcohol in a public place (bail was set at $500).

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Warrant 

1:37 p.m. Alexis Lynn Fukaye, 20, Fountain Valley, was arrested on an undisclosed felony warrant. Bail was set at $25,000.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Possession of Alcohol in Public Place

12:45 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of alcohol in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Warrant 

8:24 a.m. Penelope Jo Bennett, 49, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed felony warrant. Bail was set at $1,000.

Monday, Feb 4 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:25 p.m. A 73-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Linden St | 500 Block | Vandalism

4:15 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to vandalism. According to police reports, the “RP noticed there was graffiti. White spray paint with ‘WSM.’ [The] RP contacted [the] owner, [the] owner requested he make a report.” It’s unknown when the incident occurred and there’s no information about a suspect. 

Glenneyre St & Cleo St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:49 p.m. A 49-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

2nd Ave & Virginia Way | Warrant 

12:23 p.m. Zachary Kenneth Martin, 25, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed felony warrant. Bail was set at $85,000.

Sunday, Feb 3

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Battery 

7:13 p.m. Erica Adrienne Cohn, 49, Lake Forest, was arrested for battery on a person. Bail was set at $500.

Bluebird Canyon Drive & Galen Drive | Information Only

2:43 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to damage done to the caller’s car. “[The] RP [is] reporting that kids threw lemons at his car and damaged it. [The] RP didn’t know what to do.” LBPD advised him to contact his insurance company for repairs. 

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Disorderly Conduct, Loitering

1 p.m. Timothy Peter Cerone, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct and loitering. The bail amount was unknown.

Glenneyre St & Cleo St | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

12:13 p.m. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Beverly St | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:27 a.m. A 23-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Glenneyre St & Cress St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:44 a.m. A 51-year-old Monarch Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:20 a.m. A 37-year-old Perris man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

3rd St | 400 Block | DUI

12:48 a.m. A 36-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Suspected explosive device closes Thalia St Beach 

On Tuesday, Feb 5, at 4:56 pm, LBPD officers responded to a suspicious item that washed up on Thalia Street Beach, at the 100 block of Thalia Street. The RP was advised not to handle it.

“Officers and Laguna Beach Lifeguards arrived on scene and located a small cylindrical canister. It was identified as a Naval sea marker,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “OCSD Bomb Squad was contacted, the beach was closed off, and officers along with LB lifeguards remained on scene.”

Police Files Explosive Device

Courtesy of LBPD

A suspicious device washed up at Thalia Street Beach, closing the beach – OCSD Bomb Squad was called in 

 OCSD Bomb Squad arrived a short time later and removed the canister for disposal. The sea marker was described to be silver and 18 inches in length, with “CCC” on the side, according to police reports.

Alleged battery at library, woman transported to hospital

On Monday, Feb 4, at 4:43 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the Laguna Beach Library parking lot, at the 300 block of Glenneyre Street, in reference to a battery investigation. 

“The victim advised that her boyfriend, Javier Blas, kneed her in the stomach and fled,” Sgt Cota said. “She was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for complaint of pain.”

Police Files BlasAccording to police records, the RP reported that the “suspect put his knee in her ribs and cracked a rib.”

Javier Hommy Blas, 32, of Laguna Beach, was located at Main Beach and taken into custody on domestic battery charges.

Bail was set at $10,000.

According to Stu News Laguna records, Blas was previously arrested by LBPD on October 10, 2018 for allegedly carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, and on December 29, 2018 for possession of alcohol in a public place and obstructing/resisting arrest.

Taken to the cleaners: iPhone stolen at laundromat

On Monday, Feb 4, at 5:04 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched in response to a petty theft report in the 1000 block of South Coast Highway. 

“The victim stated that his Apple iPhone 8 was stolen from the laundromat. He stated that he had his Apple iPhone charging in a wall charger as he went outside to put laundry in his vehicle,” Sgt Cota said.

According to the victim, he placed a magazine over the phone so it wouldn’t look obvious. He was away from the phone for less than one minute and then it was taken.

The value of loss was approximately $600. The case will be submitted to detectives to see if any surveillance cameras recorded the theft.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Feb 2

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | DUI

10:22 p.m. A 23-year-old Orange man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & 3rd Ave | Battery, Resisting Arrest, Probation Hold

1:28 p.m. Michael Granados, 34, Yorba Linda, was arrested for battery of a peace officer and battery of a person (unknown bail), resisting arrest of an executive officer (bail was set at $25,000), and on a probation hold (no bail was set).

N Coast Hwy & Jasmine St | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

3:51 a.m. Andy Quoc Nguyen, 33, Westminster, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | DUI

3:39 a.m. A 29-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Upland Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:59 a.m. A 23-year-old San Juan Capistrano man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:48 a.m. A 43-year-old Upland man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | DUI

1:08 a.m. A 22-year-old Trabuco Canyon man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:56 a.m. A 52-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, Feb 1

Glenneyre St & Cress St | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:16 p.m. A 30-year-old Mission Viejo man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:42 p.m. A 62-year-old Tustin man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Animal Call

3:12 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding approximately five teens allegedly hassling a seal. According to police records, “The seal [was] making a weird noise at the teen.” The RP thought the sea lion was injured. LBPD went on scene and noted in the logs that the sea lion was very large and healthy. According to LBPD, “The sea lion has been hanging out at the location for about a week.”

Bluebird Canyon Road | 800 Block | Fallen Tree Branch

10:24 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a fallen tree branch. According to police records, the RP called to advise that they would be removing a tree branch that fell on their house. They wanted to advise in case of noise complaints.

S Coast Hwy & Oak St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:02 a.m. A 41-year-old Mission Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Regatta Road | 1400 Block | DUI with 1 Prior and Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

1:27 a.m. Henry John Richter, 51, Huntington Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000). 

Broadway St | 300 Block | DUI

1:10 a.m. A 28-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Moss St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:36 a.m. A 34-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Thursday, Jan 31

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Warrant

11:52 p.m. Armando Navarette, 53, San Clemente, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:43 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Nyes Place | 100 Block | Parole Violation

1:55 p.m. Michael Patrick Cowan, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Glenneyre St | 200 Block | Minor DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:49 a.m. A 20-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $500). 

Wednesday, Jan 30

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

4:56 p.m. A 32-year-old Corona woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

3:15 p.m. Shane Christopher Hardin, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Ped Stop

3:14 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a bunch of people on the lawn. According to police records, LBPD checked on the RP’s complaint and found it was a scavenger hunt gathering.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Trespassing

12:17 a.m. Christopher Windsor, 46, Mill Valley, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Park Ave | 600 Block | Bench Warrant

12:12 a.m. Eduardo Rincon, 20, Westminster, was arrested on a warrant for driving while using a cell phone. Bail was set at $500.


Police Files

Trolley driver attacked, suspect allegedly spits on officers

On Saturday, Feb 2, at 1:48 p.m., LBPD officers responded to 3rd Ave and S Coast Hwy for a battery that had allegedly just occurred involving a city trolley driver. 

According to police records, “The driver was slapped. The suspect left on foot southbound on the ocean side.”

 The suspect was described as having a black moustache and beard, and wearing a black hoodie pulled over his face and black pants. 

The report continued, “Be advised, the subject is a ‘spitter.’” 

Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect initially. The suspect, Michael Granados, was later located in the Gelson’s Shopping Center at Monarch Bay Plaza. 

“While Granados was being detained, he kicked an officer in the lower leg. As Granados was being handcuffed, he postured as if he was going to spit on the officer but was unable to because the hood of his sweatshirt blocked him from doing so,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “As Granados was being seat belted in a police vehicle, he turned and spit on another officer.”

Granados was brought to the station, but he remained uncooperative according to Sgt Cota, and was taken directly to OC Jail. 

“He was transferred from a police unit to a jail van but he was able to spit again, which struck a jail supervisor on the forearm,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to LBPD arrest records, Michael Hector Granados, 34, Yorba Linda, was arrested for assault on a peace officer, battery, resisting an executive officer, resisting arrest, and a violation of probation 

No bail was set.


Police Files

Woman injured after being run over by her car

On Tuesday, Jan 29, at 12:45 p.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to the alley behind 730 N Coast Hwy for a report of an injury collision. 

“It was reported that the 50-year-old female got out of and was then run over by her vehicle,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “She was transported to Mission Hospital – Mission Viejo for abrasions and bruises.” 

LBFD Division Chief Api Weinert said, “Our Engine 1 responded to a report of medical aid. They made contact with the victim lying on the ground. She was apparently the driver of a vehicle and had gotten out of the vehicle. When she got out, she noticed the vehicle was rolling backwards. She attempted to get back in the vehicle but was unable to get back in. She sustained injuries due to getting caught between the vehicle and a wall.”

Chief Weinert added that this was a freak accident that could have happened to anybody.

“I’ve been trying to run to work every day, and the other day while I was running, I stumbled and fell on top of myself,” he said. “These types of accidents and weird things happen.”

Residents try to intervene as tree gets chopped down 

On Friday, Jan 25, at 11:08 a.m., at Eagle Rock Way and Virginia Way, LBPD received a report of someone “trying to stop the cutting down of a historic tree.” The police logs describe a “male with a chainsaw – unknown what company he is with. Four residents from the area are trying to stop him. RP is no longer on scene. Five work trucks.”

According to Cassie Walder, City Community Information Officer, the tree was ultimately removed on Wednesday, Jan 30, due to poor health.

 “The tree had been declining for some time and it was likely due to [the] combination of the drought stress, extreme compaction of the soil around the root zone, repeated topping of the canopy by SDG&E to keep it out of electric wires and potentially some root disturbance due to maintenance of adjacent pavement, mailbox, pole and retaining wall,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works.

The tree was a Red Flowering Eucalyptus.

Emergency call centers to accept 9-1-1 text messages starting Feb 6

All Orange County first responder dispatch centers will begin accepting texts to 9-1-1 on February 6.

Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 9-1-1 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. This service is aimed to assist people who are hearing impaired, or speech disabled, or someone who is in an emergency situation where calling 9-1-1 is not possible. Always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call if you can.

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Police Files (Cont.)

LBPD canine cop sniffs out 19 grams of heroin

On Sunday, Jan 27, at 3:22 p.m., an LBPD officer initiated a vehicle enforcement stop in the area of Cardinal Dr and S Coast Hwy. The driver was identified as Orange resident Athanasios Anagnostos, 47. 

Police Files AnagnostosA records check revealed he had an outstanding warrant. He was subsequently taken into custody. 

“During the contact, drug paraphernalia was observed. K-9 “Ranger” was utilized to search the vehicle and 19 grams of heroin was located,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Anagnostos was charged with narcotic sales, transporting, and possession.”

According to multiple web sources, the average cost of heroin is $15-20 for a single dose (0.1g). 19 grams would be valued at between $2,850 and $3,800.

Bail was set at $55,100.

Reports of man smoking meth and pointing a rifle toward the hillside result in non-arrest

On Tuesday, Jan 29, at 4:07 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to the 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. The call was in reference to a male allegedly inside a vehicle pointing a rifle toward the hillside. 

Detectives requested drone response. The drone and detectives surveilled the occupied vehicle.

“The male was observed possibly smoking methamphetamine. He noticed the drone, flipped it off, and drove away from the area towards El Toro Road. Officers stopped the vehicle near Greenfield Drive in Laguna Niguel,” Sgt Cota said. 

“The driver was identified as a former parolee. A DUI drug investigation was conducted and it was determined the suspect was not under the influence. The vehicle was searched and no guns were located. A report was taken.”

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 29

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants

3:12 p.m. Michael Allen Garcia, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $10,000) and on warrants for possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, methamphetamine, controlled substance paraphernalia, and misappropriation of property (bail was set at $10,000).

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:14 a.m. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave & 2nd St | DUI – Drugs with 1 Prior, Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance 

12:36 a.m. Mark Patrick Clark, 56, Laguna Woods, was arrested on suspicion of driving on probation for a DUI with one prior and with a blood alcohol content of 0.01% or higher (bail was set at $15,000) and for being under the influence of a controlled substance without a prescription (bail was set at $15,000).

Monday, Jan 28

Nyes Place | 100 Block | Probation Violation

5:59 p.m. Scott Jay Abraham, 48, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating probation. No bail was set. 

Glenneyre St | 800 Block | Warrant

2:15 p.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 54, San Clemente, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Broadway St & Beach St | Warrant

11:29 a.m. Sean Patrick Minney, 30, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

S Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | Warrant

11:07 a.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for vandalism. Bail was set at $10,000.

Sunday, Jan 27

S Coast Hwy | 31000 Block | Suspicious Person

10:20 p.m. LBPD received a report about a suspicious person ringing the RP’s doorbell. The man was described as a male with white hair, medium build, light color clothing, and a backpack. According to police reports, the doors were locked and the RP was viewing the subject through her Ring doorbell. The suspect stopped ringing the bell and took something out of his backpack, then started ringing it again. LBPD checked the property, but the suspect was gone on arrival.

El Toro Road and State Hwy 73 | Assist Other Department

9:04 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a black Mercedes speeding northbound at El Toro Rd. According to police records, “The car was traveling 100 mph and was seen passing Aliso Creek and at the toll passing Newport Coast.” LBPD was unable to locate the speeding vehicle.

Bluebird Canyon Drive & Summit Drive | Skateboarders

4:51 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to skateboarders. According to police reports, “Five to 10 skateboarders, all between the age of 13-18, wearing long sleeves” were using their skateboards at Bluebird Canyon Drive and Summit Drive in what the RP believed to be a dangerous manner. The RP also reported that the subjects appeared to be a camera crew. LBPD went to the scene but the skateboarders were gone on arrival.

S Vista de Catalina | 00 Block | Grand Theft

4:48 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding grand theft of jewelry. According to police records, the RP noticed it missing the previous night. The approximate loss is $35,000.

S Coast Hwy & Cardinal Drive | Possession, Transporting, Sale and Under the Influence of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Warrant

3:22 p.m. Athanasios Anagnostos, 47, Orange, was arrested for being in possession of a narcotic controlled substance for sale (bail was set at $25,000), transporting a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $30,000), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $500).

Park Ave & Tahiti Ave | Skateboarders

3:27 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to skateboarders. According to police records, “Four skateboarders appeared to be getting ready to come down the hill. The RP stated they also had what appeared to be a camera crew.” LBPD went to the scene but the skateboarders were no longer in the area.

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:10 a.m. A 28-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, DUI – Drugs – with 1 Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:51 a.m. Nick Nathaniel Nicholson, 27, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI –drugs – with one prior (bail was set at $10,000), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000), possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:48 a.m. A 25-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).


Police Files

Reunited and it feels so good – turtle finds its way back home

Last week in Animal Files, Stu News reported that a turtle had been found by Animal Services and was being cared for with the hope that its owner would read about it and find their wayward pet.

Good news…the turtle was reunited with its owner on Saturday, Jan 26, eight days after the turtle’s traveling trek began, after reading our story.

Police Files Turtle

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Courtesy of LBPD

Lost and found, this turtle was reunited with his family thanks to Stu News article

 To reiterate the turtle trials, LBPD received a report on Monday, Jan 21 about a large turtle found on Friday, Jan 18, at 31600 Scenic Dr. 

According to Jim Beres, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator, “The turtle was found by an Animal Services Officer in the area of Monterey and Brooks Street. It is a red slider wood turtle.” 

Now the turtle is reported to be safe and sound with its family.

Driver arrested for meth placed at fault in 3-car collision

On Saturday, Jan 26, at 2:38 p.m., LBPD officers responded with LBFD to a traffic collision at Mountain Rd and S Coast Hwy. They arrived to the scene and found three vehicles involved but no injuries reported. 

“The vehicles were blocking the roadway and had to be towed from the scene. One of the parties, David Gilmore, was found to have methamphetamine, a narcotic pipe, and ultimately charged with driving while being addicted,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “He was also the party placed at fault.”

David Alan Gilmore, 30, of Santa Ana, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $3,500.

Lyft driver reported to be “out of his mind” seems ok to LBPD

On Saturday, Jan 26, at 9:36 p.m., at S Coast Hwy and Vista del Sol, a woman called dispatchers to report that her Lyft driver was “out of his mind.” According to LBPD records, dispatchers could hear the driver yelling at the female to get out of the car. An officer responded to find the RP had left. 

“The driver advised that the female RP had keyed his car before she fled. The Lyft driver appeared to be acting normally,” said Sgt Cota. “The officers contacted the female by phone and she refused to return to the scene.”

 A vandalism report was taken and additional follow up will be needed by detectives.

More reports of meth on the streets of Laguna

On Thursday, Jan 24, at 12:33 pm, LBPD officers responded to a possible robbery that had just occurred in the area of Thalia St and S Coast Hwy. The alleged victim said that his friend hit him with a skateboard and took his wallet, which contained $100. They reportedly used to be friends. 

Once on scene, officers were able to gather a bit more information and learned the direction of travel and where the suspect likes to hang out. The suspect was located in the 100 block of Brooks St. The suspect was described to be a white male in his 20s wearing a grey sweatshirt and skinny grey shorts.

“After a lengthy investigation and some independent witness statements, it appears like the victim may have tried to get the suspect to do meth with him. The suspect grabbed the meth, put it into his coffee which destroyed it,” Sgt Cota said. “The victim appears to have become upset and possibly made a false report to get back at the suspect. A report was taken and the investigation is ongoing.”

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