DUI Arrests

None this period


Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 16

San Nicholas Court | 400 Block | Burglary

9:14 p.m. Between May 9 and 16, an unknown suspect attempted entry to a residence. The owner found cuts to the front door, locks, garage door, and dents to both garage doors. 

Nyes Place | 500 Block | Fraud

3:21 p.m. An unknown suspect tried to open accounts in the RP’s name.  

Moorea Way | 1300 Block | Trespassing 

2:56 p.m. An unknown person slept inside the RP’s guest house and broke some items. A burglary is not suspected. 

Monday, May 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Judith Maureen Doner, 75, Costa Mesa

Curtis Abbott, 52, no fixed address

Glenneyre Street | 1900 Block | Missing Person

10:10 p.m. A man was reported missing; he left a home around 7 p.m. and was last seen in a vehicle going southbound on Coast Highway from Aliso. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Drinking in Public

7:55 a.m. Alexander Anderson Harris, 67, was arrested for drinking in public. Bail was $500. 

Sunday, May 14

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Warrants

6:25 p.m. Terry Sanders, 39, no fixed address, was arrested on three Harbor Court warrants: one for Newport Beach municipal code violations, one for illegal lodging, and one for being drunk in public. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Lost Property

2:05 p.m. The RP’s wife left three rings valued at $60,000 in a restroom. When she returned after an unspecified amount of time, they were missing.

Police Files

Bicyclist vs vehicle results in broken collarbone

A bicyclist was treated for a broken collarbone on Monday morning after being hit by a vehicle at Coast Highway and Broadway.

“The vehicle and bicyclist were heading northbound on Coast Highway when the vehicle turned in front of the bicyclist to make a right turn onto Broadway,” explained Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson.

A witness called 911 and tended to the bicyclist until emergency personnel arrived. 

Nails used in possible attempt to poison a tree

A resident in the 1000 block of Cortez realized on Tuesday that a series of nails had been hammered into the base of a tree on her property, possibly in an attempt by an unknown suspect to poison it.

According to the police log, the RP stated that she did not know of any possible motive, especially because the only view the tree blocks is her own. 

Mountain bikes stolen from business

On Monday afternoon, a business in the 31100 block of Coast Highway reported that two black and orange mountain bikes were stolen.

The suspect, who was caught on video, was described as a white man in his late 40s or early 50s with blonde hair wearing a green and blue striped collared shirt. 

The total loss was estimated to be $10,000.

DUI Arrests

Tiffany Paladin, 23, Newport Beach – Saturday, May 13

Mishael Avila Ramirez, 26, Corona – Saturday

Benito Jesus Miguel, 18, Lake Forest – Friday, May 12

Christopher Ryan Parker, 28, Indianapolis, Indiana – Thursday, May 11 Cell Caller


Incident Reports

Sunday, May 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Adam Michael Webb, 23, Laguna Niguel

S. Coast Hwy & Laguna Avenue | Assault & Battery

1:39 a.m. Officers responded to a fight between two males and arrested the aggressor, John Maurillo, 25, Laguna Niguel for battery. The victim sustained minor injuries. 

Saturday, May 13

Circle Way | 1300 Block | Warrant

10:15 p.m. Andres Chico Ramirez, 23, Pomona, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for DUI. 

S. Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Warrant, Resisting

3:49 p.m. Veronica Lee Rankin, 58, San Diego, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. She was also charged with resisting arrest. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2100 Block | Warrant

3:34 p.m. During a traffic stop, Jonathan Konick, 29, Westminster, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. 

Hillcrest Drive | 1400 Block | Domestic Violence

11:11 a.m. The RP received a call from her granddaughter that her boyfriend had “smashed her face.” Contact was made with the woman, who declined medical attention. 

S. Coast Hwy | 900 Block | Vandalism

12:14 a.m. A fence was damaged in excess of $1,000. Detectives are looking into the incident. 

Friday, May 12

Ocean | 200 Block | Fake ID, Resisting

10:25 p.m. Elijah Pitt, 20, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of a fake ID. Since he fled after initial contact with officers, he was also charged with resisting arrest. Bail was $500. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrants

4:52 p.m. Michael Anthony Masters, 52, Dana Point, was arrested for two Harbor Court warrants – one for a municipal code violation and the other for being drunk in public. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

2:46 p.m. The victim reported identity theft by an unknown suspect. 

Mountain Road & Glenneyre Street | Theft from a Vehicle

10:46 a.m. Overnight, a Kia was entered and keys and a wallet with ID were stolen. The victim did not know if the vehicle was locked. 

S. Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Trespassing

5:56 a.m. Mark Jurczynski, 58, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing.

Aster Street | 400 Block | Drugs

2:58 a.m. During a traffic stop with a search of the vehicle, Richard David Huntington II, 46, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. 

Thursday, May 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Julie Anne Parker, 50, Laguna Beach

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Drugs

11:31 p.m. A search of an occupied vehicle resulted in the arrest of Michael Feitz, 46, Laguna Beach, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Canyon Acres Drive | 200 Block | Fraud

5:26 p.m. The victim received a call from a suspect claiming to be from the IRS. The victim sent a prepaid debit card worth $2,500. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

4:26 p.m. A dress was stolen on May 3. The RP has surveillance video.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Missing Person

3:29 p.m. The RP reported a missing woman last seen near Urth Café. She was described as Middle Eastern with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Ocean Way | 1900 Block | Vandalism

8:15 a.m. A wall was spray painted. 

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Drugs, Probation

2:11 a.m. During a traffic stop, Lovan Dshone Sudds Jr., 34, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and a probation hold. 

Wednesday, May 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ashley Christine Fargo, 35, Newport Beach

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Drugs 

11:17 p.m. Oscar Gomez, 27, Lake Elsinore, was arrested for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Thalia Street | 200 Block | Grand Theft

1:09 p.m. A black and orange Santa Cruz Bronson bicycle was stolen within the last ten minutes. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 1800 Block | Possession of Imitation Firearm, Threats

9:15 a.m. During an altercation, one subject made threatening comments to another and brandished a handgun. Officers arrived and detained the man, identified as James Kenneth Bailey, 53, Florida. He was charged with possession of an imitation firearm – a replica airsoft gun – and threatening comments.

Police Files

Woman, 18, charged with felony DUI after boy, 17, falls out of her moving car in NoLag, is seriously injured

A witness called 9-1-1 after seeing a person’s “…head hit the sidewalk…” according to the police log. The call was received from Myrtle St and Cypress Dr at 5:04 p.m. last Wednesday.

The driver of a 2013 black Audi A4, an 18-year-old Laguna Beach woman, was driving the intoxicated boy home according to LBPD Sgt. James Cota. “He asked the driver to stop. When the car stopped, the intoxicated juvenile exited and then collapsed while the car was still moving according to a witness.”

Kiani Leigh Harriman, 18, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of meds without a prescription and felony DUI with $100,000 bail.

Felony DUI under the vehicle code is defined: It is unlawful for a person, while under the influence of any drug, to drive a vehicle and concurrently do any act forbidden by law, or neglect any duty imposed by law in driving the vehicle, which act or neglect proximately causes bodily injury to any person other than the driver.

Sgt. Cota said the boy was transported to Mission Trauma Center. “His current medical status is unknown.”

Police have identified a serial package theft suspect

LBPD Sgt. James Cota replied to our inquiry of the arrest of a Lake Elsinore man last Saturday with the following:“Over the last year, numerous incidents of package theft and possible burglaries have occurred in Laguna Beach and throughout Orange County. Our detectives have been working together with other police agencies in including the Orange County Probation Department to locate the individual. 

“We were able to identify the suspect and the vehicle he drove when committing these crimes. The Orange County Probation Department just recently issued a warrant for his arrest for failing to comply with his probation terms.” 

The police log has an incident report from Saturday at 6:24 about the arrest of Anthony Brian Palusso, 32. Sgt. Cota said Palusso was identified suspect and was held without bail on the probation charges. 

Cota added, “The Laguna Beach Police Department currently has open cases of mail/package theft that are linked to him.”

Parolee arrested for trespassing thanks to alert neighbors

Police received a call from concerned and alert neighbors about a suspicious man in the 100 block Crescent Bay Dr at 9:42 a.m. Saturday.

Sgt. James Cota said, “The caller said a male walking towards the park kept looking back. Another female stopped the RP stating that the male subject had ducked into the yard. Officers searched and made a positive match and took the suspect into custody at 10:16 a.m.

Ralph Francis Bowers III, 46, Huntington Beach was arrested for trespassing and held for parole hold without bail.

He was on parole for a burglary conviction.

DUI Arrests

Brennan Bricio Avans, 24, Arizona – Monday, May 8

Abel Pavonarenas, 47, Laguna Hills – Sunday, May 7


Incident Reports

Wednesday, May 10

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Drugs

12:44 a.m. Daniel Delrosario, 24, no fixed address, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was $500.

Tuesday, May 9

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Hundal Shaminderjit Singh, 32, Anaheim

Glenneyre Street | 1200 Block | Warrant

1:28 a.m. Bynay Blasberg, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for DUI. 

Monday, May 8

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Warrants

6:41 p.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 52, San Clemente, was arrested on outstanding Harbor Court warrants for trespassing and appropriation of lost property. 

3rd Street | 300 Block | Traffic Crash

3:17 p.m. A vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Mission Viejo resident hit a pedestrian near the Susi Q Center. The pedestrian sustained minor bumps, bruises and abrasions. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

12:02 p.m. Officers on foot patrol arrested William Gene Thoos, 46, Oxnard, on an outstanding Santa Barbara County Sheriff warrant for battery. Bail was $15,000. 

Saint Anns Drive | 300 Block | Vandalism

11:05 a.m. On Sunday, a gate was ripped off. 

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Warrant

10:47 a.m. Donald Douglas Kramer, 45, no fixed address, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for damaging a jail cell.  

Sunday, May 7

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Warrant

11:35 a.m. Jose Luis Manuel Antoniano, 35, Scottsdale, Arizona, was arrested on a $2,500 Harbor Court warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police Files

Two times is a charm – off to jail twice in four days

Richard Alan Hendrickson, 67, was arrested twice in a four day stretch in the 600 block of Bolsana Drive – both times for violating the same restraining order (RO). 

On Monday at 6:52 p.m., police were called by a woman living there who said the suspect was parked in her driveway. She had driven by and was parked down the street, police said.

LBPD Sgt. Jim Cota told us, “She had called him, told him to leave, he refused and claimed the RO is not valid.”

His bail for the arrest on the valid restraining order was $15,000, the same amount that had been set on May 4 when he was also arrested. That evening, he knocked on the door of the home.

LBPD assisted CHP and Sheriff with felony car stop downtown

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Laguna officers assisted CHP and OC Sheriff’s units at a felony car stop on Broadway at Coast Hwy Wednesday morning. The suspect above had led the agencies on a high- speed chase in South County. Details were not available at press time.

Woman arrested for stealing candy worth $3 from man

Police officers responded to the 300 block of Ocean Avenue late Tuesday morning after callers reported that a woman was out of control and had been yelling and screaming at people.

On scene, a man complained that Irene Marchell Garcia, 50, no fixed address, had grabbed candy worth $3 from him and then ran off.

Police located her and took her into custody for petty theft with bail of $500.

DUI Arrests

Karen Elaine Spaeder, 42, Fullerton – Sunday, May 7

Armando Perez Yanez, 20 – Saturday, May 6

Tanner Matthew Larsen, 22, San Clemente – Friday, May 5

Charles Bryan Hair, 24, Costa Mesa – Thursday, May 4


Incident Reports

Sunday, May 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Natalie Benrubi, 21, Laguna Niguel

Maria Shataeva, 22, Laguna Niguel

Saturday, May 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Moises Trevino, 23, Texas

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Resisting

11:20 p.m. Jonathan Shakill, 32, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for resisting officers. 

Diamond Street & Glenneyre Street | Drugs

10:58 p.m. During a traffic stop, Shane Trout, 27, Irvine, was arrested for possession of narcotics with $500 bail. 

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Petty Theft

8:04 p.m. A 99-cent cup of coffee was stolen. 

Legion Street & S. Coast Hwy | Parole Violation

7:48 p.m. Brian Schaar, 31, no fixed address, was arrested for violating his parole. He was held without bail. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Drugs

7:41 p.m. The search of an occupied vehicle in a parking lot resulted in the arrest of Stephen Eaves, 49, Kansas, for possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Chasity Leigh Ann Jordan, 42, Fullerton, for possession of narcotics. Bail was $500 each. 

Hawthorne Road & Cypress Drive | Drugs, Resisting

6:21 p.m. Peggy Honingford, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting officers. Her bail was $500. 

Friday, May 5

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Szafran, 47, no fixed address

Gordon Weider, 69, no fixed address

Laguna Canyon Road | 2500 Block | Warrant

11:35 a.m. Christopher J Anderson, 26, Garden Grove, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for driving on a suspended license. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

10:14 a.m. The victim had accounts fraudulently opened in their name. 

Coast Hwy | 31000 Block | Burglary

8:21 a.m. Tools valued at $2,000 were taken from a construction site overnight. 

Thursday, May 4

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Timothy Lamont Jackson III, 32, Laguna Beach

Bolsana Drive | 600 Block | Restraining Order Violation

9:47 p.m. Richard Alan Hendrickson, 67, Corona Del Mar, was arrested for violating a restraining order. His bail was $15,000. 

3rd Avenue & S. Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

5:41 p.m. A Jeep and a motorcycle were involved in a collision. The police log indicated a party was injured. 

Thalia Street | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle

1:06 p.m. A blue Kia that had been reported stolen on Sunday was found at this location. It had been parked there since Monday. The victim also reported fraudulent credit card charges. 

Beach Street & Ocean Avenue | Warrant

12:58 p.m. Laguna Beach resident Joseph Hogsten was arrested for an outstanding Harbor Court warrant. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Petty Theft

9:52 a.m. Cash, credit cards, and other various items were taken from a purse that had been locked in a locker. 

Wednesday, May 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Juan Carlos Rairan, 47, Lake Forest

Robert Charles Hitchcock, 63, Laguna Beach

High Drive | 100 Block | Burglary 

7:53 p.m. A bluetooth speaker was stolen. A possible suspect was named. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants

7:24 p.m. Bianca Scarlett Bennet, 40, Santa Ana, was arrested on two outstanding warrants. 

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Interfering with 911 Call

7:01 p.m. Daniel William Del Rosario, 24, Venice Beach, was arrested for damaging a phone when someone is calling 911. 

La Mirada Street | 1000 Block | Fraud

2:43 p.m. A named suspect deposited $750 in the wrong account. 

Noria Street | 1100 Block | Stolen Vehicle

9:16 a.m. A gray Volkswagen Tiguan that had been parked in the RP’s driveway unlocked was stolen. It was last seen at 5:09 a.m. leaving southbound Coast Hwy at Aliso. 

N. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Vandalism

7:49 a.m. The glass door of a business was shattered. Nothing appears to have been stolen.

Police Files

Third time DUI offender battles cops and gets tased 

A 9-1-1 caller alerted Laguna police about a Honda Accord headed into town on Laguna Canyon Road shortly before 7 o’clock last Thursday evening. A patrol unit saw the Honda parking in a Broadway retailer’s parking lot.

Zackary Andrew Gillenwater, 22, La Mirada, allegedly threw trash from the car before getting out. 

LBPD Sgt. Jim Cota said Monday, “As the officer contacted him, the driver refused to stop and stated he would not comply. The officer attempted to get him to comply repeatedly but Gillenwater refused to cooperate. The officer reached out and grabbed him to detain him. 

“Gillenwater resisted the officer’s efforts and pulled away. He was tased and then handcuffed. Even after being handcuffed, Gillenwater threatened officers and medical personnel.  

“Gillenwater was arrested for DUI (third offense), and felony resisting arrest. He also had an outstanding North Court warrant for his arrest and his driver’s license was suspended. Gillenwater was booked and transported to OCJ with $20,000 bail.”

DUI Arrests

Eric Ledezma Balderas, 25 – Tuesday, May 2 Pursuit


Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Maegan Diane Lindsey, 39, Texas

Broadway | 200 Block | Warrant

10:43 p.m. Michael Shawn Moody, 36, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant, Drugs

9:26 p.m. During a patrol check, Christopher Clay Wright, 48, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. He was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

S. Beach Boulevard | 1200 Block | Burglary

3:40 p.m. In Anaheim, officers arrested Michael Lee Krier, 39, Anaheim, for burglary from a vehicle. Bail was $20,000. 

Acacia Drive | 100 Block | Petty Theft

3:02 p.m. License plates were stolen. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Petty Theft

12:44 p.m. A $65 bottle of alcohol was stolen. 

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Petty Theft

10:28 a.m. A BMX bike described as old, with a worn out back tire and rust spots, was stolen. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery, Threats

7:50 a.m. Officers responded to a call about two men fighting. David Threadgold, 29, no fixed address, was arrested for battery and criminal threats. Bail was $50,000. 

Monday, May 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

John Charles Miller, 52, Laguna Beach

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrant

7:01 p.m. Curtis Grant Abbott, 52, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for being drunk in public.  

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Stolen Vehicle

12:19 p.m. A white 2007 Lexus that was parked at 11 a.m. was stolen. 

Sunday, April 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Mohamed Chetioui, 32, Newport Beach

Ricardo Vasquez Sanchez, 36, Dana Point

Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | Traffic Collision

3:04 p.m. A vehicle and a motorcycle collided. There were unspecified injuries. 

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Vandalism

10:48 a.m. An unknown suspect spray painted “ER Killers” near the ambulance entrance.

Police Files

Detectives solve multiple vehicle burglaries at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park lots with arrest this week

Stu News Laguna learned last night that LBPD detectives used exhaustive reviews of evidence to solve multiple vehicle burglaries over the past two months in the parking lots of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Laguna Canyon Road.

Michael Krier, 40, Anaheim, was arrested late Tuesday and charged in some of the cases, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

In several cases, the suspect smashed windows and grabbed valuables that had been left in plain sight during daylight hours.

A review of digital evidence from the area led detectives to Krier, who, we have learned, confessed when interviewed.

Speeding Toyota chased on Coast Hwy at 100mph until crashing

A black Toyota Camry whizzed past an officer traveling at a high rate of speed headed northbound on Coast Highway from West Street just before midnight Tuesday. The driver, later identified as Eric Balderas, continued northbound hitting speeds in excess of 100 mph between Thalia and Legion Streets. 

Balderas, 25 of Rancho Santa Margarita, crashed his Camry in the 200 block of S. Coast Highway. He was charged with felony evading and DUI with two priors. Police took him directly to Orange County Jail for booking. 


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