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Incident Reports

Saturday, Dec 1

Balboa Ave | 29900 Block | Information

8:23 p.m. LBPD received a report that the lights weren’t going on at the park – including the bathroom lights and tennis court lights. “There have been some suspicious people in the park lately. It’s been going on for the past couple weeks,” reported the caller. LBPD said they would send out extra patrol checks until public works remedies the situation. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

1:57 a.m. A 39-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Beach St & Broadway Pl | DUI, Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:50 a.m. Christopher Prelle, 37, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested on suspicion of DUI ($2,500), being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Lifeguard Rescue 

9:31 a.m. Marine Safety received a call about a distressed male swimmer, approximately 30 to 40 years old, in the ocean yelling for help. The caller said they were not sure how far out the victim was, but that he kept going further out. The RP said, “Someone else is now in the water trying to help the subject but he keeps getting pulled further out. The subject that went out is reaching the swimmer but is now swimming back without the subject.” Lifeguards came on scene and rescued the swimmer, who was 50 yards out. No medical attention was needed.

Friday, Nov 30

Cleo St & S Coast Hwy | DUI

11:35 p.m. A 58-year-old man from Buffalo, WY, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance and Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

9:40 p.m. Stephen Lee Jouvenat, 64, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:40 p.m. A 22-year-old Dana Point man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St | 500 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:22 p.m. A 31-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Trespassing

2:40 p.m. Tess Helene Younker, 55, Palm Desert, was arrested for trespassing without consent. Bail was set at $500.

Dolphin Way | 200 Block | Battery

9:06 a.m. Francois Xavier Alexander Guegan, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Thursday, Nov 29

Glenneyre St & Mountain Road | DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher with Prior

11:34 p.m. Leslie Ann Clark, 50, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher with one prior (bail was set at $10,000).

Agate St | 200 Block | Court Order Violation

2:12 p.m. Shane Hayden Leach, 30, Balboa Island, was arrested for violating a court order. Bail was set at $15,000.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing and Open Container

12:32 p.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing without consent. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 2400 Block | Bench Warrant

12:15 p.m. Pedro Izquierdo Salgado, 49, Solana Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 8600 Block | Bench Warrant

3:05 p.m. Santiago Barranco-Garcia, 53, Hawthorne, was arrested on an undisclosed bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500

Forest Ave | 900 Block | Battery

3:37 a.m. Osma Elia Gildeh, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Bench Warrants

1:50 a.m. Melinda Christine Bahra, 39, San Bernardino, was arrested on a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and methamphetamine (bail was set at $50,000), an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $50,000), and a second undisclosed bench warrant (bail was set at $50,000).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Outside of Jurisdiction Bench Warrant

12:15 p.m. Richard Anthony Duarte, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed bench warrant. Bail was set at $125,000.

Wednesday, Nov 28

Broadway St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:34 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | DUI

2:17 a.m. A 21-year-old Dana Point man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Rare dolphin stranded multiple times at Emerald Bay sadly needs to be euthanized 

On Saturday, Dec 1, at 11:45 a.m., Pacific Marine Mammal Center received a call about a rare dolphin that had stranded itself multiple times at Emerald Bay, according to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres. 

“PMMC sent a rescue team and decided to bring the dolphin back as the animal was clearly in distress,” PMMC Events and Public Relations Coordinator Krysta Higuchi said. “Upon further examination, humane euthanasia was determined as the best course of action. The dolphin was seizing, had severe raking, a severe jaw injury and was in respiratory distress.” 

According to Higuchi, a necropsy was performed Sunday and it was determined that the animal was a striped dolphin, rare for coastal California waters, normally found in tropical waters.

“The dolphin was found to have serious jaw injuries directly causing other life threatening complications,” Higuchi said. “Injuries were determined to not be human caused but possibly from fights with other dolphins or species over food sources or aggressive mating behaviors.” 

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A rare dolphin strands itself multiple times at Emerald Bay, sadly needs to be euthanized

The dolphin was determined to be a juvenile female. Two have been reported,  both within the last 30 days, in Northern California.

“PMMC is hoping this isn’t a sign that warmer waters are again hitting our coastline; changes in ocean patterns like these can adversely affect marine life and our coastal ecosystems,” Higuchi said.

She lauded others involved who played an integral part in facilitating looking out for the well-being of the dolphin.

“Thank you to Newport Coastal Adventure and the public beach goers for reporting the animal so quickly,” Higuchi said. “Though it was a sad outcome, the animal was clearly suffering and the quick and respectful direction and action from everyone at the beach created what would be best for that animal.” 

Mark Girardeau, a wildlife photographer aboard the Newport Coastal Adventure boat, captured the attempted rescues via a live video on social media that showed the young dolphin as it tried to get back to shore.

PMMC is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information about PMMC or to make a donation, visit www.pacificmmc.org or call (949) 494-3050.

Arson at Bus Depot, LBFD and LBPD quick to respond 

On Sunday, Dec 2, at 9:23 a.m., LBFD and LBPD officers responded to the Bus Depot public restrooms in reference to an arson investigation in the men’s restroom. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Jim Cota, it was determined the toilet paper dispenser in the handicap stall had been set on fire. Several feet of wall tile were damaged as a result. The estimated damage cost is $2,500. 

“A homeless subject was in the area at the time of the incident. He approached officers and claimed he put the fire out with his spare clothes,” Sgt Cota said. “His actual involvement is unknown at this time.”

Alleged graffiti tagger gets tagged by LBPD

Police Files Jason RobertsOn Monday, Nov 12, at 5:27 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 200 block of Ocean Avenue regarding reports of vandalism that had just occurred. Employees at Ocean at Main reportedly observed a suspect spray-painting graffiti on five walls located behind Ocean at Main, behind the former theater, and on the side of Dan Miller Jewelry.

“The restaurant manager tried to detain the suspect and place him under a private person’s arrest. The suspect fled on foot but was caught by the manager and a couple of his employees a short distance away,” Sgt Cota said. “They put the resistive suspect on the ground and held him until officers arrived.”

Laguna Beach resident Jason Travis Roberts, 41, was placed under arrest for vandalism.

Bail was set at $25,000.


Police Files

LBPD seizes arsenal of 57 guns, Nazi regalia during criminal threats investigation

On Thursday, Nov 15, at 6:48 p.m., at the 800 block of Cliff Drive, a Laguna Beach resident reported receiving threatening phone calls and texts involving suspect Mitchell Todd.

Todd owns and operates the business Orange County Dove Release, which provides the release of doves at events, primarily at weddings and funerals. 

Todd was hired by the reporting party to release doves at his son’s funeral. According to reports, based upon a dispute on the day of the funeral involving scheduling and payment, Todd did not render his services nor was he paid. 

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During criminal threats investigation, LBPD finds arsenal of guns at suspect’s home

Following the funeral, according to LBPD, Todd began sending the victim text messages and voicemail messages demanding payment and making threats.

“Upon listening to the voicemail messages from Todd to the victim, Todd first threatened with court proceedings, but quickly appeared to become upset and further threatened to have specific people come to his work and to his relatives’ home until he was paid,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The last voicemail message from Todd to the victim was the distinct sound of a handgun slide being pulled back and released as if a cartridge (bullet) was being chambered.”

In a voicemail to the reporting party, Todd allegedly said that it was time for him to go where his son went.

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Laguna Beach resident reports receiving threatening voicemails and text messages that escalated

Upon service of the search warrant on Todd’s Huntington Beach residence, 57 firearms of various styles and calibers were seized, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. Todd also had numerous Nazi paraphernalia that was photographed and documented by LBPD. Out of the 57 guns seized, only 12 were registered to him and many others were not registered at all, according to Sgt Cota.

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57 firearms of various styles and calibers were seized, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and Nazi paraphernalia

“I am extremely proud of all of the detectives for the teamwork they exhibited on the Mitchell Todd investigation and arrest. They arrested a person that clearly showed behavior that was extremely dangerous,” Sgt Cota said. “Additionally, they took 57 weapons away from someone who clearly should not be in possession of them. As a supervisor of the Investigations Division, I am very pleased with the outcome.”

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Mitchell Ralph Todd 

Mitchell Ralph Todd, 51, of Huntington Beach, was taken into custody by LBPD detectives for criminal threats without incident. According to Sgt Cota, further charges may be added.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Panga boat lands at West Street Beach on Thursday – 9 detained, authorities search for more suspects

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Another panga boat landing, this time at West Street Beach

On Thursday, Nov 29, at 6:58 a.m., LBPD received two calls from residents reporting a panga boat landing at West Street Beach. Both callers said that all the occupants ran from the boat as soon as it came ashore. 

According to Sgt Cota, “They were last seen running towards the cliff area below Coast Highway.”

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Residents report panga boat landing on Thursday morning 

LBPD, LB Marine Safety, and LBFD immediately responded to the area and worked alongside the US Customs and Border Patrol, US Coast Guard, State of California Department of Parks and Recreations, and OC Sheriff’s Department. 

“With the assistance of all the partner agencies, a thorough search of the area was conducted and ended with the capture of nine adults,” Sgt Cota said. “Seven came from the panga boat and two were waiting in vehicles parked on Coast Highway.”

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LBPD and Marine Safety rushed on scene working with a handful of agencies

The investigation remains ongoing as law enforcement continues to search for outstanding subjects. 

For further information, contact the lead agency, US Customs and Border Patrol, at (619) 216-4182.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Nov 27

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Offensive Words in Public Place

10:53 a.m. John Vincent Soto, 27, Tustin, was arrested for using offensive words in a public place. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | Burglary

9:46 a.m. Keenan Lee Bakken, 30, Banning, was arrested for burglary. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Beach Patrol Officers contacted two subjects behind Hennessey’s. An officer also arrived and it was determined a local homeless subject had stolen a large bottle of Kettle vodka from inside the back door of the closed business. The business owner wished to prosecute and Keenan Bakken was ultimately arrested for Burglary.” Bail was set at $20,000.

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

1:40 a.m. A 49-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).

S Coast Hwy & Solana Way | Possession of a Controlled Substance and Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

11:36 p.m. Jeffery Allen Bowles, 49, Hemet, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Monday, Nov 26

Laguna Canyon Road | 2600 Block | Failure to Register

12:42 p.m. Douglas Fredrick Banis, 63, Capo Beach, was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. Bail was set at $500.

Cliff Drive & Myrtle St | Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Possession of over 28.5 grams

12:04 a.m. Amir Taat, 33, Tustin, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and possession of over 28.5 grams of marijuana. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, Nov 25

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

11:36 p.m. James Eugene Leis, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrants

9:33 p.m. Laura Marie Podany, 51, Solana Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed bench warrant (bail was set at $10,000) and a second undisclosed bench warrant (bail was set at $10,000).

No address reported | Bench Warrant

6:28 p.m. Brian Keith Michael O’Connor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Park Ave | 300 Block | DUI

2:42 a.m. A 44-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:39 a.m. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Nov 24

S Coast Hwy | 800 Block | DUI

11:03 p.m. A 29-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | DUI

7:28 p.m. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Cleo St. | 200 Block | Parole Violation, Warrant, and Possession of a Controlled Substance

9:22 a.m. Brian James Long, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), a warrant (bail was set at $10,000), and being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Agate St | DUI with Prior

4:01 a.m. Erik Rand Bobino, 31, Colton, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with a prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

High Drive | 500 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

1:18 a.m. Marlene Hammeren Grant, 67, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Friday, Nov 23

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Fugitive from Justice and DUI

11:54 p.m. Denzil Floyd Henry, 46, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice (no bail was set) and on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500).

Gaviota Drive | 900 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:04 p.m. A 28-year-old Ladera Ranch man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Forest Ave | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:37 p.m. A 39-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:14 p.m. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:34 p.m. A 47year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Broadway St | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

1:47 p.m. James Eugene Leis, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Cliff Drive & Myrtle St | Unlicensed Driver, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

1:47 a.m. Rebecca Mercedes Meija, 21, Lake Forest, was arrested for driving without a license (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Thursday, Nov 22

Cliff Drive | 500 Block | Bench Warrant

10:49 p.m. Jesus Alfredo Aguirre, 47, Huntington Park, was arrested on a bench warrant for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $1,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrants

7:21 p.m. Jeffery Joseph Noon, 64, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two bench warrants. Bail was set at $2,500. 

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

6:01 p.m. Sean Partick Eskeli, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $1,000.

Park Ave | 200 Block | Battery

4:42 p.m. Leann Irla Simpson, 37, Costa Mesa, was arrested for battery on a person. Bail was set at $500. 

Marilyn Drive | 30700 Block | DUI, Drugs with Prior

8:33 a.m. Jason Douglas Creager, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, drugs with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

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

2:14 a.m. Cody Alexander Czuleger, 28, Laguna Beach was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher with one prior (bail was set at $10,000).

Wednesday, Nov 21

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing

7:16 p.m. Scott Foresman Armstrong, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing without consent. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Trespassing

3:53 p.m. Kyle James Blaker, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and trespassing without consent (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Upland Road | DUI

1:32 a.m. A 29-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Vodka-fueled threats and racial slurs land man in jail for 5th time

On Friday, Nov 23, at 3:37 p.m., LBPD officers contacted known homeless subject Braden Bolton, who was reported to be highly intoxicated carrying a bottle of vodka, at S Coast Hwy and Forest Ave. According to reports, Bolton had no shirt on and was provoking fights.

Police Files Braden Bolton“Upon contact with Bolton, he called the officers the “N” word and threatened to assault them. Bolton has had numerous contacts with LBPD over the years,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Bolton was taken into custody for public intoxication but resisted to walk to the police vehicle. He continued with the threats, insults, profanity, and racial slurs.”

According to police logs, he was saying, “You don’t want to mess with me,” as he “threatened people with a bottle of Absolute Vodka.” LBPD received several calls reporting the incident.

Braden Elliot Bolton, 34, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. He was transported to OCJ in lieu of the LBPD jail. 

According to Stu News Laguna records, this is Bolton’s fifth arrest with LBPD in eight months.

Bail was set at $500.

7-person rescue at Sleepy Hollow Beach, swimmers caught in riptide

On Friday, Nov 23, at 12:31 p.m., at the 600 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, Marine Safety received a 911 call for six people caught in a rip current approximately 100 yards off shore at Sleepy Hollow Beach. They were described as male adults.

“For us it’s a multiple person rescue, so we sent two of our lifeguard units to Sleepy Hollow to make the rescue. When we got on scene, we found that the number was actually seven people,” LBPD Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond said. “We had four lifeguards swim out and rescue the seven people from the rip current and bring them into shore.”

Marine Safety considers a rescue to be a multiple rescue when it involves more than one person.

“Multi-victim rescues can happen often, especially when there is large surf and the rip currents are strong,” Capt Bond said. “On Friday, the surf was 2 to 4-feet; it was green flag conditions. But we did have some significant west wind, which tends to push people down the beach, when they swim offshore. They happened to get into a rip current.”

It’s always a good idea to be aware of the conditions when swimming in the ocean.

“The first thing someone can do to be safe is to swim in front of an open lifeguard tower. Then they can get the most updated information on where those rip currents are from the tower lifeguard. That’s the most important thing,” Capt Bond said.

But as far as identifying a rip current, look for brown discolored water that is forming and going out to sea. Sometimes it’s easy to identify, while other times it’s difficult.

“If you’re in the water and you feel like you’re getting pulled out, you could possibly be in a rip current,” Capt Bond said.

If you get caught in a rip current, Capt Bond offers the following key advice:

“The best thing you can do is swim parallel to shore until you’re out of the rip current,” Capt Bond said. “And if you’re in a situation where you’re in need of a rescue, raise your hand and call for help.” 

Rip currents occur on a daily basis in varied conditions, so there could be a small wave day where there are a lot of rip currents. That’s not abnormal. Typically during yellow flag days and red flag days, there are usually more large, identifiable rip currents. Rip currents can occur on green flag days as well, as it was on Friday, when the multiple-erson rescue took place. 

“None of the victims taken out of the water needed medical aid,” Capt Bond said. “So that’s the good news.”


Police Files

Thanksgiving gift, dog saved from fiery car crash in the canyon is mending thanks to many 

A white Maltese poodle named Peanut was injured in the traffic accident outside of the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) on Friday, Nov 16, according to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres. She belongs to the couple that was also injured during the crash and resulting fire.

 Peanut was in the parked car that was struck by a tow truck driver on Laguna Canyon Road adjacent to the ASL on early Friday morning, at 3:19 a.m. The parked car caught on fire due to the collision and was destroyed by the fire. Luckily, Peanut somehow escaped from the burning car. 

Later that morning around 10 a.m., a volunteer from the animal shelter that was dropping off food at Laguna Food Pantry next to the dog park saw Peanut crying in pain and running loose. The animal shelter volunteer caught Peanut and brought her to the animal shelter. 

“The animal shelter staff saw that Peanut was obviously injured so they immediately took her to the animal hospital for treatment. Peanut had been hit in the face during the traffic collision and had two hanging teeth and a hairline jaw fracture,” Beres said. “The veterinarian removed the two hanging teeth and X-rayed the jaw. Peanut was also treated with antibiotics and pain medications.” 

In true Laguna Beach spirit, Canyon Animal Hospital donated their services for the care of Peanut, according to Laguna Beach Animal Hospital’s Laura Dunaway.

The daughter of the injured couple has taken possession of Peanut and is caring for her while she recovers from her injuries. As of Tuesday, her father was still in the hospital recovering from his injuries, including a broken jaw, six missing teeth, a broken left index finger, and a back injury.

“He remains at the hospital,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “The female in the driver’s seat sustained a broken rib and miscellaneous cuts. She was released from the hospital.”

“We are looking into establishing some sort of way for the community to help these people who were affected by this accident and we hope to have details on that early next week,” Friendship Shelter Executive Director Dawn Price said.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Nov 20

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

4:22 p.m. A 39-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for disorderly related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Parole Violation

3:54 p.m. Gary William Warbrick, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Public Nuisance

1:45 p.m. Rhonda Diane Metoyer, 59, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being a public nuisance (bail was set at $500) and urinating in public (bail was set at $500).

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing, Shoplifting

6:27 p.m. Rose Woodmyre Kelley, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing (bail was set at $500) and shoplifting (bail was set at $500).

Avenida Sevilla | 24300 Block | Animal Calls

11:09 a.m. LBPD received a call about coyotes: “Two coyotes yesterday morning and one today walking in the street.”

Haven Ave | 8300 Block | Rancho Cucamonga | Bench Warrant

7:26 a.m. Camisha Grace Delgado, 23, Victorville, was arrested on a bench warrant for identity theft. Bail was set at $25,000. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Detectives responded to the city of Victorville to arrest a fraud suspect, who was involved in an incident in Laguna Beach on October 12. She was reporting to work when she was arrested. Back in October a Laguna Beach officer made a traffic stop and contacted the driver and the passenger Delgado. She was in possession of a fraudulent California driver’s license in someone else’s name that showed two outstanding warrants for her arrest. Inside the vehicle were numerous items in other people’s name including mail, credit cards, personal checks, and supplies used to “wash” checks. None of these items belonged to Delgado or her male companion. She was charged with numerous fraud-related charges that include felonies and misdemeanors. It should noted that the male driver is already in custody pending several fraud related charges as well.”

Monday, Nov 19

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing

6:27 p.m. Scott Foresman Armstrong, 37, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Nestle Road | 3000 Block | Animal Calls

3:50 p.m. LBPD received a call about a baby snake near the trash can. 

Broadway St | 200 Block | Warrant, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

11:58 a.m. Anita Marie Novak, 39, Sterling Heights, MI, was arrested on a bench warrant (no bail was set) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

6:04 p.m. Amber Kristen Castillo, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Bench Warrants

6:27 p.m. Leann Irla Simpson, 37, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a bench warrant (bail was set at $15,000) and a second bench warrant (bail was set at $2,500). 

Sunday, Nov 18

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Parole

7:20 p.m. Michael Patrick Cowan, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | DUI

7:18 p.m. A 32-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Bench Warrants

10:32 a.m. Allan Neville Friant, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $10,000), for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $10,000), and possession of a narcotic controlled substance (bail was set at $10,000).

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | DUI

1:39 a.m. A 22-year-old Frankfort, IL, man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Brooks St | 100 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:06 a.m. A 54-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).

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:56 a.m. A 27-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

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

12:27 a.m. A 49-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).


Incident Reports

Saturday, Nov 17

S Coast Hwy & Sleepy Hollow Lane | DUI

12 a.m. A 24-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

El Paseo | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:22 a.m. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly releated to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

9th Ave & S Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

1:48 p.m. Steven Lawrence Loughery, 42, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a bench warrant for being in possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | DUI, A Person Under 21 Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.05% or Higher

3:06 a.m. A 20-year-old Corona del Mar man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and for being a person under 21 driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.05% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, Nov 16

Glenneyre St | 1300 Block | Vandalism

11:41 p.m. LBPD received a report from a resident stating that someone came onto their property and destroyed their plants.

Laguna Canyon Road | 800 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

7:13 p.m. A 39-year-old Irvine 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 & Vista Del Sol Bench Warrant

3:14 p.m. Brittany Ann Kirwan, 27, Dana Point, was arrested on a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy & Sleepy Hollow Lane | DUI

12 a.m. A 35-year-old Anaheim woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Road Rage

10:44 a.m. LBPD received a report about a subject in a red BMW “throwing stuff out of his vehicle.” The male driver reportedly threw a glass bottle out of their BMW toward the RP’s vehicle, with things escalating from there. According to the RP, the driver pulled a black handgun and pointed it toward him, stating that he was going to shoot him.

Thursday, Nov 15

Locust St | 300 Block | Animal Calls

2:54 p.m. LBPD received a report about a snake seen in the garden. The reporting person said she “looked it up online and thinks it could possibly be a rattlesnake.”

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | False Identity to a Peace Officer

10:12 a.m. Kenneth William Sutherland, 54, Washington, was arrested for providing false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Anita St | 200 Block | Grand Theft

8 a.m. LBPD received a report about two parking meters being removed. According to the logs, parking meters have GPS tracking and LBPD is tracking them down.

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Grand Theft Auto, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

6:26 a.m. Lindsey Nicole Ledray, 34, Mission Viejo, was arrested for grand theft auto (no bail was set), being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500).

Wednesday, Nov 14

Broadway St | 200 Block | Public Nuisance

3:39 p.m. James Garcia Santos, 67, Laguna Beach, was arrested for maintaining public nuisance. Bail was set at $500.

Park Ave | 2100 Block | Animal Calls

12:23 a.m. LBPD received a call about a rattlesnake. According to police records, the RP “put it inside a trash can in the front office.”


Police Files

Fiery three-car crash in the Canyon: man struck while sleeping in car seriously injured

On Friday, Nov 16, at 3:19 a.m., LBPD Emergency Dispatchers received multiple calls of an injury traffic collision with multiple cars on fire at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road in front of the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). 

Several officers responded and found a tow truck and another vehicle at the outbound curb, fully engulfed in flames. The flames climbed to the top of the adjacent electrical pole. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, the subjects in the roadway were dragged away from the flames and placed in police vehicles and driven to a safe location where they were treated by fire and transported to hospitals. 

“The couple that was in the parked vehicle sustained the following injuries: The male sitting in the passenger seat sustained a broken jaw, six missing teeth, a broken left index finger, and a back injury. He remains at the hospital,” said Sgt Cota. “The female in the driver’s seat sustained a broken rib and miscellaneous cuts. She was released from the hospital.”

Police Files fiery night

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Friday’s fiery car collision in the Canyon is still under investigation

Once the fire was out, first responders discovered a third vehicle sandwiched between the tow truck and the vehicle. The tow truck driver stated he was outbound on LCR and as he approached the ASL an inbound vehicle veered across traffic lanes and was heading head-on toward him. The tow driver said that he veered to the right and struck the parked cars. 

“We are looking into establishing some sort of way for the community to help these people who were affected by this accident and we hope to have details on that early next week,” Friendship Shelter Executive Director Dawn Price said.

“The traffic collision investigation remains ongoing,” Sgt Cota said.

Alleged burrito thief arrested for felony robbery

On Friday, Nov 16, at 7:31 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Gelson’s Market, at 30900 S Coast Hwy, in reference to a theft of a burrito. Officers contacted the cook at Gelson’s who stated he observed a male subject enter the store and grab a burrito. 

“The male subject who was involved in a verbal altercation with another customer then threw the burrito at that customer and left. He re-entered the store seconds later and grabbed a second burrito,” Sgt Cota said. “This time the cook confronted the suspect near the exit and they were involved in a physical altercation, where the suspect shoved the cook in order to exit the store and flee.”

Initially, officers were unable to locate the suspect. However, later at 3:56 p.m., accordingly to Sgt Cota, an officer observed homeless subject Shane Sutton walking in the Gelson’s parking lot matching the physical description of the suspect from earlier. An investigation determined it was Sutton involved in the burrito crime caper, and he was placed under arrest.

Shane Michael Sutton, 32, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for felony robbery. Bail was set at $100,000.

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