DUI Arrests

Alex Palma Anguiano, 31, New Mexico - Saturday

Madison Maree Maus, 22, Buena Park - Saturday

Diane Elizabeth Jones, 58, San Clemente – Thursday, November 30 With a Prior

Incident Reports

Saturday, December 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jonathan Shakill, 32, Laguna Niguel

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Stolen Vehicle

10 p.m. The RP’s dark blue 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter was stolen. The RP last saw the vehicle at 6 p.m. on that day. The keys were not in the vehicle, and the RP confirmed that the tow companies did not tow it away.

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Vandalism

9:40 p.m. A man was spotted tagging with white paint. Alexander Velazquez, 18, San Clemente, was arrested for vandalism, bail $500.

Oak Street & S. Coast Hwy | Destroying Evidence

8:40 p.m. Andy Sostene Codio, 23, no fixed address, was arrested for destroying evidence.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Assault

3:41 p.m. A man was verbally threatening the RP. Jason Popielarski, 41, Utah, was placed under a citizen’s arrest for asault, bail $500.

Camel Point Drive & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

12:05 p.m. A dark grey Honda Accord was involved in a traffic collision. No injuries were reported.

Cozumel | 300 Block | Fraud

10:28 a.m. The RP had documents showing that a new bank account had been opened with their social security number sometime last week. No loss was reported. 

Friday, December 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kimberly Renee Klein, 34, Newport Beach

Laguna Boulevard | 3300 Block | Fraud

2:17 p.m. The RP was scammed out of $8,000. They received a call claiming to be “law enforcement,” which threatened to arrest the RP if they did not send money via MoneyPak.

Park Avenue & Glenneyre Street | Traffic Collision

12:34 p.m. Several calls were received about a vehicle and a pedestrian being involved in a traffic collision. The pedestrian did not have any visible injuries, but complained of pain to his left shoulder, left elbow, and lower back. He was treated at the scene by Laguna Beach Fire personnel, and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Fraud

10 a.m. Credit cards were opened under the RP’s name.

Thursday, November 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gordon Weider, 70, no fixed address

Beverly Street & N. Coast Hwy | Warrant, Restraining Order Violation

10:50 p.m. Salena Anita Robinson, 54, Pasadena, was arrested on four warrants. The first one was an Alhambra warrant for petty theft, bail $35,000. The second was an El Monte warrant for possession of a controlled substance, bail $30,000. The third was an Alhambra warrant for a hit and run, bail $35,000. The fourth one was a Pasadena warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Robinson was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. John Ciardullo, 64, Arcadia, was arrested on a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department warrant for domestic violence. Ciardullo was also arrested for violation of a restraining order, and for driving on a suspended license.

S. Encino | Fraud

8 p.m. The RP stated that she has a rental property in Utah, and that a transaction was done online via BRBO. The subject mailed the RP a fraudulent check. The approximate loss was $2,100.

West Street | 31500 Block | Grand Theft

1:59 p.m. An ongoing investigation of a grand theft is underway. The current estimated loss so far is $64,500.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant

1:03 p.m. Arash Rahimi, 39, Lake Forest, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for petty theft.

Cress Street & Coast Hwy | Petty Theft

11:57 a.m. The RP fell asleep on a bench, and their purse along with their medication was taken. The estimated total loss was unknown.

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Grand Theft

11:01 a.m. The RP reported a total loss of $1,000.

El Paso & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

1:49 a.m. Brett Bolin, 28, no fixed address, was arrested on a warrant for illegal lodging.

Wednesday, November 29

Glenneyre Street | 1000 Block | Petty Theft

8:44 a.m. The RP’s license plate was taken, but they weren’t sure when it had occurred.

N. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Traffic Collision

8:16 a.m. A four vehicle traffic collision occurred, causing the airbag to deploy on one of the vehicles. The drivers appeared to be okay. The number one lane of Coast Hwy was closed for 30 minutes.


Police Files

LBPD officer arrested in elder abuse case: internal investigation launched

On Tuesday, November 28, officers from the Fullerton Police Department arrested three individuals in connection with an ongoing elder abuse and fraud investigation.

One of those individuals was LBPD’s Officer Rock Wagner, 58, a nine-year veteran of the police department. Arrested along with him were his sister, Wendy Wagner, 55, and her boyfriend, Norman McBride, 58. All three were arrested for elder abuse and fraud, and were released from the Fullerton City Jail after posting bail.

Officer Wagner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

In an interview with Stu News Laguna, Police Chief Laura Farinella estimated that the internal investigation would take approximately 30-45 days.

“We will not compromise a thorough and accurate investigation for the sake of getting it done earlier than it takes,” she said.

While disappointed with the arrest, the LBPD wants to express to the community that no criminal activity is alleged to have occurred within Laguna Beach or while Officer Wagner was on-duty.

“The arrest of Wagner was definitely unexpected and has sent a disappointing ripple throughout the entire department,” said Farinella. “With that said, this arrest is not a reflection of the hard-working, ethical men and women of the Laguna Beach Police Department, and nothing in this case has ever pointed to his work here as a police officer.”

Fullerton PD was informed of the alleged misconduct in June 2017 by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange County Adult Protective Services. Chief Farinella was made aware of the investigation a few months ago by Fullerton PD. 

“One of our lieutenants was there at the time of the arrest and [Wagner’s] badge, gun, and ID ware taken. It was at that time he was placed on paid administrative leave and given the appropriate paperwork related to this status,” Farinella said.

Fullerton PD officers said that there was more than one alleged victim, related to the suspects, and the allegations relate to the theft of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. The suspects are not accused of any physical abuse. 

“We have a war on trees [in our town],” says Mayor Iseman after vicious attack kills eucalyptus

In August, an unknown suspect poured gasoline on a eucalyptus tree a block away from Thousand Steps Beach. The fire department responded to absorb the fuel, and a consulting arborist was called in by the city’s Public Works and Code Enforcement departments to evaluate the tree.

“Public Works staff followed the consulting arborists’ recommendations to remove the fuel and periodically visited the site to monitor the situation and evaluate the health of the tree,” said Shohreh Dupuis, director of Public Works, in a letter. At that time, the tree did not appear damaged beyond recovery.

That did not last long. A few weeks later, the foliage turned brown and the canopy began to die. A dozen nails were found in the tree trunk, which were removed immediately. 

“During the follow up inspection, the arborist suggested that the damage caused by the vandalism had systematically affected the tree to a level that was likely to be irreversible,” said Dupuis.

The tree has not recovered and is now dead. The Public Works department is following the City Council’s Public Tree Removal Policy for its removal, as it has become a fire hazard.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

A 50-foot tall eucalyptus tree will be removed after a series of attacks killed it

“We have a war on trees going on [in this town],” said Mayor Toni Iseman. Last November, someone cut gashes into five eucalyptus trees in front of Montage Laguna Beach. And in May of this year, several nails were hammered into a tree in the 1000 block of Cortez.

Unfortunately, LBPD is not actively investigating the recent vandalism that killed the eucalyptus tree because they have no leads on the incident.

“If you can prove that a tree was purposely or maliciously killed by a person, a case can be presented to the DA’s office for filing consideration,” explained Sgt. Jim Cota. “A report was generated and Code Enforcement conducted an investigation. If there had been any solid leads on who committed the crime, a report would have been sent to Investigations for assistance in either an arrest or filing a charge with the DA.”

Red Flag Warning issued for Laguna Beach

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning effective through Thurs, Dec 7 at 11:59 p.m. A high wind watch has also been issued where wind speeds between 20-40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph are possible. Laguna Beach residents should refer to the Ready! Set! Go! Program available on the Fire Department website (www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire). 

Register for AlertOC, the city’s mass notification system, by going to AlertOC.com. To ensure you are contacted during a Red Flag Warning, please register with the Nixle Red Flag group by texting “LBRedFlag” to 888-777.

Residents should be aware of parking restrictions in the Diamond/Crestview neighborhood during Red Flag Warnings. Any vehicles parked in spaces marked with a “red flag” in the center may be cited or towed.


Police Files

LBPD officer arrested in elder abuse case

On Tuesday, November 28, officers from the Fullerton Police Department arrested three individuals in connection with an ongoing elder abuse and fraud investigation.

One of those individuals was LBPD’s Officer Rock Wagner, a nine-year veteran of the police department. Arrested along with him were his sister, Wendy Wagner, and her boyfriend, Norman McBride. All three were arrested for elder abuse and fraud, and were released from the Fullerton City Jail after posting bail.

While disappointed with the arrest, the LBPD wants to express to the community that no criminal activity is alleged to have occurred within Laguna Beach or while Officer Wagner was on-duty.

“As law enforcement officers, we are held to the highest of standards and in no way is the arrest of Officer Wagner a reflection of the hard-working men and women of this outstanding police organization, said Police Chief Laura Farinella in a statement.

Fullerton PD was informed of the alleged misconduct in June 2017 by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange County Adult Protective Services.

Little details are currently available, though Fullerton PD officers said that there was more than one alleged victim, related to the suspects, and the allegations relate to the theft of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. The suspects are not accused of any physical abuse. 

Officer Wagner has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.


DUI Arrests

Ryan Christopher Giglio, 24, Huntington Beach – Monday Cell Caller, With a Prior

Incident Reports

Tuesday, November 28

S. Coast Hwy | 2300 Block | Burglary

11:23 p.m. The RP saw two subjects trying to get into his garage using a screwdriver and a drill. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

7:44 p.m. Johney Allen Yarborough, 41, Texas, was arrested on a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department warrant for drug related charges.

Morningside Circle | 1400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

3:52 p.m. Jewelry was taken from inside a vehicle. It was unknown if the vehicle was locked or not.

Griffith Way | 600 Block | Petty Theft

2:15 p.m. Two days ago, two bicycles were stolen. The approximate loss was $800.

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Vandalism

12:10 p.m. The RP has video of a woman smearing feces on their home last night. 

Point Place | 32000 Block | Burglary

12:07 p.m. The family of the RP just arrived home, and noticed that some of the Christmas gifts were missing. A woman who appeared to be a transient was in the residence wearing her son’s sweater and socks that were just purchased for him. The woman then left, with a green bag with various items inside. The subject was taken into custody, and the property was returned. Cathleen Combs was arrested for burglary, bail $50,000.

Bent Street | 400 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

10:12 a.m.  A radio was pulled out of an unlocked black Acura.

Monday, November 27

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Tonya Marie Fracchia, 48, Newport Beach

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

8:25 p.m. Rebecca Rankins, 45, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing.

Cypress Drive | 300 Block | Vandalism

2:40 p.m. Stairs were partially torn three days ago. The RP provided possible suspect information.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

12:58 p.m. The RP mailed a mortgage check, and it was cashed before being delivered to the mortgage company.

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Vandalism

11:10 a.m. The window of a store was broken sometime last night.

Iris Way | 2400 Block | Vandalism

The RP’s white Jeep Grand Cherokee was keyed last night by a named suspect.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

9:09 a.m. A phone was taken from the RP’s vehicle, which may or may not have been locked.

Sunday, November 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Paul Leo Ryan, 62, no fixed address

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Petty Theft

3:26 p.m. A purse was stolen sometime during the day prior. The approximate loss was $2,200.

S. Coast Hwy & Oak Street | Traffic Collision

1:06 p.m. Two motorcycles were involved in a traffic collision. Medical treatment was refused.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Burglary

11:30 a.m. Richard Winston Baird, 83, Laguna Beach, was arrested for shoplifting, bail $500.

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Petty Theft

11:17 a.m. Last night, a suspect came by the RP’s home and took a box of items.

Glenneyre Street | 2000 Block | Identity Fraud

10:57 a.m. Officers were called when threats were made towards the RP. Alexandra Nichole Hovas, 26, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for identity theft, bail $20,000, and for possession of false ID, bail $500. The charges stemmed from an incident report from the same day.

Tia Juana Street | 900 Block | Petty Theft

10:41 a.m. Materials and construction tools went missing on November 13. The estimated total loss was $820.


DUI Arrests

Jeffrey Daniel Carroll, 26, Nevada - Thursday, November 23

Incident Reports

Sunday, November 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Christina Marie Sebastian, 31, Irvine

Saturday, November 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Janette Silva, 25, Tujunga

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Drugs

11:52 p.m. A 16-year-old juvenile from Ladera Ranch was detained for having a fake ID. Charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of narcotics were added. 

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Petty Theft, Resisting Arrest, Threatening a Police Officer

9:44 p.m. Two males were loitering in the area. One suspect, a known shoplifter, stole two bottles, which was caught on video. Shane Michael Sutton, 39, no fixed address, was arrested for petty theft, bail $500, as well as for resisting arrest and making verbal threats to a police officer, bail $25,000.

Skyline Drive | 1300 Block | Petty Theft

5:51 p.m. Theft of two or three packages occurred last Sunday while the RP was out of town. The approximate loss was $50.

La Mirada Street | 800 Block | Petty Theft

5:29 p.m. Prescription pills were taken. A possible suspect was named. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Vandalism

3:51 p.m. The RP’s black Ford F-150 had its lock broken, and the window was scratched. The incident occurred on November 25.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

3:31 p.m. The RP’s purse with ID/license, social security card and cell phone, was stolen sometime last night. The approximate loss was $1,000.

Bonn Drive | 3100 Block | Grand Theft

12:30 p.m. A $10,000 - $12,000 Rolex watch was stolen on November 20.

Emerald Bay | 800 Block | Burglary

6:20 a.m. The RP stated that they saw a white male in their 20s inside of their home. The police department cleared the residence.

Friday, November 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jonathan Hart, 48, Laguna Beach

Javier Hommy Blas, 30, Concord

Miles Andrew Meehan, 34, Laguna Beach

Jeffrey Michael Cullen, Jr., 40, Costa Mesa

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Domestic Violence

7:27 p.m. The victim stated that the suspect punched her in the face. John David Borecki, 52, no fixed address, was arrested for domestic violence, bail $50,000, and for a North Court warrant.

Glenneyre Street & Oak Street | Vandalism

1:04 p.m. The front bumper of the RP’s blue Corvette looked as if it was kicked in. The incident occurred at about 12:59 p.m.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant

8:28 a.m. Wayne Chancey, no fixed address was arrested on a $10,000 warrant for public intoxication.

Thursday, November 23

Cleo Street & S. Coast Hwy | Stolen Vehicle

6:15 p.m. A 2003 4Runner reported to have been stolen out of Fountain Valley, was pulled over by Laguna Beach Police Department. Alejandro Delacruz Jimenez, 29, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for stolen vehicle, bail $20,000. Pechkanharath Marie Lim, 18, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for stolen vehicle, bail $20,000.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

1:31 p.m. Miscellaneous items and credit cards were stolen from the RP’s vehicle. The credit cards have been used.

Glenneyre Street | 1400 Block | Warrant

10:56 a.m. Gabriela Angelitas Reyes, 27, Maywood, was arrested on two warrants. One was a Los Angeles Sheriff’s warrant for burglary, and for breaking and entering, bail $30,000, and the other was a Los Angeles Sheriff’s warrant for possession of a controlled substance, and for possession of drug paraphernalia, bail $25,000.

Ocean Avenue | 200 Block | Domestic Violence

12:53 a.m. Julia Ai Ikeda Daley, 25, Oceanside, was arrested for domestic violence, bail $10,000.

Wednesday, November 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Charles King, 36, Laguna Beach

Philip Winston Adkins, 33, Corona Del Mar

Matthew Rogers Megar, 35, Alabama

Javier Hommy Blas, 30, Concord

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Probation Violation

7 p.m. Daniel William Delrosario, 25, no fixed address, was arrested for no bail probation violation.

2nd Street & Forest Avenue | Vandalism

5:59 p.m. A red Mazda 3 hatchback had its windshield smashed.

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Burglary

3:05 p.m. The RP’s $5,400 Intense mountain bike was stolen from their garage.

Pala Way | 2600 Block | Grand Theft

2:13 p.m. A handgun and an extra magazine were stolen from the RP’s home. The RP named a possible suspect. The total loss was $1,200.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

2:03 p.m. Unspecified items valued at $100 was stolen from the owner’s black Ford Focus.

Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

7:30 p.m. A surfboard and wetsuit were taken from a vehicle on November 21 between approximately 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21

Laguna Canyon Road | 20100 Block | Warrant

1:26 p.m. Austin Joseph McGregor, 37, Huntington Beach, was arrested for a no bail North Dakota warrant for a drug related violation, along with bail jumping.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:58 a.m. A purse was stolen from a vehicle on November 19.


Police Files

Laguna Beach man sustains critical injuries after crash early Thursday

On Thanksgiving morning at 1:16 a.m., callers reported hearing a crash in the area of Park Avenue and Tahiti Avenue.

“A single vehicle reportedly drove off the hillside and rolled several times,” said Sgt. Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “The driver was ejected from the vehicle at some point.”

A helicopter was called in to extract the driver, a Laguna Beach man in his 20s, from the bottom of the ravine. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.


DUI Arrests

None this period

Incident Reports

Tuesday, November 21

S. Coast Hwy & Ocean Avenue | Traffic Collision

12:55 a.m. A black Toyota Corolla with paper plates hit a park light on the lawn, destroying the light. No injuries were reported. 

San Tropez Court | 300 Block | Warrant

12:11 a.m. Multiple calls were received about possible gunshots occurring. All units were unable to locate the source of the loud bang. Unrelated to the shots fired call, Benjamin Israel Griffin, 41, Lake Forest, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for drug related charges, bail $15,000.

Monday, November 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Bradford Arthur Sturtevant, 54, Corona Del Mar

Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

7:25 p.m. Paul Leo Ryan, 62, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a $1,500 Harbor Court Warrant.

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Warrant

6:41 p.m. Steven Lee Lunger, Pennsylvania, was arrested on a no bail Pennsylvania warrant for probation violation.

Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Warrant

11:41 a.m. Robert Lee Cardenas Jr., 52, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a Harbor Court Warrant.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Warrant

11:11 a.m. Somchai Chaisomboon, 78, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a North Court warrant for domestic violence, and for elder abuse, bail $10,000.

Sunday, November 19

Coast Hwy | 31600 Block | Indecent Exposure

6:29 p.m. The RP stated that a male subject exposed himself and put his buttocks on their car window. Officers were unable to reach the RP for further information.

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Distressed Hiker

3:58 p.m. The helicopter “Duke” responded to a hiker in distress call. Initially a non-medical response, medics and the Laguna Beach Fire Department were later called to the scene. One patient had to be airlifted by Duke, and then transported to Mathis Trail, where medical staff was ready and able to transport them.

Baja Street | 1300 Block | Burglary

12:07 p.m. In October, several tools, including lighting equipment and material, were reported missing from the RP’s residence. No suspects were located. The total estimated loss was $3,500

Cypress Drive | 200 Block | Vandalism

8:42 a.m. Last night, the window of the RP’s vehicle was smashed, with an estimated loss of $200. The RP provided possible suspect information.


Police Files

Thieving duo steals wallets at Ralphs

Multiple shoppers at Ralphs on Monday evening, likely stocking up for Thanksgiving, were met with an unpleasant surprise… their wallets had been stolen. 

“Two suspects, a man and a woman, worked in conjunction with each other to systematically distract women and steal their wallets from their purses in their shopping carts,” explained Sgt. Cota, LBPD spokesperson. 

Two victims came forward, reporting that their wallets had been stolen around 6:20 p.m..

Photos courtesy of LBPD

Surveillance footage shows the two suspects, who would distract customers before taking their wallets

The total reported loss at this point is $102 and credit cards. The suspects were not seen entering any vehicles.

If you recognize the suspects, or have any information, please contact the LBPD at 949-497-0701.

Facebook followers find fraudster

In June, a woman went to Bank of America to cash a check.

Trouble was, that check was stolen, and so was the ID she used.

When officers responded, the woman had left the scene. LBPD detectives had only the surveillance footage provided to them by the bank to solve the crime.

Photos courtesy of LPBD

In an effort to maximize the resources available to them, LBPD sent out crime bulletins to other police agencies, and posted stills from the video on their Facebook page.

Lo and behold, a Facebook follower recognized the woman in the video – a prior resident of Laguna who had moved away a few years ago.

Alexandra Hovas was located and arrested on November 13. She has been charged with check fraud, identity theft, and other fraud and theft related charges.


DUI Arrests

Amber Breanne Wharton, 24, Long Beach - Sunday, November 19

Rhys Gavin Spierkel, 20, Laguna Beach - Saturday, November 18 Traffic Collision

Caroline Bernadette Greenberg, 54, Laguna Beach - Thursday, November 16 Cell Caller

Incident Reports

Sunday, November 19

Alta Laguna Boulevard | 3200 Block | Drugs

1:54 a.m. Saul Baca, 23, was arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Saturday, November 18

Oak Street | 300 Block | Theft from a Vehicle

3:41 p.m. A purse valued at $600 was stolen from the RP’s unlocked vehicle the previous evening.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft

2:39 p.m. Sunglasses valued at approximately $500 were stolen earlier in the week.

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Grand Theft

11:58 a.m. The RP’s watch was taken some time during the previous night. The RP believes that the incident occurred after he was knocked unconscious.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | Traffic Collision

10:59 a.m. Several calls were placed about a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian was conscious and breathing. There was a traffic delay in both directions for about 15 minutes, but roadway was open again at 11:26 a.m.

Oak Street | 400 Block | Vandalism

10:12 a.m. A black Jeep Grand Cherokee that was parked in a driveway was keyed with the words “F you” written out. The incident occurred sometime last night.

Friday, November 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Janel Hahn, 30, Los Angeles

Jeffrey Jason Beltz, 47, Costa Mesa

Rafael Antonio Valladares, 57, Laguna Beach

S. Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Grand Theft

2:50 p.m. $40 in cash, as well as some credit cards, were stolen from the RP. The credit cards were reported being used at two different stores.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2800 Block | Soliciting Sex

11:56 a.m. A suspicious man approached one of the female students and propositioned them for sex. Juan Gonzalez, 26, Georgia, was arrested for soliciting sex, bail $1,000.

Anita Street | 100 Block | Stolen Vehicle

8:42 a.m. A stolen white 2018 Volvo was seen on Coast Hwy. Anass Iklid, 31, Fullerton, was arrested for possession a stolen vehicle, bail $20,000.

West Street & Coast Hwy | Drugs

1:10 a.m. Cale Floyd Hill, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and for narcotics possession, bail $500.

Thursday, November 16

Coast Hwy & West Street | Petty Theft

3:30 p.m. A wallet was stolen from an unlocked truck that was parked on the highway.

Wednesday, November 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Raymond John Haughton, 69, Laguna Woods

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Warrant

9:12 p.m. Michael Allen Garcia, 39, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court bench warrant.

Thalia Street | 200 Block | Warrant

4:40 p.m. Amy Elizabeth Allan, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested for two Harbor Court warrants. One warrant was for driving with a suspended license, and the other was for DUI, bail $15,000.

Stans Lane | 21300 Block | Warrant

12:21 p.m. Lynn Pollard, 36, Irvine, was arrested for two Harbor Court warrants. One warrant was for grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of stolen ID, bail $50,000. The second one was for grand theft auto, possession of a stolen vehicle, breaking and entering with the intent to commit burglary, and petty theft, bail $50,000.


Police Files

Peace, love, positivity…and then the police

Thursday morning, fumes from paint cans permeated the area of Canyon Acres Drive and Laguna Canyon Road.

An open area with cement and rebar remnants near a hiking trail had been spray painted with the letters “PLP,” said to stand for “Peace, Love, and Positivity.”

Timothy Payton, 26, Irvine, was apprehended and admitted to spray painting the rocks, concrete and trees in the area.

“He said he did it to paint over all the negativity,” explained Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson. “He was arrested for vandalism and transported to the Laguna Beach Police Department.”

Assault with a deadly flashlight

On Friday evening, a fight over a cell phone on Main Beach escalated a bit too far for one of the parties involved.

A group of three men was squabbling over who among them was the rightful owner of a Samsung cell phone. Joseph Hogsten, 30, no fixed address, was prepared to go to any means necessary to prove the phone was his.

“Hogsten hit two men in the head with a flashlight,” said Sgt. Jim Cota. One of the victims reported that he was losing consciousness while on the phone with the police department.

Hogsten was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $25,000.

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