DUI Arrests

Nicholas Matthew Bebek, 31, La Habra – Sunday, February 26

Julie Diane Hall, 48, Irvine – Sunday

Lisa Ha Nguyen, 29, Chula Vista – Saturday, February 25

She was also arrested for battery.

 

Incident Reports

Sunday, February 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jake Ryder Price, 25, Mammoth Lakes

Jose T Tezchinchilla, 30, Texas

Gaviota Drive | 1100 Block | Drugs

1:56 a.m. David Mark Crossno, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and for possession of a controlled substance. 

Saturday, February 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Andrew David Soliz, 51, Laguna Beach

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant, Drugs, Parole 

10:37 p.m. Steve Salvatore Sanfellipo, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and no bail parole violation. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

10:12 a.m. Someone stole $374.91 in tequila. The business has surveillance footage of the suspect. 

S. Coast Hwy | 2000 Block | Domestic Violence

2:34 a.m. Paul Reuben Bingham, 51, Imperial Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with $50,000 bail. 

S. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Drunk in Public, Resisting, Assault on an Officer

1:49 a.m. Officers responded to a business regarding a male who was refusing to leave. As they attempted to arrest the man for public intoxication, he continued to pull his arms away from the officers. After placing him in handcuffs and while placing him in the patrol car, he spat on one of the officers. Spencer Alman, 31, Trabuco Canyon was charged with being drunk in public, resisting arrest, and assault on a peace officer. 

Friday, February 24

N. Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Drugs

11:32 p.m. Matthew Alan Arthur, 26, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for possession of narcotics. Casey Ann Ward, 18, Coto De Caza, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Stolen Vehicle – Recovery 

9:39 p.m. A Jeep Wrangler that had been stolen in Laguna Beach was found in Oceanside. 

Montage Resort Drive & Coast Hwy | Drugs

9:23 p.m. Cale Floyd Hill, 42, San Clemente, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics. Sheryl Lynn Herrera, 40, was arrested for the same charges plus possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Fraud

3:39 p.m. Fraudulent charges over $400 were made to the RP’s credit card. 

Thursday, February 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Deborah Jones, 52, Laguna Hills

S. Coast Hwy | 800 Block | False Impersonation, False Information

7:20 p.m. Andrew Michael Berg, 27, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for felony false impersonation and misdemeanor false information to a police officer. 

S. Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant

6:33 p.m. Marcus Baldwin, 48, San Diego, was arrested on a $20,000 San Diego County warrant for criminal threats and violating a protective order. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Burglary

4:30 p.m. A neighbor witnessed a suspect in the RP’s residence – the screen had been popped off and the front door was wide open. The suspect left, but officers were able to locate and arrest Christian Charles Gallodelgado, 21, Laguna Beach, for burglary. 

S. Vista De Catalina | Fraud

2:16 p.m. The RP had fraudulent Amazon charges on her account. 

Cliff Drive | 700 Block | Fraud

1:18 p.m. The RP has accounts that have been opened under her name. 

Catalina Street | 1100 Block | Vandalism

12:41 p.m. Two suspects trashed a home and broke property. 

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Trespassing

11:59 a.m. Chad Vandenlangenberg, 50, no fixed address, was arrested for trespassing. 

Balboa | 29900 Block | Suspended License, Disobeying Officer, Warrants

1:42 a.m. A vehicle was seen driving without its lights on and ran a red light when officers were trying to get the driver to yield. Laura Orozco, 41, Riverside, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and disobeying a peace officer. She was cited on a warrant for driving without a license. Richard Steve Rosen, 46, Riverside, was arrested on three San Bernardino warrants: one for burglary, one for identity theft, and one for theft and attempting to commit a crime.

Wednesday, February 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Deborah Jones, 52, Laguna Beach

Gordon Weider, 69, no fixed address

Cleo Street | 100 Block | Petty Theft

6:19 p.m. A package was stolen. 

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Petty Theft, Parole

3:39 p.m. A suspect stole a black windbreaker and left the scene. Leon Dylan Ray, 21, Rancho Santa Margarita was detained and arrested for the theft as well as parole violation. 

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Fraud

3:15 p.m. The RP received fraudulent checks. A suspect was named. 

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Roof Jumping

2:53 p.m. The RP reported a man jumping 6 floors into the swimming pool at the location. Police are looking into it to see if it is related to the roof jumper from 2016. 

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

8:42 a.m. John Byron Grow, 63, Westminster, was arrested on a warrant for DUI.


Police Files

Vehicle crashes into La Sirena Grill, Gelson’s also involved

On Sunday at 6:32 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the Gelson’s shopping center in South Laguna for a vehicle that had struck the building of La Sirena Grill. No injuries were reported, and alcohol and drugs were not a factor. Initial fears of terrorism appear on social media, are unfounded, to everyone’s relief.

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Photo by Art Z of Sawdust Festival

A crash that was frightening for everyone, but fortunately there were no injuries

“Initial investigation appears the driver was attempting to park the vehicle, but pressed on the accelerator instead of the brakes,” said Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD. 

 

Two arrested in stolen vehicle – chase ends on Balboa Island

On Thursday, Feb. 23, officers were alerted that a Honda CRV reported stolen out of Santa Ana the previous day had entered the city. Officers located the vehicle near Forest Avenue heading north on Coast Highway.

When the vehicle turned into a gas station lot, a male passenger exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Officers detained and arrested Ryan Shelton, 34, San Juan Capo, for resisting arrest. 

Ryan Shelton                           Logan Carson

“The vehicle fled north on Coast Highway and officers continued to pursue the vehicle into Newport Beach,” said Kleiser. “The vehicle stopped on Balboa Island and the driver fled on foot, but was quickly found by the officers.”

The driver, Logan Carson, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for felony vehicle theft, felony evading, and possession of a controlled substance. 

 

Stuck truck on Summit causes traffic headaches after crane fire

Summit Drive was closed for about an hour last Saturday afternoon when a tow truck that had been called in to remove an inoperable crane got stuck. The crane had caught on fire while working on a home the previous day. 

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Photo by Michelle Bentcliff

Stuck truck on Summit Drive


DUI Arrests

Douglas Reid Young Jr., 40, Arizona – Sunday, February 19

 

Incident Reports

Wednesday, February 22

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

6:58 a.m. While the RP was asleep, an unknown subject took his guitar, amp, cord and backpack. 

El Toro Road & NB 73 | Traffic Crash

1:36 a.m. A vehicle collided with a pole. 

Tuesday, February 21

Alta Laguna Boulevard & Park Avenue | Traffic Crash

3:01 p.m. A single vehicle overturned. Two minors were in the vehicle and both were treated by medics for minor injuries. 

High Drive | 100 Block | Domestic Violence

1:19 p.m. Ronald Sheuerman, 48, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence and held with $50,000 bail. 

Monday, February 20

Locust Street | 300 Block | Domestic Violence

11:16 p.m. Desiree Michele Bick, 31, Pacific Palisades, and William Joshua Dodsworth, 34, Laguna Beach, were both arrested for domestic violence. Their bail was $50,000 apiece. 

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Graffiti

8:23 p.m. There was graffiti in a stall of the men’s bathroom. 

S. Coast Hwy & Nyes Place | Theft from a Vehicle

6:52 p.m. Items were taken from the RP’s 2005 Volkswagen. 

S. Coast Hwy & Nyes Place | Burglary, Vehicle

6:11 p.m. The rear window of a vehicle was smashed and a purse taken. Another vehicle had a rear window broken, but nothing was taken. 

Cliff Drive | 1200 Block | Warrant

8:26 a.m. Christopher Duane Campbell, 26, no fixed address, was arrested on a $10,000 Harbor Court warrant for possession of a controlled substance. 

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrant

7:46 a.m. Christian Alan Hall, 23, Texas, was arrested on a no bail Oregon warrant for probation violation. 

Sunday, February 19

Cress Street | 100 Block | Minor in Possession of Alcohol

11:26 p.m. Two minors, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old from Las Vegas, were cited for possession of alcohol. 

S. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Trespassing 

7:37 p.m. Pamela Rae Bowers, 48, no fixed address, and Christopher Clay Wright, 48, no fixed address, were arrested for misdemeanor trespassing. 

S. Coast Hwy | 800 Block | Drugs

7:01 p.m. Michael Allen Garcia, 38, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Beach Street & Ocean Avenue | Warrant

4:09 p.m. 45-year-old Jordan Katz, no fixed address, was arrested for a $5,000 Harbor Court warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. 

High Drive | 600 Block | Burglary

8:29 a.m. A window and a screen were broken, but property loss was unknown.


Police Files

Vigilance is the key this weekend – as always!

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. 

Don’t drink and drive – and don’t use drugs and drive – choose a designated driver

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Saturday, Feb 25 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. 

Be vigilant, for yourself and others! Make sure you have a designated driver.

Another reason to be vigilant

Another reason to be vigilant: Recent package thefts have been reported, including one taken from the front porch of a home in the 700 block of Gaviota. 

“Neighbors should continue to be vigilant and call the police when they see something or someone suspicious,” recommended Sgt. Kleiser of the LBPD. 

Speaking of odd behavior…

On Sunday at 7:56 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of S. Coast Hwy for a verbal dispute between a male and a female.

“While officers were on scene, the male told the officers the shelter was hiding the female friend of his,” said Kleiser. “Officers had earlier responded to the location in regards to the man’s claims about the female, which was determined to be untrue by the officers.”

What was true was that the male was intoxicated, and that he got into a van and drove away.

Officers located the van in the Ralph’s parking lot and arrested Eric Hertle, 60, no fixed address, for driving under the influence. 

Drive carefully!

On Tuesday evening, emergency personnel responded to High Drive & Myrtle Street for a traffic collision – a moving vehicle had collided with a parked vehicle.

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Photo by Patrick Gallis

Accident on High and Myrtle – no one injured

No one was injured and the cause of the collision is under investigation – but the vehicle had to be towed away from the scene.


Police Files

Man attempts to spring his car from tow lot – but instead he’s locked up…

On Saturday at 5:32 p.m., officers responded to the tow lot on Laguna Canyon Road following a report about male who had entered the tow yard without permission.

“The RP also told our dispatcher the male got into a vehicle and was trying to drive it away,” said Sgt. Tim Kleiser. “The officers found out it was his car.”

The tow truck driver who originated the call blocked the vehicle from leaving. At one point, the male exited the vehicle and attempted to open the motorized gate, causing it to become inoperable and causing approximately $500 in damages.

Officers arrested the male, 23-year-old Miles McGlothlin from Texas, for felony vandalism and misdemeanor trespassing. 

Lots of storm damage on Friday

Friday’s storm brought at least 45 reports of downed trees or tree branches, one report of the roof blown off a house, and one report of a hillside coming down, requiring a geologist to declare the area stable before residents were allowed to reenter their home. 

Trees damaged at least six vehicles and there were several reports of downed wires. 

“The Emergency Operations Center was open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and our dispatchers received a total of 192 calls for service,” said Kleiser. “Compare that to the previous Friday; during the exact same hours we had 70 calls for service.”

  Hats off to the police department, fire department, public works, and all other emergency personnel who helped us get through the storm.


Police Files

A fly-by-night scheme?

Seems like it’s been the calm before the (literal) storm…no major criminal incidents reported this week…except for a theft of 100,000 frequent flyer miles: Is the perpetrator a flight risk? We await the outcome with high anxiety.

Stay safe in the storm, everyone.


Police Files

One helicopter and 100 motorbikes: so much for a pleasant valley Sunday in the Canyon

On Sunday around 11:45 a.m., Newport Beach Police notified Laguna Beach that there were about 100 motorcycles heading in to the city on Coast Hwy.

“Officers followed and monitored the motorcycles up to Alta Laguna near the park,” said Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD. “Our officers did issue one citation to a rider who failed to stop for a stop sign.”

Newport also told the LBPD that one of their officers got into a pursuit with one rider who fled the area, but the outcome of the pursuit was unknown.

Meth-busters: Officers arrest mule

On Wednesday night at 10:22 p.m., Laguna Beach Police officers approached a vehicle, making contact with its occupant – who happened to be carrying meth.

Heather Tiffany Pflug, 41, Laguna Hills was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, but it wasn’t long before the officers found the rest of the meth, 7.92 grams in total. Pflug’s charges were upgraded to transportation of a controlled substance for sales with $25,000 bail.


Police Files

Bong bang could have been bad for butter-fingered burglar but burgled bong-seller declines to prosecute

On Monday, officers responded to a business on the 600 block of S. Coast Hwy regarding a robbery. Earlier, while a store employee had temporarily stepped outside the business, a male had gone behind the counter, taken a large bong and placed it under his shirt.

According to the police log, as the employee tried to stop the male from fleeing, “he used the bong to hit her.” Officers were unable to locate the suspect, but the employee did find a piece of paper that the man had dropped, which included his name.

Social media can be a bummer if you burgle

“The employee was able to locate the male with an online social media account and sent him a message the next day that a police report had been filed,” said Sgt. Kleiser of the LBPD. 

“The male replied back and apologized for the incident and agreed to pay for the item he had taken,” – a $560 bong.

The employee agreed to handle the incident civilly and not seek prosecution. The suspect’s name was not available once the business declined to prosecute.

Thanks to the civil arrangement the male and the employee agreed upon, the contrite suspect avoided a major felony. Lucky bong burglar!


Police Files

Pair of bad girls went to jail

In two separate incidents just an hour apart this weekend, Laguna Beach police officers arrested two women.

The first was on Saturday at 11:32 p.m. An officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and while he was speaking to the driver, he saw an open can of beer on the rear floorboard and a vape pen with marijuana. After conducting a DUI investigation, Arianna Medicina, 23, Oceanside, was arrested for DUI. But that wasn’t all.

“During a search of the car, the officers found 13 pills of Alprazolam, a bottle of nitrous, and 3 pieces of candy laced with LSD,” said Sgt. Tim Kleiser. She was also charged with felony transportation of a controlled substance for sales, felony possession of a controlled substance, and felony possession of a controlled substance for sales.

Sunday morning at 12:41 a.m., officers stopped a woman for public intoxication. 

“When the officers were searching her, she kicked one of the officers on the leg,” said Kleiser. “When they were escorting her to jail she spit at two other officers.”

Nicole Adams, 25, Mission Viejo, was charged with being drunk in public and violence to prevent an officer from doing their duty.

Stolen Prius leads to arrest

On Friday evening at 8:59 p.m., officers were alerted to a Toyota Prius entering Laguna Beach via Laguna Canyon Road that had been reported stolen to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The vehicle was stopped on S. Coast Hwy at Cleo Street. The driver, 19-year-old Jason Plunkett-Salvador from Huntington Beach, was arrested for felony vehicle theft. 


Police Files

Call the right play for Super Bowl 51 – pass the keys to a sober driver before the big game begins 

On Sunday, Feb 5, football fans across the country will tune in to watch Super Bowl 51. For many of them, the game experience will include alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign, urging all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins. 

As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver. 

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk

Impaired driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Many medications (prescription and over-the-counter), marijuana, and illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, resulting in a DUI. 

 “Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.” 

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. For those who do plan to drive, refrain from consuming any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. 

Download an app for a designated driver

Drivers can also download OTS’s Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app to get connected with free designated-driver incentives at local establishments or to order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb. 

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

 

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