Police Files

Using your driver’s license to scrape drugs is not a smart idea

San Clemente resident Corey David, 29, was pulled over for speeding at S. Coast Hwy and Agate St at 4:10 last Thursday morning. When he handed the police officer his driver’s license, the officer realized that there was drug residue on the license.

David was detained and his car was searched.

8.92 grams of heroin, over a gram of methamphetamine, a small amount of cocaine and 26 hypodermic needles along with an electronic scale were found. 

He was placed under arrest for felony possession of narcotics for sales, felony transportation for sales, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $30,000. 

Woman on bicycle injured when hit by car on LCR

An unidentified Laguna Beach woman suffered injuries to her shoulder, hip and ankle when a car struck the rear wheel of her bicycle in the 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road at 7:07 Thursday morning.

Details were limited but Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said it did not appear that alcohol was a factor in the collision.

The crash remains under investigation, he said. 

Body found on Cliff Drive Saturday morning

A caller reported that a man appeared to be passed out in a vacant lot in the 1300 block of Cliff Drive at 11:48 Saturday morning. According to the police log, there were several liquor bottles near him.

An officer arrived on scene and realized the man was deceased.

The OC Coroner responded and nothing suspicious was found Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said Monday.

The 52-year-old man’s name has not been released.

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Man tried to use a stolen credit card with woman’s photo on it

Paul Ogle, 60, no fixed address, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on three felony charges after a S. Coast Hwy motel told police he had tried to use a stolen credit card with a woman’s photo on it to pay for a room.

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser explained, “We were told that the suspect had put the credit card back into his wallet before leaving the front lobby.

“Officers did an area search and located Ogle a short time later.”

Kleiser said Bank of America had blocked the card after fraudulent use on Sunday after the woman who had the card reported having lost it while visiting in Laguna Beach.

Ogle was taken into custody on felony charges of identify theft, burglary and grand theft and misdemeanor charges of shoplifting and defrauding an innkeeper.

He was booked and bail was set at $20,000.

Man rampages 3 blocks of S. Coast Hwy causing $5750 in damage

Playa Del Rey resident Onigwe Milindo Echikunwoke, 33, was arrested for felony vandalism after he admitted to police that he had smashed windows in businesses and cars and kicked in doors from the 1100 to 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy Wednesday morning.

Police said the rampage started at 5:37 a.m. and went on for about a half hour causing an estimated damage total of $5,750.

Police did not say if Echikunwoke gave them any explanation.

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Police respond to a minor crash – come away with auto theft suspect

A woman behind the wheel of a black Saab 900 told police officers that she had gotten inside the car then released the emergency brake and it rolled forward and struck a parked car near Carmelita and Cress Street.

This happened Friday night at about 10:30 and officers were suspicious of her overall story – especially when they learned she was not the registered owner.

After a lengthy investigation/interview, Keila Margarita Gamraoui, 31, Newport Beach, was arrested for felony vehicle theft.

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High-speed chase through town in the wee hours Tuesday saw speeds up to 100 MPH up and down Coast Hwy

An Artesia man, Neehar Thakor, 23, was arrested for DUI and reckless driving at 3:43 Tuesday morning after LBPD units chased him through town at speeds reaching 100 MPH. He was first spotted in North Laguna headed southbound then turned around and went northbound before being stopped at Reef Point.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser said an officer spotted a gray Toyota 4Runner driving recklessly at a high speed heading southbound in North Laguna at 3:37 a.m. The officer tried to catch up with the 4Runner but lost sight near Cleo Street.

Police located the SUV heading northbound from the area of Nyes Place. Kleiser said Thakor sped up at Thalia Street when police tried to make a car stop.

Thakor reached 100 MPH as he sped through town according to the police log.

At 3:41, an officer told dispatch that the SUV “…was all over the road.”

A stop was made at Reef Point at 3:43 where Thakor was arrested.

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Mississippi driver arrested for DUI after Nyes Pl crash

Photo by Christmas Enright

The white Chevy Impala in the background was driven by a drunk driver heading northbound on Coast Hwy at Nyes Place Sunday night. The driver, Maurice Eubanks, III, 19, from Mississippi, was trapped for a short time. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of a head injury and arrested for drunk driving. He was speeding, police said, when he hit the parked pickup truck and locksmith’s van.

Two charged with assault with a deadly weapon after one charged the other with a knife at ASL Wednesday

Officers responded to the Alternative Sleeping Location at 6:49 Wednesday night for a report of two men fighting. The caller said one man had a knife.

Carlos Robert Noriega, 59, no fixed address and Michael Eric Newman, 53, no fixed address, were contacted by police on scene.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser of the LBPD said Noriega charged Newman wielding a knife. “Newman took Noriega to the ground and then struck him with a chair twice,” Sgt. Kleiser said Monday.

Both men were arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon and bail was set at $25,000 each.

Noriega had been arrested earlier in the day after he allegedly attacked another man in the street at Coast Hwy and Broadway. He was charged with simple assault.

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Five vehicle crash Friday in NoLag snarls traffic, injures two 

Photo by Mike Nelson

Two of the five vehicles involved in a crash Friday afternoon

Police said two people sustained moderate injuries and were hospitalized late Friday afternoon as the result of a five-vehicle rear end crash in the 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy.

N. Coast Hwy was closed at Chiquita Street for about an hour as police made their investigation and firefighters cleaned up spilled gas and other chemicals.

No other details were available at press time.

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Photo by Jose Delgado

Firefighters sweep up absorbent material used to remove spilled chemicals from the surface of N. Coast Hwy Friday afternoon. A police Sgt. offered assistance.


Woman refuses to leave ER, defrauds a restaurant – tries, but fails same thing at hotel – arrested 3 times

Elaine J. Davault, 61, no fixed address, was arrested three times late last week for trespassing and defrauding an innkeeper. 

Police said she ordered food and ate in a restaurant in the 1800 block of S. Coast Hwy and then informed the manager that she was unable to pay her bill. Police were called and she was arrested.

Earlier Friday, Davault attempted to charge items to rooms that she was not staying in at Hotel Laguna. Officers responded and she refused to leave and was soon arrested.

The night before, she was arrested for trespassing at Mission Hospital’s ER after she refused to leave after a doctor had discharged her.

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LBHS football coach arrested for public intoxication

Laguna Beach High School’s head football coach, John M. Shanahan, 44, was arrested in the 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy at 10:01 Saturday night on a charge of public intoxication.

Shanahan, in his first season at the school, was on foot when an officer made contact with him.

It was reported that Shanahan met with his players at Monday’s practice and told them of his arrest. Reportedly, he presented the situation to them as a learning experience.

LBHS Principal Chris Herzfeld said he wasn’t able to comment on any possible personnel issue.

Three bicyclists injured on Laguna Canyon Rd early Saturday

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Emergency personnel responded to Laguna canyon Road near El Toro Road at 7:42 Saturday morning after 9-1-1 callers reported that three bicyclists were on the ground.

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said Monday, “No vehicles were involved and the officers did find chunks of a concrete block along the shoulder of the roadway that had possibly fallen from a construction truck based on witness statements.”

One of the bicyclists was treated as a trauma patient with facial and head injuries. That patient and another bicyclist were transported to Mission Trauma Center in Mission Viejo. The second patient suffered non-trauma injuries – a possible broken arm. The third person was treated and released at the scene.

A doctor and a nurse who had been among the large group of bicyclists stopped and were treating the injured when emergency personnel arrived on scene. 

No further details were available Monday.

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This little piggy went for a ride in a police car

We all know the story of the three little pigs – well; this is about another pig.

A patrol unit was waved down at 9:02 Tuesday night at Brooks and Pedro in South Laguna – either by or for a loose pig…the log wasn’t perfectly clear.

A stray potbelly pig was running loose on Brooks and managed to keep some distance from the pursing LBPD officers for over ten minutes before being corralled.

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The 80-pound pig was place in the back seat of a patrol unit and taken to the animal shelter for safekeeping.

Three-car crash involving drunk driver injures pregnant woman

A pregnant woman sustained unspecified injuries Monday afternoon in the 1500 block of S. Coast Hwy when the vehicle she was riding in rear-ended another vehicle that subsequently hit a third. The crash happened at 4:11 p.m.

According to police, Cesar Jonathan Enriquez-Lopez, 25, Laguna Hills, the driver of the car she was in, was determined to be at fault and was also driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was arrested for felony DUI with bail set at $100,000.

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Knocking on the door of a home where there is a court restraining order against you with your pocket full of drugs isn’t a good thing to do

Ashton Jon Riley, 29, Huntington Beach, pounded on a door in the 300 block of Oak Street at 9:36 last Friday night. It was a door he was prohibited from coming close to by a court issued restraining order.

Police were called and soon had Riley detained as they sorted though things and verified that the restraining order was in effect.

Riley was arrested first for an outstanding Central Court warrant for vandalism and for intentional violation of a court order when its status was confirmed. 

A subsequent search turned up four and a half grams of methamphetamine and over four grams of marijuana leading to a drug possession charge.

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Capo Beach man arrested for robbery, 3 other felonies at Montage 

Montage Laguna Beach security saw two men attempting to break into vehicles in the valet lot at 6:19 Monday night. 

LBPD Sgt. Tim Kleiser said security was able to detain one man, Capistrano Beach resident Michael Velazquez, 21, on the resort property while the second suspect was last seen running across Coast Hwy toward Gelson’s Market. 

Velazquez struggled with the security officers in an unsuccessful attempt to get out of their custody as police responded. 

According to the police log, Montage security set up surveillance to watch store exits and entrances but the second suspect was never located.

Velazquez was detained and placed under arrest for a $2500 warrant out of Harbor Court for resisting arrest.

Police and Montage security reviewed surveillance tape of the two suspects breaking into vehicles and taking items and also saw that Velazquez attempted to steal at least one of the cars.

The result of those tapes led police to hold Velazquez on a charge of robbery with bail of $100,000 as well as attempted vehicle theft, burglary and felony threats to do harm to a potential witness.


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