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Black market marijuana farm discovered in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, open space damaged

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Orange County Parks just completed a massive cleanup of a black market marijuana grow discovered late last year at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a release issued by CDFW.

The black market marijuana grow was discovered on September 27, 2018 by CDFW during routine flights over Orange County with the National Guard’s Counter Drug Unit. Following the discovery, Newport Beach Police Department conducted an eradication mission at the site. Attempts to apprehend the suspects were unsuccessful.

According to CDFW, officers eradicated 500 plants and confiscated 75 pounds of processed marijuana. The grow, when in full production, contained almost 1,500 plants. During the eradication, CDFW documented numerous environmental violations including streambed alterations, haphazard pesticides left on the property, trash within 150 feet of a waterway, and a poached deer.

 According to Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones, the grow area was well-hidden in a remote part of the 7,000 acre park, and caused significant habitat damage to our endangered coastal sage scrub habitat.

“Growers remove native plants and cause additional damage by creating trails and using chemicals on the marijuana plants. This grow site will require extensive repair and mitigation to restore the destroyed habitat,” said Jones in a statement to Stu News on Thursday.

“Passive restoration, in which we remove the problem and let the plants re-establish themselves, will take years. The rains this winter will help, and within a few years we should be hard-pressed to identify exact sites,” Jones continued.

The team cleanup effort was conducted in two phases, in December and January, and included the removal of approximately 3,120 pounds of trash, 1,500 feet of plastic irrigation piping, 24 ounces of pesticides as well as other forms of garbage that can be detrimental to the environment.

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CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and OC Parks worked together to clean up Laguna Coast Wilderness Park after an illegal marijuana grow was discovered

For the cleanup, OC Parks worked with a specialized hazmat contractor, Clean Harbors, to ensure the pesticide was removed and disposed of correctly. Through testing, the pesticide was confirmed to be carbofuran, a highly toxic and banned substance. To understand the toxicity, just a teaspoon can kill a 300-pound black bear.

“Protecting California’s natural resources takes commitment from federal, state, county and city entities. I commend all those that were involved in this effort to identify the black market grow, eradicate it and clean it up,” said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division. “Working together, we can protect the environment and help the permitted cannabis market thrive.”

Between 2013 and 2018, CDFW has removed more than 2.4 million feet of irrigation pipe, 50 tons of fertilizer and 65 gallons of chemicals, many illegal in the U.S., on black market grows. CDFW has also removed 709 dams and water diversions resulting in restoration of 800 million gallons of water back into local watersheds.

CDFW would like to remind the public to report environmental crimes such as water pollution, water diversions and poaching to the CalTIP hotline by calling (888) 334-2258 or by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).

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Police Files (Cont.)

Car slams into pole in slick Canyon, resulting in live wires down

On Wednesday, Jan 16 at 10:10 a.m., at Phillips Rd and Laguna Canyon Rd, a female driver crashed into an Edison pole, resulting in downed live wires and the closure of Laguna Canyon Rd in both directions for hours.

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Single-car accident downs Edison pole in wet weather Wednesday

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “the female driver stated she slid off the roadway due to the wet surface. Although not raining at the time, the roads were wet.”

Thankfully, according to Sgt Cota, she was able to exit her car safely and no major injuries were reported.

Laguna Canyon Rd was closed for approximately two hours while Edison repaired the pole and wires.

Wild Alta Laguna chase ends in Taser

On Sunday, Jan 13, at 5:47 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched following a report of a male driving a white pickup recklessly with no headlights on near Alta Laguna Park.

Police Files Newton“An officer arrived on scene first and observed the pickup driving in circles in the Alta Laguna parking lot. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect failed to yield. Another officer arrived on scene as the suspect drove out of the parking lot and onto Alta Laguna Blvd,” Sgt Cota said.

According to Sgt Cota, officers initiated a pursuit and followed the vehicle at speeds of 35 mph across Alta Laguna Blvd to Mountain View, back to Alta Laguna and back into the Alta Laguna parking lot.

“Officers blocked the exits and the suspect continued to drive over the planters and drove in circles around the parking lot before pulling into a parking space and attempting to flee on foot,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers gave chase and were able to take him into custody safely utilizing a Taser.”

Huntington Beach resident, Gregg Antonio Newton, 30, was arrested for violation of failure to yield and resisting arrest.

He was booked and transported to OC Jail. 

Bail was set at $500.

Laguna artist’s car broken into, art supplies stolen

Laguna Beach artist Paulette Adams reports that her vehicle was broken into and her art supplies stolen on the evening of Saturday, Jan 12, at the 700 block of High Dr. Adams discovered her car window bashed in the next morning, Jan 13.

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Local artists seeks help getting her art supplies back after a smash and grab of her car last Saturday

 “Someone bashed in the passenger side window of my car and stole art supplies, including two Crown Royal bags with handmade seashell molds that I’d really like to get back,” Adams said.

Also stolen was a large turquoise and brown paisley print quilted turquoise satchel with glazes and a brown newsprint design carry on.

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Adams’ latest ceramic creation using her seashell molds

Adams is seeking the public’s help. 

“If you see them along the side of the road or in the alley, please let me know,” Adams posted on Nextdoor. 

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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 15

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:03 p.m. A 41-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

St Ann’s Drive | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:50 a.m. Kenneth Joseph Dunn, 40, Huntington Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and an undisclosed felony warrant (no bail was set).

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Warrant

7:52 a.m. Brian Kieth Michael O’Connor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Mar Vista Ave | 31500 Block | Domestic Violence

7:47 p.m. Cesar Caamano, 38, Fontana, was arrested for domestic violence with serious injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Monday, Jan 14

Broadway St | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Suspended License

11:22 p.m. Dean M Wills, 50, La Habra, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and driving on a suspended/revoked license (bail was set at $500).

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Parole Violation

1:47 a.m. Pejman Abdolali Zanjani, 40, Irvine, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Cliff Drive | 400 Block | DUI

1:43 a.m. A 30-year-old Lake Forest woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ave & Beach St | DUI with One Prior, Suspended License

12:05 a.m. Eric Elliot Duncan, 44, Orange, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior (bail was set at $10,000) and driving on a suspended/revoked license for DUI (bail was set at $500).

Sunday, Jan 13

El Camino Del Mar | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

6:23 p.m. A 25-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

3rd St | 400 Block | Disturbance 

4:11 p.m. Three callers reported that five older subjects were skateboarding down the 3rd St hill, skating on the streets and sidewalk, swerving around traffic.

Roosevelt Ln | 1200 Block | Fraud Report 

3:22 p.m. A local realtor called to report a false Craigslist ad. There were no victims or any monetary losses reported.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrant

10:30 a.m. Matthew Carl Addeo, 39, Dana Point, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

7:16 a.m. Larry Fay, 59, Long Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (no bail was set) and controlled substance paraphernalia (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy & 10th Ave | Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia and Warrant

6:21 a.m. Miguel Luna Espinoza, 39, Santa Ana, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $15,000).

Forest Ave | 500 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:35 a.m. A 28-year-old Laguna Beach woman 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 | 20600 Block | DUI

12:40 a.m. A 53-year-old Cota de Caza man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Jan 12

Wave St | 200 Block | Warrant, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

11:43 p.m. Lisa Renee Stines, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant (bail was set at $10,000), being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:02 p.m. A 24-year-old San Clemente man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:23 p.m. A 58-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Mountain Road | Battery

5:18 p.m. LBPD received a battery report. The reporting person said that “a male driver ran up to his car and hit him through the window, hitting him twice in the face with his fist.” The suspect was on a motorcycle and was described as a man in his 30s, either white or Hispanic, wearing a black helmet with leather gloves and glasses. The motorcycle was described as dark colored with possible black containers on the side, high handlebars, with three to five lights on the front of the bike. According to police logs, the victim declined medical treatment.

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Warrants

11:29 a.m. Wesley Howell, 62, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two bench warrants. Bail was set at $10,000 for each.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:35 p.m. A 61-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita woman 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).

Keller Way | 1100 Block | Citizen Contact

1:01 p.m. LBPD received a report from a local homeowner that his neighbor has been repeatedly shining interior lights into his house. Prior calls show that the neighbor was also accused of harrassing his previous neighbor. LBPD contacted the man shining his bright lights on his neighbor; according to police logs, he was uncooperative in turning off his lights.

Balboa Ave | 600 Block | Check on Condition

1 p.m. LBPD received a report about a wood fence being destroyed. According to police reports, “A large truck was seen in the lot looking out at the view. There’s ongoing issues with juvies smoking marijuana or riding bikes/dirt bikes. The lot is open and nothing is preventing anyone from falling or driving off the hillside.” LBPD contacted code enforcement to remedy the situation.

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Smoking

1:01 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to one female and two males smoking marijuana near the carports on skateboards. The suspects were gone on arrival.

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | Information

10:31 a.m. LBPD received a report about removal of Do Not Enter signs that were thrown in the bushes and flipped One Way signs zip tied on backward on the fence.

Laguna Canyon Road | 1700 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:39 a.m. A 28-year-old Anaheim 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 & Stan Oaks Drive | DUI

12:08 a.m. A 36-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Unknown | Trespassing

Kenneth Lee Koestler, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested on for trespassing. No bail was set.

Friday, Jan 11

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Battery and Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:55 p.m. Krystal Lorre Mosqueda, 36, Tustin, was arrested for battery of a peace officer (bail was set at $500) and disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500).

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

10:39 p.m. Eric Noel Munoz, 57, Carlsbad, 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 (bail was set at $10,000).

Cress St & Glenneyre St | Warrant

9:50 p.m. Paul Albert Lamorticella, 65, Dana Point, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Warrant

7:09 p.m. Jaevon Dwain Anderson, 19, Clovis, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. No bail was set.

Ocean Front | 1200 Block | Warrant

2:10 p.m. Joshua Trachtenberg, 32, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Unlicensed Driver, DUI with One Prior, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

2:30 a.m. Castelan Carlos Bravo, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for being an unlicensed driver (bail was set at $500), 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 (bail was set at $10,000).

S Coast Hwy & Vista Del Sol | DUI

2:14 a.m. A 23-year-old Capo Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, Jan 10

Park Ave | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Loitering 

8:56 p.m. Joshua Tyrone Webster, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested on disorderly conduct related to loitering. Bail is unknown.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Loitering 

8:56 p.m. Kenneth Lee Koestler, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested on disorderly conduct related to loitering. Bail is unknown.

Laguna Canyon Road & Laguna Frontage Road | Warrant

2:29 a.m. Timothy Michael Libby, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Cliff Drive | 600 Block | Warrant

1:15 a.m. Tianqi Deng, 24, Irvine, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.


Police Files

Brawl with a bus? Man punches and breaks bus window for no apparent reason

On Wednesday, Jan 9, at 12:50 p.m., at the 300 block of Broadway Street, an LBPD officer was flagged down at the Bus Depot by an OCTA bus driver in regards to a male subject who had allegedly just punched and broken the window of his bus.

Police Files Perez“Officers contacted homeless subject Elvis Perez, who is on formal parole for battery. A private person arrest was requested by the OCTA bus driver and Perez was arrested for violating the terms of his parole. He was transported to LBPD for booking and transported to OC Jail,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

Elvis Perez, 54, Laguna Beach, was arrested for vandalism and violating parole.

No bail was set.

Laguna man alleges late night abuse at Brooks Street, pepper sprays suspect

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 12:41 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Brooks Street and S Coast Highway for a report of a battery that had allegedly just occurred. 

“The RP/victim, 57, said the suspect, 46, punched him in the jaw and shoulder and threatened him if he saw him again,” Sgt Cota said.

 According to police records, the suspect reportedly said he would kill the RP and threatened that “he knows where he lives.”

“The suspect took off after the altercation, but before he fled, the victim pepper sprayed the suspect. The two have a past history in which one of their altercations led to charges being filled,” Sgt Cota said.

Charges were filed in a previous incident in April 2018.

The suspect was located a short distance from the altercation and detained. After the investigation, the victim decided not to press charges. A report was taken to document the incident.

Stolen vehicle lands three El Monte men in jail

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 1:37 a.m., an LBPD dispatcher advised officers of a stolen vehicle inbound on Laguna Canyon Road. Officers saw the white 2017 Honda Accord at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, at which point the vehicle made a U-turn at the light and headed back out the canyon. 

A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle yielded just prior to Canyon Acres.

“Three occupants were detained. The driver, Geovany Martinez, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. The front seat passenger, Enrique Llamas, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. The rear seat passenger, Sergio Vera, was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Llamas also had what appeared to be stolen mail and checks,” Sgt Cota said.

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Geovany Martinez, Enrique Llamas, and Sergio Vera

Geovany Daniel Martinez, 26, El Monte, was arrested for felony vehicle theft. Sergio Arturo Vera, 24, El Monte, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and Enrique Llamas, 25, El Monte, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant.

“Additional investigation from detectives is needed,” Sgt Cota said. 

Bail was set at $20,000 for Martinez, $30,000 for Llamas, and $500 for Vera.

Timber, driver hits fallen tree blocking S Coast Hwy

On Saturday, Jan 12, at 4:31 a.m., LBPD received a call in reference to a non-injury traffic collision involving a blue Mini Cooper that hit a tree in the road at the 30600 block of S Coast Hwy. According to police reports, “The RP hit a tree and his windshield is messed up.”

 According to police notes, the tree was blocking lanes and already in the road when the reporting person unexpectedly ran into it.

“Calling for tree removal. The tree is blocking lanes #1 and #2 both northbound and southbound and the sidewalk.”

Caltrans was notified and the tree was removed.


Police Files

Zzzzzzz, drunk man crashes in stranger’s bed

On Tuesday, Jan 1, at 9:44 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence on Lower Cliff Drive for a report of an unknown male subject inside the reporting person’s apartment, asleep in his bed. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said, “Officers arrived and contacted the subject, identified as Christopher Crabtree. An investigation was conducted and Crabtree told officers he was currently in Los Angeles at his friend’s apartment.”

 According to Sgt Cota, the reporting person told officers he just wanted Crabtree out of his residence.

“Crabtree was displaying signs of alcohol intoxication and based on his inability to understand the current situation he was arrested for public intoxication,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $500.

Welcome mat revoked after “friends” enter house, refuse to leave

On Sunday, Jan 6, at 8:55 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a keep the peace call on Catalina Street. Officers were informed that two men had come into the reporting person’s residence without permission and were refusing to leave. 

“Officers arrived on scene and located [two suspects] inside of the house. Prior to the officer’s arrival, the other subject had left the property, but [Olando] Edie stayed to confront officers,” Sgt Cota said.

The reporting person wanted to press charges against anyone still inside of the residence. 

“Officers contacted Edie, but he still refused to leave and was arrested for violation of trespassing,” Sgt Cota said.

According to police reports, the two subjects were friends of the reporting person’s father, who was out of town. The reporting person called his dad and his dad said they weren’t supposed to be there. “He said he was invited over five years ago, not now.”

Olando Dave Edie, 35, Midway City, was arrested for trespassing.

According to LBPD, both suspects apprehended have a history with LBPD.

“The officers were very familiar with both. They have come and gone throughout the years,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $500.

Man arraigned by OCDA for criminal threats against Laguna customer will face pretrial hearing Feb 4

Mitchell Ralph Todd, 51, of Huntington Beach, pled not guilty during an arraignment on Friday, Dec 28, to charges that he made criminal threats against a Laguna Beach man, his client, in November. 

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, at the time of the alleged crimes, Todd was the owner of OC Doves and was hired by the victim to release doves at his son’s funeral. Based upon an alleged dispute on the day of the funeral involving scheduling and payment, Todd did not render his services nor was he paid. 

On Monday, Nov 10, Todd is accused of requesting payment from the victim. The next day, he is accused of leaving the victim a series of threatening text messages and voicemails and further demanding payment.

According to Sgt Cota, 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.

In the last voicemail left for the victim, Todd is accused of recording the sound of a handgun slide being pulled back and released as if chambering a round.

During a search of Todd’s house, LBPD, who investigated this case, located 57 firearms, nearly 30,000 rounds of ammunition, over 100 magazines, a practice bomb, several body armors, swords, and Nazi paraphernalia.

Todd’s pre-trial hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb 4 at the Harbor Justice Center.

Todd is charged with one felony count of criminal threats. The maximum sentence he faces is three years in state prison.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

8:40 p.m. Jill Marie Pavlu, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Park Place | 2800 Block | Patrol Check

7:35 p.m. LBPD received a report of a man soliciting money. According to police reports, “A male subject [was] walking door to door requesting donations to obtain his nursing license. He asked the RP for a check for any amount and showed him several checks that he [said he] gathered from donors. The RP would like him checked. He thinks it’s a scam. The man was holding a folder. The RPs wife also saw him walking around the area. The RP researched the organization online and the address returns to a publishing company.”

Monday, Jan 7

North Vista De La Luna | 0 Block | Hostage Scam 

7:08 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a suspect claiming to be holding the RP’s daughter hostage. According to police reports, “The RP states [the suspect said they] were going to harm her daughter and had a gun pointed at her. The RP stated the unknown subject requested money be wired. The RP was afraid because she heard screams.” The RP confirmed her daughter was fine and requested that the incident be documented.

Coast Hwy | 500 Block | DUI, Hit and Run

4:14 p.m. Steven Craig Sowell, 69, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $10,000) and hit and run (bail was set at $500). 

Broadway St | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

1:12 p.m. A 38-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Pacific Coast Hwy & El Moro Ridge Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:13 a.m. A 50-year-old Newport Coast woman 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 | 2000 Block | Disturbance

8:28 a.m. LBPD received a report of a disturbance. According to police reports, “A male subject approximately 40, overweight, wearing a red plaid jacket and blue jeans…[was] going after parents in their vehicles as they [were] dropping off children, yelling profanities and becoming aggressive.”

Sunday, Jan 6

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | LBMC Violation

5:43 p.m. LBPD received a report of “Chinese lanterns set off from the beach, possibly the south end.”

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

11:47 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Grandview St | 200 Block | Battery

6:57 p.m. Charles James Hewett, 26, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Catalina St | 900 Block | Skateboarders

4:16 p.m. LBPD received a report of “five to six young kids skateboarding where there is a sign prohibiting skateboarding in that area.” The young males were reportedly “yelling profanities and being really loud.”

Broadway St | 300 Block | Warrants

4:11 p.m. Eddie Steven Olesiak, 32, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $10,000), a warrant for assault (bail was set at $15,000), and a warrant for assault and battery (no bail was set).

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | Skateboarders

4:09 p.m. LBPD received a report of male skateboarders going down the hill. According to dispatch reports, the boys were “videotaping themselves” and “last seen heading toward Pavilions.”

S Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrant

2:53 p.m. Angel Rene Valdez, 23, Pasco, WA, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

High Drive | 700 Block | Vehicle Burglary

1:31 p.m. LBPD received a report at the police station in reference to a vehicle burglary. According to police reports, “The RP’s vehicle was broken into sometime within the last two days. The window is completely shattered. A whole box of items were stolen from the front seat.”

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Vandalism

11:47 a.m. LBPD received a report of vandalism to the reporting person’s vehicle. According to police reports, “The RP was stopped at a red light when an unknown male subject came behind the vehicle and punched it causing two big dents.”

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Citizen Contact

9:52 a.m. LBPD received a report at the police station in reference to a suspicious man staying at the ASL where the reporting person is. According to police reports, “The RP wants to speak to an officer regarding the male, described as dangerous. The RP is concerned for her safety and the safety of her friends.”

Avenida Castilla | 300 Block | Animal Calls

9:10 a.m. LBPD received a call about a skunk. According to police reports, “The reporting person states a skunk went into her home and is by the water heater producing a foul smell.” The skunk has been in the home since 5:30 a.m., nearly four hours. According to the RP, the smell was getting worse. Laguna Woods security was contacted and was going in to assist.

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Warrant

6:47 a.m. Lynn Merri Leseth, 57, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $500.

Glenneyre St & Calliope St | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

2:13 a.m. Oshianna Maresia Calles, 21, Boulder, CO, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre St & Calliope St | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

2:13 a.m. Grant Michael Bristol, 23, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled narcotic substance (bail was set at $500), and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (bail was set at $2,500).

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:31 a.m. A 30-year-old Newport Beach woman 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, Jan 5

N Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Battery

9:54 p.m. Warren Ray Schwartz, 49, Los Angeles, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

Cajon St | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher, Cruelty to a Child

6:42 p.m. Lauren Nicole Nudelman, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500), and willful cruelty to a child (bail unknown).

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Assist

2:57 p.m. LBPD received a report about juveniles “trying to dig out Aliso Creek.” They were described as four to five juveniles roughly 15 years old wearing dark sweatshirts. According to the log, lifeguards had been dealing with the same subjects all day.

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Patrol Check

12:24 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding delinquent behavior. “Kids are digging at the berm and the water behind the berm is going into the ocean,” reported the caller.

Cozumel St | 300 Block | Prohibited Person Possessing Firearm Ammunition, Receiving Stolen Property, Violating Probation

12:21 a.m. Joseph Michale Pawelec, 37, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being a prohibited person in possession of firearm ammunition (no bail was set), receiving stolen property (bail was set at $20,000), receiving stolen property (bail was set at $20,000), and violating parole (no bail was set).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

11:28 a.m. Melinda Christine Bahra, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Trespassing

2:42 a.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 38 Laguna Beach, was arrested on two counts of trespassing. No bail was set.

Cleo St | 100 Block | DUI

1:26 a.m. A 55-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Ave | 300 Block | Trespassing

11:26 p.m. Terry Wayne Sanders, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set.

Friday, Jan 4

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Patrol Check

8:55 p.m. LBPD received a report about minors drinking at the beach. “Several minors are climbing the lifeguard towers and drinking on the beach,” reads the log. A group of minors were also spotted in the west parking lot at Aliso Beach.

Mar Vista Ave | 31500 Block | Domestic Violence

7:47 p.m. Nicole Marie Harvey, 52, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

N Coast Hwy & Boat Canyon Drive | DUI and Parole Violation

1:47 a.m. Tyler Adam Johnson, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and violating parole (no bail was set).

3rd Ave & Virginia Way | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:44 a.m. A 34-year-old Mena Polk, AR 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).

Thursday, Jan 3

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:02 p.m. A 31-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Catalina St | 700 Block | DUI

8:43 p.m. A 67-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2900 Block | Information 

7:39 a.m. LBPD received a report about a telephone pole being sheered off but still upright. According to the report the damage occurred the day before. The person drove by again and the “pole was off the roadway” and the cones were no longer in the area. “The RP was concerned it was a rehit,” according to LBPD.

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Warrant

12:23 a.m. Adam Jason Taylor, 31, Yorba Linda, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Trespassing and Warrant

12:23 a.m. Abdou Lamin Bojang, 29, Silver Spring, MD, was arrested for trespassing (no bail was set) and an undisclosed warrant (no bail was set).

Unknown| Vandalism

Kristen Nicole Hushek, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for vandalism. No bail was set.

Wednesday, Jan 2

St Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Trespassing

11 p.m. Richard Therman Duke, 58, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set.

St Ann’s Drive | 300 Block | Trespassing

11 p.m. Scott Foresman Armstrong, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Trespassing

10:38 p.m. Michael Patrick Cowan, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Traffic Collison

5:04 p.m. LBPD received a report about a traffic collision involving a black sedan heading inbound and a downed telephone pole. According to the reporting person, the light pole was down and the wires were out of the way. The pole appeared to be cut but still standing. It was unknown if there were any injuries. LBPD sent out a Nixle alert warning about traffic in the Canyon for 20 minutes in the outbound lane. Frontier said it would send out a crew to repair the pole that day.

Agate St | 200 Block | Warrant

7:13 a.m. Joseph Anthony Paredes Martinez, 27, Huntington Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy | 1500 Block | Under the Influence and Resisting Arrest

12:16 a.m. Kamryn Marie Goold, 19, Boise, ID, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $20,000.

Oak St | 100 Block | Hazardous Condition – Sewage Spill

5:02 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a suspected sewage dump in the area. “Raw sewage is being dumped into the ocean at [the] location. One of the sewer systems broke,” reads the log. LBPD contacted Water Quality. Once on scene it was reported, “This is not sewage. It’s landscaping that is rotting.” Water Quality spoke to the reporting person and let them know it wasn’t sewage spilling.


Police Files

Man hit by car on S Coast Hwy while allegedly intoxicated dies

William Edward Hemphill, 68, Laguna Beach, never recovered from his injuries after he fell onto S Coast Hwy while allegedly intoxicated and was hit by a car. Hemphill passed away on Friday, Jan 4 at Mission Hospital – Mission Viejo, according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota.

On Wednesday, Dec 26, at 7:21 p.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian on S Coast Hwy between Laguna Avenue and Legion Street, in the southbound lanes.

Hemphill was unconscious upon arrival at the hospital and according to reports, never regained consciousness. 

In a previous interview, Sgt Cota said, “After speaking to witnesses and the driver involved in the collision, it was established the pedestrian, William Hemphill, was heavily intoxicated.” According to witness reports, “Hemphill staggered into the roadway and was struck by a vehicle.”

According to LBPD, the driver of the vehicle did not display any signs or symptoms of alcohol intoxication.

Animal Files

Trained falcon hired to deter seagulls at the Montage attacks hotel guest’s small dog in pool area

As reported in Stu News on Friday, Jan 4, on Sunday, Dec 30, at 2:45 p.m., at the 30800 block of S Coast Hwy, LBPD received a report of “a wild bird attacking people and dogs.” According to reports, the distressed reporting person “was yelling at security and stated she fell and scraped her knees and hands.” 

According to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres, “The incident occurred at the Montage in the outdoor pool area. The ‘wild bird’ was actually a falcon hired by the Montage to deter seagulls from hanging around the resort. The professional falconer hired by the Montage released his falcon, and rather than focusing on the seagulls as the falcon is trained to do, the falcon instead attacked a Montage guest’s small dog in the pool area. The dog’s owner interceded in an attempt to protect her dog from the falcon, and she tripped and fell while trying to protect her dog. The female hotel guest sustained some kind of injury due to falling down.” 

Because the incident happened on private property and no crime was committed, it was a private civil matter between the injured guest, the Montage, and the contract falconer.


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Jan 1

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:44 p.m. A 35-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:12 p.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance

8:12 a.m. Brian James Long, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. No bail was set.

Broadway St | 200 Block | Trespassing

11:28 a.m. Scott Foresman Armstrong, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy | Reckless Driving

9:28 a.m. LBPD received a report of 200-300 sports cars heading southbound on N Coast Hwy traveling from the Newport Beach area driving recklessly. The vehicles were seen passing the NBPD Station, as described by “various callers.”

Laguna Canyon Road & Sun Valley Road | Vehicles racing

9:27 a.m. LBPD received a report of vehicles racing traveling outbound on Laguna Canyon Road. There was no description of the vehicles. The reporting person said, “I can hear vehicles racing on Laguna Canyon Road. I can’t see which direction they’re traveling, but I can hear which direction they’re going in.” 

Broadway St & Acacia Drive | Disturbance – Disorderly Person

12:44 a.m. LBPD received a report of a male subject aggressively panhandling. The subject was described as a male transient with a beard wearing a hat and a long green trench coat. According to reports, he was chasing after the reporting person, “demanding money and being verbally abusive.” The subject was last seen walking outbound on the north side of Broadway Street.

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing

4:21 a.m. Laura Lynn Vinyard, 51, Fullerton, was arrested for trespassing without consent. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | DUI and Warrant

2:25 a.m. Darrell Giovanni Grant, 45, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and on a warrant for suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $10,000). 

S Coast Hwy & Bluebird Canyon Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:25 a.m. A 24-year-old Woodland Hills 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).

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance and Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

2:27 a.m. Renee Cervantez Skarbo, 51, Riverside, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled narcotic substance (bail was set at $500), a controlled substance without a prescription, and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Warrant

2:27 a.m. Octavio Reyes, 33, Pomona, was arrested on an undisclosed felony warrant. No bail was set. 

S Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:09 a.m. A 26-year-old South Gate man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

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

1:51 a.m. A 46-year-old Mission Viejo 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).

Unknown | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

A 52-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)

Monday, Dec 31

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:52 p.m. A 54-year-old San Clemente man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

8:38 p.m. A 33-year-old Washington D.C. man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Patrol Check

3:13 p.m. LBPD received a report of a male subject carrying a billy club, “walking around with it and yelling.” The subject was described as a 6’2” white male with a goatee wearing a black biker jacket. LBPD was able to locate the subject, who was involved in a similar incident of disturbing the peace last week, per police records.

Glenneyre St | 900 Block | Trespassing

4:21 a.m. Edward Schillizzi, 63, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing without consent. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI

1:41 a.m. A 39-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:18 a.m. A 28-year-old Mission Viejo woman 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).

Sunday, Dec 30

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

2:57 p.m. Richard Anthony Duarte, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

N Coast Hwy & Emerald Bay Drive | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:59 a.m. A 39-year-old Santa Ana 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).

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