Incident Reports

Sunday, April 15

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

1 a.m. Marcus Deshane Shelby, 48, Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $10,000.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Sexual Battery

1:38 a.m. An incident of sexual battery was reported.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Battery

12:18 a.m. An incident of battery was reported.

Cress Street & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

11:40 p.m. Melaina Kaitlyn Espinosa, 25, Irvine, was arrested on a misdemeanor bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Saturday, April 14

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Assault, Warrant

11:15 p.m. According to LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota, officers were dispatched to Skyloft in reference to a battery investigation. The female suspect was identified as Jihane Guettar, 36, of Quebec, Canada. She reportedly struck a male customer inside the bar area, and then, as she was being escorted out by security staff, struck one of the Skyloft employees in the face. The male customer was not desirous of prosecution, however the Skyloft employee was. Guettar was taken into custody for battery. Her bail was set at $500. A record check of the customer, Josphat Kungu Kinyanjui, 26, Covina, revealed that he had an outstanding warrant so he was taken into custody also. His bail was set at $60,000. 

Legion Street & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

10:07 p.m. Daniel Robert Stern, 22, Corona, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bail was set at $35,000.

Ocean | 200 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia

6:25 p.m. Danny Martin Loros, 61, Cherry Valley, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail amount was not available.

Friday, April 13

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | False ID, Defrauding an Innkeeper

5:25 p.m. Marcus Ray McClinton, 40, Santa Ana, was arrested for providing false identification, and for defrauding an innkeeper ($400 or less). Bail amount was not available.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Probation, Possession of Burglary Tools, False ID, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, Transporting/Selling a Narcotic/Controlled Substance

9:42 a.m. Daniel Eric French, 32, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for violation of probation, possession of burglary tools, providing false ID, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled susbstance with the intent to sell. No bail was set.

Thursday, April 12

Virginia Way | 31700 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Possession of Access Card w/Intent to Sell or Use, Mail Theft

8:52 a.m. Savannah Rose Mendes, 22, Pacifico, was arrested for possession of an access card with intent to sell or use it, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possessing identifying info to defraud. Bail amount was not available.

Haley Ruml, 22, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of an access card with intent to either sell use it, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, making/passing a ficticious check, and possessing identifying info to defraud. Bail amount was not available.

Joseph Sedeno, 29, Orange, was arrested for providing false ID to a peace officer, and for violating a court order to prevent domestic violence. Bail amount was not available.

Annastacia Angel Stevens, 27, Mission Viejo, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of personal identifying information with the intent to defraud, and possession of burglary tools. Bail amount was not available.

Cory James Weil, 25, Garden Grove, was arrested for acquiring an access card without consent with the intent to sell, mail theft, possession of personal identifying information with the intent to defraud, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Sunset Terrace | 100 Block | Fraud

6:52 p.m. An incident of fraud was reported.


Police Files

A huge posse of 75-100 motorcyclists were wanton and wild doing wheelies on the wrong side of Coast Hwy and the law

On Sunday, April 15 at 10:50 am., officers responded to the area of Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach after seeing approximately 75 to 100 motorcyclists doing “wheelies” and riding on the wrong side of the roadway on Coast Highway. 

“An officer observed one of the subjects performing a “wheelie” on the wrong side of the road at Cleo Street and South Coast Highway,” said LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota. “The officer attempted to initiate a vehicle enforcement stop, however, the motorcyclist did not yield. A slow speed pursuit ensued until Emerald Bay where speeds picked into Corona Del Mar where the pursuit was ultimately terminated.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, named “Duke,” monitored the situation from the sky, providing the perfect bird’s eye view. 

Officers were able to get several license plates from the large group thanks to “Duke,” LBPD officers and a motorcycle officer.

 A further investigation will take place to identify the main suspect and pursue prosecution. No arrests have been made yet, Sgt Cota explained.

The motorcycle group was put together through Facebook. The wild and wanton “wheelie” loving motorcycle posse were riding a motley mix of street and dirt bikes. 

Alcohol is not suspected at this time.

 

Vandals jack up a Porsche 911 in North Laguna and steal its wheel

On Monday, April 16 at 10:16 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a petty theft report. Officers arrived on scene, at the 1000 block of Hillcrest Drive, where they discovered the owner’s silver Porsche 911 vandalized, collapsed on top of a floor jack with a missing rear wheel that had been stolen.

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There’s nowhere to go after someone tries to steal the hot wheels off a silver Porsche 911, only able to manage one for the road, wheel that it is

The officers were told that sometime after 11 p.m. the previous night, someone had attempted to remove the wheels and tires from the Porsche, but they were unsuccessful, Sgt Cota said. 

The petty theft occurred while the Porsche was parked on Hillcrest between La Brea Street and Fairview Road. Evidence was collected and the vehicle was towed to assess the damage.

 

LBPD, LBFD, and Laguna lifeguards will be off to the races for the Special Olympics Torch Run

LBPD is proud to announce that they will again be participating in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run on May 31, 2018 at 7:35 a.m. with a little help from their friends. 

Sgt Cota said, “Laguna Beach Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Lifeguards will be escorting the “Flame of Hope” from the Laguna Beach Police Department to the intersection of Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive where we will hand the torch off to The California Highway Patrol.”

They welcome members of the public to meet at the police department at 7:10 a.m. to share their support for the runners and Special Olympics athletes, as they participate in this 5.4-mile run.

Over the years, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Tip-A-Cop have been some of the largest fundraising and community relation events for the Special Olympics.

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Sgt Cota, seen here at LBPD’s annual Tip-A-Cop event at Ruby’s Diner, along with other LBPD officers, firefighters and lifeguards will participate in this year’s Special Olympics Torch Run

“The Laguna Beach Police Department has had the honor and privilege to participate with the Special Olympics, interact with the Laguna Beach Community, and raise awareness for the Special Olympics programs and athletes though these activities,” said Sgt Cota.

To support the Laguna Beach Public Safety personnel, please donate to their Special Olympics fundraising page here.


Incident Reports

Thursday, April 12

San Tropez | 200 Block | Vandalism

2:28 a.m. An incident of vandalism was reported.

Wednesday, April 11

Glenneyre St | Glenneyre Street & Saint Ann’s Drive | Battery

9:50 p.m. An incident of battery was reported.

Nellie Gail Rd | 2700 Block| Laguna Hills | Burglary & Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

1:26 p.m. Detectives arrested two subjects out of Laguna Hills in connection with a trespass and attempted burglary that occurred on April 3 in the 2400 Block of South Coast Highway. Devin Flaherty, 18, Laguna Hills, and Cade Everett Harris, 19, Laguna Hills, were both arrested on a felony charge for burglary, as well as for conspiracy to commit a crime. Flaherty had additional charges added for being in possession of burglary tools.

S. Coast Hwy & Nyes Place | Stolen Vehicle

1:08 p.m. A vehicle that was reported stolen was seen near the location.

N. Coast Hwy & Myrtle Street | Traffic Collision

1:01 p.m. A traffic collision was reported to have happened near the location.

Rembrandt Drive | 700 Block | Fraud

12:45 p.m. An incident of fraud was reported.

N. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Verbal Threats

11:57 a.m. Verbal threats were reported after a customer reportedly was unhappy with a tattoo and wanted his money back.

Tuesday, April 10

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

9:23 p.m. Jesse Wayne Diaz, 44, Yucaipa, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury, as well as an outstanding Riverside County warrant for child endangerment. Bail was set at $50,000.

Wesley Drive & Coast Hwy | Warrant

9:16 p.m. Anthony Pete Herrera, 52, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on a misdemeanor bench warrant.

S. Coast Hwy & Nyes Place | Traffic Collision

7:25 p.m. A traffic collision was reported to have occurred at the location.

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Driving without Registration, Suspended License, Warrants

Ivan Zambrano, 28, Santa Ana, was arrested for driving without registration, for driving with a suspended license, and for three misdemeanor bench warrants.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Trespassing

2:08 p.m. A 52-year-old California resident was arrested for trespassing and sleeping on the Laguna Beach Library property.

Forest Avenue & Beach Street | Solicitation

1:29 p.m. An incident of solicitation was reported.

N. Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Traffic Collision

11:26 a.m. A traffic collision with injuries was reported.

Coast Hwy | 3100 Block | Warrant

9:54 a.m. Mark Sean Donahey, 41, Corona, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2500 Block | Hazardous Condition

9:47 a.m. A hazardous condition involving a spill of either gasoline, fuel, or oil, was reported.

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Warrants

12:11 a.m. Louis Richard Lindsay, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested on two misdemeanor bench warrants.

Monday, April 9

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Fireworks Discharged

8:23 p.m. Statements of fireworks being discharged were reported. Responding officers were unable to locate the perpetrators of the incident.

 Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

7:35 p.m. Daniel William Delrosario, 25, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing, as well as for violating probation. No bail was set.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Open Container

3:23 p.m. A 38-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for having an open container of alcohol.

Temple Hills Drive | 100 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

1:10 p.m. Charles Jerome Hawkins, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20500 Block | Thrown Objects at/from a Vehicle

1:03 p.m. Objects were said to have been thrown at or from a vehicle.


Police Files

Airbnb rental ‘party house’ is busted for drugs and stolen mail in South Laguna

Detectives received a tip early Thursday morning referencing possible drug and fraudulent activity being conducted at a residence in the 31000 Block of Virginia Way. Officers proceeded to conduct surveillance, before contacting several subjects in front of the residence, which led to a search of the entire residence.

According to LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers found heroin, needles, and what looks like meth, although it’s still undetermined, if in fact, it was actually meth.”

 “Inside the residence it was basically a ‘crash party house.’ Many of the people inside did not know each other,” said Sgt Cota. 

Rented through Airbnb, the officers found that the person who is renting the house was not at the premises at the time. 

Seven people were contacted – one occupant was not arrested and was released. Five people, between ages 25 and 35, were taken into custody, and the sixth suspect was transported to Mission Hospital because of a medical emergency.

“The suspect that went to the hospital, heroin was found in his underwear,” Sgt Cota said. “We may have just saved his life.”

None of the suspects are from Laguna, but they are from Orange County.

“We got a hold of the homeowner and he came to the house and was very appreciative of the PD and the involved officers. He works in Laguna Beach,” said Sgt Cota.

The suspects checked into the house on Tuesday as an Airbnb rental. The house – which is listed as a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom “quintessential 1930s Laguna Beach cottage” – rents for $350/night, according to an active listing on the website. The rental has a 5-star rating from past renters, and has a bonafide short-term housing rental permit through the City.

“I am very pleased our officers and detectives were able to stop this criminal activity from continuing and possibly saving a life at the same time. This rental house was being used for criminal activity, so it needed to be shut down,” said Sgt Cota. “The Laguna Beach Police Department is fully committed to its citizens and pleased with the outcome that resulted in five arrests.”

Besides being busted for drugs, the suspects were also found to be in possession of a large quantity of mail that was not their own. “Inside the premises, literally handfuls of local Laguna Beach residents’ mail was seized,” said Sgt Cota.

“LBPD will get a hold of each person and individually let them know,” said Sgt Cota.

All the suspects that were taken into custody are currently being held at LB Jail. Charges are pending.

 

Canine capers: beloved pitbull Brody has bolted twice, quite the charming escape artist, tail wagging and all

Dogs just want to have fun, that’s Brody the pitbull’s story and he’s sticking with it.  

According to LBPD’s Facebook Page, “With the help of our community, officers reunited our most recent escape artist, Brody. So far this week he’s effectively escaped his secured household, twice. Lucky for him we know where he lives.”

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Courtesy of LBPD Facebook

Brody, the friendly pitbull, is home again thanks to LBPD

Perhaps his name should be changed to Houdini.

LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota said that they received a call Thursday morning stating that, “Brody was loose, he wanted to go for a walk but couldn’t. He scratched his way out the window.”

An officer went to the area of the home and found Brody. They went to the house to see how he may have gotten out.

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Courtesy of LBPD Facebook

Brody, a known escape artist, enjoys his canine capers with LBPD

“He got creative and pushed an interior sliding window open,” Sgt Cota said.

Eventually he was released to the dog walker, which is perplexing since the dog seemingly broke free to walk himself. Nonetheless, Brody was released and noted for his congeniality, quite the charmer.

“Brody is our favorite little pitbull. He’s super nice,” said Sgt Cota.


Incident Reports

Sunday, April 8

S. Coast Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Challenging to Fight, False ID, Probation Violation

10:14 p.m. Officers responded to the front of Skyloft to reports of an intoxicated man refusing to leave and challenging security personnel to fight. A private person’s arrest was requested by the doorman. According to LBPD, the suspect gave a false name to officers. Once his real name was discovered, it was learned he was on probation. Matthew John Ehlen, 35, Lake Elsinore, was arrested for challenging to fight in a public place, providing false identification to a peace officer, and violation of probation, a felony. No bail was set.

Cliff Drive & Jasmine Street | DUI

6:47 p.m. Juanita Irene Uranga, 27, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

S. Coast Hwy | 800 Block | Vandalism

5:14 p.m. A sighting of vandalism was reported.

Glenneyre Street | 1700 Block | Fraud

10:18 a.m. An incident of fraud was reported.

Cress Street & S. Coast Hwy | Hazardous Condition

7:46 a.m. A sewage spill was reported occurring at the location.

Bushard Street & Warner Avenue | K-9 Event

2:14 a.m. LBPD’s K-9 unit was called in to assist with another department.

Laguna Canyon Road | 21052 Laguna Canyon Road | DUI, Warrants

12:55 a.m. David Roman, 26, Santa Ana, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and for two misdemeanor bench warrants. According to LBPD, bail was set at $15,000 and $10,000.

S. Coast Hwy & Ruby Street | Felony DUI

12:22 a.m. LBPD and LBFD responded to a report of a rollover traffic collision. According to LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota, “Emergency personnel arrived and found that a southbound Acura Integra had sideswiped a legally parked BMW 528i. The Acura then rolled over and struck a utility pole. The Acura’s passenger sustained cuts and abrasions and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The driver, Irvine resident Mahyar Abdollahi, was arrested for felony DUI.”

Saturday, April 7

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

11:56 a.m. Joseph Edward Flamm, 50, Newport Beach, was arrested for an OC warrant. Bail was set at $1,000.

Forest Avenue | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

9:12 p.m. A 28-year-old woman from Aliso Viejo was arrested for being drunk in public.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Stolen Vehicle

8:13 p.m. A Black Chrysler 300 was reported stolen. According to LBPD, it was determined that a named suspect took the vehicle without permission.

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | Petty Theft

5:45 p.m. A petty theft report was placed.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2100 Block | Traffic Collision

4:35 p.m. A traffic collision occurred at the location, resulting in injuries.

Ocean Front | 700 Block | Indecent Exposure, Possession of Alcohol

3:26 p.m. Reports were made of a topless female in public with alcohol around her. According to police, the suspect put her top back on as officers arrived. The 51-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for indecent exposure and possession of alcohol.

Glenneyre Street | 500 Block | DUI

2:12 a.m. A 23-year-old woman from San Clemente was arrested for DUI. Bail set at $2,500.

N. Coast Hwy | Drunk in Public

1:41 a.m. A 32-year-old man from Santa Ana was arrested for being drunk in public.

Friday, April 6

N. Coast Hwy & Broadway Street | Possession of Narcotic Controlled Substance, License Suspended/Revoked

9:51 p.m. Dustin Paul Adams, 31, Salt Lake City, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and driving with a suspended/revoked license. According to Sgt Cota, inside the vehicle officers located Suboxone without a prescription belonging to the suspect.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Battery

7:41 p.m. Amir Mozafari, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Trespassing on Posted Land/Refusing to Leave

3:31 p.m. LBPD responded to reports of a man trespassing at Las Brisas. According to the RP, he was refusing to leave after bothering customers and appearing to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs. The suspect, a 27-year-old man from San Juan Capistrano, was placed under arrest (a citizens arrest) for trespassing.

Blue Lagoon & Coast Hwy | Traffic Collision

1:11 p.m. A traffic collision with injuries was reported at the location.

Thursday, April 5

Broadway Street | Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

11:07 p.m. Melvin Franklin Harris, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, for being under the influence of a controlled substance, and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Acacia Drive & Cedar Way | Hazardous Conditions

2:30 p.m. A report of wires down was reported. 

Castle Rock | 20900 Block | Fraud

1:53 p.m. A report of fraud was reported.

Coast Hwy | 31900 Block | Indecent Exposure

1:16 p.m. Officers responded to Thousand Steps Beach to indecent exposure reports. A 27-year-old Auburn, WA man was placed under arrest (a citizens arrest).

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

10:34 a.m. City Hall was contacted regarding a fraudulent check that was returned back to the city. A report of the incident is still pending.

S. Coast Hwy | 2400 Block | Burglary

1:21 p.m. An incident of burglary was reported to have occurred at the location.

Chiquita Street | 200 Block | Fraud

12:24 p.m. An incident of fraud was reported to have occurred at the location.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft

8:16 a.m. An incident of petty theft was reported to have occurred at the location.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant, Possession of a Controlled Substance

4:04 a.m. Eric Joshua Phillips, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of methamphetamines, for being drunk in public, and on an Orange County warrant.


Police Files

LBPD honors the critical work of our dedicated public safety dispatchers 

LBPD posted on their Facebook page that they’re giving our public safety dispatchers their due, honoring them during public safety dispatchers week this week.

Many people do not stop to think about these seemingly nameless, faceless individuals until they experience an actual emergency themselves. These professionals demonstrate poise under pressure, aid, and compassion in times of distress. Many times, they are responsible for the difference between life and death.

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Courtesy of LBPD Facebook

LBPD honors the life-saving work and dedication of our public safety dispatchers during this nationally recognized week to celebrate them

Across the nation, 9-1-1 dispatchers will be celebrated as part of National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week. Congress designated the second full week in April as a time to honor all 9-1-1 dispatchers who answer the calls for help and give emergency aid to the public and emergency public safety responders.

“Laguna Beach Public Safety Dispatchers are the best in the business. Daily they multi-task dispatching Police, Fire, and Marine Safety resources throughout the city. Our public safety departments could not do what they do without them. Happy Dispatcher Appreciation Week,” said an LBPD Spokesperson.

The statistics of the service LBPD’s dedicated dispatchers give to help save lives is jaw dropping. In 2017, there were 14,998 emergency 9-1-1 calls and 60,463 non-emergency calls, for a total of 75,461 calls in all.

 

LBPD joins together to race in the Run to Remember 

Also according to the LBPD Facebook page, on Sunday, members of LBPD joined together to race in the Run To Remember Los Angeles to honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Who could say no to this cause, they said.

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Courtesy of LBPD Facebook

LBPD joins together to remember officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Run to Remember in LA on Sunday

 

Fire Files

LBFD is the biggest, red-hot ticket item at LOCA’s 25th anniversary fundraiser, stokes recipients

A home-cooked meal by LBFD’s finest was the big-ticket item at LOCA’s 25th birthday bash, fetching top dollars with a $3,000 winning bid by Greg and Barbara MacGillivray. (Actually Barbara)

Pat Cary and James Lin of LBFD were the two hot commodities at LOCA, really cooking up the high bids.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

LBFD was the hottest ticket with the highest bid at LOCA’s 25th anniversary fundraiser event

“We are members of the Laguna Beach Firefighters Association and we are here auctioning off a dinner for eight people in the community. Our firefighters will come off duty and cook a meal at (your) house. We’ll coordinate the meal and we’ll do all the shopping, cooking and then clean up,” said Cary. “All this is done off duty by our members donating our time back to the community for such an important non-profit like LOCA.”

“We’ve done this before in the past. We’ve done it with the seniors at the Susi Q Center. This is our third dinner,” said Lin. 

The members of LBFD enjoy helping out for a worthy cause and being interactive with the community they proudly serve.

 “What we like about LOCA is that LOCA gives back doing art for a lot of the youth in the community. The arts are such an integral part of Laguna Beach,” said Lin.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Greg and Barbara MacGillivray beat out the crowd with the highest bid at $3,000 to receive an exciting culinary experience with eight LBFD firefighters

The MacGillivrays are looking forward to the rare treat to share it with friends and family. It’s a win for LOCA, LBFD and for them.

 “My wife bid on the eight firefighters who will come to your house, and not only cook and bring dinner, but they’ll clean up afterwards. And they’ll entertain you by serving you,” said Greg MacGillivray. “I don’t know if they dress like firefighters or not, but I think it will be a great deal of fun. So we need to get some lively people for dinner.”

They’re contemplating holding the hot dining event in the heat of August. 

“As for the menu, they can do seafood. We don’t eat meat, so the seafood would be great with lots of vegetables and salads,” said MacGillivray.

He said he thinks his wife was interested in bidding on the firefighters because she thinks they’re charming. 

“She’ll say that the fire crew was so cute that she just had to bid on them,” MacGillivray said laughing.

He was absolutely right.

“They were just so charming, and they were so excited about coming. We’ve already talked about the menu and they’re gung ho, they’re just great,” Barbara MacGillivray said. “We paid $3,000 because it was such a popular item. Everybody was telling us how lucky we are because we got it.” 

Regarding whether or not she wants them to wear their uniforms, Barbara laughed, “That would be great for my grandkids to see, they would be very impressed.”


Incident Reports

Wednesday, April 4

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Petty Theft

8:16 a.m. A cell phone was reported to have either been lost or stolen at the library. Details of the cell phone were not made available by the RP.

Ledroit Street | Sexual Battery

11:45 p.m. An incident of sexual battery was said to have taken place. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Wave Street | 200 Block | Fraud

2:59 p.m. A report was taken regarding an instance of fraud.

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

4:22 p.m. A 64-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Tuesday, April 3

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Trespassing

4:01 p.m. Police on foot patrol arrested Jonah Boehmer Castaneda, 24, Laguna Beach, for misdemeanor trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Avenue | 200 Block | Traffic Control

3:59 p.m. It was necessary for the LBPD to conduct traffic control at the location.

Glenneyre Street | 300 Block | Disturbance, Disorderly Person

3:43 p.m. A report was placed about an individual disturbing the peace.

Catalina Street | 200 Block | Stolen Vehicle

2:33 p.m. There was a report made of a stolen vehicle last being seen at the location.

Oak Street | 500 Block | Fraud

2:23 p.m. The RP stated that they had received an email from Apple.com confirming a purchase of an Apple iMac for $1,190.17. The iMac was purchased using an American Express associated to the RP’s Apple ID account.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Health and Safety

1:33 p.m. A report of a possible health and safety code violation was placed.

Paseo De Valencia, Laguna Hills | 24500 Block | Detective Activity

11:31 a.m. LBPD’s detective unit was conducting work at the location.

Coast Hwy | Sexual Battery

10:41 p.m. An incident of sexual battery was said to have taken place. An investigation into the incident is currently underway.

Canyon View Drive | 600 Block | Battery

9:41 a.m. An officer responded to the 500 block of Thalia Street in order to meet with the RP, a US postal worker, who stated that a construction truck driver yelled obscenities at her and pushed her, after she advised the man to not park in front of mailboxes in the future. The incident was documented, but no further investigation was desired.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

9:04 a.m. Officers were looking into a violation of the city’s no smoking policy, when Perry Edward, 30, of Bloomingdale, Illinois, was arrested on a felony bench warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Person, Disturbance

8:36 a.m. A report was placed about an individual disturbing the peace.

Monday, April 2

Cortez & La Mirada | Battery

8:18 p.m. An incident of battery was reported to have taken place.

Broadway Street | 400 Block | Warrant

5:47 p.m. After officers pulled over a vehicle for a seatbelt violation, Rashed Kaasem, 21, Corona, was arrested on outstanding San Bernardino warrant for reckless driving. Bail was set at $50,000).

Coast Hwy & 3rd Avenue | Warrant

4:12 p.m. After being pulled over for a traffic stop due to having expired registration tags from February displayed, a further search was conducted which led to the subject’s arrest. Robert Lee Scott, 31, Corona, was arrested on an outstanding Orange County warrant for possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Avenue | 2500 Block | Grand Theft

3:33 p.m. An incident of grand theft was reported by the RP.

N. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Vandalism

2:12 p.m. The RP stated that an incident of vandalism had occurred.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Petty Theft

10:18 a.m. An incident of petty theft was reported to have taken place.


Police Files

Intoxicated teen airlifted by helicopter at Thousand Steps Beach on Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 3 at 5:23 p.m., an alert message came in from City of Laguna Beach, LBGOV, via text: “Don’t be alarmed, a helicopter will be landing at Thousand Steps Beach for a medical aid.”

According to LBPD, the medical helicopter landing at Thousand Steps Beach was to help an intoxicated juvenile.

“It involved an underage juvenile who was heavily intoxicated,” said LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota.

Photo from LBFD Instagram

Tuesday’s rescue at Thousand Steps Beach

On LBFD’s Instagram page, it said, “Our firefighters along with @ocfirefighters @ocfairdrops (Orange County Firefighters and Orange County Fire Air Drops) working together today to extract a patient from the beach. Patient was transported to nearest hospital for further evaluation.”

It is important to report these types of incidences to the police. Call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency or LBPD for non-emergency help at (949) 497-0701.

 

Party time? Local woman gets quite the surprise when her Rolex goes missing at birthday bash

A surprise birthday party became quite the surprise for a local woman who found out her $21,600 Rolex Daytona watch was missing après the festivities. The grab and go guest was at the fete held at the 0 Block of Lagunita Drive.

“It was an adult party. This was a surprise birthday party that grew to approximately 30 people, which included three to four uninvited guests,” said Sgt Cota.

Pictured here is a Daytona Rolex, this is not the actual watch stolen

The crime is considered to be grand theft. 

“Detectives will be looking into the incident. A female is suspected,” said Sgt Cota. “There was no surveillance.”

 

Vegetation fire near Castle Rock gets quickly extinguished

LBPD officers were dispatched with LBFD for a vegetation fire in the canyon near Castle Rock on Thursday, April 5 at 2:33 p.m.

“A Laguna Beach animal control officer was the first to arrive on scene and with the help of two citizens, the three of them were able to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers,” said Sgt Cota.

The inbound lane of LCR was blocked but the center lane was used as a traffic lane. Traffic was moderately impacted with spectator traffic for about 20 minutes.

Safety precautions from LBFD’s website include great tips in case of a fire and how to prepare before it’s too late. 

“Protect your home from wildfire. We call it «Ready, Set, Go!» as a way to remember what you should do to be READY for the time a wildfire approaches your home, SET knowing which personal items you need when you evacuate, so you can GO quickly to stay safe.”

Visit LBFD’s website for more information on fire prevention at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm.


Incident Reports

Sunday, April 1

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | DUI

9:27 p.m. A 53-year-old man from Los Angeles was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Canyon Acres Drive & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

12:32 a.m. A 36-year-old man from Anaheim was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Gaviota Drive | 1200 Block | Warrant

12:53 a.m. David Charles Edgar, 22, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested on a Harbor court warrant for DUI, as well as for driving without a license.

S. Coast Hwy| 400 Block | Battery, Drunk in Public

1:02 a.m. Amy Cristine Salgan, Illinois, 34, was arrested for committing battery on a person, reportedly punching a bouncer in the face. She was also arrested for being drunk in public.

Brooks Street | 100 Block | Drunk in Public

1:53 a.m. A 31-year old from Santa Fe Springs was arrested for being drunk in public.

Brooks Street | 200 Block | Drunk in Public

2:17 a.m. A 31-year old man from Santee and a 37-year-old man from Laguna Beach were both arrested for being drunk in public.

Saturday, March 31

El Moro Canyon Road & Coast Hwy |Drugs

9:19 p.m. Thomas Edward Stewart, 59, of Anaheim, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Indecent Exposure

2:32 p.m. An incident of indecent exposure was reported.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Shoplifting

12:37 p.m. Juarin Dean Renner, 27, Tennessee, was arrested for shoplifting. The subject reportedly attempted to steal a bottle of champagne from Whole Foods.

Locust Street | 300 Block | Vehicle Burglary

9:23 a.m. A vehicle burglary was reported.

Wave Street & N. Coast Hwy | Probation Violation

3:12: a.m. Katie Lynn Ahlen, 29, Los Angeles, was arrested on a Los Angeles probation violation warrant. No bail was issued.

Wave Street & N. Coast Hwy | Drugs

3:12 a.m. Valerie Susan Franz, 30, Long Beach, was arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as for being in possession of a controlled substance.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | DUI

2:35 a.m. A 34-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Avenue & Glenneyre Street | Warrant, DUI 

1:53 a.m. Anthony Sanchez, 24, Anaheim, was arrested on a bench warrant. A 24-year-old woman from Anaheim was arrested for DUI.

Canyon Acres & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI

1:52 a.m. A 47-year-old man from Mission Viejo was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Glenneyre Street & Brooks Street | DUI

1:52 a.m.A 40-year-old woman from Laguna Niguel was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, March 30

Sleepy Hollow Lane & S. Coast Hwy| DUI

11:51 p.m. A 63-year-old man from Newport Beach was arrested for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block| Warrant

8:17 p.m. Timothy David Yale, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

Forest Avenue | 400 Block | Drunk in Public, Illegal Lodging, Loitering, Refusing to Give ID

5:35 p.m. Renan Yvette Gray, 67, Long Beach, was arrested on charges related to being drunk in public, disorderly conduct, loitering, illegal lodging, and refusing to provide ID.

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block| Warrant

8:34 a.m.Christine Lidnsey Frost, 30, Mission Viejo, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Mountain Road & S. Coast Hwy | Warrant

1:15 a.m. Jose Manuel Rodriguez, 22, Pasadena, was arrested on a bench warrant.

Thursday, March 29

Broadway Street | 300 block | Restraining Order Violation

7:58 p.m. David Mark Crossno, 61, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a restraining order violation.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Brandishing a Weapon

1:53 p.m. Claude Merchant, 59, Laguna Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury likely, a felony. The suspect reportedly brandished a knife. Bail was set at $25,000.

Ledroit | 300 Block| Warrant

12:30 p.m. Angel Popoca Bara, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for three different driving law violations.

Calliope Street | 200 Block | Resisting Arrest, Drugs

10:41 a.m. Nancy Sandoval, 30, San Bernardino, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance, as well as for resisting an officer.

Cleo Street | 200 Block | Probation Violation, Possession of Burglary Tools

9:39 a.m. Honore Gordon Hess, 34, Huntington Beach, was arrested for violating probation, as well as for possession of burglary tools.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block |  Drunk in Public

8:45 a.m. A 70-year-old man from Laguna Beach was arrested for being drunk in public.

Wednesday, March 28

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft

4:40 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Brandishing a Weapon

4:24 p.m. The RP stated that an individual was brandishing a weapon at the location.

Pinecrest Drive| 300 Block | Petty Theft

2:12 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Goff Street | 500 Block | Petty Theft

1:33 p.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

High Drive | 100 Block | Vandalism

1:05 p.m. Vandalism was spotted at the location.

N. Coast Hwy | 600 Block | | Petty Theft

11:25 a.m. An incident of petty theft was reported.

Lookout Drive | 300 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:55 a.m. An incident of vehicle burglary was reported. It was unknown whether or not the vehicle was locked at the time of the incident.

S. Coast Hwy | 500 Block |  Burglary, Vehicle

10:33 a.m. A car burglary was reported. It was unknown whether or not the vehicle was locked at the time of the incident.

Algarrobo | 5300 Block | Animal Call/ Bite

09:29 a.m. The RP reported an animal bite.

Coast Hwy & Aliso Circle | Stolen Vehicle

7:20 a.m. A stolen vehicle was last seen at the location.


Police Files

Unlucky 17 for Hobie vandal caught on video breaking bad

On Friday, March 30 at 9:36 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shattered front window at Hobie Surf Shop on Forest Avenue. 

Initial witness reports indicated that four male subjects may have been associated with the crime. When LBPD located the subjects a few blocks away, they fled from the officers, but two were caught and detained. It turned out that they were juveniles in possession of alcohol. At the time, there was nothing linking them to the vandalism. They were transported to the police station where parents were notified to pick them up. 

So the minors were in the clear, when officers cleared the business and found no one inside, and no evidence that any suspects made entry.

On the scene shortly after the incident was Hobie owner Mark Christy. “Police responded and called me even before we got the alarm call. We have high-definition cameras all over all of our stores, so they had a clear image of the guy within five minutes of the incident,” said Christy. 

The surveillance video showed a male suspect kick the window, breaking it. He was described as a white male, wearing a black shirt with the number 17 on it, black pants, and black shoes.

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Submitted Photo

The window at Hobie Surf Shop boarded up the morning after

Less than an hour later, at 10:26 p.m., officers responded to a report of a man disturbing the peace at Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille located in the 200 Block of Ocean Avenue. The man matched the exact description from the surveillance video down to a T, a black tee jersey with the number 17.

Officers detained and arrested Los Angeles resident Jeremiah Johnson, 32, for felony vandalism.

 “Johnson seemed as though he had been drinking. He did not mention any other motivating factors for the vandalism,” said LBPD’s Jordan Villwock. “Johnson was uncooperative with officers.”

Bail was set at $20,000.

“It was an incredible response by the police department and I suspect a moment the perpetrator will regret,” said Christy.

 

Plans go up in smoke, lead to felony charges for Laguna Beach man

Not only is smoking unhealthy, it can also lead to an arrest as LBPD can attest from an incident that occurred in the 200 Block of Ocean Avenue, outside of Hennessey’s Tavern, on Sunday, April 1 at 10:36 p.m. 

Brian Patrick Taylor, 44, of Laguna Beach, was smoking in public when officers made contact with him for the LBMC violation he had in hand – Smoking in Public. 

While detained, the officers discovered Taylor was on probation out of San Luis Obispo. During a search, a fixed blade knife was located, which was a violation of his probation for carrying a weapon.

Taylor was then placed under arrest and transported to the Laguna Beach Jail. During a more thorough search, methamphetamine was discovered in his sock. As a result, he was charged not only with the violation of probation misdemeanor, but also with a possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor and last, but hardly least, a felony charge for bringing a controlled substance into jail.

No bail was set. “Probation violations are 99.9 percent no bail,” explained Villwock. 

 

Hippity hop, LBPD plays Easter Bunny at the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Boys & Girls Club

Easter came early for the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club when Laguna’s finest, LBPD, hosted its second annual Easter Egg Hunt last Thursday after school. 

The Easter Bunny brought a bounty of candy in his basket with hundreds of eggs hidden with candy and other goodies inside.

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Courtesy of LBPD

Not only that, four “golden eggs,” two eggs for each age group, were hunted down with a big cash prize of $10 in each egg, surprise! 

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Courtesy of LBPD

However, the generosity didn’t end there. When one Club member didn’t collect any eggs in time, LBPD decided to put together a fifth “golden egg” with $5 inside. This brought the total cash pot to $45 between all five lucky recipients, and LBPD’s Station Number is 45…how fitting. The kids surely gave the LBPD high-fives, 45 times over at least.

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