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Incident Reports

Saturday, April 13

N Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Violating Parole

9:19 p.m. Mark Anthony Ornelas, 51, Laguna Woods, was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Warrants

8:17 p.m. Clare Elizabeth Whitaker, 46, San Bernardino, was arrested on two undisclosed warrants (bail was set at $25,000 for both). 

S Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:46 p.m. A 47-year-old Garden Grove 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).

Hillview Drive | 2300 Block | Animal Calls

2:22 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a lizard stuck inside of the caller’s house.

Emerald Bay | 500 Block | Violating Parole, Annoying Telephone Call – Obscene/Threatening

12:21 p.m. Maxwell Carlton Post, 28, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set) and for making annoying telephone call(s) that were obscene/threatening (bail was set at $1,000).

Marilyn Drive | 30800 Block | Animal Calls

1:34 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a dead snake. According to police reports, the caller requested an Animal Services Officer come out to verify the type of snake it was.

Morningside Drive | 1100 Block | Animal Calls

1:24 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a possible rattlesnake in the front yard near the caller’s mailbox. It turned out to be a large gopher snake and was permitted to remain on the property. 

Glenneyre St | 300 Block | Warrant

7:02 a.m. Alan Michael Harrison, 34, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant for lodging in a public place. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy & Irvine Cove Drive | DUI

1:07 a.m. A 43-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy & Beverly St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:04 a.m. A 30-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).

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort Drive | DUI

12:19 a.m. A 23-year-old Ladera Ranch woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, April 12

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Trespassing, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

9:22 p.m. Feinai Saipani Eli, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing (no bail was set) and for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (no bail was set). 

Cliff Drive | 1000 Block | Animal Calls

2:16 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to “an injured sea lion on the beach at Shaw’s Cove with barbed wire around it.” According to the report, the sea lion was three feet in length and weighed approximately 50 pounds. PMMC was called and enroute to rescue the sea lion.

Laguna Canyon Road | 3200 Block | Animal Calls

12:46 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an unknown snake on the right side of the caller’s driveway in the grass, along the bushes. The RP requested it be removed.

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Animal Calls

7:54 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a sick sea lion. PMMC went on scene and rescued the sea lion.

Circle Way | 1300 Block | Animal Calls

7:04 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a sick seal on the beach. “People are trying to take pictures with it. The seal is not friendly,” reads the report. PMMC responded to the scene and took in the seal. 

Forest Ave | 500 Block | Warrant

12:11 a.m. Jovanny Nava, 21, Aliso Viejo, was arrested on a warrant for speeding. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coasty Hwy | 200 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:09 a.m. Jerald Jerrod Cousian, 51, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. No bail was set.

Thursday, April 11

Gaviota St & Cleo St | Taking a Vehicle without Owner Consent, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:42 p.m. Andrew James Eastin, 30, Costa Mesa, was arrested for taking a vehicle without owner consent (bail was set at $20,000) and for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500). 

Gaviota St & Cleo St | Taking a Vehicle without Owner Consent, Possession of Burglary Tools

9:58 p.m. Leonard Gonzalez, 37, Long Beach, was arrested for taking a vehicle without owner consent (bail was set at $20,000) and for possession of burglary tools (bail was set at $500). 

S Coast Hwy | 30900 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:22 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 | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

9:35 p.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Del Mar Ave & Baja St | DUI

9:21 p.m. A 52-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, April 10

Glenneyre St & Cleo St | DUI

10:58 p.m. A 37-year-old Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

7:29 p.m. A 27-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 31400 Block | Warrant

9:45 a.m. Moises Rodrigo Castrorodriguez, 32, Huntington Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $30,000.

La Brea St | 200 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

4:49 a.m. Konrad Hanes Peikar, 28, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

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

1:27 a.m. A 47-year-old Henderson, NV 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).


Animal Files

PMMC rescues a record 12 pinnipeds in four days

Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) reported a record 12 pinniped rescues from Friday, April 12 to Monday, April 15, with six rescues on Friday alone.

The first rescue, at 7:04 a.m. on Friday, April 12, was an elephant seal pup at the 1300 block of Circle Way. The female seal, named Moscow, was rescued and brought back to PMMC. The seal was malnourished and dehydrated and is now resting at PMMC. 

The second case PMMC looked into, at 7:54 a.m., turned out to be an adult female sea lion at Thalia Street Beach. Since these animals are partially aquatic, sometimes they rest on non-crowded beaches. Because it was the early morning, not many people were at the beach yet. 

Animal Files injured seal

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Courtesy of PMMC

PMMC has rescued 12 marine mammals since Friday, April 12, including this elephant seal

“PMMC went out to investigate and determined the animal did not need to be rescued and encouraged it back into the water as to not get harassed by pets and people,” PMMC’s Krysta Higuchi said.

The third rescue on Friday occurred at Shaw’s Cove at 2:46 p.m. following reports of a pinniped with a neck injury. 

“This would be the fourth out of six rescues we would perform that day. When we first got the call, our team was already out on two other rescues,” Higuchi said.

The PMMC team was able to pick up the animal and bring back it to PMMC. Once back at the center, a full exam was performed and it was determined a ratfish barb was in the elephant seal pup’s neck. 

Animal Files raftish barb

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Courtesy of PMMC

Ratfish barb is found in the neck of an elephant seal among other injuries

“Our animal care team was able to remove the 4-inch barb. The animal has other wounds; a full X-ray and other exams will be performed to determine the full extent of the animal’s injuries,” Higuchi said.

Unfortunately, PMMC is also still without Internet and phones, which went out after a car hit a pole on Saturday night near PMMC. All phone calls to PMMC’s main line are being rerouted to a cell phone. 

To contact PMMC or report an injured pinniped, please call (949) 494-3050.

To make a donation to PMMC, visit www.pacificmmc.org

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Local business owner critically injured in motorcycle accident on Monday

On Monday, April 15, at 7:55 a.m., LBPD officers responded to South Coast Highway and Anita Street for a vehicle versus motorcycle traffic collision involving two local residents.

“As the motorcycle approached, a Mercedes-Benz quickly accelerated across South Coast Highway and struck the right side of the motorcycle,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt. Jim Cota said. “The impact threw the rider several feet south of the intersection.” 

The motorcycle rider, 55-year-old Laguna Beach resident Scott Thompson, sustained major injuries, according to Sgt. Cota. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz is an 82-year-old Laguna Beach resident.

Thompson, owner of Sweetwater Car Wash, remains in critical but stable condition, according to Sgt. Cota.

LBPD arrests two in alleged home burglary

On Saturday, April 13, at 8:17 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a report of a possible residential burglary in progress at the 1100 block of N Coast Hwy. According to police reports, a neighbor called to report that she saw someone enter her neighbor’s backhouse, after seeing the lights go on and off.

According to Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD officers arrived and observed two subjects inside of the residence. 

“It was confirmed by the property owner that no one was allowed to be inside of the residence. Officers attempted to contact the subjects, but they attempted to flee by climbing out a rear window. They changed their mind and decided to open the door for the officers,” Sgt. Cota said. “Officers conducted an investigation and determined that the two subjects, identified as Claire Whitaker and Mark Ornelas, had been staying at the residence for a couple of days, using the water, lights and other electrical items.”

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Clare Whitaker and Mark Ornelas

Clare Elizabeth Whitaker, 46, of San Bernardino, and Mark Anthony Ornelas, 51, of Laguna Woods, were both arrested for violation of burglary, according to Sgt. Cota. Whitaker was found to have an outstanding warrant and Ornelas was found to be on parole for previous arrests and convictions of burglary. Both subjects have no fixed address, according to Sgt. Cota.

Bail was set at $25,250 for Whitaker. No bail was set for Ornelas.

LBPD arrests two on suspicion of stealing car

On Thursday, April 11, at 9:59 p.m., LBPD officers were advised of a stolen vehicle from Newport Beach PD. 

“The vehicle was located at Taco Bell and two occupants were observed walking away from the vehicle,” Sgt. Cota said. “The subjects were detained and after an investigation.” 

According to police records, the stolen vehicle was a white 2016 Ford Fusion. The car was reportedly unlocked and the keys left inside the vehicle.

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Photos courtesy of LBPD

Andrew Eastin and Leonard Gonzalez

Andrew James Eastin, 30, of Costa Mesa, and Leonard Gonzalez, 37, of Long Beach, were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

Bail was set at $25,000 for both Eastin and Gonzalez.

LBPD and LBFD help with cut and rescue accident 

On Saturday, April 13, at 6:24 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched, along with LBFD, to a cut and rescue traffic collision at the 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road, near Pacific Marine Mammal Center. 

“Officers arrived and found a single vehicle crashed into a Verizon pole, shearing it from its base. The wires were hanging low across all lanes of traffic but were only obstructing one lane of travel,” Sgt. Cota said. “Traffic control was set up, LBFD arrived and tended to the injured female driver. The male passenger in the vehicle was uninjured. The female was found to have a fractured wrist and was transported to Mission Hospital – Laguna Beach.”

A traffic alert was sent out due to traffic being reduced to one lane for approximately 45 minutes. Edison arrived on scene and secured their portion of the wires. The pole belonged to Verizon, according to Sgt. Cota.

Laguna man arrested after allegedly making lewd comments to LBPD dispatch

On Saturday, April 13, at 12:21 p.m., 28-year-old Laguna Beach resident Maxwell Carlton Post allegedly began calling dispatch and making lewd comments and inappropriate requests to the dispatchers over the phone. 

“He was warned not to continue his behavior but he did not stop,” Sgt. Cota said. “An officer contacted Post’s parole officer, who issued a parole hold for him.” 

Officers responded to Post’s residence and arrested him for making annoying/obscene telephone calls and the parole hold.

No bail was set.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files (Cont.)

Man arrested for allegedly peeping under stall in women’s restroom

On Monday, April 8, at 8:20 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the Bus Depot, at the 300 block of Broadway Street, in reference to a male subject allegedly peeping in the women’s restroom. 

“Officers contacted Rogelio Molohoa on a bus bench near the gazebo. Molohoa was extremely intoxicated and did not speak English,” LBPD Spokesperson Sgt Jim Cota said. “A female victim was desirous of prosecution, and said he would not leave from peeping under the female stall even after she yelled at him.” 

Rogelio Molohua, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for violation of peeping and public intoxication.

Bail was set at $1,000.

Man arrested for allegedly stealing Cadillac Escalade

On Tuesday, April 9, at 9:50 a.m., dispatch advised LBPD officers of a stolen vehicle heading northbound on South Coast Highway from Nyes Street. The vehicle was a Cadillac Escalade recently stolen from the City of Costa Mesa. 

“Officers located the vehicle in the downtown area and the suspect appeared to notice police units and briefly accelerated to get away from the units,” Sgt Cota said. “A high-risk vehicle stop was initiated and the vehicle yielded in front of City Hall. The driver, Laguna Hills resident Gary Archuleta, was arrested without incident. Inside of the stolen vehicle were burglary tools.”

Gary Michael Archuleta, 55, of Laguna Hills, was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and being in possession of burglary tools. 

He was booked and transported to OC Jail.

Bail was set at $25,000.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

LBHS lacrosse coach arrested on suspicion of inappropriately touching female students

A Laguna Beach High School lacrosse coach was arrested on Tuesday, April 8 on suspicion of inappropriately touching female students, according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota.

Three female student athletes reported that Robert Sant, head coach of the girls’ lacrosse team, had inappropriately touched them in non-intimate areas of their bodies, the department said.

“On Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m., School Resource Officer (SRO) Cornelius Ashton was advised by two female LBHS students that their LBHS lacrosse coach, Robert Stewart Sant, Irvine resident, inappropriately touched them in non-intimate areas on their bodies. The most recent [alleged] incident happened on a school bus on April 4 on the way home from a lacrosse game. SRO Ashton’s investigation led to a third female victim who was interviewed. LBUSD leadership was notified and took appropriate action,” Sgt Cota said.

Sant, who was in his first season as head coach of the team, is no longer an employee of LBUSD.

“He is no longer an employee of LBUSD as of April 5. The District is cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation,” said Leisa Winston, LBUSD Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources and Public Communications.

On Tuesday, April 9 at 1:07 p.m., SRO Ashton and LBPD detectives responded to the city of Irvine and arrested 37-year-old Robert Stewart Sant on suspicion of three counts of Lewd & Lascivious Acts with a Child.

Bail was set at $100,000, which Sant posted, according to Sgt Cota.

“This investigation is still ongoing,” Sgt Cota said.

Read more Police Files on Front Page II – click here


Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 9

Jasmine St | 400 Block | Under the influence of a Controlled Substance 

5:54 p.m. Konrad Hanes Peikar, 28, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Hillcrest Drive | 600 Block | Animal Calls

3:57 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake. According to police records, a caller reported seeing a rattlesnake near the entry of their home. They called to see if Animal Services would do a welfare check for the snake because, according to the report, it looked like the tail of the snake was damaged.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol, Warrants

3:21 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested on two warrants for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $10,000 for each) and for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500).

Unknown | Three Counts of Lewd & Lascivious Act with a Minor

1:07 p.m. Robert Stewart Sant, 37, Irvine, was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd and lascivious act with a minor (three counts). Bail was set at $100,000.

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Vehicle/Vessel

9:50 a.m. Gary Michael Archuleta, 55, Laguna Hills, was arrested for being in possession of burglary tools (bail was set at $500) and for being in possession of a stolen vehicle/vessel (bail was set at $20,000). 

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Warrants

9 a.m. Daniel Paul Schneider, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for two undisclosed warrants. Bail was set at $1,500 and $2,500.

Monday, April 8

Bluff Drive | 31500 Block | LBMC Violation

8:15 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an alleged LBMC violation. According to police records, a caller reported that at the Camel Point Beach access there was “a substantial fire and subjects were throwing firewood.” LBPD went to the scene and contacted the four subjects.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Loitering

8 p.m. Rogelio Molohua-Molohua, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a warrant for disorderly conduct related to alcohol (bail was set at $500) and for loitering (bail was set at $500).

Ocean Ave | 200 Block | Defrauding an Innkeeper

6:14 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a subject defrauding an innkeeper. According to police records, a caller reported that a male had skipped out on his bill. The approximate loss was $400. A WhatsApp notification was sent out.

Bonvue Terrace | 400 Block | Animal Calls

6:14 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake. According to police records, a caller reported seeing “a large rattlesnake in their front lawn moving around.” Later, the snake was reported to be gone.

Moss St | 100 Block | Animal Calls

3:02 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a sick seal. According to police records, a black adult seal was found “completely out in the sand area, awake but…struggling to breathe and barely moving.”

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Animal Calls

10:57 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to an injured hawk. According to police records, “a hawk was found off of Crown Valley Parkway and Camino Del Avion and brought into the shelter.”

Cress St | 200 Block | Animal Calls

10:11 a.m. LBPD received a report regarding a swarm of bees. The homeowner reportedly decided to contact a “bee removal company.”

Sunday, April 7

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | Warrant 

8:45 p.m. Laura Lynn Vinyard, 51, Fullerton, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy & Fairview St | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Suspended License

7:24 p.m. Jorge Antonio Zepedanarvaez, 27, Los Angeles, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500).

Brooks St & Temple Terrace | DUI with 1 Prior 

2:43 a.m. Jonathan David Begay, 30, Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI with one prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

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

1:18 a.m. A 41-year-old Irvine 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).

Park Ave | 600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:21 a.m. A 39-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).

N Coast Hwy & Cajon St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:02 a.m. A 47-year-old Huntington 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, April 6

S Coast Hwy & Ocean Ave | Warrant

10:54 p.m. Christopher Ryan Haro, 37, Santa Ana, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Way | 1800 Block | Check on Condition

2:34 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to large logs on the beach. According to police records, the caller reported large logs were “being used on the beach, on the sand part of the beach, to build structures.”

Bahia Blanca | 3500 Block | Animal Calls 

2:34 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a live bat. According to police records, the caller reported that there was a live bat in his home. It turned out to be a moth.

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Resisting Arrest, Trespassing

12:59 p.m. Kyle Albert Winton, 39, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500) and trespassing (bail was set at $500).

Sleepy Hollow Lane | 600 Block | Animal Calls

2:03 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a sick sea lion. According to police records, the caller found a sea lion on the beach that appeared to be “struggling.” The sea lion was located just north of the stairs.

S Coast Hwy | 1000 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

10:48 a.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy & Legion St | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:34 a.m. A 25-year-old San Juan Capistrano 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).

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

2:57 a.m. A 19-year-old Orange 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).

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

1:43 a.m. Jonathan Avila Barron, 20, Lynwood, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance. Bail was set at $500.

Thalia St | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

1:31 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).

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

12:13 a.m. A 25-year-old Laguna Niguel 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).

Friday, April 5

S Coast Hwy | 31400 Block | DUI

10:02 p.m. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | LBMC Violation

9:50 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding fireworks at the beach. According to police records, the caller reported that a group of young kids were lighting M80 fireworks at the beach. LBPD went to the location and the teens were gone on arrival.

S Coast Hwy & Ocean Ave | Warrant

1:47 p.m. Brian Kieth OConnor, 56, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

Park Ave | 400 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

7:59 a.m. Miriam L Gonzalez Orozco, 26, Bell Gardens, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Resisting Arrest

7:01 a.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for resisting arrest. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, April 4

Broadway St | 200 Block | Flash Incarceration, Resisting Arrest, Vandalism

10:07 p.m. Jacob Edward Gildart Matany, 29, Santa Ana, was arrested on a flash incarceration (no bail was set), resisting arrest (bail was set at $500), and vandalism (bail was set at $500). 

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Resisting Arrest, Trespassing

7:39 p.m. Matthew Peter Rogers, 61, Los Angeles, was arrested for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500) and trespassing (bail was set at $500).

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | LBMC Violation

2:03 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to three males in their teens smoking marijuana on the trails.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrant

1:51 p.m. Gary Wayne Horton, 73, Laguna Beach, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Vandalism

4:58 a.m. Hector Sanchez, 29, San Diego, was arrested for vandalism of less than $400. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Warrants

2:31 a.m. Gordon Lawrence Weider, 71, Laguna Beach, was arrested on a warrant for being drunk in public (bail was set at $10,000) and on a second warrant for being drunk in public (bail was set at $10,000). 

Beach St & Ocean Ave | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:31 p.m. A 53-year-old woman from Van Horne, IA 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).

N Coast Hwy | 1400 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

3:55 p.m. A 53-year-old Dana Point man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, April 3

Laguna Canyon Road & Canyon Acres Drive | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

5:48 p.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:25 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Ave | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

2:10 p.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Saint Anns Drive | 100 Block | Animal Calls

2:03 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a baby seal. According to police records, the caller stated they found a baby seal on the sand during low tide. Animal Services went to the location, found the seal deceased, and removed it from the beach.

S Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

12:43 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 | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol 

12:36 p.m. A 26-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway St | 200 Block | Trespassing

10:38 a.m. Jeffery Joseph Noon, 64, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

7:20 a.m. Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, Lake Forest, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $7,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20400 Block | Warrant

3:45 a.m. Brian Douglas Ricker, 39, Merritt island, FL, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. No bail was set.


Police Files

‘Flocking,’ a new burglary scheme, hits Laguna

On Wednesday, April 3, at 8:27 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence, at the 200 block of Cajon Street, in reference to a suspicious female. According to the caller, the subject knocked on the front door, and when the door was opened, attempted to barge through into their home. The female was dressed up and stated, “I’m here, you called me.”

“The residents believe she may be casing the area,” LBPD PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.   

The incident could be what is being called “flocking,” a new burglary tactic targeting affluent neighborhoods that seems to be on the rise.

According to the www.securitysales.com website, “Flockers knock on front doors with the intent to find a residence with nobody home. Mostly, they have no idea whose home they are actually preying upon, ensuring they sometimes hit houses of the nation’s biggest entertainment and sports figures, police say.” 

Over the last couple of years, celebrities, singers, and athletes in Los Angeles have experienced being flocked such as actor Emmy Rossum, singer Alanis Morissette, and former LA Dodger Yasiel Puig, who now plays for the Cincinnati Reds. Victims have reported losses ranging from $150,000 to $2 million. 

Now it seems that some flockers have migrated south to Laguna Beach. 

Flocking “is a trending crime wave perpetrated by gang members who flock like birds to areas where residential heists provide the biggest payoff,” according to the website. “The groups rotate so the same people are not seen in same neighborhoods and become recognizable.”

Remember to just say “no” to strangers. Always put safety first and call LBPD at (949) 497-0701 if you believe you have been flocked or have seen suspicious flockers in your neighborhood.

Multiple reports of ‘Ding Dong Ditch’

On Saturday, March 30, at 11:39 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to kids ringing a man’s doorbell and knocking on his window.

According to police reports, the caller stated that kids ran up ringing his doorbell three times and banged on the window. Approximately six kids, all boys between ages 11 and 14 years old, were reported. The incident occurred about 35 minutes prior to the report.

Then, on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:59 p.m., another occurrence of kids playing ding dong ditch was reported in town.

 “This was a patrol check call of a group of teenagers ‘Ding Dong Ditching’ the residence,” said Sgt Cota. “This occurred within a 10-minute period and were seen by the reporting party.”

  

Man submerged underneath boardwalk taken to the hospital, according to LBPD

On Friday, April 5, at 10:05 p.m., at the 300 block of S Coast Highway, LBPD responded to a call in reference to someone yelling underneath the boardwalk. According to witness reports, a male was underneath the boardwalk yelling obscenities, repeatedly “dunking” in and out of the water and refusing to come out.

According to Sgt Cota, "Officers made contact with the subject, who required paramedics for possible hypothermia. The subject was ultimately transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for medical treatment."

-By Suzie Harrison


Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 2

Park Ave & Alta Laguna Blvd | Juvenile Contact

3:26 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to juveniles playing “Senior Assassin.” It was reported that two females in a gray VW Wagon were driving around speeding in the street. One male was reportedly running on the street with a water gun.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

3:13 p.m. Alan Dean Fabian, 64, Hacienda Heights, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $50,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 2600 Block | Animal Calls

2:49 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a rattlesnake. According to police records, a baby rattlesnake was found near the caller’s gate in their driveway. The snake was reportedly taken into custody and relocated.

Broadway St | 300 Block | Trespassing, Parole Violation

1:02 p.m. Ralph Francis Bowers, 48, Huntington Beach, was arrested for trespassing (bail was set at $500) and violating parole (no bail was set).

Forest Ave | 300 Block | Warrant 

12:36 p.m. Edward Patrick Schillizzi, 63, Long Beach, was arrested on a warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $50,000.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 28800 Block | Animal Calls

4 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a rattlesnake. According to police records, a resident stated there was a rattlesnake at the bottom of the steps to her residence. The woman called requesting assistance from Animal Control.

Unknown | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

Feinai Saipani Eli, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Monday, April 1

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

6:17 p.m. Marc Anthony Trotter, 49, Los Angeles, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), possession of a controlled narcotic substance (bail was set at $2,500), and on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine (bail was set at $3,500).

Tahiti Ave | 1500 Block | Animal Calls

12:13 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding a rattlesnake. According to police records, the rattlesnake was in the caller’s backyard.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Domestic Violence with Minor Injury

1:18 a.m. Ryan Michael Connor, 28, San Diego, was arrested for domestic violence with minor injury. Bail was set at $50,000.

Bonvue Terrace | 400 Block | Animal Calls

9:56 a.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a rattlesnake. According to police records, there was a baby rattlesnake in the middle of the street, not moving at all. The caller was unsure if it was dead or alive. The RP stated she would be standing by with her dog until Animal Services arrived.

Sunday, March 31

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Grand Theft

5:42 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to grand theft. According to police reports, a kayak was stolen, estimated to be worth $1,000.

Virginia Way | 3200 Block | Animal Calls

4:19 p.m. LBPD received a report in reference to a beehive. According to police records, the caller stated there was a huge beehive outside at the location, which was not private property. The RP stated the bees were everywhere and that they were concerned for people who are allergic. The property owner was contacted and was reportedly in the process of removing the bees.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Warrant 

12:02 p.m. Diandre Lamont Lopez, 45, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license due to a DUI. Bail was set at $10,000.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant 

6:11 a.m. Douglas Henry Smith, 65, Laguna Niguel, was arrested on a warrant for making criminal threats. Bail was set at $15,000.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

1:59 a.m. A 51-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Not a petting zoo: Goat gazers advised to stay away

It seems that throngs of people are trying to get to our goats in Laguna Beach. Stu News heard from one source that they had seen over 40 people at one time up on the trails watching the goats, and also that people were trying to feed and touch them.

Recent police records substantiate these reports.

On Sunday, March 31, at 6:54 p.m., at Dartmoor Street and Dunnegan Drive, LBPD received a report in reference to two men in their 20s, possibly intoxicated, pestering the goats. The two men were reportedly “hiding in the bushes, bothering the goats.”

The caller was standing on the fire road near the goats and reported, “Both subjects are walking back up toward the goats. They keep wanting to go into where the goats are.”

Personnel took action, arrived on scene, and escorted the subjects away from the goats.

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Please don’t feed, grab or nab the goats

Merely 48 hours later, on Tuesday, April 2, at 7:48 p.m., again at Dartmoor Street and Dunnegan Drive, LBPD received additional accounts of the goats being interfered with.

According to police records, a caller advised LBPD about an incident that had occurred earlier in the day at 5:50 p.m. The RP and her daughter were looking at the goats when she noticed “four male juvies messing with them.” The boys reportedly scattered after they saw her.

The caller also advised that when she went back later, there was a baby goat that appeared sick. Having worked with goats before, she picked up the goat and wanted to take it to the hospital in the canyon.

At one point during her reported do-good rescue efforts, the RP was carrying the goat, when she encountered the City’s goat herder. 

According to police records, due to a language barrier, she couldn’t convey the message that she was trying to care for the goat. “He grabbed the goat from her and put it back,” the report reads. “She’s requesting we contact the goat herder to explain she wasn’t trying to steal the goat. She also requested a welfare check from an Animal Services Officer.”

According to Jim Beres, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator, Animal Services Officers responded to both calls and no action was taken.

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Do not interact with the goats in any way, call LBPD if there’s a concern

Animal Services advises residents and visitors not to approach the goats, no matter their intention. 

Beres advised, “The fire goats are there for a specific reason, to eat the overgrown weeds and vegetation that could develop into a fire hazard. People should leave the goats alone, they are working goats.

“Do not touch or feed the goats. If someone has a concern about the health and welfare of the goats, they should call the Police Department at (949) 497-0701 to report their concerns,” Beres said. “Our Dispatch Center has the contact information for the goat herder and can contact him quickly if necessary.”

The grazing goats are on the job and don’t appreciate harassment at the workplace. It’s not a petting zoo. 

FEMA report: Laguna’s goat vegetation management

According to a FEMA report, “Laguna Beach has been using goats as part of its fuel reduction and vegetation management program since the early 1990s. The program was expanded after a wildfire burned across 14,000 acres, destroying or damaging 441 homes in the beach community in 1993. 

Because of the climate, types of natural vegetation, and expansive wildlands in Southern California, including wildlands that reach into the city, there is an ongoing risk of wildfires. 

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Fully aware of the risk, Laguna Beach Fire Department is very proactive in vegetation management. One of the best ways to control wildfires is to control the amount of fuel available to feed the flames. These areas can be difficult to reach by most vegetation management equipment due to the nature of the terrain – rocks, canyons, and steep inclines. The introduction of goat herds in these areas has proven to be an ideal solution to the problem.

The goats work exclusively on 11 fuel modification zones located on the outside edges of the city. Since California weather allows it, the goats work year-round and are moved from place-to-place as needed. Depending on the amount of rain and vegetation growth each year, as few as 75 and as many as 600 goats are used. A movable goat pen with electric fencing keeps the goats from wandering off and protects them from coyotes and other wild animals.”

-By Suzie Harrison

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