Police Files

Blaze destroys hillside home in Arch Beach Heights last night

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LBHS student Beebe Bedell took this photo from her deck across the street shortly after the fire was first spotted by neighbors who began calling 9-1-1

Seven 9-1-1 calls came in at the emergency dispatch center in town shortly after six o’clock Thursday evening all reporting that flames and heavy smoke were seen in the 1200 block of La Mirada Street.

When the first Laguna fire engine arrived on scene, it reported that a hillside structure was “fully involved” with fire. 

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Mary Hurlbut took this from Temple Hills. It shows the hillside home fully involved

Once a command was established and other apparatus arrived, it was clear to firefighters that they needed a defensive approach to protect neighboring homes from the intense blaze. The burning residence was tiered down the hillside with multiple sublevels. All levels were engulfed in flame.

A second alarm was called and the flames were confined to the original residence. It took firefighters nearly an hour to knock the flames down to a point where they felt it safe to enter sublevels and douse the fire inside.

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Photo by Ryen Caen


Firefighters scurry to haul hose to an attack point to get water on the flames.

The residents were at home and managed to escape the flames, a witness said.

The cause of the fire was not determined last night. We will update this story when more information is known.

SF man saw the sign and was given ample time to read it

An officer pulled over a car for speeding near Alta Laguna Blvd and Tree Top Lane early this past Saturday morning. When the driver was questioned, it became apparent that he had a suspended license. His passenger, Mary Jane Madrid, 31 of Costa Mesa, had two misdemeanor warrants and she was arrested.

A search of the car led to the discovery of a glass meth pipe and the driver was arrested for two misdemeanor charges – possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

Both were taken to the police station. Inside the sally port prior to entering the jail booking area, there is a sign that is pointed out to all prisoners who are given plenty of time to read it and they are asked if they understand it.

It makes it clear that it is a serious crime to being any contraband into a jail in the state of California. Dustin Patton, 25, San Francisco, said he understood the sign.

In the jail, officers found a baggy of methamphetamine on Patton and he was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and felony bringing a controlled substance into a jail.

The bail on the simple drug possession charge is $500. 

The bail for the felony charge is $25,000.