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Bobcat kitten saved by local good Samaritans 

Local Jennifer Samson contacted Stu News to let readers know that she saw a rescue of a baby bobcat on Laguna Canyon Road on Sunday. She witnessed longtime Laguna local Kimberly Leeds and her husband, Clay Leeds, perform the rescue of the adorable wild feline.

“She and another man [husband Clay] stopped traffic and used a towel to help the bobcat get out of oncoming traffic,” Jennifer Samson said. “We know Mrs. Leeds, as both of our kids go to TOW, so I recognized her right away.” 

Clay Leeds explained how the rescue occurred.

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Two local good Samaritans and parents save a baby bobcat in the canyon

“We were across from the Dog Park. We blocked traffic in both directions so the kitten wouldn’t get run over if it darted out into traffic,” Leeds said. 

 Traffic only had to wait about two minutes while the Leeds got a towel out of a trunk from a passerby, he said. 

“Then, we transferred the kitten to our own blanket, so we could give back the towel,” Leeds said. “After Kimberly blanket captured the kitten, a Laguna Beach Animal Services officer help us put the kitten in the kitty carrier.”

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In rescue mode, the Leeds save a baby bobcat without missing a beat

“My wife Kimberly learned it when she used to volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in while she was going to Laguna Beach High School,” Leeds said. “She says no one would sit by her in class in the mornings because she smelled like herring.” 

“The kitten had an injured paw that looked like it happened a while ago. It was limping and very tired,” Leeds said. “The Laguna Beach Animal Services officer told us the kitten would most likely end up with a wild animal specialist like Dr. Weldy at the Orange County Zoo.”

Man airlifted during ER rescue at Table Rock Beach 

A man suffering a medical emergency was rescued from Table Rock Beach on Monday afternoon thanks to the valiant efforts of local safety agencies, LBPD, LPFD, and OC Lifeguards

OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young said they responded to a medical aid call at Table Rock Beach.

He said he was waiting to look at the full incident report before he would have a complete report of the facts. 

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ER rescue requires a helicopter transport to the hospital on Monday at Table Rock Beach

“Our lifeguards had to respond to medical aid at Table Rock Beach and the patient was treated by lifeguards and we also had paramedics dispatched,” Chief Young said. “The paramedics provided patient care and they determined they would need to airlift the person off of the beach.”

 Young explained the helicopter, Mercy Air, was called in to provide the air transport to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

“I can’t really tell you about the patient’s status because of privacy laws. I can tell you that it was an adult male patient, but that’s about all I can tell you,” Chief Young said, regarding patient specifics.

He said until he got the incident report, he could not verify 100 percent if it was a rescue that preceded the medical problem. 

“I don’t believe there was, but I would have to get my full incident report before I can verify that,” Chief Young said. “The patient was on the sand and it was initiated on the beach.”

LBFD Division Chief Api Weinert said two LBFD engines were involved to help save the man’s life. One was Station 4 from South Laguna and the other was Station 2, known as the midtown station located at the corner of Glenneyre Street and Agate Street.

“Our fire engine from South Laguna arrived on scene first made it down the stairs to Table Rock Beach and made contact with Orange County Lifeguards,” Chief Weinert said. “He was an adult male having a medical incident after he was in the water.” 

He reiterated what Young said regarding the man’s transport. As to how long it takes for a rescue like on Monday at Table Rock, he said a lot of variables are involved.

“One is the ETA of the helicopter, whether the helicopter can be landed on the beach or the patient needs to be hoisted, the location, the patient might not be right where the helicopter can land and the patient might have to be moved a little bit,” Chief Weinert said. “There are just so many variables involved.”

He said using airlift is the last choice for myriad reasons.

However, according to Chief Weinert and Chief Young, if a person should encounter a medical emergency, it’s urgent to call 911 immediately. 

“Call 911 and contact a lifeguard. [It is also helpful] if the person has CPR training and hopefully some kind of basic proceduring to feel comfortable to assist and aid,” Chief Weinert said.

Conveniently, he pointed out that they have some CPR and basic aid courses available via Laguna Beach Community Services.

Meth and coke land two young men behind bars

On Saturday, Aug 25 at 2:50 a.m., at Brooks Street and South Coast Highway, an LBPD officer conducted a vehicle stop for a burnt out headlight in the 100 block of Brooks Street. According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, Michael Young, 25, of Irvine, gave consent to search his vehicle and person. 

“A search of Young’s wallet in his rear pocket revealed zip lock baggie of cocaine. Young stated he purchased it at a party in Newport Beach,” Sgt Cota said. “Young’s driver’s license was suspended as well as he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for possession of cocaine and the outstanding warrant.”

Police Files Sean YoungAccording to Sgt Cota, a search of the vehicle revealed a large ziploc baggie of white residue, a bag of 55 small ziploc baggies, and a weighing scale with white residue on it. 

LBPD officers also located text messaging conversions in reference to drug sales.

Young was also charged with possession of a controlled substance for sales and transportation of controlled substances for sales. 

Bail was set at $25,000. 

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Also on Saturday, Aug 25, just a few hours earlier at 12:22 a.m., an LBPD officer observed a male subject running northbound on North Coast Highway at Boat Canyon…running through the red signal without stopping. 

“The officer stopped him and asked him to sit on the curb. He did momentarily but began to walk in the roadway. He was again directed to listen to the office,” said Sgt Cota.

 LBPD said upon request, he provided his name and date of birth. The male subject was identified as Shane Patrick Gallagher, 24, of San Clemente.

Police Files Shane Gallagher“Gallagher was fidgety, sweating, and appeared nervous. He kept looking around like he was hallucinating. A consensual search of Gallagher revealed methamphetamine in his front paper wrapped in paper,” Sgt Cota said. “An under the influence investigation was conducted and Gallagher was subsequently arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.”

Gallagher was taken to Mission Hospital for a medical clearance. Once the clearance was given by the medical staff, Gallagher was walked back to the awaiting police vehicle when he took off running while still handcuffed. 

“Commands were given to stop as a foot pursuit began. Additional officers were requested as Gallagher attempted to hit in the bushes in the 32000 block of Coast Highway,” Sgt Cota said. 

He was captured by officers and also charged with Escape with Custody and Resisting/Obstructing Arrest. Gallagher was transported to OCJ.

 Bail was set at $10,000.

Jeep on the beach...just misses pedestrians

On Friday, Aug 24, at 8:21 p.m., at the 100 block of S Coast Highway, LBPD officers were dispatched to Main Beach in reference to a vehicle stuck in the sand.

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A cautionary tale: A few inches further, and this Jeep might have struck these pedestrians

“A DUI investigation was conducted and she was subsequently arrested for DUI. Her blood level exceeded .08 percent,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

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