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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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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