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Police Files

Intoxicated woman enters Justin Beiber's Montage room uninvited, reports LBPD

On Tuesday, March 26, at 12:17 p.m., LBPD officers responded to Montage resort to assist hotel security with a female guest who had been escorted off the hotel property, only to return and be found trespassing in Justin Bieber’s hotel room. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota reports that the suspect was intoxicated and supposedly walked into Bieber’s room accidentally.

“She was a guest of other people at the resort and was kicked out of the room earlier and then returned thinking that his room was the room she was previously in,” Sgt Cota said. “She returned and entered the room that belonged to celebrity Justin Bieber. He demanded she leave the room; his security team followed her as she fled the hotel.” 

Sgt Cota continued, “It is unknown how she gained access into his room but it is our belief he was waiting for room service and had the door slightly ajar. The female and her guests were asked to leave by security [earlier] because they were being too loud and disruptive in the room.

“The Montage is a world class resort and handled the incident swiftly and professionally. The female was arrested based on her actions and the likelihood it would continue. It was the right decision.” 

LBPD officers located her across the street from the hotel. She was arrested for trespassing and transported to LBPD where she was booked and later released.

According to police records, the suspect is a Huntington Beach woman in her late 30s, 5’ 8” with blonde hair, and was wearing a floral dress at the time of the alleged crime.

Bail was set at $500.

Man assaulted by unknown suspect at Sleepy Hollow

On Monday, March 18, at 4:05 p.m., a male subject was at Sleepy Hollow Beach, at the 600 block of S Coast Hwy, when an unknown suspect punched him and then fled.

 “Officers responded and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the suspect,” Sgt Cota said. “The suspect was described as a white male, in his late 30s, wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and jeans, and carrying a dark backpack.”

Mock forensics at Thurston with LBPD is exciting for middle schoolers

On Tuesday, March 19, at 9 a.m., SRO Cornelius Ashton, patrol officers, and detectives assisted Thurston Middle School’s forensics class with investigating a mock crime scene at Alta Laguna Park. 

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Thurston students learn the ropes with LBPD at their forensics class

“The mock crime scene was well controlled and the students received guidance from PD personnel on crime scene management and evidence collection,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said.

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Thurston students make a great forensic team at mock event at Alta Laguna Park

Thanks to an “Innovation in Education” grant awarded to teacher Michelle Martinez by Cox Charities, a philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that is funded through employee donations and a company match, the students have been learning about forensic science with various hands on learning exercises both out in the field and at school. 

The forensic event received media attention so Sgt Cota was present to assist with comments.

LBPD SRO Ashton and local 16-year-old Riley Russo honored at awards ceremony Thursday

LBPD Cpl Cornelius Ashton and 16-year-old Laguna Beach resident Riley Russo were honored last night at the 2019 TIP-Heroes with Hearts awards at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove.

 “Riley is the youngest Trauma Intervention Program volunteer ever and Cpl Ashton was LBPD’s award winner,” Sgt Cota said yesterday. “Very well deserved to the both of [them].”

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(L-R) LBPD Cpl Ashton, TIP volunteer Riley Russo, and Sgt Cota

According to the TIP OC website, TIP is a group of specially trained volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

They are called by police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel to assist family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide.

For more information on TIP, visit www.tiporangecounty.org.

LBPD’s Sgt Cota and Stu News’ Shaena Stabler raise over $2,400 and counting for KX 93.5 “takeover”

LBPD Sgt Jim Cota and Stu News’ leader extraordinaire Shaena Stabler have raised over $2,400 and counting as part of KX 93.5’s “takeover” fundraiser for Laguna’s cherished community radio station.

The two hosted a show together live on the radio on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. Click here to hear their podcast.

To make a donation in their names or in someone else’s, visit www.kx935.com/kxtakeover

KX Takeover is a friendly-but-stiff competition where the guest DJ that raises the most money receives the coveted “Silver Tongue Award.” 

Sgt Cota and Stabler are currently in second place in the competition, a few dollars ahead of jewelry mogul Cookie Lee in the standings; Tyler Russell’s mother Liz McCusker is in first place and Councilman Peter Blake is in fourth.

As of this morning, the station had raised over $41,000 with the goal being $50,000. Listen in live at www.kx935.com.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Suspicious man arrested with 40 grams of meth

On Wednesday, March 20, at 1:58 a.m., LBPD officers responded to the 2900 block of Mountain View Drive in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Officers contacted Riverside resident Corey Alberty inside his dark gray Prius. 

“Alberty was behaving suspiciously. A search of Alberty and his vehicle revealed a folding knife and BB gun on the passenger seat,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Over 40 grams of methamphetamine was also found in the center console.”

According to drugstimes.org, the average street value for a gram of meth is $180 or $7,200 for 40 grams. 

Corey Jermaine Alberty, 33, of Riverside, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

“Alberty was also on probation,” Sgt Cota said. “Alberty was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and later released.”

Bail was set at $500.

Transient charged with battery, elder abuse and false imprisonment

On Thursday, March 21, at 8:24 a.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to Mission Hospital – Laguna Beach in reference to an assault report, which allegedly occurred the night prior.

The reporting party, a 76-year-old man who routinely sleeps behind the Main Beach Toys store according to LBPD, reportedly got into an argument with transient Daniel Troen over a minor issue. 

The victim reportedly tried to waive Troen off and walk away from the argument. According to police records, the victim believed the suspect was high on meth.

Police Files Troenb“Troen grabbed him from behind and body slammed him to the asphalt causing injuries,” Sgt Cota said. “He held him on the ground for several minutes while threatening him and preventing him from leaving.”

 Eventually Troen let him go. The victim went to the ER, where he was treated for a cut on his hand, a large wound on his upper arm, and complaint of pain from his neck to his hips. 

Troen was detained, at approximately 10:04 a.m., and brought to the station for questioning. Troen was also identified by his picture and the fact that he was wearing a bright red flight suit at the time of the crime and arrest. 

Daniel Mossing Troen, 32, of Maryland, was taken into custody at 11:13 a.m., for elder abuse, battery, and false imprisonment. Both subjects reported no fixed addresses.

Bail was set at $95,000.

CVS bandits busted following thefts of “teeth whiteners and toiletry items”

On Wednesday, March 20, at 8:30 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to CVS, at 30800 S Coast Hwy, for the report of a theft that had occurred earlier in the evening. The store manager was notified that a suspect had entered several CVS locations in south Orange County to commit thefts that evening.

“The manager remembered that a similar subject had set off the shoplifting alarm at about 6 p.m.,” Sgt Cota said. “Upon review of the surveillance video, the manager found that the suspect had stolen a large number of over-the-counter medications, teeth whiteners, and other toiletry items.” 

While the officer was on scene taking the report, he was advised that OCSD had taken two suspects in custody. 

The officer met with deputies and the two suspects in San Clemente. The suspects were in custody for thefts from three CVS stores in Laguna Niguel, one in Dana Point, and one in San Clemente. A deputy had heard the reports of the thefts from the other CVS location on the radio. 

“He staked out the CVS in San Clemente and caught one of the suspects leaving the store with stolen property in hand. A search of the suspects’ car revealed several large bags filled with stolen items,” Sgt Cota said. “An inventory of the items showed that the loss from the Laguna Beach CVS was approximately $2,200.” 

The two suspects were Eric Camacho, 22, and Shane Pacheco, 22, both Los Angeles residents. OCSD retained custody of the suspects.

“One admitted to the thefts and said they were stealing anything they could easily sell,” Sgt Cota said.

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in injury crash

On Tuesday, March 19, at 2:14 a.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to the Big Bend area of Laguna Canyon Road in reference to an injury traffic collision. 

“Officers contacted the driver, Cypress resident Marie Markarian, who hit an Edison pole on her way back to Cypress after dropping off a friend,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Markarian’s front right passenger…needed to be transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo for her injuries.”

According to Sgt Cota, the passenger suffered a laceration to her forehead and left ear due to the collision. The vehicle was towed from the scene and Edison was contacted regarding the damage to the pole.

Samantha Marie Markarian, 24, Cypress, was arrested for felony DUI. 

Bail was set at $100,000.

Traffic stop sends Oceanside man to jail for myriad offenses

On Sunday, March 17, at 11:08 a.m., an LBPD officer initiated a vehicle stop on North Coast Highway at Emerald Bay. 

“The driver handed the officer a fake driver’s license. The driver was later arrested for presenting the false identification to the officer,” Sgt Cota said. “The driver was booked for a felony because the driver’s license number came back to a real person.”

Jose Alfonso Gomezresendiz, 41, Oceanside, was arrested for false impersonation, driving without a valid license, driving without a valid license, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $21,500.

 Guest leaves firearm behind at Montage, LBPD reports

On Monday, March 18, at 1:23 p.m., at the Montage Resort, at the 30800 block of S Coast Highway, security called to report that a guest had checked out of a room and left a firearm behind. The weapon was found by housekeeping. 

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said, “An officer responded and took custody of the handgun. The firearm was booked in at the police department for safekeeping.”


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Man reportedly tries to throw meth pipe on roof, instead lands next to LBPD officer

On Friday, March 15, at 7:21 p.m., an LBPD officer conducted a pedestrian stop on a male subject, later identified as Darren Gallagher, at the 200 block of Broadway Street. 

“While the officer was talking with the subject, Gallagher attempted to throw a glass object onto the roof of the Whole Foods store. The glass object did not land on the roof and fell next to Officer Meyer and Gallagher,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The object was found to be a methamphetamine pipe.” 

Darren Lawrence Gallagher, 50, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of narcotic paraphernalia and destruction of evidence. 

“It was later found that Gallagher originally gave a fictitious name and was also charged with violation of giving a police officer a false name,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $15,500.

Sad song, violin and parts stolen valued at $53,500 

On Thursday, March 14, at 10:10 a.m., a report was taken at the LBPD station concerning a possible burglary from Stephen R. Davey Violins at 31662 South Coast Hwy. The reporting party said that about two to three weeks ago during the rainstorms, he noticed an antique violin and miscellaneous violin parts missing from his shop.

“The missing violin was valued at $50,000, which was on consignment,” Sgt Cota said. “The violin parts are valued at approximately $3,500.”

According to Sgt Cota, there is no surveillance video available and there are no witnesses to the crime.

The total loss is estimated at $53,500.

Paparazzi reportedly stalk Justin Bieber at Montage pool

On Saturday, March 16, at 11:26 a.m., LBPD received a report of paparazzi trespassing and stalking a VIP at the Montage, at the 30800 block of S Coast Highway.

According to police records, a “high priority VIP on the property in the pool area” was being stalked by paparazzi. The star-struck subjects reportedly took off running toward the celebrity. Once LBPD arrived, the subjects were advised not to come back on the property.

According to Sgt Cota, “It was Justin Bieber. The paparazzi were trying to get photos.”

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files (Cont.)

Mercedes crew arrested for meth and more

On Sunday, March 10, at 8:29 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a suspicious vehicle in the 30600 block of Marilyn Drive. 

According to police records, the caller advised officers of what appeared to be some type of drug activity, stating that LBPD responded approximately a week ago, at which times the suspects allegedly fled when units arrived.

Five occupants were contacted in a black Mercedes SUV, including three males and two females. According to LBPD, two of the males were in possession of drug paraphernalia and issued citations. 

“One male was identified as Fernando Najar. He was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

He was issued a citation and taken into custody on a probation hold. 

“The females were identified as Amy Allan and Imiko Maki. Both females originally falsely personated another person because they each had outstanding warrants,” Sgt Cota said. “They were taken into custody for impersonation and the outstanding warrants.”

Fernando Najar, 27, of San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for violating parole and being in possession of methamphetamine and controlled substance paraphernalia. No bail was set.

Imiko Ariel Maki, 22, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on warrants for possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine. Maki was also arrested for false impersonation, and again for possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $51,000.

Amy Elizabeth Allan, 35, of Laguna Beach, was arrested on warrants for driving with a suspended license due to a DUI and for a DUI. At the time of the incident, Allan was also arrested for false impersonation.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Lexus stolen after woman reportedly leaves doors unlocked and keys in car

On Tuesday, March 12, at 7:33 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to a parking lot in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway for a stolen vehicle report. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The unlocked vehicle was a white 2006 Lexus 430 and the ignition key was left in the center console. The vehicle has personalized plates with a bedazzled license plate frame.”

A report was taken.

Local man hits utility pole and city-owned electronic sign board in the Canyon

On Wednesday, March 13, at 7:23 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to the 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Road for the report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle that had struck a utility pole. 

“Emergency personnel arrived and found that an inbound Toyota had struck a city-owned electronic sign board and a utility pole. The sign board was knocked onto its side, but the utility pole did not appear damaged,” Sgt Cota said. “The driver of the Toyota was identified as a 44-year-old Laguna Beach resident. He was examined by paramedics but declined transportation to the hospital.”

The sign board was transported to the city parking lot and a report was taken. Inbound traffic was diverted into the center double left turn lane. The road was cleared and traffic was back to normal within 20 minutes.  

-By Suzie Harrison


Police Files

Locals charged in largest college bribery scandal in history

On Tuesday, March 12, more than 50 people were charged by the Department of Justice in the largest college admissions scam in US history. Dubbed “Varsity Blues” by the FBI, the arrests include Laguna Beach residents, prominent business executives Douglas Hodge and Robert Flaxman, as well as fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Loughlin, who owned a home in Laguna Beach for many years.

According to the 204-page affidavit, dozens of individuals indicted and arrested, including 13 defendants in Orange County and Los Angeles, were allegedly involved in the nationwide conspiracy that aided admission of students to elite universities through facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and purported athletic recruits.

Suspects allegedly paid bribes to sports coaches and administrators to help get the students admitted to top college institutions, including University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and Wake Forest University, among others, regardless of athletic or academic abilities. At this time, no university admissions personnel are suspected of any wrongdoing or crimes. 

At the center of the scandal is Newport Beach resident William “Rick” Singer, 58. Singer has acknowledged collecting approximately $25 million dating back at least a decade, through his for-profit college counseling and preparation business company, Edge College & Career Network, also known as “The Key,” and a nonprofit corporation he started as a purported charity.

Singer was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.

Those with Laguna Beach ties facing charges include Douglas Hodge, 61, Laguna Beach, former CEO of prominent investment management companies. According to reports, prosecutors allege Hodge used bribery to get his children admitted to USC and Georgetown as purported athletic recruits.

Hodge was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The defendant appeared in Boston on Wednesday, March 13, and was released on conditions including a $500,000 secured bond. 

Founder and CEO of real estate development firm Robert Flaxman, 62, of Laguna Beach, was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. His initial appearance in federal court in Boston is set for March 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 55, and his well-known actress wife Lori Loughlin, 54, of Los Angeles, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The defendants made their initial appearance in the Central District of California and were each released on $1 million bail. 

Loughlin and Giannulli used to own a home in Laguna Beach, which they reportedly listed for sale in 2009 for $12.99 million.

According to court documents, Giannulli and Loughlin submitted to USC’s admissions offices photos of their daughters on rowing machines. The couple allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters attend the university by way of the school’s crew team, even though neither was reportedly a crew athlete.

Loughlin, known for her role as Aunt Becky in Full House and Fuller House, has also starred on Hallmark Channel on myriad projects, including When Calls the Heart. It was announced yesterday that Loughlin has been fired from Hallmark Channel and Netflix, according to reports.

Also charged for her alleged involvement in the scheme is Golden Globe-winning actress Felicity Huffman, among the 33 parents and 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s businesses, including two SAT and ACT test administrators. 

The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

-By Suzie Harrison

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Animal Files

More rescues for PMMC, nonprofit calls on community for donations to help

On Thursday, March 7, at 4:20 p.m., the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) responded to a live dolphin at Crystal Cove State Beach. 

“PMMC had people in the back bed of our RAM rescue truck holding the dolphin, so we called police to let them know. They in turn gave us a police escort to get the dolphin and the team back to PMMC as quick and safe as possible,” Krysta Higuchi, PMMC Events and Public Relations Coordinator said. “Once back at PMMC our team was able to fully examine her. She had multiple seizures and it was deemed humane euthanasia was the best course of action.”

On Saturday, March 9, at 12:28 p.m., at the 31500 block of Bluff Drive, LBPD and PMMC received reports regarding a whale close to shore.

According to Jim Beres, LBPD Civilian Services Administrator, “A whale in distress was reported to be in the water near the sand at West Street Beach. The reporting party thought the whale might be injured.” 

“The whale swam back out,” Higuchi said. “Right now it is migration season for gray whales so it is fairly common to see these whales off our shores. The moms tend to stash their calves close to shore while they go off and forage.”

Donations badly needed at PMMC to help save pinnipeds

In all, PMMC rescued four pinnipeds over the weekend, including three sea lions from Huntington Beach and one elephant seal from Newport Beach, bringing PMMC’s 2019 rescue count up to a record-high 46.

Higuchi said that donations are badly needed.

“The animals just keep coming in and we have not even hit our typical peak time yet,” Higuchi said. “Right now we are going through fish, medical supplies and funds faster than anticipated. Any amount is greatly appreciated.”

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California sea lion that was rescued by PMMC

Donations can be made at www.pacificmmc.org/donateor check out PMMC’s wish list at www.pacificmmc.org/our-wish-list for other items in need. 

For more information about PMMC, call (949) 494-3050.

PMMC is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.


Police Files

Two virtual kidnapping scams in 24 hours have Laguna parents on high alert

On Thursday, March 7, a Laguna Beach resident reported to LBPD that he had become the victim of a fraud involving the fake kidnapping of his daughter.  

“At 2:30 p.m., the victim received a cell phone call from a suspect who stated he had kidnapped the victim’s daughter and was holding her, and wanted $5,000 or he would kill her. The suspect ordered the victim to stay on the phone with him throughout the incident,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The victim became fearful for his daughter and after briefly hearing a female scream into the phone stating she had been kidnapped, he went to his bank and withdrew $5,000.”  

The victim was then directed to go to various wire transfer locations outside the city where he transferred the money to an account in Mexico.  

“At about 6:30 p.m., as the victim was completing the last transaction, he received a call from his daughter who was fine in Laguna Beach,” Sgt Cota said. “His daughter had not been kidnapped and had no knowledge of what was occurring.”

The father had just completed the last transaction and could not stop the transfer of the funds.

LBPD thwarts wire transfer in second virtual kidnapping scam

Then, the next day, on Friday, March 8, at 11:42 a.m., LBPD received another virtual kidnapping call similar to the one received on Thursday.

“The incident involved another Laguna Beach resident withdrawing money, however, we, LBPD, were able to intervene prior to the money being wired to an account in Mexico,” Sgt Cota said. “The resident contacted her daughter, who is a college student in Chicago and found out she was safe.”

“SRO Ashton created an information piece that was immediately sent to all of the schools in Laguna Beach, including private schools, for dissemination to the parents,” Sgt Cota said. “Two virtual kidnapping incidents within 24 hours is unacceptable. Luckily, we were able to stop the second one.”

The success of a virtual kidnapping scheme depends on speed and fear. Criminals know they have a limited amount of time before the victim catches onto the scam or law enforcement gets involved.

If you suspect a real kidnapping is taking place or you believe a ransom demand is a scam, please contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701.

Signs of a virtual scam:

--Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line

--Calls do not come from the supposed victim’s phone

--Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “kidnapped” victim

--Callers include demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfers to Mexico; ransom amount demands may drop quickly

If you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for your family member, the following should be considered:

--In most cases, the best course of action is to hang up the phone

--If you don’t want to risk ending the call, drive to the nearest police station

--Try to remain calm and slow the situation down

--Do not share any information about your family during the call and don’t use the alleged victim’s name

--If you hear the a voice or screaming in the background, try to ascertain if it really is your child

--Attempt to contact the “kidnapped” victim via phone, text, a messaging app or social media to see where they are and if they are safe

--Ask to speak to the victim

--Ask questions that only the victim would know

--Ask the caller to call back using the victim’s phone

--Try to buy time by repeating the caller’s demands and telling the caller you need to write things down or need time to complete the transaction

--Don’t challenge or argue with the caller

--Write down the phone number the caller is calling from

For additional information, please contact School Resource Officer Cpl Cornelius Ashton at (949) 497-0773.


Police Files

Convicted killer charged a second time for brutal 1978 murder of Laguna man 

Walter Lawrence Dalie, a 60-year-old convicted killer, was charged for a second time for the brutal 1978 murder of Laguna Beach resident Brent Stapleton Tobey. On Monday, March 4, he pleaded not guilty to charges that were previously dismissed by prosecutors on August 18, 2015.

According to Rebecca Moss, Public Affairs Specialist, OC District Attorney’s Office, “Dalie is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 19, in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to all charges on March 4.” 

According to the criminal complaint, Dalie is charged with one count of murder “with malice and aforethought” and two sentencing enhancements for murder during the commission of a robbery, and for “personally using a knife as a dangerous and deadly weapon,” in the commission of murder.

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Walter Dalie was 19 years old in 1978 when local architect Brent Tobey was brutally murdered

Tobey, a prominent local architect, 55 at the time of his death, was stabbed 17 times in the back, head, and chest on November 20, 1978.

The original 2011 case against Dalie was dismissed in part by prosecutors because two critical witnesses had died since a preliminary hearing in the Tobey killing. And at the time, the Orange County Crime Lab was unable to conduct a detailed forensic analysis of evidence from the crime scene.

The day of his murder, Tobey and a friend, who lived nearby, had plans to have dinner together to celebrate the conviction of local James Scramlin for the 1977 murder of their friend Albert Willard. The two friends had found Willard’s dead body in his home.

With not enough to go on, the case went cold. Unsolved for 33 years, it wasn’t until 2002 that the OC Crime Lab found another person’s DNA on Tobey’s clothes. In 2010, they learned that it matched Dalie’s DNA.

When the DNA match was found, Dalie was serving a 50-year prison sentence in Connecticut for the murder of his girlfriend in 1985 with a hammer. With the new DNA evidence LBPD reopened the case.

At the time of the murder, Dalie was 19 and working as a gardener in Laguna Beach and lived in Newport.

Dailie grew up in nearby Dana Point and was a graduate from Dana Hills High School.

Moss said, “No further details about this case will be available until they are presented in court.”

Man arrested twice in four hours for trespassing at same location

On Sunday, March 3, at 8:33 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Stop N Go, 1390 N Coast Hwy, in reference to a man refusing to leave the property.

According to police reports, the caller stated that customers were afraid of the man and that they requested the clerk walk outside with them.

 “Officers made several attempts to persuade Ira Britton to leave the property, however he still refused and was subsequently arrested for trespassing and released after the booking process at LBPD,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “At 12:21 p.m., Ira Britton returned to Stop N Go and continued to trespass and refused to leave. He was arrested again and transported to OCJ.”

Ira Lloyd Britton, 41, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

 

Male allegedly disrobes and exposes self at beach

On Tuesday, March 5, at 11:49 a.m., LBPD officers responded to Table Rock Beach following reports of a male allegedly disrobing and exposing himself to beach goers.

“The subject approached women asking if they wanted him to rub lotion on them, then asked another group of girls if they wished to be in a porn movie with him,” LBPD Sgt Cota said. “The subject was contacted near the beach and cited for public nudity.”


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Man arrested four times in four days

On Wednesday, Feb 27, at 1:42 p.m., an LBPD officer contacted Kyle Winton at Main Beach in reference to reports he was creating a disturbance. He was described as a male wearing no shirt yelling at passersby.

“As the officer approached Winton, he witnessed Winton push two individuals on the boardwalk and run northbound on the grass. The officer tackled Winton on the grass and placed him under arrest for battery and resisting arrest,” said LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. “Once Winton was arrested, he began manipulating his handcuffs in an attempt to escape officers.” 

Police Files Kyle WintonWilton was ultimately transported to the LBPD Jail, where he was booked and later released pending criminal charges.

Bail was set at $1,000.

On Thursday, Feb 28, at 4:08 p.m., at the 200 block of Broadway Street, Winton was allegedly throwing coins at LBPD Beach Patrol and walking into traffic. According to police records, the reason for LBPD contact was jaywalking.

Winton was detained, slipped his cuffs, and put in custody. He was arrested for resisting arrest and assault and battery.

Bail was set at $1,000.

On Friday, March 1, at 7:29 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the Laguna Presbyterian Church, at the 400 block of Forest Ave, for another complaint about Winton.

According to Sgt Cota, “He was intoxicated and causing a disturbance taking his clothes off at the cold weather shelter. Officers arrived and placed Winton under arrest for trespassing. The staff and the homeless subjects being sheltered were all very appreciative.”

Laguna Presbyterian Church offers an additional shelter when the weather is below a certain cold temperature, privately run by the church.

Bail was set at $500.

On Saturday, March 2, at 9:52 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the 300 block of Broadway Street following the report of Winton creating another disturbance.

Officers arrived and contacted Kyle Winton. He was placed under arrest for trespassing. 

“After Winton was taken into custody, he spat at officers several times. One officer was struck on the side of his head. A spit mask was applied. Winton also refused to move and walk to the patrol car,” Sgt Cota said. “Officers were forced to physically carry Winton to the transport vehicle. The additional charges of assault on a police officer, battery on a police officer, and obstructing/delaying a police officer were added.” 

Because of Winton’s behavior, he was transported to OCJ by a jailer and an officer.

Bail was set at $2,000.

Tow truck crash last night closes Canyon for hours, results in major injury

On Monday, March 4, at about 5:30 p.m., a flatbed tow truck with a car on its flatbed lost its braking capabilities while exiting the southbound off-ramp of the 73 Freeway. 

“The tow truck collided into a car traveling on Laguna Canyon Road, which caused the tow truck to flip on its side and slide across the road,” Sgt Cot said. “The tow truck hit the guardrail with the car still on the flatbed and rolled down a ravine in the wilderness area next to Laguna Canyon Road. The tow driver was transported to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo with head trauma.” 

The passengers of the other vehicle were uninjured. Outbound Laguna Canyon Road was closed between El Toro Road and the 73 Freeway. Traffic was diverted to El Toro. Laguna Canyon Road was expected to be closed for about two hours. 

At 7 p.m. another alert from the City went out: “One inbound lane is open. Both outbound lanes [are] closed for another hour until the tow truck can be extracted. Heavy duty tow equipment is being utilized.”

40-foot Eucalyptus tree falls damaging two cars

On Saturday, March 2, at 3:09 p.m., LBPD received a report of a large tree falling and damaging two parked vehicles. The cars were described as a 2011 black Prius and a Toyota Corolla.

“The tree was a privately-owned Blue Gum or Eucalyptus Globulus located on the property at…El Bosque. We estimate that the tree was about 40-feet tall. We are unaware of any reports of injury,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager, Director of Public Works. “Portions of the tree hit two vehicles. One in the driveway…and one parked in front [of the residence].”

Police Files tree falls crashing on car

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40-foot Eucalyptus tree falls after more rains, causing damage

Dupuis said Public Works has no information on the owner of the car parked on the street and no information on the level of damage to either vehicle as this was a private property issue.

When a private tree falls onto public roadways, in order to reopen the roadway, the emergency Public Works crew removes portions of the tree to the limits of the roadway, and up to the car on the street, explained Dupuis.

Police Files Tree falls on car

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A huge Eucalyptus tree falls on two cars

“We do not remove private trees from private property or from cars that may be hit by private trees,” Dupuis said. “The portions of the tree in the roadway were removed by approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 2, the day of the incident. The Public Works.”

Black-masked burglar reported at Irvine Cove

On Friday, March 1, at 10:29 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Irvine Cove Circle in reference a residential burglary investigation. The reporting party was the housekeeper. 

“She observed a large front window smashed. Officers searched the residence and determined a burglary did occur,” Sgt Cota said. “The homeowners were out of the country so an exact loss is unknown. Surveillance cameras show a male suspect wearing a black mask inside the residence three days prior.”

 The incident was documented and an investigation in ongoing.

LBPD debuts new patrol vehicles on Sunday

On Sunday, March 3, LBPD’s newly designed patrol vehicle hit Laguna’s streets.

“The department and I couldn’t be more excited. It is time to move on from the old, outdated white patrol vehicles and catch up with the rest of the county’s police vehicles,” Sgt Cota said. 

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LBPD’s newly designed police vehicles hit the streets on Sunday night

“We feel we have the best looking vehicles now in the county and the approval from all of the officers is overwhelming in support. A big thanks to Chief Farinella, City Manager John Pietig, and the LB City Council for their support,” Sgt Cota added.

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