Public Safety

Police Files for Sept. 8

Harold Drive: Grand theft was reported in the 300 block at 1:57 p.m. Sunday. A woman reported a bag containing jewelry and her passport...

Police Files for Sept. 4

Arroyo Drive: Petty theft was reported in the 1600 block at 1:15 p.m. Monday. A woman said she left a refrigerator in her frontyard for a...

Report on officer's fatal crash: Failure to yield, speed

The death of Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie in a collision last year was caused by the other driver's failure to yield and the...

Authorities warn of West Nile threat as 76 cases hit O.C.; 3 dead

Authorities warn of West Nile threat as 76 cases hit O.C.; 3 dead

Laguna Beach city staff are advising residents to rid their property of any stagnant water that could attract mosquitoes as Orange County...

Ceremony will honor fallen police

The city will honor two fallen Laguna Beach police officers during an unveiling ceremony Sept. 21 in front of department headquarters,...

Laguna's high surf: 'As good as it gets'

Laguna's high surf: 'As good as it gets'

Bill Bryan woke up before dawn Wednesday, but as the clock ticked past 8 a.m. and the sun shone, he thought he was still in a dream.

Three arrested at DUI checkpoint

Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after Laguna Beach police set up a checkpoint last weekend.

Citizens Academy taking applications

Residents still have time to apply for a 12-week course designed to provide a glimpse into the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Canyon congestion on the agenda

Canyon congestion on the agenda

Adding lanes to Laguna Canyon Road seemed like an unpopular solution to congestion on the main entryway into the city when a city-hired...

Report examines Laguna's suicide rate, methods

For Laguna Beach residents, suicides most often take the form of an overdose of drugs or ingestion of poison, according to an Orange...

Laguna police to hold DUI checkpoint

The Laguna Beach Police Department will conduct a checkpoint to nab drivers who are under the influence or lacking a proper license from 9...

Police Files for Aug. 21

Thalia Street: Vandalism was reported in the 200 block at 8:17 a.m. Monday. A man reported rocks being thrown through a...

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

Laguna drummers try to keep mellow vibe as growth creates spiritual tug-of-war

As the daytime crowds at Aliso Beach packed up and the sun started its descent into the sea Sunday evening, the beat rose.

Laguna police chief to retire

After 38 years with the city, Laguna Beach Police Chief Paul Workman is retiring.

Police Files for Aug. 14

Forest Avenue: Transients were reportedly sleeping and urinating in the 300 block at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday.

City seeks input on traffic, safety issues

Laguna Beach is hosting another workshop on Aug. 26 to gather community feedback on ways to improve mobility for pedestrians and...

Skateboarder injured after hitting truck

A 14-year-old Laguna Beach resident suffered moderate injuries after he hit a truck while riding his skateboard Tuesday morning on South...

Boys & Girls Club earns funds by dunking officers

Boys & Girls Club earns funds by dunking officers

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach raised more than $700 during the Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn.'s fourth "Dunk-A-Cop" event...

Police Files for Aug. 7

Broadway Street and North Coast Highway: A traffic collision was reported at 9:32 a.m. Monday.

Car chase runs through Newport, Laguna, Irvine

An Irvine man who led police on a chase through three cities, including Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, was arrested on suspicion of evading...

Council backs Diamond Crestview parking restrictions to aid firefighting

Council backs Diamond Crestview parking restrictions to aid firefighting

Certain streets in Laguna Beach's Diamond Crestview neighborhood are likely to lose some parking spaces during high fire-danger days to...

Construction to start on Temple Hills Drive

Storm drain construction will begin next week in the Temple Hills Drive area of Laguna Beach, according to the city's website.

Laguna lifeguards score well in competition

Laguna Beach lifeguards took a few first-place finishes in individual events as the team won third overall among 19 agencies in the...

House damaged by crane still uninhabitable

House damaged by crane still uninhabitable

A multi-story house on Rounsevel Terrace remained uninhabitable Thursday, six days after a 93,000-pound crane fell onto the roof, Laguna...

Man arrested after hit-and-run injures driver

A Gardena man was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence after his car hit two vehicles Friday night in South Laguna,...

Police Files for July 31

Forest Avenue: Vandalism was reported in the 200 block at 9:53 a.m. Monday. The caller reported the top of a building was spray-painted.

Bike ride honors cycling victims

Bike ride honors cycling victims

Hundreds of cyclists turned out Sunday to honor two Laguna Beach residents killed while riding their bikes in the past year.

Laguna serious when it comes to homelessness solution

Laguna serious when it comes to homelessness solution

Sunday night was one of those treasured times when every person who wanted a place to sleep could get one at Laguna Canyon's overnight...

Police Files for July 24

Mystic Way: Eight teenagers reportedly skated down the street in the 600 block at 2:14 p.m. Sunday.

Work to begin on memorial to 2 police officers

Work to begin on memorial to 2 police officers

Crews began work this week preparing the site for a memorial honoring two Laguna Beach police officers who died while on duty, according...

Police Files

Park Avenue: Theft of a copper mailbox worth $200 was reported in the 800 block at 9:13 a.m. Monday.

Large waves lead to many rescues in Laguna

Warm water and high surf kept Laguna Beach lifeguards busy during the July 4 weekend.

Fourth brings much of the same for Laguna police

Laguna Beach police arrested slightly more people on July 4 this year compared with 2013, though calls for service decreased, according to...

Police Files for July 10

Park Avenue: A caller reported damage to lights and a plant in the 400 block at 9:39 a.m. Monday.

Coyotes reportedly getting bolder

In her 16 years with OC Parks, Barbara Norton has seen her share of coyotes.

Officer will get around town in electric cart

Officer will get around town in electric cart

The Laguna Beach Police Department's downtown patrol officer now has another means of getting around — an electric golf cart.

Police Files

Laguna Canyon Road: A caller reported at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday that people inside a Kia Sol were throwing beer bottles out of...

New spot discussed for homeless housing

New spot discussed for homeless housing

One in a series of occasional stories about the Friendship Shelter and Jamboree Housing Corp.'s proposed 40-unit...

Two arrested in home burglary case

Two Long Beach men were arrested in connection with a Laguna Beach home burglary Tuesday morning, police said.

Ceremony honors firefighters

Ceremony honors firefighters

Laguna Beach has recognized 11 city firefighters — seven for promotion, three for being hired and one for retiring after more than two...

Autopsy on homeless man inconclusive

The death of a homeless man found in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is not considered suspicious, according to Capt. Jason Kravetz.

Laguna gets ready for the Fourth

Laguna Beach will be closing some areas and opening an additional route out of town in anticipation of large crowds during its Fourth of...

Bicylist's death leaves a deep scar

Bicylist's death leaves a deep scar

The roadside memorial is visible for only a moment to cars zipping up Coast Highway through Laguna Beach.

Body found in Wilderness Park

Two hikers found the body of a 44-year-old homeless man in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Thursday morning, Laguna Beach police said.

Smokers cited in Carolyn Wood as officials crack down

Undercover Laguna Beach police officers cited five people for smoking in an open space Saturday, according to a news release.

Police Files

Park Avenue: An insurance card was reported stolen from a locked vehicle in the 2500 block at 4:22 p.m. Monday.

Bicyclist dies after being hit on Coast Highway

A bicyclist died Tuesday after being hit by a car on North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, police said.

Missing firefighter graduated from Laguna Beach High School

Rescuers spotted the dog belonging to missing Arcadia firefighter and Laguna Beach High School graduate Michael Herdman on Wednesday, but...

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