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Coast Highway: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 32300 block at 7:32 a.m. Monday. Four trucks were broken into the previous night. All...

Water district employee who kept bank robber in his sights is honored

Water district employee who kept bank robber in his sights is honored

Boyd Schultz had no idea what was coming when he walked into the Wells Fargo bank on Ocean Avenue on a typical Friday last September, or...

1 arrested, 17 cited in crackdown on pedestrian problem spots

1 arrested, 17 cited in crackdown on pedestrian problem spots

Laguna Beach police made one arrest and issued 17 citations during an effort Wednesday to focus on areas of the city where pedestrians and...

Girlfriend charged with murder in stabbing death of former Laguna Beach resident

Girlfriend charged with murder in stabbing death of former Laguna Beach resident

A 52-year-old Laguna Niguel man with Laguna Beach ties was found stabbed to death in the front yard of a neighbor's house Saturday night.

Man injured when car flips in canyon

A Santa Ana resident was injured when the car he was driving veered off Laguna Canyon Road and rolled over Sunday morning, Laguna Beach...

Edison looking into best dry storage for Onofre's nuclear waste

Edison looking into best dry storage for Onofre's nuclear waste

Second of two parts on the storage of used radioactive fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Body of missing teen found at Shell Beach

Body of missing teen found at Shell Beach

Authorities have identified a body found floating in the water Wednesday afternoon at Shell Beach in South Laguna as 18-year-old Anthony...

Police Files for Feb. 17

Grandview Street: Petty theft was reported in the 200 block at 7:44 a.m. Monday. A caller reported a Nordstrom package containing $304 worth...

Police ask motorists to slow on Del Mar

The Laguna Beach Police Department is asking drivers to reduce speeds along Del Mar Avenue, according to a news release.

Laguna firefighters of the year announced

Laguna Beach announced its top firefighters for 2014 at the Firefighter and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Dinner on Saturday.

Police Files for Feb. 10

Wave Street: A 2004 gold Lexus four-door sedan was reported stolen in the 200 block at 7:51 a.m. Monday.

New police chief: Laura Farinella, deputy chief in Long Beach, takes over March 16

New police chief: Laura Farinella, deputy chief in Long Beach, takes over March 16

Laguna Beach will have a new police chief March 16, City Manager John Pietig announced Monday in a news release.

Search called off for teen missing at Laguna coast

Search called off for teen missing at Laguna coast

After five days combing the Laguna Beach coastline, authorities called off the active search Thursday afternoon for an 18-year-old Las Vegas...

Police Files for Feb. 5

Temple Hills Drive: Solicitation was reported in the 1500 block at 2:53 p.m. Monday. A suspicious woman was going door to door asking for...

Driver charged with hit-and-run, manslaughter in Laguna cyclist's death last year

Driver charged with hit-and-run, manslaughter in Laguna cyclist's death last year

The Orange County district attorney's office filed charges Wednesday against a 20-year-old Emerald Bay resident accused in a fatal hit-and-...

New signs, sharrows mark bike routes

Laguna Beach has finished installing signs and painting sharrows — markings indicating lanes shared with vehicles — on certain...

New trees, errant balls concern baseball field's neighbors

The Laguna Beach High School baseball field is on residents' radar again, and not just because of the errant balls that continue to be a...

Laguna police to focus on crosswalk safety Saturday

Laguna Beach police on Saturday will make a special effort to watch for motorists who make illegal U-turns and fail to yield to...

Outstanding Laguna law enforcement recognized

Outstanding Laguna law enforcement recognized

For the first time in four years, Laguna Beach law enforcement was formally celebrated for service above and beyond the call of duty.

Police Files for Jan. 29

Dartmoor Street: A vehicle burglary was reported in the 300 block at 7:23 a.m. Monday. A caller said $10 in cash was stolen from inside an...

Measles outbreak: New law partly behind Laguna's drop in vaccine exemptions

Measles outbreak: New law partly behind Laguna's drop in vaccine exemptions

A new California law and the lingering effects of last year's measles outbreak are likely behind the drop in personal belief vaccination...

Want to be a lifeguard? Tryouts in February, March

Rookie and seasonal lifeguard tryouts will take place Feb. 28 and March 14 at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.

Fire chars home's deck

A fire damaged a home's deck in the 100 block of Rockledge Road in Laguna Beach Thursday night, authorities said.

Volunteers sought for emergency response team

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for its Community Emergency Response Team, which is made up of volunteers who...

Police files for Jan. 22

North Coast Highway: Petty theft was reported in the 1400 block at 1:06 p.m. Monday. A guest at the Art Hotel said two bags were stolen from...

Laguna Canyon Road overpass for wildlife: Would it help traffic, safety?

A task force charged with identifying ways to improve safety and traffic flow on Laguna Canyon Road has another element to consider: a...

Laguna hires two new police officers

The city of Laguna Beach recently hired two new police officers, according to a news release.

Should Laguna worry about Onofre's stored nuclear fuel rods?

Should Laguna worry about Onofre's stored nuclear fuel rods?

First in a two-part series on the storage of used radioactive fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating...

Police Files for Jan. 15

Del Mar Avenue: A caller reported dog feces left in her yard in the 1700 block at 9:15 a.m. Monday.

2 charged with vehicular manslaughter in deaths near art college, Mountain Road

2 charged with vehicular manslaughter in deaths near art college, Mountain Road

The Orange County district attorney's office has charged the drivers in two separate pedestrian-involved incidents in Laguna Beach with...

Man arrested in attack on grocery employee

A Seattle man was arrested after he allegedly punched a grocery store employee for no reason Sunday night, Laguna Beach police said.

Police Files for Jan. 6

Second Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 31600 block at 8:02 a.m. Monday. A caller reported $500 was stolen from...

Lang Park will close at times for renovations

For the next month, portions of Lang Park in South Laguna will be closed intermittently for renovations, according to a news release.

Police Files for Dec. 31

South Coast Highway: Petty theft was reported in the 1000 block at 11:53 a.m. Monday. A caller said his gym bag was stolen.

Ruby Place, Radcliffe Court residents vote for utilities to go underground

Overhead utility lines will be placed underground in the Laguna Beach area that includes Ruby Place and Radcliffe Court after a vote by...

Meeting to gain input on Complete Streets

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission and the Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee will host a workshop Jan. 7 to obtain community...

Laguna police arrest seven at checkpoint

Laguna Beach police arrested seven people at a DUI checkpoint last weekend, according to a news release.

Police Files

Graceland Drive: Trespassing was reported in the 500 block at 7:54 a.m. Sunday. A woman said a strange man was sleeping in her house.

Police Files for Dec. 18

Laguna Canyon Road: A woman was reportedly walking in traffic lanes in the 2900 block at 2:05 p.m. Monday.

Laguna will ask feds to remove San Onofre nuclear fuel

Laguna will ask feds to remove San Onofre nuclear fuel

The Laguna Beach City Council is demanding that the federal government remove nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station...

Streets closed for maintenance

Streets in the Temple Hills and Arch Beach Heights areas will be temporarily closed in the next four weeks while crews apply a protective...

Police: Man tumbles 150 feet after throwing rocks at traffic

A Laguna Beach man was taken to undergo psychiatric evaluation Tuesday after witnesses said he threw rocks at moving cars along North...

Police Files for Dec. 11

Carmelita Street: Petty theft was reported in the 1400 block at 6:43 a.m. Wednesday. Miscellaneous items were stolen from a 2013 Audi.

Drivers' confusion over new signal adds to canyon congestion, police say

Laguna Beach police think they know why Laguna Canyon Road has arguably become more congested in the past month: the new traffic signal in...

Police ask drivers to slow down on Nyes Place

The Laguna Beach Police Department is asking for the public's cooperation in reducing speeds along Nyes Place.

Woman hospitalized, arrested after rolling car

A 40-year-old Laguna Beach resident was hospitalized and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after her car hit...

Man arrested after fight outside Brussels Bistro

Laguna Beach police last week arrested a Long Beach man suspected of beating and severely injuring a man outside Brussels Bistro.

Police Files for Dec. 3

Treetop Lane: Vandalism was reported in the 21600 block at 8:22 a.m. Monday. A caller said classrooms were tagged.

Two Laguna officers become sergeants

Two long-time Laguna Beach police officers were sworn in as sergeants during a ceremeony at City Hall last week.

After decades at clinic, HIV specialist will retire

After decades at clinic, HIV specialist will retire

After 42 years at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, 22 treating patients with HIV, Dr. Korey Jorgensen is retiring from the nonprofit...

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