Public Safety

Police Files

Hillcrest Drive: A resident reported jewelry and cash worth nearly $5,000 were stolen in the 1600 block at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for April 16

Capistrano Avenue: Petty theft was reported in the 1900 block at 5:58 a.m. Tuesday. A man said his computer bag was stolen from an...

Agate Street stations gets new firefighter

The Laguna Beach Fire Department has a new firefighter assigned to its Agate Street station.

Laguna concerned about possible change to county ambulance provider

The Laguna Beach City Council is asking the Board of Supervisors to better explain the process of choosing ambulance services as the...

Police Files for April 9

Laguna Canyon Road: A caller reported a bicycle missing in the 20900 block at 4:02 p.m. Monday.

Dog walkers asked to be eyes of the police

Laguna Beach police are calling on dog owners to watch for suspicious activity as part of a new initiative.

Discussion of sidewalk extension open to the public

A public workshop to discuss a sidewalk extension meant to enhance safety on Temple Hills Drive will take place at 5 p.m. April 16,...

Phoning or texting while driving? Police are targeting drivers like you

The Laguna Beach Police Department is one of 200 law enforcement agencies throughout California participating in National Distracted Driving...

Police Files for April 2

Treetop Lane: Vandalism was reported in the 21600 block at 8:52 a.m. Monday. A ramp leading to a parking lot was tagged.

Powerful waves challenge lifeguards

Powerful waves challenge lifeguards

Swells reaching 10 feet at times kept Laguna Beach lifeguards busy last weekend.

Studio apartment fire causes $60,000 damage

A fire in a studio apartment on South Coast Highway caused an estimated $60,000 in damage March 18, but no one was injured, Laguna Beach...

Police Files for March 26

Temple Hills Drive: Vandalism was reported in the 1100 block at 11:39 a.m. Monday. A caller reported that a gray Subaru Forester had a...

Laguna's new police chief arrives with experience, enthusiasm

Laguna's new police chief arrives with experience, enthusiasm

Laguna Beach's new police chief knows that making connections with people is key, which is why she spent the first two weeks on the job...

Police put on a show for bike safety

Police put on a show for bike safety

About 500 people turned out to learn safe-cycling tips and watch stunts performed by professional racers during the Laguna Beach Police...

Worker rescued from restaurant roof

Worker rescued from restaurant roof

Laguna Beach and Newport Beach firefighters teamed up to rescue a man trapped on the roof of Las Brisas restaurant Tuesday.

Serious crimes up slightly from the year before

Serious crimes such as aggravated assault and burglary increased by 10 in Laguna Beach in 2014 from a year earlier, though the number is not...

Suspect in stabbing death of boyfriend pleads not guilty

A woman accused of fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court.

Police to boost patrols to stave off thefts from vehicles

A rash of vehicle burglaries in north Laguna has the attention of the Laguna Beach Police Department, which plans to boost patrols in the...

MMA fighter 'Mayhem' Miller arrested after brawl with officers, police say

Mixed martial arts fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested Saturday after fighting with officers, police said, but this...

Police Files for March 5

Jasmine Street and Cliff Drive: A bonfire on the beach was reported at 7:19 p.m. Monday.

Police to put on community bike rodeo March 22

Cyclists of all ages are invited to learn safety tips and put safe riding techniques into practice by navigating an obstacle course at a...

Police Files

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.

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