Public Safety

LCAD wants signal sooner rather than later

LCAD wants signal sooner rather than later

At the request of Laguna College of Art + Design's president, Caltrans and the city are looking at ways to speed up installation of a...

Police Files

Anita Street: A tree reportedly fell on top of a Nissan SUV in the 300 block at 4:04 p.m. Sunday. Police said the vehicle was not...

Boys & Girls Club turns into a skate park

Boys & Girls Club turns into a skate park

The outdoor basketball courts at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach served a...

Dirty-water diversion resumes

Laguna Beach's water quality department has placed its urban runoff units back online for the summer season.

Arts Commission picks 'Eternal Legacy' to honor officers

Arts Commission picks 'Eternal Legacy' to honor officers

The Laguna Beach Arts Commission has recommended a piece by two local artists who have a track record of creating public art to...

Stand-up paddlers causing waves?

A majority of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission proved reluctant to restrict the hours commercial stand-up paddle groups can do...

DUI patrol planned for weekend

Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be on DUI saturation patrols Friday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. in an effort to stop and...

Police Files

Circle Drive: A caller reported someone entered a vacant house in the 31800 block at 9:02 a.m. Sunday.

 'She was always laughing'

'She was always laughing'

Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in.

LCAD student struck by car in crosswalk

A 22-year-old Laguna College of Art + Design student was struck by a vehicle and critically injured in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road...

Robbers restrain couple in home

Robbers restrain couple in home

Two men restrained a Laguna Beach couple before stealing items from their house on Acacia Drive early Saturday, city police said.

Cyclist's widower files claim against city

The husband of a 58-year-old cyclist who was killed while biking in Newport Beach has filed a damages claim against the city.

District: Students approached by suspicious stranger

Laguna Beach Unified School District officials are warning parents and students to be on the lookout after Laguna Beach police said three...

View ordinance revision almost done

The city's 14-month journey to a revamped view ordinance is nearly complete.

Dump truck runs into hillside

Dump truck runs into hillside

The driver of a dump truck was uninjured after the vehicle struck a curb and then veered into a hillside Friday, Laguna Beach police said.

Police Files

Circle Way: Drinking on the beach was reported at 2:21 p.m. Sunday.

Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI

An Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after she hit a car parked on South Coast...

Man in standoff with police sentenced

A Carson man responsible for a four-hour standoff with Laguna Beach police and Orange County SWAT officers last year was sentenced to two...

Police Files

Nyes Place: Trespassing was reported in the 600 block at 11:34 a.m. Monday.

Lagunans walk and bike for mobility test

Lagunans walk and bike for mobility test

More than 30 residents toured Laguna Beach on foot and bicycle Saturday to provide staff input on how to boost mobility throughout the city.

Man arrested in beer-theft case

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of petty theft after a four-pack of beer was stolen from a Laguna Beach store Sunday, police...

CERT means many hands during disasters

CERT means many hands during disasters

A history of fires, floods and mudslides led the city of Laguna Beach to form a Disaster Preparedness Committee in 2011 and then the...

Canadian passenger injured in canyon crash

A 56-year-old Canadian woman was injured when three cars collided in a chain reaction near Laguna Canyon and El Toro roads during heavy...

Boy struck by car, injured

A Laguna Beach teen was hit by a BMW at Thalia and Glenneyre streets Monday and injured, Laguna Beach police said.

Police Files

Laguna Canyon Road: At 9:16 a.m. Monday a caller reported seeing an encampment by the creek bed in the 20600 block.

An undead art walk

An undead art walk

Nighttime fell quietly in Laguna Beach on Saturday.

Truck hits, injures pedestrians

A pickup truck hit and injured two pedestrians Thursday night in Laguna Beach, police said.

Police Files

Ocean Avenue: A caller reported a man screamed at passersby in the 400 block at 4:25 p.m. Monday.

Attorney injured in plane crash that killed wife

A former Orange County prosecutor, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Rodney Alcala, survived a plane crash near Lake Tahoe on...

Blue Lagoon reopened after sewage spill closure

Orange County Health Care Agency officials on Wednesday reopened about 2,000 feet of coastline around Blue Lagoon after a sewage spill...

Bison sculpture is gallery's latest theft

Bison sculpture is gallery's latest theft

A South Coast Highway art gallery was burgled for the third time in less than a year on Wednesday. The thief took a bronze bison sculpture...

Beach rescue snowballs in rough water

Beach rescue snowballs in rough water

As waves repeatedly crashed off Aliso Beach Park early Saturday afternoon, beachgoer Matthew Barker thought, "They couldn't have picked a...

Laguna crime statistics paint rosier picture

Violent crime decreased throughout Laguna Beach in 2013, according to police statistics released Thursday.

Briefly in the News: Free walking, bicycle tours set to gain input

Laguna Beach invites residents to join staff on free walking and bicycling tours March 15 to help foster ideas for improving mobility...

More cats, but fewer dogs, entered shelter last year

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter saw a 115% increase in the number of cats — 41 — brought to the facility in 2013 compared with...

Skunks, coyotes, dogs — these guys control them all

Skunks, coyotes, dogs — these guys control them all

If it screeches, barks, howls, bites or hisses, there's a high probability John Thompson will hear about it.

Life term handed down in bludgeoning death of Laguna man

Life term handed down in bludgeoning death of Laguna man

A Lake Forest man was sentenced last week to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the 2009 bludgeoning murder of...

Man arrested on DUI, possession charges

Laguna Beach police arrested a San Juan Capistrano motorist Sunday night on multiple charges, including suspicion of driving under the...

Police Files

Circle Drive: A caller in the 31800 block reported at 9:07 a.m. Monday that someone stayed at her vacation home without permission.

Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run accident

Laguna Beach police identified the pedestrian who was hit by a car on Laguna Canyon Road earlier this week, authorities said.

Dozens pass initial test to be lifeguards

Dozens pass initial test to be lifeguards

The Laguna Beach Marine Safety Department accepted 53 prospective seasonal rookie lifeguards after a tryout Saturday, Lt. Kai Bond said.

Police arrest woman reported missing

A Costa Mesa woman reported missing by her mother was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday afternoon in Laguna...

Police: Prepare for expected storm

Laguna Beach police are encouraging business owners and residents to set up flood gates Friday, one of several precautions as a powerful...

Edison warns customers of scam

Southern California Edison is urging residents and business owners to be aware of a wire fraud scam.

Man charged with hitting teen

A Dana Point man was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly punched a teenage boy Friday, according to Laguna Beach police.

City considering bringing back K-9 unit

City considering bringing back K-9 unit

A majority of the Laguna Beach City Council have expressed support for restoring police-dog services to help sniff out drugs and locate...

Drug-related arrests down, but some see use rising

Laguna Beach police arrested fewer people for illegal drug use in 2013 than in previous years, but some community members claim the...

Driver backs car into storm channel

Driver backs car into storm channel

A Laguna Beach resident accidentally backed her car into the Laguna Canyon Creek storm channel Wednesday afternoon but was uninjured, city...

Police Files

Glenneyre Street: Vandalism was reported in the 900 block at 1:02 p.m. Friday.

Lifeguard tryouts set

Tryouts for seasonal rookie and ocean lifeguards will be held at Laguna's Main Beach on Feb. 22.

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