Public Safety

City weighing water-saving rule changes for pools and landscaping

The Laguna Beach City Council could require, as water-conservation measures, residential pool covers and further limits on the size of new...

Canyon road closed after crash Sunday

Laguna Canyon Road was closed for nearly 12 hours late Sunday and early Monday after a car struck a utility pole, Laguna Beach police said.

City's public works chief to retire at year's end

City's public works chief to retire at year's end

After 20 years with the city, Laguna Beach's Public Works Director Steve May will retire at the end of December.

July Fourth: Road closures, trolley changes, traffic alerts

Laguna Beach officials are expecting large crowds to celebrate Independence Day on Saturday and are seeking the public's help to keep...

Gotcha surfwear co-founder Tomson arrested in probation check

Gotcha surfwear co-founder Tomson arrested in probation check

A former professional surfer and co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear company was arrested on suspicion of felony drug trafficking, Laguna...

Homes and businesses honored for outdoor art

A number of Laguna Beach home and business owners have been honored by the Laguna Beach Beautification Council for works of outdoor beauty...

Stop by, have Coffee with a Cop

Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella and other department employees plan to be at the Starbucks on North Coast Highway on Wednesday...

Red crabs cover O.C. beaches from H.B. to San Clemente

Red crabs cover O.C. beaches from H.B. to San Clemente

Visitors to Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach this weekend had bright red company on the sand.

Police Files for June 11

Myrtle Street: A hit-and-run was reported in the 400 block at 8:16 a.m. Monday. A truck reportedly hit a fire hydrant,...

Laguna is ready to get tougher about your sewer lines' video surveillance

The Laguna Beach City Council last week supported beefed-up rules that residents would have to follow to keep their sewer lines cleared, but...

Work starts to put electrical cables underground on Ruby, Catalina streets

Crews began work on four Laguna Beach streets Monday to pave the way for electrical cables to be placed underground, according to a news...

City will seek reimbursement for costs related to officer's fatal collision

The Laguna Beach City Council has approved filing a claim in connection with the collision in September 2013 that killed police Officer...

Impact Giving to hand out $125,000 in grants

Impact Giving, a Laguna Beach-based women's collective, will give away $125,000 in grants Wednesday at the nonprofit's sixth annual awards...

Coroner: Laguna artist Terry Thornsley died of natural causes

Coroner: Laguna artist Terry Thornsley died of natural causes

Laguna Beach artist Terry Thornsley had a cardiac disease and died of natural causes, Orange County Supervising Deputy Coroner Larry...

Police Files for May 28

North Coast Highway: Petty theft was reported in the 300 block at 9:54 a.m. Monday. A caller reported that a store employee stole money from...

Firefighters flip flapjacks for Memorial Day fundraiser

Laguna Beach firefighters and police will be flipping flapjacks in the Exchange Club's annual Memorial Day breakfast Monday at Heisler Park.

Is your seat belt buckled? Laguna police are watching

Laguna Beach police will be on heightened alert for motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts through May as part of the National...

Bicyclists ride in remembrance of those killed

Bicyclists ride in remembrance of those killed

Cyclists in Laguna Beach and hundreds of cities nationwide pedaled during the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday in remembrance of those...

Laguna chase ends in crash; arrest made at gunpoint

Laguna chase ends in crash; arrest made at gunpoint

An Aliso Viejo man who led Laguna Beach police on a car chase through the city was arrested at gunpoint Saturday, Laguna police said.

Police group sets up fund for children of driver

The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. has set up a fund for the family of Sandra Maldonado, one of two people killed in a two-car...

Two killed in El Toro Road car crash

Two people died in a two-car collision Sunday on El Toro Road in Laguna Beach.

Brush-eating goats have returned to Laguna

A Laguna Beach tradition is back.

Police Files

South Coast Highway: Indecent exposure was reported in the 500 block at 11:11 a.m. Monday. A woman reportedly revealed her buttocks...

Laguna alumnus sentenced in 2012 fatal stabbing

A Laguna Beach High School graduate was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in state prison for the 2012 murder of a man who also had roots...

Wellness fair focuses on the holistic approach

Vicky Theris' brother died Thursday, so Friday's wellness fair at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center arrived at an ideal time to...

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.

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