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Incident Reports

Tuesday, Sept 11

NB Hwy 73 & Laguna Canyon Road | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

11:15 p.m. Nikki Leigh Limon, 39, San Diego, for arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Calliope St & S Coast Hwy| Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

3:21 p.m. Francine Annette Mosqueda, 57, Mira Loma, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Calliope St & S Coast Hwy| Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

3:21 p.m. Shad Everett Lynem, 43, Riverside, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Parole Violation, Trespassing

2:59 p.m. Lina Mishelle Kreymer, 45, Mission Viejo, was arrested for parole violation (no bail was set) and trespassing (bail was set at $500).

Monday, Sept 10

Cleo Street | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:07 a.m. Tihana Rae Harriman, 26, Laguna Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and for being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Wesley Drive & Coast Hwy | Driving with a Suspended License, Possession, Transfer, or Making a Weapon

3:55 p.m. Andrew Zachary Ryan, 33, Dana Point, was arrested for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $500), and possession, transfer, or making a weapon (bail was set at $500). 

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Trespassing, Shoplifting

2:33 p.m. Cynthia Maria Bartz, 66, Dana Point, was arrested for trespassing without consent (bail was set at $500) and shoplifting (bail was set at $500).

Sunday, Sept 9

N Coast Hwy & Broadway Street | DUI

11:56 p.m. A 61-year-old Orange woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Myrtle Street | 100 Block | |DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher with One Prior DUI

7:32 p.m. Vincent Michael Zaragoza, 26, Moreno Valley, was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $10,000) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $10,000).

Myrtle Street | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

7:32 p.m. Demetri Deon Franklin, 25, Perris, was arrested for a bench warrant for driving an unregistered vehicle. Bail was set at $1,000,

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

4:01 p.m. Alfred Andre Willis, 53, Venice, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Cliff Drive | 800 Block | Bench Warrant

2:52 p.m. Manuel Omar Garnica, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $2,500.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Bench Warrants

2:04 p.m. Melissa Rose Miller, 37, Santee, was arrested for a bench warrant for forgery (bail was set at $20,000) and a warrant for a parole hold (no bail was set).

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Bench Warrants

2:04 p.m. Michael Guy Keating, 37, San Francisco, was arrested for a bench warrant for forgery (bail was set at $20,000), a warrant for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500), and appropriating lost property under $400 (bail was set at $500). 

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

2:25 p.m. Kevin Wayne Jones, 59, Cincinnati, OH, was arrested for a bench warrant for petty theft. Bail was set at $1,500).

Glenneyre Street | 500 Block | DUI

1:30 a.m. A 46-year-old Dana Point woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Laguna Emergency Services Teams on scene in two minutes to help drowning victim at Woods Cove

On Tuesday, Sept 11, Marine Safety Dispatch received a 911 call at 10:33 a.m. for a possible swimmer in distress at the north end of Woods Cove.

“Laguna Beach Lifeguards, LBPD, and LBFD responded and were on scene within two minutes and witnessed a male approximately 40 yards off shore floating face down in the water,” said Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond. He was in between rocks.

Lifeguards made contact with the victim, who was unconscious and unresponsive, and performed CPR to him along with LBFD. He was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. Further information about the man is unavailable.

“No one knows exactly what happened and an update hasn’t been provided,” Capt Bond said. “But it’s a reminder to always swim in front of an open lifeguard stand, swim with a buddy, and to swim within your ability.”

The quick response could be a difference maker in the victim’s outcome. Hopefully he is on the mend.

 “We had a unit on patrol of the area and they were able to get on scene within two minutes,” Capt Bond said.

LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said the victim was still alive but in grave condition on Tuesday afternoon.

According to call records, a witness who was in her vacation rental at the time of the accident could hear and see the victim yelling out for help. She said he was approximately 20 yards out. A second person also called 911 from Diamond Street and Ocean Way to help.

There was 2-4 foot surf with yellow flag conditions that day according to Capt Bond.

Detox technician seemingly needs to detox

On Sunday, at 1:52 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and contacted the driver and Tustin resident, Diana Ruth Viguri, 46.

Viguri stated that she is a detox technician at a residential drug treatment on Park Avenue and consented to a search of her vehicle. During the search, methamphetamine was located inside her purse and she was taken into custody. 

Once in custody, according to Sgt Cota, she told the Jailer she was concealing a baggie of methamphetamine in her private areas. Viguri was immediately transported to the hospital for a medical clearance and the removal of the methamphetamine. 

While on the way in the vehicle, she reportedly slipped off a handcuff from her wrist and retrieved the baggie and swallowed it.

Bail was set at $1,000.

Repeat offenders...offend repeatedly

On Sunday, Sept 9, at 3:22 p.m. at the 700 block of S Coast Hwy, a suspect took an unknown item from a store. The suspect allegedly hid the item under a jacket that he was carrying. Staff was unable to detain him but LBPD was. Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for petty theft and trespassing.

Bail was set at $1,000.

Since May 1, in a little over a four-month period, Westenberger has been arrested 6 times by LBPD according to Stu News Laguna records. He has also been arrested 2 times by Newport Beach Police Department in that same time.

On Monday, Sept 10, at 2:38 a.m., Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, of San Clemente, was arrested on a bench warrant at Ocean Ave & S Coast Hwy.

Bail was set at $2,500.

According to Stu News Laguna records, Since May 1, McGuffick has been arrested 5 times by LBPD.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Sept 8

Laguna Canyon Road | 900 Block | DUI

11:33 p.m. A 23-year-old Garden Grove woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Alta Laguna Blvd | 3200 Block | Bench Warrant

9:57 p.m. Jose Brian Mendozaruiz, 21, Anaheim, was arrested for a bench warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

S Coast Hwy & Anita Street | DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

1:24 a.m. Brian Jay Bishop, 35, Trinidad, TX, was arrested on suspicion of DUI related to drugs (bail was set at $2,500), being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:55 a.m. Samir Mohammad Hassankill, 28, Newhall, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Coast Hwy & Blue Lagoon | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:06 a.m. A 53-year-old Placentia woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 2200 Block | DUI

12:06 a.m. A 24-year-old Laguna Hills woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, Sept 7

S Coast Hwy & Solana Way | Bench Warrant

4:37 p.m. Chris Edward Dykstra, 41, Pinion Hills was arrested for a bench warrant for dangerous drugs. Bail was set at $10,000.

Wilcox Way | 600 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:21 p.m. A 30-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Bench Warrant

3:09 p.m. Andrew William Miller, 22, Scottsdale, AZ, was arrested for a bench warrant. “LBPD officers responded in reference to skateboarders skateboarding off a roof with a male (Miller) photographing it. Officers contacted several skateboarderss on the roof at the location,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “A record check of Andrew Miller, 22, revealed an outstanding warrant for DUI.” Miller was placed under arrest and later transported to Orange County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000.

S Coast Hwy & Montage Resort | DUI

2:45 a.m. A 34-year-old Trabuco Canyon man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Coast Hwy & Broadway Street | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

2:25 a.m. A 23-year-old Newport Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

1:02 a.m. Jessica Kelley Marasco, 35, Chino Hills, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Wesley Drive | Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

1:02 a.m. Juan Rafael Lagunaquirino, 36, Bakersfield, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | DUI

12:22 a.m. A 26-year-old Fountain Valley man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, Sept 6

Brooks Street | 100 Block | Possession of Narcotic Controlled Substance 

11:28 p.m. Scott Allen Arnott, 51, Mission Viejo, was arrested being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

El Toro Road & Laguna Canyon Road | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

10:05 p.m. A 56-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500) and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Trespassing 

8:11 p.m. Craig William Dorrell, 37, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Trespassing

7:50 p.m. Melinda Christine Bahra, 40, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Coast Hwy & 9th Ave | Driving on a Suspended License, Resisting Arrest

2:33 p.m. Toribio Jose Martinez, 37, Sun City, was arrested for driving on a suspended license (bail was set at $500) and resisting arrest (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy & Thalia Street | Harassment

2:27 p.m. A caller reported that a man appearing to be homeless and under the influence approached their car and started banging on the windows. There was no damage to the vehicle, but the RP was worried that the male subject would hurt someone.

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Petty Theft Shoplifting

12 p.m. Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for petty theft shoplifting. Bail was set at $1,500.

Address not listed | Bench Warrant

12 p.m. Mathew Scott Heyrend, 43, La Mirada, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,000.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | Bench Warrant

10:09 a.m. Tatum McCall Wadle, 23, Luling, TX, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, Sept 5

Coast Hwy | 30600 Block | Thrown Object from Vehicle

1:31 p.m. A caller reported a road rage incident involving a driver going southbound on Coast Hwy. According to the RP, a man got out of his tan Suburban and threw a water bottle at him. The windows were down and the passenger got wet. When LBPD arrived the suspect was gone.

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Petty Theft

1:23 p.m. Cynthia Maria Bartz, 65, Dana Point, was arrested for petty theft. Bail was set at $500.

Gaviota Drive | 700 Block | Bench Warrant

11:54 a.m. Christopher Sinnott, 46, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

S Coast Hwy & Thalia Street | Bench Warrant

4:08 a.m. Stephanie Marie Monge, 45, Santee, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.


Police Files

Arson arrest made following altercation and fire at The Inn at Laguna Beach

On Friday, Sept 7, at 6:41 a.m., LBPD officers responded to The Inn at Laguna in reference to a physical fight. 

Police Files Sterling“Officers located the suspect Jermaine Sterling at the Mobil Gas station who matched the description. Five minutes after the altercation, LBPD and fire responded to The Inn at Laguna for a dumpster fire,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “North Coast Highway between Broadway Street and Aster Street needed to be closed down shortly for emergency equipment to contain the fire.”

Smoke was reported to be pouring from the garage out of the dumpster.

A Nixle alert was issued warning about traffic delays. Both directions of Coast Highway were closed between Broadway Street and Aster Street.

“At 2 p.m., officers obtained video surveillance of the altercation and fire. The footage clearly shows Sterling set the fire and flee the area,” Sgt Cota said. “Sterling was arrested and interviewed regarding the arson. He was ultimately charged with Arson.”

Jermaine Austin Sterling, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for arson.

Bail was set at $250,000.

Bike rage incident reported near Emerald Bay

On Saturday, Sept 8, at 10:16 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to Emerald Bay and North Coast Highway in reference to an assault amongst bicyclists. 

The reporting party was a cyclist who was riding in a group of approximately 10 other cyclists. They were part of a local bicyclist group.

“The group of cyclists were travelling in the number one northbound traffic lane of North Coast Highway,” Sgt Cota said. “As the group rode towards the intersection of Viejo Street, the suspect began a dispute in reference to the way he was riding.”

 The dispute continued as the group continued riding northbound.

 “A short time later, the suspect approached the RP’s left side and called him a [expletive]. The suspect then grabbed the RP’s left shoulder, shook him, and then pushed him off towards the side of the road,” Sgt Cota said. 

The attacked cyclist nearly collided with the curb but was able to maintain control of the bike and was able to prevent himself from coming off his bicycle. 

“The RP is desirous of prosecution and is willing to assist in the prosecution of the suspect,” Sgt Cota said. “This case will be forwarded to detectives.”

Python missing for over two months, perusing the streets of Laguna, reunited with owner 

On Friday, Sept 7, around 11 p.m. at Coast View Drive, Nicolas Radisay and his wife Jenny were driving home from visiting friends when they came across a snake slithering across the street.

Nicolas gave the full story to Stu News in detail.

“My wife and I were driving home. My wife saw the snake and said, ‘Oh my God, is that a snake?’” Nicolas answered, “It sure is.” 

“She exclaimed, ‘Don’t you dare get out of this car,’” Nicolas said, “It was too late.”

 In his words…

“My first thought was it was a displaced rattlesnake which someone might run over. I’ll call animal control, so they can properly relocate it.

When I noticed it was a python I placed my shoe in front of her to see if she was aggressive. She balled up slowly and let me touch her with my hand, which affirmed that she was shy, but domesticated. So I picked her up.

Police Files Python

Click on photo for a larger image 

Photo by Jenny Radisay 

Rescued pet python lucky to be crossing the street at the right time, found by good Samaritan

“When I was younger, I had roommates who had snakes, I had friends who were collectors, and I am an Eagle Scout. Scouting was the primary source of how to identify indigenous poisonous snakes and non-poisonous snakes. More importantly, I learned to keep calm and how to handle or guide snakes at pole’s length while respecting snakes’ importance in our ecosystem. 

When I picked up the snake my wife wouldn’t let me back in the car. She kept the window cracked while driving next to me. She teased me and we laughed a lot, but she still wouldn’t let me in the house. 

She parked the car, ran into the house and sent the kids up to check the snake out. The kids were amazed and couldn’t believe a snake such as this would be cruising the street. Of course, they were quick to take photos and thought the snake was so cool!

Of realizing that it was a tropical snake, I prepared a home for it with rags inside a cooler. It had oxygen and would have been warm enough inside our garage. Snakes don’t need to eat often, and she clearly had been eating something. 

The kids posted pics on Snapchat and within minutes they made contact with the owner. A young boy who also lives on our street, near where the python was found, was happily reunited with his pet. His sister had accidentally left the cage open two months earlier. So you could imagine the boy’s surprise at the discovery of his long lost friend. He said she grew about six inches while she was away. 

My wife is the happiest of all that the snake found her way home; me too since my new home was likely going to be in the garage with the snake my wife so teases.”

Coyotes stalk canines in North Laguna backyard

On Wednesday, Sept 5, at 8:04 a.m. at Irvine Cove Drive and N Coast Highway, LBPD received a call about a coyote attacking a local canine. The incident was later confirmed.

The next day, at 9:15 a.m., another coyote incident was reported in the same area, this time at Irvine Cove Court.

The resident who called to report the incident said, “Every night three coyotes come and poke their noses through the fence. As a result, the dogs end up barking all night.”

The caller wanted an Animal Services officer to come and assess the situation to come meet them at the backyard fence. 

“Coyotes will sit outside approximately an hour or longer,” the resident explained.


Police Files

Woman allegedly smashes beer bottle against man’s head, causing great bodily injury

On Monday, Sept 3, at 1:56 a.m., at the 600 block of S Coast Highway, LBPD officers responded to the Pacific Edge Hotel for a possible domestic violence incident in progress. Officers arrived and contacted a couple in their hotel room. 

According to police logs, the front desk called the room twice and sent security but no one responded.

Police Files Margaret PriestAccording to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers noticed blood on the door frame. The male subject was bleeding from a laceration to the side of his head.”

The female subject claimed that she was in the hotel room when the male returned to the room with the head laceration.

“Unfortunately for her, officers found a broken beer bottle with strands of the male subject’s hair attached, blood and broken beer bottle fragments in the bed, and blood transfer on the female subject’s arm; all indicating that the female subject had smashed a beer bottle against the side of the male subject’s head,” Sgt Cota said.

La Canada resident Margaret Priest, 22, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. The male subject was transported to Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach, and an Emergency Protective Order (EPO) was issued, according to Sgt Cota.

Bail was set at $50,000 and $25,000 for Priest’s two felony charges.

Magic mushrooms lead to jail trip for Laguna man

Police Files John FraserOn Monday, Sept 3, at 2:36 p.m., an LBPD officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted Laguna Beach resident, John Fraser. 

According to Sgt Cota, “The officer consensually searched the vehicle and located 290 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms and a scale.”

John Christian Fraser, 27, Laguna Beach, was taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance for sales. 

Bail was set at $25,000 for both of Fraser’s felony charges.

“The bail amount was dictated by the large amount of drugs,” Sgt Cota said.

Laguna resident scammed out of over $8K on IRS phone fraud

On Friday, Aug 31, at approximately 8:31 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to a local residence in reference to a fraud report. The victim stated she paid $8,140 to the IRS via telephone and later discovered it was a scam.

 The victim received a voicemail message earlier that day with the caller stating that they were the IRS, they needed to speak to her immediately, and to call them back. They left a telephone number for her to call back. She did and spoke to an unknown man with an accent, supposedly with the IRS. 

According to Sgt Cota, “She was told that an investigation into her taxes from 2012-2017 revealed that she immediately owed $8,140 to avoid an arrest warrant.”

The victim was transferred to various people and given steps to conduct a money transfer as well as stay on the phone throughout the process. 

“Unfortunately, she fell victim to this IRS scam and sent money to these unknown people via a name, banking institution, and routing number,” Sgt Cota said. “She also provided these unknown people her driver’s license number.” 

Once she learned she was being scammed, she attempted to contact her bank but learned they would not stop the transaction. It is unknown why at this time. LBPD detectives will be forwarding this case to the FBI. 

“I am really saddened to hear about this latest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam against one of our citizens. As a reminder, the IRS will not initiate contact with you by telephone, email, text, or social media. Furthermore, they will not call you and demand immediate payment,” Sgt Cota said.

“The FBI is fully aware of these type of scams going on across the country. If ever in doubt, ask for a call back telephone number and then call the Laguna Beach Police Department for assistance,” Sgt Cota said. “We have no problem calling any telephone number for you to verify the nature of the business and the validity of the caller.”

Uber driver arrested on vehicle theft warrant while on duty in Laguna Beach

Police Files Gregory ChattertonOn Monday, Sept 3, at 5:20 p.m., LBPD officers responded to a possible DUI driver northbound Coast Highway from Aliso Beach. Officers located the Ford Taurus and made a traffic stop on Broadway Street near the bus depot.

According to Sgt Cota, “The driver was identified as Garden Grove resident, Gregory Chatterton. Chatterton was an on-duty Uber driver. He was found not to be DUI.” 

Gregory William Chatterton, 41, of Garden Grove, was arrested for an outstanding Orange County felony warrant for vehicle theft.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Fraud suspect arrested for nearly $600,000 in stolen checks and electronic transfers

In November of 2016, a Laguna Beach resident reported to the LBPD that he had been the victim of check fraud. Detectives began an investigation, which revealed that the victim’s maintenance repair man, Jose Angel Martinez Casillas, was the suspect. 

Police Files Jose Angel Martinez Casillas“After a lengthy investigation, which included interviewing several involved parties and authoring 12 search warrants to several businesses and banks, detectives determined that Casillas had cashed/deposited 56 stolen checks over a 6-month period totaling $431,580.00 and was also responsible for 41 fraudulent electronic transactions totaling $154,016.74 for a total loss of $585,596.74,” Sgt Jim Cota said.

A felony arrest warrant which included 98 felony counts for forgery, grand theft, and burglary was issued for Casillas, and Laguna Beach detectives took Casillas safely into custody.

“The assigned detectives in this case did an outstanding job. They collaborated with the OCDA’s office and conducted a thorough and lengthy investigation that yielded numerous charges. It was a great feeling for the detectives to locate Mr. Casillas this morning and put an end to his criminal activity,” said Sgt Cota.

For more information, contact Sgt Cota at (949) 464-6671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Sept 4

Third Street & Mermaid Street | Traffic Collision

3:18 p.m. Emergency services responded to a report of a vehicle running into a building. A small apartment was hit by a vehicle with minor damages reported.

Louise Street | 1600 Block | Grand Theft

11:22 a.m. LBPD received a call from a woman stating that her “jewelry was taken from the home in December 2017.” She stated that a lot of people were coming and two rings valued at $5,000 were missing. There are no known suspects.

Location not listed | Driving with a Suspended License

10:27 a.m. Joe Anthony Mendoza, 28, Orange, was arrested for driving with a suspended license. No bail was set.

Jasmine Street | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

9:57 a.m. Richard Anthony Galvis, 30, Mission Viejo, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,355.

West Street & Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

6:50 a.m. Evan Garrett Miller, 31, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Monday, Sept 3

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

11:20 p.m. A 54-year-old Parker, CO, woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Broadway Street | DUI

8:19 p.m. A 44-year-old La Mirada man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:33 p.m. A 40-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Forest Ave | 200 Block | Violation of Court Order

3:48 p.m. Jeffery Matiasevich, 49, Fulllerton, was arrested for violating a court order to prevent domestic violence. Bail was set at $10,000.

8th Ave & Sunset Ave | Parole Violation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

10:07 a.m. Brian James Long, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for parole violation (no bail was set), being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

6:38 a.m. Kenneth Lee Koestler, 43, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Sleepy Lane & Cleo Street | Fire

6:19 a.m. LBFD received a call reporting a pole or transformer on fire. According to reports, “Small fire starting, no structures affected, pole sparking, but no flames seen at this time.” The pole located next to Taco Bell was extinguished and the fire was out by 6:29 a.m.

Location not listed | Bench Warrants

12:58 a.m. Jose Benitez, 45, Huntington Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for an out of jurisdiction warrant (no bail was set), and a bench warrant for driving with a suspended license (bail was set at $10,000).

Sunday, Sept 2

Zurich Court | 2900 Block | Animal Calls

10:27 p.m. LBPD received a call reporting that a deer was caught and a coyote was lurking. “Deer is trapped and screaming…has an injury to the right ear,” the logs read. The RP requested that Animal Services come to the scene.

Coast Hwy & 7th Ave | Vandalism

10:25 p.m. LBPD received a report about someone throwing watermelon at a trolley from the bushes. The trolley was stopped northbound at the stop. It is believed kids were involved. 

Cliff Drive | 800 Block | Grand Theft

10:17 p.m. LBPD received a report regarding grand theft. The reporting party said their black Mercedes was broken into and that golf clubs, an iPad, jewelry, and cash were taken. The approximate loss was $4,500. The crime was reported to have occurred between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. 

S Coast Hwy | 1200 Block | Parole Violation

11:31 p.m. David Troy Buma, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for parole violation, parole hold. No bail was set.

Coast Hwy | 31100 Block | Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

1:28 p.m. Manuel Omar Garnica, 36, Laguna Beach man was arrested being in possession controlled substance paraphernalia. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy & Broadway Street | DUI

2:43 a.m. A 35-year-old Laguna Woods woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Bench Warrant

12:40 a.m. Vincent Lombardi Hassell, 45, Greenville, WI, was arrested for a bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.


Police Files

Swimmer dies after being pulled from ocean at Moss Street Beach

A swimmer found in the early morning at Moss Street Beach on Friday, Aug 31 died after being transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. 

According to police logs, LB lifeguards were called to the beach at 7:22 a.m. after a man was spotted floating approximately 50 yards offshore of Moss Street Beach. The swimmer, who was wearing a wetsuit, did not respond, did not have a pulse, and did not seem to be breathing. 

According to LBPD PIO Sgt Jim Cota, he was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where he was pronounced dead.

His identity has not been released.

Baby bobcat rescued by local good Samaritans dies

The 12-week old baby bobcat rescued by longtime locals Kimberly and Clay Leeds from oncoming traffic on Laguna Canyon Road succumbed to her many injuries on Thursday, Aug 30.

 The tiny kitten was at the Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital in Lake Forest under care of wild animal care specialist Dr. Scott Weldy. 

“I spoke to Dr. Weldy and he let us know unfortunately the little girl kitty who we tried to save didn’t make it,” Kimberly Leeds said. “We are so very sad she didn’t make it.”

She suffered extensive chemical burns, missing fur, damaged tissue and a wounded paw.

“The little girl kitten was about 1 1/2 kilos and was suffering from a chemical or thermal burn, according to Dr. Weldy,” Kimberly Leeds said. “Clay and I can’t fathom how the kitten was injured. It has been some time since the fire in Aliso and the “burns” didn’t look scorched – they looked more like a chemical burn.” 

“The kitten had an injured paw that looked like it happened a while ago. It was limping and very tired,” Clay Leeds said.

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The 12-week-old bobcat kitten good Samaritans Kimberly and Clay Leeds rescued dies

It is another tragedy of living on the urban edge, explained Kimberly Leeds.

“Many bobcats take up residence under the decks of homes or close to dwellings when they den up with kittens,” Kimberly Leeds said. “The presence of humans dissuade predators to come closer making it easier to raise the kittens. Unfortunately, being nearby humans creates hazards to the kittens.”

The baby bobcat was a true fighter and trooper, often growling to protect herself, 

Dr. Weldy told the Leeds earlier in the week that the baby bobcat was doing better. She appeared to be responding to treatment.

“I’ve been told the little bobcat is recovering and is in stable condition, which is encouraging news,” Clay Leeds said.

The Leeds spotted the baby bobcat struggling to cross Laguna Canyon Road when they rescued her.

Pay attention to bus laws to keep kids safe going back to school

LBPD wants to make sure your kids are safe going back to school. LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota posted a safety flyer on the department’s Twitter page regarding rules when it comes to school bus safety and traffic.

If the school bus has its red stop sign out and the overhead lights are flashing red, drivers need to stop in both directions. If the overhead lights are yellow, drivers need to prepare to stop. If the hazard lights in the rear of the bus are flashing, drivers may proceed with extreme caution.

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Watch out for children and pay attention to bus safety rules

As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It’s important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year. 

The National Safety Council advises:

“School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.”

For more back to school safety tips from National Safety Council, visit www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school.


Incident Reports

Saturday, Sept 1

Viejo Street | 200 Block | Bench Warrant

10:59 p.m. Caleb Joshua Kaldis, 37, Hollywood, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant for a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

8:12 p.m. Ephraim Jay Bautista, 34, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for a parole hold. No bail was set.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance

8:11 p.m. James Eugene Leis, 29, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Diamond Street & S Coast Hwy | Bench Warrant

1:21 p.m. Gabriel Acosta Trujillo, 39, Santa Ana, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

Jasmine Street & North Coast Highway | Possession of a Controlled Substance

3:09 a.m. Konala Isaiah Okashige, 20, San Clemente, was arrested fo possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

3:02 a.m. A 32-year-old Irvine man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

2:33 a.m. A 26-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy & Legion Street | DUI

1:23 a.m. A 26-year-old Twentynine Palms man was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.      

Laguna Canyon Road | 600 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher

12:31 a.m. A 38-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Friday, Aug 31

Legion Street | 300 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

11:36 p.m. A 49-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

10:10 p.m. Ryan Terrance Conley, 20, Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant for a controlled substance. No bail was set.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

4:12 p.m. David Edward Lente, 52 Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Coast Hwy & Vista Del Sol | Bench Warrant

3:05 p.m. Artiles Faxas, 38, Wildomar, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

S Coast Hwy | 700 Block | Petty Theft – Shoplifting

1:11 p.m. Samuel Ryan Graham, 22, Goodyear, AZ, was arrested for petty theft, for allegedly shoplifting “a neon green beach ball.” Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Bench Warrant

9:33 a.m. Liliana Acevedolopez, 29, Santa Ana, was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. Bail was set at $250.

Cliff Drive | 300 Block | LBMC Violation

9:18 a.m. A caller reported that “kids near the south end of the park are selling lemonade for .50 and they don’t have a permit.”

S Coast Hwy | 500 Block | Disorderly ConductLoitering

5:30 a.m. Kevin James Sullivan, 55, Laguna Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to loitering. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

12:35 a.m. A 32-year-old Woodland Hills man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

Jasmine Street & Cliff Drive | DUI (with priors)

12:15 a.m. Michael Travis Fagundes, 42, Costa Mesa, man was arrested on suspicion of DUI with prior DUI arrests. Bail was set at $15,000.

Thursday, Aug 30

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Controlled Substance 

11:47 p.m. Allan Neville Friant, 50, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. No bail was set.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants 

11:47 p.m. Arthur Harold Moore, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for warrants for contempt of court (bail was set at $10,000), for possessing methamphetamines for personal use without a valid prescription (bail was set at $2,500), for controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $2,500), and for resisting arrest (bail was set at $500).

S Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

6:37 p.m. A 52-year-old Garland, TX, man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Parole Violation, Vehicle Theft, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

5:07 p.m. Nickolas Jeffery Barr, 33, Garden Grove, was arrested for violating parole (no bail was set), vehicle theft (no bail was set), for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Broadway Street | 200 Block | Warrants, Vehicle Theft, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

5:07 p.m. Jessica Chappa, 36, Garden Grove, was arrested for two bench warrants (no bail was set), violating parole (no bail was set), vehicle theft (no bail was set), for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500), and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500),

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Parole Violation

3:30 p.m. Jerald Jerrod Cousian, 50, Laguna Beach was arrested for violating parole. No bail was set.

Jasmine Street | 200 Block | Attmpted Vehicle Burglary

2:53 a.m. The RP stated that a man wearing a beige poncho who spoke in an Australian accent attempted to burglarize his vehicle. According to the RP, he asked the suspect what he was doing and he said, “I was just checking your car out” and left on foot.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:39 a.m. Kimberly Sue Young, 45, Huntington Beach, was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance (bail was set at $500) and controlled substance paraphernalia (bail was set at $500).

Wednesday, Aug 29

3rd Ave & Coast Hwy | DUI, Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content 0.08% or Higher 

11:24 p.m. A 42-year-old Laguna Niguel man was arrested on suspicion of DUI (bail was set at $2,500), and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher (bail was set at $2,500).

N Vista de Catalina | 00 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:57 p.m. A 22-year-old Placentia woman was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Vista Drive | 00 Block | Found Turtle

5:52 p.m. A caller reported that he caught a turtle walking on his driveway. According to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres, “the tortoise was returned to its owner.”

N Vista de Catalina | 00 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:57 p.m. A 21-year-old Aliso Viejo man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Found Property

10:18 p.m. A property manager reported finding a bag with 20 stolen credit cards and a wallet on the property.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | LBMC Violation

10:00 a.m. A caller reported that an elderly man was deficating in the parking lot.

S Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

4:11 a.m. A 29-year-old Aliso Laguna Hills man was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.


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Word to criminals: If you drive a stolen Cadillac through Laguna Beach, expect to be caught

Police Files Shawn Lenn MillerOn Sunday, Aug 26, at 11:41 p.m., dispatchers alerted LBPD officers to a white, four door, 2014 XTS Cadillac, which was stolen earlier in the day from Covina, reported by the Covina PD.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers located the vehicle on S Coast Highway near Thalia and followed it to Emerald Bay. A high-risk vehicle stop was initiated at Irvine Cove and three subjects were detained.”

One of the subjects, Shawn Lenn Miller, 24, of Covina, admitted to stealing the Cadillac. 

 “The passengers denied knowledge of the car being stolen,” Sgt Cota said. 

Miller was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. The report didn’t say how the passengers got home.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Street musician allegedly harassed downtown

Police Files Braden Elliot BoltonOn Sunday, Aug 26, at 8:35 p.m., LBPD responded to Bushard’s Pharmacy after reports of “a homeless male subject harassing a street performer,” according to Sgt Cota. The performer called in the incident to LBPD, telling LBPD that the man was yelling at him and that they were located at the breezeway on Forest.

The street performer, later identified as a musician, repeatedly called LBPD. According to the police report, he called at least three times. 

When officers arrived, they contacted the street performer and the subject, Braden Elliot Bolton, 34, of Laguna Beach.

According to Sgt Cota, “Bolton was placed under arrest for public intoxication. While being housed, Bolton became uncooperative and spat at one of the officers. The spittle landed on the officer’s neck and uniform. An additional charge of battery on a peace officer was added.”

Bolton was transported to OCJ.

Bail was set at $500.

UPDATE: Baby bobcat rescued by local good Samaritans is recovering and in stable condition

Two big paws up – the baby bobcat rescued recently by longtime locals Kimberly and Clay Leeds is on the mend.

The Leeds went into parent protection mode, thinking quickly to save the life of a baby bobcat dashing into traffic on Laguna Canyon Road. Clay Leeds talked to Stu News about the harrowing event.

“When I saw the kitten in traffic across from the Dog Park, I realized I had to act quickly or the baby bobcat kitten would be run over. I pulled over, put on my hazards and worked to get the kitten to safety,” Leeds said. “We used an umbrella to annoy the kitten and chase it out from under a car that had stopped.”

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Good Samaritans Kimberly and Clay Leeds rescue a baby bobcat on Sunday

The tiny bobcat then ran to the side of the road and hid under some sagebrush. 

“The bobcat kitten was panting heavily like it was exhausted. I called LBPD and they said others had called Animal Services throughout the afternoon, but they couldn’t locate the bobcat,” Leeds said. “LBPD dispatched Animal Services and while we were waiting, the little bobcat ran back into the street. We briefly stopped traffic again, and that’s when Kimberly did a ‘blanket capture’ with a towel from a passerby.”

LBPD Animal Services came and the Leeds helped get the little bobcat into a crate. 

“I’ve been told the little bobcat is recovering and is in stable condition, which is encouraging news,” Leeds said.

Purrfect!

Congrats to Laguna’s finest, LBPD Sgt Jim Cota accepted to USC Master of Communications Program

Stu News is proud to congratulate LBPD Sgt Jim Cota on his acceptance to the USC, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Master of Communication program in Communication Management. He will be hitting the books soon, starting the fall semester in mid-September.

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LBDP Sgt Jim Cota pictured with Joseph at the Tip-a-Cop Special Olympics fundraiser, making others’ dreams come true, now it’s his turn

Sgt Cota in his own words:

“I am very honored and excited to be accepted into USC Master’s Program in Communication Management. This was a dream of mine since I was young kid because to me USC has always been the best of the best in schooling institutions.

 “I am prepared for the challenges coming my way in the upcoming fall semester. I was very fortunate to have the support of USC alumni Captain Jeff Calvert and LBHS principal Jason Allemann encouraging me during the application process.

 “Chief Farinella also was a tremendous support by personally writing a letter of recommendation on my behave. It will be much more special now going to the USC football games because now I am a USC student. Fight on!” Sgt Cota said. 

Right on, Fight on, Sgt Cota!


Incident Reports

Tuesday, Aug 28

Lower Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Citizen Contact

5:10 p.m. LBPD received a report stating, “Duran Duran stickers have been popping up around the building.” The RP said no damage has been caused by the stickers, but he was concerned people were trespassing on his property. LBPD was advised on further action, “CSI would not be done.” 

Thalia Street | 100 Block | Trespassing

3:05 p.m. Eric Lawrence McGuffick, 53, San Clemente, was arrested for entering a noncommercial dwelling illegally. Bail was set at $500.

Catalina Street & El Bosque | Brandishing Weapon

2:24 p.m. LBPD received a report about a woman holding a knife in her hand, walking in the middle of the street.

Monday, Aug 27

El Paseo | 300 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

3:13 a.m. Kevin Armand Cortese, 36, Dana Point, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Resisting Arrest, Assault and Battery

12:39 a.m. Joel Debora, 48, La Mirada, was arrested for resisting arrest, assault (bail was set at $500), and battery (bail was set at $500). 

N Coast Hwy | 600 Block | Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia

12:09 a.m. Antoine Alexander Phillips, 36, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, being in possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and being in possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. Bail amounts were unavailable.

Sunday, Aug 26

Glenneyre Street | 800 Block | Bench Warrant

10:06 p.m. Thomas David Patrick, 45, Laguna Beach, was arrested for a bench warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $1,500.

S Coast Hwy | 1700 Block | Disturbance

8:54 p.m. A caller reported a group of males arguing and shoving one another over a female in the 1700 block of South Coast Highway. Officers searched for the group but they all went their separate ways. No fighting was seen by officers and no arrests were made.

Catalina Street | 500 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

5:10 p.m. A 22-year-old Goodyear, AZ, man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

N Coast Hwy | 1300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

4:16 p.m. A 46-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

S Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Check on Condition

3:56 p.m. A caller reported that a lid to the power box was open, across from the beach, located near the bus stop. He stated, “It is not sparking, no flames are seen, but dangerous since high voltage wires.” Caltrans was notified and reported back to LBPD that it was a regular city light pole. “He put black tape all around it so it would stay intact,” according to the LBPD log.

Thalia Street and S Coast Hwy | Suspicious, Nude Driver

3:44 p.m. A male in a black Jeep Cherokee was reportedly witnessed driving nude through town northbound toward Newport Beach.

Legion Street and S Coast Hwy | Suspicious

8:25 a.m. A male driving an eggplant colored Toyota was reportedly, “driving through red lights brandishing a weapon.” The RP stated, “[The] driver is threatening to use it on everyone.”

S Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Disorderly Conduct – Alcohol

1:43 a.m. A 25-year-old Las Vagas man was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

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