DUI Arrests

Shane Barry Sullivan, 27, Orange - Monday, December 25 Cell Caller, Second Offense, Traffic Collision

Incident Reports

Tuesday, December 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brittany Leanna Wilson, 33, Newport Beach

Shane Michael Sutton, 39, no fixed address Additional Charges

S. Coast Hwy | 200 Block | Drugs

8:10 p.m. A transient man smelling of alcohol attempted to return to the restaurant multiple times, claiming that he left his pipe in the restroom. Daniel William Delosario, 25, no fixed address, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Broadway Street | 300 Block | Warrant

2:55 p.m. Ralph Bowers, 47, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a Central Court warrant for parole violation, no bail.

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Property, Found

2:11 p.m., A syringe was found in front of the lawn on the floor.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Grand Theft

2 p.m. A purse was stolen from the location four days prior. The approximate loss was $1,000.

N. Coast Hwy & Emerald Bay | Hit & Run

8:21 a.m. A tree service truck with ladders on the side and possible phone numbers displayed on the side was seen hitting three parked vehicles along the side of the road, breaking off the mirrors of said parked vehicles. The RP caught up with them and advised them of what had happened, but they ignored him and kept on driving.

Monday, December 25

South Coast Hwy & St. Ann’s | Burglary

1:44 a.m. The subject was inside a vehicle when they were approached by officers. The occupant did not have an ignition key for the vehicle, and was found to be in possession of burglary tools. Gregory Anthony Orozco, 37, Santa Ana, was arrested for being in possession of burglary tools.

Sunday, December 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Shane Sutton, 39, Laguna Beach

S. Coast Hwy & Ocean Avenue | Vandalism

12:59 p.m. A female was walking northbound on Coast Hwy on the inland side writing expletives on all of the trash cans.

Crestwood Circle | 3200 Block | Petty Theft

12:24 Multiple packages were said to have been stolen from the front door of the location.

Crestwood Circle | 3200 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:48 a.m. The wife’s purse was taken from a vehicle the night prior. Credit card charges were made in San Clemente, which the RP thought to have been related to the event.

Hillcrest Drive & Beverly Street | Warrant, Drugs

10:37 a.m. A man was found passed out in the driver’s seat of an RV, and was refusing to exit. Steve Salvatore Sanfellipo, 40 Laguna Beach, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges were added for false impersonation of another person (bail $20,000), for possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as another possession of a controlled substance charge. Also added to the charges was a charge for parole violation, no bail. Stewart Cambria Lynn, 45, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of narcotics, as well as for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dumond Drive & Victoria Drive | Vandalism

8:06 a.m. A directional street sign was found bent over and into the road with a large rope wrapped around it. Officers believed that someone had attempted to tie the rope around the poll in order to bring the sign down, but were unsuccessful. Public Works went out to the location in order to try and fix it it, but stated that it would cost approximately $500 to replace the pole and get it back to its original and proper position.

3rd Street & Mermaid Street | Patrol Check

7:52 a.m. A light pole, a parked white Volvo, and a tree were said to have been struck by another vehicle. Public Works was said to be putting tape and cones around the pole shortly after.

Police Files

Logan Street gang members arrested during high risk traffic stop on Ramona Boulevard

At 8:39 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, on the 600 Block of Ramona Boulevard, officers were alerted about a 1998 Lexus 400 that had been reported stolen heading inbound on Laguna Canyon Road. A high risk (felony) traffic stop was conducted. 

Six occupants were found to be inside the vehicle: two adult men, Allen Moreno (23) and Jonathan Duran (20), along with two juvenile boys and two juvenile girls.

All occupants of the vehicle were from Santa Ana, with the four men admitting to being members of the Logan Street Gang. Upon a record check, Moreno, the driver of the vehicle, was found to be on active parole. No bail was issued. 

Duran, who was found to be in possession of six grams of methamphetamine, was released after booking.

The juveniles ranged in age between 13 and 16, and were issued citations for possession of alcohol.

High risk traffic stops, according to policeone.com’s video, demand three fundamental steps: compensate for the risk, control the threats, and conduct a safe traffic stop. Having a plan and training to the plan are paramount when it comes to officers facing situations such as these.

DUI Arrests

Jack Rausch, 23, Capo Beach – Saturday, December 23 Cell Caller

Rizo Chantz Fury, 21, Rancho Cucamonga – Saturday

Theresa Paige Sanchez, 27, Costa Mesa – Saturday

Miranda Gaines, 35, Mission Viejo – Friday, December 22

Tuchapong Vangcharoen, 27, Hacienda Heights – Wednesday, December 20 Cell Caller Single-Vehicle Collision

Incident Report

Saturday, December 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Logan Schoembs, 26, Laguna Beach

Sacheen Steinmann, 25, Laguna Niguel

Jenna Allen, 21, Laguna Niguel

Marco Magana, 29, Laguna Niguel

N. Callecita | Traffic Collision

1:09 p.m. A woman was unconscious but breathing following a traffic collision. No other information was available at this time.

Friday, December 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ronald Massaro, 36, Aliso Viejo

Roy Heller, 44, Laguna Beach

Ocean Vista Drive | 21700 Block | Fraud

2:50 p.m. The RP sent a total of $2,560 to a fraudulent Craigslist ad for a rental. 

3rd Street & Mermaid Street | Disabled Vehicle

2:33 p.m. A truck with a trailer got stuck on Third Street Hill, causing traffic delays. 

Laguna Canyon Road | Rescue

12:56 p.m. A mountain biker was rescued after falling across the trail and possibly breaking his leg. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Fraud

11:24 a.m. Accounts were opened in the RP’s name. 

Cliff Drive | 600 Block | Indecent Exposure

9:44 a.m. A man was exposing himself. 

Thursday, December 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ronald Massaro, 36, Aliso Viejo

Terrace Way | 1400 Block | Fraud

1:35 p.m. The victim reported check fraud that had last occurred on Dec 5. 

Forest Avenue | 300 Block | Fraud

12:47 p.m. The RP uploaded his information onto a website that he believed was his bank. No loss was reported at the time. 

Laguna Canyon Road | 20600 Block | Warrants

11:14 a.m. Kameran Cherrier, 30, no fixed address, was arrested on two warrants: one for resisting arrest and arson, bail $15,000, and the other for vehicle theft and possession of stolen property, no bail. 

Circle Drive | 31800 Block | Grand Theft

9:08 a.m. A battery boost bike valued at $2,500 was taken from the bike rack on the vehicle parked in the RP’s driveway. 

Wednesday, December 20

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle 

5:51 p.m. A car was broken into and $1,000 cash was taken. The RP is not sure when it occurred. 

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Grand Theft

5:14 p.m. A man tried to purchase $2,586 worth of gold jewelry with a credit card that did not go through. The suspect left the store around 5 p.m. 

Cypress Drive | 300 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

1:35 p.m. A vehicle was rummaged through, but no loss was reported. 

Coast Hwy | 31800 Block | Grand Theft

1:33 p.m. Unspecified items valued at $2,000 were stolen. 

N. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

10:17 a.m. Overnight, the window of a Honda Civic was broken. The loss was not yet determined. 

Bluebird Canyon Drive | 500 Block | Fraud

8:24 a.m. An unknown person deposited a check and then withdrew a cashier’s check in the victim’s name. 

Virginia Way | 32000 Block | Warrant

7:17 a.m. Shannon Leeandra Armond, 46, Sunset Beach, was arrested for an outstanding West Court warrant.

Police Files

Package thief captured before Christmas

With the massive rise in online retailers, many people do all their Christmas shopping from the comfort of their couch. With the click of a few keys, a package can be delivered to your doorstep – unfortunately making many people an easy target for thieves.

One such thief, who stole packages from doorsteps all over Orange County, including Laguna Beach, was arrested by the Garden Grove PD on Tuesday, December 19.

Anthony Palusso

Photo Courtesy of LBPD

Anthony Brian Palusso was located and arrested thanks to the community and the use of home surveillance. He has prior arrests for thefts as well. 

For future package deliveries, LBPD provided the following advice:

-Require a signature for deliveries and bring packages inside immediately.

-Provide specific delivery instructions to keep packages out of view of the general public.

-Give an alternate delivery address, such as your work or somewhere were someone is present, to prevent packages from sitting on the porch for a long period of time.

DUI Arrests

Tivon Patrick Tobar, 25, Laguna Beach - Monday, December 18 Cell Caller

Incident Reports

Wednesday, December 20

Coast Hwy | 30800 Block | Warrant

4:59 a.m. Ursula Pozoz, 34, Tustin, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant for driving without a license. 

Tuesday, December 19

S. Coast Hwy | 300 Block | Warrant

11:15 p.m. Rudolph James Scott, 63, no fixed address, was arrested on a warrant for Santa Ana municipal code violations.

S. Coast Hwy & Anita Street | Traffic Collision

5:38 p.m. A gold Trans Am was in a collision involving a pedestrian. The man was found to be conscious, breathing, and sitting up, sustaining only minor injuries.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Burglary, Vehicle

5:28 p.m. A car parked in a parking garage was broken into at around 4 p.m. the same day.  Luggage, watches, passports and laptops were reported missing.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

10:46 a.m. Someone attempted to use a fraudulent check in the RP’s name on December 12.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

10:40 a.m. The RP purchased a $500 gift card at Walmart in Laguna Niguel, which was then hacked into in various cities.

Monday, December 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kyle Albert Winton, 37, no fixed address

3rd Street | 300 Block | Warrant, Parole Violation

11:46 p.m. Philip Anthony Person, 26, no fixed address, was arrested on a warrant. Victor Kuzma Stepanenko Jr., 48, no fixed address, was arrested for violating parole, no bail.

S. Coast Hwy | 100 Block | Warrant

8:44 p.m. Brett Michael Bolin, 28, no fixed address, was arrested on a Harbor Court warrant.

S. Coast Hwy | 400 Block | Warrant

7:15 p.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 40, no fixed address, was arrested on a warrant for illegal lodging.

Forest Avenue | 500 Block | Fraud

4:44 p.m. Credit card accounts were opened under a business name in the amount of $19,588.24.

Cliff Drive | 200 Block | Trespassing

2:12 p.m. A group of skateboarders were refusing to leave, but were gone upon officer’s arrival. According to the RP, the incident had been occurring for the last couple of days.

Rounsevel Terrace | 2900 | Fraud

12:18 p.m. The RP had accounts opened under her name. On December 17, the RP received a package with paperwork and a returned item from the RP.

S. Coast Hwy | 1100 Block | Warrant

11:42 a.m. Matthew Peter Rogers, 60, no fixed address, was arrested on a Central Court warrant. 

Skyline Drive | 1300 Block | Fraud

10:23 a.m. The RP received trusted ID notifications, and learned that their identity was stolen online. There was no loss to date, but accounts have been opened in the RP’s name.

Mountain Road & S. Coast Hwy | Drunk in Public, Resisting an Officer

1:13 a.m. Officers found a man hiding underneath a parked car. After becoming agitated and making violent and threatening comments towards the officers, James Williams Jr., 31, Anaheim, was arrested for public intoxication and resisting an executive officer. Bail was set at $25,000, and he was taken directly to Orange County Jail.

Sunday, December 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kyle Albert Winton, 37, no fixed address

Coast Hwy & Montage Resort | Hit and Run

2:34 p.m. A black Mazda 3 was involved in a hit and run traffic collision.

Police Files

Golf cart driver gets third DUI after fender bender

Last Friday, December 15, a Fullerton resident rear-ended a silver Honda sedan at about 4 p.m. 

When the driver of the Honda approached her about the incident, she offered $20 for the damages, and then fled to a Blue Lagoon condo. The driver called the police after smelling alcohol on the suspect’s breath.

The suspect, Breanne Nicole Budzien, had two prior DUI charges and her license is on probationary status. 


Budzien, 25, of Fullerton, was arrested on DUI charges and later released from LBPD with a future court date.

Police Files

Pharmacy on wheels: Cops find enormous stash of pills on traffic stop

On Saturday, at around 1 a.m., a driver on Laguna Canyon Road noticed someone driving erratically, weaving and almost hitting the reporting party. Naturally concerned, they called the police. Officers arrived shortly thereafter and began a routine traffic stop. 

They soon realized that they had on their hands a veritable mobile pharmacy. 

“There were so many different pills, it would take half a page to write them,” said Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson. A few of the more popular drugs found upon searching were: marijuana, morphine, oxycodone and methamphetamine. By volume, the most confiscated were 120 Topiramate tablets, 57 Carisoprodol tablets, 40 Hydrocodone tablets, and 30 Suboxone tablets. Despite this impressive array of medications, the driver was not a doctor, and did not have any affiliation with a medical clinic.

The driver, Shauna Kester, 30, Garden Grove, was arrested for two accounts of possession of drug paraphernalia, for being under the influence of a controlled substance, and for possession of a drugs for sale. Bail was set at $20,000. 

This was one of the largest if not the largest pill busts of the year by LBPD, according tos Sgt. Cota.

Police Files

Thieves are doing their Christmas shopping in Laguna, it seems – by breaking into cars…

“These thieves are looking for anything visible of value in plain view or vehicles left unlocked,” said LBPD’s Sgt. Jim Cota when asked about a recent string of vehicle burglaries. Whether or not the seven thefts that occurred between Sunday and Tuesday are related is still being investigated.

Sometime late Monday night, two pairs of sunglasses valued at about $1,000 were taken from a vehicle (most likely left unlocked), and $500 worth of Christmas presents were stolen from another unlocked vehicle. One victim noticed items missing from their car on Monday. Two cars on a driveway were searched by a burglar on Sunday, and both were said to have been left unlocked.

One victim’s vehicle was locked on Sunday, but the burglar still managed to steal $500 worth of shoes and clothes. Another strike on Sunday left the victim missing their wallet and $400 in gift cards, and yet another victim’s glove box was riffled through.

“We need to get the message out: remove all personal items of value from your vehicle, and always lock your doors,” Cota said.

Police Files

Syringes found near church, preschool

On Sunday, December 3, a bag containing about three dozen syringes and a metal spoon were found in the 300 block of St Ann’s Drive, near Neighborhood Congregational Church and a preschool, Montessori School of Laguna Beach.

“The combination of syringes and a metal spoon usually means heroin use,” explained Sgt. Jim Cota, LBPD spokesperson. They were collected and booked for destruction by officers.

While the police department has located and seized many syringes before, “At church grounds is concerning to the PD,” Cota said. 

“If syringes are located, immediately call LBPD’s non-emergency line [949-497-0701] and have them picked up by officers,” he advised. “They will come as fast as possible, most likely when dispatched.”

Woman arrested for child endangerment while driving DUI

On Friday, December 8, at 9:40 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Thalia and S. Coast Hwy.

The driver, identified as Tatiana Vasilevskaya, 40, Aliso Viejo, was found to be driving under the influence and was subsequently arrested for DUI.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one in the car.

“There were four children inside the vehicle at the time of the vehicle stop, all age 16 and younger,” said Cota. “Aside from being arrested for DUI, an additional charge of child endangerment was added.”

With the added charge of child endangerment, Vasilevskaya’s bail was set at $100,000. 

Fire Files

An update on LBFD on the front lines

Stu News wanted to hear the details about our firefighters on the front line of the Thomas Fire, so we asked Fire Chief Kirk Summers if we could talk to some of the guys – and the answer was no – not because they didn’t want to be interviewed – because, as the Fire Chief explained, with great pride, “They are still up there! They are on the line today after resting yesterday, they are doing 24-hour shifts. I would anticipate that they will be committed to the fire at least through the end of the week and maybe longer. Weather forecasts are predicting continued warm and dry conditions and possibly Sundowners. Many folks up there are expecting to be doing mop-up into January,” he told us.

We are lucky here in Laguna to have such dedicated, hard-working, and courageous firefighters. We’ll be writing the full story of their experiences when they’ve had time to rest – by which time, let’s hope we’ve had some rain.

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Courtesy of LBFD

Laguna Beach Firefighters will remain at the Thomas Fire, now reported to be burning more than 230,000 acres, through the end of the week

Laguna Beach Police Department now accepting applications for Citizens Academy, deadline Jan 19

The Laguna Beach Police Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens Academy. The academy starts Thurs, Jan 25, 2018, and will meet from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for 12 consecutive weeks (the 13th week is graduation). 

Applications will be accepted until Jan 19, 2018. 

This is a non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the LBPD and to help foster communication between police personnel and citizens. 

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Graduating Class of 2016

The academy course includes instruction in the following areas: History of the LBPD, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program, volunteer programs, and other relevant topics. 

There will also be a tour of the LBPD and the OC Jail. Academy members will be given the opportunity to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. 

Applications are available on www.lagunabeachcity.net or www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/cominfo

For questions regarding this program, contact class coordinator Ross Fallah at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 464-6624.

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