Police Files

Caller tells police she’s trapped on beach by a hyena

A woman called 9-1-1 on her cell phone at 6:48 p.m. Saturday and said she and a companion were trapped on the beach by “…a large animal…” She later said the large animal was a hyena.

She said she had walked down the steps at 1000 Steps Beach and then walked north on the sand to a spot where she encountered the animal. She described where she was as a condo complex with a brass gate that had two owls on top.

When officers located the woman and her companion, she had managed to work her way beyond the ‘hyena’ that was correctly identified by the cops as a large sea lion.

Sgt. Louise Callus said no report was taken and the identity and age of the caller is therefore, unknown.


Female driver, 22, stopped for DUI runs away from cop

A patrol officer stopped a car at Glenneyre and Thalia last Thursday afternoon for a DUI investigation.

Sgt. Louise Callus explained in an email Monday: “While waiting for the breath device, the driver attempted to exit her vehicle. She was told to stay inside of her vehicle. She complied with that command and closed the driver`s door. Less than one minute later, she opened the driver`s door and began exiting. Again she was told to stay inside the vehicle and this time she ignored the commands. 

“She then closed the driver’s door and began running southbound on Glenneyre. She was caught and detained a block away from the car stop. As the officer was attempting to detain her, she slightly struggled with him until he took control of both of her arms.  She was then handcuffed and sat along the west curb of Glenneyre until other officers arrived.”

Joanna Marie Shoop of Laguna Hills was arrested for DUI alcohol and drugs, driving while drinking while on probation, resisting/obstructing/delaying an officer, and driving with a license suspended for DUI.

Police Memorial – Arts Commission reviewed proposals Monday


At its meeting on Monday, the Arts Commission reviewed the proposals for the creation of a Police Memorial at City Hall. Laguna Beach artists Jorg Dubin, Marsh Scott, Terry Thornsley and artist team Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor presented their designs. 

One design was to be selected and presented to the City Council for final approval on May 6, 2014. It is anticipated that the installation will be completed for the First anniversary of Police Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing on September 21, 2013. 

This installation has been funded through donations raised by the Laguna Beach Police Employees’ Association and the City of Laguna Beach. 

Tidewater Docent program training class Wednesday night  

The Laguna Ocean Foundation is currently seeking volunteers for their Tidewater Docent program in order to preserve Laguna Beach’s rocky intertidal habitat and educate the beach-going public about the rich natural resources along the Southern California coast.

The next class training will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 6-8 p.m. at the Newport Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to qualify and volunteer once monthly.  For further information, contact Letty Skeen, Tidewater Docent Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 949-400-6032.  

Laguna Ocean Foundation is dedicated to sustainable ocean ecosystems along the Laguna Coast.  We envision an evolving understanding of our local urban marine resources in order for Laguna Beach to better protect and enhance this valuable wilderness.  

For more information regarding the Foundation, check out their website at LagunaOceanFoundation.org

Social media and Catherine Cooper at LB Biz Club Thursday a.m. 

The Laguna Beach Business Club announced its next speaker in their 2014 Small Business Speaker Series. The club holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives. 

Our April 17th speaker at Hotel Laguna will be Catharine Cooper, owner of Cooper Design associates. Catharine will discuss “Are you Facebooked, LinkedIn, and Twittered?” - Social Media Strategies for your Business”. An award-winning web and graphics designer, Catharine will explore the world of social media and platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and more. Take home tips on how to expand your business presence, engage new audiences, and develop followers.

Club meetings begin at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at the Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting please contact a club member or Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x 218, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs. We meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. Our goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that we are proud to recommend to our clients and friends. 

To attend a meeting or for more info visit www.LagunaBeachBusinessClub.com

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday April 26 on the LBUSD parking lot – it’s anonymous

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be The DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day. It will be held at the Laguna Beach School District Parking lot for residents to bring unused or expired medications for safe, free, and anonymous disposal.

The Laguna Beach High School Laguna Prescription Drug Awareness group will be there to help the DEA as well.  

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends’ or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. 

The DEA’s Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis. The other strategies include education of health care providers, patients, parents and youth; enhancing and encouraging the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforcement to address doctor shopping and pill mills.

Shortly after DEA’s first Take-Back Day event two-and-a-half years ago, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA to develop permanent, ongoing, and responsible methods for disposing of controlled-substance medications. 

Prior to the passage of the above-cited Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of controlled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal. On Dec. 21, 2012, DEA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Disposal of Controlled Substances that seeks to implement the above-cited Act. For information, go to www.NCADDOC.org.

Mint Juleps, great big hats and 20 horses to bet on – “Run for the Roses” this May 3 with LB Ebell Club

Join Laguna Beach Ebell Club for the 140th Kentucky Derby, “Run for the Roses,” party, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., on May 3, at the Surf and Sand Resort, 1555 S. Coast. Hwy. 20 of the top three-year-old thoroughbreds will compete in the first leg of the Triple Crown. California Chrome is the favored horse and tops the 2014 leader board with $782,250 in non-restricted stakes earnings and 150 points. Last year Orb won by a decisive 2 1/2-length victory on a wet, sloppy track. 

However, Secretariat still holds the Derby record at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds set in 1973 when he broke Northern Dancer’s 1964 record. Not only has Secretariat’s blistering record time stood for 41 years, but in the race itself, “Big Red” did something unique in Triple Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster.

In addition to the race itself, a number of traditions play an integral role in the Derby atmosphere. The mint julep is the traditional beverage of the race. The historic drink can be served in an ice-frosted silver julep cup, but most Churchill Downs patrons enjoy theirs from souvenir glasses printed with all previous Derby winners. Another tradition is for women to dress to the nines and lavishly accessorize with large, elaborate hats. 

As the horses are paraded before the grandstands, for the “fastest two minutes in sports,” the University of Louisville Marching Band plays “My Old Kentucky Home,” by Stephen Foster, a tradition that began in 1921. 

Which horse will be crowned the winner and receive the blanket of roses this year? You can find out at the Ebell Club “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby fete. For more information, contact Cristina Calderone at 497-8582, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Carla White at 315-0578, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information about Ebell, go to http://www.ebelllagunabeach.org.


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