News | May 21, 2013
A man suspected of raping a Laguna Beach woman turned himself in Friday after police sought the public's help. Babak "Bobby," Azadgilani, 26, of Laguna Niguel, turned himself in at 5:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Police Department and was booked on a $100,000 warrant for rape, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. Azadgilani is suspected of assaulting the woman in her home on April 21, according to police. The victim contacted police after the alleged assault. Police said Azadgilani fled on his BMW motorcycle before officers arrived.
May 17, 2013
Laguna Beach police arrested a woman on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle Friday and recognized her from a pursuit late last year, authorities said. Officers spotted Michele Lynn Frazier, 28, of Laguna Beach, at 11:30 a.m. driving a stolen 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser in downtown Laguna, according to police, who then followed the vehicle to a less populated area and conducted a traffic stop on Laguna Canyon Road near the 73 Toll Road. Frazier complied with officers' instructions and was arrested on suspicion of auto theft and driving without a license, as well as for a $26,000 warrant for grand theft in Los Angeles and a warrant for violating probation.
May 2, 2013
Laguna Beach VFW extended its winning streak to six games as it coasted to a 14-4 win Wednesday over visiting Newport Beach Platinum Little League Majors Division action. The VFW offense pounded out 11 hits, including doubles by Christian Holm , Nate Magers and Cutter Clawson . Grady Morgan punctuated the output with his third home run of the season. Noah Haymond and Ashton Embury also hit the ball hard. Defensively, Holm did his best Mike Trout impersonation with a diving catch in center field while James Loughlin made a similar catch at first base.
January 1, 2010
Video camera is returned to its owner Videographer Michael Taylor got his video camera back Tuesday, after it was taken from the hillside where it had been placed to capture time-lapse images of the work after the Bluebird Canyon landslide. Taylor thought the camera might be sold over the Internet, and he was right. But he was surprised when the Internet helped bring the camera back. After losing the $2,000 camera Dec. 15, Taylor put some lenses up for sale online to try to replace the lost equipment.
January 14, 2005
Members of Laguna Beach Girl Scouts Troops No. 238 and No. 2311 collected coats throughout December and January as part of the "One Warm Coat" service project. The girls collected a total of 175 coats, 51 of which went to the Relief and Resource Center of Laguna Beach for those in need. From left, Neika MacDowall, Kaitlyn Waidley, Allie Hastings, Marcella Bechtel, Marina Paul, Kate Rogers, Ciera Crowe, Mary Jo Mancuso of the Soroptimist International of Lake Forest Club, Kelly Fleming, Amanda McCrory, Amie Clay, Victoria O'Connor, Tori Tomo- Krohnfeldt, Katie Fleming, Taylor Kahn and Ashley Andrews.
July 3, 2012
Mayor pro tem Verna Rollinger raised more than $9,000 at a June 16 fundraiser, according to a press release. The event, held at the home of Debbie Lewis, helped raise money to support her reelection to the Laguna Beach City Council. A light supper and silent auction was held. "What makes Laguna Beach such a special place? Why did we decide to come here or stay here to live?" Rollinger asked supporters. "Our Laguna is about taking care of each other, acting as responsible stewards of the beautiful environment we share, solving problems by working together, and respecting the diverse expressions and aspirations of each member of our community," Rollinger said at the event.
October 11, 2012
Chris Kling's North Laguna neighborhood was quiet on Monday morning, the glimmering ocean visible from the balcony of his apartment on Coast Highway. He descended an outside stairway and peeled open a creaky door to a dark, murky world that is all his own. "Come down to my basement, or the 'morgue' as the journalism world likes to call it," he said. Kling, 37, has been collecting newspapers since 1992. He can't put a number on his collection - which sits in labeled plastic boxes stacked to the ceiling inside his basement - but he guesses in the tens of thousands.
May 18, 2013
LAGUNA BEACH - Mike Bair asked his Laguna Beach High baseball team to reach down deep in the final inning of Friday's CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoff opener. "It was about having faith, reaching down and finding it in your heart, and keeping that faith in your mind," he said, explaining what he told his Breakers during a team huddle outside the Laguna dugout, as the Breakers prepared to take their final at-bat against Victor Valley. The Breakers, it turns out, thrive on these last at-bats against the Roadrunners.
January 19, 2012
When one hears Gavyn Bailey's voice, it's hard to believe that the 13-year-old from Laguna Niguel doesn't have a recording contract. On YouTube he sings Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I am" as if the song were written for him. While some kids might point to a heavy course load or an active social life as distractions, Gavyn's had to battle a much larger obstacle when it comes to focusing on his music. At 3 years old, Gavyn had a kidney transplant. His mother, Giselle Bailey, said that the day before he was born she was told he might not make it. About a year ago, his body rejected the transplanted kidney - a common occurrence for transplant patients - which caused him to have high blood pressure and a brain hemorrhage.
June 7, 2012
Time ran out Tuesday for skateboarders who wanted to preserve Skyline Drive as a course for downhill speedsters. The City Council voted 4-1 to add the narrow, twisty drive to the list of Laguna Beach streets closed to skateboarding, with almost no objections from the usually vocal youth and adults who support the sport and not much more input from folks who want the ban. Pro-skateboarders were given 60 days at the Feb. 28 council meeting to...
March 21, 2013
The Laguna Beach 14-and-Under Girls' Water Polo team took the gold medal in the 10th annual Turbo Orange County Cup at Dana Hills High last weekend. Laguna opened the tournament on Saturday with a 10-6 win over Corona del Mar. Laguna followed up with a competitive, 11-6 victory against United. The game was tied 4-4 at the half, but Laguna pulled away in the second half to secure a spot in Sunday's semifinals. Laguna played a depleted Rose Bowl team Sunday morning and rolled to a 20-6 victory to advance to the finals against Saddleback El Toro (SET)
November 7, 2008
Our aura is an electromagnetic energy field that emanates from our bodies, and can be visualized through an outline of cascading colors, which are supposed to reflect our state of mind, body and inner being, says Jill Templin, owner of The Chakra Shack in Laguna Beach. Templin said these colors are associated with our seven chakras, or energy centers of the body, and determine our physical, emotional and spiritual states. ?An aura reading can help us learn how to balance our chakra system, by highlighting which areas we need to strengthen,?
January 30, 2013
There's nothing like a good butt-kicking, and I had my own on a recent Friday morning, thanks to the newly opened Orange Theory Fitness in Newport Beach. The hour-long class was a mix of rowing, treadmill, floor exercises, lunges, arm and core work, all while wearing a heart monitor to show how hard you are pushing it. "During the 60-minute workout, you will perform multiple intervals designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to Zones 4/5," according to the website.
May 14, 2013
Time was, not that long ago, when local community and collegiate theater groups were pushing one another out of the way to gain access to Robert Harling's female-friendly dramatic comedy "Steel Magnolias. " I once viewed three different productions of it in a five-week span. It's been a while now since the ladies of Chinquapin, Louisiana congregated at Truvy's Beauty Shop for the entertainment of local audiences, long enough to qualify the current production at the Laguna Playhouse as a revival.