Briefly In Public Safety

November 07, 2008

Police seek Laguna man reported missing

Laguna Beach police are trying to locate Brock Sumner, 22, whose grandmother reported him missing recently.

She last saw Sumner on Sept. 14 in the late evening when he left with friends to go to a hotel in Huntington Beach. He has not been seen since, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said.

Sumner had lived with his grandmother in Laguna Beach for the last four years. The case has been assigned to a detective for investigation.


“Thus far, there are no obvious signs of foul play, but [the detective] will start interviewing people and checking jail records, etc.,” Kravetz said.

Teen accused in election-related arson

A Laguna Beach teenager was arrested on suspicion of arson and vandalism to a pickup truck with a “Yes on Prop. 8” sign that was parked outside Laguna Beach High School around 4:29 p.m. Oct. 29, Kravetz said.

The truck had been driven to the school by the parent of a student at another school who was competing in a sporting event in Laguna Beach.

A citizen called police to report that two teenagers, a male and female, were involved in the incident.

Police alleged the male took the sign from the truck and threw it into the street, then wrote “No on 8” in black marker on the passenger side of the vehicle. Then he allegedly lit some paper on fire and threw this into the back of the truck. The papers burned out and did not set the truck on fire.

Both suspects, 15, were questioned by police. The male was detained for arson and vandalism and was eventually released to his parents, Kravetz said.

In another act of political vandalism, two Obama/Biden signs were reported burned in front yards of two homes on Marilyn Drive at 7:32 a.m. Saturday, Kravetz said.

Man kicks, allegedly damages, fire door

A 28-year-old Michigan man was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism after allegedly kicking a fire door at a police impound yard in the 2000 block of Laguna Canyon Road at 4:22 a.m. Oct. 30, Kravetz said.

The suspect, Brent Nowak, was attempting to get his towed vehicle released, and became angry when there was a problem with the payment, Kravetz said.

The kick caused more than $500 in damage.

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