Briefly In Public Safety

June 11, 2010

Allegedly abducted girl was at hotel

An Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter was hovering above the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach Wednesday after a report that a 16-year-old Kansas girl and her stepfather, who had allegedly abducted her, were at the hotel, Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert on local freeways after the girl was reported missing in Kansas and believed to be staying in Orange County, according to news reports.

"We had been alerted that an abducted 16-year-old girl was possibly staying at the hotel," Kravetz said. "Several investigators from our department responded to the scene in order to find the missing child. It turns out the information was good, but not current. They had checked out on Sunday after staying one night."


The girl was found in San Diego Wednesday afternoon and her stepfather was arrested.

Two cited in underaged alcohol sales

Two employees of two restaurants were issued citations June 4 for selling liquor to a minor during a police undercover Alcoholic Beverage Control minor decoy operation, Kravetz said.

The operation included the use of four minors under the age of 21, who entered businesses and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. Twenty businesses were entered, and at all but two, the ID of the decoys was checked.

Employees at Tabu Grill and Mosun failed to check the ID of the decoys, Kravetz alleged.

"This was the fourth Minor Decoy Operation the department has conducted in the past nine months and was certainly the most successful in terms of business employees checking the identification and ages of individuals who are severed alcoholic beverages," Kravetz said.

Personnel costs associated with the minor decoy operation are completely refundable by a grant the Laguna Beach Police Department has received from the Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Man arrested on suspicion of making threats

A 47-year-old Anaheim man was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats against a Coast Hardware employee at 1:38 p.m. June 2, Kravetz said.

Donn Alan Johnson was caught allegedly urinating on the building, and an employee told him to go elsewhere.

In response, Johnson removed his shirt and allegedly threatened physical harm to the employee, telling him he would smash a wooden pallet over his head. Police officers were called and found Johnson on Main Beach. He was held on $50,000 bail, according to police records.

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