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Briefly In Public Safety

August 12, 2010

THC-laced cookies lead to arrest

A Newport Coast youth was arrested on suspicion of trying to sell cookies made with THC butter in the 600 block of South Coast Highway at 9:37 p.m. Aug. 4, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

The youth, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was booked and released to his parents.

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Dogs may have deterred burglar

Family dogs may have scared off a would-be burglar at a home in the 1500 block of Skyline Drive, Callus said. The residents reported at 9:03 a.m. Sunday that a window screen had been removed and the window left open about two feet. Nothing was stolen from the home.

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Spa employee accused of theft

A Laguna Beach spa employee was arrested on suspicion of stealing a $50,000 ring from a client at 2:42 p.m. Sunday, Callus said.

Courtney Taylor Torres, 23, of Corona, was working at a spa in the 600 block of North Coast Highway as a massage tech. She removed the ring from the client and placed it into a dish. When the massage was over, the client left but returned when she realized she had forgotten her ring. When she went back to the spa, the ring was gone. Torres was responsible for setting up the room for the next client, and during the investigation allegedly admitted that she took the ring, which was recovered and returned to the owner.

Torres was arrested on a grand theft charge and posted a $20,000 bond.

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Man Tasered in fight with officer

A 23-year-old Fountain Valley man was arrested after allegedly fighting with a police officer who had stopped to help him after he fell into the street at 7:17 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of North Coast Highway, Callus said.

Jon Franco Kelsey was running at full speed down the sidewalk when he tumbled into the street. A police officer observed this and tried to help Kelsey, when Kelsey's girlfriend approached and allegedly told the officer that Kelsey had just taken LSD.

The officer tried to escort Kelsey off the street, but Kelsey allegedly charged the officer and attempted to punch and kick him. The officer drew and discharged his Taser but the weapon was too close to be effective, Callus said. The two began to wrestle on the ground and Kelsey threw the much larger officer off of him. Two citizens stopped to assist and, with their help, the officer was able to get Kelsey under control and in handcuffs.

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