Briefly In Public Safety

March 28, 2013

Man yells, spits at officer

Laguna Beach Police charged a man with assault after he yelled obscenities and flipped off an officer at a traffic stop Saturday, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email.

Police arrested Laguna Beach resident Eli Grossman, 60, after responding to a call at 9:52 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glenneyre Street, Callus said. Grossman drove up to the officer and began yelling, according to the report. The officer reportedly turned to get away and Grossman followed him.


The officer parked his car and Grossman came to the officer's door and continued yelling obscenities, Callus said. Grossman allegedly spit on the officer through the open car window.

"[Grossman] had not been drinking; he just doesn't care for the police," Callus said. "This is not the first incident."


Man arrested for resisting arrest

Police charged a man with resisting arrest after he allegedly harassed women and asked to eat customers' food inside a South Coast Highway restaurant Saturday night.

Laguna Beach police arrested Nicholas Glenn Zink, 33, of Laguna Niguel and he is no longer in custody, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department website.

The alleged incident took place at NEApolitan Pizzeria and Birreria at 31542 South Coast Hwy. Police received the first call at 8:06 p.m. Saturday.

Police also received a second call from a man who said Zink reportedly jumped into his car, demanding he drive to the restaurant, according to the police log.


Fraudulent painting investigated

A Laguna Beach resident reported someone tried to sell art under her deceased father's name using a website based in Europe.

Police declined to give the woman's name, but said the victim alerted police to the alleged fraud at 11:20 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made, according to police.

The victim claimed her father, Sacha Thebaud, was a famous painter, Callus said. A representative from the website,, contacted the woman regarding one of her father's paintings. Someone submitted the painting to the website for auction, police said.

The woman discovered the painting was counterfeit. The signature on the painting was not her father's and the type of media used was not correct, Callus said. The painter used oil, but the woman told police her father never used oil. Callus said there is no evidence that a crime occurred in the U.S.


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