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By Kate Rogers | March 28, 2012
Brenda Conlan acted as a lightning rod for community angst around "social host" drinking by our kids at last week's Coffee Break at the Aliso Creek Inn.   Conlan, an internationally known expert on drug and alcohol use among teens, opened her talk by confessing that she had had a "passionate" relationship with drugs and alcohol from the ages of 12 to 17.  "The true carnage of addition is what happens between people — it is guaranteed to...
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By Ashley Breeding | July 17, 2009
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol and drug use among youths and teens is at an all-time high, and has been linked to physical fights and bodily harm, academic and occupational problems, illegal behavior, and, in many cases, death by vehicular accidents or overdose. “This problem is totally out of control,” said April Rath, director of crafts at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. “Parents are not taking responsibility for their children’s actions.
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By Cindy Frazier | April 22, 2008
Bon Jovi musician Richie Sambora pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of DUI today and will serve three years of informal probation during which time he may have no drugs or alcohol, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Sambora, 48, a Laguna Beach resident, had faced two misdemeanor counts for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more on March 28 in Laguna Beach. Sambora will also take three months of first offender alcohol awareness classes and pay standard court restitution fees, district attorney spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder stated in a press release.
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By Cindy Frazier | April 23, 2008
Bon Jovi musician Richie Sambora pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of DUI today and will serve three years of informal probation during which time he may have no drugs or alcohol, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Sambora, 48, a Laguna Beach resident, had faced two misdemeanor counts for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more on March 28 in Laguna Beach. Sambora will also take three months of first offender alcohol awareness classes and pay standard court restitution fees, district attorney spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder stated in a press release.
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February 27, 2004
Five caught buying alcohol for minors Five citations were issued in an undercover operation police used to catch adults who buy liquor for minors. On Feb. 20, police carried out a "shoulder-tap" operation around various stores that sell alcoholic beverages in the city. During the operation, an undisclosed 18-year-old "decoy" asked adults to purchase liquor while under the surveillance of detectives. Police said several adults refused to make illegal purchases, but five men were cited on suspicion of buying liquor for the decoy.
LOCAL
January 26, 2007
Officer accused of sex assault on trial A former Irvine police officer went on trial this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman while in uniform and on duty, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. David Alex Park, 31, is accused of sexual penetration by foreign object by threatening to use the authority of a public official, sexual battery and sexual battery by restraint. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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November 10, 2006
The following is a compilation of results from the Spring 2006 state-issued Healthy Kids Survey: GRADE 5 Among the 173 fifth-graders, 87% of the total fifth-grade population, interviewed: 34% of them claimed to have drunk alcohol at some point in their lives; 2% said they had used marijuana, an increase of 1% from two years ago. Compared to Spring 2004, tobacco use among fifth-graders has decreased...
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By Cindy Frazier | January 15, 2009
The most recent survey on drug and alcohol use by Laguna Beach students shows little improvement from a 2006 report that indicated the district had the highest use of intoxicants of any district in Orange County. A comparison of the earlier survey results with the 2008 Healthy Kids Survey shows that seventh- and ninth-graders have reduced their alcohol use somewhat, while 11th-graders have increased slightly. Marijuana usage, however, has increased in seventh and ninth grades — by 8 percentage points for ninth-graders — but went down by 5 percentage points in 11th grade.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 18, 2013
Richard Burgi tasted one of his dreams Wednesday night at Savannah Chop House restaurant in Laguna Niguel. The actor known for his role on "Desperate Housewives" teamed with friend James Pribram, a former professional surfer and environmentalist, on a fundraiser for Eco-Warrior Foundation, which promotes caring for beaches and wildlife and often holds beach cleanups in Laguna Beach. Burgi and Pribram were each responsible for making one $5 cocktail, with all proceeds and tips going to Eco-Warrior.
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January 31, 2013
Man evades police after suspicious person call An unidentified white male eluded Laguna Beach police officers during a search Monday afternoon in the 1700 block of Thurston Drive. Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person at 2:50 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an e-mail. As officers arrived, a white male was seen trying to hide against a planter in the driveway of one of the homes. The man, described as 6 feet tall, bald and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, got up and jumped over a fence, evading officers.
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By Joanna Clay | November 15, 2012
After hearing from about 40 residents, the Laguna Beach City Council agreed this week to move forward with a controversial law that penalizes parents who allow minors to use alcohol and drugs in their homes. The so-called social host ordinance, which was sent back to city administrators for minor revisions, would require first-offenders to take an alcohol-awareness class and levy $1,000 fines for subsequent misdemeanor-level offenses. If passed at an upcoming second reading, Laguna Beach would join Irvine, Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo as Orange County's fourth city to pass such a law. About 100 California cities have similar laws, according to Laguna Beach Police Chief Paul Workman.
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By Joanna Clay | October 4, 2012
About 40 people gathered to discuss their concerns about the proposed social host ordinance at a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday. Chief of Police Paul Workman and Capt. Jason Kravetz explained issues raised about the ordinance, which would prohibit adults hosting parties where alcohol is knowingly served to minors. Parents asked questions about kids sneaking alcohol into parties or being at parties where adults are drinking. Workman emphasized parents would have to have knowledge of underage drinking.
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By Joanna Clay | April 26, 2012
Members of the Laguna Beach Unified school board signed a resolution Tuesday in support of the Social Host Accountability Ordinance, which they want the City Council to consider drafting. The social host ordinance, which has been passed in other Orange County cities, fines adults for hosting parties or providing a place for minors to drink illegally. In its resolution, the board said research shows that adults serving as "social hosts" and private homes are the primary source and place where teens illegally consume alcohol.
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By Kate Rogers | March 28, 2012
Brenda Conlan acted as a lightning rod for community angst around "social host" drinking by our kids at last week's Coffee Break at the Aliso Creek Inn.   Conlan, an internationally known expert on drug and alcohol use among teens, opened her talk by confessing that she had had a "passionate" relationship with drugs and alcohol from the ages of 12 to 17.  "The true carnage of addition is what happens between people — it is guaranteed to...
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By Joanna Clay | December 8, 2011
While many associate sex addiction with the high-profile struggles of celebrities like Tiger Woods or David Duchovny, Laguna Beach-based New Life Ministries says the issue isn't just a problem for those in the public eye. Instead, they say, it's an addiction that everyday men suffer in private. Founder of New Life Ministries Steve Arterburn said he didn't realize the demand for sex addiction counseling until he co-authored the book, "Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time," with Fred Stoeker more than 10 years ago. With more than 3 million copies sold, Arterburn decided to start an intensive workshop to address the needs of thousands of men who claimed to be struggling with sexual addiction.
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By Cindy Frazier | November 17, 2011
When Laguna Beach resident Erica Upshaw was rear-ended on South Coast Highway at Nyes Place in a seven-car pileup Sept. 22, she woke up in the hospital saying "Joey. " She was lucky to be alive and calling out her dead brother's name after a drunk driver, who died days later at the hospital, hit her Mini Cooper at 50 mph. The driver of the car, Lee Henry Vuille, 73, was believed at first to be suffering from a diabetic condition, but later tests revealed his blood alcohol level to be higher than the legal limit, according to Laguna Beach police Lt. Jason Kravetz.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
Many people say if you're going to party in Laguna Beach, don't get behind the wheel. At least that's what Laguna Beach Police Department Det. Larry Bammer has heard people say about his city, which has garnered a reputation for DUI arrests. Driving while under the influence, whether due to alcohol or drugs, hits home for Bammer, who lost his sister to a drunk driver in February 2003. Jennifer Bammer was 22 when she died in a car accident on her way to Mammoth for a ski trip.
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