January 15, 2010
Smith wins half-marathon Laguna Beach resident Cheryl Smith won the 19th annual Southern California Half Marathon on Saturday in Irvine. Smith finished the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 27 seconds. She was the top woman finisher by 4 minutes, 14 seconds. Mario Macias of Alamosa, Colo., was the men?s winner in 1:05:33. Smith, 29, won the Long Beach Marathon in October and has won the OC Marathon three times, including a women?s record of 2:38:38 in 2008.
June 12, 2009
Carista Strickland first started running marathons when she turned 40. Good luck getting her to stop now. The times keep getting faster for Strickland, now 47 and an assistant track coach at Laguna Beach High. She finished this year?s Los Angeles Marathon in a time of three hours, 14 minutes and seven seconds, which was first in the women?s 45-49 age division. Overall, it was the 209th fastest time out of more than 10,000 runners. Strickland, an Aliso Viejo resident who works as a personal trainer in Laguna Beach, was also the 18th fastest woman overall.
March 26, 2010
Cheryl Smith ran the Los Angeles Marathon for the first time Sunday, and she did so under the ?elite? runner qualification. That meant she got all the perks, including a stay at the dugout club at Dodger Stadium before warming up for the race, which went from the stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. She was on television at the start of the race ? her friends sent her the video to prove it. But even Smith, the 29-year-old Laguna Beach resident, gained some perspective. ?
February 28, 2003
Woman in razor blade case pleads guilty The woman accused of planted razor blades on playgrounds across South County, including at Main Beach, pleaded guilty Wednesday to 18 felony counts of attempted child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Main Beach was the first place that was struck, back in April 2002. Eventually, razor blades, nails and other sharp objects were placed at 10 playgrounds in the area. Authorities say the suspect, Lori Elizabeth Fischer, 22, of Mission Viejo, has a mental illness, for which she has been receiving treatment since her arrest last June.
October 17, 2008
A higher-than-expected number of new students has led to an influx of new staff members at Laguna Beach Unified School District. Many of the newcomers have interesting backgrounds in addition to their professional strengths. ?At El Morro Elementary School, Technology Support Aide Van Le is a second-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. Melissa Martinez , an instructional assistant, is the mother of three boys. Nicole Osmanian Petersen and Camilla Maki round out the new classified, or non-teaching, staff and are also serving as instructional assistants, as well as being moms.