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By Cindy Frazier | April 8, 2009
Laguna Beach Police Chief Mike Sellers has announced his resignation effective May 8. Sellers, who joined the department in October, 2005, has accepted a new position as Chief of the Fullerton Police Department, a city nearly three times the size of Laguna Beach. Thirty-year department veteran Paul Workman has been named Interim Police Chief for an indefinite period, according to a press statement today from City Manager Ken Frank. Workman will assume the post on the day Sellers departs.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
K-9 unit may return to Laguna Beach The police department is hoping to bring a K-9 unit back to Laguna Beach. The department has not had a police dog for the past two years, after Max and his handler, Manny Nunez, retired from service. A canine on the force is beneficial because it is capable of doing things that police officers cannot, said Capt. Paul Workman. The dogs' sense of smell is far better than a human's and the dogs can be trained to search for drugs or explosives.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Police nab accused vehicle burglars Police caught two suspected car burglars in the act Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Aliso Creek Inn on South Coast Highway, police said. After reports of car burglaries in the area over the last six months, police went to Aliso Creek Inn at 3:30 p.m. Friday with several unmarked and marked police units, police said. Officers in an unmarked car noticed two men standing near a car in the parking lot and recognized the men from previous surveillance videos, police said.
LOCAL
November 27, 2009
Workman appointed as police chief Interim Police Chief Paul Workman has been appointed permanent chief for the city of Laguna Beach, City Manager Ken Frank announced late Wednesday. ?Since April of this year Paul Workman has been serving as interim police chief for the city of Laguna Beach. Previously he had been a captain for 15 years. He has worked approximately 30 years as an officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department and currently resides in Laguna Beach,? Frank stated.
NEWS
July 9, 2004
Calm prevails during the holiday Laguna public safety agencies reported that Independence Day passed without posing significant problems for the city. "Citywide, we had 15 fire calls, which were not that significant," Fire Marshall Mike Macey said. Not all of the calls were for fires, Macey said. Some were from people needing medical help. Firefighters did not roll out on any emergencies resulting from people lighting off private fireworks. "None of them resulted in any negative impact, whether it be an injury that we treated or a fire," Macey said.
LOCAL
By By Dan Beighley | December 16, 2005
In wake of a recent state report, tsunami danger is high on city's safety agenda.Six weeks after taking charge of the Laguna Beach Police Department, Chief Mike Sellers said he has not met any surprises, and is actively working with his staff to handle community issues before they become problems. Sellers said that not a week goes by that he does not deal with the prospect of a natural disaster occurring in town. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," Sellers said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
Former Laguna Beach Police Chief Michael Sellers has taken an indefinite medical leave from his current position as Fullerton's police chief. Before Wednesday's announcement, Fullerton officials and residents had been demanding Sellers' resignation following the death of a homeless schizophrenic man after a confrontation with police. In her demand for Sellers' resignation, Fullerton City Councilwoman Sharon Quirk-Silva reportedly alluded to his failure to publicly represent the department, which is under investigation by local and federal officials for the handling of the case.
NEWS
July 26, 2002
Mary A. Castillo On any given week the Laguna Beach Police log has a few calls from people threatening suicide. An officer is always dispatched to that person to provide help. However this past week, officers were faced with two very serious suicide attempts. Shortly after midnight on July 16, the department received a call from a woman who was upset that her friend threatened to kill himself with a gun. "All officers on duty responded," said Sgt. George Ramos, who upon arriving at the corner home on 8th Avenue in South Laguna got on the phone and began negotiations with the man. Six officers surrounded the house.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 23, 2007
Retired UC Irvine Professor Theodore F. "Ted" Brunner, who helped revolutionize the research of ancient Greek texts, died March 7 at his Laguna Beach home. He was 72. Ted started the classics department at the university, but he was best known in academic circles as the founding director of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, the first digital library in the humanities, a project that brought international recognition to the university, according to Dean of Humanities, Karen Lawrence.
NEWS
March 21, 2003
OUR LAGUNA Larry Bammer measures 6 feet 3 inches, but in eyes of the Police Department and the community, he stands much taller. "Let all people know now and forever that Larry Bammer has earned the highest honor the Exchange Club can bestow on a police officer," John Bush said at a March 12 luncheon in honor of Bammer. Bush, who is president of the Laguna Beach Exchange Club, presented Bammer with the national club's Blue and Gold Award, given to officers who are wounded in the line of duty.
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NEWS
May 23, 2012
Despite a sluggish national economy - not to mention the state's budget woes - Laguna Beach seems to be in good shape, according to speeches given at the State of the City last week. The event, put on by the Chamber of Commerce May 18 at Montage Laguna, brought out several attendees and sponsors who enjoyed a lunch, entertainment by student musicians at the high school and an entertaining video narrated by chamber President Michael Kinsman that captured Mayor Jane Egly trolling the city and making her way to the State of the City event.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 3, 2011
New technology that uses computers to check car license plates with federal, state and local law enforcement databases will be coming to Laguna Beach. The City Council on Tuesday accepted a federal grant for two license plate readers, which are capable of connecting the plates with data on stolen vehicles, drivers with arrest warrants - even unpaid parking tickets. Two of the readers are being offered to each municipal police department in Orange County. "Right now, officers who drive around have to manually enter plates in their computers," said Police Chief Paul Workman.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
Former Laguna Beach Police Chief Michael Sellers has taken an indefinite medical leave from his current position as Fullerton's police chief. Before Wednesday's announcement, Fullerton officials and residents had been demanding Sellers' resignation following the death of a homeless schizophrenic man after a confrontation with police. In her demand for Sellers' resignation, Fullerton City Councilwoman Sharon Quirk-Silva reportedly alluded to his failure to publicly represent the department, which is under investigation by local and federal officials for the handling of the case.
LOCAL
November 27, 2009
Workman appointed as police chief Interim Police Chief Paul Workman has been appointed permanent chief for the city of Laguna Beach, City Manager Ken Frank announced late Wednesday. ?Since April of this year Paul Workman has been serving as interim police chief for the city of Laguna Beach. Previously he had been a captain for 15 years. He has worked approximately 30 years as an officer with the Laguna Beach Police Department and currently resides in Laguna Beach,? Frank stated.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | April 9, 2009
After 3 1/2 years on the job, Laguna Beach Police Chief Mike Sellers is moving up and out of Laguna. Sellers, who joined the department in October 2005, has accepted a new position as chief of the Fullerton Police Department, a city nearly three times the size of Laguna Beach. Police Capt. Paul Workman will be promoted to the position of interim chief for “an indefinite period,” City Manager Ken Frank said. Workman will begin his new job May 8, the day Sellers will officially be off the job. Sellers said he will miss Laguna Beach but felt the opportunity to serve a larger community, and make more money, was something he could not pass up. When he came to Laguna, he said he planned to stay until he retired.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | April 8, 2009
Laguna Beach Police Chief Mike Sellers has announced his resignation effective May 8. Sellers, who joined the department in October, 2005, has accepted a new position as Chief of the Fullerton Police Department, a city nearly three times the size of Laguna Beach. Thirty-year department veteran Paul Workman has been named Interim Police Chief for an indefinite period, according to a press statement today from City Manager Ken Frank. Workman will assume the post on the day Sellers departs.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 23, 2007
Retired UC Irvine Professor Theodore F. "Ted" Brunner, who helped revolutionize the research of ancient Greek texts, died March 7 at his Laguna Beach home. He was 72. Ted started the classics department at the university, but he was best known in academic circles as the founding director of the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, the first digital library in the humanities, a project that brought international recognition to the university, according to Dean of Humanities, Karen Lawrence.
LOCAL
By By Dan Beighley | December 16, 2005
In wake of a recent state report, tsunami danger is high on city's safety agenda.Six weeks after taking charge of the Laguna Beach Police Department, Chief Mike Sellers said he has not met any surprises, and is actively working with his staff to handle community issues before they become problems. Sellers said that not a week goes by that he does not deal with the prospect of a natural disaster occurring in town. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," Sellers said.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
K-9 unit may return to Laguna Beach The police department is hoping to bring a K-9 unit back to Laguna Beach. The department has not had a police dog for the past two years, after Max and his handler, Manny Nunez, retired from service. A canine on the force is beneficial because it is capable of doing things that police officers cannot, said Capt. Paul Workman. The dogs' sense of smell is far better than a human's and the dogs can be trained to search for drugs or explosives.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
Police nab accused vehicle burglars Police caught two suspected car burglars in the act Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Aliso Creek Inn on South Coast Highway, police said. After reports of car burglaries in the area over the last six months, police went to Aliso Creek Inn at 3:30 p.m. Friday with several unmarked and marked police units, police said. Officers in an unmarked car noticed two men standing near a car in the parking lot and recognized the men from previous surveillance videos, police said.
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