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By Britney Barnes | December 27, 2012
It's not every day that people get the chance to do something creative that they're not only passionate about, but also pays their bills. Toes on the Nose window dresser Sydney Hensler says she got lucky. "It's something I never expected to do, but it totally fits me in a weird way," the Newport Beach resident said. "I really enjoy doing it, and I really enjoy doing it in Laguna Beach because I feel like it's a community that appreciates it. " Hensler, 28, was working at Toes on the Nose in downtown Laguna about two years ago when she was asked to try her hand at the storefront windows that face South Coast Highway.
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By Cindy Frazier | January 4, 2008
The new year started off with tragedy in Laguna Beach. A 36-year-old San Pedro man shot himself dead in midtown Laguna after being pulled over by police investigating a drive-by police shooting at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The victim, identified as Daniel Armijo, was pulled out of a Silverado pickup truck at the corner of South Coast Highway and Cress Street, taken to South Coast Medical Center and pronounced dead. Preceding the deadly shooting, police said Armijo pointed a semi-automatic handgun out of the truck window and fired at a Laguna Beach patrol officer before he was pulled over by police.
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By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 23, 2013
Authorities continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding a collision that killed a 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer Saturday - the first on-duty death in 60 years. Jon Coutchie was riding a motorcycle north on South Coast Highway when a 1997 GMC pickup attempted to turn left onto Cleo Street at 11:44 p.m., said Aaron Rothberg, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol's Capistrano office on Monday. Coutchie hit the truck's passenger side and was thrown from his motorcycle, according to Laguna Beach police and the CHP. Police and fire officials provided medical aid, but Coutchie died at the scene, Laguna Beach Capt.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 9, 2009
Laguna Beach police are trying to locate a wrong-way hit-and-run driver who allegedly struck an off-duty Orange County Firefighter at 12:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Brooks Street and South Coast Highway, Lt. Jason Kravetz said. Witnesses told officers that the victim was crossing South Coast Highway, in a marked crosswalk, when a vehicle traveling southbound in a northbound lane struck him. The victim, Luke Perisin, 38, of Dana Point, was thrown approximately 50 feet before landing in the roadway.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 9, 2012
The Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau's information center will temporarily be tucked back into Forest Lane, as long as it conforms to city regulations. The City Council on Tuesday approved the temporary relocation of the center while visitors bureau officials try to find a permanent spot. The center previously was located on the ground floor of Coast Sotheby's International office at 361 Forest Ave., which it vacated last month. Council approval is subject to Planning Commission approval of a coastal development permit, a temporary use permit for up to three years, and the design of the project.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
Doris Helen Thurston Boyd Doris Helen Thurston Boyd, a native Lagunan, died Aug. 20, surrounded by family. She was 89. Mrs. Thurston Boyd was the youngest of two daughters of Laguna pioneers Joseph Smith Thurston and Marie Harding Thurston. Joe Thurston came to his father's homestead in Aliso Canyon in 1871 and was noted as being one of the founding fathers of Laguna Beach. Marie Thurston was one of the first school teachers in Laguna Beach, teaching in a one-room school house and was later honored with having the junior high school named after her. In her early years, Mrs. Thurston Boyd was a participant in the opening celebration of South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, which was attended by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
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February 27, 2014
A Costa Mesa woman reported missing by her mother was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday afternoon in Laguna Beach, according to police. Larissa Cole Cederquist, 36, was taken into custody after being pulled over near Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway, Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. Laguna Beach police responded to reports of a reckless driver in a silver Ford Escape and spotted the car near Broadway Street and South Coast Highway at 3:29 p.m., Callus said.
NEWS
January 16, 2004
TUESDAY Broadway and Forest Avenue: A driver was cited on suspicion of possessing marijuana and driving with an open container of alcohol at 2:35 p.m. Broadway and South Coast Highway: A person was reported yelling and screaming on the boardwalk at 7:44 p.m. Cliff Drive and North Coast Highway: A woman reported her purse had been stolen from her vehicle at 11:29 a.m. on Saturday. Forest Avenue: A person went to the Laguna Beach police station to report finding a tennis racket at 9:49 a.m. North Coast Highway and Emerald Bay: A Los Angeles resident was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest after he reportedly fled from officers who were warning him not to walk on the highway at 1:12 a.m. South Coast Highway: A customer and grocery store employee were reportedly having an argument in the 30800 block at 1:48 p.m. MONDAY 2nd Street and Forest Avenue: A hit-and-run by the driver of a small SUV was reported at 12:18 p.m. No injury was reported.
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April 30, 2014
A woman was hospitalized after two cars collided on South Coast Highway on Friday morning, Laguna Beach police said. The crash occurred at 8:05 a.m. in the 2400 block when a 24-year-old San Clemente woman, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, made an illegal U-turn from the northbound side of South Coast Highway north of Upland Road, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man driving a Chevrolet Volt hit the Corolla, sending the car across southbound lanes, police said.
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March 25, 2014
An Irvine woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after she hit a car parked on South Coast Highway on Sunday, Laguna Beach police said. According to police, Kimberly Ann Broyles, 44, was taken into custody after she drove her BMW 328i into a parked Honda Accord while traveling north in the 100 block at 4:07 p.m. Neither Broyles nor the two occupants in the Honda were injured, and police did not know the amount of damage to either car. —Bryce Alderton Twitter: @AldertonBryce
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March 20, 2014
Nyes Place: Trespassing was reported in the 600 block at 11:34 a.m. Monday. Cliff Drive: A man reported a stolen iPhone at 12:33 p.m. Monday. High Drive: A woman reported items worth $2,500 were stolen from her car in the 300 block at 1:57 p.m. Monday. South Coast Highway: A woman reported a Macbook Pro and $427 in cash were stolen from a Jeep Grand Cherokee in the 1200 block at 2:25 p.m. Monday. Coast Highway: A homeowner reported vandalism to a garage door in the 31300 block at 2:34 p.m. Monday.
NEWS
March 10, 2014
A pickup truck hit and injured two pedestrians Thursday night in Laguna Beach, police said. The incident occurred at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Street and South Coast Highway, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach man in a Nissan was turning left from South Coast Highway toward Thalia Street on a green light when he hit a 52-year-old Laguna Beach man and a 53-year-old Aliso Viejo woman who were crossing the highway, Kravetz said. The man suffered broken bones while the woman sustained a head injury, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening, Kravetz said.
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By Billy Fried | February 27, 2014
Last week I wrote on how to rid Laguna of traffic and make downtown more livable. Most of it will take years to realize. But some of it — the most transformational ideas — can be done now. And cheaply. Since I arrived in Laguna 15 years ago, I've been dumbstruck by our dearth of public space — particularly downtown, on lower Forest Avenue. It fairly begs for it, with its narrow opening and closing at each end, framed by mature magnolias and stately eucalyptus. It's like four tent poles needing enclosure.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
A Costa Mesa woman reported missing by her mother was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday afternoon in Laguna Beach, according to police. Larissa Cole Cederquist, 36, was taken into custody after being pulled over near Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway, Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. Laguna Beach police responded to reports of a reckless driver in a silver Ford Escape and spotted the car near Broadway Street and South Coast Highway at 3:29 p.m., Callus said.
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February 4, 2014
A tractor trailer pushed a pickup into a utility pole along South Coast Highway early Saturday, Laguna Beach police said. No injuries were reported. The big rig pushed the unoccupied Ford Ranger 50 to 60 feet until it hit a pole at 3:31 a.m. near Moss Street and South Coast Highway, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. "The tractor trailer was driving north and drifted to its right, striking the pickup and pushing it into the pole," Callus said. She added that no drugs or alcohol were involved.
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