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October 10, 2013
AREA 1 Aster Street: Trespassing was reported in the 300 block at 10:34 a.m. Saturday. A man said he left his house unlocked while he took his dog for a walk, and upon return found trash on a table. Beverly Street: A caller reported a dog bit him in the 200 block at 4:39 p.m. Saturday. Cliff Drive: A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 300 block at 5:41 p.m. Saturday. * AREA 2 Laguna Canyon Road: A suspicious person was reported in the 20900 block at noon Saturday.
September 26, 2013
Laguna Beach is forecasting delays for outbound traffic on Laguna Canyon Road between Forest Avenue and El Toro Road on Friday morning. Extreme delays are expected from 7 to 11 a.m. because of the memorial service for Laguna Beach motorcycle officer Jon Coutchie, city planning official Monica Tuchscher wrote in an email. Coutchie, 41, died in a collision with a pickup at Cleo Street and South Coast Highway late Saturday. Laguna Beach police and other law enforcement agencies honored Coutchie, who had been with the department for four years, with a motorcade on Tuesday.
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 26, 2013
High above the Pacific Ocean, a wooden railing juts out of the mountainside, bearing testimony to lovers past and present. Dates, names and hearts have been carved into a long-lasting potpourri of amour. It was here that Jose Ruiz and Amayrani Figueroa's eight-year relationship took an unexpected turn Sunday - well, unexpected at least for one of them. The Riverside duo arrived at Main Beach at 11 a.m. to compete in the Laguna Beach Art Adventure. They weren't crowned victors of the three-hour scavenger hunt, but Figueroa walked away with spoils of her own - a 2-carat diamond ring, to be exact.
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.
September 17, 2013
A car stuck and injured a pedestrian trying to cross South Coast Highway at Cress Street in Laguna Beach on Monday, police said. A 56-year-old Medford, Ore., resident was walking within the crosswalk when a Lexus RX 350 hit her at about 1:10 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The driver, a 59-year-old Laguna Beach man, tried to make a left turn onto South Coast Highway but failed to see the woman, Callus said. The woman complained of pain to her left hip and leg and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, according to police.
By Bryce Alderton | September 12, 2013
Building a skate park across South Coast Highway from Aliso Beach Park in South Laguna remains an option, Community Services Director Ben Siegel told Recreation Committee members at their meeting Monday night. Siegel said he spoke with Orange County officials about a possible skate park of 9,000 to 12,000 square feet at a site that is now a parking lot and grassy area. "There's not a lot to update," Siegel said. "They were going to look at a couple issues, including ownership and feasibility.
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