Two Laguna Beach art gallery owners are awaiting extradition to New York City for allegedly selling counterfeit art by Damien Hirst, reportedly England's wealthiest artist. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, the owners of Jazzart studio at 1452 South Coast Hwy., are being held in Orange Coun ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on how to donate to Jon Coutchie's family and memorial service details. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 23, 7 A.M.: Officer Jon Coutchie, a 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer, was riding his motorcycle near the end of his shift late Saturday night when he crashed in ... More >>
Wanted: the South County pothead who blew out birthday candles, rubbed the genie bottle and got the large end of the chicken breast bone.Why? Because large clumps of cannabis started washing ashore in Laguna Beach this afternoon.
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about prosecutors seeking other possible victims of Baback "Bobby" Azadgilani. Update No. 1 on the next page is about the suspect turning himself in to police and allegations of past harassment.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 17, 11:56 A.M.: Have you seen this fellow to the right?Lagun ... More >>
Gotcha Mr. Gotcha!Michael Elliot Tomson, the 58-year-old co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand, has been charged with felony DUI and possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor being under the influence of drugs following a traffic accident Monday in Laguna Beach.
UPDATE, OCT. 28, 12:03 P.M.: The publisher of an Irvine-based Persian magazine threatened to blackmail the family of Saeid Boustanabadi Maralan, the Laguna Beach rug store by manager and registered sex offender facing up to 60 years to life in state prison for allegedly sexually assaulting and/or ... More >>
All he needs now is a toy gun.We love stupid criminals. Which is why this story about a stupid, completely ineffective criminal is better than most.Last Tuesday, a man with a plastic bag over his head pulled up to a Fullerton Wendy's drive-thru window, pointed what appeared to be a gun at the ... More >>
View Larger Map UPDATE: Laguna Beach police arrested a second suspect in the Oct. 23 slaying of longtime Hotel Laguna catering manager Damon L. Nicholson. Lake Forest resident Jacob Quintanilla, 20, was booked into Orange County jail Friday night on suspicion of murder. Police believe Quintanilla wa ... More >>
Initial media reports about Sunday's improbable double killing at a ritzy Laguna Beach resort didn't mention who did the killing. Call me jaded, but that's odd. Always pause when journalists fail to provide answers to the basics: Who? What? When? Where? How? In this case, the Who? and the How? were ... More >>
Returning stolen treasure . . . and a SLUT ring