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Men Crash Vehicle Into Parked Cars; Arrested For DUI, Resisting Arrest

January 22, 2015 Comments Off on Men Crash Vehicle Into Parked Cars; Arrested For DUI, Resisting Arrest posted by: Bail Expert
 

Two men who are accused of crashing a BMW into some parked cars were arrested and booked at the Laguna Beach Jail.

Authorities said the incident took place just before 11:30 p.m., when witnesses said they saw the car speeding along the Pacific Coast Highway. At some point, the driver sideswiped two cars before pulling over and making a run for it.

The man’s passenger was quick to follow; he also fled the scene of the accident. Laguna Beach Police officers spotted them and yelled at them to stop but the suspects refused. When officers did catch up with them they determined that both men were intoxicated.

The driver was booked on charges of hit and run, resisting arrest and DUI. His passenger was charged with resisting arrest and being drunk in public.

Original story: Two men arrested in Laguna Beach after their BMW hits parked cars

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Laguna Beach PD Crime Log

January 16, 2015 Comments Off on Laguna Beach PD Crime Log posted by: Bail Expert
 

Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department have responded to a number of calls in recent weeks.  Below are just some of the incidents they were sent out to investigate.

In the first part of the month, officers responded to several reports regarding vehicular burglary. In once case the criminal used a drill to break into the car. In a second, an unknown person broke into a silver Prius.  The estimated value of the losses for these burglaries have not been made public.

On the 8th, LBPD investigators looked into reports of a traffic collision, a stolen vehicle and petty theft.  Officers have not said if the stolen Nissan has since been recovered the suspects in the petty theft incident remain at large.  The victim said a wallet was stolen from inside her purse and it’s estimated that she lost about $500 as a result.

If anyone who has information about these or other recent crimes they are asked to call the Laguna Beach PD tip line.  Once the suspects are captured they’ll be booked into the Laguna Beach Jail pending bail bonds.

Read the full story here:  Laguna Beach blotter Jan. 15

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New K-9 Officer Joins The Laguna Beach PD

November 12, 2014 Comments Off on New K-9 Officer Joins The Laguna Beach PD posted by: Bail Expert
 

The Laguna Beach Police Department has confirmed a new officer has joined the ranks.

The latest recruit has four-legs and a big smile, they said, and the K-9 has been named to honor an officer who died on duty in Sept. 2013. Officer Jon Coutchie served previously as an Army Ranger, which is where the police dog’s name was derived from.

Ranger is set to make his public debut later this month.

A number of local groups chipped in to help pay for the fees associated with purchasing the dog; the total expense is said to be somewhere around $14,000.

Officers say Ranger will help the department in a number of capacities, including drug searches, helping take down fleeing criminal suspects and will of course be able to assist during community relations functions.

The dog was purchased from a breeder in Riverside County, they said, and the department couldn’t be happier to have him on board.

Read the full story here: Police welcome new recruit

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Public Outlines Wish List For New Laguna Beach PD Chief

September 15, 2014 Comments Off on Public Outlines Wish List For New Laguna Beach PD Chief posted by: Bail Expert
 

At a recent forum, members of the community said there are several key qualities that the next Laguna Beach Police Department Chief should have.

Namely, they want someone who is compassionate, can interact well with community members and who understands the small beach town has many unique qualities.

The former Laguna Beach PD Chief retired last month, according to sources within the department, and the City Manager is still working to find the perfect candidate to replace him.

City records show the department has an annual operating budget of more than $14.5 million dollars.  They staff roughly 49 sworn officers, more than four dozen seasonal and volunteer employees and it also employs more than 35 civilian personnel.

The City Manager said he’s committed to working with the City Council to evaluate the best possible fit for the position and will also make sure to get input from the police employees association.

Members of the public said they’d also like to see a new leader who can help ensure officers are not needlessly rude, and who can help strengthen existing bonds between the public and the Laguna Beach Police.

 

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Laguna Beach PD Chief Announces Retirement

August 13, 2014 Comments Off on Laguna Beach PD Chief Announces Retirement posted by: Bail Expert
 

A spokesperson for the Laguna Beach Police Department has confirmed that 60 year-old Police Chief Paul Workman will soon be retiring.

The 38-year veteran has been leading the department for the past five years, they said, noting those who have worked alongside him throughout his tenure say he will be missed.

Workman started his career in law enforcement when he became a reserve officer in 1975.  From there, he took a full time position and enrolled in the police academy.

During his time with the LBPD the soon-to-be-retiring Chief worked in a number of different roles including captain and eventually, interim chief.

City officials say he has been a trusted leader who has been very good at his job.  They went onto say his leadership within the Laguna Beach PD will be missed.

The city has not yet said if they have narrowed the candidate pool in terms of hiring a replacement, but they have said the process will be thoughtful.

Read the full story here: Police Chief to Retire

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Laguna Beach PD Cracks Down On Drum Circle

July 23, 2014 Comments Off on Laguna Beach PD Cracks Down On Drum Circle posted by: Bail Expert
 

The monthly, full moon drum circle has become a popular event in Laguna Beach, but the local police department may have tried to shut the most recent one down due to a predicted large turnout.

A spokesperson for the Laguna Beach Police said they deployed 12 officers, a fire department chef and two park rangers to the parking lots at Aliso Beach about two hours before the drumming was set to start.

Two free parking lots were blocked off, they said, and no one was allowed to enter.  Drummers said this was the first time anything like this has happened in the 12-years the circle has been taking place.

Early predictions indicated nearly 3,000 people had planned on coming out, according to officers, but the final tally, despite the lot closures, capped out at less than a thousand.

Although no one was arrested a spokesperson for the Laguna Beach PD said they did issue 15 citations.  Residents say they’re happy that officers were on hand because drug and alcohol consumption are likely consumed by those who attend the event.

If someone had been charged with drug possession, though, they would have been booked into the local jail where they would have been held until they could arrange for bail bonds.

Read the full story here:  Police suppress popular drum circle

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Laguna Beach PD arrest Logs

June 23, 2014 Comments Off on Laguna Beach PD arrest Logs posted by: Bail Expert
 

Members of the Laguna Beach Police Department have been quite busy in the past several weeks.  Below are just a few of the incidents they’ve responded to.

On June 9th, officers were called to investigate a theft at a local residence.  The homeowner said she suspected a housekeeper may have stolen up to $800 in merchandise.  If this in in fact the case, the suspect will be booked into the Laguna Beach Jail where she will be held pending bail bonds.

The following day, authorities arrested a man for indecent exposure and outstanding warrants.  He also provided false information to police at the time he was taken into custody, which is a very big no no.

If that man is not bailed out of the local jail he’ll eventually be taken to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.  From there, he’ll remain in custody until a friend or family member is able to hire a bondsman or until his case is over.

Read the full story here: Fire forces residents from home

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