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  • Newport man sentenced to 7 years for writing more than $200,000 in bad checks

    A Newport Beach man was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to intentionally writing more than $200,000 worth of bad checks. Richard Scott Bloustine also will have to pay restitution to his victims and a $444,000 fine as part of his sentence, according to the Orange...

  • Pedestrian hit by vehicle near City Hall

    A 19-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman was hurt Tuesday night when she was hit by a vehicle near City Hall on Forest Avenue. At about 9:21 p.m., police responding to reports of a traffic collision found the woman, who had been struck by a vehicle driven by a 64-year-old woman from Anaheim, according...

  • Fire at home on Cortez extinguished

    A fire in Laguna Beach's Arch Beach Heights neighborhood left two people injured Tuesday though they declined medical treatment, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. Firefighters knocked down the blaze at a home on Cortez in about 15 minutes, he said. Authorities were investigating the...

  • Lack of water and improper pruning might have helped topple trees during windy weekend

    Lack of water and improper pruning might have helped topple trees during windy weekend

    A rain and wind storm Sunday caused a power outage and felled several trees in Laguna Beach, officials said this week, raising questions about the stability of vegetation in the city especially if El Niño delivers its expected punch this winter. Strong winds snapped branches from the trunks of...

  • Former Laguna Beach rug store manager pleads not guilty to sex crimes

    Former Laguna Beach rug store manager pleads not guilty to sex crimes

    A former Laguna Beach rug store manager accused of multiple sex crimes against women pleaded not guilty to all felony charges Monday in a Santa Ana courtroom. Attorney John Barnett, standing in Superior Court next to his client, Saeid Maralan, 57, said Maralan denies the nine charges, which include...

Business & Real Estate

  • This lawyer charges $0 an hour

    This lawyer charges $0 an hour

    Jane Fulton established the Seaside Legal Services office in Laguna Beach to help those who can't afford attorney fees.

  • Store donates $2,500 to Laguna Food Pantry

    The Laguna Food Pantry received a $2,500 donation from Smart & Final earlier this week. Smart & Final recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Laguna Hills grocery store with gifts to the food pantry, located in Laguna Canyon, and a Laguna Hills school for special-needs students. Donated...

  • Laguna's charm? That's a trademark

    Laguna's charm? That's a trademark

    As downtown specific plan comes up for renewal, opinions differ on whether city should favor mom-and-pop businesses over corporate brand names.

  • Arts Commission seeks designs for bench

    The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is seeking qualified artists for a bench and surrounding landscaping in Heisler Park. Professional artists residing throughout California may submit images of previous installations and a resume noting their public art pieces by Jan. 16. The 18 1/2-acre park is...

  • Window broken at Forest Avenue business

    A planter was thrown through the front window of a business on Forest Avenue whose operating permit is being revoked, Laguna Beach police said this week. A pedestrian alerted police to the broken window at Oceane Skin Care on Tuesday morning. Police had not yet determined the extent of the damage....

Education

  • Thurston Middle School gets honors from education alliance

    A group of state education agencies recently selected Thurston Middle School as one of 450 Schools to Watch, the second time in three years the Park Avenue campus has earned the honor. Members from three agencies — the California League of Schools, California Department of Education and California...

  • New Laguna Beach Unified program helps parents prepare their kids for kindergarten

    New Laguna Beach Unified program helps parents prepare their kids for kindergarten

    Learning Link, which has just come to the Laguna Beach district, helps parents get young children ready for that big step to school.

  • Thurston Middle School awarded funds for forensic/mock trial project

    Thurston Middle School was one of 15 Orange County schools to receive a grant from Cox Communications to fund programs on digital literacy, cyber citizenship — responsibly using the Internet — and STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics. Cox awarded $52,000...

  • Laguna Beach Unified School District seeks input in superintendent search

    The Laguna Beach Unified School District will hold three public input sessions in December as it works toward hiring a new superintendent. The three forums, facilitated by a member of consulting firm Hazard, Young Attea & Associates, will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 2; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7; and 9 a.m. Dec....

  • Teacher adds lifesaver to her resume

    Teacher adds lifesaver to her resume

    Laguna Beach resident Diane Allard was in an Irvine grocery store ready to get her hands on some strawberries last month when her cell phone rang. The caller told Allard that her 8-year-old son, Corwin, was in the Top of the World Elementary School nurse's office recovering after he choked on a...

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