Briefly In Public Safety

Register contact information with AlertOC

The city of Laguna Beach is encouraging residents to register with AlertOC during September, which is National Disaster Preparedness month.

AlertOC, the county's mass notification system, plays a crucial role in providing residents with information or instructions in case of wildfire, flood or other disaster.

Local home phone numbers are already registered with the program, but if residents wish to include cell phone numbers, email addresses and more, they can add their information at

Also, at 5 p.m. Oct. 21, the city will participate in an emergency test coinciding with the Great Shake Out, which replicates a large-scale emergency. During the event, thousands of numbers will be called using the AlertOC system.

For more information, contact AlertOC coordinator Jordan Villwock at (949) 497-0701 or


Dunk-a-Cop fundraiser will be at Main Beach

The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. is hosting a "Dunk-a-Cop" fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the cobblestones of Main Beach.

Just $1 will buy community members a chance to dunk one of Laguna's finest. Officer Mike Short designed the logo for T-shirts, which will be on sale for $15.

All the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

— Kelly Parker


Illinois man struck by car on Coast Highway

A male pedestrian was hit by a car at the corner of Coast Highway and Aster Street late Sept. 8.

Police report that an Illinois man was arguing with his girlfriend at 9:51 p.m. During the altercation he told her he was leaving and ran across Coast Highway when traffic was not at a stop.

He was hit by a vehicle traveling south and was thrown into the air. He landed on the hood of a car traveling the opposite direction in the left turn lane.

He seriously injured his left arm, had a laceration on his head and was scraped up. Police report that he is expected to fully recover.


Suspected drunk driver arrested with three prior DUIs

A witness reported a drunk driver coming into Laguna Beach from El Toro Road at 5:32 a.m. Saturday.

Police initiated a traffic stop on Laguna Canyon Road and arrested Christian Cervantes, 32, of Fontana, on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. This was Cervantes' fourth DUI arrest, Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

Passenger Arthur Matthew Gutierrez, 32, of Pomona, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest, which had bail set at $50,000.

— Joanna Clay

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