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Heisman ring stolen from Laguna Niguel home

Former Los Angeles Rams running back John Cappelletti is pleading with the public to help find his stolen NFL and college memorabilia, including an anniversary ring for winning the Heisman Trophy while playing at Penn State.

Orange County sheriff’s investigators said thieves broke into Cappelletti’s Laguna Niguel home and made off with at least $50,000 in jewelry and sports memorabilia, including a 25-year anniversary Heisman ring. Investigators said they believe the break-in occurred Jan. 20.

Cappelletti, who played professional football with the then-Los Angeles Rams and the San Diego Chargers, won Penn State’s only Heisman Trophy in 1973. He played under the late Joe Paterno.


The former running back donated the trophy to the university’s All Sports Museum.

“It’s difficult,” Cappelletti said at a news conference on Tuesday. “You know, I’ve had a rough fall between the Penn State stuff and Coach Paterno last week and now something like this happening.”

Cappelletti was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.



City seeking bids for street project

The city of Aliso Viejo is accepting bids for the Pacific Park Drive and La Paz Road Street Rehabilitation Project, according to a news release from the city.

The project will include grinding and replacing existing asphalt, traffic loops, striping and markings, traffic control, and raising utility manholes and valve covers.

The work is expected to cost about $855,000. Bids are due by 2 p.m. Feb. 14 to the city clerk’s office at 12 Journey, Aliso Viejo.

For more information, call (949) 425-2530 or email


Aliso Viejo man on world tennis team

Aliso Viejo resident Stuart Duncan has been selected to represent the U.S. at the 32nd International Tennis Federation’s Seniors World Team Championships from Feb. 6 to 11.


Duncan is part of a team representing the U.S. in the competition that pits tennis players ages 35 and older against teams from 35 countries around the world, according to a news release. The championships will be in San Diego, and more than 1,000 athletes will participate.

Duncan was chosen for the U.S. team based on his outstanding record in 2011. He was undefeated and won two senior circuit events — the 85th Pacific Southwest Championships and the Babolat World Tennis Classic, according to the release.


Get help at tax filing workshops

The city of Aliso Viejo will host free tax filing workshops on Saturday and Feb. 18 for low-income families.

The workshops will be put on with help from Orange County United Way and Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

They will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aliso Viejo Family Resource Center, 24671 Via Iglesia.

Attendees should bring this year’s W-2 forms, Social Security card, photo ID, 1099 and 1098 forms and a copy of last year’s tax returns.


For more information, call Gracie Duran at (949) 425-2519 or email

—KTLA News and Kelly Parker