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May 6, 1999 | Rebecca Harris, (949) 574-4205
The selection Tuesday of Lt. Linda Spreine as the city's new police chief marks the first time a woman has headed police services for any of the nine cities that contract with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Spreine, most recently a sergeant in the sex crimes division of the Sheriff's Department, will replace Capt. Joe Davis, the city's longtime head of police services. She has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. Her husband, Jim Spreine, is police chief for Laguna Beach.
March 21, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (949) 248-2168
About 10 anti-gay protesters held vigil in front of City Hall on Monday morning to protest a Police Department policy that allows residents to report incidents of hate speech. An opposing group of nine pro-gay protesters, wearing black clothes and masks, carried signs on the lawn near the Recreation Department. The anti-gay group, from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says the Police Department's policy infringes on the constitutional right to free speech.
October 22, 1992
Police Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr. was in good condition Wednesday after undergoing a medical procedure earlier this week to clear a blocked coronary artery, according to a spokeswoman from Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Deputy Chief Jim Spreine said Purcell, 52, will be back at work next week. "It's a very minor, successful procedure," Spreine said Wednesday. "I believe he's going to be released this afternoon.
January 20, 2000
Police were canvassing a north side neighborhood late Wednesday in search of witnesses to a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian on Cliff Drive on her 65th birthday. Laguna Beach Police Chief Jim Spreine said officers were seeking the driver of a light-colored Ford Ranger that was traveling at high speed about 6 p.m. Tuesday when it struck Elizabeth Stock near the intersection of Rose Bonheur Drive. Stock had given up driving several years ago because of the congestion on local streets.
April 22, 1993 | LESLIE EARNEST
Hoping to stem what police say is a surge of graffiti vandalism in this seaside colony, the City Council has instructed the city staff to draft a tough anti-graffiti ordinance. Sgt. Don Barney, who works with the Police Department's gang unit, has said graffiti vandalism has been "popping up all over the place" in Laguna Beach. Although some fear that the taggers are associated with gangs, police say the culprits are often local youths with no gang affiliation.
March 9, 1986 | Steve Emmons \f7
The first drunk-driving checkpoint to be tried in the city ended early Saturday with eight drivers arrrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and two others on "narcotics-related charges," the Police Department announced. "We're extremely pleased with the results," said Sgt. Linda Parker. More drunk-driving checkpoints will be tried in Laguna in the future, she said. With help from the California Highway Patrol, police ran their checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday to 2:45 a.m.
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