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January 3, 2014 | By Sam Lubell
If you worked on a house for five years, you'd call it a labor of love, right? What if that process took 25 years? Is there a name for that? This is the story behind architect Paul Zajfen's epic quest in Laguna Beach. Zajfen, a design principal at the Los Angeles firm CO Architects , bought an ocean-view site on the steep, winding bluffs of Laguna in 1989. His dream was to create a modern oasis, hugging the landscape and opening to the elements. Then things got messy.
November 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Laguna Beach has been ranked No. 1 in the preseason Southern Section Division 1 girls' water polo rankings. Here's the link to complete rankings.  
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Maddy
Thursday, October 31st CITY METRO LEAGUE View Park 44, Douglass 22 SOUTHERN SECTION BASELINE LEAGUE Los Osos 27, Glendora 26 Rancho Cucamonga 44, Alta Loma 7 DEL RIO LEAGUE California 27, Pioneer 8 EMPIRE LEAGUE Placentia Valencia 41, Cypress 3 GARDEN GROVE LEAGUE Rancho Alamitos 44, Westminster La Quinta 14 ORANGE LEAGUE Magnolia 35, Anaheim 14 Santa Ana Valley 34, Century 9 ORANGE COAST...
October 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
If Nathan Lancaster of Laguna Beach feels a little sore at school on Friday morning, he'll have a good excuse. On Thursday night, the 6-foot, 185-pound senior set an Orange County rushing record with a reported 552 yards in 31 carries and scored seven touchdowns in an Orange Coast League game against Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. The old record was 527 yards. Laguna Beach ended up losing to Calvary Chapel, 62-56, in overtime on a Danny Mattero touchdown pass to Luke Buran. Mattero passed for 505 yards and five touchdowns.
October 18, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Jen Kessy, a 36-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, was one of the happiest athletes in the world a year ago. She was an Olympic beach volleyball silver medalist with partner April Ross and no one was happier than her sports-crazy father Ron Kessy. This year Ron, only 57, died in his sleep of a heart attack, shortly after Kessy had returned from a tournament in China. "It's just been one of the worst years of my life," Kessy said Friday after she and partner Rachel Scott, seeded fifth at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event in Huntington Beach, were upset in the first round by Sarah Day and Kaitlin Nielsen, 21-17, 21-23, 15-13.
October 3, 2013 | By Bryce Alderton
Two Laguna Beach men have been arrested on suspicion of selling counterfeit artwork, Laguna Beach police said Thursday. Vincent Lopreto, 48, and Ronald Bell, 49, are accused of selling fake artwork that they claimed was by Damien Hirst, an English-born artist who has exhibited throughout the world, online and through auction houses. Both men are accused of first-degree identity theft and operating a scheme to defraud. They are being held at the Orange County jail awaiting extradition to New York, where the investigation began.
September 24, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Jason Wells
The response to a planned motorcade for a fallen Laguna Beach police officer Tuesday has taken his comrades by surprise, according to a briefing from a department captain. Longtime officer Jon Coutchie, 41, died late Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Coast Highway at Cleo Street. It was the first death in the line of duty of a member of the  small police department since 1953. Coutchie's body is scheduled to be picked up at the Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
September 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A deputy-involved shooting in Laguna Niguel left a suspect dead and three people wounded, including a deputy, authorities said Tuesday night. The incident was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Chandon, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. Gunfire broke out at the scene, and one person described as a suspect was pronounced dead there, the department said. Three people, including the deputy, were taken to local hospitals with injuries. There were no immediate details on the extent of their injuries.
September 23, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Flags in Laguna Beach have been lowered to half-staff after a longtime city police officer was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck while he was searching for a speeding motorist. Jon Coutchie, 41, collided with the truck late Saturday on Coast Highway at Cleo Street, said Laguna Beach Police Capt. Jason Kravetz. It was the small police department's first death in the line of duty since 1953. “This tragedy is an important reminder of how our police department puts its life on the line each and every day to protect all of us,” said Elizabeth Pearson, the city's mayor pro tem. The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
September 22, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
The call came over the police radio late Saturday, during what so far had been a routine shift for Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie. Hey, there's a car speeding through town . Coutchie responded without hesitation, as he had done so many times before. The 41-year-old mounted his motorcycle to try to cut off the car before it reached downtown, where partygoers filled the sidewalks and spilled into the streets. Coutchie was headed north on Coast Highway at about 11:30 p.m. when his Honda ST1300 collided with a GMC pickup truck making a left turn on Cleo Street.
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