Get rid of unwanted, unused prescription drugs Oct. 29

The Laguna Beach Police Department is encouraging residents to participate in the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29.

The department will host an anonymous, no-questions-asked site to drop off expired, unwanted or unused prescription medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Suzi Q Community Center's underground parking lot, 383 Third St.

The event is aimed at combating the rise in prescription drug abuse and addiction, according to a news release from the Police Department. This is the third nationwide initiative; the last one brought in more than 121 tons of medication across the country.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Det. Larry Bammer at (949) 497-0383 or email

—Kelly Parker


Former CEO of Hennessey's arrested

The former CEO of Hennessey's Inc., the company that owns Hennessey's Tavern in Laguna Beach, was arrested Oct. 6 in Rancho Palos Verdes on a warrant that included 19 felony counts.

James Cram, 54, is accused of embezzling from the Redondo Beach-based company and its owners Paul and Jennifer Hennessey, according to a Redondo Beach Police press release.

He is suspected of embezzling about $1,146,000 over the course of his employment from 2006 to 2010.

The charges include grand theft, money laundering and tax evasion.

Cram is currently being held on $500,000 bail.

Besides Laguna Beach, Hennessey's Tavern has locations in Carlsbad, Dana Point, Hermosa Beach, La Jolla, Las Vegas, Manhattan Beach, Pacific Beach, Redondo Beach, downtown San Diego and Seal Beach.

—Joanna Clay


Brush fire squelched in Top of the World

Laguna Beach and county firefighters responded to a blaze at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near fire road trails at the north end of Alta Laguna Boulevard, according to Division Chief Dan Stefano.

The fire — with flames reportedly more than 20 feet high — broke out on a day of record heat in many areas, and firefighters used "aggressive efforts" to extinguish it within 30 minutes.