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  • BREAKING NEWS: Three Cars Involved in Traffic Collision With a Pedestrian at 14th Street and Wilshire Blvd

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 25, 2023

    9/20/223: A 3 vehicle collision involving a pedestrian shuts down Wilshire at 14th Street on Wednesday afternoon. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital, with unknown injuries. Santa Monica Police issued the following alert at 3 pm: SMAlert | SMPD Advisory: Until further notice, please avoid the area of WILSHIRE and 14TH due to police activity. For more info The alert was secured at 5:30 pm PST....

  • Expo Line Train Collides With a Car in Santa Monica Saturday, Sending Train Operator to the Hospital

    Matthew Gonzalez|Feb 20, 2024

    10: An Exposition line train collided with a private automobile near the intersection of 7th Street and Colorado Blvd on Saturday. The train operator was slightly injured slightly. The SMPD issued the following press release on Twitter: Santa Monica Police and Fire and Metro Rail Supervisors responded to a train vs vehicle collision scene at the intersection of 7th and Colorado. The Expo Train bound for East Los Angeles struck the vehicle as it was headed Eastbound on the tracks alongside...

  • Driver of SUV Murdered in Shooting on 29th Street Near Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. Female Suspect at Large

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 29, 2024

    A shooting in the 2600 block of 29th street on Thursday morning has killed one victim. The perpetrator shot at a black Ford Mustang SUV , which was later parked on 29th Street near the 2900 block of Ocean Park Blvd. At 3 pm, the SMPD tweeted that the victim had died from his injuries. A photo from the scene, posted here, shows the drivers window having been smashed by the bullet. KTLA reported blood could be seen on the driver's side on the street. Late Friday afternoon, Police announced the...

  • Santa Monica Fire Dept Rescues Driver in Vehicle Hanging Off Edge of Parking Structure

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 11, 2024

    The SMFD rescued a driver Wednesday, after the driver crashed his SUV through a wall. The SUV was visible to pedestrians on the street below. Santa Monica Fire Department and Santa Monica Police Department responded to reports of a vehicle hanging off of a parking structure connected to Saint John's Hospital, located at 2021 Santa Monica Blvd. When first responders arrived on the scene, they located the vehicle over the 2nd floor of the structure, hanging towards the first floor of the parking...

  • One Woman Critically Injured After Car hits Pedestrian at 4th and Washington on December 23rd

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    An ambulance took one victim away from a car crash after one car failed to stop at the intersection of 4th and Washington, colliding with a pedestrian in the crosswalk. On Sunday, December 23, at approximately 8 pm, the Santa Monica Police and Fire Department responded to reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of 4th and Washington. Upon the arrival of police and fire, the patient was unconscious and was actively vomiting. The patient was being treated...

  • Christmas Eve Stabbing on Santa Monica Blvd and 14th Street Involves Two Tenants Who Knew Each Other.

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 28, 2023

    On Sunday, December 24, around 11:40 pm, Santa Monica Police and Fire responded to reports of an assault on the 1300 block of 14th Street. When the first officer arrived, they reported that a person was stabbed and relayed that information to the fire department. It is believed that the victims knew the suspect as it occurred in a unit at an apartment complex. There is no known motive for the stabbing at this time, and the suspect is believed to have been under the influence of a substance when...

  • Santa Monica High School Student Injured in fight

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 18, 2023

    A student at Santa Monica High School was injured in a fight Friday afternoon, caused authorities to transport one student to the hospital by ambulance. It was not immediately clear what the circumstances were, as this is breaking news....

  • Beverly Hills Police Announces Arrests in String of High Profile Armed Robberies in Los Angeles Area

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Dec 7, 2023

    The Beverly Hills Police Dept has announced that they have arrested two suspects in a string of recent high profile robberies in and around Beverly Hills. The LAPD and the Santa Monica Police Department also participated in the arrests. The announcement, posted to Instagram, is reposted here: "Major Breakthrough in Luxury Robbery Spree 🚨 In a remarkable joint operation with @santamonicapd, @lasdwesthollywoodstation, LAPD RHD, LA IMPACT, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex...

  • Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Closed by Man Climbing Ferris Wheel and Reportedly Issuing Bomb Threat

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 12, 2023

    5 pm the man, who turned out to be from Venezuela, climbed down from the Ferris wheel. Police reopened the southbound PCH. 4 pm PST: @SantaMonicaFire personnel continue to evacuate all individuals on the ferris wheel. Additionally information will be provided when available. Please stay away from the area. 3 pm PST From SMPD -The #SantaMonica Pier is closed for police activity. We have a subject who has climbed onto the Ferris Wheel. The subject was heard by witnesses saying he has a bomb. Our...

  • Three People Injured in Structure Fire Sunday morning on Idaho and 4th Street in Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff|Sep 18, 2023

    Three people were injured in a structure fire Sunday morning on Idaho and 4th Street in Santa Monica. An apartment complex on 4th and Idaho, all were smoke inhalation patients. All 3 were transported via ambulance to a local hospital....

  • Lionsgate Pictures HQ Cleared After Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) situation (updated)

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Sep 7, 2023

    On the last day of August, the Hazmat team was called to Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. ”We responded to assist with a report of a suspicious package containing white powder. The substance was collected by the Fire Department and we have since cleared the call,” wrote Erika R. Aklufi, Lieutenant, Office of the Chief of Police, Santa Monica Police Department at 1:41 pm PST. “Santa Monica Fire units were dispatched to a reported “Haz-Mat Level 2” located at 2700 Colorado Blvd. DBA “Lion...

  • Shooting on the Beach Near Ocean Avenue and Barnard Way Injures Two Teenage Girls in Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 10, 2023

    Two teenage girls were shot during a beach party at Ocean Avenue and Barnard Way in Santa Monica, report NBC news and other local news affiliates. The incident took place Friday evening, 7/7/23. It was initially announced that police had a suspect in custody. The SMPD now says the suspect ran away from the party, and they are searching for him. Santa Monica Police said Saturday morning that the victims were two teenage girls, age 14 and 17. Both were shot in the legs while attending a beach...

  • SMFD Puts Out Fire in 1000 Block of Marine Street

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 26, 2023

    Santa Monica Fire responded to multiple reports of a structure fire in the 1000 block of Marine Street. The fire occurred on June 20th, 2023 just before 6:30 am PST. There were 2 patients with medical complaints, neither of whom required transport to a local hospital....

  • SMFD Responds to Gas Leak at 720 Raymond Avenue in Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 20, 2023

    The Santa Monica Fire Department has responded to a "major gas leak" in an underground parking garage. The address is 720 Raymond Avenue, Santa Monica 90405. Southern California Gas Company is likely also on scene, since this involves their installation. This is breaking news as of 5:30 pm PST on Monday afternoon, 6/19/2023...

  • Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Evacuated, due to Suspicious Package

    Matthew Gonzalez|Jun 16, 2023

    Terminal 1 at LAX was evacuated by LAPD Friday night after work crews found a suspicious package. Home to Southwest Airlines, Terminal 1 was busy as we head into a three day weekend in early summer. This was breaking news on Friday night 6/16, at 10:30 pm PST. Details as they become available. KNX and Channel 7 have both reported that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is closed on the upper level, and traffic is barely moving through the lower level. Traffic is backed up for miles on the...

  • Federal Agents Arrest Musician Performing on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 5, 2023

    5/31: Federal police detained a musician performing on the Promenade on Wednesday afternoon at 5:50 pm. The reason for the arrest was not immediately apparent. We have reached out to authorities for comment. The suspect did not resist arrest. The arrest was recorded on the Citizen app and may be seen at this link:

  • Car Hits CVS Pharmacy on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 5, 2023

    6/1/23: A vehicle hit the CVS Pharmacy on Wilshire Blvd and Franklin in Santa Monica on Thursday. One patient was transported by ambulance to hospital. There was no property damage to the CVS, only to City of Santa Monica property. A Santa Monica Observer Newspaper rack also at that location, was undamaged....

  • Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself in the 800 Block of Second Street, Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 19, 2023

    A 15 year old boy was taken to a hospital Monday in stable condition after accidentally shooting himself in Santa Monica, the SMPD said. The Santa Monica Police Department responded to the 800 block of Second Street about 2:20 p.m. to a report about a gunshot wound. Officers arrived and located a boy, whose age was not disclosed, with an apparently self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound to his hand, wrote Myesha Morrison, SMPD PIO. It’s unclear how the boy obtained the firearm, but police s...

  • One Man Killed in Marina Del Rey Road Rage Incident Monday Afternoon

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2023

    A man was killed in a road rage shooting on Lincoln Blvd near Bali Way. The unidentified victim was shot in the chest and succumbed on scene to his injuries. This at about 12 noon on Monday afternoon, May 8, 2023. Reports of the incident originated on the Citizen app: The suspect was last seen fleeing northbound through the area in the black Kia with passenger-side damage from a collision. From KTTV: One person was shot to death Monday in what officials...

  • Car Drives Through Window of Yoshinoya Bowl at 2360 Pico Blvd

    Matthew Gonzalez|May 15, 2023

    A white sedan has driven through the window of the Yoshinoya Bowl restaurant located at 2360 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. This on Tuesday afternoon May 9, at about 2 pm PDT. "Since 1899, Yoshinoya has been cooking up delicious Japanese rice bowls, fast and at an affordable price," says the restaurant website....

  • SMPD Finds Remains of Man Missing Since an Uber Dropped Him Off 18 Months Ago

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 15, 2023

    On November 30, 2021, 39-year-old Beau Mann vanished in Los Angeles. He had just been dropped off by an Uber. The Santa Monica police announced on Twitter Monday morning that they had positively identified human remains found in Santa Monica two weeks ago, as Mann. Nearly a year and a half after Beau Mann, the founder of a digital health company, went missing from his Uber ride in November 2021, authorities located his remains in a courtyard area near an abandoned building in Santa Monica....

  • Assault Causes Injuries Saturday Night in Parking Lot at 2030 Ocean Avenue.

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 12, 2023

    On Saturday evening 5/6/23, the Santa Monica Fire Department was handling traumatic injuries suffered in an assault, at 2030 Ocean Ave lot 4 South. The assailant still on scene, in the area, this in the Southeast Corner of the parking lot. The victim was transported to UCLA hospital in Westwood. Separately, a structure fire was reported on Saturday night in Venice. The location was 2214 S Glyndon Ave cross of Victoria and Glyndon. An injured firefighter was reported to have hurt his knee. Also...

  • Hazmat Team Called to 2701 Olympic in Santa Monica; Command Post at 26th Street and Pennsylvania

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 5, 2023

    The SMFD Hazmat team was called to 2701 Olympic Tuesday night at about 10 pm PST. The nature of the hazardous material is unknown. Both the Fire Dept. and Santa Monica Police were present. The staging area or command post was reportedly at 26th and Pennsylvania. It was not immediately clear what sort of hazmat incident was involved. "Holding Batt 1, Engine 5 & hazmat 5, and McCormick; It’s a unified command between PD and Fire."...

  • SMPD Arrest 3 Men Engaged in Theft of Vehicles, stolen credit cards and Handguns

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 5, 2023

    After a foot chase, the SMPD arrested 3 men involved in the theft of a vehicle. Multiple stolen credit cards and a stolen handgun were recovered during the arrest. This according to an instagram post Monday evening....

  • One person Dies in Collision Saturday Afternoon on PCH in Santa Monica in Santa Monica

    Matthew Gonzalez, Observer Staff Writer|May 5, 2023

    PCH Collision 4.29.23. Pacific Coast Highway was closed in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, after a collision north of the McClure Tunnel that demolished at least 2 vehicles. All of PCH was closed between the 10 Freeway and the California incline from 3 pm PST. The collision wasn't completely cleared until 8 pm. Santa Monica Police Department and Fire Department responded. At least 8 people were transported to the hospital with injuries. The collision occurred when a Kia attempted to turn left...

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