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 By Samuel Alioto    News    September 28, 2022 

Hurricane Ian Lands at Sanibel Island as Category 4 Storm; Storm Surge up to 18 feet

1 pm EST: The National Hurricane Center said that the eyewall of Hurricane Ian was moving onshore at Sanibel and Captiva Islands. In an update, Acting NHC Director Jamie Rhome said that extreme wind...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    September 28, 2022 

Residents of Beijing Report City is Calm, Normal, and all Monuments and Tourist Attractions are Open

Americans residing in Beijing report that the situation there is normal. There is no sign of a coup or of unusual military movements. "This is Xinhua Gate, the main entrance to the Zhongnanhai compoun...

 

Despite LA Times Intervention, Rick Caruso Holds His Own in First Mayoral Debate Against Politician Karen Bass

Candidates for mayor of the nation's second largest city faced off for the first time at the Skirball Center Wednesday night. In a move right from the LA Times Playbook, the reporter for the Times rem...

 

Explosion of Uncertain Origin Damages Vehicle Parked Near Westminster Dog Park in Venice

9/14/22: Several people on "Nextdoor" reported that they saw or heard an explosion that blew out the windows of a Range Rover parked near the Westminster dog park. While some said it was a car bomb,...

 

Santa Monica Fire Department Extinguishes Fire on 17th Street

9.1.22: Multiple callers called 911 to report a structure fire in the 1400 block of 17th Street in the Mid-City neighborhood. Firefighters arrived at 9:48 pm, to find a "well-developed fire" within...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    August 17, 2022

Santa Monica Police Seek a Serial Sexual Assault Suspect who is also a Convicted Sex Offender

Santa Monica Police say they need the public's help to find a suspect who grabs women and girls' from behind, then runs away. They are also looking for other victims. The SMPD arrested Anthony...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    August 15, 2022

Anne Heche's Family Declares Her Brain Dead, Disconnects Life Support

Actress Anne Heche remains in a coma. She will never recover from her injuries one week ago, says a family spokesman. They have declared her legally dead. "We've lost a bright light, a kind and...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Health    August 3, 2022

Private Hospitals Push Back Against $25 Minimum Wage in Los Angeles Hospitals That Excludes Public Healthcare Workers

If you watch as much TV as I do, you've seen the ads with the healthcare workers, arms crossed, complaining that LA's new healthcare minimum wage is unfair. The $25 minimum wage only applies to...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    July 1, 2022

Santa Monica Police and Fire Conduct "Threat Alert" Drill at John Adams Middle School

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Santa Monica Fire and Police Departments conducted Active Threat training at John Adams Middle School. "The objective of this exercise was to train our first responders...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 25, 2022

Woman Wanted for Robbery and Felony Hit and Run, Arrested for Catalytic Converter Theft in Santa Monica

Two men and two women were arrested for catalytic converter theft near Colorado Blvd and Harvard Avenue in Santa Monica. The four were booked for Grand Theft Conspiracy. The theft of catalytic...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Court Takes Guilty Plea in Sexual Assault/ Wine Spiking Case in Santa Monica

Michael Hsu plead guilty to sexually assaulting a female victim, after spiking her wine glass at Fig Restaurant, Miramar Sheraton, with MDMA. This was apparently a woman Hsu was then dating....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Santa Monica Police Arrest Couple for Armed Purse Snatching at 25th Street and Alta Avenue

Santa Monica Police say they arrested a 22 year old man and a 35 year old woman for a drive up armed robbery against a pedestrian and 25th and Alta. They stole a woman's purse early Thursday evening,...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 5, 2022

Attempted Suicide off Parking Structure Closes Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica

3.30: Santa Monica Police and Fire Department Paramedics were operating on 2nd Street Wednesday afternoon, as an unidentified individual threatened to jump off of Parking Structure 2. They were seen...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 29, 2022

After He Smashed a Store Window, This Homeless Man Ran to Hide in the Alley Where Police Found Him

After a homeless dude named Austin Reed Turner-Crawford smashed a car window, the SMPD sent someone to find him in the alley behind the store. This on 17th Street and Pico Blvd, on Sunday March 20th....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 25, 2022

California Incline in Santa Monica is Closed Due to Suicidal Person on Pedestrian Bridge

3.22.22: At about 2 pm PST, the main road leading down from downtown Santa Monica onto Pacific Coast Highway was closed due to a potential "jumper," a person who threatens to kill himself. Police...

 

Elon Musk Predicts Manned Missions to Mars by 2029

In a tweet early this afternoon, SpaceX founder Elon Musk predicted that human beings would land on the planet Mars by 2029. Space Hub tweeted, "What's your guess? Referring to a photo of Neil...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 9, 2022

Ghost Gun Suspect Arrested After One Shooting at Pico and Lincoln, Another at Jack in the Box

3.4.22: Santa Monica police announced today that they had arrested a suspect in a series of shootings at Lincoln and Pico, writes SMPD Public Information Officer Myesha Morrison. On March 2, 2022 at...

 

Reporter from Kyiv Posts Photo of Russian War Dead Sprawled On a Burning Tank

Some of the finest war photography tweeted in the Russo-Ukraine war, is by a reporter for the Kyiv Independent named Illia Ponomarenko. He posted this photo of Russian soldiers sprawled out on the...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Opinion    March 6, 2022

If Guns Kill People, Then Why Aren't the Police Allowed to Look for and Confiscate Illegal Guns?

March 2, 2022 - Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Commission voted to curtail stops made by police officers on a technical pretext that is then used to search the vehicle for criminal activity. Below...

 

After gunshots were heard, Drug Dealers Arrested on 7th and Broadway

2/7/22: At about 9:30 PM SMPD Officers responded to a call about gunshots fired in the area of the 1500 block of 7th Street. A witness told police that he saw a red truck fleeing the area at a high...

 

FAA Declares No Flight Zone Around So Fi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday, February 13, 2022

The FAA has declared a no flight zone around Inglewood's SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl Sunday. The move is a precaution and was hardly unexpected, as such restrictions are typical for special events...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 29, 2022

Councilman Mike Bonin Decides Not To Run for Re-Election to Los Angeles City Council in 2022

Citing his battle with clinical depression, Westside Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin released a video Wednesday night announcing that he will not seek re-election. The father of LA's uber...

 

LASD Seek 3 Suspects in Three 7/11 Robberies Monday Night Near Lakewood

LA County Sheriff's are seeking 3 suspects in a series of armed robberies that occurred at convenience stores on Monday night, officials said. Suspects wearing the same clothing took place in all...

 

Across the Country, Grocery Store Shelves are Reportedly Empty, Or Missing Key Products

Supply chain shortages have left many grocery shelves bare in the United States. Many are pointing to the number of grocery store clerks who are sick with Covid, or in quarantine due to exposure. In...

 

FBI Agents Storming Ft. Worth Synagogue to Rescue Hostages Seen in Raw Video

Video released by a local TV news station shows FBI agents storming the Beth Israel synagogue to rescue the hostages Saturday night, 1/15/22. In it, four or more men from the FBI’s Hostage Rescue...

 

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