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Articles from the April 13, 2022 edition

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  • Ukraine Security Service Captures Viktor Medvedchuk, Leader of the Pro Russian Party in Ukraine.

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) released a photo of Viktor Medvedchuk in police custody. "Putin's Best friend in Ukraine" as he is known, is seen in handcuffs and wearing a military uniform. Medvedchuk, 67, is a Ukrainian politician, lawyer, business oligarch, and current People's Deputy of Ukraine as of 29 August 2019, says Wikipedia. He is the chairman of the pro-Russian political organization Ukrainian Choice and an opponent of Ukraine joining the European Union. He had been under...

  • USPO Refuses to Deliver to 14th and Arizona Anymore After Homeless Man Repeatedly Attacks Mail Carrier in Santa Monica

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    UPDATE: Santa Monica Police have identified a suspect in the mail carrier assaults. See Citing local sources, Fox News says the United States Postal Service has refused to deliver to the neighborhood of 14th and Arizona any more, after a "local resident" repeatedly swung a broomstick at a letter carrier. Neither Fox News nor t...

  • Homeless Encampment At 17th Street and Santa Monica Freeway Burns, Fire Causes 3 Mile Backup

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    17: A brush fire along the side of the 10 Freeway near the 17th Street bridge, was visible for miles early Saturday afternoon at about 12 noon PST. Gray smoke from the fire was visible for miles. Traffic backed up behind the fire for about 3 miles, as several units of the Santa Monica Fire Department extinguished the blaze. The fire was extinguished by 1:20 pm. News helicopters circled the site, which is only about a mile East of the McClure Tunnel. The fire never involved more than a few...

  • Homeless Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Santa Monica Woman in 2018

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    A homeless man who was convicted of raping a Santa Monica woman in her Ocean Park apartment in 2018 was sentenced on Friday to 100 years to life in state prison. Dylan James Jensen, now 44, was found guilty last Dec. 7 on seven counts, including rape, sexual battery, sodomy, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Santa Monica police arrested Jensen on June 4, 2018 after he entered the victim's apartment in the 2900 block of 4th Street through a sliding glass door of an elevated patio and...

  • Longtime Santa Monica Attorney Rosario Perry Dead at 75

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    Rosario Perry has died of cancer. He was 75. The longtime landlord's attorney based on Pico Blvd, represented property owners across four decades in Santa Monica. "Rosario truly loved Santa Monica. He was engaged his entire life politically and professionally," said former Santa Monica planning commissioner Sharon Gilpin. "He enjoyed the back and forth of policy discussions and had some great ideas for the City. He was a walking encyclopedia on the history of the City." Perry graduated from USC...

  • Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian with Distinctive Voice, Dies at 67

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 13, 2022

    Gilbert Gottfried died Tuesday after a long illness, his family announced. The actor and stand-up died after a long battle with the heart ailment recurrent ventricular tachycardia. Gottfried, 67, was a comedian who's persona featured an exaggerated shrill voice and emphasis on crude humor. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin animated films and series, Digit LeBoid on PBS Kids's long-running Cyberchase, and Kraang Subprime in Teenage...

  • Santa Monica Resident Alerts City Council to Staff Misconduct Obstructing Housing Commission Work

    Ann Thanawalla|Apr 13, 2022

    The following is public input offered before the City Council on April 12, 2022: By now you've received time sensitive notice of misconduct by City staff. I am here to amplify that notice. For months, staff in several offices have been making unilateral decisions that enable professional misconduct by a Housing Commissioner and appear to intentionally impede good work. These shenanigans happen to coincide with your new Housing Commission appointments-folks who are deeply committed to...