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Half of Defendants Released Without Bail Committed New Crimes; 4 Wealthy Donors Behind California's Soft-on-Crime Prosecutors; LA Sheriff Won't Enforce Mask Mandate; and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Removing boy from mother's custody appropriate despite lack of blameworthiness on her part The Court of Appeal for this district declared yesterday that a suicidal and aggressive...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 30, 2021

Homeless 'Advocate' Busted for Allegedly Dealing Drugs in Venice

A man who describes himself as a homeless outreach advocate was arrested last Thursday on charges of selling drugs to the transients near the "Venice Bridge Home," sheriff's officials said. Garry Feat...

 

Fund Manager Pleads to Stealing $336,000 From UCLA's History Department

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a fund manager at UCLA's history department pleaded no contest today to stealing more than $300,000 from the university through...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    July 30, 2021

DA Gascon Actually Includes a Sentencing Enhancement for a Crime Committed in Santa Monica

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon condescended to add a sentencing enhancement to a defendant accused of assaulting and attempting to rob a Korean woman in the middle of the day in...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    July 28, 2021

Santa Monica Police Use Taser to Subdue Stabbing Suspect

Santa Monica police deployed a Taser to subdue a homeless man who allegedly stabbed another man at the beach last Sunday, authorities said. The incident occurred at 6:35 p.m. on July 18 in the block...

 

Condom Program Suspended at CIW Women's Prison After Transgender Women Arrive

CIW administration didn't think it through. They gave condoms to prisoners. Men could now rape women and leave no evidence behind. Amid the controversy and questions swirling around the California...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 26, 2021

Grigsby Named Criminal Division Chief of City Attorney's Office

Jenna Grigsby has been appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, civic officials announced this week. Grigsby has served for more than 10 years as a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 24, 2021

3 Women Nabbed for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Contact Lenses

Three women were arrested in downtown Los Angeles this week on charges of selling counterfeits. Not fake leather products or art forgeries or faux designer watches. The counterfeited items were...

 

Big Brother is a Gift To Women's Prison

As I write this, a team of technicians are at work installing cameras in my housing unit. For the first time ever here at CIW. So, all activities will now be able to be monitored and used to prove...

 

Defund-Police Minneapolis Ordered by Court to Hire More Police; CA Sex Abuse Damages Ruled Unconstitutional; OSHA Sues LA Court System Over Covid Violations and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Thomas slams 'One-Size-Fits-All' immunity approach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used a college campus First Amendment case to sound off Friday about jurisprudence that...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    July 16, 2021

Unsafe Conditions at Santa Monica's Parking Garages Were Known Before Near-Deadly Carjacking, Murder, and Rape Attempt - And Still Nothing is Being Done to Address Them

For 19 months prior to the rape attempt, carjacking, and violent assault in Santa Monica's Parking Structure 8, property owner John Alle had been sounding the alarm to public officials and Downtown Sa...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    July 12, 2021

Homeless Man Arrested On Deadly Weapons Charge

A 43-year-old homeless man was arrested this week after he allegedly chased another man through traffic along Lincoln Boulevard while brandishing two knives, local police said. The incident occurred...

 

California Women's Prison Passes Out Condoms to Inmate Population As Arrival Of "Transwomen" Causes Explosion Of Risky Sex

UPDATE: 3 of the 4 transwomen subjects of this story are HIV positive, according to an officer at CIW. Thus, CDCR's rush to get out the condoms to the population and avoid liability. Too late. The...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    July 8, 2021

Carjacking Results in Serious Injury Friday Morning in Parking Structure 8

Santa Monica police have confirmed a serious assault, carjacking and life threatening injury from downtown Santa Monica this holiday weekend. A young couple were confronted by a homeless man in Parkin...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    July 6, 2021

Suspect Smashed a Window to Enter Home, Arrested by SMPD for Burglary

June 30, 2021 - Around 4:20 am, a man smashed in a window at a residence on Urban Avenue and entered the home, terrorizing a woman and her juvenile daughter. Both mother and daughter locked...

 
 By Michele Hanisee    Crime    June 28, 2021

Nearly 90 Percent of Criminal Cases - Even for Murder - Result in Probation Under Los Angeles District Attorney Gascon's Directives

Since the Special Directives of the District Attorney were announced in his first moment in office, they have been the topic of discussion in the public and in the press. But some significant...

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    June 25, 2021

DA Dismisses Charges After Stabbing Leads to Death of a Man on Third Street Promenade Monday June 21

Photo: Sean Alexander Graves in a mugshot released by the SMPD. Graves has not been charged with a crime. The DA's office has declined to file charges after one man stabbed and killed another on the...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 24, 2021

Unoccupied Panga Boat Found Beached Near Malibu Pier, Apparently Abandoned by Mexican Smugglers

An empty panga boat washed ashore near the Malibu Pier area Monday morning, triggering an investigation by local and federal authorities. The boat was discovered about 8:45 a.m. near the 23200 block...

 
 By Michele Hanisee    Crime    June 24, 2021

Eye-popping List of Crimes Listed as "Nonviolent" That Can Get You Out on Zero Bail in Los Angeles County

Since the Special Directives of the District Attorney were announced in his first moment in office, they have been the topic of discussion in the public and in the press. But some significant...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 20, 2021

Man Convicted for Placing Firebomb at Entrance of Jewish Nursing Home 

A 37-year-old man was convicted by a federal jury yesterday in connection with placing a lit firebomb at the entrance of a Jewish senior health care facility in Massachusetts last year. Following a...

 

Hundreds of Criminals Tricked into Using FBI Messaging App; 44 District Attorneys Challenge Early Release of 76,000 Inmates; El Chapo's Wife Admits Helping Run His Criminal Empire and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings CHP not liable for shooting by drunken off-duty officer Conclusory allegations pinning blame on the California Highway Patrol for a non-fatal shooting by one of its deputies...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 17, 2021

Asian American Woman Attacked by White Man in Possible Hate Crime, Culver City Police Say

6/14: An Asian American woman walking to work on in the early hours of Monday reported that she was attacked by a white man in what Culver City police are calling a possible hate crime. The attack...

 

Ransomware Attack of Azusa Police Department; Cal Colleges Give Fake Crime Statistics; Cal Suffers More Active Shooter Incidents Than Other States and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Order snipping sentence-boosting allegations is dumped Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rob B. Villeza - who in January granted a motion made pursuant to a special directive to...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    June 9, 2021

Rifle Found During DUI Multiple Car Crash in Ocean Park

On Tuesday morning, when most people were going back to work after the Memorial Day weekend, three youths, either drunk or on Xanax, crashed their Honda into a series of parked cars in the Ocean Park...

 

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