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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...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 7, 2021

Scooter Rider Arrested Following Death of 91-Year-Old Pedestrian

A 29-year-old man was arrested last Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly crashed his motorized scooter into a 91-year-old pedestrian, killing him on a Lincoln...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    June 4, 2021

Another Cowboy Felon with a Handgun in His Waistband; This One Arrested in Santa Monica on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day in the late afternoon, when family picnics were winding down and folks were heading home to watch the baseball game, an observant individual noticed a man roaming the area near the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 22, 2021

Suspect in Palisades Brush Fire Identified as Ramon Santos Rodriguez, 48, a Homeless Man

May 18, 2021 Authorities today identified a suspect they had arrested on Sunday in connection with the Palisades wildfire that burned over the weekend and is only 32% contained as of this morning....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 20, 2021

Man Openly Carrries a Gun into Market on Pico Boulevard and Gets Arrested

May 18, 2021 - In the early hours of the morning on Monday, a man who was openly carrying a handgun in his waistband walked into the AM PM market at 3rd and Pico together with a woman companion....

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 18, 2021

Man Who Allegedly Attempted to Set Fire to Stefano's Pizzeria Placed on 5150 Involuntary Psychiatric Hold

SMPD arrested an 50-year-old white male arson suspect in the early hours of Monday morning, who had allegedly set fire to an umbrella outside Stefano's Pizzeria on the Third Street Promenade. The...

 

SMPD Arrest Man Who Allegedly Tried to Kill His Girlfriend with a Knife

May 10, 2021 - The Santa Monica Police Department successfully apprehended a suspect wanted for attempted murder after he fled on foot Sunday evening. At approximately 8:44 pm, the police responded...

 

After Homeless Removed From Echo Park, So Are 35.7 Tons of Their Solid Waste; Gun-Control California May Soften Gun Crime Laws and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Depp to get drafts of article at center of defamation case against Heard--WHAS Johnny Depp's lawsuit accusing his ex-wife Amber Heard of defamation enters its third year in court with a ruling that...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    May 7, 2021

Santa Monica Police Check Out Trespasser and Find A Loaded Gun and 97 Grams of Methamphetamine

On Tuesday, May 4, police were called to respond to a call to remove a trespasser from a carport in the 1400 block of 16th Street. They arrived, together with a Mental Health Clinician from the LA...

 
 By Ricardo Santiago    Crime    May 7, 2021

Man Who Set Fire to Historic San Gabriel Mission Faces Multiple Charges

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today a man was charged with setting a fire that caused catastrophic damage to the San Gabriel Mission last summer. "The loss to the...

 

SMPD Officers Use Narcan for Opioid Overdose of Person in Car

On April 25, 2020 at about 6:08 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) officers were dispatched to Virginia Park (2200 Virginia Ave) in response to a report of an overdose. When officers arrived...

 
 By Amber S. Jackson    Crime    May 2, 2021

Transgender Couple In Prison With Domestic Violence On Display Daily

I hesitated to share this story. On the yard these is a couple. One is a transgender woman-to-man in the T-Shot, testosterone injections every Thursday for all transgender males. As you may know, they...

 

Woman Killed the Wrong Man in Revenge Murder; Men Charged with Theft for Recycling Casino Trash; Los Feliz Homeless Encampment is Alleged Drug Marketplace and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Reasonable jury could find officer liable for breaking woman's arm during arrest A District Court judge erred in granting summary judgment to a police officer who was sued by a...

 
 By Eric Siddall    Crime    April 21, 2021

Excuse Me: Science and Data Do Not Prove We Should Reduce Sentences for Criminals, DA Gascon

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón says that "science and data" justify his criminal justice policies, including his decision to eliminate sentencing enhancements and abandon the...

 

Fake Vaccination Cards for Sale; Gascon helps SF DA Boudin Against his Recall; Uber to Pay $1.1 Million in Guide Dog Case and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Recording calls without consent still illegal, California Supreme Court rules California's prohibition on secretly recording phone calls applies to both parties on the call and...

 

Watch Out!! Close Calls In Prison...

Freshly showered and just used my one phone call for the day. It's quiet. Nurses just came to do daily routine temp checks on us ladies in this unit under quarantine for day #13. My, I'm deeply...

 

Confessions of A Former Wild Lady Beastress...

I was kidnapped at 13. Taken from San Diego to Hollywood by 2 black men. Their plan was to traffick me. Sell me. Against my will. No choices offered. I had NO street smarts. THIS was my first street e...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 3, 2021

Three More Catalytic Converter Thieves Arrested in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Police Department made an arrest of three burglary suspects discovered during a trespassing call on Friday night. On March 26, 2021 at about 11:30 PM the SMPD was dispatched to a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 2, 2021

Child Molestation on Bike Path in Venice; It Takes Police 15 Minutes to Respond

It took LAPD 15 minutes to respond to a bystander's call for help to stop a man molesting a three-year-old girl by the Ocean Front Walk bike path in Venice, according to a social media post found in...

 

Suspect Used Drone to Deliver Drugs; Roscoe Chicken Robber Arrested; Couple Kidnapped During Zoom Call, and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Commissioner Campos says DA's policy doesn't override CA's remand order Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Benjamin Campos on Friday reconsidered his March 3 order that...

 

I Was a Beast, Says Female Prisoner Who Hopes for Rehabilitation

CDCR. The California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation. Correction? Rehabilitation? What do these words look like? What do they mean? Are they nouns or verbs? Could it be more than a name...

 

Prison Suffers Covid Outbreak After Vaccinating Prisoners and Staff, California Institution for Women on Lockdown Again

First 2 staff members tested positive. Now, I'm told there are several prisoners sick. One thing is for sure, WE'RE ON LOCKDOWN!! So, something major is going on with this covid outbreak. We went...

 

Retired Policeman Using Racial Slur Prompts Review of 370 of His Cases; Gascon Wants to Abolish Hard Core Gang Unit; No More Forced Work for Prison Inmates? and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Grieving family shocked as getaway driver freed in bloody murder of USC grad student from China: 'Reluctant' judge has 'no discretion' Saying he had no choice under a new...

 

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