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5X More Mask Use in Crimes and other stories: Calif. Supreme Court says February bar exam will be online

Alleged cop killer whose 1988 conviction was overturned sent to state hospital for psychological evaluation A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Thursday, Nov. 19, remanded Dennis Mayfield to...

 

California Prisons Are a Major Source of EDD fraud, Including Identity Theft, Writes a Women's Prisoner

What good would it be to have your own women's prison weekly columnist if I held back on some of the most interesting and least known elements of what goes on in this place? I've given this a lot of...

 

When a Prisoner Goes to the parole board, She must have a 5 year plan. Days of My Life...Sentence

Most people here just float along, knowing their release is comming on a specific date. I don't get that luxury. I dare not imagine the undetermined, unknown day of my release. How old will I be?...

 

Child-killer released from prison early due to COVID-19 edict and other stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Governor Newsom appoints 10 to Los Angeles Superior Court Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday made 10 appointments to the Los Angeles Superior Court, among 19 selections for judgeships...

 

Los Angeles DA-elect George Gascón meets with Black Lives Matter and other Criminal Procedure News Stories

In an appearance on FoxNews, newly elected George Gascón laid out initiatives for his first term as Los Angeles County District Attorney Los Angeles District Attorney-elect George Gascón outlined...

 

Pair Charged with Illegally Attempting to Register 8,000 Homeless to Vote this Fall

Two men have been charged in a 41-count criminal complaint for allegedly submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, the Los Angeles County...

 

El Monte Toy Importer Pleads, Sentenced for Possessing, Manufacturing $1.4 Million in Counterfeit Goods

The owner of an El Monte toy import business pleaded no contest today for manufacturing and possessing more than $1.4 million in counterfeit goods, including plush toys, backpacks and playing cards,...

 

Why all the Helicopters Overhead: Do we really need Another Police eye-in-the sky? 

Dear Santa Monica Observer: There was an annoying helicopter hovering low above my SM residence for about an hour today. I assumed it was LAPD so checked SMPD twitter to see if there was any police...

 

As Downtown Businesses Board Up, SMPD Steps Up for Post Election Unrest

The Santa Monica PD issued a press release saying that "there may be concerns about the possibility of any kind of disruption during the week of our national elections. "Currently, we have no...

 

Court Throws Out Terrorism Enhancement for Suspect Caught Speaking About Killing Thousands for ISIS in the Bay Area, and other stories

California Court of Appeal takes unusual course of issuing apology: Div. Three of the Fourth District Court of Appeal yesterday did something courts seldom do: It issued an apology to counsel for...

 

Monday Morning Memo: California alleged rapist awaiting trial for 14 years ordered freed and other stories

Courts & Rulings Officers who arrested man for photography have immunity The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed an order denying summary judgment to three Department of Veterans...

 

SMPD Arrests Two Suspects for George Floyd Looting of REI Store

The Santa Monica Police Department has announced the arrest of two suspects in the looting of the REI store in downtown Santa Monica, following the George Floyd riots. SMPD was heavily criticized for...

 

Wear your mask, it's time for jury duty During Covid

Los Angeles County Superior Court will attempt to process a backlog of 7000 criminal cases despite Coronavirus. In order to do so, and give criminal defendants their day in Court, the Court will have...

 

Man Arrested For Molesting Elderly Patients at Santa Monica Old Age Homes

A man has been arrested for molesting elderly patients at Santa Monica area old age homes, authorities say. The press release from Santa Monica Police Dept's Lt. Joseph Cortez reads as follows: The...

 

LA County Sheriffs Arrest Suspect After Car Chase Ends in Lynwood

Update 10 PM: the suspect has been detained with the use of a canine unit, the LA County sheriffs department announced. Sheriffs office denied again that the suspect was wanted for the shooting of...

 

Santa Monica Police Seek 3 Suspects in Assault on Elderly Woman

Police have released security camera screen grabs of 3 suspects who robbed an elderly woman, pushing her to the ground, on Sunday, August 20th. Video of the incident was widely seen on social media....

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    August 15, 2020

Local Resident Says She Came Home To Find Burglar Typing on her Computer, Using her Credit Cards

A woman who lives south of Montana but north of Washington on Euclid, reports that she and her husband left home, and returned Friday evening to find a large gentleman using her credit cards in her...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    August 12, 2020

Homeless Man Stabs Another Man in Reed Park Thursday Morning

Santa Monica police arrested one suspect, following the stabbing of a 35 year old homeless man in Christine Emerson Reed Park Thursday morning just before 9 am. The victim was transported to the...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Crime    August 6, 2020

Child Trafficking Protest held at Santa Monica Place

The recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, former personal assistant to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has cast a light on child trafficking. One local mom organized a protest Thursday afternoon...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    August 5, 2020

Five Dollars and a Cigarette Buys Votes on LA's Skid Row

Four men have admitted their role in a scheme where money and cigarettes were offered to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter...

 

Four Charged With Murder of Rap Artist Pop Smoke

Two men and two teens have been charged with killing rap artist Pop Smoke during a robbery in February, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. Corey Walker (dob 11/22/00)...

 
 By Sarah Storkin    Crime    July 14, 2020

Car Chase Ends at Euclid and Wilshire. Blond male suspect Apprehended After Foot Chase

7/9/20: The California Highway Patrol arrested a suspect who lead them on a freeway chase from Santa Ana, finally exiting the ten freeway in Santa Monica. According to the CHP, the pursuit began near...

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    July 12, 2020

SMPD Arrests Four Suspects for Looting Patagonia During George Floyd Riots of 5/31/20

7/8/2020: The Santa Monica Police Department has arrested 4 people for looting Patagonia, during the riots of 5/31, police said. Two couples (two men and two women) were arrested for removing a safe...

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    July 6, 2020

Police Issue Arrest Bulletin For Surfer Dude who set SMPD Vehicle on Fire on May 31, 2020

In only the second arrest warrant known to have been issued for a participant in the George Floyd related riots on May 31, 2020, the Santa Monica Police have asked for the public's help in arresting...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    June 26, 2020

Police Talk Jumper Down from Lincoln Blvd Overcrossing of the Santa Monica Freeway

Santa Monica Police spent three hours Saturday afternoon, talking a man who threatened to jump onto the Santa Monica Freeway from an exit sign, and kill himself on the 10 freeway below. Traffic was...

 

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