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 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    April 6, 2020

Life As We Know It Ends, City of Santa Monica Continues to Give Parking Tickets

If an asteroid were about to strike Earth, the City of Santa Monica would continue to give out parking citations. The beaches are closed, the parks are closed (except Reed Park, which has 50 or so...

 
 By Observer Staff    Crime    March 28, 2020

LA County Courts Restrict Courthouse Access to Parties, Attorneys, Witnesses until June 22, 2020

Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile today signed a General Order to enact unprecedented measures in the nation's largest trial court to protect the public's health and safety during the COVID-19...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    March 24, 2020

Sylmar Superior Courthouse Closed After Public Defender Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Sylmar Superior Courthouse is closed for three days after a public defender there tested positive for Covid-19, the Superior Court announced Sunday. Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile's office said...

 

Fire at 305 Alta Scorches House in 90402, reports SMFD

Santa Monica Fire companies responded to a report of smoke coming from the roof of a residence at 305 Alta Avenue. This on Thursday February 27, 2020, at 2:36 p.m., The first arriving engine company...

 

High Speed Crash at Pico and 12th Street Pins Three People inside Wrecked Prius

The Santa Monica Fire Dept says it rescued three victims from a car pinned against a brick wall at Pico and 12th Street. A Toyota Prius crashed agains parking meters, streetlights, trees, a fire...

 
 By Gary Wosk    Crime    February 14, 2020

New California Laws for 2020 Affect Private schools, Public agencies and Police departments

SB 230 (New Guidelines on the Use of Force and Deadly Force) "While AB 392 updated California's criminal law to match federal standards long in place, SB 230 puts policy and training requirements in...

 

19 Year Old Dies in Brentwood Apartment Fire Monday, January 29th.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the victim who died after last Wednesday's high-rise apartment fire. Jeremy Bru, 19, died of complications from smoke inhalation and thermal...

 

Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Lincoln Blvd and Ocean Park Blvd Saturday February 2, 2020

A driver struck a pedestrian who stumbled or "fell" into Lincoln Boulevard traffic near Ocean Park Blvd early Saturday. The LA County Coroner's office identified the deceased as Daniel Chuong, 34. A...

 

Homeless Man Sentenced to 22 years for Shooting at Venice Bar

A 48-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for shooting a bar patron during an argument at a Venice bar, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Robert Leo Mewhorter,...

 

Thanks to the American Bail Coalition We Still Have Cash Bail in California

In the November 2020 election, Californians will have a chance to give an up or down to vote on legislation that ends cash bail. Back in August of 2018, Jerry Brown signed SB 10, "The Money Bail Refor...

 

Man Arrested for Throwing Molotov Cocktails at Two Santa Monica McDonald's

The SMPD has arrested a man for throwing Molotov cocktails at two Santa Monica McDonald's restaurants. Prosecutors have charged Korie Schmidt, 31, with possession of an explosive device. He is being...

 

SMPD Arrests 3 Young Men for October 15th Carjacking

On October 15, 2019 a group of three males carjacked a victim in the area of 17th and Bryn Mawr Ave, writes SMPD PIO Lt. Candace Cobarrubias. One of the suspects used a handgun and pointed it at the...

 

SMPD Arrest in Nov. 16th Assault on Elderly Woman on 7th Street, South of Pico Blvd

"We had an attack on an elderly woman on November 16 when she was walking home from a local store," writes Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, SMPD. "Our detectives identified the suspect and made the arrest...

 

Coffee with a Cop at the Holiday Substation on the Santa Monica Promenade

We had a nice chat with Lieutenant Bill Heric of the Santa Monica Police Department at the "Coffee with a Cop" event Tuesday morning held at the holiday pop-up substation on the Third Street...

 

District Attorney Jackie Lacey Files First Investigative Genetic Genealogy Case in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced today that a 64-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two women using investigative genetic genealogy to help solve the...

 

SMPD Arrests Rogelio Bobadilla, 28, for DUI for Striking and Killing a Pedestrian Sunday

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 12:50 am, a vehicle struck an elderly pedestrian in a marked crosswalk in the intersection of 5th and Arizona. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the...

 

Homeless Man Arrested For Stabbing Another Homeless Man in DTSM on 11/06/19

A homeless man named Jalen Perrot, 27, was arrested for stabbing a second homeless man in the 700 block of Santa Monica. The stabbing took place around 6 pm November 6, 2019. Perrot was arrested the...

 

SMPD Pursues Suspect Who Shoots Himself at the West End of Bay Street

A homeless man with a gun took his own life after a brief police pursuit early Monday morning. Below is the press release, edited, from the Santa Monica Police Dept. On October 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm, S...

 

Police Seek Suspect After Shooting at Santa Monica Pier Parking Lot

Police Seek Suspect After Shooting at Santa Monica Pier Parking LotAn argument over a parking space resulted in one man shooting another in the parking lot immediately north of the Santa Monica pier...

 

Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Santa Monica Man Who Murdered Two Women

A jury today recommended the death penalty for a 43-year-old man who killed two women and tried to murder a female neighbor over a seven-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office...

 

In Blog Post, Chief of Santa Monica Police Notes that Crime is Down 15% So Far in 2019

10/7/19: When I arrived in April of last year, I made a promise to the Santa Monica residents, businesses and the community overall that I would dedicate my first year to reducing crime and community...

 

SMPD Arrests Man with Rifle at 18th St. and Santa Monica Blvd

On September 20, 2019 at approximately 1:30am, officers were dispatched to the area of 1800 block of Santa Monica for a loud disturbance being caused by a male yelling and screaming. Upon arrival,...

 

Rideshare Driver Charged with Kidnap, Rape of Female Passenger

A 38-year old Lyft driver has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of a Los Angeles woman last October, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today. The assault allegedly...

 

Day of the Dead Bank Robber Charged With Cultural Appropriation After Santa Monica Robbery

If the cops can't find him, the Twitter Mob will. A man wearing a Day of the Dead Halloween mask, held up the Wells Fargo Bank on 9th Street and Montana Avenue at 9:45 am on Tuesday. Santa Monica...

 

Report: Saturday Incident at Bank of America in Venice Was Attempted Bank Robbery

A report on citizen.com says that the Bank of America branch at Windward and Pacific in Venice was robbed on Saturday afternoon. “ all that is confirmed at this time is a physical altercation...

 

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