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 By John Grimaldi    Crime    December 6, 2021 

Scammers Target Seniors During the Holidays

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 3 – Tis the season to be jolly and for seniors to beware of fraudsters who target the elderly this time of the year. What makes older folk more susceptible to becoming targets fo...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    December 6, 2021 

Quick-Thinking Guard Thwarts 'Potential Smash and Robbery' at Santa Monica Place

A quick-thinking security guard has thwarted a "potential smash and grab robbery" at Santa Monica Place on Black Friday, said local police who are on high alert due to the recent spate of "flash mob...

 

Buena Park Man with AR Rifle, 9 mm Handgun, and Narcotics Arrested in Santa Monica; His Accomplice at Large

11/28/21: At about 7:15 PM, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers respond to the 900blk of Ocean Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle, a black...

 

Homeless Man Accused of Setting 6 Fires Caught by SMPD

11.30.21 - The Santa Monica Police were able to detain and arrest a homeless man suspected in the initiation of six fires in Santa Monica. In the pre-dawn hours of November 28, police were called to...

 

Prison Staff Must Vaccinate; Court Rules Motels' Insurance Doesn't Cover Covid; SF DA Chesa Boudin Charges all of 9 People for Mass Smash-and-Grabs; Facebook Wants Police to Stop Policing on Their Site

Courts & Rulings Federal judge rejects California's bid to postpone vaccination of prison staff With COVID-19 already having taken the lives of nearly 300 California inmates and prison staff, a...

 

Robber Pulls Gun and Shoots When Victim Tries to Follow His Car in Santa Monica

11/18 - Police are asking for witnesses to come forward regarding an armed robbery that occurred Monday, November 15 at around 2:00 pm. A man had parked his car in the 2600 block of 34th Street, near...

 

District Attorney Gascon Works to Release Juvenile Murderers After a Fraction of Their Sentence and Won't be Sentencing Juveniles for Anything Other Than Murder and Rape

District Attorney George Gascón's blanket "Youth Justice Policy" is retraumatizing victims whose cases were concluded years ago. Family after family has been told that the person who murdered their...

 

Parole Recommended for Manson Family Member; Gascon Releases Convicted Killer; LA Park Rangers May Get Guns; San Fran DA Faces Recall Election; and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judge Ito won't rubber-stamp Gascón's recommendation Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roger T. Ito yesterday made it clear yesterday that he is the fact-finder in a habeas...

 

It's Easy to Buy a Counterfeit Product at Walmart

November 18, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Holiday consumers expect Walmart to provide authentic and safe products when they shop on Walmart's website -- but that confidence is misplaced. Walmart is both...

 

Police Seek Hit and Run Driver Who Hit a Woman at 1 AM on Halloween Morning.

Update: The woman in this accident reportedly later died. The Santa Monica Police are appealing for the public's health in identifying a hit and run driver who struck a pedestrian an hour after...

 

Photos of Kobe Bryant Crash Site Cost County $2.5 Million So Far; Sheriff Calls County Vaccine Mandate Threat to Public Safety; In -N-Out Closes Indoor Dining in Contra Costa and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings California high court refuses to hear Brad Pitt's appeal in child custody battle The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider Brad Pitt's appeal of a lower-court...

 

Kobe Bryant's Widow Ordered to Take Psychiatric Exam; CA Attorney General Destroys 1.2 M Marijuana Plants; 51% More Police Officers Murdered in 2021; Soros Spends $1 M to Keep Austin From Hiring Cops and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Qualified immunity: Supreme Court sides with police, overturns denial of immunity in two cases The Supreme Court sided Monday with police in two cases in which plaintiffs claimed...

 
 By Kathy Cady    Crime    October 27, 2021

Gascon Uses Loophole in the Law to Resentence and Release Violent Felons

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón's focus is not on prosecuting crimes, but on resentencing defendants who were convicted, sentenced and had their appeals denied, sometimes decades ago....

 
 By Stan Greene    Crime    October 27, 2021

After ATM Robbery, LAPD Apprehends Suspect on the 2200 Block of Midvale in West Los Angeles.

One local resident reported that a suspect had attacked four people in the parking lot at Chase Bank, corner of Olympic Blvd and Westwood. The suspect had fled to a backyard on Midvale. After a...

 

Newsom OKs Shorter Terms for Gang Members; Former SEIU Union Chief Charged with Evading Taxes and Grand Theft; Ghost Guns Used in 24 LA Homicides and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings 6th Circuit sides with student-athletes: Western Michigan University's vaccine policy 'burdens their free exercise of religion A Michigan attorney was preparing to file another...

 

Mentally Ill Woman Attacks "Survivor:Fiji" Contestant Michelle Yi and Two Others in Santa Monica

October 19, 2021 - A mentally ill woman from Fresno attacked three people early in the morning on October 14, including a former "Survivor: Fiji" contestant, Michelle Yi. The suspect, identified as...

 

Austin Releases 5 Men Linked to Gang-Related Homicide; Former NBA Players Indicted in Insurance Fraud Scheme; Newsom Approves Process to Decertify Policemen; Sheriff Won't Enforce Vaccine Mandate; and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

California federal court announces vaccine mandate for workers--The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California now requires all employees, volunteers and judiciary contractors working...

 

Newsom Strikes the Word 'Alien' from All Laws; Downey is 31st City to Vote No Confidence in DA Gascon; CA Prison on the Hook for Cellmate Murder : Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Judge: California prison guards can't invoke qualified immunity after sticking homicide victim into cell with Aryan Brotherhood killer A year after hearing arguments, a federal...

 

Composite Sketches of Attempted Homicide Suspects Released for Ocean and Pacific Shooting

October 7, 2021 - Police have released composite sketches of the two suspects in a shooting involving an attempted carjacking in the early morning of September 22. At approximately 3:00 am on that...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    October 8, 2021

After Second Brentwood Murder in a Month, Calls to Disperse Vets Living in Tents on San Vicente

After the second killing of one homeless man by another at a homeless encampment on San Vicente on September 14th, local officials said they would redouble efforts to house the veterans elsewhere. Nei...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    October 6, 2021

Four Southland Residents Indicted in Alleged Target Gift Card Fraud Scheme

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted four Southland residents in connection with an alleged fraud scheme that induced people into purchasing thousands of Target gift cards, which were...

 

Drone, Swat Team Used to Arrest Suspect in Shooting at Yorkshire and Kansas Ave. on Sept. 6th.

9/23: Santa Monica Police called on the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team) to arrest Eliott Ferrando, 24 of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County...

 

Man Sleeping in His Car Near the Beach Shot in the Face

September 23, 2021 - At approximately 3:00 am on Wednesday morning, Santa Monica police received multiple calls regarding the sound of shots fired. Shortly thereafter, the victim himself called...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    September 27, 2021

SM Business Executive Pleads Guilty in Conduit Campaign Contribution Case 

A Santa Monica business executive pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of conspiring to make and conceal conduit and excessive campaign contributions during the U.S. presidential election in...

 

Recall DA Gascon Campaign Gives Up For Now; Assembly Passes Law to Eliminate Gang Enhancement Sentencing; Armed Robberies are Increasing in LA and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Ninth Circuit denies bid by California DAs to challenge death penalty moratorium In a divided opinion, a Ninth Circuit panel upheld a lower court decision that prevented a group...

 

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