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 By Sarah Storkin    Crime    September 18, 2020 

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...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Crime    May 12, 2020

Coronavirus: LA County Judges to Wear Face Masks by Order of the Presiding Judge

It may appear like a scene out of a movie. But for the foreseeable future, Los Angeles County Superior Court judges will be wearing face masks, to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This by order of the...

 
 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...

 

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