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Goods Worth $15,340 Stolen from WeHo Cars Last Week, and $22,000 from One House

Goods Worth $15,340 Stolen from WeHo Cars Last Week, and $22,000 from One House

Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Oct. 9 to 15. The list includes each case number.

Oct. 9

Nothing significant to report.

Oct. 10

Aggravated Assault – Knife. 7700 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 1:30 p.m. A man pointed a knife at a woman and threatened to kill her during an argument involving family members. #05539

Grand Theft (Suspect Arrested). 7100 Block Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:10 a.m. A woman removed clothing and cosmetics from display areas and left the store without payment. The suspect was arrested by store security. Loss $1,000 (recovered). #05528

Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested). 8200 block Sunset Boulevard at 8 p.m. A man was walking northbound on Harper near Sunset Boulevard when a man approached and struck him in the…

Drop, Cover and Hold-On: Training Tomorrow for the Next (Inevitable) Earthquake

Drop, Cover and Hold-On: Training Tomorrow for the Next (Inevitable) Earthquake

Wed, Oct 18, 2017 1 Comment

“Shake Out, Don’t Freak Out.” That’s the slogan for tomorrow’s earthquake drill.

The drill offers advice on what to do in an earthquake and how to prepare for one, very important knowledge given that there’s a 60% chance the Los Angeles area will experience a 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the next 30 years. Thus it’s much more likely that we’ll all experience that than that any one of us will win the Powerball lottery.

The Great Shakeout began in California in 2008. Since then, it has grown to include millions of people who will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold-on” during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills all over the world. Tomorrow’s is set to take place at 10:19 a.m. Information on how to participate is available online.

BMW, Missing a Front Tire, Slams Into a Truck on Sunset Boulevard

BMW, Missing a Front Tire, Slams Into a Truck on Sunset Boulevard

Fri, Oct 13, 2017 3 Comments

A car travelling without a front passenger-side tire apparently rear-ended pickup truck and sent it crashing into another truck at a pedestrian crosswalk on Sunset Boulevard this afternoon

West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies and the L.A. County Fire Department were dispatched around 4 p.m. in response to reports of the collision. It is unknown if there are any injuries or transportation to medical centers of those involved.

The crash took place on the north side of Sunset Boulevard between Hammond and Wetherly. Witnesses reported seeing a black BMW headed westbound without a front passenger side tire. A witness reported the vehicle was driving on its rim, scraping a portion of it off.

According to a bystander, the BMW rear ended a white pickup truck, sending the pickup into the back of an AT&T work truck. The white pickup ended…


Activists Pushing Investigation Into Gemmel Moore’s Death Are Back in WeHo Next Week

Activists Pushing Investigation Into Gemmel Moore’s Death Are Back in WeHo Next Week

Thu, Oct 12, 2017 4 Comments

A group formed to push for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a young black man from a drug overdose in the apartment of WeHo’s Ed Buck will hold a meeting on Oct. 21 to give the community an update on the investigation into the matter.

According to an announcement of the event, it is being presented by “Justice4Gemmel + All of Ed Buck’s Victims.” Gemmel Moore is the 26-year-old man who was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose on July 27 in the apartment of Ed Buck on Laurel Avenue. Buck, 63, is known locally for his successful efforts to the get the West Hollywood City Council to ban the sale of fur products and as a donor to local, state and national political candidates.

Those attending the community event include LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother; civil rights attorney Nana Gyamfi and…

Overall Crime in WeHo Last Month Was Flat, Except for the Surge in Car Break-Ins

Overall Crime in WeHo Last Month Was Flat, Except for the Surge in Car Break-Ins

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

While the rate of serious crimes in West Hollywood last month was flat compared to the same month the year before, car break-ins continued to climb.

A report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station 170 incidents of serious crime reported last month, up only slightly from the 167 in September 2016.

However, there were 33 vehicle burglaries, a 32% increase over the 25 in September 2016. Fifteen of those occurred on the city’s Westside, a 200% increase over last year. Thirteen occurred in the Center City area, an increase of 117%. On the city’s Eastside, car burglaries were down 64% with a total of five reported.

Petty theft, defined as the theft of property valued at less than $950, accounted for most of the cities serious crime, with 57 incidents. That was pretty much equal to the 57 reported in September 2016. The…

WeHo West Residents Will Meet to Discuss San Vicente / Rosewood Collisions

WeHo West Residents Will Meet to Discuss San Vicente / Rosewood Collisions

Tue, Oct 10, 2017 2 Comments

Residents of the West Hollywood West neighborhood will meet on Thursday with city officials to discuss issues with the intersection of San Vicente Boulevard and Rosewood Avenue.

That intersection has been the site of a number of car collisions.

The meeting will take place at Denenberg Fine Arts, 417 N. San Vicente Blvd. Those attending will include WeHo City Councilmember Lauren Meister; Oscar Delgado, Director of Public Works; Walter Davis, Traffic Management Specialist;
Bob Cheung, Senior Transportation Planner, and Richard Giesbret, president of the West Hollywood West Residents Association.

Almost There! This Week’s Work on Santa Monica Blvd.’s Pedestrian Crosswalks

Almost There! This Week’s Work on Santa Monica Blvd.’s Pedestrian Crosswalks

Mon, Oct 09, 2017 2 Comments

The City of West Hollywood is continuing its installation of four pedestrian crosswalks with traffic lights on Santa Monica Boulevard. The city expects to have the project, which began July 10, completed by the middle of this month.

This week the contractor will be removing existing striping by wet sandblasting on Tuesday night. This work will create some noise and dust. On Wednesday and Thursday night, the contractor will install all new striping and signage within the entire work area. The work will take place between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Traffic synced stoplights on Santa Monica Boulevard at Westbourne ready to be turned on.
The contractor will have daily lane closures in the immediate work areas between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Actions taken during the rest of this week include:

— Monday: The contractor will pull…

Man Found Dead in Car at 7-Eleven Parking Lot

Man Found Dead in Car at 7-Eleven Parking Lot

Sat, Oct 07, 2017 10 Comments

A man was found dead in his car this afternoon in the parking lot of the shopping plaza that houses the 7-Eleven store at 7950 Santa Monica Blvd. near Hayworth.

That 7-Eleven store was the scene of an incident on Sept. 2 in which an apparently homeless man named Kisu Brady Brown attacked a man outside the front door with a hatchet. Brown was arrested on Sept. 6 on a charge of attempted murder.

Sheriff’s deputies responded around 4:30 p.m. today to a report that there was a dead man in a car in the parking area near the Los Tacos restaurant, which is adjacent to the 7-Eleven convenience store. A detective on the scene said there was no evidence of trauma. Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation at this point.

Alexander Tor McDonald Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison in 939 Palm Ave. Stabbings

Alexander Tor McDonald Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison in 939 Palm Ave. Stabbings

Fri, Oct 06, 2017 4 Comments

West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies accidentally killed one young man and wounded another who were fleeing from the stabbing attacks

WeHo Crime Busters Lets Residents Report and Share Info on Local Crimes

WeHo Crime Busters Lets Residents Report and Share Info on Local Crimes

Thu, Oct 05, 2017 2 Comments

The leaders of WeHo’s Center City Alliance Neighborhood Watch group have launched a group on Facebook for West Hollywood resident to alert one another to incidents of crime in the area.

The group, called West Hollywood Crime Busters, is one of several Facebook groups covering neighorhoods such as Hollywood Hills, North Hollywood, the West San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks and downtown Los Angeles.

Each group is “closed,” which means that postings on it are kept private among group members. Anyone wishing to join the group must make a request on its Facebook page.

The group was launched by Ben Coleman and Jake Lee of the Center City Alliance Neighborhood Watch group in early September, shortly after an apparently homeless man was discovered to have attacked another man with a hatchet in front of the 7-Eleven store on Santa…

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California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

Fri, Nov 18, 2016 5 Comments

While it’s been practiced and accepted by law enforcement agencies in California for decades, lane splitting has never officially been declared legal or illegal. The controversial and highly debated practice was officially legalized on August 19, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 51 into law. Many motorcyclists insist lane splitting is safe, […]

Security Will Be Stepped Up for WeHo’s Carnaval in the Wake of the Las Vegas Massacre

Security Will Be Stepped Up for WeHo’s Carnaval in the Wake of the Las Vegas Massacre

Thu, Oct 05, 2017 5 Comments

Capt. Sergio Aloma of the West Hollywood Station says more than 400 “boots on the ground” deputies and other public safety and support staff will watch over this year’s Carnaval, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands.

Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Do Crimes Committed in West Hollywood Get Solved?

Thu, Oct 05, 2017 1 Comment

The share of West Hollywood crimes that are solved has reached new highs in recent years. That is according to a report by WeHo by the Numbers based on crime clearance data from the California Department of Justice.

A crime is “cleared” when a suspect is arrested, charged and turned over for prosecution. A crime also can be cleared without an arrest if, for example, the suspect has died. The “clearance rate” is calculated by taking the number of crimes cleared in a given period — regardless of when they occurred — and dividing by the number of reported crimes in that period. For crimes that take time to solve, the crime and the clearance may not happen in the same period. In fact, if a lot of past crimes are solved all at once, the clearance rate can temporarily exceed 100%.

In 2016, West Hollywood’s clearance rate for…

$22,000 in Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

$22,000 in Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

Wed, Oct 04, 2017 2 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. The list includes each case number.

Sept. 25

Other Burglary. 9000 block Beverly Boulevard at 3:06 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front glass door to gain entry and damaged two cash registers and a tablet computer. Loss $1,600. #05178

Other Burglary. 300 block North Robertson Boulevard between 5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. An unknown suspect used force on the front door to gain entry and ransacked an office. Nothing was taken. Loss $3,000 (door). #05208

Robbery (Strong Arm). 8200 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 2:40 p.m. A man grabbed four lottery tickets from the hands of an employee after he was told he could not buy lottery tickets with a debit card. The employee tried to stop the suspect from…

WeHo City Council Agrees, with Some Reluctance, to Better Monitor Alcohol Consumption

WeHo City Council Agrees, with Some Reluctance, to Better Monitor Alcohol Consumption

Tue, Oct 03, 2017 11 Comments

West Hollywood, a city whose 47 alcohol outlets per 10,000 residents makes it the most saturated in Los Angeles County, will create the position of alcohol liaison officer and will develop a campaign to encourage people to make smart choices around consumption of alcohol and other drugs.

The City Council agreed to establish the position and the campaign at its meeting last night, although Councilmember John Duran expressed some discomfort with the idea.

The alcohol liaison officer (ALO) would be a member of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. The officer would be tasked with making regular visits to bars and liquor stores to get to know their staffs and offer guidance on complying with the law. The ALO also would review new alcohol business applications (there currently are 26 in the pipeline) and conduct intial inspections of…

The Story Behind Johannes Marliem (aka ‘Bleugatti’) and His Death on Edinburgh Avenue

The Story Behind Johannes Marliem (aka ‘Bleugatti’) and His Death on Edinburgh Avenue

Mon, Oct 02, 2017 2 Comments

A $2.6 million Bugatti, a $2 million lake house (paid for in cash), a $2 million boat, $1.4 million in watches, more than $800,000 in private jet rentals, $638,800 in Hermes handbags, a $251,000 Land Rover, a donation of $225,000 to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration celebration and an $87,000 Steinway piano.

That’s only part of the story behind Johannes Marliem, whose standoff with police in August at a home he was renting with his wife and child on Edinburgh Avenue caused a shutdown of the area around Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard for nearly eight hours.

That standoff occurred in the neighborhood known as Beverly Grove, four blocks south of the formal boundary of West Hollywood. But it has had somewhat of an impact on West Hollywood. Initially that impact was the eight hours of traffic disruption….

WeHo Concert Promoter to Plead Guilty to Fraud Charge

WeHo Concert Promoter to Plead Guilty to Fraud Charge

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

A concert promoter with operations in West Hollywood is expected to plead guilty in the coming weeks to a felony charge for conning investors with false claims that well-known musical acts had agreed to participate in his events.

Gabriel “Gabe” Reed, a 46-year-old former Malibu resident whose Gabe Reed Productions office is in West Hollywood, signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Tuesday. Reed agreed to enter a guilty plea to a single wire fraud charge, documents show. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars, but Reed is expected to receive a lesser sentence.

A court date is set for Nov. 20 but it was not immediately known if Reed will plead guilty at that time.

Reed, who does business under the name Gabe Reed Productions, was charged in May with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming…

Thief Steals $60,000 in Belongings from a Convertible in WeHo

Thief Steals $60,000 in Belongings from a Convertible in WeHo

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 2 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from Sept. 18 to 24. The list includes each case number.

Sept. 18

Burglary (Suspect Arrested). 7700 block Hampton Avenue at 8:40 p.m. A man cut the lock and removed a bicycle from the subterannean parking garage. Responding deputies located and arrested the suspect in possession of the stolen bike. #05070

Sept. 19

Vehicle Burglary. 600 block Flores Street between 7 p.m. and 7:45 a.m. An unknown suspect used force on the driver’s side door to gain entry and removed an airbag from the steering wheel. Loss $2,700. #05093

Sept. 20

Aggravated Assault – Other Weapon. 500 block West Knoll Drive at 11:33 a.m. A woman assaulted another women with her vehicle during a road rage incident. The victim was not injured….

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