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Allegations of Gay Racism and Sexual Exploitation Raised at Vigil for Gemmel Moore

Allegations of Gay Racism and Sexual Exploitation Raised at Vigil for Gemmel Moore

Fri, Aug 18, 2017 16 Comments

More than two dozens activists and family members assembled in WeHo tonight to demand an investigation into the death of the 26-year-old black man found at the home of prominent gay political donor Ed Buck

Who Is Ed Buck?

Who Is Ed Buck?

Wed, Aug 16, 2017 7 Comments

Under scrutiny for the drug-related death of a young man at his home, Buck once was dubbed the man “destined to go down in history as one of Arizona’s most unlikely political figures.” He’s pictured above second from right with local animal rights activists and politicians.

Overall WeHo Crime Rate Was Steady in July, Although Car Break-ins Climbed 46%

Overall WeHo Crime Rate Was Steady in July, Although Car Break-ins Climbed 46%

Tue, Aug 15, 2017 1 Comment

There were 164 serious crimes reported in West Hollywood last month, just one shy of the 165 reported in July 2016, according to a report by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Where the city did see a major increase was in vehicle burglaries, which were up 46% over last year, with 38 incidents reported. The majority of those were on the city’s Westside, with 21 incidents reported, up 62% from 2016. The City Center reported eight car break-ins compared with four in July 2016, and the Eastside reported nine, the same number as last year.

There also was a large increase in sexual assaults, with five rapes reported last month compared to two in 2016. Three of those occurred on the city’s Westside and two on the Eastside.

Incidents of petty theft, defined as theft of something valued at $950 or less, were down 14%, but still…


Former Rosewood Elementary Teacher’s Felony Conviction Reduced to Misdemeanor

Former Rosewood Elementary Teacher’s Felony Conviction Reduced to Misdemeanor

Tue, Aug 15, 2017 2 Comments

A former fourth-grade teacher at Rosewood Elementary School who pleaded no contest in 2015 to a felony child abuse count for putting a plastic bag over a 10-year-old girl’s head had the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Monday.

Thelmo Garcia, 39, completed child-abuse counseling, performed 100 days of Caltrans work and complied with all the terms of his original probation as ordered by the court in August 2015, clearing the way for the reduced conviction. Failing to follow the court’s order could have landed Garcia up to six years in prison.

Garcia was sentenced Monday to three years summary probation and the condition that he not teach minors during those three years.

Garcia put a plastic bag over the girl’s head during class at the Los Angeles school, then removed it after several seconds, according to the Los Angeles County…

Sheriff’s Department Investigating Drug-Related Death in Local Activist Ed Buck’s Apartment

Sheriff’s Department Investigating Drug-Related Death in Local Activist Ed Buck’s Apartment

Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5 Comments

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is opening an investigation into the drug-related death of a young African-American man last month in the apartment of well-known WeHo political donor and activist Ed Buck.

The investigation, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, follows a call for an investigation by the young man’s mother, who lives in Texas. She has acknowledged that her son has worked as a prostitute and has alleged that Buck hired him and encouraged him to use drugs. The Sheriff’s Department said it is conducting the investigation out of “an abundance of caution.”

Her son, Gemmel “Juelz” Moore, 26, was found dead in Buck’s Laurel Avenue apartment on July 27. A report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office states that the death was an accident and lists its cause as “methamphetamine use.”

The L.A….

Dead Suspect in Edinburgh Avenue Hostage Situation Was a Key Witness in Indonesian Corruption Case

Dead Suspect in Edinburgh Avenue Hostage Situation Was a Key Witness in Indonesian Corruption Case

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10 Comments

The Beverly Grove resident who authorities found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Edinburgh Avenue early Thursday morning is a key witness in an investigation in his native Indonesia of a $172 million graft case that involves a cabinet minister, two governors and other prominent politicians.

The 32-year-old man is Johannes Marliem, who originally was misidentified as Johannes Marlie in a story from a local news service. Police were called at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday to the 600 block of North Edinburgh Avenue in Beverly Grove, where Marliem was said to be holding two people hostage in a house. The area around Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, on the southern edge of WeHo, was shut down for hours while crisis negotiators and a SWAT team attempted to remove the two hostages. A woman and child, apparently…

Study Shows Crime in Decline in WeHo Except for Vehicle Burglary and Rape

Study Shows Crime in Decline in WeHo Except for Vehicle Burglary and Rape

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 7 Comments

A look at data from the last six months by WeHo by the Numbers shows a reversal of an upward trend in recent years.

Eleven WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Result in $20,810 in Losses Last Week

Eleven WeHo Vehicle Burglaries Result in $20,810 in Losses Last Week

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 2 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from July 31 to Aug. 6. The list also includes each case number.

July 31

Armed Robbery. 8500 block Melrose Avenue at 10:15 pm. Two men were standing on the sidewalk when they were approached from behind by two men. The suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his watch and the victim complied. Both suspects then ran west bound on Melrose Avenue and north bound on Westbourne Drive and out of view. Loss $30,000. #04096

Aug. 1

Vehicle Burglary. 1100 block Orange Grove Avenue between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a handbag containing a laptop computer and camera from the rear passenger’s seat. Loss $4,800. #04113

Aug. 2

Grand Theft. 8400…

Coroner ID’s Suspect in Beverly Grove Hostage Scene as Johannes Marliem

Coroner ID’s Suspect in Beverly Grove Hostage Scene as Johannes Marliem

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10 Comments

Authorities today identified as Johannes Marliem the man who barricaded himself in a residential building on Edinburgh Avenue in the Beverly Grove area. Marliem, 32, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at 2 a.m. on Thursday.

The standoff began about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, when police were called to the 600 block of North Edinburgh Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. The area around Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard, just south of WeHo, was shut down for hours while crisis negotiators and a SWAT team attempted to remove two hostages from the scene. A woman and child finally got out of the building safely about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The L.A. County Coroner’s office identified the dead suspect as Johannes Marliem, however, no additional information is available at this time.

ICYMI: Ben Kawaller Offers a Salty and Funny Look at WeHo’s National Night Out

ICYMI: Ben Kawaller Offers a Salty and Funny Look at WeHo’s National Night Out

Wed, Aug 09, 2017 5 Comments

A week ago Tuesday, hundreds (if not thousands) of West Hollywood residents got together in their neighborhoods to celebrate the annual National Night Out.

It is, as Mayor John Heilman has described it: “An opportunity for residents to make new friends, socialize and meet representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, our local L.A. County Fire Stations and City Hall, and it’s wonderful to see neighborhoods come together and take a firm stand against crime.”

WEHOville invited Ben Kawaller, our favorite comedic videographer, to drop in on some of the nine neighborhood events and take an outside look at what was going on. Kawaller just submitted his video, created with the help of the talented Basir Rahman Aria, which shows you what you might have missed if you weren’t at your neighborhood’s NNO gathering….

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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 4 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, […]

Man Who Died in Jump from Orlando Avenue Building Identified as Gregory Paul Friedman

Man Who Died in Jump from Orlando Avenue Building Identified as Gregory Paul Friedman

Mon, Aug 07, 2017 31 Comments

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has identified the young man who jumped from the building at 710 N. Orlando Ave. last Friday afternoon as Gregory Paul Friedman, 27. Friedman lived in Santa Monica and worked at Laurel & Wolf in West Hollywood. The jump was an apparent suicide, although the Coroner’s Office has not yet ruled on a cause of death.

A video showed Friedman’s body falling down into the courtyard of the three-story building at 710 N. Orlando Ave., which is between Willoughby and Melrose, just outside West Hollywood city limits.

A photo posted by a building resident on Facebook showed Friedman entering the building wearing a white shirt and sneakers and black pants or jeans. Another photo showed him lying in the courtyard, surrounded by officers from the L.A. Police Department’s Wilshire Division and Los Angeles…

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Reception Operating from Mobile Van During Construction

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Reception Operating from Mobile Van During Construction

Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Because of construction at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, those visiting the station are asked to go to a mobile command post in its front parking lot.

The station is on the southeast corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, and the parking lot is entered from San Vicente.

The mobile command post will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There will be no access to the station lobby during construction.

Pedestrian Injured While Crossing Sunset Blvd. in Possible DUI Incident

Pedestrian Injured While Crossing Sunset Blvd. in Possible DUI Incident

Sun, Aug 06, 2017

A man walking across Sunset Boulevard near Harper Avenue early this morning was hit by a car whose driver has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The collision happened around 3 a.m. Deputies, who happened to be nearby, responded immediately and Sunset was closed for a while between the Chateau Marmont and its intersection with Sweetzer Avenue.

The pedestrian, who was pinned under the car, was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was determined to be in stable condition. The driver of the car also was taken to the hospital.

Man Surrenders After 12-Hour Standoff with Deputies on De Longpre Avenue

Man Surrenders After 12-Hour Standoff with Deputies on De Longpre Avenue

Sun, Aug 06, 2017 7 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story has been updated with new information from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, including the name of the burglary suspect.

The neighborhood surrounding the 8200 block of De Longpre Avenue between Harper and Sweetzer avenues was abuzz last night and this morning as West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies tried to extract an alleged robber who had barricaded himself inside an apartment.

Deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station responded at about 9:45 p.m. to a call from a resident who said he had walked out of his apartment briefly, leaving the door open and unlocked, and returned to find it was closed and locked. He told deputies that he believed someone had entered his apartment, where he had several firearms.

Deputies from the L.A. Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau…

Last Week: A Tenant Robs the Kitchen, Another 24 Hour Fitness Locker Theft and Two Armed Robberies

Last Week: A Tenant Robs the Kitchen, Another 24 Hour Fitness Locker Theft and Two Armed Robberies

Wed, Aug 02, 2017 4 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from July 24 to 30. The list also includes each case.

July 24

Nothing significant to report.

July 25

Grand Theft. 8700 block Shoreham Drive at 7:30 a.m. A tenant removed kitchen appliances, two televisions, stereo equipment and a computer from the apartment. Loss $12,000. #03975

Armed Robbery. 8400 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 3 to 4 a.m. A man was charging his cell phone when a man approached him and demanded his property. A struggle ensued for the victim’s backpack and the suspect was pepper sprayed in the face by the victim. The suspect released the backpack and the victim ran from the area. No loss. #03998

Vehicle Burglary. 8400 block Melrose Avenue between 9:30 and 11:43 p.m. An unknown suspect…

Two Men Staged Armed Robbery Near Urth Caffe Last Night

Two Men Staged Armed Robbery Near Urth Caffe Last Night

Tue, Aug 01, 2017 4 Comments

Two men armed with handguns staged a robbery on Melrose Avenue near Urth Caffé last night.

Lt. Edward Ramirez of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said the men, both black, approached the victims around 10:30 p.m. and demanded that they turn over their wristwatches. They seized one watch, valued at an estimated $30,000, and then ran north on Westmount Drive.

Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Duncan said that about 10 minutes later residents called 911 to report two suspicious men running near Willoughby and Croft. That prompted the Sheriff’s Station to set up a perimeter around the area, assisted by the Beverly Hills Police and the L.A. Police Department’s Air Support Division, whose helicopter circled the Tri-West neighborhood searching for the suspects. Deputies searched a building under construction in the neighborhood…

Don’t Forget! Tuesday Night Is National Night Out in WeHo

Don’t Forget! Tuesday Night Is National Night Out in WeHo

Mon, Jul 31, 2017 6 Comments

West Hollywood’s biggest group of neighborhood events will take place tomorrow as hundreds of residents gather in their neighborhoods for National Night Out.

The events are expected to attract more than 2,000 residents. They feature neighborhood block parties, with some offering barbecues and live entertainment and, on the Eastside, a disco dance.

“National Night Out is a wonderful event that brings neighborhoods together,” said Mayor John Heilman. “It’s an opportunity for residents to make new friends, socialize and meet representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, our local L.A. County Fire Stations and City Hall, and it’s wonderful to see neighborhoods come together and take a firm stand against crime.”

Among the more unusual events is a free family-friendly movie night featuring “Finding…

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