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Here’s where you’ll find the latest information available on crime and public safety in West Hollywood. We urge readers who know of violent crimes to contact WEHOville.com at Henry@WEHOville.com so that we can report them.

‘Coffee with a Cop’ Is Tomorrow at Starbucks

‘Coffee with a Cop’ Is Tomorrow at Starbucks

Tue, Jun 27, 2017 2 Comments

West Hollywood residents are invited to meet members of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and Capt. Sergio Aloma tomorrow at the Starbucks on Santa Monica Boulevard at Westmount.

The monthly “Coffee with a Cop” organized by Aloma each month is an opportunity for local residents to bring up public safety concerns and also to get to know the law enforcement officers who serve the city.

Tomorrow’s event will run from 8 to 9 a.m. Parking is available on Westmount and Santa Monica Boulevard. It also is available in the garage adjacent to the Ramada Inn, where the parking is free for one hour with a ticket validated at Starbucks.

Rappers (including an Ex of Nicki Minaj) Trade Blows in WeHo

Rappers (including an Ex of Nicki Minaj) Trade Blows in WeHo

Sat, Jun 24, 2017 5 Comments

A fight broke out Friday afternoon in West Hollywood, two days before Sunday’s annual BET Awards in downtown Los Angeles, involving the entourages of rappers Safaree Samuels and Meek Mill.

Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of North Robertson Boulevard in response to a disturbance, yet the assailants and any victims of the disturbance had left the scene, according to a watch commander at the sheriff’s West Hollywood station.

Video footage from TMZ shows Samuels talking to an acquaintance, telling him “that you different in L.A.,” when a black SUV pulls up and someone from Mill’s entourage attacks Samuels, who dodges a few punches thrown by someone who appears to be with Mill’s security detail.

The man does land a few blows that caused no real damage, as Samuels was able to get away, with the assailant running in the…

$38,000 in Losses from 20 Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

$38,000 in Losses from 20 Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 4 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from June 12 to 18. The list also includes each case number.

June 12

Burglary – Other. 8200 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 4:14 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed a window to gain access and removed three computers and $500 cash from the front counter area. Loss $9,000. #03111

Burglary – Residential. 8700 block Rangely Avenue between 7 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed a sliding glass door to gain access and ransacked the interior rooms. Nothing was taken. #03152

Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Ogden Drive between 1 and 5 p.m. An unknown suspect smashed the passenger’s side window and removed a wallet and sunglasses from the dashboard. Loss $140. #03120

Vehicle Burglary. 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard…


WeHo City Council Shakes Up Public Safety and Changes Planning Commission

WeHo City Council Shakes Up Public Safety and Changes Planning Commission

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 9 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council made appointments to the city’s various commissions and boards last night, with major changes on the Planning Commission and Public Safety Commission, two of WeHo’s most influential advisory boards.

The council voted to name Adam Bass to one of the two at-large positions on the Planning Commission, replacing Donald DeLuccio, who has been on the commission for a number of years. Bass, communications director for L.A City Councilmember Nury Martinez, was nominated by Councilmember Lauren Meister. He won the votes of Meister and council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath. Councilmember John Duran and Mayor John Heilman voted for DeLuccio. At-large member Sue Buckner was reappointed with votes from D’Amico, Duran, Heilman and Meister. The other members of the commission are Stacey Jones…

Man Claiming to be Lyft Driver Exposes Himself to Passenger

Man Claiming to be Lyft Driver Exposes Himself to Passenger

Mon, Jun 19, 2017 4 Comments

A woman told police a man claiming to be a Lyft driver exposed himself to her in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles today after picking her up from a West Hollywood bar.

The incident occurred about 12:45 a.m. at Melrose and Martel avenues, said Sgt. Brian Churchill of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station.

The woman told police she called for a Lyft at the West Hollywood bar and got into a Toyota Prius, Churchill said. The man stopped at Melrose and Martel avenues, saying he needed to urinate and came back to the car with his pants down. The woman managed to get out of the car and flee the suspect, the sergeant said.

People who use ride services should make sure they get a picture of their driver and their vehicle license number and compare them to the vehicle that picks them up before getting inside,…

WeHo Chiropractor Sued Over Playboy Model’s Death

WeHo Chiropractor Sued Over Playboy Model’s Death

Wed, Jun 14, 2017

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of the 8-year-old daughter of Playboy model Katie May, who died in 2016 after a West Hollywood chiropractor visit left her with a torn artery in her neck.

The suit was brought on the girl’s behalf by her father, Alex Maimon, who is the executor of May’s estate, against chiropractor Eric Marc Swartz and Back to Total Health Inc., alleging wrongful death, medical malpractice and negligence and seeking unspecified damages.

“Now, over a year after her death, (the daughter) cannot stop talking about her mother and the moments they shared together,” the suit states.

A representative for Back to Total Health Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two Thefts in WeHo Last Week Involved Men Sleeping Outside

Two Thefts in WeHo Last Week Involved Men Sleeping Outside

Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from June 5 to 11. The list also includes each case number.

June 5

Grand Theft. 8800 block Santa Monica Boulevard between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. An unknown suspect removed a purse containing a cell phone and cash from the dance floor. Loss $1,340. #02999

Armed Robbery (Attempted). 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard at 3:15 a.m. A man approached the front desk of the hotel and lifted his shirt to reveal the butt end of a handgun. The suspect asked for money and was told there was no cash available. The suspect fled the area on foot. No loss. # 02962.

Vehicle Burglary. 900 block Fairfax Avenue between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a purse from

Two Pedestrians Hit by Car on La Peer Drive Last Night

Two Pedestrians Hit by Car on La Peer Drive Last Night

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Two pedestrians suffered what appeared to be minor injuries when they were struck by a car pulling out of a driveway on La Peer Drive in WeHo, authorities said today.

It happened at 10:04 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of North La Peer Drive, Sgt. L. Eddins of the Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station said. The injured were taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center for treatment, he said, adding that the driver was detained on suspicion of DUI.

The pedestrians’ ages and genders were not immediately available and Eddins said he did not know if they were leaving the West Hollywood Gay Pride
Festival at the time.

Lt. David Smith Suspended from West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station

Lt. David Smith Suspended from West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station

Wed, Jun 07, 2017 9 Comments

Lt. David Smith, a 30-year veteran of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, has been suspended with pay from his position.

In recent years Smith, known as Smitty, has effectively served as the station’s public liaison, attending meetings of the WeHo City Council and Public Safety Commission and fielding inquiries from local news reporters. For that reason and his morning runs through West Hollywood, he has become one of the better known members of the local sheriff’s staff. He has reported directly to the captain who runs the Sheriff’s Station

To date WEHOville has been unable to learn why Smith was removed from his job. That removal was announced privately to the West Hollywood City Council on Monday. A source at the local station confirmed this afternoon that this is a temporary suspension while an investigation about an…

WeHo Will Begin Ticketing Drivers Captured on Camera Turning Right on Red

WeHo Will Begin Ticketing Drivers Captured on Camera Turning Right on Red

Tue, Jun 06, 2017 7 Comments

West Hollywood will begin ticketing drivers at four intersections who are captured on camera turning right on red without stopping, but only if those turns are judged by the Sheriff’s Department to risk danger to a pedestrian or other driver.

The City Council voted last night to approve such tickets and to review the situation in 90 days. The vote was four to one, with Councilmember John D’Amico opposing the measure.

In a 30-day survey, the local Sheriff’s Station identified 250 incidents at the four intersections in which motorists made right turns on red without stopping, about 100 of which involved vehicles driving at or over 15 miles an hour. According to Deputy Trent Miles there are an average of two collisions a year at all of West Hollywood’s intersections involving vehicles that turn right at red lights without…

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Homeless Man Arrested After Threats at WeHo City Hall

Homeless Man Arrested After Threats at WeHo City Hall

Fri, Jun 02, 2017 4 Comments

The homeless issue in the City of West Hollywood emerged in City Hall this afternoon when an apparently homeless man entered and began making threats.

The watch sergeant on duty at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station said the man “appeared to be a little bit unstable, mentally ill.”

The man became violent and deputies had to force him to the ground to handcuff him and arrest him.

WeHo City Council to Consider Tickets for Illegal Right Turns Caught on Camera

WeHo City Council to Consider Tickets for Illegal Right Turns Caught on Camera

Thu, Jun 01, 2017 12 Comments

The West Hollywood City Council will take up on Monday a controversial proposal to ticket drivers who make right turns at red lights without stopping if they exceed certain speeds.

The ticketing would be implemented by using a newly installed red-light camera system, which captures the license plate numbers of cars that run red lights. The city’s previous system could only effectively capture those running red lights across intersections, not those making right turns on red. Those turns are legal, but only if a driver comes to a full stop to ensure no one else is entering the intersection.

The controversy over the proposed ticketing process stems in part from the cost of those tickets. While the actual fine for running a red light is $100, the state legislature over the years has tacked on numerous fee to support a variety of…

Fewer Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

Fewer Vehicle Burglaries in West Hollywood Last Week

Wed, May 31, 2017

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from May 22 to 28. The list also includes each case number.

May 22

Grand Theft. 8500 block Sunset Boulevard between 1 and 1:05 p.m. An unknown suspect removed a computer bag containing a laptop and sunglasses that was left momentarily unattended on a patio table. Loss $2,300. #02650

Burglary – Other. 8500 block Santa Monica Boulevard between t 10 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. An unknown suspect used force on the front door to gain entry and removed $575 in cash and ten cases of alcohol from a storage area. Loss $25,000. #02663

Strong Arm Robbery (Suspect Arrested). 1000 block La Brea Avenue at 4:40 p.m. A homeless man removed a laptop computer from a display area and left the store without payment. The same man returned a short…

WeHo Residents Invited to Coffee with a Cop Tomorrow

WeHo Residents Invited to Coffee with a Cop Tomorrow

Tue, May 30, 2017

West Hollywood residents are invited to meet with deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at Coffee with a Cop tomorrow.

The event, which offers residents a chance to meet local public safety officers and ask them questions, takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. at the McDonalds at 1133 N. La Brea Ave., north of Santa Monica.

$16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo  Last Week

$16,000 in Car Burglaries in WeHo Last Week

Wed, May 24, 2017 3 Comments

Below is the weekly crime report from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station that calls out incidents in WeHo from May 15 to 21. The list also includes each case number.

May 15

Grand Theft. Sherwood Drive / Westbourne Drive
at 5:30 a.m. A woman was walking westbound on Sherwood Drive when a man approached her from behind and pulled a shopping bag from her hand. The bag contained a watch, clothing, cash, and a camera. The suspect fled the area on foot. Loss $3,600. #02511

Burglary – Other. 1200 block Flores Street between 5 and 11:45 am. An unknown suspect removed four tires and wheels from a vehicle parked in the sub garage. Loss $7,800. #02525

May 16

Nothing significant to report.

May 17

Burglary – Other. 1200 block La Brea Avenue at 11:20 p.m. A man removed two bottles of wine while the restaurant was closing….

Let’s Discuss: Should Red Light Cameras Be Used to Ticket  Rolling Right Turn Violations?

Let’s Discuss: Should Red Light Cameras Be Used to Ticket Rolling Right Turn Violations?

Wed, May 24, 2017 18 Comments

Making a right turn at a red light without stopping is an undeniable violation of the law. But some protest the cost of the tickets and the usefulness of the program.

Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

Seven Hospitalized in Crash on Sunset and LaCienega Last Night

Mon, May 22, 2017 6 Comments

Seven people were injured in a crash between two vehicles Sunday evening in West Hollywood, authorities said.

The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. at the intersection of La Cienega and Sunset boulevards, according to a sheriff’s sergeant.

Seven patients were hospitalized, according to the fire department. At least three of the people were believed to be pedestrians.

The victims’ conditions and extent of their injuries have not been released.

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