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News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Courts, Pacific Palisades

Arraignment Today For Man Accused Of Pacific Palisades Crime Spree, Kidnapping

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 8:33 am

A transient accused of going on a Pacific Palisades crime spree that included a kidnapping, assaults and multiple carjackings is scheduled to be arraigned today on more than a dozen felony charges.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Courts

House of Ink Tattoo Parlor In Venice Being Sued Following Alleged Assault

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 8:26 am

The tattoo parlor from the Oxygen channel's "Tattoos After Dark" television series and one of its artists are being sued by a woman who alleges she was assaulted outside the Venice establishment last year.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Lax

Southwest Airlines Stowaway Woman Ordered To Stay Away From LAX

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 9:15 am

A woman who stowed away on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles and was ordered to stay away from LAX, only to be arrested one day later at the airport, had her probation revoked today.

Huntington Beach resident Daniel Becerril II.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

2008 Montana Avenue Murder Suspect Sentenced To 15 Years Prison

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 6:51 pm

A Huntington Beach financial consultant was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in prison for murdering elementary school teacher Alexander Merman in his apartment in the 500 block of Montana Avenue in 2008 after Merman had uncovered a complex fraud scheme.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Courts

Conviction Upheld In Crash That Killed 13-Year-Old Malibu Girl

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:36 am

A state appeals court panel on Wednesday upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a former Winnetka resident who left a suicide note, drove recklessly along Pacific Coast Highway, crashed his car and killed a 13-year-old Malibu girl.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Courts

Woman Sues Starline Tours Following Head Injury On Bus While In Venice

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:31 am

A woman who claims she suffered a fractured skull and eye injuries when she was struck by a tree branch while standing on the upper deck of a Starline Tours bus in Venice filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the bus company.

News, Malibu, Santa Monica, Courts

Malibu Surfer Files Lawsuit Against Man Who Allegedly Gave Her Herpes

Posted Jul. 3, 2014, 8:20 am

A professional surfer is being sued by a woman who alleges she contracted herpes from him during their relationship.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Courts

Whole Foods To Pay Nearly $800,000 To Settle Overcharging Allegations

Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 11:21 am

Whole Foods will pay nearly $800,000 to settle allegations of overcharging customers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and Santa Monica announced today.

Kelvin Green, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murdering his estranged wife.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Stabbing Estranged Wife In Santa Monica Supermarket

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:32 am

A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to fatally stabbing his estranged wife at a Santa Monica supermarket.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was recaptured in Santa Monica on April 2, 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Convicted Burglar Who Was Recaptured In Santa Monica Sentenced To More Jail Time

Posted May. 15, 2014, 8:37 am

A convicted burglar who was captured in Santa Monica three weeks after walking out of jail was sentenced Wednesday to eight more months behind bars.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

International Jewel Thief Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To Two Years Prison

Posted May. 4, 2014, 7:28 am

An 83-year-old international jewel thief who was arrested in 2011 for reportedly stealing jewelry from a store in Santa Monica pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced on Monday, April 28 for nabbing a 3.5-carat diamond ring from store in Palm Desert, it was reported.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Actress Files Lawsuit Over Santa Monica Ice Skating Rink Injuries

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

An actress who had a small role in the 1994 film “Dumb and Dumber” is suing the City of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at the city-owned seasonal ICE at Santa Monica skating rink on Jan. 18, 2014.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was recaptured in Santa Monica on April 2, 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Escaped Inmate Recaptured In Santa Monica Pleads No Contest

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:33 am

An inmate who escaped a downtown Los Angeles jail last month on March 12 and was arrested several weeks later in Santa Monica pleaded no contest Thursday.

Blair Rodrick Moore.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Samohi Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Misdemeanors; Pretrial Hearing April 22

Posted Apr. 9, 2014, 9:13 am

Eighteen-year-old Santa Monica High School student Blair Rodrick Moore pleaded not guilty Tuesday at the LAX branch courthouse to a handful of misdemeanor charges relating to his suspected involvement in a physical altercation with a teacher inside a classroom on Friday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts, Government

Time To Fix A Law The Courts Have Mucked Up

Posted Apr. 6, 2014, 9:03 am

Talk to corporate executives and they’ll often say California is a difficult place to do business, in part because consumers can file class action lawsuits willy-nilly, even when their companies haven’t screwed up.

Ocean Towers is a 317-unit luxury apartment building high-rise located at 201 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica, Courts

Ocean Towers Lawsuit Permitted To Go Forward

Posted Mar. 31, 2014, 9:11 am

The owner of several units in the Ocean Towers residential complex near Palisades Park was given the green light to continue with his lawsuit against a real estate investment firm, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Courts

Will Manson Family Killer Eventually Go Free?

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

If it seemed like déjà vu all over again the other day when the state’s parole board issued a decision that could free a leading disciple of perhaps the most vicious killer California has ever seen, that’s because it was.

Prosecutors allege Dr. Daniel Shin, who operates a pain management clinic in Santa Monica, orchestrated a complex scheme with two associates to write and fill “numerous fraudulent prescriptions” for oxycodone, a poppy-derived narcotic providing relief for moderate to severe pain.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Doctor, Two Associates Charged With Prescription Fraud

Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 9:15 am

Severe pain is difficult to endure, but a Santa Monica physician and two of his associates are potentially facing trial after being charged with orchestrating an elaborate scheme to fill fraudulent prescriptions for patients to squelch their grave aches.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Courts, City Hall

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Files 34-Page Lawsuit Against Hines

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:11 am

They have been accused in some corners as being the most vocal but not necessarily the loudest group, but a collection of Santa Monica activists, residents, and stakeholders who oppose the Bergamot Transit Village development proposed by Hines 26th Street LLC (Hines) have used every tool in the book to either prevent or reverse the project from ever seeing light of day.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, City Attorney

Former Deputy City Attorney Named A California Lawyer Of The Year

Posted Mar. 13, 2014, 8:49 am

Former Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Barbara C. Greenstein has been named one of this year’s California Lawyer of the Year award recipients (“CLAY Award”) for her work in successfully arguing Harris v. City of Santa Monica before the California Supreme Court in 2013.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Man Sentenced For Hit-And-Run Death Of Santa Monica Mother

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:22 am

A 38-year-old Inglewood man accused of killing a Santa Monica mother in a hit-and-run incident in October 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to one year in County jail moments after he pleaded no contest.

Anthony Sowash will serve six years in state prison for stabbing a Santa Monica man on July 4, 2013.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Twins Who Stabbed Santa Monica Man Sentenced On Eve Of Their 29th Birthdays

Posted Feb. 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

Just several days before their 29th birthdays, twin brothers from Los Angeles each pled to one count of assault in court on Monday relating to their attack of a group in the early morning hours of July 4, 2013 where a Santa Monica man was stabbed in the neck.

Frank Gruber.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Park Advocates Undaunted By Judge's SMO Lawsuit Dismissal

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 8:55 am

A coalition of residents and groups known as -- who formed to turn Santa Monica Airport into a park -- has released a statement following U.S. District Judge John L. Walter's decision Thursday to dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to confirm the City’s right to close the Santa Monica Airport July 1, 2015.

The City of Santa Monica says it is 'disappointed' with a court ruling on Thursday relating to its lawsuit against the FAA on Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

U.S. District Judge Dismisses City Of Santa Monica's SMO Lawsuit Against The FAA

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 8:06 am

U.S. District Judge John L. Walter on Thursday dismissed the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit in a downtown Los Angeles court against the Federal Aviation Administration that hoped to take future ownership and control of Santa Monica Airport.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Courthouse Judge Joseph S. Biderman To Retire

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:06 am

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman, who presided over a courtroom in Santa Monica, will be retiring in March.

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