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News, Santa Monica, Courts

Supervisors Set Aside $20 Million To Treat, Rather Than Jail, Mentally Ill Offenders

Posted Oct. 1, 2014, 9:27 am

The Board of Supervisors agreed on Tuesday to set aside $20 million for diversion programs designed to treat, rather than jail, mentally ill offenders.

News, Courts, Police Department, West Hollywood

Man Found Guilty Of Killing Three Men In West Hollywood Over Few Pounds Of Pot

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

A 35-year-old man was found guilty on Monday of killing three men in West Hollywood for a few pounds of pot.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Judge Denies Casey Kasem Daughter's Request For $160,000 In Attorneys' Fees

Posted Sep. 30, 2014, 9:14 am

A judge on Monday denied a request by one of Casey Kasem's daughters for about $160,000 in attorneys' fees in connection with her initial bid to establish a conservatorship over the late radio icon.

The fatal crash that claimed four lives at Santa Monica Airport occurred about 6:20 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Family Of Santa Monica Plane Crash Victim File Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Posted Sep. 29, 2014, 9:25 am

The parents of a young woman killed in the crash of a small plane at Santa Monica Airport a year ago today are suing the heirs of the pilot of the aircraft, the aircraft's manufacturer and three government entities.

News, Venice, Courts, Police Department

Man Charged In Venice Burglary In Which Woman Fled To Roof

Posted Sep. 27, 2014, 9:06 am

A Los Angeles man was charged on Friday with breaking into the home of a Venice woman, who escaped by climbing onto her roof.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Brentwood

Brentwood Victim Confronts Rapist At Sentencing

Posted Sep. 24, 2014, 8:41 am

A woman beaten and raped in broad daylight in the parking lot of a Brentwood supermarket 11 years ago confronted her attacker in court on Tuesday as he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Brentwood

Brentwood Rape Victim Set To Question Her Attacker At Sentencing Today

Posted Sep. 23, 2014, 7:18 am

A woman beaten and raped in broad daylight in the parking lot of a Brentwood supermarket 11 years ago said she plans to question her attacker in court at his sentencing today.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Courts

L.A. Man Convicted For Murder Venice Woman Nearly Four Decades Ago

Posted Sep. 11, 2014, 9:27 am

A Los Angeles man was convicted on Wednesday of murdering an 80-year-old woman who was strangled inside her home in Venice nearly four decades ago, when the defendant was a teenager.

News, Marina Del Rey, Courts

Marina Del Rey Man Sentenced For Trying To Sell Military Secrets To China

Posted Sep. 9, 2014, 9:12 am

A Marina del Rey man was sentenced on Monday to more than three years in prison for providing sensitive information about a network used to control and communicate with military satellites to someone he believed was a foreign intelligence officer working for the People's Republic of China.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Lax

LAX Meth Case: British Gay Porn Star "Bruno Knight" Pleads Guilty

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:05 am

A British gay porn star busted at Los Angeles International Airport after he was found attempting to smuggle a half-pound of crystal meth in his body pleaded guilty on Friday to a federal drug possession charge.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

St. John’s Malpractice Trial Continues This Week

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:07 am

A civil trial against St. John’s Hospital and Health Center continues into its second week at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Santa Monica Airport

Court Dismisses Anti-Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit

Posted Aug. 29, 2014, 9:04 am

A lawsuit filed last week on behalf of those who want Santa Monica Airport (SMO) shut down or limited in its operation was dismissed, meaning a pro-airport ballot initiative will be allowed to be presented to voters in the upcoming Nov. 4 election.

Reginald Ford, 39, of Los Angeles.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Santa Monica Armed Robber Sentenced To 60 Years In State Prison

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 12:29 pm

A Los Angeles man convicted of two 2012 armed robberies in Santa Monica was today sentenced at the LAX branch courthouse to serve 60 years in state prison.

Morry Waksberg and his mother Ida are taking St. John's hospital to court regarding a malpractice claim.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Trial Underway In St. John’s Malpractice Claim

Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:07 am

Opening statements were officially given this week in a trial against St. John’s Health Center at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Plaintiff Morry Waksberg, who alleges the administrators at St. John’s committed elder abuse, medical malpractice, and negligence, filed the civil trial.

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.

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