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  • Fireworks Illegal in Culver City

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Culver City Police and Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that the sale and possession of all fireworks, including "safe and sane" fireworks, is illegal in Culver City. Violators may be subject to fines and arrest if caught displaying or possessing fireworks. We all must recognize the potential dangers of using and handling fireworks. The risk of injury, especially to children, is of great concern. Fireworks can negatively impact children, veterans, and pets. In add...

  • Free Aerial Drone Light Show Highlights The Downtown Independence Day Celebration in Town Plaza With Live Music

    Jul 4, 2024

    The Culver City Downtown Business Association will be presenting the First Annual Downtown Culver City Independence Celebration on July 5 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. With the full support of the Culver City Council, this new family-friendly event will be free to the public and begin with live music on Town Plaza followed by the first ever aerial drone light show in Culver City especially created to celebrate our nation's independence. The Culver City Downtown Business Association has stepped in to...

  • Irvine Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Firebombing Planned Parenthood Clinic

    Jun 13, 2024

    .An Orange County man was sentenced today to 72 months in federal prison for firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa in March 2022 and planning to attack an electrical substation in Orange. Tibet Ergul, 22, of Irvine, was sentenced by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who also ordered him to pay $1,000 in restitution. Ergul pleaded guilty on February 29 to one felony count of conspiracy to damage an energy facility and one misdemeanor count of intentional damage to a r...

  • Celebrations for 2024 NFL Draft Presented by Bud Light Kick Off April 25 in Detroit

    Apr 11, 2024

    The NFL announced the day one festivities that will take place as part of the 2024 NFL Draft presented by Bud Light on Thursday, April 25 in Detroit. To kick off the celebrations, attending prospects will walk the NFL Draft Red Carpet presented by Toyota at the iconic Fox Theater. The NFL Draft Red Carpet will begin at approximately 5:20 P.M. ET, with portions televised as part of NFL Network's NFL Draft Kickoff show, with Kaylee Hartung interviewing prospects as they begin their pro journey....

  • Irvine Man Pleads Guilty to Firebombing Planned Parenthood Clinic Plotting to Attack Electrical Substation in Orange County

    Mar 7, 2024

    An Orange County man pleaded guilty today to firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Costa Mesa in March 2022 and planning to attack an electrical substation in Orange, and further admitted to plotting an attack on Dodger Stadium last year on a night celebrating LGBTQ pride. Tibet Ergul, 22, of Irvine, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to damage an energy facility and one misdemeanor count of intentional damage to a reproductive health services facility. "This defendant's...

  • CCPD Arrests 2 Burglary Suspects

    Feb 1, 2024

    Sunday night, January 28 at 10:18 pm, Culver City Police responded to a call for service of an alarm activation at a business located on the 5000 block of Uplander Way. Officers determined that two suspects had entered the business through the roof and noises coming from the building indicated that they may be attempting to break into a safe inside the business. Culver City Police Drone Team operators were able to determine that two suspects were still inside the business. At approximately...

  • CCPD Deploys Drone

    Sep 12, 2023

    CCPD Drone deployment at Lafayette Place and Braddock Drive CCPD will be deploying a drone in the area of Lafayette Place and Braddock Drive....

  • Dodgers To Celebrate The Career Of Legendary Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela with "Fernandomania" Weekend

    Aug 10, 2023

    The Mexican left-hander will have his jersey No. 34 retired on Friday and Los Angeles City Hall will declare Aug. 11, 2023 as "Fernando Valenzuela Day" in Los Angeles The Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend will honor the career and legacy of one of the most enduring and popular players in club history, as Fernando Valenzuela, will have his number "34" retired Friday night during a special pregame ceremony. On Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., Valenzuela will be at City Hall, where the Los Angeles...

  • Ukraine Atrocity Display

    Aug 25, 2022

    Robert Zirgulis, president of the Culver City Kennedy Democrats, just returned from war torn Ukraine. "I went on a humanitarian mission with two large back backs to deliver a drone, 39 medical kits, and other non-lethal supplies to Ukraine," Zirgulis says. "After seeing Putin's alleged human rights violations and atrocities, the war turned me into a photojournalist and I joined Reporters without Borders and INTERNATIONAL PRESS", states Zirgulis. "I worked with various NGO (non-government...

  • Violent Crimes, Property Thefts Up in Culver City in 2022

    Aug 4, 2022

    Violent crimes and property crimes are up this year, according to the Culver City Police Department. This week, the Police Department released its 2022 Mid-Year Report, which contains crime statistics, police arrests, traffic citations, mental health related calls, coyote sightings and drone utilization logs for the first half of the year. According to the report, there was no homicides reported this year but Culver City saw a 52% increase in simple assault and a 44% increase in robbery when compared to the first six months of 2021. There was...

  • Culver City Kennedy Democrats fund raising yard sale for Ukraine on Saturday and Sunday was an overwhelming success.

    May 19, 2022

    Culver City residents participated in funding over 39 medical kits to be sent to Ukraine ! Culver City residents wrote messages on the medical kits which included antibiotics, surgical pads, and other medical items to treat shrapnel wounds. Some of the messages were; "We pray for Ukraine every day! Stay strong-may life return to normal some day soon.."; Get well keep strong", "H ang in there. Be safe! We're with you! F##k Putin" Robert Zirgulis has already packed the medical kits in his back...

  • Santa Monica is Indeed Unsafe

    Letters|Apr 21, 2022

    By John Alle, Local Business Owner I am responding to the Opinion piece co-authored by City Manager David White and Police Chief Ramon Batista. They responded to the "recent local and regional news coverage of a report portraying Santa Monica as unsafe". I have lived, played and/or worked in Santa Monica since the 1970's. My son attended and graduated from from school here in Santa Monica. The City Manager's and Police Chief's only factual statement is that the "messages (from the media) are...

  • Culver City Man Accused of Discharging Gun Inside His Home

    Apr 14, 2022

    A Culver City man, suspected of being drunk, was arrested on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm for allegedly firing at least two shots inside his home on Saturday night, local police said. The suspect's girlfriend called police at about 8 p.m. on April 9 to report that he had fired a shot inside their home in the 4000 block of Van Buren Place, was under the influence of alcohol and had access to other firearms, the Culver City Police Department said in a press release. The girlfriend evacuated from the residence just prior to...

  • CC Police Arrest Kidnapping Suspect After 3-Hour Standoff

    Dec 16, 2021

    After a three-hour standoff, local police on Monday arrested a man who barricaded himself in a Culver City home after allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend hostage overnight. Culver City police were called at 7:32 a.m. on December 13 to conduct a "welfare chase" at a residence in the 4000 Block of Lincoln Avenue, according to the Culver City Police Department (CCPD). Police officers were met by a woman who related that her ex-boyfriend broke into her home on Sunday night and "held her hostage...

  • Mysterious "A Team" Rescues Dogs Trapped by a Volcano

    Nov 4, 2021

    A mystery group of animal campaigners calling themselves the 'A-team' say they have braved molten lava flows to rescue dogs stranded on La Palma, putting up a sign to declare their mission success (pictured) (AP) A mystery group of animal campaigners calling themselves the 'A-team' say they have braved molten lava flows to rescue dogs stranded on La Palma, Canary Islands. A daring mission using nets flown in by drones had been planned by activists Leales.org to take place in the coming days....

  • Shooting Suspect Arrested

    Sep 30, 2021

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer Santa Monica Police called on the LAPD Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT) and the Unmanned Aerial Systems Team (Drone Team) to arrest Eliott Ferrando, 24 of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County District Attorney filed charges against Ferrando for two counts of attempted murder stemming from a shooting on September 6, 2021. Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a report of 'Shots Fired' in the area of Yorkshire and Pico at 1:21 pm on...

  • Local Briefs

    Sep 16, 2021

    Suspect Still at Large in Santa Monica Carjacking One suspect is in custody after armed robbery carjacking outside La Condesa Restaurant September 10, 2021 - Shortly after midnight this morning, a victim was held up at gunpoint outside La Condesa restaurant at 1519 Wilshire Boulevard, and then driven around the block in their own car while they were robbed. At least two suspects then fled in their own vehicle at high speed, crashing at 26th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Santa Monica Police arrived on the scene, set up a perimeter, and with...

  • Curious Southern Right whale pushes paddleboard

    Sep 9, 2021

    9/3/21 (AFP): As the migration season of the Southern Right Whales gets underway in the Argentine Patagonia locals and visitors are thrilled by the curious animals coming ever closer to shore. On Tuesday, a rare encounter was caught on video shot from a drone. In the viral video, a Southern RIght whale seemingly plays with a woman on a paddleboard and pushes the board gently forward, observing the board's movement as the massive animal swims directly beneath it. According to Marcos Grosso, Puert...

  • Local Briefs

    Aug 5, 2021

    Jetpack Guy Seen Again at LAX "The jet man is back." an air traffic controller told a SkyWest flight after another possible jetpack sighting reported Wednesday evening near Los Angeles International Airport. The sighting comes after at least four pilots reported seeing a similar aerial mystery last year in the same area. "A Boeing 747 pilot reported seeing an object that might have resembled a jetpack 15 miles east of LAX at 5,000 feet altitude," a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson...

  • Machete-Wielding Man Talked off Scaffold in Culver City by Police Crisis Team

    Jul 15, 2021

    A machete-wielding man was talked off a construction scaffolding in Culver City on Friday morning after a three-hour standoff with police and its crisis team, local authorities said. Culver City police were called at 11:45 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Wrightcrest Drive in Blair Hills, where a resident reported a man with a machete on his roof. The homeowner went onto the roof to confront the suspect and "was violently threatened with the machete," according to Culver City Police Department...

  • CC Police Deploy Drone to Capture Burglary Suspects

    Jul 8, 2021

    Culver City police arrested two burglary suspects Thursday morning after they deployed a drone to find them. At 2:12 a.m., police officers responded to a call at Nuts & More, a gourmet grocery store located at 5850 Washington Blvd., said CCPD Sgt. Chris Ferrier. After the suspects fled the store, Ferrier said, police decided to use the drone in their search. "A supervisor on the scene said once the suspects saw that we had deployed the drone, they came out of hiding," the sergeant said. The...

  • Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

    May 27, 2021

    By Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to its rightful owner," Culver City Police Department said in a press release. The dog snatcher reportedly responded to an advertisement listing the dog for sale. On Wednesday, May 12, the bulldog's owner agreed to meet the man on the 6000 block of Canterbury Drive around 7 p.m. to make the exchange, according to...

  • Local Briefs

    May 27, 2021

    Dogs, Drones Nail Burglar Santa Monica Police used dogs and a drone to sniff out a homeless man named Murphy wanted for burglary. An employee of a business in the 1600 block of 19th street called police early on May 20th, saying that he could hear someone on the roof. At 3:25 AM, SMPD Officers responded. “The employee also mentioned that the business was burglarized the night before,” writes Lt. Rudy Flores, SMPD PIO. “When officers arrived on scene, they observed an individual on the rooftop carrying a stolen item. Upon seeing the offic...

  • Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

    May 20, 2021

    Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to its rightful owner," Culver City Police Department said in a press release. The dog snatcher reportedly responded to an advertisement listing the dog for sale. On Wednesday, May 12, the bulldog's owner agreed to meet the man on the 6000 block of Canterbury Drive around 7 p.m. to make the exchange, ac...

  • CC Drone Pilot Program Still Flying High

    Feb 18, 2021

    Culver City's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone pilot program is off to a flying start. In the past 22 months, the Culver City Police and Fire Departments have used drones 50 times in perimeter searches for felony suspects, fires and crime scene operations, among other uses, according to police officials. The use of drones with high-powered cameras is becoming common place for police and fire agencies across the county. At its recent meeting, the Culver City Council discussed a report on th...

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