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  • CCPD Mental Health Evaluation Team Recues Homeless Woman

    Jun 13, 2024

    Culver City Police Mental Evaluation Team worked with the VA and LASD Mental Evaluation Teams in our City. The Culver City Mobile Crisis Team was able to direct them to an unhoused woman who had been offered services on a bus bench on Overland Avenue a few weeks ago. Fortunately, when the team reached out to the woman on Overland Avenue again today, she was receptive to services and is currently on her way with VA staff to receive resources. This is an example of multiple city departments...

  • Laguna Niguel Man Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Shoot Down Orange County Sheriff's Department Helicopter

    Jun 13, 2024

    An Orange County man was arrested on a federal grand jury indictment alleging he repeatedly fired a rifle at an Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter after his birthday party acrimoniously ended earlier this year. Justin Derek Jennings, 39, of Laguna Niguel, is charged with one count of attempting to damage, destroy, or disable an aircraft. Jennings was arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court in Santa Ana and pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. A federal...

  • CCPD Goes High Tech to End High Speed Pursuits

    Jun 13, 2024

    The City Council approved the Culver City Police Department's request for pursuit mitigation technology from Staircase to prevent vehicle chases. In 2023, CCPD saw 55 pursuits, a 40% increase from the previous year. Forty of those were canceled, either based on the severity of the alleged crime or the dangerous driving patterns of the suspect. The StarChase system allows an officer to remotely affix a GPS tracking device to a pursued (or about to be pursued) vehicle using an air pressure system...

  • Culver City Police Capture Murder Suspect after Brief Chase

    Jun 13, 2024

    Sunday afternoon, June 5, an automated license plate reader camera (ALPR) systems alerted Culver City Police to a vehicle wanted by another law enforcement agency in connection with a homicide. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver fled. After a brief vehicle pursuit, the suspect bailed out of the car near the 5900 block of Green Valley Circle. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect arrested by Culver City Police is believed to be the...

  • 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...

  • More Than 182,000 Signatures Submitted For La County Fire And Safety Ballot Measure

    Jun 13, 2024

    More Than 182,000 Signatures Submitted For La County Fire And Safety Ballot Measure Backed by the Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014, the measure will provide critically necessary funding for wildfire response, 911 call center upgrades, paramedics, firefighting engines and aircraft LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Firefighters IAFF Local 1014, the union representing over 3,400 firefighters and paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), submitted 182,497 signatures to qualify for placing the LA Count...

  • Two-Day Takedown Results in Arrest of Defendants Who Allegedly Packaged and Shipped Fentanyl and Cocaine Bought on Darknet

    May 30, 2024

    Four defendants in California and Nevada have been arrested on a four-count federal grand jury indictment alleging they shipped hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of fentanyl-laced pills and cocaine to buyers nationwide who purchased the narcotics on darknet marketplaces, the Justice Department announced today. Today, law enforcement arrested the following defendants: Craig Rushton, 23, of Las Vegas; and Christian McKibben, 20, of Las Vegas. On Wednesday, the following defendants were arres...

  • Ex-Riverside Man Agrees to Plead Guilty to Hate and Gun Crimes

    May 16, 2024

    A former Riverside resident who last year shot and wounded two Jewish men as they left religious services in the Pico-Robertson area of Los Angeles has agreed to plead guilty to hate crimes and firearms offenses, the Justice Department announced today. Jaime Tran, 29, has agreed to plead guilty to all charges against him: two counts of hate crimes with intent to kill and two counts of using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Tran is expected to pl...

  • Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

    May 9, 2024

    Culver City Police responded to the 6100 block of Slauson Avenue on Sunday, May 5, at approximately 2:45 pm regarding multiple calls of what appeared to be an altercation happening in the parking lot. When officers arrived, they located a female adult victim who had been stabbed numerous times and was bleeding heavily. The victim was transported to the hospital for medical treatment and is currently in stable condition. Officers immediately worked to locate the suspect involved. A perimeter was...

  • High-Ranking MS-13 Leader Arraigned on Terrorism Indictment

    May 2, 2024

    Last week, Fredy Ivan Jandres-Parada, also known as "Lucky de Park View" and "Lacky de Park View," a high-ranking leader of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, was arraigned at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York by United States Magistrate Judge Steven L. Tiscione. Jandres-Parada and 13 other high-ranking MS-13 leaders were indicted in December 2020 on terrorism offenses relating to their direction of the transnational criminal organization's criminal activities in the...

  • Report on Racial Identity Profiling to Community Members

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|May 2, 2024

    On April 4, community meeting offered by the Culver City Police Department to review the Racial Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) data for the year 2023 took close to two hours, and included opportunities to ask questions. The meeting was led by Dr. Paul Conor, a specialist in organizational psychology who consulted on the presentation. Conor TOLD THE GROUP that the California law mandates all state and local law enforcement agencies to collect and report detailed information about every person...

  • UCLA's Royce Hall Left Covered in Filth and Graffiti Police Remove Pro-Hamas Protestors From Their Encampment

    Santa Monica Observer|May 2, 2024

    Law enforcement agencies including the CHP, LAPD and campus police cleared the grassy field between Powell Library and Royce Hall early Thursday morning. Pro-Hamas demonstrators remained on Janss Steps, reported the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper. After police arrested or detained hundreds of pro-Hamas protestors, it could be seen that they had trashed UCLA's iconic Royce Hall, covering the landmark building in graffiti. "UCLA campus looks like a landfill after pro-Palestine protesters, many...

  • Three Charged With Luxury Retail Thefts

    Apr 21, 2024

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta has announced charges against three individuals allegedly involved in a spree of organized retail theft, robbery, and grand theft targeting high-end retail establishments across California. According to Bonta, the crimes occurred between December 12, 2022, and February 12, 2024, resulting in commercial burglaries and attempted burglaries in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Alameda, and Santa Clara Counties. These incidents collectively inflicted...

  • ELIZABETH BARISH-FOUND

    Apr 18, 2024

    Culver City Police have advised the public that ELIZABETH BARISH-FOUND has been located. She disappeared Mondayand was last seen in the 4100 block of Jackson Avenue, Culver City. She is Height: 5'5" tall | her Weight is 140lbs, with Hazel Eyes and Brown Hair. Police have not released any information on her condition. The Culver City Observer will post additional information as it becomes available....

  • Body of Swimmer Found

    Apr 18, 2024

    Authorities have located the body of a male who went swimming with two friends at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles in the middle of the night and apparently drowned. lifeguards Los Angeles County Fire Depardments were called to the beach, located just south of Playa del Rey, around 1 a.m. Wednesday after the victim's friends called 9-1-1 to say he went under a wave and failed to resurface, according to the authorities. Lifeguards were assisted by boats and helicopters as they searched for...

  • Moorpark Man Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Federal Prison

    Apr 18, 2024

    A Ventura County man was sentenced yesterday to 140 months in federal prison for soliciting on social media platforms sexually explicit photos from an individual he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Thomas Kern Gissell, 29, of Moorpark, was sentenced by United States District Judge John F. Walter, who also placed Gissell on 20 years of supervised release when Gissell eventually is released from prison and ordered him to pay $5,100 in special assessments and $27,000 in restitution. Gissell pleaded...

  • CCPD Works to protect the City From Possible Threats

    Apr 18, 2024

    While the California Highway Patrol works today to clear protestors from the Golden Gate Bridge on highway 101 in San Francisco the Culver City Police continues to work with federal and regional partners in monitoring the conflict in the Middle East. As a proactive measure you may see increased police presence at our religious sites. There are no known credible threats to our community at this time. We will continue working closely with our religious leaders and community to ensure the safety...

  • Beverly Hills Man Pleads Guilty to Causing Investors to Lose $18.4 Million via Cannabis-Related Cons and Bogus Bottling Company

    Apr 18, 2024

    A Beverly Hills man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for causing investors more than $18 million in losses – while he was completing a sentence in a prior criminal case – by duping them with false claims about his companies that purportedly invested in hemp farms and cannabis-infused retail products as well as a sham bottling business. Mark Roy Anderson, 69, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. According to his plea agreement, Anderson engaged in two separate schemes that...

  • Police Reveal Series of Events in Tragic Murder/Suicide in Culver City, Redondo Beach

    Stephen Hadland, Culver City Observer Editor & Publisher|Apr 18, 2024

    Authorities pieced together a series of tragic events that unfolded early on the morning of March 8, culminating in a homicide, a fatal traffic collision, and the discovery of two young children on the 405 Freeway, according to an LAPD press release. The Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) Topanga Division patrol officers responded to a call for a homicide investigation in the 6200 block of Variel Avenue in Woodland Hills around 7:35 a.m. on April 8, 2024. Operations Valley Bureau (OVB) homic...

  • FBI Offers $25,000 Reward, Seeks Information to Identify Party Responsible for Attack at Electrical Substation in Torrance

    Apr 18, 2024

    The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or group responsible for an attack on an electrical substation in Torrance, California, in 2023. On August 20, 2023, an unknown suspect or group attempted to destroy and cause a system failure of a Southern California Edison electrical substation by shooting one of the transformers and turning off various circuit breakers. The Southern California Edison substation is located at 21760 Madrona Avenue in Torrance, California. No one...

  • Three Members of Same Family Indicted for Allegedly Kidnapping Victim in Mexico then Traveling to U.S. to Collect Ransom Payment

    Apr 11, 2024

    A federal grand jury today returned a four-count indictment against a father, his sister, and his son for an alleged kidnapping scheme in which the father pretended to act as an intermediary between the victim hostage's family and the hostage takers while his son and sister crossed the border into the United States to collect the ransom money. The following defendants – all from Rosarito, Mexico – are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit hostage taking and one count of conspiracy to...

  • Californians Report Over $2 Billion in Losses According to IC3 Annual Report

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual 2023 Internet Crime Report including state by state data. In 2023, the IC3 received over 880,000 complaints with potential losses exceeding $12.5 Billion. This is nearly a 10% increase in complaints from 2022 and a 22% increase in losses. Californians reported over $2 Billion in losses to Internet crimes last year. Nationwide, the top three crime types most frequently reported by victims were ph...

  • LAPD: Woman Arrested in Series of Vehicle Vandalisms in Southland Cities

    Apr 11, 2024

    A woman seen on a widely circulated video throwing a brick through a vehicle's windshield - and who allegedly vandalized a number of other vehicles in Los Angeles Culver City, Burbank and Santa Monica - has been arrested, police said Thursday. Lisa Jones, 30, was taken into custody on Wednesday, and was booked on suspicion of felony vandalism, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. She was being held without bail. One of the crimes occurred on March 28 at about 5 p.m. in the 2000 block of C...

  • FBI Offers $25,000 Reward, Seeks Information to Identify Party Responsible for Attack at Electrical Substation in Torrance

    Apr 11, 2024

    The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or group responsible for an attack on an electrical substation in Torrance, California, in 2023. On August 20, 2023, an unknown suspect or group attempted to destroy and cause a system failure of a Southern California Edison electrical substation by shooting one of the transformers and turning off various circuit breakers. The Southern California Edison substation is located at 21760 Madrona Avenue in Torrance, California. No one...

  • CCPD Officers Resolve Crisis Situation

    Apr 4, 2024

    Last night April 2, Culver City Police Officers responded to a call for service of a man seeming to be experiencing a mental health crisis, throwing items out of a room and causing a disturbance at a local motel. Officers quickly arrived and saw that the room door was ajar and that a nude adult male was inside yelling obscenities and bleeding from his hands and feet. At one point, the man exited the room and began walking toward the Officers with his fists clenched as if he was going to attack...

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