Crime

Police arrest missing Brit’s boyfriend

DOWNTOWN — Police on Thursday were still searching for a 19-year-old English woman and were questioning her traveling companion, who was taken into custody for a weapons violation after being spotted in Venice. Leona Dawn Perryman was last seen just before midnight Dec. 18 in Santa Monica, said Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Trisler.... Read more →

Crime

Police clear boyfriend in missing tourist case

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica police said Thursday they do not believe the boyfriend of a missing 19-year-old British woman had anything to do with her disappearance during their vacation. Police arrested Paul Alfred Atkinson, 45, on a weapons charge Wednesday after he previously reported his girlfriend Leona Dawn Perryman, of Dorset,... Read more →

Crime

Police find missing tourist

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The search has been called off. A 19-year-old British woman who was last seen nearly two weeks ago in Santa Monica was found Thursday walking along the Venice boardwalk with a transient, police said. Acting on an anonymous tip, Santa Monica police went to the area of 30th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk and located... Read more →

Briefs

Keep it safe on New Year’s Eve

The Santa Monica Police Department wants New Year’s Eve revelers to play it safe and keep those guns holstered and drunk drivers off the road. Each year throughout the country as part of the New Year’s Eve celebration, some people chose to fire off a few rounds, not realizing the potentially deadly consequences of their actions,... Read more →

News

2009: A year in review

DOWNTOWN — There’s no denying that 2009 has been a trying year for many. A struggling economy that resulted in numerous job losses, housing foreclosures and cuts to social services have created an unsettling sense of uncertainty heading into a new decade. Locally, it has been a year filled with highs and lows, from the passing of... Read more →

Briefs

Leave the driving to Metro

To promote a safe holiday season, Metro is offering free rides on all buses and rail lines operating on New Year’s Eve. The free fare program will be in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. the night and early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1. Patrons boarding a Metro Bus, including the Metro Orange Line,... Read more →

Education

District discussing teacher furloughs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Facing a projected $12 million deficit, school district officials have raised the possibility of furloughs as they try to hammer out new contract agreements with teachers and other employees. “It is in discussion,” said Ralph Mechur, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member.... Read more →

Crime

Police join Crime Stoppers

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Witnesses to a crime who are too scared to come forward can now do so without fear by making an anonymous tip. The Santa Monica Police Department has joined with 24 other local law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County to participate in Crime Stoppers, a program in which witnesses can provide information... Read more →

Crime

Gang graffiti stuns quiet neighborhood

SUNSET PARK — Residents of a quiet block here were shocked Monday morning to discover 11 vehicles and several fences and signs covered with graffiti that police said was likely the work of a Venice gang. The vandals apparently targeted the 1700 block of Pier Avenue, leaving police and residents of the normally peaceful neighborhood... Read more →

Environment

Chlorine at the tap

Dear EarthTalk I am very concerned about the amount of chlorine in my tap water. I called my water company and they said it is safe just let the tap run for awhile to rid the smell of the chlorine. But that just gets rid of the smell, perhaps, not the chlorine? Anita Frigo Milford, CT Thousands of American municipalities add chlorine to... Read more →