Crime

Bomb threat closes Wilshire

DOWNTOWN — A suspicious package found near Panera Bread on Wilshire Boulevard and Fifth Street on Friday prompted a call to a bomb squad to remove the item, which proved to be nothing more than a bag of cement wrapped in brown tape, police said. The object was discovered about 7 a .m. underneath newsracks on Fifth Street, said SMPD Lt.... Read more →

City Council

Campaigning begins early for council candidate

CITY HALL — Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor learned a valuable lesson in 2006 — don’t wait until the last minute to launch a campaign. So in her re-election bid to serve a fifth term on the City Council, O’Connor is starting more than a year in advance, allowing more time to raise money and complete some of the... Read more →

Crime

Officers weren’t playing with this toy gun

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5:37 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard noticed a suspicious man standing... Read more →

News

The Parlor files appeal with city

WILSHIRE BLVD. — The owners of a popular ESPN Zone-style restaurant have appealed a decision by the Planning Commission last month to reduce the number of seats and hours that the establishment can remain in operation. Ike Pyun and Silas Gaither are contesting a series of conditions that the commission imposed on The Parlor at 1519... Read more →

News

Stabbing suspects arrested

BY DAILY PRESS STAFF PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY A pair of suspects were recently arrested in connection with a stabbing that took place after a Santa Monica High School football game last month. Kenneth Keith Jones, 19, and Christopher Jerome Diaz, 18, were taken into custody on Oct. 2 and booked for attempted homicide and assault with a... Read more →

Crime

Nick Nolte’s son arrested

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Brawley Nolte, the 23-year-old son of actor Nick Nolte, was arrested Tuesday after a car accident in Santa Monica, suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Nolte was driving in the 600 block of Pacific Coast Highway when his 1998 Mercedes struck the car in front of him during an attempt to... Read more →

News

Santa Monica native returns from the White House

CHICAGO — On a chilly historic night in Grant Park, Alejandra Campoverdi witnessed history, standing up against the stage as her employer for the past few months — newly elected President Barack Obama — took the stage to address an electrifying audience. “Being there in Grant Park that night was amazing because... Read more →

Crime

Charges dropped in SMC sexual assault case

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library was cleared of all charges this week after prosecutors determined there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. The dismissal of the case against 40-year-old Chase Guy Reynolds came more than a week after... Read more →

News

After tour, concerns remain about Expo impacts

LAWNDALE — There was screeching and honking and other noises expected of a maintenance facility for electric trains. They were the sounds that a group of residents from the Pico Neighborhood described hearing during a recent visit to the MTA Green Line’s rail yard in Lawndale, a tour arranged by the Exposition Construction... Read more →

News

Lincoln Place landlord settles with tenants

VENICE — A classic landlord-tenant battle came to a close recently when the owners and former residents of Lincoln Place reached a settlement that not only preserves a group of historic buildings from demolition but allows renters to return to their one-time home. The agreement with the property owner, the Apartment Investment and... Read more →