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  • Man accused of scrawling graffiti against vaccine law in Beverly Hills

    Police in Beverly Hills arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of scrawling graffiti condemning California's new mandatory vaccine law, SB 277, in various locations around Los Angeles County.

    Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to reports of vandalism at the Beverly Hills Chamber of...

  • Reports detail rape allegations against ex-NFL star Darren Sharper
    Reports detail rape allegations against ex-NFL star Darren Sharper

    Two women told Los Angeles police detectives that Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper insisted they take drinks he made before they blacked out and were sexually assaulted, according to LAPD documents. 

    Three LAPD reports obtained by The Times provide new details about the statements women gave to police...

  • Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscar dress recovered
    Lupita Nyong'o's stolen Oscar dress recovered

    Authorities say they have recovered Lupita Nyong'o's stolen pearl-covered dress estimated to be worth $150,000.

    At a news conference Friday evening, officials displayed the dress and said they were continuing to investigate who stole it.

    "We believe this dress is the dress that was stolen from...

  • Who stole Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar dress? Detectives probing
    Who stole Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar dress? Detectives probing

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of the $150,000 pearl-adorned dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o to the Academy Awards on Sunday.

    UPDATE: Dress recovered -- most likely

    Sheriff’s officials received a call about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday that a dress estimated to...

  • West Hollywood council deputy suspended in eavesdropping case

    A West Hollywood City Council aide has been suspended and is being investigated by sheriff’s detectives on charges of eavesdropping on another council deputy and then e-mailing portions of her private conversations to local bloggers and residents in the city.

    Ian Owens, a deputy to Councilman John...

  • West Hollywood skin-care specialist found not guilty of plotting to kill rival
    West Hollywood skin-care specialist found not guilty of plotting to kill rival

    It was a twisted story about a Hollywood rivalry with a murder plot.

    Authorities accused a skin-care specialist to the stars of becoming so obsessed with a business competitor that she hatched a plan to have him killed, going so far as to approach a former NFL player to carry out the task.

    But...

  • Man attacked in possible hate crime in West Hollywood
    Man attacked in possible hate crime in West Hollywood

    Officials are investigating a possible hate crime in West Hollywood in which three men yelled slurs at a black man about his sexual orientation and race before beating him up.

    About 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, the man walked off a bus at Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard and as he crossed Santa...

  • '7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins accused of sex crime with girl, 13
    '7th Heaven' actor Stephen Collins accused of sex crime with girl, 13

    The latest sex crime report against "7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins was made by a woman who said she was 13 when he allegedly exposed himself at a West Hollywood apartment complex in 1983, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Charles Gates said the allegation...

  • Alleged L.A. rampage suspect smiles in court as victim's kin watches
    Alleged L.A. rampage suspect smiles in court as victim's kin watches

    The arraignment for Alex Hernandez, a 34-year-old man suspected of carrying out a series of fatal shootings in the San Fernando Valley area last month, was postponed for the second time on Wednesday.

    Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Hernandez smiled as he looked over the downtown Los Angeles courtroom...

  • Shooting of Suge Knight was a 'crime of opportunity,' official says
    Shooting of Suge Knight was a 'crime of opportunity,' official says

    Authorities say there was no altercation prior to a gunman shooting rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said the shooting was "a crime of opportunity" and that investigators were reviewing video...

  • Rap producer Suge Knight shot inside West Hollywood club
    Rap producer Suge Knight shot inside West Hollywood club

    Former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight, founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown.

    Gunfire erupted inside the cavernous 1 OAK club on the Sunset Strip about 1:30 a.m. as Brown...

  • Chris Brown party shooting: Another chapter in the life of Suge Knight
    Chris Brown party shooting: Another chapter in the life of Suge Knight

    When music impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and two others were wounded early Sunday at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party for Chris Brown in West Hollywood, the shooting became the latest ripple in Knight’s imprint on the music world.

    The Death Row Records founder and the two others were expected...

  • Suge Knight, 2 others shot at Chris Brown party on Sunset Strip
    Suge Knight, 2 others shot at Chris Brown party on Sunset Strip

    The former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight, a founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown.The 1OAK on West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard was thrown into chaos as multiple shots...

  • Shooting of Suge Knight on Sunset Strip 'unacceptable,' mayor says
    Shooting of Suge Knight on Sunset Strip 'unacceptable,' mayor says

    A shooting on the Sunset Strip early Sunday that left former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and two others wounded is "unacceptable," West Hollywood's mayor said.

    “This was just a regular night of fun on the Sunset Strip, and it was disrupted by criminals," said West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico....

  • Suge Knight shot in West Hollywood nightclub
    Suge Knight shot in West Hollywood nightclub

    Former rap impresario Marion "Suge" Knight, founder of Death Row Records, and two others were shot early Sunday inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown.

    Gunfire erupted inside the cavernous 1 OAK club on the Sunset Strip about 1:30 a.m. as Brown...

  • Men accused of attacks on strangers with belt, car in West Hollywood
    Men accused of attacks on strangers with belt, car in West Hollywood

    Two men were in custody Thursday after a bizarre assault in West Hollywood that authorities say began when one of them allegedly took off his belt and hit two women who laughed at him.

    After hitting the women, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said, the man got into a waiting car that then...

  • Men released on bail after federal agent fires gun at pro-Israel rally
    Men released on bail after federal agent fires gun at pro-Israel rally

    One of four men arrested by sheriff’s deputies in Westwood denies that they assaulted pro-Israel demonstrators Sunday during a confrontation in which a federal agent fired a gunshot.

    The four men -- Mohammed Said Elkhatib, Mostadafa Gamaleldin Hafez, Hassan Mustapha Kreidieh and Fadi Ali Obeidallah...

  • Robert Downey Jr.'s son arrested on suspicion of smoking cocaine in WeHo
    Robert Downey Jr.'s son arrested on suspicion of smoking cocaine in WeHo

    The son of actor Robert Downey Jr. was arrested Sunday after sheriff’s deputies allegedly saw him smoking cocaine in West Hollywood, authorities said.

    Indio Falconer Downey, 20, was in the passenger seat of a car driving near Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards about 2 p.m. when a sheriff’s...

  • LGBT pride on parade in West Hollywood
    LGBT pride on parade in West Hollywood

    In the crowd watching the annual L.A. Pride Parade on Sunday, Raymond Sylvester could hardly keep the smile off his face.

    Sylvester, 74, was at the first parade in 1970, when it was so controversial that members of the Los Angeles Police Commission tried to prevent it, citing potential violent...

  • Uber driver not charged in alleged kidnap but still barred from job

    The Uber ride-sharing service account of a driver who was arrested earlier this week on kidnapping allegations remains deactivated even though prosecutors have declined to file charges against him.

    Frederick Dencer, 32, of Encino, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping an intoxicated woman and...

  • No charges filed against Uber driver in alleged L.A. kidnapping

    Prosecutors declined to file charges Wednesday against a driver with the Uber ride-sharing service after his arrest on allegations of kidnapping a drunk woman and taking her to a Van Nuys motel.

    Prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to file kidnapping or sexual assault charges...

  • Deputies who mistakenly killed aspiring producer to return to duty
    Deputies who mistakenly killed aspiring producer to return to duty

    The L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who mistakenly shot two victims of a knife attack in West Hollywood, killing one, will return to active duty next week, department officials said.

    The three deputies have gone through the psychological evaluation and training required after shootings in which...

  • L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake
    L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake

    The TV production assistant was one of two hostages shot as they fled apartment in West Hollywood.

  • Aspiring TV producer mistakenly killed by deputies in West Hollywood
    Aspiring TV producer mistakenly killed by deputies in West Hollywood

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged Thursday that its deputies mistakenly shot and killed a aspiring TV producer they thought was a stabbing suspect.

    In fact, John Winkler, 30, had gone to a neighbor's apartment Monday night on Palm Avenue in West Hollywood where a man was...

  • Sheriff's deputies mistakenly killed aspiring TV producer
    Sheriff's deputies mistakenly killed aspiring TV producer

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot and killed an aspiring TV producer earlier this week while responding to a stabbing and hostage standoff in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday.Sheriff’s officials said deputies believed John Winkler, 30, was the attacker when they encountered...

  • Deputies' accidental killing of aspiring TV producer 'very tragic'
    Deputies' accidental killing of aspiring TV producer 'very tragic'

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department acknowledged Thursday that its deputies mistakenly shot and killed an aspiring TV producer earlier this week while responding to a stabbing and hostage standoff in West Hollywood.

    Sheriff’s officials said deputies believed John Winkler, 30, was the attacker...

  • Deputies fatally shoot man after triple stabbing in West Hollywood
    Deputies fatally shoot man after triple stabbing in West Hollywood

    A 24-year-old man was shot and killed Monday night by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were responding to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at a West Hollywood apartment complex, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. as deputies approached the apartment...

  • Former patient accuses Cedars-Sinai of negligence in lawsuit
    Former patient accuses Cedars-Sinai of negligence in lawsuit

    The former patient claims she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery.

  • Cedars-Sinai patient says she was sexually assaulted while medicated
    Cedars-Sinai patient says she was sexually assaulted while medicated

    A patient who claims she was sexually assaulted by a nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center while she was heavily medicated described a feeling of helplessness when the alleged crime occurred.

    "It's devastating," she said, to be victimized "when you're incapacitated and not yourself and...

  • Former Cedars-Sinai aide investigated in patient sexual assault cases
    Former Cedars-Sinai aide investigated in patient sexual assault cases

    Guillermo Diaz is under investigation after two women said they were sexually assaulted at the medical center while they were medicated, records and interviews show.

  • Victim identified in West hollywood stabbing death
    Victim identified in West hollywood stabbing death

    Authorities on Monday identified a 34-year-old West Hollywood man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his roommate.

    Deputies responded Saturday evening to the victim's apartment complex in the 900 block of Palm Avenue to conduct a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. 

    ...

  • Jack Kevorkian's paintings and death device come to L.A. gallery
    Jack Kevorkian's paintings and death device come to L.A. gallery

    It may not be art, but it's certainly going to be one of the most macabre objects ever shown in an art gallery: the Thanatron, the intravenous drip device that Dr. Jack Kevorkian invented to shuffle his clients off this mortal coil via assisted suicide, is going on sale next month at Gallerie Sparta...

  • West Hollywood skin-care guru wanted to kill rival, officials say
    West Hollywood skin-care guru wanted to kill rival, officials say

    Dawn DaLuise, well-known as the skin-care guru of the stars, is charged in a murder-for-hire case. Aesthetician Gabriel Suarez was the target, authorities say.

  • Beauty specialist to stars now accused in murder-for-hire plot
    Beauty specialist to stars now accused in murder-for-hire plot

    With a clientele of Hollywood celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, Dawn DaLuise was well-known as a skin-care guru to the stars.

    The 55-year-old former model ran a West Hollywood “skin refinery” that used electrical muscle stimulation instead of the typical...

  • Competition fueled alleged Hollywood beauty murder plot, rival says
    Competition fueled alleged Hollywood beauty murder plot, rival says

    The owner of a West Hollywood skin care business said Tuesday that he was surprised that a veteran competitor with celebrity clientele would allegedly devise a plot to kill him using a hit man.

    Skin care expert Dawn DaLuise is being held on $1 million bail in the alleged murder-for-hire plot after...

  • Woman awarded $5.42 million in rape at W. Hollywood club

    The woman said that she was raped by an employee in the club's restroom. The alleged attacker vanished after being acquitted in a criminal case, but was found responsible by a civil court jury.

  • Jury awards woman $5.42 million in West Hollywood club sex assault

    A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent when an employee allegedly sexually assaulted her in one of its restrooms.

    The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, alleging she was assaulted...

  • West Hollywood gay bar bans lawmakers deemed anti-gay
    West Hollywood gay bar bans lawmakers deemed anti-gay

    If you’re a state legislator from Arizona or Kansas, there’s a good chance you’re banned from one popular West Hollywood gay bar.

    The Abbey Food and Bar this week banned “every legislator in any state that votes for bills to allow for discrimination against LGBT people,” adding the lawmakers to...

  • Amanda Bynes pleads no contest to 'wet reckless' in DUI case
    Amanda Bynes pleads no contest to 'wet reckless' in DUI case

    Hit a cop car, don't go to jail — such is life for Amanda Bynes, who on Monday entered a no-contest plea to reckless driving in a case that had started with the former actress being accused of driving under the influence in April 2012.

    In exchange for her plea to "wet reckless," L.A. Now reported,...

  • Ex-NFL star, W&M alum Darren Sharper due in court on drug, rape charges
    Ex-NFL star, W&M alum Darren Sharper due in court on drug, rape charges

    Former NFL star and College of William and Mary alumnus Darren Sharper is set to be arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles on rape and drug charges in an investigation into allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted at least seven women in four states.

    Sharper, 38, was charged last week with...

  • West Hollywood honors the dead on Transgender Day of Remembrance
    West Hollywood honors the dead on Transgender Day of Remembrance

    As the names of this year’s dead were recited -- a transgender woman shot in the head in Louisiana, a transgender man whose body was found in a trash bin in Wisconsin -- Jennifer Doyle kept her eyes down and her head on her girlfriend’s shoulder.

    It was her greatest fear, she said, that someone...

  • Authorities investigating death of man burned in WeHo on Halloween
    Authorities investigating death of man burned in WeHo on Halloween

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a man who somehow became engulfed in flames Thursday at the West Hollywood Carnaval and later succumbed to his injuries, officials said.

    Gilbert Estrada, 51, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday and pronounced...

  • YouTube video leads to arrest of man wanted in fraud case
    YouTube video leads to arrest of man wanted in fraud case

    A former West Hollywood real estate executive wanted for suspected fraud was arrested and charged after he was seen on a YouTube video promoting a restaurant he owned in Mexico, authorities said Thursday night.

    Alejandro "Alex" Martinez, 44, was the president of West Hollywood escrow firm and allegedly...

  • Retailer sues West Hollywood over ban on fur apparel
    Retailer sues West Hollywood over ban on fur apparel

    A West Hollywood retailer filed suit Thursday against the city over its first-in-the-nation ban on fur apparel.

    In the filing, Mayfair House, a specialty clothing and accessory store on Beverly Boulevard, said that the city overstepped its authority in banning fur apparel sales and that such trade...

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