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  • 2 arrested after racist graffiti found at Palisades Charter High School

    2 arrested after racist graffiti found at Palisades Charter High School

    Two students at Palisades Charter High School were arrested in connection with racist graffiti that was spray-painted on a sign and an iconic mural at the Westside campus, police said late Tuesday. Both students are under the age of 18 and were released to their parents, the Los Angeles Police...

  • 'Extensive' hate graffiti found on high school campus in Pacific Palisades

    'Extensive' hate graffiti found on high school campus in Pacific Palisades

    After numerous hate-related symbols and messages were found spray-painted on Palisades Charter High School over the weekend, roughly 300 students and community activists gathered Monday morning to protest the vandalism.  Demonstrators called for an investigation into the graffiti, which a neighbor...

  • Knock-Knock Crew: 4 charged in Pacific Palisades burglary ring

    Knock-Knock Crew: 4 charged in Pacific Palisades burglary ring

    Meet the Knock-Knock Crew. Four members of the so-called group -- a nickname coined by investigators for the crew's alleged ransacking method -- were charged Wednesday with burglarizing a home this week in the Pacific Palisades, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Michael Maher. Investigators...

  • For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain

    For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain

    Debra Holt is relieved that the driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl in Glendale turned himself in. Matt Panagiotis is glad that the woman who fatally injured a judge's son and kept driving was sentenced to prison. Holt and Panagiotis — who themselves grieve loved ones mowed down by hit-and-run...

  • Couple is sentenced in fatal Pacific Palisades hit-and-run

    Couple is sentenced in fatal Pacific Palisades hit-and-run

    For years, Dean Pregerson has looked down from his federal court bench pronouncing judgment on the convicted. On Friday, the tall jurist with dark, thick eyebrows found himself at a sentencing hearing in the painful position of being on the other side of the bench, telling another judge about the...

  • Couple sentenced in death of budding filmmaker in Pacific Palisades

    Couple sentenced in death of budding filmmaker in Pacific Palisades

    A wife and husband were sentenced Friday in connection with the hit-and-run death of an aspiring filmmaker who was struck while walking home in Pacific Palisades from a party. Marguerite Vuong, 67, a 28-year postal employee who was driving to her 3 a.m. shift as a sorter when the collision occurred,...

  • Couple to be sentenced in fatal Pacific Palisades hit and run
    Couple to be sentenced in fatal Pacific Palisades hit and run

    The young man, drunk after a post-Christmas party, was walking home just before 3 a.m. along a dark, tree-lined street in Pacific Palisades.

    A Volvo station wagon approached.

    Security cameras captured the car before the collision and after the driver fled, but exactly what happened in between was...

  • Judge's son killed in hit-and-run; couple pleads no contest
    Judge's son killed in hit-and-run; couple pleads no contest

    A motorist charged with fleeing after she fatally struck the son of a federal judge as he walked home from a Christmas party pleaded no contest Friday to felony hit-and-run.

    Marguerite Vuong, a 28-year postal employee, was driving to her 3 a.m. shift as a sorter when she struck 23-year-old David...

  • Homeless man charged with 19 counts in Westside crime spree
    Homeless man charged with 19 counts in Westside crime spree

    A homeless man faces more than a dozen charges related to a Pacific Palisades crime spree earlier this week that included multiple carjackings and crashes, authorities said.

    The man, 44-year-old Brian Thomas Cruz, was charged Wednesday with 19 criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon,...

  • Man arrested after multiple Westside carjackings and crashes
    Man arrested after multiple Westside carjackings and crashes

    A man was arrested Monday morning after a series of carjackings and crashes beginning in Pacific Palisades and ending in Malibu, authorities said. 

    The crime spree began around 7:45 a.m. when the man, an adult male in his mid-40s, went into a woman's apartment on the 100 block of Marquez Place,...

  • Man held in fatal hit-and-run of federal judge's son, police say
    Man held in fatal hit-and-run of federal judge's son, police say

    Los Angeles police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run collision that killed a 23-year-old Pacific Palisades film director whose father and grandfather are federal court judges.

    LAPD Det. John Skaggs said a man was arrested Thursday evening in connection with the death of David Pregerson.

    The...

  • Democrats hoping to succeed Rep. Waxman square off in Pacific Palisades
    Democrats hoping to succeed Rep. Waxman square off in Pacific Palisades

    State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who is vying for a high-profile congressional seat, picked up the endorsement Sunday of the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club.

    The endorsement came after a club-sponsored forum featuring four of the 10 Democrats on the June 3 primary ballot to succeed retiring...

  • Rewards totaling $100,000 offered in fatal Westside hit-and-run case
    Rewards totaling $100,000 offered in fatal Westside hit-and-run case

    Two rewards totaling $100,000 were offered Wednesday as Los Angeles police investigators continue searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck the son of a federal judge.

    U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, the victim's father, appealed to his neighbors to come forward with information...

  • Man gravely injured in hit and run in Pacific Palisades

    A hit-and-run driver gravely injured a pedestrian Friday night on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, authorities said. 

    The victim, a man in his 30s, was taken by helicopter to a hospital with multiple injuries.

    Los Angeles police were looking for the driver, a woman described as having...

  • Son of federal judge killed in Pacific Palisades hit-and-run

    Los Angeles police are investigating a hit-and-run in Pacific Palisades that killed a young film director whose father and grandfather are federal court judges.

    David Pregerson, 23, was hit by an unknown driver Dec. 27 about 3 a.m. on Chautauqua Boulevard north of Borgos Place. The driver never...

  • One suspect caught, second sought in hit-and-runs
    One suspect caught, second sought in hit-and-runs

    A man in his 20s was in critical condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver early Friday morning in Pacific Palisades, police said.

    Authorities were called around 3:05 a.m. after a man was found “on the side of the street next to the bushes” near the intersection of Chautauqua and Sunset...

  • LAPD motorcycle officer struck in hit-and-run collision
    LAPD motorcycle officer struck in hit-and-run collision

    This post has been updated below.

    A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was struck in a hit-and-run collision near Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, a department spokesman said Wednesday night.

    The condition of the officer was not immediately known. He was hit about 7:50...

  • Man attempts to burglarize Rihanna's Pacific Palisades home
    Man attempts to burglarize Rihanna's Pacific Palisades home

    A man attempted to break into Rihanna's Pacific Palisades home over the weekend, but was unsuccessful.

    The attempted burglary occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Rivas Canyon Road. An alarm company monitoring the home reported the act, Los Angeles Police Officer Bruce Borihanh said. 

    ...

  • Woman wounded by Pacific Palisades man was caregiver, neighbors say
    Woman wounded by Pacific Palisades man was caregiver, neighbors say

    A Pacific Palisades man shot and wounded his caretaker before fatally turning the gun on himself early Tuesday, neighbors told a local television station. Police confirmed that the man had shot the woman, then himself.

    Residents near the 1400 block of Paseo de Oro, where the shooting occurred,...

  • Pacific Palisades shooting appears to be isolated, LAPD says
    Pacific Palisades shooting appears to be isolated, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police said they are not looking for a suspect in the Pacific Palisades shooting Tuesday morning that left one person dead and another wounded, saying it appeared to be an isolated incident.

    Authorities responded to a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of Paseo de Oro shortly before...

  • LAPD is investigating a fatal shooting in Pacific Palisades
    LAPD is investigating a fatal shooting in Pacific Palisades

    Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead Tuesday morning in Pacific Palisades, sources said.

    Few details were immediately available, but LAPD Sgt. Albert Gonzalez said police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1400 block of Paseo de Oro shortly before 8:30...

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