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  • Man arrested in Venice Beach shooting that left 1 dead, 1 wounded

    A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a shooting at the Venice Beach boardwalk that left one man dead and wounded another, Los Angeles police said.

    Officers responded about 2 a.m. on reports of shots fired in the 300 block of Ocean Front Walk, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. 

    The...

  • Uber driver wounded in crossfire of possible gang-related shooting
    Uber driver wounded in crossfire of possible gang-related shooting

    An Uber driver was wounded in Venice after he was caught in the crossfire of a possible gang-related shooting involving his passengers, police said Wednesday.

    The driver, described by police as a man in his 20s, picked up two men and a woman at the beach Tuesday afternoon. Officials didn’t know...

  • Lifeguard attacked on Venice pier poured water on group, video shows
    Lifeguard attacked on Venice pier poured water on group, video shows

    Moments before a lifeguard was pummeled on the Venice Beach pier last week he poured a bucket of water on two of his assailants, a new video of the incident shows.

    The video, recorded by two beachgoers on the sand some distance away from the attack and obtained by The Times, shows several people...

  • LAPD identifies suspects in vicious lifeguard attack at Venice Pier
    LAPD identifies suspects in vicious lifeguard attack at Venice Pier

    A lifeguard whose attack by three people in Venice was captured on video had simply asked his assailants to stop smoking on the pier, one of the lifeguard’s supervisors said Friday.

    The full-time lifeguard, who has been with the department for 10 years, was jumped by two men and a woman as soon...

  • Man shot by LAPD outside Venice coffee shop dies
    Man shot by LAPD outside Venice coffee shop dies

    A 41-year-old man shot by Los Angeles police earlier this week outside a Venice coffee shop has died, coroner's officials said Thursday.

    Jason Davis was pronounced dead at a hospital at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, L.A. County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said. Officials believe Davis was homeless,...

  • Man shot by LAPD in Venice in critical condition, police say
    Man shot by LAPD in Venice in critical condition, police say

    A man with a knife who was shot by police outside a Venice coffee shop remained in critical condition Tuesday, LAPD officials said.

    The shooting occurred Monday afternoon, after two officers from the LAPD's Pacific Division responded to a 911 call from the Groundwork Coffee Co. in the 600 block...

  • Police shoot man allegedly armed with knife outside Venice coffee shop
    Police shoot man allegedly armed with knife outside Venice coffee shop

    Los Angeles police shot a man Monday afternoon outside a Venice coffee shop after he allegedly refused to drop the knife he was holding, authorities said.

    About 2 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Rose Avenue near Groundworks Coffee Co. following a report of disorderly conduct by a man...

  • L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending
    L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending

    In recent years, people who hawked ice cream or hot dogs, taught yoga or shilled other goods and services in Los Angeles parks were effectively in the clear.Selling their wares on city sidewalks was banned. But the city had suspended similar rules prohibiting vending in parks and beaches when the...

  • Jury convicts man of murder in Venice Boardwalk crash
    Jury convicts man of murder in Venice Boardwalk crash

    A Los Angeles jury on Friday convicted a man of deliberately driving his car into pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk, killing an Italian newlywed and injuring 17 others.Nathan Louis Campbell was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni, an Italian tourist visiting California...

  • Prosecutors reject charges in Venice High sexual assault case
    Prosecutors reject charges in Venice High sexual assault case

    The students were led from Venice High School in handcuffs. Television trucks camped out in front of the school as police held a news conference about allegations of sex crimes. Parents were stunned. The superintendent called it a “painful moment” for the school.But on Wednesday, two months after...

  • Venice homeless man sues LAPD, alleges excessive force during arrest
    Venice homeless man sues LAPD, alleges excessive force during arrest

    A mentally ill homeless man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against 14 Los Angeles police officers involved in his arrest in Venice last summer, alleging that some officers used excessive force against him while others failed to intervene. 

    The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, states that Samuel...

  • A brother's hunch helps lead to an arrest in a Venice killing
    A brother's hunch helps lead to an arrest in a Venice killing

    As soon as Antonio Gonzalez heard that his younger brother was dead, he had a feeling that someone had hurt him.

    Gonzalez, 54, got the call about 2 a.m. on a Sunday last month from a social worker from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She gave him the bad news, but didn't say how Jose Gonzalez,...

  • Officers in fatal Venice shooting wore privately owned body cameras
    Officers in fatal Venice shooting wore privately owned body cameras

    The two Los Angeles police officers involved in last week’s deadly encounter with an unarmed homeless man in Venice were both wearing privately owned body cameras at the time of the shooting, the LAPD said Tuesday.

    However, law enforcement sources said that although one of the cameras captured...

  • Man killed in Venice police shooting was a 'loving soul,' friends say
    Man killed in Venice police shooting was a 'loving soul,' friends say

    Friends described Brendon K. Glenn as a "traveler," part of an urban tribe of homeless young adults and teenagers that roams the country, forming shifting alliances or "families" to survive in the streets.

    The 29-year-old was "spanging" — the street term for asking people for spare change — outside...

  • Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck missed a chance to listen in Venice
    Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck missed a chance to listen in Venice

    I wouldn't have wanted to be LAPD Deputy Chief Bea Girmala on Thursday night in Venice, where an angry crowd packed Westminster Elementary School to blast police over the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man.

    "Murder!" protesters shouted when Girmala tried to speak.

    "I am not going to say...

  • A homeless man was dead: Where were Chief Beck and Mayor Garcetti?
    A homeless man was dead: Where were Chief Beck and Mayor Garcetti?

    I wouldn't have wanted to be LAPD Deputy Chief Bea Girmala on Thursday night in Venice, where an angry crowd packed Westminster Elementary School to blast police over the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man.

    "Murder," protesters shouted when Girmala tried to speak.

    "I am not going to say...

  • Sources: Video of LAPD shooting in Venice doesn't explain officer's actions
    Sources: Video of LAPD shooting in Venice doesn't explain officer's actions

    Security video of a deadly encounter between two LAPD officers and an unarmed homeless man in Venice shows a brief struggle between the officers and the man but does not explain why one officer stepped away and opened fire, law enforcement sources said.

    The recording shows the officer standing...

  • Activists want aggressive probe after LAPD officers shoot, kill homeless man
    Activists want aggressive probe after LAPD officers shoot, kill homeless man

    Civil rights activists are calling for an aggressive investigation into the shooting of an unarmed homeless man by police in Venice.

    In a news conference outside LAPD headquarters Wednesday, activist Najee Ali commended Chief Beck for saying he was “concerned” about the fatal shooting of a man...

  • LAPD chief concerned about fatal shooting of unarmed man in Venice
    LAPD chief concerned about fatal shooting of unarmed man in Venice

    The fatal police shooting of an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk Tuesday night had investigators turning to an increasingly reliable witness: video.Sometimes the images captured by a camera or cellphone help justify an officer’s use of deadly force. This time, however, police officials...

  • Search continues for two children last seen boarding bus in Venice
    Search continues for two children last seen boarding bus in Venice

    The search continued Monday for two middle school children last seen boarding a bus Saturday to go to Venice Beach.

    Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Reed, 14, were last seen boarding a bus en route to Venice Beach about 4 p.m. near Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, according to Los Angeles police...

  • Police search for girl, 12, and boy, 14, missing since Saturday
    Police search for girl, 12, and boy, 14, missing since Saturday

    Los Angeles police have asked the public to help locate two children missing since Saturday afternoon.

    Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Reed, 14, were last seen boarding a bus en route to Venice Beach about 4 p.m. near Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

    Earlier...

  • Driver plowed into Venice boardwalk crowd 'in anger,' prosecutor says
    Driver plowed into Venice boardwalk crowd 'in anger,' prosecutor says

    Moments before bulldozing his car into people along the Venice Beach boardwalk, killing an Italian honeymooner, the driver told someone he wanted to run down a drug dealer who he believed had ripped off his friend, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.

    Nathan Louis Campbell seemed "agitated" with...

  • L.A. police accused of excessive force in arrest of mentally ill man
    L.A. police accused of excessive force in arrest of mentally ill man

    Los Angeles police are investigating the August arrest of a mentally ill homeless man who was hospitalized after officers forcefully took him into custody on the Venice boardwalk, officials said.

    Samuel Arrington, 52, contends officers have repeatedly used excessive force on him in recent years....

  • LAPD horse marked with silver graffiti at Venice Beach
    LAPD horse marked with silver graffiti at Venice Beach

    A Los Angeles Police Department horse was vandalized with silver graffiti this week while patrolling Venice Beach.

    The horse named Charly was working a crime suppression detail at Venice Beach on Tuesday when a suspect marked its hindquarters with several letters, according to police.

    Officers...

  • Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history
    Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

    The architecture of the column re-interpreted, California’s dark history of lynchings reenacted and an artist who takes pictures of Hell (literally). Plus, figurative paintings that rely on the minimal and a group show that straddles generations. Here’s what we have in the Datebook this week:

    “Henry...

  • Man arrested in attack on teen girl beaten with skateboard in Venice
    Man arrested in attack on teen girl beaten with skateboard in Venice

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a brutal attack last week in Venice in which a teenage girl was beaten with a skateboard, police said.

    Charles Rayner was arrested Saturday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was released the next day on bail, said Los Angeles...

  • Transient charged with biting off Venice cafe owner's fingertip
    Transient charged with biting off Venice cafe owner's fingertip

    A transient who has become a familiar figure in Venice Beach was charged Tuesday with biting off the tip of a cafe owner's finger.

    Jonathan Shain Lemmons, 31, was charged with criminal threats and mayhem by Los Angeles County prosecutors after he allegedly bit off the tip of Clabe Hartley’s finger...

  • Venice high school sex allegations not so clear-cut
    Venice high school sex allegations not so clear-cut

    Nearly a week since the high-profile arrests of Venice High School students on sex crime allegations, authorities acknowledged Wednesday that they are still trying to sort out exactly what happened and that no criminal charges have been brought against any of the students.Los Angeles police have...

  • 12th Venice High student arrested in sexual assault case
    12th Venice High student arrested in sexual assault case

    A 12th Venice High School student sought in connection with an ongoing sex crimes investigation surrendered Tuesday, authorities said. 

    The student turned himself over to officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Station early Tuesday morning. 

    Police said they are continuing to search...

  • Venice High assault arrests stun students, parents; 11th teen arrested
    Venice High assault arrests stun students, parents; 11th teen arrested

    Officers arrested an 11th Venice High School student Monday in connection with alleged sex crimes that came to light last week.

    The 10 other students, all boys from 14 to 17 years old, were taken into custody on and off campus Friday. They have been released to the custody of their parents, Officer...

  • 14 boys accused of sex crimes at Venice High; police find photos of sex acts
    14 boys accused of sex crimes at Venice High; police find photos of sex acts

    Los Angeles police descended on Venice High School on Friday, arresting nine students in connection with a series of sex crimes that began more than a year ago and involved at least two female classmates.All but one of the arrests were on campus; authorities were attempting to locate five other...

  • Los Angeles gives hosts, neighbors mixed signals on short-term rentals
    Los Angeles gives hosts, neighbors mixed signals on short-term rentals

    Airbnb and similar "home sharing" websites have exploded in popularity in L.A., overwhelming city regulators who are struggling to collect tourist taxes and enforce long-standing restrictions on rentals.

    Renting out rooms or homes for a few days or weeks is illegal in many residential areas, city...

  • Body found near water in Venice Beach area; authorities investigating
    Body found near water in Venice Beach area; authorities investigating

    A dead man was found along the water's edge Monday afternoon off Venice Beach near Marina del Rey, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.

    Originally, authorities said the body was found in the water. 

    A passerby found the man's body around 1:50 p.m. and authorities were...

  • Bicyclist riding wrong way hit and killed in Venice

    A bicyclist riding in the wrong direction on a Venice street died Thursday night after being hit by a car making a turn, authorities said.  

    The woman, whose name has not been released, was riding on South Venice Boulevard, a one-way road, just east of Speedway, said Sgt. Kara Nightingale of the...

  • Man charged in Venice burglary that caused woman to flee to roof
    Man charged in Venice burglary that caused woman to flee to roof

    A Los Angeles man was charged Friday in the break-in of a Venice home that forced its female resident to escape to the roof.

    The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Christian Broyles Hicks, 29, faces one felony count of first-degree burglary.

    The criminal complaint also alleges that...

  • Suspect in Venice rooftop-intruder case has criminal past
    Suspect in Venice rooftop-intruder case has criminal past

    A man who authorities said broke into a Venice woman's home and then followed her outside to the roof as she tried to hide has previously been convicted of assault and weapons charges, court records show.

    The image of the man, identified by Los Angeles police as Christian Hicks, went viral this...

  • Woman who evaded intruder on roof starred in Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle'
    Woman who evaded intruder on roof starred in Whitney Houston's 'Sparkle'

    The half-naked woman who crawled onto her roof to escape a home intruder in Venice starred across from Whitney Houston in the 2012 film "Sparkle."

    Melora Rivera also became a star on social media after a photo of her crouched below a second-story ledge, the intruder looming above her as she frantically...

  • LAPD seeks witnesses in Venice Boardwalk beating

    Los Angeles police Wednesday night were seeking witnesses to a brutal beating at Venice Beach that was captured on video footage and posted on YouTube.

    The attack took place Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. near the Boardwalk on Ocean Front Walk, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Officers responded...

  • Family of woman fatally hit by car on Venice boardwalk files lawsuit
    Family of woman fatally hit by car on Venice boardwalk files lawsuit

    The family of an Italian woman fatally struck by a car on the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk claims in a lawsuit that the city and county of Los Angeles failed to provide adequate protection for pedestrians on the busy walkway.

    Attorneys for the parents and husband of Alice Gruppioni contend the...

  • Dramatic video, radar show deadly lightning storm pound L.A. coast
    Dramatic video, radar show deadly lightning storm pound L.A. coast

    A videotape and radar images show a lightning storm making its way through Catalina Island toward Venice Beach, where one person was killed and at least seven others were injured Sunday. The video shows lightning striking near the island. The beachfront in Venice was hit by at least four direct...

  • Fierce lightning storm hits L.A. beach without warning, witnesses say
    Fierce lightning storm hits L.A. beach without warning, witnesses say

    The summer storm that struck Venice beach and other parts of the L.A. coast Sunday took many beach-goers by surprise.

    The possibility of thunderstorms and lightning had been in the forecast, but conditions were also muggy and hot, bringing many to the beach.

    At 1:38 p.m., the National Weather Service...

  • Felony suspect surrenders after hours-long downtown standoff
    Felony suspect surrenders after hours-long downtown standoff

    A felony burglary suspect who barricaded himself in a downtown Los Angeles apartment surrendered Tuesday afternoon, police said.

    The man holed himself up in a fifth-floor apartment in a building off 7th and Flower streets after police tried to arrest him on a felony warrant about 5:40 a.m., said...

  • Venice skateboarder who claimed LAPD beat him loses case
    Venice skateboarder who claimed LAPD beat him loses case

    A Los Angeles federal jury unanimously rejected a civil rights lawsuit by a Venice skateboarder who claimed several Los Angeles police officers wrestled him to the ground, beat him and punched him in the head.

    Ronald Weekley Jr., a 20-year-old African American college student, had alleged that...

  • Man injured in Venice stabbing attack, LAPD says
    Man injured in Venice stabbing attack, LAPD says

    A man was injured Tuesday night in a stabbing attack in Venice, police said.

    The victim was attacked around 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Venice Way, just a short walk from the boardwalk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The victim's name was not released. He was believed to be...

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