Injured cyclist prepares to ‘finish the ride’ he started

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

Down but not out, Kevitt rebounds from hit-and-run

A little more than a year after being struck by a hit and run driver and dragged for more than 600 feet under the vehicle, Hollywood resident Damian Kevitt has returned to cycling and will be joined by hundreds of other cyclists for an event he organized — “Finish the Ride” on Sunday, April 27. [...]

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Winkler mourned in West Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

Sheriff’s department continues investigation of accidental shooting

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is continuing an investigation into an incident on April 7 when deputies mistakenly shot and killed a victim while responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call at an apartment building on Palm Avenue in West Hollywood. John Winkler, 30, was shot by police after deputies mistook him [...]

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Map may rattle some WeHo projects

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

West Hollywood continues analysis of Alquist-Priolo map

The city of West Hollywood is working to determine how it may be impacted by the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Map in Hollywood, which was released by the California Geological Survey in January. The preliminary map showed that the Hollywood Fault runs through Hollywood to West Hollywood, where the fault runs along Sunset Boulevard. The [...]

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Nonprofit café to employ the previously homeless

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

Step Up on Vine gets $420,000 to kickstart job training program

A Hollywood organization that houses the previously homeless and provides them services is looking to “step up” its game after the Los Angeles City Council approved $420,000 to benefit its job training program. Step Up on Vine opened its three-story facility in March 2012, and its 34 units have since been occupied. The organization is [...]

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City may develop seismic rating system

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

During his State of the City speech last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti set lofty goals for the city of Los Angeles, including the elimination of the city’s gross receipts tax and an earthquake rating system for buildings in the city. From the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center, he said the city has [...]

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Carolyn Ramsay to leave city hall

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

CD 4 steps down as LaBonge’s chief of staff to campaign

Los Angeles City Council District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay has announced her intention to step down from her post as Councilman Tom LaBonge’s chief of staff to focus on her campaign full time. Ramsay made the announcement last Thursday, saying she plans to leave the Council District 4 office at the end of April. “The [...]

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Suspect shot by police in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

Man was allegedly wielding a knife outside a 99 Cents Only store

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division shot and killed a suspect outside the 99 Cents Only store in the 5200 block of Sunset Blvd. on April 13 after the man allegedly confronted officers with a knife. LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said the incident occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m. outside the store. Police [...]

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Alleged West Traffic Division shooter charged

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

A man accused of opening fire at two officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s West traffic Division was formally charged on April 10 with attempted murder. The unidentified officer who was wounded in the shooting was released from the hospital two days after the incident on April 7, and is recovering. A second officer [...]

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District remembers bus crash victims

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

Assistance funds have been set up for affected families

A local student survived the tragic bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland last Thursday that claimed the lives of five Southern California students who were on their way to visit Humboldt State University. A student from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools was on board when the crash occurred, as were 18 other Los Angeles [...]

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AHF submits another ballot petition

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has submitted approximately 103,000 signatures to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office in support of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would create a city commission to examine health-related issues. The foundation was required to have 67,000 signatures from residents registered to vote in Los Angeles, but collected over 35,000 more [...]

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Police increase patrols in Jewish community

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

Police increased patrols around Jewish facilities in the local area this week in conjunction with the beginning of Passover on Monday, and in response to the murders of three people outside Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area last weekend by an avowed white supremacist. Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said no [...]

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Easter at Terranea

By Karen Villalpando, 4/18/2014

Terranea Resort An annual Easter celebration complete with family-friendly activities is this Sunday. The Easter ballroom banquet brunch will have an array of stations to choose from including an omelet and egg station, a seafood display, specialty cinnamon roll French toast, a create-your-own mac and cheese station, an Asian-inspired kitchen, a sauté kitchen, a dessert [...]

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Easter’s Dining

By Jill Weinlein, 4/17/2014

Warren’s Blackboard Celebrate on Sunday, April 20 at The Beverly Garland and feast on Chef Warren Schwartz’ special Easter Brunch menu between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy delights such as smoked salmon benedict, challah French toast with fruit compote and vanilla whipped cream, shaved white asparagus and pea salad with pecorino, Mary’s chicken, halibut and braised [...]

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Hanging with ‘Muppets’ or a haunted mirror

By Tim Posada, 4/17/2014

“Muppets Most Wanted” While most sequels pale against their predecessors, “Muppets Most Wanted” keeps the self-referential humor alive thanks to returning filmmakers. The latest Muppets adventure reminds us all just how relevant Jim Henson’s masterwork is through an absurd number of cameos and six new songs. Beginning exactly where “The Muppets” left off, Kermit and [...]

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Love Comes in All Sizes at Best Friends

4/21/2014

When it comes to finding a new dog or cat, making the right match can be daunting. Mike Harmon, adoption manager at the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, is offering tips to prospective pet adopters to make the transition simple and easy. Big dogs do not necessarily need a large [...]

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Defendant sentenced for role in Medicare fraud

4/17/2014

A female defendant who formerly worked at a medical equipment supply company on North Vermont Avenue, as well as a medical supply company in Van Nuys, was sentenced on April 14 to 76 months in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme that submitted nearly $25 million in fraudulent bills to Medicare. Susanna Artsruni, 46, who [...]

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Suspect gets life in prison for killing homeless man

4/17/2014

A defendant who killed a homeless man and severely injured another transient in Hollywood in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry also sentenced 58-year-old Domingo Linares Rodas to two consecutive life [...]

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Police allege ongoing dispute led to homicide

4/17/2014

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 28-year-old resident of the Beverly Crest District. On Saturday, April 12 at approximately 3:55 p.m., officers from the West Los Angeles Division responded to a call of a possible homicide at a residence in the [...]

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Former deputy pleads no contest

4/17/2014

A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced on April 4 to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to rape and bribery charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The former deputy, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Last month, Sanchez pleaded no [...]

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