Hollywood Hills

LAFD Battle Blaze At Abandoned Hotel

May 20, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a blaze at an abandoned hotel in Hollywood. Photo by Guido Jansen via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, May 19, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a fire at an abandoned hotel at 1624 Schrader Blvd. The LAFD was alerted of the blaze at 3:15 a.m.

The fire was categorized as a Major Emergency at 4:15 a.m. A total of 126 LAFD firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze with heavy fire in the sub-floor/basement, both above ground floors and attic of a vacant and abandoned two-story hotel. There were no reports of any injuries.

It took 98 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish heavy fire in the sub-floor/basement, both above ground floors and attic of a vacant and abandoned two-story hotel. The cause of the fire is under investigation. LAFD Public Information Officer – Firefighter David Ortiz arrived on the scene to address the media at 5:20 a.m.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Runyan Canyon

May 13, 2024 ·

A hiker was rescued by the LAFD after getting injured at Runyan Canyon. Photo by Joel Jasmin Forestbid via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed they rescued a hiker in Runyan Canyon. The LAFD were informed at 7:20 p.m. of a hiker who suffered injuries near 2469 N. Solar Drive.

The 35 year-old hiker sustained injuries secondary to a 15-foot fall in a remote area of Runyon Canyon. Crews on the ground and in the air coordinated to locate and assist the patient, who was able to walk down the trail.

He was able to meet an LAFD paramedic ambulance for treatment and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

By Trevor

LAFD Knockdown Tree Fire

May 13, 2024 ·

The LAFD extinguished a dumpster fire and tree fire on May 9. Photo by Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced that they battled a fire that ignited a tree in the Hollywood Hills region. The fire was reported at 7:53 p.m. at 6700 W. Hillpark Drive.

Crews on the ground declared a knockdown on the initial dumpster fire, as well as the palm trees on fire. Blue flames were initially observed in the dumpster that were later determined to be caused by an electrical wire and conduit. LAFD HazMat experts indicated there was no further threat to the surrounding region.

The Highland Avenue off-ramp from the southbound 101 was closed while companies coordinated ways to extinguish the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

By Trevor

Jorge Luiz Garcia Arrested For Assault On Hollywood Boulevard

May 13, 2024 ·

A suspect has been arrested for an assault that transpired on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Kamil Zajaczkowski/Shutterstock.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On May 9, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that a suspect involved in an assault that transpired on Hollywood Boulevard was arrested.

The LAPD reported on May 6, around 2:15 a.m., patrol officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood Division responded to a report of an Assault w,ith a Deadly Weapon in the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard. When officers arrived on the scene they located a severely injured male at the scene. Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for several injuries.

A video of the incident, recorded by a witness, was obtained by a media outlet and posted on various social media platforms.

The video showed the victim and the suspect involved in a fight. The victim was pepper sprayed and knocked to the ground. The suspect continued to punch the victim while he was lying unconscious on the ground causing severe injuries to the victim.

Detectives from the Hollywood area were able to locate additional videos in the region that led to the identity and arrest of the suspect.

On May 8 around 2:30 p.m., detectives located the suspect in the Hollywood area and took him into custody. The suspect is identified as Jorge Luiz Garcia, 27, of Los Angeles. He was booked for 245(A)(1) PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

Anyone with details about the assault is asked to call detectives at Hollywood Division 213-972-2971. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

By Trevor

LAFD Responds To Down Wires In Hollywood

May 6, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Kenrick Mills via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, May 5, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call of down wires in the Hollywood region. At 2:05 p.m., the LAFD responded to 1086 N. St. Andrews Place where scaffolding (approximately 4 – 5 stories tall) was swept outward from the building by wind and was resting on wires on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The LAFD Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists are on scene assessing the situation. Firefighters were keeping pedestrians and motorists out of the area due to the unstable scaffolding, which was not occupied. Motorists were advised to avoid the region as officials dealt with the downed wires. Santa Monica Boulevard would be closed between Wilton and Western Avenues. There were no reports of any injuries.

By Trevor

Multiple People Injured During Traffic Collision

April 30, 2024 ·

Multiple people were injured during a traffic collision in Hollywood on April 29. Photo courtesy of Jules PT via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, April 29, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported multiple people were injured during a traffic collision. The incident was reported at 3:50 p.m. at 6078 W Santa Monica Blvd.

Firefighters arrived on scene to three-vehicle collisions that resulted in seven patients being injured. One of those victims was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The other six sustained only minor injuries.

Additional details about the cause of the collision and the condition of the victims have not been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued Near Hollywood Sign

April 22, 2024 ·

The infamous Hollywood sign. Photo courtesy of DeAndre Bush via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS/GRIFFITH PARK—The Los Angeles Fire Department reported on Sunday, April 21, that they rescued a hiker near the Hollywood sign.

The incident was reported at 8:36 a.m. of 1 female hiker needing assistance near the Hollywood sign. The lone hiker was isolated after suffering from a lower extremity injury in a remote area of the Hollywood Hills.

Rescuers on the ground and LAFD Air Ops coordinated a hoist operation and air transport to a local hospital for the injured hiker. The Los Angeles Fire Department did not have any additional details to report about the incident.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued Near Nichols Canyon

April 15, 2024 ·

A hiker was rescued near Nichols Canyon by the LAFD. Photo by Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Fire Department announced a hiker was rescued on Sunday, April 14. The LAFD reported the incident transpired at 10:56 a.m. at Nichols Canyon.

The LAFD Ground and Air Response assisted an adult male hiker with an apparent ankle fracture, on the Lower Trebek Trail east of Nichols Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The patient was hoisted aboard a hovering LAFD rescue helicopter in fair condition and will receive continuing in-flight care from LAFD Flight Paramedics during direct helicopter transport to a regional trauma center for treatment. No other details about the incident have been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Firefighters Battle Four-Story Building Fire

April 1, 2024 ·

One person was displaced after a fire in Hollywood on March 28. Photo by Maxim Tajer via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On March 28, the Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a four-story residential building fire at 1310 N Detroit Street. The LAFD reported the blaze at 4:57 p.m.

Los Angeles City and County firefighters responded to a four-story residential building with smoke showing from the rear. Crews made access to the smoke-filled building, instructing residents to shelter inside of their apartment units. Firefighters located one unit on the third floor with contents burning inside, causing the heavy smoke conditions throughout the building.

It took the first 50 LAFD firefighters (along with help from LACoFD) 36 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. Thankfully, firefighter communications with residents (telling them to stay in their units without opening the door to the smoky conditions) kept the many building occupants safe. There were no reported injuries despite the building being heavily occupied.

One man returned home from the store to find his apartment destroyed. The American Red Cross is responding to assist the individual during this time of being displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

By Trevor

Another Landslide In Hollywood Hills

March 26, 2024 ·

Landslide photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On March 24, several homes in the Hollywood Hills area were damaged after recent rainfall. According to local meteorologists, Sunday’s bouts of rain added to the already saturated ground sending mud and debris down below the hillside on the 9200 block of Flicker Way.

The area near Sierra Mar Place, where comedian Jerry Seinfeld use to live, has also been one of the places most seriously affected by the Spring rains this year.

According to The Landslide Blog, on EOS written by Dave Petley, due to a landslide, four homes in the area have been red-tagged or declared “unsafe for occupation.” Petley explained that aerial video footage showed the rotation of blocks of sandstone and siltstone bedrock has caused large amounts of “weathered material” into the homes below.

According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, “Rotational slides (slumps) are landslides that occur along a curved or spoon-shaped surface. Back-tilting may occur near the scarp of the landslide and there is often a toe of displaced material. Rotational slides often occur because the internal strength of the material is overcome by its own weight.”

According to World Weather information, Hollywood Hills has a sixty-one percent chance of more rain in the forecast for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31.

By Sharon

LAPD Investigating Felony Hit-And-Run That Injured Pedestrian

March 25, 2024 ·

The LAPD is searching for a driver involved in a felony hit-and-run. Photo by Runnar Madlung via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Thursday, March 21, they are currently investigating a felony hit-and-run collision that occurred in January.

Detectives with the LAPD West Traffic Division indicated on January 9, at 7:30 p.m., a black or dark gray Ford F-150 traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard, crashed into a pedestrian that was within the crosswalk from the south curb of Santa Monica Boulevard, west of St. Andrews Place. The Ford F-150 continued traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard to northbound Wilton Place, fleeing the scene without identifying themselves or providing aid to the pedestrian as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital for medical treatment. The victim is a 44-year-old resident of Los Angeles who is currently recovering from severe injuries to their face, torso, and legs. The investigation is ongoing.

Video of the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene can be viewed at West Traffic Division’s X/Twitter account(@LAPDWestTraffic) and their Instagram account (@lapd.wtd).

Drivers are informed that if they become involved in a collision, they are to pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when crossing the street and to always look both ways before proceeding as vehicles may or may not see people crossing the street, especially in hours of darkness.

Anyone with details about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division Detective Section at 213-473-0234. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS 800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

Palestinian Protests Take Place On Oscar Sunday

March 11, 2024 ·

Palestinian protests organize on Oscar Sunday.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Over a thousand protesters surrounded the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 10, to protest on Hollywood’s biggest night, to call out the industry’s “complicity in genocide against Palestinians,” and to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and justice for Palestinians. The demonstration was made up of two separate events, each promoted by numerous organizations, one which began at the Cinerama Dome at 6370 Sunset Boulevard, and the second at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue. 

In a Jewish Voices for Peace, Los Angeles (JVP LA) press release provided to Canyon News, it said, “As onlookers are distracted by the Academy Awards, Israeli Defense Forces have coordinated a planned invasion of Rafah, a small town in the southern Gaza Strip with a population that has ballooned to over 1.5 million people due to the displacement of refugees fleeing the ongoing, U.S.-backed genocide and forced famine.” 

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, JVP LA – along with Adalah Justice Project, SAG-AFTRA Members for Ceasefire, Writers Against the War on Gaza and Film Workers for Palestine – amassed a group of hundreds out front of the Cinerama Dome, consisting of Jews, film workers, artists and pro-Palestinian activists such as rapper Macklemore and Alana Hadid, sister to supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid. Their rally, “Eyes On Rafah,” consisted of a speaking program, followed by marches towards Dolby Theatre where the Oscars were taking place.

Members of Jewish Voices For Peace, Los Angeles.

Demonstrators held Palestinian flags, and signs that read, “No Oscars During A Genocide,” wore shirts that said, “Jews Say Ceasefire Now,” and Keffiyeh’s – a traditional Arab headdress – as a symbol for Palestinian solidarity. Chants of “While you’re watching, bombs are dropping” could be heard. “International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees” members held a banner that read, “IATSE Members For A Free Palestine.” 

“While the entertainment industry is not itself responsible for U.S. geopolitical strategy… it has played a vital role in creating the consensus that the U.S. and Israel share a special bond,” the press release continued. “Since Israel’s founding in 1948, films, novels, journalism, museums, and more have used narratives of redemption, suffering, and victimization to justify the use of military force to displace the native population of Palestine.”

“As artists and storytellers, we have an obligation and responsibility in this moment to use our voices. And for everyone in this industry who is silent right now, I urge you to remember what inspired you to become an artist and a storyteller” actress, activist and SAG-AFTRA member Poppy Liu said at the rally.  

Earlier on Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue, USCPN (US Palestinian Community Network), CentroCSO (Community Service Organization), National Alliance Against Racists and Political Repression, Black Lives Matter, Los Angeles, the Free Democratic Palestine Movement and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, mobilized another large group of protestors sharing the same issue. This group ended up blocking traffic into the Academy Awards and as a result, some celebrities arrived late to the show.

“We’re late! The Palestinian protests shut down the Oscars tonight! Humanity Wins!”, Oscar-nominated actor, Mark Ruffalo, told reporters after arriving on the red carpet. 

Celebrities, including Ruffalo, singer Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, actors Riz Ahmed, Ramy Youssef and Mahershala Ali, and director Ava DuVernay, all showed their support for Palestine by wearing “Artists4Ceasefire” pins. Youssef spoke candidly with reporters about what the pin means and called for an immediate ceasefire. And while accepting the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film for his film “The Zone of Interest,” director Jonathan Glazer said, “Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people.”

Israel’s war on Gaza continues after 150 days. As of March 11, 2024, Gaza Health Ministry reports that the Palestinian death toll has reached 31,000, including at least 95 journalists and over 136 UNWRA workers, with tens of thousands of Palestinians wounded. Israel reports 1,200 Israelis, including 589 soldiers and 61 police officers, have died. 134 hostages remain in Hamas captivity.

By Lacy

Two Victims Shot During House Party

February 12, 2024 ·

Police units respond on scene.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— On Monday, February 12, a shooting took place during a house party at the 1600 block of North Crescent Heights Boulevard near the Chateau Marmont hotel, Los Angeles Police Department’s Officer Madison confirmed with Canyon News. 

At 12:10 a.m, LAPD officers responded to a radio call of an assault with a deadly weapon. Officer units arrived at the scene and located two shooting victims – identified as both male and 24 and 25-years-old – suffering from gunshot wounds. The party and incident reportedly took place at an AirBnb rental property, Officer Madison said. A couple of loaded firearms were located in the bushes of the residence, no further description of the weapons were disclosed nor  if they were the weapons used. 

Both victims were transported to a local hospital and listed in stable condition.

A video posted on Instagram by @stillbrazy, shows several LAPD officer units at the scene. LAPD Air Ops can also be heard above. Officers appeared to be transporting the victims to a location down the street and away from the scene, to be transported into an ambulance. In the video, one victim – a black male – appears to have been shot in the rear and bleeding. This victim can be seen getting walked from the officer vehicle and transported on a gurney to be put in the ambulance. 

Two possible suspects were apprehended and questioned at the scene, but were later released, Officer Madison said. Suspects remain at-large with no further description disclosed at this time. No other victims or injuries were reported. 

This is an on-going investigation.

By Lacy

California Under State Of Emergency

February 6, 2024 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday February 3, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning across Southern California. Southern California has been seriously impacted by the flooding and mudslides throughout our coverage area.

According to reports 38 million people remain under flood watches, and warmings including in Hollywood Hills.  As of Tuesday, February 6, at least three lives have been lost.

The following text came directly from the National Weather Service. Governor Gavin Newsom and officials for Los Angeles County also issued proclamations on a city and state level.

“A slow moving and relatively narrow axis of anomalous moisture will continue to focus across Southern California over the next 12 to 24 hours, maintaining a significant threat for life threatening flash flooding across the Transverse Ranges and adjacent locations.  

Areas of moderate heavy rain are expected to remain in place near a cold front crossing the southern coast of California, just ahead of an upper-level trough axis.

Additional rainfall totals through Tuesday of 1-3 inches are expected for the urban corridor from Los Angeles to San Diego and into the foothills of the Transverse Ranges, with locally higher rainfall totals in areas of higher terrain.

This will fall on top of the 5 to 10+ inches of rain which has impacted Southern California over the past 48 hours. Flooding of streams and rivers along with mudslides are expected to remain a threat.

While rain will continue for Southern California on Tuesday, the intensity is expected to be lighter than what occurred over the weekend as the storm system moves east into the Desert Southwest, but the potential for flash-flooding and higher rainfall rates will expand into western Arizona, southern Nevada, and southwestern Utah.”

The full text with possible projected threats of severe weather may be viewed on the National Weather Service website.

On February 3, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency for the state of California, according to “Government Code section 8625 I hereby proclaim a State of Emergency to exist in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties,” Newsom stated.

The Governor also advised California residents to heed the warnings of public officials.

“California, this is a serious storm with dangerous life-threatening impacts. Please pay attention to any emergency orders or alerts from local officials.

California is ready with a record number of emergency assets on the ground to respond to the impacts of this storm.”

California has mobilized a record 8,500 state-coordinated, prepositioned emergency response assets that are ready to respond to potential flooding, landslides, travel impacts and 911 calls. The full text of the Governor’s proclamation may be found on his website.

Lindsay Horvath, Chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also made a statement on the county website notifying the public of what websites to use for outreach.

“Los Angeles County is taking action to protect our communities during the storm and to recover from any impacts that may result. This emergency declaration allows us to move quickly to deploy resources, and it aligns with Governor Newsom’s order issued today. The State, County, and the 88 cities of Los Angeles County are working together to keep everyone informed, prepared, and safe. Thank you for staying inside and off the roads.”
The emergency proclamation allows for expedited procurement of vital supplies and resources, the deployment of disaster service workers, and the use emergency protective measures, like evacuation orders, that protect life, property, and the environment.”

By Sharon

Two People Rescued From Burning Structure

January 24, 2024 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On January 17, firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department rescued two men from a burning building, before extinguishing the flames consuming a one-story Hollywood home.

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke in the area, and arrived to find a one-story single-family home with fire showing at 3 a.m. on the 1300 block of North Cherokee Avenue.

The LAFD reported on its website that while initiating an offensive fire attack, the first engine company found two people trapped behind a double-keyed security gate inside the structure. Firefighters used forcible entry tools to access the area, and rescued two adult males that were transported to a local hospital (one in critical condition, one in grave condition). The status of the victims’ injuries is not known.

During the rescue, the fire continued to expand. The engine company resumed fire attack operations after rescuing the two patients, but the fire had grown rapidly. The crew was inside the structure when a flashover occurred. Only one member was found to have burns on their ears, but all four members of the crew were transported for observation at the hospital. All four firefighters were released later in the morning.

It took 48 firefighters 31 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Trevor

Actor Kevin Connolly’s LA Home Burglarized

January 3, 2024 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—“Entourage” actor Kevin Connolly, 49, had his Los Angeles home broken into on Christmas Eve TMZ first reported on its website. The actor, was not home at the time of the break-in. He was celebrating the holiday with his partner, actress Zulay Henao and her family.

Authorities indicated an unknown assailant broke into the home through a back door. It was reported an antique gun, and other items were taken during the burglary. The actor was alerted by authorities and spoke with officers at his home where a report was taken.

It is not known if the break-in at Connolly’s home is connected to a string of other break-ins in the area. Recently, actor Keanu Reeves had his home broken into in Hollywood Hills after the perpetrator(s) broke a window and stole a gun. Actress Abigail Ratchford had her home broken into by three men during the week of Christmas. The suspects in that break-in shattered a back window to gain access to the property.

Ratchford was home at the time of the incident. She was upstairs watching a movie. The three suspects fled the scene after an alarm was trigged at the home. The model has more than 9 million followers on Instagram. It was reported she did not come face-to-face with her assailants and she did not suffer any injuries during the incident.

Connolly is known for his role on the comedy series “Unhappily Ever After.” He also starred in the movies “John Q,” “Antwone Fisher,” “The Notebook,” “He’s Just Not That into You” and will appear in the upcoming “Krazy House.” He recently appeared on the series “The Oath.”

No additional details about the suspect(s) any any of the cases have been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

“Beverly Hills 90210” Star Ian Ziering Attacked By Bikers

January 3, 2024 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The star of the 90s TV series “Beverly Hills 90210” Ian Ziering was attacked by a group of motorized mini bikers on Sunday, December 31, 2023 while he was driving on Hollywood Boulevard, where the bikers were weaving in and out of traffic and alleged to struck Ian’s vehicle. He got out of his vehicle to inspect and the assault transpired.

Video of the incident which transpired in broad daylight has been posted on social media which shows the actor fighting off several of the bikers, punching one in the face before fleeing across the street as all the bikers started to attack him.

In the video, Ziering is seen being punched and kicked by the assailants before he manages to cross the street in the middle of traffic. He is seen kicking one of the bikers. During the entire incident, no one on the public streets came to the actor’s defense as he was being attacked.

TMZ posted video showing the bikers striking Ziering’s vehicle after he fled with their helmets. One of the bikers cracks the windshield with the helmet. Ziering’s daughter, Penna was in the vehicle alone as this transpired. Further video shows Ziering comforting his daughter after the bikers fled the scene, another woman in the video can be seen comforting the daughter who was upset and teary-eyed after the incident occurred.

TMZ reported the following message was posted on the Instagram account @605minibikegang:

“You don’t mess with @605minibikegang SGV DON’T PLAY.” The Los Angeles Police Department is currently investigating the case.

Ziering wrote on his Instagram page Monday, January 1, 2024, the following statement:

“Yesterday, I experienced an alarming incident involving a group of individuals on mini bikes. While struck in traffic, my car was approached aggressively by one of the these riders leading to an unsettling confrontation. In an attempt to assess any damage I exited my car. This action, unfortunately, escalated into a physical altercation, which I navigated to protect myself. I am relieved to report that my daughter and I are both completely unscathed, but the incident has left me deeply concerned about the growing boldness of such groups who disrupt public safety and peace. This situation highlights a large issue of hooliganism on our streets and the need for effective law enforcement responses, to such behavior.

As a citizen and a parent, I find it unacceptable that groups can freely engage in this kind of behavior, causing fear and chaos, while the response from authorities seems insufficient. I have always been an advocate for standing up against intimidation and misconduct, and this incident reinforces my belief in the importance of personal and community safety. We must address the underlying issues that lead to such disruptive behavior and ensure that our streets are safe for everyone. I urge city officials and law enforcement to take decisive action against such lawlessness and provide the necessary resources to prevent future occurrences. I am thankful for the support of my family, friends, and fans during this time. It’s in challenging moments like these that the strength and unity of our community are most vital. Happy new year.”

Ziering is known for his role as Steve Sanders on the popular FOX series that aired for 10 seasons before it ended in May 2000. He has also appeared in the SyFy franchise “Sharknado” that became a cult classic. He has also appeared on the reality competition series, “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” in 2018.

By Trevor

Zac Efron Earns Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

December 12, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Actor Zac Efron earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, December 11. His co-star in the coming drama, “The Iron Claw” Jeremy Allen White was in attendance, as well as actor Miles Teller from “Top Gun Maverick.”

“You guys were both instrumental in giving me my start in ‘High School Musical.’ And for that, I’m just eternally, eternally grateful. You have no idea. I still think about it every day,” said Efron during his speech.

Efron thanked “Friends” star Matthew Perry during the event. Perry starred alongside Efron in the comedy “17 Again.”

Teller who co-starred with Efron in the comedy “That Awkward Moment” said during a speech:

“You are my friend and running mate. You are the man, the myth, the legend that is Zac Efron, baby. For my generation, our generation, Zac was and is the first true superstar to really come out of our class.”

Efron earned the 2,767th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Efron is known for his role in the Disney film franchise “High School Musical.” He also starred in the films “The Paperboy,” “Neighbors,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Baywatch” and “The Greatest Showman.”

The actor will appear in “The Iron Claw” alongside White which chronicles the life of the wrestling family for the Von Erich family. The movie will be released in theaters on December 22.

By Trevor

RVs Removed From Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

December 7, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—More than 50 RV’s were being removed from Forest Lawn Drive in Hollywood Hills on Wednesday, December 6, as part of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass’ Inside Safe Program. Bass signed the Executive Directive back in December 2022.

The Inside Safe Program is aimed to help those encountering homeless get into stable housing. Inside Safe will assess street homelessness across Los Angeles and proactively engage with people living in tents and encampments based on which locations are chronic and where people are most in crisis.

Inside Safe will support the following five goals:

-Reduce the loss of life on our streets
-Increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment for those living in encampments
-Eliminate street encampments
-Promote long-term housing stability for people experiencing homelessness
-Enhance the safety and hygiene of neighborhoods for all residents, businesses, and neighbors

The city is working to remove makeshift encampments that have been littered throughout the area in recent years. There were dozens of RVs on the street for more than 2 miles on the road.

Andrew Rindge informed reporters that people were informed a few days earlier that they were going to “clean the whole area.”

“There was nothing written down or anything, just people coming from the city and telling them they had to leave,” Rindge told ABC 7 Los Angeles.

The portion of Forest Lawn Drive that was being cleaned up was closed to traffic as the vehicles were removed.

By Trevor

Shooting Transpires Between Neighbors In Hollywood Hills

December 6, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On December 5, just before 11 a.m., an argument between neighbors escalated into a shooting. The Los Angeles Police Department reported they answered a call for shots fired east of Runyan Canyon in the 2200 block of Chelan. Reports indicate that there was one person shot who was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is currently listed in stable condition.

ABC 7 first reported that the shooting came about after one neighbor entered the home of the other neighbor and refused to leave the premises.

According to a social media post on X by a LAPD Public Information Officer, as of 3:43 p.m., “There are no suspects outstanding, no threat to the public, and no evacuations in the area.” No arrests have been made at this time.

By Sharon

11 People Arrested In LAPD Black Friday Sting

November 29, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers worked an undercover sting operation from November 22 and November 25 targeting flash mob thieves and other shoplifters during the Black Friday sales at local retailers resulting in the arrest of 11 individuals.

According to a November 28 press release on the LAPD website, on August 21 the LAPD Commercial Crimes Division set up the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCT) in response to the “Flash Mob” robberies that have hit local retail establishments in the area.

The ORCT includes plain clothes officers and detectives from Beverly Hills, Burbank, Santa Monica, and Torrance Police Departments.

On November 22, officers from the Hollywood Division focused on the 5500 block of Sunset Boulevard. The following information on the arrests made on the first day of the operation came directly from the aforementioned press release.

“Lisa Lewis, Black female, 55-years-old, of Long Beach, was arrested for 459.5(a)PC- Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.

Ryan Karbelk, White male, 39-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 459.5(a)PC- Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.

David Stafford, White male, 46-years-old, of Los Angele, was arrested for 459.5(a) PC-Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.

Verastad Derpedrosian, White male, 40-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 459.5(a)PC- Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.

Thomas Kopay, White male, 41-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 459.5(a) PC-Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.

Joyce Ramirez, Hispanic female, 46-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 459.5(a)PC- Shoplifting and was cited and released on Zero Bail.”

On November 24, 2023, the following people were arrested near the 9800 block of South Alameda Street.

“Dwayne Michael Haley II, Black male, 34-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 484(a)PC- Petty Theft, booked at 77th Street Jail, and released on Zero Bail.

Cecelia Whettstone, Black male, 25-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 484(a)PC- Petty Theft and was cited and release on Zero Bail.

Yanah Meekins, Black female, 38-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 211PC-Robbery. She was booked at 77th Street Jail, under booking number 6715885, and her bail is set at $50,000.00.

Vincasia Love, Black female, 21-years-old, of Los Angeles, was arrested for 211PC- Robbery. She was booked at 77th Street Jail, under booking number 6715867, and has a “No Bail” due to a probation hold.

Ebony Berry, Black female, 32-years-old, of Los Angeles, for 211PC- Robbery. She was booked at 77th Street Jail, under booking number 6715868, and her bail is set at $50,000.00.”

On November 25 officers from the Van Nuys Division were scheduled to work in the area in the 14000 block of Riverside Drive. No arrests were made on this day.

In addition to the eleven arrests, a total of $5,390.00 in stolen merchandise was recovered. The website indicated that the ORCT will be conducting additional operations over the holidays with the end goal of, “identifying, disrupting, and arresting retail thieves”.

By Sharon

Car Demolishes Storefront Of Jones Hollywood Cafe’

November 15, 2023 ·

Hollywood Hills—On Tuesday, November 14, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a driver in a four-door, dark-colored sedan drove into the storefront of Jones Hollywood Café located at 7141 Santa Monica Boulevard causing significant damage to the building. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Jones’s Hollywood Café is known for its fresh-baked bread and vegetarian items along with a wide variety of desserts including apple pie for two that according to the menu is served hot.

There is limited information available on this accident. There have been no reports that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident. If you were there and have any information on the incident, please contact the Hollywood Community Police Station at 1358 N. Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood, California or call 213-972-2971 Voice or after hours and on weekends, 213-485-9899 TDD/TTY.

By Sharon

LAPD Investigating Fatal Hit-And-Run Involving Scooter

October 31, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division are investigating a fatal hit-and-run involving a vehicle and an individual on a scooter on Sunday, October 29. The LAPD reported at 2:25 a.m., a black sedan, traveling northbound Western Avenue in the #1 lane, collided into a male riding a “Lime” scooter, crossing Western Avenue eastbound, north of Sierra Vista Avenue.

The rider was ejected from the “Lime” scooter and fell on the roadway. The black sedan fled northbound Western Avenue, without rendering aid to the victim.

The driver of a silver Lexus, traveling southbound Western Avenue in the #2 lane, and collided with the “Lime” scooter as well. The driver of the Lexus observed the male in the roadway, called 911, and remained at-scene.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and provided immediate medical attention to the victim. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from injuries sustained. The victim’s identity is being withheld, pending next-of-kin notification.

The LAPD is reminding motorists to stop if involved in a traffic collision and notify emergency services and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

On April 15, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit-and-Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members that provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with details about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wanting to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.

By Trevor

Hollywood Hills Woman Shoots Intruder With Shotgun

October 17, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On October 15, at approximately 9:30 p.m. a shooting was reported in the 2800 block of Holly Ridge Drive near the Bronson Caves at the edge of Griffith Park.

A woman has been identified as Beatrice De Alba, an Academy Award-winning hair stylist who worked on movie sets such as “National Treasure” and “Hunger Games” and the Oscar-winning film, “Frida.” De Alba’s husband, Alex Spears made the 911 call to the police as his wife held the suspect at gunpoint.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a male suspect, approximately 30 years of age broke into the star’s $1.7 million home through a window with a pocketknife. As he entered, De Alba aimed her shotgun and told the suspect to leave. Reports indicate that she did not shoot the suspect until she saw him reaching for something in his pocket.

KCAL 9 first reported the couple told police they could hear the suspect say, “They hurt me,” and asked them to allow him inside. He was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Neighbors later told police the suspect had been seen sneaking around in their bushes and attempting to break into other homes.

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to contact the LAPD’s Hollywood Community Police Station at 1358 N. Wilcox Avenue, in Hollywood or call 213-972-2971 to speak to a real person or 213-485-9899 TDD/TTY.

By Trevor

WGA And AMPTP Reach Agreement To End Writer’s Strike

September 27, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD—It was announced on Tuesday, September 26 that the Writer’s Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that at 12:01 a.m. PT Wednesday, September 27 the strike would end as a result of a vote for guild leaders that allows close to 11,500 members to begin picking up pencils and writing on their computers again.

As a result of the strike that commenced in May 2023 it halted writers from doing any rewrites, pitching, selling of screenplays, taking meetings and revising any notes provided to them. The strike which began in May 2023 has lasted over 5 months, a total of 148 days and is the second longest strike in the union’s history behind the strike of 1988 that lasted 153 days. Members still have to vote to ratify the contract which will take place Monday, October 2 thru Monday, October 9. Members can attend informational meetings about the new deal via Zoom in New York and Los Angeles in the next week.

Details of a tentative deal was reached on Sunday, September 24 after chatter with heads of major studios including Disney’s Bob Iger, Warner Bros. Discover’s David Zaslav, NBCUniversal’s Donna Langley, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

The new contract will last for 3 years (September 25, 2023 thru May 1, 2026), and includes a 5 percent increase for the first year, a 4 percent increase effective May 2, 2024 and a 3.5 percent increase effective May 2, 2025. Writers can utilize artificial intelligence as a tool if hired by a company that allows it but are not required to utilize AI to craft a script. The new agreement will also have transparency when it comes to streaming programs and services and the data being accessible in some capacity.

While the writer’s strike may be over, the actor’s strike is ongoing. With the end of the writer’s strike, late night talk shows and daytime talk shows may soon return to the airwaves after being off the air for months. Recent daytime talk shows like The Talk, The Drew Barrymore Show and the Jennifer Hudson Show were slated to return mid-September, but after backlash from the entertainment industry those shows delayed returning to TV.

Without SAG-AFTRA coming to an agreement, no new productions for TV series or films will take place until a deal is reached for the actors, who have been on strike since July 12, 2023. “At this time, we have no confirmed dates schedule to meet with the AMPTP. When we do have dates confirmed, we will inform you. Unless you hear it from us, its hearsay,” SAG-AFTRA indicated in a statement via Instagram.

Currently, actors are prohibited from promoting any projects as a result of the actor’s strike, including appearances on talk shows or promoting upcoming film releases.

On Tuesday, September 26, the SAG-AFTRA Members approved a video game strike authorization with a vote of 98.32 percent voting yes on the Interactive Media Agreement ahead of a return to negotiations. Big issues delaying an agreement with SAG-AFTRA include wage increases, revenue from streaming projects and concerns about artificial intelligence.

By Trevor

Ishmael Khan’s Home Robbed At Gunpoint

September 27, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On September 21, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the home of Dr. Ishmael Khan was broken into through a side window of his home in the 8100 block of Mannix Drive, near Kirkwood near Laurel Canyon. Khan and two others were home during the break-in.

Reports indicate there were three intruders and one of the victims was pistol-whipped by the perpetrators. According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer, Rosario Cervantes, one of the victims sustained lacerations.

The thieves took approximately $20,000 worth of Khan’s possessions which included a Rolex watch.

Dr. Khan, a self-proclaimed social media influencer, originally from Dubai, reported to police working on the case that he believed he was “targeted.”

“They knew who I was. So, they found me on Instagram. They found out where I was. I don’t know who it was. Maybe it was some bad friends, some enemies,” Khan told KTLA news.

This case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information or who can identify the suspects should contact the Hollywood Division at 213-972-2971 or 213-485-9899 TDD/TTY.

By Sharon

Two Men Shot After Neighbor Dispute; Suspect At Large

September 25, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Two men were shot outside of an apartment building at 1545 North Serrano Avenue following an alleged neighbor dispute on Sunday, September 24. The suspect reportedly remains at-large. 

At around 1:50 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood division officers responded to a radio call of a shooting, Citizen app reported. Upon arrival at the scene, LAPD officers located two male victims – identified as James and Jose – suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

In an initial investigation, officers believe that the shooting was a result of neighbors arguing over a dog. One victim reportedly pulled out a knife and the suspect pulled out an undisclosed gun. Officers were told by a neighbor that the suspect – described as a heavy set black man wearing a blue and white striped shirt –  lived in the apartment complex and was possibly barricaded in the building. 

According to a Citizen video – filmed by neighbor, EZ Montana Edwards, KTLA reported – James claimed he was shot in both his arms and once in his leg. Jose appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound around his abdomen.

Screenshot of victim from Citizen app video by EZ Montana Edwards.

Los Angeles Fire Department and medical personnel were at the scene and transported both victims to a local hospital where they were listed in critical, but stable condition.

By 4:15 p.m., LAPD evacuated residents near the scene and set up a containment perimeter to search for the suspect. 

SWAT negotiators, along with the Mental Health Evaluation Unit, arrived on scene and attempted to talk to the suspect over a loudspeaker and called his phone. Both attempts went unanswered.  

Tenants were not allowed back inside the building for approximately five hours while the investigation took place. 

Officers reportedly recovered the gun used in the incident, but the suspect was not found. The identity of the suspect has not yet been released. 

This is a developing story.

By Lacy

Pedestrian Killed In Fatal Hit-And-Run Involving Blue Corvette

September 25, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—West Traffic detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision that killed a pedestrian on Sunday, September 24.

The LAPD reported around 1:24 a.m., a 2022-2023 blue Chevrolet Corvette, traveling southbound on La Brea Avenue, possibly racing a white sedan, crashed into a male pedestrian at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and provided aid to the victim, who later died at the scene. The name of the victim has not been disclosed to the public.

The driver of the Chevrolet Corvette fled the scene without identifying themselves and/or providing aid. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, but it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were involved. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with details about the incident is asked to contact West Traffic Detectives at (213) 473-0234. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact CrimeStoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”

By Trevor

Officer Involved Shooting Near Nightclub

September 14, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an Officer Involved Shooting that transpired on Saturday, September 9. The LAPD Force Investigation Division indicated a shooting occurred around 1:45 a.m. at a nightclub on the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue. Security guards flagged down uniformed officers and noted that a group of patrons were fighting and pointed out a male who appeared to be the cause of the altercation.

The suspect who was identified as a white male, approximately 30 years old, got into the driver’s seat of a white Mercedes-Benz that was parked on Ivar Avenue south of Hollywood Boulevard. The suspect drove the car in reverse, negotiated a turn and stopped in the middle of the street facing the west curb.

While the officers were driving towards the suspect’s Mercedes-Benz, the suspect who was seated pointed a handgun outside of the driver’s side window and fired the weapon towards people on the west sidewalk, involving in an OIS.

The suspect immediately fled southbound in his vehicle towards Sunset Boulevard.  Officers initiated a pursuit and after a short distance, lost the suspect’s vehicle and the pursuit was stopped. No officers or community members were injured during the incident.  Force Investigation Division (FID) and Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) investigators responded to the scene and are investigating.

The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses, and supervised the collection of evidence by the Forensic Science Division personnel.  The complete investigation will be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General to determine the thoroughness and accuracy of the investigation and whether the use of deadly force complied with LAPD’s policies and procedures.

By Trevor

Man Shot In Grocery Store Parking Lot

August 31, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD—A 35-year-old man was shot outside of Hollywood grocery store Tuesday, August 29, and police are now looking for a suspect.

At around 4:40 p.m. the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call about a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Pavilions store located near the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Vine Street.

When police arrived, they discovered the 35-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound who was still conscious and breathing. He was transported to a nearby hospital after the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the scene.

According to video footage of the scene, bullet holes were visible in the victim’s car.

The suspect is described as a 30-year-old man with a ponytail who was last seen driving westbound on Melrose Avenue in a white four-door Toyota hatchback. No other details are available.

Investigators are unsure what led up to the incident.

This shooting occurred just days after 53-year-old Mario Palacios Membreno was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting that took place in North Hollywood. He was shot at his home and died at the scene. According to the medical examiner he died by a gunshot wound to the chest. Police do not have a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call LAPD’s Hollywood station at (213) 972-2971.

By Christianne

“Price Is Right” Host Bob Barker Has Died

August 29, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The host of the CBS game show, “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker died at his Hollywood Hills home on Saturday, August 26. The host was 99. Barker hosted the series from 1972 to 2007. He previously hosted the game series “Truth or Consequences” for 19 years from 1956 to 1975. Parker was replaced by actor Drew Carey who has hosted the series since Parker’s retirement in 2007.

Robert William Barker was born on December 19, 1923, in Darrington, Washington. He joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1943 during World War II to train as a fighter pilot but did not go into combat. He worked at KTTS-FM Radio while in college in Springfield, Missouri. He hosted “The Bob Barker Show” for 6 years in Burbank, California.

In September 1999, Barker had surgery for a blocked left carotid artery. He suffered a stroke in May 2002 and suffered several instances of skin cancer. He received stitches after taking a fall at his LA home.

Barker became a comedic icon for his appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy “Happy Gilmore” where he portrayed a foul-mouth golfer who assaulted Adam’s character in the movie. He also made appearances in the TV series “The Nanny” and the CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He won a total of 14 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host for “The Price is Right.” He released his autobiography, “Priceless Memories” in April 2009.

He was married to Dorothy Jo Gideon for 36 years until her death from lung cancer at the age of 57 in 1981. He was an animal activist encouraging the public to get their pets spayed or neutered at the end of each episode of “The Price is Right.” According to reports, Barker died of natural causes. He will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

By Trevor

Broken Water Main Causes Flooding

August 22, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS – On Monday, August 21, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department West Hollywood Division officers responded to a water main break at 1300 North Ogden Drive and West Fountain Avenue, Citizen app reported.

At approximately 6:06 p.m., LAFD and LAPD arrived on scene and discovered water flowing down the street, reportedly reaching all the way to Santa Monica Boulevard. Fountain Avenue was reportedly shut down in both directions at Ogden Drive. The intersection at Fountain and Ogden appeared to be concaving in. 

Fountain avenue will reportedly be shut down for days while LA City crews assess the situation and fix any damage. LAFD issued an alert to please avoid the area and expect traffic delays.

This incident occurred the day after Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in Los Angeles. How the water main broke has not been disclosed.

Canyon News will be updating this story as information comes in.

By Lacy.

One Assaulted With Machete At Runyan Park

August 21, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On August 19, one individual was assaulted at Runyan Park in Hollywood Hills.

It was indicated via the Citizen App a 911 caller reported the incident at 1:28 p.m. Police responded at 1:29 to 2000 N. Fuller Avenue to find one person injured by a man who was wielding a machete. The suspect fled the scene. No details were disclosed about the suspect or victim. 

Canyon News contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, but did not hear back before print. 

The LAPD Public Information Officer confirmed the incident on “X” formerly known as Twitter stating:

“Today, at 1:07 p.m., HWD officers responded to Romaine St and Highland Ave for a call for service. The investigation revealed that two parties fought and left the scene. One victim was located and taken to a local hospital. This is an isolated incident; the investigation is ongoing.”

By Sharon

Female Suspect With A Gun, Barricaded In Apartment

August 9, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— The Los Angeles Police Department has trapped a female suspect with a gun inside a second floor apartment at 1800 El Cerrito Place on Tuesday, August 8, Citizen app reported. The suspect was reportedly in apartment number 46, and being asked by LAPD to “come out with [their] hands up.” 

According to Citizen app, at around 10:20 p.m., LAPD received a report about an unconfirmed incident at the Chateau El Cerrito, at the northeast corner of Franklin and El Cerrito Place. Upon arrival, LAPD Hollywood Division officers reportedly entered the building and went to the second floor where a suspect – identified as Lauren and described as a tall, skinny Black or Hispanic female – pointed a gun at them. Officers took cover and Lauren disappeared into an apartment. 

A Citizen user inside the building – and tenant of the Chateau El Cerrito – shared a video where you can hear LAPD Officers inside the building, saying “Lauren, we know that you’re in there, come out with your hands free and your hands up! This is the Los Angeles Police Department.” 

By 10:27 p.m., LAPD called for backup and barricaded the building. LAPD Air 16 was circling overhead. 

From 10:33 p.m. to 10:48 p.m., LAPD shut down Outpost Drive, then Franklin Avenue, West of Highland Avenue and evacuated some of the units on the southside of the building, facing Franklin Avenue. 

By 11 p.m., officers on the street outside of the building announced over a loudspeaker, “Lauren in apartment 46, this is the LAPD, please exit the apartment with your hands in the air.”

By 12:20 a.m., LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit arrived on scene, entered the building and headed to the second floor of the complex. 

By 12:33 a.m., LAPD broke down the perimeter and reportedly vacated the building. There are no additional details about how the incident transpired or whether Lauren has been apprehended. 

Canyon News will be updating this story as news comes in.

By Lacy

Security Guard Fatally Beaten Outside Club

July 31, 2023 ·

Rear view of large group of unrecognizable people enjoying a concert. Applauding, cheering, shooting video clips. Band is performing on the stage, stage is toned purple and blue while the crowd is lit orange.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— A 32-year-old male security guard was fatally beaten by a group of seven to eleven suspects outside of the Dragonfly nightclub at 6510 Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, July 30. The Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying and arresting the suspects involved, LAPD released in a statement.  

At around 2:00 a.m., LAPD Hollywood Division officers responded to a radio call about an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arriving, officers were directed to the victim lying on the ground, unconscious and not breathing. 

The victim – whose name has been identified as Daniel, according to Citizen app – was working as a security guard for a Tee Grizzley show, an artist from Detroit, at the venue. A group of seven to eleven, Black males in their 20s, confronted Daniel – for reasons unknown at this time – and caused the victim to lose his footing and fall to the street. The suspects proceeded to kick and stomp on the victim on the ground, then fled on foot heading westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard to southbound Hudson Avenue.

Officers summoned the Los Angeles Fire Department to the scene, who transported Daniel to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

The motive behind the brutal attack and the identities of the suspects are unknown at this time. The full identity of the victim, Daniel, has not yet been disclosed either.  

This remains an open investigation and anyone with additional information is urged to call Operations West Bureau Homicide Division, at (213) 382-9470. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Lacy

Wildlife Ordinance One Step Closer To Final Approval

June 22, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A proposed Wildlife Ordinance, created to protect the environment surrounding hillside communities in Los Angeles County, was approved by the Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) during a meeting on Tuesday, June 20. 

The Wildlife Ordinance, according to Los Angeles City Planning, aims to “support conservation of local plants and animals while building climate resilience, fire safety, and a healthy watershed.”

If passed, it would become effective in a pilot area consisting of hillside cities between Griffith Park and the 405 Freeway, including Sherman Oaks, Hollywood Hills, Bel Air, Laurel Canyon, and Beverly Crest. 

The ordinance details several new regulations concerning development standards for land and houses in these hillside areas. The regulations include lot size, grading and height restrictions, window and lighting requirements, as well as limitations on the landscaping of native trees and plants. 

Fencing materials are also regulated; the use of barbed wire, plastic mesh, concertina wire, and razor wire would be prohibited under the Wildlife Ordinance. All trash would need to be stored inside a building or enclosed area that meets specific design standards set by the ordinance.

Homeowners will not be required to alter existing homes and properties to reflect these rules, and minor renovations would not need to be reported. Only new developments and major remodels will need to follow the regulations set forth by the Wildlife Ordinance. 

Mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes are among the animals that are known to walk through properties at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. A goal of the ordinance is to preserve natural habitats and wildlife corridors as well as prevent harm to animals that frequent hillside areas.

The ordinance was unanimously backed by PLUM Committee members at the meeting on June 20.

“Over the last few decades we’ve seen development in the hillside scale out of proportion, resulting in unsafe conditions not only for wildlife but also for people,” said Council and Committee member Katy Yaroslavsky.

Several members of the community spoke out at the meeting to express their opposition to the Wildlife Ordinance. 

“I’m a homeowner in the Hollywood Hills and I oppose the Wildlife Ordinance,” said Brandon Williams. “This is going to greatly impact private property rights; this will greatly impact the value of property.”

Others were concerned about a sizing regulation that would prevent new buildings, additions, or basements from being more than 50 percent of a lot’s square footage.

“Many homeowners have their life savings tied up in their land value and capping below-ground buildable square footage, which does not harm wildlife in a meaningful way, would be devastating to their property values and put many of them in challenging financial positions,” said Archie Obani, a resident of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Should the Wildlife Ordinance pass and prove successful, the city plans to expand the boundaries to other areas of Los Angeles in the interest of wildlife protection.

In the next step of the finalization process, the Wildlife Ordinance will be voted on by the full City Council. 

By Paige Strickland

Man Shot Dead At Reported Illegal Gambling Operation

May 31, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— A fatal shooting that occurred at 3341 West Cahuenga Boulevard – near Universal Studios – left a male victim, believed to be a security guard, dead at the scene on Wednesday, May 31. The suspects remain at-large and an investigation is being conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Division, LAPD Public Information Officer Lee told Canyon News. 

At around 3:40 a.m., patrol units from the North Hollywood LAPD Station responded to reports of a fatal shooting at the 3300 block of West Cahuenga Boulevard. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered an “illegal gambling establishment,” as well as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. No further details about his identity are available at this time. 

It appears that two men entered the building through a back entrance – which is listed as a The Roof Hookah Lounge – wearing ski masks and armed with rifles. They were reportedly confronted by a security guard, who reached for his pistol and was shot multiple times by at least one of the suspects.

“This may have been a botched robbery attempt,” Detective Richard Moakley told ABC 7 News. The suspects reportedly searched the building for money for “only a minute” before fleeing empty handed down a back alley.

Approximately 30 people were inside the building – described as a two-story establishment with a hookah lounge on the top floor and  “some sort of gambling operation” on the lower level – at the time of the incident, Moakley said. Poker games were going on simultaneously, ABC 7 News reported. 

Investigators reportedly remained at the scene for 12 more hours following the incident. The number of suspects involved and their identities cannot be confirmed at this time. 

This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information about this shooting, the illegal operation and/or the identities of the suspects is urged to contact the LAPD or submit an anonymous tip at https://www.lacrimestoppers.org/

By Lacy

Search For Attempted Robbery Suspect

May 26, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—An attempted strong-armed robbery occurred at 5007 West Sunset Boulevard, near Kaiser Permanente, on Thursday, May 25. Canyon News spoke with Los Angeles Police Department’s Officer Moore who confirmed that authorities are still searching for the suspect. 

According to Officer Moore, at 6:33 a.m. a crime broadcast was sent out that a suspect – described as a Black male, 35-40 years old, black hair and brown eyes, wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The suspect attempted to rob an undisclosed victim. The suspect was last seen on foot heading westbound on Sunset Boulevard.

No weapon was used during the incident.

Personnel with the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the scene to render aid to the victim. There are no details as to whether they transported the victim to the hospital to be treated for any injuries.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact LAPD Hollywood Station at (213) 972-2971.

House Party Theft Occurs On North Kings Road

May 19, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, May 15, a home on North Kings Road was robbed while a house party was being held. Footage shows three women entering the home through the front door just before 3 a.m. and leaving around 20 minutes later.

Jewelry, wallets, glasses and clothing were among the items taken. A guest of the home also had a watch taken from her wrist while sleeping in a upstairs bedroom.

“I didn’t see them. I was in the back. They went straight up the stairs, into the bedrooms,” the owner of the home told FoxLA.

The three women were recognized by a bystander at a restaurant on the Sunset Strip two days after the theft. Two of the three women were detained while one remains at large.

Some of the items taken from the home were recovered following the arrest including the wallet of the owner of the home and glasses. Clothing and jewelry remain missing from the home.

After their arrest, it was discovered that the suspect also had an unspecified large quantity of cash in person. The names of the suspects has not yet been disclosed to the public.

By Rob

Former LAPD Police Officer Paul Razo Charged With Sexual Assault

May 17, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Monday, May 15 that they were made aware of the criminal case involving former Police Officer Paul Razo, 47, who has been charged with eight counts of lewd acts with a child on May 5, by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division initiated an administrative investigation, which is being conducted simultaneously with the pending criminal case. The administrative investigation will include reviewing his past work history for similar behavior.

“Chief Michel Moore is deeply disturbed by these allegations as they are in direct opposition to the Department’s Core Values and expectations of a Los Angeles Police Officer,” the LAPD indicated in a statement.

Officer Razo has been employed by the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years and was last assigned to Hollywood Area as a training coordinator. He separated from the LAPD in March 2023. He sexually assaulted four boys at his Covina home.

“The allegations of sexual abuse against vulnerable children in this case are deeply disturbing and it’s particularly troubling that the defendant was a law enforcement officer at the time,” said District Attorney Gascón.

Childhood sexual abuse causes immeasurable harm and our hearts go out to the victims who were victimized by someone they trusted. We will do everything in our power to ensure that they have access to the support and resources they need to heal. Sexual abuse of any kind is a heinous crime and we will not tolerate it in our community.”

The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting two of his young male relatives. One of the victims was about 11 or 12 years old when Razo allegedly began the abuse, while the other victim was around 13.

The other two victims were sons of a woman Razo had been dating and they often reportedly spent the night at his home. One of the boys was 9 or 10 years old when Razo is accused of sexually assaulting him, while the victim’s brother was 12 years old.

The alleged crimes occurred during various times between 2006 and 2017.

The LAPD is cooperating with the LADA’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation relating to Razo’s alleged criminal conduct.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Special Victims Bureau toll-free tip line at (877) 710-5273 or at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org.

To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Hollywood Bus Tours Involved In Crash, Five People Injured

May 10, 2023 ·

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D HILLS— A tour bus from Hollywood Bus Tours – a sightseeing tour for popular Hollywood spots, celebrity homes and other Los Angeles sites – was involved in a two-vehicle collision outside of the Hollywood Bowl that injured several people on Monday, May 8. Canyon News confirmed with the company that all victims are “ok,” including the driver who is “out on leave” to recover from minor injuries. 

At 11:12 a.m., the tour bus collided with a “Sunrun” solar company van at 2301 North Highland Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. There were at least five patients involved and no reports of serious injuries, LAFD said.  

A source from Hollywood Bus Tours told Canyon News that surveillance footage confirmed that their driver is not at fault for the accident. 

The cause of the crash was not disclosed and remains under investigation.

By Lacy

Man Shot Near Ramona Elementary School

May 3, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— A shooting that occurred injured one person near Ramona Elementary School on Wednesday, May 3. Canyon News spoke with Los Angeles Police Department Officer Matthew Cruz who confirmed the incident. 

At around 10:43 a.m., LAPD officers responded to a call that there was an assault with a deadly weapon and shots were fired at Mariposa Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. Officers arrived at the scene and requested a rescue ambulance for a male victim in his 30s, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital. No further details about his identity or status of his condition could be disclosed at this time.

The suspect vehicle – described as a white 2005 Honda Accord – was last seen traveling eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard. The suspect is reportedly a Hispanic male, five foot seven inches, 150 pounds and was wearing a white shirt, black shorts. The weapon used was a black handgun, which officers did not recover at the scene. 

According to a witness, students at Ramona Elementary School were on recess, playing in the school yard, at the time of the shooting. Witnesses heard about six consecutive gunshots and children reportedly screamed and ran into the school. The school proceeded to go into a lockdown. 

If anyone knows any more information regarding this incident, please contact LAPD Rampart Division at (213) 484-3400.

By Lacy

Mason Todd Swenor Identified As Metro Stabbing Suspect

May 3, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— 23-year-old Mason Todd Swenor – a resident of Glendale, Arizona – has been identified as the suspect in an officer-involved shooting that happened near the Vermont/Beverly Red Line Metro Station on Tuesday, May 2, the Los Angeles Police Department released in a statement on Wednesday, May 3. Swenor was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held on bail for over $2.1 million dollars. 

According to the LAPD release, on May 2, at around 9:40 a.m., an 18-year-old male victim (Victim One) approached LAPD Transit Services Division officers at the Vermont/Beverly Red Line Metro Station platform. He informed them that a suspect – later identified as Swenor – had brandished a knife at him. Victim One proceeded to show the officers a photograph of Swenor and told them where to locate him. 

Officers located Swenor on the lower-level mezzanine of the Metro Station, witnessed the knife he was carrying and demanded that he drop the weapon. Swenor failed to comply and fled to the street level where he confronted his second victim (Victim Two) – a 74-year-old Hispanic woman – and struck her with an undisclosed object. 

Swenor fled northbound on Vermont Avenue from Beverly Boulevard and while on the sidewalk, he stabbed a third victim (Victim Three) – a 61-year-old Hispanic male – on his left shoulder. 

Swenor continued to flee and officers pursued him into the rear parking lot near the 300 block of North Vermont Avenue. The suspect positioned himself in front of a parked car while still in possession of the knife. Officers, positioned at the rear of the vehicle, commanded that Swenor drop the weapon, but he refused to comply. Swenor then lunged towards officers with the knife, and officers shot him in response.

Swenor was taken into custody without further incident and the knife was recovered at the scene.

Suspect weapon recovered at the scene.

Swenor was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical but stable condition. Victim One was not harmed; Victim Two received medical treatment at a hospital and was released; Victim Three was hospitalized for a laceration and is in stable condition. 

Canyon News inquired if Swenor is experiencing homelessness or suffering from a psychotic disorder but Officer Matthew Cruz could not confirm at this time.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is conducting an on-going investigation to conclude if the use-of-force was necessary in this instance.

By Lacy

Writers Guild Of America Goes On Strike

May 2, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD—The Writers Guild of America went on strike on Tuesday, May 2, after failing to reach negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. AMPTP serves as a trade association between TV networks, movie studios and streaming platforms.

The Writers Guild of America – East indicated the following statement on their website:

“Following the unanimous recommendation of the WGA Negotiating Committee, the Council of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) acting upon the authority granted to them by their memberships, have voted unanimously to call a strike, effective 12:01a.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, May 2.

The decision was made following six weeks of negotiations with Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony under the umbrella of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The WGA Negotiating Committee began this process intent on making a fair deal, but the studios’ responses have been wholly insufficient given the existential crisis writers are facing.

The companies’ behavior has created a gig economy inside a union workforce, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to further devaluing the profession of writing. From their refusal to guarantee any level of weekly employment in episodic television, to the creation of a “day rate” in comedy variety, to their stonewalling on free work for screenwriters and on AI for all writers, they have closed the door on their labor force and opened the door to writing as an entirely freelance profession. No such deal could ever be contemplated by this membership.”

The strike will put an immediate halt to production on TV and films. The strike will also impact late-night talk shows that rely on writers. The strike can also impact scripted TV series that may have to halt production.

According to the 2023 Pattern of Demands on the WGAW website, writers are looking for an increase in compensation and residuals that include:

-Increase minimum compensation significantly to address the devaluation of writing in all areas of television, new media and features

-Standardize compensation and residual terms for features whether released theatrically or on streaming

-Address the abuses of mini-rooms

-Ensure appropriate television series writing compensation throughout entire process of pre-production, production and post-production

-Expand span protections to cover all television writers

-Apply MBA minimums to comedy-variety programs made for new media

-Increase residuals for under-compensated reuse markets

-Restrict uncompensated use of excerpts

The Pattern of Demands is a constitutionally-required statement of general objectives for the MBA negotiations. On March 7, 2023, the 2023 Pattern of Demands was approved by WGA members, 98.4 percent (5,553) voting yes, and 1.6 percent (90) voting no.

The WGA is also asking for increased contributions to Pension Health and Health Fund. They are also asking for feature contracts in which compensation falls below a specific threshold, require weekly payment of compensation and a minimum of two steps. They want to strengthen regulation of options and exclusivity in television writer employment contracts; regulate use of material produced using artificial intelligence or similar technologies; enact measures to combat discrimination and harassment and to promote pay equity; and revise and expand all arbitrator lists

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) are labor unions that represent writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the rights of their members.

Picketing at several locations is slated to begin at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday at locations that include: Amazon/Culver Studios, CBS Radford and CBS Television City, Disney’s Burbank headquarters, Netflix’s Hollywood plant and the Fox, Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros and Universal studio lots in Los Angeles. On the East Coast, picketing will take place at Peacock’s Newfront at Center415 and at the Netflix Manhattan headquarters.

The Writers Guild of America West indicated the following announcement on their website:

“We must now exert the maximum leverage possible to get a fair contract by withholding our labor. All WGA members are obligated to follow the strike rules. The FAQ about the strike rules includes forms to assist with notice requirements as well as contact information for Guild staff to provide additional guidance.

Members of the Negotiating Committee, Board and Council will be out with you on the picket lines. The initial picketing schedule can be found here and will be updated regularly.

Writers Guild members can hear a full report from the Negotiating Committee in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium at 7:00 pm PT on Wednesday May 3 (RSVP here) and in New York at Cooper Union at 7:00 pm ET (RSVP here).  Members outside of Los Angeles and New York or who are otherwise unable to attend a meeting will receive information in the coming days to hear from leadership and receive information about additional ways to support the strike.

Here is what all writers know: the companies have broken this business. They have taken so much from the very people, the writers, who have made them wealthy. But what they cannot take from us is each other, our solidarity, our mutual commitment to save ourselves and this profession that we love. We had hoped to do this through reasonable conversation. Now we will do it through struggle. For the sake of our present and our future, we have been given no other choice.”

“The AMPTP member companies remain united in their desire to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial to writers and the health and longevity of the industry, and to avoid hardship to the thousands of employees who depend upon the industry for their livelihoods,” the AMPTP said in a statement Monday night. “The AMPTP is willing to engage in discussions with the WGA in an effort to break this logjam.”

Other concerns for writers include pay for comedy-variety writers, and concerns about A.I. writing and ChatCPT. The WGA wants to ensure AI cannot be used to write or rewrite literary material. Writers who are members of the guild are prohibited from writing, pitching, or negotiating for work.

Writers must immediately stop providing writing services for any and all companies that are part of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In addition, they are expected to show up at the picket lines unless they have a “written medical excuse” as to why they cannot. If a script needs a rewrite during production, a WGA writer would not be allowed to do so. Writers cannot write, deliver or negotiate or discuss projects during a strike.

The last time writers went on strike was 15 years ago in 2007 that lasted more than 100 days. Before then, writers went on strike in 1988, and that strike lasted over 153 days. No date has been announced for the parties to return to the table to negotiate on a deal.

Detectives Seek Additional Sexual Assault Victims

April 19, 2023 ·

WOODLAND HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-West Bureau’s Special Assault Section (SAS) are seeking additional victims and witnesses in a series of sexual assaults in the areas of North Hollywood, Mid-City, Hollywood, and Woodland Hills.

The LAPD reported on February 28, 2023 investigators arrested Matthew Werner, 45, a resident of Las Vegas, on suspicion of a series of violations of rape dating back to 2015.

Werner, a Massachusetts native, targeted women using social media and dating applications using various aliases to avoid detection. He is described as a White male, who stands 6-feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Matthew Werner.

Investigators identified five women whom Werner assaulted within the city of Los Angeles, but suspect there are others who have yet to come forward. It is believed Werner has been involved in additional unreported sexual assaults.

Detectives are requesting anyone with details that could lead to the identification of additional victims or witnesses to contact LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau, Special Assault Section, at 213-473-0447. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Tipsters may visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

By Casey

Suspects Remain At Large In Hollywood Shooting

April 16, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The search continues for two suspects – a male and female – involved in a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue on Friday, April 14, Canyon News confirmed with Los Angeles Police Officer Im and Officer Podany. 

At 7:35 p.m., officers from the LAPD Hollywood Division responded to a report that a person was shot in front of the Capital One Cafe, near the Metro Red Line station and TCL Chinese Theatre. 

According to Officer Im, the victim was with two witnesses when the suspects approached and proceeded to get into a fight with one of the witnesses over money. The victim attempted to intervene when the male suspect brandished a gun and shot one round at the victim. Both suspects reportedly fled into the Red Line Hollywood/Highland Metro station platform, as reported via the Citizen app. There is no further information on the suspect’s whereabouts at this time, LAPD Officer Podany confirmed. 

Attendees of the TCM Classic Film Festival – which was taking place at the TCL Chinese Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – received alerts to shelter in place, ABC7 reported.

Suspect one is described as a 20-year-old Hispanic male, with black hair, standing 5 foot and 11 inches and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and carrying a black satchel with white writing on the strap. Suspect two is described as a 24-year-old, White or Hispanic female with black hair, standing 5 foot and 11 inches and weighing 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink jumpsuit. 

The victim – a 37-year-old male – was transported to a nearby trauma center suffering from a reported gunshot wound to the head. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was listed in stable condition. 

Anyone with details about this incident, or about the whereabouts of the suspects, is urged to call LAPD Hollywood Division at (213) 972-2971.

By Lacy

Man Shot At Hollywood Boulevard And Highland Avenue

April 14, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— A shooting occurred at Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue near the Red Line Metro station on Friday, April 14, Canyon News confirmed with Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im. The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for two suspects – a male and female – whose whereabouts are unknown at this time. 

At 7:35 p.m., LAPD responded to a report that a person was shot near the TCL Chinese Theatre. According to Officer Im, the victim was hanging out with two friends when the suspects approached and proceeded to get into a fight with one of the friends over money. The victim intervened and the male suspect brandished a gun and shot one round at the victim. Both suspects fled into the Red Line Hollywood/Highland Metro station. It has not been disclosed whether the suspects got on a train heading towards Universal Studios or if they’re still around the area of the scene. 

Suspect one is described as a 20-year-old male, Hispanic with black hair, five foot eleven inches, 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and carrying a black satchel with white writing on the strap. Suspect two is described as a 24-year old, White or Hispanic female with black hair, five foot eleven inches and 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink sweater and pink pants. 

The victim – a 37-year-old male – has been transported to a nearby trauma center suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was reportedly shot in the head, however LAPD is not able to confirm at this time.  

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects is urged to call LAPD Hollywood Division at (213) 972-2971.

By Lacy

LAPD Offering Reward In The Murder Of Mercy Melissa Martinez

April 13, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect – or suspects – involved in the murder of Mercy Melissa Martinez, the LAPD released in a statement on April 12, 2023. 

On June 13, 2022, 28-year-old Martinez’s skeletal remains were found by the workers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power inside a sewer drain in the Hollywood Hills. The exact location was not disclosed. Detectives found evidence at the scene which prompted them to believe Martinez’s body was placed there by someone else, the LAPD reported. 

Martinez was last seen by her family in April 2021, and was last known to be alive during a police incident on June 15, 2021. She was experiencing homelessness and was dealing with substance abuse issues at the time of her disappearance.

Mercy Melissa Martinez.

“Mercy was someone very special in our lives and to say we’re heartbroken is an understatement,” Martinez’s family said in a GoFundMe post. “Mercy was a person who always put others happiness before her’s and was always willing to help anyone.”

Martinez is survived by her 14-year-old son, Sandorson, her 7-year-old son, Danny, and her mother. 

LAPD detectives are requesting the public’s help in aiding in the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in her death, as well as any information about Martinez’s whereabouts between the time of her last known contact and the day her remains were discovered. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives John Lamberti (serial number 40252) or Tamara Momayez (serial number 40279) at (213) 382-9470. Anonymous tips may also be reported via text by logging onto www.lapdonline.org and clicking on “Anonymous Web Tips.”

By Lacy

Alex Garcia Arrested For Attempted Murder

April 11, 2023 ·

Police units respond on scene.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department have identified and arrested a suspect responsible for a stabbing that occurred at a Red Line Metro station at the 5400 block of Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday, April 6, the LAPD released in a statement.  

On Saturday, April 8, at around 5:40 p.m., detectives were able to identify the suspect as Alex Garcia, 27, of Los Angeles.

At around 5 p.m. on April 6, the LAPD Hollywood Division responded to calls of an “ADW Ambulance cutting” at the MTA Red Line station platform. Officers arrived at the scene and located a male being treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department personnel for a severe injury to his abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital for emergency care. 

An investigation revealed that the victim entered the train station and engaged in a verbal argument with the suspect – later identified as Garcia – who was already seated on the train. The argument transgressed and Garcia brandished a knife and stabbed the victim once in the abdomen. The victim fled the train to seek help and Garcia remained on the train as it left the platform. 

Garcia was located on April 8 in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard and Gower Street. He was taken into custody and booked for Attempted Murder and held on a $1 million bail. The victim – whose identity has not been disclosed – remained hospitalized for two days after the incident and has been listed in stable condition.
By Lacy

Ricky Gervais To Play Hollywood Bowl

April 10, 2023 ·

HOLLYWOOD HILLS— On Saturday, May 6 Ricky Gervais’ Armageddon Tour will pay a visit to the Hollywood Bowl.

Ricky Gervais is a British actor, producer, documentary maker and stand up comedian. He stepped away from stand up comedy for seven years in the last decade to focus on other projects.

This will be Ricky Gervais’ third stand up tour also being recorded as a Netflix Special since 2018. The comedian has been active making multiple TV shows, movies and documentaries since “The Office” (UK version) premiered in 2001.

“The Office” (UK), “Extras” and “Derek” are all shows created by Gervais that ran for two seasons. Gervais explained to Deadline magazine “I have no desire to make TV for the sake of it. There’s enough of that. I want to polarize people. I want to open the paper the day after this goes out and I want 50 percent of people to say it’s the best thing I’ve seen and I want 50 percent of people to call for it to be cancelled.”

His newest show “Afterlife” broke his two season rule but Gervais has stated it will not run past its third season after it was released in 2022. The show follows a journalist for a local London newspaper dealing with the loss of his wife who died of breast cancer.

Gervais’ stand up material includes experiences from working in show business, interactions he has on Twitter and his life growing up in the London superb of Reading. He also contrasts the lack of wealth he had in the opening forty years of his life to his current lifestyle.

He has hosted the Golden Globe Awards five times between 2010 and 2020.

Tickets for the show are available using this link

Ricky Gervais Tickets : Hollywood Bowl : Tickets-Center.com
By Rob

Vaccination Required For Bars, Wineries, Breweries And More

September 20, 2021 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills indicated in a press release that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) will issue a new Health Officer Order that requires customers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges.

Under the modified Order, employees and customers are required to have at least one vaccine dose by October 7 and both doses by November 4.

The New Health Officer Order will require workers and attendees at outdoor mega events (consisting of crowds over 10,000 people) to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before working or attending the event.

Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to entry. These requirements will also apply to theme parks within the county.

While not required, LACDPH also recommends vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants to reduce transmission risk.

This announcement impacts businesses in the City of Beverly Hills. When available, theupdated Health Officer Order can be viewed at beverlyhills.org/coronavirus.

To find the nearest vaccination site, visit VaccinateLACounty.com or beverlyhills.org/covidvaccine. For questions about business impacts from the new Health Office Order, email businessrecovery@beverlyhills.org.

To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 news, visit beverlyhills.org/coronavirus or call the City’s COVID-19 Hotline Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 310-550-4680.

By Donald