Tag: LASD

LASD Homicide Bureau Investigating Fatal Shooting

April 25, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of David Von Diemar via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal shooting that transpired on Wednesday, April 24. The LASD reported they were made aware of a shooting at 2:55 p.m. on the 800 Block of Westlake in Malibu.

Authorities arrived on scene to find an adult male dead. The LASD is not able to provide any additional details at the time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LASD Announces PCH Road Closures Due To Landslide

March 12, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Timo Volz via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Sunday, March 10, at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Lost Hills Station was on the scene working traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway after a landslide with loose mud and rock covering the roadway.

LASD sent out an alert on their X social media page alerting the public of the closure:

“All lanes of PCH are closed at Big Rock Dr. Malibu due to an active landslide. @CaltranDist7 is on the scene, unknown ETA at this time,” LASD posted.

Caltran had their backhoe on site, clearing the debris.  On Monday, March 11, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the following update was given:

“One lane is open at PCH at Big Rock. That lane will be used to alternate eastbound and westbound traffic. Expect heavy traffic. Use alternate routes if possible.”

On March 11, at 6:19 p.m., Southern California 511 posted additional road closures:

“The SR-27 closed in both directions due to [a] rockslide. From Grand View Dr. to Pacific Coast Highway, Route 1 for an unknown duration.”

The Southern California 511 update is as follows:

“The SR-1/PCH has one lane open at the landslide at Big Rock in Malibu, with alternating traffic in both directions. Expect delays.”

PCH, Big Canyon Road, and others have had multiple road closures recently after multiple storms and heavy rainfall that saturated Southern California and caused multiple mudslides.

The LASD webpage has not been updated since March 2023. Please check X (formally Twitter) for updates on traffic and congestion on PCH at Big Rock Drive.

By Sharon

Wrong Way Driver Speeding On PCH Arrested

March 10, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On Wednesday, March 6, authorities reported a driver traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on Pacific Coast Highway was arrested.

The driver was reportedly driving in a stolen white box truck that appeared to have a Lowe’s decal on the side.

According to reports, officers began their pursuit of the alleged truck thief, on the west side of Los Angeles through Malibu and into Ventura County.  Video of the suspect was supplied by News Chopper 4 and the Los Angeles Police Department Airship.  According to police, the suspect was traveling at close to 80 mph.

After LAPD airship was dispatched, multiple patrol units responded to assist but discontinued the pursuit due to poor road conditions during a torrential downpour. The owners of the stolen box truck had a tracking device on the vehicle and were able to help police pinpoint the suspects’ location.

The box truck nearly missed multiple vehicles before crashing into another box truck traveling southbound on 101 Freeway near Thousand Oaks.  Authorities announced the arrest of the suspect at about 2:40 p.m.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released to the public. 

By Sharon

Detectives Seeking Public’s Assistance In Identifying Assault Suspect

February 27, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the LASD Facebook page.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Saturday, February 24, the LASD West Hollywood Station detectives posted on their Facebook page they are asking for the public’s help to locate a suspect involved in an assault with a deadly weapon.

On February 15, at approximately 1:20 a.m., an assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 7300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, in the city of West Hollywood. Two suspects approached the victim and assaulted him during a verbal argument.

Deputies located one suspect and arrested them for the assault. The second suspect remains outstanding and has yet to be identified. The suspect is described as male adult, approximately 30-40 years old, standing 5 foot and 10 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds.

Video of the incident has been posted on social media: https://www.lasdvideos.org/mediaportal/whd/.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with details on the assault is asked to contact Detective J. Morales at (310) 358-4058 or jjmorale@lasd.org. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477, or online at www.p3tips.com.

By Trevor

At-Risk Missing Person Lilya Staseyva Found Safe

February 14, 2024 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The LASD reported on its Facebook page on Wednesday, February 14 that the Missing Persons Unit is advising Lilya Staseyva has been located.

Staseyva was reported missing on Tuesday, February 13, after last being seen at 6 p.m. on the 1200 block of North Orange Grove Avenue. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a black or navy long sleeve shirt, lilac pajama top, blue pants with stripes, and gray slippers. She suffers from various medical conditions that caused concern for her well-being.

“Thank you to the public, the media, and deputy personnel for their tireless efforts in the search for Ms. Staseyva,” said the LASD in a statement.

By Trevor

Evacuation Order Issued By LASD

February 5, 2024 ·

TOPANGA CANYON/MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department posted on its Facebook page that an Evacuation Order was issued for Santa Maria Road from Topanga Canyon, Malibu as a result of high risk of mud and debris. The order is in effect from 6 p.m. February 3 through Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m.

Staying in the area could cause a risk to personal safety and have limited ability for medical or rescue personnel to get to them. The American Red Cross established an evacuation center for people impacted at ONE Generation, 18255 Victory Boulevard in Reseda, CA 91335. The center can be contacted at (800) 675-5799.

The Agoura Animal Care Center has been established as the location for affected ANIMALS. Their address is 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura, CA 91301.

Individuals living in the Evacuation Order Area must evacuate immediately to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones.

“Remember to gather medications, pets and important documents, and leave immediately. Stay informed of local news, register for emergency alerts at @readylacounty and @nwslosangeles or visit Emergency – COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES (lacounty.gov),” reads a statement from the LASD Facebook page.

By Trevor

Happening Now, Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

February 5, 2024 ·

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—On February 1, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) announced their annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross, and those they service throughout the coverage area including, but not limited to, Westwood, Brentwood, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks.

Blood drive happening now in our coverage area

On the LAFD website it is noted that this annual drive has been a great support for the Red Cross since 2007. Blood donors have contributed over 50,000 units of blood since the inception of the drive. Last year 2,500 units of blood were donated. This year’s goal is 3,000 units.

The police department, fire department, and Sheriff’s department are competing to see who can bring in the most donations.

The drive lasts from January 10 through the end of March 2024. Participants receive a free commemorative t-shirt, while supplies last.

Eligible donors are required to make an appointment through the Red Cross donor app that may be found on the Red Cross website or by calling the Red Cross 1-800 REDCROSS and using the sponsor code BOB24.

The remaining LAFD community blood drives are as follows:

Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station 89 located at 7063 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Thursday, February 15 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Fire Station 59 located at 11505 Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 17 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station 87 located at 10124 Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills.

Monday, March 18 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station 5 located at 8900 South Emerson Avenue in Westchester

Saturday, March 23 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station 87 at 10124 Balboa in Granada Hills.

More donor opportunities are listed on the American Red Cross Website.

February 6 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Riverside Police Department, 10540 Magnolia Ave.

February 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., City of Buena Park, 6650 Beach Blvd.

February 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Rialto Police Department, 214 N Palm Ave.

February 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. located at City of Seal Beach, 707 Electric Avenue.

February 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Ave.

February 27 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Montclair Police Department, 5111 Benito St.

February 28 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Los Angeles County Internal Svc Downey, 9150 Imperial Hwy.

February 28 from 10 am. until 4 p.m. Glendora Police Department, 140 South Glendora Ave.

February 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., George E. Brown Jr. Fed Bldg. Riverside, 3470 Twelfth St.

March 7 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., Upland Police Department, 1499 W 13th St.

March 28 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Bell Gardens Police Department, 6662 Loveland St.

More locations and information may be available on the LAFD, LAPD, and LASD prospective websites.

By Sharon



Police Seek Assistance Identifying Robbery Victims

January 18, 2024 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Wednesday, January 17, investigators from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and West Hollywood Station sent out a news bulletin requesting assistance from the public in identifying possible victims of 41-year-old Arriaza Hardy. Hardy was arrested for two separate strong-armed robberies that occurred on January 12.

According to the LASD website, on January 12, at approximately 1:55 a.m., officers responded to a call in the 9000 block of Rangely Avenue in West Hollywood. The suspect removed her kitchen window. The victim screamed when she heard the suspect entering her home. The suspect entered the residence and began threatening the victim. The victim was able to escape the apartment without further harm.

On Friday, January 12, at approximately 12:01, police were called to the scene of an attempted burglary, also in the 9000 block of Rangely Avenue. The suspect followed the female victim to her apartment. The victim told police she was afraid he was trying to get into her apartment. A struggle ensued. The victim was able to break free from the suspect’s grasp and sought refuge in her neighbor’s apartment.

West Hollywood Station deputies located the suspect who was still in the second victim’s home. The suspect, then identified as Hardy Arriaza, was arrested in connection with both burglaries.

According to the LASD Inmate Locator, Arriaza is a Hispanic male approximately 143 lbs. He was arrested at 3:00 a.m. and booked into jail at West Hollywood Station at 4:30 a.m. His bail is set at $500,000.

On January 15, the suspect was assigned to Twin Towers Correctional Facility at 450 Bauchet Street. His court date is scheduled on January 31, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at LAX Superior Court W31 located at 11701 La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on this incident or similar incidents is encouraged to contact Detective Zeff at (310) 358-4033 or bgzeff@lasd.org. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-8477, or on-line at www.p3tips.com.

By Sharon

Weekly Crime Report For LASD West Hollywood Station

January 10, 2024 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, January 9, West Hollywood Station of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) released their weekly crime report for January 1 through January 7.  Property crimes are on the rise in WEHO.

January 1 began with an aggravated assault with a gun that occurred in the 1000 block of Orlando Avenue. Police were called after a traffic collision resulted in an argument that turned violent. One man shot the other. The bullet grazed the head of the victim.

On January 1 there was a theft of property in the 9000 block of Cynthia Street. An unknown suspect gained entry to a secure parking garage and robbed a storage locker of two electric drills and four pairs of shoes.

Police were called to an armed robbery that occurred in the 8600 block of Santa Monica Blvd. A man was approached at an ATM by an armed man who held a gun to the victim demanding cash from the ATM. The victim gave the suspect the cash.

Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 3:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day, a backpack was stolen from the trunk of a car. Reports indicate that the trunk may not have been locked. There was no sign of forced entry. Credit cards were stolen out of the backpack and used to make fraudulent purchases.

On January 2, there was an attempted burglary in the 8600 block of Melrose Avenue. Reports indicate that the suspect tried to access the residence by prying the door open with a crowbar. The suspect did not gain entry.

A package delivered to an apartment in the 1000 of Palm Avenue sometime between January 2 and January 4 was reported stolen. The package contained a laptop computer. It was stolen from the hallway of an apartment complex where delivery personnel left it as a door-drop delivery.

On January 3, at 1:30 p.m. a man entered the Macy’s Store in the 7100 block of Santa Monica Blvd. The suspect took skin care products and perfumes. Police reported that the suspect left without payment and that this was considered a grand theft due to the dollar amount of items stolen.

Also on January 3, another package was stolen from an apartment complex. The suspect reportedly pried a locked door open and stole the package.

On January 4, at 1:35 a.m., a residential burglary occurred in the 800 block of Hilldale Avenue. An unknown suspect walked into the door of the home. The suspect left without further incident when he heard the homeowner.

On January 4, there was a vehicle theft in the 8900 block of Rosewood Avenue. The suspect reportedly broke the window of a vehicle parked alongside the street on Rosewood Avenue. Camera equipment and some clothing were stolen from the car.

No crimes were reported for January 5.

On January 6, police responded to a call of an assault after a man who was intoxicated was denied entry at the club in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. The suspect bit two of the employees denying him entry. The suspect fled the scene. Responding officers were able to locate the suspect and arrest him.

Two strong-arm robberies occurred on January 6. The first occurred in the vicinity of Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. A woman was walking alone on Santa Vincente Boulevard when a male perpetrator grabbed her from behind trying to take her fanny pack. The suspect drug her on the ground and took her fanny pack and another small satchel/purse. He fled the scene in a black sedan.

In the second case, two women were walking in the area of Westmount Drive and West Knoll when a man exited the passenger side of the vehicle and chased after the women. He tried to get the phone from the first individual and failed but was able to get the second woman’s phone from her.

On January 7, when a woman was reported chasing a man with a knife in the 100 block of Genesee Avenue. The woman was attempting to stab the man whom she reportedly knew. She could be heard saying that he, “cheated on her.” Police arrested the woman for aggravated assault.

On January 7, a suspect had her cell phone stolen from her front pocket on the dance floor at a club. 

On January 7, a woman had her phone stolen from her purse in the 600 block of Robertson Boulevard.

On January 7, a third victim had her cell phone stolen from her purse at the club.

According to a website called Neighborhood Scout, the crime rate for violent crimes in West Hollywood is 5.67 percent. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in WEHO is 1 in 176 chances.

Neighborhood Scout reports a 36.61 percent crime rate for property crimes. The chances of becoming a victim of a property crime in WEHO is 1 in 27.

By Sharon








Christian Wood Wanted For Burglary And Arson

December 18, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On December 12, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) West Hollywood Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 37-year-old, Christian Wood in connection with mailroom burglaries and one case of arson.

According to the LASD Booking records from a prior arrest on July 7, 2022,  Wood stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and has blue eyes and light brown hair.  He weighed 175 lbs.

According to a LASD Wanted advertisement posted on X, “Wood has a no bail warrant from CDCR and is a Parolee At Large (PAL) who is a suspect in three separate mailroom burglaries and also stands accused of mailroom arson.

According to the LASD inmate locator, Christian Wood has at least one felony against him.

Anyone with information about Wood’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Zeff at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310-855-8850.

By Sharon

LASD Searching For Thieves Who Stole From Sephora

December 13, 2023 ·

MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station are searching for two women who have ties to an organized Romanian theft group that targeted a Sephora establishment in Malibu on November 3.

The LASD reported the women entered the Sephora located at 3896 Cross Creek Road around 12:40 p.m. and committed a Grand Theft, after going to the cosmetic section. Once there, they concealed items inside of a black booster skirt. The suspects later exited the establishment with the unpaid items and entered a black 2011 Toyota Sienna Minivan.

The Sephora store suffered a loss of $3,611 in merchandise. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the LASD Malibu/Lost Hills station at (818) 878-1808 ATTENTION: Detective Lopez. Anyone looking to remain anonymous can call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the P3Tips app.

By Trevor

LASD Searching For Jack Basil Cooper

December 5, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Missing Persons Unit investigators announced on Friday, December 1 that they are asking for the public’s help to locate Jack Basil Cooper, 23. Cooper, who is a White male, was last heard from on October 23, near the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Help is needed to locate Jack Basil Cooper who has been missing since October 2023.

He stands 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. He has straight brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and black hat. His family is concerned with his well-being and is asking for the public’s help.

Anyone with details about the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500. For those wanting to remain anonymous call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LASD Needs The Public’s Help To Locate Dale Edward Wallace

November 14, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Persons Unit indicated on their Facebook page on Monday, November 13, that they need the public’s help to locate At-Risk Missing Person, Dale Edward Wallace. He is a 49-year-old white male last seen on Wednesday, August 16, in the city of West Hollywood.

Wallace stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He weighs 160 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair, beard and tattoo of an Irish star emblem on the back of his neck. His family is concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with details about this situation is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.  Anyone who wants to provide information anonymously can call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LASD Searching For Suspects Who Stole English Bulldog

November 7, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department are searching for the suspects involved in the armed robbery of a dog on Monday, November 6.

Deputies with the LASD indicated that at 11:38 p.m. a robbery occurred on the 1100 block of Olive Drive. Two suspects exited a newer model black Jeep compass, pointed a firearm at the victim, and robbed him of his English bulldog.

The two suspects entered the black Jeep Compass and fled the location at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was last seen traveling Northbound on Olive Drive towards Fountain Avenue.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Detective Bureau is handling the investigation. Anyone with details about this incident is asked to contact the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.

For those wanting provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

Another Crash Near Pepperdine University Memorial

November 3, 2023 ·

MALIBU—On Thursday, November 2, there was a car accident near the scene of the October 17 crash that claimed multiple lives. There were no reported injuries in the November 2 crash. There was reported property damage of the vehicles involved, and one mailbox was destroyed.

Police reports indicate that this is the fourth car accident that has occurred in the vicinity of the Pepperdine University Memorial site that was erected to honor the lives of Pepperdine University students including Niamh Rolston, Peyton Steward, Asha Weir, and Deslyn Williams on this stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that has often been referred to as Dead Man’s Curb.

Reports indicate that Fraser Michael Bohm, the suspect in the fatal collision, was driving at an excessive speed when he slammed into two other vehicles that fatally killed the students.

Reports indicate that Bohm’s attorney, Michael Kraut alleges that this was a road rage incident and that his client was chased onto the PCH by another individual who was also speeding. Bohm faces charges of vehicular manslaughter. His bond was set at $8 million and was then reduced to $4 million.

The most recent traffic reports are posted on Malibu City’s webpage. The information came from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Office, Robert G. Luna, Hall of Justice, reported by Malibu City Manager, Steve McClary.

The report indicates there were 240 citations given for “unsafe speed.” 26 car accidents, in the month of September including those with and without injuries. Of the 26 car accidents, 17 occurred on PCH.

The most frequent primary collision factor was listed by LASD as “unsafe speed.” The most frequent cited violation was also listed as “unsafe speed.”

By Sharon

Suspects In The Murder Of Javonnta Marshann Murphy Charged

October 30, 2023 ·

MALIBU—Homicide Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced on Friday, October 27 that two suspects responsible for the murder of Javonnta Marshann Murphy, have been arrested and charged. On October 3, Joshua Lee Simmons and Dennis Eugene Vance were arrested in connection with the murder of Murphy, whose body was recovered inside a barrel at Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

At approximately 10:10 a.m., on July 31, a lifeguard from Malibu Beach noticed a 55-gallon plastic barrel drum floating in the lagoon. The lifeguard retrieved the 55-gallon plastic barrel drum, opened it, and discovered a deceased Black male, unclothed.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Simmons was also responsible for an Attempted Robbery in El Monte. On October 5, both suspects were arraigned, and charges were filed against Simmons, 37, and Dennis Vance, 41.

Simmons was charged with Murder – 187 P.C., Personal use of a firearm allegation – 12022.58 P.C., and Criminal Threats – 422(a) P.C. He was also charged with Attempted Robbery – 664/211 P.C., and two counts of Criminal Threats – 422(a) P.C., with a Personal Use of Bear Spray allegation – 12022(b)(1) P.C., in connection with the Attempted Robbery that occurred in El Monte on September 2.

Vance was charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact – 32 P.C., in connection with the murder of Murphy. Both suspects in the case are known to be acquaintances of the victim.

At this time the motive of this case is unknown. There is no additional information available at this time. Anyone with details about the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

By Trevor

Hunt For Suspect Who Assaulted LASD Peace Officer

October 23, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—Deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department indicated on Thursday, October 19 at approximately at approximately 4:33 p.m., deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near Hilldale Avenue and Cynthia Street in West Hollywood. The vehicle tried to evade the responding deputies.

As the suspect vehicle drove past the deputies, the vehicle hit the open passenger door of a patrol vehicle, striking the deputy with the door, causing serious injury to the deputy. The suspected vehicle drove away at a high rate of speed and out of view.

The vehicle is described as a 2022 dark grey Dodge Challenger, with Nevada license plate #802-W31. The vehicle is missing its front license plate.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information as to the suspect’s vehicle is asked to contact Major Crimes Bureau, 562-946-7893, or if you would like to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or on-line at www.p3tips.com.

By Trevor

Fisherman Falls Into Water Near Maestro’s Ocean Club

August 21, 2023 ·

MALIBU—A fisherman fell onto the rocks below Mastro’s Ocean Club at Pacific Coast Highway and Topanga on Sunday, August 20. A winch rescue by Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, Los Angeles County Fire Department Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division and McCormick Ambulance EMT’s saved his life and the victim was transported to a trauma center.

The Malibu Search and Rescue Team, LA County Life Guards, LASD, and McCormick Ambulance responded at 5:30 p.m. to a reported male 50s over the side into the rocks below the establishment. The victim had been fishing and fell into the rocks below approximately 30 feet. He suffered a head injury and was in critical condition when rescuers evacuated him using a rescue winch and patient basket.

The combined teamwork during torrential rains and wind of #Hilary made the conditions particularly dangerous for rescuers.

The Malibu Search and Rescue Team posted on their Facebook page Sunday the following statement:

“Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. Words to LIVE by. Do not hike or seek out the trails until all clear from the impending storm.  Do not try to drive through rushing water. Turn around, don’t drown. Please stay indoors Sunday/Monday.  Watch your local new sources for updates.  #LASD search and rescue resources are on alert. Make sure to have your gas tank or EV batteries full, have food, water, medicines on hand in case of a loss of power or access.”

By Trevor

LASD Searching For Joseph Brockington III

August 15, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Persons Unit posted on their Facebook page they are asking for the public’s help in locating Joseph Brockington III, 21. Authorities have described Brockington as a Black male, who was last seen on the 1100 block of Formosa Avenue on June 18 at 3:04 p.m. in West Hollywood.

He stands 5 foot and 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and braided black hair. His family is concerned about his well-being.

Anyone with details about the whereabouts of Joseph Brockington III is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.

To remain anonymous contact “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

James Kwon Arrested For Break-In At Pierce Brosnan’s Home

June 21, 2023 ·

MALIBU—On June 21, James Kwon,  the suspect who broke into  Brosnan estate was released from jail.  According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate locater, Kwon was released, “per 849(b) PC FOR DETENTION ONLY.”

The definition of the above legal code used by LASD on Kwon’s records is below.

PC Section 849(b) is used by law enforcement agencies throughout the State to release from custody prisoners who have been arrested for non-violent offenses in cases (a) where there is insufficient evidence and/or (b) which do not justify the expense of incarceration, partially in order to lessen jail overcrowding.

Kwon’s court date was scheduled for June 21, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. at the Van Nuys at the Van Nuys municipal court.  Kwon was released on $50,000 bail.

On Monday, June 19, authorities were called to the neighborhood of Irish actor and producer Pierce Brosnan and his wife, actress, and journalist, Keely Shaye Smith, after a man, later identified as James Kwon, 47, defecated and urinated in the garden of Bronson’s neighbor, before breaking into their laundry room, TMZ first reported.  

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) responded to the scene of the Brosnan property which is known as, “Orchid House” to clean up.

Reports indicate that after the suspect, whose name has yet to be released, was first seen picking around through the garbage, he then used Brosnan’s neighbor’s backyard as a restroom, before he broke-in and entered Orchid House through the front door making his way back to the laundry room where the suspect cleaned himself up.

Reports indicate that one of the LASD helicopters was used to locate the suspect. He was located and has been taken into police custody by the Lost Hills Station Patrol. Brosnan has since put a restraining order out on James Kwon.

Canyon News contacted the LASD to get a mug shot of the suspect, but did not hear back before print.

Pierce and his wife, Keely, have lived in Orchid House since 2000 following the couple filming “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Public information indicates that the couple put the property which is located on Broad Beach on the market approximately a year ago.

Pierce is most famous for his role as James Bond, appearing in four films of the 007 franchise which include “Goldeneye” (1995), “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and “Die Another Day” (2002).

By Sharon

Joshua Findley Arrested For Shooting In West Hollywood

May 16, 2023 ·

WEST HOLLYWOOD—Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrest of the person of interest Joshua Findley on Tuesday, May 9, related to a shooting on April 7. The LASD reported the incident occurred on April 7 at the 7100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at an apartment complex where the victim was injured.

Findley is currently in the custody of the LASD for unrelated charges including a parole violation and illegal possession of a firearm. There is no additional information available at the time.

He currently had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, unrelated to the shooting.

Anyone with details about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station or Detective D. Martinez at (310) 855-8850. To remain anonymous contact “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Donald

City Council Opposes New Plan To Address Deputy Gangs

May 10, 2023 ·

MALIBU—On Monday, May 8, Malibu City Council shared opposition to a new plan aimed to address deputy gangs in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. They all voted unanimously against the proposal and plans on sending a letter to the Board of Supervisors detailing their opposition. 

Back in February the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission issued a report revealing evidence that deputy gangs exists in the police department stating that these groups, “engaged in egregious conduct such as violations of law, the excessive use of force, [and] threats to the public or department members” — and deputy cliques, which include both gangs and other “exclusionary subgroups.”

One of the plans to help address this issue was proposed during the city council meeting where the department would rotate deputies between stations at a cadence of no less than every five years. Other recommendations were also proposed. 

“We believe that rotating the deputies currently assigned to the sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station will disrupt the strong bonds and relationships that local deputies have built, which have been critical to our station’s success,” the council’s letter reads. “By requiring deputies to be reassigned every five years, this recommendation would be depriving our community of experienced and trusted law enforcement personnel with the specific institutional knowledge required to effectively serve the unique and diverse needs of our community.”

According to the report that was published by the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission which designed to oversee the LASD, deputy gangs have been operating in various neighborhoods for the past 50 years who are primarily working in predominantly working class and minority neighborhoods. Some of these groups include the Banditos, Executioners, Regulators, Spartans, Grim Reapers, Rattlesnakes and Vikings. 

The report states that among the 80 or so people interviewed, “several witnesses would only testify anonymously and some did so remotely, using a voice distortion device out of fear of physical or professional retaliation. Several witnesses who had agreed to testify withdrew, often the night before the proposed testimony, out of similar fears.” 

These gangs recruit male deputy sheriffs based on their ethnicity and willingness to engage in violence and coverups according to the report. 

“Some of these groups have engaged in acts of violence, threatened acts of violence, placed fellow Deputies at risk of physical harm, engaged in acts celebrating officer-invaded shootings, and created a climate of physical fear and professional retribution to those who would speak publicly about the misconduct of such groups,” the report reads.

“Deputy Cliques that evolve into Deputy Gangs meet the definition of “law enforcement gang” in California Penal Code Section 13670. The problems they cause in the Department, however, go beyond their “gang-like” behavior. Deputy Cliques are rooted in secrecy and exclusivity. They undermine the Department’s leadership and supervision, foster insubordination, and are detrimental to the morale of other deputies and staff by exercising power and decision making that is fundamentally inconsistent with the para-military, chain of command structure of law enforcement agencies such as the Department. By exercising influence ordinarily reserved for supervisors and management, such as controlling assignments, schedules, and promotions, their existence within stations, bureaus and units of the Department violates fundamental principles of professional policing. But Deputy Cliques, whether they meet the definition of “law enforcement gangs” must be eradicated as they are the seeds from which Deputy Gangs develop,” the report included.

Malibu City Council’s decision comes after multiple groups have been urging cities in Los Angeles county to send similar letters. These groups include the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and the union representing deputies.

Canyon News contacted Sheriff Robert G. Luna who is the Sheriff of Los Angeles County and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs for a statement on the matter but did not hear back before print. 

By Christianne