Author: The Argonaut

The following is compiled from reports of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTS TO STAB EMPLOYEE Police were called to the 2900 block of Main Street at 9:44 p.m., Friday, November 19th, regarding an assault that had just occurred. Arriving officers spoke to an employee who said that a customer began yelling at him and during an argument, the customer allegedly produced a steak knife and threatened the employee with the knife. The employee alleges that the suspect attempted to stab him through an open window, but was unsuccessful. The suspect, who is described as a transient, fled on foot. The employee was not injured. NEIGHBOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKS NEIGHBOR A victim at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Fifth Street called police at 12:12 p.m. Saturday, December 18th, regarding an assault that had just occurred. Police arrived on the scene and spoke to the victim, who said that a tenant of the apartment complex physically attacked him for unknown reasons. Police arrested the suspect and booked him in Santa Monica Jail for assault and violating a restraining order. The victim was not injured. ALLEGED BURGLAR ARRESTED Police stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of Bay Street for a traffic violation at around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, December 22nd. Police discovered that the driver of the vehicle had a $50,000 warrant on him for burglary. The suspect was placed under arrest, and officers searched the vehicle. Police found...

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Two arrested after allegedly trying to run over police in attempt to flee

Two suspected thieves in the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue allegedly tried to run over police officers in an attempt to flee from a crime scene, around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, January 2nd, according to police. Police were called to a hotel in the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue at 4:25 a.m. regarding two suspected thieves in the hotel. When police arrived, the suspects were fleeing from the scene in an automobile and allegedly attempted to run over officers with the vehicle. The officers were able to dodge the vehicle and were not injured. After the suspects’ vehicle fled, the suspects were involved in a traffic accident when their vehicle struck the curb at Ocean Avenue and Arizona Avenue, police said. The airbag deployed in the vehicle and the suspects fled the inoperative vehicle. A witness saw the suspects running in the 1300 block of Court One and notified police. Police established a perimeter and, with the assistance of a police dog, the two suspects were located hiding in the area. Police allege that stolen property and narcotics were recovered from the suspects’ vehicle. A victim at the hotel identified the suspects and police arrested the suspects and booked them in Santa Monica Jail. Police say an investigation revealed that the suspects were allegedly involved in the theft of property from other hotel guests. Police have identified one suspect as...

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Flight Path gets scale model of biplane

A large-scale model of what is termed the last of aviation’s famous biplanes recently went on permanent public display at the Flight Path Learning Center Museum on the south side of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Curtiss P-6E Hawk, modeled on a US Army Air Corps aircraft manufactured in the early 1930s, is believed to be the only one its kind at any museum in Southern California, according to the Flight Path Learning Center. The Hawk was built from scratch and donated by Chester M. Schmidt of Westchester, a retired Lockheed engineer. It features an impressive six-foot, double-deck wingspan and authentic Army Air Corps colors, including a black, gray and white fuselage, and yellow wings. The model, with a working engine, has been flown by remote control at hobbyist events. The original Hawk was the backbone of Army Air Corps pursuit squadrons, according to Flight Path president Rowena Ake. Powered by a Conqueror V-12 liquid-cooled engine, it also achieved distinction as a formidable competitor in air races. “We welcome the Hawk as a significant addition to our model collection,” said Ake. “This collection is proving to be a major attraction at Flight Path.” The museum also features a panoramic mural saluting the 75th anniversary of LAX and Los Angeles World Airports as well as the Centennial of Flight. Other exhibits showcase development of airlines, aircraft and aviation firms....

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Los Angeles: Deaths from drunk driving declined last year in city

Deaths related to drunk driving in the City of Los Angeles decreased last year. Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) assistant chief, said that 15 drunk-driving-related deaths occurred in the city from January to November last year — a 57 percent reduction in deaths compared to the same period in 2003. In the last five years, serious injuries related to drunk driving decreased by 33 percent, McDonnell said. “What these statistics show is that LAPD has been pro-active in making our streets safer for every driver,” Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn said. “LAPD has developed public awareness campaigns, assembled DUI [driving under the influence] task forces and have set up sobriety checkpoints across the city to ensure that more families don’t have to suffer the tragic loss of a loved one,” the mayor added. Statewide, alcohol-related fatalities increased 17 percent last year, McDonnell...

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Some SM City Hall offices will be open every Fri. in pilot plan

A pilot program being launched Friday, January 7th, will keep Santa Monica City Hall open for limited services on previously closed Fridays. The Santa Monica City Hall had been closed every other Friday to reduce traffic and air pollution in the city. Starting this week, a limited number of staff members will be at City Hall Fridays to provide permit center functions. Those functions are designed to help people get information and pay for building permits, plan checks, public works permits, business licenses, parking citations, film permits and parking permits. Santa Monica City Hall staff had been working a nine-day, 80-hour cycle — called the “9/80” — which gave employees a Friday off every two weeks. To ensure that employees worked 80 hours every two weeks, staff would work ten hours a day during weeks when City Hall was closed Fridays and staff worked only four days during the week. “While our ‘9/80’ work schedule has been very beneficial in terms of reducing vehicles on the road and cleaning up the air, City Hall’s closure every other Friday has resulted in some inconvenience to those whose service needs don’t match our schedule,” said assistant city manager Gordon Anderson. Residents, businesses and developers lobbied City Hall officials to make the schedule changes. “This pilot program will help us serve them better and still maintain our commitment to clean air,” Anderson...

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