One of two men alleged to have abducted a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home was arrested over the weekend, cops announced. The suspect wasn't the man named by police on Saturday, Tobias Dustin Summers, who cops say is still at-large. Rather, the arrestee was ID'd as Daniel Martinez, 29:
There is a thing called freedom of speech. But do you want a stripper peering down at you longingly, right in your own neighborhood? Okay, don't answer that guys. If you're a mother, would you want said exotic dancer giving your 11-year-old boy a come-hither look from a billboard right near the loc ... More >>
Now that we're down to the last 10 days of the Berman/Sherman blood feud, things are getting pretty silly. First, the Howard Berman camp was high-fiving about Brad Sherman's photoshopped mailers. Sherman sent mailers to Jewish households that included a picture of his mother. But she was airbrushed ... More >>
Updated at the bottom with some strange details about the last time he was seen. First posted at 7:05 a.m. Monday. Gavin Smith, a longtime Fox movie distribution exec, has been missing for nearly a week. His son, USC basketball forward Evan Smith, has taken to Twitter to publicize the plight of hi ... More >>
FacebookJohn Albrigo "was a great guy in every category," say his friends.While his sister and mother reportedly looked on in horror, 18-year-old John Albrigo from West Hills flew off the edge of Palos Verdes Estates cliff yesterday morning, killing himself on the rocks 250 feet below. The D ... More >>
Such a drag.Los Angeles journalists think any shift in the weather is breaking news. If it's cold, you can expect a wave of "Jack Frost possibly nips Hollywood sign!" stories or grim rain-damage estimates; if it's warm, every L.A. rag will run an obligatory "it's freaking gorgeous out" piece, ... More >>
Go VenturesReza Gerami.District Attorney's investigators raided the home and office of rave promoter Reza Gerami, owner of Go Ventures, as part of its look into alleged improprieties at the publicly run L.A. Coliseum. Authorities served search warrants at his Malibu home and West Hills offic ... More >>
Last rays of summer
She Wants Revenge releases Valleyheart today, the band's third full length release, which sees them submerging themselves in blissful nostalgia. Not for dark '80s sounds as they are unremittingly accused of (though, yes there is still some of that), but for the breeding grounds that made the ... More >>
LAUSD's finest -- campus cops -- eff things up again.Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck tonight accused LAUSD campus cop Jeff Stenroos of staging his own shooting shooting himself near El Camino Real High School last week, creating a fake story about a gunman shooting him -- and setting of ... More >>
Tricia via PBaseCHP: Don't even think about blaming the weatherWe were still kind of making fun of the impending Los Angeles "weather" last Friday, when the shower head was set to wimpy sprinkle and L.A. drivers were farting around at their always hilarious (except when we have to get somewhe ... More >>
AppleMore 'G' please.Los Angeles is finally getting a 4G network. Yay! It's on Sprint. Pout. It's cool though. It looks like, if you're geek like that, you can buy a router and get 4G speed on your nearby iPad or laptop. But iPhones, despite being in version 4, are out of luck for now. Spr ... More >>
World War II veteran Peter Hobbs has listened to 630 talking books Vision impairment have become an increasingly common health problem among US military troops, 158,000 of whom are currently visually impaired or have poor vision. Such eye ailments make it close to impossible to enjoy activi ... More >>
Los Angeles police on Wednesday said they discovered $24 million worth of pot plants in O'Melveny Park in Granada Hills. The sophisticated grow, which used pumped irrigation from a local stream, was discovered via aerial surveillance, police said. Last weeky 49-year-old West Hills resident N ... More >>
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a 32-year-old Canoga Park man who allegedly fatally stabbed Michael Silva on June 5. According to detectives, Jerry Wizar pulled a knife and stabbed 39-year-old Silva multiple times in the head, back, neck and chest. Wizar and Silva were long time a ... More >>
MySpaceStephen Hill.The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday admitted that at least one "bean bag projectile" was used on a porn star who was threatening to kill himself as he engaged on a Saturday stand-off on the edge of a cliff that ended in his death. Stephen Hill was wanted for the al ... More >>
The suspect with porn actress Sasha Grey.[Updated throughout at 10:20 p.m.] Alleged porn-star killer Stephen Hill died Saturday night following a day-long standoff with police that ended when officers used what they said was a stun-gun/Taser against him -- although at least one other cop appe ... More >>
Stephen Hill.Police on Saturday surrounded a West Hills house where a porn star charged with the murder of a fellow adult actor was believed to be holed up. A Los Angeles police SWAT team was outside the home in the 8000 block of Azul Drive, police said. Stephen Hill, the 34-year-old actor k ... More >>
Living the good life, thanks to the big profits from illegal outdoor advertising
NBCAfter the middle-school hate crime that was "kick a ginger" day, an area student promoting follicle (and freckled) diversity has started to get the pendulum moving the proper direction. Andrew Cohen, a senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, is organizing the official " ... More >>
Today the same Santa Barbara jurors who last week convicted former West Hills drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood of kidnapping and murder began deliberations over his sentence. He could be sent to the death house in San Quentin for his part in ordering the abduction and execution of 15-year-old Nicho ... More >>
Jesse James Hollywood's six-week murder trial is winding down in the blink of an eye, when compared to the five years during which he was on the lam before being apprehended in Brazil. Hollywood was a 20-year-old West Hills marijuana dealer in 2000, when Nick Markowitz, the adolescent half brother o ... More >>
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