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Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man...

Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch The owner of a Venice Beach hotel was charged with murder Tuesday for the shooting death early Sunday of a 26-year-old homeless man, authorities said. Sris Sinnathamby, 54, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the LAX Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division. Prosecutors were seeking bail to be set at $5 million. Sinnathamby, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley Avenue, has been charged with one count of murder in...

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Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man...

Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged with Murder in Shooting Death of Homeless Man

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch The owner of a Venice Beach hotel was charged with murder Tuesday for the shooting death early Sunday of a 26-year-old homeless man, authorities said. Sris Sinnathamby, 54, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon at the LAX Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The case will be prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney John McKinney of the Major Crimes Division. Prosecutors were seeking bail to be set at $5 million. Sinnathamby, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley Avenue, has been charged with one count of murder in...

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Bonin Seeking Increase in Developers’ Parking Fees in Venice...

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has put forth a motion addressing the parking squeeze in Venice. Bonin in his November 12 motion asked for an increase in the “in-lieu fees” that developers have the option to pay instead of meeting parking requirements for real estate projects. The in-lieu fees were set in the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan development guidelines in 1999 at $18,000 per parking space and have not increased over the past 15 years as the area has experienced a real estate boom. “We need to get real about providing meaningful parking solutions in Venice so residents, customers, and tourists are able to park near their...

Four Alleged Members of Venice Street Gang Ordered to Stand Trial...

Four alleged members of a Venice street gang were ordered to stand trial Thursday on multiple counts including murder for the shooting death of a seven-year-old boy. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark A. Young after a five-week preliminary hearing at the LAX Airport Courthouse ruled there was enough evidence for Tradel Billy Faniel, 29; Paul Eugene Jamar, Jr. 20; Danielle Tonano Perez, 33, and Windel Roman Faniel, 27, to stand trial. The defendants face two counts of murder  and multiple accounts of attempted murder, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Trutanich of the Hardcore Gang Division. A Los Angeles Police Department officer during preliminary hearing testimony in mid-March identified all four defendants as members...

posted on: Mar 27, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Sidewalk Cafe Hosts Fundraiser on Friday for Venice Resident Nicole Amaral...

A fundraiser will be held Friday at The Sidewalk Cafe on behalf of Venice resident Nicole Amaral who has been diagnosed with a rare tumor. An online fundraiser also has been started at GoFundMe by  Venice resident Masao Miyashiro to help Amaral who learned after a series of medical tests that she has a rare tumor behind her eye that has been growing into her cheek. The Sidewalk Cafe fundraiser will run Friday  (March 13) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.  with raffles for bikes, skateboards and a two-night stay in the Dogtown Suite at Hotel Erwin. Venice surfboard shaper Guy Okazaki also has donated a rare numbered 6′-2″ pintail step-up board made of sugarcane that will be...

Sidewalk Cafe Hosts Fundraiser on Friday for Venice Resident Nicole Amaral
posted on: Mar 10, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit...

A narcotics and public nuisance abatement lawsuit has been filed against a Venice property owner, officials said Monday. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the lawsuit as part of a continued crackdown on properties that have become crime magnets. The city attorney’s office filed a lawsuit against Alberta Lynch who owns a single-family home at 923 Sunset Avenue, as well as her adult son James Lynch, according to a press release from the city attorney’s office. The property is located within a half-mile radius of Growing Place Childcare and School, Broadway Elementary School, Penmar Park and the Oakwood Recreation Center. Police have received several complaints from neighbors about repeated drugs and nuisance activity at the property, the press...

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Sues Venice Property Owner in Public Nuisance Abatement Lawsuit
posted on: Mar 10, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Two Gang Members Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder for 2012 Shooting Death of Venice Resident Oscar Duncan...

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A jury found two street gang members guilty of first-degree murder Friday for the June 2012 killing of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan. Kevin Green, 31, and Hopeton Parsley, 25, were charged with murder with gun use and committing a crime to benefit a street gang. The seven male and five female jurors deliberated for only hours after receiving the case Thursday afternoon from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham at the LAX Airport Courthouse. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan of the Hardcore Gang Division prosecuted the case over the four-week trial. Green and Parsley, both members of the Playboy Gangster Crips, face sentences of 50 years to...

Two Gang Members Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder for 2012 Shooting Death of Venice Resident Oscar Duncan
posted on: Feb 24, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

Closing Arguments Underway in Trial of Two Alleged Gang Members Charged with 2012 Killing of Venice Resident Oscar Duncan...

posted on: Feb 19, 2015 | author: venicedispatch

By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch A prosecutor during his closing argument Wednesday urged a jury to find two alleged gang members guilty of murder for the June 2012 shooting death of 23-year-old Venice resident Oscar Duncan. Kevin Green, 31, and Hopeton Parsley, 25, both have been charged with murder with gun use and committing a crime to benefit a street gang. The defendants waived their right to testify during a hearing before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham at the LAX Airport Courthouse. The prosecution and defense both rested their cases Wednesday as testimony wrapped up in the four-week trial. Green was represented at trial by defense lawyer Nancy Sperber while Parsley was defended by lawyer Garfield Cramer. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eugene Hanrahan of the Hardcore Gang Division in his 90-minute closing argument told jurors that Green and Parsley were “on a mission to...

Pineapple Express Storm Causes Power Outages in Venice...

posted on: Dec 12, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

More than 500 homes in Venice lost electricity early Friday morning as the Pineapple Express storm system knocked out power throughout the region. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in a statement said crews since 3 a.m. have restored power to more than 12,500 customers. About 17,000 customers remained without power about 11 a.m. out of the utility’s 1.4 million electric customers. There were 532 customers without power in Venice with the hardest hit neighborhood in the city being Los Feliz/Griffith Park with 4,852 customers without power. Smaller outages of less than 500 customers also were reported throughout the city including nearby Del Rey. There were 23,134 customers without power in Los Angles County due to the storm. –Venice Dispatch Related posts: Update: About 2,100 LADWP Customers Lose Electricity in Venice LAPD Apologizes for Recent Deployment in...

LAPD Apologizes for Recent Deployment in Oakwood...

posted on: Nov 20, 2014 | author: venicedispatch

By Paul Chavez Venice Dispatch A high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officer apologized for a recent deployment to Oakwood Park during a community memorial service. Capt. Brian Johnson, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Pacific Division, addressed the matter Tuesday during the Venice Neighborhood Council meeting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. Board member Tommy Walker broached the subject and relayed that a repass, or community memorial service, was held recently at the park following the funeral for a community member. Walker, who is from the historically African-American neighborhood, said there was a heavy police presence at the park and he was informed that police were expecting 400 gang members at the repass. Mourners who arrived from the funeral found several police cars posted around the park and about a dozen officers were cracking down on smoking, Walker said. Police meanwhile ignored parkgoers with unattended dogs off-leash, Walker said. “In this...

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