Hailey Clement died tragically this past weekend in an auto accident exiting the 405 S at Venice Blvd. Please join her friends & neighbors remembering her tonight (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. At the Venice Pier – and wear something purple, her favorite color.
Former LAPD Pacific Division Captain Johnson – Now Upland Police Chief Accused Of Stealing Campaign Signs
Former LAPD Pacific Division Captain Brian Johnson left his position as a Captain to become the Chief of Police in Upland California – and was caught on video with a female stealing campaign signs for a medical marijuana initiative. While some signs were in the public right-of-way, many were not … and the person video taping the event thought it was an odd thing for the actual Police Chief to be doing in his City vehicle with a civilian passenger. Watch the story HERE
The man who sucker punched a female outside Windward Farms market in Venice last weekend is now In custody. Mike Fino was quickly identified when we released the video and photos last week in an effort to identify him for the victim who suffered significant injuries as a result of the attack.
Mr. Fino was aware that he was being sought. Recently released from prison, his parole officer was advised and a warrant was immediately issued for his arrest. Authorities were unable to locate him at his listed address and he was reportedly not responding per the conditions of his parole. He reportedly notified agents associated with his required parole reporting that he intended to turn himself in. It is not clear yet if he turned himself in or if he was arrested, as there has been an active search to take him into custody.
Mr. Finos prior convictions include sale of meth, receipt of stolen property and burglary with enhancements. He will be charged with felony battery resulting in significant injury from the videotaped altercation where he punched a female last weekend in Venice.
You can see the video here: Man punches woman & knocks her out in Venice
At around 4:20 p.m. a man driving an older Chevy Tahoe straight down Roma Ct., which is just one block, and decided to just keep on going…right up a curb, down a narrow sidewalk path, across the bike path and into the creek where the truck came to rest on a bunch of rocks. The driver was taken to the hospital accompanied by LAPD because he was drunk as a skunk… while other officers waited for tow to come and pull the truck out of the creek. Thanks to @ebutterfly, @trixywh, @darrenewood & @izacmann for the epic pix!
Most people who knew Of Bill knew the disheveled, often drunk older man dressed in a pee stained saggy Speedo, with overlapping fake gold bracelets, unlaced sneakers with no socks…holding a radio to his ear blasting scratchy AM radio disco & oldies – regardless of the weather. I was behind him in the bank one day – with him on a bus to downtown another … all the while people snapping pix and populating social media with sad photos of a man still clinging to days long passed.
One day the guys from Rec & Parks told me his whole story … showed me pictures of him when he trained with Schwarzenegger, and was the face of the 1984 Olympics. Despite looking homeless and boozy – he was ever present and seemed happy, which is more than I can say for many. After living in LA and visiting Venice almost every day for decades – Bill’s family bought him a bus ticket home to Pennsylvania for a family function. He was found dead a few days later, this past Tuesday, in a creek bed. No foul play involved.
RIP Bill. You were part of this place, and always will be.
More on Bill:
Kitty found & reunited w owner via CraigsList ad. Pretty Bengal cat went missing Sunday morning, August 7th. Last seen in south alleyway b/t Bryan Avenue and Wilson Avenue. Very curious – likes to jump into open car windows or walk through open garage or house doors. Answers to the name “Mr. Kitty.” Likes Sheba and Meow Mix Tender Centers. PLEASE call 310-344-4462 if you’ve any information. Thanks.
At around 8:50 p.m. LAPD received a call from the low-slung Gold Star Motel at 710 Rose Ave. Apparently the parents* (see audio below) of a suspect were in one room, and decided to call the cops on what seemed to be one of their kids, or the BF of one of their kids who was in an adjacent room. Key features of this sterling individual were that he was armed, dangerous, and was a wanted felon out of Virginia with priors including GTA, robbery and kidnapping just to name a few. The callers met LAPD on the corner of Lincoln & Rose, gave them the details on the suspect, who had the callers daugheter’s Montero Sport – which was parked to the rear of the location. LAPD set up a perimeter… called an airship and they called the suspect out of the location. Clearly not wanting to be the shrinking violet to his prior criminal record, the suspect took off and ran from the Motel… right into the loving handcuffs of LAPD. I believe his name was put out as Malik Anders, 23 yrs… heres a few audio snips featuring some of his achievements:
And my fave audio clip from the crime broadcast…. seems like the “parents” (male/female white) who are with the suspect (male black) in some capacity. Great choice. (Sounds from registration of the vehicle that it is their daughters car but the suspect is added on the title.)