Brutal Stabbing Leaves Mercedes Manager In ICU – Help If You Can

Got an email and was shocked to read that Will Bailey, who works at Mercedes Grill and is a fixture on Washington Blvd. was stabbed in the heart twice on Tuesday night, May 24th outside of Cabo Cantina. Seems that Will and the guy got into some kind of scrap, and the guy sent him to the hospital with multiple stab wounds to the chest putting him in ICU. The stabber is in jail, booked on attempted murder.  Needless to say, Will could use our help. Click here for a link to his GoFundMe page. He’s going to be out of commish for a while and could use all the help he can get with recovery.

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Lovable Rescue Poochie Needs Forever Home!

Received this from a reader today:

I’ve been fostering this adorable dauchsund meatball mix for about a month. He’s about 10 months old and just had a surgery to remove some street garbage from his stomach. He had fleas, 3 kinds of worms ( better now).He was for sure a stray and I got him from a pound in Downey as he was on the euth list. He was so afraid when I got him he wouldn’t walk or leave his cage. Now he plays all day with my other dog and is VERY friendly.

I’d LOVE if he stayed in the Venice community so I could be his auntie. I already have a mut or I’d keep him forever . His name is Mo, these are his before and after pics. Contact: lindsey@knottypineprint.com

Ready for a home and lovin' !

Ready for a home and lovin’ !

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Sad, scared with nobody to love me :(

Graffiti Isn’t Only Challenge Facing Venice’s Veterans Memorial Wall

After an outpouring of support from locals, greater Los Angeles and folks all over the country – of all days Metro ( as in LA Metro Bus Metro, the owner of the land the wall is on) decided to COVER UP THE WALL today, Memorial Day … the day after people from all walks of life came together to clean the horrible graffiti and work to restore the wall back to its original state.IMG_2712

I took a walk down to the wall today, and saw a bunch of news trucks parked in the area still covering the story… but when I approached the wall I saw that it was being covered over with a thick black tarp held by 2×4’s bolted into the cement. I can’t believe that of all days, despite the tagging and need for repair, that Metro would choose Memorial Day to cover up the wall. Residents, passers by and mostly the handful of Vets at scene to support the wall and the efforts of the community were in shock.

I heard that Mike Bonin was going to raise the reward for diming out the tagger from $2000 to $10,000, and then when I was out there people were discussing raising it to $20,000. Even if the asshole that tagged the wall gets a felony vandalism charge – his or their names will be well known for a very long time as committing a pretty egregious insult to a group of people who’s supporters have one great quality… they will NEVER FORGET. Live with that on your backs the rest of your lives. #jerks

A few things, the National Veterans Foundation is a LOCAL NON-PROFIT that manages this wall. If you would like to help and donate visit http://www.nvf.org . Over the years Metro has threatened to tear the wall down, and most recently has prevented the Vets who care for an manage the wall from putting up flags, a banner for their organization, and even allowing an artist to do some needed restoration. Why? The only answers is because they are clueless. So… considering that you can’t rely on an entity that large to just do the right thing for all the right reasons… I will be getting the dimensions of the wall this week. If you know of a place in Venice and are willing to provide an adequately sized wall to have the mural transferred to, preferably one that will come with a guarantee of at least a few decades or so of a lease… please contact micheal@nvf.org . These guys were so awesome today. In a bit of disbelief that Metro covered up the wall and has been so contentious to deal with… and they could use our CONTINUED help and support.

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Micheal is a vet, and helps manage the wall and the National Veterans Foundation in Los Angeles. Great guy. Could use our help and donations. They do great work.

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Venice Families In Need Could Use A Bit Of Help – Operation Holiday Wishes

LAPD and the Pacific Division boosters reached out to our local schools who helped them identify some families in our area that could really use some help this holiday season. I know emotions in our often conflicted neighborhood run high, but this is truly an opportunity to realize what we can do when a community works together, and these families can really use the help. Their stories would break your heart. Please, please toss even a days coffee money to this cause and help show some warmth and put a smile in the hearts of some families who are struggling in our neighborhood right now. The GoFundMe page can be found here —> https://www.gofundme.com/opholidaywishes .

If you would like to know more or get a bit more involved, LAPD’s beach officers will be going up and down the boardwalk each day handing out flyers for Operation Holiday Wishes. We have an awesome beach unit led by Sgt. Skinner and they are working hard to help these local families and get the word out. If you would like to participate and post a flyer in your business or hand some out please send an email here and officers will visit you, let you know the stories and set you up.

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Suspect Bashes Through Window Of Danny’s Deli @ 5 a.m. – In Custody

Some nutter busted through the glass door of Danny’s Deli at 5 a.m. – LAPD was nearby and requested a backup. The suspect was inside and taken into custody quickly. Have to admit, their mac & chee is good.

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LAPD Shoots Man With Large Knife Inside Ground Work Coffee On Rose Ave.

UPDATE: LAPD in ambulance with suspect shot by officers as they transport to UCLA Santa Monica.

At about 2:25 p.m. on Monday LAPD responded to a call for an agitated man with a large knife inside Ground Work Coffee at 671 Rose Ave. When they arrived at scene officers made a radio call that there was a white male with a large knife inside the location who was violent. Moments later officers called for backup, and then made a subsequent call for an ambulance for a white male suffering from a gunshot wound. The area is being cleared, all traffic is being stopped at Rose and Lincoln while they set up a command post. LAFD responded to transport the suspect who was described as conscious and breathing. The area will be locked down for a long time while various departments at LAPD conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.

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Image courtesy of Ground Work Coffee.

Image courtesy of Ground Work Coffee.

Venice Guys Roofie Drinks – One Female Norweigan Tourist Dead Other In ICU

PRELIMINARY INFO: Last night two female Norweigan tourists in their 40’s met two guys from Venice in their lat 20’s and went back to the guys apt near 23rd & Speedway. The guys apparently roofied the girls drinks with GHB and they all got in a hot tub. When one of the males regained his composure at 4:40 a.m. … one female was dead, and the other female and the male local were transported to the hospital and both are currently in ICU. One male is reportedly in custody. Operations West Bureau Homicide from LAPD is at scene.   Right now it is being treated as an “overdose” but word is the other female is awake and talking. If consent for the drug was not given and the actual drug taken was made clear to the females, then we got ourselves a homicide. Homeowners of the location at 24 23rd ave are also at scene. Apparently from officers at scene it was partially if not completely a rental property. 

   
    
 This story is unfolding … More info when I get it. 

Awesome Nabe Reports Hit & Run In Oakwood

I was sharing an Uber home from The Other Room with friends who were heading to Mar Vista and there was a brand new white van driving in front of us. I believe he clipped two cars on the south side of the street. One was a prius and the other may have been a Honda or a Camry (both in the 4th-6th block of San Juan). He pulled over on 7th near California (after riding up the curb). I told him he clipped two cars….he said I did? My Uber driver said, “dude you hit one”, and then he said yeah…I only hit one. He claimed he was going to leave a note but we were suspect because when we first pulled up he acted surprised re the clipped cars saying, “I clipped a car?”

Anyway it was a brand new white Van (not a mini van but like the cool Volkswagen with a high top/pop top). The van had a label on it that said, “The Most Famous Artist” and the guy – caucasian, late 20’s. dark hair, was wearing a Venice Beach Ale hat. 

We would have gotten the plates but it didn’t have them yet – new vehicle. 
Just wanted to let you know if there is a way to post responsibly (ala if your car was damaged on San Juan last night…) again it was def 1 car and most likely 2 cars. A prius and one other – toyota or honda 4 door (front quarter panel dinged)…just wanted to share because it sucks to wake up to that stuff and I am not confident the driver was going to leave a note.

Thanks!