Help Badge Of Heart Give 500 Turkeys To Local Families In Need

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From http://www.badgeofheart.org  where you can also read more & donate!

On November 19, 2016 Badge Of Heart is preparing their 2nd Annual Turkey Drive for 500 deserving low income families from the Communities of Venice, Mar Vista, Palms, Westchester & Culver City.

These families will be identified by Police Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (Pacific Division).  In addition to Officers we have also partnered with our local Schools & Churches to help us identify these families.

However, none of this could be done without the help of our Community and Corporate help.

We are seeking to raise a total of $10,000.

The money raised will buy us 500 Turkeys, side items and “It’s for the kids” gift items for this Holiday season.

This wonderful Community event will help those, who need it the most during this Holiday Season.

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If you have any questions or want to help Sponsor this event, please contact Officer Ken Lew at ken@badgeofheart.org.

Join The Vigil For Hailey Clement Venice Pier 5:30 p.m. & Wear Something Purple

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

Mike Fino – Man Who Sucker Punched Woman In Venice In Custody

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

Drunk Driver Deuces Into Creek In Marina Del Rey Off Roma Ct.

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!screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-5-12-18-pmctzoljavuaali35drink

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RIP Bill Pettis – Venice / Muscle Beach Fixture Found Dead In Pennsylvania

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.

Learned of Bills passingLearned of Bills passing here 

More on Bill:

LAPD Mag did an article here on him too…

Boo the Black Kitty Missing Near Ocean Ave


Black cat is missing as of 8/15/16. His name is Boo, he’s 2.5 years old. I live on Ocean Ave in Venice. Call or text me at 310-766-0116.

KITTEH FOUND & REUNITED!! 


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.

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