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A former Santa Monica Police Department records technician faces up to 16 years in state prison after pleading no contest to molesting a co-worker's son, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Robert Kubik, a 44-year-old Palmdale resident, repeatedly engaged in oral copulation between 1991 and 1996 with the son of a fellow employee, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. William Thomas. The boy is now 17.
March 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A woman was killed and her 32-year-old daughter injured early Saturday when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver near the Santa Monica Pier, police said. The 61-year-old Wisconsin woman and her daughter, who lives in Santa Monica, were crossing the street near the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue about 1 a.m. when they were hit, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The daughter suffered minor injuries, police said, but the mother had "major head trauma" and was unresponsive when emergency workers arrived.
July 31, 1999
A man who police say shot his 17-year-old son to death during an argument in their home Friday was arrested on suspicion of murder, the Santa Monica Police Department reported. The shooting occurred about 10:24 a.m. in the 1500 block of 16th Street, authorities said. Neighbors called police after hearing a gunshot, and officers soon arrested David Emile Herbert, 49. He is being held without bail.
January 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 54-year-old man described by Santa Monica police as a serial arsonist has been charged in connection with several fires that were set in the city, authorities said Monday. Sihota Balbinder Singh is suspected of sparking at least 10 blazes during a 10-day span that began Dec. 30 in the central part of the city, according to the Santa Monica Police Department. The fires, which involved Christmas trees set on fire inside dumpsters, damaged three apartment complexes and a car at an auto dealership, Sgt. Jay Moroso said in a statement.
February 6, 1996
About 100 women in Santa Monica learned how to fight back last weekend. They were students in free, four-hour self-defense classes offered by the Santa Monica Police Department. Four hours was not long enough for the women to master all the techniques of self-defense, but they learned the basics. By the end of the session the women--old and young, big and small--were able to kick and punch a male police officer to the ground as he pretended to stalk them.
March 10, 1989
The Santa Monica Police Department, plagued for the last two years with charges of discrimination against women and minorities, has adopted new promotion procedures, according to a report released Thursday by the Santa Monica Police Department Steering Committee. One of the key revisions calls for removing "promotability" as a rating factor for promotion examinations.
October 7, 1997
Arraignment is scheduled in Culver City today for a veteran Santa Monica Police Department detective arrested Friday on charges of attempting to murder a fellow officer, authorities said Monday. Linda C. Brown, 36, was arrested at Santa Monica police headquarters by sheriff's deputies after she allegedly shot motorcycle officer Kevin Cummings, 33, three times in the upper body and once in the leg in Brown's Ladera Heights home, said Sgt. Gary Gallinot.
September 25, 1994 | Special to The Times
A Santa Monica police sergeant, shot twice in an exchange of gunfire with an alleged hit-and-run driver in Van Nuys on Friday, has been released from a hospital in good condition, authorities said Saturday. Sgt. Ralph Bauer, a 23-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department, was released from Northridge Hospital Medical Center just a few hours after he was shot in the neck and back Friday evening. Authorities said Bauer's bulletproof vest saved his life.
September 18, 1990 | Dean Takahashi, Times staff writer
FileNet Contract: FileNet Corp. in Costa Mesa said it has won contracts to install computerized document storage systems for the Los Angeles County Municipal Court's traffic division and the Santa Monica Police Department. The systems, known as computerized image processing systems, are valued at more than $1 million each.
November 28, 1987
A group of black police officers accusing the Santa Monica Police Department of racial bias has scheduled door-to-door canvassing in that city today to push for the removal of Police Chief James Keane. Members of the Law Enforcement Officers for Justice will distribute 2,000 leaflets to Santa Monica homes, founder Don Jackson said.
June 20, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Santa Monica police Thursday night were trying to find additional victims of a registered sex offender accused of trying to rape a woman at a bus stop in the city. Kelechi Amadi, 34, is on parole for sexual battery and failure to register as a sex offender, the Santa Monica Police Department said. He was arrested in connection with an attempted rape Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. The victim told officers that Amadi "touched her underneath her clothing and stated that he was going to rape her," police officials said in a statement.
June 14, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The gunman who killed five people during a shooting rampage through Santa Monica left a note saying goodbye to his friends and that he hoped his mother would be financially cared for, police said. Police reportedly found the three-page note with the body of John Zawahri, 23, who was killed by police at the Santa Monica College library June 7. In the note, Zawahri also expressed remorse for killing his father, Samir, 55, and his brother, Christopher, 25. Zawahri's father died of multiple gunshot wounds and his brother died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
June 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three men with suspected links to a street gang have been arrested in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica college that left a victim dead and another critically wounded, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday evening. The shooting was reported Tuesday in an alley in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue after a gunman walked up to two men and opened fire, the Santa Monica Police Department said. The attack was city's third shooting incident in five days, including a rampage Friday in which a gunman killed four people and fatally wounded another before he was slain by officers.
June 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Santa Monica police on Tuesday were seeking the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted in a robbery-kidnapping attempt at a hotel near the city's popular pier and seaside amusement park. The April 21 incident at the Seaview Hotel on Ocean Avenue involved five victims and more than a half dozen suspects, some of whom were armed with handguns, according to police. The request for public help comes as the city is reeling from a recent burst of violence, including a shooting rampage Friday that left six people dead . In the kidnapping and robbery incident, officers responded  to the hotel after a report of a disturbance in a room, the Santa Monica Police Department said.
November 14, 2012 | By Todd Martens, This post has been updated
A free concert by electronic DJ-producer Flux Pavilion was shut down Tuesday evening by Santa Monica police in riot gear after hundreds more people showed up than the event's permit allowed, officials said. The concert, part of a series sponsored by MTV's globally focused upstart brand MTV Iggy, was cut short after police estimated that 2,500 to 3,000 fans arrived for the 1,500-capacity event, according to our sister blog L.A. Now.  The concert was to run from 8 p.m. to midnight at Hangar 8 within the Santa Monica Airport.
July 30, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica officials have ordered an independent review of the Police Department's conduct during an investigation of a school board member who witnessed a fight between two youths. The decision came Tuesday after school board member Oscar de la Torre, a critic of the Police Department, accused the department of pursuing a politically motivated probe into an incident in March next to the Pico Youth & Family Center he operates. After a four-month child endangerment investigation of De la Torre by Santa Monica police, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office last week declined to file charges against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member.
September 30, 1997
The Santa Monica Police Department predicts a tenfold increase in speeding tickets along Pacific Coast Highway between the McClure Tunnel and Santa Monica Canyon because of the city's new radar. Caltrans, after conducting a survey on traffic and roadway conditions, raised the speed limit from 40 to 45 mph, allowing the city to begin using radar to catch speeders. Police departments may not use radar without an updated survey of speed limits by Caltrans.
May 26, 1999
A 12-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department was convicted Monday of attempted voluntary manslaughter of another officer in 1997. A Torrance Superior Court jury deliberated a day and a half before finding Linda Catherine Brown, 38, guilty of shooting Officer Kevin Derek Cummings for ending their romantic relationship, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gary Nielsen said. Brown shot Cummings, 35, three times in the upper body and once in the leg with a .
August 29, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica police and paramedics went to the home of actor Owen Wilson on Sunday after receiving a call about an "attempted suicide," according to police logs. The logs, posted on the Santa Monica Police Department website, said the attempted suicide call came in about noon. The logs do not identify Wilson specifically. But Santa Monica Fire Department officials have already confirmed that paramedics and police officers were dispatched to the actor's house Sunday.
December 11, 2006 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Timothy Jackman traces his desire for a career in law enforcement to the first grade, when he tried to discourage a classmate from pursuing a girl that Jackman liked. "I said to him, 'You better not do anything to my girlfriend, or I'll arrest you,' " Jackman, now 47, recalled during a recent interview, laughing. "I also had a police costume with the miniature handgun, handcuffs, little hat and a plastic baton."
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