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July 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police Wednesday night were investigating the death of man whose body was found near the Venice boardwalk. The body was found next to a bathroom near the boardwalk and Breeze avenue around 6 p.m, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Police were trying to determine whether the death was a homicide. The LAPD said the body was that of a male between 20 and 25 years old. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Gay immigrant spared deportation because of bias in Philippines Teen who allegedly helped set off Hollywood, Crenshaw crimes arrested State attorney general probes San Diego company's for-profit colleges   Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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April 15, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The state Coastal Commission has quietly revived the long-running fight over an overnight beach curfew in the city of Los Angeles. In an April 9 letter, Andrew Willis, a commission enforcement analyst, asked the city Department of Recreation and Parks to "restart discussions" toward easing the midnight-to-5 p.m. ban. Opponents of the curfew called the letter's language "weak" but said it held out the promise of modifying or toppling the 16-year-old...
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August 6, 2013 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A 38-year-old Colorado man was charged with murder and other crimes for allegedly driving his car into pedestrians on the Venice boardwalk. His attorney said the man is sad and depressed over what happened. Nathan Louis Campbell, who was arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Airport Courthouse, faces 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run , according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is also charged with murder in the death of Alice Gruppioni , 32, of Italy, who was in Los Angeles on her honeymoon.
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March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Spencer Davis was chatting up tourists on the Venice boardwalk when police officers pulled up in front of his display of plastic alien heads. Had Davis seen a man threatening people with a chain saw, they asked? "Not today," he quipped with a smile, assuming that the officers were joking. Then he turned around and saw police officers, their guns drawn, with a man holding a chain saw. "Just when you think you've seen it all…" Davis said. For all the gentrification, designer homes and tourist attractions, Venice is still that kind of place - where artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists come together along a circus-like boardwalk.
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August 4, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Some first responders to the deadly hit-and-run crash on the Venice boardwalk Saturday described a chaotic scene with victims scattered over a quarter-mile. Firefighter Chipper Cervantes of Los Angeles Fire Department Station 63 said he was at least a mile away when his crew got the call. “It was auto versus pedestrian that initially came out. Then it came out as a physical rescue,” Cervantes said in a telephone interview Sunday. “We were there within probably three minutes.” PHOTOS: Pedestrians hit on Venice boardwalk When he arrived, Cervantes said there were “people everywhere, civilians waving to us where to go, where to drive to … a lot of patients on the ground … scattered over a quarter-mile area.” One person was killed and 11 others injured.
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November 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
About two hours after a car sped onto the Venice boardwalk and barreled through the crowd, killing an Italian honeymooner, Santa Monica police say Nathan Campbell walked into their station and confessed. “I'm the one you're looking for,” Campbell allegedly told the front desk officer. “I hit all those people.” Santa Monica police Officer Brent Wilkening recalled from the witness stand Wednesday in Campbell's preliminary hearing that Campbell said little besides the initial confession to him just before 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. Campbell said he had parked his car about a mile away and walked to the police station, stopping by a liquor store along the way for a drink, Wilkening testified.
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August 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Mustafa Balci and his wife, Yesim, were among 11 people injured in Saturday's deadly hit-and-run crash on the Venice boardwalk. The couple returned to the boardwalk Sunday after being released from the hospital, having suffered mostly scrapes and bruises. They were among 11 people injured when a man drove his car into a crowd, zigzagging into vendors and pedestrians, killing one.  Balci said the blue Dodge Avenger plowed into the tent where he and his wife sell handmade pendants.
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August 5, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Substitute "gas" and "engine" for "guns" and "bullets," and you have a impassioned plea for action against the weapons of mass destruction that lead to incidents such as Saturday's hit-and-run assault at the Venice boardwalk: cars. That's basically was reader Skip Fraser of Costa Mesa did in a letter to the editor, presumably to mock those who call for increased gun control in the wake of mass shootings: "Once again a disturbed individual has taken out his frustrations on a large group of innocents, resulting in death for one and a rash of injuries for others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Kurt Streeter and Ari Bloomekatz
Victims on Sunday described the hit-and-run rampage on the Venice boardwalk that left one pedestrian dead and others injured. When he first saw the blue Dodge sedan screech around a corner at the boardwalk, Mustafa Balci figured a driver had simply become confused and would quickly turn around and leave. Instead it kept moving forward, speeding, hitting a metal trash can, turning a table into flying shards, and storming “like a train” through the tent where Balci sells handmade pendants.
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August 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
The Venice boardwalk was quiet Monday as locals looked to restart their businesses and recover from a deadly hit-and-run rampage that shook the tight-knit residential and vendor community. Although the street vendors and homeless who spend their days at the beach say they know most of their neighbors, locals said they didn't know anything about the suspect in Saturday's rampage. Nathan Campbell, 38, was booked on suspicion of murder as the driver in Saturday's incident and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
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January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
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January 28, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Long Beach police launched a homicide investigation Tuesday after a dead body was found inside a burning motor home. Officers on routine patrol smelled smoke at about 12:15 a.m. and followed it to the motor home in the 500 block of West 17th Street, where they found the dead body, said Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The victim appeared to be an adult., Arrona said. Authorities declined to say whether the person was male or female.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A second woman arrested in the fatal beating of a woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Candace Marie Brito, 27, of Santa Ana is facing one count of murder in the Jan. 19 beating that left 23-year-old Kim Pham dead. Brito is one of three women suspected in the melee, which has captured national attention and prompted Santa Ana civic leaders to defend the city's historic downtown as a safe area. Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old mother and Santa Ana resident, pleaded not guilty to murder last week.
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January 28, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon in L.A.'s Chinatown to greet supporters and visit local Chinese community associations. The public appearance, unusual for a leader of Taiwan, is a sign of the country's improving relationship with the United States. Because of Beijing's view that Taiwan is a renegade province of China, Taiwanese presidents have confined themselves in previous U.S. visits to holding private meetings in hotels. Ma is on his way home after visiting Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso and Honduras -- three of Taiwan's remaining diplomatic allies.
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January 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A drone on patrol for U.S. Customs and Protection made an "emergency landing" in the ocean 20 miles southwest of San Diego after experiencing a mechanical problem, officials said Tuesday. The craft has been brought back to San Diego by ship and is no longer a hazard to navigation, the Coast Guard said. The incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. Monday when operators determined that the unmanned Predator B drone "would be unable to return" Sierra Vista, Ariz., where it originated, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.
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January 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver allegedly plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk announced Monday that they have filed a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. "We believe this tragedy could have been avoided had the city acted in a timely manner," attorney Gregory L. Bentley said in a statement. He is representing of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was allegedly run over by Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, on Aug. 3 as his car careened down the Venice beach boardwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A driver struck at least a dozen people on the Venice boardwalk early Saturday evening, injuring two of them critically and two seriously, authorities said. The crash occurred about 6 p.m. near the boardwalk's intersection with Dudley Avenue, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear what the extent of all the injuries was, but radio chatter from the LAFD spoke about cuts and scrapes to someone's foot and the need to transport the critically injured to the hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver allegedly plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk announced Monday that they have filed a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. "We believe this tragedy could have been avoided had the city acted in a timely manner," attorney Gregory L. Bentley said in a statement. He is representing of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was allegedly run over by Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, on Aug. 3 as his car careened down the Venice beach boardwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The city of Anaheim on Tuesday is considering calling for an end to deportations and the legal protection of undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories. The resolution proposed by Councilman Jordan Brandman is similar to one adopted in December by the Los Angeles City Council and echoes a letter sent that same month to President Obama by 29 House Democrats. The letters calls on Obama to expand the deferred action program to include all undocumented immigrants without serious criminal histories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Teresa Watanabe
A man killed in a midday crash Sunday that closed Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach for hours has been identified as 29-year-old Erik Valencia. Valencia, of Irvine, was “a passenger in an out-of-control auto versus truck traffic accident,” according to a statement from the Orange County coroner's office. The collision involved five vehicles along the four-lane highway at Irvine Cove Drive, according to a statement by the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police and firefighters responded to reports of a head-on collision at 1:34 p.m., and the road was closed in both directions for several hours.
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