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WeHo Public Safety Meeting with Sheriff, Advice on Self Protection



WEST HOLLYWOOD – A recent Public Safety meeting with the Sheriff and Block by Block, residents shared experiences and safety tips.

They included theft prevention, especially in cars. Captain Edward Ramirez said that although crime is down in our city, car break ins continue to be a major concern on the West Side.

Captain Ramirez stressed that residents should never leave anything of value, including coins and empty bags, visible inside parked and unattended cars.

He noted that rhieves work in pairs or groups and mostly go after easy targets where valuables are visible or car doors are left unlocked. He said it only takes five seconds for them to break a window and take your property.

Lighting is important. Ramirez said that motion activated lights and security cameras can function as a deterrent. Video images are very good on some devices have provided the evidence that has contributed to the arrest of suspects.

Although West Hollywood has better restrictions and laws against tent encampments than the City of Los Angeles, loitering and unruly homeless individuals was a concern of residents.

You will never see an encampment or a tent in this city said Captain Ramirez. The introduction of Block by Block Security Ambassadors was found to be very useful.

We need to stay vigilant, he reminds us, by keeping our property secured from opportunistic crime and report any incidents or suspicious activity to the Sheriff.

Contacts to have at the ready:

Weho Sheriff Station (Crime reporting and time sensitive matters)

Block by Block Security Ambassadors (Non-emergency)

Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (Non-Emergency)
Lt Moulder: 310-358-4012, Sgt Klaus: 310-386-8078

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Drew Carey’s Ex Fiancee, WeHo Therapist Amie Harwick Murdered



Drew Carey's Ex-Fiancee Amie Harwick Murdered in Hollywood Hills

HOLLYWOOD HILLS (TMZ) — Drew Carey‘s ex-fiancee, Dr. Amie Harwick, has been murdered after cops say an ex-boyfriend attacked and caused her to fall from a third story balcony.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide detectives announced that they are investigating the homicide of Amie Harwick, a West Hollywood family therapist practicing on the 8200 block of Santa Monica Blvd, across from Gold Coast.

The suspect (former boyfriend) has been identified as, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, a resident of Playa Del Rey, and was arrested for Murder, 187 PC. 

Law enforcement sources say they got a call around 1:16AM Saturday morning of a woman screaming on the 2000 block of Mound in the Hollywood Dell neighborhood. Cops were met in the street by Harwick’s roommate who said she was being assaulted inside her home. The roommate had jumped a wall and went to neighboring residences to call for help.  

We’re told once officers attempted to get inside Harwick’s home, they found her unresponsive underneath a third story balcony with injuries consistent with a fall. Harwick was taken to a hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Dr Harwick operated a therapy practice called Happier Living on the 8200 block of Santa Monica Blvd.

Cops say evidence suggested there was forced entry and a struggle inside Harwick’s home before she was discovered. Investigators located surveillance footage in the neighborhood and determined the suspect was a white male dressed in black. The evidence showed an intruder had entered the property and left after the murder.  

Detectives learned Harwick had recently expressed concerns about an ex-boyfriend — who she once had a restraining order against — causing her harm. Cops say the restraining order ended just two weeks ago and Harwick had recently seen the ex.

Cops arrested the ex, Gareth Pursehouse, Saturday afternoon and booked for murder. On February 15, 2020, around 4:30 p.m., FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force members made the arrest outside of a residence in the 8100 block of Cabora Drive in Playa Del Rey. 

Drew and Harwick started dating in 2017 and announced their engagement in early 2018. However, they split less than a year later.

This is an ongoing investigation and this case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  

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Prop 64: DA Announces Dismissals of 66K Marijuana Convictions



LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Code for America has announced that nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64 will be dismissed as part of their cutting-edge partnership. 

Today’s action marks the completion of the five-county Clear My Record pilot to clear marijuana-related convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64. The other counties in the pilot include San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Contra Costa.

In total, these five pilots will help reduce or dismiss more than 85,000 Proposition 64 eligible convictions. “The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” Lacey said. “I am privileged to be part of a system dedicated to finding innovative solutions and implementing meaningful criminal justice reform that gives all people the support they need to build the life they deserve.”

“Today’s action marks the completion of our California Clear My Record pilot, through which we will have helped to dismiss and seal more than 85,000 marijuana convictions across the state,” said Evonne Silva, Code for America’s Senior Program Director of Criminal Justice. “This is a clear demonstration that automatic record clearance is possible at scale and can help to right the wrongs of the failed war on drugs. Looking forward, Code for America stands at the ready to help all California counties provide this much needed relief in advance of the July 1, 2020 deadline.” 

Prosecutors this week asked a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to dismiss 62,000 felony cannabis convictions for cases that date back to 1961.

The District Attorney’s Office also sought the dismissal of approximately 4,000 misdemeanor cannabis possession cases that included cases filed in 10 Los Angeles County cities: Los Angeles, Long Beach, Torrance, Pasadena, Inglewood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. 

Approximately 53,000 individuals will receive conviction relief through this partnership. Of those, approximately 32% are Black or African American, 20% are White, 45% are Latinx, and 3% are other or unknown.

Proposition 64 identifies three health and safety code sections that qualified for resentencing: cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and sales and/or transport of marijuana, all felonies. The law also includes dismissing possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

District Attorney Lacey used additional criteria to go beyond the parameters of the new law to ensure the greatest number of dismissals. Those expanded parameters include persons who are 50 years or older, haven’t had a felony conviction in the past 10 years or have successfully completed probation for cannabis convictions.

Based on this criteria, Code for America created a unique algorithm for the office in order to fast-track the identification of eligible convictions. This technology can analyze eligibility for thousands of convictions in seconds, alleviating the need for DA staff to go through state criminal records one by one to evaluate eligibility, saving time and significant resources. 

AB 1793 Implementation

In California, all county District Attorney’s Offices are required to implement AB 1793 by July 1, 2020. Earlier this year, Code for America launched its new Clear My Record Application and Implementation Blueprint, available at no cost and open source to all California counties.

These resources allow every District Attorneys’ Office to expedite and streamline review of Proposition 64 convictions. The Clear My Record Application allows District Attorneys to securely and accurately evaluate eligibility for convictions by reading and interpreting criminal history data from the California Department of Justice.

Code for America has received an overwhelming interest from counties in accessing these resources to carry out the law. Code for America stands ready to work with counties that have not yet used this technology to help them automate the record clearance process and provide relief as required by law.

Record Clearance for the Digital Age

The current record clearance process was not designed to reach everyone who is eligible. With the current petition-based process, each person seeking relief must petition the court to clear their records, but this is a time-consuming, expensive, and confusing process. It is no surprise, then, that only 3% of those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 have received it.

Code for America’s pilot partnerships have set the standard for the statewide implementation of AB 1793, which tasks prosecutors with affirmatively reviewing convictions eligible for dismissal or reduction under Proposition 64.

This novel approach also creates a blueprint for the future of record clearance for remedies beyond Proposition 64 – the development of policy and technology that expands, streamlines and automates the record clearance process at scale. Code for America has been making it easier for people to remove eligible convictions from their records through Clear my Record technology since 2016.

To find out if your record has been cleared

To find out if your record has been cleared, or for more information about this initiative, contact the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office by phone at (323) 760-6763 or visit The Public Defender’s Office will reply to all inquiries.

About Code for America

Code for America believes that government must work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age, starting with the people who need it most. It builds digital services that enhance government capabilities, and helps others do the same across all levels of government. It organizes thousands of volunteers across nearly 80 chapters nationwide who improve government in their local communities. Their goal: a 21st century government that effectively and equitably serves all Americans.

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Crime Blotter

WeHo Sheriff Station Crime Report – Feb 3 to 9, 2020



West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Sign (Michael Dorausch/Flickr)

February 3rd

Grand Theft
1200 block N Laurel Avenue
02/03/2020 @ 0520. An unknown suspect cut the lock and removed an electric bicycle from the unsecured parking garage. #00735

February 4th

Residential Burglary
900 block N Kings Road
02/04/2020 – 02/07/2020. An unknown suspect used an open screen door to gain access and removed a handgun from an unlocked gun safe. #00795

Vehicle Burglary
8600 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/04/2020 @ 1030-1210. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed an empty backpack from the rear floorboard. #00683

Vehicle Burglary
7700 block Hampton Avenue
02/04/2020 – 02/06/2020. An unknown suspect smashed the front driver’s side window and searched the center console but did not take anything. #00732

Vehicle Burglary
800 block Sweetzer Avenue
02/04/2020 @ 1830-1200. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a tool bag containing a cordless drill and drill bits from the rear floorboard. #00814

February 5th

Aggravated Assault – Gun (Suspect Arrested)
7800 block Romaine Street
02/05/2020 @ 1310. A man pointed a handgun at his ex-girlfriend during an argument while inside the victim’s residence. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #00705

Vehicle Burglary
7600 block Hampton Avenue
02/05/2020 @ 1830-0645. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed an IPod from the center console, two metal rotors from the back seat, and two tool boxes from the trunk. #00720

Vehicle Burglary
1200 block Spaulding Avenue
02/05/2020 @ 1500-0630. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a phone charger and coins from the center console and jumper cables from the trunk. #00723

Vehicle Burglary
1200 block Spaulding Avenue
02/05/2020 @ 2100-0700. An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger’s side window and removed a phone charger from the glove box. #00725

Vehicle Burglary
9000 block Melrose Avenue
02/05/2020 @ 2030-2330. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s window and removed two bags from the back seat. One bag contained headphones, clothing, and shoes and the other bag contained a laptop computer, tennis racket, helmet, and cologne.  #00744

February 6th

Vehicle Burglary
8300 block Waring Avenue
02/06/2020 @ 1330-1800. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a shoulder bag containing a tablet computer from the back seat. #00743

Vehicle Burglary
1000 block Harper Avenue
02/06/2020 @ 2300-1220. An unknown suspect smashed the front driver’s side window and removed sunglasses and $50 cash from the center console. #00762

February 7th

Grand Theft
8300 block De Longpre Avenue
02/07/2020 @ 1300. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone that was left momentarily unattended on a bench. #00771

Grand Theft
8600 block Melrose Avenue
02/07/2020 @ 2330-0030. An unknown suspect removed a Luis Vuitton handbag containing a cell phone that was left momentarily unattended inside the club. #00798

Residential Burglary
8300 block Willoughby Avenue
02/07/2020 @ 0830-2000. An unknown suspect used an unlocked window to gain access and removed a bunny nose electric guitar from the bedroom. #00776

February 8th

Aggravated Assault – Hands, Fist, Feet (Suspect Arrested)
8400 block De Longpre Avenue
02/08/2020 @ 1820. A man was punched one time in the face by a woman during an argument that began after their dogs started fighting with each other. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #00799

Grand Theft
8800 block Santa Monica Blvd
02/08/2020 @ 2330-0030. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone and wallet from victim’s purse while inside the club. #00817

Armed Robbery
800 block Hilldale Avenue
02/08/2020 @ 0330. Two men were walking WB in the alley when a vehicle pulled to a stop near their location. Three men exited the vehicle and began to punch the victims. The suspects demanded the victim’s property and they complied. The suspects were armed with a metal pipe and one handgun. #00784

Armed Robbery (Suspect Arrested)
1100 block La Brea Avenue
02/08/2020 @ 2304. A man filled a bag with various items and attempted to leave the store without payment. When confronted by a store employee, the suspect threatened to kill the victim. The suspect then shoved a store shelf and caused it to fall over onto the victim. The suspect was arrested by responding deputies. #00804

Vehicle Burglary
600 block N Robertson Blvd
02/08/2020 @ 1235-1530. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed two bags containing shoes from the back seat. #00792

Vehicle Burglary
600 block N Robertson Blvd
02/08/2020 @ 1405-1530. An unknown suspect smashed the rear driver’s side window and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer, IPad, headphones, and two charging cords from the back seat. #00793

February 9th

Grand Theft
600 block N Robertson Blvd
02/09/2020 @ 0045-0100. An unknown suspect removed a cell phone from the victim’s purse while on the dance floor of the club. #00809

Vehicle Burglary
600 block Almont Drive
02/09/2020 @ 1430-1540. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed two electric guitars from the trunk. The suspect also removed two backpacks containing a laptop computer, headphones, sunglasses, IPad, and boots from the trunk. #00819

Vehicle Burglary
8700 block Melrose Avenue
02/09/2020 @ 1400-1630. An unknown suspect smashed the rear windshield and removed a backpack containing a laptop computer and duffle bag containing a laptop computer from the trunk. #00820

Vehicle Burglary (Suspects Arrested)
1200 block N Harper Avenue
02/09/2020 @ 2300-0830. A man smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a jacket from the rear seat, two pairs of sunglasses from the center console, and a watch from front passenger’s door. The suspect was arrested on 02/11/2020. #00846.

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