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Longtime Melrose Village Restaurant Maison Richard Closes It’s Doors, New Place Opening Soon.


Melrose Village sadly lost another one it’s eateries recently with the closure of the Maison Richard Restaurant and Bakery located on the 700 block of Stanley Avenue just north of Melrose.  The good news is that the space won’t be closed for long as its new owner, Chef Josette of Normandie Bakery (Farmer’s Market) will open her next endeavor in its place on or around September 1st.

Maison Richard was owned by Huguette Coffyn who opened the Melrose location in 2010 after closing it’s longtime spot at 301 Robertson Blvd.  Huguette’s husband Andre Coffyn was murdered at the Robertson location during a robbery there in July of 1989.

Huguette Coffyn and Chef Michel Richard

The Coffyn’s bought the former location on Robertson in 1986 after world renowned Chef Michel Richard opened the celebrity heavy and wildly popular restaurant Citrus which was located further east on Melrose at Citrus Ave. Richard was also behind the ultra famous Citronella in Washington, D.C that hosted the likes of presidents, the politically famous and celebrities. The restaurant world was stunned when Richard passed away from complications of a stroke in the summer of 2016.

Maison Richard was still under Coffyn’s ownership until just recently.

A Statement from Maison Richards Facebook page reads…

“After 32 years of operations, and an amazing ride, Huguette, the owner of Maison Richard is retiring from the business. The Maison Richard brand and company has officially ended its operation on August 13th 2017. Chef Josette, owner of Normandie Bakery, is taking over the restaurant and french bakery location starting mid-august with her existing Normandie brand and products. Chef Josette’s new concept on the same Melrose and Stanley avenue location will officially launch on September 1st. We would like to thank everyone for having been part of the journey that was started with Michel Richard in 1977. While the original Michel Richard products will no longer be carried past August. The existing location will continue to operate as restaurant and bakery with some similar offerings with Josette’s own French style.”

Huguette and her establishment were a vital part of the Melrose community and supporters of Melrose Action’s efforts.  They will be greatly missed!

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Neighborhood Under Siege : Barricade Situation Paralyses Area For Hours : Suspect Resident of West Hollywood

At around 4 p.m. Wednesday, 911 operators received a call about a man at a home in the 600 N. Blk of Edinburgh Avenue threatening harm to himself and possibly other occupants of the property. Persons at the same address were believed to have been the subject of an FBI investigation the day before.

LAPD Wilshire officers were immediately dispatched to the location. It was established that the incident was a particularly serious one and that LAPD divisions like SWAT, the Bomb squad, and thongs of other assets from LAPD divisions all over the city were consequently dispatched to our area. Melrose Avenue was closed not long after and filled with emergency personnel, a mobile command post, and an endless amount of LAPD vehicles. Additional streets were closed around the area, causing gridlock conditions — at the height of rush hour.

Crisis negotiators and a SWAT team on site attempted communication with the suspect as fire department rescue personnel remained staged close by.

A woman and child who were inside the property with the suspect got out of the building safely about 7:30 p.m. At around 11 p.m. neighbors and the news media reported hearing flash bangs and some detected the smell of tear gas in the air.  It was thought that the stand off at that time was coming to a conclusion. Sirens blared again, police helicopters again circled the area intensely as they had done consistently for over 8 hours. The area was besieged with media helicopters that hovered overhead for hours up until around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Many neighbors specifically complained about the added noise and disruption as a result of the media coverage from the air.

Officials say that the LAPD SWAT officers entered the residence about 2 a.m. Thursday and found the body of Johannes Marlie, who was 32 years of age and a resident of the city of West Hollywood, according to the coroner’s office.

Ironically, just south of the same area, a power outage occurred just after this incident started — knocking out electricity to around 2000 homes and numerous traffic signals — adding to an incredibly challenging situation for residents and police.

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Melrose Action’s National Night Out Neighborhood Event This Tuesday!

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch together with the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station and Council member Paul Koretz’ office will bring our community’s participation in National Night Out to Poinsettia Park! The event is Tuesday August 1st, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  In our 9th year –  it will feature all kinds of new surprises! Everyone is invited! Its all free and it’s at Poinsettia Park located at 7341 Willoughby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Map it here

New to the event is In-N-Out burger! Courtesy of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and our generous neighbor contributors like Ana Benko and Neil Loden (Please thank them!) – neighbors will have a chance to get a free burger, chips and a drink (or maybe a grilled cheese sandwich) from the massive “cook out trailer” that will be onsite — while supplies last! They will be in limited supply and only our L.A.P.D. Wilshire station officers and officials will have the coveted tickets to get a burger. So – to get an In-N-Out burger you’ll have to meet and ask a cop!  Tickets will be distributed at random while they last.

Also new — get your photo’s taken at the Melrose Avenue Business Improvement Districts (aka the Melrose BID) cool new Photo Booth that will be stocked with props to get your picture taken with your favorite friends, cops, neighbors, and family!

Pink’s Hot Dogs returns to the event offering up their coveted awesome hot dogs, chili dogs and all the condiments! Also free and while supplies last!

Radio station Jack-FM will be on site offering up some of their great music along with some giveaways. Other participants include sampling booths from our supporters like Blu Jam Cafe, Melrose Umbrella Co., Kimberly Synder’s Glo-Bio Organic Juice store, the new LA Chouquette Bakery Shop, Organic Luscious Lemonade by Molly Bassler, Target, Just Food For Dogs, Starbucks, free water from Trader Joe’s, the Mid-City West Community Council, CERT and many more!!

Free trees!! Help green up our neighborhood or your yard by getting a free tree from City Plants LA! All that’s required is photo i.d. that shows your a resident of the city of Los Angeles!

Adopt a Pet! GRFF – the Ghetto Rescue Foundation will be on site with pets available for adoption! Please help provide a forever home to a wonderful pet!!

RING! – the home security device that can help protect your home will be at the event with special product discounts and demonstrations to answer your questions!

Please join us! This event’s sole purpose is to help build a stronger community and police partnership in a really positive way!

We want to thank everyone for their participation and contributions to this years event! Please feel free to forward this to neighbors and repost on your social media spaces.

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Meeting On Crime Date Set In Response To Recent Sexual Assaults In Area

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold a Meeting On Crime Wednesday, July 26th 2017 at the Blu Jam Cafe on Melrose at 7 p.m. in response to the recent sexual assaults and other crimes that have occurred in our area. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station and the office of Los Angeles city council member Paul Koretz and the Mid City West Community Council are all co-sponsors and their respective representatives will be there. Map the location of the meeting here https://goo.gl/maps/8M2gin1qw2F2

Our community cop LAPD senior lead officer Inga Wecker along with a lead detective specializing in sex related crimes will also be there. Our neighborhood prosecutor from the L.A. city attorneys office has also been invited. Seating is limited. Guests are advised to arrive early. Melrose Action would like to thank all involved for coming out to support our neighborhood! A special thank you to Kamil Majer and the staff at the Blu Jam Cafe for their amazing generosity and ongoing support!

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L.A. City Attorney Criminally Charges Genesee Apartment Building Owner For Allegedly Operating “Short Term” Rentals

“In a city with a profound shortage of affordable housing, unlawfully converting rental units to operate hotels has got to stop,” said Mike Feuer – City Attorney for the city of Los Angeles.”

According to a complaint filed by the Los Angeles city attorney’s office — Carol Jean Alsman, the owner of a 4-unit property located at 500 N. Genesee Avenue, was charged with six counts in a criminal case alleging:  failure to comply with an order to comply, zoning violations; illegal use without proper building permits, failure to file notice of intention to re-rent, failure to offer rental to displaced tenants, and renting property within five years after withdrawing from the rental market under the Ellis Act.

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Just how big is the “sharing economy” in our area? Check out the screen shot showing the airbnb’s on the market — See for yourself here http://insideairbnb.com/los-angeles/

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CRIME ALERT: Two Women Sexually Assaulted During Break-in, Police Release Sketch of Suspect

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400 Blk of Ogden Ave. Suspect Armed With Handgun Entered Apartment, While Inside Tied Up Two Female Victims And Sexually Assaulted Them 

Here’s the official L.A.P.D. Statement:

Fairfax District: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assault Section, are seeking the public’s awareness and assistance in a case involving a sexual predator that has attacked two adult females.

On Monday, July 3, 2017, around 11:50 p.m., Wilshire Area officers responded to a “hot prowl, burglary” radio call around the 400 block of North Ogden Drive in the City of Los Angeles. Officer’s investigation revealed that the suspect was armed with a handgun and entered the victim’s apartment. The suspect tied both of female’s hands and sexually assaulted them. Once one of the victims began to scream the suspect fled the location.

The suspect is described as a 30 to 40-year-old White male, 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall. He weighs approximately 160 to 180 pounds and has a short grey beard.

Anyone with information, including any possible additional victims of this suspect, are urged to Detective Daniel Aguirre or Detective John Macchiarella, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division, Special Assault Section, at 213-486-6910. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call The LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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Disturbing Video Shows Early Morning Assault Along Oakwood Ave, Police Issue Crime Alert

On the morning of Monday, May 22nd, 2017 an elderly man was walking westbound along Oakwood Avenue (west of La Brea) when he was — without provocation — brutally attacked by what police say was a transient. L.A.P.D. detectives issued a crime alert flyer with a description of the suspect. Watch the video by clicking or tapping the window below. Scroll down to see a photo of the suspect. If you have any information about this crime, please contact L.A.P.D. Detective Mayer at (213) 922-8260.

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L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station Issues Crime Alert Tips As A Result of Recent Robberies

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Melrose Action Weekly Crime Report 4/28-5/4/2017

Here are the area reported crimes from April 28th to May 4th,2017. Serious crimes are indicated in red. Crimes are now listed in order of occurrence with most recent being first. If you have any information about these crimes, please contact LAPD Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8205. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact L.A. Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org

7700 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 5-4-2017 • 2:30 PM
SHOPLIFTING – GRAND THEFT ($950.01 & over)

ROSEWOOD AV & SPAULDING • 5-4-2017 • 9:30 AM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

MELROSE & SIERRA BONITA • 5-3-2017 • 7:15 PM
THEFT FROM PERSON

100 BLOCK THE GROVE DR • 5-3-2017 • 4:50 PM
THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

7600 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 5-2-2017 • 10:40 PM
THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

7300 BLOCK CLINTON ST • 5-2-2017 • 8:15 PM
BURGLARY – ATTEMPTED

8500 BLOCK BEVERLY BL • 5-2-2017 • 7:00 PM
THEFT-GRAND (plain theft-grand) $950.01 & over (or $100 if fowl, livestock, produce, etc.)

8400 BLOCK MELROSE PL • 5-2-2017 • 6:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

MELROSE & GARDNER • 5-2-2017 • 12:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

8400 BLOCK MELROSE PL • 5-2-2017 • 3:25 AM
BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS 

400 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV • 5-1-2017 • 2:00 AM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear) 

400 BLOCK N HAYWORTH AV • 4-30-2017 • 4:00 PM
BICYCLE – STOLEN

8500 BLOCK BEVERLY BL • 4-30-2017 • 2:10 PM
SHOPLIFTING – PETTY THEFT ($950 & under)

CROFT AV & WILLOUGHBY • 4-30-2017 • 2:30 AM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear) 

FAIRFAX AV & CLINTON• 4-30-2017 • 1:50 AM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear)

700 BLOCK N KINGS RD • 4-29-2017 • 11:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

LA BREA & WARING • 4-29-2017 • 11:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

300 BLOCK N SWEETER AV • 4-29-2017 • 9:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

8000 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 4-29-2017 • 4:00 PM
BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS

900 BLOCK N LA BREA AV • 4-29-2017 • 1:30 AM
THEFT-GRAND (plain theft-grand) $950.01 & over (or $100 if fowl, livestock, produce, etc.)

8400 BLOCK ROSEWOOD AV • 4-29-2017 • 12:01 AM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

FAIRFAX & WILLOUGHBY • 4-28-2017 • 9:00 PM
ASSAULT, NON-AGG: Hands, Feet, Fist, Etc.

8000 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 4-28-2017 • 7:00 PM
BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS

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Melrose Action Crime Blotter 4/15/17 – 4/28/2017

Here are the area reported crimes from April 15th to April 28th 2017. Serious crimes are indicated in red. Crimes are now listed in order of occurrence with most recent being first. If you have any information about these crimes, please contact LAPD Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8205. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact L.A. Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org
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FAIRFAX & WILLOUGHBY • 4-28-2017 • 9:00 PM (West Hollywood Sheriffs)
ASSAULT, NON-AGG: Hands, Feet, Fist, Etc.

900 BLOCK N LA BREA AV •4-29-2017• 1:30 AM
THEFT-GRAND (plain theft-grand) $950.01 & over (or $100 if fowl, livestock, produce, etc.)

MELROSE & OGDEN • 4-28-2017 • 5:15 PM
THEFT FROM PERSON

700 BLOCK N LA JOLLA AV • 4-27-2017 • 3:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

LA BREA & MELROSE • 4-26-2017 • 5:00 PM
THEFT FROM VEHICLE – PETTY ($950 & under)

500 BLOCK N LA BREA AV • 4-26-2017 • 2:30 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

7900 BLOCK ROSEWOOD AV • 4-25-2017 • 7:30 PM
BURGLARY (entry of structure w/intent to commit theft or a felony) INCLUDES VESSELS 

400 BLOCK N FORMOSA AV • 4-25-2017 5:00 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

FAIRFAX AV & MELROSE AV • 4-24-2017 • 8:45 PM
THEFT-GRAND (plain theft-grand) $950.01 & over (or $100 if fowl, livestock, produce, etc.)

600 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV • 4-21-2017 10:00 PM
THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

OGDEN DR & WARING AV • 4-20-2017 6:30 PM
VEHICLE, STOLEN

ROSEWOOD & FAIRFAX • 4-20-2017 2:00 PM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear)

FAIRFAX AV & OAKWOOD AV • 4-20-2017 1:50 PM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear) 

MELROSE & VISTA • 4-19-2017 8:30 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

900 BLOCK N MARTEL AV • 4-19-2017 7:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

6800 BLOCK WARING AV • 4-19-2017 2:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

7500 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 4-17-2017 7:30 PM
THEFT FROM PERSON

800 BLOCK N POINSETTIA PL • 4-16-2017 10:10 PM
BRANDISHING WEAPON, EXHIBITING DEADLY WEAPON 

400 BLOCK N ORANGE GROVE AV • 4-16-2017 9:10 PM
ROBBERY (taking property of another by means of force or fear)

500 BLOCK N LA BREA AV • 4-16-2017 4:00 PM
THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

7600 BLOCK MELROSE AV • 4-15-2017 4:31 PM
SHOPLIFTING – PETTY THEFT ($950 & under)

400 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV • 4-15-2017 2:00 PM
BURGLARY FROM VEHICLE

400 BLOCK N FAIRFAX AV • 4-15-2017 12:05 AM
THEFT – PETTY (plain theft-petty) ($950 & under)

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UPDATED Crime Alert:: Be Aware — String of Street Robberies Hit Area

 UPDATED CRIME ALERT: A rash of at least seven street robberies hit our area in the overnight early morning hours on Wednesday, April 12th and on Tuesday, April 11th. One occurred on Thursday, April 13th at 1:30 p.m.  It appears that at least three occurred within a short time frame.  As always: if you have any information about these crimes, please contact L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives at (213) 922-8263. This is a clear reminder to keep aware of your surroundings and your valuables — such as mobile phones — out-of-sight while walking neighborhood streets. LAPD Wilshire officials said that in some of these particular incidents it appears that people were either walking or running alone were targeted.  We will update this story once more info is available from LAPD Wilshire. Two of the robberies were handled by West Hollywood Sheriff’s.

Here’s a list of the recent robberies:

MELROSE AV & FULLER • 4-13-2017 @ 1:30 PM

WARING & SIERRA BONITA • 4-12-2017 @ 2:40 AM – This was an armed robbery committed by two male Hispanics in their 20s. No shots fired and no one was hurt. The victim was walking on the street when the crime occurred. According to LAPD Wilshire — the three incidents on 4/12 appear related.

POINSETTIA & WILLOUGHBY • 4-12-2017  @ 1:45 AM – This was an armed robbery committed by two male Hispanics in their 20s. No shots fired and no one was hurt. According to LAPD Wilshire — the three incidents on 4/12 appear related.

FULLER & WARING • 4-12-2017 @ 1:30 AM – This was an armed robbery committed by two male Hispanics in their 20s. No shots fired and no one was hurt. According to LAPD Wilshire — the three incidents on 4/12 appear related.

FORMOSA & WARING • 4-11-2017 @  10:40 PM

GARDNER ST & ROMAINE ST • 4-11-2017 @ 11:50 PM (West Hollywood) A man was riding his bicycle SB on Gardner Street when 2 men approached him armed with a handgun and demanded his property. The victim complied and dropped the bike. The bike was taken by the suspects but recovered a short time later by responding West Hollywood Sheriff deputies.

LAUREL AVE & ROMAINE ST • 4-11-2017 @ 11:45 PM (West Hollywood)  A woman was walking her dog NB on Laurel Avenue when a man approached her armed with a handgun and demanded her property. The victim complied.

Reminder — there will be a Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch meeting coming up on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the corner of Curson and Waring.  Click here for more info

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First Outdoor Neighborhood Watch Meet-Up With LAPD Wilshire Set

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station will hold it’s first outdoor “Meeting At Your Corner” coming up on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m.  The location to start off this year’s anti-crime initiative — the corner of Curson Avenue and Waring Avenue. Click here for map location.  The outdoor
“meet up” concept allows for neighbors to get together with our law enforcement first responders — specifically the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station officers and commanders that service our area.  This is a great chance to share your safety/crime concerns and nuisance issues.

The meeting’s purpose gives neighbors the opportunity to personally meet our LAPD Wilshire “community cop” senior lead officer Inga Wecker, welcome our new station command staff, along with our new field deputy from Los Angeles City Council member Paul Koretz’ office — Robert Oliver, plus our neighborhood prosecutor from the L.A. city attorney’s office – Nooshi Zahiri.

Our supporter — the Melrose Umbrella Co. will be on hand to provide free refreshments (while supplies last). Grab a free slice of pizza while you can– courtesy of Melrose Action and our neighbor CVS Pharmacy — again while supplies last.

Please share/forward this with your neighbors and area friends. Repost where applicable.  Download the flyer here.  Sign up to get our crime alerts and newsletter including up-to-date crime information for our area here.

 

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Trespass And Squatting Issues Continue To Plague Melrose Area. Does It Contribute To Crime?

If you live in the Melrose/Fairfax district then you’ve probably been affected in some way (or know someone that has) by prolific trespassers and squatters. Some swear that the proliferation of “McMansions” is the chief cause of these encampments. Could the unprecedented amount of homes and apartment buildings sitting vacant for extending periods of time awaiting demolition be harboring unsavory characters in our neighborhood? A majority of neighbors near these properties say resoundingly — yes in fact they are. Some are quick to point out that the new construction of homes — that typically last several months — play a larger role because they offer new, unmonitored premisses, free access to electrical power, portable restrooms, and even brand-new swimming pools,spas, and roof top decks.

Anywhere in the area that a home or building is vacant for a time — chances are — trespassers, transients, squatters etc have either scaled a fence, broken down a door, or smashed a window to gain entry to that property and set up shop.

Neighbors on either side of Melrose Ave say that they’ve seen encampments on top of garages underneath low hanging trees, underneath occupied homes in crawl spaces, behind garages of homes, residing on outdoor furniture at night, living inside vehicles parked along Waring or Willoughby, in the alley ways, hot-wiring electricity in some cases, and so much more.

The bigger question is — are these people dangerous? Are they committing crimes? Using drugs? Having sex on our property? Are they entering our homes when our back doors or windows are open and unattended? Again — the answer more likely is — its very possible. Why? Because this area is a transient urban area and some neighbors have no clue who lives here and who doesn’t. Piling on to the “transient” theme is the phenomenon that so many homes and apartments are now full time Airbnb night-to-night hotel-like rentals and you can see that it only gets more difficult to gain a grip on who’s an actual neighbor and who isn’t.

What can you do to protect yourself?  First and foremostcall the police if you see unusual, repetitive activity around properties that are empty, new or old. Notify our community cop — our Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker and or our L.A. City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Nooshi Zahiri. Contact the L.A. department of building and safety if homes or buildings under construction are not secured properly when unattended. Always check your property when you return home or before you go to sleep at night. Look for tampering of your door locks, windows or garages. Keep your fences maintained and your trees and shrubs trimmed. Install motion lights in your yards. Have a good security system. Think about a security camera system. Adopt a dog from a shelter for added safety. Try and get to know your neighbors. Keep your car doors locked at all times. Walk the area with your mobile devices hidden. The adage goes “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING”! Be part of the solution, not the problem.

Click on the video (or link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OCpmcYzmho&t=26s) below to see what’s been prowling around yards and homes in the 700, 800, and 900 blocks of Vista St. Be sure to attend our first Meeting on Crime this Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Blu Jam Cafe. Click here for more info

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Melrose Video Crime Report

Here’s the latest Melrose Action Video Crime Report from our Los Angeles Police Department’s Senior Lead Officer Inga Wecker. Officer Wecker is our “community cop”. Contact her about non-emergency neighborhood crime or nuisance issues. Here, in her first report, Officer Wecker discusses our upcoming “Meeting At Your Corner” neighborhood meet-up on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. with her and L.A.P.D. Wilshire Station commanders. Other subjects touched on include how to prevent home and auto burglaries, fireworks on the 4th of July, our National Night Out event planned for this August. Check it out.

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Don’t Get Hacked! LAPD Wilshire Issues Crime Alert About Your Car’s Keyless Remotes

A5-Locksmith-003.png.htmlHave you got a newer model car that uses these types of keyless car remotes to enter, lock, or even start your vehicles engine?

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We doubt you’d be surprised to hear that criminals (of course) have figured out ways to hack into those remotes and get into your car with ease.  L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives recently issued a Crime Alert on this exploit.

Here’s some excerpts from a story that appeared in the magazine Wired about this new crime…

FOR YEARS, CAR owners with keyless entry systems have reported thieves approaching their vehicles with mysterious devices and effortlessly opening them in seconds. After having his Prius burgled repeatedly outside his Los Angeles home, the New York Times‘ former tech columnist Nick Bilton came to the conclusion that the thieves must be amplifying the signal from the key “fob” in the house to trick his car’s keyless entry system into thinking the key was in the thieves’ hand. He eventually resorted to keeping his keys in the freezer.

Now a group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of that wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hundreds of thousands of drivers to keep their car keys next to their Pudding Pops. The Munich-based automobile club ADAC recently made public a study it had performed on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that silently extends the range of unwitting drivers’ wireless key fobs to open cars and even start their ignitions!

The researchers say that 24 different vehicles from 19 different manufacturers were all vulnerable, allowing them to not only reliably unlock the target vehicles but also immediately drive them away!

“This clear vulnerability in [wireless] keys facilitates the work of thieves immensely”.“The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over 1000 feet, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner.” Apparently the attack device can be “had” for —are you ready for this — a mere $225.

Some of the manufacturers tested included BMW, Audi (A3, A4, A6), Ford, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Range Rover’s Evoque, Nissan, Kia, and apparently Tesla who issued a software update that may thwart these exploits.  It’s advised that you check with your perspective auto manufacturer to see if your model is vulnerable.

Soccer superstar David Beckham’s $100,000 BMW was stolen using these new exploits. Read about it here

Here’s a short video from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.. This video says that they don’t see evidence hackers can start and steal your car outright but that contradicts the German study cited in this article.

In the meantime, here’s some tips to protect yourself just in case. You can try to keep your keyless remote in the freezer of your refrigerator — BUT– be careful that it not damages your car’s remotes batteries. Always check with your car dealer first!  Or, you can purchase your own “Faraday” cages here on Amazon.

Whatever you do — read up about these exploits — in these articles.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/news/a26327/hacked-keyless-entry/

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/03/25/keyless-entry-systems-vulnerable-simple-hack/

Time to stash your keyless car-entry fob in with the frozen pork chops

 

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24-Hour CVS Pharmacy/Liquor Store Seeks To Open At Melrose & Gardner St

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Melrose Action has learned that the long empty space at the southwest corner of Melrose Ave and Gardner St (see map) will become a CVS Pharmacy/Liquor store. According to sources, CVS is seeking a conditional use permit for a full “on-sale” Liquor license (6AM-2AM) along with 24-hour 7 days-a-week operating hours.  Additionally, we are told they plan to operate a “MinuteClinic” at the location. MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. Tell us what you think by adding your comments. Comments are for registered users of Melrose Action, not registered? Sign up by clicking Register Here. Please vote in our Poll below.

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Melrose Business Improvement District Hosts Free Breakfast This Sunday!

The Melrose Business Improvement District is hosting a Free Breakfast Mixer This Sunday for Melrose Area Residents!

If your a resident of the Melrose Area and want to find out about the Melrose B I D (Business Improvement District) and what’s happening to revitalize the street — then please come! Or, share your ideas!, You’re invited! RSVP Here!  http://www.melroseavela.com/events/melrose-bid-neighborhood-mixer/

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/30/2014

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FOR THE WEEK ENDING SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2014. There were 7 reported crimes this week, down from 12 last crime reporting period.  To see crime map Click Here

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: 300 block N La Cienega Blvd – Saturday, August 23 – 10:30 am
Suspect attempted to stun victim with a stun gun as victim pushed suspect out of a business
-Suspect: Male, other descent, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’10”, 200 lbs, 42 years old

BURGLARY: 800 block N Vista St – Tuesday, August 26 – 12:30 pm
Suspects knocked on front door of residence, when no one answered, suspects smashed rear window with a rock. Suspects fled when they heard occupant inside.
-Suspect 1: Male Hispanic, 6’00”, 215 lbs, 25 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Hispanic, 5’10”, 160 to 170 lbs, 25 to 30 years old

Burglary: 8000 block Melrose Ave – Thursday, August 28 – 1:45 am
Suspects smashed front glass door of business with a rock, entered, and removed clothing
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old
-Suspect 2: Male Black, 170 to 200 lbs, 20 to 30 years old

Theft: La Cienega Blvd / Beverly Blvd -Monday, August 25 – 5:00 pm
Victim left a backpack and keys in the suspect’s vehicle and the suspects drove away
-Suspect 1: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 6’00”, 150 lbs, 20 years old
-Supsect 2: Male Black, black hair, brown eyes, 5’08”, 160 lbs
-Suspect Vehicle: Gold 2005 Buick

Theft: 7800 block Melrose Ave -Tuesday, August 26 – 11:50 pm
Suspect grabbed victim’s unattended cellphone from on top of a table

Theft: 7600 block Melrose Ave -Friday, August 29 – 9:00 pm
Suspect removed clothing from inside a business, threw items at employee, and fled with the clothing

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Shooting at Gardner St & Santa Monica Blvd Tied To Other Shootings & Murders, Killing of Dogs in Valley Rampage

Last Friday August 27th at around 11pm…

The West Hollywood attack was reported at 11 p.m. Friday in 1000 N. Blk. of Gardner Street just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles County (West Hollywood) Sheriff’s officials said.

The Los Angeles Times reported… “On Friday, a couple driving home Friday from Universal City (South on Highland Avenue then turned west on Santa Monica Bl) noticed a tan or gold SUV alongside them, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Bowman said. They briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but later saw the SUV driving behind them with its lights off, Bowman said.

The sheriff’s official statement of the incident is as follows..

“As the victims [then] drove eastbound westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard (from Highland Ave), they lost sight of the suspect’s SUV. As the victims continued to drive, they noticed the suspect’s SUV directly behind them, driving with the headlights off. The victims turned left onto Gardner Street from Santa Monica Boulevard, when the suspect’s SUV drove next to the victim’s vehicle passenger side and fired three rounds from a shotgun. The victims were not injured from the gunfire nor from the shattered glass from the blown out rear window.

The victim’s vehicle sustained significant damage by gunfire which resulted in a blown out rear window and damage to the bed of the truck.”

What’s troubling is that this same suspect has now been linked to several murders and heinous incidents over the past week..

• Wednesday morning,  a 42-year-old woman was seriously wounded as she got off the 5 Freeway in Atwater Village

• Thursday,   Gildardo Morales, 48, was found dead, slumped over the wheel of his truck at a Pacoima intersection after leaving a Home Depot store, his engine still running – for no apparent reason.

• Friday  – the shooting on Gardner and Santa Monica Blvd.

• Saturday – this same suspect is believed to have shot three dogs  – two of which are known dead – in the Pacoima area.

• Sunday –  6 a.m., when a 23-year-old woman was killed and her parents critically injured in San Fernando while they were driving to church in the San Fernando Valley.

• Sunday – At 6:35 a.m., a 29-year-old man walking near the Sylmar Recreation Center was shot and killed. Ten minutes later, a woman — identified by relatives as Gloria Esperanza Tobar, 59 — was gunned down in Pacoima as she was waiting for a friend before church.

The Los Angeles Police Department continued Wednesday to investigate links between a Sylmar man and a series of shootings that left four people dead and several others wounded.

Calling him a  “serial killer,” authorities on Tuesday charged  Alexander Hernandez with murder and attempted murder in some of the cases.

LAPD officials said they believe Hernandez acted alone and was randomly shooting people on local streets and freeways. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, saying Hernandez had been uncooperative with detectives since his arrest late Sunday.

Very scary.

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LAPD Wilshire & Melrose Action Kick Off Meeting At Your Corner Tonight

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ice Department’s Wilshire Station together with Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch will hold it’s first “Meeting At Your Corner” tonight, Wednesday August 27th at 7:30pm.

Residents are encouraged to gather at the corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue and share their concerns about crime or incidents that have occurred in the area.  LAPD Wilshire will be bringing it’s mobile command post vehicle to the area for the meeting. Our newly appointed Neighborhood Prosecutor will also be on hand to answer questions.

On hand will be our Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos, John Darnell from Council member Paul Koretz’ office, LAPD Wilshire Captain Eric Davis, and others.

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This meeting will be the first in a series that will take place throughout the area over the next few months at various street corners.  The next meeting date and location will be updated soon.

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Area Video Crime Report For Week Ending 8/16/2014

Click in the window above to see our Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014.

Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/16/2014. There were 12 crimes reported this week, 7 reported last week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on Wednesday 11PM @ 400 N. Poinsettia Pl  and the other on Monday August 11th at 7:20am 800 N Stanely…

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (3)

2 Occurred on Fairfax Avenue and 1 on La Brea and Clinton St

BTFV (5) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

* See Area Crime Map

ROBBERY (1)

Melrose Avenue and Martel @ 07:30 Sunday August 10th

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (0)

THEFTS (1)

Theft – 400 N. Blk Poinsettia Pl –  Friday 08/15/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

Meeting At Your Corner • Wednesday • August 27th • 7:30p • Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue

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Neighborhood Watch Meeting Plans Announced

Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Station have announced plans for “Meetings at Your Corner”.. The new concept has neighborhood watch meetings being held at various street corners in our coverage area usually on Wednesday evenings during the fall season. Neighbors and merchants around the area of the meeting are encourages to join.  If you feel a “Meeting at your Corner” is needed drop us an email at *protected email*.

The location of the first meeting at your corner will be on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30 pm at the southwest corner of Waring Avenue and Curson Avenue.  Map of location is here.

Download the announcement here.

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Area Video Crime Report 8/02 – 8/09/2014

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Here is the latest LAPD Wilshire Area Crime Report for week ending 08/09/2014. There were 7 crimes reported this week.

BURGLARY (2)

We had two home Burglaries – One occurring on 300 N. Kings Rd just south of Oakwood and the other on 900 N Orlando and Willoughby…

BTFV (3) Burglary Theft from Vehicle

500 N. Hayworth Avenue  – Wednesday – 8/06/2014

Beverly and Hayworth – Saturday – 8/09/2014

700 N. Alta Vista Street – Thursday – 8/07/2014

ROBBERY (0) 

As seen in Area Crime Report Video – Clinton and Sierra Bonita – Tuesday 6/17/2014 – Susp approached victim with a handgun and demanded property. Susp took electronic device and waist bag.

GTA (Grand Theft Auto) (1)

600 Blk. of N. Curson Wednesday 8/09/2014

THEFTS (1)

Theft – Melrose Avenue at Edinburgh –  Tuesday 08/5/2014

To see this weeks crime map, click here

If you have any information about these crimes, please call the L.A.P.D. Wilshire Detectives Desk at (213) 922-8263

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BREAKING: Dead Body Discovered in Parking Lot on 300 N Blk of Fairfax

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We just received word that a body has been discovered in the parking lot next to Canter’s Deli... Not known yet if a homicide, suicide, or…. more later… Updates on our Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/melroseaction.

UPDATE: LAPD Wilshire now says that body discovered in the parking lot adjacent to Canter’s Deli Update: Adjacent to Plan Check Restaurant on Fairfax may have been a local known transient, apparently may have fallen and hit head etc… more later. Found in the 300 N. Block of Fairfax…
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