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Joseph Thomas Koetters

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man Begins Jail Sentence Following Sexual Relationships With Students

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 12:28 pm

Santa Monica man Joseph Thomas Koetters, a former English teacher, turned himself in today to begin serving a jail sentence for having sexual relationships with two female students, one of whom became pregnant, while working at the private Hancock Park all-girls Marlborough School.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Courts, West Los Angeles

West L.A. Man Convicted For $4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Posted Nov. 7, 2015, 8:04 am

The ex-owner of a Los Angeles medical supply company was convicted Friday for his role in a $4 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Joseph Thomas Koetters.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Man Pleads Guilty To Sex-Related Counts Involving Two Former Students

Posted Oct. 21, 2015, 12:42 pm

A Santa Monica man who was a former English teacher at the prestigious Marlborough School in Hancock Park pleaded guilty today to having sexual relationships with two students, one of whom got pregnant, and was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation.

Los Angeles International Airport.

News, Celebrity, Courts, Lax

Find Out Why An LAX Worker Is Suing Halle Berry & Her Husband

Posted Oct. 20, 2015, 9:08 am

An LAX worker is suing Halle Berry and her actor husband, Olivier Martinez, who alleges Martinez struck him with a child's car seat in January.

Latest police news and updates.

News, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica, Courts, Pch

Trial Date Set For Big Blue Bus Lawsuit Over Motorcyclist’s Death

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:41 am

A lawsuit brought by the parents of a motorcyclist killed in a Nov. 20, 2012 accident with a Big Blue Bus is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 8 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Bill Cosby.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Bill Cosby

Santa Monica Judge Won't Dimiss Bill Cosby Molestation Case

Posted Oct. 11, 2015, 9:27 am

A lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old, will move forward, a judge ruled in Santa Monica Wednesday, with the comedian scheduled to be deposed later this week.

Us Weekly reports fireworks were set off at midnight for NBA player James Harden's 26th birthday.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

D.A. Decides Not To Prosecute Over Kardashian Fireworks Display Off Coast On Aug. 26

Posted Oct. 1, 2015, 9:51 am

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has decided not to prosecute anyone in connection with a huge fireworks display in the Marina del Rey area in August, it was reported today.

Jack Louis “Dad” Sporich, 81, who once lived in Santa Monica, wants U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez to allow him to change his May 2010 plea.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Crimes

Octogenarian 'Sex Tourist' Who Once Lived in Santa Monica Gets 10 Years in Prison

Posted Sep. 29, 2015, 2:03 pm

An 81-year-old pedophile who previously served time for molesting a Southern California child was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for having sexual contact with two 12-year-old boys in Southeast Asia.

Caitlyn Jenner.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Santa Monica Superior Court Approves Caitlyn Marie Jenner Name Change

Posted Sep. 26, 2015, 6:00 am

The former Bruce Jenner is now officially Caitlyn Marie Jenner after a Santa Monica Superior Court judge Friday approved the reality show star's request for a gender and name change.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 39, is charged with murder and other counts for allegedly driving his car down the Venice boardwalk on Aug. 3, 2013.

News, Venice, Courts

Man Gets 42 Years to Life for Fatal Drive on Venice Boardwalk

Posted Sep. 26, 2015, 6:00 am

A Colorado man who drove his car along the crowded Venice boardwalk, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and hitting 17 others just over two years ago, was sentenced Friday to 42 years to life in prison.

Caitlyn Jenner.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

From Bruce to Caitlyn, Jenner Files Name Change at Santa Monica Court

Posted Sep. 17, 2015, 10:19 am

The former Bruce Jenner filed the petition Tuesday in Santa Monica Superior Court, asking to legally use the name Caitlyn Marie Jenner instead of William Bruce Jenner.

Kelly Soo Park has been acquitted on charges relating to the murder of Juliana Redding in Santa Monica in March 2008.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Acquitted of Murdering Aspiring Model in Santa Monica, Park is Now Charged In Fraud Case

Posted Sep. 16, 2015, 8:44 am

A woman who was acquitted just over two years ago of strangling an aspiring model in Santa Monica was named in a grand jury indictment unsealed today that charges her and 14 others in connection with what prosecutors say was one of the largest insurance fraud scams in California history.

Elizabeth Riel.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

SMCLC Reveal Details In Elizabeth Riel Firing Lawsuit

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:47 am

The Elizabeth Riel saga just won’t seem to go away. Last year Riel was offered the job of Communications Director for the City of Santa Monica, but the position was later rescinded by former city manager Rod Gould. Riel filed a lawsuit and received a $710,000 settlement in July.

The aftermath of the fatal crash on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

News, Malibu, Courts

Sheriff's Dept. Officials Submit Fatal Malibu Crash Investigation Involving Jenner To D.A.

Posted Aug. 26, 2015, 9:42 am

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials on Tuesday submitted their investigation of a fatal Malibu traffic crash involving Caitlyn Jenner to the District Attorney's Office, which will determine if a criminal case is warranted.

Suspect Nathan Louis Campbell.

News, Venice, Courts

Judge Denies New Trial For Man Convicted Of Venice Boardwalk Rampage

Posted Aug. 5, 2015, 11:00 am

A judge denied a request for a new trial today for a Colorado man who drove his car along the crowded Venice boardwalk, killing a honeymooning Italian woman and hitting more than a dozen other people.

Tony Scott.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Judge Approves $1.25 Million Settlement Agreement Against Estate Of Tony Scott

Posted Jul. 29, 2015, 9:16 am

A probate court judge approved a $1.25 million settlement of a lawsuit filed against the estate of the late director Tony Scott by Creative Artists Agency, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Appeal By LAPD Detective Convicted Of Gunning Down Romantic Rival Fails

Posted Jul. 14, 2015, 9:48 am

A state appeals court panel on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Los Angeles police detective sentenced to 27 years in prison for gunning down her ex-boyfriend's wife in a jealous rage in 1986.

News, Celebrity, Courts

Defense Wants $10 Million Bail Lowered For Former Rap Mogul Suge Knight

Posted Jul. 9, 2015, 9:14 am

Marion "Suge" Knight's attorney said in a new court filing released Wednesday that video footage from a Jan. 29 confrontation in Compton -- for which the former rap mogul is charged with murder and other counts -- shows him being "viciously attacked and fleeing for his life."

Carter Paysinger.

News, Courts, Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills High School Principal Settles Lawsuit With School District For $685,000

Posted Jun. 27, 2015, 8:15 am

Retiring Beverly Hills High School Principal Carter Paysinger on Friday signed a $685,000 settlement of his federal civil rights lawsuit against the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Courts

Doctor Who Ran Clinic On Santa Monica Blvd. Allegedly Defrauds Medicare

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:22 am

Two doctors are among nine Los Angeles-area residents facing federal charges for their alleged roles in schemes to defraud Medicare of about $66 million, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

Robert Taylor was sentenced to 13 years state prison for tasering a Santa Monica parking attendant during a bungled robbery in July 2014.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

13 Year Prison Sentence For Man Who Tasered Santa Monica Parking Attendant

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 2:31 pm

Los Angeles man Robert Lee Taylor was sentenced to 13 years in state prison on June 5 after waiving his right to a trial and pled “no contest” to a 2014 attempted robbery and assault case where he tasered a Santa Monica parking attendant.

Nathan Louis Campbell was convicted of second-degree murder today after driving the 2008 blue Dodge Avenger that barreled down the boardwalk on Aug. 3, 2013.

News, Venice, Courts

Venice Boardwalk Rampage Suspect Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 7:37 pm

A Colorado man who drove his car on the crowded Venice boardwalk, striking several pedestrians and killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon, was convicted today of second-degree murder and other charges.

Lindsay Lohan.

News, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Courts

Lindsay Lohan Completes Community Service, Released From Probation

Posted May. 27, 2015, 1:51 pm

After nearly eight years, Lindsay Lohan was finally released from probation today when a judge confirmed that the actress had successfully completed the last of her required 125 hours of community service.

News, Courts, West La

Restaurant Goers At Don Antonio's Claim They Were Salmonella Poisoned

Posted May. 23, 2015, 10:57 am

Two patrons of a Los Angeles restaurant billed on its website as serving the best Mexican food in Los Angeles are suing the eatery because they allegedly contracted salmonella poisoning after dining there in March.

News, Music, Courts, Television

Singer Sues "X Factor" Producers, Alleging Voice Was Altered In Audition

Posted May. 23, 2015, 9:00 am

The producers of "X Factor" were sued today by a contestant who alleges her voice was altered and that other measures were taken to ensure her audition failed.

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