Cushy Tushy Diaper Drive 2014 returns to Venice this Saturday

The Cushy Tushy Diaper Drive 2014 returns to Venice this Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Organizers are asking community members to bring packaged diapers of any size to the corner of Shell Ave. and Venice Blvd. to support local non-profits in their work with struggling families.

This year’s diaper recipients include:

– Venice Family Clinic
— Westside Family Medical Center
— Latino Resource Organization, Inc.
— Bible Tabernacle

The Diaper Drive will be sharing the space with “The Other Venice Film Festival.”

“If you see a bunch of people milling about, you found us,” organizers said. “Look for the Cushy Tushy sign and large pile of diapers right on the corner.”

Parking an issue? Come to the corner and roll your window down, and a volunteer will come running for a diaper hand-off to help with convenience.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/567326163397139.

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Teen taken into custody after crashing stolen station wagon in Venice

A teenage boy crashed a stolen station wagon in Venice today and was taken into custody after a brief chase, authorities said.

The suspect, whose name was not released, crashed the stolen Subaru Outback into a cinder block wall and an iron fence near the intersection of Electric and Westminster avenues around 1:45 am, said Los Angeles police Lt. Mark Day.

He ran from the scene after the crash but was quickly caught, Day said.

Day said the suspect was treated for his injuries and would be booked for driving a stolen vehicle.


Cops arrest Venice break-in suspect who struck while residents were sleeping

A man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly burglarizing a Venice home while the residents were sleeping.

The break-in occurred in the 600 block of Venezia Avenue about 5 am, said a sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Station.

The watch sergeant said detectives were looking into whether the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is linked to other “hot prowls” in the area.

She said there was no indication of a sexual component to the crime. It was unclear whether anything was taken from the home.

Burglary Warning

LAPD issues Hot Prowl Burglary Warning for Venice

LAPD Pacific Area continues to see Hot Prowl (victim is in home) Burglaries. Most occur when residents leave windows or doors open/unlocked. Stolen items include smartphones, laptops, jewelry, car keys, and a garage clicker.

They have issued a directive:
2. Don’t leave valuables unattended near open windows.
3. Install and use an alarm (wireless systems sold online do not require permanent installation).

Four bicycles were reported stolen. Two were left unlocked in a underground parking garage.

1. Lock your bicycles, underground garages are not safe.
2. Lock your bicycle in an area where you can keep an eye on it, thieves continue to bypass some locks.
3. Keep your bicycle’s info (serial #)/picture to give police. Without this info it is difficult to recover stolen property.

#PredictivePolicing locations
Ocean Front Walk/Rose
Windward/Park Row

Courtesy of Steve Christensen

Venice surfers take advantage of high surf

With a high surf advisory remaining in effect until 9 pm Tuesday thanks to Tropical Storm Simon, Venice surfers are taking advantage of the increased swell.

Courtesy of Steve Christensen

Local photographer Steve Christensen snapped these photos on Monday morning of surfers taking advantage of nice barrels at the Venice Pier.

Click here to view more photos.

With the big waves come increased risks of rip currents. The swell is out of the south, and water temperatures are 66-72 degrees.

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