The Courier is saddened to learn of the death of Beverly Hills Police Department K-9 Ecko, who was put to sleep last week after a short battle with cancer. Ecko was partners with BHPD officer David Rudy for seven-and-a-half years. They began partnering together when Ecko was just 18-months-old. He retired from the BHPD on April 1, at the age of 9. Ecko was a male Belgian malinois, which are a breed routinely used as police canines because of their high play drive and the unbreakable bond they form with their human partners. Ecko and Officer Rudy’s relationship began during a three-month basic training canine school, which focused on patrol work as well as explosives detection work. During his career, Ecko assisted the BHPD and other outside agencies in explosives detection sweeps and other operations. “We are greatful for all the years Ecko worked at BHPD and will miss him,” BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli said.
An early morning single-car accident killed the driver and has closed Coldwater Canyon Drive while police conduct an investigation into the incident.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery for allegedly shoving a woman to the ground in the parking lot of the Beverly Center, police said Tuesday.
A burglary suspect allegedly armed with a knife holed up in the Los Feliz area home of film director Spike Jonze for more than four hours Tuesday before surrendering, according to police and media reports.
Beverly Hills police responded to a positive identification for a stolen vehicle on Wilshire Boulevard Monday morning. Several officers responded with their guns drawn. The three suspects in the vehicle were apprehended. Beverly Hills police use Automated License Plate Readers to detect vehicles that have been reported as stolen.
A 47-year-old man was hospitalized and on life support Tuesday morning, four days after he was punched and seriously injured in an assault in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium.
Police this week were investigating swastikas that had been scrawled in blood near the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
On Thursday morning, dozens of cops were sipping coffee with the public, talking over the issues of the day, at Peet’s Coffee, 258 S. Beverly Dr. Pictured (from left): Traffic Control Officer Simmons, Traffic Control Officer Jeffrey Grijalva, BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli, Mayor Julian Gold, Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood, Lt. Elisabeth Albanese, Councilmember Robert Wunderlich, Detective Christopher Lelong, Sgt. Eric Olson and Sgt. James Keenaghan.
Beverly Hills businessman Ari Bussel brought dozens of young Jewish students for a tour to find out just how Beverly Hills works, along with a little history lesson. The group of students included 12 sixth-graders who arrived from Tel Aviv on Sunday as part of an exchange program with Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), the L.A. valley’s largest Conservative synagogue. The Tel Aviv students, along with their teachers and 26 sixth-graders from VBS, visited the Beverly Hills Police and Fire Departments at City Hall, along with stops at the Courier’s office on Canon Drive, the Mural of Jewish L.A. (on the south side of Canter’s Deli) and had a boxed Kosher lunch at the Iranian American Jewish Federation. Bussel said the students also took time to discuss Raoul Wallenberg, whose statue is at the corner of Fairfax and Beverly Boulevard.
Los Angeles police officers who shoot someone will have to wait at least two weeks before returning to the field under a policy approved by the five-member civilian panel that oversees the department.