Police arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attempt

first_imgHomeNewsCrimePolice arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attempt Nov. 01, 2018 at 9:25 amCrimeFeaturedNewsPolice arrest Uber driver for possible kidnapping attemptMatthew Hall3 years agokidnapsmpdUber An Uber driver has been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap passengers on Halloween night.According to the Santa Monica Police Department, officers received a call at about 6:43 p.m. from a woman near 23rd and Santa Monica Blvd. who said her Uber driver was refusing to stop and let her out of the vehicle.“While responding to this call, three additional 911 calls were received from multiple victims reporting similar accounts possibly involving the same vehicle and suspect. The victims involved were unharmed and reported the suspect was possibly armed with a handgun and threatened to kidnap the victims,” said the statement released by SMPD.SMPD Lt. Saul Rodriguez said the additional victims called police after they exited the vehicle but the precise circumstances were still under investigation.Officers located the vehicle but the driver fled from police with passengers in the car. According to SMPD, a man and woman were in the vehicle at the time of the chase but both were able to jump out of the moving vehicle and both suffered minor injuries.Local officers chased the car with support from the Los Angeles Police Department helicopter and 35-year-oldKaled Elasyedsa Ali from Anaheim, was arrested near Montana Ave. and Bundy Drive. Ali has been booked for kidnapping and felony evading arrest. His bail has been set at $100,000.00 pending future court proceedings.An Uber spokeswoman said the company just launched a new feature in Los Angeles that allows users to reach emergency services from the app itself. The feature provides specific location, license plate number and the make and model of the vehicle directly to the 911 operator. She said the Santa Monica case was deeply unsettling and as soon as the company was made aware of the report, they immediately removed the suspect’s access to the platform. She said the company will provide any information to the investigating authorities for their ongoing investigation.The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division Courthouse for filing consideration. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Goodwin at (310) 458-8942; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491. Tags :kidnapsmpdUbershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNew program provides county-wide funding to fight homelessnessNewsom, Cox make final pitches to be California governorYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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Caves at old Roeland Park swimming pool site cannot be used; site still has development potential

first_imgA drawing of a possible development of an entertainment site using the old pool ground and the limestone caves. The drawing was done by Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and introduced a year ago.The caves at the old Roeland Park swimming pool site are not going to be usable in a future development, according to engineering reports. But that does not mean the site cannot still be a suitable target for a redevelopment project.An interior shot of the caves.The caves – which are really the result of a limestone mining operation and not natural caves – once housed the locker rooms for the old Roeland Park swimming pool. When the pool closed, the entrances were blocked with fill dirt. The city council had appropriated money to clear the area and have engineers determine if the rooms could be used in a future redevelopment such as a retail or entertainment venue.Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, an architect, had started the discussion nearly one year ago with a drawing that showed the possibility of redeveloping the pool site and incorporating the caves into a venue that included a large public gathering space.Once the brush was cleared from the pool site, engineers were able to enter the caves to make an assessment. That report indicated that the ceilings in the mine are not structurally able to support a redevelopment use, according to city administrator Keith Moody. The stone that has been subject to freeze and thaw cycles has been sloughing off and in several places shows water infiltration.That does not mean the site cannot be redeveloped, Mood said. “There’s no question that you can develop it.” The next step is to determine if the cave area would be brought down and removed or filled to make it stable to support a structure. The city will get cost estimates for both of those options.Between the level where the old pool was located and the top of the mine where the Roeland Park public works building sits is a 30-foot elevation difference. Moody pointed out that a multi-story building could have both a third floor entrance and a first floor entrance from different sides. Another option is to preserve the limestone walls as backdrop in a development.During the cave evaluation, it was found that an area public works uses for outdoor storage behind its building extends over the top of the domes in the mine. That area was marked off and will not be used any longer because of questions about structural integrity.See all the photos from the inside of the cave below:https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/10080615/Cave_PIcs_RP_doc.pdflast_img read more

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Cole’s first Yates County Speedway visit ends with Friesen Chevrolet Empire State feature win

first_imgDUNDEE, N.Y. (June 15) – Matt Cole might have himself a new favorite track. Cole made his first visit to Yates County Speedway on Sunday and came away with his career-first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series victory.“It’s a fun little track,” said the third-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver. “My luck at new tracks has been pretty good so far this season. Hopefully that’s something we can continue.” Keith Lamphere led much of the way before giving up the lead to Cole in the late going and finish­ing second. Rich Karlnoski, Bumps Scutt and Mike Griffin completed the top five. Gary Smith and Lamphere led the pack to green with Smith grabbing the early lead. Lamphere took over briefly before relinquishing the lead to Chris Fleming. Fleming and Lamphere went side-by-side for several laps. Their battle ended following a lap 14 restart, however, when the rear locked up on Fleming’s car and sidelined him for the balance. Cole then entered the picture, hounding Lamphere until finally making his move to the front on the 22nd of 25 laps.“I ran the bottom early and watched Lamphere up top,” said Cole. “I moved up there with seven or eight laps to go and the car just came to life.” Feature results – 1. Matt Cole; 2. Keith Lamphere; 3. Rich Karlnoski; 4. Bumps Scutt; 5. Mark Griffin; 6. Bruce Tinsley; 7. Gary Smith; 8. Jared Spalding; 9. Tyler Stoddard; 10. Mike Stoddard; 11. Ken Buck; 12. James Cornell; 13. Will Ward; 14. Billy Ward; 15. Mike Butler; 16. Brian Stei­gerwald; 17. Todd Stone; 18. Scott Sebring; 19. Gary Roberts; 20. Chris Fleming; 21. Brad Smith; 22. Bruce Kinner.last_img read more

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