Archive for July 29th, 2008

Shia LaBeouf Update…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008


Shia LaBeouf might not have caused collision, Sheriff’s Department says



LaBeouf’s overturned truck at La Brea and Fountain in Hollywood 


The other car involved in a West Hollywood traffic accident was cited for running a red light. LaBeouf, however, was cited for misdemeanor drunken driving.


By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 29, 2008


Actor Shia LaBeouf may not have been at fault in a Sunday morning accident that led to his arrest on drunk driving charges, a sheriff’s spokesman said.


The accident on the corner of La Brea and Fountain avenues in West Hollywood left the Indiana Jones actor and two other people injured. [NOTE: With LaBeouf was Isabel Lucas, a 23-year-old Australian actress who plays a supporting role in the ‘Transformers’ sequel ‘Revenge of the Fallen,’ according to a person close to the movie’s production who asked not to be named. Lucas was uninjured.]


L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said the investigation suggests that another driver may have run a red light, hitting LaBeouf’s truck. That driver was cited at the scene for running a red light.


LaBeouf made a left turn and collided with an oncoming car about 2:30 a.m. The actor’s Ford F-150 pickup truck rolled over in the crash.


LaBeouf injured his left hand and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for surgery, according to Sgt. Kristin Aloma of the sheriff’s West Hollywood station. LaBeouf’s passenger and the other driver, both women, were treated for minor injuries and released from Cedars.


LaBeouf, 22, “was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication,” Aloma said. He was cited for misdemeanor drunken driving instead of felony drunken driving because the injuries suffered by the others were minor, she explained.


LaBeouf has not been arraigned on the drunk driving charge.



Elizabeth Short’s Hollywood…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

 The Black Dahlia

Elizabeth Short’s



Elizabeth Short

July 29, 1924 — January 15, 1947


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Today would be the 84th birthday of Elizabeth Short, best known as “The Black Dahlia.”  Her unsolved murder is still a point of interest and curiosity to people. Short spent most of the last five months of her life living in Hollywood at the following places:



6326 Lexington Avenue 


Short stayed at the Brevoort Hotel with one-time boyfriend, Gordon Fickling from August 20 to August 27, 1946.







1611 N. Orange Drive [site]


On August 28, Short stayed with friends Lynn Martin and Marjorie Graham at the Hawthorn Hotel which was located on Orange, one block south of the Roosevelt Hotel. The Hawthorn was razed many years ago; a huge apartment complex now stands on the block.




MARK HANSEN residence

6024 Carlos Avenue [site]


Short, Marjorie and another friend, Ann Toth, moved into Mark Hansen’s bungalow, which was located across from the Hollywood First Presbyterian Church at Gower and Carlos. She stayed there from October 1 to October 9, and again from October 23 through November 13, 1946. Hansen was a successful businessman and part-owner of the Florentine Gardens, which was only a few blocks from here. Hansen was briefly a suspect in Short’s muder. The site of Hansen’s bungalow is now a parking lot for the church.







5217 Hollywood Blvd.
Room 726



Room 726 at the Guardian Arms was Short’s residence from October 10 though October 22, 1946. She lived there with her friend Marjorie, and two men, Bill Robinson and Marvin Margolis. Marjorie and the two men slept in the bed while Short slept on the floor. Ann Toth later told police: “This Bill Robinson tried to take advantage of her (Short) once and he slapped her in the face and threw her out of the car. She came home crying about that. I don’t think anyone else tried anything.”










1842 N. Cherokee Avenue
Room 501


When Short moved from Hansen’s bungalow for the last time (November 13), she moved to the Chancellor and shared cramped quarters in room 501 (on the top floor) with eight roommates: Linda Rohr, Sherryl Maylond, Cheryll Haughlamb, Beverly Don’e, Pat Goff, Marion Schmidt, Dorothy Saffrom and Mary Louise Pappe. After Short’s death, the Chancellor’s landlady, Juanita Ringo, told authorities: “She came here for a room last November 13. That’s a bad day, isn’t it? She wasn’t sociable like the other girls who lived in apartment 501 with her — more the sophisticated type.” Elizabeth Short moved out of the Chancellor on December 6, 1946.






During the time that Elizabeth Short lived in Hollywood, she frequented many of the area’s restaurants and night spots, including the following: (click on images to enlarge)


1652 N. Cherokee Avenue


1623 N. Vine Street



5955 Hollywood Boulevard



L.A. Earthquate – 5.4…

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008


5.4 earthquake rocks L.A. area



The quake, which Caltech officials downgraded from an initial magnitude of 5.8, was centered near Chino Hills. No major damage or injuries are reported.


By David Pierson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
1:18 PM PDT, July 29, 2008


A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego.


The quake shook downtown L.A. buildings and was felt as far east as Palm Springs.


It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.


There were no reports of major damage or injuries. But the Los Angeles Police Department reported minor structural damage at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


The magnitude of the quake was originally set at 5.8. But Caltech officials downgraded it to 5.4 and said they doubted the temblor caused major structural damage. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)