Cathy Carrasco-Zanini, a 58-year-old white woman, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the 100 block of North Hamilton Boulevard in Beverly Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Officers went to a residence shortly before 2 p.m. to do a welfare check and found Carrasco-Zanini dead, according to a Beverly Hills police report.
According to coroner’s records, she suffered sharp-force trauma to the neck.
Later in the day, in a nearby office building, detectives detained a "person of interest," who was booked into the Beverly Hills city jail on a murder charge, according to the report.
The person has since been identified as James Grzeslo, a 54-year-old white man, who lives in Los Angeles.
Grzeslo is being held in lieu of $1.02-million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Beverly Hills Municipal Court.
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Ronni Chasen, a 64-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 16, near Sunset Boulevard and Whittier Drive in Beverly Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Chasen had just attended the premiere of "Burlesque" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, as well as a party after the screening before her Mercedes-Benz E350 crashed into a light pole about 12:30 a.m., sources told The Times. She lived in Westwood and may have been driving home when the attack occurred.
Nahid Shekarchian, a 33-year resident of the neighborhood who lives just south of the house where Chasen's car crashed, said she heard gunshots -- "boom-boom-boom" -- and opened the curtain of her upstairs bedroom. She told her daughter-in-law to call 911 and went outside to see what had happened.
Shekarchian said the woman in the car was bleeding profusely from her nose and had blood on her chest. The window on …
Katsutoshi Takazato, a 21-year-old Asian man, was stabbed to death Tuesday, July 20, in the 1800 block of Carla Ridge in Beverly Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 6 a.m., officers responded to reports of an assault in Trousdale Estates, said Sgt. David Perez of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Police found Takazato, son of a Japanese filmmaker, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene, Perez said.
Later that day, Beverly Hills police arrested Scott Joe Barker, a 23-year-old white man, and Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, a 20-year-old woman, in connection with the slaying of Takazato.
A third suspect was released after Beverly Hills police detectives concluded he was not involved, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
On Thursday, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Barker and Johnson each with a single count of murder.
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Diane Newlander, a 73-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Tuesday, May 4, in the 400 block of South Swall Drive in Beverly Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Beverly Hills police officers discovered Newlander's body and the body of a man authorities believe to be her husband after going to their home on a "welfare check" Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
"All indications are showing that this couple were the victims of a murder-suicide," Sgt. Renato Moreno said. "There is no threat to the community."
Detectives had not determined what sparked the violence, police said.
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Scott Ruffalo, a 39-year-old white man, died Monday Dec. 8, 2008, a week after he was shot once in the head in his apartment in the 400 block of North Palm Avenue in Beverly Hills, authorities said.
Ruffalo, a hairdresser, was the brother of actor Mark Ruffalo.
Beverly Hills police questioned Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26, and her boyfriend, Brian Scofield, about the incident after the couple turned themselves in a week after the shooting. Adham was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and initially held without bail.
She was released late the next day after her attorney, Ronald Richards, said he was able to convince police Adham was present but not responsible for the shooting.
"There's still an ongoing, active criminal investigation, so we do not have a statement at this time," said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Tony Lee shortly after Adham's release.
Richards said his client and another man …
Jacob Lipson, a 51-year-old white man, was shot multiple times inside his home in the 9900 block of Durant Drive in Beverly Hills about 12:05 a.m. Friday, March 14. He was declared dead by paramedics at 12:55 a.m.
Authorities said officers with the Beverly Hills Police Department responded to a radio call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers conducted a search at the home and discovered that Lipson had been shot multiple times with a handgun.
An officer saw a woman walking to her car near Santa Monica Boulevard and detained her for questioning. "It turns out she was involved in the incident," said Lt. Tony Lee of the Beverly Hills Department.
Eleonora Iordanova Igova, 30, Lipson's wife, was arrested on suspicion of murder. "It was a good observation on the officer's part," Lee said. The motive for the shooting was still unknown.
Bertonetesei was pronounced dead at a hospital after he was shot about 10:17 a.m., said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mitch McCann.
The incident began when police received a call of a robbery at the Washington Mutual branch in the 9200 block of Wilshire Boulevard and an officer spotted the suspect walking on Wilshire, McCann said.
The officer ordered the man to stop. The suspect ran east on Wilshire, pushed his way into a car and tried to flee with the driver still inside, police said.
The officer tried unsuccessfully to stop the man by using a Taser stun gun, then shot him, McCann said.
-- Times staff report