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March 18, 2014

Law Enforcement

Out-of-sync response to LAX shooter
A report on the emergency response to a shooting last year at Los Angeles International Airport, which left a security screener dead, cites serious shortcomings in communication between agencies that left major commanders in the dark and a long lag in establishing a coordinated response. An early copy of the report to be presented Tuesday to airport commissioners was obtained by The Associated Press. Nothing has been blacked out for security reasons in the single report that will be presented, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. Before the presentation, Mayor Eric Garcetti planned to hold a news conference highlighting the findings.
Associated Press

California student held on terrorism charge linked to L.A. subway
A 20-year-old student at a California community college, who authorities said had discussed an attack on the Los Angeles subway, has been arrested on a federal terrorism charge while trying to enter Canada for an eventual trip to the Mideast, where he planned to help a group wage holy war, officials said Monday. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was arrested at the border crossing in Blaine, Wash.
Los Angeles Times

'Bling Ring' member arrested after allegedly violating parole
One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew, which made headlines for breaking into celebrity homes, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, officials said. Nicholas Prugo - a member of a ring of teens and 20-somethings accused of nabbing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories - was arrested Friday morning. He was being held without bail, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Police helicopter makes early morning emergency landing at LA Coliseum
A caution light caused the pilot of a Los Angeles Police Department Air Support helicopter to land at the LA Memorial Coliseum Monday morning, a department official said. The helicopter touched down about 1:30 a.m. in the Coliseum parking lot at Menlo Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to Air Support Sgt. Jean Salvodon. "The procedure is for us to land," Salvodon said. A mechanic would be called to the scene to try to repair the helicopter and get it back in the air this morning, he said.
City News Service

LAPD vehicle, SUV collide; seven people hurt
Seven people, including four police officers, were injured and transported to local hospitals when an unmarked LAPD vehicle and an SUV collided Monday morning in the Glassell Park area. Two of the four officers remained in serious but stable condition, while the other two were stable, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. The three civilians were also reported in stable condition.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD motorcycle officer reportedly struck by DUI driver
A LAPD motorcycle officer was reportedly struck by a suspected DUI driver Sunday evening in Boyle Heights. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital. Kevin Takumi, reporting in Sky9, said the officer was hit in East Los Angeles near 7th Street. The officer was making a traffic stop on another vehicle when he was hit. While flying overhead, Takumi said the officer appeared to be sitting up and alert.

Rebellious drum circle throws bottles at LAPD - skirmish line ensues as they refuse to disperse
For the third week in a row, participants in the Sunday drum circle on Venice Beach became violent as LAPD did their normal shut down to disperse the crowd after sunset. A help call was generated requesting backup as the units on the sand had bottles thrown at them by the crowd. Refusing to comply, an airship and multiple LAPD units executed a skirmish line the push the crowd north.
Venice 311

Palo Alto man Googles himself, finds out he's on wanted criminals site
A Palo Alto man who searched his name on Google wound up finding out more about himself than he bargained for when he discovered he was a wanted man. San Leandro police said 27-year-old Christopher Viatafa -- who was wanted by authorities for allegedly firing a gun toward an inhabited dwelling -- turned himself in after seeing the photo. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website ... he did use good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," according to a news release from the San Leandro Police Department.
Los Angeles Times


California's chief justice asks legislators to help rebuild courts
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye warned Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state "on the verge of a civil rights crisis." "A three-hour drive to the nearest courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book," Cantil-Sakauye planned to tell state lawmakers Thursday, according to a text of her speech released in advance.
Los Angeles Times

City Government

L.A.'s top budget official warns against expanding city services
L.A.'s top budget official on Monday advised the city's elected leaders to resist the temptation to expand services, saying they should work toward eliminating a recurring deficit by 2018 instead. In a 37-page report, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said a rebounding economy and greater stability in the city's own finances have created new pressure to add or expand local government.
Los Angeles Times

4.4 L.A. earthquake a wake-up call for residents to prepare
The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood early Monday was a "rude awakening" for Angelenos who remain vulnerable to being caught unprepared by a major temblor, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The earthquake that struck in Sherman Oaks at 6:25 a.m. was the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5-earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008. It was followed up by seven smaller temblors, with two registering as magnitude 2.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Los Angeles Times

Plans to revitalize Jordan Downs in disarray over federal money
Plans for the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts have been thrown into disarray after Los Angeles officials learned Monday that the city will not be awarded a $30-million federal grant they had been counting on for the development. For years, officials have been touting their plan to spend upward of $700 million to transform the derelict and often dangerous housing project into a mixed-income community of up to 1,800 stylish new apartments, along with chain stores and new streetscapes.
Los Angeles Times


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