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January 4, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Photos: Sidewalk memorial for LAPD Officer Monroe, grows in Simi Valley
Officer Heather Monroe, 30, of Simi Valley, who was assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division in Northridge, was pronounced dead at the scene after the Scion tC she was riding in collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by an Uber driver at the intersection of Cochran St. and Sycamore Dr. in Simi Valley. A candle, flower and photograph memorial dedicated to Monroe continued to grow on January 3, 2017. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man In Bizarre Chase That Ends In South LA Monday Is Same Man In 2014 Attempted Kidnapping
The man arrested after leading police on a bizarre pursuit from the San Fernando Valley Monday is apparently the same man accused of punching a  nanny  two years ago and trying to kidnap a boy in Westchester. On Monday, Los Angeles police started chasing a black Nissan in Sylmar believing the  driver  had a gun. KCAL 9

Car Found Off Steep Cliff Possibly Belongs to Missing Couple
Investigators are attempting to determine whether a car found over the side of Pacific Coast Highway belongs to a couple who disappeared on a holiday road trip to Big Sur. The car, which matches the description of the North Hollywood couple's, was discovered Tuesday at the bottom of a steep cliff above the ocean. The tan sedan was spotted 325 feet down a cliff off Highway 1 at Ragged Point in northern San Luis Obispo County, but due to weather conditions, darkness and terrain, first responders could not yet get down to the car.

LAPD: Brazen thieves stealing airbags from mall parking lots
A brazen criminal was caught on security camera stealing a  pickup truck  tailgate within minutes. It's a crime LAPD says is making a comeback along with thefts of catalytic converters and airbags. An officer from LAPD's Topanga Division posted a warning on Facebook to shoppers at area malls to beware of the thieves.
FOX 11

Caught on Camera: Thieves Take Jewelry, Guns and Money From Sherman Oaks Home
Police circulated surveillance video Tuesday of two suspects in the act of burglarizing a Sherman Oaks home from which jewelry, guns and money were taken, and believe they may have stole from more homes in the area. Officers responded about 8:35 p.m. Friday to a burglary in the 4200 block of Levitt Lane, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Report: Burglars Paint Anti-Gay Slurs On Walls Of Van Nuys Home
The burglary and vandalism of a Van Nuys  home  is being investigated Wednesday as a hate crime, police said. An open door was reported at a  home  in the 7400 block of Vista Del Monte Avenue at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Liliana Preciado said.

Masked Intruders Tie Up Resident, Set Fire in House
Two masked individuals tied up a resident in a home-invasion robbery Tuesday morning and set fire to the residence as they left, according to police.  A man was tied up and robbed during the break-in, which occurred about 4 a.m. in the 10200 block of Fairgrove Avenue in Tujunga, a community in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The men took items from the home and fled, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Local Artists Claim They Created 'Hollyweed' Sign
So who's the prankster who altered the famed Hollywood sign on New Year's morning to make it read "Hollyweed?" Indications Tuesday were pointing toward a local artist who goes by the moniker "Jesus Hands," a name that was scrawled on one of the black tarps used to alter the sign.

New Law Requires Children To Stay Rear-Facing In Car Seat Until At Least Age 2
The first birthday rite of passage of turning the  car seat  around to face the front has officially been pushed to the second birthday. As of Jan. 1, children in California under 2 years old must now ride in a rear-facing car seat until the child reaches at least 40 pounds or is at least 40  inches  tall. Gov. Jerry Brown signed  the new car seat regulation into  law  in 2015, but the law did not go into effect until this year.

'Seriously ill' Charles Manson moved to hospital
Mass murderer Charles Manson has been taken from a Central Valley prison to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, two sources familiar with the situation said. One of the sources said Manson was seriously ill but could not provide specific information. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
Los Angeles Times

Xavier Becerra formally nominated as California attorney general
Gov. Jerry Brown formally entered his nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra for California attorney general on Tuesday, setting the 90-day clock for the Legislature to act. Brown's selection of Becerra, a Los Angeles Democrat and veteran of federal immigration and health care policy debates, came after the fall elevation of Democrat Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate. Harris was sworn in Tuesday, after which Brown submitted his pick of Becerra to the Legislature. 
Sacramento Bee

Dallas Police Department faces hiring crisis
Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez called the plan to hire 451 new police officers this year "extremely difficult if not impossible" in a memo to City Council members. Instead of increasing the police force, the city is expected to hire 300 new officers to replace those leaving, Gonzalez said in the financial forecast memo. Dallas Morning News

Congressman: Painting in US Capitol tunnel will remain, despite criticism from cops
The St. Louis County Police Association is calling a painting placed in the U.S. Capitol complex by Rep. William Lacy Clay a “punch in the mouth” for depicting police officers as animals. Clay, D-St. Louis, said he would not take it down, despite criticism from conservative bloggers and a call from a Fox News commentator for it to be taken down.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Former top cop: Officers feeling under attack led to rise in Chicago crime
Chicago's struggles with gun violence once again made national news on Sunday night as a CBS "60 Minutes" segment spotlighted the city's deadliest year in two decades. On Sunday evening, "60 Minutes" aired a segment titled "Crisis in Chicago," in which correspondent Bill Whitaker delves into the factors that have been driving Chicago's surging number of shootings. Data kept by the Chicago Tribune tallied at least 781 homicides for the year. 
Chicago Tribune

Local Government News

‘Customer Bill Of Rights' Unveiled To Earn Back LADWP Customers' Trust
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday unveiled a proposed “Customer Bill of Rights” that he vowed will improve service for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  customers . “I want to make sure that people here in this city get good  customer service ,” the mayor said.

LA County Opens First Sobering Center on Skid Row
Los Angeles County opened its first sobering center on Skid Row Monday. Located at 640 S. Maple Street in downtown Los Angeles, the center will primarily serve homeless, intoxicated people who might otherwise be taken to jail or an emergency room, NBC4's media partner KPCC reports.

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