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January 5, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Outraged cops demand ouster of police-as-pigs painting from D.C.
Outraged officials of the Los Angeles police union Thursday will unveil a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan demanding the removal of a painting from the Capitol depicting police officers as pigs. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers, will hold a media availability as they join other big-city police departments in the nation.

'It's a Hateful Message': Artwork at US Capitol Depicting Police as Pigs Sparks Controversy
3A piece of artwork displayed at the United States Capitol depicting police officers as pigs is creating controversy from coast to coast, with police officers demanding it be removed. "It's a hateful message," said Sgt. Paul Kelly with the San Jose Police Officers Association. NBC Bay Area obtained a letter that police in California sent to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, demanding he remove the painting immediately. In a letter to Ryan, the San Jose police union joined with unions in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Oakland in demanding tihe speaker use his power to take down the art immediately.
NBC Bay Area , San Jose Mercury News

Authorities Searching for Missing Helicopter Off Cabrillo Beach
Authorities are responding to reports of a helicopter down in the ocean off San Pedro. So far no wreckage or victims have been spotted. But Eyewitness News has learned that an R-22 Beta helicopter left the Torrance Airport around 4:30 p.m. The helicopter belongs to JJ Helicopters, a Torrance-based company, and the aircraft is missing.

Body Found Near Scene Of Central Coast Car Crash ID'd As Missing North Hollywood Woman
Authorities confirmed Wednesday that a body found over the side of Pacific Coast  Highway  in San Luis Obispo County was that of a woman who went missing along with her boyfriend after they left for a pre-Christmas road trip to Big Sur. Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, and Brian Fernandez, 21, left Dec. 23 with their two dogs on what was to be a weekend  trip . They had been expected home on Christmas Day, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

$10K Reward Offered to Find Killer in Seven-Year-Old Slaying
Every year for the last seven years, Yolanda Williams has visited the 77th Division police station every Christmas to hang her son's picture as a reminder that his killing remains unsolved. "They took my very special kid," she said. "I'm very hurt. This is my eighth Christmas with my son being gone." Williams joined detectives and county officials on Wednesday to announce a $10,000 reward being offered to help find the killer of Waymon Weston, gunned down in October 2009.

Eagle Rock Businesses Deal With Flurry Of Burglaries
Eagle Rock  business  owners are concerned after a string of break-ins. At least five small  businesses  along Colorado Boulevard were hit by burglars over a period of a week and a half, Los Angeles police told CBS2 Wednesday. Detectives say the burglaries have a similar modus operandi.

Burglary, vandalism of Van Nuys home now investigated as a hate crime
The burglary and vandalism of a Van Nuys home is being investigated Wednesday as a hate crime,  police  said.Officers received a call around 6 p.m. Tuesday about an open door at a residence in the 7400 block of Vista Del Monte Avenue, said  Officer  Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division.
FOX 11

'HOLLYWeeD' Prankster Case Could be Presented to Prosecutors
Days after a prankster scaled a fence and altered the Hollywood sign to read "HOLLYWeeD," Los Angeles police detectives say they plan to submit their case to prosecutors for possible prosecution. Officer Aareon Jefferson said Wednesday that investigators are talking to a possible suspect in connection with the trespassing case, but declined to name the person.
Associated Press

DA Moves to Set Aside Ex-Guard's Conviction for Woman's Murder in Palmdale Park-and-Ride Lot
A judge Thursday will consider setting aside the conviction of a former security guard who was released last year while serving a 40-year-to-life prison term for the February 2000 shooting death of a young woman in a Palmdale park-and-ride lot. In a court filing this week, Chief Deputy District Attorney John K. Spillane wrote that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office agrees that Raymond Lee Jennings is entitled to relief "based on newly discovered evidence pointing to his factual innocence."

Attorney General to Stay in Charge of OC Salon Shooting Case
The state Attorney General's Office has announced it will not seek an appeal to the California Supreme Court of a ruling removing the Orange County District Attorney's Office from further prosecution of Scott Evans Dekraai, the worst mass killer in the county's history. A panel of Fourth District Court of Appeal justices in November affirmed a lower-court judge's recusal of the District Attorney's Office from prosecuting Dekraai, who has pleaded guilty for the Seal Beach beauty salon massacre that killed eight and nearly nine victims, in the death penalty phase of the defendant's trial.
City News Service

Killer Charles Manson's failing health renews focus on cult murder saga
The long saga of Charles Manson, the cult leader whose murder spree more than four decades ago made him a subject of hate, fear, revulsion and fascination, moved to a hospital in downtown Bakersfield this week. Inside Mercy Hospital, Manson was being treated for gastrointestinal bleeding related to his colon, and according to one source with knowledge of his condition, was seriously ill. Manson was rushed there Sunday from Corcoran State Prison, and it remains unclear when his medical treatment will end.
Los Angeles Times

California rejects proposed new death penalty rules
Efforts to revive the death penalty in California were dealt another blow late last month when a state agency tasked with reviewing regulatory changes rejected a proposed new lethal injection protocol. The decision by the Office of Administrative Law came one day after the California Supreme Court blocked implementation of Proposition 66, an initiative passed by voters in November to expedite capital punishment, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
Sacramento Bee

San Diego bank robber reveals his identity by using ATM card during heist
If only all crimes were so easy to solve: Alvin Lee Neal robbed a downtown San Diego bank, but before he did he inserted his ATM debit card at the teller window — revealing his name and other personal information.  Neal entered the Wells Fargo branch on First Avenue on May 13 and approached a teller window, according to his plea agreement. He swiped his card through the card reader, and when the teller asked how he could be helped, Neal replied: “You're being robbed. Don't make a mistake.” He then handed the teller a note that had a similar statement.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Woodland Hills Residents Consider Ending Candy Cane Lane Over Trash, Street Vendor Issue
Residents in one Woodland Hills neighborhood may be doing away with a dazzling holiday tradition: Candy Cane Lane.  It's a decades-long tradition that draws in visitors from around Southern California every year.  Homeowners deck out their houses in elaborate Christmas displays to share the holiday spirit, but some residents say they're upset about street vendors working in the area.

Hollywood Tenants Sue, Claim They Were Displaced By Airbnb
A half-dozen former  tenants  of a Hollywood neighborhood are suing Airbnb, alleging the online lodging service aided their landlords in ending their tenancies, then re-renting their residences in violation of a municipal ordinance.

Measure S opponents scale back claims in voter guide after being sued
Opponents of a controversial measure that would restrict L.A. real estate development have agreed to scale back some of their claims submitted for a city voter guide after being sued by the initiative's supporters. Backers of Measure S, which would temporarily halt construction projects that require changes in city planning rules, had accused their opponents of submitting inaccurate statements for the guide, which will be mailed to voters ahead of the March election and includes arguments for and against the ballot measure.
Los Angeles Times

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