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January 17, 2017

Law Enforcement News

5 Men Arrested on Suspicion of Helping Man Suspected in Lancaster Fatal Shooting of Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen
Sheriff's detectives have arrested five people they say helped a man evade police after the fatal shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant last year. The suspects are accused of helping 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell duck a massive police dragnet after authorities say he shot and killed Sgt. Steve Owen in Lancaster while responding to a burglary call on Oct. 5, according to a news release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Gas Station Employee Fatally Shot in Los Feliz
A gas station employee was fatally shot in Los Feliz Tuesday morning and a search for the gunman was underway. A man entered a gas station in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue and shot several rounds at the victim while attempting a robbery, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said the victim, a 25-year-old man, was struck multiple times. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead.

Man, Woman Found Dead In Sylmar Home After Standoff
A man and woman were found dead inside a Sylmar  home  Monday evening after a police standoff that lasted several hours. Just before 5 p.m. Los Angeles police responded to reports of shots fired at a home in the 13000 block of Gavina Avenue. Surrounding roads were closed off and nearby  homes  were evacuated, police said. LAPD SWAT was also called in.

$50K Reward Offered For Driver Wanted In Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash
City leaders offered a $50,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a hit-and-run  driver  who killed a 23-year-old woman in downtown Los Angeles. According to police, Jacqueline Hernandez was fatally struck by a  vehicle  around 6 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2015, as she crossed 12th Street near Paloma in the Fashion District. Paramedics transported Hernandez to a hospital where she later died, just eight days before her 24th birthday.

LA man beaten to death in Westlake District identified
Authorities Saturday identified the 46-year-old man who was beaten to death in a fight with another man in the Westlake District, and police arrested the survivor. Officers were sent to the 400 block of Hartford Avenue at 1 a.m. Friday in response to a report of a domestic dispute, said Lt. Cliff Humphris of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Station. According to police, an argument escalated to a physical altercation, during which Julio Nunez Bolanos of Los Angeles was allegedly hit on the head with a metal pipe by a 21-year-old man.
Los Angeles Daily News

Uber Driver Killed in South LA Hit-And-Run; Suspects Flee
An Uber driver was killed and a passenger was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles early Saturday, and police were looking for the suspects believed to have bailed on foot. Police said a vehicle crashed into a parked car near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m.

Knott's Berry Farm Offers Free Admission to Fire and Law Enforcement Workers
Knott's Berry Farm is offering free admission to active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel now through Jan. 31. The promotion grants free admission to the fire and law enforcement worker and one guest. To redeem the offer, the fire or law enforcement member must be present and show a specific fire or law enforcement photo ID card.

Officer Saves Motorcyclist by Using Tourniquet on Biker's Severed Leg
A police officer saved the life of a motorcyclist who had a leg partially severed in a crash in Santa Ana, when he wrapped the biker's mangled leg with a tourniquet to the injured leg, police said Saturday. The motorist stayed at the scene of the crash at the intersection of Warner Avenue and Parton Street, said Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

Group Tries To Ground Law-Enforcement Drones Before They Take Off
Personal drones have become more popular in the last few years, so it's not unusual to see one the air. But seeing one operated by an Los Angeles County Deputy is new. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition says it's scary. “People have no trust in the police department and to entrust with this kind of  technology  with the capacity to surveil, to kill, to trace and track people, it doesn't sit very well with folks,” Hamid Khan, of Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, says.

Former LA County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka Surrenders to Federal Authorities in Colorado
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka surrendered to federal authorities in Englewood, Colorado, Monday to begin serving a five-year prison term for his conviction on obstruction of justice charges. Tanaka's attorney, H. Dean Steward, confirmed that Tanaka was at a "minimum security camp.'' A federal appellate court in December denied Tanaka's bid to remain free while his appeal is pending. Tanaka was convicted of conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses by deputies in county jails.
City News Service

Some malls are banning teens amid disturbances and unruly gatherings fueled by social media
It seemed like a typical Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping mall in Culver City, until chaos erupted. False reports began to spread about a gunman in the mall on Jan. 7, prompting shoppers to flee and bringing a huge response from local police. There was no shooter, but officers who arrived at the scene found about 200 teenagers outside the shopping center, many fighting with each other.
Los Angeles Times

Border tunnels left unfilled on Mexican side pose security risk, officials say
Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade, outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S. border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them. But some of the illicit passageways live on.
Los Angeles Times

Florida airport shooting highlights nexus between mentally ill, cops
Just weeks before a gunman opened fire at Fort Lauderdale's airport, authorities said he walked into an FBI office in Alaska, telling agents the government was controlling his mind and that he was having terroristic thoughts. It's a daily occurrence for law enforcement agencies and authorities say the difficulty is in assessing whether people are reporting a credible threat, whether or whether they need medical help.
Associated Press

Orlando nightclub shooter's widow arrested
The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. 
Associated Press

Fallen Fla. motorcycle deputy awarded Purple Heart

As hundreds of family, friends and law enforcement, some from as far as England, gathered Sunday to say their goodbyes to 35-year-old Deputy First Class Norman Lewis, they celebrated the legacy of their "Gentle Giant" and remembered all the laughs they shared during a three-hour funeral service. Lewis was killed in a crash Jan. 9 while responding to a manhunt for a suspect accused of killing Orlando Police Sgt. Debra Clayton, along with his pregnant ex-girlfriend in December.
Orlando Sentinel

Pa. troopers union criticizes plan to scrap lie-detector tests for recruits
In a move sparking controversy, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has quietly scrapped the agency's long-held practice of administering lie-detector tests to its recruits. State Police officials confirmed this week that applicants vying to become state troopers will no longer undergo polygraph testing as part of an extensive background check that helps determine their acceptance into the State Police Academy.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local Government News

L.A. city candidates swear off developer donations
Two years ago, in a tough race for the Los Angeles City Council, health clinic executive David Ryu made a promise that helped propel him to victory: He swore off campaign contributions from real estate developers. That promise, Ryu said, was meant to reassure voters that community needs, not political donations, would guide his decisions on new building projects.
Los Angeles Times

LA councilman wants ‘clean money' politics in city
A plan to substantively change Los Angeles' campaign finance laws will be introduced today by Councilman Mike Bonin. Bonin announced his plan, which includes increased public financing, in a post on his Facebook page on Monday that said, “If we are going to try to take money out of Los Angeles politics, we should do it right — and go all the way.” The motion, which does not include details on how much money would be needed, calls for city staff to study potential revenue streams for the proposal so it can be placed on a ballot in 2018.
City News Service

LADWP Commissioners To Vote On ‘Customer Bill Of Rights'
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday on a “customer bill of rights,” which aims to improve service for utility  customers. The bill includes assurances that call wait times will not exceed three minutes on average, bills that exceed three times the average historic use for the same billing period will automatically be reviewed before being sent out, and requests to start a new residential account will be processed within one  business day.

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