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January 20, 2017

Law Enforcement News

L.A. Councilman Mike Bonin unveils plan to put more cops in neighborhoods
On Thursday, Councilmember Mike Bonin unveiled a plan to address the policing problem that would shift officers to neighborhoods from desk jobs and other non-patrol assignments. “Not a week goes by when I don't hear a complaint from someone that they called LAPD, and it took forever for a unit to come, and in some cases, a unit never came.”  “Police officers literally run from call to call,” said Jerretta  Sandoz, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “Community policing suffers. Response time suffers, and neighborhoods suffer.” Craig Lally, president of the union, said that when he was a young officer more than 35 years ago, roll calls at police stations were “jam packed.” Now, he said, the meetings are virtually empty.
Los Angeles Times

Alleged pimp arrested in Van Nuys, LAPD rescues 15-year-old victim
An alleged pimp was in custody today following an investigation that led to the rescue of his 15-year-old victim in Van Nuys, police said. The man, who is in his early 20s, was arrested around 10 p.m. Thursday on Sepulveda Boulevard and Sherman Way, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division said. The victim was rescued when he was arrested, police said. But police gave no details about the investigation or the victim's rescue.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Searching for Family of Man Found Beaten to Death in Alley
Police were asking for the public's help tracking down the family of a man discovered beaten to death in a South Los Angeles alley last Fall. On Sept. 14, the body of 60-year-old Bruce Johnson was found in an alley near Normandie and Slauson avenues, Los Angeles Police Department investigators said.

Family Mourns Patriarch as Police Hunt Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed 81-Year-Old Man in South L.A.
Police on Thursday were seeking assistance in identifying the person involved in a South L.A. hit-and-run crash that killed an 81-year-old man earlier this month, authorities said. In the Jan. 13 incident, the South L.A. man was walking eastbound in the street around 9:50 p.m. on Century Boulevard, just east of Denker Avenue, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was struck by a vehicle, possibly a dark SUV, that was traveling the same direction in the same lane on Century Boulevard, officers said.

4 critical near USC in hit and run
Four people were critically injured today in a hit-and-run crash near USC's campus in South Los Angeles. The two-vehicle collision occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Jefferson Boulevard near Orchard Avenue, said Sgt. Dana Adams of the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Bureau. Both vehicles were traveling west on Jefferson Boulevard when they collided, he said.
City News Service

LAPD Girds For Numerous Anti-Trump Protests On Inauguration Day
The LAPD is prepared for at least five anti-Trump protests on Inauguration  Day. Five different organizations applied for permits to demonstrate in the  streets , reports CBS2's Dave Lopez. Of course, the great unknown is the  weather. LA is expecting a downpour Friday. The LAPD told Lopez three things will not be tolerated: Vandalism; Blocking intersections for long periods of time; and marching onto freeways.

Police Search for Suspects After Man Forced Into Rollover Crash, Shot Dead in Reseda: LAPD
Detectives on Thursday were seeking information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects involved in a fatal shooting that resulted in a rollover crash in Reseda, officials said. A 32-year-old man was found lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound near an overturned vehicle on Crebs Avenue, south of Gault Street, around 10 p.m. after responding to a traffic collision call, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was pronounced dead after Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene, officers said.

Police Chase Ends in East Los Angeles With Arrests
Three teenagers were arrested Thursday after a pursuit that started in El Monte and wound its way along streets and freeways ended in East Los Angeles, authorities said. The chase of a possibly stolen gray Honda Accord started in El Monte at 6:43 p.m. The driver managed to keep going despite several PIT maneuvers, including two that sent parts flying from the car. Another PIT maneuver finally brought the pursuit to an end about 7:30 p.m. at Flickett and Inez streets in Boyle Heights, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Man Accused of Fatally Beating Pot Farm Operator Surrenders to Authorities at California-Mexico Border
A fugitive marijuana plant trimmer suspected of fatally beating the operator of a pot farm in Mendocino County surrendered to authorities at the California-Mexico border this week because he was “tired of running,” officials said. Michael Andrew Kane, 26, was taken into custody Monday on a felony warrant for homicide after turning himself to U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents, according to Sgt. Andrew Porter of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. Kane had been living in Mexico when he reached out to his family and told them he was done running from authorities, the sergeant said in a statement.

L.A. County names new interim coroner as troubled agency seeks permanent chief
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Thursday appointed a longtime deputy in the coroner's office to the role of acting chief medical examiner-coroner. Dr. Christopher Rogers becomes the second interim leader to helm the troubled agency as it grapples with a staffing shortage, case backlog and an anticipated lapse in its professional accreditation. 
Los Angeles Times

Costco Agrees to Pay $11.75M Over Lax Pharmacy Practices
Costco Wholesale Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to settle Justice Department allegations of lax pharmacy controls over a four-year period. The Issaquah, Washington-based company acknowledges in the settlement announced Thursday that some of its pharmacies improperly filled prescriptions, kept poor records or failed to adequately track inventory between the start of 2012 and the end of 2015.
Associated Press

City devastated by OxyContin use sues Purdue Pharma, claims drugmaker put profits over citizens' welfare
A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkiller's manufacturer Thursday, alleging that the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its pills to “reap large and obscene profits” and demanding it foot the bill for widespread opioid addiction in the community. The suit by Everett, a city of 100,000 north of Seattle, was prompted by a Times investigation last year. The newspaper revealed that drugmaker Purdue Pharma had extensive evidence pointing to illegal trafficking across the nation but in many cases did not share it with law enforcement or cut off the flow of pills.
Los Angeles Times

Drug lord 'El Chapo' extradited to the U.S., Mexico's government says
Mexico's government said it has extradited drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States, where he is wanted on drug trafficking and other charges. The Foreign Relations Department has announced on Twitter that Guzman was being sent to the U.S. on Thursday, the day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as U.S. president. The convicted Sinaloa cartel boss had been held most recently in a prison near the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez. He was recaptured a year ago after making a second brazen jailbreak and had fought extradition since then.
Associated Press

Suspect who killed Texas police detective had history of domestic violence
The banging began about midnight. Rudy Garcia pounded on his girlfriend's door, then her bedroom window. The woman, who had been asleep with her 2-year-old daughter, grabbed a phone and called the police. Garcia popped the screen off the kitchen window and tried to get in as his girlfriend screamed at him to leave. He did, and the officers couldn't find him. That was the account the girlfriend gave a Denton County court in 2001 when she sought a protective order against Garcia, whom authorities have identified as the man who fatally shot a Little Elm detective during a standoff Tuesday at a house on Turtle Cove Drive.
The Dallas Morning News

Local Government News

LA Mayor Garcetti Discusses Chargers Move, Lucas Museum, Homelessness
A second NFL team, a new museum, and a new law regulating the homeless are just a few of the topics on this week's edition of "Ask the Mayor" on Eyewitness Newsmakers.  Mayor Eric Garcetti explained Municipal Code 85.02, which went into effect Jan. 7. It prohibits people living in cars or campers in a residential neighborhood or near parks and schools.

Developers join the campaign for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund homeless services
The campaign for a measure to levy a quarter-cent countywide sales tax for homeless services has gathered more than $1 million in early contributions, including hundreds of thousands of dollars from large development, real estate and construction firms, county records show. If successful, Measure H on the March 7 ballot would generate about $350 million annually to be used for homelessness prevention and housing. It would also provide services for thousands of units of homeless housing that will be financed by Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion bond measure approved by Los Angeles city residents in November.  
Los Angeles Times

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