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January 26, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Armed Men Arrested After Standoff At South LA Marijuana Dispensary
Three men were taken into custody Wednesday morning  after  barricading themselves inside a South Los Angeles marijuana dispensary for nearly five hours. Officers patrolling in the area of 93rd Street and Broadway about 3:30 a.m. heard gunshots and went  to  investigate, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Missing Hollywood Hills Woman Found Walking Along Freeway In Lancaster
A 28-year-old Hollywood Hills woman who was reported missing has been found alive, according to authorities. Laura Lynne Stacy, who recently moved to Los Angeles from Colorado, had been missing since Sunday. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ABC7 that Stacy had been located alive. Her sedan had been found in a remote desert area of 97th Street East and Avenue E in Lancaster.

L.A. leaders challenge legality of Trump's order to punish 'sanctuary cities'
Hours after President Trump signed an executive order seeking to withhold federal money from cities that don't cooperate with immigration authorities, Los Angeles leaders suggested they would mount a legal challenge if funding is taken away. Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't believe the federal government can stop funding Los Angeles and cited the 10th Amendment, which addresses the powers of state and federal governments. 
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County D.A. faces recall effort after not filing charges in Ezell Ford shooting
Following L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's decision this week not to file charges against two officers in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill black man, a group of civil rights activists Wednesday announced an effort to recall her.  “This is a last-ditch measure,” author and activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, said at a Los Angeles news conference. “Ezell Ford was not the only one. That was the tipping point, but you have a pattern here.”
Los Angeles Times

Federal agents raid Los Angeles charter school network
Federal agents raided the offices of a network of Los Angeles charter schools Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and fiscal mismanagement. The charter organization, Celerity Educational Group, opened its first L.A. school more than a decade ago, but it has recently drawn the scrutiny of the inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District and the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Times

Driver in custody after high-speed chase, crash in East LA
A man led police on a near hourlong high-speed chase Wednesday that ended with a crash in  East  Los Angeles and the driver being taken into custody.  The chase began about 7:30 p.m. on the Angeles Crest Highway in the La Canada Flintridge area, said California Highway Patrol  Officer  Alex Rubio. It wasn't immediately clear why  officers  initially tried to stop the vehicle, Rubio said.
FOX 11

California inmate stole identities of 700 fellow prisoners to file fraudulent tax returns
A Marin County man was convicted of using his time in prison not to rehabilitate and learn the error of his ways, but to steal the identities of his fellow inmates and use them to file fake federal tax returns. Howard Webber, 52, was found guilty by a jury Tuesday of conspiring to use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns, a scheme that he operated for two years from behind bars that netted him and an accomplice more than $600,000.
Los Angeles Times

Affidavit: Couple intended to kill Texas officers when they set house on fire
A couple arrested after confronting police officers who responded to a house fire on San Angelo's north side set the fire with the intent of killing police who responded, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Texas Rangers have identified husband and wife Gary Ray Wright and Brenda Joyce Wright as the suspects involved in the fiery shooting standoff with San Angelo police on Friday January 13.
San Angelo Standard-Times

Bond Set For Driver In Cleveland Officer's Hit-And-Run Death
A judge has set a $500,000 bond for the driver accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a Cleveland patrolman on an interstate. Forty-four-year-old Israel Alvarez, of Lorain, kept his hands clasped in front of his face throughout his court appearance Thursday in Cleveland Municipal Court on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failing to stop after a fatal accident.
Associated Press

Trump's Promised Crackdown on Gun Crimes Is Coming Into Focus
Responding to  the  latest uptick  in Chicago's gun violence , President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday night to “send in the feds” if city officials fail to stop the shootings. The provocative escalation of Trump's law-and-order rhetoric did not come with details on what such federal intervention might look like, beyond a vague  explanation  from White House spokesman Sean Spicer that Trump was referring to a variety of federal “resources,” including help “through the U.S. Attorney's office.” But an outline of the new administration's plan for addressing what Trump has described as “American carnage” is emerging,  via the confirmation process of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.
The Trace

NYPD to install bulletproof windows in all patrol cars
The de Blasio administration is planning to spend $10.4 million to outfit all NYPD patrol cars with bullet-resistant window inserts, according to City Hall officials. The plan is expected to be announced Tuesday when Mayor de Blasio unveils an $84.7 billion preliminary fiscal 2018 budget — up 3.1 percent from last year's $82.1 billion preliminary plan.
The New York Post

Ariz. man who saved trooper: 'I had to help'
The man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a hero and he's grappling with taking someone's life. Thomas Yoxall, of Arizona, gave his account of the dramatic Jan. 12 encounter between the now-dead suspect and the state trooper. Yoxall had not been previously identified. The 43-year-old cried and his legs shook while he recounted killing Leonard Pennelas-Escobar, who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way" after having shot him.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA City Council Unanimously Approves 2024 Olympic Games Host Contract
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Wednesday the contract it would sign if Los Angeles lands the 2024 Summer Olympics.  Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the bid with a preliminary vote. Wednesday's final vote cements the city's support. There is a lot of taxpayer money on the line. LA 2024 put the price tag at more than $5 billion.

7,000 Volunteers Counting Homeless in Los Angeles County
More than 7,000 volunteers are fanning out as part of a three-night effort to count homeless people in most of Los Angeles County. The count organized by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority kicked off from various deployment sites Tuesday evening and continues Wednesday and Thursday.

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