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January 27, 2017

Law Enforcement News

2 Men Stabbed to Death In Chinatown; Suspect At Large
A murder suspect was on the loose after two men were stabbed to death in Chinatown, according to authorities.  Los Angeles police said they responded to the 900 block of North Broadway at about 2:45 p.m.  Authorities said they were originally responding to a call for shots fired, but found two men in their 60s on the ground suffering from stab wounds inside the Hop Sing Tong Benevolent Association.

Stolen Porsche Belonging To Slain Renowned Hairstylist Found
Police have found a stolen Porsche that belonged to a renowned hairstylist killed at his Woodland Hills  home  Monday. Investigators confirmed Thursday afternoon that the black 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera had been recovered but did not say when or where it was found. The body of Fabio Sementilli, 49, was found in a pool of blood in the  outdoor  patio area shortly after 5 p.m. Monday at his estate on Queen Victoria Road.

Suspected Gunman Arrested In Killing Of Clerk During Robbery At Los Feliz Gas Station
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a clerk  during the robbery last week  of a gas station in Los Feliz, authorities confirmed Wednesday.  Kayshon Moody, 25, was being held without bail after his arrest Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  Charged with one count each of murder and second-degree robbery, Moody appeared in court Tuesday and is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 21. 

Plan to curb sex trafficking in Van Nuys calls for adding street lamps and trimming trees
Night after night, a small group of students and professors from California State University Northridge traveled to Van Nuys last year for an unorthodox mission. In packs of two or four, they searched for young women standing on dark street corners along Sepulveda Boulevard, then waited for the men who would inevitably come calling on them. For eight months, the students and instructors followed the johns and the women they sought sex from along a stretch of the boulevard that officials consider one of the busiest prostitution strolls in Los Angeles. The Cal State group documented the places they met and where they had sex in an attempt to help police and city officials stamp out a decades-old problem.
Los Angeles Times

Rapper Chief Keef Arrested in Violent Armed Home Invasion Robbery of Former Music Producer
Rapper Chief Keef was arrested Thursday in connection with the violent armed home invasion of his former music producer, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. The LAPD confirmed producer Ramsay Tha Great was robbed at gunpoint in his Devonshire division home. Ramsay Tha Great accused Chief Keef of assaulting him in the invasion on Jan. 19.

Competency Hearing Ordered For Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Co-Worker's 3-Year-Old Girl
A  Superior  Court judge on Thursday ordered a mental competency evaluation for a man accused of fatally stabbing the 3-year-old daughter of two of his co-workers. The fatal stabbing occurred on Halloween at a garment factory downtown. Los Angeles  Superior  Court Judge Mark Hanasono ordered criminal proceedings suspended against Ricardo Augusto Utuy, 34, after Deputy Public Defender Kevin McGurk asked him to declare a doubt about Utuy's competence to stand trial.

Authorities Investigating Crash Between School Bus, Several Vehicles in South Los Angeles
Authorities are investigating a crash involving a school bus and several other vehicles in the Harvard Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles Friday morning. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the crash, involving as many as four vehicles, occurred near the intersection of West 65th Street and South Normandie Avenue. Video showed the Los Angeles Unified School District bus ended up on top of one of the cars.

$15K Reward Offered For Murder Suspect Wanted In East LA

City officials offered a $15,000 reward Friday for  information  leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of a 31-year-old man in East Los Angeles. According to police, Andrew Ruben Fierro was fatally shot around 10 p.m. on Aug. 22, 2014, in the 200 block of North Arizona Avenue. Fierro's family said he was parted outside a relative's house, waiting for his wife and kids, when another  vehicle  pulled up and opened fire.

Bloody transgender woman found stabbed on Hollywood sidewalk
A transgender woman was found suffering from stab wounds Friday on a Hollywood sidewalk but she refused to give details about the attack, police said. A passerby spotted the injured woman around 2:20 a.m. at the corner of Vine Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, said Sgt. Robert Ward of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division.

Couple Caught Crossing Border With Dead Child in Duffel Bag Pleads Not Guilty
A Whittier couple pleaded not guilty Thursday to the torture-murder of a 2-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag as they were trying to cross the border into Mexico last summer. Mercy Mary Becerra, 44, and Johnny Lewis Hartley, 39, are charged with one felony count each of murder, torture and assault on a child causing death involving the girl, who is identified in the criminal complaint only as "Angelina W."

After scandals, a group of civilians ushers in a new era of oversight for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department
Alicia Michel pleaded in front of the audience, asking for an inquiry into a sheriff's deputy she said was corrupt. The Compton resident said she didn't feel comfortable lodging a grievance at her local Los Angeles County sheriff's station, so instead she spoke into a microphone at a public forum Thursday, hoping her complaint would be heard by those all the way at the top of the department.
Los Angeles Times

What is a 'violent crime'? For California's new parole law, the definition is murky— and it matters
As California undergoes the largest overhaul of prison parole in a generation, determining which criminals are violent in the eyes of the state has taken on a new urgency among some lawmakers and law enforcement officials who argue it's time to revisit how  “violent crime” is legally defined. Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 57, which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, continues a statewide effort to increase rehabilitation services and decrease the prison population. Among its provisions, the initiative will give new power to the state parole board to consider the early release of prisoners who have served the full term of their primary sentences, and whose crimes are not designated as “violent” under the California penal code.
Los Angeles Times

Miss. senate passes 'Blue Lives' bill, House eyes alternate plan
A bill that would double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics passed the Mississippi Senate by a 37-13 vote Thursday, despite impassioned cries against it from African-American senators. Senate Bill 2469, a "Blue Lives Matter" proposal that moves onto the House, says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians would be a hate crime. State law currently doubles penalties for targeting people because of race, ethnicity, religion or gender.
Associated Press

Border Patrol chief out day after Trump border fence decree
The Border Patrol chief is leaving the agency on the heels of President Donald Trump's announcement of an ambitious plan to build a massive wall at the Mexican border and hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. It was not immediately clear whether Mark Morgan resigned or was asked to leave. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that Morgan's last official day in office will be Tuesday. But a U.S. official and a former official said Border Patrol agents were told Thursday that Morgan was no longer with the agency.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Porter Ranch residents demand Aliso Canyon gas field be shut down
“Shut it all down, forever,” Porter Ranch residents said in a familiar chant calling for a shut down of a controversial natural gas  facility .  But their cries are louder this time, since many neighbors say they're sick again.   “I had a bloody nose and it's hard for me to breathe,” Mindy Goodman, Porter Ranch resident, said.  These same symptoms are what residents felt in October 2015 when methane gas leaked from the Aliso Canyon Storage Facility. 
FOX 11

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