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January 31, 2017

Law Enforcement News

27-Year-Old Man Fatally Stabbed in Altercation With Parolee Who Was Trying to Visit His Child's Mother: LAPD
A man was fatally stabbed in San Fernando over the weekend when he got into a fight with another man who was trying to visit his child's mother, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Officers responded to the 13000 block of Dronfield Avenue in San Fernando on Sunday about 5 p.m. and found the victim, 27-year-old Terrel Butler, suffering from multiple stab wounds and being treated by paramedics.

Gas station murder suspect also killed pot shop owner?
A 25-year-old man charged with killing a gas station clerk during a robbery in Los Feliz is also suspected of killing the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary during a robbery in Mar Vista the following day, police said Monday. In the dispensary shooting case, suspect Kayshon Moody was allegedly accompanied by a second suspect, identified as 21-year-old James Eastland, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

'I'm not going to do it.' Police aren't eager to help Trump enforce immigration laws
A day after Donald Trump was elected president, two detectives walked up to a building site in Koreatown. The pair was hoping to find someone who might have witnessed a motorist intentionally knocking down a construction worker. They introduced themselves to a group of Latino workers. The workers got up and walked away. 
Los Angeles Times

Mental Evaluation Ordered for Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing 3-Year-Old Girl In Downtown LA
The man accused of stabbing a co-worker's 3-year-old daughter to death at a downtown Los Angeles garment factory stood before a judge on Thursday.  As Ricardo Utuy faced his day in court, the family of Ruby Vasquez continued to search for answers as to why  she was fatally attacked on Oct. 31 .  "We didn't talk to him or anything," Ruby's father, who asked to not be identified, told Eyewitness News. "Why did he do this to us? Why did he cause us such great pain?"

Driver Of Short High-Speed Chase Crashes In Commerce
A  driver  in a grey Ford Focus led police on a high-speed chase that began in Boyle Heights Monday night. The pursuit began at about 10 p.m. when Los Angeles police officers tried to pull the female driver over for reckless  driving . She refused to stop and took off. The chase went on the 710 and 5 freeways. It ended about 10 minutes later when the driver slammed into two  cars  at Telegraph Road and Camfield Avenue.

Suspect in San Pedro reality contestant's murder pleads not guilty
The man accused of killing a former reality show contestant pleaded not guilty to a murder charge on Monday.  Jackie Jerome Rogers, 34, appeared at the Inglewood courthouse for the arraignment hearing. The felony complaint includes a special allegation accusing  Rogers of using a hammer  to kill  Lisa Marie Naegle  in December 2016.

Man found dead in car near LAX died of apparent overdose
The man's body was discovered about 1 a.m. at 94th Street and Isis Avenue, just northeast of Los Angeles International Airport, said Sgt. W. Ikeda of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Station. A watch commander at the station who declined to give his name said Monday afternoon that the man lived in the area with friends, and that one of them found him in the car and called police. It appears the man died of a narcotics overdose, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge Refuses to Drop Social Worker Charges in Gabriel Fernandez Case
A Palmdale elementary school teacher testified Monday that she called a county social worker -- charged alongside three colleagues with child abuse and falsifying records -- multiple times to report that one of her students said his mother punched him and shot him in the face with a BB gun. The boy, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, died on May 24, 2013. Prosecutors said he had a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns over his body. 

Man slapped with misdemeanor citation for flying drone near cliffside rescue in Pacifica
The air rescue of a victim who fell 100 feet down seaside cliffs in Pacifica was abandoned Friday night after authorities say a local man flew his drone into the area to watch what was happening, forcing a helicopter crew to withdraw. The rescue played out about 10:15 p.m. on the rocky shoreline below 320 Esplanade Ave., Pacifica police said. First responders determined the person could not make it up the cliff by foot and called in the California Highway Patrol to help, authorities said. 
Los Angeles Times

After four decades, Righteous Brothers singer and sons 'close the book' on brutal killing solved by DNA
It was a chilly winter morning on Jan. 30, 1976, and Karen Klaas had just dropped off her 4-year-old son at school. The 32-year-old mother of two then returned to her Hermosa Beach home, where she was sexually assaulted, strangled by unknown assailant and left for dead. When she didn't meet her friends for coffee that morning, they checked on her and saw a man leaving her home. They called police.
Los Angeles Times

Border Patrol finds methamphetamine and heroin in truck's stick shift compartment
Border Patrol agents from the Indio Station  working  at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling meth and heroin inside a truck's stick shift housing compartment Sunday afternoon.  The incident occurred at approximately 4:39 p.m., when the driver, a 19-year-old man, approached the Border Patrol checkpoint in a red 1998 Dodge Dakota.  During the  primary  inspection, a Border Patrol detection canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary for further inspection.
FOX 11

'Can you hear me?' phone scam has police urging people to hang up immediately
"Can you hear me?" Police in several  states  are urging people to avoid answering this simple question from a phone number they do not know. Authorities say the question is aimed at getting unsuspecting victims to say "yes" -- an answer the fraudster then records as a way to authorize charges on a phone, utility or credit card bill.
FOX 11

Some criticize anti-Trump protesters for jamming LAX and causing missed flights
The thousands of protesters who converged on Los Angeles International Airport to speak out about President Trump's travel restrictions won praise from many for taking a stand. They also faced some criticism for blocking traffic at the bustling airport. LAX officials said some flights were delayed Sunday because airline employees and passengers could not reach the terminals. 
Los Angeles Times

Report: Up to 100 detained Monday at LAX
Up to 100 people were reported to have been detained today at Los Angeles International Airport as an effect of President Donald Trump's order barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to volunteers for the American Civil Liberties Union. Of the travelers detained, several were coming from countries that were not on the list, including a Mexican man who is a legal resident, said California for Progress' Rachel Carlson who was facilitating information for the ACLU. Los Angeles Daily News

State gambling commissioner quits; days later opens gaming consulting business
A former state gambling commissioner who retired in December after six years regulating California's gaming industry opened a gaming consulting business four days after her term ended, a scenario that has echoes of a 2014 scandal that roiled the commission. The former commissioner, Tiffany Conklin, said she won't have contact with her former colleagues at the California Gambling Control Commission. State law bans such contact for three years after workers leave the agency. San Diego Union-Tribune

Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline
State lawmakers voiced doubts Monday about the ability of state agencies to finish crafting regulations and a licensing system for the sale of recreational marijuana in California by the end of this year, as promised to voters. The possibility of delay was raised at a hearing at the Capitol by three state Senate committees looking into whether state agencies are on track to complete the work this year.
Los Angeles Times

Rate of suicides among Chicago Police a badge of high-stress job
Buried among the facts and figures in the Justice Department's recent book-length report on the failings of the Chicago Police Department was a telling statistic: The rate of suicide among CPD officers is 60 percent higher than other departments across the U.S. Among the ranks of the nearly 10,000 patrol officers of the CPD, an average of three officers will take their own lives each year, according to life insurance claims information from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the union representing the bulk of the department's sworn officers.
 Chicago Sun Times

Fla. mayor apologizes for police 'pig' comment
Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke apologized for saying, "What are we serving, pig today?" within earshot of a Stuart police officer in a grocery store, according to Palm Beach Post news partner WPTV NewsChannel 5. Clarke sent a letter to the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association asking for forgiveness for the Jan. 11 incident, union president John Kazanjian told WPTV. "The poor guy walked out, you know, hurt," Kazanjian said. "That's coming from the mayor of the city?"
Palm Beach Post

Wash. lawmakers weigh police deadly force bills
Lawmakers in Washington state are weighing bills that would raise the bar on when an officer can use deadly force. Current law shields officers from prosecution unless they acted with malice and without good faith. That could change with new legislation proposed in the House and the Senate this year. The House Committee on Public Safety is scheduled to hear public testimony on two bills Tuesday related to recommendations from a task force created by Gov. Jay Inslee to reduce the number of violent interactions between law-enforcement and the public.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA leaders urge voters to pass quarter-cent sales tax to help homeless
Just a few blocks from where homeless encampments stretched along Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles city and county officials launched a campaign Monday to encourage voters to approve a sales tax to boost social services to help those who sleep on the streets, in shelters and in their cars. Called Measure H, the proposed quarter-cent sales tax will be on the March 7 ballot for Los Angeles County voters. The goal is to raise an estimated $355??million a year for 10?years to help homeless people transition into planned affordable housing, officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles City Council to Vote on Legalizing Street Vending
The City Council is set to vote Tuesday to create an ordinance to decriminalize street vending, bringing Los Angeles closer to no longer being the only major American city that prohibits it. The proposal, which was put forward by council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price, would replace criminal penalties with a permit system enforced through fines and property confiscation.

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