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February 2, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Denver police say suspect shot RTD security officer while he was talking to two women near Union Station
A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of slipping behind an armed, contract RTD security officer wearing a uniform similar in style to Denver police late Tuesday before fatally shooting him in the head and running off.  A warning went out to all Denver police officers because there is no known motive for the shooting, which happened about 11 p.m. in Wynkoop Plaza, near the intersection of 16th and Wynkoop streets, police Chief Robert White said.
Denver Post

Nashville officer remembered as hero after rescue death
A Nashville Fire Department diver on Thursday morning recovered the body of a Metro police officer who jumped in the Cumberland River this morning to save a suicidal woman. The officer has been identified as 44-year-old Eric Mumaw, an 18-year veteran of the police department, according to the Metro police department. Mumaw was recognized throughout his career for going above and beyond in his service. 
The Tennessean

How LAPD cops tapped social media to find wandering toddler's family – and a ‘happy ending'
Capt. Lillian L. Carranza harnessed the power of social media to help find a toddler wandering the streets of Van Nuys Tuesday night, authorities said. “When I came to the station, Capt. Carranza was here about to leave and saw what we were doing, and with her experience with social media she immediately took a picture of myself holding the baby,” said LAPD Officer Julio De Leon, who helped find the baby Tuesday with fellow officer Michael Perez. “She posted it on social media to have the public help with this. And social media blew it up. Just the power of social media helped us identify a neighbor that called in.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Witnesses describe chaotic, terrifying scene of stabbing rampage in Hollywood
Witnesses described a chaotic scene Tuesday when a knife-wielding man went on a rampage in Hollywood, stabbing three people before being fatally shot by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood and East Hollywood, commended LAPD officers for their swift response to the stabbings. “It saved lives,” O'Farrell said at a news conference Tuesday night.
Los Angeles Times

LA councilwoman targets ‘sleazy businesses' in fight against human trafficking
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez announced an effort Tuesday to increase enforcement of a 2013 state law mandating certain businesses post anti-human-trafficking posters near their entrance. “We must send a message to these sleazy businesses that if you are contributing to the problem then you have a moral obligation to be part of the solution as well,” Martinez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Investigating Body Found at Echo Park Lake
Police are investigating the discovery of a body at Echo Park Lake. A police officer on foot patrol near the park was flagged down around 4 p.m. on a report of a body in the water. Police and fire officials responded and pulled a male adult body out of the water. It was not immediately known if the cause of death was accidental or homicide.

String of Break-Ins at High-End Stores Near West Hollywood
Police said a man broke into three high-end clothing stores near West Hollywood overnight, shattering glass windows and a door to get inside. Zimmermann, Frame and Vince clothing stores, all located on Melrose Place, were broken into within minutes of each other starting at midnight, according to Officer Perkins of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division.

Search Continues For Hit-And-Run Driver That Left Pedestrian Seriously Injured
The Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division is asking for the public's help in finding a hit-and-run suspect that seriously injured a 50-year-old male pedestrian Tuesday evening. Around  10:50 p.m. in Hollywood, the victim was crossing the street, northbound on Santa Monica Boulevard when a vehicle traveling eastbound on Santa Monica slammed into the man.

Home Invasion Robbery Suspects Sought In Hollywood
Los Angeles police searched for two armed robbers who fled the scene of a home invasion in Hollywood late Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said two suspects armed with guns entered a home in the 1700 block of Wilcox at about 1:30 p.m. and robbed three victims. The suspects used firearms to strike two of the victims, but did not fire them, according to police. Officials said the suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Suspects Wanted For Stealing 3-Month-Old Husky From Panorama City Home
Police sought the public's help Wednesday to locate two suspects who stole a 3-month-old Husky from a home in Panorama City. According to detectives, the burglary took place shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday at a home located in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspects kicked in the front door, entered the residence, took Lucy and fled from the area on foot.

Panel Again Recommends Parole For Charles Manson Follower
For the fifth time, a panel has found a follower of cult leader Charles Manson suitable for parole. Bruce Davis, 74, has now applied for parole 31 times. California governors have blocked four previous recommendations for his release. The hearing for Davis was held Wednesday at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo.

Judge ordered to impose longer sentence for sexual assault of 3-year-old
An appeals court this week reversed an Orange County judge's controversial 10-year sentence for a man who sodomized a 3-year-old girl. California's 4th District appellate court concluded Tuesday that Kevin Rojano-Nieto should serve at least 25 years and ordered a resentencing. He faced a minimum 25-year prison term.  Last year, Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly found himself in a firestorm when he sentenced Rojano-Nieto to 10 years, stating that the higher sentence would be “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Los Angeles Times

Federal judge orders conference in traffic ticket case
A federal judge has ordered a conference in the case of a driver who got a $200 ticket for turning right at a stop light in suburban Sacramento. The motorist filed a federal complaint this week against the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Judicial Council and the Sacramento County Superior Court, saying he is one of millions of people who had their licenses suspended because they couldn't afford costs and administrative fees.
Capitol Weekly

Officials: 1 Hostage Dead After Inmates Take Over Prison
Police breached a building at Delaware's largest prison early Thursday, ending a nearly 24-hour hostage standoff that left one corrections employee dead. Inmates assumed control of the building at the James T. Vaughn Correction Center on Wednesday, taking four corrections department workers hostage. The inmates told a local newspaper that concerns about their treatment and the leadership of the United States had prompted their actions
Associated Press

Local Government News

Residents protest at Aliso Canyon storage facility safety review meeting
Things got ugly Wednesday when angry residents banded together in protest and actually took over an Aliso Canyon storage facility safety review meeting.  An impassioned group of protestors, with a megaphone in hand, disrupted the meeting for about 30 minutes while state regulators looked on. Order was finally restored as local lawmakers worked to quell the crowd.
FOX 11

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