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February 3, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Murder suspect eludes police in 11-hour El Sereno SWAT standoff
A SWAT team today completed an 11-hour siege of a home in El Sereno, where a man was taken into custody, but a murder suspect being sought got away, authorities said. The standoff began at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of Newtonia Drive and Maycrest Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Sal Ramirez. There were no reports of injuries, he said. It wasn't immediately clear who was in the home with the suspect, he said. About 11 p.m., a man exited the home and was detained but he was not the original suspect sought, said Sgt. Rudy Vidal of the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division.
Los Angeles Daily News

Retired LA Police Officer, 90, Saved From House Fire

A 90-year-old retired police officer suffered critical burn injuries after his South LA home caught on fire. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. It was not immediately known if there were working smoke alarms in the house, Stewart said, adding that the fire department has begun an arson investigation.

Pair charged in string of robberies and two homicides at Los Feliz gas station and Mar Vista dispensary
Two men have been charged in connection with a string of armed robberies that left two others dead in Los Angeles neighborhoods miles apart in the span of a single day last month. Kayshon Moody, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of second-degree robbery stemming from the killings of a 34-year-old man working at a Chevron station in Los Feliz and a 50-year-old man working at a marijuana dispensary in Mar Vista, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Remembering the Victims: Four Years After the Christopher Dorner Manhunt

For nine days in February 2013, former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner waged what he called “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against those he blamed for his dismissal from the force four years earlier. During his killing rampage, Dorner killed an officer and a deputy and an Orange County couple. Dorner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Big Bear cabin after a shootout with authorities. Four years later, we take a look at the survivors and victims left in his wake.

Stolen Car Suspect Leads LAPD On High-Speed Chase Before Ending In Boyle Heights
Authorities chased a stolen car suspect out of East Los Angeles through surface streets and freeways before arresting him in Boyle Heights Thursday morning. The chase started around 9:40 a.m. in East Los Angeles, authorities said. The suspect then led police on a chase through surface streets and onto the southbound 5 Freeway, eventually switching to the northbound side of the 5.

Assault on 83-Year-Old Woman in Koreatown That Gained Social Media Attention Not Being Investigated as Hate Crime: LAPD
An 83-year-old Korean woman was assaulted in Koreatown on Wednesday afternoon in an attack that became the subject of a viral social media post, which said the assailant had yelled “white power” before fleeing. But none of the witnesses to the assault told investigators that they heard the suspect, who is now in custody, make racial remarks, said Sgt. Randy Espinoza of the Los Angeles Police Department. The attack is not being investigated as a hate crime, he said.

L.A. City Attorney Warns Homeowners About Roof Repair Scams
The recent rainstorms have brought Southern California much needed  rain , but also unscrupulous roofing contractors. At a news conference Thursday, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer warned homeowners about falling victim to roofing scams by highlighting a recent case in which an  elderly  couple paid an unlicensed contractor $5,900 to repair their roof.

Chip or No Chip, Credit Card Fraud Is on the Rise; Here's Why
Credit card fraud is on the rise despite those new chip cards that were supposed to help reduce it. A leading research company says credit card fraud is up 18 percent from 2015. That's about $16 billion in total losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. How is that possible? Online shopping is one of them. Most of the increase comes from punching in credit card numbers online, which is a lot less secure than using the credit card chips in person.

SFPD to suspend collaboration with FBI counterterrorism program
San Francisco police will suspend the department's much-criticized collaboration with FBI counterterrorism efforts, police said Wednesday, in an announcement that was celebrated by civil liberties and immigration advocates who have long called for stricter oversight of local participation in federal enforcement. The announcement comes as San Francisco moves to disengage from the federal government under the Trump administration, especially in regard to the president's directives on immigration and the treatment of Muslims.
San Francisco Chronicle

Trump's Justice Department may crack down on thriving pot industry, but is it too big to jail?
Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting – but it is usually on the Jiu Jitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year old prefers to engage completely baked. “You know that movie ‘Drunken Master'?” he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is inebriation. “It's like that. I like to consume so much before a competition that they are literally walking me onto the mat.”
Los Angeles Times

Rioting could lead to racketeering charges under Ariz. Senate plan
Participating in or being near a riot could lead to prosecution on felony racketeering charges and property seizures under a proposal advanced by an Arizona Senate committee Thursday. Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, said his measure is needed to add deterrence to existing laws against rioting. His proposal adds rioting to the organized crime statutes, saying an overt act isn't needed to prove conspiracy to riot and adds property damage to the rioting law.
Associated Press

Off-duty NY cop, firefighter rescue driver from fiery crash
An off-duty police officer and volunteer firefighter are being called "guardian angels" after authorities say they rescued a woman from a fiery crash on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County police say Melissa Ortiz was heading east on the highway in Ronkonkoma when her vehicle collided with a National Grid truck around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday. The impact caused her SUV to overturn and burst into flames.
Associated Press

Alcohol Abuse Is a Major Predictor for Gun Crime
Gun owners who have been convicted of an alcohol-related offense, such as driving under the influence or drunk and disorderly conduct, are up to five times as likely to be arrested for a violent or firearm-related crime than those who have not, new research shows. The study, conducted by researchers from the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, found that a conviction for a crime involving alcohol is a much greater indication of future violent behavior than a conviction for almost any other offense — including other violent ones.
The Trace

Local Government News

LA 2024 Bid Documents Show Average Ticket Prices of More Than $1,700 for Opening Ceremony
If Los Angeles wins the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, organizers would seek to offset the estimated $5.3-billion budget with average ticket prices of more than $1,700 for the opening ceremony and $250-$450 for marquee events such as the gymnastics final and basketball gold-medal game.That would put the proposed Games in the neighborhood of recent Super Bowls and NBA Finals, which have brought averages reported at $1,500 to $4,000.

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