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February 7, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Fallen NYPD Deputy Chief Remembered As Leader At Funeral
An NYPD deputy chief from West Islip who died of a Sept. 11-related illness this week was remembered Friday as a man who led by example and ultimately sacrificed his life because of his dedication to the job. James Gerard Molloy was a deputy inspector at the time of the terror attacks at the World Trade Center and helped lead the rescue and recovery effort, NYPD Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said in his eulogy at Molloy's funeral in Bay Shore.

Police: Gang Members Set Deadly 1993 Westlake Fire As Warning To Residents
Several arrests have been made in connection with an apartment building fire that killed seven children and three adults more than 20 years ago, authorities announced Monday. Ramiro Valerio, 43, of Palmdale, and Joseph Monge, 41, of Montebello, were arrested Friday on suspicion of murder with special circumstances. Johanna Lopez, 51, will be arrested on the same charges Tuesday, Los Angeles police said. She is currently in custody on charges related to the fire.
CBS Los Angeles

Police Seek Suspect In Tire-Slashing Spree In Van Nuys Neighborhood
Barbara Dodd Remsen has lived on Mammoth Avenue in Van Nuys since 1961 and has never seen anything like what she saw when she woke up Monday morning. Up and down the street and on a couple of nearby streets, tires were slashed. All on one side of the street and only on the left side of the cars. Why someone went on a tire-slashing rampage is anyone's guess. Police don't have a clue - yet. They have video from a neighborhood security camera but say the video is grainy. They're enhancing it hoping to get a good image of the suspect.
FOX 11

Man's Body Discovered In Metro Red Line Subway In Hollywood
A man was discovered dead Sunday in the Metro Red Line subway in Hollywood, and rail service was delayed on the busiest passenger line in Los Angeles. The body was found near the Red Line's Sunset Boulevard/Vermont station, after apparently being struck by a Union Station-bound subway train, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

Stolen Car Pursuit Ends In West Hollywood
A high-speed chase ended in West Hollywood on Sunday evening after the two suspects ditched the stolen car and tried to run from officers. The pursuit began in the Bell Gardens area around 11 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The chase made its way along surface streets and freeways from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles, eventually ending in West Hollywood. It ended shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Sunset Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood where the suspects ditched the car and attempted to make a run for it. 

LAPD To Begin Enforcing LA's New Measures Against Sleeping Overnight In Cars
New measures against sleeping in cars overnight in Los Angeles will be enforced by the LAPD starting Monday. The new rules dictate where people living in RVs and cars can park, NBC4's media partner KPCC reports. People who live in their RVs or cars will no longer be able to park within one block (500 feet) away from schools, pre-schools, daycare facilities or parks, according to the municipal code. The restrictions also prohibit parking on any residential street between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Rapper The Game Receives Probation, Community Service And Anger Management In Two Assault Cases
The rapper the Game was sentenced Monday to formal probation, community service and anger management in connection with two violent encounters in 2015. The 37-year-old Compton native, whose legal name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of criminal threats and a misdemeanor count of battery stemming from the alleged assault, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 
Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant Memorabilia Stolen From His High School
The place usually represented Kobe Bryant's accomplishments at Lower Merion High School. The place recently became a source of frustration and sadness for his alma mater. Several pieces of Bryant's memorabilia were stolen on Sunday night from what the school called “The Kobe Showcase.” Those items included a framed replica of his No. 33 jersey, the Aces' 1996 state championship trophy and net, programs from the state and district title games, a proclamation from the Pennsylvania State House honoring the 1996 team as well as several pairs of signed Nike sneakers by the Lakers' star.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputies At LA Men's Central Jail Face 'Disgusting' Assaults By Inmates
Inside the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail, security video shows inmates about to attack unsuspecting deputies. The assault is called "gassing," when inmates toss urine, feces or semen at the deputies. “If it gets in their face, their eyes, you don't know what kind of diseases the inmates have. It's very traumatic for the staff,” Kelly Harrington, the Assistant Sheriff of Custody Operations, said. Harrington says gassing happens at least 250 times a year at the Men's Central jail.
FOX 11

Deputy Taken To Hospital After Confrontation At Metro Station in Downtown LA
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was taken to the hospital after an altercation at a Metro station in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. The sheriff's department said the incident began at the Metro station near West 7th and Lebanon streets at about 11:30 a.m. One witness said the suspect appeared swing an umbrella at a deputy. "The person became assaultive with the deputy and swung something at the deputy," Ramon Montenegro, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated. 

LA County Leaders To Begin Talks On Regulating Legal Marijuana Sales
With legal marijuana sales set to begin in California in less than a year, Los Angeles County leaders will introduce a motion Tuesday  to start the process of crafting a set of regulations to protect public safety and to encourage a sustainable and potentially multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry. The Board of Supervisors plans to instruct more than a dozen county offices, including the sheriff's and fire departments as well as regional planning and public health officials, to nail down every detail of how to enforce the cultivation, transportation, distribution, processing, manufacturing, testing, retail sale, and delivery of medical and recreational cannabis. 
Los Angeles Daily News

43 Pounds Of Meth Found In Car's Gas Tank In Salton City; Teen Arrested: Border Patrol
A 19-year-old man was arrested Monday after El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents found about 43 pounds of methamphetamine in the gas tank of the car he was driving, according to federal authorities. The unnamed man, who was identified only as a U.S. citizen, approached the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 86 around 3:40 a.m., a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated. After border patrol agents referred him to a secondary inspection, a canine team led investigators to search the undercarriage of the 2010 Ford Fusion, according to the release.

More Than $600K Of Cocaine Seized With Three Minor Children In Car
A U.S. citizen traveling with his three stepchildren was arrested at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near Salton City after agents found more than 50 pounds of cocaine in his car, federal authorities said Monday. The unidentified 21-year-old man was stopped about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at a checkpoint on Highway 86, near the southwest shore of the Salton Sea, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 
FOX 11

Becerra Vows To Fight Any Effort By Trump To Hold Back Money From California Over 'Sanctuary Cities'
Dispute Reacting to President Trump's threat to hold back funds from California if it becomes a so-called sanctuary state, Atty. Gen Xavier Becerra said Monday that he is willing to do legal battle over the issue if necessary. “There is no state that provides more funding to the federal Treasury than the state of California,” Becerra said at a press conference in Fresno. “We have a right to receive some of that funding back.” Becerra said California will work with Congress and the federal government to properly serve citizens.
Los Angeles Times

Court Weighs Halting Release Of Videos Of Fatal Calif. Police Shootings
A federal appeals court considered Monday whether to automatically halt lower court orders publicly releasing video of fatal shootings by police to prevent potential violence. Judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel acknowledged that the case involving a 2013 shooting of an unarmed man by police in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena was largely moot because the video was released and widely published.
Associated Press

Under Obama, the Justice Department aggressively pursued police reforms. Will it continue under Trump?
After the Department of Justice recently issued a scathing report saying police in the country's third-largest city  routinely violated  the Constitution by using excessive force against residents, many activists cheered for the inevitable reforms — and federal oversight   they expected to follow.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Measure S Wins Backing Of "Fed-Up" Neighborhood Open-Space Group
A neighborhood group that advocates for the preservation of open space in the city's hillside areas has thrown its support behind a March ballot measure that would temporarily halt some development projects in the city. The Hillside Federation's endorsement marks the latest by an "environmental" group for Measure S, according to a release by the campaign supporting the measure. 
Los Angeles Daily News

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