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February 8, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Riverside Officers Return To Site of Ambush Shooting To Remember Slain Colleague
Riverside police returned to the intersection where a colleague was shot and killed four years ago in an ambush shooting by former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner. The tribute to Riverside Officer Michael Crain, 34, marks a somber day for the law enforcement community. On Feb. 7, 2013, Crain was fatally shot and fellow officer Andrew Tachias was injured when they were attacked by ex-Los Angeles Police Department Officer Dorner during his nearly two-week Southern California rampage that ended in a shootout at a burning cabin in the San Bernardino County mountains.

Two Men, Woman Pleaded Not Guilty to 12 counts of Capital Murder
Two men and a woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 12 counts of capital murder stemming from the deaths of seven children and three adults, including two pregnant women, in a 1993 arson fire at a Westlake apartment building. Authorities said they believe the fire was set in retaliation because a building manager was trying to crack down on drug-dealing at the property. 
City News Service

West Hills Man Accused Of Molesting Claremont, Long Beach Girls
A two-year investigation has led to the arrest of a West Hills man suspected of sex crimes with a Claremont girl and a Long Beach girl, police announced Tuesday. Glen James Anderson, 33, was booked into Los Angeles County's Pitchess Detention Center North Facility in Castaic on Jan. 31 for suspicion of possession of child pornography and sex acts with a minor. He's being held in lieu of $390,000 bail.
Los Angeles Daily News

Sentence Reduced For Man Convicted Of Killing 5-Year-Old In Halloween Shooting
The sentence was reduced Monday of a man convicted of the Halloween 2010 shooting death of a 5-year-old boy -- who was gunned down in his South Los Angeles back yard while wearing a Spider-Man costume -- from 128 years to life to 114 years to life. Attorneys for Leonard Hall Jr. argued in their appeal that the jury had insufficient evidence to find a gang allegation true and also that Hall's sentence was incorrectly calculated.

Police: Burglar Locks Sherman Oaks Woman In Closet, Flees In Porsche
Police Tuesday sought the public's help in tracking down a man who burglarized a Mulholland Drive home, locked the resident in a closet and took her Porsche convertible. Officers responded about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 7 to a radio call of a possible burglary suspect who had just left the 14800 block of Mulholland Drive, near Beverly Glen Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators learned the suspect confronted the victim when she entered a room in her home and ordered her to open her safe, from which he took “unknown valuables,” according to an LAPD statement.

2 Drivers Injured In Boyle Heights, 1 Suspected Of DUI
Two people were hurt and one was arrested on suspicion of DUI today when their sedans crashed in Boyle Heights, police said. It happened on Soto Street near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway about 1 a.m. when a BMW driven by a man struck a Dodge Avenger driven by a woman, said Officer M. Fung of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division. Both drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries, he said. The man was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Gets Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Plane Out Of LAX For Punching Another Passenger
The teen, who made the term “cash me ousside” famous on social media because of her outrageous appearance on Dr. Phil, was kicked of a flight from Los Angeles International Airport for punching another passenger. The shouting match between Danielle Bregoli, her mother and another passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight Monday night quickly turned into punches and chaos, a video on TMZ showed.

Gang Shooting In Baldwin Park Leaves Victim Dead On Street
A man was shot to death in Baldwin Park in an apparent gang-related shooting, authorities said Tuesday. Baldwin Park officers went to the 12900 block of Athol Street in response to a report of a gunshot and a man down, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, whose detectives are assisting in the investigation.

LA County Moves To Shut Down Unlicensed Pot Shops
With state and local leaders still working out how to regulate legalized marijuana, L.A. County on Tuesday signaled it would extend a temporary ban on the cultivation, testing and sale of the drug and called for a renewed crackdown on illegal dispensaries. The moves came in unanimous decisions by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on two motions.

Credit Card Thieves Tricking Innocent Pawns Into Delivering Stolen Goods
Credit card thieves are taking a new approach to moving their stolen goods, authorities say. The thieves are hiring innocent, unsuspecting middlemen to send out the stolen items in order to shield themselves from police. Eriena Munsun of Alhambra sells products online through eBay and Amazon. Over a year ago, she took a part-time job through Craigslist as a professional gift wrapper. “What I did, I just received the package, gift wrapped it, then shipped it for them,” Munsun told KCAL9 Tuesday. She got paid a small fee for each package. Munsun had no idea that the items being sent to her were being bought with stolen credit card numbers.

DC Council member proposing move to retain experienced DC police officers
To combat violence in the city, D.C. Council member Vincent Gray is proposing an incentive to keep experienced officers from retiring. This week, the council will consider emergency legislation to fund it. It's a strategy to mitigate an ongoing problem in D.C., police officers retiring in their 40s and 50s and going elsewhere. “We have an attractive pension program and at the end of 25 years, they're eligible for a nice retirement pension,” said D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.
Washington Top News

Local Government News

LA City Council committee opposes historic designation for Parker Center
A City Council committee voted today against designating Parker Center, the Los Angeles Police Department's former headquarters, an historic monument. 3The committee members seemed too impacted by Parker Center's sometimes dark history, and the fact that a key part of Little Tokyo was demolished to have it built because the city acquired the property through eminent domain.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Reaches Deal With Builder Over Granada Hills Apartments – But Not Everyone's Happy
They said their Granada Hills neighborhood could be destroyed by a behemoth apartment complex that would soar over their low-slung homes and displace family friendly businesses such as a Chuck E. Cheese. Not even an 11th-hour compromise reached with a Los Angeles developer this week to pare down the height, cut the number units and convert them into condominiums could quell the fear of being steamrolled by development. Los Angeles Daily News

LAX Aims To Be More Prepared For Protests If Trump Ban Reinstated
The Los Angeles City Council is working to find answers regarding what travelers at Los Angeles International Airport can expect moving forward if President Donald Trump's travel ban is reinstated, while also considering its legal options regarding the immigration orders. The Commerce and Trade Committee held a meeting Tuesday with the intent of determining whether LAX is prepared for another round of protests.

2024 Olympics News

LA 2024 Committee Wants You for Volunteer Service Program
The committee leading Los Angeles' bid for the 2024 Olympics urged residents Tuesday to sign up for its Volunteer Service Program. Anyone who signs up and participates in the program — which will use digital platforms to highlight opportunities in 2017 for Angelenos to volunteer or do community service — will receive priority consideration for volunteer opportunities during the 2024 Games should Los Angeles be named the host city. Los Angeles is competing with Paris and Budapest, Hungary, for the Games. The winning city will be selected in September.

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