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February 10, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Trump Orders Crackdown On Drug Trafficking And Anti-Cop Violence
Promising the start of "a new era of justice," President Trump signed a series of executive orders Thursday that outlined his administration's top crime-fighting targets: international drug traffickers, attacks against cops, illegal immigration and a recent uptick in violent crime. "America faces many challenges. We face the menace of rising crime, the threat of deadly terror, and it's not getting better," Trump said before signing the orders and swearing in the man who will carry out his agenda, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "But it will very soon."

Car-To-Car Shooting Leaves 50-Year-Old Man Dead In Downtown Los Angeles
A 50-year-old man was killed in a car-to-car-shooting Thursday evening in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.  The incident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the area of Bay and Mateo streets, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.  The victim was found dead inside a white car that had slammed into the side of a building after the shooting, investigators said. He was not immediately identified.  The sedan was struck by a second vehicle, a black car, which remained at the scene.  It was unclear what prompted the killing.  The suspected gunman was at large. He is described only as wearing an orange construction worker's shirt and blue jeans.

New Details Emerge In Pursuit Crash That Ended With 6 Being Hospitalized
New details emerged Thursday about the pursuit crash that ended with the suspect hitting several cars and sending six people to hospitals. It was a wild pursuit heading down the 110 freeway and onto city streets Wednesday afternoon. Police have identified the driver as 24-year-old Tyree Francis. He was already on parole in Susanville. He didn't stop for police until the Mercedes slammed into a number of cars, flipping a 2010 Hyundai driven by Angelina Lofton. Officers had to break the windshield and pull her to safety.

Owner of 'pay-to-stay' immigration scheme at Koreatown schools pleads guilty to federal charges
The owner and operator behind a network of four Koreatown-area schools that authorities allege was actually a “pay-to-stay” immigration scheme pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday, according to prosecutors. Three people, including owner and headmaster Hee Sun “Leonard” Shim, 53, of Beverly Hills, were arrested in 2015 as authorities announced an indictment alleging that few of the hundreds of students enrolled actually attended the schools, and that many in fact lived out of state and had never set foot on campus.
Los Angeles Times

Immigration Arrests In L.A. Spark Fear, Outrage, But Officials Say They Are Routine
Arrests made by federal immigration officials in Southern California this week have heightened anxiety about a promised crackdown by President Trump on people in this country illegally. The arrests sparked a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, with immigration advocates claiming that about 100 people had been taken into custody. But immigration officials disputed those numbers and said the arrests were part of routine activities, not tied to any new crackdown.
Los Angeles Times 

Multiple talent casting workshops busted for illegal pay-to-play fees: Massive jail time and fines for scam?
More than two dozen people associated with five talent casting workshop businesses are facing charges for allegedly collecting illegal pay-to-play fees from clients seeking auditions for acting roles, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday. The alleged schemes were infiltrated by an undercover actor working with Feuer's office, and the defendants are now facing misdemeanor charges, potential jail time and fines, he said.

NBC Universal Female Employee Videotaped Using Restroom, Investigation Underway
The LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division Thursday said it is conducting an investigation involving a third-party vendor who may have secretly videotaped a woman using a restroom at NBC Universal. The woman, an employee at NBC Universal, was using a restroom on Wednesday when she noticed that she was being video recorded, Los Angeles police said. The woman notified her supervisor and the suspect was detained, but not arrested. The investigation was ongoing, police said.

Female Jaywalker Hit By Vehicle, Dead At Scene In NoHo
A woman was killed early Friday when she was struck by a vehicle in North Hollywood. The crash was reported at 12:10 a.m. near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue, said an officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Bureau. The woman, who was estimated to be between the ages of 45 and 55, was pronounced dead at the scene, the officer said. It appeared she had been jaywalking, he added. The driver of the vehicle that struck her remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.

Father Calls For 'Jordan's Law' After Video Of Teen Son's Assault Was Posted To Social Media
A teen's father is turning his son's brutal beating at the hands of a bully outside of a Wendy's into something better, trying to pass a law that would hold not only the attacker accountable, but the person who stood idly by with a cellphone recording it. Jordan Peisner's pain and passion began with a brutal sucker punch in December caught on cellphone video forever changed his life, from a skull fracture to bleeding on the brain - not to mention he's still dealing with blood clots and permanent hearing loss. On Dec. 9, Jordan was randomly attacked outside of the Wendy's in a West Hills shopping center while another person filmed it on Snapchat. His father told NBC4 Wednesday that he was turning his family's pain into a passion. 

Fate Of Missing Glendale Woman Mystifies Mother, Friends, Police
It is almost unimaginable: the anguish of a mother whose daughter has disappeared, with police investigators seemingly stymied in determining what became of her. "I gotta do something as a mom," said the mother of Elaine Park, the Glendale 20-year-old who disappeared January 28.  Park's car was found Feb. 2 in Malibu, parked on the shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway at Corral Beach -- her keys, cellphone, make-up and money inside -- but no sign of her. Law enforcement brought in search and rescue teams and a bloodhound, but without success.

FBI investigating identities of masked rioters at UC Berkeley protest
Officials are trying to determine the identities of a small group of black-clad rioters who became violent during a protest against a far-right commentator's appearance at UC Berkeley.  According to the Associated Press, police said a small masked group wearing black showed up as night fell to riot against a talk given by Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart News.
Police One

Local Government News

L.A. planning commissions approve 90% of requests by developers to exceed zoning laws, Times analysis finds
The parcel at Jefferson and La Cienega boulevards might not seem like an obvious place to put an upscale 30-story residential tower. Zoned for industrial use, the West Adams intersection near the new Expo Line is surrounded by low-rise warehouses and businesses. But when a developer proposed a high-rise tower and a shopping center at the site last year, Los Angeles planning commissioners — appointees of Mayor Eric Garcetti — approved the project even though it was 10 times taller than existing building rules allowed.
Los Angeles Times

Renderings of LA's Futuristic $482M Bridge and Park
There's a new "The Ribbon of Light," coming to the city of angels.   New renderings reveal the futuristic design of the city's Sixth Street Viaduct bridge.   The $482 million project is scheduled to be completed sometime in late 2020, and will include 12-acres of what the city's Bureau of Engineering is calling Sixth Street Park, Arts, River and Connectivity Improvements, which will be located under and adjacent to the new viaduct.
Los Angeles Times

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