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February 17, 2017

Law Enforcement News

DNA From Grand Theft Arrest Links Suspect to Kidnapping and Sexual Assault of 14-Year-Old Northridge Boy in 2001: LAPD
A man has been arrested in connection with the 2001 kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old Northridge boy after DNA evidence gathered from an unrelated arrest linked him to the cold case, the Los Angeles Police Department announced. Mirek Voyt, 54, was arrested on Feb. 14 at his home in Hollywood and charged with kidnapping to commit sexual assault in connection with a crime that happened on June 22, 2001, LAPD Capt. William Hayes said at a news conference Thursday.

San Pedro Man Shot to Death on His Birthday
A man was shot to death on his birthday in San Pedro, according to authorities. Los Angeles police said the shooting happened in a parking lot in the 200 block of North Gaffey Street at about 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday. Investigators stated two suspects pulled into the parking lot and started a confrontation with 22-year-old Juan Antonio Bueno. One of the suspects got out of the car and charged at Bueno, according to officials. Authorities stated a second suspect got out of the vehicle and shot Bueno once. Bueno was rushed to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

92-year-old man charged in Valentine's Day killing of wife
A 92-year-old veteran has been charged in the shotgun killing of his wife on Valentine's Day, according to police and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Carven Nathaniel Kendrick was charged Thursday with one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 73-year-old Jenelle Gamble-Kendrick in the 1700 block of West 60th Street in the Harvard Park neighborhood, according to prosecutors and police.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Front-Desk Phones Not Working at San Fernando Valley Stations
The front-desk telephone numbers at some Los Angeles Police Department stations in the San Fernando Valley were not working Thursday morning, authorities said. The phone issue, which did not affect emergency 9-1-1 service, was discovered around 6 a.m. Thursday, and repairs were being made as quickly as possible, said LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar. On Thursday morning, calls placed to the Devonshire, Van Nuys, West Valley and Valley Traffic divisions were greeted by a message from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti thanking them for calling 3-1-1. West Valley's line was working as of 11 a.m., but the others were remained down. There was no estimate on when the repairs would be complete, Aguilar said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Marine Arrested in LA After Possible Pipe Bombs Found in Denver Hotel Room
A former U.S. Marine was arrested in Los Angeles after authorities may have found pipe bombs in a room at a hotel in downtown Denver where he had stayed. According to the Denver Post, “unexploded devices” were found in the Sheraton hotel room this week in downtown Denver where Adam Hayat had been staying. KMGH-TV reports that investigators tracked Hyatt to Los Angeles, where he was arrested Thursday at a Holiday Inn on La Cienega Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport. He is due in court Friday morning, the Denver Post reports.

Police Renew Call for Help to Find Killer of Man Slain in Front of Home
Authorities Thursday restated their appeal for public help in solving the killing of a man who was gunned down while celebrating his 39th birthday with relatives in front of his home in the Willowbrook area. Ramiro Lepe was shot about 9 p.m. Aug. 5 in the 2600 block of East 129th Street and died at a hospital. He is survived by his wife and four children. According to investigators, three young Hispanic men got out of a faded red 1990s four-door compact car, and one of them opened fire on Lepe with a handgun.

Friend of Robert Durst says he Admitted Killing Wife to Murder Victim
A long-time friend of New York real estate scion Robert Durst has testified that Durst admitted to a mutual friend that he killed his first wife. Nick Chavin says he was told by mutual friend Susan Berman, whom Durst is now accused of killing, that Durst had confessed to her about murdering Kathie Durst, who disappeared in 1982. Durst is now charged with murder for the December 2000 killing of Berman in Benedict Canyon, with prosecutors saying Durst killed her to prevent Berman from talking to investigators about Kathie Durst's disappearance.
FOX 11

Investor pleads guilty to withholding email during grand jury probe of Port of L.A. police chief
A Santa Monica attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to disobeying a federal grand jury subpoena during the public-corruption investigation of the Port of Los Angeles' former police chief. Gerard N. Casale Jr. admitted that he failed to turn over an email in response to the subpoena seeking information about his business dealings with the former port police chief, Ronald Boyd, according to court papers filed in the Central District of California.
Los Angeles Times

Policing Matters Podcast: Officer Wellness and Safety in 21st Century Policing
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The president charged the task force with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust. The task force released its final report in May of 2015. In it was what the task force called the “Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing.”

Local Government News

Lobbyist faces fine after inviting L.A. politicians to his $51,000 birthday party downtown
A longtime lobbyist faces a proposed fine of more than $11,000 for inviting dozens of Los Angeles city officials to a birthday party. A Los Angeles City Ethics Commission investigation found that John Ek violated city rules that restrict gifts from lobbyists to city officials when he hosted a 50th birthday party for himself at a downtown bistro two years ago.
Los Angeles Times

LA May Start Issuing Multiple Tickets, Graduated Fines for One Vehicle
Food truck operators who regularly park in illegal spots and "eat" the cost of the ticket as part their overhead may soon have to move on down the block under action taken Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. Current city law only allows one ticket to be issued per day for a parking violation, but the council voted 10-0 to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance creating a graduated system of fines or the possibility of issuing multiple tickets in a day.

Missed Payments to L.A. County Foster Parents Prompt Supervisors' Call for Inquiry
Los Angeles County supervisors this week called for an inquiry into the “root cause” behind hundreds of missed payments from the county's child protection agency to foster care parents, group home managers and others depending on public assistance.  The missed payments, first reported by The Times last month, left many in dire straits. A group home manager said she had to borrow thousands of dollars from friends to make payroll. One young adult transitioning from the foster care system said he had to wait in food lines to eat. Another said she was ousted from her home for failing to make rent.

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