Reputed Gang Member Suspected of Killing Whittier Cop was on Probation
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday called for a full investigation into the criminal history and parole and probation record of the reputed gang member who allegedly shot and killed Whittier police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer. The labor union representing Los Angeles police officers, meanwhile, called on federal and state attorney generals to review the effect of various laws and voter-approved measures affecting the criminal justice system. “The murder of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer is the latest tragic example of California's failed social experiment of releasing hard-core criminals back onto our streets who have no business being there,” according to the LAPPL. “The public deserves to know just who the state of California feels is safe to be back in their neighborhoods again,” according to the union.
L.A. Officials Want LAPD to Explore Ways to Put More Cops on City Streets
Los Angeles lawmakers pressed the Police Department on Tuesday for detailed reports explaining how officers are deployed across city streets, echoing simmering concerns that there aren't enough cops working patrol duties to adequately respond to calls for help. The scrutiny comes as crime in Los Angeles continued to rise last year and amid complaints from residents and officers about slow response times and a diminished police presence in some neighborhoods. The hour-plus discussion at a meeting of the City Council's Public Safety Committee — where LAPD brass filled two front rows — marked the latest round in the ongoing debate over how many officers should patrol city streets. Although the five-person committee did not take a vote Tuesday, the motion that prompted the conversation calls for the LAPD to establish “more realistic and robust” patrol staffing levels.
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15-Year-Old Girl Missing for Nearly a Month
The family of a missing Southern California teen and the Los Angeles Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating her. Katherine Lizzette Solorio, 15, was last seen on Jan. 16 around 1 p.m. in the city of San Fernando. She was possibly heading toward LAX, looking for a flight to Las Vegas or Boston, police said. She has since been seen in Pacoima, authorities added. The teen is described as a 15-year-old female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs between 170 and 180 pounds.
Female Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Sylmar: LAPD
A female pedestrian was fatally struck by a car that was likely speeding in Sylmar on Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The crash happened about 6:35 p.m. in the area of Foothill and Glenoaks boulevards, police said. The pedestrian, who is described as a Hispanic woman in her early 40s, had the right-of-way as she walked northbound on Glenoaks Boulevard, police said. "That pedestrian was struck and either rode on that vehicle or was launched approximately 100-feet west of this crosswalk," Detective Bill Bustos of LAPD's Valley Traffic Division told KTLA.
Off-Duty LAPD Officer Opens Fire During Altercation With Juveniles in Anaheim; 2 Juveniles Arrested
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer opened fire Tuesday during a physical confrontation with two male juveniles in Anaheim, police reported. The altercation happened around 2:40 p.m. in the area of Euclid Street and Palais Road. Anaheim police said no one was struck by the gunfire, but two juveniles were later arrested. One juvenile was taken into custody for making criminal threats and battery, while the second juvenile was arrested for assault and battery, police said in a news release. After firing his gun the off-duty LAPD officer detained at least one of the juveniles, Anaheim police said. Investigators said several juveniles who witnessed the altercation were interviewed. The off-duty LAPD officer was cooperating with the investigation and was not arrested, police said.
Chatsworth Witnesses See Screaming Woman Trying to Escape Car
Los Angeles police are seeking more information about a possible kidnapping that occurred Sunday in Chatsworth. Reported as a kidnapping call around 3:45 p.m. Sunday at De Soto Avenue and Devonshire Street, authorities said that when officers arrived they learned a Hispanic woman was seen in the back of a gold Honda Accord and appeared to be in distress. The woman was screaming and banging on the rear passenger-side window as the car continued northbound on De Soto Avenue out of the sight of witnesses, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
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Suspect in Custody After Man, Woman Wounded in South LA Shooting
A man and woman were wounded Tuesday afternoon in a shooting in South Los Angeles, and a suspect was quickly taken into custody. The shooting was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the 2600 block of Normandie Avenue in the Adams-Normandie area, according Los Angeles police Officer Sal Ramirez. Both victims were taken to a hospital, but their conditions were not immediately available, nor were details about the suspect and what led up to the shooting, Ramirez said.
Murder Suspect Arrested After Hollywood Standoff
A murder suspect was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a standoff with police in Hollywood. The standoff began at about 8:30 a.m. in the 600 block of north Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im said. About 11:30 a.m., police arrested the suspect, whose name was not immediately released. Police did not give further details.
Wounded Gang Member Ends up at Ralphs in North Hollywood
A man who Los Angeles police believe to be a gang member was shot in the right ankle on Monday night in North Hollywood, authorities said. The incident was reported at 8 p.m. in the area of West Magnolia Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Gary Chilingarian on Tuesday morning. City News Service reported that the victim and his friends went to the Ralphs supermarket at the location, but police do not believe the shooting happened at the supermarket and that the victim may have shot himself.
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Family Pleads for Help to Find Glendale Woman Missing Since January
The family of a Glendale woman who has been missing since January hope the public can help find her or figure out what happened to her. Susan Park and her friend scanned security video Tuesday night, which showed images of Park's daughter, Elaine. She was last seen shortly after 6 a.m. on Jan. 28 as she headed to her car at her former boyfriend's Calabasas home. "I had this off feeling because she didn't text back. She was just not responding to anything and her phone was off," Park said. The 20-year-old never returned to her mother's house. Her car was found five days later along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Authorities found cash, her laptop and cellphone inside.
Assault Weapons Are Not Protected by the Second Amendment, Appeals Court Rules
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maryland's ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, ruling that Second Amendment protections do not extend to what it called “weapons of war.” Writing for the 10-4 majority, Judge Robert King of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said that the landmark Heller v. District of Columbia decision rendered in 2008 explicitly allows governments to regulate firearms similar in design and function to those issued to members of the military.