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March 8, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Local California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants Help Raise Donations for Fallen Police Officer
Want to enjoy some pizza while donating a portion of your check to a fallen local police officer's fund? California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a three-day fundraiser for fallen Whittier  Officer  Keith Boyer throughout the day on March 6th, 7th, and 8th.  CPK locations featured in the flyer (see graphic) will donate 20% of the total check to the Whittier Police Officers Association to help the family of Officer Boyer.
FOX 11

Boyle Heights Residents Fear Hot Prowl Burglar
The Los Angeles Police Department is warning Boyle Heights residents of a hot prowl burglar on the loose. The suspect has struck four times while the victims were sleeping between Jan. 19 and March 2, according to police. The homes targeted were between East Fourth Street to Whittier Boulevard and Boyle Avenue to Chicago Street, between 2:30 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. The man typically enters through either an unlocked door or window, enters the bedroom and removes the victim's property, police said. During one of the burglaries, the man touched the victim's leg and ran away when the victim screamed.

Burglars Steal $170K In Jewelry From Yasiel Puig's Sherman Oaks Home
Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig appears to be the latest celebrity jewelry theft victim after police said they were investigating a heist of about $170,000 in valuables from his Sherman Oaks home. The crime happened some time during the week of Feb. 27 in the 15000 block of Greenleaf Street, according to Los Angeles police. The burglary, which included three “high-end Rolex watches,” happened while Puig was in Arizona with the Dodgers for spring training, according to TMZ, which also said the Dodgers star had asked a relative to stay in the home during his absence. The burglars apparently struck while Puig's relative was not in the home.

2nd Grant High Internet Threat Draws Bomb Squad
A bomb squad cleared the campus today after the discovery of another social media threat targeting Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, the second since Monday morning, authorities said. Sgt. Steve Gottschalk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Station said the threat was delivered via Instagram on Tuesday morning, and the bomb squad was sent to comb the LAUSD campus for any possible explosives. Sgt. Julie Spry, public information officer for the Los Angeles School Police Department, said the campus was “declared safe” by law enforcement at 6:40 a.m.
Los Angeles Daily News

Kidnapping suspect is shot seconds after stabbing woman, LAPD says
A kidnapping suspect was shot by Los Angeles police officers seconds after he stabbed a woman at the end of a car chase on Tuesday night, authorities said. Shortly before 10 p.m., gang enforcement officers spotted a stolen truck that matched the description of a vehicle taken during an earlier car theft and kidnapping in the area of Imperial Highway and Croesus Avenue, according to Officer Irma Mota, an LAPD spokeswoman.
Los Angeles Times

Reseda Man Suspected of DUI in Tarzana Crash that Injured Pedestrian, 2 Others
A Reseda man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a traffic collision that left three people injured — including a pedestrian — Sunday afternoon in Tarzana. Roberto De La Vega, 27, was driving a 2007 Honda Civic near Clark Street and Yolanda Avenue when he struck a 2015 Honda CR-V, causing a chain-reaction collision involving four additional vehicles, said LAPD Valley Traffic Division Detective William Bustos.  Bustos said on Monday that one pedestrian was struck in the crash — not two as was initially reported. Two passengers in De La Vega's Honda were also injured.
Los Angeles Daily News

Twenty-Seven-Year LAPD Veteran Named Bell Police Chief
A 27-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department has been named the new police chief of Bell, city officials announced Tuesday. Carlos Islas had been serving as acting police chief in Bell since October, and will assume his duties immediately. “I am humbled to receive this appointment and I look forward to continuing to serve the city of Bell, the officers, and the residents,” Islas said. Islas is a graduate of the FBI Leadership Academy, and is working on a bachelor's degree in criminal justice management at California Southern University. A badge-pinning ceremony is planned for 6:30 p.m. on March 22 at the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Ave., to be followed by the regular City Council meeting.

LAPD Officer Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing in Fatal Burbank Shooting
A Los Angeles police officer who shot and killed a man two years ago after a high-speed pursuit that ended in Burbank will not face criminal charges, according to a document released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. “We conclude that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (LAPD Officer Brian) Van Gorden's decision to use deadly force was unreasonable under these tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving circumstances,” prosecutors concluded in a seven-page memorandum released in connection with the March 5, 2015 shooting of Sergio Navas, 35.

As Thefts of Guns From Cars Surge, Police Urge Residents to Leave Their Weapons at Home
In February, Tiffany Pelt, the spokesperson for the Lubbock Police Department,  posted  on the department's Facebook page about what she called a “disturbing trend.” She pointed out that 384 guns had been reported stolen out of cars last year in the Texas city — firearms that were now circulating through the black market.  Pelt's message, which called owning a firearm a “great responsibility,” is just one example of how some law enforcement officials are trying to persuade gun owners that leaving weapons in their vehicles is a bad idea. In recent months, police have broadcast warnings through social media and other channels about the nexus between stolen guns and violent crime. Some have more directly denounced laws that make it easier for people to carry guns in public or stash them in their cars, trucks, and vans.
The Trace

How Police Can Identify, Respond to Victims of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is the exploitation of another by force, fraud or coercion. This prolific criminal venture has two elements: forced labor (servitude) or commercial sexual exploitation (forced prostitution or sex trafficking). As of 2015, in addition to the federal  Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 , every state had instituted its own anti-human trafficking statute. Within an agency, officers, investigators and detectives are typically going to encounter sex trafficking victims – those involved in commercial sex acts which have been caused by force, fraud or coercion.

Lawmaker Wants to Limit Californians to Buying No More than One Gun a Month
Alarmed by the amount of gun violence and the activity of straw firearms purchasers, one state lawmaker has revived a proposal to prohibit Californians from buying more than one gun a month. Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge) said his measure would close a loophole by including long guns in a monthly buying limit that currently only applies to handguns. He noted that of the 26,682 guns used in crimes that were entered into the California Department of Justice's Automated Firearms Systems database in one recent year, 11,500 were long guns.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Election Results: Monica Rodriguez, Karo Torossian headed to CD 7 runoff
A City Council planning director and a former Public Works commission rose above a heap of 18 other candidates vying for an open seat representing Council District 7 in the northeast San Fernando Valley and will compete again in a May runoff election. With all precincts reporting, Monica Rodriguez finished in the top spot with 3,966 votes for 29.56 percent of the total, and Karo Torossian in second place with 2,341 votes and 17.45 percent.
Los Angeles Daily News

Garcetti Wins Reelection in Landslide as City Council Incumbents Prevail
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection Tuesday in what appeared to be one of the biggest landslides in the city's history, crushing 10 little-known rivals and strengthening his standing for a potential run for higher office. With nearly half the ballots counted, Garcetti was holding more than 80% of the vote. If his vote share remains in that range when the tally is done, it will likely surpass the record of nearly a century of Los Angeles mayors. With Tuesday's low voter turnout, however, it's possible that Garcetti will have won fewer votes than other mayors, such as Tom Bradley. "Thank you for giving me the honor of being your mayor for another term," Garcetti told hundreds of supporters Tuesday night at a union hall in Pico-Union.
Los Angeles Times

City Development: LA Voters Solidly Defeat Hotly Debated Measure S
Los Angeles voters Tuesday night solidly defeated Measure S, a hotly debated initiative aimed at limiting development by blocking General Plan amendments for two years. The initiative was the most expensive -- and in many ways the most bitter -- campaign in the Los Angeles city election. The measure would have halted all General Plan amendments, or special permission to developers known as "spot zoning," for two years while the city updates its General Plan and community plans that guide neighborhood development.

Measure H Rebounds From Early Deficit, Reaches Two-Thirds Majority
A Quarter-cent sales tax increase in Los Angeles County to fund anti-homelessness measures appeared to earn the two-thirds majority needed for passage early Wednesday, with 100% of county precincts reporting. Measure H would generate about $355 million annually for homeless programs over 10 years, backers say. The tax increase would raise the sales tax rate to 9% across most of Los Angeles County and up to 10% in a few communities. 

Marijuana Regulation: Measure M Overwhelmingly Approved by Los Angeles Voters
A city-sponsored measure giving Los Angeles tools to regulate the recreational and medical marijuana industry was overwhelmingly approved by voters Tuesday night. Measure M easily bested a competing ballot issue, the initiative Measure N, which was crafted and pushed onto the ballot by a marijuana trade group that later opted to throw its support behind the City Council's measure. The measures were placed on the ballot in reaction to California voters in November agreeing to legalize recreational marijuana starting in 2018.

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