Woman Whose RV Burned Gets Helping Hand From LAPD Officer
Los Angeles Police Department officer Sean Dinse was driving home on a recent Wednesday morning when he saw plumes of smoke in the distance. He was off-duty, but nonetheless decided to follow the smoke to its origin: a smoldering RV that was completely consumed by flames. “I really didn't need to stay because the fire department was there, but something said to stop,” he said. That's when he saw Anna Jacobson, the owner of the RV. “I saw her on the ground, balled up — just crying,” he said. Jacobson had only arrived in California a few weeks before, and the fire destroyed all of her possessions except for her social security card and some cash.
LAPD and LASD to Compete in Charity Football Game Saturday
The Los Angeles Police Department Centurions will square off for the first time against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Grizzlies in a game of charity football on Saturday, March 11. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at East Los Angeles College, located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park. Adult admission is $5. Children 12 and under get in for free.
Stolen Vehicle Suspect Arrested Near Hollywood Walk of Fame After Chase
A suspect in a stolen car led officers on a chase from Hollywood to the west San Fernando Valley and back again before he stopped and was taken into custody along the Walk of Fame. The chase began about 6:45 p.m. in the 5700 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near Wilton Place, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect made his way north into Woodland Hills before heading south on the Ventura and Hollywood (101) freeways, with LAPD and California Highway Patrol officers alternately taking the lead in the pursuit.
Driver Hits LAPD Cruiser, Arrested After Standoff in Pacific Palisades
A driver who struck a Los Angeles police cruiser with her SUV was arrested after a bizarre standoff in a posh Pacific Palisades neighborhood Thursday evening. Police said the incident began at around 3:30 p.m. when a resident found an SUV parked in the driveway of their home. The resident asked the driver to leave, but she refused, prompting the resident to call 911. Officers responded, and at some point, the suspect struck a cruiser while she was attempting to drive away. With officers in tow, the suspect drove to the 1100 block of Las Pulgas Place and came to a stop at a dead end. “All of a sudden I see a helicopter circling and circling, I see the LAPD going around,” witness Fran Garber said.
$4.5 Million Worth of Eyeshadow Stolen From San Fernando Valley Warehouse: LAPD
About $4.5 million worth of eyeshadow were stolen from a San Fernando Valley warehouse that stores high end make up in January, Los Angeles Police officials said Thursday. Police believe the burglary occurred between Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 at a warehouse in the Devonshire area. The burglars apparently cut through the roof of the warehouse and got away with 100,000 palettes of “Modern Renaissance” eyeshadow, police said. No other information, including where the warehouse is located, or suspect descriptions, was released.
LAPD Launches Valley ‘Knock Knock' Task Force Amid Rash of Celebrity Break-Ins
LAPD Steps Up Crosswalk Enforcement After Spike in Pedestrians Killed
A new San Fernando Valley task force has been assembled to stop “knock-knock burglars” believed to be targeting celebrities and others in affluent neighborhoods, a Los Angeles police lieutenant said Thursday. The San Fernando Valley Knock Knock Burglary Task Force will target criminal street gang members who prey on residents living in high-end communities such as Studio City, Woodland Hills, Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Chatsworth and Porter Ranch, said Lt. Todd Hankel, commanding officer of LAPD's West Valley Area detectives. The announcement of the task force comes amid a rash of high profile break-ins, including at the Tarzana home of Los Angeles Lakers star Nick Young and the Sherman Oaks residence of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles police have stepped up efforts to enforce crosswalk laws after a drastic spike in the number of pedestrians hit and killed. In the first two months of 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department said there were 11 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in the San Fernando Valley alone. That was up 450 percent compared to that same time period last year, according to officials. Officers in plain clothes were in Van Nuys on Thursday to issue warnings to drivers who failed to stop in marked crosswalks. But authorities said their enforcement wasn't just focused on drivers, but also pedestrians. "They are playing with their phones. Most of the time they're looking down at the ground," explained Officer Troy Williams with the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
45 drivers cited in Lake Balboa during LAPD pedestrian safety crackdown
Los Angeles police Sgt. Stephen Egan said the department issued 45 citations in just 90 minutes as part of the enforcement operation using one marked and one unmarked crosswalk. Most of the citations were just warnings for educational purposes, according to Egan. “A lot of the drivers that we stopped said ‘I didn't know I had to stop at an intersection for a pedestrian where there wasn't a marked crosswalk,” Egan said. “We also want pedestrians to be aware ... you've just got to keep your eyes up and make sure cars are stopped. Hopefully, this will stem the tide and reduce the number of collisions.”
Los Angeles Daily News
20 Years Later, Notorious B.I.G.'s Killing Remains One of L.A.'s Biggest Unsolved Homicides
Notorious B.I.G. was leaving a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum, sitting in the front passenger seat of a Chevrolet Suburban, when his killer pulled up alongside in a dark Chevy Impala. As the SUV idled at a stoplight, the gunman opened fire, hitting the 24-year-old rap star, who was also known as Biggie Smalls, four times. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. on March 9, 1997. The fatal round entered his right hip and ripped through his liver, lung and heart. Despite numerous investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department, lawsuits, books and a plethora of allegations, the 20-year-old slaying of the performer whose real name was Christopher Wallace remains officially unsolved.
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No Testimony From Ex-Sheriff Baca in Corruption Trial: Defense Comes Up With Only One Witness
Testimony concluded Thursday in the federal obstruction of justice retrial of former Sheriff Lee Baca, who's accused of orchestrating a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate mistreatment in the jails he ran and of lying to the bureau, without the retired lawman taking the stand in his own defense. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday morning. No proceedings are scheduled Friday due to an attorney's illness. The defense rested after calling a single witness — Michael Gennaco, a former civil rights prosecutor and longtime police use-of-force consultant — who told jurors that Baca was instrumental in the creation of the Office of Independent Review, a civilian watchdog group that provided oversight of misconduct in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Chicago Tries to Learn from New York Crime Fighting Success
Even before President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to send "in the Feds" to curb Chicago's gun violence, he was saying on the campaign trail that there was a simple solution to the bloodshed: police should get tougher. Chicago should follow the lead of New York City, Trump's administration has said, and crack down on even the smallest offenses. It turns out Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson visited the New York Police Department weeks before the Trump administration advice. But what he gleaned from a city that has achieved long term success in fighting crime was more nuanced than a Trump-inspired police crackdown.