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March 15, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Downtown L.A. Crime is on the Rise
Police say too many people in Downtown LA are ending up victims of street robberies. That according to LAPD. Central Division Commanding Officer Capt. Steve Harrelson says street robberies are up 5.6% year to date. They showed us security video in which robberies occurred. One involved a 74-year old man who was hurt when there was a struggle over his wallet. Harrelson says, 'it's tough to prosecute these crimes. It's difficult, in many instances, because they're concealing their identity, wearing hoodies and we're not able to identify who the suspects are so, it's difficult to make an arrest.'
FOX 11

Hit-and-Run Killer Runs Down 5-Year-Old Pedestrian: Cops Need Your Help
Police launched an intensive hunt for a hit-and-run killer after his or her SUV ran down a 5-year-old boy who was a pedestrian in the Florence section of South Los Angeles. The crash was reported about 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of 82nd Street and Towne Avenue, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sal Ramirez. The unidentified boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the LAPD's South Traffic Division. The suspect vehicle is a mid-1990s, faded dark green Chevrolet Suburban SUV with tinted rear windows and front end damage from the crash. It was last seen headed west from the crash scene, police said. Anyone who witnessed the tragedy or knows something about the case was asked to contact police immediately.

1 dead, another injured in Sherman Oaks shooting
A man in his 20s was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds while a male was wounded after a shooting early Wednesday morning in Sherman Oaks, authorities said. The incident was reported as a call of multiple shots fired around 1:20 a.m. in the 5100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, said Sgt. Steve Gottschalk of Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Station.
Los Angeles Daily News

'It's a duty' to protect the vulnerable: Anti-Defamation League's Sherwood Awards Honor Law Enforcement for Combating Hate
The Los Angeles Anti-Defamation League's annual law enforcement awards for combating hate crimes on Tuesday shone a light on how some of those honored themselves once faced fear and persecution. Los Angeles Deputy City Atty. Anh Truong accepted a prize on behalf of prosecutors, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for driving a white supremacist gang out of several San Fernando Valley homes. 
Los Angeles Times

Woman Suspected Of Stabbing 4-Month-Old Daughter, Police Say
Police say a woman stabbed her 4-month old  daughter  with a pair of scissors. Police arrived at a  home  on Park Grove Avenue in University Park around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and found the infant unconscious. Police say the baby's father was  home  when it happened, and he called 911. A 39-year-old woman was taken into custody. Detectives believe the mother stabbed her  daughter  after an argument with her husband. “The last time I spoke to her she was telling me about her daughter being born,” Veronica Roman, who went to  school  with the mother, said. “She was going to present her to me when she got home but I never got to meet her. Her baby was premature. She was happy because it was her first born.”

Man Stabbed in the Face Near L.A. Union Station: Police
A man was stabbed early Tuesday morning about a block east of Los Angeles Union Station, police said.  The incident occurred around 1:15 a.m. at 801 N. Vignes St., according to L.A. Police Lt. Robert Green. The victim, who received multiple stab wounds to the face, was transported for medical treatment in stable condition, he said. The man was expected to survive. A knife was used in the attack but has not been recovered, police said. A person was detained while officers were canvassing the area about 10 minutes arrived on scene, but authorities have not said that the person is a suspect.

3 Men Charged in Connection With ‘Knock-Knock' Burglaries in San Fernando Valley
Three men have been charged on Tuesday in connection with a string of “knock-knock” style burglaries in San Fernando Valley. Daquinn Davon Epps, Daejohn Cleonn Clark and John Stuart White were charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on suspicion of committing burglaries. The three men are accused of breaking into a home on Feb. 13. A neighbor observed one of the men on their live video system and called authorities, police said. “Knock-knock” burglars are often organized gang members and typically target affluent single-family homes throughout the west side of the San Fernando Valley, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Tips Pour in to LAPD about $4.5 Million Makeup Heist

The Los Angeles Police Department has received a flood of tips about a massive makeup heist at a Chatsworth warehouse, authorities said Monday. Last week police put out word that between January 28 and 30, a crew of burglars cut a hole in the roof of the Anastasia Beverly Hills warehouse and made off with 100,000 palettes of “Modern Renaissance” eyeshadow valued at $4.5 million. Police turned to the media for help Thursday and several outlets, including the Daily News, published stories online. “It kind of started a fire. We hope something positive comes out of it in a few days,” said detective Marc Zavala, of the volume of calls coming in. “I've been here since 7 a.m. fielding calls.” About 20 voicemails were waiting for the detective when he got to the office the Monday after the weekend heist.
Los Angeles Daily News

Shooting in Reseda Prompts Lockdown of Nearby Schools
A high  school  student was wounded Tuesday in a shooting in Reseda, prompting the lockdown of his campus and another school several blocks away. The shooting was reported about 12:50 p.m. in the 18400 block of Vanowen  Street , near Canby Avenue. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition, said Sgt. Julie Spry of the Los Angeles School Police Department.  She did not know the victim's age but said he was a student at Zane Grey Continuation High School, which is located, along with Reseda High School, in the 18200 block of Kittredge  Street , several blocks south of the shooting scene.
FOX 11

Car Burglaries, Vandalism Gets Costly in Chatsworth
A rash of  car  burglaries and vandalism is proving expensive for motorists in Chatsworth. Neha Kahn woke up to find a mess. Her Mercedes  passenger  window bashed in and $2500 worth of stuff taken. “I had some sunglasses, I had a backup laptop, I had a purse, which I normally never leave in the  car ,” Kahn said. Down the street Paul Ginsburg now parks in his  garage  after his SUV was broken into. He spent $1,000 to repair and replace his belongings. Their vehicles were three of the 21 burglarized last week on Valley Circe in Chatsworth. The week before eight were hit. LAPD says they believe the same people are probably responsible for all of them. 

Body Found Below San Pedro Cliff
An investigation was underway into a body that was found that the bottom of a cliff in San Pedro Tuesday afternoon. The body was discovered before 2:37 p.m. on some rocks at the base of a cliff in the 4100 block of South Pacific Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters responded and used ropes to hoist the body up the side of the cliff. The body was transported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. The victim's name and gender were not immediately confirmed. There was no immediate word on a possible cause of death.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department switches from silver to gold belt buckles at a cost of $300,000
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is getting down to brass tactics. Sheriff's officials are spending $300,000 on items they say would make deputies look more professional in their jobs and could help make them safer. But the taxpayer dollars won't go toward tools such as higher-quality ballistic vests, backup guns or body cameras, all of which are optional items that deputies have to pay for on their own. Instead, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is spending the money on a minor cosmetic makeover of deputies' uniforms: changing the color of their belt buckles and other metal pieces of gear from silver to gold. That way, the metallic bits — all made of brass — will match the gold-hued tie clips, lapel pins and six-pointed star badges that deputies already wear, McDonnell said.
Los Angeles Times

Should Police Agencies Have Their Own DNA Collections?
DNA databases are being collected across dozens of police departments in the U.S., a strategy some consider to be against state and national regulations restricting who can provide genetic samples and how long that information is held. Some of the rules local agencies employ for the gathering of their databases include allowing samples to be taken from children or people who were never arrested of a crime. Having DNA collections of their own helps agencies bypass the backlogs dominating state and federal repositories, police chiefs say.

In federal court — over a traffic ticket
Traffic tickets aren't so out of the ordinary – until you get to Howard Herships' case. After being caught by a red light camera on a right turn in suburban Sacramento, Herships, 73, contested the $200 ticket. His fight has proven costly to Herships, who lost his driver's license: The 2014 ticket penalty ballooned more than eight-fold to a whopping $1,665 in addition to a $55 driver's license reinstatement fee, costs Herships said he couldn't afford.
Capitol Weekly

City Sues Drugmaker for Letting OxyContin Flood Black Market
As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped up patrols, hired social workers to ride with officers and pushed for more permanent housing for chronically homeless people. The city says it has spent millions combating OxyContin and heroin abuse — and expects the tab to rise.
Associated Press

Sessions continues to push new tough-on-crime Justice agenda
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is continuing to push his tough-on-crime agenda, this time to law enforcement officials in Virginia. Sessions will speak to police and federal officials Wednesday in Richmond. He is expected to further underscore his efforts to make fighting street violence a top mission of the Justice Department.  In his first month in office, Sessions has repeatedly cited the need for harsh sentences for the most violent criminals, particularly those who use guns.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Measure H Still Passing In Latest Count
Measure H, a proposed quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs, maintained the two-thirds majority needed for approval in an updated ballot tally released Tuesday. According to the updated figures, which added the results of nearly 169,000 vote-by-mail ballots counted since Friday's updated tally from the March 7 election, Measure H has 68.72 percent of the vote, with 546,684 votes in favor and 248,877 in opposition, according to the county Registrar- Recorder/County Clerk's office.

As LA vote count continues, incumbent Cedillo's lead narrows
Los Angeles County officials' updated election results Tuesday show that City Council member Gil Cedillo's margin of support is slipping and that he may face a runoff. About 5,000 votes were added to the count in that race, and the updated results now show Cedillo at 49.51 percent support. Cedillo's leading challenger, Joe Bray-Ali, stands at 38.14 percent.
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