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March 16, 2017

Law Enforcement News

San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy injured in shooting
A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department deputy was shot and wounded early Thursday in Hesperia, authorities said. Few details were immediately released. The deputy was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the department said on Twitter at 4:40 a.m. The shooter was still at large, officials said. Los Angeles Times

Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting of 2 Detroit Officers
A 60-year-old man suspected in the shooting of two Detroit police officers has been arrested and the officers are in stable condition, the police chief said Thursday. The officers were conducting an investigation in an area where narcotics are sold Wednesday night on the city's west side when they approached a man who was "acting fidgety," Police Chief James Craig said. The man pulled out a gun and fired before the officers returned fire, Craig said.
Associated Press

Man Turns Self in to LAPD Day After 5-Year-Old Boy Is Killed in South L.A. Hit-and-Run
A man has turned himself in to Los Angeles police Wednesday in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 5-year-old boy in South Los Angeles and left investigators searching for the driver of an aged SUV.  Homer Watford, 19, turned himself into police at LAPD's 77th Street Division about 2 p.m., accompanied by his family, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Watford's cousin, 20-year-old Eric Roberts, who police said was the passenger in the SUV, also went to police Wednesday and provided a statement. Watford was taken to jail and booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, police said.  The little boy, Ronald O'Neal, was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 82nd Street and Towne Avenue in the Florence neighborhood at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Catering Company Thanks LAPD Officers Who Chased Stolen Taco Van
A family whose catering truck was stolen and involved in a police pursuit showed their gratitude by making dinner Wednesday for the officers who tracked down the van last month. Employees were loading the Epic Tacos truck on Feb. 28 when someone jumped in the driver's seat and took off. Officers chased the stolen van from Pacoima to Granada Hills where they took the suspect, Jorge Gutierrez, into custody. Although the taco van was damaged by the suspect during the pursuit, the catering company eventually got their van back.  The owners of Epic Tacos, Sandra and Edgra Ruiz, delivered a free dinner to officers at the LAPD's Foothill station at 6 p.m.

LAPD Seeking Woman with Dementia who was Last Seen in Panorama City
A 67-year-old woman who suffers from dementia went missing Wednesday in Panorama City. Police said Maria Hernandez was last seen around 10:15 a.m. boarding a Metro bus at the corner of Van Nuys and Ventura boulevards. Hernandez has not been seen or heard from since and her family is extremely concerned for her safety due to her dementia and deemed her mental condition as poor, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Hernandez is Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing around 140 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver, 19, in Grave Condition After Being Shot in Head in Westlake District
A 19-year-old driver is in grave condition at a hospital after being shot in the head in the Westlake District Wednesday night.  Authorities said the incident happened around 9 p.m. near Beverly Boulevard and Vendome Street. The victim was found in his car and transported to LAC+USC Medical Center. He underwent surgery.  Police interviewed witnesses who told them a shooter had targeted the driver on foot. But witnesses Eyewitness News spoke to said it appeared to be a car-to-car shooting.  Two witnesses who were attending church in the area said they were outside when they saw two cars speeding down the street. They said shots came from a black Tahoe and the suspect sped off.

Elderly Couple found Dead in Westwood in Apparent Murder-Suicide
The bodies of a man and a woman in their 80s were found today in a parked vehicle in the Westwood area, and their shooting deaths were being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide, police said. The bodies were discovered about 8:45 a.m. in the 500 block of Veteran Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. It was not immediately known which person shot the other, police said. Authorities withheld the names of the pair pending notification of their relatives.
Los Angeles Daily News

Cops Cleared in Gunfire: LAPD Officers Missed Targets in Two Tense Confrontations
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners cleared two officers who fired their guns at suspects — missing their targets both times — in separate shootings that occurred in April 2016, documents released Wednesday reveal. The board voted 5-0 on Tuesday in both cases and agreed with the assessment of Chief Charlie Beck that the officers acted reasonably and within department policy when they fired their weapons at suspects. According to Beck's report on the first incident, Officer Irma Castillo and her partner were in plainclothes and driving an unmarked police vehicle when they stopped at a light near the corner of Slauson Avenue and Figueroa Street on April 29.

Girl Arrested in Sucker-Punch Case found ‘Not Guilty' by LA Teen Court
A teenager who was arrested last year for conspiracy related to the sucker-punch assault of a 14-year-old West Hills boy has been found “not guilty” by a jury of her peers and a judicial officer in Los Angeles County's Teen Court program, according to police. Two juveniles were arrested after Jordan Peisner sustained an unprovoked punch to the head by a teen he did not know outside a Wendy's in West Hills on Dec. 2. Jordan, a freshman at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, sustained a skull fracture, a blood clot on his brain, a concussion and ruptured eardrum.
Los Angeles Daily News

The Rise and Fall of Lee Baca, L.A. County's Onetime 'Teflon Sheriff'
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca's conviction Wednesday for obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the interference is a dramatic end to career marked by both early promise and running scandal. For years, Baca won praise in law enforcement circles around the nation for his outreach to Muslim groups, progressive views on educating jail inmates and battling homelessness. But in the years before he stepped down from office in 2014, his department had been mired in scandal.
Los Angeles Times

Sessions Encourages Cities to Revive '90s Crime Strategies
The Justice Department will encourage cities to revive decades-old strategies to fight violent crime, focusing on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions continued to push his tough-on-crime agenda to law enforcement officials in Richmond, where one such effort had its origins.  Sessions credited that program, known as Project Exile, for slowing the murder rate through aggressive prosecution of gun offenses under federal laws, instead of the weaker state statutes. Conviction on a federal gun charge carries a minimum, mandatory prison sentence of five years, bond is less available and defendants are sent out of state to serve their sentences.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

3 Injured in Explosion at possible North Hollywood Marijuana Grow House
Three people were injured, one of them critically, Wednesday morning in an explosion at a home in North Hollywood that was possibly being used for a marijuana growing operation, authorities said. The blast was reported at 8:45 a.m. at the home at 6716 Simpson Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department. “We have resources on the scene doing follow-up work. There was no fire,” said department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The explosion severely damaged the back of the house and damaged the windows of two adjacent homes, she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

The LA Marathon will bring some serious street and freeway off-ramp closures
The Los Angeles Marathon will draw some 24,000 runners Sunday from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica — and that means nearly a full day of road and freeway off-ramp closures. The 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, as it's formally known, will begin at dawn at Dodger Stadium and wend its way to the Santa Monica Pier on a “Stadium to the Sea” course.
Los Angeles Daily News

Ballots in the Mail to Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election Voters

Sample ballot booklets are being mailed to more than 305,000 voters ahead of April 4's Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced Wednesday. A field of 23 candidates will vie for the seat left open when Xavier Becerra was appointed as California's attorney general last year, succeeding Democrat Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate. The field in the overwhelmingly Democratic district includes 19 Democrats and one candidate each from the Republican, Green and Libertarian parties. Mark Edward Padilla, who described himself as an immigration law administrator, did not specify a party preference.

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