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March 21, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man who saved Michigan state trooper: 'I decided to help'
Keith Pepple saw the flashing lights of a police car behind him and pulled over. A motorcycle zoomed by, followed by a Michigan State Police trooper. Moments later down the road, Pepple would risk his life — and quite possibly save another life —  to help the trooper as he was being attacked by the motorcycle driver and that man's brother.
Detroit Free Press

Man Fatally Shot in Boyle Heights
A 31-year-old man was fatally shot in Boyle Heights early Monday, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.  The shooting was reported about 7 a.m. near the intersection of 8th and Fresno streets, Detective Meghan Aguilar told KTLA. Six shots were heard coming from a black Honda in the area and police found the victim next to his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Jose Fernando Arellano, of Bloomington, died at the scene, police said. Arellano was apparently visiting a friend in the area when he was shot.  “We were sound asleep and woke up to the gunfire,” neighbor Richard Kassarian told KTLA. He described the shots as “rapid fire.”

Autistic Man Missing After Running L.A. Marathon
An autistic  man  who ran in Sunday's  L.A.'s Marathon is missing.  He's 21-year-old Romario Snow.  With  security  cameras and chips in the shoes the marathon tracks  all the runners along the course. And Snow was last seen at Ocean and Santa Monica near the finish line where he was set to reunite with his  family  in Santa Monica however, has not been seen since.  Romario Snow is described as 5'8," 158 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He may be wearing black/grey shorts, blue shirt and a light brown sweater. Snow has the mental capacity of a 12 year-old.
FOX 11

LAPD shots-fired dragnet disrupts Van Nuys neighborhood, but residents have more complaints about homeless
Police took two men into custody Monday morning after shots were fired at officers during a pedestrian stop, leading to a temporary lockdown at a nearby elementary school, authorities said. The shooting was reported around 3:10 a.m. at Haskell Avenue and Vanowen Street, Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said. Officers were attempting to stop the two men in connection with a burglary or property crime when they fired at the officers, Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Assaulted While Walking to School in North Hollywood
A man tried to assault and grab a teen girl as she walked to school in North Hollywood Monday morning, officials said.  The assault attempt on Whitsett Avenue was caught on surveillance video by a local homeowner.  The suspect apparently first tried to grab the teen girl in a bear hug. She walked away and he continued to follow her, then tried once again to grab her as she fled before he gave up. He was later seen driving away in a silver BMW.  "She didn't know him," said local homeowner Mike Oreb, whose surveillance cameras recorded the assault. "He was trying to get her to the car. He followed her, then tried to grab her a couple times."

BMW, Iphones Stolen From UCLA Students in Unsecured Apartment
Two iPhones and a BMW vehicle were stolen from UCLA students in an unsecured apartment on Saturday.  According to police, between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m., someone entered the off-campus apartment and stole the phones and set of car keys before taking one of the victim's parked BMW.  The missing car is a gray 2014 BMW 328I with the license plate 7SVZ933. Those who see the car were asked to call the police.  UCLA investigators used the incident to remind all students to lock and secure their apartments and immediately alert police to any suspicious activity.

Police shoot shoplifting suspect with bean bag at TJ Maxx in West Hills
A shoplifting suspect was shot with a non-lethal bean bag round and taken into custody after he allegedly threatened a security guard with a “shank” at TJ Maxx in the Fallbrook Shopping Center in West Hills, authorities said. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the busy mall near Fallbrook Avenue south of Vanowen Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Duke Dao in a Facebook post.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Who Went to Register as Sex Offender Dies After Shootout With Deputies at Temple City Sheriff's Station: LASD
A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after engaging in a gunbattle with deputies in the parking lot of the Temple City sheriff's station, where he had gone to register as a sex offender Monday morning, authorities said.  The man, identified only as a 47-year-old white male, entered the station located in the 8800 block of East Las Tunas Drive about 7:25 a.m. to register as a sex offender, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Joe Mendoza said.  The deputy at the counter inside the station realized that the man had a $40,000 warrant for his arrest in connection with a felony sex crime that occurred in the city of Los Angeles, Mendoza said. 

Burned Alive by Jealous, Angry Boyfriend: High Court Rules Killer Must Die
The California Supreme Court Monday upheld the death sentence for a jealous, angry Van Nuys boyfriend who burned his girlfriend alive in her car. The flaming vehicle was found on the side of a Southland freeway, and authorities initially believed it was involved in a crash. But a murder probe was soon launched as law enforcement examined the scene further. The state's highest court rejected the defense's contention that there were numerous errors in Donald Lewis Brooks Jr.'s trial in a San Fernando courtroom. Brooks was convicted in June 2001 of first-degree murder, stalking and arson causing great bodily injury involving Lisa Kerr, 32, of Panorama City.

LA County Social Workers Ordered to Stand Trial in Death of 8-Year-Old Boy
Two former social workers and their supervisors were ordered Monday to stand trial on falsifying records and  child  abuse charges involving the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy whose  mother  and then-boyfriend are charged with his murder. The social workers and two of their supervisors --- Stefanie Rodriguez, 31, Patricia Clement, 66, Kevin Bom, 37, and Gregory Merritt, 61 -- were fired from their jobs following an internal  investigation  into the May 24, 2013, death of Gabriel Fernandez.  All four are charged with one  felony  count each of child abuse and falsifying records and face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
FOX 11

Trump Administration Cites California Law Enforcement for Failing to Cooperate in Deportation Crackdown
The Department of Homeland Security on Monday released the first ever report on law enforcement agencies that are potentially “endangering Americans” by failing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers and named multiple jurisdictions in California. The report highlights the looming conflict ahead between the Trump administration, which has vowed to significantly boost deportations of people here illegally, and local law enforcement agencies, which have vowed not to help with deportations. As part of a Trump administration directive to “highlight” uncooperative police agencies, the weekly “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” lists those that have failed to comply with ICE requests to further detain suspects so they can be processed for possible deportation.
Los Angeles Times

Lawmakers Seek Changes to California Juvenile Justice System
California should start treating juvenile offenders more like children, state lawmakers said Monday as they promoted bills that they said reflect research showing that children's brains are different from adults. Democratic state senators Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles and Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens are proposing four bills intended to keep more youthful offenders out of the criminal justice system. They're part of a package of eight proposals that would also lessen restrictions on adult offenders, including sex offenders. SB190 would end the practice of collecting fees from the families of juvenile delinquents, while SB395 would require that minors talk with a lawyer before waiving any legal rights.

Local Government News

Council candidates heading to May runoff in Valley, northeast LA races
Voters will have to decide in May who will represent them in two Los Angeles City Council districts, according to the final tally released Monday. But the winners in District 7 and District 1 won't be decided until the May 16 runoff, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office. In District 7, which covers Sunland-Tujunga, Pacoima and other northeast San Fernando Valley communities, an initial field of 20 candidates was whittled down to two. Former Public Works commissioner Monica Rodriguez got 6,091 votes and City Council planning director Karo Torossian collected 3,603 votes, making them the top vote-getters. The two will advance to the runoff.
Los Angeles Daily News

A 20% Turnout in L.A.'s Mayoral Election Wasn't a Record Low After All, Final Results Show
Voter turnout in the March 7 mayoral election in Los Angeles was 20%, just above the record low, final results show. Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County registrar, had expected turnout to break the record low of 17.9% in 2009, when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was reelected. But the final count, released Monday, was 407,147 ballots cast in a city with 2,030,173 registered voters. But the election did set another record: Mayor Eric Garcetti won reelection with more than 81% of the vote, a bigger share than any other L.A. mayor has won in more than 100 years.
Los Angeles Times

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