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March 28, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Oklahoma Officer Dies After Being Shot By Fleeing Suspect
An officer has died from his injuries after he was shot three times while pursuing a suspect during a traffic stop. Officer Justin Terney, 22, pulled over a vehicle and asked a man to exit the car Sunday night. He began to search the man, but the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area, KOCO reported. Terney deployed his TASER in an attempt to stop the suspect, but it had no effect. Police said the suspect opened fire on Terney and shot him three times. Terney returned fire, hitting the suspect four times, KFOR reported. Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney told KJRH that the suspect may have fled because he had an outstanding warrant. 

Before they were shot, ambushed Miami-Dade detectives found themselves surrounded in total darkness
The two Miami-Dade County detectives who were shot Monday night followed a car they believed looked “suspicious” inside the Annie Coleman projects in Brownsville — and then found themselves in total darkness. The power had gone out about an hour before the shooting, residents and law enforcement said. It was about 10 p.m. Not long after, some men walked past the two plainclothes detectives still in their car who were working a gang detail. The men turned back toward the officers' unmarked vehicle and opened fire.
Miami Herald

LAPD Officer Recalls Night His Partner Was Killed In Violent Harbor City Crash
A Los Angeles police officer turned away from a jury to wipe tears from his eyes Monday as prosecutors played a police dash cam video showing the aftermath of a crash that in Harbor City killed his partner. Officer Richard Medina spoke calmly and without emotion during most of his testimony, sitting across the room from a 22-year-old man police and prosecutors allege intentionally rammed a patrol car, ending the life of 32-year-old Officer Roberto Sanchez. “I remember a loud boom. It was a loud noise,” said Medina, testifying during the Long Beach Superior Court trial of Mynor Varela, a Harbor City resident who could be sent to prison for the rest of his life. 
Los Angeles Daily News
Knife-Wielding Men Wanted In Connection With Series Of Robberies
Detectives Tuesday investigated a series of robberies that took place in West Los Angeles. According to police, two men have robbed at least seven people at knife point. A preliminary investigation revealed the suspects were last seen driving a silver Audi. The men tend to exit the vehicle and demand for victims to hand over their cell phones before fleeing from the scene. Police are investigating a similar robbery that took place in Hollywood. It remains unclear at this time if the incidents are connected. No injuries have been reported.

Driver Crashes Stolen Porsche 911 Convertible At End Of Pursuit
The driver of a stolen Porsche 911 convertible crashed at the end of an overnight Southern California freeway pursuit. Los Angeles police began following the white sports car with no plates because of a speeding violation around 12:30 a.m. on the 91 Freeway near Gardena, about 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The driver crashed near the 110 Freeway and was arrested. No serious injuries were reported. The freeway was closed during the pursuit and crash investigation. The 911, with a base price in the six figures, was reported stolen out of Newport Beach.

Investigators Seek Additional Victims Of Caregiver Accused Of Stealing Clients' Credit Cards, Cash In Palos Verdes Estates
Detectives are searching for additional victims after discovering a 49-year-old woman who provided home care services in Palos Verdes Estates had been stealing clients' credit card information.  Torrance resident Ma “Rose” Licuanan was charged Thursday with four unspecified felony counts and two misdemeanor counts by the L.A. County District Attorney's office, according to a statement from the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department.  The suspect used a number of aliases including Rose Licuanan, Maria Licuanan, Marosario Mendoza Licuanan and Rosario Licuanan, according to police.

Law Enforcement: Cooperation Key In Response To Terrorist, Mass Shooting Incidents Like San Bernardino
Part of the reason the San Bernardino terrorist attack didn't lead to more loss of life started years before. “San Bernardino, we didn't see that coming,” said Stephen Woolery, special agent in charge of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division in Los Angeles. “You had a married couple that, Enrique Marquez aside, had kept it all fairly secret.” Marquez purchased the rifles that Redlands couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik used to kill 14 people and wound 22 others at San Bernardino's Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2, 2015. Inland Empire law enforcement were able to hit the ground running during the attack because it wasn't the first time the agencies had interacted, which Woolery said proved beneficial during the crisis. “Partnerships are the only thing that keep us in the fight,” he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Attorney General Sessions: Sanctuary Cities Must End
The Trump administration is continuing its tough talk against "sanctuary cities," which shelter people living in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal  government  enforce immigration laws.  Attorney  General Jeff Sessions says he is "urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws."  He says the  Justice  Department will require compliance with immigration laws in order for the cities to receive grants through the Office of Justice Programs. The Obama administration had a similar policy in place.  President Trump had said during the  campaign  that he would "defund" sanctuary cities by taking away their federal funding.
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA Controller Opposes City Plan To Borrow Up To $60 Million For Lawsuit Payouts
Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin warned city leaders Friday against going forward with a plan now under consideration to borrow up to $60 million to cover the cost of an unusually large crop of lawsuit payouts. The city has had to dip into its reserves this year to pay for roughly $55 million in legal payouts, and the council is now considering reimbursing the rainy day fund by borrowing money in the form of issuing so-called “judgment obligation bonds.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

LA mayor vows to fight Trump administration attempt to strip ‘sanctuary city' funding
Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles. Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city's policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Did DWP overcharge you? Customers to receive info on billing settlement starting this week
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers will soon be able to recover their money from a landmark class-action settlement. Starting this week, ratepayers will receive packets in the mail that detail what types of refunds and damages may be claimed from the settlement. The DWP has been plagued by a faulty computer billing system launched in 2013 that overcharged tens of thousands of customers while failing to bill others at all.
Los Angeles Times


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