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April 7, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Wounded In Panorama City Car-To-Car Shooting
A man in his early 20s suffered a non-life-threatening wound in a car-to-car shooting at a traffic light in Panorama City, police said today. The shooting was reported at 11:22 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Woodman Avenue, said to Sgt. Greg Bruce of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division. The victim was stopped at a red light when a vehicle with four people inside pulled up alongside him. Someone in the suspect vehicle fired three rounds into the victim's car, striking him in his right wrist, Bruce said. The victim was treated at the scene before being transported to a hospital for further treatment. The suspect vehicle was described as a black late model sedan.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Charged In Connection With Killing 5-Year-Old Boy In South L.A. Hit-and-Run Crash
A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy in a South Los Angeles hit-and-run crash last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Homer Watford, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to hit-and-run driving and driving when privilege has been suspended or revoked after a previous offense. Watford is suspected of hitting Ronald Neal on March 14 near the intersection of 82nd Street and Towne Avenue in the Florence neighborhood. Watford apparently did not stop at the scene of the crash, but turned himself in the following day, officials said. The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died, Los Angeles Police officials said.

Homeless Man Charged In Connection With Fatal Stabbing At Koreatown Metro Station
A homeless man has been charged in connection with a fatal stabbing at a Koreatown Purple Line station last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office announced Thursday. Barry Lucky Timmons, 37, is accused of attacking Andres Ramos, 37, on March 5 on the platform of the Wilshire/Normandie Purple Line station, officials said. Timmons then barricaded himself in a nearby Carl's Jr. for about an hour before he was arrested. He pleaded not guilty to murder, officials said. The criminal complaint filed against Timmons alleges he used a knife as a deadly weapon and that he was convicted of attempted second-degree robbery in 2010. His bail was set at $2 million and he faces up to 51 years in prison if convicted, officials said. Timmons is scheduled to appear in court on April 26.

The LAPD Recovered $300,000 In Stolen Goods. Any Of It Yours?
A watch repair shop near the University of Southern California is at the center of a stolen property investigation involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department say they confiscated jewelry, designer purses and other stolen items from the shop and the shop owner's home. Now the work begins to match the stolen property with its rightful owner. For Detective Marc Zavala, this case is a reminder for everyone to document their valuables. “My advice would be to anyone: If you have high, expensive items, hey, take pictures of it… catalog it… do something,” Zavala told KPCC. Zavala estimates $300,000 worth of property was stolen across L.A. County. Police have arrested one person, but their investigation is ongoing.

LAPD Officers Cleared In Deadly Police Shootings
Rulings by the Los Angeles Police Commission released Thursday determined that Los Angeles Police Department officers acted within department policy when they shot and killed suspects in two separate incidents. All Los Angeles police officers involved in a fatal standoff with a barricaded suspect shot with Tasers, beanbags from shotguns and ultimately a rifle in April of last year acted within department policy, according to one ruling. Cesar Frias, 20, withstood a barrage of Tasers, beanbag blasts and 40mm sponge rounds on April 5 and April 6 2016 before being shot by an officer after he slashed another officer with a pair of scissors, according to a report on the incident by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. The commission cleared all officers and agreed with Beck's report on a 3- 0 vote.

Dogs bite more postal workers in LA than any other city 
Delivering mail in Los Angeles isn't always pretty. Just ask U.S. Postal Service workers like Jennifer Caress, of Covina, who have to deal with menacing dogs as a daily part of the job. Caress was attacked on Feb. 22 as she delivered mail in South Los Angeles. A pitbull came from behind without making a sound and bit her on the right calf. There was blood — so much of it that her pants were saturated with it. And she needed six stitches. Caress is not alone. The number of workers attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — that's more than 200 higher than the year before, according to the service's annual “Dog Attack City Rankings,” which was released Thursday as part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
Los Angeles Daily News

Inglewood Police Department Hiring For 100 Positions
The Inglewood Police Department is hiring for 100 positions and will be holding a written and physical test this weekend. The department wants law enforcement hopefuls to fill out an online application at and then head out to Inglewood City Hall, 1 W. Manchester Blvd., for the tests on Saturday. It will be held in community room A.

Could GPS Tracker Cut Down On Police Chases?
The Tustin Police Department is the first in Southern California to test a new high-tech GPS device designed to reduce the danger of police pursuits. StarChase is a sticky GPS tag that officers can fire from a special compartment on the front grille of their police cruisers during a chase. The tag sticks to the back of the fleeing car and allows dispatchers to track where the suspect is and how fast they are moving in real time. “You don't know what the suspect is gonna do,” Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright told KCAL9 Thursday. Officers deploy the tag by pressing a button on their dashboard. A laser on the launcher helps aim the GPS tag at the pursuit vehicle, according to Behind the Badge OC. 

Police bust alleged child trafficking ring at San Gabriel motel; 3 girls rescued, 3 suspects jailed
A multi-agency task force checking up on felons who are on probation under the terms of AB 109 dismantled a child prostitution ring operating out of a San Gabriel motel on Thursday, officials said. Three girls between the ages of 14 and 17 were rescued and three suspects were jailed following the bust, which took place about 1 p.m. at the New Century Inn, 1114 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel police Lt. Fabian Valdez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

New York Police Set To Deploy 1,200 Bodycams Around The City
The New York Police Department is set to deploy the first body cameras to officers after resolving some of the thorniest issues on when to switch on the camera, how long to keep the tape and when to tell the public they're being recorded. About 1,200 officers who work the evening shifts around the city will get the cameras starting at the end of the month. 
Associated Press

Inmate Convicted In Deaths Of 2 Louisiana Deputies Released On Parole
A man linked to the 2012 slayings of two St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies was released from prison last week on "good time parole" after serving less than half of his original sentence, according to an official with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Derrick Smith's release came even though corrections officials acknowledged that early in his detention, he made threats to law enforcement officials and aligned himself with a loose anti-government group known as "sovereign citizens." Smith was one of six people initially charged in connection with the shootout in a LaPlace mobile home park that was the deadliest assault on local law enforcement in years. Deputies Jason Triche and Brandon Nielsen were killed, and two other deputies, Michael Boyington and Jason Triche, were left severely injured.
The Advocate

Local Government News

In Narrow Election, Skid Row Votes Against Creating Its Own Neighborhood Council
Downtown Los Angeles community members voted narrowly against forming a separate neighborhood council for skid row, the city's epicenter of homelessness, according to unofficial results tallied late Thursday. After nine days of pop-up voting, a week of online balloting and four hours of in-person polling, downtown residents and workers voted 826 to 764 against setting up a council for the 10,000 residents of skid row. The results will not be certified until challenges or recount requests, if any, are resolved, according to Stephen Box, the director of outreach and communications for the Department of Empowerment. Eleven provisional voters also have three days to qualify their ballots, officials said. The vote came at a critical juncture for skid row, with high-end development pushing into the 50-block neighborhood even as living conditions for those who live outdoors reached a nadir.
Los Angeles Times

In Eastside Runoff, L.A. Councilman Endorses Colleague's Opponent
A Los Angeles city councilman, in a rare move, snubbed a colleague Thursday by endorsing his opponent in next month's runoff election. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell backed Joe Bray-Ali over Councilman Gil Cedillo in next month's District 1 election, saying in a statement that the challenger, a 38-year-old bike activist, would be “an independent voice at City Hall.” Council members in recent years have generally supported one another at reelection time, often even helping with fundraising. On Wednesday night, City Council President Herb Wesson hosted a fundraiser for Cedillo at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant. Cedillo, 63, is seeking a second term representing District 1, which takes in several northeast neighborhoods and stretches down to Chinatown and Pico-Union. 
Los Angeles Times

State Government News

California Legislature Approves Tax, Fee Hike For Roads
California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $5-billion-a-year plan to boost California's gas and vehicle taxes to pay for major road repairs, handing a victory to Gov. Jerry Brown who has lobbied for years for money to fix crumbling highways and bridges. Brown and top Democratic lawmakers overcame strong opposition from environmentalists and anti-tax crusaders to muster the two-thirds support required to raise taxes. "You know how bad our roads are, and the conditions have been made worse by our recent winter weather," said Sen. Jim Beall, a San Jose Democrat who worked on the bill for two years. 


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