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April 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

3 Georgia Firefighters Injured, 1 Fatally, In Venice Crash; DUI Suspect In Custody
Three Georgia firefighters were injured, one of them fatally, when the vehicle in which they were traveling was struck by a suspected DUI driver Monday evening in Venice, authorities have confirmed. The three-vehicle crash took place about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. One of the Georgia firefighters was pronounced dead at the scene, the LAPD said. His name was not immediately released. One of his colleagues suffered a possible broken collarbone and hip, and the other firefighter sustained lacerations. Both were transported to a hospital for treatment. The unidentified DUI suspect was taken into custody. 
Teacher, Boy Die When Husband Opens Fire In California Class
A man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom in San Bernardino and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student before shooting himself in a murder-suicide that spread panic across a city still recovering emotionally from a terror attack just 15 months ago. A 9-year-old student also was critically wounded. He and the boy who died were behind their special-education teacher, Karen Elaine Smith, 53, the target of the man she had married months earlier, police said. The shooting left hundreds of distraught parents waiting for hours to reunite with their children. Staffers knew Cedric Anderson, who had been estranged from his wife for about a month, and he got into the school by saying he had to drop something off for Smith, officials said. "No one has come forward to say they saw this coming," police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters.
Associated Press
Man Found Shot To Death Outside His Home In East LA
Homicide detectives Tuesday investigated the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a man in East Los Angeles. According to sheriff's deputies, the shooting was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 6600 block of Hereford Drive. Upon their arrival, authorities learned the victim had walked away from his home following a brief argument with family members. A short while later, a gunshot was heard outside of the residence. Paramedics located the man on a sidewalk suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's identity is being withheld pending family notification. No suspect description has been provided at this time. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. 
Gang Members Arrested In Connection To LA County, Santa Barbara Burglaries
Seven gang members arrested for two early morning businesses burglaries in Santa Barbara had already been linked to a series of similar crimes in Los Angeles County, the sheriff's department announced today. The six men ages 20-27 and a boy whose age was not released were arrested about 3:15 a.m. Sunday on the southbound 101 Freeway south of Carpinteria, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detectives with the sheriff's Burglary-Robbery Task Force had been investigating the suspects since November and saw them force their way into a side door of a restaurant on North Milpas Street and then force entry a short time later into another restaurant, this one on Coast Village Road. The suspects then fled in two vehicles, officials said. 
Los Angeles Daily News
Child Porn Collected By LA Firefighter On Duty At Fire Station: ‘Ashamed, Embarrassed,' But He Gets 42 Months
An ex-Los Angeles city firefighter was sentenced Monday to 42 months behind bars for using an Internet computer program to amass child pornography while on duty at his fire station. “Today I stand before you ashamed and embarrassed by my actions,” the defendant told the court Monday afternoon. “I should've walked away from (child porn) at my first sight of it. I will continue to get help as long as I need it.” Luis Gutierrez, 50, of Chino Hills, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to pay a $15,000 fine, register for life as a sex offender, serve a lifetime period of supervised release and pay restitution to be determined by the court.

Traffic stop leads to seizure of 300 pounds of pot and $1M cash
A traffic stop by law enforcement officers in the East Bay led to the seizure of more than 300 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Monday. The drug bust began when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted a driver on Saturday operating a van while talking on a cell phone, officials say. Officers soon learned why the suspects tried to get away. The sedan contained eight pounds of marijuana and the van had another 200 pounds of weed packed inside, officials said.
SF Gate

California Leaders To Sessions And Kelly: Legislature 'Will Use All Available Means' To Defend State Policies
California state leaders are asking U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly to identify the state's statutes or ordinances that they perceive as designed to prohibit or obstruct the enforcement of federal immigration law. In a letter sent to the U.S. officials last week, a lawyer for Covington & Burling, a private firm hired by the state Senate and Assembly, said the Trump administration had repeatedly made unsupported accusations against California. In its "repeated attacks on states," the document stated, the administration appeared to disregard the balance of power between the states and the federal government. 
Los Angeles Times
These Gun Owners Are At The Highest Risk Of Having Their Firearms Stolen
Gun owners who carry guns outside their homes and stash them in their cars — or simply own lots of them — are more likely to have their guns stolen, according to a study  published Monday in the journal  Injury Epidemiology . The study, by leading public health researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities, is the first to delve into how different characteristics among gun owners can increase the risk of weapons theft. It comes as several cities have seen sharp jumps  in gun theft reports, and as many states have watered down prohibitions on bringing guns in public spaces or using them against another person. 
The Trace
Brooklyn cop died from 9/11-related cancer, his wife says
A NYPD cop in Brooklyn died Friday from what his family members suspect was 9/11-related cancer. Dave Guevara, a Brooklyn native who served almost 23 years as one of New York's Finest, went in two weeks ago for what he thought was pneumonia, his widow Lakisha Guevara, 43, told the Daily News. Doctors found a large mass on his lungs and he died two days later from kidney failure. He was 45.
New York Daily News
Criminal case judge fatally shot outside his Chicago home
A judge who oversaw criminal cases in Cook County, Illinois, was shot to death early Monday outside his Chicago home and a woman he knew was shot and wounded, police said. Investigators are looking at the possibility that the shooting of Associate Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles and the acquaintance could have been part of an attempted robbery, although police don't believe anything was stolen from the victims or the house. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Myles also "may have been targeted for one reason or another."
Associated Press

Local Government News

Campaign Mailer With Photoshopped Images Draws Accusations In L.A. City Council Race For Valley Seat
Photoshopped campaign mailers sent in a Los Angeles City Council race in the San Fernando Valley are sparking accusations of election law violation and counterallegations of hypocrisy. A political advocacy group called Latinas Lead California sent a “cease and desist” letter Monday to Council District 7 candidate Karo Torossian, demanding he stop using photoshopped images of rival candidate Monica Rodriguez in his mailers. The group is backing Rodriguez in the race for District 7, which includes Sylmar, Sunland and Pacoima. The mailers show Rodriguez's head attached to the body of a woman in a black suit holding a sign that states, “I am funded by Chevron,” against the backdrop of an ominous-looking oil-drilling operation. The woman's body was taken from a stock photo, according to Rodriguez's campaign. The original image also shows the woman holding a blank sign.
Los Angeles Times
LA County Leaders Will Weigh Legal Defense Fund, Other Measures To Help Undocumented Immigrants
A trio of motions aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants and others threatened with deportation, including putting $1 million into a legal defense fund, are scheduled to be voted on Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. City and county officials first proposed the ideas late last year in response to President Donald Trump's pre-election remarks about deporting people who live in the country illegally. Los Angeles city and county leaders garnered national headlines when they unveiled plans to contribute $5 million to the proposed $10 million fund, with local nonprofit organizations providing the rest. The need for a legal defense fund is urgent, Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn said in their motion. After Trump signed an executive order in his first week as president to step up deportations, a wider net was cast over all immigrants, they wrote. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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