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April 13, 2017

Law Enforcement News

CHP Officers Help Rescue Calif. Cop From Fiery Crash
Two California Highway Patrol officers helped rescue a San Jose police officer after he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler. The officer was on his way home when he collided with the truck that stopped due to road construction, NBC Bay Area reported. The officer's car caught fire and he became trapped inside. Officials said two California Highway Patrol officers were nearby with a fire extinguisher. One officer put out the flames while the other called the fire department. CHP spokesman Derek Reed told the news station that firefighters had to cut the SUV's door off to rescue the injured officer. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Family Of Father Of 3 Shot Dead In South L.A. Plead For Gunman's Apprehension; $10K Reward Offered
The family of a 45-year-old man who was fatally shot while coaching his son's basketball team outside a South L.A. home held a press conference Wednesday to make a public appeal for information that could lead to the arrest of the gunman. Lester Scott Virgil was preparing his 12-year-old son and his teammates for an upcoming tournament on Aug. 5, 2016, when around 5:45 p.m. a car stopped in front of the house and a passenger got out with a handgun and fired several rounds, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The kids who were rehearsing drills in the driveway were able to scatter and escape the bullets, but Virgil, sitting on the porch, was struck and pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The team was not at Virgil's home but that of a family friend's, located in the 1600 block of West 110th Street in the Westmont area of South Los Angeles, where Virgil had driven his son after school, deputies said.
CA Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case Against Woman Convicted Of Murdering LAPD Training Officer's Mom
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a woman convicted of the robbery-motivated shooting death of her 79-year-old aunt, who was the mother of a Los Angeles Police Department training officer. Barbara Jean Davenport was found guilty in September 2015 of first- degree murder and robbery for the June 2, 2012, killing of her aunt. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation that Cleo Hughes was murdered during the commission of a robbery. The victim's son drove to his mother's house after not being able to reach her by telephone and found her in her bedroom, where she had been shot once in the chest. Davenport was charged the following month with her aunt's murder.
Off-Duty LAPD Detective Fired On Suspected Hollywood Mugger, Cleared Of Wrongdoing
An off-duty LAPD detective who shot at a suspect trying to rob him on a Hollywood street was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, according to documents released by the panel Wednesday. The detective, who was not identified in a redacted report by Police Chief Charlie Beck, reported that he was walking through Hollywood around 5:25 a.m. May 4, 2016, on his way to a Metro Red Line station when he noticed he was being followed. The man following him, identified as a 19-year-old man named J. Noriega, approached the detective from behind near Franklin Avenue and Van Ness Avenue, pulled a gun and called out to him, according to the report. Noriega then demanded the detective's backback, and the detective pretended to comply but pulled his handgun from his holster and fired at Noriega.
Family, Friends Honor ‘Three Beautiful Lives' Lost At West Hills Corner As Crosswalk Signal Is Unveiled
At a rise in the road on fast-moving Roscoe Boulevard, a new set of double amber crosswalk lights flash to alert traffic. That's where a mother and daughter walking with their Labrador retriever were struck down a year ago Tuesday as they tried to cross at night without the help of the dual flashing traffic signals in West Hills. “I wish I could say that today was a good day. But it's not. Today marks the one-year anniversary of a horrific tragedy,” said Councilman Mitch Englander at a West Hills news conference not far from a roadside shrine. “That's why we're standing here today. To remember them. “Not just to install the safety precautions to ensure this doesn't happen again. But to do so in their name, so it doesn't happen again.” The morning announcement of the new Los Angeles crosswalk warning lights drew more than a dozen state, city, community leaders and family members to the fatal intersection at Roscoe and Jason Avenue.
Los Angeles Daily News
Escort Agency Operator Arrested on Suspicion of Human Trafficking
Sheriff's investigators urged people to contact them Wednesday if they were victimized by a Norwalk escort agency owner/operator arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Omar Sanchez, 37, of Lakewood was arrested after investigators served warrants on April 7 at his home and at the "Bombshells" agency in the 13700 block of Studebaker Road, the sheriff's department reported. Sanchez was booked on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and weapons violations following a six-month investigation was conducted by personnel from the L.A. Regional Human Trafficking Task Force. He was released after posting a $420,000 bond, and is scheduled to be arraigned April 28 in Norwalk. "Mr. Sanchez victimized some of the women who worked at the agency and sold their sexual services for money," alleged California Highway Patrol Detective Kerri Rivas, the lead investigator on the case. "We are also investigating the abuse of underage girls who he employed as escorts,'' Rivas said.
DMV investigators go undercover to bust disabled-parking scofflaws
The DMV — which has 200 sworn peace officers across the state — dispatched investigators to the shopping center Tuesday to nab people improperly using the disabled parking spots. These most desirable spots are close to the store entrances. In the last three years, the state agency has conducted 270 of these enforcement operations and handed out about 2,000 citations. The number of citations issued has increased each year, according to data provided by the DMV.
Los Angeles Times
Littlerock Man Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Infant In Baby Porn Case Sentenced To 35 Years To Life In Prison: DA
A 36-year-old Littlerock man convicted of videotaping himself sexually abusing a 3-month-old family member has been sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Robert Dale Schrader is currently serving a more than 21-year sentence in a federal prison for a child pornography conviction, according to a DA's news release. He will begin serving a life sentence after the federal one is finished. Schrader entered a no contest plea on March 3 to one count of sodomy of a child 10 years and under, and two counts of lewd acts upon a child under age the age of 14, prosecutors said. The defendant sexually abused the infant victim on Jan. 11, 2014, according to Deputy DA Scott Yang, who prosecuted the case. Schrader photographed and videotaped the abuse, then published the images online. Less than three weeks later, British authorities discovered that “an individual using a Yahoo email account had sent multiple sexually explicit images of an infant to an undercover officer in England,” according to criminal complaint previously obtained by KTLA.
Police Departments Say They Don't Enforce Immigration Laws. But Their Manuals Say Something Different
Like many law enforcement agencies across California, Culver City police say officers don't enforce federal immigration law. The City Council declared the town a so-called sanctuary city last month, promising to protect the public safety of all city residents, regardless of immigration status. But the Police Department's manual seems to suggest something different, offering officers guidance on how to stop people suspected of illegally entering the U.S., a misdemeanor under federal law. Culver City's policy says “a lack of English proficiency may be considered” as a possible criterion for police to suspect that someone entered the country illegally, though it goes on to say that “it should not be the sole factor in establishing reasonable suspicion.” 
Los Angeles Times
ATF Warns Southern California Law Enforcement Officers May Be Illegally Selling Guns
The head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Los Angeles has sent a memo to Southern California police chiefs and sheriffs saying the agency has found law enforcement officers buying and reselling guns in what could be a violation of federal firearms laws. The March 31 memo from Eric Harden, the ATF's Los Angeles Field Division special agent in charge, describes the finding as an “emerging problem” the agency has become aware of, and he expressed concern about “the growing trend of law enforcement officials engaging in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing.” He did not say how many officers the agency has found purchasing and reselling weapons, but the memo says some officers had bought more than 100 firearms. Some of the guns have been recovered at crime scenes. Harden said this is a training and education problem.
The San Diego Union Tribune

Public Safety News

LAFD Honors Georgia Firefighter Killed In Venice In Suspected DUI Crash
Georgia firefighter Ron Herens, who was killed in a suspected DUI crash near Venice Beach Monday night while on vacation, was given a full honor guard by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Wednesday. A procession brought Herens' body from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office to Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Los Angeles city and county fire department units set up on freeway overpasses in a show of respect and a powerful tribute. Herens, 23, was with four other members of the Marietta, Ga., Fire Department around 10 p.m. Monday when the accident happened. Herens had been with the department for four years. Investigators say the driver in the other car was drunk.
5 Hospitalized, Including 2 Critical, In Pacific Palisades Fire That Killed Family Pet A fire that broke out in Pacific Palisades Thursday morning killed a family pet and injured five people, including a husband and wife who were in critical condition, according to a fire official. Firefighters were initially called to a brush fire about 2:15 a.m. and arrived to find two hillside homes in the 16000 block of Las Casas Place well-involved in flames, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. More than 80 firefighters extinguished the fire in about 44 minutes and triaged five patients, including a 53-year-old woman who was in critical condition, Scott said. Scott later said the woman's husband was also in critical condition. Two teenagers from the home were also hospitalized with minor smoke related injuries, Scott said. A fifth patient, a 91-year-old woman from the second home involved in the fire, was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation as a precaution, Scott said. Firefighters rescued a cat and a dog, but a second cat died as a result of the fire, Scott said.

Local Government News

LA County Approves Funding To Keep Winter Homeless Shelters Open Into Fall
Los Angeles County has approved about $2.5 million to keep three area winter shelters for the homeless open until next fall, to give people more time to connect with permanent housing and social services. Shelters in Bell and Long Beach, which closed at the end of March, will receive funding to reopen again and operate for 24 hours into November. At their Tuesday meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion to allocate almost $1.8 million to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority or LAHSA, to reopen the shelters. In addition, more than $685,000 also was approved to keep a winter shelter in Pomona open through November. The shelter is still open and operates for 14 hours a day. Neither shelter in Long Beach nor Bell can reopen immediately until some logistical issues are solved, said Chris Callandrillo, director of programs for LAHSA.
Los Angeles Daily News


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