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April 25, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Wash. Cop Blinded After Being Shot In Head Completes 5K Race
An officer who was shot while responding to a shooting in December finished a 5K race with the help of a friend. Officer Mike McClaughry completed the Fun with the Fuzz 5K race with the help of a friend Saturday, Bellingham police said in a tweet. McClaughry, 60, was blinded after he was shot in the back of the head and is continuing treatment, KING5 reported. According to the Associated Press, Ernesto Lee Rivas, an alleged gang member, and two teens, ages 15 and 16, who were in the home during the standoff have been arrested and charged. 
Gang Violence Skyrockets In West San Fernando Valley
A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday discussed ways to combat three years of rising gang-related crime in the west San Fernando Valley. Although the west valley enjoys a reputation as a quiet area low in crime, it is home to 16 gangs, according to a report produced by the Los Angeles Police Department and Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, or GRYD. “There are a lot of people out there who think that the west valley is gang-free; they are deeply mistaken. Not only must we fight those gangs head-on, but we must ensure that our children have good prevention programs and healthy after-school opportunities that divert kids from becoming gang members,” said City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents part of the area and introduced a motion calling for the report. In 2014, 177 violent gang-related crimes were logged in the area. The number jumped to 288 in 2015, then 289 in 2016, according to the report.
Man, Woman Gunned Down In South Los Angeles
A man and a woman were gunned down in a driveway in South Los Angeles on Sunday, according to officials. Los Angeles police said the victims were shot in the 400 block of E. 116th Street at about 9:45 p.m. A woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. A man in his 20s was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police said they believed two suspects were in a dark color vehicle. No other information was available and a motive has not yet been determined, according to officials. 
LAPD Hunting For Chevy Silverado Tied To Shootings
Police Monday were seeking information about the wounding of two people in separate shootings — one in Echo Park and the other in the Pico-Union area — that involved the same suspect vehicle. Both male victims were hospitalized in stable condition after the shootings, the first of which occurred about 3:40 p.m. Sunday in the 2400 block of Kent Street in Echo Park, near Rampart Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The second shooting occurred about 20 minutes later in the 1600 block of West 12th Place, near Union Avenue, police said. “The suspect vehicle in both shootings was described as a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a ladder in the bed area,” according to an LAPD statement.
Police: Armed Man Barricaded In DTLA Building Surrenders Peacefully
An armed suspect barricaded for four hours Monday in a Downtown Los Angeles building called police and said he wanted to surrender peacefully, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD said he was in an apartment with another person. It was unclear what their relationship was, but it appeared he sought refuge in the person's home after firing shots at a vehicle around 12 p.m. on Santee Street, police said. No one was hit by the gunfire and the vehicle kept moving on, so police weren't able to speak to the driver and find out if he or she knew the suspect. Officers were told the suspect went inside a nearby building so they searched it floor by floor until he called to surrender. Dozens of businesses were impacted by several streets in the area being closed off. There were also hundreds of residents who weren't able to get into their homes.
FOX 11
3 Carjacking Suspects Arrested After North Hills Apartment Standoff
Three carjacking suspects were arrested today at the end of a standoff with authorities at a North Hills apartment complex. The suspects were wanted for carjackings reported around 8:45 p.m. Monday in the area of Keswick Street and Yolanda Avenue and in the area of Vanalden Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard, said Sgt. Chad Lewis of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Station. No injuries were reported, he added. A perimeter was set up in North Hills, and the SWAT team was sent to an apartment complex in the area of Chase Street and Orion Avenue, where the suspects were believed to be hiding. The three suspects surrendered just before 4 a.m., police said. 
Los Angeles Daily News
Driver Who Struck And Killed A Teen While Fleeing LAPD Officers Is Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison
A man who struck and killed a teenager while fleeing Los Angeles police at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour was sentenced Monday to more than 27 years in prison, prosecutors said. Paul Brumfield Jr., 50, was convicted of second-degree murder, car theft and negligent manslaughter last month in connection with the death of 15-year-old Jack Phoenix, who was hit by a stolen car Brumfield was driving through Palms in November 2015, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The vehicle struck Phoenix with such force that the teen was decapitated. Brumfield escaped but was arrested the next day on suspicion of an unrelated car burglary. 
Los Angeles Times
Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 15 Years In Prison For Downtown LA Apartment Fire
A 58-year-old man has pleaded no contest to igniting a huge inferno in downtown Los Angeles that destroyed a block of apartments under construction and heavily damaged nearby office buildings. Dawud Abdulwali entered the plea Monday to a charge of arson of a structure, and he was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison. Deputy District Attorney Joy Roberts says the plea was negotiated. The December 2014 blaze gutted the seven-story Da Vinci apartment complex and blew out windows in adjacent towers. Damage was estimated at $100 million. A witness testified at a preliminary hearing that a week later, Abdulwali said he set the fire because he was angry about the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
LA Man Accused Of Trying To Lure 13-Year-Old OC Girl Over Facebook
The parents of a 13-year-old Santa Ana girl are furious at a 29-year-old man accused of trying to lure their daughter into sex using Facebook. Donna Sanchez says her eighth grader came to her after receiving messages from an older stranger. "He wanted to do sexual activities with her. He wanted my daughter to respond with nudes, with pictures," said Sanchez. The parents showed a screenshot of one of the messages in which the man allegedly says he's looking forward to sex with her. The messages became even more graphic. In an effort to put a stop to the harassment, Sanchez filed a police report and began to message the man as her daughter. "I wanted to be wrong," Sanchez said. "I wanted to be wrong that maybe it was just a mistake or maybe something, but no it wasn't." In one message, Sanchez asked the man if he cared that the girl was underage. The man said no. Santa Ana police took over the messaging and set up a meeting at El Salvador Park.
Amber Alert Issued For 1-Year-Old Out Of Rancho Cucamonga; Suspect 'Armed And Dangerous'
An Amber Alert was issued Monday night for a 1-year-old girl taken from Rancho Cucamonga, and authorities said the suspect should be considered "armed and dangerous." Lexi Segura, 1, was abducted by 38-year-old Daniel Segura, authorities said. The two were believed to be traveling in a red 2012 Mitsubishi Galant with the California license plate 6WEE209. Lexi is described as a female Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes, 3 feet tall and 35 pounds. She was last seen wearing a baby blue shirt with gold writing, blue jeans and pink shoes. Daniel is described as a male Hispanic with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet, 5 inches tall and approximately 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt, dark baseball cap and blue jeans with numerous tattoos on his arms and neck. 
FOX 11
Officers Attacked At Calif. College Event
Three men were arrested following an attack on Davis police officers who encountered a group of people blocking traffic on a busy roadway during Saturday's Picnic Day at UC Davis. The annual campus open house has become known in recent years for violence and drunken mayhem, mainly on the streets of the normally quiet college town. The latest incident occurred abut 3:30 p.m. Saturday, when three Davis police officers traveling on Russell Boulevard in an unmarked police vehicle encountered a large group of people in the roadway, blocking traffic, according to a Police Department news release. One officer was in uniform with a visible badge. The other two were in plain clothes, but with badges clearly displayed on their chests and with police weapons visible, the news release said. Traffic on Russell Boulevard was nearly gridlocked at the time because of Picnic Day activities and several large parties in the area. Because the group presented safety hazards, the officers pulled near the group to take action, according to police.
The Sacramento Bee
California Further Delays Lethal Injection Regulations
California corrections officials are delaying their new lethal injection regulations by four months, officials announced Monday, pushing back this week's deadline until late August. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needs more time to update the proposed rules after an initial version was rejected by state regulators in December, spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. The move drew immediate criticism from a legal foundation that sued to force the state to switch to a single drug to carry out the death penalty. No inmates have been executed in California since 2006. The state now has nearly 750 condemned inmates, the nation's largest death row by far. Office of Administrative Law Director Debra Cornez granted the department's request for a delay in a letter dated Friday but disclosed on Monday. 
Associated Press
Anticipating a shift to the right in the courts, the NRA begins its attack on gun controls in California
The state affiliate of the National Rifle Assn. on Monday filed the first in a series of planned court challenges opposing sweeping new gun control laws approved in California in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attacks. The flurry of legal action comes as Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, takes his seat, returning a conservative majority to the nation's highest court. And as the Republican administration begins appointing additional judges to the federal court system, gun-rights advocates say they hope that some of the more restrictive laws imposed in recent years will be vulnerable to legal challenge.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Hall gets the Hollywood treatment for ‘La La Land' Day
They won't be dancing in the streets, but they will be prancing down the side of Los Angeles City Hall. In a dress rehearsal of Hollywood proportions, BANDALOOP Aerial Dancers paraded up high on the facade of City Hall Monday to the delight of passing pedestrians and drivers. They were preparing for Tuesday's big ceremony when Mayor Eric Garcetti officially declares April 25 “La La Land” Day in L.A.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA State Historic Park Grand Opening: Mile-Long Trail, Events, Sports And Concerts
Gov. Jerry Brown and a host of Los Angeles elected officials and community leaders were joined by thousands of people Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The 34-acre site is surrounded by the communities of Lincoln Heights, Elysian Park, Chinatown, Solano Canyon and Chavez Ravine. The area was once slated for industrial development, but that was changed to the park project through a process of more than 65 public meetings since the 1990s that eventually led to the purchase of the land by the California State Parks department. “We've completed a long public process to renew our public state parks system,” said state Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird.


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