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April 27, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Delaware Trooper Killed, Suspect Barricaded In House
A man shot and killed a Delaware state trooper outside a convenience store on Wednesday and later barricaded himself inside his house, where he continued to fire shots at officers, police said. The trooper was shot multiple times and died at a hospital, Col. Nathaniel McQueen, the state police superintendent, said at a news conference. "This is a sad day for our state and for the Delaware State Police family," McQueen said, with Gov. John Carney at his side. The trooper, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was shot around 12:10 p.m. after he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store. McQueen said the vehicle had two suspicious people inside. One man got out of the car and shot the trooper several times before running away, McQueen said. The other man was arrested at the scene, he said. 
Associated Press
LA Riots 25 Years Later: Most Angelenos Surveyed Trust LAPD
Los Angeles burst into flames a quarter-century ago this week during riots that were based in part on a belief that its police force was biased. Now Angelenos trust the Los Angeles Police Department more than any local institution or government, according to a Loyola Marymount University survey released Wednesday.  “While the LAPD has had its share of serious issues, the one constant over the last two decades has been efforts by its leadership to mend fences and build relationships with the people of Los Angeles, especially minority communities,” said Fernando Guerra, director for the LMU Center for the Study of Los Angeles, author of the study. “Our survey shows the effort has not been wasted, but that more work must still be done.” “Contrary to what anti-police activists want the public to believe, Los Angeles residents trust and respect police officers, and this survey validates the tireless work our thinly-staffed Police Department performs every day to protect Angelenos from rising violent crime,” said Dustin DeRollo, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
Los Angeles Daily News
Mystery Murder Of Couple On Dark South LA Corner: Cops Need Your Help
Police Wednesday hunted the mystery killer of a man and a woman in a possible gang-related shooting on a darkened South Los Angeles street corner. Few details were available about the suspect who ran from the death scene. Police asked anyone with information about the killings to contact them. The victims in the fatal double shooting in South Los Angeles were identified Wednesday. The shooting occurred at 9:45 p.m. Sunday at 116th Street and Avalon Boulevard, said Sgt. T. Behrens, who declined to provide a first name or second initial, of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Station. A woman, identified by the county coroner's office as 23-year-old Shakere Chambers, was pronounced dead at the scene, Behrens said, and a male victim identified as 23-year-old Aaron Roseboro of Los Angeles died at a hospital. A place of residence was not listed for Chambers. The shooter fled the scene, Behrens said, and a description was not available.
Police Seek To ID Suspect Caught On Video Fleeing Scene Of Fatal Stabbing In Westlake With Knife
Los Angeles police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing incident in Westlake. Officers released footage on Wednesday that they say shows the man fleeing the scene holding a knife. Authorities were called to the 700 block of South Westlake Avenue shortly before 11 p.m. on April 16 regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Responding officers found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds. Parademics transported the victim to a nearby hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries there and was pronounced dead, police said. Detectives later determined the victim and assailant were in an apartment building when they began arguing, according to LAPD. The attacker allegedly approached the victim with a knife and stabbed him multiple times.
Mother Wanted In Venice Amber Alert In Custody; Boy Rescued
A 35-year-old mother who allegedly abducted her 6-year-old son from his elementary schoolin Venice Wednesday morning was arrested and the boy rescued after a short police chase. Nishia Burnett-Hayer, who does not have legal custody of her son, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. after she got out of her car and ran with the boy in her arms into a Harley Davidson shop in the 4100 block of Lincoln Boulevard, according to authorities and reports from the scene. Officers could be seen taking the boy, West Burnett, from the shop after the woman was taken into custody. West, who has lived with an aunt for the past year, had last been seen at 8:35 a.m. at Coeur D' Alene Avenue Elementary School in the 800 block of Coeur D' Alene Avenue, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department.
FOX 11
Man Leaves Hospital, Never Heard From Again: LAPD Seeks Public's Help
Police Wednesday sought the public's help in locating a 78-year-old man missing since February from the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles. Raymond Mitchell was last seen about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 leaving Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the 8700 block of Beverly Boulevard and has not been seen or heard from since, causing his family great concern, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Mitchell is black, 6-feet tall, weighs about 175 pounds and has gray hair. He is missing two front teeth, has a prosthetic left ear and was wearing a black leather jacket, blue pants and white tennis shoes when he went missing. Anyone with information regarding Mitchell's whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.
Crack Down On Prostitution Aims At Impounding Cars Of LA Pimps And Johns
Pimps and johns in Los Angeles could soon see their vehicles impounded after a state Assembly committee approved a bill Wednesday that aims to create a pilot program allowing the action by law enforcement in an effort to crack down on prostitution. AB 1206 was approved with a 6-1 vote by the Assembly Public Safety Committee and would create a 24-month pilot program in Los Angeles. “This is an important step to protect our neighborhoods from people who are taking advantage of women who are being trafficked,” said Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who introduced the bill. “Unfortunately, many parts of my district have a high amount of prostitution, and we need to provide law enforcement the tools to end sex trafficking once and for all.” Bocanegra represents the 39th Assembly District in the northeastern San Fernando Valley, which includes Lankershim Boulevard in the Sun Valley and North Hollywood area, a longtime focal point for street prostitution.
Fire Engulfs Apartment Building In Westlake Neighborhood; Witness Says It Was Intentional
A fire that engulfed an apartment building in the Westlake neighborhood of Central Los Angeles, and damaged at least one other structure, may have been intentionally set, according to a witness at the scene. The fire was reported about 2:11 a.m. at a four-story building in the 600 block of South Bonnie Brae Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman. Although the building was described as vacant, officials said the structure was often occupied by transients. Mia Sinclair, who told KTLA she lived in the building with some of her family members, said a man intentionally set the fire. “He told us if we value our lives that we need to either get out or burn in hell,” Sinclair said. She said she didn't take the man seriously but now wishes she had. More than 150 firefighters were sent to put out the blaze, which spread to a neighboring two-story apartment building as well.
Dad Who Left Baby In Car While He Went To Strip Club Pleads No Contest
A Van Nuys man pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of child abuse for leaving his 9-month-old daughter inside a car in Panorama City while he went into a strip club. Auwin Dargin, 26, was immediately sentenced to 10 days in jail, 52 weeks of parenting classes, 45 days of Caltrans service and five years probation. Dargin left his daughter in his car for 43 minutes while visiting a strip club on the afternoon of March 9, 2016. The baby was crying and sweating when she was found in the car by employees from the club and a neighboring business, according to Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer. The good Samaritans rescued the girl and confronted Dargin as he stepped outside of the club, the prosecutor said.
$100K Reward Offered In Cold-Case Slaying Of LA-Area Lawyer
A $100,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information in the 2009 execution-style slaying of a prominent Southern California attorney. Jeffrey Tidus, 53, was slain outside his home in Rolling Hills Estates by someone who walked up behind him and shot him once in the head on Dec. 7, 2009. He had just returned home from a fundraiser in Redondo Beach and went back outside to retrieve a laptop computer from his car in the driveway. He died the next day at UCLA Harbor Medical Center. "We're hoping that the $100,000 reward will assist the Sheriff's Department in bringing the dirtbag who murdered my brother to justice," Michael Tidus told a press conference. Homicide Bureau Lt. Victor Lewandowski said detectives now believe the killing is related to the professional side of Tidus' life. Tidus was a civil litigation attorney. "It's our belief that there are people that are out there who know about this murder and who know the identity of the suspect or suspects," Lewandowski said.

Local Government News

L.A. Conservancy wins round in its bid to stop demolition of Googie-style bank building
A judge dealt a setback this week to the plan for a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use complex in Hollywood, saying Los Angeles leaders failed to comply with the state's environmental review process when they approved the project. In a 55-page ruling, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue said the City Council had failed to make the required legal findings before signing off on demolition of an architecturally significant bank building on the Sunset Boulevard site. Los Angeles Time