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May 2, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Iowa Inmate Captured After Killing Deputy During Escape
An inmate shot two sheriff's deputies, killing one of them, and escaped from an Iowa jail on Monday before he was recaptured a short time later following a high-speed chase across the state border in Nebraska. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Wesley Williams Correa-Carmenaty, 23, managed to steal a sheriff's deputy's gun after he returned from court and shot the two deputies around 11 a.m. Then Correa-Carmenaty stole the transport van and crashed through a garage door at the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs, which is just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska. Danker said it's a tragedy that 43-year-old Mark Burbridge died shortly after noon at an Omaha hospital. The other wounded deputy and a civilian who was shot during a failed carjacking were both in fair condition at a different Omaha hospital. "He was an excellent man. We're going to miss him," Danker said.
Associated Press
LAPD's May Day Strategy: Relationships, Numbers And Invisibility
The Los Angeles Police Department began laying the groundwork four months ago. Community organizers were contacted. Plans were shared. Relationships developed. Through it all, the department had one complicated goal: Be out in force to prevent violence without being the focal point of the May Day protests or becoming part of the drama. May Day has long been a key event for political protest in Los Angeles, most notably 10 years ago when police and others clashed at MacArthur Park. That incident became a textbook case of how police should not handle demonstrations, and many of the lessons learned were evident this year. Authorities were especially concerned about this year's May Day, given the rise in activism after the election of Donald Trump, which helped spark violence in Berkeley, Huntington Beach and elsewhere.
Los Angeles Times
Homeless Man Dies After Being Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver And MTA Bus In Van Nuys
A 28-year-old homeless man died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver and a MTA bus in Van Nuys over the weekend and police are looking for the person who left the scene.   The incident was reported just before midnight Sunday when a pedestrian was crossing in the middle of the street near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Vanowen Street as he was trying to catch a bus, Detective Bill Bustos said. The man was struck by a silver 4-door sedan with tinted windows heading east on Sepulveda. He fell in the path of a bus heading north and was struck again. Bustos described the scene as "horrific."
The bus driver stopped and remained at the scene during the investigation. The driver of the sedan stopped shortly after the crash, walked back to the scene, but then left, surveillance video shows.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as John Yonko and was described as being homeless.
Lawsuit Filed In Wendy's Attack Caught On Snapchat
Wendy's restaurants, a shopping center management firm and three juveniles were named in a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of a teen who suffered brain injuries in an attack outside the chain's West Hills eatery that was later posted on Snapchat. Jordan Peisner, then 14, was treated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for treatment of a skull fracture, a 14-millimeter blood clot on his brain, a concussion and a ruptured eardrum. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit was filed on his behalf by his father, Edward Keith Peisner, and names Wendy's parent company, RDR Foods Inc.; ICI Development Co. Inc.; and three minors -- identified only by their first names -- who allegedly provoked and/or carried out the attack. Representatives for ICI and RDR declined to comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on allegations of civil conspiracy, battery, assault, negligence, negligent supervision, parental liability and premises liability.
Burbank Donut Shop Robbers Plead Not Guilty
A Los Angeles man and woman recently charged in connection with the armed robbery of Kim's Donuts & Coffee in Burbank and other locations in Glendale and Los Angeles have pled not guilty, authorities said. Timothy Hayes, 20, and Unique Rivers, 20, were charged with one count of attempted murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office Thursday. They also were charged with five counts of robbery and six counts of burglary. Both pleaded not guilty on Friday in Burbank, said Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. They are due back in court on May 19 for a preliminary hearing setting in Burbank, Santiago said. Both are being held in lieu of $1.3 million bail with Hayes at North County Correctional Facility in Castaic and Rivers at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. The Burbank donut shop robbery occurred around 5:25 a.m. March 22 at 403 N. Victory Blvd., police said.  Burbank police worked with the investigators from Glendale and Los Angeles Police Departments and learned they were connected to other armed robberies and a commercial burglary.
Los Angeles Daily News
Board of Supervisors to Vote on $10K Reward for Information Leading to Missing Boy
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information that will help authorities locate a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy who has been missing since April 22. The search for Aramazd Andressian Jr. has spanned several Southern California counties, including Santa Barbara, where authorities searched last Tuesday in the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area where the boy may have been with his father on April 21.
Woman Detained After Fatally Stabbing Father Of Her Two Children In Maywood: LASD
A woman is accused of stabbing the father of her two children to death during an argument at a home in Maywood on Sunday evening, authorities said. Around 6 p.m., the two were involved in an argument at a residence in the 3700 block of East 53rd Street when the woman allegedly stabbed the victim at least once in the torso, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department news release. The man was rushed to a hospital where he died. His name has not yet been released. The woman, who has also not been identified, was detained at the scene, investigators said. The victim and the suspect were separated, and together had two children, according to the release. It was not known whether the children were at the home at the time of the deadly stabbing. Authorities have also not said whether a weapon was recovered. No additional details were immediately released.
San Diego gunman was distraught over breakup; 'zero' evidence of hate crime, police say
There was something strange about the man seated in the lounge chair at the end of the pool. He kept quiet, staring straight ahead, while more than two dozen people sipped drinks and barbecued during a 50th birthday party on a pleasant San Diego afternoon. Demetrius Griffin, 25, took note of him. “It was really hot outside. And he had on kind of a jacket, and a T-shirt under the jacket and some cargo shorts. No computer, no book,” said Griffin, who had flown in from Seattle to attend the party. Los Angeles Times
Should California allow bicyclists to roll through stop signs?
Here's a counterintuitive proposal currently circulating at the Capitol: Make California roads safer for bicyclists by allowing them to yield at stop signs, rather than coming to a complete stop, if there is no oncoming traffic. Assemblyman Jay Obernolte is prepared for your skepticism. “Most people that I pitch the bill to, their first reaction is, ‘Oh my god, that's a terrible idea. Someone's going to get killed,' ” the Big Bear Lake Republican said. But the results of a natural three-decade experiment have demonstrated otherwise, he added. “There is no less expensive and more effective way of increasing bicycle safety in California than to reform the laws for stopping.”
Sacramento Bee

Detroit Officer Critical After Shooting; Suspect Killed
A Detroit police officer responding to a call about a domestic dispute was critically injured when the man answering the door shot him in the head. The officer and his partner fired at the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police Chief James Craig said the officer, a 14-year veteran of the department, was in surgery early Monday with a single bullet wound. The police department's Twitter page reported that the officer was in "very critical condition but is alive." Craig said the officer and his partner, who had only been on the force for about six months, went to the home on the city's west side after a woman called to report a domestic incident around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. When they knocked on the door, the suspect — armed with a .25-caliber semiautomatic rifle — began firing, he said. Craig said preliminary reports indicated that the suspect who killed was not involved in the domestic dispute. "Domestic violence calls tend to be the most high-risk calls officers handle each and every day," Craig said during a media briefing outside the hospital where the officer was being treated.
Associated Press
Attacker walked 'calmly' during stabbing spree at University of Texas that left 1 dead
Police are searching for a motive in a stabbing attack at the University of Texas at Austin that left one student dead and three others hurt. Armed with a "bowie-style" hunting knife, witnesses and police say a student "calmly walked around" campus Monday afternoon and randomly stabbed other students. That student is in custody but hasn't been charged, authorities said. Two hours after the attack, classes and events were canceled on campus but are expected to resume Tuesday.

Local Government News

Griffith heirs join fight to reopen popular hiking trail to Hollywood sign
The heirs of Griffith J. Griffith, the silver-mining magnate who donated the plot of open space that became Griffith Park, joined other groups Monday in a fight to reopen a popular Beachwood Drive trail entrance that leads up to the Hollywood sign. A private family trust that represents the estate of Griffith J. Griffith was among the parties that filed a motion Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to “intervene” in a lawsuit that led to last month's closure of the trailhead into Griffith Park.
Los Angeles Daily News
Thousands Gather In Downtown LA For 'May Day' Unity Marches
A sea of humanity moved through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Monday for the annual May Day march, with organizers and participants saying distaste for the presidential policies of Donald Trump led more people than usual to take part. Tens of thousands of people gathered in MacArthur Park for the march dubbed "Resist Los Angeles," designed to be a show of "resistance, unity and defiance" against such White House policies as ramped-up enforcement of immigration laws and an effort to build a massive border wall. "Immigrant communities that are very vulnerable right now, they're going to have all of us to support them and showing the world and our president that they're not alone and that we'll fight for their rights," said demonstrator Cristina Hernandez. 
FOX 11
Garcetti's Office Mum On NYT Report Linking Mayor To 2020 White House Run
Just weeks after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was reelected to a second term, rumors continue to circulate about whether he may already be eying his next political milestone. A spokesman for Garcetti said Monday the mayor had no comment on a New York Times article identifying him as one of several high-profile Democrats who could be poised for a run for the White House in 2020. According to the article, Garcetti may consider running as a Democratic presidential candidate, but unidentified “allies” of the mayor “acknowledged that national donors had broached the subject of 2020 but said that was the extent of his attention to the race.” “We really can't comment on speculation on tea leaves that other people are reading,” said Yusef Robb, who served as a spokesman for Garcetti's re-election campaign. “Mayor Garcetti is squarely focused on being chief executive of the greatest city in America.”


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