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May 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Murdered Cops Remembered: Police Patrol Car Door In D.C. Signed By Entire Force
The door to a police patrol car signed by all employees of a Southern California force honoring two murdered officers will be part of a national ceremony Monday in Washington D.C. for law enforcement members killed in the line of duty. The Palm Springs Police Department has sent the car door to Washington D.C. to be laid alongside memorial wreaths honoring fallen officers to remember slain Palm Springs officers Jose “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny. The door will be placed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall during the 36th annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, to be held on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol, according to Palm Springs police Sgt. William Hutchinson. The service will coincide with National Police Week, which will see thousands of uniformed officers from around the country descend on the nation's capital starting this weekend in remembrance of their fallen fellow officers.

24-Year-Old Man Found Shot To Death In San Pedro Alley: Police
Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the gunmen who fatally shot a man in a San Pedro alley, police announced Wednesday. Felipe Castrejon-Balanzar Jr., 24, was found about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the rear alley of the 300 block of West 9th Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a released statement. Police said Castrejon-Balanzar was fatally shot sometime early Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. Police said they do not have any leads on the suspects or their vehicle. No other information was released. Anyone with information is asked to call Harbor Area Detectives Maffei or Romulo at 310-726-7882 or 310-726-7880.

Elderly Man Shot In Chest By Gunman In White Maserati
A 77-year-old man remains in critical but stable condition Thursday after being shot by a gunman who fled the scene in a white Maserati. Shots rang out at about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Van Ness Recreation Center, at 57th and 2nd Avenue in Hyde Park. The victim had been sitting in a parking lot near the recreation center when he was shot. The man was shot several times in the chest, but is not believed to have been a target, according to LAPD officials. He underwent surgery overnight and is currently in critical, but stable condition. “I jumped under my table, I got under my table,” neighbor Rose Temple said. “It was a whole bunch of shots, a whole bunch. I was scared, I was really scared.” Witnesses told police the suspect fled the scene in a white Maserati with tinted windows and black rims. Detectives will be out in the neighborhood, checking for any surveillance video that may have captured the getaway car.

South L.A. Man Used Online Gaming To Lure Children Into Sending Him Sexually Explicit Videos: LAPD
A 22-year-old South Los Angeles man used his online gaming personality to entice children to send him sexually explicit videos, Los Angeles police said Wednesday, hours after his arrest following a multi-agency investigation. Cushqader Warren was taken into custody during a search of his South L.A. home Wednesday morning. He is being held on $1 million bail. Warren preyed on young children he befriended through Wizard101, a massively multiplayer online game, Los Angeles Police Department detectives said at the scene of his arrest. Warren allegedly uploaded YouTube videos to get children to contact him to try to win a free Wizard101 game card. The victims were instructed to produce sexually explicit videos so Warren could download them, according to LAPD. "I didn't know it was illegal at the time," Warren told KTLA as he was placed into a patrol car Wednesday morning. "I had no idea. ... I'm so sorry." 

No Charges Against 2 LAPD Officers In Fatal Downtown Shooting Of A Woman In 2015
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed against two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed a woman in 2015 — marking a familiar coda in a controversial slaying that drew a rebuke from a civilian police oversight panel. The decision not to hold the officers criminally liable in the death of Norma Guzman came after prosecutors reviewed evidence, including video of the shooting captured on the officers' body cameras. In a memorandum made public Wednesday, prosecutors laid out the facts of the case and concluded that Los Angeles Police officers Samuel Briggs and Antonio McNeely had reason to fear for their lives and “acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others.” According to the document, on the morning of Sept. 27, 2015, a man called 911 to report a woman wielding a knife and screaming outside a barbershop on South San Pedro Street in downtown L.A. When the officers arrived at the scene and spotted Guzman, Briggs told McNeely that she looked crazy, adding an expletive. A moment later he said: “Oh, she's got a knife!”
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Sought In String Of Lottery Burglaries
Police Wednesday sought information from the public that helps them find a man suspected of committing 15 commercial burglaries at doughnut shops and other small businesses in the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles with two accomplices. The crimes took place between Aug. 12 and Sept. 21, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "The suspects would portray themselves as California State Lottery employees by using fraudulent identification and uniforms,'' according to a police statement. "The suspects would enter the business with play slips and (lottery) stamped receipt rolls. The suspects would tell the employees they were there to service the terminals." One suspect would distract an employee while another would go to the lottery terminal and print several hundred, and sometimes even thousands, of Hot Spot lottery game tickets before leaving with the tickets, police said.

Three Pit Bulls Shot By LAPD Officers During Attack On Man, Small Dog
A man walking a small dog was attacked by three pit bulls in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, prompting Los Angeles police to open fire on the attacking animals, killing two of them. The attack took place about 8:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Stanford Avenue, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. "A man in his 50s was walking his dog when he was attacked by the pit bulls,'' Madison told City NewsService. "Two of the pit bulls died at the scene, but the third one survived and was taken for medical treatment by Animal Control officers.'' The small dog the man was walking was killed by the pit bulls, Madison said. The owner of the small dog was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple dog bites.
FOX 11

Family Seeking Man Last Seen Boarding Flight To LAX May 2
Police today sought information from the public that could help them locate a 24-year-old man who was last seen when he boarded a Los Angeles-bound plane in Philadelphia. Jason Ryan McDowell was headed for Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, but has not been seen since and his family is concerned for his safety, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. McDowell is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 130 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and white shoes when he left Philadelphia International Airport. Anyone with information regarding McDowell's whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Release Video Of San Bernardino Gunman Calmly Entering School Before Shooting
It was a school shooting  police  say employees never saw coming, and now there's video some say supports that statement. On Wednesday,  police  released a recording of the moments right before a killer walked onto North Park Elementary in San Bernardino last month and was cleared to walk through.  It  shows  Cedric Anderson attempting to walk through the school's main gate. It was locked. He swings open the door to the front office instead and walks in. He then appears to exchange words with a school employee, reaches down for a pen and presumably signs in. Moments later, he opens a door leading into a hallway. Police say he walked into his estranged wife, Karen Smith's classroom, and killed her, her special ed student Jonathan Martinez, and himself.  Exactly one month later, emotions were still raw.
FOX 11

California Has One Of The Most Expensive Prison Systems In The World
Thirty years ago this week President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the second week in May as National Correctional Officers Week. Today we look at California's state prison system. The first state-run facility used as a prison was a ship named The Waban that was anchored in the San Francisco Bay in 1851. Today, the system is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation with more than 30,000 officers, parole agents and investigators. The prison population has declined in recent years. But the population at many facilities is more than 150 percent of designed capacity. 
Orange County Register

Local Government News

LA City Council Votes To Increase Gang-Reduction Efforts In The West Valley
Looking to address a growing gang problem in the west San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion Wednesday that seeks to increase efforts there by the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. The motion specifically asks for the office and the Los Angeles Police Department to report on the process and funds required to either expand the Devonshire-Topanga GRYD Zone to include the West Valley area or to create a new GRYD Zone. “GRYD Zones are proven to help make sure our children have safe after-school opportunities that divert kids from local gangs,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said. “We must continue to use this data and find creative ways to combat gang violence in the West Valley.” GRYD implements anti-gang initiatives in declared zones, but currently only serves part of the west San Fernando Valley in the area of the Topanga Division.
Los Angeles Daily News

Expect More Parking Tickets In Los Angeles: ‘Blight' To Blame
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a motion Wednesday would lead to return of ticketing for parking on parkways. While many Angelenos might be unaware, parking on the space between the curb and the sidewalk has been allowed since 2011, when the city temporarily suspended enforcement in response to complaints about tickets being issued to cars parked on the so-called “apron” of driveways, the area of the driveway below the sidewalk. An unintended consequence of the move was that the city also stopped enforcing parkway parking, and word spread, with drivers in some neighborhoods soon regularly parking on parkways, destroying curbs and landscaping in the process. “The longstanding parkway parking policy has created visual blight in our neighborhoods,” said Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who introduced the motion. “Trees, plants, and landscaping have been destroyed, impacting the quality of life in our communities.”

2020 Olympics News

International Olympic Committee Visits LA To Tour Potential Venues
The International Olympic Committee was in Los Angeles for a three-day event that will include touring possible venues for the 2024 Olympics. Los Angeles officials made a strong case to be awarded the coveted games over co-finalist Paris. "When cities around the world are becoming more reluctant to pursue the games, L.A. offers the IOC certainty with 88 percent support, a low-risk verified budget, and a sustainable games' plan that doesn't require us to build a single permanent new venue," Chairman of L.A. 2024 Casey Wasserman said. The committee said the city's use of existing buildings and stadiums gives L.A. a leg up while keeping the projected budget to just over $5 billion. In comparison, the budget for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, was more than $55 billion. "Los Angeles 2024 has clearly embraced this agenda with its extensive use of existing and temporary venues and its strong focus on sustainability and legacy," Patrick Baumann of the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission explained.


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