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May 19, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Convicted In 1988 Killing Of Inglewood Cop To Be Set Free Over Objections Of Family And Law Enforcement
A man convicted of masterminding a robbery that led to the 1988 slaying of an Inglewood police sergeant is set to be released from prison despite the furious pleas of the slain officer's family and law enforcement leaders, officials said. Joevone Elster, who was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in the shooting death of Inglewood Sgt. George Aguilar, will be released from state prison next week, said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the state department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. It was not immediately clear, however, whether Elster would instantly become a free man. Patino said Elster would be released into the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said he is wanted on a forgery warrant but could not offer additional details Thursday night. Elster did not fire the shot that felled Aguilar, but the sergeant was killed during a car chase that followed a gas station robbery plotted by Elster to gain revenge against a former employer. He was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison in 1989. 
Los Angeles Times

From more firefighters to traffic projects, here's how LA plans to spend its $9.2 billion budget
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $9.2 billion spending plan Thursday that includes projects to reduce traffic fatalities and a $1 million legal fund for immigrants being deported. Police overtime was a contentious issue during budget discussions, with the police union saying the mayor did not include enough funding in his proposal to ensure officers could work past their regular hours, which is often necessary to keep patrol levels up. The council responded by setting aside an additional $10 million to be used in case the amount the mayor put into the budget was not enough. A police union spokesman welcomed the council's move. “The City Council vote reaffirms the critical importance police overtime plays in striving to put a minimum number of police officers on the street patrolling our neighborhoods every day,” said Dustin DeRollo, who represents the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Los Angeles Daily News

Measure C: 5 Thorny Questions Ahead For LAPD Discipline
Los Angeles City voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Measure C, a police union-backed initiative that will create civilian discipline boards to decide when LAPD officers should be fired. Officers accused of wrongdoing will now have the option of defending themselves before a review board comprised of three civilian hearing examiners instead of the current make-up of two command officers and one civilian examiner. Worried about data that shows civilians tend to be more lenient than command officers, police watchdogs including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Black Lives Matter staunchly opposed the measure. They say they'll now take their fight to the city council, which must pass an ordinance enacting Measure C. Here are five questions ahead for the council, mayor, police and watchdogs.

Man Shot To Death In Hollywood, 2 In Custody
A man was shot and killed in Hollywood and police today had two suspects in custody. The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Wilcox Avenue, near Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. Mark Cohan of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. The two suspects entered an apartment building and kicked in the victim's door before shooting him, LAPD Lt. John Radtke told reporters at the scene. The victim, who jumped out of his apartment window to avoid the gunmen, was pronounced dead at a hospital, Radtke said. The two suspects fled on foot, prompting authorities to evacuate a nearby nightclub, and were detained nearby, according to Radtke. Wilcox Avenue was closed from Sunset Boulevard and Selma Avenue for the investigation. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, 40, Stabbed Multiple Times Along San Fernando Bike Path
A 40-year-old man from Sylmar was stabbed multiple times along a bike path in San Fernando, police said. The attack took place around 4:45 a.m. Thursday on a bike path between Maclay and Hubbard avenues. Blood was seen splattered on the ground at the scene. A good Samaritan, who wished to be identified only as "Greg," rushed to help the victim and called 911 and likely saved his life, police said. "I think it was a love triangle that went wrong, because the guy was arguing with his girlfriend, and I guess they left, because I didn't hear them no more," Greg said. Greg said he asked the victim if he was OK. "I don't get no kind of comeback, no response, then I see him fall," he said. The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. Officials said he is expected to make a full recovery. The victim may have come upon the two suspects, described by police as possibly a male and a female, and an argument may have ensued. When Greg came upon the scene, the two fled, police said.

1 Man Killed, 2 Others Injured In 3 Car Hit-And-Run Crash In L.A.'s Fashion District
One man was killed, and two others were injured, Thursday evening when three cars collided in the Fashion District area of Los Angeles, fire officials reported. The crash happened just before 7 p.m. at 1777 East Olympic Blvd. when two pickup trucks and one minivan collided, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. LAPD officials told KTLA the driver of a blue Dodge Dakota pickup truck lost control as he crossed the railroad tracks at Alameda, crashing into another pickup truck and a minivan. The driver of the minivan was briefly tapped in the wreckage and was later pronounced dead at the hospital, officials said. The drivers of the pickup trucks both suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Dakota fled the scene. His passenger, along with the driver of the other pickup truck, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were investigating the crash. No other information was available.

Fatal Pedestrian Crashes On The Rise In San Fernando Valley
Fatal pedestrian crashes have more than doubled since this time last year in the San Fernando Valley, where yet another man was killed while crossing Vanowen Street in Lake Balboa late Wednesday night. The crash was reported at 10:16 p.m. Wednesday. A man pushing a cart was crossing Vanowen at Woodley Avenue, when he was struck by a vehicle, Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Aareon Jefferson said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver who struck him said it was so dark, he just didn't see the pedestrian. Police say the driver didn't appear to be under the influence or speeding, and did the right thing in stopping and calling for help. Detectives say half the deadly accidents they respond to in the San Fernando Valley this year have been the fault of the driver, while the other half have been the fault of the pedestrian.

Suspect Arrested In N. Hollywood Puppy Theft; Pup Found Safe
A woman suspected of stealing a puppy from a North Hollywood pet rescue was located in Sacramento, already in jail for an arrest of a stolen van out of Van Nuys, Los Angeles police said. The suspect was identified as Victoria McCollum, 33. She was caught on camera April 24 at the Birdhouse Doghouse Rescue Foundation. While looking at the rescue dogs and cats up for adoption, police said she went into a side door marked "employees only," walked to the cage of a Yorkshire Terrier that was nursing her two puppies, grabbed one of them and stormed off. After seeing her image, a viewer called in a tip leading the Los Angeles Police Department to her identity. The LAPD said McCollum was already in jail in Sacramento where she was found driving a stolen van out of Van Nuys. The puppy was found inside the stolen van, police said. Police said McCollum had several warrants out for her arrest. 
FOX 11

Man Sentenced To Prison In Paramount Car Crash That Killed His 23-Year-Old Girlfriend
A man was sentenced to 11 years in state prison for crashing his car into a median in 2016 during a fight with his girlfriend, resulting in her death, officials said. Giovanni Guzman, 25, pleaded no contest to a felony count of voluntary manslaughter in April during jury deliberations following a two-week trial centered around the death of 23-year-old Yadira Alvarez, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a released statement Thursday. The deadly crash happened the evening of June 9, 2016 after the couple, who had recently reunited after being broken up for one year, had dinner in downtown Los Angeles followed by drinks at a bar in Paramount in celebration of Guzman's birthday. After leaving the bar, Guzman and Alvarez got into a fight prompting him to pull over. Another motorist also pulled over, according to prosecutors, and noticed Alvarez was in distress. Guzman told the motorist to mind his business and leave the couple alone, prosecutors said in the statement. The motorist returned after sensing something was wrong and saw Alvarez and Guzman fighting outside of their car.

80 Officers, Deputies Search Park for Missing South Pasadena 5-year-Old
After a tearful public plea from the mother of a missing South Pasadena 5-year-old, 80 deputies and officers were searching a park Thursday for the boy who has been missing for month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing on April 22. The reward to find the boy was doubled to $20,000 Tuesday, and Wednesday his mother Ana Estevez spoke in front of TV news cameras at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

Sacramento Officers Frustrated By Footage Of Confrontations. Will more video help?
Responding to low morale and frustration on the police force, Sacramento may consider wider release of police videos to include everyday interactions and incidents where officers appear in a positive light – a practice that would make the department among the most forthcoming in the nation with official footage. Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Tim Davis, head of the Sacramento police officers union, said members of the force are dispirited that a new city policy requiring release of video in extreme confrontations unfairly portrays their department. In the most recent example, an officer was captured on tape last month tackling a pedestrian to the ground and repeatedly punching him in Del Paso Heights. Steinberg called Tuesday for the city to consider releasing “as much video as possible” to show “everyday interactions, incidents that occur where the police officer acted in the right,” which he said would boost department morale. He also, however, supports releasing video from lesser confrontations that don't meet the current threshold.
The Sacramento Bee

Senate Supports Loosening Sentencing Mandate For Gun Crimes
The state Senate approved a measure Thursday that could loosen sentencing for gun crimes. Current law says anyone who uses a gun in committing a felony must have their sentence increased by three to 10 years in prison on top of the penalty for the felony. The proposal is to lift that mandate. Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) said he introduced the bill after a 17-year-old riding in a car involved in a drive-by shooting was sentenced to 25 years in prison even though he denied shooting the gun. The judge said his hands were tied and he had to impose the longer sentence, Bradford said, and he wants to give judges the power to decide if cases require an enhanced sentence. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) supported the measure, saying judges “will be empowered to make their decision on a case-by-case basis.” 
Los Angeles Times

NRA files second lawsuit challenging state gun laws, this time targeting ban on high-capacity magazines
A coalition including the National Rifle Assn. on Thursday filed a second lawsuit challenging California's new gun laws, this time arguing a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines is unconstitutional. NRA attorneys representing the California Rifle and Pistol Assn., the group's state affiliate, filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, maintaining that the law banning possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition violates the due process and takings clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Council Expected To Oppose Senate Bill On Metro Board
The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday to oppose a state Senate bill that would drastically overhaul the governing board of Metro. The bill represents Sen. Tony Mendoza's third attempt in two years to overhaul the board and increase the representation of cities in areas of the county outside of Los Angeles. Mendoza, D-Artesia, contendst the county's other 87 cities are underrepresented on the board and its projects often benefit Los Angeles at the expense of smaller cities. The Metro board is made up of 13 voting members and a non-voting representative of the governor who oversee the agency's vast network of public buses and rail lines.

NFL News

Rams, Chargers to stay put as opening of Inglewood stadium delayed to 2020
The Rams and Chargers announced Thursday that the opening of their new $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood has been pushed back a year because construction was disrupted for months by record rainfall. Excavation of the site, which formerly housed the Hollywood Park racetrack, started in November, but the teams said that weather delays in January, February and March have made it infeasible for the stadium to open for the 2019 NFL season, as scheduled. Los Angeles Daily News


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