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May 23, 2017

Law Enforcement News

5 South Shut Down In Valencia Due To LAPD Motorcyclist Trapped Under SUV
All lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway were closed in Valencia Tuesday morning after a crash left a Los Angeles police motorcyclist trapped underneath an SUV. The crash happened near Lyons Avenue about 5:15 a.m, according to officials from the California Highway Patrol. Emergency crews took several minutes rescuing the officer, who was pinned underneath a gray SUV on the freeway. He was placed in an ambulance and transported to Henry Mayo Hospital. His condition was not immediately known. CHP officials closed all lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway until further notice. The cause of the crash was not yet known.

LAPD Monitoring Terror Attack At Concert In Manchester, England
In light of an apparent terrorist attack Monday on an arena in Manchester, England, the Los Angeles Police Department is monitoring the situation and assuring residents adequate resources are deployed in an effort to keep people and public spaces safe. "We are aware of the incident that occurred over in Manchester, England and continue to monitor that (situation) here in the department,'' Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section said. Lopez stressed that the department is not aware of any credible threat to the city or its public assembly venues, but is nonetheless ready to respond to anything that might arise. "We are prepared with adequate resources for the citizens of Los Angeles and their safety,'' he said. Lopez added that the eyes and ears of residents are an invaluable resource in helping keep the community safe. He urged people to be vigilant and report anything that seems suspicious or even out of the ordinary, repeating the manta, "If you see something, say something.''
FOX 11

LAPD Officials Look For Missing Studio City Teen With Diabetes
Los Angeles Police officials are looking for a missing Studio City teen who has diabetes.  Angelique Faith Davis, 13, was walking in the 3700 block of Fredonia Drive about 3:30 p.m. Sunday when she was last seen. She has Type 1 diabetes and requires medication, officials said. She apparently is also depressed. In an email, a woman describing herself as Angelique's mother said police used a helicopter and bloodhounds to search for her daughter to no avail. Angelique is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 128 pounds. She has brown hair, blue eyes and freckles. She was last seen wearing a purple blouse, blue shorts, white shoes and a black backpack. Anyone with information about Angelique can call LAPD officials at 818 754-8410 or 818 754-8429.

Wounded Woman Drives To Hospital After Vermont Square Car-To-Car Shooting
A wounded woman drove herself to a hospital Monday after a car-to-car shooting in the Vermont Square area of Los Angeles, authorities said. It happened about 2 a.m. at 51st Street and Western Avenue, according to Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station. The woman was driving a car and a man in another car drove up to her and fired into her car striking her in the chest, Bojorquez said. The wounded woman drove herself to a hospital, where her vital signs were stable, he said. Her passenger was not injured. The motive of the shooting was not immediately determined.

Drinking In Public Leads To Hyde Park Police Shooting, LAPD Releases Suspect's Name
Police Monday released the name of a man who was shot and wounded after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at officers who tried to detain him for drinking in public last week in the Hyde Park section of South Los Angeles. Gilbert Henry was shot around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of 63rd Street, near Crenshaw Boulevard, where officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division were doing crime suppression. “Henry ran from the officers, drew a pistol from his waistband, and pointed it at the officers, which resulted in and officer-involved shooting,” according to an LAPD statement. Henry, whose age and place of residence were not released, was taken into custody and transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery, police said. Henry's “loaded firearm was recovered at the scene,” according to the LAPD.

For 25 Years, The Burned Remains Of A Teenager Found During L.A. Riots Was A Mystery. Now, The Cop Who Found Him Has The Answer
The Los Angeles Police Department is marking a milestone 25 years since the city's 1992 riots. Armando Ortiz Hernandez, 18, was identified through fingerprints. He was the last of 60 victims of the riots to be identified. Hernandez was inside the auto repair shop at 5801 S. Vermont Ave., just north of Slauson Avenue, when it was set on fire sometime after the riots started on April 29, 1992. His body was not found until May 2. Jorge Macias was a young officer patrolling the area at the time. He discovered the body. And he describes the 25 years of waiting to get to this point: ‘Officer, there's a dead guy in there!' Here are the circumstances leading to the initial finding of the victim's body. Although I was assigned to work Southeast Patrol Division, this incident took place in 77th Division. I was patrolling around the third day of the riots, when I was flagged down by a ten year old boy. He said, “Officer, there's a dead guy in there!” He pointed to a burnt out pile of rubble on the west side of the street, which I believe was either Figueroa or Vermont. I asked him to show me where and we approached the still smoldering structure. The boy pointed beyond some fallen girders which had fallen at acute angles ostensibly from the roof, when the roof had given way, sealing the victim's fate. 
Los Angeles Times

Investigators Try To Figure Out Why Man Was Disruptive On Flight From LAX
Soon after they boarded a flight to Honolulu, Mark and Donna Basden found a laptop computer in a seat pocket in front of them. The couple assumed someone on a previous flight left it there. But a flight attendant said it probably belonged to a man who was in the bathroom. A man Donna Basden described as a “disheveled looking fellow” emerged and Mark Basden gave him the laptop. The man scowled, took the laptop and opened it and closed it and then tried to sit in another first-class seat, Mark Basden said. Authorities say that moments later, the man — identified as Anil Uskanli, 25, of Turkey — had created so many problems on American Airlines Flight 31 on Friday from Los Angeles to Honolulu that he had to be immobilized with duct tape in a seat until the plane landed in Honolulu. Uskanli was taken into custody after the plane, escorted by two fighter jets, landed. As authorities investigated what happened, it was not clear whether Uskanli intended to harm anyone. He now faces a possible federal charge of interference with a flight crew, Paul Delacourt, special agent in charge of the FBI's Honolulu office, told reporters in Hawaii.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Lawmakers Aim To Strengthen Gun Ban In Schools
California lawmakers have passed a bill to revoke superintendents' ability to let people carry guns in a school zone. The California Assembly passed AB424 43-23 Monday, sending the measure to the state Senate. The Legislature initially let superintendents give people permission to carry guns on campus to ensure domestic violence survivors could protect themselves, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty said. But the Sacramento Democrat says the provision has been “exploited” by school districts to allow cafeteria aids, teachers and yard duty assistants to carry firearms in schools. “This was not the intent of the bill passed a few years ago,” said McCarty, who authored AB424. “Research shows allowing more guns in schools makes them less safe.” 
Associated Press

Pot Convictions Go Up In Smoke With California Legalization
Jay Schlauch's conviction for peddling pot haunted him for nearly a quarter century. The felony prevented him from landing jobs, gave his wife doubts about tying the knot and cast a shadow over his typically sunny outlook on life. So when an opportunity arose to reduce his record to a misdemeanor under the voter-approved law that legalized recreational marijuana last year, Schlauch wasted little time getting to court. "Why should I be lumped in with, you know, murderers and rapists and people who really deserve to get a felony?" he asked. This lesser-known provision of Proposition 64 allows some convicts to wipe their rap sheets clean and offers hope for people with past convictions who are seeking work or loans. Past crimes can also pose a deportation threat for some convicts. It's hard to say how many people have benefited, but more than 2,500 requests were filed to reduce convictions or sentences, according to partial state figures reported through March. 

Manchester attack points to vulnerabilities even at venues with high security, counter-terrorism experts say
The explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester killed at least 19 people and injured dozens. It is raising new questions about how authorities can better protect large venues. Michael Downing, executive vice president of security for Prevent Advisors, which specializes in arena and stadium security, said many American and European venues already use metal detectors, bomb detection technology and armies of security guards and cameras inside the facilities. But the Manchester incident shows the need for more vigilance in areas outside those security zones, such as transportation centers, walkways and parking lots, said Downing, the former head of counter-terrorism for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Times

Manchester Arena: 22 Killed In Ariana Grande Concert Terror Attack
At least 22 people, including children, have been killed in a blast at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, in the deadliest terror attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings. A powerful explosion shook part of the cavernous Manchester Arena late Monday as concertgoers streamed out following the American pop star's last song. An 8-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have been named as the first victims killed. Police said they believed a man carrying explosives acted as a lone attacker and died in the blast, and that they are now trying to determine if he may have been part of a wider network.  A 23-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in south Manchester in connection with the bombing.  ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but offered no evidence to support its claim. 

Local Government News

‘Sexy And Exciting': LA Mayor Garcetti Gets ‘Inspired' About Public Works
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made an appearance at the Board of Public Works meeting Monday to help celebrate National Public Works Week. “A lot of people might not find Public Works Week sexy and exciting, but we do,” Garcetti said. “This is an amazing week to pause, almost like a college application essay …  to summarize everything you've done, everything you are and everything you hope to be.” The mayor presented the Board of Public Works with a certificate to recognize the week, and also spoke about the work the board has done. When Garcetti was elected mayor in 2013, he campaigned with a “back to the basics” theme focused on promises to fill potholes and fix sidewalks while improving basic city services. “It's actually the toughest work … the detailed work,” Garcetti said. “It is the woman who needs that sidewalk fixed; it is the person who has an issue with their sewer line; it is the person who doesn't feel safe walking home because they don't have enough lighting. It is a whole host of things that we do here, and the future that we chart together.”


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