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May 24, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Blows Up Hand While Attempting To Kill 2 Kentucky Deputies
A man attempting to kill two Spencer County deputies blew up his own hand after an explosive device detonated while he was still holding it. Police were called to David Blake's house May 16 after calls came in of an explosion, WDRB reported. The deputies told Blake, 54, to come out of the house, but he refused. Police said Blake then came to the front window with a handgun and opened fire on the deputies. Neither deputy was hit. Police determined Blake had homemade explosive devices in his home and the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team and Hazardous Devices Team were called in. Trooper Bernis Napier told the news station that another explosion went off inside the home while police were on the scene. One device detonated in Blake's hand, leaving it severely mutilated. Blake was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released to police. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer. It's unclear if he'll face charges for the explosives.

LA Police On ‘Heightened Awareness'
In Wake Of Manchester Attack: ‘We Are Prepared' Some local authorities are on heightened alert despite there being no specific or credible threats in the aftermath of Monday night's terrorist attack on an arena in Manchester, England. “We have our heightened awareness at all times,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lisa Jansen, adding that terrorist attack or not they remain ready to respond. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employs thousands of uniformed deputy sheriffs who are on-duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, patrolling and protecting the many diverse and varying communities we serve throughout Los Angeles County,” Jansen said. The Los Angeles Police Department is also monitoring the situation and assuring residents adequate resources are deployed in an effort to secure public spaces. “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.
Los Angeles Daily News

1 Killed, 1 Wounded In South LA Gang-Related Shooting
One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting believed to be gang-related in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon. The shooting happened around 1 p.m. at 79th Street and McKinley Avenue. When Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived, they found two men with gunshot wounds at the scene and a Honda Civic with the windows shot out. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and another was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The shooting happened across the street from McKinley Avenue Elementary School. The suspects are believed to be two men who were seen running from the scene. LAPD gang unit detectives are investigating.

Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Bicyclist Investigated As Homicide
Two bicyclists were struck, one of them fatally, in a hit-and-run crash that police say was intentional. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation of a crash was reported just before 1 a.m. Wednesday on Winnetka Avenue near Gilmore Street. The cyclists, both men in their 40s, were on their way home from their restaurant jobs as they rode north on Winnetka when a vehicle described as a white utility truck struck them, according to the driver of a white pickup truck that witnessed the crash. The witness told police that the bicyclists were following the rules of the road as they crossed over to the other side when the utility truck driver ran them down. The two men were taken to a hospital, where one of the men was declared dead. The other remained conscious, police said. The roadway will remain closed during the police investigation.

74-Year-Old Rabbi Brutally Beaten In Broad Daylight On Fairfax District Street; Attacker Sought
A 74-year-old man who was walking in a residential part of the Fairfax District on Monday morning was brutally beaten in an apparently unprovoked attack that was captured on a home surveillance camera. The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the 180 block of Formosa Avenue when a man approached the victim and began kicking and punching him, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A man who witnessed the aftermath of the attack told KTLA the victim was a rabbi in the community. "I was just coming home from synagogue yesterday morning when I see this old rabbi sitting on a curb and I was wondering what was going on," said Joey Brecher, a witness. "I went over and I asked, is everything OK?" The attacker fled on foot northbound on La Brea Avenue from Oakwood Avenue. He is described as a 40-year-old black man, 6 feet tall, with white or gray hair, weighing around 150 pounds. The rabbi was incredibly shaken up by the attack, according to a friend of the victim. "I know him very, very well," said Rabbi Morgan, friend of the victim. "I heard he was terribly shaken up. He's just a wonderful, wonderful person – kind and gentle. All I know is I'm walking from school and I'm looking over my shoulders to make sure somebody is not roaming the streets."

Father Suspected Of Abducting Year-Old Son In Arleta
Police Tuesday sought the whereabouts of a year-old boy who investigators believe was abducted in Arleta by his father, who might be taking the child to Oklahoma. Angel Yarbrough-Monterroso was last seen in the company of his father, 27-year-old Alan Yarbrough, about 8 a.m. Saturday in the area of Arleta Avenue and Branford Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Yarbough said he was taking Angel to a local park, but neither returned home and there has been no communication between the father and the baby's mother since, police said. According to the LAPD, "some investigative leads have revealed that the father was in Blythe, in eastern Riverside County, then in Gallup, New Mexico. Investigators believe Alan Yarbrough is possibly heading to Enid, Oklahoma, where he has family ties.'' He is Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. His son is 24 inches tall, weighs about 25 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a blue and green striped shirt when last seen. Anyone who has seen or has information regarding the whereabouts of the boy and his father was urged to call detectives at (818) 838-9810 or (818) 838-9800.

Decomposed Body Discovered In Griffith Park
Two hikers found a decomposed body in Griffith Park on Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The hikers discovered the remains about 7 p.m. near Lot 9 in the middle of Griffith Park and notified authorities, police said. The body was so decomposed that neither officers nor the coroner could determine the age or gender of the person. Coroner's officials believed the body had been at the location for about a month. Police said no foul play is suspected, but are awaiting for those officials to determine if that's the case. 
Los Angeles Times

Video Shows Thieves Placing Card Skimmer On Device Inside West LA Gas Station
Authorities released surveillance video from a West Los Angeles gas station in an effort to warn customers about card skimming devices. Detective Sean Williams with the Los Angeles Police Department said crooks are taking identity theft a step further by putting the devices in plain sight. "Normally you'll see them on gas pumps a lot or at ATMS outside of banks," he said. A man, who did not want to identified, said the security video caught two suspects in action last Friday night at his gas station. He said he knew something was wrong when the suspect covered a security camera with gum. "You see the one guy distracting my cashier and actually got him to go out of the booth. That gave the other guy the minute to snap (the device) in place," the man said. Police said the devices are used like a flash drive to store information. He said thieves will usually go back to the scene a few days later and pick it up. He said as long as credit or debit cards are used, it can happen to anyone. Williams said people need to stay vigilant and check their accounts monthly, even daily, to make sure they do not become a victim of identity theft.

Families Of LA Hit-And-Run Victims Seek Justice
The number of people run down by hit-and-run drivers in the Los Angeles area keeps going up, and many of the drivers get away, the LAPD says. On Tuesday, families of the victims seeking justice in several unsolved cases pleaded for help at the LAPD's 77th division. The spike in hit-and-runs is the worst in South L.A. In 2017, there have been a total of 2,150 incidents in the area, up 14 percent. There have been 11 fatal incidents in 2017 already. There were five in 2016. Fatal accidents involving pedestrians is at nine in 2017; there were three in 2016. Wilma Ezerione's sister was left for dead, she says. “The driver, from what I understand the witness said, they stopped. One got out and looked at her and people in that car were yelling at him to come back and go.” A $50,000 reward is up for grabs for the information that will help police with any of the six unsolved cases in South L.A.

Don't Leave Wallets In Cars, LAPD Warns Hikers After Fryman Canyon Thefts
If you go hiking and leave your purse, backpack or wallet in the car, you may not see them again. Instead, it's best to leave your personal belongings at home and carry what you need with you, authorities said Tuesday. That warning comes after a recent rash of thefts at Fryman Canyon in Studio City. But on Tuesday afternoon, as hikers parked their cars in adjacent Wilacre Park and set off on the hiking trail, some admitted they frequently leave personal items behind. “I did put my purse in my trunk,” said Christina Ewart, 26, of Studio City. “I wondered when I recently saw cop cars what was going on.” Los Angeles police said they are trying to educate the public about leaving valuables in vehicles when going for hikes or to the gym. “Most people think ‘it's not going to happen to me,'” said LAPD Detective Tim Shaw. “Statistically, maybe not. There may be a one percent chance it happens, but all it takes is one time.” The latest thefts occurred between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. last Wednesday and then twice on Saturday. Fryman Canyon is usually busy on the weekends, but not busy enough to deter thieves. The Saturday thefts occurred between 7 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. and then again between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. 
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Police Commission Discusses Guidelines For SWAT Officers Firing From Helicopters Before Meeting Ends In Rancor
Weeks after Los Angeles police opened fire from a helicopter to end a five-hour standoff with an armed suspect in Sunland, police leaders discussed the guidelines for using such force during a contentious meeting of the city's Police Commission on Tuesday. Los Angeles Police Department Asst. Chief Beatrice Girmala told commissioners that a situation must meet a number of highly specific conditions before the department will consider opening fire from the air. The department had weighed using the tactic only four times since 2012, Girmala said. But the May 8 shooting marked the first time an LAPD officer used it. Girmala said current policy calls for police to open fire from a helicopter if a suspect in a violent crime poses an “extreme officer safety concern” and is on terrain that gives them a significant advantage, creating a situation in which “normal tactics would be ineffective.” In the Sunland shooting, officers on the ground and in the air fired on the suspect, who had broken into a home, Police Chief Charlie Beck has previously said. It appears the suspect was fatally struck by gunfire from the air, Beck has said.
Los Angeles Times

Sig responds to allegations it provided New Jersey police defective handguns
Sig Sauer said ammunition likely caused malfunctions experienced by New Jersey troopers using their newly-issued duty guns rather than a defect in the pistol's design. The state of New Jersey alleged in a recent  lawsuit  the New Hampshire company provided defective handguns to New Jersey State Police for a contract three years ago and failed to adequately rectify the problem.

Sessions' first proposed budget: A crackdown on immigration and violent crime
In the first budget proposal under President Trump and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department is seeking hundreds of millions in new funding to pay for an immigration crackdown on the border and a surge in resources to fight violent crime. Like the Department of Homeland Security budget, which includes billions for expanded immigration detention, more border agents and technology to catch those crossing the border illegally, the Justice Department budget is a reflection of the new get-tough policies promised by Sessions. The budget asks for another 300 federal prosecutors – 230 to focus on violent criminals and gangs, and another 70 to concentrate on filing criminal charges on those crossing the border illegally.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker
Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said Tuesday. Even though the City Clerk's Office has until mid-June to certify the results, a spokeswoman for Wesson said the tally could be verified by Friday.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Council Approves ‘Rumble Strips' Pilot Program On ‘Canoga Speedway'
Looking to crack down on illegal street racing and the deaths that can result, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved funding for a pilot program to install “rumble strips” on a street in the San Fernando Valley known as a racing hot spot. The motion, which was approved on a 11-0 vote, was introduced last week by Councilman Mitchell Englander, who represents the area where the pilot will be implemented. The strips will be installed on Plummer Avenue between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which is often called the “Canoga Speedway” due to its popularity with street racers. The area was the scene of a street racing crash which killed two spectators in February 2015. The driver, Karen Gary Balyn, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. “Rumble strips” are similar to speed bumps, but are much more abrasive to vehicles engaged in street racing, according to Englander.
Los Angeles Daily News

NFL News

LA's Super Bowl Pushed Back To 2022
Less than a week after it was announced that the opening of the football stadium in Inglewood would be delayed by a year, NFL owners voted Tuesday to relocate the 2021 Super Bowl from Los Angeles to Tampa, according to multiple reports. Record rainfall has been cited for construction delays, and the league is relunctant to play a Super Bowl in the first year of a new stadium, NBC Sports reports. NFL owners at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago unanimously voted to shift Super Bowl 55 to Tampa and Super Bowl 56 to Los Angeles, according to The NFL would have needed to waive a rule that prohibits a Super Bowl being played at a stadium before it has hosted two full regular seasons. Instead, it chose to move the game to Tampa, runner-up to Los Angeles in the bidding.  Los  Angeles has not hosted a Super Bowl in the area since 1993 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Five Super Bowls have been played at the Rose Bowl and two at the  Los  Angeles Coliseum, where the Rams will play until the new $2.6 billion stadium opens.


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