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May 26, 2017

Law Enforcement News

California Sheriff's Deputy Shot; Suspect At Large
Authorities are searching for a suspect and a Riverside County deputy has been hospitalized after a shooting in the city of Coachella. The Sheriff's Department said in a statement that an officer-involved shooting had occurred Thursday night, a deputy was taken to a hospital and a search for a suspect had been going on for at least an hour. The department did not specify that the deputy had been shot, and was not giving any further details on the circumstances. The city of Coachella contracts the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to provide police services. 
Associated Press

Armed man who wanted to kill cops arrested at Phoenix Comicon
Police arrested a man at Phoenix Comicon on Thursday after he made it into the event with four guns and a knife. About noon, police received a tip about a man who had allegedly posted pictures on social media of Phoenix police officers and threatened to kill them, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. When officers found the 30-year-old suspect at the Phoenix Convention Center and took him into custody, Fortune said, he was allegedly wearing body armor and carrying three handguns, a shotgun, additional ammunition and a knife.

North Hollywood's Circus Liquor Robbed At Gunpoint
Circus Liquor, the North Hollywood store with the 32-foot-tall neon clown sign at the corner of Vineland Avenue and Burbank Boulevard, was robbed by a man with a handgun Thursday morning, authorities said. The robbery was reported around 6:20 a.m. at the store located at 5600 Vineland Ave., said LAPD Officer Irma Mota. No one was injured. Mota said the man used a black handgun to take an unknown amount of cash before he fled on foot north on Vineland. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. There was no vehicle description. The incident is still being investigated, Mota said.
Los Angeles Daily News

2nd Teen Arrested In Connection With Beating Of Ex-NFL Star Erik Kramer's Son
A 17-year-old Woodland Hills boy has been arrested in connection with a videotaped beating of 18-year-old Dillon Kramer at a Canoga Park house party in March. The teen was taken into custody around 11 a.m. on May 19 on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosaria Herrera in a statement. He is the second juvenile arrested after the March 24 incident. Dillon is the son of Erik Kramer, a former NFL star who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and played professional football for the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. Kramer's mother, Marshawn, wrote a Facebook post on the day of the arrest highlighting the most recent apprehension. “We still NEED names if anyone recognizes any of the kids in the video on my page please let us know!!!” Marshawn Kramer wrote.
Los Angeles Daily News

Slow Speed Pursuit Of Erratic Driver On City Streets
Police were in pursuit of a driver of a red-colored four-door sedan who was spotted driving erratically on surface streets in the Vernon area on Thursday night. Units from the LAPD chased the car through surface streets, parking lots and even busting through locked gates before using a series of PIT maneuvers to bring the car to a stop where the suspects - a man and a woman, were taken into custody without incident.
FOX 11

Foothills Newspaper Publisher Hit With Prison Time For Illegal Firearms Possession
A Sunland-Tujunga newspaper publisher who solicited gun donations to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief could be headed to prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing firearms. Foothills Paper owner David DeMulle was sentenced Monday to serve 41 months in prison, with the right to appeal. He was indicted in 2015 and subsequently arrested on one count of possessing 25 guns and 913 rounds of ammunition and pleaded guilty in December. Due to a prior felony conviction, DeMulle was prohibited from having the firearms, which were found during a search of his home. DeMulle has been out on bond since his 2015 arrest. He first drew suspicion from Los Angeles Police Department officials in 2010 after he printed an advertisement in the Foothills Paper asking for donations of guns, which would “purportedly be liquidated ... and the proceeds sent to support then-ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti,” according to court documents. Undercover LAPD officers investigating the ad gave DeMulle two guns and got a receipt during a 2010 sting operation.
Los Angeles Daily News

French Bulldog 'Rolex' Stolen From Smoke Shop In Van Nuys
A French Bulldog that goes by the name 'Rolex' was stolen from Puffers Smoke Shop late Wednesday night around 9:45 p.m. in Van Nuys. The owners would like the public's help in identifying the suspects who were caught on surveillance camera, so they can get their dog back home safely. Puffers Smoke Shop posted to their Instagram. Please contact Puffers Smoke Shop if you have any information.
FOX 11

Rapist, Deported Drug Trafficker Among Nearly 200 Arrested In Immigration Crackdown
A convicted rapist and a previously deported cocaine trafficker were among nearly 200 criminal aliens and immigration fugitives arrested in a Los Angeles-area crackdown, authorities said Thursday. Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division say of those arrested, 169, or almost 90 percent, had prior criminal convictions, primarily drug offenses, DUIs and domestic violence. “Operations like this are emblematic of the vital work ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officers do every day seeking to locate, arrest, and ultimately deport at-large convicted criminals and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety,” said David Marin, field office director for ERO in Los Angeles. “By taking these individuals off the streets and removing them from the country, we're making our communities safer for everyone.” At least eight of the individuals arrested during the just concluded enforcement action now face federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, authorities said.

Mother ID's Teen Fatally Shot In His Driveway In South Los Angeles Area
A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in his home's driveway in the Westmont area, prompting a continuing homicide investigation Friday. The child was identified by his mother as Isaiah Rogers. He is not a gang member, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. The shooting was reported at 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of West 93rd Street in an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles. Responding deputies found the teen with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy's mother, Lakisha Walker, said her son went into the back alleyway with a friend with the goal and getting his little brother. A dark car pulled up and gunfire was aimed at Rogers' friend and then Rogers, the teen's mother said. The boy was a loving person, Walker said Friday morning as family members and neighbors gathered at the home. "He would just help you. If he had a problem with you, he would just leave you alone. He wouldn't fight you, he wouldn't argue," she said. 

Search For Missing South Pasadena Boy Turns To Montebello Home Of Grandmother
Sheriff's detectives continued their search Thursday for the 5-year-old South Pasadena boy missing since April, taking computer equipment from the Montebello home of the child's paternal grandmother. Investigators served their search warrant in the 500 block of North Via Val Verde Avenue around 9 a.m., according to an advisory from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detective Louie Aguilera said they went to the house to look for evidence and to take the computer. He said the boy's grandmother and aunt were taken to the sheriff's East Los Angeles station and interviewed, but they weren't arrested. Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. has been missing since April 22. The 5-year-old was last seen in the custody of his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr. of South Pasadena. The father said in an April 28 statement that he went to Arroyo Park in South Pasadena with his son the morning of April 22, hours before he was supposed to return the boy to his estranged wife. Detectives said someone found Andressian Sr. unconscious next to his car at the park around 6:30 a.m. There was no sign of the boy. Andressian Sr. said he doesn't remember what happened and doesn't know where the boy is.
Los Angeles Daily News

LASD Adds New Names To Fallen Officers Memorial Wall
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department added three names to its Fallen Officers Memorial Wall and honored six officers who died in the line of duty at the 48th Annual Peace Officers Memorial service on Thursday. "Today we honor the memory of three fallen heroes who gave their lives in 2016-2017 while serving the residents of Los Angeles County," said Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell. "We also recognize three others form the distant past." The service was held at the Sheriff's Training Academy in East Los Angeles. Holding a single red rose, family members of fallen officers took their seats. Those honored included Keith Boyer with the Whittier Police Department, Steven Owen and Alfonso Lopez both with the LASD. Officer Keith Boyer was shot and killed last February while responding to a crash scene. His family spoke out after the ceremony. "Memorials like this that honor my father and other officers definitely help show that the community comes together and that people care," said Joseph Boyer, a victim's son."Seeing people pour out love and compassion is definitely heartwarming and it helps kind of ease the pain," he said.

Sex Offenders Will Not Be Banned Without Exception From School Grounds After State Bill Is Shelved
The state Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday shelved a bill that would have banned all registered sex offenders from school campuses without exception. Senate Bill 26 by Sen. Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) would have made it a misdemeanor for a registered sex offender to enter any school building or grounds without lawful business. State laws keep registered sex offenders from living near schools. But those who have not been convicted of having sex with a minor under age 16 can visit or volunteer with groups or organizations that work with children if they give proper notice, and are granted permission. They cannot work directly with children. The committee advanced another bill by Leyva that would extend benefits under the Safe at Home initiative to former victims of forced prostitution or labor. Senate Bill 597, introduced with Secretary of State Alex Padilla, passed with a unanimous 7-0 vote. 
Los Angeles Times

Untested Rape Kits In California, Part Of Massive National Backlog, Are Focus Of Assemblyman's Proposal
Tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on shelves in police and sheriff's department evidence rooms nationwide. And no one has tested them to see what crimes they could help solve.  A bill by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) would help determine how many of those unanalyzed exam kits exist in California, part of a national backlog that federal officials have grappled with for nearly two decades.  Assembly Bill 41 would require law enforcement agencies to report to the state how many sexual assault kits they collected and have examined, and how many they haven't — along with the reason why the evidence wasn't tested. It has sailed through the legislative process but could face a battle in the state Senate, facing heavy opposition from the California State Sheriffs' Assn., which says the financial burden would fall on law enforcement agencies to collect the new data. 

California guards and inmates are recovering after a mass attack
Four inmates remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds Thursday, a day after California correctional officers opened fire to quell a rare mass attack on eight prison guards by more than 100 inmates, officials said. One Pelican Bay State Prison inmate will need surgery after he was shot in the chin. The other three were shot in the arms and legs, Corrections Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.
Associated Press

Local Government News

No More Crumbling Sidewalks? Freeway Traffic Easier? Can Garcetti's New Budget Fix Our Woes?
Can Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's new $9.2 billion budget solve homelessness, fix crumbling sidewalks and ease jammed freeway traffic? There were no definitive answers Thursday as Garcetti cited “values that are under attack” as he signed into law the new spending plan for the 2017-18 fiscal year. But he praised the document as a responsible effort that tries to address the concerns of the community. The budget, bolstered by a series of voter-approved measures, features major increases for homelessness initiatives, traffic safety improvements and street upgrades. “I feel especially honored to be here today, because it's a moment that calls on us to seize some unprecedented opportunities, to stand up for values that are under attack, but also to show people that this is still a place where things get done and where people do the right thing,” Garcetti said. Garcetti signed the budget at a news conference at City Hall, flanked by some members of the City Council, including Councilman Paul Krekorian, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Metro Board Redirects $700 Million Away From 710 Freeway Tunnel
In a move that could effectively kill the Long Beach (710) Freeway tunnel extension between Alhambra and Pasadena, the Metro Board of Directors voted on Thursday to redirect its $700 million for the project to alterative street improvements. The unanimous 12-0 vote ran contrary to a Metro staff report endorsing the tunnel, which would run 4.9 miles and help close the 6.2-mile gap between the 710's terminus and the Foothill (210) Freeway, at total cost of over $3 billion. But with Metro pulling its portion of the funding, the project may effectively now be dead, although Caltrans has the final authority on building the tunnel and is expected to vote on the issue later this year or in 2018. The motion redirecting the money was introduced by Metro board Chairman and Duarte City Councilman John Fasana and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Fasana had previously supported the tunnel but said he was reversing course because he did not believe the full funding for the project would ever materialize and he wanted to help the communities along the corridor immediately, particularly where freeway traffic is dumped at the end of the 710 Freeway in Alhambra. 
FOX 11


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