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May 30, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Virginia Special Agent Fatally Shot By Convicted Felon
A Virginia State Police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a Richmond public housing complex was a father of three and former Marine who founded a youth wrestling club and mentored disadvantaged kids, authorities said. Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45, died early Saturday after being shot Friday evening by Travis Ball in a neighborhood in Virginia's capital city that has been plagued by gun violence, police said. Walter, who was white, was an 18-year veteran of Virginia State Police who previously served in the Marine Corps, State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said. The Philadelphia native was promoted to special agent in 2010 and was working in drug enforcement in the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Richmond field office. Walter is survived by a wife and two sons— ages 14 and 9— and a 6-year-old daughter, Flaherty said. He was well-known in the suburban Richmond community where he lived and started a nonprofit wrestling organization for kids, police said.
Associated Press

2 Dead In South LA Shooting
LAPD Homicide Detectives are on scene investigating the fatal shooting of two men  in South Los Angeles. One man was declared dead at the scene. Another man was transported to the hospital where he was later declared dead. It was unclear if the two men knew each other. The shooting took place at 77th and Main Street just after 8 p.m., authorities said. A suspect got out of his vehicle, shot the men and fled, officials said. No motive was given for the shooting.

Violent Argument Turns Deadly In Koreatown Parking Lot
Police Monday hunted the parking lot killer who shot two victims during a violent argument in Koreatown. “An altercation occurred in a parking lot,” Lt. Hamed Mohamadi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Station said. Both victims were hospitalized after the shooting. One was pronounced dead and the other had stable vital signs, he said. Detectives were collecting evidence at the crime scene and looking for leads to the suspect, Mohamadi said. The deadly encounter was reported at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at 401 South Vermont Ave., according to Mohamadi. There was no word of any possible motive nor what may have sparked the argument.

Man Shot To Death While Walking Across Street In Downtown Los Angeles
A man in his 40s was gunned down while walking across the street in downtown Los Angeles Friday morning.  The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Gladys Avenue between 5th and 6th streets. Authorities said the victim was walking across the street when someone jumped out of a car and opened fire. The suspect then fled in the vehicle. A couple volunteering with a group offering free showers were one street over when they said they heard the gunfire and took cover twice.  Authorities said they discovered the victim's body next to a Mercedes, but it was unclear if it was connected to the victim. No description of the suspect or getaway vehicle was available.  The couple, Darryl and Julie Sockwell, were told their car was parked inside the crime scene, so they had to wait until the investigation was cleared before getting it. 

Teen Struck In The Neck In South Los Angeles Shooting
A 16-year-old girl was shot in the neck in South Los Angeles early Sunday morning. The girl was walking down the street with a friend when a bullet hit the back of her neck, just missing her spinal cord, said Sgt. Michael Pounds of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Division. The girl said she did not realize she had been shot after feeling air blow past her face and then a pain in her neck, Pounds said. The girl and her friend ran to hide and then called police for help, he said. Police still do not know what led up to the shooting or who the suspect might be, Pounds said. The girl, who was talking to first responders at the scene, underwent surgery and is in stable condition, Pounds said.

15-Year-Old Boy Shot In The Head, Wounded In Boyle Heights
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and wounded early Thursday morning in Boyle Heights, authorities said. Police now believe the shooting was gang-related.  Little information was initially available about the shooting, which took place in the area of Michigan and Pennsylvania avenues.  Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to a report of shots heard near the intersection, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They were flagged down by a citizen at the scene who directed them to a nearby RV, where the boy had been sleeping.  There the officers discovered the teenage victim, who was then transported to L.A. County-USC Medical Center and underwent surgery.  Two girls who were in the RV with the victim said they heard him gasping for air in the darkness and realized he has been struck by gunfire.  The boy's mother said she knew her son was involved in gang activity and had pleaded with police for help. She said her son had run away from home eight times before.

Off-Duty LAPD Officer Fires On Assailant At A Party In Glassell Park
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was in the wrong place at the right time early Monday when an assailant opened fire on him and a group of friends, police said. The officer, whose name was not released, was at a party near the intersection of Division Street and West Avenue 33, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Around 1:30 a.m., the officer and several friends were standing together when a man fired on the group, striking one person in the leg, Lopez said. The shooter immediately fled. The officer, armed with a handgun, fired back at the man, who managed to escape. The officer did not give chase. The injured man was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Lopez said. Details of the shooting, including how many times the officer fired, were not available. Investigators were interviewing the officer and others in the group in an attempt to get a description of the shooter, Lopez said.
Los Angeles Times

Memorial Day Sees High Law Enforcement Presence For Road Safety
The Memorial Day holiday means maximum presence for law enforcement officials, who are keeping a close eye out for drunk drivers, street racers and more. Los Angeles Police Department officers were posted in areas where street racers are known to meet up. The goal is to have police already in place to prevent racers from taking over a major intersection. "It's usually a little bit later in the evening, but on Sundays, especially during holiday weekends, they're out and about everywhere all day long," said LAPD Sgt. Tasha Karandy. Karandy is on the Street Racing Task Force, made up of LAPD, California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In addition to stopping street races, police are looking for vehicles that have illegal modifications. 

LAPD Releases Video Of Vehicle Sought In Winnetka Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist, Injured Another
LAPD detectives on Friday released surveillance video of a vehicle sought in connection to a hit-in-run in Winnetka earlier in the week that left one bicyclist dead and another hospitalized. Two male cyclists were riding home from work around 12:50 a.m. Wednesday when they were struck by a white utility-type vehicle at Winnetka Avenue and Gilmore Street, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. The men were riding northbound on Winnetka when a male driver suddenly swerved from his lane, striking both victims, the release stated. The driver stopped, tried to look back at the victims and then drove away from the scene to a parking lot at nearby motel, police said. Several minutes later, he left the parking lot and was last seen heading westbound on Vanowen Street. One person who saw the collision said it appeared intentional. “He was driving behind the bicyclists. He saw them, he changed the lane on purpose, hit them from the behind,” said a witness who identified himself only as Vladimir. “Run over the bicycles and took off.” “I'm sure it was done on purpose,” he added.

2 Juvenile Carjacking Suspects Arrested In South LA
Two juvenile carjacking suspects were arrested today in South Los Angeles after a Los Angeles police officer spotted the Mercedes sedan they had taken at gunpoint from a victim in San Pedro, authorities said. The two boys each produced a handgun and took the silver, 2010 Mercedes E350 at about 1:45 p.m. near 15th Street and Walker Avenue, said Sgt. P. Clayson of the LAPD's Harbor Station. An officer observed the car on the northbound 110 Freeway and first followed it, then a pursuit ensued and the boys gave up at 119th Street and Budlong Avenue, Clayson said. No injuries were reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Boyle Heights Armed Robber Caught On Surveillance: Have You Seen Him?
Police Sunday sought the public's help in identifying and locating a man who they believe committed an armed robbery in Boyle Heights. The robbery occurred a little after 5:10 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of North Forest Avenue, the LAPD‘s Hollenbeck station reported. The suspect was described as a 5 foot-9 inch tall Latino man weighing 180 pounds with a mustache. He last seen wearing a blue and white flannel sweat shirt, black pants, blue Converse tennis shoes and one brown glove on his left hand.  LAPD Hollenbeck station detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the armed robbery or the suspect to call them at (323) 342-4185.

Marijuana-Growing Operation Discovered After Fire At Van Nuys Home
Officials discovered a marijuana-growing operation in a residential area Saturday in the wake of a fire at a Van Nuys home, authorities said. The fire, reported at about 11:27 a.m. on the 6300 block of Langdon Avenue, began in a vehicle sitting under a carport that had been attached to a subdivided garage, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. Firefighters beat back the blaze in about fifteen minutes, Stewart said, and searched the premises to make sure the fire had not extended to other parts of the structure. Once the plants were discovered, fire officials contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, about noon. Authorities found at least 48 marijuana plants in a room inside the garage, in excess of the limits for personal use, said Lt. Manuel Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station. The owner was issued a misdemeanor citation, said LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson, a department spokesman.
Los Angeles Times

Mailbox Camera Captures Alleged Hollywood Hills Mail Thieves In Action
Residents of a Hollywood Hills neighborhood near the Cahuenga Pass have had mail stolen multiple times in the last few months. One couple decided to fight back by installing a camera right inside their mailbox. Tony Nolley and his girlfriend Kelly Byrne set up an infrared, motion-activated camera inside the mailbox to catch the thieves in action. "Over the last four or five months, it seems to be the same person, but just recently we've seen a different person, another female," Nolley said. "We don't know if they're working together or working separately." On one occasion the woman put mail back into their box that belonged to another neighbor. Byrne said they wrote letters to their neighbors alerting them to what was going on. They've also notified the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Postal Service, but have gotten no help. The couple continues to carefully monitor their credit to make sure no one has stolen their identities. They're also considering installing a locked mailbox, but noted that one of their neighbors who had one had the entire box taken.

8 Dead, Including Deputy, In Mississippi Shooting Rampage; Suspect Arrested
A man who apparently got into a dispute with his wife and in-laws was arrested in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including a sheriff's deputy. "I ain't fit to live, not after what I done," a handcuffed Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, told The Clarion-Ledger. The shootings took place at three homes Saturday night — two in Brookhaven and one in Bogue Chitto — about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said. The rampage began after authorities got a call about a domestic dispute, investigators said. The dead included two boys, and Godbolt was being treated for a gunshot wound at a hospital, authorities said. They did not say how he was wounded. Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said charges had yet to be filed and it was too soon to say what the motive was. Authorities gave no details on the relationship between Godbolt and the victims. However, Godbolt himself shed some light on what happened in a video interview with the newspaper as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Mother, Children Escape Burning Ladera Heights Apartment
A quick-thinking mother and her two children jumped out of a second-floor window to escape a fire that engulfed their Ladera Heights triplex early Tuesday morning. The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. in the 5300 block of West Slauson Avenue. Los Angeles County Fire crews responded to find heavy flames coming from both floors of the building. Second-floor resident Carla Langley told CBS2 she awoke to hear a rumbling and initially thought it was an earthquake. Then she looked outside and saw the smoke and flames. She woke up her two 8-year-old twins and they all escaped from a window in the master bedroom. “I went to the side window, punched that out with my hand… I started putting my fists through it, I ripped open the screen,” Langley said. “I grabbed the comforter from my bed, threw it over the window, and then grabbed my daughter, dropped her out the window, grabbed my son Hunter, dropped him out the window. And then jumped out myself.” Langley said that prior to jumping out, she yelled to her neighbors for help, but none came.

More Than 150 Firefighters Battle Brush Fire Sparked By Weed Whacker In Brentwood
More than 150 firefighters battled a 55-acre brush fire in Brentwood on Sunday that investigators say was sparked by a gas-driven weed whacker. As of 10:30 p.m. the blaze was over 70% contained, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A private company working on Mandeville Canyon Road had been using the brush-clearing device to clear flammable material from around homes when its muffler overheated, said Battalion Chief Mike Castillo, supervisor for the LAFD's arson unit. The fire, which triggered the evacuation of five homes in a major emergency response, was reported in the 2900 block of Mandeville Canyon Road at 12:46 p.m., according to the department. The road, lined with large homes with hillside views, follows a canyon northward and dead-ends not far from a curve in Mulholland Drive. The fire could be seen from the Getty Museum as visitors looked northwest, but the museum remained open. As of 1:11 p.m., the blaze had spread to six to eight acres, burning through heavy brush with winds blowing at an estimated 5 to 10 mph, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Transit Projects Benefit LA, County's Smaller Cities Suffer? Metro Board Disagrees
The Metro Board of Directors unanimously opposed a state Senate bill Thursday that would drastically overhaul the makeup of the board. The Metro board consists of 13 voting members and a non-voting representative of the governor. All five members of the Board of Supervisors are members of the Metro board, along with the mayor of Los Angeles, three appointees of the mayor and a representative from each of the county's four sub- regions. SB 268 would eliminate three members of the Board of Supervisors from the Metro board while adding three members from the county's sub-regions. It would also eliminate the Los Angeles mayor's three appointees in favor of five City Council members. “This is wrong on so many levels,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The one that's most damaging to me and just kills this before it starts is that we're the only board in the state receiving this. If this is about good governance, then do something and have a conversation about every board.” The Los Angeles City Council also voted earlier this week to oppose the bill.


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