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June 1, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Convicted Of Killing Inglewood Police Officer Released On Parole
A man who served nearly 30 years in prison for the killing of an Inglewood police officer was expected to be released in San Francisco sometime Wednesday night as law enforcement efforts to keep him behind bars apparently came to an end, authorities said. Joevone Elster, 51, who was released on parole from Corcoran State Prison on May 23 but held in Los Angeles County jail on a misdemeanor forgery charge pending from 1986, was freed from custody when that matter was resolved Wednesday morning in Long Beach Superior Court. Elster was released to state parole agents and was travelling with them to San Francisco, where he was to be officially freed for the first time since his arrest following the March 31, 1988, shooting death of Sgt. George Aguilar. “We are extremely disappointed, and our thoughts and prayers are with George's family. We wish that he remained in custody where he belongs,” Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Several Shootings In South L.A. Leave 2 Dead, 1 Hurt
A series of shootings in South Los Angeles Wednesday night left two people dead and a third wounded. The latest shooting in South L.A. on Wednesday happened around 6:30pm on West 74th and Figueroa Streets. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a man in his 20s was hit two times as he was standing in the street. But based on the bullet casings left behind, many more shots were fired.  The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. No suspect information was released, but a black four-door Mercedes-Benz was seen speeding from the location, according to Lt. Mark Green of the LAPD. At about 4:50 p.m., a car-to-car shooting happened at 56th and Hoover streets. A vehicle with four males inside pulled alongside the victim's car. Someone in the car shot the victim multiple times, according to Officer Irma Mota of the LAPD. The man in his 20's later died at a hospital. A few hours earlier Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of 104th and South Main streets, a third shooting also left someone dead. I

Baby Dies After Pregnant Woman Immediately Gives Birth Following Head-On Crash Near Valley Glen; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested
A baby girl died immediately after birth when her mother was seriously injured in a head-on crash near Valley Glen last week, and the suspected DUI driver has been arrested, LAPD officials said Wednesday. The incident was reported about 11:05 p.m. May 26 along Fulton Avenue south of Hatteras Street. Julian Gutierrez, 25, apparently crossed the double yellow lines and drove into oncoming traffic, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He crashed into another car that was heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the second vehicle, Judith Mauricio, who was about eight months pregnant, was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital. Mauricio gave birth, but the baby died, officials said. “When I saw the bruise on her tummy there, all I could do was pray,” said Simon Sarkissian, who witnessed the crash. “It's hard not to get emotional right now knowing that because I have a little over a month-old son of my own.” 

Fatal Stabbing At Granada Hills Care Facility Prompts State Investigation
State licensing regulators are investigating a residential care facility in Granada Hills after an 18-year-old resident allegedly stabbed another resident to death with a kitchen knife police say she obtained from the home. The California Department of Social Services' Community Care Licensing Division is investigating the Aacres Group Home for developmentally disabled adults in the 16500 block of Bircher Street after Dawn Ritz, 61, was stabbed “throughout her body” around 4:20 a.m. on May 14, according to state officials and Los Angeles police. Ritz, originally from the San Diego area, was pronounced dead at the scene while the suspect, Ravneet Kaur, was taken into custody by police and later charged with one count of murder. “When there are unusual incidents (at a facility), we will typically go out,” said Michael Weston, spokesman for the state's Department of Social Services. If the information acquired at the facility warrants more investigation, “then we would do that.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

13-Year-Old Girl Found Safe After Reported Missing In Boyle Heights
A 13-year-old girl was found safe after she was reported missing from the Boyle Heights area. Evelyn Morales showed up at school Wednesday morning, according to Los Angeles school police. Before then, she had not been seen since 8 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of N. Chicago Street. Evelyn's family members said she was depressed and possibly suicidal. Further details were not made available.

Police Say Car Thieves Targeting Vehicles With Keyless Entry
Police are warning car owners about a new trend: thieves targeting vehicles with keyless entry. Police say criminals can use key fobs to disarm cars with the convenient entry option. Now they're recommending car owners use The Club, which locks onto the steering wheel, reports CBS2/KCAL9's Andrea Fujii. Oakley Stevenson says her Scion was stolen from a Hollywood Hills neighborhood in the early morning hours last week, apparently using the technology. Security video shows a hatchback drive up to a blue Scion. A woman gets out, the car's rear lights go on and then it drives away with the hatchback following it. “It is very unnerving,” Stevenson said. “I felt very violated at first because I had a lot of personal information inside.” She says her Scion was filled with hundreds of dollars worth of work gear. Until it's found, she's passing out fliers in the Hollywood Hills, hoping the crooks are found. Until then, she's heeding the warning.

LeBron James' LA Home Reportedly Vandalized With 'N-Word' Graffiti
Racial graffiti was spray-painted on the front gate of NBA star LeBron James' home in the Brentwood area overnight, police said.  The graffiti, which included the N-word, was on an outer gate of the residence, said Los Angeles police  officer Aareon Jefferson. The address was not disclosed. No arrests were reported. According to TMZ , investigators are looking for  security  footage from neighbors that may show the suspect or suspects. TMZ also posted a photo of police vehicles outside the home as the gate was being repainted.  LeBron purchased the home in 2015 for more than 20-million dollars. James is getting ready for Game 1 of the NBA finals on Thursday in Oakland, but took time out to talk about this hate crime against him and his  family . "My family is safe... that's the most important. " LeBron James reacted for the first time to  news  that vandals spray painted a racial slur on the front gate of his Brentwood estate. 
FOX 11

California Lawmakers Advanced A Bill Wednesday To Dramatically Change The State's Pretrial Release Policies By Ending Bail For Most Defendants
The state Senate voted 25-11 to send the measure to the Assembly. Under the bill, a judge would decide during an arraignment whether to impose bail as a condition of release, taking the defendant's income level into account. Bail is money or property that can be forfeited if suspects fail to appear for trial. Sen. Bob Hertzberg said his bill will "bring justice to a failed system." "The determining factor to any pretrial release should not be the size of your wallet," the Van Nuys Democrat said. "It should be the size of your risk to society." The current system disproportionately hurts poor defendants, Hertzberg said. Sen. Nancy Skinner pointed to the case of Sandra Bland, a woman who wasn't able to post bail and died in a Texas jail in 2015. 
Associated Press

State Senate Says It Should No Longer Be A Felony To Knowingly Expose Others To HIV
The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection. The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS. The measure, which next goes to the Assembly for consideration, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who said it is unfair to make HIV/AIDS the only communicable disease given such harsh treatment by prosecutors. “These laws are irrational and discriminatory,” Wiener told the Senate, adding that the current felony status is “creating an incentive not to be tested, because if you don't know your status you can't be guilty of a felony.”

Possible drug tunnel found in Tijuana near U.S.-Mexico border, officials say
A suspected drug tunnel has been found in Tijuana near the border with the United States, authorities said Tuesday. Mexican officials informed federal agents with a Homeland Security Investigations-led task force about the discovery, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack. She said it was not known if the tunnel ended in the U.S. According to Mexican media reports, the discovery was reported in the Castillo neighborhood of northern Tijuana. Mexican authorities were seeking a search warrant and had detained five people, the reports said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Wild Spike In LA Homeless Numbers: Garcetti Appalled At Housing ‘Crisis'
Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles jumped by 20 percent over the last year while the county saw a spike of 23 percent, according to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Wednesday. In the city, the total number of homeless went up to 34,189 and the county number increased to 57,794. “We didn't need a homeless count to know what we know, which is that Los Angeles is undergoing a housing and homelessness crisis,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The homeless count took place over three nights in January and was conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which saw a record number of volunteers — totaling more than 8,000 — participate. In light of the higher number of volunteers, the number of homeless may not have gone up, but LAHSA may have just gotten more accurate at counting them, officials said. “Our numbers are more accurate. People always go back and forth, is it really that homelessness is up by this much? I'm going to assume it is,” Garcetti said at a news conference at LAHSA's headquarters.

L.A. City Council Backs Proposed Settlement That Could Reduce DWP Rate Hikes
The Los Angeles City Council backed a proposed legal settlement Wednesday that could reduce the electric bills of Department of Water and Power customers by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years. The agreement, if approved by a judge, would resolve three lawsuits that took aim at the city's long-standing practice of using 8% of the DWP's yearly electricity revenue to balance the city budget. The city's general fund, which pays for police patrols, firefighters and other basic services, received about $267 million from the DWP in the 2015-16 fiscal year. DWP critics had called the yearly payment an illegal tax increase. The utility sent the money in that same period, when the council voted to increase electricity rates by an average of nearly 3.9% a year. Under the proposed settlement, the DWP would credit its customers for 8% of the money generated by a rate hike approved last year. The credit — which would be deducted from future DWP bills — would cover rate hike revenue collected during the 15-month period that ends June 30.
Los Angeles Times


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