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June 5 , 2017

Law Enforcement News

LA County Law Enforcement Remain Vigilant In Wake Of London Attacks
Los Angeles police and L.A. County sheriff's officials are remaining vigilant in light of this weekend's terror attacks in London but said Sunday that there are no known credible threats at this time. “Right now, we're making sure officers are more visible in how they populate areas, like in tourist areas, to let citizens know that we are highly visible and we are taking the incidents in London seriously,” LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson, a spokesman, said. Jefferson noted that this doesn't necessarily mean more police are being deployed. However, “we do have resources to take care of any situation,” he said. As always, police are encouraging residents to report suspicious behavior that they may see, he said. That can be done by going to and filling out an online form or by downloading and using the iWatchLA app. 
Los Angeles Daily News

3 Officers Wounded, Suspect Dead In Texas Shootout
A murder suspect has been killed and three police officers wounded in a shootout at a Laredo convenience store. Detective Joe Baeza, the Laredo police spokesman, said officers had been searching all day Friday for 55-year-old Antonio Geraldo Rodriguez. He was suspected in the fatal shooting of his 50-year-old girlfriend, Reyna Gonzalez Zamora, at her apartment. Baeza said three officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of one driven by Rodriguez outside a convenience store about 5 p.m. Friday. As the officers approached, Rodriguez opened fire, drawing return fire from the officers. Baeza says Rodriguez died at Doctors Hospital of Laredo. One officer was in critical but stable condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. The other two are in serious but stable condition at Laredo Medical Center. 
Associated Press

1 Dead, 6 Wounded In South LA Shootings That Unfolded Within 10-Minute Span
One person was killed and six others were wounded in several shootings in South Los Angeles, police said. The shootings unfolded just before 11 p.m. Friday night and occurred within a 10-minute of each other. The first occurred at 89th Street and Vermont Avenue, while the second happened a quarter-mile away at 89th Street and Broadway. In all, seven people were shot, one of whom died. That person was described as a man in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 89th Street and Broadway. The six others, including a teenage girl, were expected to be OK. Investigators believe that a person or persons inside a silver or grey sedan were opening fire at random while driving through the area. It is not clear how many shooters were involved but authorities suspect that at least two people were inside the vehicle. 

Van Nuys Business Owner Shot, Killed After Confronting Tagger
A business owner was killed after confronting a tagger in Van Nuys, and police are on the hunt for the gunman. The shooting happened shortly before 3 p.m. Friday in the 15700 block of Saticoy Street. According to a friend of the victim, the business owner caught someone spray painting graffiti on his shop. He told the suspect to stop tagging and walked inside, but the suspect followed and shot the business owner. The unidentified victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died. Los Angeles police said the suspect immediately fled the scene and was at large.

LAPD Officials Look For Man Suspected Of Robbing, Attempting To Rape Woman In Van Nuys Area
Los Angeles Police officials are looking for a man suspected of robbing and attempting to rape a woman in the Van Nuys area Thursday night. The incident was reported about 8:30 p.m. when the woman was running on the path near the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Woodley Avenue in the Lake Balboa Park, according to an LAPD statement. The victim looked back and saw a man with a large knife, police said. The man then asked her to give up her cellphone; although police originally said she complied, a later press release stated it was forcibly taken. The man then allegedly grabbed her and dragged her into tall bushes nearby where he jumped on top of her and told her, "If you scream, I'll kill you," according to police. The victim, fearing she was about to be raped, struggled with the man and tried to take his knife. The woman screamed as the man kicked her several times, then threw her over a fence, officers said. He then fled on the bike path. 

LAPD Release Video Of Armed Robbery Suspect Who Allegedly Threatened To Detonate Bomb In Boyle Heights Jewelry Store
Los Angeles police released a video on Friday of an armed man who allegedly threatened to detonate a bomb during a robbery in Boyle Heights. The video shows a man dressed in all black with a black face mask enter a jewelry store in the 2200 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue on May 15 around 2:20 p.m. The man is shown waving and pointing a black semi-automatic handgun at employees. He allegedly warned them not to activate the alarm or he would detonate a bomb, police said. The robber allegedly placed an electronic charger on top of a glass display case and directed employees to place jewelry from the case into a bag, according to police. He then fled the store on foot. An initial investigation revealed that the man entered the same store the day before the robbery, posing as a customer, police said. No employees were injured during the robbery, authorities added. The robber is described as a 25 to 30-year-old Hispanic man with black hair and black eyes who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 110 to-125 pounds.

Driver Pleads No Contest After Running Over Cyclist, Dragging His Body 50 Feet In Fatal Hit-and-Run Near USC
A driver who struck a bicyclist near USC and dragged him 50 feet, killing him, entered a no contest plea and now faces a sentence of 12 years in state prison. Andrew Williams, 33, pleaded no contest Thursday to felony voluntary manslaughter and felony hit-and-run driving resulting in death, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Williams was driving his SUV near Exposition Park when he came across 35-year-old Ruben Wharton Vanegas on the morning of Oct. 15, 2015. “The two men got into an argument over the cyclist being on the road and after exchanging words, Vanegas hit the defendant's side view mirror and rode in front of the vehicle,” a DA's news release said, citing court testimony. Williams then ran over Vanegas and dragged him down the street, fleeing in his SUV. On the day of the crash, a witness told KTLA she heard the victim and the driver yelling at each other. “There was an argument going back and forth. The man that was driving, he pushed him off the bike. And he shouted out ‘Shut up before I run you over,'” the witness said. “And he ran him over.”

Collision On S. LA Sidewalk; Four Hurt Including Suspected DUI Driver
Four people were hospitalized, including a driver accused of DUI, after a pickup truck collided with another vehicle and overturned on a South Los Angeles sidewalk, authorities said Monday. The crash happened at 11:20 p.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr.  and Avalon boulevards, said Sgt. Jason Adkins of the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Station. The vehicle that overturned was a pickup truck, a news videographer reported from the scene. Two passengers in the pickup truck and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to hospitals with moderate to serious injuries, Adkins said. The alleged DUI driver was also taken to a hospital although the extent of his injuries, if any, was not known.

FBI Seeks Dual Valley Bandit In String Of Bank Robberies From Woodland Hills To South Pasadena
The FBI is seeking a serial bank robber they've dubbed the Dual Valley Bandit in connection with five robberies in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys in recent weeks. The bandit, who earned his moniker due to the geography of his heists, is believed to be responsible for two bank robberies in Burbank and South Pasadena on May 15, and three more in North Hollywood, Woodland Hills and Tarzana on May 27, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. “During the robberies, the suspect passes a note demanding cash in several denominations and makes oral demands for cash as well,” Eimiller said in a written statement. No weapon has been seen during the crimes, officials said. The Dual Valley Bandit is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, and 170 to 180 pounds. He had stubble during the robberies and was neatly dressed in casual clothing, including a baseball cap and Wayfarer-style sunglasses. Anyone with information is urged to avoid direct contact with him and call 911 or the FBI's 24-hour Los Angeles hotline at 888-226-8443. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Los Angeles Daily News

At $75,560, Housing A Prisoner In California Now Costs More Than A Year At Harvard
The cost of imprisoning each of California's 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year. That's enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer. Gov. Jerry Brown's spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes a record $11.4 billion for the corrections department while also predicting that there will be 11,500 fewer inmates in four years because voters in November approved earlier releases for many inmates. The price for each inmate has doubled since 2005, even as court orders related to overcrowding have reduced the population by about one-quarter. Salaries and benefits for prison guards and medical providers drove much of the increase. The result is a per-inmate cost that is the nation's highest — and $2,000 above tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses to attend Harvard. Since 2015, California's per-inmate costs have surged nearly $10,000, or about 13%. New York is a distant second in overall costs at about $69,000. Critics say with fewer inmates, the costs should be falling.
Los Angeles Times

State High Court Ruling On Death Penalty Could Restart Executions
The California Supreme Court hears many high-stakes cases on issues such as individual rights, taxes, and the lawmaking powers of the state and its voters. But it has seldom confronted a case with such potentially dramatic consequences as Tuesday's hearing on the Proposition 66 death-penalty initiative. If the court — traditionally deferential to the will of the voters — upholds the central provisions of Prop. 66, it will open the door to the resumption of executions in a state that last put a prisoner to death in January 2006. Nearly 750 condemned inmates inhabit the nation's largest Death Row, and about 20 have run out of appeals to their conviction and sentence. Prop. 66 also seeks to speed up future executions, in part by requiring the state's high court to decide all death-penalty appeals within five years of sentencing — more than twice its current pace. If the court upholds that requirement, one of the most hotly contested in the case, it may have to reconfigure itself as a tribunal that gives priority to capital cases over all other types of criminal and civil law disputes in the nation's most populous state.
San Francisco Chronicle

California court leaders want to decriminalize traffic tickets
California's court leaders plan to send the Legislature a proposal to make traffic violations civil offenses, removing them from the criminal arena. The plan would protect drivers from possible arrest and massive fines for failing to show up on the date written on a ticket. The proposal, strongly backed by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, is in the drafting stage. Court leaders hope to work with the Legislature next year to adopt a final plan.
Los Angeles Times

Feds Say One of Chicago's Last ‘Violence Interrupters' Was Really a Gang Leader
Francisco Sanchez said his days as a gang leader on Chicago's West Side were over. At 50, he said he had seen numerous lives ruined by violence — young people losing the best years of their lives to prison; children left without parents in the name of petty disputes and turf wars. That's why he became something else: a leader in an organization committed to ending gun violence. But last week, federal prosecutors charged that Sanchez's redemption had been a sham. They said that at the same time Sanchez was moonlighting as a supervisor at CeaseFire Illinois, he was heading up one of Chicago's most violent street gangs, the Gangster Two-Six Nation.
The Trace

“We do believe we know who they are,” police say of London terror attackers
Investigators were looking into whether or not the three militants who committed a car and knife attack on London Bridge and in Borough Market Saturday night, killing 7 and injuring dozens, had been supported by anyone else on Monday, and said the identities of the attackers were known to them. "We do believe we know who they are," London's Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick told Sky News.
CBS News

Local Government News

LA prepares for 600,000 applicants to subsidized housing program; only a fraction will get help
In yet another sign of L.A.'s growing poverty and lack of low-income housing, local officials are preparing for a torrent of applications when they open up the wait list for federal housing aid later this year. The city stopped taking applications for Section 8 housing over a decade ago because there were too many people already waiting for the limited rental assistance vouchers. Last time L.A.'s waitlist opened, in 2004, about 300,000 people applied. When the process opens for a two-week window this year, officials are expecting at least twice that number. As a result, only a fraction of people who apply will make the cut.

2028 Olympics News

LA Mayor Ponders 2028 Games In Exchange For Youth Funding
The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs. At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed "what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second" — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028. "My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code," Garcetti said. The IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he's seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee's second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.

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