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June 6, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty Detroit Cop Shot; 1 Suspect Dead, Another In Custody
An off-duty police officer was shot during an attempted robbery. Police Chief James Craig told ClickOnDetroit that the officer purchased something at a liquor store Sunday night and walked into the parking lot. A suspect ran toward the officer holding a weapon. The officer drew his weapon in self-defense and both parties opened fire. The officer, 27, was shot in the torso and foot and was transported to a hospital. He underwent emergency surgery and is listed in critical condition. Craig told the news station the officer was awake and talking. The suspect was killed in the shootout. A second suspect was arrested Monday in connection with the robbery. Police are searching for a third suspect who they say took the first suspect's gun and the injured officer's weapon and fled the scene. Authorities are searching for two cars: a dark-colored or black sedan and a 2008 or 2009 silver or white Dodge Durango. 

LAFD Firefighter Dies After Fall During Training Exercise
A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter has died after falling from an aerial ladder during a weekend training exercise, authorities said Monday. The incident unfolded Saturday just before 9:45 a.m. at the Barclay Hotel in the 300 block of South Main Street, according to an LAFD spokesperson. Officials say Wong, 29, fell while participating in a training exercise in downtown L.A. He was transported in critical condition to a local trauma center, where he succumbed to his injuries Monday morning. The fire department is still working to determine exactly how far Wong fell. They say he landed on the top of the truck and was immediately treated by fellow firefighters on the scene before being taken to the hospital. “I join the men and women of the LAFD in mourning Firefighter Wong's sudden passing,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “It is always a tragedy to lose one of our own, especially an accomplished individual who was still at the beginning of what was certainly going to be a promising career.”

Teen Fatally Shot In Wilmington: LAPD
A teen was fatally shot in Wilmington early Tuesday, LAPD officials said. The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 900 block of West I Street. Preliminary information indicated that the 17-year-old victim was walking in the area with three other people when he was shot, apparently in the back, Detective Jeff Tiffin told KTLA. The boy was taken to a hospital where he died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police hoped to interview witnesses and review possible surveillance video to “get a clearer picture of what happened,” Tiffin said. The victim apparently lived in the area. No further information, including a description of the shooter, was available. 

Granada Hills Middle School Parent Arrested, Accused Of Inappropriate Communication With Student
A 35-year-old parent who allegedly had inappropriate communication with a student while acting as a chaperone on a field trip for students at Patrick Henry Middle School in Granada Hills is out on bail after being arrested, Los Angeles police said Monday. Hugo Paniagua allegedly contacted a minor during and after last week's field trip with the intent to commit a felony, police said. Paniagua was taken into custody Friday, June 2 and booked at the Van Nuys Area Jail before posting $5,000 bail, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The bail amount was low because the contact Paniagua had with the minor was verbal rather than physical, Lopez explained, adding that detectives with the LAPD's Devonshire station are encouraging parents to report any interaction their children may have had with the suspect. Paniagua has a hearing set at San Fernando Courthouse on June 28, Lopez said. Anyone with additional information about Paniagua is asked to call LAPD detectives at the Devonshire station at 818-832-0609.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Seeking Men Who Stole Range From Sherman Oaks Home
Police today released surveillance images of two suspects seen on surveillance video stealing a Viking kitchen range from a home in Sherman Oaks. The burglary happened about 2:45 p.m. on May 22 — a Monday — at a home in the 14000 block of La Maida Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives determined that one of the suspects had pried open the home's rear door, removed an alarm panel from a wall and threw it into the back yard. After going through the home, the man left through the rear door and drove off in a white Ford van, police said. Around 4:50 p.m. the same day, the suspect returned to the residence with a second man in the same van. The original suspect entered the residence through the rear door and let the second suspect in through the front door, police said. “The second suspect got a dolly from the van and went into the residence,” according to a police statement. “Both suspects took a Viking range and put it in the van.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

North Hills Chase Suspect Sought After Crashing Into Several Cars
Police are looking for a suspect who crashed into several cars during a chase in North Hills Saturday night. Authorities said they were chasing down two suspects in the vehicle when the car crashed into several other cars at the off-ramp from the southbound 405 Freeway at Roscoe Boulevard. Officers said they found two guns in the suspects' vehicle. One person was taken in custody and the other was still on the run. A driver who was hit in the pursuit said it was the scariest moment of her life. "My car was completely flipped around. The person driving decided to go on the off-ramp and it flipped all the way around and my car is probably totaled," shared Stephanie Weiss. A description of the suspect was not released.

Creepy Bathroom Peeping Tom? Patrons Sue Sherman Oaks Restaurant After One Owner Charged In Hidden Video Camera, Kiddie Porn Scheme
The co-owners of an Italian eatery in Sherman Oaks are being sued by two patrons who allege their images were recorded by a small video camera hidden in the women's restroom by one of the restaurateurs, who was arrested last month. Nadereh Adeli and Remick Shaverdi Sapien brought the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Bahram Javaherian and Abe E. Siani, as well as their eatery, Cucina Bene in the 4500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. The complaint filed May 30 alleges invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and a violation of the state Civil Code. Siani and the restaurant are named only in the negligence claim, which alleges both were liable for not properly supervising Javaherian. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Los Angeles police said previously that they began investigating Javaherian, who has owned the eatery for 11 years, when a restaurant employee found a camera affixed under the sink and gave it to police."

Grandmother Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Granddaughter Has Been Captured
A grandmother wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of her 18-month-old granddaughter and the wounding of her daughter and grandchild Monday in Colton has been captured, police said Tuesday. Nicole Darrington Clark was captured Tuesday morning and is in custody, a police dispatcher confirmed to The Times. Details were not immediately available but would be released later in the day, the dispatcher said. According to police, Darrington Clark stabbed her daughter and grandchildren just after 9 a.m. inside the family's apartment in the 1400 block of Santo Antonio Drive. The daughter told authorities that her mother had stabbed her and the grandchildren, said Colton Police Cpl. Raymond Mendez. When officers arrived, they found the youngest grandchild dead, he said. Darrington Clark's daughter and second granddaughter were taken to a hospital in critical condition. Darrington Clark left before police arrived. 
Los Angeles Times

'I Miss Him More Than Words Can Describe': Mother Of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Speaks To FOX 11
It's been six weeks since 5-year-old Ara Andressian Jr. of South Pasadena disappeared, and his mother has decided to speak out. The last confirmed sighting of the child was on April 20 at Disneyland where he went with his father and grandmother. Authorities said they all left the park together, but police do not know what happened to the boy after that. His father, who was in the middle of a divorce and custody battle with Andressian Jr.'s mother, was found two days later, reportedly unconscious, at Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. His car was parked nearby, doused in gasoline both inside and out. A gas container was found inside the car with matches. In his only public statement in writing, Andressian said he had gone to the park with his son where he believes he was attacked. What happened to the boy is a mystery. 
FOX 11

California's Top Court Hears Arguments On Ballot Measure To Speed Up Executions
The California Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of a ballot measure approved by voters in November intended to speed up executions. The 9:30 a.m. hearing will be streamed live on the court's website. Proposition 66, sponsored by prosecutors, would require courts to rapidly review death penalty appeals, force more criminal defense lawyers to represent death row inmates and remove public review requirements for the state's lethal injection procedures. If allowed to take effect, the measure could result in the resumption of executions within several months. It passed with 51% of the vote. A competing measure to replace the death penalty with life without parole lost. Death penalty opponents sued to overturn Proposition 66, contending it unconstitutionally usurped the authority of the judicial branch and violated a requirement that initiatives be limited to a single subject. 
Los Angeles Times

Law Enforcement News

Advocates Denounce VA Delays In Developing Housing For Homeless Veterans At West L.A. Site
A week after officials disclosed a 57% rise in Los Angeles' veteran homelessness, advocates say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying housing development on its West Los Angeles campus. A report to be released Tuesday from Vets Advocacy, a non-profit group created to oversee the development, accuses the federal agency of stalling development of a model community for 1,200 homeless veterans on its long-neglected 388-acre campus. The advocacy group says the VA also dragged out termination of commercial leases on the property and blocked the group's oversight of negotiations with renters, including UCLA, whose Jackie Robinson Stadium will remain on the VA land. “Change at the West L.A. VA campus is moving too slowly, and the pace of change is slowing as well,” the report says. 
Los Angeles Times
Government Saves Your Tax Dollars? LA City Slashes Projected Deficit From $81 Million To Zero
A possible budget deficit for the current fiscal year, once projected at more than $81 million, has been reduced to zero, according to a report approved Monday by the Los Angeles City Council's Budget and Finance Committee. The report from the city administrative officer was so rosy that the committee members  had almost no questions for the heads of the city's departments, who were all assembled. “Wow. Now see, this is a sign of success, when we get to the year-end and we've erased a substantial 10-digit potential budget deficit and we have no questions for departments other than a brief question for the clerk. That's a pretty good sign,” said Councilman Paul Krekorian, the committee's chair. Projections on the deficit kept getting better as the year progressed.

L.A. County Might Stop Charging Needy Defendants A $50 Fee
Indigent and other needy criminal defendants in Los Angeles County may soon get a reprieve from the $50 fee they are charged for representation by public defenders or court-appointed lawyers. The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a motion Tuesday that would revoke the registration fee, which the county allows these defendants to be charged before they receive any legal services. The motion does not address other fees that defendants might be assessed after a case ends. The move comes amid growing awareness nationwide of the criminal justice system's disproportionate impact on the poor. Advocates say that though there has been some reform of the bail system, in which poor people are forced to await trial in jail because they can't post bail, less attention has been paid to the administrative fees and penalties that get tacked on to convictions and fines. 
Los Angeles Times


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