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June 8, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Calif. Police Kill Suspected Gang Member Who Fired 75 Rounds At Them
Central California police say a suspected gang member was shot and killed after he fired a least 75 rounds at officers with a high-powered rifle. The Fresno Bee reports that the incident occurred in Fresno early Wednesday. No police officers or civilians were hit or injured. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the man, who he described as a 21-year-old gang member, didn't appear to be targeting anyone. His name was not released. Police recovered between 75 and 100 casings at the scene. Dyer described the shooting as an isolated incident. The violence comes nearly two months after another Fresno random shooting. Authorities say three white men were killed April 18 in a racially motivated attack. Prosecutors have charged Kori Ali Muhammad, who's black, in the attacks and with killing a fourth white man. 
Associated Press

Man Shot In Gardena After Stopping To Exchange Info In Rear-End Crash, Police Say
While trying to do the right thing, a man was shot in a possible robbery early Wednesday in Gardena, police said. The incident was reported at about 4 a.m. near a Chevron gas station located at Rosecrans and Vermont avenues. Authorities said a man left a nearby casino with a couple thousand dollars in his pocket. He was driving down Rosecrans Avenue when suddenly he was rear-ended. He stopped at the Chevron station to exchange information with the other driver, thinking he was doing the right thing. Sources tell FOX 11's Gigi Graciette three men in a gray SUV apparently set him up to be robbed and ended up shooting him. The victim ran across the street to a 7-Eleven and called for help. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the three suspects took off. Investigators were reviewing area surveillance cameras and interviewing witnesses to get a better description of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department.
FOX 11

Detectives Recover Toy Gun From Scene Where Officers Fatally Shot, Ran Over Man In Wilmington: LAPD
Authorities' investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday night in Wilmington has so far failed to uncover a credible threat to officers' lives. Police were called to the 1100 block of North Wilmington Boulevard regarding a man with a gun around 9 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Wednesday. Responding officers found a lone man, described as Hispanic and in his mid-20s. Police provided few details on what caused the officers to use fatal force. “Believing this may be the suspect from the radio call, they directed their attention toward him; at that time there was an officer-involved shooting,” the department states in the press release. Several shots were fired and the man was hit and fell to the ground. Then, the officers' car moved forward, struck the man and pinned him underneath, according to LAPD. Paramedics responded to the scene and determined the man was dead, police said. One of the officers was injured, but it's unclear how and what type of injuries were sustained. 

Suspect Armed With AK-47 Apprehended After Police Chase Through LA County
A suspect armed with an AK-47 assault rifle was apprehended Wednesday morning after a prolonged chase that originated in South Gate, authorities said. The pursuit was conducted by multiple agencies -- including the South Gate, Los Angeles and Long Beach police departments, as well as the California Highway Patrol and L.A. County Sheriff's Department -- as a red pickup truck made its way through their respective jurisdictions.
Police said the chase originated from an assault with a deadly weapon call and when deputies tried to pull him over, the suspect fled. By 8:30 a.m., more than a dozen police cruisers were seen pursuing the vehicle on surface streets in Montebello. Some 15 minutes later, the driver pulled into the parking lot of an office complex off Potrero Grande Drive in Monterey Park and came to a stop. As several officers pointed their weapons at the truck, the suspect exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

Police Seeking Missing Elderly Pacoima Man
Police today sought the public's help in locating a missing 73-year-old Pacoima man who suffers from dementia. Miguel Lopez was last seen about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 12800 block of Bromwich Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No one saw him leave his residence, but a few days ago, he left home and was found by a good Samaritan in North Hollywood, police said. Lopez, who uses a catheter because of a prostate problem, frequents businesses in the area of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Osborne Street, according to the LAPD. Lopez is Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 143 pounds, has gray hair and hazel eyes and was wearing a gray striped long-sleeved shirt, brown slacks and brown slippers. Anyone with information regarding Lopez's whereabouts was urged to call the watch commander at the LAPD's Foothill Division at 818-756-8861.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Coach Convicted Of Lewd Acts With Little Girls, Facing 105 Years To Life In prison
A former coach was convicted Wednesday of lewd acts with seven girls while he worked at an after-school program at elementary schools in Hollywood and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for more than a day before finding Ronnie Lee Roman, 44, guilty of seven counts of lewd acts with a child, along with finding true allegations of multiple victims. Six of the crimes, which dated back to 2002, occurred on school grounds, while one happened at a girl's home, according to the District Attorney's Office. The victims ranged in age from 8 to 11. The jury was the second to hear the case against Roman, who worked as a coach for after-school programs at Vine Elementary School in Hollywood and Cahuenga Elementary School in Los Angeles. In February, the first jury acquitted him of three counts of lewd act on a child involving three other girls, but deadlocked on the remaining counts. Roman is facing up to 105 years to life in state prison, with sentencing set for July 19.

Mother Of Missing Boy Asks South Pasadena City Council For Help In Finding 5-Year-Old 
Grieving mother Ana Estevez asked the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday to do more to help find her missing son. Estevez is hoping the city council will help boost or match the current reward of $20,000 in the disappearance of Ara Andressian, Jr. The 5-year-old was reported missing on April 22 while in the care of his father, Ara Andressian, Sr. He was found passed out in Arroyo Seco Park with his vehicle parked nearby, doused in gasoline. His son, however, was nowhere to be found. After the council meeting Wednesday night, Estevez spoke to the media with a tearful message for her son. "You're my angel and I miss you and I think about you all the time and I can't wait until you're home again," said Estevez. The boy's father is no longer cooperating with authorities, and Estevez said he has not reached out to her either. She believes he knows where their son is. "He holds the key to where my son is, and he's the only one who has that information, so I wish he would come for ward and be truthful and stop hurting my son," she said.
FOX 11

A Year After It Passed, California's Right-To-Die Law Still Faces Challenges
For Betsy Davis, California's End of Life Option Act worked exactly as intended. “It was like a weight was lifted off her shoulders,” said Davis' sister, Kelly Davis. “She got her sense of control back because she knew she had the option.” The option, of course, was death. Betsy Davis of Ojai, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, was one of the first to take her life legally under the state law, which passed a year ago Friday. She began the process the day after state legislators approved it during what Gov. Jerry Brown called an “extraordinary session.” “I was there when Betsy talked to her caregiver, on June 9, about making an appointment with her doctor to discuss it,” Kelly Davis said. A month later, at age 41, Betsy Davis took her life. It's not known how many people have followed her. According to the national nonprofit Compassion & Choices, since June 9, 2016, at least 504 terminally ill adults in California have received prescriptions for the lethal drugs. But the group does not know how many of them actually ingested the drugs, which range from Seconal, a sedative that costs around $3,500 per prescribed dose, to a combination of a sedative and a drug that stops the heart, for about $600.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LAX Traffic Mess Outrages City Council: $5.5 Billion OK For Car Rental Center, ‘People Mover' To Terminals
LAX auto traffic jams were targeted Wednesday by fed-up members of the Los Angeles City Council as they voted $5.5 billion to create a centralized car rental return facility and a “people mover” to the terminals. The centerpiece of the plan is a Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center that would bring together more than 20 car rental offices and feature a 2.25-mile Automated People Mover to eliminate the need for rental car courtesy vehicles to enter the central terminal area and reduce the number of autos driving in and out of LAX by 3,200 each day. The plan — called the Landside Access Modernization Program — also includes roadway improvements to increase vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian access. The council unanimously voted to approve the final environmental impact report on the LAMP project. “This historic investment in LAX is about more than building a world-class airport — it's about the future we are building for Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “LAMP will transform the way Angelenos access LAX, and visitors connect to our city. I applaud the City Council for its commitment to moving this project forward.”

US Joins Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Over Disabled Accessibility
The federal government is taking over a lawsuit that alleges Los Angeles received hundreds of millions of dollars to develop housing accessible to the disabled, failed to do so and lied about it to keep the money rolling in, it was announced Wednesday. The suit alleges that the city and its redevelopment agency violated the Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. According to the suit, the city received $933 million in federal funds over six years to build public housing, with 5 percent of the units to be accessible to people with impaired mobility and another 2 percent accessible to people with sight or hearing problems. The city had to certify it was meeting those obligations in order to continue receiving housing grants and was supposed to monitor public projects to make sure the developers weren't excluding the disabled. It did neither, according to the suit.


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