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June 12, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Alaska Officer Saved By Ballistic Vest
A Prattville police officer's bullet-resistant vest is being credited with saving his life after he was shot Thursday afternoon answering a fight call. “His vest saved him,” Police Chief Mark Thompson said. Two officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 100 block of Patrick Street just before 2 p.m., the chief said. As they approached a group of people in the driveway, a man fired at least three rounds from a handgun, with one round striking the officer in the upper chest, Thompson said. The officer's vest stopped the bullet. “He's a little bruised a little sore, but it's a minor wound considering,” Thompson said. “He gets to go home tonight.” The officers did not return fire, he said. Thompson declined to identify the officer, other than saying he's a “senior” officer on first shift, holding the rank of sergeant. The suspect fled into the home after the shooting, and the two officers heard a “pop” coming from the home. 
Montgomery Advertiser

Man Fatally Shot While Parking Car In Boyle Heights
A man was killed late Friday in a parking lot in Boyle Heights, police said. Officers responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon shooting about 11:15 p.m. at a parking lot located at 2862 Camulos Place, the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA. The victim, who has only been identified as a 31-year-old hispanic man, was parking his car when he was approached by a gunman who shot at him. The victim was struck in the upper torso and died at the scene. It's unclear what led up to the shooting. The gunman fled the scene. While police were investigating, an officer was directed to a suspect with a gun and a foot chase ensued. The officer lost track of the suspect and a perimeter was set up, LAPD Lt. Ryan Whiteman said. Investigators are working to determine if the shooting was gang-related. No other information was released.

An 8-year-old was taken off life support, his organs donated. Now, police are investigating
By the time Cole Hartman arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, he was in grave condition. The 8-year-old had gone into cardiac arrest after nearly drowning in a washing machine at his Castaic home. Paramedics had gotten his heart beating again, but he remained in a coma and on a ventilator. Physicians at UCLA's pediatric intensive care unit told Cole's family that the child was not brain-dead but “would never recover normal neuro function and … could never awaken,” according to an entry in his medical chart.
Los Angeles Times

Pedestrian, 64, Killed After Struck By Truck In Wilmington
A teenager has been taken into custody, accused of driving his truck into a 64-year-old man and killing him in Wilmington. According to Los Angeles police, the teen lost control of his vehicle and struck the victim, identified as Javier Heredia, who was walking on a sidewalk near West E Street and Fries Avenue around 3 p.m. Thursday. The truck slammed Heredia into a cement wall. He was transported to UCLA Medical Center, where he died two hours later, police said. Investigators said the driver and three other teens fled the scene. Officers tracked down the driver and detained him shortly after the hit-and-run crash. The teen's identity was not released. Police described him as a 16-year-old male from Wilmington. He was set to be booked for manslaughter and negligence. A 14-year-old passenger was also found but not detained, police said. Authorities are still looking for two other male passengers who fled the scene. If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call (877) LAPD-247.

Man Wounded In Koreatown Shooting
Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in Koreatown Sunday morning, where one man was rushed to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. The man was in surgery at the hospital, according to a watch commander at the LAPD's Olympic station. The shooting occurred at 5 a.m. in the 900 block of South Kingsley Drive, he said, adding that he had no other information.
14-Year-Old Los Angeles Girl Reported Missing
A 14-year-old girl last seen at her Los Angeles high school has been reported missing and authorities ask for the public's help to find her.  Kailah Higuera was last seen at Dorsey High School around 8 a.m. on Friday. Authorities said she was last seen wearing tan capri pants with a pink sweater and black Nike shoes.  Higuera is described as between 5 feet and 5 feet 2 inches tall, a slim build around 128 pounds, with long, curly, dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and dimples on both cheeks.  Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the LAPD.

Series Of Online Bomb Threats Temporarily Shut 3 LA-Area Synagogues
Authorities say three Los Angeles-area synagogues were closed Saturday after a series of bomb threats surfaced online. The Los Angeles  Police  Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles that the threats were made to three West LA synagogues, namely two locations of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and the Brentwood University Synagogue. The LAPD said the threats were made online and closed the three locations between 8 a.m. Saturday to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.  Police said no evidence of a credible bomb threat was found.

Elderly Man With Dementia Reported Missing In Arleta
A family and Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help to find an elderly man who has dementia. Miguel Lopez, 77, was last seen Tuesday around 8:20 p.m. in the 12800 block of Bromwich Street in Arleta. No one saw him leave his home, authorities said. A few days before he went missing, Lopez left his home and was found in North Hollywood by a good Samaritan. The family said Lopez suffers from dementia and has prostate problems, which makes it necessary for him to wear a catheter. He usually visits businesses at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Osborne Street. He has gray hair and hazel eyes, authorities said. Lopez stands 5 feet 9 inches, weighs about 143 pounds and was last seen wearing a gray striped long-sleeve shirt, brown slacks and black slippers. Anyone with more information was urged to call the LAPD Foothill Division at (818) 756-8861. 
Sun Valley Wrestling Coach Charged With Sexually Assaulting 4 Students
A high school wrestling coach in Sun Valley has been charged with more than two dozen counts related to alleged sexual assaults of four students. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced the charges on Thursday against Terry Gillard. The 56-year-old from Sylmar faces 23 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child ages 14 or 15, two felony counts of attempted lewd acts upon a child ages 14 or 15, one felony count of sexual battery by restraint and four misdemeanor counts of child annoying, according to the DA's office. Gillard pleaded not guilty after he was arrested on Tuesday. The charges against Gillard, who coached at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, involve three boys and a girl, who he met through the wrestling team, prosecutors said. The crimes allegedly happened between 2014 and 2017. 

22 Accused Of Running Drug Ring Linked To Sinaloa Cartel With Stash Houses In San Gabriel Valley
Twenty-two people have been accused of operating a cross-border drug trafficking organization in a scheme that used houses in the San Gabriel Valley to store illicit merchandise, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday. The prosecution follows a two-year wiretap investigation into associates of the Sinaloa cartel, which was previously led by the notorious drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, now jailed in the U.S. During the investigation, a team of federal and local agents seized nearly 300 pounds of methamphetamine, 280 pounds of cocaine and 30 pounds of heroin, along with $1.3 million in cash, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Of those charged, seven people were arrested Thursday and one was already in a California state prison. Fourteen others — four of whom have unknown identities — remain at large and investigators suspect they are in Mexico. 
Los Angeles Times

Search For Missing South Pasadena Boy Leads To ‘Areas Of Interest' In Santa Barbara County
Investigators from all over Southern California descended on the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County Saturday to continue their search for signs of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy who vanished under suspicious circumstances in late April. Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing April 22 after his father failed to bring him to a scheduled custody exchange, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials. His father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was found unconscious earlier the same day near his car, which was parked at the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. His car was doused in gasoline and there was a rag sticking out of the gas tank. The father told investigators he had taken prescription pills belonging to someone else and had no idea what happened to his son. The father and son were last seen together at Disneyland on April 21, officials said. Witnesses also reported seeing the boy and his father on April 21 at the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, as well as near Solvang and Nojoqui Falls.
Los Angeles Daily News

AP Exclusive: Moonlighting Police Leave Body Cameras Behind
When police officers in America's cities put on their uniforms and grab their weapons before moonlighting in security jobs at nightclubs, hospitals, and ballparks, there's one piece of equipment they often leave behind — their body camera. That's because most police agencies that make the cameras mandatory for patrol shifts don't require or won't allow body cameras for off-duty officers even if they're working in uniform, leaving a hole in policies designed to increase oversight and restore confidence in law enforcement. Police departments contend that they have only a limited number of body cameras or that there are too many logistical hurdles and costs involved. But that argument doesn't sit well with those who say it shouldn't matter whether an officer is on patrol or moonlighting at a shopping mall. 
Associated Press

Legal Marijuana Could Be A $5B Boon To State Economy — But Some Users May Continue To Purchase Illegally
California is on the verge of creating a legal market for marijuana worth more than $5 billion that will help make the state a destination for pot-loving tourists, according to a new state-sponsored economic study. But about 29% of all cannabis consumers may stay in the illegal market at first to avoid the cost of new regulations requiring the pot to be tested, tracked and taxed at 15% of its retail value, according to the study by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. State officials developing the regulations hope to gradually persuade the vast majority of cannabis users to go through the legal market, said Lori Ajax, director of the state Bureau of Marijuana Control, which hired the center to look at the economic impact of the new rules. “It's going to take some time,” Ajax said. “While it's unlikely that everyone will come into the regulated market on Day 1, we plan to continue working with stakeholders as we move forward to increase participation over time.”

California Values Act, Which Would Make State A Sanctuary, Heads To Assembly Committee
A bill that will label California as a sanctuary state, SB 54, is headed to an Assembly committee Tuesday after it passed the Senate along party lines. In a rare appearance together, the bill's author and one of its most vocal opponents appeared on Eyewitness Newsmakers. Both Senate President Kevin de Leon and Los Angeles Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the goal is a safer community for all, but they disagree on whether SB 54 is the answer. The bill would prevent immigration and customs enforcement from going into jails to deport undocumented prisoners before they serve time. "Senate Bill 54 ensures that if you're accused of a crime and eventually convicted of a crime that you serve time in prison. I don't want you to be snatched and then deported and eventually return back to the United States and to commit more crimes against people," he said.

Local Government News

Amid housing crisis, Garcetti's 'linkage fee' proposal remains in limbo
Following the lead of other California cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti two years ago proposed charging a fee on construction and using those funds to build affordable housing in Los Angeles. The so-called linkage fee — a financing tool already in use in San Francisco, San Diego and Oakland — would raise $100 million a year, city officials say. But amid mounting questions, a City Council committee last week put off a vote on Garcetti's plan until late July or beyond.
Los Angeles Times

Apartment owners sue city of L.A., saying trash pickup program needed voter approval
A statewide apartment owners association has filed a lawsuit accusing the city of Los Angeles of illegally setting trash pickup rates. The Apartment Owners Assn. of California, and Los Angeles residents Chuck Betz and Daniel Faller, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.  The suit seeks an injunction to stop the roll-out of Zero Waste L.A., a “green” trash pick-up program run by the city that is set to launch next month.
Los Angeles Times

LA County Leaders Mull How To Spend $355 Million A Year To Fight Homelessness A set of recommendations for how to spend a projected $355 million annually to help fight homelessness over the next three years will be considered Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The recommendations were agreed upon in May by a 50-member planning team made up of faith leaders, homeless service providers, and city and county officials from across Los Angeles. The panel met several times since voters in March passed Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax projected to raise $355??million a year for 10 years to help homeless people transition into planned affordable housing, officials said. The funding is expected to help 45,000 families and individuals escape homelessness within five?years and prevent homelessness for 30,000 others. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2024-2028 Olympics News

IOC Pushes Plan To Award 2024, 2028 Olympics To LA And Paris
The  International  Olympic Committee has formally proposed picking the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities at the same time this year. Los Angeles and Paris now seem certain to both be awarded a  Summer  Games in September as the IOC tries to safeguard its signature event for the next decade.  "This represents a golden opportunity for the Olympic  Games  and for the IOC," IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference Friday after an executive board meeting.  The widely expected proposal from the board did not address which  city  will go first and stage the 2024 Olympics.  A  meeting  of the full IOC from July 11-12 in Lausanne will be asked to ratify the board's request. The 95-strong membership seems unlikely to block a policy that could help define Bach's eight-year first presidential term at its midpoint.
FOX 11


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