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June 13, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Hearing For Suspect In Deaths Of Whittier Police Officer, East LA Man Continued To June 22
A preliminary hearing for the man police suspect of shooting a Whittier police officer to death in February was continued Monday. Michael Christopher Mejia appeared in Norwalk Superior Court wearing an orange jumpsuit, as Judge Raul A. Sahagun granted defense attorney Paul Cohen's request because of his participation in another trial. Mejia was charged in the deaths of Officer Keith Boyer and Roy Torres, his cousin. He was charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of carjacking and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the Feb. 20 shootings in East Los Angeles and Whittier. Mejia, a known gang member, could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder of Boyer, 53, the murder of his cousin, Torres, 47, and the wounding of Officer Patrick Hazell, as well as the carjacking of his cousin and the alleged weapons violation, authorities said. Sahagun also granted Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron's request to seal the medical records of Boyer and Hazell because they contain personal identifying information.
Whittier Daily News

2 Ky. Deputies Shot While Serving Warrant; Suspect Dead
Two sheriff's deputies were shot Monday while serving a warrant. According to WYMT, Deputy Claude Hudson and Deputy Keith Liford were serving an indictment warrant when John Wesley Bays began shooting at them from his home. Liford was shot multiple times and underwent surgery. He is expected to recover. Police officials said Hudson was shot in his badge and ballistic vest. He was treated and released. Bays was shot and killed on the scene, the news station reported. Bays had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1999. All charges involved drugs, theft and burglary.  An investigation is ongoing.

South L.A. Gang Leader Is Sentenced To Nearly 22 Years In Prison
A leader of a South Los Angeles gang that has terrorized the community with murders, robberies, extortion and drug trafficking was sentenced Monday to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison, officials said. Tyrine “Lil' C-Bone” Martinez, 36, pleaded guilty last year to several felony charges, including racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit murder, illegally possessing a firearm and selling crack cocaine, according the U.S. attorney's office. He was among 72 defendants charged in an indictment targeting the Broadway Gangster Crips. In his plea agreement, Martinez admitted to being a leader of the violent hit squad known as the Gremlin Riderz, a clique of the Broadway gang, pushing subordinates to engage in violence and disciplining those who did not follow gang rules. He also admitted to conspiring to kill Andre Griffin, a fellow Broadway gang member who had spoken to police about a 2012 shooting that killed an innocent teenager and struck three others, including a 10-year-old girl and her mother.
Los Angeles Times

Police Search For Two Suspects In Hollywood Homeless Stabbing
A man was fatally stabbed on Monday in Hollywood, and  police  were seeking two suspects in the attack. The  crime  occurred near Hollywood Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. Police were called around 8:00am where they discovered the man lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds.  Locals describe him as a homeless man with a kind heart. "I just know him by his nick name but he was a nice guy... he'll help out the community and all that. " said Mona Jimenez, who has known the man she calls Brian for two years. “May he Rest In Peace...that's sad."  This nearby gas station captured the fatal stabbing on its security camera.  The owner didn't want to go on camera but tells FOX 11's Stephanie Stanton that the video shows the victim being approached by the two men in some sort of dispute. The victim then falls to the ground and the suspects  run  away east bound on Hollywood Blvd.
FOX 11

Minor Missing After Meeting Man? Officials Search For Teen Girl And Her New 25-Year-Old Friend
Police Monday sought the public's help in locating a 13- year-old girl who went missing in Van Nuys and may be with a 25-year-old man. Jessica Beltran was last seen about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 14200 block of Sylvan Street. Later that day, she left her home and didn't return, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “Jessica has been in contact with a male, approximately 25 years old, from the San Diego area,” according to an LAPD statement. “Detectives believe Jessica may be with that male.” The teen is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 170 pounds, with brown hair. She was wearing a blue shirt, black pants and blue Converse shoes when last seen. “I don't know how they met, but it sounds like she's probably met him in person” prior to Sunday, said Van Nuys Station Detective Darrell Vanroy. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts was urged to call (818) 374-0040 during regular business hours to speak with Vanroy. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

Hit-And-Run Driver Slams Into 4 Parked Vehicles In Hollywood
The driver of an SUV early Tuesday morning slammed into four parked cars in Hollywood before he fled the scene on foot, authorities said. The chain-reaction crash was reported about 2:40 a.m. on Cahuenga Boulevard, near the 101 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No injuries were reported. The man behind the wheel of a white Range Rover grabbed his belongings and ran away, witnesses said. A description of the suspect was not available. Erin Vega, whose car was totaled in the pileup, said such crashes are not uncommon at the location. "This is our sixth car totaled and our seventh car hit," she said, "and it makes me worried because I wonder if there will be a time when we're taking out the trash or someone is walking their dog or crossing the street and instead of being property it's going to be a life."

Suspect Arrested In ‘Suspicious' East Hollywood Apartment Fire
Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a fire that destroyed an apartment building under construction in East Hollywood. The fire at a three-story building at 421 N. Heliotrope  Drive  was reported just after 6 a.m. with heavy fire and exposures, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's Amy Bastman. Benicio Garcia, 20, was taken into custody Monday and booked for arson. Police say he does not have a known address. The cause of the fire was listed as “suspicious and incendiary.” One firefighter suffered minor  injuries  and was taken to a hospital in good condition. The heat from the fire blew out some windows of the adjacent apartment building, which was occupied. A nearby house and garage was also damaged by the fire. The fire was declared out after 6:50 a.m. Twenty people, including 10 children, were displaced due to the fire and were being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Possible Robbery Suspect Caught In Hollywood With Hockey Mask, Several Weapons
Police made a disturbing discovery when they stopped a man walking through Hollywood with several weapons and a hockey mask. Officers said the suspect was carrying a gun, knife, hockey mask, cash and other items when they stopped him on Thursday. Los Angeles police said the gun turned out to be a replica, but all other weapons were as real as they get. Police believe the man planned to use the items in a robbery. He was booked on concealed weapons and drug charges.

Church Sued For Gang Activity At Property Owned By House Of Worship In Los Angeles
The City Attorney's Office sued a South Los Angeles church Monday in an effort to halt alleged drug, gang and firearm activity at a home owned by the house of worship. The property in the 4800 block of Avalon Boulevard is across the street from Ebenezer Baptist Church, the defendant in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that alleges violations of the Health and Safety and the Business and Professions codes. The church has owned the property since 1999, the suit states. “The property is notorious in the surrounding community and (among) LAPD officers as a dangerous and troublesome gang location,” the suit states. The suit seeks to have the property declared a public nuisance and have an injunction issued prohibiting drug sales and related activities. The complaint also asks for installation of an internet-connected video monitoring system, improved lighting and a recovery of up to $1 million in costs in attorneys' fees and law enforcement costs. A representative for the church could not be immediately reached. The suit states that the single-family home is a “hub” for gang-related activity perpetrated by members of a local street gang.

Los Angeles Cracks Down On Illegal Pharmacies
The city of Los Angeles announced a crackdown on illegal pharmacies Monday. Undercover investigators found one unlicensed pharmacy in Pacoima allegedly selling counterfeit medicines. L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer is pressing charges against the storefront and said this is part of a broader effort to protect public health. "Counterfeit, fake, mislabeled pharmaceuticals are very hazardous to the public," Feuer told KPCC. "There are many people in Los Angeles, especially from immigrant communities, who often turn to places that are not licensed pharmacies for medication." Counterfeit medicine can have harmful ingredients, cause allergic reactions or contain incorrect dosage amounts. Feuer said that immigrants who are here illegally may not report problem medicines to authorities out of fear of getting involved in the legal system. Feuer announced a civil law enforcement action filed against Narcisco and Johana Gamez, who operate Ducleria El Venado. 

California Pot Shops Could Sell Both Recreational Weed And Medical Marijuana Under Proposal
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators proposed Monday to allow medical and recreational marijuana to be sold out of the same locations. The pot industry had sought the change to cut costs and the number of operations. The co-location rule was one of dozens of new regulations contained in budget bills released Monday. They are aimed at merging regulations of medical cannabis, which the Legislature approved in 2015, and recreational marijuana, approved by voters in November. “Being able to co-locate is much more cost-efficient for operators,” said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn. He said some policymakers had one school of thought: You couldn't have medical and recreational pot sold at one address, because recreational use is limited to those older than 21, and medical cannabis is available to minors. Also, medical pot requires a doctor's recommendation and a state medical marijuana card, while recreational does not, Bradley said.

Fort Worth police officers, strangers buy 95-year-old man new air conditioner
ith temperatures topping 90 degrees in Fort Worth, Texas, last week, residents without air conditioning certainly had a lot to complain about, especially 95-year-old Julius Hatley. But Hatley made the best of his situation, sitting on his porch in the shade to keep cool. He even continued his yard work, despite the unbearable heat. On Thursday, the 95-year-old's luck took a turn. Drenched in sweat, the man called the Fort Worth Police Department to report his broken air conditioner. "This wasn't a regular 911 call," Fort Worth Officer William Margolis told CBS News. "It was what you'd label 'low priority' because we're not AC techs." After responding to a few other calls first, Margolis and his partner, Christopher Weir, made their way to Hatley's home, where they discovered both his central air conditioning and window unit were broken.
CBS News

Public Safety News

Emotional Vigil Held For L.A. City Firefighter Who Died During Training Exercise
A candlelight vigil for L.A. City firefighter Kelly Wong at his last assignment Fire Station 92 in Century City. L.A. City firefighter Kelly Wong died a week ago after falling from an aerial ladder during a training  exercise . A lot of emotion Monday night as  family  and friends remembered him. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

L.A. Council To Consider Settlement Over Alleged Campaign To Discard Skid Row Property
The city of Los Angeles is poised to settle a lawsuit accusing police of conspiring with private security officers to seize property that homeless people leave on skid row sidewalks, according to court documents. The lawsuit, filed in 2014, alleged that police alerted public safety officers with the Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District about where and when homeless people's property was left unattended, stood guard as it was seized and threatened arrest if anyone tried to interfere. The city and the business improvement district denied the allegations in court documents. The City Council is set to consider the settlement agreement Wednesday. The city's lawyers wrote the court on June 5 that the city would approve the agreement within the month, according to a document in the court file. The lawsuit was brought by four homeless people and two skid row groups — Los Angeles Catholic Worker and Los Angeles Community Action Network — against the city, the improvement district and Central City East Assn., the district's administrator.
Los Angeles Times


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