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June 14, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Capitol Police credited with preventing ‘massacre' by stopping shooter
Lawmakers are crediting Capitol Police with acting quickly to prevent the shooting at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday from becoming "a massacre. "House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip by a gunman who opened fire at the practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning. Two Capitol Police officers and an aide also were injured, a security source said. Scalise's office said the lawmaker is undergoing surgery and in stable condition, adding: "He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues." 
Fox News

2 Inmates Remain On Run After 2 Prison Guards Killed
Two Georgia inmates described as "dangerous beyond description" and wanted in connection with the deaths of two guards on a prison bus remained on the run early Wednesday as reward money for information leading to their arrests continued to grow. Authorities said Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, who has prominent tattoos on his face and neck, were spotted twice on Tuesday after they overpowered, disarmed and killed Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue as the guards drove 33 inmates between prisons. Their escape after carjacking a driver who happened to pull up behind the bus on a rual highway set off a massive manhunt involving local, state and federal officers, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sill said. Sills was emotional during a news conference as he described the scene. 
Associated Press

Man Injured In Police Montecito Heights Police Shooting Had Gun, Fought With Officers: LAPD
An 18-year-old remained in critical condition Tuesday, days after he was shot by police following a fight with Los Angeles police officers in a Montecito Heights driveway. L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck offered new details about the events leading up to Thursday's shooting of Pedro Echeverria, telling the city's police commissioners that one officer saw him holding a gun during the struggle. Echeverria began to run and then turned toward the officers, Beck said, prompting police to fire. Activists have rallied around Echeverria, spreading his name on social media with a hashtag and holding a weekend vigil at the hospital where he is being treated.  Officers stopped Echeverria in the 4400 block of Turquoise Street about 3:15 p.m. Thursday, the LAPD has said. Beck did not say why the officers did so but said Echeverria had recently been arrested for having a gun.

Brutal ‘Knock-Knock' Burglary: 84-Year-Old Woman's Face Battered In Studio City
An investigation was underway Tuesday into the battering of an 84-year-old woman in Studio City during what appears to have been an intended “knock-knock” burglary. The woman was home alone when the crime occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Oakdell Road, according to news reports. The woman was taken to a hospital after the incident, Los Angeles police Officer Aareon Jefferson told the Los Angeles Daily News. He described the crime as a home invasion robbery. A neighbor who asked not to be identified told the Daily News two men went to the woman's home and rang the doorbell before they headed to the back of the residence, broke a window and went inside. It's unclear what the men took but one of them struck the woman once, possibly with a handgun, before leaving, police told CBS2. The station reported that the woman was back home Tuesday and had a battered face.

LAPD Searches For 4 Men Suspected In Home-Invasion Robbery In Van Nuys
Police Tuesday sought the public's help in identifying four suspects who fired shots during a home-invasion robbery in Van Nuys. Images of the suspects, all of them males, were captured on surveillance video during the robbery at about 4:15 a.m. on June 2 at an apartment building in the 15100 block of Vanowen Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. At least two of the suspects were armed with handguns when they entered the victim's residence and fired a couple of shots before fleeing with unspecified property, according to the LAPD, which reported that no one was injured. “It is unknown if the suspects left the scene in a vehicle or on foot, and detectives have few leads on the case,” according to a police statement. One of the suspects is black, 5-feet-10 inches tall, about 170 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a mustache and goatee. He was armed with a handgun, carried a backpack and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. The other three suspects are Hispanic and were also described as 5-feet- 10 inches tall and about 170 pounds. They each have brown eyes and hair.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Girl In Vehicle Shot In El Sereno; Refuses To Give Details About Incident
A teenage girl was shot and wounded in El Sereno Wednesday and police said she's refusing to give details about the shooting. The gunfire was reported around midnight in the area of Huntington Drive and Lifur Avenue, said Sgt. Eddie Arangue of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division. The girl was a passenger in a vehicle when she was shot, Arangue said, adding that she was displaying stable vital signs as she was being driven to a hospital. Arangue said police were investigating if the girl's shooting was related to another shooting his division is investigating involving the wounding of a male in Boyle Heights. The shootings occurred within an hour of each other.

Police Investigating Use Of Painkiller In 8-Year-Old Organ Donor's Death
Police are investigating a claim by a Los Angeles County coroner's investigator that an anesthesiologist used a  painkiller  to hasten the death of a gravely injured boy to increase the likelihood his organs could be harvested without deterioration, a newspaper reported Monday. The investigation involves an 8-year-old who went into cardiac arrest after nearly drowning in a  washing machine  in 2013 and was removed from life support at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times said. The county's chief  medical  examiner at the time listed significant causes of death as near-drowning and fragile X syndrome, a genetic abnormality that causes intellectual and physical disabilities.  At the time of the autopsy, coroner's investigator Denise Bertone raised questions about the dose of the painkiller fentanyl given to the boy and pressed for re-examination of the  case  until a subsequent medical examiner added fentanyl toxicity as a significant cause of death.  However, the manner of death -  accident  or homicide - remains open pending the outcome of the police investigation.
FOX 11

Gay Woman Ex-Cop Loses Lawsuit: LAPD Victorious In Discrimination, Retaliation Court Battle
A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a gay former Los Angeles police officer who alleged she was forced to retire after about 30 years on the job because of discriminatory and retaliatory conduct by her superiors. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deirdre Hill heard arguments on the city's motion to toss Sue Herold's lawsuit on Friday morning. She took the case under submission and granted the motion later in the day. Lawyers for the city argued that Herold, who joined the LAPD in 1984, could not prove that her sexual orientation played any role in disciplinary actions her bosses took against her. Among the accusations against Herold was that she was involved in vandalism of a desk and that she improperly accessed DMV records of one of her ex-girlfriends. The defense attorneys also said that Herold's commanding officers were unaware she participated in a previous lawsuit in 1987 against the city and that the prior legal action did not influence them in their discipline. In the earlier case, Herold was a co-plaintiff with former Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson, the LAPD's first openly gay officer.

UCLA Campus Sexual Battery Suspect Sought
A search is underway for a man accused of committing sexually battery on the UCLA campus. The attack happened last month, but police released information about the incident on Monday. On May 31 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., the suspect approached the victim and asked for directions to the school's faculty center. The victim helped the suspect find the building, and that's where the attack took place, police said. It's unclear whether the victim is a student. Police would only say the victim is affiliated with UCLA. According to investigators, the victim was not injured in the incident. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 50s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build, dark eyes, short and dark unkempt hair and a 5-inch gray beard that was rounded near the bottom. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, blue and gray checked shirt, blue jeans and dirty gray-blue canvas shoes with red trim around the ankle.

8 Men Arrested In Pasadena Gang Feud
An extensive six-month investigation has culminated in the arrest of eight gang members in connection with three murders and two attempted murders in the Pasadena area. Pasadena police announced Tuesday that the killings were likely linked to a feud between the Pasadena and Duarte street gangs. The suspects were identified Tuesday as Anthony Deon Edwards, Marquise Duran Turner, Isaiah Jack Daniels, Pernell Barnes, Charod Robinson, Derion Davon Lee, Andrew Vasquez and John Wesley Robinson.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed multiple charges against the suspects — ranging from attempted murder to murder — based on evidence that was presented to prosecutors on June 5 by Pasadena police detectives.  The murder victims were identified as Antoine Sutphen, Brandon Douglas and Ormoni Duncan. The details and circumstances of each case were not immediately confirmed.

O.C. grand jury says claims of an illegal jailhouse informant program are a 'myth'
For years, accusations that Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies ran a secret program that used jailhouse informants to obtain confessions from criminal defendants have dogged some of the area's top law enforcement leaders. The informant scandal has sparked a retrial in at least one murder case, and stalled the proceedings against a man who confessed to gunning down eight people in Seal Beach. On Tuesday, however, the county's grand jury dismissed the entire scandal as a “myth,” releasing the findings of a months-long investigation that was hailed as vindication by prosecutors and dismissed as a whitewash by defense attorneys.
Los Angeles Times

Man Gets 15 Months For Facebook Threat To Blow Up Detroit Cop's Funeral
A man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday for threatening on Facebook to blow up the funeral of a slain Detroit police sergeant. Deshawn Maurice Lanton, 21, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to conveying false information and hoaxes, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch. Lanton posted the threat on a livestream video of Sgt. Kenneth Steil's September funeral that was on the Facebook page of WXYZ (Channel 7), authorities said. "During the funeral procession at St. Joan of Arc Church in St. Clair Shores, Lanton wrote 'Maybe I should drop a bomb on that building to get rid of the rest of y'all' on the Facebook live page as hundreds of officers marched into the church to pay their respects to the fallen officer," reads a press release from Lemisch's office. Other Facebook viewers saw the post and contacted police, authorities said. Lemisch's office said Lanton has several prior felony convictions, including for violent crimes and theft.
Detroit Free Press

Public Safety News

LAFD Captain Injured While Battling Van Nuys Commercial Building Fire
A fire department captain suffered a non-life-threatening burn injury on Tuesday fighting a blaze that broke out in a commercial building in Van Nuys and collapsed the structure's roof. The fire was reported at 3:20 p.m. at a manufacturing business in the 14700 block of Aetna Street, near Cedros Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The building had been structurally compromised by the time firefighters arrived, forcing them into a defensive posture, Humphrey said. Ladder crews could be seen pouring water on flames that burned through the building's roof. A total of 140 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was knocked down in 39 minutes, Humphrey said. The injured fire captain was taken to a hospital for further evaluation of a burn to one of his hands, Humphrey said. Adjacent properties were threatened but the fire was contained to the building of origin, according to Humphrey, who said the structure housed a light manufacturing business.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Hundreds attend LA hearing on regulation of Airbnb-style short-term rentals
Stories of financial insecurity dominated both sides of a debate that unfolded at a Los Angeles City Hall hearing Tuesday on how the city should regulate the short-term rental industry. Hotel workers, short-term rental hosts and others lined up by the hundreds around noon, at least two hours before the hearing started, filling the hallways of the municipal building and the lawn outside. They were there to make a show a support for their side of the issue, and to give testimony to the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The panel is beginning deliberation on regulation of a growing industry, often also referred to as “homesharing,” that is most popularly associated with Airbnb, but includes other similar businesses, such as HomeAway and VRBO.
Los Angeles Daily News
LA County Coroner's Office Gets New Chief
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally approved the appointment of a chief medical examiner-coroner, filling a post that opened up more than a year ago. The supervisors approved a $350,000 annual salary for Dr. Jonathan Lucas, formerly the chief deputy medical examiner for San Diego County. He has 16 years of experience in forensic pathology and has personally performed more than 4,000 autopsies, according to county CEO Sachi Hamai. Lucas previously worked in New York as a city medical examiner. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and earned his undergraduate degree in biology from UC Riverside. "I look forward to collaborating with the department's dedicated, hard-working staff in bringing fresh approaches to the operation, while maintaining the exacting standards of service, accountability and compassion that the public expects and deserves," Lucas said in a statement. 

Los Angeles County Supervisors Endorse A Spending Plan For Measure H Homelessness Tax
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a spending plan Tuesday for millions of dollars from a special sales tax to fight homelessness. On a unanimous vote, the supervisors accepted virtually all of the recommendations of a 50-member planning committee on how to divide nearly $259 million projected in the first year of Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by county voters in March. Declaring it a “signal day in the county of Los Angeles,” board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas nonetheless cautioned against complacency. “We've got to make it work for the good of this county and the sake of our very moral fiber,” he said. A parade of about 70 speakers stepped up mostly to praise the board for its “courage,” “leadership,” “determination” and “vision.” Others argued for several motions that offered nuanced direction to county officials who will administer the funds.
Los Angeles Times


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