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June 15, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Scalise critical as shooting stokes fears of rhetoric-fueled violence
A gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice early Wednesday morning, shooting several attendees. The gunman, identified by law officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout. But federal police officials continue to investigate the incident, which shook Washington and stirred calls for unity from Capitol Hill. President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, made a hospital visit on Wednesday evening.
Fox News

Man Charged With Capital Murder In Ark. Officer's Death
An 18-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a decorated Arkansas police officer. Arkansas State Police said Tyler Calamese shot Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford Monday as he investigated a vehicle break-in in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Weatherford died at a hospital that night. Police said Calamese fled the scene when officers arrived, who then pursued him on foot. Calamese allegedly turned and fired shots during the pursuit, striking Weatherford. Calamese appeared in Newport district court Wednesday morning. His family maintains that he is innocent. His grandmother, Janet Reynolds, told KATV-TV Tuesday that her grandson turned himself in to police to clear his name.  Calamese's next court appearance is scheduled for June 20 and he has been assigned two public defenders. Attorney Gina Reynolds declined to comment on the case.
Associated Press

Police: 4 NC Officers Injured By Explosive Device In Targeted Attack
Investigators said four officers were injured after a blast went off while they were on foot patrol. The officers were patrolling an apartment building Saturday when they noticed sudden movement, WLOS reported. Investigators said a blast followed and went off nearly a foot away from the officers. They were taken to the hospital to have metal shrapnel removed from their skin, the news station reported. Officials said they believe the attack was intentional. "This is concerning, however it will not deter us from continuing that foot patrol in that community," Sgt. Brien Griffin said. Two officers said they initially drew their guns because they thought the blast might've been gunshots. Griffin said police are searching for one suspect and the explosion was likely from a commercial-grade firework.

'Bigs In Blue': Police Officers Making A Difference And Keeping Kids Off The Streets
It's a simple concept, pairing mentors with young people who may not have a  father  or mother figure in their lives. Big brothers, Big  Sisters  of Los Angeles is one of the most successful, rewarding, productive and meaningful organizations anyone can be involved with. So, combining that concept with LAPD officers as "Bigs" to bridge the communications gap between law-enforcement and some "Littles" is taking that idea one big step further, through a relatively new  program called "Bigs in Blue." Timely and important, particularly with communities where there's tension with police, it's going to make a difference in people's lives.
FOX 11

Man's Body Found In MacArthur Park Lake: LAPD
A man's body was found floating in MacArthur Park Lake Wednesday morning.  Officers responded to the lake, located at 653 S. Alvarado St., around 10 a.m. and found a man floating face down in the water, the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA. Officers tried to give the man CPR, and paramedics also tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man appeared to be in his 50s, police said. Witnesses said the man was acting erratically and jumped into the lake. Police told KTLA they do not believe foul play was involved in the man's death.  No other information was immediately available. 

2 Suspects Arrested For Stealing 2 LAPD Vehicles, Causing Chases, Crashes
Two Los Angeles police cars were stolen in South Los Angeles, leading to two separate pursuits that ended with crashes and two suspects in custody, police said. Shortly after the two vehicles were stolen, officers located one and gave chase, with the stolen police vehicle crashing in the area of 77th and San Pedro streets. A suspect was taken into custody. A second pursuit ended with a crash at Central Avenue and Adams Boulevard and the arrest of the suspect at the scene. After arresting the suspect, police approached the vehicle cautiously, uncertain if an additional suspect was inside. They shot out the windows with rubber bullets before determining that there were no additional suspects. At least one of the vehicles belongs to the LAPD's 77th Division. During one of the chases, an officer in pursuit was involved with a crash into a different, uninvolved vehicle in the area of Broadway and Gage Avenue.

Man Killed After Van Riddled With Bullets In Panorama City Is Identified
A man who died after the van he was driving was riddled with gunfire was identified Wednesday. Victor Garcia, 25, of Los Angeles, died early Friday morning in the 14700 block of West Plummer Street in Panorama City, where he was the fatal victim of an apparent gang-related shooting that left two others injured, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.  It was unclear if the shots were fired from another vehicle or by someone standing near the van as it passed by, police said.  Two of Garcia's passengers – who were riding in the back of the van – were injured when the vehicle crashed. A suspect has not been arrested. Two of the four victims were gang members, and all – who ranged in age between 25 and 35 years old – were living in the San Fernando Valley, police said. The motive for the shooting was unknown. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Looking For Two Men Wanted In Armed Robbery Of Van Nuys Convenience Store
Police Wednesday circulated images of two men wanted for committing an armed robbery at a Van Nuys convenience store. The suspects entered the store in the 12900 block of Victory Boulevard about 3:45 a.m. on May 26 and one of them, who was armed with a handgun and had his face covered with his shirt, forced the clerk to open the cash register, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The suspects took the cash register's money drawer, lottery tickets, and fled the location,” according to an LAPD statement. Images of the men were captured on the store's video surveillance system. One is black or Hispanic, between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180-200 pounds. He had his face covered with his white T-shirt and was wearing a gray baseball cap with a black bill and a “W” on the front, a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. The other is Hispanic, 25-30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170-190 pounds.

LAPD Plan DUI Checkpoints In Koreatown, Hollywood And Sherman Oaks
The Los Angeles Police Department will set up a saturation patrol Thursday night in the Devonshire area while three sobriety and driver's license checkpoints--occurring in Koreatown, Hollywood and Sherman Oaks--start Friday night. Police plan to hold the saturation patrol from 5 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday, authorities said. The Devonshire area, according to the LAPD, includes Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, North Hills, Porter Ranch, West Hills and Winnetka. Meanwhile, the first checkpoint is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Vermont Avenue and 6th Street in Koreatown. A second checkpoint on the same night in Hollywood--also from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.--will take place at Hollywood Boulevard at Bronson Avenue.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County Gets $20 Million To Give Ex-Cons Mental Health Services
Los Angeles County is getting $20 million from the state to help rehabilitate people getting out of jail or prison. The money will go to community-based organizations that provide mental health and substance abuse services, according to Peter Espinoza, the director of the county's Office of Diversion and Reentry. The funds come from savings under Proposition 47, a state measure voters approved three years ago that reduced certain low-level crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, he told KPCC. That change helped reduce the prison population, he added. At least 30 percent of the state's prison population comes from L.A. County. "I think this is a recognition that there's a great deal of work that needs to be done in Los Angeles County to have an impact on recidivism if that's going to impact that 30 percent of the state prison population," he said. The savings from Prop 47 are about $100 million statewide, according to Espinoza. Other cities will also get some of that money to help former criminal offenders re-enter their communities.

Gunman Kills 3, Shoots Self At UPS Building In SF
As UPS workers were gathered for a regular Wednesday morning exercise meeting at their San Francisco distribution center, a man wearing the delivery company's trademark brown uniform burst in and opened fire, killing three people and wounding at least two others before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. The gunfire erupted at 8:55 a.m. inside the UPS building on Potrero Hill during the company's Wednesday Wellness gathering, sparking panic as workers ran for their lives. As dozens of police officers and firefighters descended on the building at 320 San Bruno Ave. between 16th and 17th streets, the hundreds of people who work at the center were rushing from the building. For hours, area residents were told to shelter in place while police searched the four-story building, looking for any additional assailants. Some victims were dragged from the building into the street, and two bodies lay in the intersection at 17th Street and San Bruno Avenue outside the building, covered with yellow tarps. As co-workers bolted from the building, the gunman apparently fired more shots at people outside.
SF Gate

California Firms Up Marijuana Rules, Will Allow Deliveries
California would set standards for organic marijuana, allow pot samples at county fairs and permit home deliveries under legislation set to be considered by lawmakers Thursday as the state prepares for next year's start of legal marijuana sales. Lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration are working to merge California's new voter-approved recreational pot law with the state's longstanding medical marijuana program. They have settled on an array of regulations to protect consumers and public safety while ensuring taxes are collected. The provisions were tucked into the state budget agreement between Brown and top legislative Democrats announced this week following months of negotiations with businesses operating illegally or in the legal medical marijuana field and investors who want to enter the nation's largest legal marijuana market. 
The Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Valley Councilwoman Pushes Back On LA Vehicle Dwelling Law With Parking Restrictions
The City Council's Transportation Committee approved several resolutions Wednesday that would effectively prevent people from living out of their cars on some northeast San Fernando Valley streets where that activity is still allowed, despite a ban that went into effect earlier this year. The resolutions apply to Councilwoman Nury Martinez's district, and would result in signs barring large vehicles, such as motorhomes, from parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. along specific streets. Several of the parking restriction signs would go up in an industrial part of Sun Valley that is home to recycling plants, auto repair shops and manufacturing facilities. Several of the streets in that area have been used for years by homeless individuals to park their cars overnight. “It's all resident driven,” Martinez said of the resolutions, during an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News following the meeting.  The resolutions arise out of complaints from her constituents about the trash and unsanitary conditions related to people living in motorhomes parked on the streets in her district, Martinez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Mayor Thinks A Monorail Over The 405 Freeway Could Tame Traffic Gridlock
Politicians have long sought to link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside via a rail line so commuters can avoid the 405 Freeway's notorious traffic. On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti raised a new idea to relieve the traffic bottleneck. Garcetti wants to consider a monorail, a mode of transportation most Southern Californians probably associate with Disneyland and Las Vegas. In an interview with KNX-AM's “Ask the Mayor,” Garcetti said an above-ground train can't traverse the pass because of the steep incline. “Well, monorails can, and they can go at about the same speed as railcars,” Garcetti said. Los Angeles County voters in November approved Measure M, a sales tax increase expected to raise $120 billion over the first four decades of assessment to help pay for transportation projects, including a possible rail line through the Sepulveda Pass.
Los Angeles Times

Iconic LA hot dog stand will have its day at new home in the Valley
A famous hot dog stand looking like a giant weiner-on-a-bun that left Los Angeles a dozen years ago will soon turn tail and return home. But Tail o' the Pup, a walk-up hot dog stand that once wagged its buns before a parade of L.A. motorists, movie audiences, TV appearances and ads won't be doling out any of its famous all-beef franks. Instead, the Los Angeles landmark will roll in Thursday from a Lake Elsinore storage yard to a skinless berth at Valley Relics Museum of Chatsworth.
Los Angeles Daily News



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