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June 16, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Escaped Georgia Prison Inmates Recaptured In Tennessee
Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured after a chase and being held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said. Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were apprehended Thursday in the rural community of Christiana, Tennessee, ending a multi-state manhunt that began Tuesday morning. "True bravery is what's caused us to stand before you tonight to talk about a successful capture instead of a tragic incident," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference. "So I'm totally grateful to everyone involved." Earlier in the day, police in nearby Shelbyville had responded to a call about a home invasion, where a couple had been held captive, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. 
Associated Press

Suspect Accused Of Firing Shots At LAPD Officers In Custody
A suspect who allegedly fired shots at officers in South Los Angeles, prompting  police  to fire back and shut down a neighborhood for a search, was in custody Friday. The gunfire was reported just after 7 p.m. Thursday in the area of 49th and San Pedro streets, according to Los Angeles Police  Department  Officer Tony Im. No officers were injured, he said. Officers returned fire and took  cover , LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was hit.  Police also didn't say if the  officers  who were fired upon were uniformed or if some kind of encounter led to the shooting.  Police advised  the public  to avoid the area while officers conducted a perimeter search, preventing several residents from gaining access to their homes.  About 12:40 a.m., police announced via Twitter that the suspect was in custody.
FOX 11

TheLAPD names its 1st female Asian-American supervisor pilot.
Los Angeles Police Department has named its first female Asian-American to become a supervisor pilot in the air support division Thursday.  Sgt. Janet Kim accepted the promotion during her command pilot wings ceremony. It was a particularly momentous occasion for the Asian-American community.  Kim has been with the LAPD for more than 19 years. The Korean-American said it is a dream job for her and she doesn't know how she made it, but she persevered.

Months After Renowned Woodland Hills Hairdresser's Body Is Discovered In A Pool Of Blood, His Wife Is Arrested
The wife of a renowned hairdresser has been arrested in his killing, months after his body was found in a pool of blood on the patio of his Woodland Hills home. Jail records show Monica Sementilli, 45, was arrested on suspicion of murder Thursday afternoon by LAPD's West Valley detectives and is being held without bail. LAPD officials could not say if additional suspects were also in custody. The body of 49-year-old Coty Inc. executive Fabio Sementilli was found Jan. 23 on the patio of his home in the 5000 block of Queen Victoria Road, according to police. He had “injuries to his face and significant blood,” said Officer Liliana Preciado, an LAPD spokeswoman. When authorities arrived, he was unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Preciado said. Sementilli suffered numerous stab wounds to his neck and upper torso, police said. While investigating Sementilli's death, police discovered his Porsche was missing but found it days later. 
Los Angeles Times

Driver Who Led Police on Chase Through San Fernando Valley in Custody After Standoff
Los Angeles police were in pursuit of a brown Ford Expedition vehicle in San Fernando Valley on Thursday night. The 30-year-old driver is accused of dragging his girlfriend with bodily force in the 13300 block of Aldergrove Street in Sylmar around 1 p.m., according to Officer Tony Im. Video from Sky5 showed the driver speeding, running red lights and driving on the wrong side of the street. The driver crashed into a pole and ran out of his vehicle before cutting through the yards of homes around 8 p.m. He then climbed on top of the roof of a home at the intersection of Brussels Avenue and Oro Grande Street in Sylmar. Police tossed a hose to the man and he took a drink of water before wrapping the hose around his neck around 8:10 p.m. He then unwrapped the hose and continued walking and sitting on the roof. SWAT team arrived on the scene a short time later and authorities are working to get the driver off the roof.

LAPD cadets stole police cars and may have impersonated officers, chief says
Racing through the streets of South L.A. in a pair of stolen police cruisers, three teenage cadets led LAPD officers on car chases that ended in separate crashes, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday afternoon. The chases sparked an investigation that revealed some of the cadets may have also stolen a bulletproof vest, two stun guns and two police radios, the chief said.  Instead of learning from officers, Beck said, the cadets “may have been impersonating” police while driving the stolen cruisers in Central and South Los Angeles and Inglewood.
Los Angeles Times

Police Search For Missing Pacoima Man With Dementia, Poor Vision
Police on Thursday circulated a photo of a missing 77-year-old Pacoima man who suffers from dementia and has poor vision. Miguel Lopez was last seen about 8:20 p.m. June 6 in the 12800 block of Bromwich Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The previous time he wandered away from his home, he was found by a good Samaritan in North Hollywood, police said. 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 when he went missing. Anyone with information regarding Lopez's whereabouts was urged to call the watch commander at the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

Homeless Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of 47-Year-Old Man Near 101 Freeway In Hollywood
A homeless man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of another man near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood. Alex Conn Vasquez, 23, is facing one count of murder with the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery and a knife-use allegation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release Thursday. The fatal stabbing happened on Monday about 8 a.m. near the 101 Freeway and Hollywood Boulevard when Vasquez and the victim, Jimmy Bradford, got into an altercation near the 101 Freeway in Hollywood. Prosecutors say Vasquez stabbed Bradford multiples times in the back. It was unclear what prompted the argument and stabbing. Vasquez was being held with no bail. He faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

No Wrongdoing By Cop Who Killed Unarmed Man: LAPD Commission, Chief Rule Shooting Within Policy As Suspect Seemed To Reach For Gun
A police officer who shot at an unarmed suspect but said the man made a gesture like he was reaching for a gun was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and Chief Charlie Beck, according to documents released Thursday. The board voted 4-1 on Tuesday in agreement with Beck, who said the shooting was within department policy. According to Beck's report on the incident and a news release from the LAPD, Officer Saul Lopez and his partner witnessed a group of men drinking in public on a sidewalk in front of an apartment building in the 4000 block of S. Wall Street on June 26 of last year around 7 p.m. When the officers stopped their vehicle to investigate, the suspect, Michael Gomez, walked away while appearing to hold his waistband, Beck wrote. At least one of the officers reported seeing a metallic object in the suspect's pocket, but the officers' names are redacted from Beck's report so it is not clear which one made the claim.

As opioid abuse grips nation, LA County sheriff deploys Narcan to reverse overdoses
Hoping to stem a national wave of opioid- and heroin-related deaths, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department announced Thursday that deputies from across the region will be equipped with a potentially life-saving nasal spray. Deputies from the Santa Clarita, La Crescenta and East Los Angeles sheriffs stations along with the parks and community college bureaus will be equipped with 1,200 doses of a nasal spray known on the market as Narcan. The spray reverses the effects of overdoses related to pain killers, heroin and most recently a synthetic version of fentanyl, a drug that's up to 100 times stronger than morphine. The pilot program begins on Monday.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Needs Federal Help To Restrict Use Of Guns, Advocate Says
California's firearms laws, already among the nation's toughest, have been further stiffened by legislators and voters in the past year with bans on high-capacity gun magazines and the sales of guns with so-called bullet buttons that enable speedy reloading, and a requirement, to take effect in 2019, of background checks for buyers of ammunition. And as firearms advocates challenge those laws in court, lawmakers are considering further measures that would ban gun possession on school grounds and limit purchases of rifles and shotguns to one per month, a restriction that already applies to handguns. But one of the Legislature's leading supporters of gun control said Wednesday that without congressional action to stem the free flow of weapons throughout the country, there's not much more the state can do. “We have tightened our laws but we don't have closed (states') borders,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
San Francisco Chronicle

California Jails Will Have To Provide Face-To-Face Family Visits For Inmates Under State Budget Deal
California county jails would have to provide face-to-face family visits for inmates under a budget plan approved Thursday by state lawmakers. Over the last five years, an increasing number of jails and prisons across California and nationwide have moved to offer Skype-like video visits through phone and computer screens. But some jails have used the video systems to replace on-site meetings that have traditionally occurred through a glass window. In approving the state budget Thursday, lawmakers in both chambers voted in favor of a measure that would require all but eight jails to provide space for in-person visitations. The exempted facilities would have to provide the option within five years. Under the budget bill, counties would not be allowed to charge for the first hour of video visitation or to charge at all when that video visitation takes place at the jail. 
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council To Consider Replacing Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples Day
A proposal to replace Columbus  Day  with what would be called Indigenous Peoples Day was approved Wednesday by a Los Angeles City Council committee. The 3-0 vote by the  Elections , Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee sends the proposal to the full council. The proposal includes the recommendation for city staff to begin the process of replacing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in the Los Angeles Administrative Code no later than 2019. "I feel hopeful and I am enormously encouraged that Angelenos will have a yearly celebration that everyone can be proud of,'' said Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, the motion's author. "This is a big step forward toward a restorative, healing process for the Native American community.'' The motion received yes votes from Councilmen Herb Wesson, Jose Huizar and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.
FOX 11

L.A. sanitation worker taunted over perceived homosexuality wins $17.4-million verdict
A Los Angeles jury has awarded a former city sanitation worker $17.4 million after finding that he endured repeated harassment by his supervisors, who falsely perceived that he was gay. Jurors deliberated for about two hours Wednesday before unanimously deciding that James Pearl of L.A. was subjected to verbal abuse, hazing and a bullying campaign in which his portrait was photoshopped to show him in a same-sex relationship with a subordinate. The images were then circulated among city employees, Pearl's attorney said.not complain internally about the alleged mistreatment, and said his assignments were dictated by work orders that accrued amid budget cuts and a lack of staff.
Los Angeles Times



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