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June 26, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Accused Of Killing Ark. Deputy, 2 Others Takes Plea Deal
An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing a sheriff's deputy and two other people last month. Little Rock television station KATV reports James Arthur Bowden was sentenced Friday after taking a plea deal to avoid the death penalty. Bowden was accused in the killings of Yell County Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Kevin Mainhart, 61-year-old Rita Miller and 17-year-old Ciera Miller. Family members have said the Millers were relatives of Bowden's girlfriend. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Bowden addressed the families of the three people killed in court Friday. "I'm really sorry about what happened," Bowden said. "I can't be forgiven, so I won't ask." According to an affidavit, authorities accused Bowden of shooting Mainhart during a traffic stop, then killing Rita Miller and Ciera Miller at a nearby home about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Little Rock. 
Associated Press

'Protect them like your own': At Cadet Graduation, LAPD Chief Beck Defends Program Amid Scandal
Astrid Saenz wants to be a Los Angeles police officer one day, and as one of the most decorated cadets in the LAPD's signature youth program, she's already well on her way. The 18-year-old has spent the last three years serving as a cadet in the Devonshire Division, where she says she's developed a respectful but friendly relationship with the officers who mentor her. While she makes judicious use of “sir” and “ma'am” when interacting with them, Saenz hopes they've earned each other's respect. But as Saenz and hundreds of other cadets gathered for a graduation ceremony Saturday morning, they did so amid disturbing allegations about misconduct among some of their peers in the program. Smiling in her light blue cadet uniform and perfectly pressed tie, Saenz spoke highly of an initiative she says has emboldened her hopes of entering the city's Police Academy. For every cadet accused of wrongdoing, she said, there are hundreds more who wear the uniform for the right reasons. “We're not that,” she said. “We're not those people.” 
Los Angeles Times

Cache Of Weapons Found Inside LAPD Officer's Home In Cadet Scandal
Nearly 100 weapons, including "modified assault rifles," were found inside the home of an LAPD officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with an underage cadet, a source confirmed to ABC News.  Officer Robert Cain, 31, was arrested Thursday amid an ongoing investigation into the theft of police cruisers and other equipment by juveniles in the department's cadet program.  Authorities will be trying to figure out if the weapons are legal under California law.  LAPD Chief Charlie  Beck said he personally arrested Cain , who has been on the force for 10 years. Cain is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female cadet. She is one of seven cadets who have been arrested so far in the probe.  The investigation was sparked after  three teen cadets led officers on two separate chases  and crashed two stolen vehicles in South Los Angeles on June 15.

Red Light Hit-And-Run Killer Hunted In Death Of Pedestrian In South LA
A red-light hit-and-run killer was being hunted by police Sunday in the death of a pedestrian in South Los Angeles. A light-colored sedan going eastbound on Vernon Avenue ran the red light at Ascot Avenue and hit a man who was crossing the street southbound on Vernon within the marked crosswalk, LAPD Central Traffic detectives reported. The sedan was last seen headed southbound on Compton Avenue and police were dispatched to the crash scene about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. LAPD Central Traffic detectives asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (213) 833-3713.

Armed Man In Custody Following 4-Hour Standoff Near Porter Ranch
An armed man who barricaded himself in his home near Porter Ranch was in custody Saturday, surrendering at the end of a four-hour standoff. Police received reports regarding a man with a gun firing a shot sometime before 9 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division. The home was located in the area of Mason Avenue and Celtic Street. No one was in the home with the man during the standoff and no injuries were reported, said LAPD Lt. Johnny Smith.  The man surrendered at 1:20 a.m. A couple of guns were recovered from the home, Smith said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gunman Can't Shoot Straight: Shoulder Wound From Several Rounds Fired At Close Range
A man was shot in the shoulder in South Los Angeles by an attacker who walked up and fired several rounds at the victim at close range, authorities said Sunday. A motive for the shooting was a mystery to police, and an officer said the attack may not have been gang related. It happened about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 55th and Hoover streets, Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station said. The victim is about 40 years old and the suspect appeared to be in his late 30s, Bojorquez said. The suspect fled the scene after the shooting, he said. The victim was taken to a hospital with stable vital signs. A motive has not been determined. “We are unable to link this shooting to gang activity in the area,” Bojorquez said.

Officials Investigate 2-Car Crash In Westlake Area As Possible Hit-And-Run; Pedestrian In Critical Condition
Authorities were investigating the scene of a crash involving two cars in the Westlake area of Los Angeles that left a pedestrian in critical condition early Sunday morning. The collision occurred around 2 a.m. on the 2000 block of 8th Street, near the intersection with Alvarado Street, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Mario Cardona. One vehicle was overturned as a result of the collision's force, Cardona said. A pedestrian who was nearby was also struck by a tire that flew off one of the cars and was in critical condition, officials said. Footage from the scene showed one of the vehicles appeared to be a two-door sedan, while the other was a larger van or SUV. The larger car fled the scene, Cardona told KTLA, though video showed it had come to a rest on the sidewalk outside an apartment building. Witnesses said the vehicle struck the building and sheared a fire hydrant, sending water spewing into the street. 

LAPD Hopes Public Can Help Them Find Missing Woman, 65
The Los Angeles Police Department is hoping the public can help them find a critical missing 65-year-old woman. Linda Faye Newsome's family is very concerned about her and joining with the LAPD's Foothill division in trying to locate her. Newsome left her residence in the 11300 block of Terra Vista Way, Saturday, around 10:40 a.m. She has not been seen or heard from since. The missing woman is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. When last seen, she was wearing a pink  shirt , white pants and possibly mismatched blue shoes. Her family says Newsome suffers from dementia and requires medication. If you have seen, or have any information regarding Newsome's whereabouts you're asked to call Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Area, at (818) 756-8061. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Father  of missing boy behind bars
The  father  of a missing 5-year-old Pasadena boy remains behind bars in Las Vegas after being booked on suspicion of murder. Bail for Aramazd Andressian Sr. remained at $10 million in the  case involving the disappearance of Aramazd Andressian Jr. An extradition hearing for Andressian Sr. has been scheduled for Tuesday. In a phone interview, his attorney says he's advising his client to return to Los Angeles as soon as possible to fight the murder charge. He maintains that his client is innocent, and would never harm the child. Andressian Sr. was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena on April 22, the day the child went missing. Andressian Sr. was arrested briefly after his son went missing. He was rearrested by detectives Friday at a hotel in Las Vegas. Authorities have not disclosed whether they found the boy's remains, or details surrounding the arrest. 

Biker In Mongols Gang Is Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Rival Hell Angels Member
A Mongols motorcycle gang member is accused of fatally shooting a member of the Hells Angels biker gang last month in Riverside as part of an ongoing rivalry, authorities said. Joshua Ryan Herbert, a 27-year-old Corona resident, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Prosecutors allege the offenses were committed for the benefit of the Mongols gang. Authorities say Herbert opened fire on five Hells Angels members on May 21, including 21-year-old James Duty, who died at the scene. The group had stopped just before 10:30 p.m. to fuel up at a Shell gas station in the 3500 block of Adams Street, Riverside police Lt. Charles Payne said at a news conference this week. Clad in Hells Angels attire, the group stood in the parking lot and chatted. 
Los Angeles Times

The Opioid Epidemic Is So Bad That Librarians Are Learning How To Treat Overdoses
A crowd hovered over the man lying on the grass as his skin turned purple. Chera Kowalski crouched next to his limp body, a small syringe in her gloved hand. Squeeze. The antidote filled the man's nostril. The purple faded. Then it came back. Kowalski's heart raced. "We only gave him one, and he needs another!" she called to a security guard in McPherson Square Park, a tranquil patch of green in one of this city's roughest neighborhoods. "He's dying," said a bystander, piling on as tension mounted around lunchtime one recent weekday. "Where is the ambulance?" a woman begged. Squeeze. Kowalski dropped the second syringe and put her palm on the man's sternum. Knead. Knead. Knead. Nothing. She switched to knuckles. Knead. Knead. Knead. Then a sound, like a breath. The heroin and methamphetamine overdose that had gripped the man's body started to succumb to Kowalski's double hit of Narcan. 

Sheriff Joe Arpaio on trial over immigration actions
The immigration rhetoric and crackdowns pushed by President Donald Trump have a familiar ring in Arizona, where former Sheriff Joe Arpaio once used similar tactics to become a national figure. Now, Arpaio is going on trial on a criminal charge stemming from those immigration enforcement actions. In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2017 file photo Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks with reporters following a jailyard meeting with inmates of the "Tent City" section of the Durango facility in downtown Phoenix. 
Associated Press

Public Safety News

870-Acre Wildfire In Santa Clarita Now 50 Percent Contained
A brush fire in Santa Clarita climbed over hillsides near the 14 Freeway north of Los Angeles and spread to about 870 acres Sunday afternoon, forcing freeway closures and evacuations. Firefighters responded to the blaze at northbound Highway 14 at Placerita Canyon around 12:45 p.m. A traffic crash caused a tree to catch fire and flames spread rapidly across the canyon area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The half-acre fire quickly grew and had burned 870 acres by 11 p.m., said the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Aerial video showed blackened hillsides and canyon areas as the fire marched through brush. The fire, dubbed the Placerita Fire, destroyed a structure in Disney Ranch and damaged a bridge and another structure, the department said. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. 

Local Government News

LA leaders approve $2 million for legal fund to defend immigrants facing deportation
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to put $2 million into a legal fund to defend immigrants facing deportation and signed off on criteria restricting the money from being used for people with violent felony convictions. But unlike a similar fund set up by Los Angeles County supervisors, the city's version has some wiggle room — the money could be used for people who believe they were wrongfully convicted of a violent felony. Activists were disappointed earlier this week when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $3 million for the L.A. Justice Fund that came with a blanket restriction against using the money for people with violent felonies on their records. Activists argued everyone deserves legal representation and have pushed for fewer restrictions.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A.'s New Tallest Building Is Poised To Become A Lightsaber With Massive LED Displays
Nearly a fifth of a mile up in the sky atop Los Angeles' tallest building, two massive LED displays — each 42 by 60 feet — sit dormant, ready to beam messages out across the city. The screens consist of 250 million pixels, each no bigger than a pea, ready to explode with vibrant oranges, blues and greens once the sun sets and the building begins to glow. Skyscrapers have been called the “sword of cities.” But the Wilshire Grand is more of a lightsaber. In addition to the lighted top, the building itself is covered in roughly 2.5 miles of LEDs running up and down the building's spine. All this lighting is a first for an L.A. skyscraper, and it will make the Wilshire Grand — for better or worse — stand out in downtown's skyline perhaps even more than its height. In the last decade or so, LED lighting has become an essential part of the urban landscape, with architects and building owners using the technology to make their tower pop and to highlight the architectural elements at night.
Los Angeles Times


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