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July 10, 2017

Law Enforcement News

US Soldier Charged With Slayings Of Wife, NY State Trooper
A U.S. Army soldier killed his wife then fatally shot a New York State Police trooper who was responding to reports of shots fired at the couple's rural upstate property, authorities said Monday. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old infantryman Justin Walters, surrendered without incident after the Sunday night slayings, New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said. Trooper Joel Davis, 36, was responding to the report about 8 p.m. Sunday and was approaching the home in the town of Theresa, near the Canadian border, when he was shot, Beach said. Walters' wife, 27-year-old Nichole Walters, was found dead at the scene. Police haven't said how she was killed. State police said Walters is stationed at nearby Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division. 
Associated Press

Prosecutors Charge Man Accused Of Wounding LAPD Officer During Gun Battle Streamed On Facebook
A man accused of wounding a Los Angeles officer during a shootout with police — and streaming some of the gunfight in a video on Facebook — was charged this week with more than a dozen felonies, court records show.  Qasim Knox, who was also injured in the shooting, faces a total of 19 charges, including multiple counts of attempted murder or assault of a peace officer. The 25-year-old was also charged with murder in connection with a March 31 killing in South L.A. — an investigation that led to the shootout with police eight days ago. Knox has not yet made an appearance in court, missing hearings that were scheduled for this week, a spokesman for the district attorney's office said.  The SWAT officer wounded in the shooting, described as a 20-year veteran of the LAPD, is recovering at home, Chief Charlie Beck said this week. 

Amber Alert Suspect Located And Arrested By LAPD Officers In San Bernardino
A woman who sparked an Amber Alert when she allegedly carjacked a vehicle in South Los Angeles with a 16-year-old boy inside, was taken into custody on Friday in San Bernardino,  police  said.  Los Angeles  police announced about 7 p.m. that 31-year-old Kandice Johnson had been apprehended and the vehicle recovered.  The boy remained at large, but he was no longer believed to have been abducted or the victim of a  crime , according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.  An Amber Alert issued by the  California  Highway Patrol for Los Angeles and Orange counties was cancelled. The circumstances of Johnson's apprehension were not immediately available. Johnson had allegedly carjacked a black 2014 Toyota Camry from the teen's mother at gunpoint around 4 p.m. Thursday at 47th and Figueroa streets.
FOX 11

Suicide In North Hollywood During Police Standoff, Streets Blocked
A man believed to be in his 50s shot and killed himself Sunday after a brief standoff with police in North Hollywood. The drama began about 11:30 a.m. when the North Hollywood Division of the Los Angeles police responded to a call about a suicidal man armed with a gun, according to police. The man in question had barricaded himself behind a wall underneath trees in a business parking lot near Burbank Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue, LAPD Sgt. Francisco Albarran told the Los Angeles Daily News. Officers tried to talk with him and get him some help but the man refused to come out, Albarran said. Eventually, A LAPD SWAT unit was called to the scene. During their set-up officers heard one gunshot, Albarran said. About 30 minutes after the gunshot SWAT officers found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

South LA Hit-And-Run: Woman Struck, Killed While Walking In Crosswalk
A woman was killed in a hit-and-run collision while she was walking in a crosswalk Friday evening in South Los Angeles, authorities said.  The incident was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 106th Street, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department.  According to investigators, the suspect was driving northbound in the No. 2 lane when the vehicle struck the woman in a marked crosswalk. The motorist did not stop after the crash.  The victim, identified only as an approximately 53-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.  No description was available of the driver, who fled northbound on Vermont in the vehicle.

11-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted In Van Nuys, Man Arrested
A 38-year-old man was in custody today after allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl he is related to in a secluded cul-de- sac in Van Nuys, police said. The alleged assault occurred on Tuesday when the suspect and the victim attended a family party, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The girl's mother told police while they were at the party, the suspect took the girl for a walk. “During this walk on a secluded cul-de-sac near Victory Boulevard and Orion Avenue, the suspect assaulted the girl,” police said. Police arrested Francisco Herbert Aragonolivar around 1:45 p.m. Thursday while he was at work. Aragonolivar was booked on the primary charge of aggressive sexual assault of a minor in addition to other felony charges, police said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Women Sought After Robbing Chase Bank At Gunpoint In North Hills: LAPD
Los Angeles police are searching for two women after the pair allegedly robbed a Chase Bank at gunpoint in North Hills on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The robbery occurred around 12:19 p.m. at a Chase Bank in the 9100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. The women were "extremely violent" during the incident, ordered victims inside the bank to the floor and committed a "takeover" robbery, according to a LAPD press release. Yesenia Gomez, a Chase Bank customer, said she narrowly escaped being caught up in the melee with the doors locked by the time she arrived. “A lot of us were trying to go inside the bank, and they had the doors closed," she said. "They weren't anybody go inside or come outside, and they were fighting.” The women allegedly fled the scene after the robbery and police set up a search perimeter between Tupper Street, the 405 Freeway, Burnet Avenue and Nordhoff Street. 

Man Killed In San Fernando Shooting Was Blocked In By Two Cars, Police Say
The man killed in a shooting earlier this week in San Fernando has been identified as 35-year-old Joseph Loya, according to Los Angeles police. The shooting happened while Loya was standing in the road in the 14000 block of Fox Street Wednesday around 1:40 a.m. Two cars pulled in diagonally to prevent him from escaping, and a passenger got out of one of the vehicles and shot Loya several times, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. The cars then sped away. Police described one vehicle as a black or dark-colored sedan. There was no additional information on the second car. An LAPD spokesman said Friday it was too early in the investigation to determine if the shooting was gang-related. Paramedics and patrol officers from the LAPD's Mission Community Police Station responded to the shooting call shortly after it occurred.
Los Angeles Daily News

Another Longtime Lawman Joins Race For L.A. County Sheriff
Bob Lindsey says he's reluctant to recommend the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to a young person hoping for a career as a cop. Too many deputies are frivolously punished and too few make proactive arrests, due to a fear of unfair scrutiny from their own bosses, he says. Yet none of that is stopping Lindsey from wanting to put on the uniform again. This time he hopes to be the guy with five stars on his lapel. Lindsey, 61, is the latest person to announce plans to run against incumbent Jim McDonnell in next year's election for sheriff. A retired sheriff's commander who served 32 years with the department, Lindsey says he wants to transform the organization into a place that empowers its officers and turns them into the agency's best recruiters.
Los Angeles Times

Despite Scandals And Doubts, Orange County District Attorney Wants Another Term, And A Shot At Vindication
For nearly two decades, Tony Rackauckas has reigned over Orange County law enforcement as district attorney. He's survived allegations of cronyism and mismanagement while also winning praise for prosecuting police officers he accused of beating a homeless man to death in Fullerton. But none of those firestorms can compare to the jailhouse informant scandal that has swirled around the county's criminal justice system in recent years. The snitch scandal has led to retrials in a number of murder cases, caused a judge to bar Rackauckas' office from prosecuting a confessed mass murderer and sparked state and federal investigations into the Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office. Not since the fall of former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona nearly a decade ago has local law enforcement been under such scrutiny.
Los Angeles Times

Despite Backlog Of Rape Kits, California Lawmakers Aren't Requiring They Be Tested Or Tallied
After a man held a knife to her throat, forced her into her car and repeatedly raped her, Helena Lazaro underwent a painful and humiliating medical forensic examination. The 17 year old wanted her attacker caught. She never imagined the evidence collected in what is known as a rape kit would sit untouched for years by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. And by the time she discovered the identity of her attacker, prosecutors couldn't charge him with the rape because the statute of limitations had expired in California.  Victims' rights groups estimate that hundreds of thousands of rape kits remain untested at police departments and crime lab storage facilities nationwide — thus far a partial inventory of California by the End the Backlog Initiative has identified some 9,000 untested kits. But the precise number remains a mystery because most states, including California, don't inventory rape kits, and rape survivors sometimes struggle to get information about their own cases.
Los Angeles Daily News

Hundreds Pay Tribute To Slain NYPD Officer
Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a New York City police officer shot and killed while sitting inside her police vehicle last week. The gathering Saturday night included colleagues of Police Officer Miosotis Familia and many from the Bronx neighborhood where she worked. Police say a deranged man shot through the window just early Wednesday morning. Officer Miosotis Familia was struck in the head. Soon after, officers fatally shot the gunman after they say he drew a weapon on them. Flower bouquets lined the sidewalk outside Familia's 46th Precinct stationhouse. Familia's sister, Adriana Sanchez, thanked those who attended the gathering. She said her sister always volunteered to work as much as she could. The slain officer is survived by three children, including 12-year-old twins.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Leaders Celebrate $100M For New State Funding To Revitalize LA River
California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon and other leaders Friday celebrated $100 million in new state funding dedicated to revitalizing the Los Angeles River. The funds were included in the recently approved budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and will be used to create new recreational and open space along the river. “Expanding access to green open spaces in communities such as those along the L.A. River corridor has been a priority of mine since I joined the legislature,” de Leon said at a news conference at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley, located on the banks of the river. “Children living along the corridor suffer disproportionately from asthma, obesity and diabetes — conditions we can avoid by providing more healthy outdoor space for recreation.”

DWP Still Investigating Cause Of Transformer Explosion That Left 140,000 Valley Customers Without Power
Pat Pope was enjoying a performance of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night when he started getting texts from his friends about the power outage. When the Porter Ranch resident got home at 11:30 p.m., it was 86 degrees and he could hear his neighbors' generators humming. Power was out all night, and Pope said he didn't get much sleep because of the heat. “It was just a nasty night for a lot of people in the Valley,” he said.  Pope was among 140,000 customers in the San Fernando Valley who lost power after an explosion at a  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  plant in Northridge caused a fire that burned for hours, knocking out traffic lights and stranding people in elevators.  The outages hit businesses and residents in Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills, DWP officials said.
Los Angeles Times

Rumble Strips To Combat Valley Street Racing Spark Noise Complaint
When Elliot Sanders moved his health insurance business to Chatsworth 11/2 years ago, he loved the balcony door he could open for fresh air. But Los Angeles laid down “rumble strips” across Plummer Street two weeks ago to combat illegal street racing, and Sanders said he's had to shut the door because of the incessant noise. “It's annoying — over and over again, rubber hitting bumps,” said Sanders, from atop the furnished second story balcony outside his Planned Approach Benefits, where he was once able to talk on his cellphone undisturbed by the tire racket. “Hear these things? “It's crazy.” Last week, city officials gathered near Sanders' office to discuss the strips that are meant to curb street racing. The experimental rumble strips along Plummer Street between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard were installed after two spectators were killed in February 2015 during a late-night drag race. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2024 Olympics News

City Leaders To Pitch Los Angeles As 2024 Olympics Host To IOC
The delegation leading Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 or '28 Summer Olympics arrived in Lausanne, Switzerland Sunday to prepare for a major presentation to the Olympic committee on Tuesday. The group includes Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman, CEO Gene Sykes and Vice Chairs Janet Evans and Candace Cable. They will attempt to persuade the entire membership of the International Olympic Committee with a "comprehensive" 45-minute presentation on Tuesday. The meeting will include a 30-minute Q&A session, and also will be attended by the presidents of the international summer sports federations, LA 2024 officials said today.  "This is LA 2024's first opportunity to present our vision for the Games to all of the IOC members together and we could not be more excited," Wasserman said. 


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