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July 21, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Oregon Trooper Shot 12 Times: 'I'm thankful to be alive'
A state trooper shot 12 times by a murder suspect was justified in firing back in a furious Christmas Day shootout that ended when the suspect killed himself, the Washington County District Attorney's Office found after an investigation. Video and audio evidence supports Trooper Nic Cederberg's statements to investigators that he believed his life was in danger, senior prosecutor Bracken McKey wrote in a memo released Wednesday. Cederberg encountered James Tylka, 30, in Sherwood about a half-hour after Tylka fatally shot his estranged wife, 24-year-old Katelynn Armand-Tylka, outside his parents' house in King City and drove away last Dec. 25. The District Attorney's Office previously ruled five other police officers were justified in shooting Tylka 20 times when they came to Cederberg's aid.
The Oregonian

LAPD And LASD Are Gearing Up For Showdown In Charity Swing-A-Thon
The Los Angeles Police Department is playing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in a battle for baseball supremacy. The 15th annual Swing-A-Thon is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at El Cariso Community Regional Park at 13100 Hubbard St. in Sylmar. The free event promotes a positive lifestyle, physical fitness, sports and team work among young people. More than a thousand people are expected to attend the event, which features former Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Mota and Ron Cey instructing youths. A baseball clinic featuring Mota, Cey and the LAPD is set for 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. before a break for lunch, said LAPD Officer Michael J. Scott, who added that a soccer clinic will be held at the same time. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Former LA City Councilman's Detective Work Helps Crack 2001 Cold Case
DNA evidence and a former San Fernando Valley city councilman helped solve the grisly, 2001 cold case of a Korean War veteran who was stabbed more than 100 times in his East Los Angeles bar, police said this week. Former Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith has worked part time for the Los Angeles Police Department as a reserve officer since 1992. He is currently assigned to the LAPD's Cold Case Homicide Unit, and works on crimes that could potentially be solved through DNA evidence. This month, Smith closed his first case. Three years of investigative work that he did helped to convict 44-year-old Hugo Lara in the 2001 fatal stabbing of East Los Angeles resident Alfredo Trevino.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Killed In Shooting Near South Los Angeles Liquor Store; Suspect At Large
A man was killed late Wednesday night in a shooting near a liquor store in South Angeles, prompting a massive police response.  The shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. in the areas of San Pedro and 62nd streets, where several windows were shattered by gunfire, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department.  The victim was identified only as a man between the ages of 18 and 20, police said.  The circumstances that led to the shooting were unclear. A large crowd, including some people who apparently knew the victim, gathered at the cordoned-off crime scene as authorities began an investigation.  A description of the shooter was not available.

Man Found Shot To Death, Woman Wounded Inside Car In Arlington Heights
Los Angeles detectives are investigating after a male driver was found shot to death and a female passenger sustained serious injuries inside a car on Thursday. Authorities were called to the 1600 block of Van Ness Avenue around 12:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. There, they discovered a car with a man and woman inside suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, along with two small uninjured children, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The children were both under the age of four, Capt. David Kowalski said during a press conference. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was transported to the hospital in unknown condition, according to the LAPD. She was treated and released from the hospital later that day, police said.  The shooter is described as a 20 to 25-year-old man last seen wearing a white shirt and running south on Van Ness Avenue, Kowalski said.

Detectives Searching For Sexual Predator Who Performed Lewd Act On Child In Clothing Store
Sexual Assault Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Area are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a sexual predator. On July 5, 2017 around 3:00 p.m., the suspect entered a local clothing store in the South 400 block of Los Angeles Street in the city of Los Angeles. The suspect entered the store and walked up to a young girl and grabbed her buttocks with his right hand. The suspect then fled the location on foot. The suspect is described as a Male Black around 30-40 years of age. He is about 5 feet 9 inches and weighs around 155 pounds. He was wearing a neon green tank top, baggy black shorts, multi-colored socks and black shoes. He was also wearing a large diamond stud earring in his left ear. The suspect also matches the description and actions of a similar incident that occurred at the Los Angeles Public Library. 
FOX 11

2 Arrested In Chatsworth Charred Body Murder Connected To Marijuana Grow House In Van Nuys
Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a man's body that was found in the back seat of a charred sedan in Chatsworth in February, police said Wednesday. Frank Salazar, 44, of Oak Park and Rodolfo Navarro, 23, of Sylmar were taken into custody Tuesday and were being held at Van Nuys jail in lieu of at least $2 million, Detective Dave Peteque of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Unit said. The pair were set to be arraigned in court Thursday. The victim was identified as Christopher Alan Nicols, 48, with an unknown city of residence, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. Detectives learned that Nicols worked part-time at a warehouse in Van Nuys.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Officials Considering Changes To Gang Injunction Policy After Lawsuit Alleges Constitutional Violations
Los Angeles officials are considering making significant changes to the way they enforce gang injunctions in the wake of a lawsuit that accused the city of violating the constitutional rights of thousands of people, according to court documents made public this week. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit last year, accusing the city and the Los Angeles Police Department of serving injunctions against people who had not been given an opportunity to prove they are not gang members in court. The injunctions are civil court orders that bar suspected gang members from engaging in certain activities in areas where the gang is known to congregate, which the city terms “safety zones.”
Los Angeles Times

Lee Baca Must Stay In Prison During Conviction Appeal: Judge
A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to remain free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction for scheming to derail an FBI probe of corruption in the jails. Baca, 74, was sentenced in May to three years in prison and is scheduled to begin serving his sentence July 25 in either Kern County or Oregon. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson also ordered Baca to serve a year of supervised release following his prison term, and to pay a $7,500 fine. Baca's attorneys asked that the former lawman be allowed to remain out of custody while appealing his conviction on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and making false statements. 

Cops Wage Psychological Warfare Against Online Drug Bazaars
In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers. AlphaBay, formerly the internet's largest darknet site, had already gone offline July 5 with the arrest in Thailand of its alleged creator and administrator. But on Thursday, European law enforcement revealed that Dutch cyberpolice had for a month been running Hansa Market. Like AlphaBay, Hansa operated in the darknet, an anonymity-friendly internet netherworld inaccessible to standard browsers.
Associated Press

7 Illinois Cops Sue, Allege City Released Personal Info To Felon, Gang Associate
Seven Aurora police officers and their families are suing the city and a former records manager in federal court over the alleged release of personal information to an imprisoned felon and known gang associate who the officers helped send to prison. Labeling city employees' conduct "extreme and outrageous," a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court claims the City of Aurora wrongly released private, personal and protected information about the seven officers and investigators, including their names, home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and details about family members. The officers' investigation led to the incarceration of a violent felon associated with the upper levels of a street gang, who obtained their information from prison through a Freedom of Information Act request, according to the lawsuit.
Police One

Kamala Harris, Rand Paul Introduce Bail Reform Bill
Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a bipartisan bill Thursday designed to prod states to reform their bail systems, in an attempt to move forward with criminal justice reform as Congress is caught in partisan gridlock over health care and other issues. The new bill, which Harris co-wrote with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a former presidential candidate, would spend $10 million annually for three years on grants for states that reform their bail systems.
Most courts in the U.S. use money bail, requiring defendants who are  a waiting trial to stay in jail unless they pay a certain amount of money. 
Mercury News

Local Government News

Bel-Air Mega-Mansion Developer Mohamed Hadid Sentenced With Community Service, Fines
Real estate developer Mohamed Hadid must do community service, pay fines and put forward a plan to stabilize a Bel-Air hillside after pleading no contest to criminal charges tied to a mammoth mansion in the hills of Bel-Air. It remains undecided whether Hadid will be required to secure a bond to cover the costs of tearing down the roughly 30,000-square-foot house if it cannot be legally finished. The fate of the mansion will depend on whether Hadid can get city approval to continue construction. “We're interested in one thing and one thing only … bringing this building into compliance,” his attorney Robert Shapiro told reporters Thursday after a sentencing hearing. 
Los Angeles Times

Mayor, Clerics Sign ‘Days Of Compassion' Homeless Pledge
More than 100 religious leaders from Los Angeles joined Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday and signed a pledge  to help in the fight against homelessness. “It's on us to push through the fear and the misunderstanding on homelessness, and it's on us to find pathways out of homelessness for our brothers and sisters,” Garcetti said at a news conference with the religious leaders standing behind him on the south steps of City Hall. “It's on us to lead by example and change the fate of the least among us, and its time that we open our doors without fear to create safe spaces for everybody.”


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