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July 25, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Oklahoma Trooper Struck By Patrol Car During Pursuit Dies
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. D. Heath Meyer, who was struck by a patrol car in a pursuit July 14, died Monday from his injuries, Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said. Meyer, who responded to a reported pursuit, had laid stop sticks on Interstate 35 near N 27 in Moore when troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter came up the interstate in hot pursuit. The troopers, attempting to avoid the stop sticks, struck one another. Painter's vehicle then struck Meyer, fatally injuring him. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, Dangelo Ladon Burgess, 28, was taken into custody that night.
The Oklahoman

Wisconsin Officer In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Vehicle
A Green Bay area police officer is hospitalized in critical condition following surgery for injuries received when he was hit by a vehicle along the interstate. Authorities say Ashwaubenon Officer Brian Murphy was struck by an apparent drunk driver while standing at the scene of a car fire along Interstate 41 Saturday night. WLUK-TV reports officials say Murphy was wearing a reflective vest and that safety cones and flares had been placed around the scene. Police say the driver that struck Murphy is a 28-year-old Greenleaf woman. 
Associated Press

Veteran New Orleans Officer Shot For 3rd Time
A New Orleans police officer is recovering from a leg wound after being shot for the third time in his law enforcement career. Police say Officer Christopher Abbott was in uniform working an off-duty private security patrol early Monday when someone fired a single round into the privately owned car he was in. The shooter was in a light colored SUV and was still at large. Spokesman Aaron Looney says Abbott was in good condition. Archived news accounts show Abbott was on his way to a 2001 court appearance when he spotted a man with a gun and approached him. The man fired and hit Abbott. In 1998, Abbott was wearing a protective vest when he was shot in the chest after stopping a suspect in a public housing project.
Associated Press

Woman Found At Reseda Park Was Killed In Hit-And-Run
A 41-year-old woman found dead at Reseda Park on July 17 was killed after a hit-and-run crash, authorities said on Monday. LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Dave Peteque said the case involving Rebecca Anderson was being investigated as a homicide — but not as a murder. “As far as any kind of intent to the hit and run ... we believe the actual act is accidental, and leaving the scene is criminal,” Peteque said on Monday of the traffic-related death. The detective added he had no suspect information or vehicle description, and authorities were still investigating. “We do know where the body was found,” Peteque said, adding he would not release information about where the crash took place. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Burglar In Custody After Standoff With LAPD At Toluca Lake Home
A suspected burglar was taken into custody after a standoff with Los Angeles police officers at a Toluca Lake home midday Monday. Officers were called to the 10100 block of Toluca Lake Avenue in the morning, a media relations representative with the Los Angeles Police Department said. The home is in a quiet residential area filled with million-dollar homes. SWAT officers could be seen surrounding the home in the noon hour, and a man was lying face down next to a backyard pool, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Armed officers approached and took the man into custody poolside about 12:30 p.m., Sky5's video showed. 

Two-Year-Old Boy Found Wandering In North Hills Area
A 2-year-old boy was found walking on a  street  in the North Hills area Monday with no shoes, and his father later contacted police and was being interviewed. The boy was found about 6 a.m. near Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue, according to the Los Angeles  Police  Department.  Police released a photo and description of the boy and sought  public  help to identify him.  Late Monday morning, the boy's father contacted police, and he was being interviewed at the LAPD's Mission Station, a detective said.  It's unclear if the family will face any charges.
OX 11

Uber Driver Pleads Not Guilty To Raping Female Passenger
An Uber driver accused of raping a female passenger at a North Hollywood motel while the 24-year-old woman was unconscious pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges. Alaric Spence, 46, faces up to 15 years to life in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs, according to the District Attorney's Office.  He is due back in court Aug. 21, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.  Los Angeles police said the woman passed out in the back of Spence's car while en route to Hollywood about 3 a.m. 

26-Year-Old Woman Reported Missing In Panorama City Has Been Found
A 26-year-old woman who went missing in Panorama City has reportedly been found. Kristy Denise Castro of Reseda was last seen Saturday night around 8 p.m. at a grocery store in the 8500 block of Tobias Avenue in Panorama City, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department. But her family was able to locate her since then, her father told KTLA. Castro is described by LAPD as a 5-foot-3-inch Hispanic woman with brown hair and brown eyes weighing approximately 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black blouse, black yoga pants and blue Nike tennis shoes. 

Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Avoids Surrender To Prison, For Now
A motion was filed on behalf of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow bail pending a request for another trial. The filing automatically triggers a temporary stay, meaning Baca does not have to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday. Baca's attorney, Nathan Hochman, said his client should be allowed to remain at home while his appeal for a new trial is pending, because he is “75 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's disease and is not a danger to the community nor a flight risk.” Baca, who once led the largest department of its kind in the nation, was sentenced to three years in federal prison in May by U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson on charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and giving false statements in connection to an FBI probe into inmate abuse at Men's Central Jail back in 2011. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Culver City Police Rolling Out Body Cameras
The Culver City Police Department announced Monday it is equipping all patrol officers with body-worn cameras. The cameras may be in use as early as the end of August. "The body-worn cameras' recording systems will provide records of events and assist officers in the performance of their duties, and ultimately help to more effectively fulfill our organization's mission of safely serving our community," according to a police statement.

Advocacy Groups Want L.A. Sheriff To Tell Prosecutors About Problem Deputies
One court after another has ruled that a secret list of about 300 Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who have lied, stolen, tampered with evidence, and committed other misconduct must remain confidential. But some groups across the state are still pushing for the names to be handed over to prosecutors. One organization in Los Angeles is going further, saying that information about deputies' pasts should be available to anyone. On Monday, it launched an online gallery of deputies named in public reports of officer-involved shootings and other incidents. 
Los Angeles Times

11 Plead Not Guilty In Mexican Mafia Prison Gang Case
Eleven people charged in a conspiracy case related to the Mexican Mafia, a notoriously violent prison gang whose influence reaches far beyond prison walls, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges. The defendants — four men and seven women — are among 20 people accused in the case, the result of a three-year investigation dubbed, “Operation Emero.” Prosecutors have said the investigation revealed how members of the Mexican Mafia, also known as  La Eme , used prison phones, contraband cellphones, mail and email to communicate with associates on the outside, who extorted victims, sold drugs and collected money on behalf of incarcerated gang members. 
San Diego Union-Tribune

Gun Cases Are Notoriously Hard To Make Stick. New York Thinks It Has The Answer
Two New York police officers were sitting in a patrol car one night last August when they saw Avree Lamar, a 19-year-old with an open arrest warrant, climb into a cab near a housing project in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  The officers followed the cab, pulled it over, and arrested Lamar. In the back of Lamar's waistband, they found a loaded 9mm pistol, court papers said. He was charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon, a felony.  It seemed like a straightforward case. But for all New York City's success in reducing violent crime,  only about half  of the people arrested for carrying a loaded gun in the city get convicted. Juries like hard evidence, and often mistrust cases that hinge on police testimony. 
The Trace

Local Government News

As RV Towing Resumes In LA, Officials Say Program Won't ‘Target Homeless'
More than four months after a pair of towing contractors quit, Los Angeles is expected this week to begin clearing a “backlog” of motor homes parked illegally on city streets. Citing sanitation issues and the lack of a financial incentive, contractors have been reluctant to take impound orders for RVs, many of which belong to the homeless. After two of the companies quit in March, just one contractor in Wilmington was left to take on all of the city's motor home impound assignments. As a result, orders began to stack up, and it was taking up to two weeks to impound most RVs.
Los Angeles Daily News

Developer Plans Starbucks, Hotel And Gym For ‘The Gateway' Project In Chatsworth
A developer is proposing to build a 124-room Marriott Residence Inn and a Planet Fitness health club as part of an 8.23-acre shopping center project at Lassen Street and Mason Avenue in Chatsworth. Currently, the corner lot is home to a strip mall with a Muay Thai boxing gym, auto repair shop, liquor store, doughnut shop, restaurants and other businesses. Some of the existing buildings, including the auto shop and a single-family home, would be razed to make way for the proposed project, dubbed “The Gateway.” The developer, HRI Development, plans to keep some of the structures, including the midcentury era exterior of one of the more prominent buildings.
Los Angeles Daily News


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