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July 27, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Offender In Pursuit That Killed Oklahoma Trooper Should Face Murder Charges
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer   who was struck by a patrol car during a vehicle pursuit   died from his injuries on Monday, July 24. At around 2230 hours on Friday, July 14, Meyer had placed stop sticks on a freeway in an effort to help terminate a high-speed vehicle pursuit. The pursuit reached speeds of more than 110 miles per hour, endangering countless motorists and numerous officers. Troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter were engaged in that pursuit when they suddenly came upon the scene where the sticks were deployed, collided in an attempt to avoid them, and Painter's car struck Meyer, critically injuring him. 

LAPD Chief: Cadet Program Is 'Here To Stay'
Despite calls for its closure amid a scandal involving a veteran officer and an underage girl, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the Los Angeles Police Department's embattled cadet program is "here to stay."  "We've had it for decades," Beck said. "It has had extremely positive results in young people's lives."  The program came under fire after an investigation triggered by the theft of police cruisers resulted in the arrest of seven cadets and eventually led to the arrest of a 10-year veteran of the force who is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl who was a member of the program and among the cadets arrested in the cruiser thefts. 

Man Breaks Into Canoga Park Home; Suspect Is At Large
A man broke into a Canoga Park apartment by climbing in through a woman's bedroom window, and he took off running when other family members ran into the room, the woman has told KTLA. Valerie Anzueto said she was sleeping when the strange man climbed in through her window after ripping the screen to get through. She said the man managed to steal some cash before running away when other family members came into the room. Local law enforcement said they are investigating the break-in.

Smells Like ‘Busted!' Female Trio Suspected In Oodles Of Luxury Fragrance Heists, Police Ask For Help
Police Wednesday arrested one of three women suspected in more than two dozen thefts of high-end fragrances at stores in the Northridge and Westfield Topanga shopping malls. The crimes occurred between March 30 and June 14. “The suspects would enter the businesses with empty tote or shopping bags, conceal high-dollar men's or women's fragrances in their empty shopping bags and leave the store(s) without paying for the merchandise,” according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. “In some incidents, the suspects threatened or aggressively took items when store personnel confronted them."

Gelson's, Walgreens Stores Burglarized In Encino
Police are trying to determine if break-ins at a Gelson's Market and a Walgreens store in Encino early Wednesday morning are connected.  The first incident was reported about 2:30 a.m. after someone ransacked the Gelson's Market in the 16400 block of Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Bernardo said. It appeared the front door was left unsecured prior to the burglary, Bernardo said. About 30 minutes later, another burglary was reported at a Walgreens just a few blocks away, Bernardo said. Two people forced entry into the store about 3 a.m. and stole prescription drugs from the pharmacy, Bernardo said. 

Court Documents Reveal Bitter Custody Battle Between Parents Of Murdered Pasadena Boy
Divorce documents reveals a bitter custody battle filled with accusations of potential parental abductions, harassment, allegations of molestation, and a request for a domestic violence restraining order by Aramazd Andressian Jr.'s mother, Donna Estevez. According to the legal filings in the divorce paperwork obtained by the Pasadena Star-News, both parents fought for sole custody, fearful that the other parent would flee with the child to another country — he to Iran or Armenia and her to Cuba. In November of 2016, Estevez filed for a domestic violence restraining order, citing Andressian Sr. lied about his employment as a Dean at ITT Technical Institute. 

L.A. Sheriff Says He'll Appeal Decision Barring Him From Giving Prosecutors A List Of Problem Deputies
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent lower-court decision that barred him from giving prosecutors the names of deputies with histories of serious misconduct, he said in a statement Wednesday. The appeal, which has not yet been filed, will seek to “establish legal clarity” while balancing the privacy protections of officers' personnel files, according to the statement. “Our intent was never to compromise or give away your rights. And at no time was the department seeking to voluntarily turn over information from anyone's personnel file,” McDonnell said in a video issued internally to deputies on Wednesday. 
Los Angeles Times

Man Sentenced To 115 Years For Fondling Women While Impersonating A Police Officer
A 41-year-old Anaheim man was sentenced this week to 115 years to life in prison for impersonating a police officer and fondling two women, officials said. Twice less than a week apart, Christoph Moore stopped women in the Hollywood area while pretending to be a police officer and touched them inappropriately, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The first case was reported in November 2015. Prosecutors said Moore flashed a badge, pulled out a handgun and threatened the woman. Less than a week later, authorities said, he showed another woman a badge and groped her.
Los Angeles Times

More California Inmates Are Getting Paroled Because The Board Is Focusing On This One Question
An Alameda County probation report details facts that Kao Saelee can't change: He was 17 and armed with a sawed-off shotgun when he and three friends opened fire on a group of teens they believed belonged to a rival Oakland gang. The spray of bullets instead struck Tsee Yorn and San Fou Saechao, both 13. It killed 7-year-old Sausio Saephan, a second-grader at nearby Garfield Elementary School who had tagged along with his older brother and was shot in the neck. For years, members of the State Board of Parole Hearings could — and often would — deny prisoners early release based on their past, focusing solely on their criminal offense rather than whether or not they'd pose a safety risk in the future. 
Los Angeles Times

A New Bill Would Require The U.S.‘s 60,000 Gun Sellers To Gird Their Stores Against Thieves
Like pies cooling on proverbial windowsills, firearms left poorly secured in gun shops have become appetizing targets for thieves. Now for the first time, members of Congress are trying to slam shut this criminal opportunity.  Currently, there is no federal law requiring gun stores to take measures to protect against theft, and fewer than 10 states  have implemented their own rules. So the majority of America's approximately 60,000 licensed firearms dealers can, if they wish, operate without so much as a lock on the door.
The Trace

Widow Of NYPD Cop Slain In Ambush Gives Birth To Their Daughter
The widow of a slain New York City detective has given birth to their child more than two years after his death. Sanny Liu, the widow of Detective Wenjian Liu, gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Angelina at a Manhattan hospital Tuesday. Liu used in-vitro fertilization with sperm that was preserved after her husband's death. Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were both gunned down in a December 2014 shooting. The Lius had only been married about three months when Detective Liu was killed. Sanny Liu says she never gave up the idea of having a child. 
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA Rolls Out New Tire Locks To Bust Ticket Scofflaws
The city of Los Angeles on Thursday began trying out a new smart boot in hopes the car tire-locking devices will help collect more unpaid parking fines. The city stopped using the old fashioned Denver boot in 2009. Since then, parking violators would have their cars towed, and the owner would have to go to an impound lot and pay the fine to get it out. With the new device, parking ticket scofflaws call the 1-800 number listed on the notice and pay the fine over the phone. A code will be issued to punch in and unlock the smart boot. Drivers will then have 24 hours to return the device to one of four locations in the city. 

LADWP Prepares For $4.5M Water Tunnel Revival
After decades of being dry, a massive tunnel is being readied for a major water-run following record rainfall in the Sierras. The Maclay Highline was originally built to transport water from the first Los Angeles aqueduct to the Maclay Reservoir. Tools and construction gear now fill the area where water used to flow. After a winter of record snow-pack in the Sierras and the most run-off in years, the LADWP decided the tunnel was thirsty and it was time to get the Maclay Highline back up and running — a $4.5 million project.  When finished, water will be picked up from the L.A. aqueduct and flow through about two miles of tunnel.  

2028 Olympics News

Would an 11-year wait for the Olympics lead to greater risks for L.A.?
For several years Los Angeles city leaders have focused on winning the 2024 Summer Olympics, supporting a $5.3-billion plan to host the event seven years from now. Those seven years might soon turn into 11, after the International Olympic Committee's recent decision to award the games to both Paris and Los Angeles, with one city getting 2024 and the other 2028. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that Los Angeles appears unlikely to be selected for 2024. But the IOC is making the later date “financially so attractive, we would be stupid not to take 2028,” Garcetti said at a BuzzFeed event in Rancho Palos Verdes. 
Los Angeles Times


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