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August 1, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Welcomes Community For National Night Out On Tuesday
Los Angeles Police Department Community Relations officers Elizabeth Ortega and Sean Lewis joined us to talk about National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Aug. 1. Details on National Night Out in Los Angeles are at LAPD's website. A list of events is available  here . This segment aired on the KTLA 5 News at 3 on July 31, 2017.

2 California Officers Shot After Suspect Grabs One Of Their Guns
Two officers were shot during a struggle after the suspect grabbed one of their guns. Officers responded to a man who was breaking into an apartment Monday morning, the Los Banos Enterprise reported. A struggle ensued inside an apartment. The suspect allegedly grabbed one of the officer's guns and shot the officers. The suspect was shot as well but it's unclear how. The officers and the suspect were flown to the hospital to receive treatment. One officer is reported in stable condition while the other officer's condition was unknown. Officials told the publication it's too early to know if both are expected to survive.

Ohio Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot 4 Times
An Ohio police officer who was shot four times while responding to a domestic violence call last month has been released from the hospital. At a news conference Monday, Uniontown police Sgt. David White thanked the doctors and nurses who treated him at Summa Health in Akron. The 25-year police veteran was shot July 9 while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in Uniontown. Police say Ryan Probst opened fire as officers arrived, hitting White four times. Another officer returned fire, killing Probst. The Stark County sheriff says Probst had a history of confrontations with police.
Associated Press

Shot Dead In Pickup Truck: Police Seek Clues In Boyle Heights Killing
Police sought the public's help Monday locating the person or people responsible for the shooting death of a 21-year-old man inside a pickup in Boyle Heights. Officers dispatched about 10 p.m. Saturday to Bailey Street, just east of State Street, found a pickup truck stopped in the roadway and Jairo Rolando Recinos inside the vehicle with gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police had no information on a possible suspect. LAPD Hollenbeck station detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting to call them at (323) 342-8964.

2 Men Wounded In East Los Angeles Shooting; 4 Suspects Sought
A search is underway for four suspects after two men were wounded in a shooting in East Los Angeles.  The shooting happened near the 700 block of Williamson Avenue around 11 p.m. Sunday.  Two men suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to an area hospital to be treated.  Investigators believe four men are responsible for the shooting, but they have not made any arrests.  It's unclear whether the shooting was gang related.  The victims' conditions were not known.

Pursuit Driver Loses Control, Hits Pole In South Los Angeles
Three people were taken into custody Monday evening following a brief pursuit that ended in a crash in South Los Angeles. The pursuit started around 10 p.m. at South Broadway and West 56th Street in the South Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles. The driver was wanted for driving a possible stolen car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division. Police believe the passenger was also armed. At one point, aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 showed a passenger hanging out the back window, taunting the officers in pursuit.  The driver ran several red lights and stop signs, eventually losing control and hitting a pole at South Vermont Avenue and West 98th Street. 

Christmas Cold-Case DNA Killer Of Boyle Heights Bar Owner Gets 22 Years: ‘I am so sorry'
The Christmas season killer of a 71-year-old Boyle Heights bar owner who was stabbed 104 times apologized Monday to the victim's family before being sentenced to 22 years in state prison for the DNA-linked cold-case 2001 crime. “I am so sorry,” he told the family in court almost 16 years after the “horrific” crime. Hugo Lara, 44, pleaded no contest earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter with gang and gun enhancements in the stabbing death of Alfredo Trevino. Lara is already serving a 13-year prison sentence for a 2008 second- degree robbery conviction. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. ordered the terms to run consecutively.

Charges Dismissed Against USC Student Accused of Drugging, Raping Fellow Student
Charges were dismissed against a 20-year-old USC student who was accused of drugging and raping a fellow student in her campus dorm after video of her with the former suspect outside a bar showed her making a sexual gesture to a friend. Surveillance video shared for the first time Monday shows the interaction between the woman and Armann Karim Premjee inside the Banditos bar near the USC campus. "She put her arms on my neck, started kissing me," he said. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor dismissed a count of rape by use of drugs after hearing evidence at a preliminary hearing last week. A second count of sexual penetration by a foreign object was dropped by Deputy District Attorney Lana Kim partway through the hearing, Premjee's attorney said.  A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman says officers presented the video to the Los Angeles County District Attorney when they filed the charges. The DA's Office says the case would not be refiled.

Man In Beverly Hills Who Allegedly Posed As Uber Driver Is Charged With Sexual Assault
A Los Angeles man posing as an  Uber  driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Beverly Hills, and police fear he may have been involved in other attacks in Los Angeles County, officials said.  Carlos Omar Pichinte, 40, claimed to be an Uber driver when he picked up his female victim in West Hollywood on May 13, according to Lt. Elisbaeth Albanese, public information officer for the Beverly Hills Police Department. He then drove a short distance into Beverly Hills and sexually assaulted the woman, Albanese said.  Pichinte was arrested during a motor vehicle stop the following week, according to Albanese. He was driving a silver Kia Rio at the time of his capture.

Man Expected To Change Plea To Guilty In Murder Of 5-Year Old Son, Sources Say
Disturbing news was revealed on Monday about the South Pasadena man accused of killing his 5-year-old son. He apparently said that he actually wanted to harm his child. The revelation was detailed in a LA County Department of Children Services report. The July 3 DCFS report says that Aramazd Andressian Senior told investigators that he harmed the boy and left him in Santa Barbara County.  He later told them where to find the body.  The report was filed three days after the body of the boy, Aramazd Andressian Junior, was found near Lake Cachuma. The father was charged with the April 21 murder of his son last month. 
FOX 11

Inquiries About Immigration Status Will Be Barred In Most Civil Liability Cases Under A New California Law
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that makes a plaintiff's immigration status irrelevant to the issue of liability in civil cases involving consumer protection, civil rights, labor and housing laws. Assembly Bill 1690, written by Assemblyman Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), prevents inquiries into a person's immigration status in civil court, unless there is clear and convincing evidence that such a query is necessary to comply with federal immigration law. The legislation, which was backed by the Consumer Attorneys of California, immigration rights groups and several public policy centers, was meant to clarify current state law, which states that all civil protections, rights and remedies are available under state law, except if banned by federal law. 
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Peddle It All Over Town: New Metro Bike Share At San Pedro Waterfront
Metro's bike sharing system expanded to the Port of Los Angeles Monday, with 13 stations and 120 bicycles added to the agency's growing network. Metro already had 61 stations and around 700 bicycles in downtown L.A. and another 30 stations which were recently added to Pasadena. Officials with Metro, the Port of Los Angeles and Bicycle Transit Systems Inc. marked the Port program expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and bike ride at San Pedro's Downtown Harbor. “Whether you are a local or visiting, you now have a new and fun option for exploring everything the L.A. waterfront has to offer,” said county Supervisor Janice Hahn, who is also a member of the Metro Board of Directors.

2028 Olympics News

Los Angeles Reaches Deal With Olympic Leaders For 2028 Games
Los Angeles has reached an agreement with International Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday. The deal would make LA a three-time Olympic city, after hosting the 1932 and 1984 Games. With the agreement, the city is taking “a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. He called it a “historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States” and the Olympic movement. The agreement follows a vote earlier this month by the International Olympic Committee to seek an unusual deal to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously. 
Associated Press


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