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August 9, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Taken In Ambulance Following Crash In Mid-City Area
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was taken by ambulance from the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles after a crash involving an SUV Tuesday morning.  The crash occurred at the intersection of South La Brea Avenue and Venice Boulevard, aerial video from Sky5 showed just after 8 a.m. Medical personnel could be seen treating the officer at the scene. Video showed the officer was moving. The officer was conscious and breathing when transported to a hospital, according to LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison. 

Man Charged With Killing Missouri Officer Arrested
A man charged with killing a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop was arrested Tuesday evening, authorities announced. Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers said Ian McCarthy, 39, was taken into custody in Henry County, which includes the city of Clinton. McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday night. About 100 local, county and state law enforcement officers had been looking for McCarthy since the shooting. Investigators believe McCarthy jumped from his vehicle and shot the 37-year-old Michael, before driving a short distance, crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot.
Associated Press

Should the LAPD use drones? Here's What's Behind The Heated Debate
For more than three years, a pair of drones donated to the Los Angeles Police Department was locked away, collecting dust after a public outcry over the idea of police using the controversial technology. Seattle police saw a similar backlash when they wanted to use the devices, grounding their drone program before it even took off. And recently, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's use of a drone has been criticized by activists as well as civilian oversight commissioners who want the agency to stop.  On Tuesday, the LAPD again waded into the heated debate, saying the department wanted to test the use of drones in a one-year pilot program.  The union representing rank-and-file LAPD officers dismissed the criticism Tuesday, saying in a statement that drones were a “commonsense tool that can ensure resident and officer safety in dangerous situations.”  “It's time for the conspiracy theorists and professional protesters to stop obstructing every effort we make to keep Angelenos safe,” the union added.
Los Angeles Times

Search Is On For Suspects In Compton And Reseda Homicides
Authorities are looking for suspects in two unrelated shootings that happened in Compton and Reseda since Saturday.  On Monday around 1:50 a.m., 18-year-old Jesse Salazar was standing outside Cantara Street Elementary School in Reseda when someone walked toward him and fired multiple rounds, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The shooter's face was covered but investigators believe the suspect is a man, said LAPD Det. Steve Castro. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD spokesman. In Compton, two men were fatally shot Saturday around 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Travel Plaza Inn in the 1100 block of South Long Beach Boulevard.
Los Angeles Times

Man Accused Of Stabbing Food 4 Less Security Guard Over Beer Will Face Murder Charge
A 24-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a Los Angeles security guard who tried to stop him from stealing beer will face a murder charge. Police Detective Efren Gutierrez says Santiago Madrigal is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney. Investigators say he tried to shoplift from a Food 4 Less grocery store in the Sylmar neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday. Officials say the guard followed the suspect out of the store, and during a confrontation the suspect fatally stabbed the guard.  The victim, 28-year-old Joe Lopez, was pronounced dead at a hospital. 

‘Grizzly,' Mexican Mafia Shot Caller, Gets 13 Years: Ramona Gardens Terrorized
The second-in-command of a Mexican Mafia-linked East Los Angeles street gang that federal authorities say terrorized residents of the Ramona Gardens housing complex in Boyle Heights for decades has been sentenced to nearly 13 years behind bars. He'll be immediately deported to Mexico after his release. Victor “Grizzly” Barrios, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder to a 155-month prison term, reduced from 180 months to account for about two years served in federal custody following his arrest on conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.

Conspiracy Charge Added Against Wife, Alleged Lover Accused In Murder Of Woodland Hills Hairdresser
The wife of a prominent hairdresser and her reputed lover — who are already charged with capital murder for her husband's stabbing death at his Woodland Hills home — were charged Monday with conspiring to kill him. Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Louis Baker, 55, pleaded not guilty before a Superior Court judge in Van Nuys to a felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime in connection with the Jan. 23 killing of Fabio Sementilli, 49. The two were charged June 16 with murder, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain and murder while lying in wait.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Linked To String Of Burglaries In LA, Orange And San Bernardino Counties Arrested
A Los Angeles man arrested in Fountain Valley for a jewelry store heist has been connected to the theft of nearly $100,000 in designer hand bags and jewelry in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, Burbank police said. Following 40-year-old Douglas Arevalo-Alvarado's arrest just after midnight July 28, investigators realized he was linked to a slew of break-ins and thefts including one at Luxmary Handbags, 3421 West Magnolia Blvd, in early July where more than $90,000 in designer handbags and purses were stolen, according to a Burbank Police news release. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Tanaka Contends Questions About Deputy Sheriffs Gang Led To Unfair Trial
Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka's attorney argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday that prosecutors' questions about a deputy sheriffs gang was irrelevant, unfounded and prejudicial to his client. Tanaka is appealing his 2016 conviction for obstruction of justice and conspiracy stemming from his role in an attempt to block an FBI investigation into abuse in the jails. He was ousted as Gardena mayor and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. The high-profile corruption case brought down top managers of the L.A. County sheriffs department, including former Sheriff Lee Baca. 

Ballistic Backpacks, Laptop Cases Made To Stop Gunfire, Even From AK-47
Two former and current police officers teamed up to manufacture backpacks and laptop cases that can stop bullets, even from an AK-47. These products were made for law enforcement agencies as well as civilians. Retired police officer Ron Weaver, now the CEO of Eastern Beacon Industries, said he often responded to active shooter incidents and wanted to offer an easy-to-use life-saving device. "You're probably are carrying a similar bag now. You're probably carrying a backpack. You're probably carrying a laptop case. Why wouldn't you want to carry one that you have full protection from a rifle, and you can save yourself or your family's life?" Weaver said. 

Ford Repairs Austin Police SUVs, But Questions Linger
Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them. But the company faces lingering questions about the safety of thousands of other Explorers on the road. Ford is repairing police SUVs in Austin and other cities for free. Austin city spokesman David Green said a team from Ford took five of the police department's Explorers to local dealers Monday to teach them how to fix the issue.  Austin pulled nearly 400 Explorers off its patrol fleet late last month because of concerns about carbon monoxide. Green says the city will likely send its entire fleet out for repairs, but he didn't know how long it would take to get them all fixed.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Desperate For Another Chopper In Two Big Blazes: LA Council To Say OK
A Los Angeles City Council committee is expected Wednesday to authorize the acquisition of a seventh fire department helicopter that should eliminate crises when firefighters were forced to battle two blazes at the same time with half the airborne fleet grounded. Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin co-introduced a motion asking for a report from the General Services Division on the state of the helicopter fleet after only three of the LAFD's six helicopters were available on May 28 when brush fires broke out in Mandeville Canyon and Sylmar. No property was damaged as a result of the blazes, but Bonin said he was “disturbed” by the depleted state of the LAFD's fleet that day.

Local Government News

LA To Resume Ticketing Cars On 'Parkways'
Anyone who's been taking advantage of the city's lack of enforcement of rules for parking on parkways over the last five-plus years has a few days left to enjoy doing so without being ticketed, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. On Monday, the city will resume enforcement following the City Council's passage in June of an amended ordinance which outlaws the maneuver and defined the parkway as the area on a street between the curb and the sidewalk that is generally landscaped.

LA County Leaders Green-Light Construction Of New Mental Health Center In Valley
A $14.5 million project that will expand mental health services in the San Fernando Valley was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. A shuttered courthouse at 919 1st Street and Brand Boulevard in the City of San Fernando will be razed and a new center, 15,600-square-foot center will be built in its place. Construction should begin January, according to the Department of Public Works. The municipal courthouse was closed years ago. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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