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August 10, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Rocks, Bottles Thrown At Officers In Watts Prompting Massive Police Response
Police say rocks and bottles were thrown at officers Wednesday night while police were conducting an investigation of an officer-needs-help call.  The violence prompted a massive response from LAPD and the LA Sheriff's Department. The incident escalated after 10 p.m. near 112th Street in the Nickerson Gardens area and dozens of police and sheriff units formed a perimeter. Police say an LAPD unit had a window shattered.

18 Pennsylvania Cops Hospitalized After Possible Fentanyl Exposure
Eighteen Pittsburgh SWAT officers were sickened by suspected fentanyl while assisting federal officials on a series of raids in the West End of the city Wednesday morning, authorities said. ICE was the lead agency on the raids at two houses on Lakewood Street and one on Bond Street as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to a statement from Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song.  During the raids, Pittsburgh SWAT officers were exposed to a chemical that became airborne, making the officers dizzy and causing numbness, said Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler. 
Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Debating police use of drones, as LAPD looks to launch pilot drone program
n Tuesday, the LAPD announced a plan for a pilot drone program to the Board of Police Commissioners, amid protests from organizations Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and the Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign.  "Over the last 30 years, technology has dramatically changed law enforcement for the better, said Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.  "It's made us more effective and safer.  Using drones will accomplish the same thing."

Man Barricaded In Pacific Palisades Home After Allegedly Shooting At Estranged Girlfriend
SWAT officers were called to a barricade situation in Pacific Palisades after a man allegedly showed up intoxicated at his estranged girlfriend's house late Wednesday night and opened fire following an argument. Officers responded to a shots fired call at the home in the 1600 block of Alta Mura Road around midnight, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling said. A woman who ran from the residence and contacted neighborhood security guards said her “on-again off-again” boyfriend had arrived at her home drunk and the two got into an argument. 

Standoff At Beverly Grove Building Ends With One Dead
A man who barricaded himself in a Beverly Grove residential building Wednesday has died. Los Angeles Police Department officials said they did not fire shots at the man. The circumstances of the man's death were not immediately clear. Police were called about 4:20 p.m. to the scene in the 600 block of North Edinburgh Avenue, west of Fairfax Avenue and south of Melrose Avenue, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. Neighbors said they saw partol officers, SWAT teams and crisis negotiators respond to the building after the man made a phone call threatening to harm himself and those with him.

Man Charged With Murdering Brother Of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas In 1981
Authorities have arrested and charged a man accused of killing the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas 36 years ago in South L.A., the district attorney's office confirmed Wednesday. Michael Anthony Locklin, 61, was charged last week with the 1981 murder of Michael Thomas, according to a felony complaint filed in court. The complaint alleges Locklin killed Thomas during a robbery. Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, confirmed the victim was Ridley-Thomas' brother. Locklin is scheduled to be arraigned later this month, Risling said. Jail records showed he was being held without bail. 
Los Angeles Times

$50,000 Reward Offered for Information In Woman's Tujunga Wash Death
The body of 34-year-old Julia Moniz was found in the Tujunga Wash in Los Angeles County on Oct. 17, 2015. Almost two years later, the Los Angeles Police Department says they're not exactly sure how she died. The Moniz family is still mourning the death of a mother of two young girls who will never again be held like only a mother can. "It breaks my heart. It's really sad," one of the victim's sisters, Emily Moniz, said. Detective Kenneth White with the LAPD's Valley Bureau said that police have been "getting different stories."  "So we're here now in order to get the truth," White said. 

Police Seek Gunman After Woman Fatally Shot In Glendale
A Glendale woman, whose killer remains at large, may have been targeted for robbery as she arrived home from work, police said Wednesday. Hye Soon Oh, 67, was shot around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2900 block of Montrose Avenue and died at a hospital.  The gunman was seen by witnesses getting into a vehicle, but police did not release a description of the vehicle.  The victim, suffering from a single gunshot wound, was found on the ground next to a parked car inside the carport garage of her townhouse complex, police said.  "At this point of the investigation, detectives believe the victim was likely targeted for a robbery after she was returning home from her place of business,'' according to a  police statement.
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Watchdog Says L.A. Sheriff's Department Collects Flawed Data, Reports Inaccurate Statistics
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department uses flawed methods to collect data about violence in county jails that result in unreliable and in some cases inaccurate statistics published internally and in public reports, according to the agency's principal watchdog. Inspector General Max Huntsman said his 17-page report, released Tuesday, calls into question whether the department “is in control of itself” as it continues to implement reforms a few years after an abuse scandal rocked the nation's largest jail system.  “They themselves said that they didn't believe their own data,” Huntsman said.
Los Angeles Times

To fix ‘unfair' bail system, will California copy Kentucky?
It's rare that a California lawmaker seeking a policy model would turn to Kentucky. But with the Legislature on summer recess, that's precisely what Sen. Bob Hertzberg is doing. The mission: travel to the Bluegrass state to investigate how Kentucky gets its defendants awaiting trial to show up for court dates and keep them from committing crimes—all without without locking them up. Civil rights advocates point to Kentucky as a shining example of reform, and Hertzberg, a Democrat who represents the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys, is convinced California ought to take notice.

Maine trooper visits murder victim's children he helped rescue
Maine State Police trooper was reunited for the first time in six years with four children whom he stood guard over while police searched for their mother's killer. Trooper Nathan Jamo was the first on the scene after Renee Sandora and her friend Trevor Mills were fatally shot on July 25, 2011, at her home in New Gloucester. While police searched for gunman Joel Hayden, Jamo stood guard on a neighbor's porch to protect Sandora's four young children, state police said in a Facebook post.
Portland Press Herald

2028 Olympics News

City Officials Urge LA City Council To OK Deal With IOC
The Los Angeles City Council later this week should approve contracts between Los Angeles 2028 and the International Olympic Committee in which the city agrees to host the 2028 Olympic Games, according to a recommendation by the city's chief legislative analyst and administrative officer. In addition to recommending the council sign off on the host city contract between the city, the IOC and the U.S. Olympic Committee and LA 2028's tripartite deal with the IOC and Paris 2024, the city staff has renegotiated a memorandum of understanding between the city, LA 2028 and the USOC that gives the council a role in the planning of the 2028 Games and the city protection against an unexpected financial deficit, Chief Legislative Analyst Sharon M. Tso and interim City Administrative Officer Richard H. Llewellyn Jr. wrote in an 86-page report.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Trash, Drugs And Prostitutes: Neighbors Irked By RV Dwellers
North Hollywood residents are up in arms as they say people living in recreational vehicles have tainted their neighborhood with trash, drugs and prostitutes. Residents in the neighborhood off the bike path on Chandler Boulevard say they are tired of the dozen or so makeshift RVs that have been parked near their homes for months, and they're asking the city to crack down on the problem. In a clear example of what neighbors say they're dealing with, a surveillance video captured a topless woman wandering the alleyway near where the RVs are parked. 

Venice has become an epicenter of Los Angeles' struggle over short-term rentals. Call it the Airbnb problem
On any summer weekend, Venice Beach is the ultimate urban beach carnival: exhilarating, loud, funky and diverse. No wonder Ocean Front Walk is one of the state's premier attractions: It's amazing entertainment and it's 100% free. But unlike other tourist spots — say Disneyland or Universal CityWalk — Venice is still primarily a residential neighborhood. Because of that, Venice has become an epicenter of Los Angeles' struggle over short-term rentals, what you might call the Airbnb Problem. To get a sense of it, I took what some local housing activists have dubbed a “Lost Housing” tour of Venice on Saturday afternoon. 
Los Angeles Times


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