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August 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

2nd Man Arrested In Missouri Officer's Death, Faces Tampering Charge
A second man has been arrested in connection with last weekend's shooting death of a western Missouri police officer, authorities said Thursday evening. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said William Noble, 35, of Clinton was taken into custody Thursday and charged with felony tampering with evidence. During the course of an interview, Lowe said, investigators determined that Noble had disposed of the rifle believed to have been used in Sunday's shooting death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael. 
Associated Press

'Tell my family I love them': Camera Glasses Capture Near-Death Shooting Of Cop
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 35 years for opening fire at a police officer, striking him four times, in a shooting captured by a camera in the officer's glasses. Solicitor Duffie Stone announced Wednesday that a jury found 29-year-old Malcolm Orr of Estill guilty of attempted murder and possessing a weapon in a violent crime. Orr received maximum sentences. Stone says Estill officer Quincy Smith was responding to a call on New Year's Day 2016 about someone trying to snatch groceries from customers.
Associated Press

Man Found Dead After Standoff With LAPD At His Estranged Girlfriend's Pacific Palisades Home
A man was found dead inside a Pacific Palisades home after allegedly showing up intoxicated to see his estranged girlfriend and then opening fire following an argument, Los Angeles police said Thursday. SWAT officers were called to a barricade situation that followed a shots fired call at the home in the 1600 block of Alta Mura Road around midnight Wednesday, 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.

Gang Member Arrested In Deadly Reseda Sidewalk Shooting
A suspect has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting early Monday of an 18-year-old man on a sidewalk in Reseda, authorities said. Juan Gomez, 19, of the Reseda area, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the death of Jesse Salazar, Los Angeles Police Department Detective James Fillmore said Thursday. The arrest followed a high-speed police pursuit that reached up to 90 miles an hour, Fillmore said. Salazar, who worked in landscaping, was once a student at Grover Cleveland Charter High School. “It looks like a gang-involved quarrel over a female,” Fillmore said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

NBA Player Zach Randolph Arrested On Suspicion Of Pot Possession Amid Clash With Police In Watts: LAPD
The Sacramento Kings' Zach Randolph was one of two men arrested during a clash that began Wednesday night between police and community members at Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts, authorities said. Randolph, 36, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale. Also arrested was Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict. Los Angeles County sheriff's records show that Randolph was arrested and held on $20,000 bail. The LAPD has given a different spelling of his name but confirmed that the NBA player had been arrested. 

Hapless Thieves Walk Away With $1 Million Worth Of Footwear In Torrance
Who walked away with $1 million in stolen footwear in Torrance? Authorities Friday were asking the public for help in finding the hapless thieves who ended up losing most of the stolen goods when the haul was recovered. On Sunday night, a chassis container trailer loaded with men's and women's footwear was taken from the Torrance business yard, but authorities did not disclose a location. The trailer was recovered two days later in Whittier but all the footwear had been removed, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division.

Allegedly Armed Man Fatally Shot By Police In Venice Is ID'd
An armed man who died after police shot him in Venice last week has been identified as Todd Gregory Hurlburt, 53, authorities said. Officers responded to a radio call of a possibly armed person in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard on Friday night, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told police commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. Around 8:30 p.m. officers arrived at the home, where a woman met them outside and told them the suspect was inside destroying property, police said Saturday. Inside, the officers saw a person — later identified by coroner's officials as Hurlburt — sitting in a chair with an AR-15 rifle, Beck said.

Recordings suggest 'Suge' Knight discussed trying to bribe witnesses in his murder case, D.A. says
Transcripts of recorded conversations suggest former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight and his defense attorney discussed bribing witnesses to fabricate testimony in Knight's upcoming murder trial, prosecutors alleged in court records made public on Thursday. According to the 22-page court filing by prosecutors, conversations between Knight, Long Beach attorney Matthew Fletcher and two others show the group understood “they were going to assist the defendant in procuring witnesses for his defense, which included payments for fabricated testimony.”
Los Angeles Times

72-Year-Old Woman Sentenced To Prison For DUI Crash That Killed MMA Fighter's Toddler Son
A 72-year-old woman pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter Thursday in connection with a drunk driving crash that killed the toddler son of a mixed martial arts fighter, officials said. Donna Marie Higgins was immediately sentenced to six years in prison for smashing her car into the stroller of 15-month-old Liam Mikael Kowal in Hawthorne last year, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The boy's father, Swedish-born fighter Marcus Kowal, was in the courtroom for the sentencing, according to his Facebook page.
Los Angeles Times

Should LA County youth prisons close? Here's What Residents Think
Shut them down. That's how 61 percent of Los Angeles County residents surveyed feel about juvenile halls, according to the results of a statewide poll released  Wednesday . Across the state, more than half of the 1,042 California residents in the survey said they supported prevention and rehabilitation programs for youth instead of juvenile halls. The survey was commissioned by the California Endowment and conducted online in June. Kim McGill, an organizer with the Los Angeles-based Youth Justice Coalition, said in a statement that the results reflect what the community has been saying for a long time. 
Los Angeles Daily News

California Law Enforcement Agencies Fight Against 'Sanctuary' Laws That Protect Illegal Immigrants
Law enforcement agencies across California are in a final battle to try and stop Senate Bill 54. The bill will approve sanctuary laws that protect illegal immigrants and prevents state and local law enforcement from working with the federal enforcement. Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims responded to the recent fight to try and stop senate bill 54 from passing. "It would mean local law enforcement could not let immigration know about dangerous criminals that were about to be released back into our community," said Sheriff Margaret Mims. The State Sheriffs Association is continuing to lobby for amendments to the bill. They said they must have open communication with federal officers, especially at county jails where they can pick up criminals safely.
Your Central Valley

Public Safety News

Three Car Fires In South LA, Police Search For Possible Arson Suspect
City firefighters in the South Los Angeles area moved from one fire to another Friday morning-- all of them suspicious. It all started around 12:45 Friday morning when a trash bin was set on fire and the flames quickly spread to a parked minivan. Moments later and 3.5 miles away, a car parked in a driveway was also set on fire. LA City firefighters put out the flames before it could spread to the house.  And then, another car was also set on fire-- it appeared that something was put in this car's gas tank and that's how it started.  Arson investigators are looking into the three fires that all happened within about 20 minutes of each other.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Angry Residents Sue The City Of Los Angeles Over Traffic Lane Reductions, Cite 132 Percent Increase In Accidents
A group of residents on the Westside announced Thursday that they have filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles over a series of controversial lane reductions on key streets in the Playa del Rey area. A group called KeepLAMoving is challenging the “road diets” the city instituted recently with the support of Councilman Mike Bonin which reduced parts of Venice Boulevard, Pershing Drive, Jefferson Boulevard, Vista del Mar and Culver Boulevard to one lane in each direction.  Bonin advertised the changes as a series of needed safety improvements, while opponents called it “one-lane madness” that made an area already known for traffic even more congested.

Mayor Picks Head Of New Los Angeles Department Of Cannabis Regulation
Cat Packer has been appointed as executive director of the new Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday. The department was created in June after Los Angeles voters approved new regulations and taxation guidelines for cannabis in March. Cannabis will become legal for recreational use in California in 2018. Packer has previously worked as a policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance and advocated for responsible cannabis policy in California, an aide to Garcetti said. 
FOX 11

2028 Olympics News

LA City Council To Vote On New Olympic Plan For 2028 That Has Yet To Be Finalized
The Los Angeles City Council Friday morning is expected to vote unanimously to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to sign a Host City Contract with the International Olympic Committee in which the city agrees to host the 2028 Olympic Games and guarantees that it will cover any potential financial shortfall from those Games. The vote comes against the backdrop of the IOC agreeing to a record payout and financial concessions to a host city that could exceed $2.5 billion and concerns about the uncertainty of hosting Games still 11 years away. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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