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August 14, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Reserve Sheriff's Deputy Dies During World Police And Fire Games
A reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department died Friday during a mountain bike race at the World Police and Fire Games, authorities said. Jacob Castroll, 67, a reserve at the Malibu/Lost Hills station since July 2010, was found unresponsive on the Castaic bike course and taken to a Valencia hospital, where he died about 11:15 a.m., authorities said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office is investigating the cause of death, said sheriff's Sgt. Tui Wright of the Lost Hills station. “We're terribly floored and upset at the loss,” Wright said. 
Los Angeles Times

Face-Tattooed Cop Killer Suspect Faces Justice
An admitted gang member with a tattooed face who is accused of killing his cousin in East Los Angeles and then opening fire on two Whittier police officers, killing one and wounding the other, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on murder, attempted murder and other charges. Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, is accused of the Feb. 20 killings of Officer Keith Boyer, 53, in Whittier and of his own cousin, 47-year-old Roy Torres, in East Los Angeles. During a preliminary hearing in June, an audiotaped interview with Mejia was played in court, in which he is heard telling detectives that he “smoked” the officer and his cousin and “shot another cop.”

Dead Woman, Hail Of Bullets, Crashed Car Into Tree: Tough Murder Mystery In Westlake
A hail of bullets, a dead woman and two critically injured men in a car that crashed into a tree made for a difficult murder mystery Sunday as police hunted the killer. LAPD officers found numerous shell casing scattered across the street when they arrived at the Westlake neighborhood death scene. Police said the killer apparently fled on foot after firing numerous rounds into the four-door sedan. No motive for the attack was available from police, and they did not say if the murdered woman or one of the men may have been driving the death car.

Woman Sought After Reportedly Stabbing Boyfriend At Tujunga Gas Station
A man was stabbed at a gas station in Tujunga by his girlfriend, authorities said Saturday. The stabbing was reported around 11 p.m. Friday at a Chevron in the 5700 block of Foothill Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said. The suspect remains outstanding.
Los Angeles Daily News

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash At South LA Intersection; Driver, SUV Sought
A man in his 40s was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle early Saturday morning in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The collision was reported about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of 88th Street and Broadway, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim, later identified as 57-year-old Albert Arnold, died at the scene. The suspect's vehicle was said to be possibly a late-model, dark-colored Chevrolet Tahoe. Witnesses described the driver only as a heavyset male.

Man Who Killed Himself During LA Standoff Linked To Indonesia Corruption Case
A man who killed himself during an armed Los Angeles standoff last week was an important witness in a sweeping corruption investigation in Indonesia, according to media reports. Johannes Marliem, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Los Angeles County Coroner's spokeswoman Rayna Hernandez said Sunday. Febri Diansyah, a spokesman for the Corruption Eradication Commission in Indonesia, told the Jakarta Post that Marliem died in the United States, but he said he didn't have details.
Los Angeles Daily News

Armed Men Invade Hollywood Hills Home, Steal Narcotics
Two men armed with high-power guns stole narcotics from a Hollywood Hills home Saturday. Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division responded to a home invasion robbery at 3 am. on the 2300 block of Hercules Drive. Although residents of the home were present, no injuries were reported, according to officials. The gunman fled the scene in a sedan. A detailed description of the men and their vehicle was not immediately available. Authorities are investigating the robbery.

Strangulation Death Of Woman Still Remains A Mystery Nearly 20 Years Later
The gruesome murder of a young woman who was strangled to death still remains a mystery to LAPD detectives nearly 20 years later. Fonda Dempsey was 32 years old on September 25, 2001, someone strangled her to death, detectives said. And while police believe the murder happened in South Los Angeles, it took nearly a week for them to discover her body – found in the trunk of her own car, parked in what is now Sherman Oaks. It was just after the terror attacks of 9/11. The family said because of that, all the attention in the community was still on New York City, with very few details about Fonda's case ever reaching the local news. 

LAPD Detectives Search For Rightful Owner Of Gold Locket, Possibly From WWII-Era, Found In Reseda Bust
LAPD detectives are on the search for the original owner of a gold locket, possibly from the World War II era, that they found while investigating a theft in Reseda.

LA County Sheriff's Deputies Wearing Their Own Body Cams Due To Lack Of Official Policy
America's largest sheriff's department still lacks a policy for body cameras after years of studying the issue, so hundreds — perhaps thousands — of its deputies have taken matters into their own hands and bought the cameras themselves. It's reassuring for those Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who have the devices, which sell for about $100 online, but it raises a host of thorny questions about transparency. Chief among them: How can the public be assured critical footage will be shared if there are no policies for what gets disclosed? “It's a recipe for disaster,” said Melanie Ochoa, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
Los Angeles Daily News

Videos: White Nationalist Rally, Violence Rocks Va. City; 3 Dead
A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly violent confrontation. A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected. The chaos boiled over at what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade: the governor declared a state of emergency, police dressed in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Landmark Prop. 47 saved millions. But is it just ‘a drop in the bucket'?
Nearly three years after voters passed a state law intended to save money by keeping low-level offenders out of jail, $103 million in savings has been accumulated and will be distributed to two dozen California cities and counties for related programs. But as local leaders prepare to spend their share of the money, some say Proposition 47 destroyed law and order. Others say in time, the law will help people.  Known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, Proposition 47 allows six nonviolent felonies — such as simple drug possession or petty theft under $950 — to be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County Officials Examining CA's Sentencing Reforms In Wake Of Officer's Murder
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider creating a Blue Ribbon commission to examine what impact the state's recent sentencing reforms are having on public  safety in the region. The motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn follows the February murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer–allegedly by a man who might have been locked up at the time, were it not for recent law changes that allowed him to be on probation supervision. Boyer was responding to a traffic collision when he was fatally shot. 

2028 Olympics News

LA 2028: City Council Gives Green Light To Bring Games To LA
The Los Angeles City Council has given the green light to bring 2028 Olympics to the city. The Council on Friday unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding as well as a host city contract. It's all part of one of the final hurdles needed to officially bring the Summer Olympics back to town. "We negotiated the deal of a lifetime to bring the Games back to America, create a new Olympic legacy for the next generation, and deliver access to sports and fitness programs to every community in Los Angeles," Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement. "Today's unanimous vote by the City Council is a resounding show of confidence in our fiscally responsible plan for 2028, and more evidence of Angelenos' passion to return the Games to L.A."

Terrorists, Hackers And Scammers: Many Enemies As L.A. Plans Olympics Security
During the 1984 Summer Olympics, Charles Beck was a young Los Angeles police sergeant assigned to patrol the Athletes Village at UCLA and the Coliseum. There was a lot of security, the now-chief recalled, along with police helicopters patrolling by air and bomb squads on hand. But the nearest thing to high technology was an electronic badge system: 4 x 5 identity cards for athletes, dignitaries and journalists that gave them access to secure facilities during the games. Come the 2028 Olympic Games, technology will play a much more central role in protecting the games. 


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