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August 15, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Monterey Park Police Officer Killed In Crash Along 605 Freeway In Norwalk
An off-duty Monterey Park police officer was killed in a crash along the 605 Freeway in Norwalk Monday morning, officials said. The crash occurred on the northbound side of the highway near the 105 Freeway interchange, according to the police department. Officer Adrian Carrillo, 36, was killed in what appeared to be a single-vehicle roll-over crash. The crash blocked several lanes of the highway during rush hour and traffic in the area was backed up, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Carrillo had been with the department since Dec. 2015 and “was well liked by both his colleagues,” police said in a statement. 

Chicago Police Officer Dies On Duty, Gets End-Of-Watch Procession
A Chicago Police Department Calumet District captain died early Sunday after he was found unconscious in his police vehicle, police said. About 12:10 a.m. Sunday, the 50-year-old police officer, who is a supervisor for the Calumet District, was found unconscious in his police car on Interstate 94 near the Stony Island feeder. He was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:06 a.m. He was identified as James Lavoy, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. 
Chicago Tribune

Gang Member Accused Of Killing Whittier Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty
An admitted gang member accused of killing his cousin in East Los Angeles and then opening fire on two Whittier police officers, killing one and wounding the other, pleaded not guilty Monday to 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. He is being held without bail and was ordered to return to court on Sept. 7 for a pretrial hearing. 

2 Killed, 2 Critical In North Hollywood Shooting
Two people were killed and two others were critically injured in a running gun battle in the middle of a North Hollywood street Monday night. Police responded to reports of a shooting near an apartment building in the 1500 block of Hesby Street at about 11:30 p.m. and found multiple gunshot victims. Police believe a group of four to six people were outside the apartment complex when an altercation ensued and shots were fired from at least two weapons, according to Lt. Mike Kozak of the LAPD Valley Homicide Bureau.

Commission to decide whether LAPD was justified in South L.A. shooting that killed 18-year-old
Los Angeles police commissioners will decide Tuesday whether police were justified in fatally shooting Carnell Snell Jr. last year in South L.A., a killing that prompted protests and the rare public release of video evidence by the LAPD. The death of a black 18-year-old struck a chord in South L.A. during a year when police shootings of African American men deepened mistrust in a neighborhood where some residents were already wary of the LAPD. After Snell was shot, angry activists and residents flocked to the scene, decrying the police and dismissing the LAPD's account that Snell was carrying a gun.
os Angeles Times

SWAT Team Ends Atwater Village Barricade Situation
A Los Angeles police SWAT team surrounded an Atwater Village home following a report of a family dispute and determined that a man who had refused to come out would not be arrested, pending further investigation. Police went to the 3000 block of Silver Lake Boulevard around 10:45 p.m. Monday in response to reports of a family dispute, said officials at the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division. A man was holed up in the home, and surrounding residences were evacuated, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Westlake Kidnapping, Robbery Suspect Arrested
A man linked to an alleged kidnapping in Westlake was taken into custody Monday morning. Los Angeles police said they were on 3rd and Alvarado streets investigating a robbery Sunday night when they discovered the kidnapping also took place. Witnesses told investigators that they spotted a man beating up a woman outside the Holiday Lodge Motel on W. 3rd Street before he allegedly took her to a car. Authorities found the woman inside a car nearby, and she was taken to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries.

LAPD Officers Join Schoolchildren Across Los Angeles For Back-To-School Shopping
Los Angeles police officers joined schoolchildren in Granada Hills and across Los Angeles for back-to-school shopping Monday.  Erin Myers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on August 14, 2017.

White Supremacist Gang Drug House Targeted In Canoga Park
The City Attorney's Office Monday sued three people, asking that a Canoga Park home where a white supremacist gang gathers that has been the site of ongoing drug sales since 2011 be declared a public nuisance. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit name as defendants 50-year-old Lisa Bellinaso; her 79-year-old mother, Isabella Bellinaso; and Lisa Bellinaso's 37-year-old boyfriend, Ryan Matthew Andrews. In addition to the declaration of a public nuisance, the city is asking that a judge enjoin further narcotic dealings at the home in the 8400 block of Remmet Avenue, where Andrews and Lisa Bellinaso live.

Homicide Detectives Probing Man's Overdose Death At Home Of Prominent L.A. Democratic Donor Ed Buck
Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal drug overdose of a 26-year-old man at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that while coroner's officials ruled Gemmel Moore's July 27 death an accident, homicide detectives will be conducting a follow-up investigation based on “additional information.” He declined to elaborate. Initial investigations by deputies and the Los Angeles County Coroner's office did not flag anything suspicious in Moore's death, sheriff's Capt. Chris Bergner said, but the new probe was being launched “out of abundance of caution.” 
Los Angeles Times

Glendale man admits to supplying drugs to LA gangs under Mexican Mafia ‘peace treaty'
A gang member who managed a group of three rival street gangs in and around the San Fernando Valley, which officials say were brought together at the behest of the Mexican Mafia, pleaded guilty Monday, while admitting to being a primary supplier of drugs to the group. Santos Zepeda, aka “Slim,” 33, of Glendale, who is also senior member of the Frogtown gang, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

California AG Thanks Police And Condemns Virginia Terror
California's attorney general thanked law enforcement who responded when a driver plowed into a crowd of people protesting a gathering of white supremacists in Virginia, killing one and wounding 19. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, also on Monday condemned Saturday's "acts of terrorism" saying, "we cannot let people believe that it is right to do wrong." He made the remarks at a press conference to announce California is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over President Donald Trump's sanctuary city restrictions on public safety grants. Becerra thanked the first responders "who stood up and did their job."
US News

Police: 16 Immigrants Locked Inside Rig At Texas Truck Stop
Police in Texas acting on a tip found 16 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the border with Mexico, less than a month after the deaths of 10 people who were packed in a hot truck in San Antonio. Edinburg Assistant Police Chief Oscar Trevino says the immigrants may have been locked inside the 18-wheeler in Edinburg for at least eight hours before being freed by officers late Sunday morning. He had earlier said there were 17 immigrants locked in the tractor-trailer before correcting the number on Monday to 16. 
Associated Press

Police Try Out New Database For Documenting Opioid Overdoses
Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. The database was developed by criminal justice experts Sean Varano at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and Pam Kelley with Kelley Research Associates in Massachusetts. It's an innovative approach, Varano said, because agencies typically rely on older public health data about fatal overdoses and don't know the prevalence of nonfatal overdoses and because it gives them a quick way to communicate about that data. "This is really a death prevention project," Varano said.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA To Get Tough On Car Owners Parking On Berms Or Parkways
Parking enforcement has been warning residents over the past 45 days about the plan to start issuing tickets, and as you might imagine it's not going over well here where parking is already extremely challenging. In Koreatown, parking is at such a premium that some residents have resorted to unconventional parking spots like using the parkway - the area between the sidewalk and the street. Since 2011, the city has looked the other way. The city stopped ticketing vehicles after being sued multiple times over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Cortez.
FOX 11

Pot Policy Battle At LA City Council: You Can Rant At Rare Night Meeting
A Los Angeles City Council committee will hold a rare evening meeting Tuesday, with hundreds of people planning to attend and speak out on the proposed marijuana regulations under consideration. The Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on a draft ordinance that implements the guidelines contained in Measure M, which was approved by city voters in March and outlines a process to regulate and tax the industry. The ordinance also addresses such regulatory issues as licensing.


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