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August 17, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Killer Terrorists In San Bernardino Shot Cop In Gunfight: Honors For Officer Bravery
A police officer who was wounded in the leg during a shootout with killer San Bernardino husband and wife terrorists in 2015 will be presented with the Congressional Badge of Bravery Thursday. The dignitary-filled ceremony will honor the officer's bravery in the Inland Regional Center terror attack that claimed the lives of 14 people. Officer Nicholas Koahou, formerly of the San Bernardino Police Department, suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg while he and other officers exchanged gunfire with Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who shot and killed 14 people and injured 22 others on Dec. 2, 2015.

Pursuit Suspect Falls To His Death At Port Of LA After Chase, Standoff
A car theft suspect who climbed a gantry crane at the Port of Los Angeles after driving recklessly through the Carson, Long Beach and San Pedro areas Wednesday died after falling or jumping from the waterfront structure. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division first chased the white Subaru SUV about 3:10 p.m., but lost sight of it. Authorities tracked the suspect as he raced along streets and the Harbor (110) Freeway, driving on the wrong side of roads and scraping the SUV against K-rails along the way before heading into the harbor area.
FOX 11

LA Metro Tests New Weapons, Explosives Screening System
Public transportation users across Los Angeles could soon find themselves going through a system that screens for weapons and explosives. The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun a pilot project on a new technology that can “automatically detect” what it terms as “mass casualty threats.” According to Metro, the security system, developed by Evolv Technology, can scan 600 passengers per hour. On Wednesday, it tested the system on riders at the entrance of the Union Station Red Line stop. The program is in association with the Transportation Security Administration.

2 Suspects With Matching Sweatshirts Rob Van Nuys Convenience Store
Authorities Wednesday asked for the public's assistance in identifying a pair of robbery suspects who held up a convenience store in Van Nuys. The robbery occurred around 7:10 a.m. on Aug. 6 at the store at the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Valerio Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The two men entered the convenience store and approached the cashier when of them pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded money from the cash register, police said. The other suspect stood in front the cashier and demanded money while holding his waistband, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

VIDEO: Naked Homeless Man Harasses Shoppers In Supermarket
The video is shocking. Sunday, a naked man in a wheelchair is recorded deep inside a Sunland grocery store - harassing shoppers. He is a homeless man well known to locals of this foothill community. They've seen him near the 210 offramp, begging for change. One resident claims she's seen him in the street yelling at cars. Still another told me that the same man flashed her 15-year old daughter. But it's Sunday's recorded incident that is bringing attention to this man - and more broadly, the homeless situation in Sunland-Tujunga. One after another, residents told me the homeless situation has become untenable.
FOX 11

Lockdown Lifted At Van Nuys School Following Report Of Man With Gun
A Van Nuys middle school was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after authorities received reports of a man with a gun. Plain-clothes officers were on scene with students at the middle school located at 5435 Vesper Ave. The armed man, who is currently in a dispute with his wife, was searching for his child. He reportedly left the campus, but the school remained on lockdown, according to LAPD. The lockdown was lifted around 5 p.m. No suspect and no weapon were found, police said. No injuries were reported. 

One Of Four Defendants In 2014 Beating Death Of USC Grad Student Sentenced To Life Without Parole
One of four defendants found guilty of fatally pummeling a Chinese graduate student at USC during a robbery in 2014 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday. Andrew Garcia, 21, was convicted in June of first-degree murder in the death of Xinran Ji, an engineering student who had been walking home from a study group when he was attacked in the middle of the night. Garcia, along with co-defendants Alejandra Guerrero, 19; Jonathan Del Carmen, 22; and Alberto Ochoa, 20, attacked Ji with a baseball bat and wrench about 12:45 a.m. on July 24 because they believed he had money, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles Times

Homeless Man Chases And Tackles Car Thief Who Posed As Police Officer
A homeless man chased and tackled a carjacker who posed as an officer until officials were able to arrest the thief in Bell Gardens. The carjacker allegedly wore unofficial police gear and flashed a fake badge to intimidate victims to steal their cars, according to Lt. Salvador Becerra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Victims of the thief recognized their car for sale on Craigslist and set up a meeting with the carjacker in hopes of capturing him. After the victims were able to confirm the vehicle was theirs, they contacted authorities.

Man Dies After Deputy-Involved Shooting In Nickerson Gardens
A man has died after being shot in a deputy-involved shooting in the Nickerson Gardens area of Watts Wednesday night. Authorities said the shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. near Imperial Highway and Slater Street. Deputies were patrolling the area when they noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on Slater Avenue, facing the wrong way on the street. A person was sitting in the driver's seat, and a man was standing outside of the vehicle. When the deputies approached, the man standing outside the vehicle ran eastbound through a driveway and across Imperial Highway, armed with a handgun, sheriff's officials said.

Bay Area freeways average one car-to-car shooting every week, CHP data show
For almost two years now, the San Francisco Bay Area's freeways have averaged at least one car-to-car shooting a week. The reasons for some are unknown, some others were the result of road rage, but most, according to the  California Highway Patrol , are tied to gangs.Since Nov. 1, 2015, there have been 100 car-to-car shootings, the most recent occurring Tuesday in Alameda County, CHP officials said. “The vast majority of these are targeted and many of them are gang-related,” said Officer John Fransen of the CHP's Golden Gate Division, which is investigating 83 of the 100 shootings. The division covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties.
Los Angeles Times

13 Members Of MS-13 Gang Arrested In Ohio
For more than a decade one of the most notorious and murderous gangs in the United States has operated in central Ohio unbeknownst to most people outside of law enforcement. That was until Tuesday, when local, state and federal officers arrested 13 alleged members of MS-13, a "transnational" gang that favors executions by machete. "That's the bad news, that MS-13 has been in Columbus, Ohio," said Benjamin Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Ohio. "The good news is what we're doing today, taking the first steps ... to dismantling this group in the Columbus area.
The Columbus Dispatch

Man Arrested On Hindering Charge In Missouri Officer Killing
A man charged with hindering prosecution in the killing of a western Missouri police officer told an informant that he dropped the suspected gunman off at a nearby marina after the shooting, according to court records. Jacob Johnson, 27, of Clinton, was arrested Tuesday on the hindering charge. He remained jailed Wednesday on a $25,000 cash bond. Online court records don't list an attorney for him. The charge stems from the Aug. 6 killing of 39-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael Jr., who was shot after he stopped a car for a traffic violation.
Associated Press

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Approves New Cannabis Department Head
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti's picks to oversee City Hall's new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California. Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules. The council voted 13-0 to hire Packer, with council members Paul Koretz and Curren Price absent from Wednesday's meeting.
Los Angeles Times

City Council Panel Deals Setback To Proposed Homeless Housing Project In Boyle Heights
Los Angeles City Council committee has rebuffed the city's blue-ribbon homeless housing advocates, siding with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed a project to build 49 units for mentally ill homeless people. In a procedure that provoked cries of bewilderment from the project's supporters, Councilman Jose Huizar — without calling a vote — declared Tuesday that the planning and land-use management committee had granted an appeal of the project's environmental clearance. If backed by the full council, the appeal would require an environmental report that could further delay a project that has been in the works more than five years and increase the cost of its subsidized housing.

LA OKs Rule Aimed At Closing Women's Wage Gap
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to bar city departments from asking for the salary history of job seekers in a move aimed at closing the wage gap for female workers. The 13-0 vote directs the Personnel Department to eliminate any questions about salary history from the city's online application system and hard copy job applications. Councilwoman Nury Martinez introduced a motion last August asking the city to explore the feasibility of creating a law that would bar the city and employers in the city from asking about salary history, saying it was aimed at helping women's salaries catch up with those of men.


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