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August 21, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Suspect Arrested In Killings Of 2 Kissimmee Officers
A suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Florida was arrested in a bar several hours after the attack, authorities said Saturday. Everett Miller faces a charge of first-degree murder for the killing of Officer Matthew Baxter, who died Friday night after the attack. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon, and authorities hadn't yet said what charges he could face for that. During a patrol late Friday of a neighborhood with a history of drug activity, Baxter was "checking out" three people, including Miller, when the officer got into a scuffle with Miller. Howard, his sergeant, responded as backup, said Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell.
Associated Press

Man Barricaded In Reseda/Encino Area Says He's Armed And Suicidal
A man was barricaded inside a home in the Reseda/Encino area today and keeping Los Angeles police at bay, authorities said. It started with a domestic violence call at 11:10 p.m. Sunday from a residence near White Oak Avenue and Victory Boulevard, said Officer Irma Mota of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The suspect was possibly armed and indicated he was suicidal, Mota said. There are no hostages, and there were not shots fired, she said. A SWAT team was on the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Injured After Shooting Erupts Outside Valley Village Bar: LAPD
Two people were left injured during the early morning hours of Saturday after a shooting at a bar in Valley Village, authorities confirmed. Police were called regarding a shooting at the Rec Room at 12430 Riverside Drive around 1:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Lt. Ignacio Verduzco. Responding officers found two victims bleeding from gunshot wounds, Verduzco said. It was not immediately clear whether the victims were male or female. One of the victims was taken to the hospital by emergency responders, while the other transported his- or herself, Verduzco said.

1 Homeless Man Dead, Another Arrested Following Fight In Sun Valley
One homeless man was killed today and another was arrested following a fight over property that turned deadly in Sun Valley, police said. Officers located the victim after being called about 11 a.m. to the Lankershim Boulevard off-ramp of the Golden State (5) Freeway, detectives at the scene said. Witnesses said the argument was over some property belonging to the victim, LAPD Lt. Mike Kozak told NBC4. The suspect would be booked on suspicion of murder, Kozak said. Police said he is about 30 years old.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Arrest Stolen Vehicle Suspect After Chase Through Hollywood
A driver surrendered after Los Angeles police chased the man suspected of vehicle theft through the Hollywood area on a busy Friday night. The pursuit began near Alvarado and 7th streets at MacArthur Park. The vehicle was described as a four-door gray Chevy with paper plates. Two suspects were believed to be in the vehicle at the outset of the pursuit, but at its conclusion, only one man was taken into custody. The chase ended in a neighborhood near the Hollywood Bowl.

NewsConference: LAPD Lessons From Charlottesville
Beatrice Girmala, an assistant chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, talks about the fallout from the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and what the LAPD has learned from the police response in there and in other violent demonstrations closer to home.

Not Finding Them Funny, LAPD Cracks Down On Paintball Gun ‘Pranks'
Police in Los Angeles are becoming increasingly concerned about paintball gun shootings in the city, especially in the area of South L.A. The LAPD says there have been more than 100 paintball gun shootings across the city so far this year, with over half of them happening in South L.A. Authorities believe this trend is due, in part, to the proliferation of online videos in which people “prank” unsuspecting victims by shooting them with the non-lethal weapon. The guns often resemble real firearms and have been used in robberies and vandalism, however.

A Teacher At Elite Brentwood School Arrested, Accused Of Unlawful Sex With A Minor
A teacher at the elite Brentwood School has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage student, authorities said. Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was taken into custody Friday by detectives, said Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The alleged victim is a 16-year-old student at the school. Palmitessa was booked on suspicion of statutory rape — sex involving a minor, Im said. She has since been released on bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Los Angeles Times

More Than 20 Shots Fired In NoHo Gun Battle That Left 2 Dead
A meeting between six men “quickly deteriorated” before more than 20 bullets were fired in a NoHo Arts District shooting that left two men dead, two injured and two wanted for questioning, authorities said. Los Angeles police released new details in the gun battle that occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday on the 5000 block of North Klump Avenue near the Hesby Apartments. Three men met and greeted three additional men who exited the parking structure of the apartment complex, police said, before a meeting “quickly deteriorated” when guns were drawn and a running gun battle ensued.
Los Angeles Daily News

NC Extra: Drones In The Police Force
As police departments ponder the possibility of using drones, some people have begun voicing concerns about abuse and breach of privacy. Beatrice Girmala, an assistant chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, sits down with Conan Nolan to discuss how the department would use this ever-advancing technology.

Third Person Convicted In Beating Death Of USC Graduate Student Xinran Ji
A third person has been convicted in the beating death of a USC graduate student that shook the university community, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Jonathan Del Carmen, 22, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the July 24, 2014, killing of Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China who had been walking home from a study group when he was attacked in the middle of the night. He faces up to 15 years to life in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 3. Alejandra Guerrero, 19, and Andrew Garcia, 21, were also convicted in Ji's killing.
Los Angeles Times

California Bars One Step Closer To Alcohol Service Until 4:00 AM
State legislators have come up with a new bill to spur economic growth across the state. How? Extend alcohol sales from 2:00am, to 4:00am. California Senate Bill 384 would give local communities the right to decide extending alcohol sales. Right now, state law mandates all businesses must stop serving alcohol at 2:00am. Part of the bill also requires communities to come up with a transportation plan and public safety. SB-384 is one step away from a vote by the full assembly. The senate already passed it 27-to-9.
FOX 11

33 wounded, 6 fatally, in weekend shootings in Chicago
Chicago police say at least 33 people have been wounded, six fatally, in weekend shootings in the nation's third-largest city. The Chicago Tribune  reports  the shootings happened in just a 13-hour period ending early Sunday. Police say someone in an SUV fired at a crowd outside a South Side banquet hall that serves as a nightclub, killing one and injuring six early Sunday. The gunman drove off. Chicago's gun violence has drawn national scrutiny, including from President Donald Trump. The city had more than 760 homicides in 2016. That was more than New York and Los Angeles combined. ?
Associated Press

Finland Terror Attack Suspect IDd In Stabbing Death Of 2 Women
The man suspected of stabbing two women to death in the Finnish town of Turku Friday has been named as an 18-year-old Moroccan, Abderrahman Mechkah. Finland's state broadcaster YLE reported Mechkah's name, citing court documents, and said he would appear in court via video link Tuesday. Mechkah, an asylum seeker from Morocco who was living in a refugee center, is currently in hospital recovering after being shot by police. Finland's National Bureau of Investigation said Mechkah was being investigated on suspicion of two counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent.

Local Government News

L.A. City Attorney Urges Officials To Consider Denying Permits To Hate Groups, Following Deadly Charlottesville Violence
City Atty. Mike Feuer said Friday that he would urge Los Angeles officials to consider imposing restrictions or even deny permits to hate groups seeking to rally here in order to prevent the kind of violent clashes that erupted last weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.Permits for such demonstrations have not been sought in L.A. But if they were, Feuer said, he would recommend that officials look to precautions taken by other cities, such as Boston, which banned backpacks and bats at a rally planned for Saturday. If it seemed unlikely that such violence could be prevented, Feuer said, he would “look very carefully” at turning down the request for a permit. On Friday, the union representing rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers issued a statement decrying neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Semites and the Ku Klux Klan. It implored those intending to hold violent rallies to “cancel their event and stay home.”
Los Angeles Times

Residents Speak Out Against Rising Trash Fees For L.A. Condos, Apartment Buildings
El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.'s new refuse and recycling program. Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that's only if his homeowner association cuts back on regular trash pickup. The reason? An assortment of extra fees, all backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council as part of RecycLA. Universal Waste Systems, the neighborhood's designated refuse hauler, sent Toland an estimate indicating the company would charge $43.30 a month to open the gate to the complex, which requires a remote control clicker, for the property's regular trash.


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