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August 28, 2017

Law Enforcement News

San Bernardino Officer Who Survived Gunshot Wound To The Head Retires At 34
A San Bernardino police officer who survived being shot in the head three years ago has retired at age 34. About 200 people gathered Thursday to mark the retirement of Officer Gabe Garcia, who has journeyed from a coma to being able to walk and speak but continues to undergo rehabilitation. Police Chief Jarrod Burguan says watching Garcia go through the process has been inspirational.

Woman Shot, Killed In Florence While Driving With 2 Children
A woman was killed and a man was hospitalized after someone opened fire on their car in Florence while two small children were inside. Los Angeles police said the group was driving in the 8300 block of S. Central Avenue at about midnight when a person in a vehicle started shooting at them. The woman was struck and killed at the scene, police said. The man was sent to a nearby hospital in stable condition with unknown injuries. Police said the man's two children, ages 3 and 5 years old, were inside the car but were not hit by gunfire.

Man Injured In Hollywood Shooting; 1 At Large: LAPD
A man was shot in Hollywood early Sunday, apparently as clubs were closing out in the area and LAPD officials were looking for the possible shooter, authorities said.The incident happened about 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Two group of men were in an altercation when one person pulled out a gun and opened fire. The victim was shot five times in the stomach but is expected to survive, an LAPD officer told KTLA. The shooter left the scene and has not been arrested.

L.A. Sees Surge In Hate Crimes During First Half Of 2017, Data Show
The number of hate crimes in Los Angeles and other major cities rose in the first half of 2017 amid more polarized politics and protests, according to new data. The Los Angeles Police Department documented a 12.6% increase in hate crimes in the first half of 2017, 161 compared to 143 in the same period last year. The information was collected by Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The LAPD on Friday provided The Times with data confirming the increase in the number of hate crimes.
Los Angeles Times

Police Search For Man Who Allegedly Murdered Wife In Front Of Their Child
Authorities are on the hunt for a man who allegedly stabbed his wife more than six times in Van Nuys Sunday morning, all in front of their 12-year-old child. 31-year-old Viridiana Teran was found in an apartment at 4900 Woodman Avenue with several stab wounds. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died. Police say there was a commotion shortly after 6am, and a child came running outside screaming for help. Police say the suspect, 39-year-old Aurelio Teran, is the victim's husband of 12 years.
FOX 11

Here's Where Police Say Knock-Knock Burglars Often Go To Unload Stolen Goods
Months after burglars ransacked his Porter Ranch home, David Lasher was surprised to learn where some of his family's stolen property, including his wife's “irreplaceable” jewelry, may have ended up. Instead of being hawked in the San Fernando Valley, a detective told him his property was likely being peddled miles away, in the downtown Los Angeles Jewelry District or at the Slauson Super Mall, known as the Slauson swap meet, in South Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect In Custody After Stabbing In Panorama City
A suspect was in custody early Sunday following a stabbing that occurred during a domestic dispute in Panorama City, authorities said. The stabbing was reported at 2:11 a.m. Sunday in the 7900 block of Willis Avenue, said Sgt. David Gomez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division. The victim was taken to an area hospital and was in “stable” condition Sunday, Gomez said. The Mission Division is investigating the stabbing, he said. No further information about the victim or the suspect was immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Shot In Buttocks In South Los Angeles Won't Talk To Cops
An 18-year-old man was shot and wounded Saturday in South Los Angeles but refused to talk to police about the attack. The shooting was reported at 3:40 a.m. in the 3800 block of Ursula Avenue, according to Officer Carlos Guerrero of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Division. The man was found in the street suffering from one gunshot wound to his buttocks, Guerrero said. The man was taken to UCLA Medical Center in stable condition. He was not cooperating with police in the investigation, Guerrero said.

Masked Men Rob Sunland Gas Station At Gunpoint
Authorities are looking for two armed men who robbed a Sunland gas station while donning ski masks early Saturday morning. The robbery occurred at a Shell gas station in the 8400 block of Foothill Boulevard just after 3 a.m. According to Los Angeles police, two suspects in blue ski masks and blue surgical gloves entered the station and demanded cash from the clerk. One was brandishing a revolver. The suspects got approximately $600 in cash from the register. They also took another $200 from the clerk as well as his cell phone. The two fled on foot, police said.

Wife, Alleged Lover Indicted In Prominent Hairdresser's Murder In Woodland Hills
A grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges the wife of a prominent hairdresser and her reputed lover with capital murder for the man's stabbing death at his Woodland Hills home in January. The indictment also charges Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Louis Baker, 55, with conspiring to kill Fabio Sementilli. The two are set to be arraigned next Thursday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. The grand jury indictment supersedes a case filed in June charging the two with the 49-year-old man's killing, allowing the case to proceed more quickly to trial.
Los Angeles Daily News

'Ghost Guns' Are Easy To Build, Legal And Completely Untraceable
Every gun tells a story. It's a popular catchphrase used by law enforcement to describe how to trace a firearm, from manufacturer to distributor to point of sale to customer. But a new crop of guns bear no markings of their origin. They are hand-built in homes and shared workshops, using mail-order parts and drilling machines that range from the rudimentary to the complex. They don't bear the serial numbers of licensed manufacturers. They are untraceable, hence their nickname: “ghost guns.”
San Diego Union-Tribune

Trump Rolling Back Limits On Military Gear For Police
President Donald Trump will revive a program that provides local police departments with surplus military equipment such as high-caliber weapons and grenade launchers, despite past concerns that armored vehicles and other gear were inflaming confrontations with protesters. Trump plans to sign an order undoing an Obama administration directive that limited police agencies' access to camouflage uniforms, bullet-proof vests, riot shields, firearms, ammunition and other items.
Associated Press

Record seizure of fentanyl, likely headed to the U.S., reported by Mexican border authorities
Mexican authorities seized their largest haul ever of fentanyl — some 140 pounds of powder and nearly 30,000 pills — that officials say was headed to Tijuana and most likely across the border to the United States. “All I can say is that this not a surprise, Tijuana is the main corridor for Mexican drug traffickers to smuggle fentanyl into the United States,” said Mark Conover, deputy U.S. attorney in San Diego and head of an inter-agency fentanyl working group. “All the indicators are that this load of fentanyl was destined for the city streets of the United States.”
Los Angeles Times

Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley
An army of anarchists in black clothing and masks routed a small group of right-wing demonstrators who had gathered in a Berkeley park Sunday to rail against the city's famed progressive politics, driving them out — sometimes violently — while overwhelming a huge contingent of police officers. Hundreds of officers tried to maintain calm in and around Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park before the 1 p.m. “No to Marxism in Berkeley” rally, putting up barricades, searching bags and confiscating sticks, masks, pepper spray and even water bottles. The goal was to head off the type of clashes that sprang from similar rallies in the city earlier this year. ?
San Francisco Chronicle

Free Speech vs: Public Safety: Police Struggle To Find A Balance During Protests
A controversial alt-right political rally planned for San Francisco on Saturday afternoon has been cancelled. Organizers announced the decision Friday afternoon, saying hostility from local politicians and leftist activists made the situation too dangerous. Instead of a rally, they're planning a news conference in a park — though that may also attract counter-protesters and create a crowd-control problem for local police. Striking the right balance between free speech and public safety has become a challenge for local police departments, this year, as demonstrators show increasing willingness to confront each other, sometimes with violence.

California Won't Alter Money Bail System This Year
Changes to California's money bail system won't be happening this year, top state officials said Friday as they promised to study the issue and try again next year. "I believe that inequities exist in California's bail system," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement pledging to "reform the system in a cost-effective and fair manner, considering public safety as well as the rights of the accused." A reform bill up this year would have dramatically changed the state's pretrial release policies.

Public Safety News

70-Person Task Team From LAFD Has Been Deployed To Texas
A task force from the LA City Fire Department was deployed to Texas late Saturday night. Seventy firefighters are also headed to Texas. They got the request from FEMA on Saturday afternoon, accepted the mission and then spent the night packing up at a Sherman Oaks fire station. On Sunday night a 15-member swift-water rescue team from LA County Fire got orders and is leaving for Houston. More than two dozen from the red cross are also there.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Port Of LA Ups Security In Response To Crane-Climber Fiasco
The Port of Los Angeles is adding security personnel, among other changes, after a suspected car thief broke in and climbed a 17-story crane last week before plunging to his death. Port officials announced Friday extra security guards, road barriers and fences have been added to the West Basin Container Terminal — which was breached by the suspect – and its 26 other terminals. Workers and visitors will have to get through more private security guards and gates. More signage and cones are in place to direct drivers to the guards will be checking identification.

Hundreds Rally Against Sexism, Racism At Indivisible March In DTLA
Hundreds of people rallied in front of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave most women the right to vote. "I feel like there's not enough women running for office. I think this helps get our voice out there and to stand against hate," demonstrator Analisa Swan said. But many of the people gathered for the Indivisible March also came to demonstrate other issues. Some said under the current presidential administration, they fear they will lose rights.


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