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August 29, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Photo of Harvey rescue spreads on internet, front pages
In the photo, little Aiden Pham — 13 months old and swaddled in a blanket — nestles asleep in his mother's arms, even as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey surge around them. Someday, no doubt, Aiden's mother will tell him about the day Houston police rescued them from their flooded home by boat, and about how one officer lifted them to safety. But thanks to the careful eye of a veteran Associated Press photographer assigned to cover the storm, the world already knows the mother, child and officer as the faces of the struggle to deal with the devastation. Phillip's photo shows officer Daryl Hudeck, in baseball cap and fatigues, carrying Catherine Pham and the son she cradled through knee-deep water covering Interstate 610, in southwest Houston.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Suspect Opens Fire On Missouri Officer During Pursuit
A man with several prior convictions fled from police and opened fire on an officer. Police pulled over a car that had a felony warrant associated with the license plate Saturday, the St. Louis Dispatch reported. When the officer approached the car, the driver, Cassandra Williams, sped off. During the pursuit, the suspect's car sideswiped an assisting officer's vehicle. The passenger, Christopher Keown, fired several shots at the pursuing officer. As the suspect's vehicle exited the highway, Keown continued firing, striking the officer's windshield multiple times. The officer returned fire. No one was struck or injured. Williams lost control and crashed the vehicle, ending the pursuit.

Man Shot, Killed In Melrose District, LAPD Says; Shooter Sought
A man was shot and killed early Monday evening in the Melrose District of Los Angeles, prompting a search of the suspect, authorities said. The shooting was reported shortly before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Melrose and Sierra Bonita avenues, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The unidentified victim was found dead at the scene, the LAPD said, adding that some 15 gunshots were fired in the incident. "He dropped his phone and he picked up the shells from the bullets," witness Cesar Barrios said of the shooter. "Then he touched the person, made sure he's really dead. He was just acting like normal, like nothing happened."

Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Wife In Front Of Son Arrested In Ventura County
A man suspected of fatally stabbing his wife in front of their 12-year-old son in Sherman Oaks was taken into custody in Ventura County, Los Angeles police announced Monday. A Ventura County sheriff's sergeant who responded to a "pedestrian on the roadway'' call recognized Aurelio Teran as the suspect being sought in the stabbing death of his wife, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Teran, 39, was transported to a local hospital, according to the LAPD, but his condition was unknown. He was arrested around 8 a.m. at the hospital in Ventura County, said Sgt. Michael Goldberg of the LAPD's Van Nuys station, who said he had no other information.
FOX 11

LAPD Says No To More Military Hardware From Trump Administration
The LAPD said Monday it will continue to abide by the restrictions former President Obama placed on which surplus military items can be provided to local law enforcement agencies, despite the Trump administration's lifting of those restrictions. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it's keeping its options open. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy change Monday in a speech to the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville. "These restrictions that had been imposed went too far," he said. "We will not put superficial concerns above public safety."

City Of L.A. Is Poised To Roll Back Ban On ‘Ultracompact' Guns
For more than a decade and a half, Los Angeles has banned the sale of “ultracompact” guns, which lawmakers feared could be more easily hidden by criminals. Now the city is poised to eliminate that rule in the face of legal warnings from the National Rifle Assn. and the California Rifle & Pistol Assn., which say that the city restrictions have been preempted by state law. L.A.'s longstanding ban prohibits firearm dealers in the city from selling smaller guns that measure up to 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height, as well as holsters to carry them.

Panic At Supermarket After Car Chase Suspects Run Inside To Hide
Three people ran into a Pacoima supermarket, causing a panic, following a high-speed pursuit out of North Hollywood. Two women and a man ditched their car in the parking lot of Food 4 Less in Pacoima at about 11 p.m. and ran into the store, after leading police on a pursuit. Moments later, customers scurried out of the store as police ran in. The three were arrested a short time later. There were no reports of injuries. Police began chasing the stolen van in North Hollywood, about 15 minutes earlier.

Armed Robber Holds Up Pollo Campero In Van Nuys, Suspect On The Loose
A gunman Monday robbed a Van Nuys take-out business, prompting a perimeter search. The suspect pointed a gun during the robbery, which was reported just before 4 p.m. at Pollo Campero in the 7200 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, near Sherman Way, according to Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez. An employee slipped out of the business and called 911, Lopez said. The suspect, described only as a man, ran from the scene and officers surrounded the area in an effort to find him, the officer said.

Prowler Caught On Video Lurking In Backyard
A Miracle Mile community is on edge after surveillance cameras recorded a prowler snooping around the backyards of up to three homes. Video shows him removing lights and even cutting the power to one home. On the home's extensive security camera system, the prowler could be seen shortly after 2 a.m. last Wednesday removing the bulbs from exterior lighting, and then roaming the back and side yards for 15 minutes, at times peering into windows, before going to the circuit breaker box located on the exterior wall outside the home of a Dunsmuir Avenue resident who asked to be identified as Elizabeth Parker. Parker and her family were asleep, but security cameras recorded video of a prowler lurking outside her son's bedroom.

Lewd Sex On Seven Little Girls: Elementary School Coach Faces 105 Years
An elementary school coach who molested seven little girls could be sentenced to 105 years to life Tuesday for the lewd acts he committed at after-school programs in Hollywood and Los Angeles. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for more than a day before finding Ronnie Lee Roman, 44, guilty on June 7 of seven counts of lewd acts with a child. The panel also found allegations of multiple victims to be true. Six of the crimes, which dated back to 2002, occurred on school grounds, while one happened at a girl's home, according to the District Attorney's Office.

'Antifa' violence in Berkeley spurs soul-searching within leftist activist community
But as the protest got underway, some of those in masks would resort to mob violence, attacking a small showing of supporters of President Trump and others they accused, sometimes inaccurately, of being white supremacists or Nazis. The graphic videos of those attacks have spurred soul-searching within the leftist activist movement in the Bay Area and beyond. Emotions remain raw in the wake of this month's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which left one woman dead and dozens injured.
Los Angeles Times

California Voters Legalized Pot. Are ‘Shrooms Next?
California wasn't first to the pot legalization party, with last November's Proposition 64 lagging behind decriminalization measures in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and some other parts of the U.S. State voters, though, could be the first to legalize psychedelic mushrooms under a recently filed proposal from a former candidate for mayor in the Central Coast city of Marina. Decriminalizing psilocybin-containing mushrooms for people 21 and over is a natural step after voters' legalization of pot, said Kevin Saunders, who filed the measure. “What I want to do is take the shackles off.
Sacramento Bee

Judge Invalidates Law That Would Have Allowed Public Financing Of Political Campaigns In California
A Superior Court judge has struck down a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would have allowed cities, counties and the state to provide public financing of political campaigns, ruling that it violates a ban on that use of taxpayer dollars established nearly 30 years ago, officials said Monday. Judge Timothy M. Frawley in Sacramento ruled that the financing law, which was signed last September, "directly contradicts" Proposition 73, an initiative approved by voters in 1988 that bans use of public money for campaigns.
Los Angeles Times

100 Police Killed In Rio, On Pace To Be Worst Year In Decade
Military police on Sunday buried the 100th officer to be killed in Rio de Janeiro state this year, a 39-year-old who was shot multiple times while off duty and visiting his father. The grim milestone underscores a surge in violence in Rio, Brazil's signature city that just a year ago hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics. Authorities acknowledged in recent months that drug trafficking organizations and other criminal gangs now control large areas of the city. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police, but even their presence has not slowed the bloodshed.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Want To Fight L.A. City Hall? It Could Get A Lot More Expensive
In Los Angeles, you can fight City Hall — for a price. Neighborhood activists, tenant advocates and others alarmed by city decisions about proposed developments can lodge appeals with the Planning Department for an $89 fee. Now city leaders are weighing whether to increase that price: City planners initially suggested tripling the fee to $271. Budget officials recommended hiking it to $13,538 — an amount they say would completely recover city costs. Then city staffers offered up a range of options in between.
Los Angeles Times

Ride-Hailing Services Can Now Pick Up New Customers Immediately After Dropping Off Passengers At LAX
Uber and Lyft drivers operating at Los Angeles International Airport are now able to pick up new customers immediately after dropping off passengers, a change designed to cut down on traffic and congestion in the terminals. Previous rules only allowed drivers to perform a single pick-up or drop-off per circuit through the Central Terminal Area, but the "Rematch" system allows drivers who are concluding drop-off trips to immediately pick up new passengers. LAX officials predict the change will cut down on traffic congestion by reducing the number of overall vehicle trips made into the CTA.


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