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January 31, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Illinois Officer Seriously Injured In Head-On Crash Leaves ICU
The Pontoon Beach police officer injured in a fiery head-on crash Thursday has been moved out of the intensive care unit as he continues to make improvement. "This guy's a warrior," Mayor Michael Pagano said of the injured officer, Lee Brousseau. Brousseau suffered a broken femur, a compound fracture to his ankle and broken facial bones when an oncoming pickup swerved into Brousseau's lane on Route 111, Pagano said.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

1 Killed, 1 Wounded In South LA Shooting
One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting in South Los Angeles Tuesday night, police said. The shooting was reported just after 7 p.m. at Central Avenue and 87th Street. One person was declared dead at the scene and another was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive. Police say the shooting may be gang-related.

City Approves $50K Reward For Information On Unsolved Stabbing Murder
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Tuesday in an effort to encourage the public to provide authorities with information involving the murder of a 21-year-old in Historic Filipinotown. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Juan Carlos Luna had attended a party in Koreatown the night before his body was found on the morning of Sept. 17, 2017.

Traffic Deaths In LA Are Down, But Well Short Of City's Goal. What's Next For Vision Zero?
Los Angeles fell short of a goal to reduce traffic fatalities in 2017, following a rocky year for Mayor Eric Garcetti's Vision Zero initiative, which drew criticism for its reliance on so-called “road diet” projects that remove traffic lanes to induce slower driving speeds. The aim under Vision Zero, which was first launched in 2015, is to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025. Along the way, city transportation officials had hoped to show progress by reducing such deaths by 20 percent in 2017, and then by half in 2020.
Los Angeles Daily News

‘Glee' Star Mark Salling Dead In Apparent Suicide After Pleading Guilty To Possessing Child Porn: LAPD
More than a month before he was scheduled to be sentenced for possessing child pornography, "Glee" star Mark Salling was found dead in an apparent suicide in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to LAPD. He was 35. Los Angeles Police Department sources confirmed the actor's death to KTLA, saying Salling hanged himself.

Theft By Trickery: Woman Swindled Out Of $45,000 In 'Good Faith Money'
Police circulated composite drawings Tuesday of a man and woman being sought for swindling a 75-year-old North Hollywood woman out of about $45,000. The suspects introduced themselves to the victim about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the parking lot of a shopping center in the North Hollywood area. The Los Angeles Police Department, which did not reveal the location of the shopping center, said the suspects told the woman they were about to leave town and needed help to donate money to a local church.

Anger Over Virtual Shooting Death In Video Game Led L.A. Man To Make Fatal ‘Swatting' Call: Court Records
A virtual shooting death in an online video game led to the real-life shooting death of a Kansas man in December, according to court documents. Tyler Barriss, 25, was  charged  with involuntary manslaughter earlier this month for his alleged role in a “swatting” incident that ended with Wichita Police fatally shooting 28-year-old Andrew Finch at his front door.

More Than 500 Arrested, Dozens Saved In Statewide Crackdown On Human Trafficking
A statewide operation last week aimed at reducing human trafficking resulted in 510 arrests and more than 50 adult and juvenile women having been saved, authorities said Tuesday. “‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild' was a three-day assault on one of the most heinous crimes of modern times: The sexual exploitation of another human being for profit,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
Los Angeles Daily News

After Proposition 47: Crime And No Consequences In California
California's Proposition 47 downgraded a variety of “non-serious, nonviolent crimes” that had previously been considered felonies to misdemeanors. These include shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, fraud, and writing bad checks. As long as the total value of the stolen property is under $950, only a ghost of an offense has occurred. A thief may now steal something under that limit on a daily basis and it will never rise to felony status.
National Review

California's New Lethal Injection Plan Already Faces Hurdles: Drugs Barred From Import Or Execution Use
California moved a step closer to resuming lethal injections this week but still faces significant hurdles before inmates can be executed. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has unveiled a revised single-drug method of execution, allowing the state to use either pentobarbital or thiopental in a single infusion to put condemned inmates to death. But the barbiturates are extremely difficult to obtain, lawyers on both sides of the death penalty debate said Tuesday, and their lack of availability could eventually doom plans to restart the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
Los Angeles Times

NYC Speeding Up Plan To Equip Officers With Body Cameras
In what the mayor called "a new day in policing," the city announced on Tuesday that it was speeding up a plan to equip all its officers and detectives on patrol with body cameras. City officials decided that more than 20,000 cameras will be in use in the 34,000-member New York Police Department by year's end, a year earlier than anticipated.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Garcetti Choosing Between Two Close Aides To Head L.A.'s Budget Office
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is on the verge of filling one of the most important posts in the city, one with huge influence over how much money is available for police patrols, street repairs, park programs and other basic services. In recent weeks, Garcetti has narrowed his search for city administrative officer to two people, both with deep ties to his administration: Rich Llewellyn, who has worked as Garcetti's lawyer at City Hall, and Matt Szabo, currently the mayor's deputy chief of staff, according to four officials with knowledge of the decision-making process.
Los Angeles Times

LA Moves Forward With Bid To Host 2026 World Cup
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward today on an attempt to be a host city of the 2026 FIFA World Cup men's soccer tournament, as part of a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada. Los Angeles was selected to be among 32 potential host cities last year by the United Bid Committee for North America.

LA Looking At Improvements To Popular Hiking Spot Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills is always packed with locals and tourists. It offers some of the best hiking in LA topped with an epic view. But, city officials say, its 1.8 million visitors a year have taken a toll on the grounds. "While we've seen record popularity, it has not seen any facility improvements, erosion control or protection of the national environment in years.


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