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February 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD SWAT Officer Remembered For ‘Amazing' Legacy 10 Years After His Death In Valley Standoff
No one will forget Randal Simmons, the first Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer killed in the line of duty 10 years ago in Winnetka. “I believe the reason his life spoke volumes to so many people is because of what he did on and off duty,” said his widow Lisa, 53, in a recent phone interview. “His character. He was a mentor and minister (at Glory Christian Fellowship International Church in Carson) on and off duty.” Simmons, who lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, also “told you how it was,” she said. “He broke the mold of what a man should be,” Lisa said of his blunt-talking ways.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Who Tried To Kill Maryland Cop With Homemade Mini-Shotgun Found Guilty
A man who tried to kill a Maryland officer with a homemade miniature shotgun has been found guilty. The Washington Post reports that Jonathan Hemming, 54, was convicted for attempting to kill Montgomery County Police Detective Donnie Oaks. Hemming faces a possible life sentence. On May 18, 2016, Hemming was driving his wife to a doctor's appointment when officers approached him in a parking lot.

Man Arrested After Firing Shots At Van Nuys Workplace, Police Chase
A man was arrested after he allegedly fired gunshots at his workplace, then led police on a short chase through the San Fernando Valley. Police say the incident began when the man showed up late to the medical transport company in Van Nuys where he had worked for the last five years. He was apparently drunk and armed with a gun, police say.

LAPD Still Searching For Owner Of Gun That Went Off In Westlake Classroom
A week after students were struck by gunfire at Sal Castro Middle School, Los Angeles police are still trying to determine where the gun came from. The gunfire erupted in a classroom Feb. 1, with a single bullet striking a 15-year-old boy in the temple and a 15-year-old girl in the left wrist. The girl was discharged from the hospital over the weekend and the boy remains in fair condition.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Submits Three Sexual Assault Cases Against Harvey Weinstein
The Los Angeles Police Department submitted three sexual assault cases against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein to prosecutors for consideration of possible charges, the District Attorney's Office confirmed Thursday. "Three cases were presented to our office on Feb. 1 by the Los Angeles Police Department regarding Mr. Weinstein and are under review," according to Greg Risling, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office. No other details were released.

Missing Los Angeles Grandmother With Dementia Found Safe
An 84-year-old grandmother with dementia who went missing last week has been found safe, police said. The Los Angeles Police Department said Doris Doss walked into the Southeast Station on Thursday morning. She appeared to be in good health. Doss, known as Peggy to her family and friends, had been missing since Feb. 1.

Jury Deadlocked In Case Against Man Charged In Killing Of Transgender Woman
Jurors deadlocked Wednesday on charges against an Inglewood man charged with killing a transgender woman in South Los Angeles, but convicted him of human trafficking and sexual assault charges involving an 11-year-old girl. The downtown Los Angeles jury deliberated for just under two days before Superior Court Judge Craig Richman declared a mistrial on murder and robbery counts against Robert James Spells, 33, stemming from the Dec. 3, 2014, shooting death of Deshawnda Sanchez, 21.

Cannabis Legalization Revives Nearly Defunct California Pot ID Card
California's new recreational cannabis marketplace is reviving interest in a little-known document created 15 years ago to give medicinal pot users something to show law enforcement: a state-issued medical marijuana identification card. Marijuana's legalization for all adults 21 and older was effective Jan. 1, and is creating a new demand for the IDs because cardholders don't have to pay sales or use taxes at dispensaries — which can run between 7 and 10 percent plus the state's 3 percent sales tax.
Press Democrat

GHOST GUNS: California Criminals Building, Buying Untraceable Firearms To Get Around Gun Laws
A FOX 11 special report is taking you into the world of “ghost guns”, homemade firearms that have no serial number or identifying markings, and aren't registered with the state of California. As long as you're allowed to own a gun, it's perfectly legal for you to build your own ghost gun, but the consequences can be deadly when they fall into the wrong hands, including those who aren't allowed to own firearms.
FOX 11

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Has Contradicting Plans On Bid For 2026 World Cup
Los Angeles' bid to be one of the hosts for the 2026 World Cup is in doubt as officials on Thursday gave contradicting statements about whether the city would pursue a piece of the international event. An aide to Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said the city would not make a bid because of concerns about the financial liability it would have in staging events.
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s Large Public Lots Considered As Way To House Homeless Residents
In the decades following World War II, when the suburbs were young and the car was king, Los Angeles went on a land-buying spree. The city bought parcels in every size and shape, demolished any buildings on them and opened parking lots to serve emerging commercial districts. By the 1970s the buying had mostly stopped, and today these 119 public lots blend into the urban quilt all but indistinguishable from their free-market competitors.

L.A. Residents Who Want To Airbnb Their Home For Bulk Of The Year Would Get Case-By-Case Approval Under New Proposal  Los Angeles residents who want to rent out their homes for short stays for the bulk of the year would have to get case-by-case approval from the city under a new proposal being explored by city lawmakers. A Los Angeles City Council committee asked staffers Tuesday to come back in a month with more information on the idea, including possible fees and requirements.


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