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February 15, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Former Student Opens Fire At Florida High School, Killing 17
A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation's deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The shooter, who was equipped with a gas mask and smoke grenades, set off a fire alarm to draw students out of classrooms shortly before the day ended at one of the state's largest schools, officials said.
Associated Press

1 Killed, 1 Injured In North Hollywood Shooting; 2 Suspects Sought
One person was killed and another hospitalized during a shooting in North Hollywood Wednesday night. Authorities said the shooting happened shortly before 6 p.m. in the 11500 block of Sylvan Street. When paramedics arrived to the scene, CPR was performed on one of the victims. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, between the ages of 19 and 20, were said to be in a black four-door Honda that was missing its rear bumper.

Van Nuys Man Pleads No Contest To Sexual Assault Of Child At Panorama Mall
A 27-year-old Van Nuys man entered a plea of no contest to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl who was lost at the Panorama Mall, authorities said. Jorge Enrique Lopez Maza entered the plea Tuesday to one count of committing a lewd act upon a child, and he admitted to a kidnapping allegation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Say Hundreds Of Illegal Marijuana Shops Operate In LA
Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers, but police estimate two to three times that number are operating illegally in the city. Capt. Stephen Carmona said Wednesday that police have shut down eight illegal marijuana shops since Jan. 1. He says 35 people were arrested, including four people taken into custody during a raid last week. 

ICE Launches New Immigration Sweep In L.A. Area; At Least 100 Detained So Far
Federal officials are in the midst of an immigration enforcement operation in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people suspected of being in violation of immigration laws. The sweep, which began Sunday, is focusing on "individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said.
Los Angeles Times

Killer Of Mother Of Five Sentenced To Life With No Parole For South LA Discount Store Murder
A parolee convicted of gunning down a mother of five at a South Los Angeles discount store was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. “This shooting was, in the court's opinion, a very gratuitous and senseless act,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said in sentencing Eric William Atkinson for the Sept. 17, 2013, killing of Martha Sanchez at the Happy Bargain 99-cent store in the 7400 block of Broadway, where she worked as a clerk.

Man Sentenced For Boy's 2001 Kidnapping, Sexual Assault
A Hollywood man who kidnapped a 14-year-old boy from a San Fernando Valley street in 2001 and sexually assaulted him was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years to life in prison. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky lashed out at the defendant, Mirek Paul Voyt, 55, saying the crime destroyed the life of the victim -- who was convicted five years later of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Man Arrested In Armed Robberies Of More Than 40 Cellphone Stores Across Southern California, Police Say
Police have arrested a prolific serial robber linked to well over three-dozen cellphone store hold-ups in recent months spanning Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators arrested Michael Anthony Tapia, 51, of Pico Rivera about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 9600 block of Nan Street, according to West Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Could Get Tougher Penalties For Handling Phones While Driving Under New Bill
California drivers who talk, text or in any way operate a hand-held device would be charged with a moving violation under a bill proposed at the state Capitol this week. Operating a hand-held phone is already an infraction punishable by a $20 fine under a law that went into effect in 2017. But under Senate Bill 1030, introduced by Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman of Orange County, the penalty would increase, potentially hiking insurance rates for violators.
Capital Public Radio

A Cellphone Found In Prison Leads To Huge Bust Of Gang Selling Drugs On Snapchat
Federal officials using an army of 750 officers rounded up dozens of suspects in Northern California, Pennsylvania and Oregon early Wednesday to disrupt what they described as a massive street and prison gang conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin using social media. Authorities targeted prison gang leaders – and arrested two inmates already serving time inside Pelican Bay State Prison – and swept up a number of suspected members of Varrio Bosque Norteno, a Norteno-affiliated street gang known as “VBN” that is based in Woodland.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

LA City Council Unanimously Votes To Oppose Citizenship Question On U.S. Census
The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday opposed a federal proposal to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census over concerns it could lead to inaccurate counts and an unfair allocation of federal funding by discouraging immigrants from participating. The council on a 12-0 vote approved a resolution introduced by Council President Herb Wesson to incorporate its opposition into the city's 2017-18 Federal Legislative Program.

Training Scheduled Throughout LA County For Homeless Outreach Jobs
With new funding starting to flow in from voter-approved Measure H, service agencies throughout Los Angeles County are busy training new hires as efforts ramp up to provide more outreach for the homeless. Measure H approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase across the county to fund anti-homelessness measures.
Los Angeles Daily News


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