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February 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Sentenced In Chicago Officer's 2010 Killing
A man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2010 death of an off-duty Chicago police officer has been sentenced to 76 years in prison. Bernard Williams was found guilty last year in the death of Officer David Blake. Prosecutors said the then-18-year-old Williams killed the officer and raided a gun safe at his house. Blake was dating Williams' sister at the time.
Associated Press

Florida School Shooting Suspect Charged With 17 Murders
The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation's deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff's department report released Thursday.
Associated Press

Inglewood Man Convicted In Human Trafficking And Rape Of 11-Year-Old
An Inglewood man was found guilty last week of human trafficking and rape of an 11-year-old girl, three years after his arrest. He will be sentenced at a later date, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Robert Spells had been charged with human trafficking of a minor, sexual assault of a minor and rape.

Suspect Arrested In Shooting Death Of Man In Hollywood Hills Apartment
The suspect sought in the shooting death of a 26- year-old man in a Hollywood Hills apartment building was arrested Thursday. The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department Fugitive Task Force arrested 39-year-old Gregory Baranovsky of Los Angeles around 3:25 p.m. near the 3000 block of Temple Street in the slaying of Yuvini Cortez, police said.

Shooting Death Of Sun Valley Man Found In Truck Ruled A Suicide, LAPD Says
A man whose body was found in a pickup truck in Sun Valley shot himself to death, police said today. The body was discovered about 10 a.m. Tuesday on the 8500 block of Tujunga Avenue, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Investigators determined his death was the result of suicide, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man's name was withheld, pending family notification.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected DUI Driver Arrested In East Los Angeles After Leading LAPD On Pursuit
Police took a suspected DUI driver into custody in East Los Angeles after a pursuit that began late Thursday in the North Hollywood area. A call about the woman's vehicle, a dark SUV, came in around 10:22 p.m., Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department said. The woman was suspected of driving under the influence.

LA Teen Shoots Through Own Door, Reports Fake Home Invasion To Cover It Up
A Woodland Hills 17-year-old was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm after police responded to a call of a home invasion robbery in progress only to find the boy had made the whole thing up. "This is one of the hottest calls an officer can respond to," LAPD Capt. Paul Vernon said in a press release. "Officers responded with lights and siren and the helicopter was overhead quickly, but there were no suspects."

Police Arrest Encino Knock-Knock Burglary Suspects Seen On Doorbell Video
Two men have been arrested for allegedly committing a knock-knock burglary in the Encino area that was thwarted by a doorbell video app. The homeowners, who were able to monitor the activity using a doorbell video application, promptly notified police, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The homeowners further observed suspect Derrick Bradley join Bradley and go to the backyard where they removed a screen from the rear sliding glass door and opened the second-floor balcony sliding door,” according to an LAPD statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Accused Of Beating Grandmother Is Released As Victim Doesn't Think He Did It
The man who is accused of beating an 85-year-old grandmother in Koreatown is free Thursday night. And the victim and her family made a shocking claim Thursday evening. They said they don't believe the accused is guilty. “I feel OK because my grandmother keeps telling me to this day it's not him. She doesn't think so but understands she could be mistaken but doesn't think that's the guy. And she never did,” says Yu-Jin Ko.

Southern California Scammers Are Out To Get Your Money, And Torment Your Lives
Grifters, flimflam men, scammers, cheats. They are everywhere, on the phone, the internet or the sidewalk out front. A San Clemente man wired about $4,000 to a con man who said he had his daughter. A woman handed over cash, $300, in Riverside to two friendly types who just wanted to fixed her car – supposedly. A Los Angeles cop has to keep an eye on his credit cards, because a perp he put away years ago messes with him. Scams are one of the most prevalent crimes in Southern California, officials say, and can affect naïve teenagers, the elderly – and those in between.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Special Needs Students Would Be Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana In School Under New Legislation
California minors with special needs or severe disabilities who rely on marijuana for medical purposes would be allowed to use the drug at their school under legislation introduced this week by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo). The measure would allow a parent or guardian to administer the drug in the form of oil, capsules, tinctures, liquids or topical creams on school campuses where the practice has been approved by the county board of education, Hill said.
Los Angeles Times

Deaths From Gun Violence: How The US Compares To The Rest Of The World
It was the deadliest school shooting since a gunman took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. On Wednesday, a shooter killed at least 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Florida shooting is the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. Rates of gun deaths in the U.S. are far greater than in much of the rest of the world.

Local Government News

LAX's $4.5 Billion People Mover One Step Closer To Approval
The plan to decrease auto traffic at Los Angeles International Airport with the construction of an automated people mover took a step forward Thursday as the airport's civilian oversight board approved a recommended developer for the project. LAX Integrated Express Solutions was chosen by the Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners as the recommended developer for the project, and LAWA will present a 30-year contract valued at about $4.5 billion to the BOAC and City Council for approval.


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