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February 21, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Cop Killings Up So Far In 2018
Two Westerville police officers killed last weekend and another slain Tuesday in Chicago brought to 12 the number of cops gunned down in the line of duty this year, marking a dramatic increase in such tragedies compared to this time in previous years. The last such incident locally was New Year's Day 2011, when Clark County Sheriff's Office deputy Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed at the Enon Beach campground.
Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Wife Guilty Of Assisting In Murder Of 2 California Deputies
Jurors found a Utah woman guilty of murder Thursday for aiding her husband as he killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies in 2014. The Sacramento County jury convicted Janelle Monroy Thursday of 10 charges including murder, attempted murder and carjacking, attempted carjacking and possessing an assault rifle. They rejected her argument that she feared Luis Bracamontes would have killed her if she didn't help him.
Associated Press

The LAPD Is Losing A Familiar Face, And It's Going To Be A ‘Huge, Huge Loss
In his 31-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department, William “Bill” Bustos may have crossed your path — maybe on television giving a news conference, maybe near a San Fernando Valley crime scene, maybe at a school campus preaching the consequences of wreckless driving. In 17 years with the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division he's become a fixture in Valley public safety circles. But the veteran detective is getting ready to take a step back. He's going to retire on Feb. 28. It's a loss that will indeed be felt, say his colleagues. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Pedestrian Killed After 2 Vehicles Collide In Pico-Union: LAPD
A pedestrian walking on a sidewalk in Pico-Union died after being struck by two vehicles that collided on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A call about the fatal crash near Venice Boulevard and Normandie Avenue came in at about 8 a.m., LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. The crash was not a hit-and-run, he said. Law enforcement officials at the scene later said one of the vehicles appeared to have run a red light but authorities are still investigating the collision.

Robbery Suspect Being Chased By Officers Hits Pedestrian, Crashes Vehicle
A robbery suspect being chased by officers struck a pedestrian in Boyle Heights before crashing the vehicle he was driving and fleeing on foot Tuesday. The chase ended about 5:15 p.m. in the area of Gleason Avenue and Velasco Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The pedestrian struck was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

LAPD Looking For Man Who Exposed Himself To Another Motorist In Woodland Hills
Los Angeles police are looking for a man who exposed himself to another motorist and backed his vehicle into the other driver's car on Saturday afternoon in Woodland Hills, authorities said. The incident occurred near Variel Avenue and Erwin Street after an exchange of words between two men at a stoplight, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan Aguilar on Monday.
Los Angeles Daily News

Sylmar Man Forced From Home By Tear Gas After Threatening Mother, Brother With Hatchet
A man who threatened to kill his mother and brother and barricaded himself inside a Sylmar home was forced out by tear gas Saturday after more than eight hours, authorities said. The incident started at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 13600 block of Lexicon Place, Lt. D. Grayson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station said. The man threatened his relatives with a hatchet, Grayson said. The man's mother and brother were able to leave the residence, he said.

2 Men Linked To Nine Restaurant Burglaries In Studio City Area: LAPD
Police are asking for the public's help identifying two men who have been linked to nine restaurant burglaries in the Studio City area dating back to last September. The break-ins occurred between September 2017 and February, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Some of the burglaries occurred on the same day.

Missing Uber/Lyft Driver Found In LA's Wilshire Center Area, Taken To Hospital; Disappearance Not ‘Criminal' Says LAPD
A 29-year-old ride-hailing driver missing more than a week was found in the Wilshire Center area and taken to a hospital, according to police, who said Tuesday his disappearance was not believed to be “criminal in nature.” Joshua Thiede was found about 8 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of South Serrano Avenue, “where a citizen had reported seeing a man they believed was Joshua Thiede,” according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Snapchat Video Showing Gun On CSUN Campus Deemed A ‘Hoax'
A social media post that appeared to show a handgun on the dashboard of a vehicle at Cal State Northridge prompted a police investigation Friday, but authorities later determined the video was a hoax. Officers went to the school about 12:25 p.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im, but found no sign of a person with a weapon.
FOX 11

Woman Performed Dental Procedures — Including Root Canal — Without License At Pico-Union Home: City Attorney
A 58-year-old woman alleged to have injured one person as she practiced dentistry without a license from the living room of her home in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles pleaded no contest to a charge, authorities said Tuesday. Clara Medina entered the plea to a single count of battery likely to produce serious bodily injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announcing the conviction.

Supreme Court Leaves In Place California's 10-Day Wait For Gun Buyers, Rejects 2nd Amendment Challenge
The Supreme Court made clear again Tuesday that the government has broad power to restrict and regulate firearms, dismissing a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases. While the court has ruled that the 2nd Amendment protects the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns, the justices have repeatedly refused to go further by blocking strict gun regulations, including state bans on the sale of semi-automatic weapons or limits on who can carry a weapon in public.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Koreatown Residents Say Alleyway Is A Public Health Risk
People who live and work near one alleyway in Koreatown said they're concerned about a mounting public health hazard that just won't go away. For more than a year, an alleyway at Beverly Boulevard and Juanita Avenue has become a dumping ground for clothes, piles of trash and needles. Community members said people who are homeless can be seen leaving their trash and openly using drugs in broad daylight. 

LA Licensing Fees For Marijuana Businesses Exceeding Expectations
The city of Los Angeles has issued a total of 101 temporary authorizations to marijuana businesses since the drug became legal for recreational use and sales in the beginning of January, a Los Angeles City Council committee was told Friday. Cat Packer, head of the city's Department of Cannabis Regulation, also told the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee that her office has so far taken in far more revenue than was anticipated.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA To Improve Bike Lanes After Paying Out Over $19 Mil Last Year
The Los Angeles City Council, mindful of millions of dollars in recent lawsuit payouts stemming from bicycle accidents, voted Tuesday to create a plan to inspect all bike paths and lanes and devise ways to pay for any needed repairs. The city in 2017 paid out more than $19 million in lawsuits to settle cases involving cyclists injured or killed on city streets — four times higher than any other year over the last decade, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also reported that 19 percent of the city's bike lanes and routes are on streets graded by the city to be a D or F.


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