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February 22, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Alabama Officer Killed, Suspect Found Dead After Standoff
An hourslong standoff in Alabama ended with both the suspect and a police officer dead. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste told news outlets early Wednesday that Officer Justin Billa was shot Tuesday night and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Earlier Tuesday evening, officers responding to a report of a person hit had found Fonda Poellnitz dead. Police identified her ex-husband, Robert Hollie, as a person of interest and set up a perimeter around his Toulminville home.
Associated Press

South Carolina K-9, Off-Duty Cop Killed In Separate DUI Crashes
A K-9 and an off-duty police officer were killed in separate DUI crashes Thursday. According to The Island Packet, Officer Ryan MacCluen, 31, was killed when suspect Whitney Danielle Brooks, 29, turned in front of the officer's motorcycle. Around an hour earlier, an officer was injured and his K-9 Mojo killed when suspect Richard Shore, 37, collided with their police vehicle.

23-Year-Old Man Charged With Biting 2 LAPD Officers At AT&T Store In Tarzana
A man was charged with five counts, four of them felony, after two police officers were bitten by a robbery suspect at a cellphone store in Tarzana, officials said. Jacob Smith, 23, faces two charges each of battery with injury on a peace officer and resisting an officer, as well as one misdemeanor count of petty theft, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a new release.

Look Again Program Aims To Enlist Civilian Angelenos To Stop Human Trafficking
A new campaign aims to enlist civilian Angelenos in the fight against human trafficking, a $150 billion-a-year business, second only to drug trafficking. The Look Again program is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Police Department and Mayor Eric Garcetti's Commission on the Status of Women. During a press conference held Wednesday, officials provided some disturbing statistics about human trafficking, including the fact that 45 million people worldwide are victimized by human trafficking, and 10,000 of them are in Los Angeles. Among the 10,000, 1,000 are believed to be children.

Man Arrested On Murder Charge Hours After Body Of Elderly Woman Found In Hollywood Apartment
A murder investigation is underway after the body of an 89-year-old woman was found in an apartment in the heart of Hollywood Wednesday. LAPD officials say the discovery was made around 12:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of Hawthorne Ave. Detectives say the victim's injuries are consistent with blunt force trauma. Police later arrested a 29-year-old male on a murder charge in connection to the case.

Police ID Driver Arrested Following Pursuit That Ended In Metro Tunnel In Boyle Heights
Police have identified the man who was arrested after a pursuit driver became stuck on train tracks in a Metro Gold Line tunnel and say they are still searching for a female passenger involved in the incident. Rafael Lopez, a 27-year-old Los Angeles resident, was arrested Tuesday after leading officers on a chase for more than an hour, Huntington Park police said in a news release. The incident began around 9:45 p.m. when a stolen vehicle was reported near the intersection of Salt Lake and Gage avenues in Huntington Park.

12-Year-Old YouTube Gamer, Mother Terrified During A Swatting Incident At Chatsworth Home
A 12-year-old YouTube gamer and his mother became "swatting" victims and were terrified in their Chatsworth home when it was suddenly surrounded by police. Peter Varady was frightened and tearful as the paramedics and police showed up at his home. "It was probably the scariest moment of my life," He said. His mother, Carol Varady, said they opened the door and authorities rushed into the home believing it was a disturbance call.

Ontario Police Arrest Los Angeles Boy Accused Of Making Threat To Shoot Up School ‘Worse Than Florida'
A Los Angeles 14-year-old male student was arrested and cited Monday, Feb. 19, on suspicion of making making an online threat that he would shoot “up a school worse than Florida” after an Ontario resident saw the social media posting and reported it. police said. The threat was made Sunday via a group chat on Instagram Live, an Ontario police news release said. The student attends school in Los Angeles and the only connection to Ontario was the reporting party, who was involved in the chat before alerting police.
Los Angeles Daily News

School Threat Reports Pour In And Are Being Taken Seriously, Southern California Experts Say
In the week since police say Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at a Florida high school, reports of threats of violence against schools in Southern California and around the nation have poured in to police departments and schools. Such threats are not new, police say, and whether the actual number has increased in Southern California since the Feb. 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High is debatable, experts say. But it's clear that the threats on social media and in conversations are getting more attention from the public, especially students, some who seem more willing to report concerns despite the possibility of unfairly being labeled a snitch.
The Press-Enterprise

California Drivers Under 21 Could Lose License For Year If Caught On The Road Under The Influence Of Marijuana
California motorists under the age of 21 would lose their driver's license for a year if caught driving with marijuana in their system under new legislation, though the state still is developing methods of measuring the drug in the body and determining a standard for impairment. State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said he proposed the law so that the state would have the same “zero tolerance” policy for pot that it has for those under 21 who drive under the influence of alcohol.
Los Angeles Times

California's Attorney General Pushes State Bail System Toward Major Overhaul
The bail system in California is set to undergo a major shakeup, starting next week, after state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday that he would not appeal a court ruling that prohibits holding criminal defendants in jail because they can't afford to pay their way out. “Bail decisions should be based on danger to the public, not dollars in your pocket,” Becerra said at a Sacramento news conference.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

L.A. Lawmakers Pledge 222 Units Of Homeless Housing In Each Of Their Districts
A group of Los Angeles lawmakers pledged Wednesday to avoid not-in-my-backyard battles over where destitute residents should be housed, promising to back a minimum number of new supportive housing units for homeless people in the districts they represent. The City Council resolution would not be binding, but lawmakers stressed that they were making a public commitment — and throwing down the gauntlet for others on the council to do the same.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Finally Cracks Down On 'Party Houses'
There's finally relief in sight for the thousands of Southern Californians who live near so-called "party houses" -- homes that are rented for loud, often all-night boozy parties. An NBC4 I-Team investigation in 2015 first exposed how these party houses plagued neighborhoods with blaring all-night music and drunken party-goers filling the streets. The LA City Council Wednesday morning unanimously approved an ordinance that allows the city to issue fines up to $8,000 to homeowners who rent their houses for these disruptive parties, and to the party throwers who rent the houses. 

Proposed L.A. Ordinance Would Ban Bigotry, Discrimination In City
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to draft a civil and human rights ordinance prohibiting discrimination and other forms of bigotry in Los Angeles while also creating a commission to investigate and enforce violations. The motion introduced by Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Gil Cedillo, approved on an 11-0 vote, directs the city attorney to draft the ordinance, which will then come back to the council for another vote.
Los Angeles Times

LA Committee Says It Supports State Bill That Would Create Public Bank For Marijuana Businesses
The Los Angeles City Council committee approved a resolution Friday in support of state bill that would create a public bank that could take deposits from legal marijuana businesses. Banks currently refuse to administer funds from cannabis businesses, as marijuana is still considered illegal under federal law.


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