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February 28, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Idaho Officer Shot, Suspect Killed During Traffic Stop
A Coeur d'Alene police officer was shot Tuesday night by a man he was attempting to arrest during a traffic stop. Multiple officers returned fire, killing the suspect. The officer who was shot was rushed to the nearby Kootenai Health hospital by another officer. The officer was undergoing surgery late Tuesday but earlier had been talking to first responders, Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference at the hospital.
The Spokesman-Review

Man Found Dead Near Venice Boardwalk
A man was found dead this morning near the Venice Beach Boardwalk, prompting a death investigation. The discovery of the man's body was reported around 5 a.m. on Ocean Front Walk near Ozone Court, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Division. The man showed no obvious signs of trauma, Lopez said. The cause of death will be determined by the county coroner's office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Stolen-Car Suspect Crashes Into Vehicle After High-Speed Chase In Mid-City
A stolen vehicle suspect was taken into custody after crashing his vehicle into the back of another car and spinning out of control in Mid-City Tuesday night. It initially started as a following, authorities said. But when the suspect pulled over in Beverly Hills at La Cienega and Wilshire Boulevards, he chose not to comply and soon fled from the scene.

Man Shot To Death By LAPD In Panorama City Reportedly Suicidal
A man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Monday may have been suicidal, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. The man was identified Tuesday as 22-year-old Orbel Nazarians of Panorama City, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical-Examiner-Coroner. The incident took place at about 8:45 a.m. on the 9100 block of Kester Avenue, near the intersection with Nordoff Street.
Los Angeles Daily News

Pedestrian Deaths Surge In L.A., Overall Traffic Fatalities Down Slightly
Pedestrian deaths in Los Angeles have surged more than 80% in the first two years of a high-profile initiative launched by Mayor Eric Garcetti to eliminate traffic fatalities, new data show. In 2015, 74 people on foot were killed by drivers in Los Angeles. That figure rose to 134 in 2017, the highest number in more than 15 years.

Sexual Predators Pose As Uber And Lyft Drivers And Attack Women Leaving Bars And Clubs, Police Say
In January of last year, a woman climbed into what she thought was an Uber outside a Hollywood nightclub on a bustling stretch of Cahuenga Boulevard. But instead of driving her home, authorities allege the man behind the wheel took her to a secluded area and repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Authorities said they are dealing with a string of sexual assault cases in which attackers pretend to be drivers to lure women into their vehicles.
Los Angeles Times

Man Charged With Series Of Rapes, Sexual Assaults In Los Angeles County
A Santa Clarita man accused of posing as a rideshare driver and sexually assaulting seven women over a 15-month period made his first court appearance Tuesday on more than two dozen felony charges and has his bail set at $10.3 million. Nicolas Morales, 44, is scheduled to be arraigned March 8 at the Alhambra courthouse on 27 counts: nine counts of forcible oral copulation, six counts of rape, five counts of sodomy by use of force, four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count each of assault with intent to commit a felony, attempted sodomy by use of force and attempted kidnapping to commit another crime. Morales is accused of sexually assaulting seven women while falsely representing himself as a ridehailing driver in areas throughout Los Angeles County, including Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Alhambra, from October 2016 to January 2018, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
FOX 11

Anti-Semitic Acts In Van Nuys, Woodland Hills Are Part Of Sharp Rise Reported By Anti-Defamation League
From graffiti in Van Nuys claiming “Hitler did nothing wrong” to swastikas at a Woodland Hills synagogue, acts of anti- Semitism spiked upward across the country and locally in 2017, according to a report released today by the Anti-Defamation League. The number of anti-Semitic incidents jumped by 60 percent nationally last year compared to 2016, the largest single-year increase on record and second-highest overall number since the ADL began tracking such incidents in the 1970s, according to the report.
Los Angeles Daily News

Supreme Court Decision Means Many Immigrants Will Stay In Detention For Longer
Many immigrants will spend the duration of their court proceedings in custody following a Supreme Court decision that on Tuesday reversed a Ninth Circuit ruling requiring periodic bond hearings. In a 5-3 ruling, the court's conservatives took issue with the way the Ninth Circuit had read immigration law relating to mandatory detention of certain groups of non-citizens. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote an impassioned dissent on behalf of the liberal side of the court. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case.
San Diego Union Tribune

A California Congressman Is Trying To Force A Vote On A Gun Background Check Bill
California Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena is trying to get support for a rarely successful procedural move that would force a vote on a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases. Thompson, a lifelong hunter who leads the Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced the bill with Republican Rep. Peter King of New York in November. It has been sitting in committee since.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Speed Limit Changes To Be Announced For 146 Miles Of LA City Streets
Big changes are on the way for all of us who drive on Los Angeles streets. And it's connected to a story the NBC4 I-Team first reported: how many of the city's dangerous streets could not be patrolled with radar. The NBC4 I-Team has learned the city will change the speed limits on 146 miles of city streets, but more importantly cops can dust off their radar guns and use them to stop accelerator happy drivers. 

L.A. County's Program For Responding To School Threats Could Be Expanded After Board Of Supervisors Vote In New Proposal
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue expansion of a county program designed to prevent school shootings. The proposal, written by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger, asks mental health professionals and law enforcement officials to report back to the board with options on how to bolster the School Threat Assessment Response Team.

L.A. County Leaders Look To Regulate Short-Term Rentals
The Los Angeles City Council has spent two years grappling with how to regulate short-term rentals through popular platforms such as Airbnb. On Tuesday, county lawmakers took up the question. The Board of Supervisors approved a motion to begin assessing the effect of such rentals on housing availability and affordability in unincorporated areas.
Los Angeles Times


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