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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Slain Maryland Officer Posthumously Promoted
An officer who was killed while intervening in a domestic dispute has been posthumously promoted. WTOP reports that 51-year-old Prince George's County Officer Mujahid Ramzziddin was posthumously promoted from corporal to sergeant on Wednesday. The PD also released more details about the fatal shooting. On Feb. 21, Ramzziddin, who was off-duty, was intervening in a domestic dispute between Glenn Tyndell and his wife when Tyndell shot the officer five times with a shotgun.

Grisly Discovery In South LA: Body In Abandoned Car Trunk
A body was found Thursday in the trunk of a car abandoned in an alley in the Vermont Knolls section of South Los Angeles. Officers found the body — that of an Hispanic male — about 11:50 a.m. when they responded to a report of an abandoned car in the 8200 block of Hoover Street, police said. Homicide detectives are investigating the fatality and the coroner's office will positively identify the decedent and determine his cause of death, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im.

Woman's Neck Slashed During Robbery At Laundromat In Pico-Union Neighborhood
A 40-year-old woman had her neck slashed during a robbery at a laundromat in the Pico-Union neighborhood. The robbery occurred Thursday evening in the area of Vermont Avenue and Venice Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman was inside a laundromat when she was approached from behind by her attacker, who grabbed her purse while he simultaneously slashed her neck with a sharp object, police said.

Postal Driver Robbed Of $70K At Gunpoint In South LA
Authorities said a Postal Service driver was held up at gunpoint Thursday evening in South Los Angeles. Officials said the suspect got away with about $70,000. The driver was at the Slauson exit on the 110 Freeway around 8 p.m, when the robbery occurred. The suspect walked up to the big rig and produced a handgun, police said. The suspect took two duffel bags filled with cash from the truck's trailer. The driver was not injured.

Loved Ones Fear The Worst After Aspiring Actress Goes Missing Near Hollywood Home
An acting student and model with dreams of making it in Hollywood has mysteriously vanished, and her panicked friends are now in a nonstop search to find her. Adea Shabani left Macedonia to study acting. The 25-year-old, who once posed in a photo with rapper Kanye West, had been in Los Angeles for less than two years. Friends are now desperate for answers after she disappeared on Friday. "She was not replying to text messages. She was missing, so I got worried," said friend Antonio Escobar.

Arraignment Postponed For Man Charged In Attack On 85-Year-Old Woman In Koreatown
A man accused of attacking an 85-year-old grandmother in Koreatown without any provocation is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on an elder abuse charge. Richard Rene Colomo, 41, of Bell Gardens, was arrested after the attack on the woman, released pending further investigation, then re-arrested on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Colomo -- being held on $80,000 bail -- was charged with a felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse with infliction of injury.
FOX 11

Police Respond To ‘Female Mental Illness' Call At Home Of Tori Spelling
Police responded to a disturbance call Thursday morning at a San Fernando Valley home reportedly belonging to the family of actress Tori Spelling. Officers arrived at the home on the 21200 block of Mullholland Drive in Woodland Hills just after 7 a.m., according to LAPD Media Relations.

Reputed MS-13 Drug Dealer Found Guilty In 2001 Murder Of Teenage Runaway Whose Body Was Found Nude In Elysian Park
A drug dealer for the Mara Salvatrucha street gang was found guilty Thursday of murdering a 13-year-old runaway whose nude body was found by a hiker in Elysian Park in 2001. A jury convicted Jorge Palacios, 39, of special circumstance murder and one count of kidnapping to commit another crime. The jury also found gun and gang allegations to be true. Three other reputed MS-13 gang members — Melvin Sandoval, 38, Santos Grimaldi, 35, and Rogelio Contreras, 40 — are also on trial in the teenager's killing, and a separate jury is hearing closing arguments in the case.

Man Arrested After Being Accused Of Chasing, Groping Female UCLA Students
A man accused of attacking two UCLA students as they walked home alone was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, and authorities are looking for more possible victims, police said Thursday. The man, identified as 28-year-old Paris Mario Carter, is not a student at the University of California Los Angeles, campus police said. He was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual battery, false imprisonment, and possession of a loaded firearm Wednesday. 

232 People Arrested During Immigration Sweep In California
More than 200 people were arrested on immigration violations during a four-day operation in Northern California, but authorities said Thursday that hundreds eluded capture because of a warning from Oakland's mayor. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers made 232 arrests from Sunday to Wednesday arrests and renewed threats of a bigger street presence in California, where state law sharply limits cooperation with immigration authorities at local jails. The Trump administration has cracked down on so-called sanctuary policies, insisting that local law enforcement inform federal agents when they are about to release immigrants discovered to be living in the country illegally.
Union Democrat

Local Government News

With Nearly 18,000 Women Homeless, Measure H Funds Pitched In To Pay For 115 Beds To Shelter Them
More than a hundred homeless women in Los Angeles County will have a temporary place to stay beginning in April, after a local homeless services agency approved the use of $2.5 million in Measure H funding for a housing program. The funding will go to four service providers to pay for 115 beds for women 18 years and over at so-called “bridge housing” facilities, which are temporary shelters that include additional services, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

A Lack Of Funding For LA's Plan To End Traffic Deaths Is Setting It Up For Failure, Leaders Say
Vision Zero, an ambitious initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities in Los Angeles by 2025, did not get a fair shot at accomplishing its goals during its initial year due to the city's unwillingness to fund traffic safety projects, city leaders said this week. The initiative was the subject of a contentious budget debate last year, and ultimately received $27 million, much less funding than the $80 million that had been recommended by the transportation department. “I think we're just not serious about funding Vision Zero,” San Fernando-Valley area councilwoman Nury Martinez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

More Lanes Coming To The 710 Freeway? Nope!
The Metro board put the brakes Thursday on a much- contested $6 billion plan to widen the Long Beach (710) Freeway, opting instead to focus initially on more modest improvements that won't displace residents or businesses. The widening plan has drawn vocal opposition from residents of communities along the freeway because it would result in 121 businesses and 109 homes being razed.


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