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March 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Sheriff: Indiana Deputy Shot During Pursuit Has Died
Several dozen police officers saluted the flag-draped body of a slain central Indiana sheriff's deputy as it was taken from a hospital Monday three days after he was shot during a chase. Scores of police vehicles and motorcycles escorted the hearse carrying Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett's body for several miles from St. Vincent Hospital on the north side of Indianapolis to the Marion County coroner's office in the downtown area.
Associated Press

2 NY Troopers Seriously Injured In Crash With Drunk Driver
State troopers Brent Karow and Shane Swartz responded in the pre-dawn hours Sunday to a crash on Interstate 90 that involved a motorist allegedly distracted by his cell phone. An hour later they were still at the scene assisting two tow truck company employees who responded to pull the car out of the median when a drunk driver went off the roadway and crashed into the State Police vehicle, the troopers and the tow truck company owner, State Police said.
Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

No Charges For LAPD Officer Who Fatally Shot 14-Year-Old In Boyle Heights, Prosecutors Say
A Los Angeles police officer won't be criminally charged in the controversial shooting of Jesse Romero, a 14-year-old boy whose 2016 death inspired protests in his Boyle Heights neighborhood and became part of a broader, often-heated debate over how officers use deadly force. Los Angeles County prosecutors outlined their reasoning in an 11-page memo made public Monday, saying Officer Eden Medina reasonably believed the teenager posed a deadly threat and used "reasonable force" to defend himself and others. The union representing the LAPD's rank-and-file backed Medina, saying that officers facing gunfire have an "obligation to not only protect themselves but to protect the public as well."
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot To Death Outside Canoga Park Strip Mall; Female Suspect In Custody
A homicide investigation is underway after a man in his 20s was fatally shot outside a Canoga Park strip mall. A 25-year-old woman has been taken into custody. Los Angeles police received reports about a shooting in the parking lot of a strip mall at 22105 Roscoe Blvd. shortly after 1 a.m. Monday. Responding officers found one victim in the parking lot. Authorities said he suffered one gunshot wound to the neck.

Police Arrest Burglary Suspect Following Slow-Speed Chase
Police on Monday arrested a Fullerton burglary suspect who led officers on a slow-speed chase to the Rancho Park area. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody about 11:40 a.m. near Westwood and Pico boulevards. Los Angeles police were asked to assist Fullerton police in following the SUV, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
FOX 11

Missing Model's Family Offers $25,000 Reward Following Her Hollywood Disappearance
The family of a 25-year-old woman who went missing in Hollywood Monday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the return of the aspiring model and actress from Macedonia. Adea Shabani last was seen about 11 a.m. Feb. 23, near the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, near her home, police said. Shabani has been in Los Angeles less than two years, according to her worried friends. Her family has hired private investigator Jayden Brant to help find her.

Missing North Hollywood Teen Girl Found Unharmed
A 16-year-old girl who suffers from autism and depression and who went missing on in North Hollywood over the weekend was found unharmed today, police said. The girl had last been seen about noon Sunday in the 6000 block of Saint Clair Avenue, and the Los Angeles Police Department sought public help to find her. The teen was located unharmed about 4 a.m. today, the LAPD reported. Other details were not released.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Jury Finds German Man Who Set 47 Fires To Be Sane, With Maximum Possible Prison Sentence Of 88 Years
The arsonist behind 47 fires from the San Fernando Valley to West Hollywood was found to be sane by a Los Angeles jury Monday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Harry Burkhart, a 30-year-old German national, was found guilty in September 2016 of igniting dozens of fires across the county, prosecutors said. He now faces a maximum sentence of 88 years and eight months in state prison for the arson convictions.

California To Fight Ruling On Early Parole For Sex Offenders
California said Monday that it will fight a judge's ruling ordering the state to consider earlier parole for potentially thousands of sex offenders, such as those convicted of raping an unconscious person. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration will appeal the order by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner, said Vicky Waters, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Union Democrat

Bill Would Allow Compensation For More Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned
California pays compensation to wrongfully imprisoned inmates, but the standards are so tight that few qualify. Newly proposed legislation would ease those rules a bit, and one possible beneficiary is a San Jose man who spent more than 30 years in prison based on scientific evidence that has now been recanted.
San Francisco Chronicle

The Florida Loophole That Lets Thousands Of People Banned From Guns Get Away With Lying On Background Checks
Lying on a gun background check form is a federal crime that can lead to up to 10 years in prison. But under Florida law, gun buyers guilty of that offense are virtually guaranteed to get away with it: A legal loophole in the state, known to Florida legislators, prevents police and prosecutors from cracking down on prohibited buyers who fail to disclose their criminal histories or other disqualifying factors when attempting to purchase firearms.
The Trace

Local Government News

L.A. Officials Push For New Focus On School Safety In Wake Of Parkland Shooting
Political leaders in Los Angeles want the city to join the nation in focusing hard on how to prevent violence on campuses in the wake of one of America's deadliest school shootings. On Monday, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer will announce his formation of a blue-ribbon panel to look at measures that would make schools safer and how to make them happen.

Can Los Angeles Start A Public Pot Bank? City Study Says Costs Could Be ‘Exorbitant'
How hard would it be for the city of Los Angeles to create its own bank? Very. That's the upshot of a report released this week by the city's chief legislative analyst, which identified a bevy of potential roadblocks, including the need for changes to state and city law and potentially "exorbitant" start-up costs. "Formation of [a public bank] under existing law and regulation would be a very difficult process, would be very costly, and would result in an institution that would not likely qualify to receive city business," the report found.
Los Angeles Times


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