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March 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Formally Charged In Slaying Of South Carolina LEO
Just yards from each other, the accused killer and three police officers he allegedly shot sat in a courtroom Friday night. It was a jail courtroom without public access because of the suspect's medical condition and security concerns. The accused and the victims said nothing to each other in the Moss Justice Center courtroom. The only voice was the judge asking Christian McCall if he understands the charges -- murder and attempted murder -- against him. “Yes, sir,” McCall said, seated in a wheelchair.
The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Hearing For Alleged Palm Springs Cop Killer; Intellectually Fit For Death?
A 27-year-old ex-con facing the death penalty for the alleged ambush killings of two Palm Springs police officers at his home will undergo a hearing later this year to determine whether he is intellectually fit to be executed. John Hernandez Felix is accused of fatally shooting veteran training Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and rookie Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27, on Oct. 8, 2016, after the officers responded to a family disturbance call at Felix's home.

Does The LAPD Still Need Gang Injunctions To Fight Crime? The City Is About To Find Out
For decades, police in Los Angeles have considered gang injunctions an invaluable tool that helped reduce violent crime in a region that once gained infamy as the birthing ground of some of the country's most notorious gangs. The city at one point had injunctions against nearly 8,900 people in the city, but that number had been reduced to just 1,450 by the end of last year amid growing criticism that the injunctions — which can severely restrict the movements, even the clothing, of suspected gang members — are overly broad and often unfairly target black and Latino men. This week, a federal judge barred the city from enforcing almost all of its remaining injunctions. But it remains an open question whether the move will have much of an effect on policing at a time when gang violence is waning and law enforcement officials are turning to different methods to combat the gangs that remain. "These are active gang members who are, for lack of a better term, boots on the ground for their respective gangs," said one veteran LAPD gang investigator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak with the media.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Killed In Apparent Shooting At South LA Bus Stop
A homicide investigation was underway Friday night after a woman appeared to have been gunned down at a South Los Angeles bus stop. The shooting happened around 8:37 p.m. at 83rd Street and Broadway. Los Angeles police were called out on reports of a person down at a bus stop. When officers arrived, they found a woman who appeared to be in her 30s or 40s down at the scene. She was later pronounced dead.

Bicyclist Shot To Death, Two Suspects Flee Scene
A bicyclist was shot to death in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported about 10:05 p.m. Sunday in front of 4707 West 17th Street, Sgt. R. Hillard of the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Station said. Two men wearing dark clothing approached the 26-year-old man from behind and fired shots at him, Hillard said. He was hit three to four times and pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorcyclist Survives Hit-And-Run To Be Killed In DUI Crash
A motorcyclist has died after being hit by one vehicle and struck by a second near Echo Park. The overnight crash unfolded just after 2 a.m. Saturday on the 5 Freeway north of State Route 2. It was there that authorities say the victim was initially rear-ended and ejected from his bike by the first car, who fled the scene. After that collision, the victim managed to stand on the roadway in the number three lane when he was struck by a second car.

Recent Shootings In Venice Area Have Police On Guard
Police in Venice Beach are searching for two men who they say got into a fight Thursday night with a group of people before one of them fired a handgun into the crowd. The victim is an 18-year-old man who police say was trying to break up the fight. He is expected to recover. This shooting comes on the heels of another in the same area. That violent incident was captured on cellphone video. Nine shots were fired into a crowd of people outside of a bar, leaving one man critically wounded. The suspect was arrested.

Armed Man In Standoff With SWAT In Downtown LA
A man believed to be armed with a knife was in a standoff with a Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team today in downtown Los Angeles. Officers went to an apartment in the 400 block of East Fifth Street about 1:20 a.m., said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. The 28-year-old man was believed to be alone in the residence, Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspects Sought After Several Street Vendors Attacked In South LA
Several street vendors setting up to sell their thrift store wares early Sunday morning were robbed and brutally attacked at San Pedro Street and 31st Street in South Los Angeles. One of the victims was 54-year-old Pedro Reyes, who ended up bloodied and hospitalized. Two vehicles pulled up and the people inside demanded money from three street vendors, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
FOX 11

Police Seek Escaped Convict, LA Public Asked To Be On Lookout
Law officers asked for the public's help Sunday to find a 23-year-old convicted robber, who walked away from a re-entry facility in Long Beach. An emergency search for Christopher Pinon began around 3:25 p.m. Friday, when authorities were notified that Pinon's GPS device had been tampered with, according to Vicky Waters of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Pinon's GPS device was found in a trash can near Main Street and Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles, Waters said.

Thieves Steal Thousands Of Dollars' Worth Of Jewelry From Navy Veteran's Home In Mid-City
Thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry was taken from a former U.S. Navy aviator Tuesday, March 13 from his Mid-City home. Bradley Myslinski was at work when brazen thieves committed the break-in in broad daylight while he was at work. The victim's surveillance camera captured one intruder knock on his door several times as he strategized with an accomplice on how to commit the burglary.

Man Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Pursuit That Ended In Metro Tunnel In Boyle Heights
A man who pleaded no contest to charges related to a police pursuit that ended in a Metro tunnel in Boyle Heights last month has been sentenced to two years in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Rafael Lopez Jr., 27, entered no contest pleas on Thursday to three felony counts, including fleeing a police car, driving or taking a vehicle without consent, and hit-and-run driving, according to a DA's news release. The charges stemmed from a pursuit that began when police saw a reported stolen GMC pickup truck in Huntington Park on the night of Feb. 20, prosecutors said.

Brother Of Las Vegas Mass Shooter Pleads Not Guilty In Child Porn Case
Bruce Paddock — a brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock — pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge alleging that he possessed more than 600 images of child pornography. Paddock, 59, was ordered March 2 to stand trial on the felony count. At the hearing earlier this month, Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau dismissed 19 misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation of a child against Paddock, agreeing with the defense's argument that the statute of limitations had expired on those charges involving alleged crimes between January and August 2014.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Man, 51, Found Dead After House Fire In Wilmington
A 51-year-old man was found dead Sunday morning after a fire ripped through a home in Wilmington, authorities said. About 5:15 a.m., firefighters were called to 1025 E. Robidoux St., where they found fire burning in a single-family home, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Nearly 40 firefighters put out the flames in about 40 minutes. The man, identified by coroner's officials as Manuel Ysais of Wilmington, was found dead in the home. Coroner's officials will determine his case of death, while investigators are looking into what caused the blaze.
Los Angeles Times

More Than 60 Deaths In Fires, Floods Last Year Exposes Weaknesses In California's Emergency Planning
A reckoning on public preparedness long in the making is underway in California after a year that saw unprecedented death, destruction and loss from disasters set off by extreme weather. Though California has long experienced natural disasters tied to weather, the last year recorded a staggering human toll — more than 40 dead in wine country fires and more than 20 in Santa Barbara County mudslides.

Local Government News

Runners Race From ‘Stadium To Sea' In Annual L.A. Marathon; Streets Reopened
Tens of thousands of runners trekked across the Southland in this year's L.A. Marathon, a 26.2-mile trek stretching from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Roughly 24,000 people were competing in the race's 33rd-annual installment, which began just before 7 a.m. at Dodger Stadium. More than just making the crosstown trek, runners have come from all 50 states and 63 countries to participate in "stadium to sea" event, organizers said on its website.

LA City Council Committee Considers Seismic Retrofitting Fund
A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday will consider a proposal to assist property owners in financing costly seismic retrofits required by law in roughly 15,000 buildings. The city passed an ordinance in 2015 requiring the retrofitting, but the high up-front costs can cause enormous financial strain on property owners and prevent its implementation, says a motion introduced by Councilman Mitchell Englander and scheduled to be examined by the Budget and Finance Committee.


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