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March 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

In Emotional Ceremony, Slain Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas Remembered As A ‘Superhero' And Brave Champion Of The Community
As the rain fell outside Pomona's Purpose Church on a dreary Thursday morning, hundreds of law enforcement officers, civic leaders and other mourners gathered solemnly inside to honor the short life of Pomona police Officer Greggory Casillas, who was killed in the line of duty just days away from finishing his field training. During an emotional hour-and-a-half ceremony, mourners recalled in tearful detail a young man inspired to help others and to be a devoted husband and doting father — and whose legacy in the community will persist. Casillas, 30, was shot to death March 9 as he and his partner approached an apartment where a reckless-driving suspect had taken refuge.
Daily Bulletin

Man Indicted For Fatal Shooting Of Kentucky Officer
A Kentucky man has been formally charged in the fatal shooting of a police officer last week. John Russell Hall was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges including murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, among others. WYMT-TV reports Hall is accused of killing Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. Hamilton was killed March 13 while patrolling the Hurricane Creek area with a state trooper.
Associated Press

4 Arrested In Connection To North Carolina Deputy's Death
Four people have been arrested in connection to the death of a North Carolina deputy, who died during a vehicle pursuit. On March 11, Deputy David Manning was killed after crashing head-on with another vehicle, WITN reports. Police said Manning was attempting to pull over an intoxicated driver, 33-year-old Robert Walters, before losing control of his vehicle and crashing, according to WNCT.

Man Possibly Connected To LA County Homicide Kills Himself In Corona At End Of Pursuit
A man possibly connected to a Los Angeles County homicide killed himself Thursday night following a pursuit that began in Hesperia and ended in Corona, California Highway Patrol officials said Friday. “The driver, a Caucasian male adult, was armed with a handgun and was later pronounced deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Officer Daniel Olivas. The pursuit began around 8:45 p.m. Thursday when San Bernardino County sheriff's officials informed CHP authorities that deputies were pursuing a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup south on the 15 Freeway in Hesperia, Olivas said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Arraignment Delayed For Man Charged In Hollywood Killing
A 29-year-old man is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a murder charge stemming from the beating death of an 89-year-old woman at a Hollywood apartment where his father lived. Jerrod Vaile-Martindale, who is accused in the Feb. 21 killing of Julia Culp Myers, is also charged with one count of elder or dependent adult abuse resulting in death.

Self-Proclaimed 'Pretty Hoe' Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Trafficking Charges
A South Los Angeles prostitute known as "Pretty Hoe" on social media pleaded not guilty Friday to federal sex trafficking charges that include allegations she attempted to enlist underage girls to work for her on the streets. Melanie Denae Williams, 22, entered her plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alka Sagar, who set a tentative April 24 trial date.

5 Dead In Westlake Fire: Suspected Arsonist Ordered To Stand Trial
A man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for allegedly setting a June 2016 fire that killed five people in a vacant commercial building in the Westlake district where a group of transients were living. Superior Court Judge Craig Richman found sufficient evidence to allow the case against Johnny Josue Sanchez, 23, to proceed to trial.

Accused Of Killing Husband, Woodland Hills Tennis Umpire Says Coroner Falsified Autopsy Report
Lois Goodman was walking out of a hotel on her way to judge a U.S. Open tennis match in New York in 2012 when police swept in to handcuff and arrest her in front of news cameras. The charge was murder and the victim was her husband of a half-century, Alan Goodman, who had been found dead in their Woodland Hills home four months earlier. It would be another four months before Los Angeles prosecutors acknowledged that they didn't have a case and dropped the charges.
Los Angeles Daily News

In Ruling For Victim In UCLA Attack, California Supreme Court Says Universities Should Protect Students
Katherine Rosen, a pre-med student in her junior year at UCLA, was in chemistry lab when she knelt to put something in her desk drawer. A classmate came up behind her and stabbed her in her neck and chest. She survived the life-threatening injuries, returned to school and sued UCLA for negligence, charging the campus was aware of her classmate's "dangerous propensities" and failed to warn and protect her.
Los Angeles Times

Brown Wants To Keep More Youth In Juvenile Detention, Not Prison
Criminal and juvenile justice reform has been a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown's time in office, and his final proposed budget calls for keeping more youth offenders in juvenile detention facilities instead of prison. Brown's 2018-19 proposed budget calls for $3.8 million to allow youth offenders longer stays in juvenile justice facilities, a step the governor and some advocates say would lead to lower recidivism rates and better outcomes. 

Proposal To Put Armed Peace Officers On All California School Campuses Advances In Assembly
Armed law enforcement officers would be assigned to all school campuses in California at state expense under a measure that advanced Wednesday in response to a series of recent mass shootings across the country. The measure by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) was recommended Wednesday by the Assembly Education Committee, which eliminated a proposal that would have allowed private security guards to be used on campuses.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Storm Triggers Landslide In La Tuna Fire Burn Area
A hillside collapsed overnight Wednesday in La Tuna Canyon, where mandatory evacuation orders had already been in place amid moderate to heavy rain in the recent burn area. There were no reports of injuries in the landslide, and no structures were damaged in the erosion of the hillside just below La Tuna Canyon Road, according to authorities.

In Wake Of Wine Country Disaster, PG&E Will Shut Off Power Lines In Times Of Extreme Fire Danger
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire danger, it said Thursday, as state investigators examine whether the utility's equipment set off deadly Northern California wildfires. The move for preemptive power cutoffs is one that some local officials and fire survivors have urged after recent wildfires. PG&E and some other state utilities previously have resisted it, arguing that cutting off power carries its own risks, including to patients dependent on electrical equipment.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Metro Board Expands Program To Help The Homeless
The Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted Thursday to explore the feasibility of expanding a pilot program that has deployed two outreach teams along the Red Line to help the homeless. The program focuses on helping homeless people encountered on buses and trains, and in and around transit stations, obtain housing and other services.

Increased Patrols Near Hollywood Sign Approved By L.A. City Council
A plan to increase police patrols and other security around the Hollywood Sign during the spring break period was approved Thursday by the Los Angeles City Council. “With tourism increasing in Los Angeles, we must be proactive in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods, hillsides and iconic Hollywood Sign,” said Councilman David Ryu, whose motion dedicates $51,320 of his office's discretionary funds for the increased patrols by traffic enforcement and police officers.

Griffith Park Community Groups Lose Legal Battle Over Pathway To View Hollywood Sign
Griffith Park groups lose legal battle over pathway to see Hollywood sign. Community groups lost a legal battle Thursday to reopen a pathway into Griffith Park that had been popular with hikers and tourists trekking to see the Hollywood sign. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that the city had not broken the law when it locked the Beachwood Drive entrance gate to pedestrians last year.


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