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March 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

FBI Agent Dies Of Cancer Linked To 9/11 Pentagon Attack
An FBI agent who was a first responder to the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon died Thursday of brain cancer. Special Agent Melissa S. Morrow, 48, served in the Washington Field Office of the FBI prior to being assigned to the Kansas City Field Office. In Washington, Morrow was a member of the Evidence Response Team.
The Kansas City Star

Woman Sentenced In Killings Of 2 California Deputies
A Utah woman was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison Friday for helping her husband as he killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies in 2014. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White sentenced Janelle Monroy after jurors last month rejected her argument that she feared Luis Bracamontes would have killed her if she didn't help him. "Ms. Monroy, you did not start this reign of terror, but you joined in immediately after as an active participant," White said, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Associated Press

1 Dead After Being Shot In Car In Lincoln Heights
One person is dead after being shot in a car in Lincoln Heights, according to Los Angeles police. According to the LAPD, the victim was driving a dark gray car around 2:20 p.m. with a female passenger when two suspects in a light gray car opened fire while driving by. Authorities said the victim, a man in his 20s, was shot in the car at Johnson Street and Manitou Avenue.

Boyfriend Of Missing Aspiring Actress Kills Himself After Pursuit
Police can confirm that family and friends believe an aspiring 25-year-old actress is dead. Macedonia Adea Shabani was last seen on Friday, February 23rd near the 1700 block of Wilcox Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue, not far from her home. The man she was romantically involved with, also an actor, is also dead. Police say he killed himself after a pursuit on the Riverside Freeway (91) that ended in Pomona Thursday night.
FOX 11

Body Found Off 101 Freeway Near Echo Park
A dead body was discovered just off the 101 Freeway near Echo Park Friday night, police said. Police received a call about the body at about 8:30 p.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. He said California Highway Patrol officials told LAPD that they found a body with possible stab wounds. However, authorities did not call the coroner due to a need to further investigate, Im said.

Possible Burglary Suspects Lead Police On Chase From Topanga To Culver City
Los Angeles police Friday chased a white BMW occupied by two possible burglary suspects to Culver City, where the driver entered a parking garage at a shopping mall. The chase began at 11:52 a.m. in the Topanga area, and led to the Westfield Culver City mall near the 405 Freeway, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Police set up a perimeter, but were unable to locate the suspects, the LAPD announced at about 1:50 p.m. Officers have located evidence related to the burglary and our detectives will be conducting follow-up investigation to locate the suspects, according to an LAPD statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

March For Our Lives Rally In Los Angeles Was Peaceful And Orderly, With No Arrests Reported, Police Say
Los Angeles police reported no arrests Saturday at the March for Our Lives rally in downtown Los Angeles, which drew tens of thousands of people calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school that claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers. There were only three medical-related calls during the march and only one reported suspicious package, which later was deemed personal property, police said. "That is what we like to call, SUCCESS!" the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted. "This truly is the City of Angels. Enjoy the rest of your weekend L.A.!"
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Seeks Help In Finding Missing 21-Year-Old Woman Last Seen In Chinatown
Los Angeles Police Department officials are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 21-year-old woman. Valentina Lore was last seen in the 900 block of North Broadway in Chinatown on March 3. She is described being about 5 feet tall and weighs about 110 pounds. She has shoulder-length blond hair with dark roots and brown eyes, police said. Lore has Crohn's Disease and her family is concerned for her safety.

Bomb Squad Responds To Multiple Hand Grenades Found In Home
People cleaning out the home of a deceased relative in North Hollywood Saturday discovered multiple hand grenades and the Los Angeles Police Department's Bomb Squad was dispatched to deal with them. The discovery was made about 6:30 p.m. at a home in the area of Clybourn and Clark avenues, Officer B. Hopwood of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station said.

Man Denies Beating Elderly Woman To Death At Hollywood Apartment
A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to the beating death of an 89-year-old woman at a Hollywood apartment where his father lived. Jerrod Vaile-Martindale is charged with one count each of murder and elder or dependent adult abuse resulting in death in connection with the Feb. 21 killing of Julia Culp Myers. The criminal complaint includes an allegation of using a deadly or dangerous weapon shoes and feet during the commission of the crime.
Los Angeles Daily News

Arsonist Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison For Setting 47 Fires In Hollywood Area
A man convicted in a series of arsons that began in 2011 was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison Friday. Harry Burkhart, 30, a German national was arrested in January of 2012 and found guilty in September of 2016 of dozens of counts of arson. After his conviction, Burkhart attempted to claim insanity, but a jury found him sane earlier in March and his conviction stood.

President Trump, Justice Department Announce Bump Stock Ban
President Trump announced that the administration plans to ban bump stocks and other devices that can modify weapons, making them more dangerous and faulting the Obama administration for the legalization. The announcement comes after months of debate concerning the weapon modifiers that were used in the deadly Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, 2017. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA Considers Ambitious Proposal To Provide Housing For Every Homeless Person
The Los Angeles City Council Friday is considering a motion that would enact a plan to provide housing for every transient in the city, as it continues to grapple with a housing shortage which has spiked rents and sent thousands of people into homelessness. The motion, introduced last month by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, says there is little evidence that anything is being done to create or improve shelters for the homeless in the city and that a true sense of emergency is needed to deal with the problem.

Plan To Dramatically Increase Development Would Transform Some L.A. Neighborhoods
For decades, the question of where Los Angeles should build housing has been a local matter. Real estate developers have mostly relied on an elaborate web of city zoning rules to figure out how tall a new residential building can be, how many parking spaces it must have, and how many homes can be built on a particular piece of property. Now, a bill under consideration in Sacramento would upend that arrangement, allowing multistory apartments and condominiums in neighborhoods where city leaders have long prohibited them. Senate Bill 827, written by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would loosen or eliminate restrictions on height, density, parking and design for residential properties near major rail and bus stops.
Los Angeles Times


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