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March 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Kentucky Officer's Death Killed By Authorities In Tennessee
A man wanted in the fatal shooting an off-duty police officer in a small Kentucky city was found and killed Friday by law enforcement officials in Tennessee. James K. Decoursey, 35, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, was shot and killed after "a brief encounter with law enforcement" in Clarksville, Tennessee, according to Kentucky State Police. The department said Decoursey fatally shot 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer Phillip Meacham on Thursday, then fled the area on foot.
Associated Press

Connecticut Trooper Killed In Crash
A veteran Connecticut state trooper has been killed in a highway crash involving a tractor-trailer. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Trooper First Class Kevin Miller died in the accident on Interstate 84 in Tolland early Thursday afternoon. The governor ordered state and U.S. flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff until burial or memorial services are held. Miller was a 19-year state police veteran who was assigned to Troop C in Tolland.
Associated Press

'I Didn't Want My Badge Number To Die'
It was moment of personal accomplishment, and department history. On Thursday morning, retired Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Helen Kidder passed on her badge to newly promoted Lt. Kelly Muniz. "I didn't want my badge number to die," Kidder said. "I wanted to give it to a strong woman to carry it on." Usually when badges are passed on, it is from one family member to another. In a tweet posted by the LAPD, they noted this unusual move as part of #WomensHistoryMonth. Muniz, formerly a sergeant with the Metro Division, will now serve with the Hollywood Division.

Crash Involving Police Car Leads To Pursuit Of Suspected DUI Driver In South L.A.
A driver now suspected of driving under the influence hit another vehicle — which then hit a police patrol vehicle that then hit another vehicle — and then led law enforcement officials on a chase just after the crash Thursday evening, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver has since been taken into custody, LAPD Officer Tony Im said. The crash happened at West 59th Street and South Broadway, and some time later, the pursuit began in an area near Slauson Avenue and South Main Street, he said.

Woman Allegedly Shot By Husband During Domestic Dispute In Tujunga
A man is being sought for allegedly shooting his wife in the shoulder Thursday during an argument in Tujunga. The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. in the 7500 block of Owens Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The woman was hospitalized in stable condition and is going to be OK, officials say. The suspect's name was not immediately released by police, who said he remained at large late Thursday morning.
FOX 11

LAPD: Boy Sexually Assaulted By Man Who Attacked Him At Church
The LAPD is on the hunt for a man who sexually assaulted and possibly raped a 13-year-old boy at a church. On March 17, at around 3:30 pm, LAPD says the boy and his family attended an event at a church near the 1700 block of Cesar E. Chavez Avenue. When the boy went upstairs to use the restroom, a man approached him from behind and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. LAPD says the man dragged the boy out of the restroom and tried to put him in a storage room.
FOX 11

Man Ran ‘House Of Horrors' Where Women Were Drugged, Raped; More Victims Urged To Come Forward: LAPD
A woman who was allegedly victimized at the Sherman Oaks home of a man who was once a "client" on "Millionaire Matchmaker" spoke out Thursday and urged other possible victims of his to come forward. Her account of her ordeal came alongside Los Angeles police as the man – Michael Leslie Bernback, 65 – is about to go to trial to face criminal allegations that he drugged and raped three women in 2014 and 2015.

Canoga Park Gang Member Sentenced For 2015 Killing Of Innocent Bystander
A gang member was sentenced Thursday to 300 years to life behind bars for an October 2015 shooting in Canoga Park that killed an innocent bystander who was struck by a stray bullet. Ariel Baker Paniagua Jr., 25, of Canoga Park, was convicted last September of second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2015, killing of Eduardo Rebolledo. The 33-year-old victim was in his pickup truck changing his shoes when a stray bullet went through the rear window of the vehicle, through the seat and hit him in the back of the head, according to Deputy District Attorney Eric Siddall.
Los Angeles Daily News

Two Convicted Of Murder Of U.S. Army Vetera
Two men were convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for the death of an Iraq War veteran whose body was discovered more than a decade ago in the trunk of his smoldering car in the concrete riverbed of the Los Angeles River in South Gate. The downtown Los Angeles jury deliberated less than three hours before finding Anthony Silvas, 38, and Juan Vallejo, 43, guilty of the killing of Jesse Aguilar, 24, who had served in the U.S. Army.

L.A. Jury Deadlocks On Most Charges In Case Of 3 Reputed MS-13 Gang Members Accused Of Kidnapping, Rape and Killing Of 13-Year-Old
A Los Angeles jury deadlocked on nearly all the counts in the case of three suspected Mara Salvatrucha gang members charged in the 2001 rape, kidnapping and killing of a teenage runaway from Whittier. Despite deliberating for nearly two weeks, the panel on Thursday told a judge they hadn't reached a unanimous verdict regarding Melvin Sandoval, 38, and Santos Grimaldi, 35, who each faced one count of special circumstance murder along with one count of kidnapping in the killing of 13-year-old Jacqueline Piazza.

More Than 8 Years After Music Producer's Mysterious Murder, Parents, FBI Ask Public For Help
Nearly a decade after their son was senselessly murdered while sitting in his car, the victim's parents are still pleading with the public to help solve his murder. In an emotional news conference at FBI headquarters Thursday, the mother and father of Kevin Robert Harris II said they have not given up on finding the person or persons who killed their young son nearly nine years ago. “Yes, we are still crying about Kevin,” said the senior Harris. He and his wife are hoping renewed interest in their son's 2009 murder, along with help from the Bureau, will lead to the capture of Harris' killers.

California Voters Split On Idea Of Police Helping Immigration Officers, With Violence Swaying Their Opinion
Voters in California are divided on the idea of letting local police help federal immigration officials detain undocumented immigrants, depending on if the immigrant is accused of a violent or a non-violent crime. More than half of all voters in the state (54 percent) believe local law enforcement should be allowed to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detain a person accused of a violent crime, according to a poll released Thursday, March 29, by Eyewitness News-Southern California News Group conducted by Survey USA.
Los Angeles Daily News

‘Best Tool' To Prevent Gun Violence Is Rarely Used In California
When a police officer called Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Marisa McKeown in July 2016 to inquire about getting a gun violence restraining order, her initial response was: What on Earth are you talking about? I've never heard of such a thing. The state law, which had taken effect six months before, allows family members and law enforcement to seek the temporary removal of firearms from someone they believe poses a danger to themselves or others. The Campbell Police Department was looking for a way to stop a man they thought might be targeting local officers.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Five Metro Green Line Stations To Reopen Ahead Of Schedule
Metro announced Wednesday that five Green Line stations which have been temporarily closed will reopen to the public on Sunday. The stations to reopen are Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach. The work was completed in 65 days, six days ahead of schedule, Metro officials said. “Connecting the Green Line with the Crenshaw/LAX Line marks another big step in the expansion of Metro's transit network,” said Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti.


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