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April 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Slain Massachusetts Officer's K-9 Survives Surgery
Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon's police dog, Nero, survived a surgery Friday for injuries he received in the Thursday shooting that killed Gannon, according to a Facebook post from the Yarmouth Police Department. According to a post from the Dennis Veterinary Hospital, Nero, who was shot in the head and neck, was stabilized at the scene of the Marstons Mills shooting by the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team and then taken to an emergency veterinary facility.
Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

Suspect In Massachusetts Officer's Killing Held Without Bail
A man charged with killing a police officer and described by authorities as a violent career criminal was ordered held without bail Friday. Thomas Latanowich hung his head throughout his brief arraignment in Barnstable District Court, speaking only to answer "yes" when the judge asked if he understood the proceedings. Not-guilty pleas to charges including murder were entered on his behalf, and the judge said she would appoint a lawyer to represent him. }
Associated Press

LAPD: Dispute May Be Motive In Music Studio Arson Fire That Left Two Dead, Two Seriously Injured
A Los Angeles man arrested in connection to a fatal fire at a music studio in Studio City on Saturday is believed to have intentionally set the blaze, which left two dead and two others critically injured. Detectives believe that Efrem Demery Jr., 28, bought gasoline at a gas station near Top Notch Recordings, poured it in a hallway within the building and lit it on fire, Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes said during a news conference on Monday afternoon. The two men who died — 28-year-old Devaughn Carter and 30-year-old Michael Pollard — had been out with Demery hours earlier, the captain said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Cyclist Struck, Killed By Multiple Cars
A man of about 60 who was riding a bicycle was killed Monday when he was struck by one vehicle and run over by others, all of which left the scene, authorities said. The accident was reported after midnight at Avalon and Century boulevards, Sgt. Donni Ellison of the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division told City News Service. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Ellison said. Investigators were on the scene trying to determine how many vehicles were involved, he said. None of the drivers stopped.

LAPD Releases Photo Of Driver Sought In Hit-And-Run That Injured Pedestrian During Vigil For Slain Cyclist
Los Angeles police have found the vehicle driven by a woman who struck a pedestrian at a South L.A. vigil for a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run, but they're still looking for the driver, whose photo was released Monday. The incident occurred at busy Normandie and Manchester avenues April 11 during a rowdy gathering to bring attention to the death of 22-year-old Frederick Frazier, who was killed at the same location a day earlier. Dozens of cyclists were in the intersection, some of them blocking traffic, when the female driver of an apparent gold older-model Toyota Avalon tried to drive her vehicle through the bikes, video from the scene showed.

Fake Cosmetics Bust: LAPD Emphasizes Dangers Of Using Counterfeit Products
Los Angeles police warned about the dangers of using counterfeit cosmetics and urged the public to use common sense when purchasing on the street. At a press conference on Monday, authorities showcased what looked like high-end makeup but was really $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics containing bacteria and feces confiscated from 21 locations in downtown's Fashion District.

‘She's The Love Of My Life:' Husband Searching For Wife With Alzheimer's Who Went Missing From LACMA
For the past 18 months, Kirk Moody has been focused on finding his wife, who has Alzheimer's disease. In October of 2016, Nancy Paulikas went missing after she got separated from her husband when he went to the restroom at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Michael Goldberg joined the search efforts last year. The LAPD sergeant saw a flyer for the missing 57 year old and decided to volunteer in the search during his off-duty hours. “It's my duty. I'm a sworn officer, it's just that simple,” Goldberg said.

Carjacking Suspects Taken Into Custody Following Search Of Reseda Neighborhood
Police have detained two men who are accused of carjacking a pickup truck in Oxnard and leading police on a pursuit through the San Fernando Valley early Monday morning, authorities said. Around 2:45 a.m., two men — one armed with a knife and one with an assault rifle — approached the driver of a white Ford F-150 outside a gas station at Commercial Avenue and South Oxnard Boulevard and demanded his keys, said Oxnard Police Sgt. Brandon Ordelheide.
Los Angeles Times

San Pedro Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Rep. Maxine Waters
A 45-year-old San Pedro man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, over her opposition to President Donald Trump. Anthony Scott Lloyd faces sentencing July 16 on the single count of threatening a United States official. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years behind bars, but the defendant is expected to receive a far lesser penalty. Lloyd's attorney declined comment outside court. Lloyd made the threat during a phone call to Waters' Capitol Hill office.

L.A. County Prosecutors Argue Robert Durst Should Stand Trial For Murder
Grisly autopsy photos flashed on the screen in the Los Angeles courtroom. One focused on the spot where a bullet tore through the back of Susan Berman's scalp, another showed red splotches on her backside — places where blood settled after she was shot inside her Benedict Canyon home in 2000. At the defense table, Robert Durst, who is accused of killing his close friend, stared at the photographs without expression.

Tax Guns Instead Of Arming Teachers, California Lawmaker Proposes
Following the February school massacre in Parkland, Fla., California legislators responded as they often do after a mass shooting, with proposals to further tighten the state's strict gun control laws. But the killings – and a national protest movement that they inspired – have also raised questions across the country about how best to keep children safe in school. Assembly Bill 2497, unveiled last month by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, would create a tax on firearm and ammunition sales to fund grants for high schools that want to hire police to provide campus security.
Sacramento Bee

US Says California Rejects Proposed Border Duties For Troops
The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided. "The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations," Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington. Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard's third large-scale border mission since 2006.
Union Democrat

Local Government News

In State Of The City Address, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Aims To Put Homeless On Path To Permanent Housing
After detailing an ambitious plan to quickly build emergency shelters throughout the city to tackle a growing homelessness crisis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pointed to the strengths of Angelenos and declared a “strong” state of the city. “We are here to end homelessness,” Garcetti said in his state of the city, delivered Monday morning inside the Los Angeles City Council chamber.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Council Committee OKs Street Vending Regulations
A Los Angeles City Council committee Monday advanced a proposed sidewalk vending ordinance, but rejected provision that would have given nearby brick-and-mortar business owners the power to veto vendor licenses. The business veto had been strongly opposed by many vendors and led seven women from the LA Street Vendor Campaign to be arrested outside City Hall last month during a protest where they blocked traffic.


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