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April 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Maine Sheriff's Deputy Fatally Shot; Suspect At Large
Law enforcement officials are vowing to maintain a heavy police presence overnight as the search continues for a man accused of killing a deputy in Maine. Police are searching for 29-year-old John Williams, of Madison, after they say he killed Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday, stole his cruiser and robbed a convenience store. The cruiser was later abandoned. State Police Lt. Col. John Cote said late Wednesday afternoon that dozens of agencies have been in the Norridgewock area.
Associated Press

Dallas Police Officer Dies Day After Shooting
The gunman accused of opening fire at a Dallas home improvement store — killing one police officer and critically injuring two others — was initially detained because he was acting suspiciously and may have tried to steal from the store, an arrest warrant revealed Wednesday. An off-duty officer who was working a part-time job at the Home Depot store in the north of the city learned Armando Luis Juarez, 29, had an outstanding felony warrant after he was detained by store officials for suspected shoplifting, according to the arrest warrant.
Associated Press

Man In U.S. Illegally Is Sentenced To Death In Slaying Of Officers
A man living in the U.S. illegally has been sentenced to the death penalty for the 2014 killing of a Northern California sheriff's deputy and a detective. The Sacramento Bee reports that Luis Bracamontes smiled during Wednesday's sentencing and was eventually tossed out of the courtroom for yelling. He was earlier convicted of killing Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County sheriff's Det. Michael Davis Jr. The two men's family members and friends made emotional pleas and statements ahead of the sentencing. Former Placer County Deputy Chuck Bardo called Bracamontes a monster and a coward. 
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Hospitalized Following Crash In North Hills
A Los Angeles Police Department officer was hospitalized after being involved in a crash in North Hills Thursday morning. The crash occurred about 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Noble Avenue, LAPD Officer No said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed a patrol motorcycle down near the crosswalk. Authorities could be seen investigating a white car that came to a stop on the other side of the intersection, but it was unclear if the car was involved in the crash. The officer was taken by ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The officer's official condition was not known, but he was conscious and breathing, No said.

Postmates Worker Caught On Video Stealing Packages In Studio City
A Postmates worker was caught on surveillance video stealing packages from a Studio City building after making a food delivery. It started like your average delivery. Surveillance footage from a residential building in Studio City shows a man walking into a building with a box and waiting by the elevator. He disappears from view for a few minutes, but he comes back into frame. This time, he makes an unexpected pickup - he heads straight for some packages in the lobby and casually walks out with them. LAPD Detective David Acee says the suspect was working for the food delivery company Postmates at the time of the theft in March. Acee says authorities are still searching for him.

Man Who Walked Away From LA Reentry Program Arrested In La Puente
Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man who had walked away from a reentry program facility in Los Angeles over the weekend, officials said. Just after 3 p.m., agents — with the Special Service Unit of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation — arrested Richard T. Tarin at Bassett Park in La Puente, said Krissi Khokhobashvili, a spokeswoman with the state agency. He walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program facility in Los Angeles on Grand Avenue on Saturday and removed his electronic monitoring device, officials said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Lakewood Man Gets 11 Years For Death In Hollywood Of Taxi Cab Driver
A Lakewood man who was initially charged with capital murder in the August 2016 death of a taxi driver in Hollywood pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in state prison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said this week. The murder count against Najib Halibi, 35, was dismissed as a result of his plea last week in connection with the death of Asifawosen Alemseged, who worked for Yellow Cab and was known in his native Ethiopia as an actor, singer and poet.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Suspected Of Being Notorious Serial Killer Dubbed Golden State Killer Arrested After 40-Year Search: FBI
For decades, Joseph James DeAngelo's neighbors thought he was a little odd. He kept mostly to himself, sometimes yelling at the people who got too close to his fence or mowed their grass too early. But they didn't have any reason to suspect he might be behind a series of killings, rapes and assaults in the 1970s and 1980s that spawned an investigation that lasted more than 40 years -- and, until recently, neither did authorities. "We all knew that we were looking for a needle in a haystack," Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Wednesday at a news conference announcing DeAngelo's arrest. "It is fitting that today is National DNA Day," Schubert said. "We found the needle in the haystack and it was right here in Sacramento."

Bill To Create Banks For Cannabis Businesses Clears Hurdle In Legislature
A second state Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier for California cannabis businesses to write checks — instead of using hoards of cash, as is common practice now — to pay taxes, rent and fees to vendors. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, would allow the creation of a special class of state-chartered banks and credit unions, regulated by the Department of Business Oversight, that could process deposits, withdrawals and other financial transactions by licensed cannabis merchants.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Proposed Airbnb Regulations Approved By L.A. City Council Committee
Although one Los Angeles City Council committee spent more than two years to draft regulations for Airbnb and other short-term rentals, another council committee quickly moved the proposed ordinance forward Wednesday and it is now expected to go before the full City Council for a vote. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee worked since 2016 to craft a policy establishing laws for short-term rentals in the city and unanimously passed a set of guidelines earlier this month that would limit the number of rental days per host to 120 a year but also create a discretionary process that would allow hosts to appeal for additional days that could allow them to rent for the entire year.

LA Metro Unveils Purple Line Extension Boring Machines
Two tunnel-digging machines that will bore through the ground to create a path for the Metro Purple Line subway under Wilshire Boulevard were unveiled today. The tunnel-boring machines were given the names “Elsie” and “Soyeon,” chosen from among entries submitted by Southland students.


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