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April 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Arizona Officer Fatally Shot By Carjacking Suspect
An Arizona officer was fatally shot while responding to an armed carjacking call. KVOA reports that Nogales PD Officer Jesus Cordova, 44, responded to an armed carjacking call on Friday afternoon. The officer located the suspect in a vehicle fleeing from the scene and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect exited the vehicle and fired at Cordova, police said. The officer was taken to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to Nogales International.

Slain Maine Deputy's Handcuffs Used To Arrest His Suspected Killer
The suspect in the killing of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy was taken into custody early Saturday afternoon with the handcuffs of the officer he's accused of shooting secured around his wrists. Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster confirmed that the handcuffs of Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole, who was killed Wednesday morning, were used to secure John Daniel Williams, the suspect in his shooting death.
Bangor Daily News, Maine

Vigil Held For Teenage Girl Killed In South L.A. As Police Continue Search For Shooter
Authorities continued to search for the shooter who killed a 15-year-old girl in South L.A., where mourners gathered for a vigil on Sunday. The teen—identified by family members as Hannah Bell— was fatally shot in the torso around 9 p.m. Friday at Western Avenue and 78th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives said a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt walked up to the Best Burger restaurant and opened fire before running south on Western Avenue. The girl was shot at close range, LAPD said. A motive remained unclear.

Authorities Seek Hit-And-Run Motorist In Crash That Killed Two
Authorities Saturday are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect who fled the scene on foot from a two-vehicle crash involving an SUV that killed a motorcyclist and his passenger. The crash was reported at 8:37 p.m. Friday at 7740 Valmont St., near Mount Gleason Avenue, in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Man Killed In North Hollywood Hit-And-Run
A man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in North Hollywood, authorities said. The crash occurred sometime around 11 p.m. Thursday in the area of Victory Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Bureau. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Authorities are looking for a utility truck, according to reports from the scene.
Los AngelesDaily News

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter In Fiery South L.A. Crash That Killed Man, 2 Children
The driver of a vehicle involved in a fiery crash in South Los Angeles that killed a man and two children under 10 has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, LAPD officials said Sunday. The driver, identified as Jose Garcia, was the solo occupant of the other vehicle in the Vermont Knolls crash. The crash occurred just before 8 p.m. Saturday near 744 West 76th Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. Garcia, 30, was driving a Nissan Xterra and apparently speeding north on Hoover Street when he ran a red light and crashed into a Dodge Caravan with five people inside heading west on 76th Street, Sgt. Minh Nguyen told KTLA.

Murder Victim's Final Words Could Lead To His Killer LAPD
South Bureau Homicide detectives say a dying declaration could help lead to a killer if someone can help corroborate the story. Warren Bood, 27, was shot and killed in South LA on April 27, 2017, in the 7600 block of South San Pedro. "From that day I never have a good night sleep," Victoria Flores says through tears about the death of her son. She emigrated from Belize with her kids to the U.S. in the hopes of a better life. "If anyone tell me I was going to lose my son like that, I would have said no. It's very painful for me, my kids and my whole family."

8-Year-Old Boy Brought Gun To Valley Charter School, LAPD Says
Los Angeles police said Friday they were investigating an incident from a day earlier in which an 8-year-old boy brought a gun to his charter school site in Pacoima. But a top school official said the third-grade student at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center's Green Global Generation Academy (G3) campus did not intend to harm anyone. He merely showed off the gun to several students and told them not to tell anyone he had brought it. LAPD Foothill Division officers received a radio call at 10:55 a.m.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Charged With 1977 Homicide, Rape In South LA
A 60-year-old man was arrested and charged with raping and killing a woman in her South Los Angeles home more than 40 years ago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Kenneth Ray Matthews — also known as Kenneth Ray Boone — is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the Dec. 6, 1977, stabbing of Leona Davis, Greg Risling told City News Service. The 25-year-old woman was attacked at her home in the 8700 block of Menlo Avenue, Risling said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Earlier Search For California Serial Killer Led To Wrong Man
Investigators hunting for the so-called Golden State Killer turned to searching genetic websites in 2017 but misidentified an Oregon man as a potential suspect. A year later, after using a similar technique, they are confident they've caught the serial rapist and killer who eluded capture for four decades. In March 2017, an Oregon City police officer, working at the request of investigators in California, convinced a judge to order a 73-year-old man in a nursing home to provide a DNA sample.
Associated Press

200 National Guard Members Headed To California-Mexico Border Next Week
The National Guard is heading to the California-Mexico border next week in what marks the first deployment under Gov. Jerry Brown's deal with the Trump administration to beef up border security. About 200 Guard members were expected to arrive at Camp Roberts in Central California Saturday for training before deploying to El Centro and San Diego in the middle of next week, Lt. Col. Thomas W. Keegan said in a statement. "This mission will focus on combating transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers," Keegan said, adding that personnel will provide counter-drug surveillance, gather intelligence, monitor cameras and install and operate equipment.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Budgets $430 Million To Help Homeless, Most Of It Long-Term Debt
In his fiscal 2018-19 budget, Mayor Eric Garcetti more than doubled the amount — $430 million — dedicated to easing the city's intractable homeless problem. Only about 20% of the proposed spending, however, would come from general fund money earmarked for direct services to homeless people. That $80 million, also twice the amount available in the current budget, would go to programs run by the mayor's office, city departments and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The joint city-county agency funds shelters and outreach programs, conducts the annual homeless count and maintains homeless data systems.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Green Line Extension Into South Bay Secures Funding
Metro says the Green Line extension into the South Bay has secured its funding. The California State Transportation Agency gave the green light for the funds, along with 28 other projects in the Golden State. Metro received $231.3 million to complete the 4.6-mile Green Line extension from Redondo Beach to Torrance. If the project is completed on time, it could be ready for when the City of Angels hosts the Olympic Games. Construction of the remainder of the South Bay extension is scheduled to begin in 2026.


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