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May 3, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Slain Dallas Officer Remembered As Hero During Funeral
Officer Rogelio Santander was a man with many nicknames. To those who knew his father, also named Rogelio, he was Junior. To his girlfriend, he was Roy. And to his colleagues, he was Santander. Dallas police say he's got another name now: "Hero." The 27-year-old officer died last week after a man he was trying to arrest pulled a gun and opened fire on him, his partner and a loss-prevention officer at Home Depot.
The Dallas Morning News

9 Connecticut Officers Injured In Explosion At Standoff
A body was found in a Connecticut building after an explosion during a standoff with a man who had taken his wife hostage, officials said Thursday. State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said that nine officers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the remains of one unidentified person was found in a building at the home in North Haven Thursday morning. Grant did not release a name during a Thursday news conference, saying an autopsy was scheduled to positively identify the body.
Associated Press

Interviews Start In Search For LAPD's Next Chief; Focus Is On Department Veterans
The nationwide hunt for L.A.'s next police chief has narrowed to a handful of contenders who have deep ties to the Los Angeles Police Department, likely setting the stage for a department veteran to get the job. The Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD, began conducting closed-door interviews Wednesday morning, a source familiar with the process confirmed. The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the confidential search and requested anonymity, confirmed that the list of candidates being interviewed includes LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore, Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, Deputy Chief Phil Tingirides and former Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur. 
Los Angeles Times

Man Convicted Of Stalking Sandra Bullock Kills Self After La Crescenta Barricade, Police Say
A man who was convicted of stalking Sandra Bullock in 2014 died of a self-inflicted wound after barricading himself in his La Crescenta home Wednesday, officials said. Joshua Corbett, 42, was found dead inside his home after a barricade standoff with SWAT officers who were serving a warrant. Corbett had been convicted and sentenced of stalking Bullock after breaking into her West Los Angeles home in 2014. Officials at the time alleged he intended to sexually assault her, and they said they found two dozen illegal firearms and ammunition in his home. 

Additional Victims Sought After Man Caught Masturbating While Watching Young Girls At Studio City Restaurant: LAPD
Officials are looking for potential additional victims to come forward after a 60-year-old man was arrested for pleasuring himself as he watched young girls play outside a Studio City eatery, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. April 22 at a restaurant near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. A group of girls ages 3 to 7 was having fun in the outdoor eating section when Kent Swift allegedly spotted them as he was driving a white van through the area.

$15,000 Reward Offered In Hunt For Serial Trader Joe's Robber
The Los Angeles City Council today approved a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for a string of armed robberies at Trader Joe's markets. Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division say they have identified eight such robberies: four in Los Angeles, two in Long Beach and one each in Culver City and Irvine. The robberies began Feb. 15 in Long Beach, with the last one occurring on April 22. The four Los Angeles robberies occurred in the Van Nuys, Topanga, Wilshire and West Valley areas.

Man Sentenced To 19 Years For Striking Pedestrian During Police Chase In Boyle Heights
A 30-year-old Los Angeles resident was given 19 years in state prison on Wednesday for hitting and injuring a pedestrian while he was fleeing authorities earlier this year in Boyle Heights, prosecutors said. Moises Anthony Salais pleaded guilty to fleeing a pursuing officer's vehicle causing serious bodily injury, a felony, in connection with the Feb. 20 car chase, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The incident began when officers with the California Highway Patrol attempted to pull Salais over at the intersection of Indiana and Third streets, just off the 60 Freeway, according to the DA's office.

Sherman Oaks Man Who Flashed 11 Women Near UCLA Sentenced To 52 Weekends In Jail
The man described as a “serial flasher” who targeted women walking near the UCLA campus was sentenced to jail time, probation and counseling sessions, officials with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office said in a written statement Wednesday. Jason Kirk Lanning pleaded no contest to eight counts of lewd conduct Tuesday. The 39-year-old man from Sherman Oaks was arrested in January after police said he exposed himself to at least 11 women walking around Westwood over the course of the previous year. After submitting his plea, Lanning immediately received a sentence of 52 weekends in jail, said Frank Mateljan, the deputy director for the city attorney's office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Golden State Killer Case Prompts Calls For Expanding DNA Collection
The arrest of the man accused of being the most elusive serial criminal in American history, gave victims' families a sense of closure. “51 rapes and 12 murders … this is not a new crime. It's an old crime…finally solved by DNA” said Bruce Harrington whose brother and sister in law were among the Golden State Killer's victims. The announcement also opened a new path forward for a state measure that would expand the state's DNA database, using felonies newly downgraded to misdemeanors under Proposition 47.
CBS Sacramento

Marijuana Delivery To All Of California? Measure Would Expand Access
There's a problem with access to legal weed in California, and a Senate bill may help solve it. A 2016 voter-approved measure to legalize marijuana in the state gave cities and counties the authority to pass regulations outlining the types of weed businesses that can operate within their borders. With limited time to craft rules before the law took effect at the start of the year, many towns approved outright bans of all marijuana businesses. The patchwork of local laws have created vast "pot deserts" that will remain until cities and counties opt to reconsider rules.
Sacramento Bee

Video: Police inspect wires, weapons in Vegas shooter's room
Las Vegas police used explosives to blast into a high-rise hotel suite where a gunman unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and found him dead, with a cache of assault-style weapons and broken windows that had a view of a concert venue killing field, according to police body-camera videos. Hours of footage released Wednesday from two officers' body-worn cameras showed what some of the first officers uncovered when they got to the room but didn't provide new information about the motive for the rampage.
Associated Press

Plano teen arrested in ISIS-inspired plot to commit mass shooting at Frisco's Stonebriar mall
A Plano West Senior High School student has been arrested on suspicion of plotting an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at Frisco's Stonebriar Centre mall, authorities announced Wednesday. Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, faces charges of making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder of a Texas peace officer. He was taken into custody at school just before noon Tuesday and transferred Wednesday to the Collin County Detention Center, where he was being held on $3 million bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
Dallas Morning News

Local Government News

L.A. Plans A Temporary Homeless Shelter On Koreatown Parking Lot
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off his $20-million campaign to open new shelters across the city by announcing tentative plans Wednesday for a temporary homeless facility on a city-owned parking lot in the heart of Koreatown. No details were available. The cost estimate, type of structure and capacity are awaiting engineering reports, although the mayor said he hoped the site could hold at least 65 beds.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Council Approves Proposed Regulations For Airbnb
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to move forward on a proposed policy for Airbnb and other short-term home rental services, although the ordinance still needs further fine-tuning before becoming law. The proposed home-sharing measure was approved last month by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee after several years of debate, and the council moved the potential regulations forward on a 15-0 vote, although a number of amendments were added that could significantly alter what was ironed out at the committee level.
FOX 11


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