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May 15, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Gets Extended Sentence For Ambush Shooting Of Officer
A man convicted of ambushing a Philadelphia police officer with a hail of gunfire in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to several decades in prison. Edward Archer was ordered Monday to serve 48½ to 97 years. A jury convicted Archer in February of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges stemming from the January 2016 shooting of Officer Jesse Hartnett in his patrol car. Hartnett, who returned fire, spent two weeks hospitalized. His arm was broken, and he suffered nerve damage.
Associated Press

Photos: Candlelight Vigil At National Police Week Honors LEOs We've Lost
As the last notes of Taps drifted into the night at the conclusion of this year's Candlelight Vigil, the rain started to drop from the heavens, having patiently held off for the 90-minute remembrance event honoring those officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This was the 30th Candlelight Vigil, an annual tribute to our nation's law enforcement officers that has become a signature event of the National Police Week observance in the nation's capital. 

Mayor Garcetti Outlines Goals For Choosing Next Police Chief
On the latest edition of Eyewitness Newsmakers, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discussed what qualifications he's looking for in a new police chief, and he brought in the fire department's head of recruitment to discuss the push to hire more female firefighters. Garcetti would not confirm the names of the three finalists for police chief, but he would say they all come from within LAPD ranks. The Police Commission considered 31 applicants and sent the finalists to the mayor, whose choice will go before the City Council for final approval. Garcetti said he's looking for someone who will continue the constitutional policing policies of retiring Chief Charlie Beck and who will reflect the city and its values. A new chief will be chosen by the time Beck steps down June 27.

Sylmar Man Identified As Victim Shot, Killed Following Encino House Party
While Los Angeles police continued their search for whoever shot two people Sunday following an all-night house party in Encino, coroner's office officials identified the Sylmar man killed in the early morning violence. Paramedics who arrived at the 17800 block of Miranda Street that morning found 28-year-old Guillermo Hernandez suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was declared dead at the scene at 4:30 a.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Hernandez and the other victim a 69-year-old man who owned the home where the party occurred were standing near the street when shots were fired in their direction.
Los Angeles Daily News

Homeless Man Arrested As Suspect In Hollywood Stabbing Is The Wrong Guy
A homeless man who allegedly stabbed an employee of a Hollywood gift shop in the arm was in custody Monday, but he turned out to be the wrong person, police said. The search continued Monday night. The crime occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. Tysean Gaston, 22, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Madison said. He was being held on $1 million bail, according to the sheriff's department. But the LAPD later said he was not the suspect. He was subsequently released. 

Woman Believed To Be Under The Influence Of Drugs Refuses To Come Down From Canoga Park Tree
A woman who climbed 30 feet up a tree near the Lanark Recreation Center in Canoga Park was refusing to come down Monday night, drawing a large crowd. The incident was taking place in the 21800 block of W. Lanark Street, near Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Police said the woman was spotted earlier smoking narcotics before she climbed the tree. As of 11 p.m., she's been in the tree for about four hours. At one point, it was believed that the woman threatened to jump, but officials later said the woman was not trying to harm herself and did not appear suicidal.

Man Charged With Stalking Rihanna, Breaking Into Hollywood Hills Home
A 26-year-old Fullerton man has been charged with stalking Rihanna, after he allegedly broke in to the singer's Hollywood Hills home and spent about 12 hours inside. Eduardo Leon is charged with stalking, residential burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Authorities say Leon hopped a fence and entered a home that Rihanna owns, although she was not there at the time. He allegedly spent about 12 hours inside before he was discovered the next day by Rihanna's assistant and police were called. If convicted of all charges, Leon faces up to six years in state prison.

Disturbing Southern California Serial Killings Trial Comes To A Close
Closing arguments began Monday in the trial of a man accused in the deaths of five women in three Southern California counties, including a college student who was attacked in a campus parking lot. Andrew Urdiales, 53, was already convicted in an Illinois triple-murder case that put him on the radar of investigators in the Southern California serial killings. Urdiales was arrested in 1997 on suspicion of killing an Orange County woman when he was a Marine at Camp Pendleton. He also is accused of killing four other women, in Riverside and San Diego counties, when he was stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms. The Illinois slayings for which he was convicted occurred after he left the military.

A Dangerous Opioid Is Killing People In California. It's Starting To Show Up In Cocaine And Meth
Fentanyl, a potent opioid already responsible for thousands of deaths nationwide, is increasingly showing up in drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine in California, officials say. The white powder, a lethal substance 50 times stronger than heroin, is sometimes mixed into other opioids to produce a stronger high. Now its presence in non-opioids has public health experts worried that California may be staring down a new dimension of the deadly epidemic. Officials suspect that three men who died in downtown Los Angeles late last month had snorted cocaine laced with fentanyl, an incident that has further galvanized fentanyl fears.
Los Angeles Times

Initial Deployment Of Guard Troops Arrives At The California-Mexico Border
The initial deployment of California National Guard troops has arrived at the international border and will soon begin backing up federal law enforcement agents. Standing before 51 troops during a Monday morning news conference, Gloria Chavez the new Border Patrol chief in the El Centro sector said the unarmed Operation Guardian Support soldiers would serve in support roles and won't be asked to arrest any suspected gun runners, drug mules or immigrants crossing the border illegally. "They'll be assisting from behind the scenes so that our agents are able to get to the front lines and do the border security," she said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA County Supervisor Awards $15,000 To Street Beautification Program Aimed At Helping The Homeless
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger awarded a $15,000 grant this month to organizers of Clean Streets, Clean Starts, a beautification program in which people experiencing homelessness are recruited to help spruce up streets around the San Fernando Valley. The funds would helppay for a mobile shower, office space and other expenses. Barger presented a check to the program organizers during an event last week at Los Toros Mexican Restaurant in Chatsworth, on May 4. The funding comes from the supervisor's county district office's discretionary funds, her spokesperson, Tony Bell, said.
Los Angeles Daily News

New Metrolink Burbank Airport Station Opens
Metrolink is showing off its new Burbank Airport North train station, which will officially open to the public on Monday. The train station is one of two next to the Burbank Airport and sits on Metrolink's Antelope Valley Line, which has trains running between Lancaster and Union Station in Los Angeles. On the other side of the airport is the existing Burbank Airport South train station, which sits on the Metrolink Ventura Line. It serves trains running between Ventura and Union Station.
FOX 11


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