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May 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Winnetka Intersection To Be Named After Marine Killed In Afghanistan Who Also Served With LAPD
A Marine Corps reservist and Los Angeles Police Department officer killed in 2010 by a makeshift roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be honored today when an intersection in Winnetka is named after him. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief John Sherman and officials from the U.S. Marine Corps are scheduled to dedicate the intersection of Quakertown Avenue and Gault Street in Winnetka as “Joshua Cullins Way” at 10 a.m. Cullins, who was from Simi Valley, served in the Marine Corps for a decade, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, then joined the LAPD after becoming a reservist. He was killed in action by an improvised explosive device on Oct. 19, 2010, in Afghanistan's Helmand province during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Los Angeles Daily News

Death Penalty Sought Against Man Charged In Kentucky Officer's Killing
An attorney announced Tuesday that he will seek the death penalty against a man charged in the murder of a Kentucky police officer. WTVQ reported that Attorney Rick Bartley announced the move during the Officer Appreciation Ceremony in Pikeville. John Russell Hall is charged with the March killing of Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton. On March 13, Hamilton responded to a call with Kentucky State Police and was patrolling the area with a trooper when they saw a suspicious vehicle.

LAPD Union Defends Villaraigosa Against Chiang Attack Ad, Donates $250,000 To Boost Former Mayor's Candidacy
Law enforcement supporters of Antonio Villaraigosa called on gubernatorial race rival John Chiang to apologize for an attack ad and take it down, as an independent fact-checking organization said it contained falsehoods about Villaraigosa's tenure as mayor of Los Angeles. The move comes as the union representing LAPD rank-and-file officers donated $250,000 to a new independent expenditure committee supporting Villaraigosa's bid for governor. The ad dispute is over the testing of rape kits while Villaraigosa was mayor. “Public safety was a top priority for Mayor Villaraigosa, and he was personally involved in making sure the rape kit backlog was eliminated in Los Angeles,” said Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “This was a prime example of a successful partnership, and not only did it bring justice, we saw a 20% decline in rapes and made the city safer,” Lally said. “Not only is John Chiang misleading voters with false claims, he is dishonoring the efforts of Mayor Villaraigosa and the LAPD in bringing justice to these victims. He should remove this ad from the airwaves immediately.”
Los Angeles Times

In Trump Era, LAPD Strengthens Bonds With Immigrants Here Illegally
Al Labrada recalls the terror he felt as a young boy each time he rode from Los Angeles to San Diego on a Greyhound bus and passed through an immigration checkpoint. Born in Mexico City, he had crossed the border illegally when he was 5 while pretending to be asleep in the back seat of a Ford station wagon. His experience, the Los Angeles police captain says, serves as a way for him to connect with residents who express fear about being caught up in immigration sweeps. It's a tale that the 47-year-old, who became an American citizen while serving in the Marine Corps, has shared in one-on-one conversations and at public gatherings.
Los Angeles Times

Man Found Fatally Shot Inside Car In Sun Valley
An investigation is underway in Sun Valley after a man was found fatally shot inside a car. The incident occurred Tuesday night off Alcove Avenue and Cantara Street. Police responded to shots fired in the area. They arrived and found a person dead inside a Mercedes-Benz with the driver's side window blown out. Investigators said it appeared that the victim's vehicle had crashed into a parked car. The victim's identity was not immediately disclosed.

Child, Man Injured In Pacoima Hit-and-Run
Los Angeles detectives are searching for the suspect in a Pacoima hit-and-run that sent two pedestrians — a man and a child — to the hospital. Police said in a statement that an older model Chevy van was travelling northbound on Laurel Canyon Boulevard at around 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday when the vehicle entered the intersection with Montague Avenue. The van then collided with a Kia Spectra.
Los Angeles Daily News

Encino House-Party Shooting Suspect Arrested, Held On $4 Million Bail
A Reseda man suspected of a shooting in an Encino neighborhood that left one man dead and another severely wounded was arrested Tuesday, officials said. Cesar Lozano, 23, was booked in Van Nuys on suspicion of murder, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. He was being held on $4 million bail. A detective would not say exactly where Lozano was arrested, or how investigators were able to connect him to the double-shooting early Sunday in the 17800 block of Miranda Street. Investigators previously said an argument following an all-night house party on the street may have led to the shooting.
Los Angeles Daily News

Authorities Release New Video In Search For Man Who Stabbed Tour Bus Employee On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Authorities released new video on Wednesday in an attempt to find a man who stabbed a tour company employee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week. A man in his 20s approached a transient in a wheelchair around 10 a.m. Saturday smoking near a business before an argument ensued, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a release. Witnesses previously said to KTLA the victim asked the transient to leave the front of the store where his store's kiosk is located. After the argument, the homeless man then allegedly pulled out a knife and got out of the wheelchair to stab the man, police and witnesses previously said.

More Than 470 Firearms Surrendered In LA Gun Buyback
More than 470 firearms were turned in to the city of Los Angeles Saturday in the annual gun buyback event in which residents receive gift cards for surrendering their guns. The office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that 174 handguns, 166 rifles, 103 shotguns and 35 assault weapons were collected at two buyback collection sites in Echo Park and Mission Hills. More than 470 firearms were turned in to the city of Los Angeles Saturday in the annual gun buyback event in which residents receive gift cards for surrendering their guns.

D.A.'s Hollywood Sex Crimes Unit Weighs Charges Against Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal And Others
A special task force of Los Angeles County prosecutors is determining whether to file various sexual abuse charges against at least a half-dozen Hollywood celebrities, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Ed Westwick and Steven Seagal. It is unclear that any of the cases will result in criminal charges. Some of the investigations by the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Beverly Hills police were turned over to the district attorney's task force focusing on sexual crimes in the entertainment industry nearly six months ago, according to the office. All officials will say publicly is that the investigations are continuing.
Los Angeles Times

43,500 Opium Poppies Planted In Plain Sight In CA Town. Yearly Yield: 4 Pounds Of Heroin
A field filled with thousands of opium poppies — enough to make $45,000 worth of heroin — was discovered by Monterey County sheriff's deputies. Over the weekend, authorities eradicated an acre of the poppies, according to a Facebook post from the Sheriff's Office. The field contained 27,000 plants and an additional 16,500 poppies that had already been harvested, according to officials. All of those plants together could make about 13 pounds of raw opium, which could then be converted to 1.5 pounds of heroin, the Sheriff's Office said.
Sacramento Bee

Two California Bills Attempt To Tackle Untested Rape Kit Backlog
California lawmakers are proposing two bills to address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in the state. One bill, SB 1449, is authored by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva. She says the bill would change existing law with one word: “By saying that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories shall follow, instead of should follow, as it currently states, listed time frames for submitting and analyzing rape kit evidence,” Leyvah explains. It also requires rape kits to be submitted within 20 days and tested no later than 120 days after that. Leyva says this timeline will prevent the backlog from happening in the first place.
Capital Public Radio

California Voters Could Act On Legalized Sports Betting As Early As November
The U.S. Supreme Court opened the door Monday to legalized sports gambling across the nation, and California could walk right on through it in November if the state's voters give the OK. In a 6-3 decision, the justices overturned a 1992 federal law that prohibited states from authorizing gambling on sporting events, except for the four states — Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon — where it was already legal. The majority, led by Justice Samuel Alito, said the law unconstitutionally “commandeers” states to follow federal policy and intrudes on their lawmaking authority.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

LA Metro Awarded $703.6M For Transportation Projects
The California Transportation Commission today approved $703.6 million in SB-1 funding for LA Metro transportation projects in LA County. Today's funding announcement is in addition to a recent SB-1 award of $1.088 billion to LA Metro from the California Transportation Agency. “Metro is now leading a transportation revolution in Los Angeles County thanks to our locally funded Measure M and R programs,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “Our programs depend on significant funding participation from both the state and federal governments. These SB-1 funds will help us leverage our local funding commitments to fully and quickly implement our region's critically needed transportation improvements.”


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