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May 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Texas Deputy Inspector General Killed In Crash
A Texas deputy inspector general was killed in a crash Wednesday. Richard Hale, a 46-year old deputy inspector general for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, was returning from a meeting and still on duty when the crash occurred, KXAS reported. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Hale was driving a Chevrolet Impala when he crossed a center line and hit a tractor-trailer. Hale had been with the TJJD since 2017.

Connecticut Officer Critically Injured After Being Stabbed In Neck
A Hartford police officer responding to a downtown disturbance was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and critically injured Thursday morning by a woman who was being evicted from an apartment building, authorities said. The veteran female officer was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at Hartford Hospital, Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said. The suspect, a 39-year-old woman, was in custody at a hospital, where she was being treated for a stab wound to her hand, Foley said. She could be charged with attempted murder, he said. It's unclear how she was injured.
Associated Press

A Closer Look At The Three Finalists For LAPD Chief
As young cops, the three finalists for chief of the Los Angeles Police Department were taught a harsh style of policing that emphasized crackdowns and arrests. They have since disavowed that strategy, rising through the ranks of a department that has recast itself as a kinder, gentler LAPD. All three use similar catchphrases: building ties with residents, investing in youth sports and academic programs, assuring immigrants that the LAPD wants to help them, not deport them. But for the official making the selection, Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a run for president, each of the veteran cops brings political benefits.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Hit By Stolen Car After Chase In Boyle Heights
Four suspects have been taken into custody in Boyle Heights following a stolen-car chase that ended with one of the suspects being hit by the car, authorities say. Los Angeles police said the incident started just after noon, with a chase involving a reported stolen Honda Civic. Officers were patrolling the area near Evergreen and Ganahl streets when they noticed the Civic with paper plates. Officers tried to pull the car over, but it took off at a high rate of speed.

Police ID Victim Of Deadly Shooting In Sun Valley
The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday identified a man who died after being shot in Sun Valley. Oganes Kalpakchyan, 42, of L.A., was killed in the shooting reported about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 12800 block of Cantara Street, according to an LAPD news release. Previously, detectives said the victim was pronounced dead after being found inside a black Mercedes-Benz that had crashed. Authorities were asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect or suspects in the deadly shooting. }

Man Who Tried To Rape 93-Year-Old North Hills Woman Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison
A man who tried to sexually assault a 93-year-old North Hills woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday. Ted Noriega, 46, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one felony count each of assault with the intent to commit rape and kidnapping. After his plea was entered, Noriega was immediately sentenced and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Last July, Noriega walked past the victim who was sitting on a chair outside of her home in the 9900 block of Woodley Avenue. Noriega then grabbed the woman by her shoulders, pushed her through the front door of her home and into her kitchen, where he held her up against a counter and began unzipping his pants, according to evidence presented at his preliminary hearing.

Rapper Mac Miller Arrested On DUI Charges In Hollywood Hills
Rapper Mac Miller was arrested on DUI charges in the Hollywood Hills area early Thursday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, allegedly drove over a curb and hit a power pole near Fryman and Brookdale roads shortly before 1 a.m. Following the single-vehicle crash, police say McCormick and his two passengers got out of the car and fled the scene on foot. The rapper was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and his bail was set at $15,000.

Dozens Of Cell Phones Stolen From Lake Balboa Store
An armed man stole between 50 and 100 cellphones from a store in Lake Balboa Thursday night. The robbery occurred at about 9:15 p.m. in the 17200 block of Saticoy Street, near Louise Avenue, said Officer Chris No of the Los Angeles Police Department. One phone had its GPS locator active and police were able to track it to a car in Glendale, No said. The suspect was not in the car, prompting a search for him on Colorado Boulevard, No said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Denies Breaking Into LA Area Homes While People Were Attending Funerals
A man suspected in a series of Los Angeles County home burglaries some of which targeted people who were attending funerals pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he burglarized two homes in Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks. Brett Rogers, 44, is charged with two felony counts of first-degree residential burglary involving break-ins at homes on Greenfield Avenue in Los Angeles on March 7 and on Nagle Avenue in Sherman Oaks four days later, according to Los Angeles County prosecutors.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Man Sentenced In Multimillion Dollar 'Pay-to-Stay' Immigration Scam
A Los Angeles man was sentenced Thursday to four months behind bars for his involvement in a multimillion-dollar "pay-to-stay" scheme that helped hundreds of foreign nationals remain in the United States by falsely claiming student status. Hyung Chan "Steve" Moon, 42, pleaded guilty in October 2015 to conspiracy and immigration document fraud in relation to what federal prosecutors called "a sophisticated, extensive, and lucrative fraud scheme that operated for many years in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles."

Police Taking Measures To Protect K-9s From Potential Opioid Overdoses
It's no secret that being a police officer can be a dangerous job, but now, officers are facing a new enemy that can be virtually invisible and deadly to their closest allies. Police K-9s are vulnerable to powerful, illegal opioids like fentanyl that have flooded cities across the country, but in Southern California, officers are doing all they can to protect the animals whose life's purpose it is to work. 

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Preventing Disclosure Of Immigration Status In Court
Pushing back against mounting criticism of California's sanctuary policies, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill placing strict limits on the disclosure of a person's immigration status in open court. Approved in the Senate with bipartisan support last week, Senate Bill 785 was introduced in response to news reports of ICE agents tracking down undocumented immigrants in courthouses across the country. It takes aim at a tactic that advocates say is keeping many immigrants from testifying in court, reporting crimes or simply showing up to pay a ticket.
Mercury News

Local Government News

L.A. Transit Officials Consider Metro-Owned Sites In Valley, Venice To Aid Homeless
Los Angeles County transportation officials have identified five properties, including parking lots in the San Fernando Valley and a former bus yard in Venice Beach, that could be used to provide services or temporary housing for Los Angeles County's growing homeless population. The properties, owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, are either vacant or underused, officials said. It is unclear what services would be provided at the sites or how Metro would address public health, safety and liability concerns. The list of proposed properties was assembled for Metro's directors, who have pushed to expand the agency's role in addressing the county's homelessness crisis.
Los Angeles Times


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