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May 24, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Authorities Arrest Man On Murder Charge In Death Of North Carolina Trooper
Authorities arrested a 22-year-old man early Wednesday on a murder charge in the death of State Trooper Samuel Bullard, whose cruiser crashed Monday night while he and another trooper were chasing the man's car on Interstate 77 in Yadkin County. Dakota Kape Whitt of Elkin was arrested about 3:30 a.m., the State Highway Patrol said. Troopers charged Whitt with murder, felony fleeing to elude police and driving with a revoked license. Bullard, 24, was killed in the crash during a chase that began late Monday in Surry County after a black BMW refused to stop for a driver's-license checkpoint that Bullard and another trooper were conducting.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Louisiana Officer Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash
A police officer was killed when her patrol car crashed into a tree Monday night. KNOE reports Officer Ayrian Williams, 26, was in her patrol car with the emergency lights on when she swerved to avoid hitting a truck that pulled out in front of her. Williams' vehicle left the road and hit a tree. Williams served with the Monroe PD for six months, according to ODMP. She is survived by her mother and brother .

Arrest Made In Connection With 3 Found Dead Inside Leimert Park Home
A woman who may have been the caretaker of a man found dead with his parents inside a Leimert Park home was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the deaths of the three victims. Nancy Amelia Jackson, 55, was taken into custody at about 12:30 a.m. and is being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information web site. She was questioned by Los Angeles police detectives for several hours Wednesday, said Officer Tony Im of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
FOX 11

Authorities Arrest Dozens In Probe Of Mexican Mafia Control In L.A. County Jails
Federal authorities on Wednesday capped a sweeping investigation into the Mexican Mafia with criminal counts against dozens of the organization's members and foot soldiers, saying the charges were a bid to disrupt the gang's control inside Los Angeles County jails. Hundreds of local police and federal agents carried out coordinated raids in the Los Angeles area Wednesday morning, taking into custody 32 people who are charged in two federal indictments, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Barricaded Man In Venice Home Taken Into Custody
Los Angeles police detained a man who was believed to be armed while barricaded inside a Venice residence Wednesday night. Officers responded to a home along Ozone Avenue shortly before 8:30 p.m. after witnesses reported a man pointing a gun at a group of people walking past his window. About eight LAPD units responded to the scene, where officers worked to make contact with the suspect. Police said the man was later detained. 

LAPD Bomb Squad Detonates Explosives Found At West Hills Home
A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad detonated explosives early Thursday morning that were found inside a home in West Hills the night before. Officers were called to a home on the 7600 block of Royer Avenue, between Lull and Stagg streets, around 9 p.m. Wednesday, and discovered the explosives, according to the LAPD. Around 2 a.m. Thursday, the bomb squad safely detonated the explosives, ABC7 reported. There was no immediate word on arrests.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Search Sherman Oaks Neighborhood For Stolen Car Suspect
Residents of a Sherman Oaks neighborhood were back home Thursday morning after being kept out of their residences for more than four hours while police searched in vain for a truck thief. Los Angeles Police officers got two hits off of a LoJack tracking system at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday indicating a newer model Dodge Ram pickup truck had been stolen, said police Sgt. Ron Fisher. Officers spotted the truck in a parking lot and tried to make contact with the driver, but he drove off and ditched the vehicle near Sepulveda and Burbank boulevards, then ran into the neighborhood, Fisher said.

L.A. Man Among 3 Charged In Online Gaming Dispute That Led To Deadly Hoax 911 Call In Kansas
Three men will face federal criminal charges in connection with a “swatting” incident that sparked a deadly police shooting in Kansas, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Tyler Barriss — who is accused of placing a hoax phone call from Los Angeles that sent police racing to a Wichita address — and two teenage gamers playing “Call of Duty” online face wire fraud and other charges in connection with the Dec. 28, 2017, shooting, according to indictments unsealed Wednesday.

Former Marine Found Guilty Of Murdering 5 SoCal Women
After nearly a decade awaiting trial, a Chicago triple-murderer and former Marine was convicted Wednesday by an Orange County jury of murdering five women in Southern California in the 1980s and 1990s. Andrew Urdiales, 53, was found guilty in O.C. Superior Court of five counts of first-degree murder with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait. He could face the death penalty when the sentencing phase begins Thursday, the O.C. district attorney's office said. Urdiales was indicted in December 2009 for killing one woman in Orange County, three in Riverside County and one in San Diego County.

State Supreme Court To Review Landmark Case On Money Bail System
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to review California judges' authority in how they set bail for pretrial defendants, setting aside an appellate ruling that mandated they consider a person's financial status before requiring payment for release from jail. The court will review the Jan. 25 appellate ruling in the San Francisco case of Kenneth Humphrey that gave new momentum to the campaign to overhaul a system in which judges usually set bail in fixed amounts based on the crimes charged and the defendant's record.
San Francisco Chronicle

She Said She Was Sexually Assaulted By A State Trooper. His Camera Footage Shows Otherwise.
Sherita Dixon-Cole, a 37-year-old woman from Northeast Texas, was pulled over early Sunday by a Department of Public Safety officer who suspected her of driving while intoxicated. The story Dixon-Cole spun afterward was alarming: She claimed the trooper repeatedly told her he would let her go in exchange for sexual favors. When she said no, she claimed the trooper sexually assaulted her, according to a statement Monday from her attorney. Her story was widely shared on social media , aided by social activist and blogger Shaun King, who recently brought attention to the New York lawyer who made xenophobic comments about Spanish-speaking employees at a New York deli. 
Washington Post

Local Government News

Traffic Safety Measures Coming To La Tuna Canyon Road Target Speeders, Unsafe Passing
Changes to improve traffic safety along a 5.7-mile section of La Tuna Canyon Road are set to be installed in June, several months after a bicyclist was seriously injured while riding on the street. The plans, which include the removal of a center passing lane on one part of the road, were revealed by transportation engineers during a May 15 community meeting at the Villa Scalabrini community room in Sun Valley. The part of the street getting the changes stretch from Sunland Boulevard to Tujunga Canyon Boulevard. Engineers said the removal of the passing lane, which runs through a non-residential part of the street, eliminates the ability of motorists on the road to pass slower cars. 
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Opens Debate On Rules For Electric Scooters, Bike-Share Companies
With electric scooters and short-term bicycle rentals continuing to flood the Westside, Los Angeles city officials have begun to discuss how to regulate the transportation companies to minimize cluttered sidewalks and ensure rider safety. The Transportation Department proposed a one-year test program Wednesday that would limit each company — including the start-ups Bird, LimeBike and Jump Bikes — to no more than 2,500 vehicles within city limits, and would impose strict rules for parking and data sharing.


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