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May 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Retired NYPD Chief Of Detectives Dies Of 9/11-Related Cancer
William Allee, who served as the NYPD's chief of detectives from 1997 to 2003, died Thursday morning from an illness related to his work at Ground Zero, officials said. He was 76. Allee had been ailing from leukemia for a number of years and suddenly needed to be hospitalized on Wednesday, an NYPD spokesman said. After Allee died, the NYPD ceremonially escorted his body out of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon, the spokesman said, adding that his coffin was covered with an NYPD flag and taken to a funeral home on Staten Island, where he lived.

Man Shot And Killed In Car In San Pedro
A man was shot dead in his car in San Pedro just after 1 a.m. Monday morning. The investigation was underway on 2nd Street and Beacon, officials said. Family at the scene said he argued with his wife but then left the neighborhood. When he came back he was shot while looking for parking. So far there is no word on any suspects.

Man Armed With Pickax Dies In Officer-Involved Shooting In Pacoima
A man armed with a pickax was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Pacoima early Wednesday, authorities said. Shortly after 1 a.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 10900 block of Telfair Avenue, according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. When officers arrived, they were directed to a man who was on top of a carport and “was irate,” Eisenman said. The suspect came down and began throwing objects at the officers, who responded with various non-lethal means, she said. The man then armed himself with a pickax and ran to a nearby residence, where he attempted to gain entry, Eisenman said. 
Los Angeles Times

2 Sought In Shooting That Left Man Dead Near Church In Jefferson Park
Authorities are searching for two suspects after a man was found dead near a church in Jefferson Park. A call regarding a possible shooting came in around 3:30 p.m. The incident happened near 36th Street and Normandie Avenue. When authorities arrived, they found a man dead near a church in the area. The suspects were two men who fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

LAPD Solved Only 8 Percent Of Hit-And-Runs Last Year. Here's Why It's So Hard
Michael MacDonald was riding his bicycle near Los Angeles' Miracle Mile when he was allegedly struck by a honking Mercedes driver who fled the scene in March of 2015. The collision at San Vicente Boulevard and Masselin Avenue, which involved the car's side mirror, left the architect lying in the middle of the street dazed and hurting. He was hospitalized with minor injuries, including abrasions and leg pain. Although a witness in another car was able to follow the Mercedes and jot down the license plate number, no arrests were made and no charges were ever filed. In the case of cyclist MacDonald, LAPD said that neither the witness nor the cyclist could identify the driver of the Mercedes. “We can't place (the suspected driver) behind the wheel, even if he's the registered owner” of the car, Detective G. McQueen, a supervisor at LAPD's West Traffic Division, said. “We need evidence. We can't just take everyone into custody.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Seeks Suspect In Sylmar Shooting Death
Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are on the search for the person who shot and killed another person in Sylmar Monday night, LAPD officials announced Tuesday. Police responded to a call about shots fired in the 13100 block of Borden Avenue at about 9:40 p.m. Officers found a person suffering from a gunshot wound, officials said. The victim, who police said has not been positively identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. No information about the suspect or other details about the incident have been released by police.

LAPD Begins Sweeping Criminal Probe Of Former USC Gynecologist While Urging Patients To Come Forward
The Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday it is investigating 52 complaints of misconduct filed by former patients of USC's longtime campus gynecologist as detectives launch a sweeping criminal probe into the scandal that has rocked the university. LAPD detectives also made an appeal for other patients who feel mistreated to come forward, noting that thousands of students were examined by Dr. George Tyndall during his nearly 30-year career at USC. More than 410 people have contacted a university hotline about the physician since The Times revealed the allegations this month.
Los Angeles Times

Police Investigate Several High-End Smash And Grab Robberies
Detectives from both Beverly Hills and the LAPD are working together to try and nab a brazen smash and grab robbery crew. It's possible the very same suspects hit twice in the early morning hours today, and once earlier this month. You don't have to be a police detective to see the similarities. Three smash and grab robberies in 8 days, two of them in the very early hours of Tuesday morning. They hit, they smash windows of high-end stores with sledgehammers, they grab what they can while the alarm blares, then they race off. 
FOX 11

Caught On Camera: ‘Calm, Casual' Mailbox Burglary Suspect Sifts Through Residents' Mail At Studio City Apartment Building
Residents in Studio City are on high alert after a bold thief coolly and calmly stole their mail, the latest in a string of mailbox burglaries in the area. Al Camp is the property manager of the complex but was out of town when the May 24th theft happened. “I was shocked and surprised by his demeanor,” Camp told CBS2 News Monday. “He was pretty much calm, casual.” Security video shows a man walking into an apartment building on Moorpark Street last week, unlocking the front door of the building with some kind of key tool. He then gains access to the mailboxes at the rear of the lobby, taking mail from several of them out, including Camp's.

Crackdown On Unlicensed Recreational Pot Shops
After laws legalizing recreation marijuana in California have gone into effect, the city attorney is cracking down on unlicensed pot shops Tuesday. "I urge all property owners and marijuana businesses to follow the law and work with my office and the City's Department of Cannabis Regulation to avoid facing serious criminal consequences," City Attorney Mike Feuer said. Business who take part in the recreational weed market now must be licensed by both the state and city of LA, and must follow guidelines. 

Man Convicted Of Teen's Killing Pleads Guilty To 3 LA-Area Slayings
A man who is already serving 110 years to life in state prison for killing a 15-year-old runaway in Hollywood pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering two women, one of whom was pregnant. Gilton Pitre, 46, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing scheduled for Aug. 29 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The latest case involves the Jan. 31, 2004, killing of Maribel Medina and the Sept. 2, 2004, slaying of Irma Barboza, who was about who was eight months pregnant when she was slain.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Senate Approves Raising Age To Buy Long Guns
California would raise the age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21 and bar people from buying more than one long gun each month under a bill advancing in the Legislature. It's been a frequently debated topic nationwide after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people. The Senate on Tuesday approved the measure by Democratic Sen. Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge, sending it to the Assembly on a 23-10 vote. It extends age and purchase limits that currently apply only to handguns.
Associated Press

California, US Team Up On An Issue That Divides Them: Pot
An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot. They announced Tuesday that they will use $2.5 million in federal money to target illegal grows even as they remain at odds over the drug and other issues. Federal law still bans pot, but U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said he will prioritize illegal weed rather than going after the world's largest legal recreational marijuana market, a decision U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has left to the discretion of top federal prosecutors.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Mayor Garcetti Signs Record $9.9 Billion City Budget
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put his signature Tuesday on a $9.9 billion budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, a record level of funding that includes significant boosts for sidewalk repairs, homelessness programs and the Vision Zero program aimed at reducing traffic deaths. “We must confront our city's biggest challenges with every available resource,” Garcetti said. “This budget includes record investments in the kind of change that Angelenos can see and feel in their neighborhoods, and I'm grateful to my colleagues on the City Council for their hard work to get it over the finish line.”


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