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May 31, 2018

Law Enforcement News

4 Baltimore Teens Indicted In Killing Of Maryland Officer
Baltimore County grand jurors this week indicted the four Baltimore teenagers accused in the death of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio. Dawnta Harris, 16, Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17, each face charges of first-degree murder, burglary and other violations in the indictments made public Wednesday. The murder charge alone carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Baltimore Sun

Manhunt Continues For Suspect In Tennessee Deputy's Slaying
A manhunt for the man suspected of killing a Tennessee sheriff's deputy entered its second day Thursday. Authorities are continuing to search for 31-year-old Steven Wiggins, who's suspected of fatally shooting Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker, WTVF reported. Baker was killed Wednesday after responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle, police said. He was found killed inside his patrol vehicle. Wiggins is considered armed and dangerous and had been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Telephoned Threat Prompts Lockdown Of Sherman Oaks School
Authorities locked down Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks Wednesday morning after a telephoned threat was received, but the campus was declared safe after about an hour and a half. Officers went to the campus in the 5000 block of Sunnyslope Avenue about 8:15 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The threat was non-specific, police said. Some parents told a KNX Newsradio reporter that they were told the threat was made by a former student, but that information could not be immediately confirmed.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Creates Program To Cut Down On False Alarm Calls
We've all done it, those of us that have home alarms at least. Set it off by accident. The system was armed and you let the dog out, you opened a window by mistake, a child pushed the wrong button. False alarms are a huge industry problem. They waste valuable police resources if law enforcement is dispatched. LA and most major municipalities have long had fines for false alarms as a deterrent. Years back, the LAPD also added the option of ''Alarm School." The same concept as traffic school, you go online or get a mailed test, you answer some questions, and the fine is waived -- one time.
FOX 11

Crackdown On Unlicensed L.A. Cannabis Businesses Results In 160 Arrests, 36 Criminal Cases Filed
The LAPD has made 160 arrests while the L.A. City Attorney's Office has filed 36 criminal cases against 142 people with unlicensed commercial cannabis locations in what authorities described as a crackdown on Wednesday. Authorities announced the figures at a news conference with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer in downtown Los Angeles. “If you're operating an illegal cannabis shop selling medical marijuana then you're going to be subject to criminal prosecution,” Feuer said. The city attorney said the criminal cases were filed against people who have 32 unlicensed commercial cannabis locations and a delivery service.

23-Year-Old Man Convicted Of Manslaughter In Chatsworth DUI Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 2
A 23-year-old man who was driving under the influence when his vehicle struck and killed two other men was convicted of vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday, the Los Angles County District Attorney's Office announced. Dylan Shane Rutherford, a Simi Valley resident, pleaded no contest to a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being sentenced to 10 years in state prison, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Vodnoy said in a news release. The deadly crash happened on Oct. 7, 2016.

DA Seeking Death Penalty Against Torrance Man Accused Of 2 LA Area Killings, Rapes
The prosecution announced Wednesday that it will pursue the death penalty against a Torrance man charged with raping and murdering a teenage girl and a young woman who were found dead less than a year apart. Geovanni Borjas, 33, pleaded not guilty to murder and forcible rape charges stemming from the April 24, 2011, killing of 17-year-old Michelle Lozano and the Dec. 26, 2011, slaying of 22-year-old Bree'Anna Guzman, along with a charge that he kidnapped Guzman to commit another crime.
Los Angeles Daily News

Two Gang Members To Plead Guilty To Racial Firebombings
Two gang members are expected to plead guilty Thursday to federal civil rights and racketeering violations for firebombing the homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area four years ago in an effort to drive them out of the defendants' Latino gang territory. Josue “Malo” Garibay, 25, and Jose “Lil' Moe” Saucedo, 24, are scheduled to enter their pleas in downtown Los Angeles before U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder, who will set a sentencing date. The defendants face potential penalties of at least 30 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Law Enforcement Agencies Turning To Drones To Fight Crime
No longer a novelty, drones are becoming an everyday tool for more police and fire departments, new research has found. The number of public safety agencies with drones has more than doubled since the end of 2016, according to data collected by the Center for the Study of the Drone at New York's Bard College. The center estimated that just over 900 police, sheriff, fire and emergency agencies now have drones, with Texas, California, and Wisconsin leading the way, the study showed.
Associated Press

California Senate Passes Bill To Create Banks For Pot Businesses
The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to create a state-chartered bank for California cannabis businesses, which would allow licensed merchants to write checks to pay taxes, fees and vendors — rather than use large amounts of cash, as they currently do. The measure SB 930, introduced by state Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, now heads to the Assembly. Because marijuana is classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug, federally insured financial institutions cannot process cannabis-related transactions without running the risk of facing money laundering charges.
San Francisco Chronicle

California Is Now Paying For People To Test Their Drugs For Fentanyl
As the death toll from the nation's opioid crisis swells, California officials have launched an experiment: paying for people to test their drugs for fentanyl. Fentanyl, an opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin, is responsible for a growing number of overdose deaths each year. Typically manufactured as a white powder, it can be mixed into other drugs such as heroin and cocaine without the user knowing, but with extreme consequences. “Fentanyl can kill you at first use — that's why there's incredible urgency,” said Dr. Kelly Pfeifer, who studies the opioid epidemic at the California Health Care Foundation.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA County Officials Approve $20 Million In Funding For Veteran Housing
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $20 million in funding Tuesday for veterans housing and a peer-to-peer network to help veterans find housing and other resources. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Kathryn Barger co-authored the motion, following up on a February vote to consider creating a network of veterans helping fellow veterans. "We can never repay our brave men and women for their service to our country, but the least we can do is make sure they have the support they need to lead lives of dignity and purpose," Ridley-Thomas said.

L.A. City Council Committee Votes To Extend Vehicle Dwelling Limitations
A law that regulates where people are allowed to live in their vehicles in Los Angeles is set to expire at the end of June, but a City Council committee voted Wednesday to extend it by six months as officials work to improve the regulations. It was illegal for decades to live in a vehicle in the city until a 2014 federal court ruling struck down the ban. The City Council then drafted a law that made it illegal to live in a vehicle in residential neighborhoods or near sensitive locations such as parks and schools.


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