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June 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Guilty Plea By Man Tied To Gun That Killed 2 Ohio Officers
A guilty plea by a man charged with providing the gun used to kill two Ohio police officers illustrates the danger of illegal gun purchases, a U.S. Attorney in Ohio said Thursday. The case involved a practice known as "straw purchases," in which people permitted to buy guns under federal law buy them for people, typically felons, who aren't able to do so themselves. "Straw purchasing is dangerous, and this case makes that more clear than any other case," said Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
Associated Press

Slain Massachusetts LEO's K-9 Continues To Get Healthier Six Weeks After Being Shot
Six weeks after being shot by the man also charged with killing a Yarmouth police officer, K-9 Nero is continuing to get healthier and stronger. The Yarmouth Police Department wrote in a Facebook post that the K-9 partner of slain Police Sgt. Sean Gannon remains on restricted activity, but is eating well and building his strength back. The department posted a picture of Nero on his morning walk Friday. Gannon and Nero were shot on April 12 while police served a warrant at a Marstons Mills home in Cape Cod. Thomas Latanowich, 29, shot Gannon in the head and Nero in the face and neck, authorities said. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in court., Springfield, Mass.

Driver Of Stolen Vehicle Detained In Encino Following Slow-Speed Pursuit That Citizens Attempted To Halt
The driver of a stolen four-door car was detained and loaded into an ambulance after a pursuit that slowly wound through the San Fernando Valley Thursday night. At one point after the chase reached Encino, having already been underway for more than an hour, several other motorists on the road jumped out of their vehicles and attempted to join in on the action. Sky5 was first overhead around 10:30 p.m. as the pursuit was headed through surface streets in Winnetka. It began around 10:15 p.m. near Sherman Way in Wilbur Avenue in Reseda, said Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman.

City Attorney Files Nuisance Suit Against Van Nuys Motel
The City Attorney's Office has sued the owners of a Van Nuys motel, alleging that drugs routinely are sold on the property and that it is home to prostitutes and their pimps. The nuisance abatement lawsuit was brought Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Vimal Inc., owners of the 40-room Hyland Motel on Sepulveda Blvd. “Since at least 2005, the property has been, and currently is, a center of violence, crime and disorder,” the suit states. A representative for the company could not be immediately reached. Local gang members routinely rent rooms at the motel to sell drugs, the suit alleges.

Simi Valley Man Gets 10-Year Prison Term For Chatsworth DUI Crash That Killed Two Brothers
A Simi Valley man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state prison in connection with an October 2016 DUI crash in Chatsworth that killed two brothers. Dylan Shane Rutherford, 23, was immediately sentenced after pleading no contest to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Rutherford — who was driving a black Ram 1500 pickup truck — was driving under the influence of alcohol when he ran a red light at De Soto Avenue and Chatsworth Street, striking a 1991 GMC pickup truck on Oct. 7, 2016, authorities said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Sentenced To 1 Year In Jail For Deadly DUI Crash At Boyle Heights Taco Stand
A woman who prosecutors say was driving while intoxicated when she crashed into a Boyle Heights taco stand — killing a man and injuring eight other people — has been sentenced to a year in jail and five years of formal probation, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. The crash happened on the night of June 26, 2016, when a vehicle being driven by Maribel Rosas went up a curb and drove through a taco stand, crashing into a parked car just before 9:30 p.m., authorities said. The man killed was 48-year-old Francisco Gaytan, who goes by Juan Mendez, authorities said. Eight other pedestrians also were injured in the crash.

Video Of Attack On Sutter Middle School Student Shared On Social Media, 3 Students Arrested
An after-school attack on a Winnetka student resulted in the arrests of three other Sutter Middle School students, who according to the victim's mother asked the girl to come outside their home then punched and kicked her while filming the incident. All three students were arrested and booked on suspicion of assault Wednesday at around 3 p.m. after the end of the school day at Sutter, said Sgt. Julie Spry, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles School Police Department. The students were released to their parents the same day. The arrests came five days after the off-campus incident on May 25 near the home of the victim, Spry said.
Los Angeles Daily News

California National Guard Keeping A Low Profile In Border Mission
The California National Guard is keeping a low profile as they deploy to the border. In a state with strong differences with the Trump administration on immigration policy, guardsmen will spend much of their time behind closed doors, rather than patrolling the border. The National Guard quietly arrived in San Diego in early May. Volunteers drove to the armory in Kearney Mesa in their own cars from Camp Roberts in Central California. They attended a briefing before fanning out to find hotel rooms. The Guard has released only short, written updates to the public.

What's The Homicide Capital Of America? Murder Rates In U.S. Cities, Ranked.
The U.S. murder rate is often regarded as one of our country's vital signs: Are Americans more or less safe than last year, when it comes to their odds of meeting a violent end? But misinformation abounds. Is the murder rate really “the highest it's been in 45 years,” as claimed by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump? (No.) Is Chicago America's murder capital? (Also no.) Because the vast majority of American homicides are committed with guns, both the national murder rate and the more relevant citywide and neighborhood murder rates — about which, more below — frequently figure into our reporting at The Trace. In this guide, we've collected the most up-to-date statistics on murders in America, as well as the critical context that often gets missed.
The Trace

Local Government News

Homeless Shelter Construction Fast-Tracked In LA
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive order on Wednesday aimed at fast-tracking the construction of temporary homeless shelters throughout the city. Executive Directive 24 allows temporary shelter projects that meet legal and environmental standards to open their doors in as little as six months. "No amount of red tape should stand in the way of our fight to end homelessness," Garcetti said in a statement. "We have to use the unprecedented resources, partnerships, and political will to bring our unsheltered neighbors off the streets."

Homelessness Dips In L.A. And Countywide, But More People Are Living On The Streets For The First Time
After three years of precipitous increases, homelessness dipped slightly this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Thursday, providing a hopeful sign that new money flowing into housing and services is having an effect. But in releasing results of the 2018 count, officials also warned that the number of people falling into homelessness for the first time increased, holding back the potential gains. And the report noted that three out of four homeless people in the county live on the street, a figure unchanged from last year. “I'm not happy every day walking through the city, knowing that there's as many people that are homeless, but I think it's showing our strategies are working,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Los Angeles Times


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