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June 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Surveillance Video Released, 2 Persons of Interest Sought by LAPD in Investigation of Fatal South L.A. Shooting
The Los Angeles Police Department has released surveillance footage in its search for two persons of interest as it continues an investigation into the fatal shooting of a man on May 16. That morning, 40-year-old Victor Orduna was shot while he was on his way to work, authorities said. He had just walked outside his home. At about 7:45 a.m., police were called to the scene near Fortuna Avenue and 57th Street — in the Central-Alameda district of South L.A. There, officers found Orduna suffering from a gunshot wound, officials said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital once paramedics arrived, but later died from his injuries.

Sentencing Set for Mother, Stepfather in 8-Year-Old Boy's Torture-Killing
Sentencing is set Thursday for a Palmdale man and woman convicted of murdering her 8-year-old son, who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his death in 2013. Isauro Aguirre, 37, and Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 34, are set to appear before Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the May 2013 killing of Gabriel Fernandez. Jurors recommended last Dec. 13 that Aguirre be sentenced to death after convicting him of first-degree murder and the special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture.

'It Looks Like Armageddon': Street Race Triggers 8-Car Crash
Eight cars were involved in a crash Wednesday night on a Reseda street, leaving behind a scene that looked like it belonged in an apocalyptic movie. The West Valley LAPD said that the crash left two people in critical condition and involved a possible DUI driver on the 18700 block of Saticoy Street. Police initially responded to a two-car crash involving two drivers who were street racing. That crash led to a series of collisions that left car parts scattered in the street. Some of the damaged cars were parked on the street. A stunned Edward Ramirez came out of his residence to find a parked car under a minivan.

Arrest to be Announced in Hit-And-Run Death of Bicyclist
An arrest in the hit-and-run death of a 22-year-old bicyclist struck by a Porsche SUV in South Los Angeles in April will by announced Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department and the victim's mother. Frederick Richon Frazier was struck by a white Porsche Cayenne about 12:45 p.m. on April 10 at Manchester and Normandie avenues and died at a hospital. The Cayenne was being driven east on Manchester Avenue when the collision occurred.The driver then headed south on Budlong Avenue before traveling west. The Porsche was last seen westbound near La Salle Avenue Elementary School, police said.

Police arrest murder suspect who crashed vehicle into LA front yard
Police arrested a suspect wanted for two attempted murders after he crashed a vehicle into the front yard of a house in Los Angeles Wednesday before fleeing on foot with a weapon. LAPD Olympic officers took the suspect into custody on 2nd Street between Irving Boulevard and Norton Avenue. The pursuit began shortly after 2 p.m. on Western Avenue in the Hollywood neighborhood after police noticed the suspect, who was wanted out of South Los Angeles.

Wild Pursuit Started With Home Burglary In Tarzana
A smash-and-grab burglary in Tarzana touched off a wild pursuit that ended in Glendale. One suspect is in custody. Two more are at large, according to the LAPD. The chase ended after some reckless driving in the parking garage at the Glendale Galleria. The mall was never shut down or evacuated. Business went on as usual. Police told KCAL9's Greg Mills that they started chasing the suspects after a burglary at a home in Tarzana. The home is owned by Doug Morrow, a doctor, and his wife, Ellen. Mills spoke to them Wednesday evening for a story that is Only On 9.

LAPD busts illegal marijuana grow operation in Van Nuys
Marijuana may be legal in California, but that doesn't mean you can grow it in mass quantities without a license. The Los Angeles Police Department discovered several marijuana plants in Van Nuys. In a tweet by the LAPD on Wednesday, it was suggested the police received a tip that led them to the marijuana grow. The plants were being illegally grown on Archwood Street in Van Nuys near the intersection of Vanowen and Van Nuys Boulevard.

Gay Veteran Says San Pedro Neighbors Target Him With Criminal Acts Because of His Sexuality
A San Pedro resident and Air Force veteran says his neighbors have targeted him with vandalism, battery and even a smear campaign because of his sexuality. Ryan Gierach, who is gay, says his neighbors immediately began using slurs against him when he moved in two years ago. "When I came here my neighbors directly across from me began calling me names — all of them revolving around gay epithets," he told KTLA. Then, things escalated when he began hanging rainbow flags in honor of LGBT pride month, which is celebrated each June, Gierach said. He alleges that the neighbors in question began shouting homophobic comments, throwing garbage at him, calling him names and even physically assaulted him.

Big spending by George Soros and liberal groups fails to sway D.A. races in California
As they poured millions of dollars into district attorney campaigns, New York billionaire George Soros and other liberal donors seemed poised for victory in California. They enjoyed the political momentum, having helped elect more than a dozen prosecutors from Florida to Texas. They had experience with the state's voters, who overwhelmingly approved ballot measures in recent years to reduce the number of people behind bars. And the prosecutor races were in counties that solidly backed Hillary Clinton for president less than two years ago. But voters in three closely watched district attorney elections in California appeared to deliver a sharp defeat this week to the national network of wealthy donors and activist groups that is attempting to reshape the criminal justice system by electing liberal prosecutors. Incumbent district attorneys in Sacramento, San Diego and Alameda counties were well ahead of Soros-backed challengers in unofficial results posted Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times

Woman with pellet gun at marathon pleads not guilty to threatening officers
A 58-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that she threatened police officers with a gun — which turned out to be a pellet gun — inside a San Diego parking garage Sunday. Her position on the roof of the garage prompted officials with the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon to suspend the race for a time because the finish line was nearby. Prosecutors charged Mona Elease Williams with resisting two officers at different locations in the garage and alleged that she used a dangerous weapon both times. The charges are felonies. Williams also was charged with misdemeanor hit and run in a collision that started the chain of events, leading to one officer accidentally shooting himself in the leg and another firing two rounds at her that missed.
Los Angeles Times

San Francisco TASER measure backed by officers fails to pass
A measure that would have given San Francisco officers more latitude in when they can TASER suspects was defeated. KGO-TV reports that more than 60 percent of voters voted no on the measure, known as Proposition H, on Tuesday. The measure would have imposed less restrictive guidelines for when officers can use TASERs, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Police Commission approved the devices in November 2017 and adopted a policy regulating their use in March. Under the San Francisco Police Department's current policy, officers can only use TASERs on suspects who are “violently resisting.” 
Police One

500 recordings of 911 calls detail chaos, agony and determination after Las Vegas shooting
Las Vegas police on Wednesday released 911 calls — the fifth release of items related to the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Police already have released witness statements, police reports, body camera footage of metro officers breaching Paddock's door and traffic camera footage along Tropicana Avenue on the night of the shooting. In some recordings, the caller, likely distracted, never speaks directly with the dispatcher. All that is heard are sounds of chaos and agony.
Los Angeles Times

Feds plan mass prosecution of illegal border-crossing cases in San Diego, attorneys say
U.S. border authorities, in a significant escalation of the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy, are planning to introduce a fast-track prosecution program to criminally charge more people who cross the border into California illegally, according to attorneys in San Diego. Under the program, called Operation Streamline, migrants will be moved through the criminal justice system in group hearings, with cases handled in a matter of hours, from arraignment to sentencing.
San Diego Tribune

Former ATF agent: Current gun tracing system is 'insane'
When police find a gun on TV they run the serial number through a computer and it tells them who owns it in seconds. The reality is different, slower and more confusing than that. That's because decades-old laws limit the technology federal agents can use to trace guns. “The privacy rights of the gun owner have trumped my right not to get shot in the head,” said David Chipman, senior policy advisor for the gun control group  Giffords. Before joining Giffords, Chipman spent 25 years as a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseeing all the ATF's firearms programs. Chipman said it was only after he left the bureau that he could speak openly about the challenges the agency faces with one of its most important responsibilities: tracing guns.
WTSP Florida

Murder With Impunity: Where Killings Go Unsolved
The Washington Post has identified the places in dozens of American cities where murder is common but arrests are rare. These pockets of impunity were identified by obtaining and analyzing up to a decade of homicide arrest data from 50 of the nation's largest cities. The analysis of 52,000 criminal homicides goes beyond what is known nationally about the unsolved cases, revealing block by block where police fail to catch killers. The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in these areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time. Despite a nationwide drop in violence to historic lows, 34 of the 50 cities have a lower homicide arrest rate now than a decade ago.
Washington Post

Local Government News

Officials demand answers after more than 118,000 people were left off
L.A. County voter rosters State and county leaders demanded answers Wednesday from the Los Angeles County elections chief after more than 118,000 people were left off voter rosters on election day, a major blunder that fueled anger and confusion at the polls. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he was “gravely concerned” and asked the county registrar to provide him with a detailed report on the cause of the debacle. The county Board of Supervisors also called for an investigation Wednesday at a hastily called hearing. “We fell short in meeting the more than reasonable expectations of the voters and poll workers,” Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said at the board meeting. “It's an issue that I take seriously, I understand the gravity of it, especially in an environment where there is so much discussion about the security and integrity of our voting process.”
Los Angeles Times

Metro Receives Over $700 Million in SB 1 Funding
The California Transportation Commission Wednesday approved $703.6 million in funding for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from last year's gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases as part of its funding allocations for agencies statewide. Metro highway, transit and goods movement projects that will use funds from SB 1, the increase in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, include:


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