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June 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Burbank Man Convicted Of Attempting To Kill 6 L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies
A Burbank man was convicted Thursday of trying to kill six Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in Bellflower and keeping a SWAT team at bay for several hours in 2016, a news release stated. A jury found Juan Martinez, 41, guilty of six counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm and one count each of false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by threat of force and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. On June 23, 2016, Martinez shot and wounded a motorcycle deputy who pulled him over during a DUI checkpoint, according to prosecutors.

ATF Agent Shot, Critically Wounded In Indiana Ambush
An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was shot several times and critically wounded during an undercover operation in Indiana in which a suspect was killed, authorities said Thursday. The agent was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being "shot multiple times," Brendan Iber, assistant special agent in charge of ATF's Chicago division, told reporters outside the hospital. "Today, ATF was conducting an undercover operation in Gary, Indiana, when our agent was ambushed," Iber said. Iber said he could not release additional information "due to the ongoing investigation."
Associated Press

Pennsylvania K-9 Dies After Falling From Roof During Training Exercise
A Pennsylvania police department is mourning the loss of one of their own after a K-9 died during a training exercise. WICU-TV reports that K-9 Choper was on the roof of an abandoned building Tuesday with his handler for a training exercise when the K-9 fell. Choper was rushed to a veterinary hospital where he died of his injuries shortly after midnight Wednesday. Choper, who was five years old, served for the Conewango Township Police Department for three years. 

Police Seek Shooter In Gang-Related Reseda Attack
Police on Friday sought public help to find the gunman who wounded a man at an apartment complex in Reseda. Officers were sent to the 18300 block of Saticoy Street about 10 p.m. Thursday in response to a report of shots fired, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A wounded man was taken to a hospital in stable condition, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. Police had earlier reported that the man had died.
Los Angeles Daily News

Person Ejected, Killed In Sun Valley High-Speed Crash; Driver Sought
A passenger was killed and another was injured in a high-speed Sun Valley crash, and police are searching for the driver responsible. The crash happened at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in the 11000 block of Sherman Way, Los Angeles police said. The deadly wreck was captured on surveillance cameras from Fix Auto, a nearby business. Authorities said a Nissan Murano SUV traveling at "substantial speed" crashed into three parked cars. A passenger in the Nissan, described as a 23-year-old man, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Arrest Suspect In Hit-And-Run Death Of 22-Year-Old Bicyclist In South L.A.
The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of a driver suspected of running over and killing a 22-year-old bicyclist in South Los Angeles and leaving the scene two months ago. Mariah Kandise Banks, 23, of Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, the LAPD told reporters Thursday. Banks, they said, was driving a white 2004 Porsche Cayenne at a high speed on Manchester Avenue on April 10 when she struck bicycle rider Frederick Frazier near Normandie Avenue. Banks fled the scene without rendering aid to the victim, and later had her vehicle painted black, authorities say.
Los Angeles Times

Man Sentenced To Death, Woman To Life In Prison For Boy's Torture-Murder
A Palmdale man was sentenced to death and his girlfriend to life in prison without parole Thursday for killing of the woman's 8-year-old son, who was routinely beaten, starved, forced to sleep in a closet and tortured until his death in 2013. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli called the couple's actions "nothing short of evil'' before handing down the sentences. Jurors recommended Dec. 13 that Isauro Aguirre, 37, be sentenced to death after convicting him of first-degree murder and the special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture for the death of Gabriel Fernandez.
FOX 11

Driver Loses Control, Takes Out Fire Hydrant And Flees Scene
Police are searching Friday for a driver who fled after losing control of a vehicle, shearing a fire hydrant and knocking down a power pole in Valley Village. It happened around 11:15 p.m. Thursday in the 12500 block of Magnolia Boulevard, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Office. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Corteen Place and is believed to be injured, Eisenman said.

Man Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting 80-Year-Old Hollywood Woman
A man who pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting an 80-year-old Hollywood woman in her apartment in 2016 was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in state prison. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie A. Swain also ordered Marcus Datwione Peete, 35, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Peete pleaded no contest to sexual penetration by a unknown object and admitted allegations that the crime was committed during the commission of a burglary and that he inflicted great bodily injury, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

TV Producer Pleads Not Guilty In Deaf Sister's Studio City Death
A former television producer accused of killing her deaf and blind sister in Studio City three years ago pleaded not guilty to murder and animal cruelty charges, according to prosecutors and her attorney. Jill Blackstone, whose production work included “Family Court With Judge Penny” and “The Tony Danza Show,” was arraigned on murder and animal cruelty charges on May 30 at the Van Nuys Courthouse, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the L.A. County District Attorney's office. Los Angeles police say Blackstone drugged and then killed her sister, Wendy, and at least one dog after she pulled an active BBQ grill into their enclosed garage in March of 2015.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Judge Gives Bank Robber Who Hit Lottery Jackpot 33 Months
A serial bank robber who won a $19 million SuperLotto jackpot in 1998 was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years behind bars for heists that netted about $40,000. James Allen Hayes was indicted in October 2017 in federal court in connection with a string of 11 bank heists in Pacific Palisades, Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Newhall and elsewhere. He subsequently pleaded guilty to four robberies, in which he used notes demanding cash and threatening to shoot if the employee did not comply. There was no evidence Hayes was actually carrying a gun during the robberies.

Local Government News

LA May Change Street Sweeping Times Near Schools To Give Parents Some Parking-Ticket Relief
In an effort to help parents from getting parking tickets while dropping their children off at school, a Los Angeles City Council committee forwarded a proposal Wednesday to push back the times of street sweeping near elementary schools. Under the plan approved by the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, the Bureau of Street Services would create a pilot program to change the start of street sweeping from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. “The streets around schools within the city of Los Angeles, particularly elementary schools, are often very chaotic during pick-up and drop-off time, and they can be potentially dangerous for students and parents,” said a motion introduced by Councilman Paul Krekorian. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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