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June 11, 2018

Law Enforcement News

How Garcetti Picked His Police Chief: Interviews, Homework And Plenty Of Advice
Last Monday morning, Los Angeles civic leaders were in suspense. Mayor Eric Garcetti had said he would probably announce his pick for police chief that day. Text messages and phone calls flew between people who were usually in the know. “Have you heard?” “Still no word?” There was a reason no one had heard. The mayor had not yet made up his mind. He had been mulling the possibilities for almost a month. This was perhaps the most important hiring decision he would make, at a time when he was considering a bid for president of the United States. The three finalists for the job — LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos, Bill Scott, chief of the San Francisco Police Department, and LAPD Assistant Chief Michel Moore — were more similar than different. Garcetti called Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers. Lally said he told the mayor that the next chief would have to confront the issue of patrol officers doing more with less, rushing to and from calls that often involve homeless or mentally ill people.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Accused Of Burning Tennessee Deputy's Body After Killing Him
A man charged with killing a deputy in Tennessee and burning his body now faces federal and state charges that could be punishable by death, authorities announced Friday. A state judge on Friday arraigned Steven Joshua Wiggins on 12 charges, including premeditated murder, in the shooting of 32-year-old Dickson County sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker. Wiggins' alleged accomplice, 38-year-old Erika Castro-Miles, was arraigned via webcam on the same murder charge.
Associated Press

Nebraska Officer Recovering After Being Wounded In Shootout
Columbus Police Sgt. Bradley Wangler was on the minds of many in the community Friday after the officer suffered a couple of wounds in a Thursday evening shootout. "Brad's very focused on the community," said friend Sandie Fischer, who has known Wangler through her roles at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and as a local radio personality. Wangler has been "huge" in the community and is known as a caring family man, she added. The Columbus Police officer was listed in stable condition at an Omaha hospital Friday after suffering multiple wounds in a Thursday evening shootout with a 24-year-old Grand Island man who was wanted by authorities on an outstanding warrant.
Columbus Telegram, Neb.

Woman Shot In Face By Drive-By Gunman
Police are searching for a suspect who shot a 19-year-old woman in the face and shoulder as she was walking home in Westlake. The shooting was reported around 11:15 p.m. Friday on the sidewalk outside an apartment complex in the 800 block of S. Park View Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Gamble. The woman was "minding her own business" when the suspect drove by and opened fire, Gamble said. The woman was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Police Shoot Suspect In Stabbing At Graduation Party In Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles police shot a man suspected of stabbing someone inside a Lincoln Heights home early Sunday, authorities said. The suspect, who's in his 20s, and his victim were in stable condition, according to LAPD. Officers around midnight responded to a call about a stabbing at a graduation party in the 2400 block of Gates Street, the agency said. Police reported finding the victim and being told that the perpetrator remained inside the home with family members.

2 People Detained After 6 Were Shot At Massive House Party In North Hollywood: LAPD
Two people were detained after six were shot at a house party attended by nearly 100 people in North Hollywood early Sunday, police said. Officers responded to complaints about a loud party at 12719 W. Tiara St. at around 1 a.m. and saw people running from a residence as several gunshots erupted, according to authorities. Investigators determined that six people had been shot at the residential area, Lt. Bob Toledo of the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA. Some of them ran toward the officers arriving at the scene, Toledo added. Earlier, LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told KTLA five individuals shot "in various locations on their body" were taken to the hospital.

Homeless Woman Raped By 2 Men On Canoga Park Sidewalk, LAPD Says
Los Angeles police are seeking clues after a homeless woman said she was raped by two men last month near an encampment in Canoga Park. The incident took place on a sidewalk at Vanowen Street and De Soto Avenue around dusk on May 26, said Detective Nick Abbinanti, officer in charge of the Sexual Assault Section at LAPD's Topanga Division on Thursday. The woman, who was in her late 30s, said she did not know the men who raped her, the detective said. The men appeared to be transients. “She just happened to be there; she was looking for somebody else — and then this happened,” Abbinanti said. “It was completely out in the open right near their encampment.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Shot By Police Inside Boyle Heights Hospital
A robbery and assault suspect was critically wounded after being shot by police inside a Boyle Heights hospital Saturday morning. The shooting happened around 5 a.m. in an area adjacent to the emergency room at White Memorial Medical Center on East Cesar Chavez Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Meghan Aguilar. The male suspect had been arrested by two LAPD officers for robbery and assault Friday night, but before getting booked, he complained about a medical emergency, Aguilar said.

$25K Reward Offered For Sexual Assault Suspect On FBI's Most Wanted List In Los Angeles
The FBI and Los Angeles law enforcement agencies offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted for multiple sexual assaults in L.A. Greg Alyn Carlson, 46, originally from Washington D.C., is suspected of assault with intent to commit rape, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He is on the FBI's Most Wanted List for the Los Angeles area. He previously resided in Santa Monica, authorities said. "Most of these crimes did occur in West L.A., Wilshire Division, Fairfax, Hollywood. He was armed with knives, he had a handgun, he bound these women, he severely beat them," said Scott Garriola of the FBI.

Redmond O'Neal Charged With Attempted Murder In Crime Spree
The son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett has been charged with attempted murder in an alleged crime spree last month that included randomly attacking five men and robbing a 7-Eleven convenience store. Los Angeles police say Redmond James O'Neal was charged Friday. The 33-year-old O'Neal, who's struggled with drug addiction for years, is charged with punching or stabbing five men over several days last month in the Venice Beach and Palms neighborhoods. Police say two men were seriously injured, including one who was stabbed in the face.

Seven Tons Of Marijuana Found At California-Mexico Border Crossing
A seven-ton load of marijuana valued at an estimated $8.6 million was discovered in a truck trailer waiting to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa border crossing, authorities said Friday. The truck manifest said it was carrying “metal racks” but a Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out the drugs, officials said in a statement. The 45-year-old driver, a Mexican citizen, drove the tractor-trailer rig into the cargo facility at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was directed to an X-ray inspection of the rig, the statement said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Garcetti Wants To Fix Some Of L.A.'s Worst Roads. But Repairs Could Hinge On A Big Fee Hike
When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his yearly budget in April, he promised major progress in an area long neglected by City Hall: reconstruction of the city's worst roads. Garcetti called for the city to more than double the amount of money it spends on repairs to D- and F-ranked streets, where pavement is so damaged that it frequently needs to be rebuilt — typically at a cost of $1 million or more per lane mile. Yet a major portion of that work cannot happen unless the City Council increases the fee charged to utilities that rip up and repair the city's streets. And in recent weeks, business leaders have been pushing back on the idea.
Los Angeles Times

Encampments Take Root In South L.A. Here's Why Clearing Them Out Is So Difficult
When the tent caught fire, flames blew through an iron fence into an employee parking lot and quickly enveloped two cars. Rumors swirled that one homeless person had torched another's tent, but Los Angeles firefighters found no leads to investigate. New tents quickly appeared along the fence at 38th and Hill streets, where Amy Willens' Infiniti Q50 was destroyed that March day. “I called LAPD,” said Willens, the controller of an apparel manufacturing firm. “They came out. I said, ‘Get them moved.' They said they can't.” The homelessness crisis has affected virtually every neighborhood in Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Times


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