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June 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

3 Face Federal Gun Charges In Killings Of Indiana LEOs
Three people will face federal charges related to the firearms used in the separate killings of two Indiana law enforcement officers. On Monday, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler formally announced the charges against the three individuals believed to have illegally purchased firearms that were used in the slayings of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett and Terre Haute Officer Robert Pitts, WISH-TV reported. In March, Pickett was shot while assisting police during a pursuit.

Milwaukee Police Officer Killed In Crash During Pursuit
A 23-year-old Milwaukee police officer died and his partner was injured when their squad car rolled over near an overpass during a high-speed chase with a motorist who had been driving recklessly, the department's chief said Friday. Officer Charles Irvine Jr., who was in the car's front passenger seat when it rolled over on Thursday, had been with the department since he was 19 years old and became an officer two years ago, police Chief Alfonso Morales said. Irvine's partner, 36-year-old Matthew Schulze, was treated at a hospital and released.
Associated Press

Authorities Detain Man Who Allegedly Crashed Stolen Vehicle In Sun Valley, Leaving Passenger Dead: LAPD
A man who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle in Sun Valley, causing the death of one of his passengers and injuring the other, was taken into custody Monday evening, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Oscar Armando Lopez was taken into custody at about 7:15 p.m. in the 7300 block of Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood after his family viewed a news conference held by LAPD earlier in the day and contacted investigators, a news release stated. Lopez was driving an unreported stolen Nissan Murano at around 3:30 a.m. on June 7 when he crashed into two parked vehicles and a street light, police said. He had been speeding on Sherman Way near Vineland Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle, investigators said.

Man Who Was Armed With Axe Arrested After Swimming In MacArthur Park Lake To Evade Police
A man suspect of assaulting someone with an axe and then swimming through MacArthur Park Lake to avoid police was taken into custody Monday. The situation unfolded around 2 p.m., when authorities said a man armed with an axe threatened someone and then assaulted them with it. That suspect then swam to a small island in the middle of the lake, refusing to leave. Eventually, the man got into the water and swam around for a while before he came to shore. Firefighters hosed off the man before he was taken into custody. The victim who was attacked is expected to survive.

Suspect To Be Charged With Murder Following Death Of Victim In Unprovoked Stabbing On East L.A. Bus
A 27-year-old man will now face a murder charge after the man he is accused of stabbing on a transit bus in East Los Angeles earlier this year succumbed to his injuries, L.A. County sheriff's officials said Monday in a news release. Manuel Ortiz Jr. was originally charged with attempted murder in connection with the caught-on-video incident that L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has described as “savage” and “seemingly unprovoked.”

New Reports Say Child Abuse Trending Down In LA County
The number of children killed at the hands of a parent, relative or caregiver in Los Angeles County dipped to 14 in 2016, down from 18 the previous year, while suicides among kids and teens decreased by 39 percent, according to reports released Monday. The reports on child abuse and child deaths also found that the number of children referred to authorities for suspected abuse or neglect decreased slightly in 2016, and automobile accidents remained the leading cause of child deaths that year. As part of the reports, county officials recommended that family service agencies, prosecutors, dependency court and law enforcement begin tracking, recording and reporting data involving children and families impacted by domestic violence.

Gov. Jerry Brown Decides Against Parole For Woman Dubbed A ‘Black Widow'
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked the parole of a 63-year-old woman whom prosecutors dubbed a “black widow” because she had her husband killed. Brown denied the release of Susan Lee Russo a year after he commuted her life sentence, which allowed her a chance at parole. A parole board in January recommended that she be freed. Russo was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 1994 slaying of 43-year-old David Russo. He was a U.S. Navy chief petty officer serving at Lemoore Naval Air Station, south of Fresno. She is still a public safety risk who “has more work to do,” Brown decided.
Los Angeles Times

Budget Dispute Hinders State Crackdown On Illicit Marijuana Market In California
A dispute between the governor and lawmakers over how to pay for a crackdown on the illicit marijuana market in California has resulted in the $14 million for the effort being left out of a proposed budget, officials said. Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed the funding to create five teams in the state attorney general's office to investigate California's black market for marijuana. The proposal was made after businesses with state licenses warned that they are at a competitive disadvantage against illicit growers and sellers.
Los Angeles Times

7 Mayors Want Pot Removed From Federal List Of Illegal Drugs
Mayors from seven U.S. cities in states with legal marijuana said Monday they have formed a coalition to push for federal marijuana policy reform just days after President Donald Trump expressed support for bipartisan congressional legislation to ease the federal ban on pot. Mayors from Denver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and West Sacramento — all in marijuana-friendly states — sponsored a resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston that asked the U.S. government to remove cannabis from a list of illegal drugs, among other things.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Dodgers Gondola Gets One Step Closer To Becoming A Real Thing
A proposed gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium has advanced to a second stage of consideration, Metro announced Monday. The transit agency confirmed that an unsolicited bid it received from Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies has advanced to a phase two, where the proposer is invited to submit a more comprehensive proposal. Metro's unsolicited proposal policy allows the private sector to submit ideas to the agency.
Los Angeles Daily News

Channel Street Skatepark Re-Opening Delayed In San Pedro
The re-opening of the Channel Street Skatepark is two years behind schedule. The iconic San Pedro skate park was closed in 2014 to make way for a freeway widening project. It was scheduled to go through a makeover and be finished mid-2016, but it sits vacant and deteriorated. In 2002, skateboarding enthusiasts built the skate park without a permit. They chose a spot underneath the 110 Freeway overpass, next to a park-and-ride lot at Channel and Gaffey streets. The city says the delays are due to new plans being drawn up to make the park safe and legal. The freeway widening project was completed last year, but the iconic skate park remains shuttered and no opening date is set.


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