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June 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

77-Year-Old Man Arrested After Shooting Leaves Fire Captain Dead, 2 Others Injured At Long Beach Retirement Home
A 77-year-old man has been arrested hours after a shooting at a Long Beach retirement home left a fire captain dead and two other people injured early Monday, officials said. Capt. Dave Rosa, 45, a 17-year veteran with the Long Beach Fire Department, was shot while responding to a fire, according to the agency. Police detained a person of interest and recovered a weapon, Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said. During a news conference later, investigators identified that person as Thomas Kim, a 77-year-old man who lived at the retirement home. Kim was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder and arson, Luna stated.

Fallen Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa Honored As A Hero At Vigil
In the heart of Central Long Beach, residents and firefighters gathered for a vigil at Fire Station 10 on Monday night to honor the life of Capt. David Rosa – the city's first firefighter to be killed while on duty since 1974. “Capt. Rosa will always be remembered in the community for the hero that he was,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Rosa, 45, and another Long Beach firefighter, Ernesto Torres, 35, were responding to reports of an explosion in a downtown Long Beach retirement home early Monday when police said they were shot by a 77-year-old resident who had explosives in his apartment.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Sergeant Injured In Culver City Hit-and-Run That Stemmed From Domestic Violence Situation
A Los Angeles Police Department sergeant is expected to be OK after being injured in a hit-and-run involving a domestic violence suspect chasing down a victim in Culver City. The crash happened in the area of Bristol Parkway and Centinela Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police said it all started in the Inglewood area, when a woman called for help regarding a domestic violence issue with her boyfriend. The woman fled in her car, and the suspect trailed behind her in his vehicle. The victim reached the Culver City area and stopped alongside the LAPD sergeant at a red light. She tried to flag her down for help when the suspect rear-ended the sergeant's cruiser, which then collided with a concrete post, authorities said.

Shooting Outside Reseda Bar Being Investigated As Gang-Related, LAPD Says
A shooting outside a bar in Reseda early Sunday that left one man in the hospital is being investigated by Los Angeles Police Department gang detectives. A detective at LAPD's West Valley division said the shooting occurred at 1:50 a.m. on Sunday outside the Copper Bucket bar at 17715 Vanowen Street. When police arrived, they found the male victim outside the bar with an unknown number of gunshot wounds, and he was taken to a local hospital. While his condition was unknown, the man was still alive on Monday, said Officer Mike Lopez, an LAPD spokesman.
Los Angeles Daily News

Beer Cans Found At Northridge Crash That Left 6 Hurt, Including Child
Six people, including a child, were hurt in a rollover crash believed to have been caused by a driver apparently under the influence in Northridge, authorities said. Authorities said the driver was fleeing from an earlier crash that happened down the street when he ran a red light and slammed into another car. It happened about 6 p.m. at the intersection of Louise Avenue and Plummer Street, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rich Brunson said. All six people, including a 7-year-old, were taken to a hospital in unknown condition. Authorities said the driver had open beer cans at the scene of the crash.

Killer Of Venice Cook Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison
A Los Angeles man who stabbed a Venice restaurant cook to death was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison. Jorge Nolasco, 27, pleaded no contest during an earlier hearing to voluntary manslaughter and admitted using a knife to kill 24-year-old Guillermo Carmona-Perez. Carmona-Perez had finished up his shift as a prep and line cook shortly before being stabbed. He was found, bleeding from a mortal wound, down the block from Mercedes Grill on West Washington Boulevard just after midnight on Nov. 18, 2013. A cab driver told prosecutors he drove the defendant to the site of the attack.

How Data Analysis Is Driving Policing
Police have always relied on data — whether push pins tracking crimes on a map, mug shot cards, or intelligence files on repeat offenders. The problem with all that information is that it has traditionally been slow and hard to use. "I would have to log into 19 different databases," says Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Dennis Kato. "I'd log in, print out all the tickets that were written to you, and lay them on my desk. Then I'd go and run your criminal history on another database, and print that out. And then another database to see how many times your name was associated with crime reports."

LA County Property Owners Urged To Beware Of Deed Scams, Check Assessor's Site
Property owners should beware of deed scams and unsolicited mailings designed to look as if they've been issued by a government agency, the Los Angeles County assessor warned Monday. Television and radio ads urging property owners to protect their homes from theft via unauthorized changes to deeds and other legal documents have raised concerns and led viewers to call the assessor's office for advice. There has also been a rise in scams and misleading mailings nationwide. “Homeowners should always be vigilant of attempts at theft that can lead to changes affecting legal documents and property ownership,” Assessor Jeffrey Prang said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge To Sentence Graphic Novelist For 2016 Torture And Murder Of His Fiancee
A graphic novelist who once had a fledgling Hollywood career is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for the brutal torture killing of his fiancee — a murder prosecutors say took cues from a gory book he worked on years earlier. Blake Leibel, 37, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 slaying of Iana Kasian, 30, the mother of his newborn daughter. In the days after the grisly slaying, news media across the continent highlighted details that sounded as if they'd been lifted from a Hollywood horror script — a Canadian trust fund kid and a beautiful Ukrainian emigre, the birth of their newborn and then, weeks later, a bloodletting.
Los Angeles Times

Feds Taking More Drug Cases To State Court In Wake Of Zero Tolerance Mandate
The Trump administration's zero tolerance policy on prosecuting anyone arrested for illegally entering the U.S. in federal court appears to have had an impact in an unexpected place — the state court system. Since the immigration crackdown was announced in early May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the number of narcotics smuggling cases resulting from arrests by federal law enforcement agencies that have been filed in San Diego Superior Court has skyrocketed.
San Diego Union Tribune

Public Safety News

Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency For Lake County As Pawnee Fire Threatens 600 Homes
The governor of California has declared a state of emergency in parts of Northern California due to raging wildfires that have burned 8,200 acres so far. No casualties have been reported, but 22 buildings have been destroyed, with 600 more at risk. More than 200 personnel have been monitoring the fires from agencies such as the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the US Forest Service and the California Conservation Corps. Lake County is about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Local Government News

Next Step For L.A. Public Bank: Ask The Voters For Permission
The fate of a nascent effort to create a bank owned by the city of Los Angeles could be decided by voters this fall. The City Council on Tuesday will vote on whether to start the process of placing a measure on the November ballot, asking voters to let the city create a “purely commercial enterprise”— something prohibited by L.A.'s charter. If voters approved such a charter amendment, it would remove one of a handful of hurdles standing in the way of a city-owned bank, something city officials have been studying for nearly a year since Council President Herb Wesson raised the idea ahead of the Jan. 1 legalization of recreational marijuana sales.
Los Angeles Times


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