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July 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Last Surviving Member Of LAPD's Famed Gangster Squad Dies At 102
Retired Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Lindo Giacopuzzi, the last surviving member of the LAPD's "Gangster Squad," died peacefully in his Tarzana home Sunday. Giacopuzzi was 102. Relatives celebrated his historic connection to LAPD lore and his big heart toward his extended family. "He was very much involved with his family," said his daughter-in-law Michelle Giacopuzzi. "He really was pretty much devoted to them." Lindo Giacopuzzi served on the legendary task force that tackled widespread organized crime in the city during the 1940s and 1950s. While there, he helped take down notorious gangsters such as Bugsy Siegel and Boyle Heights native Mickey Cohen.

Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Long Beach Fire Captain Denied Bail
The 77-year-old man accused of murdering a Long Beach fire captain and wounding two others at a senior housing facility appeared in court on Monday and was denied bail. Thomas Kim's previous court appearances were canceled because of a medical issue. He is charged with murder in the shooting death of Long Beach FD Capt. David Rosa, as well as the attempted murder of another firefighter and a resident of the complex. Rosa, 45, was fatally shot while searching for victims in an explosion at the senior living facility.

Man killed by deputies after fatal stabbing at Cal Poly Pomona identified as campus custodian
A man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies after allegedly stabbing a Cal Poly Pomona security officer to death also worked on campus as a custodian, authorities said. Rodney Lee Hunter Jr., 27, was identified after an autopsy Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a release. Cal Poly Pomona public safety specialist Mark Manlapaz was found with severe stab wounds in his truck on campus about four blocks from where police fatally shot his alleged assailant late in the afternoon of June 29. Manlapaz, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Searching For Man Who Shot Another Person And Bulldog In Sunland
Police said a man shot a 14-year-old bulldog with a shotgun inside a home near Sunland, then turned the gun on another person in an incident of domestic violence Monday afternoon. The report of the shooting at 3:02 p.m. brought a large police presence to the 10700 block of Sherman Grove Avenue, a residential neighborhood on the border of Sunland and unincorporated Los Angeles County area. The suspect in the shooting, whose identity was known to police, fled after firing the weapon and was still on the loose, Capt. Ernest Eskridge of the LAPD's Foothill Division said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mother Of Boy Found Alone At Union Station Charged With Felony
The mother of a little boy allegedly abandoned at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on the Fourth of July has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge. Dava Denise Webster, 31, of Walnut Creek has been charged with one count of felony child endangerment, the L.A. County District Attorney said Monday. Webster allegedly abandoned her son at the train depot the evening of the Independence Day holiday. Her 6-year-old son was found after Webster was reportedly confronted by a witness and a security guard before police were called.

Police Pursuit In South Los Angeles Ends In Wild Reverse Sequence
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were in pursuit of a vehicle in the South Los Angeles area on Monday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m. Newschopper4 Bravo with Gil Leyvas was overhead to catch the conclusion of the police chase. The pursuit eventually concluded at 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard after the driver slammed on the brakes and reversed at high speeds. Police officers managed to avoid the vehicle, but as the driver attempted to brake and turn the vehicle, the vehicle stopped. The suspect proceeded to get out of the car and get on the ground to surrender.

Pedicured Pilferer Wanted In Theft Of Wedding Ring At Studio City Salon
A woman getting a pedicure and manicure at a Studio City salon walked away with more than just nicer nails, police say: she also swiped another customer's wedding ring. The woman, seen in surveillance video, went to the salon in the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard for a manicure and pedicure on June 20. While getting the treatments, she spotted a wedding ring belonging to another woman on a side tray. She took the ring and put it in her purse, police say. She finished her treatment, paid for the service and left with the ring.

‘Twirly Head Bandit' Now Suspected In A Half-Dozen L.A. County Bank Robberies
A man authorities have dubbed the Twirly Head Bandit is suspected of carrying out bank robberies over the weekend in Pasadena, Norwalk and Gardena, authorities announced Monday. The Twirly Head Bandit — named for a haircut that includes a circular design on the side of his head — is now suspected of being involved in a half-dozen hold-ups, including earlier robberies in Monrovia, Culver City and West Los Angeles. During some of the earlier robberies, the man pretended to be a customer, then handed the tellers a note demanding money in various denominations, ordering them to stay calm and to not make any sudden moves, according to the FBI.
Los Angeles Daily News

Bid To Toughen California Crime Laws Set For 2020 Ballot
Californians will vote in 2020 whether to toughen criminal penalties as part of an effort to roll back reforms adopted by voters within the past decade. The measure that qualified Monday was intended for the 2018 ballot but failed to qualify in time, a fact opponents said shows it lacks momentum. Its supporters, meanwhile, said they were disappointed and said counties could have processed signatures faster, although all were submitted within allowed timeframes. "Nobody signs the petition to get a measure on the ballot hoping that they'll get to vote on it two and a half years later," said Jeff Flint, a spokesman for the campaign backing the measure.
US News

Hate Crimes Increase Again By Double Digits In California
The number of hate crimes reported in California surged more than 17 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to new data released Monday by the state Department of Justice, the third straight year of double-digit increases. Local law enforcement reported 1,093 hate crimes last year. Crimes perpetrated against people on religious grounds accounted for the largest increase, the report found. Anti-Muslim, anti-Islamic and anti-Jewish hate crimes rose by 21 percent last year, to 207, up from 171 reported in 2016.
Sacramento Bee

FBI To Add Major Law Enforcement Database To Gun Background Check System
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning a major addition to the gun background check system, years after examiners' failure to locate critical information allowed a white supremacist to buy the gun he used to murder nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Within about two years, background check examiners will have the option to query a vast, previously untapped database of law enforcement records when vetting potential gun buyers. The National Data Exchange, or N-DEx, which is maintained by the FBI, houses more than 400 million records, including incident and arrest reports and probation and parole documents.
The Trace

Public Safety News

LAFD, Neighbors Help Save Granada Hills Homes After Sudden Blaze
Firefighters from the city and county of Los Angeles knocked down a brush fire Saturday that burned about one acre along Knollwood Golf Course, threatening several houses in the area. The blaze ultimately destroyed two vehicles and damaged three homes. The fire started near Ken Gosselin's backyard. He and his friend, Cheryl McNamara, were spending their Saturday indoors away from the heat when Gosselin noticed something through a window. "As we're standing there, Kenny says, 'Oh my gosh, there's fire,'" McNamara said.

Local Government News

LeBron James likes to bike to work. We tested his route — and it's dangerous
LeBron James made headlines in 2012 by biking from his Coconut Grove home to a Miami Heat game. If he wants to pedal to work as a Laker, it will take significantly more time, and could put him at risk of hurting both himself and the team's playoff chances next year. Mapping his potential commute illustrates the absence of a direct, safe and simple crosstown bike route in Los Angeles. Two leading options have downsides: To commute downtown from the Westside, cyclists could follow the meandering, incomplete bike route that parallels the Expo Line but adds additional miles. Or they could take a bike lane along Venice Boulevard until it disappears about three miles short of downtown — forcing them into traffic.
Los Angeles Times

Chick-fil-A Gets Nod From Neighborhood Council For Its Woodland Hills Restaurant
A Chick-fil-A is in the works for Woodland Hills. The Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council has endorsed the fast food chain restaurant on the corner of Winnetka Avenue and Ventura Boulevard. Earlier this year, the Atlanta-based company submitted a request for a cleanup and demolition of multiple buildings from a site of a former gas station at 20101 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. The proposed project on a 42,980-square-foot property will include the construction of a restaurant with a drive-thru facility, according to a report filed with the neighborhood council.
Los Angeles Daily News


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