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August 31, 2018

Law Enforcement News

4-Year-Old Son Of Slain Officer Gets Touching Sendoff On First Day Of School
The son of a slain Pomona police officer got a touching sendoff Wednesday for his first day of school. Police motorcycles rolled into the student drop-off area of Citrus Elementary School with much fanfare. On his first day of transitional kindergarten, Casillas walked hand-in-hand with his mother and the Pomona police chief. “I'm sure that he remembers his dad, in uniform, and being excited about it,” Blanco says. The send-off was special but, no doubt, bittersweet. Little Greg's father should have been there for his first day of school. But back in March, 30-year-old Gregory Casillas lost his life in the line of duty — he was shot by a man barricaded in his apartment.

LA Deputy Who Lost Leg In Crash Working To Return To Duty
Even after a horrific accident that cost him most of his leg, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Garrett Rifkin says he is optimistic and fighting to get back to work. Rifkin says "I miss everything so my goal is to go back to work full duty." On Aug. 3 Rifkin was involved in a horrible hit-and-run accident on his way to work. The other person involved didn't wait around. "I remember looking around. I remember seeing this guy get out of his car, he looked at me, he got back in his car and took off" says Rifkin. Rifkin's leg was amputated below the knee.

Woman Set To Be Arraigned For Alleged Attack On Former LAPD Chief
A woman who allegedly threw an ashy substance at then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck during a raucous meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission in May is set to be arraigned Friday on four misdemeanor charges. Sheila Brim, 55, was charged July 24 with one count each of assault on a public official, battery, unlawfully depositing or disposing of human remains and unlawfully throwing a substance in a place of public assemblage. Brim allegedly threw a substance toward Beck at the May 8 meeting at the Los Angeles Police Department's downtown headquarters, and some of it got onto the chief, according to LAPD spokeswoman Detective Meghan Aguilar.

Nun, 70, Rescued In Boyle Heights After Being Robbed, Kidnapped; Suspect Arrested
A 70-year-old nun was safely rescued in Boyle Heights after being robbed and abducted at a gas station Thursday afternoon. Sometime before 4 p.m., the nun was getting gas at a 76 station at 1403 West Adams Blvd. in the Jefferson area when a man, armed with some kind of weapon, robbed her, then jumped in the backseat of her Toyota Camry and forced her to drive away, Los Angeles police said. At some point, someone called 911 with a description of the vehicle and police later spotted the Camry – with the nun and the suspect still inside — in a parking lot about five miles away, at East Washington Boulevard and South Soto Avenue in Boyle Heights.

$50K Reward Offered For Information In South L.A. Hit-and-Run That Killed 62-Year-Old Woman
Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information in a South Los Angeles hit-and-run that killed a 62-year-old woman earlier this month. Joan Davis was crossing South Central Avenue at East 84th Place around 1 a.m. Aug. 2 when she was struck by a white van that did not stop, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities believe she lay motionless on the street for about a minute before a hatchback-style vehicle hit her again and dragged her body for four blocks, Detective, Ryan Moreno said during a news conference Thursday. At one point the vehicle stopped and the driver checked to see what had happened.

Encino Man Accused Of Threatening Boston Globe Employees
An Encino man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees in the head, echoing President Donald Trump by calling the newspaper workers an "enemy of the people." 68-year-old Robert Chain stood before Federal Judge Paul Abrams who had to determine if he should be detained or released on bail. The Encino man is accused of threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe newspaper. That was the news organization that organized a campaign of editorials across the country to be critical of the handling of President Trumps anger at the news media. 
FOX 11

Coroner Seeks Help In Identifying Woman Found Dead In South L.A.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office is seeking the public's help in identifying a young woman who was found dead in South Los Angeles last month. She is thought to be African American and between 15 and 20 years old, and was discovered unresponsive near Col. Leon H. Washington Park in the Florence-Firestone area on Aug. 5, according to county officials. Authorities believe the young woman, who reportedly went by the nickname Brazil, was in Compton on Aug. 4 and traveled to South L.A. that night. She is described as 5-foot-3, around 130 pounds with long, brown curly hair and brown eyes.
Los Angeles Times

LA-Area Man Accused Of Sexual Assault On Sleeping Passenger On International Flight
A San Fernando Valley man is accused of sexually assaulting a passenger on a flight from London to Seattle earlier this year, prosecutors announced Thursday. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Babak Rezpour, 41, of Van Nuys, was on a Norwegian Air flight on Jan. 10 when he sexually assaulted the victim, who had taken a prescribed anti-anxiety medication and drank a glass of wine. “After drinking the second glass, the victim became unusually sleepy,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. “She awoke to find Rezapour sexually assaulting her.” Hayes says Rezapour used his jacket to conceal the alleged assault from other passengers.

A Long Holiday Weekend Looms – So Does Stepped-Up DUI Enforcement In Southern California
The long Labor Day weekend will mark another focused effort by Southern California law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunken and impaired drivers. From Friday through Monday, all available California Highway Patrol officers will be on duty, on the lookout for motorists under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Local police agencies across the region also plan to be out in force on local streets and roads, with DUI checkpoints set in some cities. “Impaired driving remains one of our most serious traffic-related problems on our roadways today,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley in the statement. Law enforcement agencies typically recommend people plan their rides home before going out and drinking.
Los Angeles Daily News

Border Officers Seize More Than $1.6 Million In Drugs, Arrest 10 Fugitives U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 400 pounds of narcotics valued at over $1.6 million and arrested 10 wanted fugitives in San Diego and Imperial counties over the last weekend. The drugs were seized from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26 and included 385 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of heroin, 11 pounds of cocaine and 1,160 tramadol pills, according to a statement from the federal agency. Officers discovered the drugs hidden in doors, fuel tanks, rear bumper and quarter panels and other locations in various vehicles seized at ports of entry in the two counties.
Los Angeles Times

CA Bill Letting Uninvolved Accomplices Off Hook For Murders Goes To Brown
State legislators approved a measure Thursday that would overturn a law allowing people to be charged with murder even if they were not directly involved in a killing. SB1437 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would change the state's felony murder rule that holds an accomplice in an offense such as robbery liable for a homicide that happens during the crime, regardless of whether the defendant was involved in the killing. Instead, the bill would allow a suspect to be charged with first-degree murder only if he or she was the actual killer, solicited the murder or aided the slaying in a way that showed a “reckless indifference to human life.” The bill exempts any case in which a police officer is killed.
San Francisco Chronicle

California Bill Would Allow Medical Pot On School Campuses
Some California parents would be allowed to give their children medical marijuana on school campuses under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. State law has allowed minors to access medical marijuana since the 1990s but prohibits it on school campuses. That means parents have to remove their children from school or meet them off campus to give them a dose. The bill says the marijuana would have to be in non-smoking or vaping form, such as in capsules or oils, and it could only be given to students with a medical marijuana prescription.
US News

Public Safety News

California's Fire Season Has Brought The Heat. But Have No Fear, The Super Scoopers Are Here!
A large, colorful yellow-and-red Canadair Super Scooper arrived Thursday at the Van Nuys Airport, and reinforcements are on the way. This year marks the 25th year that the County of Los Angeles Fire Department has leased aircraft from the Government of Québec to help combat fires. “Being that California has had a fire season year-round, we just want to let the public know that we do have the equipment available to combat the fires,” Inspector Joey Marron said. The two Super Scoopers can carry 1,600 gallons of water that they pluck from local lakes and the ocean. The Erickson Air-Crane, also expected to arrive at the Van Nuys airport, can carry 2,200 gallons of water from the lakes, oceans and even pools.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Lawmakers OK Bill That Penalizes L.A. For Allowing City Council Members To Block Homeless Housing
California lawmakers took aim at how the city of Los Angeles approves homeless housing projects Wednesday night. Legislators passed Assembly Bill 829, which tries to stop Los Angeles' practice of allowing City Council members to quietly block homeless housing developments in their districts prior to a formal vote. “We cannot allow one local elected official to unilaterally stop projects that will house people and address our homelessness crisis,” Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), the bill's author, said in a statement. “Local elected officials will continue to have significant input in the planning process, but they will not have a pocket veto to deny supportive housing projects.”
Los Angeles Times

Last Call At Los Angeles Bars Could Go To 4 A.M. Under Bill Passed By California Lawmakers
California lawmakers are fighting for your right to party. Legislators signed off Thursday on a plan to allow Los Angeles, San Francisco and seven other cities to extend alcohol service at bars and restaurants from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the author of Senate Bill 905, said the bill gives willing cities a chance to better shape their nightlife. 
Los Angeles Times

Busy Stretch Of Figueroa Street In DTLA And Expo Park Gets Bike, Pedestrian Improvements
A $20 million project on Figueroa Street will bring major changes for pedestrians, bikers and drivers along 4 miles of roadway from just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Exposition Park north to Seventh Street in downtown Los Angeles, transforming the thoroughfare into a "multimodal street." A ribbon-cutting for "MyFigueroa," which was funded by a Proposition 1C grant, was held Thursday at USC's Galen Center. 


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