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September 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Connecticut Police Sergeant Dies After Breaking Up Bar Fight
The man charged in connection with the death of a decorated South Windsor police sergeant was released on bail Monday afternoon, authorities in South Carolina said. Matthew Mainieri, 41, died Sunday afternoon from injuries he suffered while trying to break up a fight at a bar in South Carolina, police said. He was a 20-year veteran of the department. “We have lost a wonderful officer, supervisor and friend,'' South Windsor Deputy police Chief Scott P. Custer said.
The Hartford Courant

New York Man Drags Cop With His Car During Evasion
A Sag Harbor man was charged with assault and drunken driving Saturday after police said he tried to evade an officer, dragging him with his car in the process. Andrew Hellman, 36, and a group of others appeared intoxicated when officers saw them climb into a 2001 GMC car in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store on Montauk Highway in Montauk on Saturday around 4:45 a.m., according to a news release from the East Hampton Police Department. Officers said they approached the vehicle to interview Hellman. "Hellman put the vehicle in drive as the officer was attempting to prevent him from doing so resulting in the officer being dragged several feet as the driver sped off,” according to the release.

Suspect Sought After Hit-and-Run In Silver Lake Leaves 2 In Critical Condition
Two men riding a motorized scooter are in critical condition after being struck in a hit-and-run incident in Silver Lake Tuesday. The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. off Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. Police said the two victims were ejected after being struck by a silver sedan. Police are searching for the suspect; the suspect vehicle was last seen heading west on Rowena. Anyone with information is urged to call police.

LAPD Releases Video Of Man Suspected In Robbery Spree In Hollywood, San Fernando Valley Areas
Detectives Tuesday released security video of a man suspected of robbing four Subway shops and three liquor stores over two days in the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and West Hollywood. The suspect took a bottle of booze on Aug. 5 from a liquor store in the 4000 block of Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The suspect asked to see a bottle of liquor from behind the counter,” according to a police statement. “When the clerk gave the suspect the liquor, he ran from the store with the bottle.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Women Convicted In Killing Of Store Clerk During Attempted Robbery In North Hollywood
A jury found two women guilty of murder two years after an attempted robbery in North Hollywood left a store clerk dead, officials announced Friday. Rosa Manuela Barrientos, 25, and Maria Michelle Inzunza, 27, were both convicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. According to police, they tried to rob the A & D Liquor Mart in the 12600 block of Sherman Way the night of Sept. 24, 2016. Barrientos fatally shot the clerk, 61-year-old Mohammed Kalam, in the head, prosecutors said.

Armed Robbers Storm Woodland Hills Home Occupied By Hip Hop Duo
A celebrity house in the San Fernando Valley was hit by home invaders this weekend, as several gunmen stormed the home of two rap stars and robbed them, police said Sunday. The robbery was at the residence in the 22900 block of Hatteras Street, at about 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. That location is off Fallbrook Avenue, about a half mile north of Ventura Boulevard. Lopez said “the suspects confronted the victims and took their property.”
Los Angeles Daily News

South L.A. ‘Knock-Knock' Burglary Suspects Caught On Video
A home break-in was caught on camera in South Los Angeles on Friday. The video showed one individual walk up to the residence and knock on the front door, possibly to check if anyone was home. The homeowner said three male suspects stole his registered gun, $4,000 in cash and his wife's jewelry. Anyone who recognized the suspects was asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Division at 323-786-5077.

Stash House Operator For San Fernando Valley Heroin Delivery Ring To Be Sentenced
A Pacoima woman who ran a stash house and moved cash for a drug ring that operated out of Van Nuys and used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make instant heroin and cocaine deliveries faces the possibility of years behind bars at sentencing Wednesday. Jacqueline De La Rosa, 25, pleaded guilty in May in downtown Los Angeles to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. The federal charge carries a sentence of between 10 years and life behind bars, but prosecutors recommended a penalty of almost four years.

After Losing Leg In Hit-And-Run, LA Sheriff Deputy's New Outlook On Life Is An Inspiration To Others
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy says he is grateful at the outpouring of support following a life-changing hit-and-run accident. Deputy Garrett Rifkin was heading to the LASD's West L.A. station last month when he was struck on his motorcycle. “I remember flying through the air,” said Rifkin, who has been with the department for about four years. “I remember hitting the ground. I remember the whole thing.” Rifkin says the driver got out of his car but left him there on the ground before fleeing the scene. The impact of the crash required his left leg be amputated below the knee.

L.A. County Highlights Strides In Fighting Sex Trafficking
Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies are using a combination of modern technology and old-school training to combat the sexual exploitation of children, according to a report released Tuesday by a county task force. Hundreds of minors have been “rescued” from the industry over the last four years, while police and deputies crack down on would-be buyers in an attempt to stifle demand. Efforts include targeting exploiters and buyers on the street and online, training all county employees to identify potential victims and expanding protocols that emphasize getting children access to helpful resources.

California Pot Growers Would Be Given More Time To Get Licensed Under Bill Approved By Lawmakers
With counties facing large backlogs of applications for permits to grow marijuana, California lawmakers late Friday approved an urgency measure allowing the pot farmers to continue operating until their licenses are approved. The bill sent to the governor would allow the state Department of Food and Agriculture to issue provisional licenses to businesses that have submitted an application for local approval. “The growers have done what they were supposed to and this bill will ensure they can operate until the backlog is cleared,” Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Cities May Not Prosecute Homeless People For Sleeping Outside If They Have No Access To Shelter, Appeals Court Rules
Prosecuting homeless people for sleeping on public property when they have no access to shelter violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned a district court decision in favor of the city of Boise, Idaho, in a case in which homeless people challenged two city ordinances that barred them from staying overnight on public property. The ruling will protect the homeless not only in Boise but in California and other Western states from ordinances that punish them for being unable to obtain shelter.
Los Angeles Times

Faced with a growing new mode of transit, LA leaders rein in electric scooters and the companies that rent them
Those dockless electric scooters that have taken LA's sidewalks by storm lost a little zip on Tuesday after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved regulations for a one-year pilot program that slows them down and effectively takes thousands of the tiny two-wheeled contraptions off the street. The seemingly unlimited growth of electric scooters and the industry that provides them has created a hotbed of public safety controversies for Los Angeles and other cities across Southern California. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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