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September 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Hosts Suicide Prevention 5K Walk Through Elysian Park
The Los Angeles Police Department hosted its first ever Suicide Awareness and Prevention 5K Walk through Elysian Park, which the department described as a chance for employees, family and friends to "connect with suicide prevention resources and each other." Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 9, 2018.
KTLA 5 Video

Teen Charged As Adult With 32 Counts In Shooting Of Colorado Cop
The Arapahoe County district attorney charged a 17-year-old as an adult Thursday in connection with the shooting of a Cherry Hills Village Police Department officer and a home burglary. Angelo Alston, 17, faces 32 criminal charges, including attempted murder, according to the district attorney's office. Six of the charges are sentence enhancers, which could be used to argue for a longer prison term if Alston is convicted. Alston remains in custody on a $1 million bond. The 32 counts include attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, five counts of first-degree burglary and robbery, the district attorney's office said.
The Denver Post

Man Who Beat Connecticut Cop To Death Faces Assault, Manslaughter Charges
Prosecutors added an involuntary manslaughter charge against an Aynor man accused of beating an off-duty cop to death in Georgetown last week. The Georgetown Sheriff's Office announced the additional charge on Thursday. A previous assault charge will remain. Kelton Jess Todd, 21, was previously charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature for punching Matthew Mainieri. Todd was released on Sept. 3 after posting $35,000 bond.
The Sun News

Border Patrol Agent Shot At While Sitting In Patrol Car Near Border
A Border Patrol agent was shot at early Sunday morning while sitting in his marked patrol car just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said. The gunfire occurred about 2:15 a.m. a mile and a half west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to William Rogers, supervisory Border Patrol agent with the San Diego Sector. At least two bullets struck the driver's side of the vehicle, but the agent was not injured and immediately drove to a safer location. Authorities said the gunfire appeared to have come from the Mexican side of the border. Mexican authorities responded and initially detained two people.
Los Angeles Times

Homeowners Find Man's Body Lying In Pool Of Blood At Their El Sereno Home
Owners returning to their El Sereno home Friday night found the body of a man lying in a pool of blood in their back yard, police said. The homeowners arrived about 4:30 p.m. and noticed the man lying face down against a wall behind the home in the 2500 block of Richelieu Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Det. David Alvarez said. “They noticed a broken bottle and then they saw a blood trail,” Alvarez said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene but it was unclear if he was an attempted burglar or the victim of a crime, Alvarez said. Investigators did not find any blood in a nearby park or on the backyard gate.

$50K Reward Offered In 15-Year-Old Girl's Death Outside South LA Burger Stand
Authorities on Friday renewed their appeal for public help in solving the killing of a 15-year-old girl gunned down as she waited with her mother outside a hamburger stand in South Los Angeles. Hannah Bell was shot about 9 p.m. on April 27 at the Best Burger hamburger stand near 77th Street and Western Avenue and died at a hospital. The girl's mother was among those attending a morning news conference at the LAPD's 77th Street Station, where a $50,000 reward was announced for information that helps solve the crime. "You're a hero when you come forth and you say something that's going to help somebody,'' Samantha Mays said. 
FOX 11

Additional Charges Filed Against Alleged Dine-And-Dash Dater
Additional charges were filed Friday against a man who has become known as the “Dine-and-Dash Dater”. Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, was charged with four new felony counts of extortion, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Officials said one felony count of grand theft and one misdemeanor count of petty theft were dismissed. Gonzales, who reportedly met his alleged victims on dating sites, pleaded not guilty to the new charges at a hearing today.

LA Man Convicted Of Sex With Minor Escapes In NorCal
A 20-year-old man convicted in Los Angeles County has escaped from a minimum-security facility in Northern California, a state spokesperson said Saturday. Brandon Valentin was last seen about 11:30 p.m. Friday inside the minimum-support facility dormitory at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, said Lt. Christene Zoucha of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Valentin was placed in the institution on June 4 to serve a three-year sentence for unlawful sex with a victim under 18 years of age and first- degree burglary, Zoucha said.

California Tries New Tack On Gun Violence: Ammunition Control
Sold from vending machines in Pennsylvania, feed depots in Nevada, pharmacies in Georgia and jewelry stores in Texas, ammunition is in many states easier to buy than cold medicine. But in California, which already enforces some of the nation's most restrictive gun laws, there is a movement underway against the unfettered sale of bullets. Gun control advocates here have pushed to limit internet sales, ban large-capacity magazines, require sellers to have licenses, raise taxes on bullets, and mandate serial numbers or other traceable markings on ammunition so that the police can more easily track them.
New York Times

California Lawmakers Continue Shift From Mass Incarceration
The recently completed California legislative session continued a years long effort to lower criminal sentences, ease restrictions on suspects, and keep juveniles out of adult prisons despite objections that the moves could harm public safety. The California District Attorneys Association is urging Brown to veto the bill. It could set dangerous killers free at 25 with little opportunity to keep even the most threatening locked up, the group argues. Other bills sent to Brown include restricting the state's felony murder rule that holds accomplices to the same standard as the person who carried out the killing.

Public Safety News

10-Year-Old Girl Dies In Cypress Park House Fire; 6 Others Hospitalized, Including 3 Children
A 10-year-old girl was killed Saturday morning in a Cypress Park house fire that left six people hospitalized, including her parents, three other children and a firefighter. Some 30 firefighters responded shortly before 4:30 a.m. to the 3300 block of Thorpe Avenue, where the single-story duplex was fully engulfed in flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze was extinguished in less than 15 minutes. The mother had been able to push three of the children out of a window, an LAFD spokesman said. 

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Looks To Crack Down On People Who Disrupt Meetings
Some members of the Los Angeles City Council moved Friday to crack down on individuals frequently kicked out of meetings for being disruptive by introducing a motion that would ban them from attending a certain number future of meetings depending on the frequency of their ejections. A handful of people are routinely ejected from council meetings or committee meetings for violating rules, including yelling out or being disruptive when it is not their turn to speak.

Plan For Annual Oil Well Inspections Moved Forward By L.A. City Council
A plan to mandate annual city inspections of oil well and gas facilities was moved forward Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. The 12-0 vote authorizes the city attorney to draft an ordinance creating a centralized inspection program, which would be overseen by the Board of Public Works. The board noted in a report that the city currently has a decentralized inspection model conducted by multiple departments over various time frames, and that there is no centralized information system for coordinating the inspections nor systematic method for sharing of data within each relevant department.


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