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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

September 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

‘In Seconds You Can Be Fighting For Your Life.' How Routine Calls Can Quickly Turn Dangerous For Police
Deputy Mark Stasyuk, 27, died last week responding to a seemingly routine call at a Rancho Cordova auto parts store that quickly escalated to an “extensive firefight,” authorities said. Officers in Rancho Cordova respond to an average of 115 calls for service per day, and they can turn dangerous in a moment's notice – which means officers must remain vigilant, said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. “It is a challenge to balance the friendly officer posture that you would like to give people with the fact that you have to pay attention all the time,” said Jim Bueerman, president of the Police Foundation, a national organization focused on police policies and research. “(Officers) have to pay attention all the time because you never know what's going to happen, or if someone is going to attack you.”
Sacramento Bee

Death Penalty Trial Of Virginia Army Sergeant Who Killed Wife, Rookie Officer Drawing To Close
A jury heard closing arguments Tuesday in the death penalty trial of Ronald Hamilton, 34, of Woodbridge, who is charged with capital murder and other counts in the February 2016 fatal shootings of Crystal Hamilton and Officer Ashley Guindon. He is also charged with attempted capital murder of two police officers who survived the shooting, Jesse Hempen and David McKeown. During two weeks of testimony, jurors heard evidence that Crystal Hamilton called 911 after her husband struck her and slammed her to the floor. Jurors heard the 911 call which ended with Crystal Hamilton pleading, "Stop!" Prosecutors say Ronald Hamilton shot his wife four times with a Glock handgun.
Associated Press

Suspect In Beating Deaths Of Homeless Men In L.A. Called A ‘Violent Predator'
A “violent predator” arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of attacks against seven mainly homeless men in Southern California, brutally beating them and killing three, also faced investigation in the disappearances of two of his relatives in Texas, authorities said Tuesday. Ramon Escobar, 47, who was believed to be homeless himself, likely targeted his victims to rob them, Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes told reporters. Hayes called Escobar a “violent predator” and said investigators believe he drove to California from Houston and attacked the men in Los Angeles and Santa Monica beginning Sept. 8, Hayes said. Detectives seized a wooden baseball bat and a pair of bolt cutters believed to have been used as weapons, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Shot To Death In South LA Is Identified
Authorities on Tuesday identified a woman who was shot and killed in South Los Angeles and continued their efforts to find the killer. Debra Maxfield, 63, of Los Angeles was gunned down about 5 p.m. Sunday near 82nd Street and Vermont Avenue and died at the scene, according to the coroner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. A motive for the shooting was unknown. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (877) LAPD-247. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

Owner Of Sylmar Dollar Store Charged With Sexually Assaulting 3 Boys
The owner of a Sylmar dollar store has been charged with sexually assaulting three boys, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Enrique Ramirez, 60, of Sun Valley, faces two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 and one count of lewd act on a child. Two of the boys were allegedly assaulted at Ramirez's store, American Dollar Plus, along the 12000 block of Glenoaks Boulevard. The Los Angeles Police Department previously called Ramirez an employee of the store, but the District Attorney's Office described him as the owner.

LAPD Investigates Possible Burglary At Home Of Rihanna
Police Tuesday night investigated a possible burglary at a Hollywood home a television station reported belongs to the nine-time Grammy-winning singer Rihanna. Officers responded to a home in the 7800 block of Hillside Avenue about 9:30 p.m., according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. An alarm was sounding and lights were flashing at the home, which KCAL9 reported belongs to Rihanna. No one appeared to be at home, according to KCAL9. A description of any suspect or suspects was not immediately available, Lopez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, Woman From L.A. Arrested In Simi Valley-Area Home Invasion
Two suspects are in custody following a home invasion in the Simi Valley area early Sunday morning, including one man with a claimed membership to a L.A. street gang, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Kenneth Mariano, 29, and Antoinette Acosta, 30, both of Los Angeles, have each been booked on suspicion of three counts of robbery, three counts of assault with a firearm, burglary, conspiracy, street terrorism, carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and resisting, obstructing, or delaying an officer. Mariano was additionally booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officer Wounded In Vegas Shooting Returns To Work
Shot in the head during the Las Vegas massacre. 51 weeks later an Ontario police officer is finally back on the job. Michael Gracia returned to work just one week before the one year anniversary of that mass shooting that nearly killed him. It has been an emotional and frustrating year for the police officer who has been working incredibly hard to finally get back to work. “It's a little nerve-racking because of my speech but I'm working on that,” said Gracia. It's a miracle the 25-year-old police officer is helping people behind the counter at Ontario police headquarters. Last October he was shot in the head while off duty at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Offers Brochure On How To Survive Active Shooter Situation
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is distributing brochures to local schools and colleges with tips on how to survive an active shooter situation. There are three things people need to remember when the shooting starts: Run and leave your belongings behind; hide and stay out of the shooter's view; and fight for your life. When hiding, that means locking any doors or blocking an entrance where you're hiding. Authorities said meet violence with violence if you feel your life is in imminent danger. The brochure can be downloaded on the L.A. County Sheriff's Department app.

FBI: Baltimore Homicide Rate Topped US Big Cities In 2017
New crime statistics released by the FBI place Baltimore's homicide rate last year well above that of any other large American metropolis, making it an anomaly in the national crime landscape for U.S. cities with populations over 500,000 people. The 342 homicides notched last year in Maryland's biggest city yielded a punishing homicide rate of 56 per 100,000 people, according to the FBI's annual Crime in the United States report released Monday. Earlier this year, Baltimore had announced 343 slayings for the year, but three deaths were reclassified, eventually bringing the total to 342 in the city of roughly 615,000 inhabitants. The per capita rate was a record high for the city.
Associated Press

Local Government News

$5 Million Temporary Homeless Shelter Proposed For Westside VA Campus
Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a motion Tuesday seeking funding for the city's portion of a temporary homeless shelter to be located on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus. Under a partnership, the city and county of Los Angeles will split the cost of the construction of the $5 million facility, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide on-site services. "None of us should be able to sleep at night as long as a veteran is sleeping on a sidewalk or under a bridge," Bonin said.

Aerial Tram, Visitor Center, Other Changes Considered For Hollywood Sign
A report recommending an aerial tram, visitor center and other changes to the area around the Hollywood Sign will be considered again by a Los Angeles City Council committee Wednesday. Dixon Resources Unlimited, a transportation consulting firm, was hired by the city to conduct a comprehensive analysis on how to enhance the visitor experience at the sign and address problems created in the surrounding neighborhoods by the thousands of visitors who flock to the area each year and have increased in the era of social media and mobile traffic apps.


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