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September 28, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting Of Sacramento County Deputy; Suspect Has Past Gun Charges
A 38-year-old man on probation for a gun crime has been accused of killing a sheriff's deputy and wounding another in a shootout that started with an argument at an auto parts store in the Sacramento area, authorities said Tuesday. Anton Lemon Moore of the city of Rancho Cordova, just outside the capital city, was hospitalized after being shot multiple times during gunbattles with deputies Monday, the sheriff's department said. Deputies responded to a report of a dispute between a customer and an employee at a Pep Boys in Rancho Cordova in a “routine call” that gave no indication the customer had a gun, Sheriff Scott Jones said.

LAPD Hands Out Annual Awards For Bravery And ‘Preservation Of Life'
Officer Nhut Huynh was among 16 officers who received the Medal of Valor for acts that included rescuing a child from a burning house and saving a woman from a man who was stabbing her. Huynh took the stage with a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois named Edo, now retired. Moore draped a medal around Edo's neck for his role in saving two brothers from a hostage situation in Harbor Division on New Year's Day 2016. That day, Huynh and other K-9 officers from the LAPD's Metropolitan Division were nearby when a carjacking suspect ran into an apartment, stabbing a father and shooting his two sons.
Los Angeles Times

Man With Gun Barricades Inside Winnetka Home For Hours Before Getting Arrested
A man with a gun barricaded himself inside a Winnetka home for hours on Thursday before getting arrested, officials said. The standoff ended at around 11:30 a.m. after a SWAT team made contact with the man. Police first received a call about the armed man at around 5:15 a.m., said Officer Ray Brown, an LAPD spokesman. When officers arrived at the home in the 8600 block of Fulbright Avenue, they found the man inside and refusing to come out. It's not clear yet what prompted the standoff, Brown said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Sought In Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Woman Dead In Valley Glen
Police have asked the public for help Thursday in their search for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a pedestrian as she was crossing a street in Valley Glen earlier this month. The incident occurred just before 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 as the victim was crossing near the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news alert. The driver fled the area without providing aide to the victim, the LAPD stated.

Man Wanted For Sexual Assault In Los Angeles Placed On FBI's Most Wanted List; $100K Reward Offered
A man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman during a burglary in Los Angeles has been added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list and a $100,000 reward was offered for information that leads to his capture. The FBI's Los Angeles field office announced the new information during a Thursday morning press conference. Greg Alyn Carlson, 47, originally from Washington D.C., is suspected of committing a burglary on July 13, 2017 and attempting to rape a woman while using a weapon. An arrest warrant was issued and he was arrested on Sept. 3. Three days later, he was charged with burglary, assault with intent to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon.

LAPD Cracks Down On Use Of Homeless People For Ballot Initiative Fraud On Skid Row
A dollar goes a long way on skid row, Los Angeles Police Capt. Marc Reina said. So investigators were not completely surprised to find homeless people there taking $1, food or cigarettes to forge signatures of registered voters on petitions to qualify initiatives for the ballot, police said. Now, an LAPD crackdown this year on suspected election fraud on skid row has yielded eight felony arrests, including three last week, booking records show. Arrests in May were bumped down to misdemeanor violations. The district attorney is still deciding how to charge the recent cases. “They paid individuals to sign the names,” said Officer Deon Joseph, the senior lead officer on skid row. “That's an assault on our democracy.”
Los Angeles Times

Police Seek Public's Help Finding Mother, Daughter From Oklahoma Last Seen
In LA Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help finding a missing mother from Oklahoma and her 11-year-old daughter who were believed to be in the Southland. Police say Amanda Kay Key, 40, and her daughter, Haley Marie Vilven, 11, were last seen on Sept. 15 near Union Station in Los Angeles. Family members have reported them missing. Police say Key suffers from bipolar disorder. She is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. Haley is a white female with brown hair, brown eyes, standing 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 100 pounds.

LA Man Pleads ‘No Contest' To Attack Of 75-Year-Old, Sentenced To 7 Years To Life In Prison
A Los Angeles man was sentenced to seven years to life in prison after pleading no contest to premeditated attempted murder in a plea agreement, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The District Attorney's Office said Christian James, 26, approached a 75-year-old woman he did not know from behind on May 24, 2017 on a walkway near Vermont Avenue and West 20th Street near Los Angeles' Pico-Union neighborhood and stabbed her 14 times in the face, neck and hands. James admitted allegations of causing great bodily injury using a deadly weapon, a two-and-a-half-inch knife, the district attorney's office said.
Los Angeles Daily News

‘If They're Not Secure, They're Not Safe,': LASD Launches PSA Aimed At Stopping Accidental Gun Violence
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department launched a new campaign Wednesday aimed at stopping accidental gun deaths and keeping guns out of the hands of children. The campaign was designed as three public service announcements which will run across LASD's social media accounts. At a news conference on Wednesday, Sheriff Jim McDonnell cited a national study that showed 4.6 million children live in households that have unsecured weapons. He said those numbers are behind the life-saving message of the campaign, "If they're not secure, they're not safe."

17 People Busted In $1 Million Apple Store Robbery Ring, California Officials Say
Police busted a group of 17 people they say were responsible for a series of brazen Apple store robberies in 19 California counties in which suspects stormed past shoppers and employees to rip merchandise off counters. The robberies, which happened in some Bay Area stores, caused more than $1 million in losses to Apple. The suspects wore hoodies and would enter stores in large groups to snatch products on display “in a matter of seconds,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We will continue our work with local law enforcement authorities to extinguish this mob mentality and prosecute these criminals to hold them accountable,” he said.
San Francisco Chronicle

New California Pot Law Aims To Help People The War On Drugs Hurt Most
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a bill hailed by supporters as a way to begin addressing the disproportionate effect the War on Drugs had on minority communities. Senate Bill 1294, sponsored by Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, allows local jurisdictions in the state to apply to the Bureau of Cannabis Control for a grant to help minority cannabis entrepreneurs in various ways, such as waiving permitting or license fees and providing technical assistance. The bill also allocates $10 million to provide that assistance.
Sacramento Bee

A Powerful Database Helps Solve Gun Crimes. Only Two States Require Police to Use It.
Four years ago, before collecting bullet casings became a widely hailed tool for solving gun crimes, New Jersey state legislators did something radical: They passed a law requiring police to submit guns and casings to a national ballistics database called NIBIN. Detractors said it would never work — that in the hectic first days of a case, resource-strapped police departments just wouldn't have the time to get gun evidence to the lab. They were soon proven wrong. When 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin was shot to death in his car, the police sent the shell casings to the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, which is administered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 
The Trace

Local Government News

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Cracking Down On L.A. ‘Veto' For Homeless Housing
In Los Angeles, members of the City Council have had the power to block funding for homeless and affordable housing projects by refusing to hand over a required letter. Critics have sued the city over it, denouncing the rule as an unfair and arbitrary “pocket veto.” Now the city must get rid of that requirement — or end up losing out on state funding for housing projects. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Thursday that would prevent state money or tax credits from being awarded to any housing development that requires a “letter of acknowledgment” from a local official.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Board Continues To Explore Move Away From Colors To Name Transit Lines
All the colors of the rainbow may not be enough for Metro's transit lines, so its Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to explore renaming the agency's color-coded rail and express-bus lines using letters or numbers. Most of Metro's major transit lines are named after colors -- such as the Red Line, Green Line, Blue Line -- with one exception, the Expo Line. A report from Metro's staff states that as the system grows and new lines are added, continuing the use of colors will mean selecting names based on shades of color -- such as lime, rose, aqua, olive or lavender -- which can sometimes be difficult to decipher on maps and signage.


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