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October 3, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Drunk Driver Barrels Into Crowd Outside Whisky A Go Go, 3 Hospitalized
Two men were hospitalized after a drunk driver barreled into a crowd of people outside the world famous Whisky A Go Go overnight. Deputies were called out to the Whisky A Go Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd., just before midnight after a car was reported to have driven into the nightclub from nearby San Vicente Boulevard. “We're just talking out here and a car came flying off of San Vicente,” Shane Hunter said. “We could hear tires screech, we all looked up and we started running.” The car, which bore a Lyft sticker, was stopped by a pole holding up the Whisky's front door awning.

2 Suspects Taken Into Custody Following Erratic Chase, Carjacking In North Hollywood; 1 On The Loose
Authorities chased a silver sedan containing three possibly armed suspects through the San Fernando Valley Monday night before it ended in a carjacking and crash. The chase started in North Hollywood, and authorities said they believed the suspects may be gang members. One person had a warrant out for their arrest. "Very distinctive facial tattoos. Gang enforcement detail officers here in North Hollywood recognized those tattoos very quickly as the suspect drove by and it went from there," Capt. Craig Valenzuela said. Authorities later said one of the suspects may be wanted for murder.

Burglars Hit Homes Of Yasiel Puig And Rihanna But Also Set Sights On LeBron James And Matt Damon, Police Say
For more than a year, Los Angeles police have been puzzled by a series of sophisticated burglaries targeting some of Tinseltown's biggest celebrities and athletes. As the list of victims grew to include L.A. Dodgers player Yasiel Puig, singer-actresses Rihanna and Christina Milian among others, the heists became the talk of Hollywood. On Tuesday, police arrested four members of a crew after a break-in at the San Fernando Valley home of L.A. Rams player Robert Woods during a game last week. The crew is believed to be responsible for earlier burglaries including those targeting Puig and Rihanna, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said Tuesday. And it appears the suspects had bigger plans, police said. Inside the home of one of the burglary crew members was a list of a dozen future targets that include LeBron James, Viola Davis and Matt Damon, Carranza said. She said detectives suspect the crew may be responsible for many other celebrity burglaries beyond Puig, Milian and Rihanna. Carranza said the burglars referred to their target selection as “flocking.”
Los Angeles Times

Hollywood And Highland Suspicious Package Full Of Dirty Clothes, Trash
A suspicious package was located near the famous intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood on Tuesday afternoon. One corner of the famous intersection was blocked off by police tape, and the suspicious package was located on the third floor of a balcony at the Hollywood and Highland Complex, per the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division Lt. Michael Ling. The LAPD Bomb squad was deployed to investigate. Ling said that the suspicious package turned out to be a backpack full of dirty clothes and trash.

Man, Woman Charged With Robbery In Connection With Violent Brawl Caught On Video At Hollywood Gas Station
A pair is facing felony charges after being caught on surveillance video attacking a clerk and shooting him with an air gun at a convenience store in Hollywood, allegedly to steal a case of beer, prosecutors said Tuesday. Christian Vela, 22, and Jeanette Zavala, 21, have been identified as two of the three individuals police were searching for following the violent incident last Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Arco gas station on the corner of Melrose and Western avenues. Zavala tried to walk out of the store with a case of beer around 5 p.m. and was followed by the employee, who confronted her and took back the product, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release.

Ex-CSUN And Redlands High Soccer Player Pleads Not Guilty To Attacks On 3 Women
A former Cal State Northridge soccer player pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and other charges stemming from alleged attacks on three women this year. Davis Moreno-Jaime, 19, of Loma Linda, is charged with one felony count each of forcible rape and false imprisonment by violence and one misdemeanor count each of sexual battery and battery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The criminal complaint alleges that Moreno-Jaime forcibly raped a woman between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, and sexually battered and falsely imprisoned another woman and battered a third woman on or between July 4 and July 5. He could face up to 12 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Ex-LAUSD Teacher Pleads No Contest In Sex Abuse Case Involving Canoga Park Students
A former teacher at a Los Angeles Unified elementary school in Canoga Park pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child. As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Rene Tenas, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced to five years in prison on Nov. 16 at the Van Nuys Courthouse, according to attorneys on both sides. Tenas must also register as a sex offender. The two felony counts involve six children who were students at Hart Street Elementary School at the time of the incidents, which took place between Aug. 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017. “Mr. Tenas, I do not like what you did to me…that was wrong,” stated a child's letter to her abuser read by the girl's mother in court. “You are so disgusting. You should know better. You are the worst teacher I have ever known.”
Los Angeles Daily News

3 Men Arrested In SoCal, 1 In San Francisco In Connection With 2017 White Nationalist Rally In Virginia
Four members of a militant white supremacist group from California were arrested on charges they traveled to Virginia last year to incite a riot and attack counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally that turned deadly, federal authorities said Tuesday. The defendants — Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, Thomas Walter Gillen and Cole Evan White — are part of the Rise Above Movement, which espouses anti-Semitic views and meets regularly in public parks to train in boxing and other fighting techniques, according to an affidavit written by an FBI agent. The affidavit alleges the four were “among the most violent individuals present in Charlottesville” in August 2017 during a torch-lit march on the University of Virginia campus and a larger rally in downtown the following day.
Associated Press

Pets, Pot And Privacy: 10 New California Laws That Could Affect You
California Gov. Jerry Brown has finished acting on all the bills on his desk, signing 1,016 of the 1,217 that came his way in 2018. Here are 10 that could have an affect on you: DOCTOR DISCLOSURE: Senate Bill 1148 (Richard Pan, D-Sacramento) When medical providers in California are disciplined for ethical violations like gross negligence, substance abuse, inappropriate prescribing or sexual misconduct, they can be placed on probation. It allows them to continue practicing for a period under restricted conditions. Starting in July 2019, your physicians, surgeons, podiatrists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and osteopathic and naturopathic doctors will have to inform you if they are on probation before they can treat you.
Sacramento Bee

ATF: Guns stolen from Tennessee found in Chicago suburb
Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities said Tuesday. Authorities seized about 365 Ruger .22-caliber and .380-caliber firearms after police officers responded to a call about suspicious activity in the southern Chicago suburb of Midlothian on Sunday afternoon — about 12 hours after the guns were taken from a UPS facility in Memphis, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said in court documents. ATF had said the guns being shipped from a Ruger factory in North Carolina were taken by two men in a U-Haul truck. ATF spokesman Michael Knight said the truck was recovered along with the guns.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Amid Labor Strikes, L.A. City Council Committee Balks At Proposed Agreement Between Harbor, Warehouse Operator
A Los Angeles City Council committee balked Tuesday at a proposed agreement between the Harbor Department and a warehouse operator that has been accused of labor violations, saying that the company first needs to reach a deal to prevent strikes. The decision now heads to the entire council, which will vote on whether to reject the plan and kick the decision back to the Board of Harbor Commissioners. It comes one day after warehouse workers and truck drivers launched their latest strike in front of warehouses serving the ports, protesting the classification of drivers as independent contractors.

LA Landmarks Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Landmarks across Los Angeles went pink Tuesday at sundown in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink color covered the city like a blanket of support. People landing at Los Angeles International Airport could see the pylons outside LAX emanating a pink glow. In downtown Los Angeles, the famous US Bank building and City Hall, along with with the Grand Fountains out front, had a noticeable pink coloring to them. Other local attractions that turned pink at sunset on Tuesday at sunset included LADWP John Ferraro Building, LA Live, Microsoft Theatre, Wilshire Grand Center, Intercontinental Hotel, UCLA Royce Hall, UCLA Powell Library, USC Memorial Coliseum Torch and the Banc of California Stadium.


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