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October 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Driver Gets Life In Prison For Ramming SUV Into Police Cruiser, Killing LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez
In Harbor City In 2014 A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for ramming his SUV into a Los Angeles police cruiser that was chasing his friend in Harbor City in 2014, killing Officer Roberto Sanchez and seriously injuring his partner. Mynor Enrique Varela declined to address a Long Beach courtroom filled with about 30 police officers and loved ones who waited through two trials for the second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter convictions. “It is very serious for the defendant who made what appears to be a bad choice,” Superior Court Judge James D. Otto said. “Why he made that bad choice, frankly, I don't know. Only he knows, and he chose not to share it with us.” Sanchez, a 32-year-old newlywed, had been on the force for six years when he was killed in the early morning crash on May 3, 2014, on Anaheim Street near President Avenue. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputy Critically Injured After Being Shot Outside Adelanto Apartment; 2 L.A. Men In Custody: Sheriff
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Thursday morning after being shot outside an apartment complex in Adelanto, and two men from Los Angeles are in custody, the sheriff said. Deputy Robert Jahn was conducting a traffic stop about 1 a.m. in the 18100 block of Bellflower Street when gunshots were fired nearby, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Mark Bracco said. Jahn and another deputy went to investigate where the shots were coming from when gunfire erupted again, and he was struck once outside of the Raintree Gardens apartment complex, according to authorities.

New York Sergeant Dies Of 9/11-Related Illness
A Suffolk County Police sergeant died Oct. 4 of cancer he developed after responding to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, ODMP reported. Sergeant Dennis W. Reichardt, 64, developed cancer after he spent three years searching through debris at Ground Zero and the Fresh Kills landfill after Sept. 11. Reichardt was a 29-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department. He is survived by his wife, three children and grandchild.

Search Continues For Driver Who Killed Beauty Queen, Mom
The search continues for the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a former beauty queen and mother last Saturday evening. “Her soul. She was so beautiful,” says the victim's friend, Olga Viter, “She was little, graceful, always happy.” At a memorial service for his wife Tuesday night, Evgeny Lavrentev was trying to stay strong as family and friends gathered to comfort one another and remember Yana Lavrenteva's life. Friends and family told KCAL9's Rachel Kim that Lavrenteva's like was taken in an instant. Tonight, on the sidewalk she was walking towards when she was hit, a memorial stands. Lavrentev still can't believe his 30-year-old wife — the mother of his two children — is gone.

Hate Crimes In Los Angeles County Rose In 2017 Compared To 2016, Report Finds
Hate crimes rose 5 percent last year compared to 2016, according to a new report released Thursday by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. The level of hate crimes in the county has risen over the last four years, with 508 reported last year. Half of those reported crimes were racially motivated, the report stated. Crimes against black people rose 15 percent last year, and crimes against Hispanics rose for the third straight year. Hate crimes against LGBT groups are down 2 percent but still account for 21 percent of all the hate crimes. For the second year in a row, a record number of anti-transgender crimes were reported, the report found.

Police Seek Man In Tuxedo Shirt After UCLA Student Sexually Assaulted At Frat Party
After a UCLA student reported that she was sexually assaulted at a frat party, police released a photo of a man in a tuxedo print shirt Thursday hoping to identify him, and bring him in for questioning. UCLA police were asking for the public's help Thursday in identifying the person of interest allegedly connected to a sexual assault at an off-campus fraternity party. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve shirt with a tuxedo print on it. A UCLA student, whose age was not disclosed, told campus police that she was assaulted shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 in the 600 block of Gayley Avenue by a man she did not know, said campus police Lt. Kevin Kilgore.

93 More Women Accuse Former USC Gynecologist Of Sexual Misconduct
More than 90 women on Thursday added their names and voices to the chorus of alleged victims accusing former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall of sexual misconduct. The women who spoke today not only want their voices heard, but called on California Attorney General Javier Becerra to investigate USC about their actions. They want to know who knew what, when and hold the individuals accountable. “Dr. Tyndall impeded my ability to seek medical help,” said one woman, holding back tears. In a show of solidarity, the women stood together. Many of them spoke out about the various forms of sexual misconduct they say they were subjected to in Dr. Tyndall's office.

How Brutal Murders And Fear Kept A Town Silent. MS-13 Is Like No Other Gang
Despite its international reputation for hacking up victims with machetes – sometimes brazenly leaving the bloodied, mangled corpses in the open – the street gang MS-13 slipped into Mendota relatively unnoticed. Few people outside the rural town in California's Central Valley knew MS-13 had infiltrated the area at least a decade ago. MS-13 carved out a reign of terror resulting in at least 14 brutal murders in and around Mendota from 2015 to 2017. There was little or no media coverage on some of the murders, some of which had been initially labeled as suspicious deaths.
Fresno Bee

California Revisits Three-Strike Life Sentences
Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in early release provisions. Gov. Jerry Brown also will not appeal a court ruling that the state is illegally excluding the nonviolent career criminals from parole under the 2016 ballot measure he championed to reduce the prison population and encourage rehabilitation.
Washington Post

Record Gun Theft Poses Threat To Progress Against Violence In Chicago
When LaVell Southern started working as a security guard in 2015, friends thought it fitting, a logical extension of his protective nature. He mentored young people through his family's church, talked about becoming a police officer, and had been a standout defensive back on the football team at his all-boys Catholic high school in Chicago. “One thing I loved about LaVell is he was quiet, never complained,” said Terry Beiriger, 26, one of Southern's former high school teammates. “But I always knew he had my back.” In the early morning hours of September 6, 2015, Southern was leaving a birthday party at the Red Kiva nightclub in the West Loop area of Chicago when a man tried to fight his friend Leonard Brinson.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Red Flag Warnings Go Into Effect After 2 Fires Erupt In Elysian Park, Malibu
Firefighters were busy putting out brush fires that popped up overnight, but they won't get any rest Friday morning with more windy, dry weather on the way. The National Weather Service had originally issued a fire weather watch for Friday and Saturday but upgraded it to a red flag warning. The warm, dry and windy conditions have kept firefighters busy – first putting out an acre of vegetation that ignited near Elysian Park at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, then getting a hold of a blaze that scorched three acres near HRL Laboratories off Malibu Canyon Road in Malibu at around 1 a.m. CBS 2

Local Government News

At Town Hall In Venice, Garcetti Faces Anger Over Homeless Shelter Plan
For four hours, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took the heat from a crowd in Venice. Locals booed, catcalled and criticized the city's plans to build a 154-bed homeless shelter on an abandoned Metropolitan Transportation Authority yard in the heart of the seaside community. It was Garcetti's first town hall to discuss his Bridge Home program, which seeks to put a temporary shelter in each of the city's 15 council districts. L.A. voters have committed more than $1 billion to providing housing for homeless people, whose continued presence on the streets has emerged as a critical issue both for the city and for Garcetti as he considers a run for president in 2020. 


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