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October 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Slain South Carolina Deputy Mourned
A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who died from wounds suffered in a mass shooting earlier this month was remembered Sunday at her funeral as a dedicated peace officer who always had a smile. The funeral for Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Farrah Turner, 36, drew relatives and colleagues together along with law enforcement representatives from around the country. Turner was part of a team that investigated sex crimes against children, a job her boss Sheriff Kenney Boone called one of the hardest on the force. "She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable," Boone said when he announced her death earlier.
Associated Press

Man Convicted Of Threatening Deputies With Knife
A 62-year-old Lake Elsinore man who pulled a knife on sheriff's deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for disregarding a restraining order was convicted Monday of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. A Murrieta jury deliberated only a few hours before finding Richard Allen Belville guilty of the felony counts, as well as a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic violence restraining order and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 30 at the Southwest Justice Center.

Man Who Grabbed Officer's Taser Fatally Shot By Police In Locker Room Of Hollywood 24 Hour Fitness: LAPD
A man who grabbed an LAPD officer's stun gun during an altercation inside a Hollywood gym locker room was fatally shot by police Monday morning, authorities said. The incident began to unfold about 8:10 a.m., when Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to a battery call at the 24 Hour Fitness gym at 6380 Sunset Blvd., at a complex where the ArcLight theater is also located. The suspect was apparently involved in some sort of confrontation with an employee at the gym, which promoted the 911 call, Detective Meghan Aguilar said. Authorities later said he had been a former member of the gym and was believed to be homeless. Responding officers found the man inside the locker room of the gym and the officers were in an altercation with the suspect. The suspect allegedly "gained control" of an officer's Taser and the man was shot by police, Aguilar said. 

North Hollywood Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Other Wounded
One man was shot dead and another man was wounded in North Hollywood Monday night. The shooting was reported around 10:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of Denny Avenue, near Victory Boulevard. Two people were found - one was found outside of a home with a gunshot wound to the upper body, while the other was inside the residence. That victim wasn't conscious or breathing, authorities said. The person found outside was transported to a hospital in stable condition, with at least one gunshot wound. Footage from AIR7 HD showed an ambulance at the scene, where one of the victims was wheeled in and taken to a nearby hospital. No information on a suspect or suspects was available.

Music Video Shoot At Catholic Church Draws Huge LAPD Response
Police were investigating an unauthorized video shoot Monday at a church in East Hollywood. Officers responded to an officer needs help call in the 1100 block of Commonwealth Avenue and found what appeared to be men armed with rifles near the Guardian Angel Catholic Church, according to police. Investigators later determined the scene was an unpermitted video shoot, CBSLA's Stu Mundel reported. LAPD Lt. Keith Green said police responded to the reports of weapons spotted in the area out of an abundance of caution. “Officers see these rifles and we're thinking it's the real deal,” he said. “Based upon everything that's occurred in the nation over the last week, we're gonna take precautionary measures and treat this as though this is the actual, real situation.”

Man Arrested In Germany In Connection To Woodland Hills Killing
A 22-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of a man he may have known in Woodland Hills has been detained in Germany, police said Monday. Sohrob Morshedi, a resident of the San Fernando Valley, was detained on Saturday in Munich as he exited a plane that had originally departed from Mexico, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The FBI and German authorities helped secure his apprehension, police said. The shooting was reported about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 23000 block of Leonora Drive, one block north of Ventura Boulevard, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Bombing Suspect Targeted More People In Los Angeles, Sources Say
The Florida man accused of sending bombs to top Democrats, Trump administration critics and the media across the United States kept lists and other information that suggest he had more than 100 potential targets for his campaign of terror, including at least 15 in the Los Angeles region. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have begun reaching out to potential Southern California targets of Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., 56, who is accused of mailing 14 explosive devices to formerPresident Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, senators, actor Robert De Niro and CNN. Law enforcement sources declined to identify anyone on the list.
Los Angeles Times

Gunman Convicted In 2 Murder-Robberies At Dispensary, Gas Station
A Los Angeles man was convicted Monday of murdering a clerk at a Los Feliz gas station and the owner of a Mar Vista medical marijuana dispensary during robberies that were carried out one day apart and were caught on video. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for roughly five hours before convicting Kayshon Moody, 27, of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree robbery. The panel of eight women and four men also found various gun allegations to be true, including that Moody was the gunman in both murders. Moody is set to be sentenced Nov. 15 and is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Man Wanted For Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman In San Diego Home Arrested In Los Angeles
A man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping in her San Diego County home has been arrested in Los Angeles, police said. Jeffrey Hanze, 55, who also uses the name Jeffrey Hanre, was taken into custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department just before 4 a.m. Monday. He was considered armed and dangerous and was wanted for a burglary and sexual assault that occurred on Monday, Oct. 1. The woman told police she awakened just before 2 a.m. to find a man in her Pacific Beach home. The man ran off before police could take him into custody.

Local Government News

LA Wins $1 Million For Program To Help Homeless Rent Granny Flats
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as a winner of a $1 million Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge grant that will go toward a program encouraging homeowners to build accessory dwelling units in exchange for allowing a homeless resident to rent the unit for three years. The grant is the result of a yearlong competition where leaders developed and tested strategies aimed at tackling problems facing urban cities. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Plan That Would Allow Taller Buildings Along The Metro Expo Line
A Westside nonprofit has sued the city of Los Angeles, seeking to overturn a plan that would allow the construction of up to 6,000 new apartment and condominium units within a half-mile of five Metro Expo Line stations. The advocacy group Fix the City argued in a complaint filed Thursday that Los Angeles should not have approved the Expo Line density plan without first assessing and fixing West L.A.'s “overburdened and inadequate infrastructure.” In court filings and in the blueprint that governs citywide development decisions, Los Angeles officials made a “binding commitment” to ensure that streets, sidewalks and public services are adequate before allowing further growth, the lawsuit said.
Los Angeles Times


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