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March 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

NYPD: MS-13 Planning To Target Off-Duty Cops At Their Homes
The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty. CBS2's Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: “Members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit' NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue.” The bulletin says that the gang members would carry out the attacks on off-duty officers “in order to gain street credibility.” While the threat has not been substantiated, law enforcement experts say this cannot be taken lightly. “Whenever a law enforcement officer is being threatened, especially by an organization like MS-13 which we already know is uber violent and has killed numerous people throughout the country if not throughout the world, this has to be taken serious,” said former FBI agent Manny Gomez.
CBS New York

Seattle may offer $15,000 hiring bonuses to attract police officers
The Seattle City Council's public safety committee on Wednesday unanimously approved Mayor Jenny Durkan's proposal to offer a hiring bonus of up to $15,000 to attract trained officers to the city's Police Department, clearing the way for full council approval. It also amended the bill to offer up to a $7,500 hiring bonus to new recruits. Durkan proposed the incentive program last month, saying Seattle needs to jump into the nationwide competition for experienced police officers. Her plan came at a time when historically low unemployment and retirements of baby boomer officers, combined with high housing costs and a negative image of policing nationwide, are said to be driving competition for recruits regionally and nationally.
Seattle Times

Person Critically Injured In South Los Angeles Shooting
Police investigated Friday morning a shooting in South Los Angeles that left one person hospitalized. Los Angeles police officers responded around midnight Thursday to the area of 113th Street and Avalon Boulevard and found the victim with at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, according to Officer V. Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Villanueva said. A detailed description of the suspect was not immediately available.

LAPD Seeks Public's Help Identifying Mail Thieves Caught On Video
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking the public to help track down suspects caught on surveillance video burglarizing a mailroom in the Westlake District. Police say three suspects - two men and a woman - were seen on video last month and this month inside an apartment complex at 7th and Witmer Streets. One of the suspects got into the building with a key fob and took the elevator to the second floor to the mailroom. Detectives say he then used a counterfeit mailbox key to open mailboxes and take the mail. He also has an electronic code to open the package locker and remove packages. Anyone with information is urged to call Rampart Burglary Detective Elizabeth Holguin at (213) 484-3486. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Woman Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Brutal Attack On Elderly Man In Willowbrook
A Los Angeles woman who used a block of concrete to repeatedly beat a grandfather in his 90s in Willowbrook has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for this brutal attack, the Los Angeles Superior Court announced Thursday. Laquisha Jones, 30, of Los Angeles was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and elderly abuse in December. Prosecutors said on the evening of July 4, Jones allegedly attacked a 92-year-old man with a brick in Willowbrook. Following the assault, the victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment and Jones allegedly fled the scene, according to prosecutors. After further investigation, authorities identified Jones as the alleged assailant and arrested her on July 10, prosecutors added. Jones is due back in court on April 11 for a restitution hearing.
FOX 11

Inglewood Couple Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Federal Child Exploitation Charges
An Inglewood couple was sentenced to federal prison Thursday after being caught in multiple sting operations, arranging a sexual encounter involving themselves, other pedophiles and underage girls when the other parties were actually undercover officers with the FBI and New Jersey State Police, prosecutors said. Jorge Castillo, 37, and his girlfriend, Katherine Briones, 43, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal activity and production of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a news release. Castillo was given 25 years in prison, while Briones was sentenced to 15 years. She was also ordered to contribute $5,000 to a fund for sex trafficking victims, officials said.

Man Who Worked For DCFS Sentenced In Child Porn Case

A man who worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was ordered Thursday to register as a sex offender for life and to complete 52 weeks of sex offender counseling in connection with his no contest plea to possessing and distributing child pornography. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dorothy B. Reyes also ordered Carlos Enrique Castillo, 55, of Los Angeles, to serve five years probation and to forfeit five devices that were seized under a search warrant, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The judge suspended a two-year state prison term that Castillo will not have to serve unless he violates the terms of his probation.

Cannabis Regulation Commission Wants Crackdown On Illegal L.A. Pot Shops
With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in the city, the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission unanimously threw its support Thursday behind a number of aggressive methods to crack down on the dispensaries, including the formation of a special task force and shutting off the businesses' utilities. The commission unanimously voted to send a letter to the City Council's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee asking the city to immediately establish a task force on unlicensed cannabis businesses, to include members of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, the Los Angeles Police and Fire departments, the Department of Building and Safety, Department of Water and Power, and the city attorney's and mayor's offices.

2 Men Indicted In $2M Kidnapping Scheme In SoCal; Taped And Bound O.C. Victim Now Believed Dead
Two Chinese nationals have been indicted in a $2 million kidnapping scheme in Southern California involving a victim who was physically restrained inside a closet and is now believed dead, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. Guangyao Yang, 25, and Peicheng Shen, 33, are facing charges of conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act and threat by foreign communication, according to a DOJ news release. Their last known U.S. residences were in West Covina, but they are both believed to currently be in China. Using an alias, Shen had told the victim, Ruochen Liao, he would help him collect a debt from someone else and the two met multiple times, according to federal prosecutors.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Use Jaws Of Life To Free Woman In Valley Glen Crash
Los Angeles firefighters used the Jaws of Life and powered cutting tools Thursday to free a woman from the wreckage of car involved in a two-vehicle crash in Valley Glen. Firefighters from LAFD stations 39 and 102 responded to the accident scene on the 6000 block of Fulton Avenue, a block north of Los Angeles Valley College, and used the power tools to help free the female victim. She was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The rescue took about 20 minutes, a photographer on scene told the Daily News. 
Los Angeles Daily News

PG&E Admits Its Equipment Likely Sparked California's Most Destructive Wildfire
Nearly four months after California's most devastating wildfire swept through Paradise and surrounding towns, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has acknowledged that its equipment probably sparked the blaze that destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and killed 85 people, most of them elderly. The official investigation into the cause of the Butte County blaze is continuing, but the utility said Thursday that “the company believes it is probable that its equipment will be determined to be an ignition point of the 2018 Camp fire.” PG&E has already filed for bankruptcy protection due to losses from the Nov. 8 fire, which scorched more than 153,000 acres and has placed new pressure on utilities to improve the safety of their power distribution systems.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Hundreds Of LA Streets Neglected For Decades To Be Repaired Under New Ordinance
Hundreds of streets throughout Los Angeles that were deemed "non-public" as many as 80 years ago due to a lack of funds to fix them during the Great Depression are getting re-designated as "public" due to a new ordinance adopted Wednesday. The city of Los Angeles adopted a new ordinance put forth by councilmember Bob Blumenfield to finally re-designate about 180 miles of streets that are in terrible condition. The ordinance calls for pot holes to be filled and pavement to be poured, which will result in safety being increased. Blumenfield's office said the ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. During that time, people living near the crumbling streets can expect to see city engineers in their neighborhoods to assess which streets should be fixed first and how much the repairs will cost.

Plan Approved For More Diaper-Changing Stations In Men's, Women's Restrooms In LA County
The Los Angeles City Council has approved a motion to develop plans to install diaper-changing stations in men's and women's restrooms in the 400-plus sites managed by the Department of Recreation and Parks. The motion, which was unanimously approved, directs the department to report back with an audit of existing diaper changing stations in men's and women's restrooms on its sites. It also directs the department to find out the feasibility of providing diaper-changing stations in each of its restrooms - regardless of gender. The plan follows a 2017 motion to install diaper changing stations in all publicly accessible restrooms in City Hall.

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