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from LA Police Protective League

March 5, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Protect California discusses its plan to make California communities safer 
Robert Harris, President of Protect California, a coalition of police associations, trades unions and non-profits, discusses its effort to strengthen use of force policies, expand police training, and address the root causes of crime in communities. Listen in as Newsradio, KFBK's Kitty O'Neal, discuss strategies with Harris on how to make interactions between law enforcement and the community safer for all. 
KFBK Radio

Unique California Program Aimed At Seizing Illegal Guns Still Has Backlog
A uniquely California program investigated a record number of people who no longer are allowed to own firearms, yet the underlying backlog remains nearly the same as a year ago, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday. He blamed an increase in gun possessions and too few special agents, despite an infusion of $24 million in recent years, and said his office may always have a problem clearing cases unless agents get raises that bring their salaries more in line with other law enforcement agencies. “We are using every gear to move this program,” he said. “We don't have enough gears to keep pace with the number of people that are added to the (prohibited) list.”

Masked Man Opens Fire On Woman On South LA Street
Police are searching for a masked man who shot and wounded a 21-year-old woman in South Los Angeles in the early morning hours Monday. The woman was shot in the abdomen in 5100 block of Woodlawn Avenue sometime before 5:16 a.m., Los Angeles police said. She was conscious and breathing as she was being taken by ambulance to a local hospital, police added. The suspect was described as a man in a black mask. There was no word on the circumstances leading up to the shooting or whether investigators had a motive.

Swastikas, Trail Of Blood Found At Fairfax-Area Senior Center

Police were investigating after a trail of blood and swastikas were found near a senior center in the Fairfax area. Police were called just before 7 a.m. Monday to investigate a large amount of blood in one of the restrooms at the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center, located in the 100 block of South Gardner Street. Two swastikas were also found on a cement wall, believed to have been written with the blood, police said. A trail of blood could be seen through the park area. Bloodhounds were brought in to try and locate a possible victim, but no one was found. The scene is in the same neighborhood of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. No further were not immediately released.
FOX 11

Suspect Surrenders In Panorama City Area After Pursuit In San Fernando Valley
A man in a suspected stolen car led police on a lengthy pursuit through the San Fernando Valley Monday night that included two collisions. The suspect eventually surrendered to police and taken into custody at about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Willis Avenue in the Panorama City area. The suspect had earlier crashed into another car nearly head-on and then broadsided another one later in the pursuit, but kept going. It's unknown if the suspect or anyone from either of the vehicles struck by the suspect were injured. Officers at one point during the pursuit backed off the suspect when the suspect began driving into small streets and residential areas erratically and at times, high speeds. The driver of a dark-colored pickup truck that began following the pursuit suspect was also taken into custody about a block away from where the suspect surrendered himself.
FOX 11

100 Pounds Of Meth Seized, 2 Arrested In South LA
About $1 million worth of crystal meth was taken off the streets of South Los Angeles, thanks to an early Sunday morning bust. Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested a pair of drug traffickers in South LA and seized their cargo: more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine. Southwest division narcotics officers also recovered a loaded gun during the arrest. 

Tarzana Burglary Crew Caught On Camera
A Tarzana homeowner is cautioning his neighbors to be on alert, and make sure to set their security alarms, after a crew of a least four burglars ransacked his home on Thursday. The broad daylight break-in took place about noon and was captured on video by several home security cameras, homeowner Richard Matlock told KTLA. Chris Wolfe reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 1, 2019.
KTLA 5 Video

Alleged Gang Members Indicted In Burglaries Of Elderly And Asian Victims Across LA County

Grand jury indictments against 31 alleged gang members facing 93 total felony counts -- including home invasion robbery, elder abuse and torture -- were unsealed Monday as two-thirds of the defendants pleaded not guilty to participating in a burglary ring targeting elderly and Asian victims. Eight other cases against some of the defendants -- including for alleged burglarizing the homes of Los Angeles-area celebrities and athletes, including singer Rihanna, then-Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods -- are superseded by the indictments. A pretrial hearing is set for April 5 downtown.

Ringleader Of 10 Cellphone-Store Robberies Across Southern California, A Long Beach Man, Faces Life In Prison

A Long Beach man accused of being the ringleader of a crew of thieves that robbed 10 cellphone stores at gunpoint over eight months has pleaded guilty and could face life in prison. Federal prosecutors said Zachary David Wade, 41, planned the series of heists at Verizon stores across Southern California. The crew robbed stores in Long Beach, Tarzana, Torrance, Fullerton, Corona, San Pedro and Corona del Mar. From July 2017 until February 2018, the team stole about $340,000 in cellphones and other merchandise. Officials said Wade was arrested last month, the day after the team's first out-of-state robbery, in Tucson, Arizona. He now awaits a sentencing hearing on July 8. In a written statement, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wade selected the stores himself and “(instructed) his co-conspirators on how the robberies should occur.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Notorious California Serial Killer Juan Corona Dies
At Age 85 Juan Corona, who gained the nickname “The Machete Murderer” for hacking to death dozens of migrant farm laborers in California in the early 1970s, has died. He was 85. Corona died Monday at an undisclosed hospital, Vicky Waters of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported. He had been serving a life sentence in state prison. A labor contractor who hired thousands of fruit and vegetable workers for Northern California farmers, Corona killed 25 of them, according to authorities who arrested him in 1971. The bodies were buried in shallow graves on farms and orchards along the Feather River north of Sacramento. Most had been brutally hacked to death and dismembered, possibly with a machete or meat cleaver.
Los Angeles Daily News

Enough Drugs To Kill 10 Million In NJ Rest Stop Fentanyl Bust

Law enforcement authorities say they busted a large-scale fentanyl operation that had enough drugs to kill 10 million people – more than the entire New Jersey population. And it was uncovered at a rest stop. Two men were charged this week after the seizure of more than 20 kilograms of fentanyl that they tried to transport into New Jersey. Both made their initial court appearances in Newark federal court on Monday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced in a press release. The Drug Enforcement Administration says a dosage of 2 milligrams of fentanyl is typically considered lethal, and the seizure was the equivalent of 20 million milligrams. Luis Aponte, 48, of Hesperia, Calif. and Denny Diaz, 29, of Philadelphia were charged by complaint with one count conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, according to the release.

Public Safety News

California Winter Rains Used To Ward Off Wildfires — But Not Anymore, New Study Finds
Storms have dumped torrential rains and snow across California this winter, triggering deadly floods, mudslides and other catastrophes. But all that water is also banishing drought conditions in the state, and bringing scrubby hills to life with vegetation. Could those wet conditions signal a reprieve from the recent rash of catastrophic wildfires, too? Don't bank on it, an international team of researchers warned in a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists found that wet winter weather, historically a predictor of more modest California fire seasons, is no longer linked to less damaging fires. The link between more rain and less fire fell apart thanks to modern fire management and accelerating climate change, the study said. “Fire not being influenced by moisture anymore? That is surprising,” said study co-author Alan Taylor, a Pennsylvania State University geography professor, according to a University of Arizona news release. “It's going to be a problem for people, for firefighters, for society.”
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Metro Votes To Study Congestion Pricing, Imposing Fees On Ride-Sharing Services
Not only will Metro begin studying the idea of charging for the privilege of driving into high-traffic areas, the transportation agency is considering adding fees for the use of ride-sharing services and electric scooters. The Metro board, which has been considering several ideas for months to cut down on traffic and fund major transportation projects before the Olympics come to Los Angeles in the summer of 2028, voted unanimously Thursday to move forward on feasibility studies on congestion pricing and new fees on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

LA City Councilman Ryu Drops Second Sherman Oaks Homeless Housing Site. Here's Where He's Set His Sights
Four months after Sherman Oaks homeowners association members pushed LA City Councilman David Ryu for particulars on a potential new senior homeless housing site, Ryu has nixed one potential emergency shelter and given residents what they really wanted – the address of the new one. The councilman shared a letter to constituents Friday, reporting that he will be proposing the construction of a supportive housing site for senior citizens ages 65 and older who have experienced homelessness. Non-profit low income housing organization Mercy Housing would develop the project, at 14534-14536 Burbank Boulevard. Ryu also announced he is nixing the exploration of an emergency homeless shelter at 5161 Sepulveda Blvd., proposed in August as part of Mayor Garcetti's bridge housing initiative.
Los Angeles Daily News

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