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March 11, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Illinois Deputy Fatally Shot, Suspect Arrested After Standoff
A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said. Floyd E. Brown, 39, was arrested hours after the crash in central Illinois, State Trooper Sean Ramsey said. Officers employed flash grenades to disable Brown after trying for hours to negotiate with him to surrender, police said. Brown is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 12 ½-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office in northern Illinois. Keltner was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours after he was shot, spokesman David Dezane said.
Associated Press

Charges Filed Against Woman In Shooting Of Chicago Officer
Chicago police say a 19-year-old woman faces attempted murder and other charges in the shooting of an officer who was serving a warrant. Police said in a news release Sunday that Emily Petronella also is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer, armed violence while discharging a weapon, aggravated discharge of a weapon at a peace officer and dealing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis. She also faces a misdemeanor bail bond violation. Petronella was due in bond court Sunday. It wasn't clear whether she has an attorney who could comment on the allegations. Police say Petronella fired a shot through a door Saturday night, striking a 34-year-old officer in the shoulder. The officer is expected to recover.
Associated Press

USC Student, Son Of Oakland Councilwoman, Fatally Shot In Apparent Robbery Near Campus
A USC student who is the son of an Oakland city councilwoman was shot and killed in an apparent robbery attempt about a mile from the campus early Sunday, officials said. The victim was first identified by campus media as Victor McElhaney, who was studying at USC's Thornton School of Music, USC Annenberg Media reported on its Twitter page. Oakland Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney confirmed in a statement Sunday night that the 21-year-old is her son. Three or four men in their 20s approached the victim at the corner of Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard shortly after midnight in what appeared to be a robbery attempt, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was shot and the men fled in a vehicle, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Attacker Sought In Deadly Wilmington Shooting
Police are seeking clues in the deadly, broad-daylight shooting of a 21-year-old man in Wilmington on Friday afternoon, authorities said. Othon Arciniega of Wilmington died at the scene of the shooting, which was reported about 12:15 p.m. as he was walking through a residential neighborhood in the 600 block of North Lagoon Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. “Unknown suspects approached him on foot and began to fire multiple rounds at Mr. Arciniega, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground,” according to the statement. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Detectives were left with no leads on a suspect or suspects and were reaching out to the public for clues, police said.

Sexual Assault Victim Able To Grab Necklace Of Alleged Attacker
The San Pedro woman who was a victim of a sexual assault in her home Tuesday evening, was able to snatch a key piece of evidence belonging to her alleged attacker. Police say a distinct necklace and medallion could lead them to a suspect. They are hoping someone in the public can match the jewelry to a composite sketch of the suspect. The attack lasted for more than an hour, police said. It was unclear when the victim was able to grab the suspect's chain and medallion. Police put the jewelry on display Saturday and asked for the public to help them identify the owner. The victim, who is in her 60s, reportedly ripped the chain off the suspect during a struggle.

Teen With Autism Goes Missing In Van Nuys
A 14-year-old autistic girl was missing Saturday in Van Nuys. Angel Bonewitz was last seen at 3:30 p.m. Friday exiting a school bus in the 13000 block of Burbank Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. In additional to being autistic, Angel suffers from depression and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and needs medication for her condition, police said. Angel is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and has long curly brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a red jacket, grey shirt and black leggings when last seen. Anyone with information regarding the girl's whereabouts was urged to call Van Nuys Area Detectives at (818) 374-0040 or (818) 374-9500. During non-business hours, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7.

USC Grad Student Killing: 4th Person Sentenced In 2014 Beating Death Of Xinran Ji
A 22-year-old man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the beating death of a USC graduate student from China. A jury found Alberto Ochoa guilty of first-degree murder last year. Ochoa and three others confronted Xinran Ji, robbed and beat him near the USC campus as he was walking back to his apartment in 2014. Ji was able to stagger back to the apartment, but he died a short time later. The three other defendants have already been convicted and sentenced in connection with the attack. 

Bank Robber Faces Sentencing For L.A. Bank Heists
A previously convicted bank robber who led a Los Angeles-based bank ring — but never entered a bank with his crew — is expected to be sentenced to federal prison Monday. Gary Lamar “G Thing” Henry, 38, was found guilty last year in Los Angeles federal court of involvement with the the takeover bank crew linked to eight heists throughout the Southland and beyond. Henry faces a mandatory 21 years behind bars, but federal prosecutors are asking for a 51-year term, based on the defendant's long rap sheet, according to court papers. At each of the 2016 robberies, a gun was pointed at tellers. Though no physical injuries were reported, prosecutors wrote that such crimes “leave lasting stress and trauma that victims remember, and live with, for their entire lives.”

California Seeing More Retail Robbers From Out-Of-State
California is always a top destination for tourists. But now another group is flocking to the Golden State and they're not bringing their hard-earned money - they're taking ours. Organized retail crime is big business for thieves. It's a $30-billion problem nationwide, and the National Retail Federation says that Los Angeles is ground zero. It's so big that retailers and law enforcement say crooks are even flying in to California. That may be in part to take advantage of what some experts say are lax penalties. The LAPD says in the last month or two, the area has been targeted by a group of four suspects who focus on high-end fragrances at Sephora stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties. And investigators say that's just a drop in the bucket. 

Public Safety News

Firefighters, Volunteers Hold Massive Earthquake Drill In Sylmar Volunteers and Los Angeles
Fire Department officials gathered in Sylmar Saturday for a large-scale, highly-realistic drill to help prepare for a massive earthquake in Southern California. More than 120 Community Emergency Response Team volunteers joined in the training, held at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park, which included realistic disaster scenarios complete with actors playing the parts of injured patients, complete with special effects-style injuries. Some appeared dazed, others were bleeding, pinned under debris or unconscious. The drill provides volunteers with an opportunity to train alongside the professionals in the skills they would need in the wake of a major disaster, like a powerful earthquake in a populated area, organizers said.

Local Government News

LA City Council Votes To Shut Off Utilities At Illegal Marijuana Shops
To crackdown on the hundreds of illegal cannabis businesses operating in the city, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday authorized the Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities at marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and other establishments. The ordinance, which was approved 12-0, is meant to accelerate the city's effort to shutter illicit cannabis operations by cutting their water and electricity, making it effectively impossible to do business. “These are the types of efforts that we can deploy — being resourceful looking at our existing city resources — to help combat the challenges we have before us … and combat illegal operators in the city of Los Angeles,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez before the vote.
Los Angeles Daily News

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