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March 13, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Convicted In Death Of Oklahoma Trooper While Eluding Arrest
A Cleveland County jury convicted 29-year-old D'Angelo Ladon Burgess Monday afternoon for the first-degree murder of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Donald Heath Meyer. It took the 12-person jury, made up of four men and eight women, about two-and-a-half hours to return guilty verdicts on the charges of murder and endangering others while eluding law enforcement, and not guilty on possessing marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. “I'm glad this is over for the family. They'll never get Heath back, but hopefully this will provide some closure,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said.
The Norman Transcript, Okla.

Stabbed Maryland Trooper Released From Hospital
Maryland State Police say a trooper has been released from a hospital several hours after he shot and killed a man who stabbed him during a struggle. A State Police news release says the trooper will be on administrative leave, a standard procedure, while he recovers from his wound. Police say 34-year-old Michael J. D'Angelo stabbed the trooper in his side before the trooper fatally shot him Monday in Westminster, about 36 miles northwest of Baltimore. D'Angelo was pronounced dead at a hospital. The trooper encountered the suspect around 8 a.m. after responding to two reports of slashed car tires. One caller said the suspect was armed with a knife.
Associated Press

Overnight SWAT Standoff Comes To An End In South LA
A more than six-hour SWAT standoff stemming from a domestic violence situation at a South Los Angeles home finally came to an end early Tuesday morning under uncertain circumstances. According to Los Angeles police, the incident began Monday afternoon at a home in the area of 108th and Spring streets regarding a domestic violence situation between a man and his girlfriend. The suspect's family called 911 three times, first starting at around 4 p.m., over fears that he would hurt his girlfriend. When officers first responded, they were unable to locate the suspect or victim, police said. “Around 7 p.m. we received a radio call, possibly domestic violence, that the individual victim was being tied up, is our understanding,” Sgt. Frank Preciado told CBS2 Tuesday.

‘My Brother Died In My Arms': $50K Reward Offered As Victim's Family, Police Plead For Help Solving Mid-City Killing
A $50,000 reward is being offered in the search for the suspect or suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old riding his bicycle in Mid-City last year, authorities said Tuesday. Steven Lopez was found shot and was being cradled in his sister's arms when officers responded to the scene in the 4700 block of West 17th Street around 10 p.m. on March 18, 2018, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He had been shot multiple times and was not conscious or breathing when authorities arrived. Lopez's sister had gone outside after hearing gunshots from their home, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. LAPD officials are asking for the public's help in identifying the two male suspects, and the L.A. City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers. Anyone with information can contact Detectives Jorge Cruz or John Lamberti at 213-382-9470.

LAPD Seeks Public's Help Solving Mystery Of Missing Furniture From Hollywood Hills Home Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright
Los Angeles police said Tuesday they are seeking the public's help in solving a yearslong mystery involving highly valuable furniture that vanished from a storage facility managed by USC. The four rare items — two floor lamps, a folding chair and a tea cart — were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolph Schindler, two of the last century's foremost American architects, for a home Wright built in the Hollywood Hills, LAPD said in a news release. Known as the Freeman House, the residence at 1962 Glencoe Way was built for philosopher Samuel Freeman and his wife, Harriet, in 1924, according to the architect's foundation. One of Wright's textile block houses, the building cascades three stories down a hillside with large windows, balconies and terraces to take advantage of expansive views down Highland Avenue. The home was donated to USC's School of Architecture in 1986, and the university has been in charge of its maintenance ever since.

Gang Member Guilty Of First-Degree Murder In Venice Boardwalk Killing
A gang member was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the 2015 Venice boardwalk shooting death of a young man hoping to break into the music business. Jurors deliberated for roughly nine hours before finding Francisco Cardenaz Guzman, 32, guilty on all counts, including the murder of 26-year-old Jascent Warren, the attempted murder of another victim and possession of a firearm by a felon. The six-man, six-woman panel also found multiple gun and gang allegations against Guzman to be true. Warren — known to friends as “Shakespeare,” because of his way with words — was shot to death around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2015, on Ocean Front Walk at Dudley Avenue.

Coaches, Celebrities Appear In LA Courtroom After Being Charged In College Cheating Scandal
More than a dozen colleges coaches, high-powered executives and celebrities appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday after being charged in a wide-ranging cheating and bribery scheme designed to get their children into good colleges. Actress Felicity Huffman, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, former UCLA men's soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and former USC assistant women's soccer coach Laura Janke were among the defendants taken into custody across Southern California. By mid-afternoon, they were in front of a federal judge in downtown Los Angeles. Also appearing in court Tuesday were Igor Dvorskiy, a Sherman Oaks resident who runs private schools in Los Angeles; I-Hin “Joey” Chen, a warehousing and shipping industry operator from Newport Beach; Robert Flaxman, a real estate developer living in Laguna Beach; and Michelle Janavs, a former food industry executive from Newport Coast, among a slew of others.
Los Angeles Daily News

4 From Southern California Arrested In Test-Cheating Scheme To Obtain Visas For Chinese Nationals
Four Southern California residents were among five people arrested Tuesday on federal charges involving an alleged scheme to help Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring people who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students. A 26-count indictment returned Friday by a Los Angeles federal grand jury alleges conspiracy, the use of false passports and aggravated identity theft as part of the scheme to impersonate Chinese nationals who were required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language to obtain a student visa, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gov. Gavin Newsom To Stop Death Penalty In California, Giving Reprieves To 737 Death Row Inmates
Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates. Newsom plans to sign an executive order Wednesday morning granting reprieves to all 737 Californians awaiting executions – a quarter of the country's death row inmates. His action comes three years after California voters rejected an initiative to end the death penalty, instead passing a measure to speed up executions. Newsom says the death penalty system has discriminated against mentally ill defendants and people of color. It has not made the state safer and has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars, according to prepared remarks Newsom plans to deliver Wednesday morning when he signs the order.
Sacramento Bee

Illegal immigrant with criminal history arrested in California woman's murder
Police in California have arrested an illegal immigrant with known gang ties and an extensive criminal history in the February killing of a San Jose woman. Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, was arrested Monday night in connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson; police say he stalked her before stabbing her to death. The San Jose Police Officers' Association issued a statement similar to Garcia's remarks, calling the legal system “broken.” "When it comes to policing, there's a distinct difference between a Dreamer who commits a victimless crime and a violent serial sexual predator with multiple offenses. Our society must recognize there's a difference between someone who is trying to make ends meet for their family, and a self-admitted gang member, a monster who brutally murders an innocent woman in her own home."
Fox News

Public Safety News

'Citizen' App Launches In Los Angeles, Alerting Users To Nearby Crime And Emergency Situations
A new app that launched Tuesday in the greater Los Angeles area gives users instant access to information about real-time crime and other emergency situations in their immediate surroundings. The app, called Citizen, was created as a user-powered public safety network designed to open the 911 and emergency response systems of cities, providing crime and safety alerts, real-time incident updates, and live user-generated video streams of the incidents reported to 911. "Instead of just first responders getting these alerts — knowing why the helicopter is overhead, knowing why the police tape is in your neighborhood, now all of us get to know," Andrew Frame, the Founder and CEO of Citizen told FOX 11 in an interview on Tuesday.
FOX 11

Passengers At Risk After Measles Case Reported At LAX
Passengers are at risk of contracting measles after a case was reported at Los Angeles International Airport, officials say. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has confirmed that a person traveling through the Tom Bradley International Airport (TBIT) terminal on Feb. 21 was infected with the measles virus and fellow LAX travelers who may have been exposed to this person are now at risk. According to Public Health, the traveler arrived at LAX on a China Eastern Airlines flight on Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. and had a layover at Delta Airlines Terminal 3 while awaiting departure on Delta flight DL 5705 on Feb. 21. Public Health was made aware of details on this case on March 7 and has already notified Delta flight DL 5705 passengers they believe may have been in contact with the traveler.

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Make The Apeta Momonga Mission Trail Historic-Cultural Monument
The Los Angeles City Council granted historic-cultural monument status to a two-mile unpaved equestrian and hiking trail in the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday. The Apeta Momonga Mission Trail, which stretches south and parallel to the 118 Freeway between De Soto Avenue to the west and Tampa Avenue to the east, is owned by several groups, including Sierra Canyon High School and the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power. Ann Vincent, a historian of Chatsworth Historical Society, said her group was “delighted.” “It's important to have the City Council's support to preserve the places like the trail,” she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LADOT Introduces Shuttle Bus Ride-Sharing Program To Westside
The city of Los Angeles is starting up its own ride-sharing program, with hope of easing traffic on the city's Westside. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has developed the LAnow smartphone app for riders to reserve a shuttle bus at one of the scheduled pick-up/drop-off sites, which are never more than a quarter-mile apart, the LADOT transit website stated. The pilot program that kicked off Monday only operates in the Venice, Del Rey, Mar Vista and Palms areas for the time being. The shuttles will run 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during the program's initial phase, according to LADOT. The service will not be available on weekends or holidays. The cost is $1.50 per ride for adults and children 5 and older. Seniors and disabled can ride for 75 cents and children under 5 are free.

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