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March 28, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Found Guilty In Georgia Deputy's 2017 Death
A jury found a man guilty on charges related to the 2017 death of a Lowndes County Sheriff's deputy. Robbie Javon Register was found guilty of one count of vehicular homicide due to DUI, one count of vehicular homicide due to driving in a reckless manner, DUI, improper turn at an intersection, failing to yield to emergency vehicle. Jurors returned not guilty verdicts for two drug possession charges. Register was on trial for the 2017 wreck that claimed the life of 38-year-old Lowndes County Deputy Chris Butler. He will be sentenced May 8.

Two Officers Shot, Suspect With Sword Dead At Church Of Scientology In Inglewood
Two Inglewood police officers were shot Wednesday when responding to reports of a man with a sword entering the Church of Scientology of Inglewood, authorities said. The suspect died after he was taken to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said. Inglewood Police Lt. Neal Cochran said the suspect entered the church at 315 S. Market St. wearing a hoodie about 3:30 p.m., but he did not describe what happened inside. One officer was shot in the hand, the other in the forearm. Neither injury was believed to be life-threatening. No other injuries were reported, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Inglewood Police Lt. Oscar Mejia said at a news conference Wednesday evening that police are still trying to determine whether the suspect had a gun. At this point, police believe that only the man who drove up to the church in his white Bentley and entered the church with a “very large sword” was involved.
Los Angeles Times

Free In-N-Out: LAPD Officers Pay It Forward, Buy Burgers For Families
Two LAPD officers had their meals taken care of by an anonymous diner, so they decided to do the same and pay it forward. They picked up the tabs for several families craving a California staple, In-N-Out. "So we figured we'd flip the script and come to, I mean, arguably one of our favorite restaurants here in L.A., and take care of lunch for three cars behind us in the drive-thru," one of the officers said on a video posted on the department's Twitter account. "We're going to call this, 'Operation Pay it Forward.'" The video was posted with the caption, "Never underestimate the power of a nice gesture." The footage also showed the recipients thanking the officers in the In-N-Out drive-thru. The officers are now challenging the New York Police Department to complete its own "Operation Pay it Forward."

Garcetti Wants Budget Increases For Illegal Pot Shop Enforcement, LAPD Tech
Huge increases should be included in the next city budget for enforcement of illegal pot shops and to upgrade the Los Angeles Police Department's outdated computer technology, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday. “Getting both the illegal market, and the illegal operators who aren't the black market but the illegal places that open up in a strip mall or something, to get those under control has to be job No. 1. So we're looking in this year's budget in putting a serious amount of money into the enforcement side because we have to reward the good actors,” Garcetti said during a City Hall news conference where he took questions on a variety of topics. Garcetti said he wasn't sure of the exact numbers, but estimated the increase for illegal cannabis enforcement would go from around $3 million this fiscal year to around $30 million.

Woman Shot To Death In Leimert Park
A woman died after she was shot multiple times in Leimert Park on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The shooting took about 4 p.m. at 3rd Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said. Officers encountered a woman in her 30s who had been shot several times, according to Im. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Police previously described the victim as a man in his 40s. The shooter was initially described as a black man, of thin build, wearing a navy blue polo shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information can reach the LAPD at 877-527-3247. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Porch Pirate Nearly Runs Over South LA Homeowner
A homeowner tried to stop a package thief and nearly got run over. It happened at his South LA home and it was all caught on his doorbell's security camera. The homeowner caught the so-called porch pirate on his security cam stealing his packages. It could've turned to a much more serious police investigation if the homeowner had been hurt. It was last Wednesday evening when a barefoot Zachary Perkins ran out of his house after being alerted that a man had just swiped two packages off his front porch. “To be honest the packages weren't even worth that much money. It was more like the audacity of someone coming up and stealing something from my house,” said Perkins.

L.A. Man Who Killed 2 Pedestrians While Driving Drunk In 2008 Police Chase Sentenced To 17 Years In Prison

A Los Angeles man who was driving drunk when he struck and killed two pedestrians while being chased by police in 2008 has been sentenced to 17 years in state prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Sergio Rogelio Delgado agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in which he withdrew his previous plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the DA's office. Delgado instead pleaded no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated on Tuesday. He was also convicted of a sentencing enhancement of hit-and-run driving causing injury or death but was given credit for almost 11 years already served in county jail, prosecutors said.

Prison Sentence For L.A. Money Adviser Who Conned Athlete Out Of $1.2 Million
A Los Angeles-based investment adviser who swindled $1.2 million from a well-known professional athlete and his wife was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in federal prison. Jeremy Joseph Drake, 41, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder to pay $1.2 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release following his 30-month prison term. He was allowed to self surrender on July 19. Drake robbed the couple — identified only as “Mr. and Mrs. S” in documents filed in Los Angeles federal court — by deceiving them about the investment advisory fees they were paying. Drake went to elaborate lengths to conceal his fraud, including creating and sending false documents and masquerading as another person to corroborate his lies.

Man Who Killed 7 In Oikos University Mass Shooting Dies In Prison
One Goh's plan in 2012 was to charge into Oikos University in Oakland and fatally shoot a nursing school administrator before taking his own life. But Goh, who officials said Wednesday died in a Sacramento County prison last week, would instead kill seven other people in the second-deadliest mass shooting in Bay Area history. Goh, 50, died on March 20 while serving out seven consecutive life sentences, according to the county coroner's records. His cause of death has not been released. The former student at Oikos, a private Christian university near Oakland International Airport, took receptionist Katleen Ping, 24, hostage on April 2, 2012. He then burst into a classroom where students were taking a test and unleashed a barrage of gunfire, killing Ping and six students at the school.
San Francisco Chronicle

Minnesota Sheriff Wants To Expedite ‘Groundbreaking' Plan For Body Camera Use
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher wants nearly all of his 400 deputies and corrections officers to wear body cameras, and he hopes to start rolling out the program by late summer. Fletcher said Tuesday that he was moving swiftly after the recent release of a 2016 video showing a Ramsey County corrections officer punching and kneeing a handcuffed suspect while others watched. The officer has since pleaded guilty and resigned. This "is about transparency, accountability and a chance to build trust in the community," Fletcher told the Ramsey County Board, at times referencing the police shootings of St. Paul school nutrition supervisor Philando Castile and Justine Ruszczyk Damond of Minneapolis.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Local Government News

Canoga Park Bridge Housing Gets Nod From City Of LA, As ‘Quality Of Life Crisis' Persists
The Los Angeles City Council approved funding Wednesday for a bridge-housing project in Canoga Park to help transition homeless people into more permanent housing, the culmination of city-county effort to bring such housing to the area. Introduced by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's office, the project aims to convert a former mental-health facility at 7621 Canoga Ave. into short-term housing. “Though we have the lowest homeless population compared to other council districts, we still have a serious humanitarian and quality of life crisis in our community,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said in a statement. “Homelessness continues to be the most pressing issue facing our city, and I'm proud that today we are taking this important step to address this emergency in the West Valley.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Orange Line Project Could Shorten Bus Commute By 30 Percent, But Valley Motorists Might Be Delayed, Says Metro
A project now under way to install 35 railroad-style safety gates along the Orange Line could speed up travel time for bus riders — but lead to delays for some motorists. In the “worst case scenario,” motorists at some Orange Line crossings could be waiting an average of 80 seconds or longer for a bus to pass by in 2025 during rush hour, Metro engineers said during an open house event in Canoga Park onTuesday. That's compared to an average of 35 seconds or less at most the Orange Line crossings now. Metro engineers said the most affected intersections, with the longest anticipated average wait times, were projected to be at Reseda Avenue and Sherman Way, and near the Canoga station.
Los Angeles Daily News

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