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April 3, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Fallen Illinois Trooper Sacrificed Life To Save Others From Wrong-Way Driver
Even in his last moments, Trooper Gerald Ellis put the lives of others before himself. Ellis, an 11-year-veteran with the Illinois State Police, was killed early Saturday after an impaired wrong-way driver struck his squad car head-on Interstate 94 in Lake County, police said. He was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries but was pronounced dead at 4:04 a.m. He was headed home at the time of the crash. In a post commemorating the 36-year-old, Carrie Kay commented with a story of her own — one that she said ended in her daughter's life being saved. Kay wrote that her daughter, who she did not name, was traveling from Washington D.C. Ellis' car was ahead of her daughter's two lanes over, she said. However after spotting the wrong-way driver coming eastbound in the westbound lanes, Ellis moved his car directly in front of Kay's daughter to block the driver from hitting the civilians, according to Kay. “Trooper Gerald Ellis you are my HERO. This officer paid the ultimate sacrifice early this morning and saved my daughter's life,” she wrote.
New York Daily News

Wounded Texas Trooper Remains In Hospital, ‘In Good Spirits'

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper shot in the leg Friday during a standoff in Frisco remained in the hospital on Monday, a DPS official said. The trooper, who was not identified, was shot in the leg just above his ankle, said DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel in an email Monday. “I just left the hospital and the trooper is in good spirits,” Haschel said in the email. “But he has a long road to recovery.” The trooper was shot after attempting to stop 42-year-old Bryan M. Cahill on a traffic violation on the Dallas North Tollway in Plano on Friday afternoon. Haschel said, for a reason that has yet to be determined, Cahill refused to stop and fled to his Frisco apartment on Lebanon Road.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Eric Holder, Suspect In Nipsey Hussle Shooting, Is Arrested

A suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle is in custody, authorities said, ending a two-day manhunt. Eric Holder, 29, was arrested in Bellflower on Tuesday afternoon. Los Angeles police detectives went to the L.A. County sheriff's station in Lakewood to verify the identity of the suspect and confirmed to The Times that the man in custody was Holder. The arrest came after a woman who authorities allege was Holder's getaway driver turned herself in. She was later released without being arrested. According to source familiar with the investigation, she maintains she was unaware that Holder shot Hussle when he got into the car Sunday. L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that Holder got into a verbal altercation with Hussle on Sunday afternoon. “Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in conversations” with the rapper, Moore said. “He came back armed with a handgun” and opened fire.
Los Angeles Times

Manhunt On For Bicyclist Who Is Slashing People's Faces In South LA
Authorities have released surveillance video and photos of a man suspected of slashing pedestrians with a sharp weapon on at least four different occasions over the past two weeks while bicycling around South Los Angeles. The first such attack was reported on March 20, with the latest two incidents occurring on Monday. All four victims sustained severe facial injuries. According to Los Angeles police, at around 8:40 a.m. Monday, a man reported that he was standing on a sidewalk near a bus stop at Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard when the suspect rode by on a bike and slashed him in the face with an unknown weapon. The suspect then continued riding north on Avalon.

No Evidence Of ‘Gang-Related Crime Spree' Near USC In Wake Of Nipsey Hussle Murder
The USC Department of Public Safety released a statement Tuesday morning “regarding baseless reports circulating on social media that there is a pending gang-related crime spree about to occur in the USC area in response to the murder of a popular local rap artist.” Nipsey Hussle was gunned down Sunday outside his Hyde Park clothing store in an attack that injured two others and prompted overnight vigils featuring hundreds of mourners that have turned violent at the Slauson Avenue shopping center where Hussle's store was located. USC officials were consulting with LAPD as they deal with the social media warnings regarding gang violence: “There is no evidence that these rumors are credible, or that there is any threat to our campus community.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Identified In Fatal Hit-And-Run In Westlake Area
Police Tuesday released the name and image of a driver sought in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 30-year-old man a week ago in the Westlake district. The victim, identified as Leonides Rivas of Los Angeles, was struck about 6:20 a.m. last Tuesday as he crossed Bonnie Brae Street mid-block after parking his vehicle just north of Sixth Street, according to investigators at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division. Rivas was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Martin Gonzalo Rodas, who lives in the Westlake area, Central Traffic Division Detective Calvin Dehesa said. He's believed to be the man who was behind the wheel of the white pickup truck that struck Rivas.

Police Use Bolt Cutters To Reach Trapped Hollywood Burglar

Police had to use bolt cutters to reach a burglary suspect who got stuck while trying to escape officers in a Hollywood shopping center early Tuesday morning. According to Los Angeles police, at around 1 a.m., officers responded to a burglary call at a shopping center in the 900 block of Western Avenue, near Santa Monica Boulevard, to find the suspect on the roof of a business. The suspect tried to flee, but fell through an open hatch and landed inside an adjacent business. Police had to use bolt cutters to reach him and taken him into custody.

LAPD Probing Whether Illegal Street Racing Was A Factor In Deadly Woodland Hills Crash

Los Angeles police are investigating whether illegal street racing may have played a role in a fatal, four-vehicle crash involving a minor driver arrested in Woodland Hills last week. Authorities say a 17-year-old male from Studio City was speeding west on Ventura Boulevard at Winnetka Avenue on Friday night when his black 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Toyota Tacoma making a left turn from Winnetka to Ventura. The driver of the Tacoma, who was struck and killed at the scene, was identified as Edgar Pineda, 51, of Panorama City, according to LAPD Detective Daniel Menesez of the Valley Traffic Division. “There are accusations from witnesses of street racing (involving the Mercedes Benz and another vehicle) but it has not been definitively verified,” Menesez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Panorama City Couple, Hollywood Hills Man Charged After Selling Meth By The Pound On Darknet: Federal Prosecutors

Three Los Angeles residents are in custody on federal charges alleging they ran an international methamphetamine ring, buying and selling large quantities of the drug on the darknet, prosecutors said Tuesday. All three were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth and other trafficking offenses when a grand jury returned an eight-count indictment on March 22, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said in a news release. The defendants are identified as: Michael Alan Goldberg, 34, of Panorama City. Prosecutors accuse him of being the operation's head and say he continued running it after being taken into federal custody in June 2018, Donnica Mae Rabulan, 31, of Panorama City, who is Goldberg's wife and James Caleb Kueker, 41, of Hollywood Hills.

‘It's time. It's beyond time.' Sex abuse victims back California priest accountability bill
A procession of sexual assault victims on Tuesday urged the Senate to pass a law requiring priests and other religious leaders to report child abuse, ending a legal exemption that allows them to keep information confidential if they learn it during confessions. One speaker, Kameron Torres, told lawmakers that he was sexually abused twice while growing up in a Jehovah's Witness community. When his mother learned of the abuse and tried to report it to the church elders, “They told her, ‘It's in God's hands now,” Torres said.
Sacramento Bee

Delay sought on ruling allowing high-capacity ammo magazines
It appears the shipment of high-capacity ammunition magazines into California has started for the first time in nearly two decades after a judge tossed out a ban on sales and purchases of the items, the state attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra asked a federal judge to delay implementing the ruling while he appeals it. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego said Friday that a law that bans possessing, buying or selling any magazines holding more than 10 bullets infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA City Council Moving Forward With Proposal Allowing 18 Weeks Of Fully Paid Leave
The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward with a proposal to let new parents take up to 18 weeks of fully paid leave. State law currently allows for 18 weeks of leave but with eligible employees receiving only a percentage of their wages. The plan, passed unanimously by the council, would raise it to 100 percent. The program would be paid for by employers, with possible exemptions or risk pools for small businesses and non-profits. It must still go through an approval process. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has said he would support it.

Citing ‘Frustration' On Homeless Crisis, San Fernando, San Gabriel Valley County Leaders Call For More Collaboration With Cities

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to find ways to work more collaboratively with dozens of cities to solve the problem of homelessness. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended streamlining processes to grant Measure H dollars to local cities and homelessness agencies. Putting some of the $355 million in Measure H funds — raised through a quarter-cent sales tax – – to work in city-specific programs has been challenging, due to a lack of communication and data sharing across governmental entities, according to her motion. “The common theme among our cities is a sense of frustration,” Barger said. Barger called for more transparency around how that money is being spent, including city-level data on Measure H-funded services. The board also directed staffers to set up regular listening sessions.
Los Angeles Daily News

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