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April 30, 2019
Law Enforcement News

2 Kansas LEOs Shot, Wounded In Subsequent Attacks
A Kansas undersheriff was shot and wounded trying to execute a warrant against a man who absconded from the corrections system, and a sheriff was shot in a subsequent standoff at a nearby house that ended early Tuesday with two men dead. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that the Rice County undersheriff attempted to stop a car north of the small town of Sterling around 5 p.m. Monday because an occupant, David Madden, had an outstanding warrant against him. The news release doesn't detail that warrant, but KSNW-TV reported that Madden, 37, has a long criminal history. Kansas Department of Corrections records list him as an absconder from a program that supervises felony offenders.
Associated Press

L.A. Terror Plot Thwarted: Army Vet Planned ‘Mass Casualties,' FBI Says
A U.S. Army veteran who wanted revenge for attacks on Muslims around the globe was planning to detonate a bomb at a Long Beach rally this past weekend before he was intercepted by law enforcement officials, authorities said Monday. Mark Steven Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday night after he took delivery of what he thought was an improvised explosive device from an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a bomb-maker, officials said. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists and, if convicted, could face up to 15 years in prison. According to a federal affidavit, Domingo considered “various attacks — including targeting Jews, churches and police officers” before he decided “to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend.” As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate — who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation — to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Hollenbeck Division Offers Free VIN Etching To Combat Car Theft
Car theft is the number one crime in America, especially in Los Angeles, experts say. "It was a horrible feeling, coming out of work especially," Adriana Ramirez, a car theft victim from Boyle Heights, said. "I looked around and it wasn't there." The Los Angeles Police Department, Hollenbeck Division reports that in 2017, on average 82 cars are stolen each month in the community. "Finally, when I found it in the Hollenbeck lot it was stripped," Ramirez said. Ever since Ramirez's first encounter with car theft, she takes extra measures to protect her valuables. She attended a free car VIN etching event at the Hollenbeck police station on Wednesday. "This is much needed in Hollenbeck due to the fact that we do have a lot of later models of Toyotas and Hondas," Stan Young, detective with the Hollenbeck station, said.

CDCR Apprehend Inmate Who Walked Away From Facility In Sylmar
Authorities found an inmate who had disappeared from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility in Sylmar. Holton Fire Camp staff discovered Fernando Deras, 31, missing at about 1:25 a.m. Monday during a routine inmate count, the CDCR stated in a news release. The inmate was later found at around 5:20 p.m. in the area of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in East Hollywood and was taken into custody without incident, authorities said. Deras was described as a minimum-security inmate who arrived from Los Angeles County in 2018 to serve a four-year sentence for corporal injury on a specific person. After he was apprehended, Deras was transported to the California Institution for Men, authorities said.

Cowboy Gun Bandits Await Sentencing May 23 On Robberies In Woodland Hills, Encino, Newhall And Glendale
A sentencing hearing was rescheduled Monday to May 23 for two Los Angeles men facing lengthy federal prison terms for carrying out a string of stick-ups attributed to the Cowboy Gun Bandits — so named because of a distinctive long-barreled Colt six-shooter used in the heists. Dominic Dorsey, 51, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 74, of the Jefferson Park district of Los Angeles were convicted three years ago of 11 felony robbery and firearms counts. Evidence presented to the federal jury in Los Angeles proved Dorsey and Bailey were guilty of eight armed robberies. The Colt 1873 revolver that gave the case its name was never recovered. Many of the winter 2013 hold-ups at gas stations in Woodland Hills, Newhall, Encino, Thousand Oaks and Atwater Village, and a Citibank branch in Glendale, were captured by video surveillance cameras, which allowed investigators to determine that one of the masked robbers was missing part of his ring finger on his left hand. That evidence helped lead authorities to Bailey.
Los Angeles Daily News

In California, Home To Many Hate Groups, Officials Struggle To Spot The Next Threat
California has more organized hate groups than any other state — it has chapters for street-fighting skinheads and black nationalists, Holocaust deniers and Muslim haters. But the perpetrator of a mass shooting at a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday, law enforcement officials said, was not a member of any of them. Instead he was the product of a landscape that is both increasingly restive and fractured, where hate groups have gone underground, avoiding social gatherings and concerts, and newcomers need only the internet to become self-radicalized and violent. Lone actors who come out of the blue present a daunting challenge for law enforcement, even in a region where investigators have a solid grasp on extremist organizing networks. The attacker on Saturday, identified by officials as John Earnest, 19, claimed to have been inspired by last month's massacre of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a self-radicalized white supremacist and to have begun planning his attack just four weeks ago.
New York Times

Get a speeding ticket? California traffic schools are gaming the DMV to get your business
A few owners of online traffic schools in California have taken advantage of loose oversight by the Department of Motor Vehicles to stifle competition and boost their share of customers among the roughly 670,000 ticketed drivers who enroll in the schools every year. State law lets drivers hide minor infractions from car insurers if they complete traffic school courses, which migrated from classrooms to the internet about 20 years ago. The online courses have proved lucrative for some school owners, thanks in part to built-in advertising they get from appearing on a list of randomized schools that is passed out at courthouses and maintained online.
Sacramento Bee

California governor aims to hike security grants
California's Democratic governor vowed on Monday to spend $15 million for increased security at “soft targets” like the synagogue where a gunman opened fire over the weekend, killing one worshipper. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he will include the money in his $144 billion general fund budget proposal, which he intends to revise by the middle of May. The California Legislative Jewish Caucus had requested it, calling for a 30-fold increase in a state program that last year spent $500,000 on grants to nonprofits organizations vulnerable to hate crimes.
Associated Press

Report: Anti-Semitic Assaults In US Doubled In 2018
Violent attacks against the Jewish community in the United States doubled last year, while overall attacks that also include vandalism and harassment remained near record-high levels, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday. The Jewish civil rights group released its annual census of anti-Semitic incidents three days after a gunman opened fire at a Southern California synagogue, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others. The New York-based group counted 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents — either harassment, vandalism or physical assault — in 2018. That is a 5% decrease from the 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, but the third-highest total since ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s. The 2017 number marked a 57% increase over 2016 and was the highest tally ADL had counted in more than two decades.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

U.S. Measles Cases Top 700, Hitting 25-Year-High; Majority Of Illnesses Among Children, Teens Quarantines in California. Fines in New York City.
Orders for some people to avoid public places in Rockland County, New York. As an outbreak of measles surges across the United States — with 704 cases this year and counting — some local health officials are trying to deal with contagion in unvaccinated communities by turning to extraordinary police powers from the past. "Unfortunately, we are revisiting diseases from another generation," said Jason Schwartz, an assistant professor of health policy at the Yale School of Public Health. "And now we are revisiting public health responses from another generation" in instances where vaccination programs have fallen short, he said. Not long ago, measles was thought to be a problem that was mostly solved. The once-common disease became increasingly rare after a vaccine became available in the 1960s. In 2000, health officials declared the disease eliminated in the U.S., meaning that all new cases stemmed from infected travelers and not from homegrown transmission.

Local Government News

City Council Committee To Begin Dissection Of Mayor Garcetti's Proposed Budget
A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to begin the lengthy task of breaking down Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposed 2019-20 budget Tuesday ahead of the new fiscal year which begins July 1. The Budget and Finance Committee's process over the last few years has tended to take several weeks as it works to come up with a revised budget that could be approved with a majority of support of the full City Council. As it gets ready to dive in, the committee is looking at the biggest proposed budget in the city's history, with an overall $10.6 billion budget and $6.53 billion in general fund revenue projected for the coming fiscal year along with record reserves. Garcetti is proposing big increases in infrastructure investment, police technology, police overtime, illegal cannabis enforcement and support for the homeless.

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