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May 2, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officers Sent To Hospital After Crash During Police Chase
Two Los Angeles police officers were injured Wednesday, along with two other motorists, in a three-vehicle crash in the Encino area that occurred during a brief chase of a stolen-vehicle suspect who got away, authorities said. The crash occurred shortly after 10 a.m. at Ventura Boulevard and Rubio Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The officers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries described as not life-threatening. The two other motorists were treated at the scene and released. The suspect vehicle was not involved in the crash and kept going. No vehicle description was given.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Found Guilty Of Slaying Maryland Officer With Vehicle
A Baltimore teenager was convicted of felony murder Wednesday, about a year after he accelerated a stolen Jeep and hit a Maryland police officer, killing her on a suburban cul-de-sac. Dawnta Harris, who's 17 but was tried as an adult, faces life in prison for the slaying of Baltimore County police officer Amy Caprio. The jury in the suburban county ringing the city of Baltimore handed down the verdict after deliberating for nearly seven hours over two days. Last week, jurors watched Caprio's searing body-worn camera footage. She could be heard repeatedly ordering Harris out of the car before the 29-year-old law enforcer drew her pistol and screaming "Stop! Stop!" Harris ducked his head, hit the gas and the Jeep slammed into her. She fired once, the bullet shattering the windshield. Harris ditched the stolen car a few blocks away.
Associated Press

Police Search For Suspect Who Broke NYPD Officer's Leg During Pursuit

Police were searching for a 48-year-old man after he kicked a police officer on the Upper West Side over the weekend, breaking the officer's leg. Cops said Lincoln George allegedly attacked an officer as police were chasing him down the street at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Police had responded to a call of a larceny in progress at a Duane Reade on Broadway, near 94th Street. When they got there, they found a man and a woman and started chasing them on foot. George then kicked one of the officers in the left leg, police said. The officer was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke's hospital with a broken leg, but is in stable condition. Police said the woman was taken into custody, but George fled. 
amNewYork, New York

Police Swarm West LA Medical Building In Search Of Burglary Suspect
Two people were taken into custody after police swarmed a Cedars-Sinai medical facility near West L.A. in search of a burglary suspect. Los Angeles police officers responding to a report of a break-in at an attached garage of a home around 3:50 p.m. chased after the suspect when he ran into the Mark Goodson building, 444 S. San Vicente Blvd. The building is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but is not part of the main hospital campus. The building was locked down as officers searched it floor to floor, and door to door. Announcements were made over the building's PA system, ordering the suspect to surrender. The burglar was taken into custody by 7:15 p.m. A second suspect, a woman, was captured blocks away from the home that was burglarized.

24 People Dressed in Black With Masks Arrested for Random Acts of Vandalism
A group of 24 people dressed in black with masks committing acts of vandalism, attempted arson and assault were arrested Wednesday night in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The group was not believed to be part of the May Day protesters, who participated in a march earlier Wednesday, the LAPD said.

Burglars Break Into San Fernando Valley Medical Marijuana Businesses Through Roof: LAPD 
Police are looking for burglars who are breaking into marijuana businesses in the San Fernando Valley through the roof. The burglaries have occurred on the weekends and the suspects are able to get in by cutting a hole through the roof. In some cases, the burglars cut the power, disabling the alarm system and cameras, police said in a community alert. Authorities said recent burglaries occurred in the LAPD's Devonshire area. They did not provide details about those incidents. Police encourage business owners to double check a building's roof access and fuse panels to ensure they are locked, have an alarm system and cameras on a backup battery that can last over the weekend in case the power is cut, and not to leave large amounts of cash at the business overnight. 

Long Beach Terror Plot Case Highlights New Challenges For Investigators As Online Recruiting Grows

The Southern California man accused of plotting a bomb attack at a Long Beach rally last weekend fit the profile of other extremists bent on violence over the past two decades, counter-terrorism experts said Wednesday. But Mark Domingo also represents a new threat of deep concern to terrorism investigators — the growing use of online forums and other internet tools to link isolated, frustrated young people with extremist groups. FBI investigators in Los Angeles said they were first alerted to Domingo, a 26-year-old former U.S. Army infantryman from Reseda, when he allegedly posted violent statements in an online private message group for Muslims. His first statement in a video message was made March 2; in it, he proclaimed his faith in Islam, according an FBI affidavit filed in court following Domingo's arrest.
Los Angeles Daily News

$10,000 Reward Offered For Tips Leading To Arrest In South L.A. Killing
A $10,000 reward for tips leading to the capture and arrest of suspect(s) in a fatal shooting in South L.A. has been approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, authorities said Wednesday. On Feb. 8, 53-year-old Tim Jackson was shot to death about 10:38 p.m. in the 3500 block of Floresta Avenue, located in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. No other details were given in the release but authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward. The department's homicide bureau can be reached at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be forwarded to L.A. Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google play or the Apple App Store or by visiting

2 LA County Men Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexual Relationship With Rancho Cucamonga Teen

Two Los Angeles County men were arrested in April by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of having sexual relationships with a minor. The Sheriff's Department said its Rancho Cucamonga station was initially notified of sexual acts against a child happening in Rancho Cucamonga. “Detectives assumed the investigation and conducted an extensive interview with the 17-year-old male victim,” officials said. Through investigation, the department said it learned that the boy had two sexual relationships with men from Los Angeles County — one from Los Angeles and one from Hacienda Heights. The Sheriff's Department said Frank Geraci, 56, started a sexual relationship with the minor when the boy was 14-years-old.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Law Barring Adult Prosecution Of Youths Under 16 Is Upheld
A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to a new California law prohibiting the prosecution of 14- and 15-year-olds in adult court, where they could be sentenced to as long as life in prison. The law, SB1391, refers youths ages 14 and 15 to juvenile court, where the maximum confinement ends at age 25. The law, passed last year, repealed statutes that had been in effect since 1995 allowing those youths to be charged as adults. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld the law Tuesday, rejecting arguments by Solano County prosecutors that it violated a 2016 ballot measure that allowed juvenile-court judges to transfer youths' cases to adult criminal court. It was the first appellate ruling on the issue, but similar cases are pending in other counties, and the issue could be headed to the state Supreme Court within the next year.
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Safety News

California Firefighter Who Saved Lives In Las Vegas Shooting To Be Honored
Cal Fire apparatus engineer Chris Wetzel saved people's lives during the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and California is about to present him with the state's highest honor for his heroic work the night of the massacre. Wetzel is among 13 state employees that will receive the Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor for acts of heroism during a ceremony at the California Highway Patrol Academy Thursday afternoon. "I've always felt that I just did what everybody else would have done," Wetzel, of Beaumont in Riverside County, said Wednesday morning as he packed his bags to travel to Sacramento. "To be recognized like this, it's a really big deal." The 39-year-old was celebrating his birthday with his wife and friends at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, when a gunman shot and killed 58 people.

Local Government News

LA City Council Approves Reforms To Sexual Harassment Policies
Reforms to the city of Los Angeles' sexual harassment and discrimination policies in the workplace were approved Wednesday by the City Council. The 14-0 vote will create a comprehensive Citywide Harassment and Discrimination-Free Workplace Policy that updates, simplifies and consolidates existing harassment, discrimination and other related policies, Councilman Paul Krekorian's office said. "While the city has long had a strong policy against sexual harassment, this is the first time there has been a comprehensive review of and recommendations on enhancing the city's harassment and discrimination practices with an eye toward making positive change," said Krekorian, who proposed the review of city policies. 

L.A. City Council Moves To Replace Wells Fargo
As a result of stricter rules passed in the aftermath of a fake accounts scandal, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to replace Wells Fargo as its main banking partner. The city does the majority of its banking with Wells Fargo through roughly 800 different accounts, and the recommended change to Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, outlined in a report by the Office of Finance, was approved on a 13-0 vote. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2018 signed an amended Responsible Banking Ordinance that requires any bank that bids for the city's contracts to disclose its sales goals and other potentially predatory business practices.

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