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May 3, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Hosts Memorial Honoring 209 Fallen Officers
Police officers killed in the line of duty since 1907 were honored in a ceremony Thursday on the lawn of the Los Angeles Police Academy.
KTLA 5 Video

Downtown L.A. residents, alarmed by assaults, demand more police foot patrols
Dozens of downtown residents went to Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday to demand more foot patrols in their neighborhoods, saying they are frustrated by the number of assaults, open-air drug sales and incidents of harassment outside their homes. More than 50 people affiliated with DTLA Strong ,  a neighborhood organization formed last year, appeared at the council's Budget and Finance Committee to request the patrols on Broadway, Spring, Main and other major streets. Several said downtown has become increasingly unsafe.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Says New Computer Tech Means More Officers In Field
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Thursday that extra money earmarked for new computers and digital technology in Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposed budget will result in a significant boost to the percentage of time officers spend in the field. Garcetti's proposed 2019-20 budget includes $14 million for new computers and other tech for the department, which is a down payment on what he has estimated is an $80 million need that may take up to three years to complete. Moore told the Budget and Finance Committee that in the mid 1990s, the LAPD stopped using handwritten reports and began having officers type reports on word processors. “I'm sad to say that 25 years later, we're still using that same process. We need to modernize our technology, and I'm thankful that the mayor's budget identifies an installment on a start of that process,” Moore said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Jumps From Crane In West L.A., Temporarily Shutting Down Metro Station
A man committed suicide Thursday by jumping from a crane at a construction site in West Los Angeles. Police were called to the 2400 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, near Exposition Boulevard at 9:55 a.m., said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, in his 30s, died at the scene, the coroner's office reported. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives. Because of the investigation, the adjacent Metro Sepulveda/Expo Station was temporarily closed, with Expo Line trains bypassing the station. Metro officials said buses were brought in to shuttle affected passengers to the area.
Los Angeles Daily News

Body Found Inside Vehicle In El Segundo Identified As 19-Year-Old Girl; LAPD Investigating

Authorities Thursday said a young woman found dead in a vehicle in El Segundo was from North Hollywood, and her death will be investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. Karla Cristina Morales-Escobar,19, was found dead about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday at California and East Elm streets. An autopsy was pending, the coroner's office reported. Sheriff's homicide detectives initially were assigned to assist El Segundo police in the investigation, but the case has been re-assigned to the LAPD. "Details have emerged in the course of this investigation that established the Los Angeles Police Department has jurisdiction in this matter," a sheriff's statement said. An LAPD spokesperson declined to elaborate on the investigation into the death.
FOX 11

Man Charged In Koreatown Shooting, Standoff With Police
Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a man who allegedly shot a smoke shop clerk in the leg, fled to a discount store and held police at bay for three hours in the Koreatown area. Joseph Michael Young, 41, pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, shooting at an occupied building and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Young allegedly tried to shoot the smoke shop clerk during a confrontation over a purchase Tuesday at the shop at 8th Street and Vermont Avenue, but the gun jammed and the clerk ran from the store, according to the District Attorney's Office. Young allegedly chased the clerk, firing at him multiple times and hitting him once in a leg, according to the District Attorney's Office.

State attorney general investigating L.A. Archdiocese's handling of sex abuse cases
The California attorney general's office will review how the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has handled sexual abuse allegations, including whether it followed mandatory reporting requirements to law enforcement, according to a letter reviewed by The Times. The letter, dated Thursday, from Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to Archbishop Jose Gomez, requests that church officials preserve an array of documents related to clergy abuse allegations. The investigation marks a major escalation in the abuse scandal, which has resulted in massive settlements for victims and criminal charges against individual priests but not the larger institutions.
Los Angeles Times

Judge Calls Man Sentenced To Life For Murder Of 62-Year-Old Seamstress Predator And Coward
A 22-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for a stabbing that killed a 62-year-old seamstress walking home after buying Christmas groceries, prosecutors said. Kenyata Blake was found guilty April 15 of one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree robbery in the death of Maria Elena Rivas. She was stabbed on Dec. 22, 2014 in the Adams-Normandie area and her handbag was stolen. During a dramatic court hearing during Blake's sentencing on Thursday, an irate judge Mark Arnold called Blake a predator. Blake interrupted, saying, "You want to do that too?" "He's a predator and a coward," Arnold said. The crime shocked the community. Blake wrestled for the victim's purse as she was walking home. As Rivas held onto her purse, Blake pulled out a knife, stabbed her in the heart and left her to die, said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Brian Chang. 

One Of Two Brothers Sentenced To Life Without Parole In Fatal Stabbing Of Woman During South L.A. Robbery

One of two twin brothers was sentenced to four years plus life without the possibility of parole in connection with the fatal stabbing of a woman who was robbed in South L.A. just days before Christmas in 2014. On April 15, a jury found Kenyata Blake, 22, guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles District. He and his brother, Keishon Blake, had been accused of killing Maria Elena Rivas, 62, as she was walking home from doing groceries on Dec. 22, 2014. Kenyata Blake fatally stabbed the victim, whose purse was also stolen. Kenyata Blake also robbed a woman on Jan. 23, 2015 in the Mid City area, officials said. Keishon Blake faces the same charges for his role in the crimes and his case is pending.

Jury Begins Hearing Case Against Man Charged With Killing A Woman In Hollywood And Another In El Monte

A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that evidence will show that three women, including a fashion design student who was set to go to a Grammy Awards party with actor Ashton Kutcher the night she was slain, were murdered by a “boy-next-door killer” who lived near each of them and plotted to attack them with a knife in their homes. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Akemon told the downtown Los Angeles jury in his opening statement that Michael Thomas Gargiulo, 43, was able to escape detection for nearly 15 years before accidentally cutting himself with a knife and leaving a “blood trail” during an April 2008 attack in Santa Monica in which the 26-year-old victim survived. Gargiulo could face the death penalty if convicted of the Feb. 22, 2001, slaying of Ashley Ellerin in a Hollywood bungalow and the Dec. 1, 2005, killing of Maria Bruno in an El Monte apartment. He is also charged with trying to kill Murphy and trying to escape from jail.
Los Angeles Daily News

This UNC Charlotte student knocked the shooter off his feet and saved lives
When a gunman opened fire in a University of North Carolina at Charlotte classroom, sending people diving for cover and rushing toward a door, student Riley Howell charged and knocked into the shooter, police say. Howell died for his efforts, shot by the gunman he rushed. But he was the "first and foremost hero" in bringing Tuesday evening's shooting to an end, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said. "He took the fight to the assailant," Putney said Wednesday. "Unfortunately, he had to give his life to do so, but he saved lives doing so."

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battling Lakeview Terrace House Fire Find Man Dead, Brother Injured
One man was killed and his adult brother was hospitalized after a fire erupted Thursday morning at a single-story home in Lakeview Terrace, authorities said. The blaze was reported at 10:17 a.m. at a single-story house in the 11300 block of Hunnewell Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Twenty-six firefighters extinguished the flames in less than 20 minutes. Firefighters located the two brothers while searching the 1,380-square foot structure, which was built in 1960, the LAFD said. The deceased victim's body was found inside the home. The man was identified by his family as 59-year-old Clifford "Franky" Miles. 

Fire Season Is Off To A Slow Start, But High Burn Potential Is Forecast For California

The Western U.S. has seen a slow start to this year's fire season, but California can still expect “above normal” potential for large wildfires this summer as heavy crops of grasses sprouted by the wet winter dry out, according to a new government report on fire potential. Southern California experienced the typical transition from cool, rainy weather to a warmer, drier pattern in April, and most storms that did hit the West Coast were too far north or weren't wet enough to provide widespread rain, according to the National Interagency Fire Center's outlook report. That means such fuels as seasonal grasses cured at a rapid pace in Southern California's inland areas and valleys. Seasonal grasses should be totally dried and ready to ignite by late May “in all but the highest alpine areas,” the report said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Councilman To Speak Out Against Bill Allowing To Extend Alcohol Sales To 4 A.M.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz and a group of activists plan to speak out Friday against a bill before the Legislature that would allow Los Angeles and eight other cities to extend alcohol sales to 4 a.m. Koretz and the activists -- including members of Alcohol Justice and the California Alcohol Policy Alliance -- plan to hold a news conference at 9 a.m. outside Los Angeles City Hall to oppose SB 58, the latest of several attempts by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, to pass a law that would allow bars in some cities to stay open later than 2 a.m. Koretz introduced the resolution in March against the bill and held several news conferences in opposition to the idea of earlier bar times when Weiner was trying to pass the previous versions.

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