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May 9, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Trial Begins For Alleged Gang Member Accused Of Murdering Pomona SWAT Officer
A reputed Mongols motorcycle gang member who shot and killed a Pomona SWAT officer was warned loudly and repeatedly that police were at the door, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense attorney countered that his client was convinced Mongols members had come to get him and fired to protect his family. During their opening statements, both sides agreed that David Martinez, now 41, fired a bullet from a 12-gauge shotgun at 45-year-old Officer Shaun Diamond, who was part of a team of officers serving a warrant in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014, at a San Gabriel home at 138 N. San Marino Ave. where Martinez lived with his parents, common-law wife, their 10-year-old son and baby, and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome. Diamond was helping to open a metal screen over the front door of the home as part of a multi-agency operation targeting the Mongols gang when an interior door was opened and a single shotgun blast rang out, striking him in the neck. He died the next day.

Suspect Caught After Mississippi LEO Killed Outside Station
Less than 24 hours after police say a Mississippi man gunned down a uniformed officer in police station parking lot, the now-arrested suspect was marched on Monday night back into the same Biloxi police station. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said one of his department's officers was driving home through Wiggins, 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of the Gulf Coast city when the officer spotted a man at the side of the road who looked like the target of an intense manhunt. That officer's suspicions were on the money. He called Wiggins police who in turn arrested 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson, wanted for capital murder in the slaying of Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen. 
Associated Press

Three West Valley LAPD officers, watch commander on leave after infection; question remains where disease came from
Three officers and a watch commander at the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley station were placed on medical leave over the weekend after coming down with some kind of infection. Officers at the Reseda facility and police union officials are certain the disease is MRSA — a bacterial infection that can show up as abscesses on the skin — and also have said that the infection first showed up after a homeless man was brought to the station. “We do not consider the outbreak of MRSA as an isolated incident and treating the initially affected officers does not amount to the problem being ‘handled,'” Lally wrote in the Tuesday letter. “We strongly urge the Department and City to contract with a certified industrial/commercial decontamination expert to do a full evaluation of the current situation and make recommendations to treat and prevent future outbreaks.”
Los Angeles Daily News

ATF, LAPD Seize Massive Collection Of Weapons From Holmby Hills Home
Authorities seized a massive collection of guns from a Holmby Hills home
in the 100 block of N Beverly Glen Boulevard on Wednesday. According to LAPD and ATF, they received information that a person was selling and manufacturing illegal firearms inside the home. Law enforcement served a search warrant at the home at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. They say over 1,000 firearms, mostly rifles and shotguns, were recovered related to this investigation. "The weapons are of all makes and calibers, and models...This is a big, big stash you might say, that's beyond comprehension that somebody can have so many weapons in a residence like this, in a neighborhood such as this," said an LAPD Lieutenant at the scene. Police say these weapons hit the streets going to mostly gang members and bringing in a lot of money.
FOX 11

Police Seek Help Finding Additional Victims Of ‘Prolific' Convicted Sex Offender Who Allegedly Lured, Assaulted 2 Women In Sylmar
Police are looking for possible additional victims of a “prolific” convicted sex offender who last month allegedly lured two women to his Sylmar home after contacting them online, authorities said Wednesday. Aaron Clark, 40, was arrested April 14 after a woman said he had used an online service to lure her to his home. He then allegedly armed himself and forced her to commit sexual acts, Los Angeles Police Detective Debra Malinowski said during a news conference Wednesday. Police later determined that Clark had also allegedly used an online dating app to lure another woman into his home on April 13 and sexually assault her while he was also armed. Authorities did not elaborate on what kind of weapon was used. Malinowski said Clark “groomed” that victim for three to four days before he met her in person. Police said Clark posed as a photographer or convinced victims that he worked in the entertainment business.

Road Rage Suspect Apprehended In Las Vegas Weeks After Victim Shot In North Hills, LAPD Says
A man has been arrested in Las Vegas for his involvement in two road-rage incidents in Los Angeles County, including one in which he allegedly shot another man, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday. David Phouanesavath was taken into custody after being located by a joint FBI-LAPD task force, police said in a statement. According to investigators, an anonymous victim contacted LAPD detectives after a description of Phouanesavath and surveillance video of his vehicle were released at a televised news conference on April 22. The tipster reported being the victim of an incident in which "the suspect brandished a firearm during a road rage incident that occurred in northern Los Angeles County," the news release said. The victim photographed Phouanesavath's vehicle and wrote down the license plate number, authorities said, adding that the suspect and description of the vehicle matched those in a March 25 shooting. 

Police Seek Runaway 11-Year-Old Boy Last Seen Near Ladera Heights
Police Wednesday were seeking to locate an 11-year-old boy who ran away from home and was last seen near Ladera Heights. Julio Contreras was last seen Tuesday walking in the 6300 block of La Brea Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “His foster mother ordered him a ride shared vehicle for him to go to Audubon Middle School located in the 4100 block of 11th Avenue,” police said. “Contreras never used the vehicle or went to school.” Police believe he may be trying to get to his biological mother's home in the 5200 block of Repetto Street in East Los Angeles near East Los Angeles College. Julio is Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has curly black hair and brown eyes. He walks with a slight limp. Anyone with information regarding the boy's whereabouts was urged to call the watch commander at the LAPD's Pacific Station at 310-482-6334.

Man And Woman Sentenced In Separate Child Killing Cases
A 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were each sentenced Wednesday in separate and unrelated cases of killing a young child, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Lataz Gray was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for fatally stabbing a 2-year-old girl to death after the child tried to protect her pregnant mother during a 2016 fight in South Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Gray pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the girl's death as well as attempted murder for attacking her mother, prosecutors said. Gray began stabbing his 22-year-old girlfriend on May 2, 2016, when her 2-year-old daughter, Maliaya Tademy, came from a different room and tried to protect her mother, prosecutors said. Gray's father notified investigators about his son, who had gone to the hospital for treatment of cuts to his hands, police said at the time. At some point, Gray was in touch with his father, who tried to persuade him to turn himself in, police said. Gray fled the scene and was arrested the next day by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Times

Sentencing Set For South Los Angeles Gang Member Convicted Of Ambush Murder
An Oct. 7 sentencing date is set for a South Los Angeles gang member prosecuted in federal court in connection with the slaying of an unarmed man gunned down in front of his 2-year-old son. Rondale "Pueblo Grump" Young, 36, faces a life sentence when sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A federal jury on Tuesday found Young guilty of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act -- RICO -- in relation to the Aug. 2, 2009, murder of Francisco Cornelio, a 23-year-old man with no gang affiliation who was shot to death at point-blank range while vacuuming his car as his young son watched. The jury also found Young guilty of conspiracy to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering -- known as VICAR -- VICAR murder, and possessing, using and discharging a firearm resulting in death in relation to a crime of violence.

Former Wrestling Coach In The San Fernando Valley Convicted Of Molesting 9 Minors
A man who coached wrestling at a Sun Valley high school was convicted Tuesday of 47 sex-related counts, including lewd act on a child, involving seven boys and two girls. Jurors found Terry Terrell Gillard of Sylmar, 58, guilty of three felony counts each of lewd act on a child, lewd act on a child 14 or 15 and oral copulation of a person under 18, along with 28 felony counts of procuring a child to engage in a lewd act and 10 misdemeanor counts of child molestation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The crimes involved minors whom Gillard met through the wrestling teams at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School and the Boys and Girls Club of San Fernando between 1991 and 2017, according to evidence presented during Gillard's trial. The victims were between the ages of 11 and 17, according to Deputy District Attorney Cathy Lee.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Child Sex Assault Suspect Who Faked Death At Golden Gate Bridge Arrested In Florida
A Northern California man who police say faked his own suicide to avoid jail for child sexual assault and pornography has been arrested in Florida. The Enterprise-Record reported Tuesday 58-year-old Michael Manning, of Chico, California, was arrested in Monroe County, Florida. Chico police say that Manning had a hearing scheduled on Oct. 6, 2016, to be sentenced on child sexual abuse, child pornography and other charges but he didn't show up. Chico police say a suicide note in Manning's handwriting was found in a car he rented that was left near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, but his body was not found. Deputies in Florida arrested him May 3 after he identified himself with a fake U.S. passport and U.S. Navy identification card during a burglary investigation.

Local Government News

In tentative ruling, judge clears hurdle for homeless housing project in Boyle Heights
A developer notched a victory Wednesday over business owners who had been seeking to block a homeless housing project next to his Boyle Heights shopping center. The owners of the landmark El Mercado had appealed the city's approval of the 49-unit apartment building for mentally ill homeless people, and then went to court after the L.A. City Council overturned their appeal.
Los Angeles Times

LA Wants To Charge Illegal Pot Shops For The Work It Takes To Shut Them Down
Property owners that rent to illegal pot shops may soon feel the wrath of the city. The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Wednesday with a proposal that would charge those businesses, as well as the owners they rent from, for any activity related to shutting the businesses down, including costs associated with LAPD enforcement, shutting off the retailers' utilities, and legal fees from the city attorney's involvement in such cases. The motion, originally brought in April by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, passed unanimously. Rodriguez said that she believes some property owners who rent to illegal cannabis businesses have been "skirting the law" and "trying to make fast money," and that some may even be in on the take. "What we have found is that many are complicit in the business themselves," she said. "So we are going to shut them down, and we are gonna give them the bill."

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