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June 06, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Two LAPD Officers Hurt In Crash During Pursuit Of Suspected DUI Driver In Hancock Park
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized with moderate injuries after a pursuit ended in a crash in the Fairfax District late Wednesday. The pursuit began shortly after 11:30 p.m. when LAPD officers tried to pull over a driver suspected of being under the influence, said Capt. Tim Nordquist. The driver failed to stop and officers chased the motorist to the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, where their patrol car collided with another vehicle, Nordquist said. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear. Two officers were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash complained of pain and was treated by paramedics. The motorist that officers were pursuing drove off and has not been located. “Unfortunately, we were not able to apprehend that driver,” Nordquist told reporters at the scene.
Los Angeles Times

Three Remaining Teens Plead Guilty In Death Of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio
The three remaining teenagers charged in the death of Baltimore County PoliceOfficer Amy Caprio pleaded guilty Monday to felony murder charges. Darrell Ward, 16, Eugene Genius IV, 19, and Derrick Matthews, 17, entered their pleas in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Under their plea deals, each faces 30 years in prison. They each would have faced life sentences if convicted at trial. Family of the teens filled the courtroom to hear them plead guilty to murder. The charges stemmed from their roles in a string of home burglaries that led to the 29-year-old officer being run over by a fourth teen in their group in May 2018. Caprio was the first Baltimore County officer to die in the line of duty in six years. The teens wore solemn faces throughout the hearing and glanced into the gallery at their family occasionally who nodded in support. Deputy State's Attorney Robin Coffin said Monday's plea provided a sense of justice for Caprio and her family.
The Baltimore Sun

NYPD Chief Who Died Of 9/11-Related Cancer Remembered At Street Renaming
An NYPD chief who died from cancer-related to Ground Zero was remembered Saturday when a Staten Island street was renamed in his honor. Police Commissioner James O'Neill and NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea joined family members at the street renaming ceremony for former NYPD Chief of Detectives William Allee at the corner of Bascom Place and Collfield Ave. in Manor Heights, Staten Island. Allee, 76, died from a 9/11 related leukemia in May 2018. He served 40 years with the NYPD and retired in 2003. Allee had been the NYPD's Chief of Detectives since 1997. Despite his rank, he “worked feverishly” in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks and suffered from breathing problems as a result.
New York Daily News

Man Struck By Gunfire In Boyle Heights Officer-Involved Shooting  
A man is injured and a woman is in custody following an officer-involved shooting in Boyle Heights on Wednesday, according to Los Angeles police. The shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m. in the area of Myers and Kearny streets. The LAPD Hollenbeck Gang Enforcement detail attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the 150 block of N. Myer Street. It was then that a male passenger ran from the vehicle, and officers ran after him. During the foot pursuit, an officer-involved shooting occurred, police said. The man was struck by gunfire and was taken to nearby hospital in stable condition. Los Angeles police originally stated the officer-involved shooting was fatal but later confirmed the wounded man is alive at the hospital. No officers were injured in the incident, and a handgun was recovered at the scene. The female driver of the vehicle was found near the 101 Freeway and Mission Street. She was taken into custody by police.

Man, 88, Missing In East Los Angeles

An 88-year-old East Los Angeles man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia was missing Thursday morning. Sacramento Navarrete was last seen at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 3600 block of Ramboz Drive in unincorporated Los Angeles County near East Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Navarrete is Hispanic, 5 feet 11, 200 pounds, unshaven with short white hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue hat and blue sweatshirt, blue and black flannel shirt, black pants and black shoes, the LASD said. Navarrete also wears glasses and suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, the sheriff's department said. Anyone with information on Navarrete's whereabouts was asked to call Sgt. Mike Rodriguez or Detectives Tamar Abraham or Matt Pereida of the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

New Bill Aimed At Closing A Dangerous Legal Loophole For Homemade Ghost Guns
New legislation is aimed at closing a legal loophole blamed for the proliferation of untraceable, homemade guns in Southern California. So-called ghost guns cannot be tracked, allowing some to fall into the hands of criminals. They can be purchased online, delivered in pieces and assembled at home -- no background check required. "We have to make sure that our laws are advancing as our technology advance in this country," said Assemblyman Mike Gipson, who represents the Compton area. His bill, AB 879, would require a state background check for people seeking to buy firearm frames and receivers. It requires the Justice Department to electronically approved the purchase of firearm parts through a parts vendor. Gipson said only licensed dealers should be allowed to sell the parts, which would allow them to be tracked by law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Los Angeles estimates that 30 percent of the guns confiscated on Southern California streets are unserialized ghost guns. A haul last year netted nearly 50 ghost guns from just one bust of a gang in Hollywood.

California Inmate Who Claims To Have Killed 90 Nationwide Is Indicted In Ohio Cold Cases
A California inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 people across the United States was indicted Friday, accused of killing two Cleveland women decades ago, according to a statement from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said Samuel Little has confessed to five killings in Ohio, including three in the Cleveland area. The county's cold case unit was able to identify two of the three victims, O'Malley said. Little is charged with four counts of aggravated murder and six counts of kidnapping in the deaths of 21-year-old Mary Jo Peyton in 1984 and 32-year-old Rose Evans in 1991, the prosecutor said. Little, 78, is in a California state prison, department of corrections spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. He confessed to about 90 killings last year while serving three consecutive life sentences for murder, the FBI announced last year. The killings occurred across the country, from Los Angeles to Miami, Houston to Cleveland, all between 1970 and 2005.

Top Cop Calls Chicago's Most Violent Weekend So Far This Year ‘Despicable'
Calling Chicago's most violent weekend so far this year “despicable,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson stuck to the department's usual explanation for what went wrong, blaming the flow of illegal guns and a too-lenient criminal justice system. “Unfortunately, over the past 72 hours in Chicago, we saw a despicable level of violence,” Johnson said at a news conference Monday at police headquarters. “Weekends like this remind us all of the challenges that we face and that they are complex and profound.” According to the department, at least 52 people were shot, eight fatally, from 6 p.m. Friday until midnight Monday. At least one other person was fatally stabbed, bringing the homicide toll to nine. More than half the victims — 31 to be specific — were wounded during a 12-hour burst of gunfire from Friday evening to Saturday morning in areas of the South and West sides that have long struggled with crime, poverty and hopelessness. Four of them died. Police officials said the weekend violence resulted from gang conflicts, drug-dealing and personal disputes that escalated.
Chicago Tribune

Public Safety News

Firefighters Rescue Young Girl Who Got Stuck Inside Chimney At Inglewood Home
Firefighters in Inglewood rescued a young girl that got stuck in a chimney of a home in the 11200 block of S. Crenshaw Boulevard. Aerial footage showed county fire crews taking apart the chimney, brick-by-brick. They pulled out the 14-year-old girl who was conscious and breathing and was checked by medics at the scene before being strapped on into a rescue stretcher basket. No further details were immediately known. The incident is under investigation. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
FOX 11

Local Government News

L.A. Councilman Aims To Increase Enforcement On Illegal Dumping Downtown
Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a motion Wednesday calling for additional resources to address illegal dumping in the city's downtown area, including hiring more crews to increase cleanups. The motion proposes that homeless and formerly homeless individuals be employed to provide trash and bulky-item cleanup services two days per week, five hours per day, through Chrysalis, a nonprofit employment services program that separately provides trash and street cleaning support to numerous Business Improvement Districts. Huizar is also proposing increased enforcement, fines targeting offenders and rewards for people who report illegal dumping, and wants city departments to report on specific notification practices when reporting illegal dumping. His motion was seconded by council members Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Curren Price, Joe Buscaino and Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Election 2019: Measure EE Tax Hike For LAUSD Fails
A proposed parcel tax ballot measure that would have created a new stream of local funding for the Los Angeles Unified School District went down to defeat at the hands of voters late Tuesday, even as its supporters acknowledged it had an “uphill battle” from the beginning. With all precincts reporting following the day's special election, 54.32% of the electorate —165,294 voters — said no to Measure EE, and 139,027 — 45.68% — said yes, a far cry from the required two-thirds majority of voters need to pass the controversial measure. As the only item on the ballot in most parts of the massive district, low turnout was anticipated.
Los Angeles Daily News

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