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June 21, 2019
Law Enforcement News

‘She Was A Hero': Sacramento Cop Grew Up In Bay Area, Achieved Dream Before Slaying
Tara O'Sullivan returned every December to College Park High School in Pleasant Hill to participate in the soccer team's annual alumni game. Even the year she had an injured knee, she insisted on playing with her former teammates. That same determination and sense of community drove O'Sullivan in her quest to become a police officer, a childhood ambition that she finally realized in December when she was sworn into the force in Sacramento. Former colleagues and mentors described her as a “bright light” whom they believed would build bridges between law enforcement and local residents. The 26-year-old officer was helping a woman move out of her northeast Sacramento home after a dispute Wednesday evening when a man with a history of domestic violence fatally shot her with a high-powered rifle, officials said. Growing up in the East Bay, O'Sullivan joined the explorer programs of the Martinez and Pleasant Hill police departments, designed for young people considering law enforcement careers. As an explorer, she helped with crowd control and did traffic assignments, sometimes during special events like the Fourth of July. When Martinez police tried to figure out which liquor stores would illegally sell booze to minors — known as a “shoulder tap” program — O'Sullivan would act as an underage decoy.
San Francisco Chronicle

LASD Announces Funeral Services For Slain Deputy
Funeral services for a slain Los Angeles sheriff's deputy will be held Monday morning. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department says the funeral for Joseph Solano will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown Los Angeles beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will take place in a private ceremony at Calvary Cemetery immediately following the church services. Joseph Solano was shot in the back of the head — in what officials believe was an unprovoked random attack — on the evening of June 10 while he was on line waiting to order food at an Alhambra Jack in the Box. He died two days later. He was a 13-year veteran of the force. Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, was charged June 13 for killing Solano along with two counts of robbery for allegedly carrying out two Long Beach heists hours after the killings. Nelson is also accused of killing 31-year-old Dmitry Alekseyevich Kolstov. Nelson was jailed without bail.

Man Found Guilty Of Fatally Shooting Maine LEO
A man accused of placing a gun against the neck of a sheriff's deputy and pulling the trigger was convicted of murder Tuesday after a trial that focused on the defendant's drug-addled state of mind. Both sides agreed that defendant John Williams fired the shot that killed Cpl. Eugene "Gene" Cole last year in Norridgewock. The defense claimed Williams was sleep-deprived and strung out on cocaine and heroin, but the prosecution argued Williams knew exactly what he was doing. Tom Cole, the victim's brother, thanked jurors who delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon. "Nobody really wins today. It doesn't bring Gene back. But it is a little bit of closure for us," he said. Cole, 61, was the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in nearly 30 years in Maine.
Associated Press

LAPD Searching For Hit-and-Run Driver That Left 91-Year-Old For Dead After Striking Him In Crosswalk
Authorities are searching for the driver accused of leaving a 91-year-old man to die after striking him in a marked crosswalk on Monday morning, officials said. The elderly man was crossing the street at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkson Avenue when he was fatally struck. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the incident and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries. The victim's name has not yet been released by officials. Police wished to remind drivers it is required by law that when involved in an accident they stop, report it to police, and stay at the scene to identify themselves. The Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund, established in 2015, offers rewards of up to $50,000 to those who give information that leads to identification or apprehension of individuals involved in these cases. Anyone with information on the accident was being asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Detectives, Officer Fredo 818-644-8029 or Officer Reyes at 818-644-8032. Anonymous tips can also be left with the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. 
FOX 11

Gunman At Large After Killing Man At Bus Stop In Harbor City: LAPD
Police were searching for a gunman after a man was shot dead at a bus stop in Harbor City on Thursday. The victim was waiting for a bus at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and South Vermont Avenue when he was killed at about 11:40 a.m., according to Los Angeles police officials. The victim died at the scene, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. Investigators determined the shooter pulled up in a car and fired multiple rounds. Lashonda Monks, who lives near the scene, said she heard about six shots. “I told my daughter, who was going into our garage, ‘Let's get out the way,' ” Monks said. The man killed was the only person struck. He had not been identified as of Thursday evening. The gunman was driving a light-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Cadillac, with tinted windows. It was last seen heading west on Highway 1 from Vermont, Eisenman said. Detectives are looking into whether the deadly incident could be gang-related.

West Los Angeles Private Track Coach Arrested For Sexual Battery Against Athlete
A 67-year-old man who worked as a private track coach in the West Los Angeles area was arrested Wednesday morning after being charged with committing sexual battery against an athlete he was training. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Conrad Avondale Mainwaring, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which described the suspect as “a private coach” who “operates at various tracks in the West Los Angeles area.” According to police, Mainwaring allegedly sexually battered a male athlete “under the guise of physical therapy and mental focus training.” The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed a sexual battery charge against Mainwaring and obtained a warrant for his arrest after getting the case from detectives in the Special Assault Section of the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, police said. Mainwaring was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to sheriff's inmate records. Anyone with information about additional possible crimes involving Mainwaring was urged to call LAPD Detective Sharlene Johnson at 213-486-6910.

21-Year-Old Gets Life In Prison For Killings At House Parties In San Fernando Valley, South L.A.
A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing two men to death at separate house parties in South Los Angeles and Pacoima during fall 2016, prosecutors said. A jury found Jesse Alexander Cardoza of Arleta guilty earlier this year of murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Martin Kennedy and Victor Garcia, 22, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The first killing occurred Sept. 24 after a house party on Stanford Avenue in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South L.A. Once the revelry wound down, Cardoza and a minor confronted and attacked Kennedy. The victim died after Cardoza stabbed him on the back of the head and in the back, officials said. The next month, on Oct. 29, Cardoza allegedly killed Garcia at a party advertised by flyer on Bernadette Street in Pacoima.

Judge Refuses To Reduce Actor's Sentence For Wife's Killing
A judge refused Thursday to reduce actor Michael Jace's 40-year-to-life sentence for fatally shooting his wife in front of their two young children in their Hyde Park home in 2014. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry declined to exercise his discretion to strike a 25-year-to-life gun use enhancement against Jace, who portrayed a Los Angeles police officer on the TV series "The Shield." Jace was convicted in May 2016 of second-degree murder for the May 19, 2014, slaying of his wife, April. "This is a very sad case for all involved. I know the defendant was filled with remorse after he took his wife's life," the judge said, while noting that Jace's actions were "so egregious." Jace -- now acting as his own attorney -- has said that he has filed federal court papers involving his case. In January, a three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal found there was "compelling evidence that Jace acted with the malice required for second-degree murder."

San Fernando Valley Teacher Gets 10 Years In Jail For Molesting Students
A former teacher will spend more than 10 years in jail for molesting girls at the San Fernando Valley high school where he taught science and coached lacrosse, according to City Atty. Mike Feuer's office. Scott Silva was convicted after a two-week jury trial of 25 criminal counts that included child molestation, sexual battery, false imprisonment and lewd conduct on a child, Feuer's office said. Silva was acquitted of one count of lewd conduct on a child and two counts of child molestation, according to court records. Two counts of sexual battery were dismissed. Until his arrest in November, Silva, 44, was a teacher and coach at Birmingham Community Charter High School in Lake Balboa, according to a profile on the school's website that has been taken down. Tracie Bowdoin, the school's principal and chief executive, did not return a call for comment. Eighteen girls reported being molested or touched inappropriately by Silva between 2016 and 2018, according to a criminal complaint filed by Feuer's office.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Fire At 96-Year-Old Rosslyn Hotel In Downtown LA Leaves One Person Critically Burned
A person was critically burned Thursday in a fire at the Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters sent to 112 W. Fifth St. at 7:09 a.m. extinguished the flames in 15 minutes in an 11th-floor unit in the building, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The fire in the hotel, which was build in 1923, was held in check by sprinklers, the LAFD reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Beginning Of Summer Brings High Temps, Gusty Winds As California Braces For Fire Season
Fire weather officially arrived in Northern California this week, signaling the beginning of what officials expect will be an exhausting year for firefighters across the state. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning beginning Thursday night for the Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills warning of high fire danger from gusty winds and low humidity levels that are expected to linger though Saturday evening. Friday marks the first day of summer. The warning, which extends from Sacramento north to Redding, is for elevations below 2,000 feet where wildland fuels are generally near or below the seasonal average and susceptible to rapid spread of fire, said Jim Matthews, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sacramento. Winds ranging from 10 to 20 mph with gusts reaching 40 mph are expected to blow through the region. At the same time, the minimum daytime humidity is expected to linger between 10% and 15%. 

Local Government News

Heated battle over automation and jobs at Port of L.A. moves to City Council
A fierce battle over automation at the Port of Los Angeles will move to the City Council as dockworkers continue to protest expected job losses at the nation's largest shipping terminal. Amid angry shouting by hundreds of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on Thursday to approve a permit for Maersk, the global logistics conglomerate, to introduce driverless electric cargo handlers inside its 484-acre facility. After the vote, which took place at a giant San Pedro cargo-handling facility, City Councilman Joe Buscaino said he would introduce a motion Friday asking the 15-member council to veto the harbor commission's decision.
Los Angeles Times

LA Metro Seeks Public Feedback As North San Fernando Valley Rapid Transit Bus Project Inches Forward
A San Fernando Valley business group is gearing up for another push in favor of an Orange Line-like bus route that would take commuters east to west on the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley Industry Commerce Association — VICA — has been calling for its members — which include business and corporate interests in the area — to rally in support of North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project aimed to connect Cal State Northridge and other parts of the Valley. The Metro Planning and Programming Committee is expected to start an environmental study for the project and examine the project's scope, which includes the communities of Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, Panorama City, Pacoima, Sylmar, North Hollywood and San Fernando, with potential connections to Metrolink at the Chatsworth and Sylmar/San Fernando stations to the Metro Orange Line and Red lines at North Hollywood station, to the long-planned East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project on Van Nuys Boulevard and other regional projects, according to Metro. The route itself would be 18 to 20 miles.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County Bans Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally adopted an ordinance banning landlords in unincorporated areas from discriminating against would-be tenants with government-issued housing vouchers or other rental subsidies. The vote was 4-0, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger abstaining. Barger has been critical of measures favoring rent controls. The measure will take effect in 30 days. Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas championed the ordinance, which exempts nursing homes, retirement homes and units where the owner or his family must share a bathroom or kitchen with a tenant. As the county struggles to find housing for the nearly 60,000 Angelenos without a permanent roof over their heads, policymakers are butting heads with landlords who don't want to take Section 8 vouchers.

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