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July 2, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Slain Missouri Officer Remembered As Dedicated, Caring
Mourners packed a St. Louis cathedral Monday to mourn a Missouri police officer who was shot to death, after the family of the man charged in his killing issued a public apology. Pallbearers carried North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf's casket into the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, past hundreds of police officers lined up outside in a final salute. Inside, Langsdorf's teenage children described their father as caring, sensitive and dedicated, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "He taught me that a life of rescuing, defending and serving is the only life worth living," his 18-year-old son, Kaleb Langsdorf, told the crowd that filled the 1,750-occupancy cathedral to capacity. The 40-year-old officer was fatally shot June 23 while answering a bad check call at a market in the St. Louis County town of Wellston. Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, is jailed without bond on charges of first-degree murder and three other felonies.
Associated Press

Ohio Trooper Injured In Fiery Crash With Wrong-Way Driver
An Ohio State Highway Patrol officer and a motorist traveling the wrong way were injured early Thursday in a fiery head-on collision on Interstate 71 in Morrow County. The collision occurred around 2:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-71 approximately four miles north of the Rt. 95 exit, according to the patrol's Mount Gilead Post. The trooper had been dispatched to locate a possibly impaired driver on I-71 when his cruiser was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes, the patrol said. Both vehicles then caught on fire. Another motorist stopped at the scene to help, and that Good Samaritan was also injured, troopers said. The trooper and the Good Samaritan were flown by helicopter to hospitals in Columbus, while the wrong-way driver was transported to a hospital in Mansfield, the patrol said.
The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Stolen Car Suspect Taken Into Custody After Erratic Pursuit Through San Fernando Valley
A stolen car suspect led police on a dangerous chase through the San Fernando Valley that ended in Sherman Oaks on Monday. The pursuit started in the North Hollywood area just after 10 a.m. before continuing into Van Nuys and concluding in Sherman Oaks. AIR7 HD was over the chase as the man, who was driving a pickup truck, sped on surface streets in residential areas, blowing through intersections and nearly striking two pedestrians walking in a crosswalk. The suspect abruptly stopped in the middle of the street near the intersection of Woodcliff and Kingswood roads around 10:30 a.m. He was taken into custody by Los Angeles police without incident.

Man Found Dead In Backyard Of South L.A. Home; Wife Hospitalized With Gunshot Wound

An investigation is underway after authorities found a man dead and his wife suffering from a gunshot wound in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles Monday morning. The incident in the 13000 block of South Carlton Avenue was reported just after 6:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Gina Eguia said. Arriving deputies discovered a woman suffering from a gunshot wound and transported her to a local hospital, Eguia said. Her condition was unknown but she was expected to survive. The woman's husband, who has not been identified, was found deceased in the backyard of the home. Authorities have not said how the man died, but a relative who lives nearby said he was told by a family member that the man shot himself after shooting his wife. “I'm still in shock,” the relative said. Two children who were inside the home managed to get out safely, Eguia said.

LAPD Searches For Relatives Of Pedestrian Hit In Historic South-Central, Left In Critical Condition
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for relatives of a man struck and severely wounded by a vehicle in Historic South-Central L.A., authorities said Monday. The man was hit by a blue 2014 Ford Taurus while crossing the street at the intersection of San Pedro and 36th streets on June 25 shortly before noon, according to LAPD. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Surveillance footage was released by LAPD on Monday as officials continue trying to identify the victim. The video shows him walking across the street moments before the crash and a glimpse of the blue car afterward. Officials said the driver began to hit the brakes but wasn't able to stop and remained at the scene as authorities arrived. The driver continues to cooperate with an investigation into the crash. Investigators do not believe alcohol or other criminal factors played a role in the collision. Authorities are still searching for relatives of the pedestrian, who is described by LAPD as a Hispanic man who stands about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs around 140 to 150 pounds.

L.A. Police Commission Seeks Civilian Hearing Examiners To Judge Officer Discipline
The Los Angeles Police Commission will start accepting applications for residents who want to serve on the powerful boards that review serious officer misconduct. The commission needs to expand its pool of examiners after the City Council passed a measure last month to give police officers the choice of having a panel of three civilians decide a misconduct case. Officers had the option to pick the panels on June 13 or select a board with the current makeup of one civilian and two LAPD command staff members. “The Police Commission is desirous of increasing the diversity of the Hearing Examiner pool and encourages those interested to apply beginning July 9, 2019,” Richard Tefank, the commission's executive director, said in a statement. The potential for an all-civilian panel — one of the most sweeping expansions of civilian oversight in decades — comes after voters in 2017 approved Charter Amendment C, which gave officers the all-civilian option despite opposition from civil liberties groups that argued that civilians tend to be more supportive of officers. The City Council formalized the measure in April.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Man Gets 26 Years In Prison For Sexual Assaulting 13-Year-Old Girl And 2 Women
A man was sentenced Monday to 26 years in state prison for the sexual assaults of a 13-year-old girl and two women, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Salvador Martinez pleaded no contest to criminal charges of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, forcible lewd act upon a child and assault with intent to commit rape on May 13. Martinez, 31, sexually assaulted the mother of his children in Bell Gardens on Aug. 15, 2016, before attacking another female just two months later, according to prosecutors. He sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Maywood after breaking into an apartment. He later sexually assaulted a 36-year-old woman after breaking into another Maywood apartment on Nov. 13, 2016, prosecutors said. He was found in Stratford days later after fleeing the scene. Prosecutors said Martinez must also register as a lifetime sex offender.

Man Pleads No Contest In Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash
A 26-year-old man pleaded no contest Friday to charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a 77-year-old woman who was crossing a street in South Los Angeles last year. Brandon Rosendo Mazariego of South Los Angeles could face up to eight years and six months in state prison in connection with the Nov. 13, 2018, crash that left Maria Asuncion Reynoso dead, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The woman, who lived a few blocks away, was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a white Nissan Armada that was turning left onto 28th Street from South Budlong Avenue, authorities said. Mazariego made no effort to stop after the crash, according to the District Attorney's Office. “After the collision, the vehicle reversed and fled northbound on Budlong Avenue from 28th Street at a high rate of speed,” according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department shortly after the crash. Reynoso was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Ex-USC Gynecologist Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Assault Charges
A former USC campus gynecologist accused of sexual abusing hundreds of women under the guise of medical exams pleaded not guilty today to charges of sexually assaulting 16 patients over the course of seven years. George Tyndall, 72, who is being held on more than $2 million bail, is due back in court Wednesday for a bail-review hearing. His attorney said Tyndall is not a flight risk and plans to ask that his bail be reduced. A judge ordered that he surrender his passport and not practice medicine, although his attorney said Tyndall's medical license has been inactive since last August. Tyndall appeared in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom wearing a protective vest, but his attorney said his client is not suicidal and was wearing the vest for his own protection. Tyndall was arrested Wednesday outside his Mid-Wilshire apartment, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said. Tyndall complained of chest pains after being arrested, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment, but he was moved into the county jail late last week.
FOX 11

‘John Doe DNA' From 1992 Matched To California Rape Suspect
California prosecutors said Monday that they used an unusual tactic to identify a suspect for three rapes committed more than 25 years ago, keeping the case alive long after the normal legal deadline would have expired. Investigators tucked away rape kit samples from the attacks between 1992 and 1994 in the Sacramento and Davis areas in hopes that the budding science would one day lead to a match. Sacramento County prosecutors never identified a suspect at the time but filed an arrest warrant against the anonymous snippet of DNA code in 2000, just two days before the statute of limitations was to run out. Law enforcement officials said they finally linked the “John Doe DNA” to 59-year-old Mark Manteuffel. The former Federal Bureau of Prisons employee, who once studied and lectured part-time at Sacramento State University, was arrested by FBI agents Friday in Decatur, Georgia, and will be returned to California to stand trial.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Outlook Bleak For California's 2019 Fire Season
Everyone with any knowledge of the subject agrees: California is on the brink of a potentially disastrous fire season. And there is concern that the problem is not going to be solved soon. “Our best efforts may still be inadequate,” said Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission told reporters in June. Forty percent of California is in a fire danger zone, Picker added, and half of the state's new housing is being built in those danger zones. Experts say 2018 was the worst wildfire season in state's history, with nearly 1.9 million acres destroyed and scores of people killed. “We're continuing to make the situation worse,” said Picker, whose powerful commission regulates investor-owned utilities in California, including Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Others agreed. “How do you tell people not to build? You don't,” said state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa).
Capitol Weekly

Local Government News

LA Council Vetoes Automated Port Machines, But Will It Matter?
The City Council vetoed a permit on Friday, that would have allowed one of the Port of Los Angeles' largest shipping companies to introduce electric-powered automated cargo handlers, which dockworkers fear will cost them jobs. But whether the council's action will have any effect remains unclear, with shipping company officials saying they are contractually permitted to bring in automated equipment, regardless of a city permit. The council vetoed an action by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which last week authorized the Danish firm Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company and one of the major cargo operators at the Port of Los Angeles, to bring in several automated cargo carriers that move shipping containers between ships and trucks. The equipment would be used at the port by Maersk subsidiary APM Terminals.

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