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July 12, 2019
Law Enforcement News

'Texas 7' Inmate Faces October Execution For Officer's Death
An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of a Dallas-area police officer faces execution this fall. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to The Associated Press, said a judge in Dallas signed the order July 3. Halprin, who's Jewish, has a federal appeal pending that alleges a different judge who oversaw his capital murder trial was anti-Semitic and used racial slurs. Ex-Judge Vickers Cunningham has denied the allegations. Halprin and six others in December 2000 escaped from the Connally Unit. Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot while investigating a Christmas Eve robbery. An attorney for Halprin didn't immediately return a message Thursday.
Associated Press

Guilty Verdict In Hit-And-Run Of San Francisco Police Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel
A man accused of running over San Francisco police officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, leaving him severely brain damage, was found guilty Thursday of several counts and now faces a lengthy prison sentence. In a courtroom nearly filled with San Francisco police officers, 51-year-old Willie Flanigan sat silently as the Superior Court jury found him guilty of charges that included evading a police officer, causing serious bodily injury; two counts of resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon. “We applaud the jury's guilty verdict in this tragic case that has left one of our officers, Elia Lewin-Tankel, struggling to put his and his family's life back together,” said San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya. “The jury saw that Willie Flanigan was a dangerous repeat offender who had no regard for others and they ensured that he will be held accountable for his deplorable actions.” Montoya said his officers were praying “for a lengthy sentence for Flanigan so that he has ample time to contemplate the lives he's wrecked because of his repeated criminal behavior.”
CBS SF BayArea

3 Wounded In South L.A. Drive-By Shooting

Three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles, one of two triple shootings that occurred in the area Wednesday night, Los Angeles police said. The shooting occurred near the intersection of West 74 Street and South Main Street before midnight, according to police. One victim was listed in critical condition, while the two others hurt were in stable condition. The suspects fled eastbound on West 74 Street. The incident occurred hours apart and a little more than two miles away from another shooting in South L.A., which involved two 12-year-olds and a 16-year-old being struck by gunfire. The two shootings were not related to each other.

LA Police Chief Aims To Wipe Out Minor Warrants For Homeless

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. “This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation,” Moore said Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press. “This matches any other calamity that this city or this region or this country has seen. It is, I believe, a social emergency.” Homelessness rose 16% in LA over the past year , to more than 36,000 people, according to a June report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Across LA County, the count increased 12%, to nearly 59,000 people. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti responded that he would welcome federal involvement to solve the issue. Since applying for the top job last year, Moore has been considering a plan to eliminate so-called bench warrants more than 5 years old for minor offenses such as drinking in public, blocking a sidewalk and failure to appear in court. Moore celebrated his first anniversary as chief in June. 
Associated Press

U.S. Women's Soccer Star Allie Long's Wedding Ring, Key To NYC Stolen From Downtown L.A. Hotel Room
As the Women's World Cup soccer champions celebrate their fourth trophy, someone went into midfielder Allie Long's downtown Los Angeles hotel room and took money and a few very special personal items on Thursday. Long tweeted later the same day that someone stole her belongings after ESPN's 2019 ESPY Awards (where the team took home the Best Team title). “Someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city after just receiving it from my hotel room. Do you make copies @NYCMayor? I would love a new one,” Long said. Police responded to The Ritz-Carlton located at 900 West Olympic Boulevard about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im told KTLA. Detectives were interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, he said. Im confirmed a wedding ring, some cash and a key were among the items stolen. Investigators told the Los Angeles Times the door was unlocked.

Los Angeles Snow Cone Vendor Attacked And Left Unconscious for $80
A Los Angeles snow cone vendor was beaten and robbed in Leimert Park Tuesday by two men who took all the money he had — $80. For more than a decade, Arcadio Bernardino, a father and local street vendor, has been making a living pushing a cart full of homemade snow cones and snacks through the streets of Los Angeles. Bernardino, 66, was making his route on Exposition Boulevard near Second Avenue when he was approached by two men at 3:30 p.m. He said one held him from behind while another grabbed his money bag. He was struck in the face, head and body. The attackers left him unconscious, knocked out a tooth, and stole his earnings for the day. Witnesses rushed to his aid and called paramedics, and her father was taken to a hospital. Witnesses identified the last two numbers of the getaway car's license plate as 46.

City Attorney Announces 60 Criminal Charges Filed Against 3 Hollywood Nightclubs
City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday the filing of 60 criminal charges against the owners and operators of three Hollywood hot spots — Project Los Angeles, L'Scorpion and the recently closed Rusty Mullet. “This is a continuing step in that process to assure that Hollywood nightlife is safe for everyone — both the patrons and the residents in the surrounding areas,” Feuer said at a press conference announcing the charges. Feuer said this crackdown comes amid allegations of security breakdowns, operating without valid licenses and noise complaints following fights, stabbings and a murder. In a statement, from the city attorney's office, these clubs were responsible for increased calls to the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division and inspections by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety and the Los Angeles Planning Department.

Missing Temecula Man Sought In Los Angeles Area
Authorities are looking for a Temecula man who they said took a ride-hailing service to the Los Angeles area early on the morning of July 8 and is now considered missing. Richard Tyrrell, in his late 40s, got the ride at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, where he went on the evening of July 7, Riverside County Sheriff's deputies said Thursday in a release. Personnel from resort and casino security staff have been working with investigators, the sheriff's department said. Tyrrell, described as white, bald, 6-feet tall, 225 pounds with green eyes is now believed to be somewhere in Los Angeles County. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Bill Guimont at the Southwest Sheriff's Station, 951-696-3000.
Los Angeles Daily News

$569M Worth Of Cocaine Seized In Coast Guard Operation Offloaded In San Diego; VP Pence Commends Crew
Vice President Mike Pence visited Coast Guard members in San Diego on Thursday as they unloaded 39,000 pounds of cocaine and more than 900 pounds of marijuana seized during a large-scale operation targeting drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean over recent months, military officials said. The drugs were taken from boats, and in one case even a semi-submersible craft, authorities said. "The drugs represent 14 separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and disruptions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July 2019," the Coast Guard said in a written statement. The crew of one of the three involved ships, the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, unloaded the nearly 20 tons of illicit cargo on Thursday at the Naval Air Station North Island in the San Diego Bay. The cutter is based out of Alameda. Pence conveyed the President's "greetings and gratitude." to the service members.

Most Attackers Made Threats Before Incident, Report Finds
One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made threatening or concerning communications that worried others before they struck, according to a U.S. Secret Service report on mass attacks. The Secret Service studied 27 incidents where a total of 91 people were killed and 107 more injured in public spaces in 2018. Among them: the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were 17 people were killed and 17 others injured, and the fatal attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The report analyzed the timing, weapons, locations and stressors of the attacker, plus events that led up to the incident, in an effort to better understand how such attacks unfold and how to prevent them. Members of the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center, which did the study, briefed police, public safety and school officials at a seminar Tuesday. "We want the community to know prevention is everyone's responsibility," said Lina Alathari, the center's chief. "Not just law enforcement."
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Discover Body In Burned Out Vehicle In San Pedro
One person was found dead Friday morning inside a burned-out vehicle in San Pedro. Firefighters responded to a report of a car fire at 2528 S. Cabrillo Ave., near West 25th Street, about 4:45 a.m. and while extinguishing the fire discovered a person dead inside the vehicle, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The age and gender of the victim were unknown. The cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, Stewart said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

‘We Will Not Let You Die Today!' Dramatic New Firefighter Video Shows Camp Fire Chaos

California fire officials this week published a dramatic video documentary showing glimpses inside the chaotic and lethal first few hours of last fall's Camp Fire from the perspective of the firefighters who rushed in. The November 2018 fire would turn out to be the worst wildfire in state history, destroying nearly 90 percent of the town of Paradise as well as other hillside communities in Butte County. In total, 85 people died and 19,000 structures were destroyed. Early in the 17-minute video, called “Into The Fire,” a camera inside a firetruck shows flames feet away as the truck races along a black and smoky hill road. “Oncoming!” someone in the truck shouts as headlights suddenly appear out of the flames ahead. “I fully expected, giving those orders, we were putting firefighters in jeopardy,” a supervisor says. Notably, though, no firefighters were killed in the near month-long siege. The first duty wasn't to fight the fire. It was to try to save lives in a town surrounded by leaping fire. “People asked us straight up, ‘Am I going to die today?'” one firefighter recalls. “And I said, ‘We will not let you die today.'”
Sacramento Bee

California Lawmakers Approve Multi-Billion Dollar Wildfire Bill
California lawmakers approved a multibillion-dollar plan Thursday to shore up the state's biggest electric utilities in the face of catastrophic wildfires and claims for damage from past blazes caused by their equipment. It requires major utilities to spend at least $5 billion combined on safety improvements and meet new safety standards, and it creates a fund of up to $21 billion that could help pay out claims as climate change makes wildfires across the U.S. West more frequent and more destructive. Lawmakers passed the bill less than a week after its final language went into print, and Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected to sign it Friday. Republicans and Democrats said the state needed to provide financial certainty to the state's investor-owned utilities, the largest of which, Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., is in bankruptcy. But they said their work is far from over and they plan to do more on wildfire prevention and home protection when they return in August from a summer break.

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