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June 7, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Gunshots ring out after dangerous drivers take over South L.A. streets
Street takeovers in Southern California are becoming free-for-alls for bad behavior and criminal activity, according to local law enforcement. A couple of intersections in South Los Angeles became scenes of the latest street spectacles early Monday morning with drivers doing doughnuts, revving their engines and burning rubber. The illegal festivities came to a screeching halt when gunshots rang out. KTLA

Summit of Americas brings traffic, road closures to Downtown LA
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the summit will cost an additional $3 million a day to staff and secure the five-day event. The total is expected to be roughly $15.5 million. Yahoo News

Memorial fund established for Whittier officer killed in off-duty crash
A memorial fund was created for a  Whittier police officer killed in a weekend motorcycle  crash while off-duty, authorities said Monday, June 6. Officer Lanell Whitfield died from blunt force traumatic injuries in the 3900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lynwood at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, according to coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani. The coroner ruled the 25-year-old's death as an accident. San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Man robs Westchester adult store at gunpoint, leaves with adult toy: Police
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a man who robbed an adult store in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles back in April.  According to police, a man entered the store near Lincoln Boulevard and 84th street just before 11 p.m. on April 18, and approached the person at the counter with a black semiautomatic handgun. Police say the man demanded "all the money" from the register, pointing the gun at the store employee. However, the suspect backed off, then walked to a nearby display shelf. Police say the man grabbed "an adult novelty product" and then left the store without any money. Fox 11

2 LA County men arrested in firearms trafficking probe
Two men were in custody on drug and firearms charges stemming from a three-month federal investigation resulting in 52 guns being taken off the streets of Los Angeles along with 31 pounds of methamphetamine, M30 pills laced with fentanyl, and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Monday. Christopher Sebastian Quezadas, 25, of Long Beach, was charged with dealing firearms without a license, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a machine gun, and distributing at least 50 grams of methamphetamine. Angel Rene Mendoza, 25, of Glendale, was charged with distributing at least 50 grams of methamphetamine and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to the ATF. City News Service

Ex-DWP Executive Faces Sentencing for Lying to Feds in Corruption Case
A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executive faces sentencing Tuesday morning for his role in a bribery scheme stemming from a probe of the city's handling of the botched launch of a DWP billing system. David Alexander, 54, of Arcadia, previously pleaded guilty in downtown Los Angeles to a felony charge of making false statements, a crime carrying a sentence of up to five years in federal prison. Alexander was the utility's chief information security officer from May 2017 until February 2019, then served as the department's chief cyber-risk officer for the next six months.

Hacienda Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Bilking Amazon in $1.3M Scam
An vendor from Hacienda Heights pleaded guilty Monday to bilking the online retailer out of more than $1.3 million by manipulating the company's payment system. Ting Hong Yeung, 41, entered his plea to a federal wire fraud charge, according to the Department of Justice. Sentencing was set for Aug. 29. Yeung admitted gaming the Amazon payment system, resulting in him receiving payment for merchandise he listed for sale but never actually shipped to buyers, according to his plea agreement.  NBC 4

Police Give All-Clear to High School Campus in Long Beach, the Latest to Face Threat
Police have given the all-clear to the campus of Jordan High School in Long Beach, but students, parents and staff will see more patrols around the area after a threat was posted online late Monday night. It's the latest school to be investigated after a series of threats to places of education around Southern California. Last week, threats were also made to  Mater Dei High School  in Orange County and to  Sierra Vista High School  in Baldwin Park. NBC 4

LA lawyer nominated as U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California
President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nomination of E. Martin Estrada as U.S. Attorney for the Los Angeles-based Central District of California, the largest federal district in the nation. Estrada is a partner in Los Angeles at California law firm Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP, where he has practiced since 2014. He also served as an associate at the same firm from 2004 to 2007. He previously served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District from 2007 to 2014. Los Angeles Daily News

Former Air Force sergeant sentenced to 41 years for fatal drive-by shooting at courthouse
A former Air Force staff sergeant and alleged member of an alt-right anti-government movement was sentenced to 41 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting outside a federal courthouse in Oakland in 2020. Steven Carrillo, 34, pleaded guilty to federal murder and attempted murder charges. He previously had pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Los Angeles Times

A liberal DA finds voters' moods have changed even in San Francisco
Chesa Boudin ducked into the Lucky Pork Store, established in 1949, seeking some help. The district attorney is in trouble. On Tuesday, he faces a recall election a little more than halfway into his first term, one shaped by the pandemic and a sense among this city's often fearful, always frustrated residents that his approach to prosecution is too lax for the times. The recall campaign has revealed a city debating the nature of crime, how to measure its dips and spikes, and who to blame for perceptions of danger.  Washington Post

Is your city on the list? California bill would allow pilot cities to extend nightlife to 4 a.m.
The third time could be the charm in the fight to keep California's bars, clubs, and restaurants open later. State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco announced a bill over the weekend that would allow the sale of alcohol from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. He's been trying to change the law for years. ABC 7

Should U.S. swap ‘Merchant of Death' for Griner?
In an effort to free U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, the United States government has reportedly offered to swap her for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Bout is best known as “the Merchant of Death,” and he's currently locked up in Illinois. Negotiations are in the early stages, according to a non-government source in a position to know,  Forbes reported . Russian customs officials accused Griner of carrying vape cartridges with hashish oil in her luggage at an airport near Moscow. The U.S. State Department says she has been “wrongfully detained.” KTLA

Public Safety News

Don't go to these LA County beaches, authorities warn; here's why
The city's Department of Public  Health  on Monday issued an "Ocean Water Use Warning" for two  Los Angeles County  beaches. People planning to visit either Mother's Beach in  Marina del Rey  or Santa Monica pier in  Santa Monica  are urged to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in the ocean. The warnings were issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested. Fox 11

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