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from LA Police Protective League

June 19, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Granada Hills and 8 other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in nine L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Three neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Granada Hills was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over the last three months.
Los Angeles Times

Ex-USC professor indicted in child sex crimes caught in Mexico
A former USC professor who was named this week as one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives after being indicted for alleged sex crimes against children overseas has been captured in Mexico, the bureau said Tuesday night. Walter Lee Williams, 64, was arrested Tuesday evening by Mexican authorities, Bill Lewis, FBI assistant director in charge, said in a statement. Williams was on the bureau's 10-most-wanted list.
Los Angeles Times

4 suspects sought in May 31 assault on transgender woman on Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles police released video Tuesday of four suspects wanted for assaulting a transgender woman on Hollywood Boulevard and announced a $25,000 reward for tips leading to the arrests of the culprits. In video recovered by police, the young men are shown knocking down the person, who is in a sheer pink or orange dress, then delivering several kicks to the victim, who police identified only as "Vivian."
City News Service

LA prosecutor seeks injunction for Echo Park gangs
The Los Angeles City Attorney wants to crack down on a turf war in Echo Park neighborhoods where six rival gangs have terrorized locals with their bloody feuds, drug trafficking and vandalism. Carmen Trutanich announced a proposed gang injunction Tuesday that is designed stop gang members from associating with each other in a 3.8 square mile area near downtown Los Angeles.
Associated Press

'Injunctions 101' in the gang capital of the United States
Los Angeles is the gang capital of the United States. It's also the first city to introduce controversial antigang tactic: the gang injunction. The gang injunction-a civil suit filed by law enforcement requesting a special set of prohibitions for gang members -came into existence on July 22, 1982, when the Los Angeles city attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department obtained a temporary restraining order against three gangs: Dogtown, Primera, and 62nd Street East Coast Crips.
Los Angeles Magazine

Protestors demand LAPD investigate charges against community organizer
Dozens of human rights protestors gathered Tuesday morning to protest charges filed against a community organizer. The group marched into a Los Angeles Commission board meeting at 9 a.m. at the LAPD Headquarters at 110 W. 1st St. The organizers were demanding the LAPD Commission investigate the case against 62-year-old Deborah Burton, who has been charged with three counts of assault for alleged actions during a protest.

Long Beach police warn of rental scams
Renters beware. Fraud Detail detectives issued a warning Tuesday that home rental scams are targeting a large number of prospective tenants, leading to the loss of their fees. Authorities advise that all transactions be conducted in person, and with caution.
Long Beach Press-Telegram

Council President Herb Wesson Jr. dedicates square to fallen LAPD officer
Over 17 years after Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. was shot and killed, he is still remembered. Monday, June 17, 2013, Council President Herb Wesson, Jr. dedicated a square at Whitworth and Fairfax in honor of the fallen officer. Also present at the event were Navidad's family, LAPD, community residents, and colleague Paul Koretz, council member. On December 22, 1996, Officer II Navidad and his partner Officer Ralph Mendoza were waved down by a convenience store clerk.

Anita Ortega serves last week as Captain of LAPD's Hollenbeck Division
After serving as Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division for nearly four and a half years, Anita Ortega is moving on to a new assignment. Ortega executed her final duties last week, and will now transfer to her new position in the department's recruitment and employment division. Ortega was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1984.
Boyle Heights Beat

Prison Realignment

Probation chief wants to keep tabs on felons after jail terms end
A top Los Angeles County lawman wants judges to issue more "split sentences" so state felons being held in local jails under prison realignment must also serve a period of probation. Without that, Chief of Probation Jerry Powers told county supervisors Tuesday, officials have no ability to make sure the inmates get into substance abuse treatment and other programs once released from behind bars.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety

L.A. converts 141,089 street lights to energy-saving LEDs
City officials Tuesday celebrated the completion of a project to replace thousands of street-light bulbs with LEDs in an effort to brighten city streets while slashing carbon emissions by 47,583 metric tons. "When you talk about energy conservation, this has been part of a number of game-changing initiatives the city has been involved in during the last eight years," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said while announcing the conversion of 141,089 street lights to light emitting diodes.
City News Service


Antonio Villaraigosa: 'I fully expect' to run for governor someday
Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday gave one of his most specific hints about his continuing interest in running for California governor -- telling KPCC radio host Larry Mantle that he wants the job and expects to run one day. "You mentioned governor -- look, I believe in public service, I want to run for governor. In fact, I fully expect that I will," Villaraigosa said. "I'm going to tell you something. I will never have a job like this."
Los Angeles Times


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