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August 9, 2013

Law Enforcement

Man tries to abduct girl, put her in trunk in Wilmington
A man grabbed an 11-year-old girl on a Wilmington street and tried to throw her into the trunk of his car, but she fought him off and escaped, police said Thursday. The motive for the abduction attempt was unknown. "At this point, she doesn't know him and unfortunately, until we talk to him, we don't know why," Los Angeles police Detective Arnold Castellanos said. "There is no indication she knew him. We don't know his intentions."
Torrance Daily Breeze

Police seek gunmen who shot El Sereno cyclist
Detectives released surveillance video footage Wednesday in hopes of tracking down two suspects wanted for a non-fatal, possibly gang-related shooting attack on a bicyclist in El Sereno. The man was riding his bike in the 5200 block of Templeton Street at 5:30 p.m. on June 30 when two suspects in a tan Toyota 4Runner passed him, stopped, then got out of the SUV and fired numerous shots, according to investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division.
City News Service

Amber Alert suspect may have booby-trapped car, switched vehicles
James Lee DiMaggio -- the focus of a four-state Amber Alert who is suspected of killing two people and abducting a 16-year-old girl -- may have abandoned his blue Nissan Versa and left it booby-trapped with explosives, authorities said. San Diego County sheriff's officials warned anyone who encounters the suspect's car to stay away because it may be dangerous. As the Amber Alert widened to Nevada, authorities also said DiMaggio may have changed vehicles.
Los Angeles Times

Help LAPD clean up mess left by gang members
Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Nina Preciado is looking for volunteers to help clean up the mess that a group of gang members from Highland Park and Echo Park created in a vacant Eagle Rock home. At her monthly public security update to the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Wednesday night, Preciado said that four members of the major gang that goes by the name of "Highland Park" recently teamed up with a gang member from Echo Park to occupy a house on 905 Pine Grove Ave., east of North Figueroa Street.
Eagle Rock Patch

LAPD roll call in the streets at NoHo MTA Station sends message to criminals
On Wednesday at around 10 a.m., about 20 Los Angeles Police Department officers from the North Hollywood Division, including Capt. Peter Whittingham, gathered near the entrance to the North Hollywood Metro Red Line Station. About eight squad cars were parked nearby, as was a mobile substation that is frequently used as a base for officers during extended field investigations. However, no major crime had occurred at or around the station that morning - and that's just the way the LAPD likes it. The gathering was simply a routine part of the North Hollywood Division's recent effort to increase its presence around the station.
North Hollywood - Toluca Lake Patch

National Law Enforcement Officers Museum moves forward at Judiciary Square
A new museum or memorial in D.C. takes years, sometimes decades, to move from planning to design to construction to ribbon cutting. The National Law Enforcement Officers Museum is one critical step closer to that phase, 13 years after it was first authorized by Congress. The District issued building permits Tuesday to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to construct its museum at 444 E St. NW, in Judiciary Square.
Washington Business Journal


L.A. Community College District votes to establish gun-free campuses
The Los Angeles Community College District's nine campuses will be gun-free zones, according to a resolution passed this week by the Board of Trustees that bans weapons in almost all circumstances. "It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our students, allowing them to feel secure and able to totally focus on their academic goals," said board Vice President Scott Svonkin, who sponsored the resolution. "They must never be fearful about setting foot on one of our campuses."
Los Angeles Times


Governor changes tactics to avoid freeing inmates
Eight months after Gov. Jerry Brown tried to end California's reliance on private prisons to handle an overflow of inmates, his administration has changed tactics. It now is seeking to expand their use as a less-harmful alternative to releasing thousands of prisoners early. The administration plans to soon ask federal judges to let the state move at least 4,000 inmates to private cells in California and other states as one way of reducing crowding in the state's major prisons by nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end.
Associated Press

Internet Security

Google reveals the 10 worst password ideas
Man's best friend does a terrific job of protecting your home. But when it comes to protecting your online accounts, your beloved pet is literally the worst choice possible. Recently, Google Apps conducted a study of 2,000 people to learn more about their methods for choosing account passwords. The research revealed a worrying fact: Most people choose passwords based on readily available information. This means a surprising number of accounts can be hacked using a few simple, educated guesses.

City Government

DWP contract talks will come out from behind closed doors
In an unusual move, the president of the Los Angeles City Council took steps Thursday to move private contract negotiations with the Department of Water and Power's powerful union into the public sphere. Council President Herb Wesson sent a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Brian d'Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, announcing plans to hold public hearings on a proposed contract for more than 8,200 DWP employees.


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