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Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission Update – 10/13/12 4:00 pm

Current traffic conditions information can be found at: http://trafficinfo.lacity.org

Current Metro Rail information can be found at: www.metro.net/service/advisories

Joint Information Center for Endeavour information: (323) 441-1183 or (323) 441-1184

Due to regularly scheduled maintenance on the transporter and some maneuvering challenges, the Endeavour is running approximately 2 hours late.

 Unified Command thanks the public for their cooperation in making this a safe and celebratory event. To date, there have been 0 arrests. We remind the public to remain on the sidewalk and allow the Endeavour to safely pass. If everyone disperses promptly after the shuttle's passing, the event resources can move ahead with the shuttle. Today, Unified Command has responded to 26 calls for medical service in and around Space Shuttle Endeavour's route. These incidents have been due to today's warm temperatures. We remind everyone to be prepared for the heat and long wait times.

  • Bring plenty of water and food
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Have adequate sun protection

 With everyone's cooperation, this will be continue to be an enjoyable and successful event.

 


Plan Ahead for Shuttle Endeavor

***UPDATE***

Metro Rail Service on Saturday October 13th

  • Expo Line (7th/Metro Center to Culver City) will run every 6 minutes from 2p.m.-11p.m. (Regular Saturday service ends at 2a.m.)

  • Red & Purple Line Subway (Red: North Hollywood to Union Station; Purple Wilshire/Western to Union Station) will run every 10 minutes with longer trains.  (Regular Saturday service ends at 2a.m.)

  • Gold Line (Pasadena to Downtown LA / Union Station to East LA)

  • Will run every 10 minutes with longer trains (Regular Saturday service ends at 2a.m.)

  • Additionally, we will be deploying staff at key locations to assist riders with paying fares and providing   directions.  

  • Metro recommends passengers buy a $5 day pass Tap Card if using multiple lines on this date.


The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) will begin closing streets as early as 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th, to prepare for the transport of the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  LADOT anticipates that traffic in the areas surrounding the shuttle route will be negatively impacted, and drivers should expect delays.   Law Enforcement and LADOT asks the public to Plan ahead and consider alternative routes. See below for approximate closure times:

Closed from 10/11/12 10:00 p.m. to 10/12/12 6:00 a.m.
  • Northside Parkway from Westchester Parkway to Lincoln Boulevard
  • Westchester Parkway from Loyola Boulevard to La Tijera Boulevard
  • La Tijera Boulevard from Westchester Parkway to Sepulveda Boulevard

Closed from 10/11/12 10:00 pm to 10/12/12 5:00 p.m.
  • Sepulveda Eastway from Westchester Pkwy to 87th Street

Closed from 10/12/12 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • La Tijera Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Manchester Avenue

Closed from 10/12/12 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Avenue from Sepulveda Boulevard to Aviation Boulevard

Closed from 10/13/12 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Crenshaw Boulevard from 79thth Street to Vernon Avenue
Closed from 10/12/12 8:00 p.m. to 10/13/12 8:00 p.m.
  • Crenshaw Boulevard from Vernon Avenue to 39th Street
  • Martin Luther King Boulevard from Marltin Avenue to 4th Avenue
Closed from 10/13/12 4:00 p.m.to 10:00 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Boulevard from 4th Avenue to Figueroa Street
  • Bill Robertson Lane from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Exposition Park

Additional closures include: On Thursday, October 11th, one lane in each direction of Lincoln Blvd (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) will be closed from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. for removing the median barriers.

On Thursday, October 11th, Lincoln Boulevard (LA Highway 1) will be completely closed in both directions (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) from 8:30 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. of October 12th.

On Saturday, October 13th, one lane on each direction of Lincoln Blvd (Between Sepulveda and Manchester) will be closed for the reconstruction of the median barrier from 4:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, the following schedule is currently under consideration: Route Interstate 405 Freeway on and off ramps at Manchester Avenue will be closed from 10:00 am October 12th, (Friday) to about 4:00 a.m. (Saturday morning/night) October 13.  Route 405 southbound off-ramp at La Cienega Blvd/Florence Avenue will also be closed during this time.

Subway Restaurant Robbery Suspects Caught on Tape

Los Angeles:  LAPD Central Area Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two robbery suspects whose images were captured on surveillance video committing a robbery at Subway restaurant.

On Monday October 1, 2012, two unidentified male suspects entered the location in the 700 block of N.  Main Street and ordered a sandwich.  Upon reaching the cash register, suspect #1 pulled out a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the cashier demanding money.  Suspect #2, standing by, told the cashier, "You're taking too long!"  Fearing for her life the cashier handed the money to suspect 1, after which both men took the money and left the store.

Suspect #1 is described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, with a shaved head about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He weighs about 160 pounds and has a tattoo of "LA" above his eyebrow and an unknown tattoo on his right ear lobe.  Suspect #2 is described as a male Hispanic, 35-40 years old, with a shaved head about 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He weighs about 180 pounds and has a tattoos on both arms. Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous.


Anyone with information on this crime or the suspects is urged to call LAPD Central Area Detective Doug Pierce at 213-972-1213.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to the watch commander at 213-972-1298, or call 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Officer Involved Shooting in Southwest

October 26, 2012

Updated: The Officer involved in the officer-involved shooting has been identified as Police Officer II Juvenal Diaz.

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Southwest patrol officers responded to a “Fire Department requesting a backup, 415 Man with a knife” call that resulted in an officer involved shooting.

On October 6, 2012 at around 9:30 a.m., Southwest Area patrol officers responded to the 2600 block of Manhattan Place for a Fire Department back-up call.  When the officers arrived they were met by Fire Department personnel who informed them that a man in the apartment was holding a female at knifepoint.  Officers entered the apartment and saw the female on the kitchen floor and the suspect, later identified as 64-year-old Wilfredo Fu holing a knife in his hand.  The suspect was ordered to drop the knife, but instead continued to advance on the female later identified as the suspect’s wife at which time the officer involved shooting occurred.

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting and criminal investigation.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.


     
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Off Duty Officer Involved in an Officer Involved Shooting

Orange County:  The Los Angeles Police Officer who was involved in an off duty, officer involved shooting in the County of Orange has been identified as Police Officer Fred Williams, 7 years, 6 months with the Department.

On September 26, 2012 around 9 in the morning, the officer fired his weapon at a suspect that had attempted to enter his home in Orange County.  

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.  

The local police department will handle the investigation of the crime committed against the officer.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

     
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Motorcyclist Fatally Struck by a Vehicle

Los Angeles: On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at around 6:50 p.m., a 31-year-old motorcyclist, a resident of Los Angeles, was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.  The traffic collision occurred at North Mission Road and Superior Court. The motorcyclist was driving northbound on North Mission Road when he struck a 1994 Honda Civic making a left turn from southbound North Mission Road to eastbound Superior Court. The driver of the Honda was a 24-year-old resident of Los Angeles.

No crime was committed and both drivers where licensed.  The case is under investigation by LAPD Central Traffic Detectives.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Central Traffic Detectives .  During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800)-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts.


     
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Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Gang Reduction in Los Angeles

Department of Justice Grant Includes MOU to Partner with USAID to Export Best Practices Abroad

(Chief Podcast) LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to expand gang reduction efforts citywide. The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) was created in 2007 to combat gang violence in Los Angeles and has since become a national model of innovation.

Pic 021The Mayor also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to partner to reduce gang violence in the Western Hemisphere. The MOU will export GRYD’s best practices to Central and Latin America.

“Sometimes gang violence spills from one country into another,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “This sharing of expertise will not only help our neighbors but will strengthen our efforts in Los Angeles. By helping USAID attack the gang violence in Central and Latin America, we are working to reduce related gang violence here.”
 
The MOU focuses on citizen security initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the highest homicide rate in the world. USAID will benefit from Los Angeles’ leadership combating gang violence and promoting youth development.
“Los Angeles learned how to combat violence and we want to use our joint expertise to aggressively tackle citizen insecurity in the Americas,” said Rajiv Shah, Administrator for USAID. “We have a common interest in improving citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean and must continue to foster opportunities, especially for youth who comprise 50% of the region’s population.”
As part of the agreement, GRYD will:
• Serve as an advisor on USAID’s citizen security programming for the region.
• Share best practices and technical knowledge with USAID staff and regional program implementers.
• Collaborate on specific at-risk youth initiatives.
• Assist with city-to-city partnerships and best practices.
The first initiative of this new partnership will be the adaptation of the Youth Services Eligibility Tool (YSET) in the Northern Triangle of Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. YSET was developed in collaboration with USC and helps gang prevention workers focus services on those 10-15 year olds that are at the highest risk of becoming gang members.
The partnership between Los Angeles and USAID builds upon the U.S. Government’s Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). USAID’s efforts support social prevention and rule of law programming, specifically working with municipalities, community police, at-risk youth, and criminal courts. To date, USAID has established 80 outreach centers for at-risk youth in the Northern Triangle countries and Panama.

 


Off Duty Officer Involved in an Officer Involved Shooting

Orange County:  The Los Angeles Police Officer who was involved in an off duty, officer involved shooting in the County of Orange has been identified as Police Officer Fred Williams, 7 years, 6 months with the Department.

On September 26, 2012 around 9 in the morning, the officer fired his weapon at a suspect that had attempted to enter his home in Orange County.  

LAPD’s Force Investigation Division (FID) responded and will be handling the investigation of the officer-involved shooting.

The local police department will handle the investigation of the crime committed against the officer.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and The Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use-of-force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

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Notes from the October 9, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Commissioner Rafael Bernardino said he attended the Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) Summit with fellow Commissioners Richard Drooyan and Andrea Ordin last Saturday.  He thanked Paramount Pictures Studios for their support of the event and said they were a great corporate citizen.  He added he liked the enthusiasm of the group and said Chief Charlie Beck spoke on the importance of community involvement in fighting crime.

•    Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman said he was pleased with the level of cooperation between the Department and the University of Southern California on recent projects.  He added he went on a ride-along with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials in West Hollywood last week. Commissioner Saltzman completed his comments by saying the Chief’s proposed policy change with regards to how the Department handles immigration and customs enforcement detentions of some undocumented immigrant arrests will be in the Commission’s agenda in the near future and he supports the Chief’s effort to boost trust in the community.

•    Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Board for attending the C-PAB Summit over the weekend and said their participation is very important. He went on to thank them for their comments in support of change and said they would be involved in crafting changes in policies and procedures.  Chief Beck completed his comments by saying this weekend the Space Shuttle Endeavor will be transported from LAX to the California Science Center along City streets and to plan accordingly.

•    The Department’s verbal report and discussion, relative to the status of the Latent Fingerprint backlog was given by Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese. Chief Albanese informed the Board they have identified workforce capacity and the amount of cases they can handle as the issue.  He said they currently have 69 employees in the section but they are authorized for 96 employees.  Chief Albanese said the current backlog is 2,112 cases which need to be analyzed.  As a result, the Department has limited the amount of property crime cases to be submitted by the 21 area divisions for analysis to 10.  However, all cases involving violent crime or cold cases would continue to be analyzed.  Chief Albanese finished by saying the Department is looking at funding for overtime work.

•    The Department’s report, dated January 30, 2012, and Inspector General’s report, dated September 18, 2012, relative to the review of the Department’s Ethics Enforcement Section quarterly report, fourth quarter 2011 – Public Version, was approved. Inspector General Alexander Bustamante said the report was found to be complete, well done, and was transparent.

•    The Inspector General’s report, dated September 9, 2012, relative to the review of the Department’s Search Warrant Application and Supporting Affidavits audit, fiscal year 2011/12, was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated October 5, 2012, relative to the transmittal of the extension for the 2009 Los Angeles Smart Policing Project, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.

•    The Department’s report, dated October 5, 2012, relative to the biased policing adjudication review process – revised, was approved.

•    The Department’s report, dated September 25, 2012, relative to the request for authority to destroy obsolete duplicate records for Foothill Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

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Man on Moped Exposes Self to Girl

Los Angeles:  LAPD detectives have released a sketch of a man who exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl this past August as she walked across a parking lot in Arleta.

“The girl did everything right,” said Det. Luz Montero, of the LAPD Mission Detective Division.  “She ignored the man, kept her distance and told her mother right away.”

This suspect appeared Hispanic, wearing a “skull cap” helmet and riding a black moped.  Around 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 31, the man rode up on the moped and called out to the girl, then exposed himself.  He rode away a brief distance and walked into a nearby liquor store at 14439 Van Nuys Boulevard.

The girl’s mother confronted the man as he left the store, but there was no video footage available.  Detectives and a sketch artist guided mother and daughter through the process of drawing the suspect’s likeness.

“The sketch is quite distinct, and that, coupled with him riding a moped, should help the public recognize him in the neighborhood,” Det. Montero said.  “We’ve had no more sightings of him since this incident, but forewarned is forearmed.”

The suspect had gray hair, was of medium height and build, and his age was between 45 and 55 years old.  He was wearing a tank top and blue jeans in addition to the riding helmet.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD Mission Detectives at 818-838-9975. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at www.LAPDOnline.org by clicking on “webtips” and following the prompts.

     
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