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Summer Night Lights begins 6th Year of Violence Reduction Programing in Los Angeles

JUNE 19, 2013 — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes, and 320 Youth Squad members, today announced the start of the 2013 season of the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program, the final SNL of the Mayor's administration. Summer Night Lights is an expanded series of after-hours events in 32 public parks located in areas with high rates of violent gang-related crime.

Since its implementation in 2008, SNL has successfully reduced violence in communities most impacted by gang activity by extending park hours until midnight four days a week (Wednesday - Saturday) during summer months. The program aids violence reduction by providing meals, mentoring, and activities, including athletics and cultural enrichment, during peak evening hours for gang activity.

“As one of my final acts as Mayor, I am proud to kick off another season of Summer Night Lights," Mayor Villaraigosa said. “This program has been a catalyst for change in our neighborhoods, providing hope, safety, and opportunity for local youth. It has become a model for combating gang violence nationwide, and I am proud to have been a part of it.”

Summer Night Lights also provides at-risk youth with the opportunity for employment and professional development. Youth Squad members undergo training on a variety of relevant topics prior to the start of Summer Night Lights and receive a stipend for their work implementing the programs. This year, training took place at California State University Los Angeles, providing many members with their first exposure to a college campus.

“One of the most direct ways that Summer Night Lights impacts neighborhoods is through the employment of local at-risk youth. The lessons learned through training and program implementation will stay with them long after the summer is over,” Gang Reduction and Youth Development Deputy Mayor Cespedes said. “Over the past six years hundreds of youth have been impacted by this program, and none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Mayor Villaraigosa."

Last year, Summer Night Lights sites experienced a 33% reduction in gang-related part 1 crime and a 47% reduction in gang-related homicides, a difference noticed by one of its partners, the Los Angeles Police Department. The Summer Night Lights program works because of the partnerships that have been forged between the program, law enforcement, and community groups. This is an example of the City’s leaders working together to make Los Angeles safe.

“We remain committed to enriching the lives of the youth in our City by providing them with safe and successful alternatives to gang violence,” said LAPD Chief Beck. “The continued partnership with our youth organizations and our community members has undoubtedly helped bring about positive change in youth culture. This program has been extremely effective, and we are excited about making this summer’s program another success.”

Summer Night Lights will operate in 32 Los Angeles City public parks from June 26th to August 9th, every Wednesday through Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Two Arrested in South L.A. Homicide

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Criminal Gang/Homicide Division detectives have arrested two people responsible for the murder of 21-year-old Samuel Burge of Los Angeles.

On Sunday, June 2, 2013, around 7:30 p.m., Burge was walking eastbound in the 1000 block of west 74th Street when the suspect, Michael Crook, walked eastbound toward him and began shooting at him.  Burge was struck down by the gunfire and Crook ran north across the street and got into an awaiting car, which was driven by a second suspect named Rosemary Flowers, and they fled the scene.  LAPD 77th officers arrived at scene and found Burge suffering from gunshot wounds.  LAFD transported Burge to a local hospital where here was pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 12:45 p.m., 44-year-old Rosemary Flowers was arrested in Gardena, California, near her home.  On Monday, June 17, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., 29-year-old Michael Crook, was arrested in Los Angeles.  Both suspects were arrested by members of the LAPD/FBI Fugitive Task Force.  Crook is a gang member from the Hoover Crips, and the motive for this murder was gang related.  Crook and fellow gang members had confronted Burge earlier in the day about his gang status.  Burge was not a gang member.

On Thursday, June 13, 2013, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of Murder, (187 P.C.), against Flowers and Crook.  The car used to flee from this crime is also in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective John Ferreria or Myra Kellum at (213) 485-1383.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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Dispute Leads to Murder

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Olympic Area detectives have arrested three men who were responsible for the murder of a 23-year-old woman in the Mid-City.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, around 8:30 p.m., LAPD Olympic Area patrol officers responded to a stabbing call in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.  When they arrived they discovered a female suffering from an apparent stab wounds.  LAFD paramedics transported the victim, a 23-year-old female, to a local hospital where she died during surgery.

The LAPD Olympic Homicide detectives' investigation revealed that the victim was with a friend walking in the area when they saw three men who were holding signs and panhandling.  The victim and her friend took photos of the men with their cell phones as they were holding their signs.  A dispute ensued and ultimately the victim was stabbed in the torso.  The suspects were described as three male whites in the late twenties and early thirties.

The suspects were located near the scene arrested and are now in the custody of Olympic Area Homicide detectives.  The identity of the victim is being withheld until immediate family is notified.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Olympic Homicide Detectives Dave Vinton or Jose Robledo at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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Notes from the June 18, 2013 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

• Police Commission Vice President John Mack said he attended the LAPD Cadet graduation last Saturday.  He said there were approximately 500 graduates with approximately 7,000 people in attendance.  Commissioner Mack completed his comments by praising Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger for the successful transition of the program from the Explorer Scouts to Cadets. 

• Assistance Chief Earl Paysinger informed the Board there have been approximately 9,000 police cadets who have graduated from the academy with 6,000 of them currently active.  He added the next cadet academy is scheduled to begin Saturday July 13.

• The Executive Director’s report, dated June 11, 2013 relative to the proposed change in the corporate ownership of U.S. Tow, Inc., official police garage for service area 13 (Newton) of the Los Angeles Police Department, contract no. C-106370 to Moshe Ben Dayan, pursuant to Los Angeles municipal code section 80.77.4(E)(2), was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.

• The Department’s report, dated June 14, 2013, relative to the Public Safety Committee inquiry regarding the use and retention of the recorded digital in-car video system, was continued until next week.

• The Department’s report, dated June 7, 2013, relative to the Pacific Area detective command accountability performance audit (IAID No. 13-001), was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated May 28, 2013, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Los Angeles Police Department and California State University, Los Angeles, University Police, regarding training of California State University, Los Angeles Police Officers, was approved.

• The Department’s report, dated June 11, 2013, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Southwest and Northeast areas, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.


West Hills Resident Murdered Outside Her Home

 ***UPDATE***

San Bernardino:  The suspect sought in the murder of a West Hills mother has been captured in San Bernardino.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest for the murder of 43-year-old Michelle Ann Kane of West Hills.

On June 15, 2013, around 7:55 a.m., Topanga Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Progress" in the 7100 block of Deveron Ridge Road in the City of West Hills.  Once at the residence, the officers noticed a woman in her mid-40’s lying in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Around 7:50 a.m., the victim’s estranged husband arrived at the residence and forced his way inside the home.  The suspect, 46-year-old Michael Rodney Kane, a male White, 5’10, 175 pounds, stabbed the victim multiple times which resulted in her death.  Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and was pronounced dead.  Detectives believe Kane was injured during the assault and may require medical attention.

Kane was last seen driving his 1999 Chrysler 300 M Silver, Grey, or Mint Green in color with California License plate number 4HGP487.

LAPD Detectives are asking Kane to turn himself in and bring closure to this tragedy.  He may do so by contacting any local police agency.  If seen, the public should not attempt to apprehend Kane but should notify local police immediately.

Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Homicide Detectives are following-up on all potential leads.  Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque at (818) 756-4869, Detective Pikor at (818) 756-3363 or Detective Briscoe (818) 756-3362.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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 ***UPDATE***

San Bernardino:  The suspect sought in the murder of a West Hills mother has been captured in San Bernardino.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest for the murder of 43-year-old Michelle Ann Kane of West Hills.

On June 15, 2013, around 7:55 a.m., Topanga Area Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of an "Assault with a Deadly Weapon in Progress" in the 7100 block of Deveron Ridge Road in the City of West Hills.  Once at the residence, the officers noticed a woman in her mid-40’s lying in the street suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Around 7:50 a.m., the victim’s estranged husband arrived at the residence and forced his way inside the home.  The suspect, 46-year-old Michael Rodney Kane, a male White, 5’10, 175 pounds, stabbed the victim multiple times which resulted in her death.  Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and was pronounced dead.  Detectives believe Kane was injured during the assault and may require medical attention.

Kane was last seen driving his 1999 Chrysler 300 M Silver, Grey, or Mint Green in color with California License plate number 4HGP487.

LAPD Detectives are asking Kane to turn himself in and bring closure to this tragedy.  He may do so by contacting any local police agency.  If seen, the public should not attempt to apprehend Kane but should notify local police immediately.

Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Homicide Detectives are following-up on all potential leads.  Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call Detective Dave Peteque at (818) 756-4869, Detective Pikor at (818) 756-3363 or Detective Briscoe (818) 756-3362.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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Traffic Collision Kills MTA Bus Driver; Tow Truck Driver in Grave Condition

Los Angeles: On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, around 5:05 a.m., a collision occurred when a tow truck driver traveling southbound on Broadway drove through the intersection against a red light and collided into an  Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus with no passengers which was traveling westbound on 5th Street.  The force of the impact caused the MTA bus to run off the roadway and collide with a fire hydrant. The same force of impact also caused the tow truck to run off the roadway and collide into a convenient store located on the southwest corner of 5th Street and Broadway.  The impact between the tow truck driver and the convenient store caused debris to strike the store clerk causing minor injuries.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the tow truck driver and the MTA bus driver to a nearby hospital. The tow truck driver is listed in grave condition and the MTA bus driver failed to respond to treatment by medical personnel and succumbed to her injuries. The names of the tow truck driver and the MTA bus driver are being withheld pending further investigation.

LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives’ investigation revealed the tow truck was traveling at about 50 to 60 miles per hour when he ran the red light and collided with the MTA bus.  This investigation is currently on-going.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call LAPD Central Traffic Division at (213) 972-1825.  Media is asked to call LAPD Media Relations Section at (213) 485-5910 for inquiries on this release. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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19-year-old Missing

Los Angeles: The family of Stephanie Zepeda and the Los Angeles Police Department requests the public’s assistance in locating Zepeda.

Zepeda was last seen on June 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Euclid Avenue, in Los Angeles.  Zepeda is in the company of Lilliana Huerta, who may reside in the 1500 block of North Bonnie Beach Place in the County of Los Angeles.  Additional information indicates that Zepeda and Heurta may be in the City of Pico Rivera.

Zepeda is described as a 19-year-old Hispanic female with black hair, brown eyes.  She stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.  Zepeda was last seen wearing a black sweater, black pants and black boots.

Zepeda’s family indicates that she may be in danger and are extremely worried for her safety.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Zepeda please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit Detective Saiza at (213) 996-1800. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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Man Dies after Being Stabbed

Los Angeles: On June 11, 2013, at 11:25 a.m., Hollywood Area officers responded to a stabbing investigation at the 6400 block of Yucca Street. When the officers arrived, they were directed to the suspect, a homeless man in a nearby liquor store.  The officers found, the man, Lowell Taylor, inside, and he was taken into custody without incident.

The victim was found lying on the ground in the Hollywood Recycle Center with a stab wound to his upper torso.  Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The victim’s name is being withheld until family member have been notified and Taylor has been booked for murder.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Operations-West Bureau Homicide Detectives at (213) 382-9470.  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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81-Year-Old Critical Missing Man

Los Angeles:   The Astoria Gardens Assisted Living Facility and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Area station are asking for the public’s help to locate 81-year-old Lee McCracken.

On June 11, 2013, between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., McCracken was last seen at the Astoria Gardens Assisted Living Facility in the 14000 block of Astoria Street, in Sylmar.  McCracken left the location and has not been seen or heard from since. The assisted living facility is extremely concerned for his welfare because he has Alzheimer disease and is in need of medical attention.

McCracken is described as a White, male with gray hair, brown eyes.  He is described as 6 feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds with a white mustache.  It is unknown what clothing he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information on Lee’s whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD Mission watch commander’s office at (818) 838-9800.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 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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