Downtown Los Angeles On Lock-Down

Feb 8, 2013

Sheriff’s officials have locked-down the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles in response to an unconfirmed report that someone generally matching the description of Christopher Jordan Dorner was seen in the area. Streets have been blocked off in the area.

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School Mentioned In Killer Manisfesto Children Stay Home

Feb 8, 2013

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NORWALK – As the search continued today for a fired Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in the killings of three people, a Norwalk elementary school that he attended — and which he mentioned in his manifesto posted online Monday — remained closed for a second day, authorities said.

Norwalk Christian School was closed on Thursday, sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Arnold of the Norwalk Station, said.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, wanted in the revenge slayings of a college women’s basketball coach and her finance in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer, wrote in his manifesto that the elementary school in Norwalk was where he first experienced racism.

“My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school,” Dorner stated in his manifesto. “A fellow student … called me a n—– on the playground. My response was swift and non- lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch (and) kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher.

“The teacher reported it to the principal. The principal swatted (the other student) for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking (the other student) in response to him calling me a n—–,” Dorner wrote.

The school was closed toward the end of the school day on Thursday, as s security precaution, Arnold said.

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LAPD Shoots Innocent Citizens In Massive Man Hunt For Ex-cop

Feb 8, 2013

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LOS ANGELES – A 71-year-old woman remained hospitalized this morning with two gunshot wounds she suffered when Los Angeles police detectives on the lookout for Christopher Jordan Dorner opened fire on her pickup truck as she and her daughter were delivering the Los Angeles Times in Torrance.

Emma Hernandez and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, were shot at on Redbeam Avenue in Torrance before dawn Thursday. Hernandez was twice hit in the back, according to her attorney, and was reported Thursday night to be stable. Her daughter received stitches on her finger.

“The problem with the situation is, it looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and in so doing, didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don’t look like a large black man,” attorney Glen T. Jonas, who is representing the victims, told the Los Angeles Times. Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and 270 pounds.

“We trust that the LAPD will step up and do the right thing and acknowledge that what they did was unacceptable, and we’ll deal with it,” Jonas said.

Police chief Charlie Beck Thursday called the Torrance shooting “a case of mistaken identity.”

Sources told The Times that the detectives involved in the shooting were on protective detail for a police official named in an online manifesto that authorities say Dorner posted to a Facebook page Monday. He has vowed to go on a killing spree in retaliation for having been fired from the LAPD and is accused of killing three people since Sunday.

Around 30 minutes after the women delivering papers were fired on, Torrance police opened fire after spotting a truck similar to Dorner’s at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street. No one was hurt.

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Storm Threatens Highways Harsh Weather Expected

Feb 8, 2013

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COLD PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM THROUGH TONIGHT… A COLD PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA THROUGH TONIGHT…BRINGING SHOWERS AND LOW SNOW LEVELS…AS WELL AS COLD AND BREEZY CONDITIONS TO MANY LOCATIONS.

THE MAIN IMPACT OF THIS COLD STORM WILL BE LOW SNOW LEVELS AND ICY ROADWAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS. SNOW LEVELS WILL FALL RAPIDLY THIS MORNING TO BETWEEN 2500 AND 3000 FEET AND PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT…POTENTIALLY FALLING TO 2000 FEET OR SLIGHTLY LOWER IN HEAVIER SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS. EXPECT 6 TO 10 INCH ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 4000 FEET WITH THE HIGHEST TOTALS ON THE NORTHERN MOUNTAIN SLOPES OF VENTURA COUNTY AND NORTHWESTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY…INCLUDING PLACES SUCH AS LOCKWOOD VALLEY AND FRAZIER PARK…AND ACROSS THE EASTERN SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS.

LOWER SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 4000 FEET. IN THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE THE ANTELOPE AND CUYAMA VALLEYS…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. MAJOR ROADS THAT WILL LIKELY BE AFFECTED BY ACCUMULATING SNOW DURING THE THROUGH THIS EVENING INCLUDE INTERSTATE 5…FROM NORTH OF CASTAIC TO THE GRAPEVINE…AND POSSIBLY HIGHWAY 14 THROUGH SOLEDAD CANYON INTO THE ANTELOPE VALLEY…HIGHWAY 133 IN VENTURA COUNTY…AND HIGHWAY 138 IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY.

SIGNIFICANT COLD AIR AND INSTABILITY WILL BRING A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA TODAY. ANY STORMS THAT DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BRING BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND SMALL HAIL. DUE TO THE SHOWERY NATURE OF THIS SYSTEM…RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL BE QUITE VARIABLE…GENERALLY AVERAGING ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH ACROSS SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES…AND ACROSS EASTERN SECTIONS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY…WITH ONE TENTH TO ONE THIRD OF AN INCH ELSEWHERE.

IN THE FOOTHILLS OF EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY AND ON NORTHERN SLOPES…LIQUID EQUIVALENT PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF ONE HALF TO ONE INCH ARE POSSIBLE…MUCH OF WHICH WILL FALL AS SNOW. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL ALSO LIKELY BRING GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS TO PARTS OF THE REGION…WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS…DESERTS AND THE COASTAL AREAS OF LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING. THIS WEATHER SYSTEM WILL BE DANGEROUS FOR UNPREPARED HIKERS AND CAMPERS. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS…LOW VISIBILITIES… SNOW SHOWERS…AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS COULD CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS…

WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR ROAD CLOSURES. ANYONE PLANNING TO TRAVEL INTO THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS SHOULD CHECK THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND BRING WARM CLOTHING…CHAINS…AND FOOD SUPPLIES. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/LOSANGELES…OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES.

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Midnight Thieves In Huntington Beach

Feb 7, 2013

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HUNTINGTON BEACH – Prompted by a series of early morning burglaries, Huntington Beach police today warned residents to lock their doors.There were about 20 reported burglaries, thefts from vehicles, and attempted thefts and break-ins between Jan. 23 and Saturday, Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien said.The thieves appear to be targeting the neighborhood near John R. Peterson Elementary School bounded by Beach Boulevard, Indianapolis Avenue, Newland Street and Atlanta Avenue, and the closed Robert H. Burke Elementary School bounded by Bushard Street, Indianapolis Avenue, Brookhurst Street and Atlanta Avenue.The thieves operate between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., O’Brien said.The thieves have been getting into residences through unlocked side or rear doors and unlocked car doors, O’Brien said.The thieves also mainly want electronics and cash, O’Brien said.Anyone with information on the burglaries was asked to call police and to report crimes as soon as possible at (714) 960-8825.Anyone who has surveillance video footage was asked to call (714) 536- 5949 or (714) 536-5653.

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Manifesto grievances claim LAPD shady tactics; airs dirty laundry of police divisions

Feb 7, 2013

IRVINE  – An ex-LAPD officer suspected of fatally shooting two people in Irvine and a Riverside policeman posted a 6,000-word manifesto online vowing to kill law enforcement officers and rambling about everything from grade school insults to his admiration for first lady Michelle Obama.

“Think before you attempt to intervene. You will not survive,” Christopher Jordan Dorner warned law enforcement officials in an online manifesto titled “Last Resort” and addressed to “America.”

Dorner, now the subject of an intense manhunt centered in Big Bear, where his vehicle was found abandoned, wrote about his termination from the LAPD, its impact on his life and why he believes bloodletting is the only way to resolve the perceived injustices he’s suffered.

“I’ve lost a relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD,” Dorner stated. “I’ve lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I’ve lost everything because the LAPD took my name and knew I was innocent … The attacks will stop when the (Los Angeles Police) Department states the truth about my innocence.”

According to the murder suspect, the proceedings that led to his 2008 firing from the police force were rigged against him. He goes into detail about how his complaint against a fellow officer — now sergeant — alleging brutality against a detainee resulted in his being the target of retaliation by superiors.

“Don’t retaliate against officers for breaking your so-called blue line,” Dorner wrote. “I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered and libeled me … You have awoken a sleeping giant.”

He made clear his desire for revenge against the LAPD and its personnel, but emphasized that any law enforcement official would be fair game.

“The LAPD created this situation,” Dorner wrote. “Outside agencies and individual officers on patrol … if you recognize my vehicle and … you proceed with a traffic stop or attempt to notify other officers of my location, you will not live to see the medal of valor you were hoping to receive for your actions.”

Dorner is suspected of engaging two LAPD officers in a gunfight in Corona, inflicting a non-life-threatening injury to one before fleeing to Riverside, where he allegedly killed a 34-year-old police veteran and wounded his partner by firing through the front windshield of their patrol unit.

Police Chief Sergio Diaz said the officers were on routine patrol at the time and not looking for Dorner.

The alleged gunman is also suspected of killing a couple in Irvine Sunday night. One victim was a USC policeman, the other the daughter of an LAPD captain who represented Dorner at his board of rights hearing in 2008.

Dorner’s online declaration shifted erratically from one subject to another. He hailed his nearly seven years as a U.S. Naval reservist as exemplary and blamed the LAPD for the end of that career.

He called attention to several alleged racial insults, starting when he was in first grade and a fellow student provoked him, calling him “derogatory racial names.”

“My response was swift and non-lethal,” he said. “I struck him fast and hard with a punch and kick.”

He alleged that two fellow LAPD officers also used the “n” word in his presence during a bus ride, prompting him to choke one of them until they were separated.

Dorner’s thoughts turned to national politics, and he denounced critics of President Barack Obama, implying they were bigots.

“I love your bangs, Mrs Obama,” the suspect wrote. “A woman whose professional and educational accomplishments are second to none when compared to recent first wives.”

Dorner also praised Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s efforts to implement more gun control in the form of a sweeping “assault weapon ban.”

“The time is now to re-institute a ban that will save lives,” he said, rattling off the names of the “small arms” investigators would find in his arsenal.

Dorner recognized his friends and family by name, asking them not feel ill-will toward him, then went back to talking politics and entertainment.

“Hillary Clinton: You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016,” he wrote. “Ellen DeGeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America. You changed the perception of your gay community … Charlie Sheen, you’re effin awesome.”

Dorner disavowed any religious moorings, referring to the Bible as “that old book made of fiction and limited nonfiction.”

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Human Smuggler Sentenced To 8 Years Of Federal Prison

Feb 7, 2013

Photo by Addictinginfo   LOS ANGELES – A Guatemalan national will spend eight years in federal prison for playing a key role in a large-scale human smuggling ring that brought thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America to the Southland, often holding them against their will in drop houses, prosecutors said today.

In sentencing Fredy Oswaldo Gamez Reyes on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero pointed to the smuggling organization’s tactics, including the use of weapons and guard dogs to intimidate clients, as the basis for the prison term.

Gamez, 44, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to six counts of harboring and concealing illegal aliens for financial gain.

According to court documents, Gamez acknowledged he served as a supervisor for a criminal organization that smuggled more than 6,000 illegal immigrants into the Los Angeles region over a three-year period, beginning in 2008, generating an estimated $10 million in income.   A probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations revealed Gamez held a number of jobs within the organization, including locating and renting drop houses; overseeing the operation of those locations; and collecting smuggling fees from aliens’ relatives in exchange for the victims’ release.

Numerous incidents perpetrated by members of the organization involving beatings, sexual assaults and hostage taking were also uncovered, authorities said.

“As this sentence makes clear, those who exploit people in this brutal and despicable way will themselves face serious consequences,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles. “Alien smugglers view their clients as nothing more than a payday and they have no qualms about using threats and violence to collect their smuggling fees.”

The smuggling organization originally came to authorities’ attention in July 2009 after HSI special agents and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to a drop house in Compton, where 20 people were reportedly being held against their will. Two of the captives wrote a plea for help on a napkin and threw it out the window, where it was found by neighborhood children.

Evidence uncovered during the ensuing the investigation showed Gamez was responsible for overseeing the operation of the Compton location, along with three other human smuggling drop houses in Baldwin Park, Lynwood and Hesperia, according to federal prosecutors.

To date, 11 other people involved in the ring have been arrested and/or convicted of federal charges, resulting in prison sentences of 33 to 51 months, officials said.

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Confirmed Vehicle Of Ex-cop Found In Big Bear

Feb 7, 2013

That vehicle found in Big Bear has been confirmed as being the one used by murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Police are combing the wooded area in search of the suspect.

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Officers Safety A Priority During Time Of Crisis

Feb 7, 2013

SANTA ANA – The Orange County sheriff’s union requested today that each deputy driving a patrol car be paired with a partner for the duration of the massive manhunt for an allegedly revenge-bent former cop suspected in two murders in Irvine and the ambush killing of a Riverside police officer.

Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, sent a letter to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens requesting two deputies per patrol unit during the duration of the dragnet for Christopher Jordan Dorner.

“Dorner is a highly trained marksman who has already demonstrated his propensity for killing innocent people,” Dominguez wrote. “He has made it clear law enforcement officers and their families are fair game.”

Noting a statewide officer safety alert, Dominguez added, “We must do everything we can to keep our deputies safe as they assist in this critical operation to find Dorner before any more innocent lives are lost.”

Dominguez said many other law enforcement agencies have switched to two- deputy patrols.

“The safety of our deputies must remain a priority as they engage in this extraordinarily dangerous endeavor,” he wrote.

Orange County sheriff’s officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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12-year-old Charged With Four Felonies

Feb 7, 2013

A 12-year-old boy accused of making prank calls that sent police swarming to the home of actor Ashton Kutcher in October and then to a Well Fargo Bank branch a week later has been charged with four felonies. The boy’s name is being withheld due to his age. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Eastlake Juvenile Court.

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