Sheriff to investigate why bailiff handcuffed court spokeswoman

From the Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman
says the department has begun an internal affairs investigation into
why a deputy acting as a bailiff detained and handcuffed a Superior
Court spokeswoman inside a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

Sheriff’s
spokesman Steve Whitmore says deputy public information officer Vania
Stuelp was handcuffed Tuesday after she refused to
leave the area usually occupied by attorneys and would not follow the
deputy’s directions. He says Stuelp was not arrested.

Whitmore
says Stuelp walked into the well area to inform a French television
crew they could not film in a certain area of the court.

Court was not in session at the time.

Whitmore says a sheriff’s sergeant arrived recognized her as the court spokesperson and directed that she be released.

Have you seen these men?

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Arcadia police released this composite on Thursday of three robbery suspects. Here’s their press release:

Crime: Case # 09-6482. Robbery, PC 211. Occurred on November 30, 2009, at
7:20 a.m. Three suspects (composites above) confronted the victim in his
driveway, forced him back into his residence, bound other family members, and fled
with property.

Suspect Descriptions: #1-Male, Hispanic, 25-30 years old, unshaven, short spiky
hair, dark clothing, and white tennis shoes.

#2-Male, Hispanic, clean shaven, 30
years old, wearing a dark sweatshirt with a gray hood.

#3-Male, Hispanic, early
30s, clean shaven, medium brown hair parted on left side, dark clothing, black ski
mask. All suspects were armed with handguns.

If Spotted, Do not attempt to contact; these individuals should be considered armed
and dangerous. Please contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151.

Pomona suffers 12th homicide of ’09

A 25-year-old Pomona man died Tuesday after he was shot several times in the 600 block of Illinois Street.

It’s the 12th homicide in Pomona this year. That leaves the city with twice as many slayings as any other city in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas. Pasadena is a distant second with 6 killings.

That makes 70 homicides in the region this year. Seventy percent of them are by gunshot.

See the numbers on our homicide map.

About that SWAT caravan a few weeks ago

LAPD SWAT units caused a stir on Aug. 3 when their caravan of scary looking vehicles sped through the San Gabriel Valley en route to a hostage rescue in Mira Loma.

The hostage had been shot through the gut and was apparently being held in a marijuana grow house.

The feds announced today they have indicted three suspects. Read the complaint against them below. It sounds like a wild, wild case. Highlights include the alleged bad guys attempting to secure $1 million in ransom from the man’s family in Russia and treating the gunshot wound through his bowel with Pepto Bismol and Mylanta.

Download the document here if you can’t see it below.


Kidnap Complait

Spector jury resumes talks

From the AP:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The jury in music producer Phil Spector’s murder retrial has resumed deliberations.

The
Los Angeles Superior Court panel went behind closed doors again
Wednesday, it’s sixth day of work since getting the case on March 26.

Spector
is accused of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of
actress Lana Clarkson. The defense contends she killed herself.

Spector’s first trial ended in 2007 with a 10-2 jury deadlock. The majority favored conviction.

Woman gets life sentence for chase that killed boy

PASADENA — A La Puente woman was sentenced to 22-years to life in prison on Monday for causing a car crash that killed a 3-year-old boy.

Sara Olivia Bravo was in a stolen car with police chasing her on Dec. 11, 2005 when she ran a red light in Arcadia and smashed into the boy’s car.

The collision occurred at Del Mar Boulevard and Altadena Drive.

A jury convicted her in January of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, evading police and auto theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The jury also found true enhancements for causing the death of a child under 5.