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Ex-LA Sheriff Baca to Serve 3-Year Prison Term for Corruption

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday was ordered to begin serving his three-year prison term early next month for his 2017 conviction for obstructing an FBI investigation into a large-scale corruption scheme in the county jail system.

Federal Judge Percy Anderson ordered the 77-year-old Baca to report to prison on Feb. 5 after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear his appeal requesting to overturn his conviction.

Baca, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, ran the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years.

On March 2017, Baca was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and […]

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Vegas Police ‘Disgusted’ After Bartender Allegedly Refuses Service

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LAS VEGAS (TMZ) — Two cops walk into a bar, but they’re refused service … this ain’t a setup for a joke, it allegedly happened in Vegas … and now police are PISSED!!!

Here’s the deal … two Las Vegas Metro Police Department graveyard patrol officers say they were refused service from the bartender at The Lodge Cactus in Enterprise, NV when they stopped by Thursday for a bite on duty.

The officers say the bartender started shaking his head “no” as soon as they approached the counter, and motioned his fingers across his neck as if to say, “stop.” The officers say they asked to take a seat and order some food, but claim the bartender told them, “We don’t serve you guys here any more.”

At first, the cops say they thought the bartender was joking … but when they realized it was for real, they left the establishment without further incident.

Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas tells TMZ … they are “disgusted” this happened, but believe restaurant management supports law enforcement and they’re actively talking with ownership to resolve the issue.

The Lodge tells us folks from the corporate office came to the restaurant Friday, grabbed surveillance video and interviewed the bartender.

LVMPD also tells us … it’s a private restaurant and they can refuse service to who they want.

We’re told the police department’s been in touch with the restaurant, and they regret the incident, telling the cops the actions of one employee doesn’t define the establishment and the bartender has been placed on indefinite suspension, which could become permanent.

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LA Times Endorses Measure R for Sheriff Accountability and Oversight

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By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD

LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Times) — Members of the first Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission have been sworn in. Measure R would empower the commission to exercise actual oversight over the Sheriff’s Department.

Measure R would cement in place two improvements in L.A. County’s justice system that are so smart and so important that they’ve already been largely accomplished.

It would significantly strengthen civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Department, and it would focus county officials on improving psychiatric care, drug treatment and other services for people who we currently send to jail.

Even though the Board of Supervisors moved ahead with versions of each of those steps last year, voter approval remains important. The ballot measure goes beyond the board’s actions in several subtle but significant […]

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Nevada Man Guilty in Plot to Shoot up Las Vegas LGBTQ Bar

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LAS VEGAS (Los Angeles Blade) — Conor Climo pleaded guilty to planning to bomb a synagogue and a gay bar among other targets. A Nevada man pleaded guilty Monday in Las Vegas to a series of charges, including planning to shoot customers at an LGBTQ bar, the AP reported.

Conor Climo, 24, a self-described white supremacist, pleaded guilty to planning to bomb a synagogue or Anti-Defamation League office and to shoot up a gay bar and a fast-food restaurant.
He apparently shared his plans with an FBI informant during an encrypted online chat.

He also shared that he is a member of the Feuerkrieg Division, an offshoot of the Atomwaffen Division neo-Nazi group.

Climo pleaded guilty to felony possession of an unregistered firearm, the AP reported. He faces two to three years in prison at his sentencing […]

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