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WeHo Public Safety Meeting with Sheriff, Advice on Self Protection

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – A recent Public Safety meeting with the Sheriff and Block by Block, residents shared experiences and safety tips.

They included theft prevention, especially in cars. Captain Edward Ramirez said that although crime is down in our city, car break ins continue to be a major concern on the West Side.

Captain Ramirez stressed that residents should never leave anything of value, including coins and empty bags, visible inside parked and unattended cars.

He noted that rhieves work in pairs or groups and mostly go after easy targets where valuables are visible or car doors are left unlocked. He said it only takes five seconds for them to break a window and take your property.

Lighting is important. Ramirez said that motion activated lights and security cameras can function as a deterrent. Video images are very good on some devices have provided the evidence that has contributed to the arrest of suspects.

Although West Hollywood has better restrictions and laws against tent encampments than the City of Los Angeles, loitering and unruly homeless individuals was a concern of residents.

You will never see an encampment or a tent in this city said Captain Ramirez. The introduction of Block by Block Security Ambassadors was found to be very useful.

We need to stay vigilant, he reminds us, by keeping our property secured from opportunistic crime and report any incidents or suspicious activity to the Sheriff.

Contacts to have at the ready:

Weho Sheriff Station (Crime reporting and time sensitive matters)
310-855-8850

Block by Block Security Ambassadors (Non-emergency)
323-821-8604

COPPS Team
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (Non-Emergency)
Lt Moulder: 310-358-4012, Sgt Klaus: 310-386-8078

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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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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

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Harvey Weinstein Says Stealth Jurors Have Infiltrated His Sexual Assault Trial

NEW YORK (Harvey Weinstein says he’s been had by jurors who are pretending to be impartial when in fact they want him locked up and the key thrown away.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Arthur Aidala , filed legal docs Friday to further support his motion for a change of venue … claiming the 12-person jury was comprised of “stealth jurors” who lied during the jury selection process, claiming they could be clean slates when it came to hearing evidence when in fact they held secret prejudices.

The lawyer cites examples of 2 prospective jurors who claimed impartiality but later revealed their feelings on social media. One wrote, “Goodbye Jury Duty. And goodbye Harvey Weinstein. I hope they convict you on all counts…I was told not to talk about the trial if I was a juror…I don’t know if it’s my past as a lawyer or my past at Disney but I’m free for the next 4 years- unlike Harvey!”

The other prospective juror also took to Facebook, writing, “Ok that was my time on the Weinstein case. Do I get paid? I don’t get up before 5 for free. Harvey you cant [sic] act for sh*t with that walker you made it look like a prize on The Price is Right. Also they’re gonna crucify you.”

The ship, however, has already sailed. The judge denied the defense motion for a change of venue and a 12-person jury has been picked. Opening arguments are set for this week.

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Lakewood Felon Charged With Shooting Dog, Fleeing Police

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LOS ANGELES — A Lakewood man was charged Jan 14 with six felony counts, including animal cruelty, in connection with the fatal shooting of a dog, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Shane Michael Dubyak faces one count each of cruelty to an animal; fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, heroin and a revolver; and unlawful possession of ammunition as well as two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The case includes an allegation that Dubyak used a revolver in the commission of animal cruelty.

Arraignment is scheduled Jan 14 in Department 5 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Downey Branch.

On Jan. 5, the defendant reportedly shot a 15-year-old terrier named Artie that was left under his care, in the 16400 block of Phoebe Avenue in La Mirada, prosecutors said. On Jan. 10, police spotted Dubyak and he fled when they attempted to detain him, prosecutors added.

According to ABC “Detectives launched an investigation after the incident was captured on surveillance video, showing someone shooting the dog Sunday before driving off.”

Prosecutors are requesting the defendant be held with no bail for violation of probation terms in which Dubyak pleaded no contest to one felony count of identity theft with a prior.

If convicted as charged on the current case, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 14 years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station.

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