- Reporters Desk
McDonnell Relieves Jail Personnel of Duty, Launches Internal Investigation
LOS ANGELES — On July 10, two lieutenants, one sergeant, one senior deputy, four deputies and two custody assistants with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were relieved of duty and a number of others were reassigned to other duties pending further investigation.
The alleged incident began when the involved inmate was booked in at the Inmate Reception Center on June 19. Allegations included the inmate not being provided food and being handcuffed for a lengthy period of time following a force incident during which the inmate reportedly assaulted a female deputy. The inmate ate upon entry to the jail, but was allegedly restrained for about 32 hours; during that time he received medical attention and a cup of water.
On June 27, the inmate filed a complaint and an investigation began. The complaint was brought to the attention of Sheriff Jim McDonnell on July 9. A decision regarding personnel actions was made within 24 hours.
The Sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau have been asked to investigate the entire matter. The Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation were also notified.
Notification was sent to all custody personnel assigned to Inmate Reception Center reminding them of protocols regarding restraint, checks and feeding of inmates and additional training has been ordered. Further corrective action is pending.
Another Murder in Long Beach
LONG BEACH — On July 10, 42-year-old Tomas Palmas of Long Beach died after being shot on the prior night.
Long Beach Police Department officers found Palmas at about 10:36 p.m. July 9, at the 1700 block of Cerritos Avenue, while responding to reports of a shooting. Palmas had been struck. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Palmas to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition.
He died at about 7:12 p.m. July 10.
The motive for this shooting is still unclear and no suspect is in custody at this time. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Crime Increases in Long Beach
LONG BEACH — Within the past few months, overall crime has increased 5.3 percent when compared to the 5 year average through May 31, 2015 in Long Beach.
Ninety-nine gang court order arrests have been made so far this year, while 167 Gang Court Order arrests were made in 2014.
With the support of City Council, $350,000 in non-recurring funding is currently being used to target residential property crime, allowing the Long Beach Police Department to bolster efforts towards investigating and preventing burglaries. As of the end of May, the city has experienced 212 fewer residential burglaries for 2015, in comparison to May of last year, which is a 21.9 percent decrease.
Here’s a comparison of some categories of crime through May 2015, and compared to the five-year average:
• Murder, down 27 percent; down 47 percent avg.
• Aggravated assault, up 33 percent; up 12 percent avg.
• Garage burglary, down 3 percent; down 9 percent avg.
• Auto burglary, up 5 percent; down 5 percent avg.
• Grand Theft Auto, up 6 percent; up 4 percent avg.
• Petty theft greater than $50, up 72 percent; up 8 percent avg.
International Flights Study Gets OK to Move Forward
LONG BEACH — On July 7, the Long Beach City Council, voted 6-3, councilmen Al Austin, Darryl Supernaw and Roberto Uranga opposed, to move forward with conducting a feasibility study at the Long Beach Airport to allow international flights.
The action follows a request from JetBlue Airways in February for Long Beach to apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, for a User Fee Airport designation to establish a Customs facility, which would allow international flights.
About two dozen residents testified before the city council and a packed council chambers in opposition to moving forward with this request, citing a number of reasons, including the potential threat to the Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance, which limits the number of flights at Long Beach Airport, as well as financial and security risks to the City, with minimal or no anticipated economic gain.
Airport Director Bryant Francis outlined six components that would be included in the feasibility study:
1) Terminal enhancement facility definition
2) Facility planning and design
3) Project cost estimates
4) Facility demand and traffic forecasts
5) Financial pro forma and funding plan
6) Feasibility report, which includes a compilation of steps 1-5
Councilmember Austin also obtained assurances that the feasibility study would include additional elements, including:
1) A forecast of additional General Aviation flights, including corporate and personal jets, that would utilize the Federal Inspection Service facility;
2) A Risk Assessment of potential threats to the airport noise control ordinance and a plan to mitigate impacted neighborhoods and schools from environmental and health impacts should the airport noise control ordinance become invalidated;
3) An assessment of potential security risks created by the addition of international flights.
The motion that was approved also required at least two community meetings as part of the feasibility study process.
The airport director indicated that the study is expected to be completed in six to seven months, at which time, the report will come back to the council for another vote on whether to proceed.
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine to Open New Location in North LB
Lola’s Mexican Cuisine announced that it will be opening its second location this fall in Bixby Knolls. Lola’s will be located at 4140 Atlantic Avenue, the current location of Le-Yen Chinese Family Restaurant.
Lola’s has been operating its first location on 4th Street in Long Beach since May of 2008.