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27-year veteran LAPD Gang and Narcotics detective charged with grand theft

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27-year veteran detective Ramon Alvarez of the Los Angeles Police Department Gang and Narcotics Division was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft upon him serving an arrest warrant at a suspected narcotics location when a fellow detective witnessed Alvarez take money from said site, according to a statement released by the LAPD.

The detective that witnessed Alvarez take money from the site immediately notified his supervisor, and Alvarez’s official vehicle was searched. Money that was believed to belong to the narcotics suspect was found inside Alvarez’s vehicle, according to the LAPD statement. LAPD’s Internal Affairs Criminal Investigation Division then arrested Alvarez for grand theft.

“I am extremely disturbed and shocked by the arrest, but heartened by the actions of the detective who immediately reported what appeared to be criminal behavior,” said Police Chief Charlie Beck in a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Bail was set at $20,000 and Alvarez was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, as well as the outcome of an administrative investigation.

“The arrest of an LAPD officer and a classmate is shocking and very disappointing,” said Tyler Izen, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League in the Los Angeles Times report. “We expect law enforcement officers to hold themselves to the highest moral standards in their professional and personal lives, making the news doubly upsetting.”

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Elderly Woman in Car Plunges Three Stories off Parking Structure

Car Bursts Through Concrete BarrierLOS ANGELES | April 26, 2011

A 76-yezar old elderly woman driving her car in the parking structure of The Sports Club/LA burst through the concrete barrier and plunged three stories before landing upside down, stated fire officials Tuesday morning. The accident happened at around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. Rescue workers were called to the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Nebraska Avenue where the driver was extricated from the car and was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver was alone in the vehicle and her name is being withheld until loved ones can be notified.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known and city building and safety inspectors had been dispatched to the scene to examine damage to the structure.

LAPD Capt. Brenda Crump said a witness saw the driver in the vehicle parked in the space in front of the concrete barrier.

“So it didn’t have very far to go to hit that wall,” Crump said.

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Nude Woman’s Body Found in Boyle Heights

LOS ANGELES | April 26, 2011

KTLA Elizabeth Espinosa report of Nude Woman's Body found in Boyle HeightsAccording to a KTLA News report by Elizabeth Espinosa, in the Boyle Heights area off of the Interstate 5 Freeway Cesar Chavez off-ramp a homicide investigation is under way after a nude woman’s body was found in a plastic storage container Monday night. A homeless person found the body stashed inside the container shortly before 11 p.m. when he called the police, according to LAPD officials.

LAPD officials said the body is that of a Hispanic female who could be between 20 to 30 years old and that there is no obvious signs of blunt trauma to the body. The woman’s body did, however, have the words "love" and "hate" tattooed on each of her wrists.

It is believed that the plastic container was tossed from a moving vehicle and broke open.

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