Former Torrance and Pasadena Police Officer to Plead Guilty to Illegal Gun Dealing, DOJ Says

first_imgPublic Safety Former Torrance and Pasadena Police Officer to Plead Guilty to Illegal Gun Dealing, DOJ Says By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 4:58 pm Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS A man who worked as a police officer in Torrance and Pasadena agreed to plead guilty to federal charges related to using his position to obtain, then illegally sell, at least 50 guns, prosecutors announced Tuesday.Lindley Alan Hupp, 32, of Long Beach, has agreed to plead guilty to a two-count indictment filed Friday in federal court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment contains two charges: Engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and making a false statement in a federal firearm licensee’s records during the purchase of a firearm.He’s accused of “being an unlicensed firearms dealer who sold dozens of guns, as well as certifying he was the actual purchaser of a handgun, when, in fact, he was buying the gun for another person,” DOJ spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.“According to the court documents, Hupp sold at least 48 firearms during an 8½-year period while employed by the [Torrance Police Department],” he said. “Hupp sold another two guns in 2011 while serving as an auxiliary police officer with the Pasadena Police Department.”Hupp abused his position as a police officer to obtain so-called “off-roster” weapons, which are available to police officers but not available to the general public, in order to resell them and turn a profit, prosecutors said.“Hupp made a business of dealing firearms, in part, by abusing exemptions made available to him under California law as a sworn peace officer,” according to the plea agreement. “Of the 48 firearms [the] defendant sold while employed at the TPD, 36 firearms were ‘off roster’ firearms; that is, firearms that Hupp’s non-law enforcement customers could not have purchased directly from a licensed firearms dealer.”While the law allows for police officers to sell their “off-roster” handguns on the secondary market when no longer needed, Hupp admitted to repeatedly “repeatedly exploiting the privilege” by purchasing guns and selling them almost immediately afterward.“Hupp resold nearly half of the 36 off roster guns within 30 days of having initially purchased them,” according to Mrozek.Hupp has agreed to surrender 42 guns in his possession, officials said. Prosecutors have recommended a prison term of no longer than 18 months, although the recommendation is not binding, Mrozek said. The judge will have discretion to sentence him to up to 15 years in federal prison, once Hupp has formally pleaded guilty.Hupp was scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles on Dec. 3.It was not clear Friday exactly when and how Hupp became separated from the Torrance Police Department.The alleged crimes took place during the same period of time when another Pasadena police officer, former Lt. Vasekn Gourdikian, was running a similar but larger scheme, according to prosecutors.Gourdikian, of Sierra Madre, acted as an unlicensed gun dealer between March of 2014 and February of 2017, officials said at the time. He used his position as a police officer to obtain and sell more than 100 guns, including many “off-roster” ones.He pleaded guilty to illegal gun dealing and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm in September of 2018 and received a sentence of one year and one day in prison, along with a $10,000 fine.See also:Former Pasadena Police Lieutenant Sentenced to 12 Months and 1 Day, Fined $10,000 for Illegal Gun Possession, Saleslast_img read more

Lawrence Turns L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom Into ‘Living Room’ [Review/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Brandon Weil Photo: Brandon Weilcenter_img New York City isn’t quite the epicenter of the music world that it once was, what with so many facets of the industry now based in Los Angeles. But when it comes to fostering the growing undercurrent of funk- and R&B-inspired pop, the Big Apple still holds sway.Theo Katzman, Vulfpeck’s breakout star, hails from Long Island and played his first non-college gig with the Ann Arbor-founded band on the Lower East Side—long before “Back Pocket” wound up in an Apple ad. Turkuaz’s neo-funk sound coalesced across the bridge in Brooklyn. Now, Lawrence is poised to push that style and sound even further with its own fresh-faced, infectious attitude.The band, led by the bright-eyed brother-sister duo of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence, rode into a busy Memorial Day Weekend with a pair of West Coast shows, including a stop in L.A. at the Teragram Ballroom. The downtown-adjacent, 600-person, standing-room-only venue has become a friendly, familiar place for the likes of Vulfpeck and Turkuaz in recent years, and provided Lawrence with the proper stage to showcase its own resplendent talents in front of an enthusiastic audience.Mere months after testing out new material in front of a packed house at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Clyde, Gracie and company showcased a slew of songs off their second album, Living Room, which is slated for a September 14 release.The latest tracks did well to diversify the stylistic offerings in Lawrence’s setlist. There were the Latin rhythms of “Limbo” as the opener, the slower jams of “Friend or Enemy,” which served as the perfect vessel for one of Clyde’s keyboard solos; the lamentations of a wonky sleep schedule on “Probably Up” and of the hard work of relationships on “Try”; and concurrent struggles with sadness and acid reflux on “The Heartburn Song.” On “Too Easy” and “So Damn Fast,” the siblings offered more intimate portraits of their inner thoughts and emotions, without the frills of their full nine-piece band.That said, there was plenty of room in the set for Lawrence to cook up some late-night “Breakfast.” Clyde channeled his inner John Mayer on “Superficial.” Gracie summoned a young Michael Jackson on “Me & You” and a present-day Susan Tedeschi on “Shot.” The two intertwined their crooning on “Misty Morning” and “Do You Wanna Do Nothing With Me?”, with guitarist Peter Enriquez and the entire brass section descending from the stage to get down with the audience on the latter.It wouldn’t have been a Lawrence show, though, without a hefty helping of early 2000s pop covers. In a nod to their days playing college gigs at Brown, the band treated Teragram to its rocking transliterations of Sean Paul’s “Get Busy,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and not one, but two Christina Aguilera songs: “Beautiful” and “Come On Over Baby.”All told, Lawrence’s showing in the City of Angels further solidified its talent and potential to propel a more authentic brand of R&B-inspired pop music into the broader culture. Who needs the Swedish songwriting machine to crank out tunes when you’ve got a pair of American-born prodigies—Clyde, who became the youngest member of the Songwriters Guild of America for the work he did on “Miss Congeniality”; Gracie, a former child actor with a diva’s voice—drawing on influences from Motown to ‘60s psychedelia and beyond to create music that’s as much a throwback as it is something wholly novel?Which is to say, if this groovy corner of the New York City scene is going to take the world by storm, Lawrence may well be its best bet for the future.Lawrence | Teregram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 5/24/2018 | Photos: Brandon Weillast_img read more