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June 9, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Video: Shootout Wounds Md. Officer, Civilian; Suspect Dead
An armed robbery suspect is dead and a police officer and a civilian are wounded after a shootout on a commuter bus in Maryland. Baltimore County Police say the bus was surrounded by officers after the suspect tried to use it to get away from the scene of an armed robbery at a shopping center in Dundalk Wednesday afternoon. Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said at a news conference that the suspect fired shots from the bus at officers, and the officers shot back. Authorities say the suspect fled the bus and died at the scene. Authorities say the injured officer was shot in her leg and was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore in serious condition. Police say the wounded civilian has non-life-threatening injuries. 
Associated Press

1 Killed, 3 Injured In Panorama City Shooting, Crash
One person was killed and another was critically injured in a possible car-to-car shooting that led to a violent crash in Panorama City on Friday. Los Angeles Fire Department officials responded to a crash about 2 a.m. in the 14700 block of W. Plummer Street.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were injured, including one critically, after a possible car-to-car shooting that led to van striking several cars before coming to a stop. Los Angeles police confirmed a driver in the van riddled with bullets was shot in the head and died during the collision. A person in the passenger seat was shot multiple times was in critical condition. Two male passengers in the backseat of the van suffered broken bones and were expected to be OK. Plummer Street, a busy street in the Valley, was expected to be shut down for several hours as an investigation continued. No further information was immediately released.

2 Teens Arrested In Wilmington Hit-And-Run That Killed Grandfather
Police arrested two people and were searching for two others in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Wilmington Thursday afternoon. Los Angeles police report that a Ford F-150 pickup truck was turning left when it swerved and drove up onto a sidewalk at about 3:17 p.m. and struck four people at the intersection of North Fries Avenue and East E Street. One person died and three others were hurt. Their conditions were not confirmed. Four people who were in the pickup at the time jumped out of the vehicle and ran, police said. Two of them, both teenagers, were arrested and two remained at large, according to investigators. The deceased victim was identified as Javier Heredia, 58. Investigators say Heredia worked at the West Coast Aerospace manufacturing plant in Wilmington and was outside on his lunch break when the driver of the vehicle lost control. 

FBI Raids Home In Pico-Robertson Area; Detains 3 People
Police, state and federal agents served a search warrant today at a Los Angeles home, leading to the call out of a hazardous materials crew and the detention of three people. The raid occurred about 3:30 p.m. at a residence in the 8500 block of Alcott Street on the edge of the Pico-Robertson and Mid-City neighborhoods, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. A state warrant was being served at the home, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Lopez said that U.S. Postal Inspectors were also involved. It's unclear what led to the hazardous materials crew being summoned. Surrounding residences were evacuated during the investigation, according to Lopez, who said that three people were detained. 
FOX 11

LA To Receive $36 Million For Programs To Keep People Out Of Jail
Nearly $36 million will flow into L.A. County to fight recidivism over the next few years—money all saved by sending fewer people to prison for drug and property crimes. California voters passed Proposition 47 in 2014,  downgrading many drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, meaning offenders would no longer go to state prison. The authors of the initiative promised that it would yield savings from the state an that the money would be reinvested in programs designed to cut recidivism and prevent entry to the criminal justice system. So far, the state's calculated about $103 million in savings to programs around California, and about a third of that is going to entities in L.A. County, including the county's Office of Diversion, which will receive $20 million. The Board of State and Community Corrections is expected to sign off on the allocations Thursday. About $6 million will go to the L.A. City Attorney's Office for a drug treatment program. 

Man Convicted Of USC Graduate Student's Beating Death During Attempted Robbery Near Campus
A 21-year-old man was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder for the beating of a USC graduate student from China who was attacked during an attempted robbery near the campus after walking another student home from a late-night study session. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated about two hours before returning its verdict in the case of Andrew Garcia, who is the second person to be convicted in the July 24, 2014, death of Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student. Garcia is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing tentatively set for July 11. Jurors found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during an attempted robbery, along with an allegation that he personally used a baseball bat during the attack. Garcia's co-defendant, Alejandra Guerrero, 19, was convicted last October of first-degree murder for her role in the killing, with jurors finding true the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of an attempted robbery, along with an allegation that she personally used a wrench during the attack on Ji.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputies Recount Split-Second Decision That May Have Saved Life Of Child Shot In Head Near Compton
As they responded to a shooting near Compton on Wednesday, three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies came upon a heart-rending scene. A 4-year-old boy lay inside a car, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He wasn't moving or breathing. Knowing the boy was in desperate need of medical attention, and unsure how long it might take an ambulance to respond, deputies Art Gonzalez, Brian Reza and Sergio Jimenez made a split-second decision and carried the victim to the nearest police cruiser. Two of them raced to St. Francis Medical Center, following directions from a helicopter above, as Gonzalez cradled the child in his arms. “It was like we were reading each other's thoughts and minds,” Reza said Thursday at a news conference. “It was instantaneous.” Hospital officials said the deputies' quick decision may have helped save the life of the child, who remains in critical condition after he was struck by a bullet meant for someone else.   
Los Angeles Times

New coroner to lead strapped LA County morgue after stints in New York, San Diego
A new Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner has been named to lead one of the busiest morgues in the nation, and he is expected to be formally appointed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Dr. Jonathan Lucas, 49, recently served as chief deputy medical examiner in San Diego County. He is expected to start his position at an annual salary of $350,000. Lucas has 16 years of forensic pathology experience, according to a letter sent to the board by the county's chief executive office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Six California Metro Areas Make The Top 10 For Highest Rates Of Car Theft, Report Says
Heads up, Bakersfield residents — you may want to double check that your car doors are locked. With more than 7,000 car thefts in 2016, the metropolitan area had the highest rate of vehicle thefts in California, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Thursday. Bakersfield ranked third in the nation after Albuquerque, which took the No. 1 spot, and Pueblo, Colo. The annual Hot Spots report analyzes vehicle theft data from the National Crime Information Center for each of the nation's densely populated areas. The ranking takes population into account, which is why an area such as Billings, Mont., with 877 thefts, can place much higher than Los Angeles, which had 60,670 thefts. Other California metro areas in the top 10 include Modesto, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Merced, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward and Fresno.
Los Angeles Times

FDA Seeks Removal Of Opioid Painkiller From The Market
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday asked a drug company to remove its opioid pain medication from the market, the first time the agency has made such a request because of the public health consequences of abuse. The agency concluded after an extensive review of Endo Pharmaceuticals' Opana ER that the “benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks.” The company reformulated the drug in 2012 to make it more difficult to snort, but the FDA said that move actually led to more injections — and a major HIV outbreak. FDA Commissioner Scott ­Gottlieb, who has pledged to take “more forceful” steps to curb the nation's opioid epidemic, said the agency's action reflects its increased focus on the risks posed by the illicit use of opioids. The FDA “is looking broadly at the whole policy framework” used for the painkillers, he said Thursday. The medication was approved in 2006 for moderate to severe pain when a round-the-clock painkiller is needed.
Washington Post

Local Government News

LA Releases Proposed Rules For Marijuana Legalization, Dispensary Locations
Los Angeles officials are releasing proposed regulations for governing the emerging commercial marijuana industry in the city. The release Thursday sets in motion a 60-day public comment period prior to further action by the City Council. Councilmember Paul Koretz says release of the draft ordinance is a crucial step to prepare for the Jan. 1 statewide legalization of cannabis. The draft includes guidelines for processing applications, inspections and enforcement, among other issues. The city planning department also is releasing a draft ordinance on land use requirements for commercial cannabis activity citywide. Officials hope to avoid concentrations of pot shops in just a few communities, including near schools, alcohol and drug rehab facilities, and public libraries.

2024-2028 Olympics News

LA, Paris Olympic Bids Await Meeting On 2024-2028 Hosting
Los Angeles and Paris should edge closer Friday to both getting Olympic hosting rights. Ahead of a key meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board, the French capital is now seen as the favorite to host the 2024 Games. But that doesn't mean that LA will get left out in the cold. The strangest Olympic bidding race in four decades will take clearer shape when the IOC board weighs opening up the 2024 contest to also include the 2028 award in September. The expected agreement would fulfil IOC President Thomas Bach's wish to avoid making a loser of either world-class candidate, though it must be ratified by the Olympic body's voting members. By meeting on Friday, the IOC can give the required month notice to upgrade an already scheduled 2024 campaign event in Lausanne into a formal session with rule-changing power. On July 11, up to 95 members are due in Lausanne to see LA and Paris bid leaders present their projects.


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