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July 17, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Slain NY Trooper Remembered As A Hero Who Ran Toward Danger
A New York state trooper killed in the line of duty was recalled at his funeral Saturday as a hero who protected his community by running toward gunfire. New York State Police Superintendent George Beach praised the character of Joel Davis at an Army base in northern New York where Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other dignitaries saw hundreds of state troopers move hats from heads to hearts as they passed the casket of their fallen brother. Beach said Davis was a "great trooper" who served "fairly, honorably and with dignity." "He ran toward gunfire to protect the innocent and to prevent further bloodshed," Beach said. "He performed his duties. That is a trooper. That is a hero. That is bravery." The 36-year-old father of three was shot once in the torso July 9 after getting out of his trooper car, which he had parked about 75 feet from the driveway of a couple living on a property where there was a report of shots fired. 
Associated Press

Off-Duty Police Officer Saves Man From Burning Car
An off-duty LAPD officer helped save a man from his burning truck in Whittier after he crashed in late June. The man, barely visible through the smoke from the crash, was not getting out of his pickup truck after the crash. His vehicle was about to be engulfed by flames when Sgt. Ernie Berry of LAPD's Newton Division noticed he was still in the car. "It was starting to get more engulfed when someone said, 'Hey, he's still inside!,'" Berry said. "I saw some straps on back of his shirt. I tried to pull, but I guess he was delirious. He was trying to go back inside and start the car again." The man had suffered some type of medical emergency. It took Sgt. Berry and the help of three good Samaritans to get him out of his burning car. "I did a sprint!" the sergeant said. "I'm not the youngest guy anymore, but I did a full sprint. My training kicked in." Whittier police had also arrived at the scene, but the situation was quickly escalating. 

Audi R8 Driver Detained In Suspected Hollywood Hit-And-Run Crash; Gun Found In Vehicle
Police apprehended a suspected hit-and-run driver who crashed an Audi R8 into an Uber-marked vehicle in Hollywood early Friday morning.  The crash occurred about 12:44 a.m. near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilcox Place, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Hernandez said. Investigators believe the Audi driver ran a red light before colliding with a passing Toyota Prius, Hernandez said. The driver of the Audi fled on foot, but was quickly detained by a police officer who saw him running from the crash. Video showed an officer apparently retrieving a handgun from the Audi and placing it into a bag. An Uber sticker could be seen on the windshield of the damaged Prius, but Hernandez did not know if the driver was working for the ride-hailing service at the time of the crash.  No injuries were reported in the incident, Hernandez said.

LA Woman Who Sparked Amber Alert With Fake Carjacking Report Gets 60 Days In Jail
A woman who falsely reported that her Toyota Camry had been carjacked in South Los Angeles with her 16-year-old son inside, sparking an Amber Alert, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report, city prosecutors announced Friday.  Charline Gatson entered the plea Thursday, and she was immediately placed on three years probation and ordered to serve 60 days in jail, although it's unclear exactly how much time she will actually spend behind bars. According to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Gatson must also pay a $220 fine, with a restitution hearing expected to be held later. On July 6, Gatson told police that her black 2014 Camry was carjacked at gunpoint around 4 p.m. that day at 47th and Figueroa streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Gatson identified a 31-year-old acquaintance as the suspect.
Los Angeles Daily News

Northridge Man Arrested In Connection With Fatal Winnetka Crash
A 28-year-old Northridge man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in connection with a fatal three-vehicle crash in Winnetka, authorities confirmed Friday. Jose Miguel Mejia, the driver of a 2016 Dodge Challenger, was taken into custody at 4:15 p.m. Thursday by Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division officers, and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, according to court records. His arrest came hours after the collision Thursday at 2:10 a.m. near Roscoe Boulevard and Irondale Avenue. A woman was killed in the crash and four others were injured. Police had initially said three people were injured, but later revised the number of people hurt to four.  The collision occurred when the eastbound Dodge Challenger — allegedly driven by Mejia — struck a 2001 Subaru Impreza headed in the same direction and then struck a 2013 Ford Escape, the LAPD said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Is Killed By Police In Pacoima After Pursuit Following Domestic Violence Call
Los Angeles police shot and killed a domestic violence suspect in Pacoima Saturday following a pursuit, officials said. Officers were called to a domestic violence incident on O'Melveny Avenue, just north of Clark Street, around 2 a.m., said Detective Meghan Aguilar with the Los Angeles Police Department. A man who officers believed was the suspect was sitting inside a vehicle, which soon fled the location, she said. The car led authorities on a pursuit that lasted about 10 minutes before returning to its original location on O'Melveny Avenue. At that point, the man got out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, police said. When officers caught up with the man about a block away, near Haddon Avenue and Carl Street, an officer-involved shooting occurred, Aguilar said. The man was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Shoot At Man Barricaded Inside Hollywood Residence
Officers fired shots at a man who barricaded himself in a Hollywood residence, but the man was not struck and was taken into custody early Saturday. The incident began at 4:50 p.m. Friday when an assault with a deadly weapon was reported in the 5600 block of Fernwood Avenue, near the Hollywood (101) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Responding officers encountered a barricaded man and a SWAT team was requested at the scene, police said. Details about the initial assault call were not available but police said no one was injured. Sometime after 8 p.m. police fired their guns. What prompted officers to shoot was not reported but police said no officers were injured. The standoff came to an end at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was taken to a hospital in police custody, police said. It wasn't clear whether the man was armed.

Violent South LA Hit-Run Crash Caught On Video; Woman On Life Support
A 34-year-old woman was expected to be taken off life support after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in South Los Angeles. The frightening incident was captured by a surveillance camera. Last Friday around 10:45 p.m., Ingrid Argueta was crossing westbound 79th Street outside of the crosswalk when she was mowed down by a car traveling northbound on Denker Avenue. Family members said she had just celebrated her upcoming birthday when the crash happened. She was taken to a local hospital and placed on life support, her family said. She was treated for cranial bleeding, a laceration to the back of her head, abrasions to her arm and possible fractured legs, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance footage of the violent collision.

LAPD Pursuit Of Possible Stolen Car Through The Long Beach Area
Units from the LAPD were in pursuit of a possible stolen car that began on the 405 freeway in the Carson area and made its way through the  streets  of Long Beach before the suspect was arrested after a bystander helped stop the chase.  The pursuit began at 9:47pm in the area of 220th  Street  and Vermont Avenue with the suspect driving at high speeds on surface streets. At one moment, the suspect even drove through a mall parking lot before returning to city streets before he was stopped by an oncoming motorist who got out -leaving his car in the path of the suspect vehicle.  The suspect then surrendered without incident around 10:10pm. 
FOX 11

Cigarette Theft Ring Hits Several Walgreens As New California Tax Raises Prices
A group of men are suspected of stealing large quantities of cigarettes from Walgreens locations across the eastern San Fernando Valley, including in Burbank, according to authorities. Sometime around 4 a.m. June 20, two men entered the Walgreens at 1028 S. San Fernando Blvd. They walked up to an employee and told her to “stay back” as they began putting cartons of cigarettes into a pillow case, according to Sgt. Derek Green, spokesman for the Burbank Police Department. They then fled in a waiting vehicle described as possibly a gray four-door sedan, Green said. Walgreens stores in Van Nuys, North Hollywood and Arleta have reported similar thefts. It's estimated that they have stolen thousands of dollars' worth of cigarettes. Green said the men are described as being their 30s, wearing baggy clothing and baseball hats. 
Los Angeles Times

Bay Area Doctors Learn To Navigate California's Right-To-Die Law
Dr. Kathryn Shade supports California's right-to-die law and has helped a dozen Bay Area residents with terminal illnesses end their lives by taking a lethal dose of drugs. But most of the Los Gatos physician's patients probably have no idea she has chosen to participate in the End of Life Option Act, which turned a year old in June. Her website doesn't even mention it. The reason: One of her two partners wants nothing to do with the law. “I think she doesn't want us to be known as the Los Gatos doctors of death,” Shade said, “but I feel so strongly about the law that even if there are repercussions, I'm not worried at all.” Shade's experience shows just how controversial the law remains nearly two years after it was passed on a mostly party-line vote, after one of the most emotional debates ever in the California Legislature. 
Mercury News

Mentally Ill Keep Getting Shot By Cops
Danner's killing, which led to the indictment of Barry on second-degree murder charges, was the impetus for an unusual meeting of 40 law enforcement unions around the country in New York last week. Their purpose was to shine a spotlight on what some believe to be the biggest problem faced by American police: They are just not trained or equipped to deal with the mentally ill, but they're constantly expected to do so. “We aren't psychiatrists or psychologists,” said Tom Saggau, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “Yet we're put in these situations because the system that should be in place is failing, and puts this burden on us.”
ice News

Local Government News

More Property Owners Than Veterans Benefit From $5M L.A. County Homelessness Program: Report
A $5-million program to assist homeless veterans has helped only 268 get off the streets over 18 months, according to a recent Los Angeles County civil grand jury report — in part because a $1.2-million contract to provide interim shelter has been delayed for nearly a year. Homes for Heroes, a county program funded by the federal government, provides interim shelter to veterans and pays for move-in costs and minor repairs for landlords who agree to rent to ex-service members. But from January 2016 to June 2017, the report said, the program has helped more property owners, 363, than it has veterans. The “bridge” housing contract was put out to bid by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority in September, but the agency had not reached agreement with providers by the time the report — which was released in late June — was prepared, the grand jury said.

$2 Billion Rail Line Tunneling Under LA Will Lead Right To Airport
Almost 100  feet  under the surface of Los Angeles, a new network of massive rail tunnels is being built. CBS2  News  got an exclusive look at the new light-rail line nearly 9 miles long being built in the southwest part of the city. It's that olive-green line  running  from the Expo Line in Crenshaw through Inglewood and down to Los Angeles International Airport.  Metro says this area has more mass-transit  riders  than anywhere else in LA. The starting point at Exposition Boulevard and Crenshaw right now is a massive pit and underground city of workers. Charles Beauvoir is the project director and talked about progress of the tunnels. “All the boring with the tunnel-boring machine” is done, he said. “But some of the tunnels that don't use the tunnel-boring machine are still under  construction .” Tunneling is not a quick process. Just to drill a half-mile portion took about three months.


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