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July 19, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Critically Injured Okla. Trooper Was Struck By Patrol Vehicle
Lt. D. Heath Meyer was sitting in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop A headquarters with his troop commander and another lieutenant Friday night when they heard the chase start. Meyer, who responded, had laid stop sticks on Interstate 35 near N 27 in Moore when troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter came up the highway in hot pursuit. The troopers, attempting to avoid the stop sticks, struck one another. Painter's vehicle then struck Meyer, critically injuring him. "This incident happened, literally, in four-tenths of a second. No time for anyone to react," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said. Meyer, 43, remained in critical condition Monday, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson said. Authorities declined to release further information on his injuries. 
The Oklahoman

8 Austin Cops Exposed To Carbon Monoxide In Patrol Cars, PD May Replace Fords
After more than eight officers have reported carbon monoxide incidents in their patrol cars in a week, the Austin Police Department is considering pulling Ford vehicles from their fleet. Since the first exposure in March, the city has installed carbon monoxide detectors in all city Ford Explorers, KXAN reported. Sgt. Zachary LaHood has since filed a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company and Leif Johnson Ford for more than $1 million in damages, claiming he was poisoned by carbon monoxide while driving his patrol car.
Police One

Prisoner Escapes From Half-Way House, Whereabouts Unknown
Authorities Tuesday disseminated a photo of an inmate who walked away from a Community Re-entry Program facility in the Los Angeles area. Damian T. Strong, 32, left the facility on Monday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was sent to state prison from Los Angeles County on May 24, 2016, to serve a 4 1/2-year sentence for attempted carjacking with personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon. Strong was transferred from state prison to the local re-entry program on June 15 of this year, and had been scheduled to be paroled next June. He's described as black, 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.

2 Men Killed Within One Hour In Gang-Related Shootings In Wilmington
Authorities Wednesday were investigating two fatal shootings in Wilmington that appear to be gang-related. The first occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of McDonald Avenue where two male suspects walked up to a man in his 20s and shot him, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angles Police Department's Media Relations Division. That man died at the scene. The second shooting occurred about an hour later in the 1400 block of Marine Avenue where a gunman gunned down a 20-year-old man, Lopez said. That victim also died at the scene.
City News Service

LAPD Chase Of Possible Murder Suspect Starts In Granada Hills, Ends In Sylmar
A possible murder suspect was taken into custody today following a car chase that ended in the Sylmar area. The suspect, who was driving a silver Toyota Camry, was taken into custody late this morning near Kadota Street and Herrick Avenue. His name was not immediately released. The chase reportedly began in the Granada Hills area.
Los Angeles Daily News

Reckless Driving Suspect Arrested After Pursuit Ends In Crash In South LA
man in a pickup truck led Los Angeles police on a chase Tuesday in the South Los Angeles area before crashing into a power pole and surrendering. The chase began about 10:30 a.m., when officers tried to make a traffic stop because the man was driving recklessly, the Los Angeles  Police  Department reported.  The chase led onto the Harbor (110) Freeway, where the driver exited at Manchester Avenue about 10:50 a.m. At one point, the pickup crashed into a parked vehicle.  The driver kept going, ending up in the general area of Manchester Avenue and Broadway, where the truck hit a power pole on a dead-end  street . The motorist, who was not immediately identified, then got out and surrendered.
FOX 11

Police Seek To ID Man Caught On Video Stealing $10K Of Merchandise From Canoga Park Shop In Take-Over Robbery
Police are attempting to identify a man caught on video strolling out of a Canoga Park sunglasses retailer with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen in a brazen take-over robbery, officials said Monday.  Police are calling the man the "Ocean's Eleven" bandit because his robbery style in the July 6 incident was akin to the shamelessly confident plots hatched in the popular film franchise, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. He was able to walk away with more than $10,000 in products and cash, officers said.  The man went to the Village Shopping Center on the 6600 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard before stores opened and made contact with a female Sunglass Hut employees as she was arriving to unlock the store that morning.

Woman Killed, Man Wounded In Suspected Gang Shooting In Inglewood
A woman died and a man was shot multiple times in a suspected gang shooting in Inglewood late Tuesday night.  Authorities said it happened around 11:23 p.m. in the area of North Manchester Boulevard. A couple were sitting in a car when they got into an argument.  The couple began yelling at each other outside of the car and that's when three male suspects approached them, opening fire.  The woman was shot once in the back, while the man was hit several times. The couple had flagged down officers when they arrived to the scene.  The man and woman were taken to a hospital, where the woman died shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday. The man was listed in serious, but stable condition.
Authorities said the three male suspects fled the scene and the shooting appeared to be gang related. 

LA Rehab Center Owner Charged With Murdering Client
A Long Beach man who ran a live-in alcohol rehab center in Los Angeles has been charged with murdering one of his clients, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said Tuesday. Jason Aviles, 26, killed 60-year-old José Sandoval by standing on his chest and blocking his airway with a spoon and tape, prosecutors allege. Sandoval was agitated during this process, according to authorities. It's unclear what Aviles was trying to do. Prosecutors said they could not comment on whether Aviles intended the maneuver to have some kind of medical purpose. However, the district attorney's office noted in a press release that Aviles has no professional medical training. Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested Aviles on June 27, according to jail records. 
Los Angeles Daily News

UCLA Students Warned To Be Careful After Man Exposes Himself In Campus Bathroom
UCLA issued a warning for students about a man who exposed himself inside a men's restroom on campus.  Around 11:20 a.m. on July 11, a man was using a men's bathroom on the third floor of the Ackerman Union building when he noticed another man standing in front of a restroom stall exposing himself.  The incident lasted for about 10 seconds and then the suspect walked out. The victim is associated with UCLA, according to a campus alert, but it did not specify if the victim was a student.  The suspect is described as man between 40 and 50 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, has short black hair, facial hair, dark-colored eyes and was last seen wearing a black or gray shirt and black pants.  The incident was under investigation.  The university urged students to report any suspicious activity. They can also report a crime anonymously by calling (310) 794-5824.

Funeral Held For Slain 5-Year-Old Boy, The 'Picture Of Innocence'
Ana Estevez never imagined that she would be reading a letter to her 5-year-old son, known as “Piqui,” at his funeral. Estevez stood in front of hundreds of mourners Tuesday in South Pasadena and detailed what she will miss about her only child: giving him butterfly kisses, reading him stories and the way he proudly told people that she was a school principal. “From the time you were an infant, I would tell others you were a magnet,” Estevez said. “Family, friends and strangers alike couldn't get enough of you. There is no denying you were an extraordinary boy.” The remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. were found June 30 at a Santa Barbara County recreation area. The child's father, embroiled in a custody dispute with Estevez, has pleaded not guilty in the killing.  Estevez shared that when Aramazd was 4 years old, he won a pink crayon bank from games played at Shakey's Pizza. Later that night at home, he told her he was going to save “all his pennies and coins” to buy his mother a new house, an announcement that left her speechless.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA County Drafting ‘Bill Of Rights' For Foster Kids
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a “bill of rights” for foster youth that lays out rights, resources and services available to kids and their foster parents. California has its own such bill, but county officials said it's outdated and doesn't include county programs. Supervisor Janice Hahn championed the move. “The former foster youth who spoke at (Tuesday's) meeting told us how frustrating it can be maneuvering the foster care system when you do not know your own rights or the resources available to you,” Hahn said. “This bill of rights will be a way for both foster youth and foster parents to know every tool, service and program that has been created to support them.”

Griffith Park Groups Press On With Legal Battle Over Access To Hollywood Sign Trail
Local groups opposed to the closure of a popular gateway into Griffith Park revived their legal fight Tuesday, filing a new lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the city stopped allowing pedestrians through the Beachwood Drive gate, which was a busy route for hikers and tourists trying to snap photos of the Hollywood sign. The decision came in the aftermath of a lawsuit by Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables, which had complained that the city was funneling thousands of hikers onto an access road leading to its horseback riding facility, blocking its business and putting pedestrians in danger. Closing the gate was welcomed by some Beachwood Canyon homeowners who had complained about traffic, fire hazards and other risks from the crush of tourists hiking up Beachwood Drive to the Hollyridge Trail. 
Los Angeles Times


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