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July 20, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Los Angeles Man Charged With Attempted Murder On 19 Police Officers Following Gunfight
A gunman accused of firing at Los Angeles police and wounding a search dog during a gun battle has been charged with 19 counts of attempted murder on officers as well as other charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jose Rauda, 34, faces 27 additional counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, assault with a firearm, assaulting a police animal causing injury and possession of a firearm by a felon, in connection with the June 15 shootout. According to police, officers were about to launch a probation search about 7 p.m. in the 400 block of East 49th Street when they came under fire from someone inside a house. Police returned fire and saw Rauda run off, Los Angeles County prosecutors said in a news release. Two hours later, a K-9 searching for Rauda near a trash can in a backyard was shot in its hind leg. Before officers arrived, the shooter fled, officials said. It wasn't until about midnight that police found Rauda hiding in a laundry room behind a nearby house, prosecutors said. When officers closed in, Rauda opened fire, police said, adding that one officer's helmet was grazed by a bullet.
Los Angeles Times

Hundreds Of Officers Attend Funeral For Pa. Trooper Killed In Wreck
Hundreds of police officers from as far away as Colorado, Utah and Texas came to the funeral and procession to honor a Pennsylvania state trooper killed when his cruiser collided with a garbage truck last week. Trooper Michael Stewart III, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash about 2:20 a.m. Friday near Ligonier, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh. The cause is still under investigation. "You always know that when you get an early call like that, you know it's not going to be good," said the Rev. Robert Byrnes, the chaplain of the Greensburg barracks where Stewart was stationed. Byrnes, speaking at Tuesday's funeral in Latrobe, said Stewart was "truly dedicated to his oath of office." Two Texas troopers gave a flag that flew over that state's Capitol to Stewart's family. 
Associated Press

2 Officers Injured, Airlifted For Medical Treatment After ‘Industrial Accident' In South Gate
Two officers have suffered from "significant" injuries after an "industrial accident" happened while police were doing routine canine training exercises in South Gate on Wednesday night, according to local officials. The two officers -- one from the Downey Police Department and the other from the South Gate Police Department -- were airlifted for medical care after suffering from burns to their faces and upper bodies, authorities said. The incident occurred in the 5600 block of East Imperial Highway around 5:50 p.m. The status of their injuries or how the incident happened is still not clear, as police have not yet released further information at this time.

1 Killed, 3 Hurt In Shooting Near South LA Pot Dispensary
One person was killed and three others wounded Wednesday night in two shootings in South Los Angeles that appear to be related, police said. The first shooting was reported at 9:50 p.m. in the area of Imperial Highway and Broadway, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. Arriving officers found one victim dead of a gunshot wound, Im said. The first shooting appeared to have taken place at a marijuana dispensary, according to police.  The second shooting was reported three minutes later near 115th and Spring streets where police found three other people wounded. All three of those victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition, police said.  The shootings are believed to be related given the close proximity of the shootings as well as the times, Im said. 
FOX 11

Teen Couple Found Unharmed After Going Missing In Boyle Heights
A frantic search for a missing teenage couple ended early Thursday morning when the pair from Boyle Heights was found unharmed in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The teens, who had threatened to commit suicide before disappearing from their homes, were located about 1:30 a.m. at a Taco Bell at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Earlier, Darlene Mazariegos had pleaded for her 15-year-old daughter, Jaylin Mazariegos, to come home. Jaylin's 14-year-old boyfriend, Adrian Gonzalez, had also gone missing. "We don't want nothing to happen to you. Everybody's worried and I'm going to fight for you and I'm never going to give up," Mazariegos said. "I want you to come home in one piece." Both teens had posted on social media they may commit suicide. Family members said both have a history of self-harm. 

High-Speed Pursuit Of Armed Carjacking Suspect In San Fernando Valley
A carjacking suspect led police on a reckless high-speed chase through Panorama City and Van Nuys on Wednesday in a black sedan before he crashed into another car in the Lake Balboa area and was caught after a brief foot pursuit. The chase started in the 7900 block of Woodman Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The unidentified suspect, who was believed to be armed, drove at speeds of more than 80 mph on surface streets, driving at times on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing other vehicles and at least one pedestrian as he barely navigated a turn. The chase ended just after 3 p.m. when the car slammed into a Honda Civic at the intersection of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Vanowen Street. The man ran from the crash scene, but was taken into custody about a block away at the intersection of Hayvenhurst and Archwood Street with help from a bystander who turned out to be a reserve LAPD officer, according to an investigator at the scene.
FOX 11

Vandal Targets Coffee Shop At Center Of Anti-Gentrification Protests In Boyle Heights
A small coffee shop at the center of multiple anti-gentrification protests in Boyle Heights was vandalized Wednesday, according to its owners. Footage from surveillance video at Weird Wave Coffee showed a person — clad in black clothing and a black mask — stepping out of an alley, then quickly using what may be a slingshot to shoot an object at the shop's logo. The object cracked the coffee shop's glass door. Shop owners John Schwarz and Jackson Defa said they don't know whether the vandalism is associated with the protesters. “It could have been just some punk kid,” Defa said. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating.  Since it opened in June,  the coffee shop has been the target of multiple protests and online trolling. Activists say the cafe poses a threat to local shops because it will draw in similar hip, new businesses that cause rents to go up, ultimately ousting tenants who have been doing business along Cesar Chavez Avenue for many years. 
Los Angeles Times

Nearly 5,000 Firearms Destroyed In Annual Gun Melt
Nearly 5,000 guns collected by Los Angeles law enforcement agencies were destroyed Wednesday morning in the 24th annual Gun Destruction event. Exactly 4,971 firearms were melted down at the Gerdau Steel Mill furnace in Rancho Cucamonga. The metal will be converted into steel rebar that can be used in highway and bridge construction, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. In the 24 years since the event began, 164,900 weapons have been melted down. They include handguns, rifles and automatic weapons that have been both seized during criminal investigations and voluntarily turned in by citizens.

California Working To Avoid Shortage Of Legalized Marijuana: State Pot Czar
With Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California's state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and distributors to supply retailers. Providing temporary, four-month licenses to support some businesses including growers is planned “so we don't have a break in the supply chain,” Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at a legislative hearing.

Pennsylvania State Police Receive Federal Body Cam Grant
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that the Pennsylvania State Police has been awarded a $52,000 federal grant that will help fund a new program for body-worn cameras. The grant allows for the purchase of 30 cameras. Although body-worn cameras aren't new to Pennsylvania, as police in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, along with smaller municipal departments have begun to use them, the program will be new to state police.

Women's March Criticized For Birthday Tweet To NJ Murder Fugitive
The Women's March has received heavy criticism for sending a birthday tweet to a fugitive convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper. Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Chesimard, was convicted in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She escaped prison after her conviction and fled to Cuba, where it is believed she still resides. New Jersey Police Union President Pat Colligan says that the Women's March honoring of Chesimard is a slap in the face.
News 12 New Jersey

Local Government News

Plan Calls For L.A., Long Beach Ports To Go To Zero-Emissions Technology; Cost Could Hit $14 Billion
The nation's largest port complex will seek to slash air pollution and health risks to Southern Californians by replacing diesel trucks and cargo equipment with zero-emissions technology over the next two decades, according to a plan released Wednesday. The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports' Clean Air Action Plan aims to further reduce health-damaging and planet-warming emissions at the sprawling hub for thousands of freight-moving trucks, trains and ships — at a projected cost of up to $14 billion in public and private funds. The blueprint comes more than a decade after the ports pioneered a major greening of their operations by phasing out the dirtiest sources of diesel pollution. But it marks the beginning of a larger, more significant transformation: the shift away from the internal combustion engine entirely. 
Los Angeles Times


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