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July 28, 2017

Law Enforcement News

16-Year-Old Charged In Arkansas Police Officer's Killing
A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult with capital murder in the shooting death of an Arkansas police officer. The teen was being held Wednesday at a juvenile detention center in the death of Newport police Lt. Patrick Weatherford. The teen's name wasn't immediately released by authorities. The charges filed Wednesday also include possession of a handgun by a minor. An 18-year-old had previously been accused in the June 12 shooting, but Prosecutor Henry Boyce said that man will now just face charges of breaking or entering, theft of property and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor.
Associated Press

Officer Dies After Shot Multiple Times In Indianapolis
A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday. Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department was responding to a call about a crash with people trapped inside a vehicle Thursday afternoon when he was shot, Sgt. Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference. Allan died at Eskenazi Hospital, Adams said. "Shots were fired by one of the vehicle's occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant," Adams said.  Two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty at the time, returned fire, striking a person inside the vehicle, Adams said. 
Associated Press

Sparks Fly As Some Point Fingers At Police During Fairfax Safety Meeting
Neighbors in the Fairfax District gathered Wednesday evening, fearing for their safety, trying to ensure a recent violent sexual attack on their neighbors doesn't happen again. This small restaurant where neighbors gathered was packed, but it got heated emotionally too, with many people pointing fingers at the police department. At one point, LAPD Captain Anthony Oddo telling one heckler, "You're obviously very angry, we're trying to be productive here. This is a big deal to me. I do look at it as an emergency and I assign a high value to it. So do we fail, yes! Are we perfect no! I'm just trying to tell you this is a big deal to me. Please don't minimize it." 
FOX 11

Man found dead in Hollywood motel room after SWAT standoff, LAPD says
man was found dead in a Hollywood motel room Thursday after an hours-long standoff with Los Angeles police in which gunshots were fired and several streets in the area were closed. The man appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, but it was not clear whether that came from police or was self-inflicted, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. The standoff began around 11 a.m. at the Motel 6 in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue, when someone reported an assault with a deadly weapon, Montgomery told reporters at the scene. Witnesses told police they saw a man with a gun, Montgomery said.
Los Angeles Times

South L.A. Man Reaches Out For Public's Help In Finding His Brother's Killer; $50,000 Reward Offered
A man in South Los Angeles reached out for the public's help in finally solving the killing of his brother on Thursday. The killing happened about two years ago, he said, and there's a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.

Woman Says She Was Groped At Sherman Oaks Movie Theater
“I'm going to tell you that's the most traumatizing thing when you're in the dark in a movie theater and you're feeling a hand on your leg,” a sexual assault victim told FOX 11. The victim's first name is Sunshine, and she said she was sexually assaulted while watching a movie at the ArcLight in Sherman Oaks. She said she felt the man grab her, and at the same time, he was touching himself.  “That's when I went in full terror mode. My body just froze,” she said.  According to the victim, the assault happened last Wednesday during a matinee showing of "Beatriz at Dinner." In shock, she said she quickly left the movie to get help, but that's when she says the suspect got away.
FOX 11

San Fernando Valley Mail Thieves Carve Keys Out Of Scissors
Two alleged mail thieves, who stole jewelry in addition to letters, IDs and credit cards, used postal key duplicates carved out of scissors to get access to apartments.  The crooks hit homes and apartments all over the San Fernando Valley, including Tarzana, Encino and Woodland Hills.  The two were arrested Thursday morning driving a stolen truck.  Police said they had stolen mail, credit cards and IDs on them as well as more than 100 pieces of jewelry that were also believed to be stolen.  Investigators said the culprits had several makeshift postal key duplicates made out of scissors. 

Massive sex trafficking ring included 15-year-old sold in ‘plain sight'
Thirteen girls and young women, including a 15-year-old, were rescued recently as part of one of the largest sex trafficking rings on the West Coast, Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials announced Thursday. The rescue began with a missing persons report in Tulare County in late 2016. The missing girl was a teenager, and her disappearance and discovery in January in a West Hollywood apartment unit led detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to a massive human sex trafficking ring that ran across California and into Nevada. Investigators found apartment units were being rented and used as brothels in more than a dozen communities, including in Chatsworth, Burbank, West Hollywood and Las Vegas.
Los Angeles Daily News

Majority Of Civilian Oversight Body Wants L.A. County Sheriff To Stop Flying Drone
Citing concerns over surveillance, safety and potential trauma to the public, a majority of Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight commissioners Thursday expressed that they want Sheriff Jim McDonnell to stop flying a drone used in law enforcement operations. The aircraft was unveiled by the Sheriff's Department in January and has been deployed four times, mostly in search-and-rescue missions. The department has said the 20-inch-long unmanned aircraft system, which cost $10,000, would strictly be used in high-risk tactical operations — such as fires, bomb detection and hostage situations — and not for surveillance. 
Los Angeles Times

Driver Charged After Deaths Of 10 Migrants Found In Sweltering Big Rig In San Antonio
James Matthew Bradley Jr. says he had no idea dozens of undocumented immigrants were stuffed inside the brutally hot semi truck he was driving. That's the story he told federal investigators, who clearly don't believe him. The 60-year-old Florida man is charged with knowingly transporting undocumented immigrants. Bradley was driving the tractor-trailer found parked at a Walmart in San Antonio early Sunday morning. After an employee noticed the suspicious vehicle and called police, authorities found dozens of undocumented immigrants inside. Eight people in the truck were already dead, and two more died after being hospitalized. 

Feds expand probe into Ford Explorer exhaust fume leaks
The U.S. government's auto safety agency has expanded an investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs, adding two model years and nearly 400,000 vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday night that the probe now covers more than 1.3 million Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model years. The agency made the move after finding more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odors in the passenger compartment and fears of carbon monoxide in an investigation that it started a year ago. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches. Many of the complaints came from police departments, which use the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer in patrol fleets. Police complaints included two crashes with injuries and another injury allegation due to carbon monoxide exposure.
Associated Press

Local Government News

All LA Metro Buses To Be Electric By 2030
All public buses in Los Angeles will be electric by the year 2030, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday. The Metro Board of Directors voted to transition its entire fleet, approximately 2,200 buses, from gas-powered to electric by 2030. Metro also voted to purchase 95 electric buses, at a cost of $108 million, by 2020. They will be used on the Orange Line, which serves the San Fernando Valley, and the Silver Line, which runs between El Monte, downtown Los Angeles and San Pedro. Metro already purchased five electric buses in March. 


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