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August 3, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Tennessee K-9 Fatally Stabbed By Suspect During Pursuit
A K-9 has died after he was stabbed multiple times by a suspect. Police were pursuing a stolen semi-truck Wednesday morning when the truck crashed into another vehicle before swerving into the path of a police car, WBIR reported. The truck continued to flee until it crashed into a tree. The driver, Dustin Lee Dixon, fled on foot into the woods. K-9 Cain was sent into the woods to detain the suspect. When he emerged, a lieutenant noticed multiple stab wounds to Cain's chest. Cain was transported to a local veterinarian hospital with serious injuries. He later died at the hospital. 

LA Committee Approves Funds To Fight Rising Violent Gang Crime In West Valley
Following a recent city report that found gang activity in the West San Fernando Valley has been on the rise in recent years, a City Council committee approved $50,000 today to help address the problem. A Los Angeles Police Department report found that there are 16 gangs operating in the West Valley, and that the amount of violent gang-related crimes have gone up over the past three years, from 177 in 2014, to 288 in 2015, to 289 in 2016. If approved by the full City Council, the funds will go toward an expansion of the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development, or GRYD, in the Devonshire-Topanga Zone in the West Valley. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Fugitive Captured In 2009 Westlake Murder Of Tamale Street Vendor
A Guatemalan fugitive on the run for years in the 2009 shooting death of a tamale street vendor in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westlake has been caught. Werner Rafael Francisco, 35, was captured on Feb. 15 in a remote part of Guatemala, the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department reported Wednesday. He was caught by Guatemalan authorities and extradited to Los Angeles on Tuesday. On Feb. 27, 2009, 46-year-old Cosme Gonzalez, a longtime street vendor, was shot during a robbery attempt in the 300 block of South Witmer Street, according to police. 

Motorcyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash In Winnetka
A motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday in Winnetka. The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Oakdale Avenue and Sherman Way, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. The victim, a 28-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Lopez said. He later died in surgery, police said. The victim was taking the motorcycle out on a test run when he was hit by the vehicle.  The LAPD is urgently looking for the driver responsible for the hit-and-run. 

2 Men Ransack Tarzana Verizon Store At Gunpoint
Police are searching for two men who held up a Tarzana Verizon store at gunpoint and made off with thousands of dollars' worth of smart phones Wednesday morning. The robbery occurred before 10:30 a.m. at a store in the 18400 block of Ventura Blvd., according to police. A sales representative told CBS2 that one suspect came in through the front of the store and the other through the back.  One suspect held employees at gunpoint with a handgun while the second heaped about 40 iPhones and Samsung phones into a bag. 

Former LAPD Detective Solves A Decades-Long Mystery — Who His Father Was
During his 25-year career as a Los Angeles police detective, Paul Masuyama tracked down killers, brought justice for their victims and secured some closure for families. But for much of the time, the former Torrance resident was unable to solve one important case — his own. Now, more than two decades after he began a hunt in the United States and in Japan, the retired investigator has identified his biological father, solving part of a mystery that still has many unanswered questions. “It was overwhelming,” Masuyama, 66, said recently. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Hyde Park Murderer Who Killed Roommate Over $10 Internet Bill Will Serve More Than 150 Years In Prison
A state appeals court panel Wednesday upheld an ex- felon's conviction for murdering a female housemate with whom he had argued over a $10 Internet bill and trying to kill her ex-boyfriend in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles. Kenneth Theodrick Parks was convicted in September 2015 of first-degree murder for the April 14, 2014, killing of Terri Smith, 42, who was shot once in the back at the home the two shared with other roommates. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of Smith's former boyfriend, who survived being shot twice.  Jurors acquitted Parks of two counts of attempted murder and the lesser counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter involving the woman's 11-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son, who were not wounded.

Officials Provide Details On East Los Angeles Shooting That Left Home Intruder Dead, 2 Victims Injured
Authorities provided new details on Wednesday in their investigation of a deadly confrontation that broke out after an armed man entered a home in East Los Angeles the previous day. Deputies responding to the “shots fired” call at the residence in the 3600 block of Floral Drive around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning encountered three men who live in the home running from it, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Two of the men were injured; one had sustained a laceration on the right side of his face, and the other had been shot in his left arm, officials said. Deputies determined that a 24-year-old man, described only as Latino, had entered the home with a rifle.

Bail: A Fight To Remove The Price Tag
Bail is supposed to make sure that a defendant returns for the court date, although critics say bail merely punishes people for being poor. Legislation is moving through the Capitol to try to resolve this issue, but it is fiercely opposed by the bail agents and bounty hunters who make their living assuring the courts that skittish defendants will show up. The California Money Bail Reform Act was introduced in the form of two identical bills, SB 10, authored by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), and AB 42 authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). AB 42 was defeated in an Assembly floor vote, leaving the Senate bill as the principal legislation. 
Capitol Weekly

Local Government News

A 5% Rent Increase Would Push 2,000 Angelenos Into Homelessness, Study Warns
A 5% rent hike in Los Angeles County would push 2,000 more residents into homelessness, a study of the effect of rising housing costs warns. The study was conducted by the real estate firm Zillow using census figures and homeless counts for the 25 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Research has shown that rising rents drive up homeless rates, particularly in cities with severe housing shortages such as Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times

LA's Strategy To Help Close Wage Gap For Women: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
A City Council committee Wednesday approved of barring city departments from asking for a salary history from job seekers, but balked at applying the same standard to all employers in the city or all that do business within the city. Councilwoman Nury Martinez introduced a motion last August asking the city to explore the feasibility of creating a law that would bar the city and employers in the city from asking about salary history, saying it was aimed at helping women's salaries catch up with those of men.

Plastic Food Container Ban Being Considered By LA County Officials
The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to study a potential ban on polystyrene food containers in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, saying they are piling up in landfills and polluting beaches. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said it was time to revisit a 2011 feasibility study on the issue. "(Polystyrene) breaks down into little beads, gets into waterways and it does not biodegrade,'' Kuehl said of single-use straws, plastic cups and clamshell-shaped molded take-out containers that can be found stuffed in overflowing trash bins around the county. 
FOX 11


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