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August 7, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy Is Struck And Killed On 605 Freeway After His Vehicle Broke Down
An off-duty 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was killed when he was struck Saturday by a vehicle while he was stopped on the shoulder of the 605 Freeway in Cerritos, authorities said. Deputy Michael Haak, a father of three, was driving northbound and “presumably experiencing vehicle trouble” around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, according to Sheriff's Deputy Grace Medrano. Haak had pulled to the shoulder and exited on the traffic side of his vehicle when he was hit by a car in the right lane, she said. 
Los Angeles Times

Missouri Officer Killed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Sought
Authorities are searching for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Monday. Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, who had been on the force less than a year, died late Sunday near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said. The traffic stop involved a registration violation, Lowe said. The vehicle stopped was registered to Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton and he is considered a person of interest in the killing, Lowe said.
Associated Press

LAPD Officers Shoot, Kill Man Armed With Rifle In Venice, Police Say
Los Angeles Police Department officers shot and killed a man who was armed with a rifle Friday night at a home in Venice, officials said. Officers from the LAPD's Pacific Division responded about 8:30 p.m. to a residence in the 800 block of Venice Boulevard "in an attempt to keep the peace," the agency said in a statement. When they arrived at the scene, a woman met them outside the home and said a man was inside destroying property, according to the news release. The officer-involved shooting occurred when they approached the front door and encountered the suspect, who was armed with a rifle, police said. 

Suspected Shoplifter Fatally Stabs Security Guard Outside Sylmar Grocery Store
A security guard was fatally stabbed Sunday afternoon outside a Sylmar grocery store, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division station. The stabbing was reported around 2:45 p.m. at the Food 4 Less located at 12689 Glenoaks Boulevard. The suspect – possibly a transient – entered the store and attempted to grab a "quantity of beer" before being confronted by security, said Lt. Mike Kozak. The transient left the store and security pursued him onto the street where the altercation continued. "He was chasing him on the bike."  

Lyft Driver Viciously Attacked On Camera In Alleged Road Rage, Robbery Incident
A Los Angeles Lyft driver says she was brutally attacked in what she calls a case of road rage-turned-robbery. A witness caught the violence on cell phone video, showing Tenicia Bennet being attacked at a gas station in Miracle Mile. A full-time Lyft driver, Bennet says she had just dropped off a customer and stopped to get gas when two women jumped out of a car and started hurling insults, then punches, dragging her by her hair and threatening other customers who tried to intervene.  The car the two women were in had an Uber sticker but the company says the car is registered to a man who hasn't driven for Uber in two months.  She says the LAPD has been able to trace the car's license plate and investigators have a lead on the suspects.

Suspects Sought After 2 Men Killed Outside Compton Motel
The search is continuing Sunday for suspects in the shooting deaths of two men in the parking lot of a Compton motel, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies were called to the 1100 block of South Long Beach Boulevard at 4:05 p.m. Saturday on reports of an ``assault with a deadly weapon, gunshot victim.'' They later learned that two men had been repairing a vehicle in the parking lot of the Travel Plaza Inn when two men in a silver 2000 Honda Civic pulled up alongside them, according to Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. 
FOX 11

Potentially Dangerous Substance At UCLA Campus Safely Detonated
Los Angeles police and bomb squad officials detonated a jar containing a potentially dangerous chemical at UCLA in Westwood on Saturday. Acting out of an abundance of caution, the LAPD Bomb Squad detonated the 6-ounce jar of what officials determined was picric acid. Someone took the substance to a household hazardous waste drop-off in the 600 block of S. Gayley Avenue, where LAFD officials responded at about 10:30 a.m Investigators said picric acid can be explosive, especially when it crystalizes. It has industrial and medical uses, and it was once used for manufacturing explosives, officials said. 

ATF Sends Alert To SoCal Gun Store Owners About Firearm Burglaries
Federal officials warned gun stores in three Southern California counties this week about recent burglaries that resulted in the theft of firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Friday it sent an alert the previous day to federal firearms licensees in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “There has recently been several burglaries that resulted in the theft of firearms,” the ATF said. The agency asked gun stores to “ensure the security of both their inventory and property.” Suspicious people and activity should be reported to local police, and gun stores can notify the ATF if any firearms are found missing, the bureau said.

Even With Legalized Weed, California's Black Market Will Thrive
Legalizing marijuana, California voters were told last year, would create a “safe, legal and comprehensive system” allowing adults to consume the drug while keeping it out of the hands of children. Marijuana would be sold in highly regulated stores, the Proposition 64 campaign promised, and California would gain new tax revenue by bringing the cannabis marketplace “out into the open.” Voters overwhelmingly bought the message, with 57 percent approving Prop. 64. But as state regulators prepare to begin offering licenses to marijuana businesses Jan. 1, it turns out that a huge portion of the state's weed is likely to remain on the black market. 
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Safety News

VIDEO: LAFD Firefighters Lift Car Off Homeless Man After Apparent DUI Crash On Skid Row
A group of Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters lifted a car off of a homeless man after he and a woman were struck by a suspected DUI driver Saturday morning on Skid Row. The collision was reported about 4:19 a.m. in the 1000 block of 7th Street, according to fire officials. The vehicle drove onto a sidewalk where the victims were sleeping, struck the woman and pinned the man, Los Angeles police said. Firefighter-paramedics responded to the scene and found the man pinned under the four-door sedan. News video showed a good Samaritan and seven firefighters lifting the vehicle with their bare hands while two other firefighters pulled the victim to safety. 

Local Government News

Higher Rates, Missed Pickups: L.A. Is Hearing A Rash Of Complaints About Its New Waste Removal System
Eight months ago, the Los Angeles City Council voted to overhaul the way trash is picked up at tens of thousands of businesses and large residential buildings, giving the work exclusively to a select group of companies. Backers of the program, championed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, said the new system would increase recycling, roll out cleaner-fuel trash trucks and improve workplace safety for sanitation workers.  But the new program, known as RecycLA, is not being universally welcomed by the businesses and residents who will rely on it for their trash pickup. 
Los Angeles Times

With LA's homeless crisis ‘past the tipping point,' would Olympics bring change?
Los Angeles' agreement to host the 2028 Olympic Games could bring the focus and urgency needed to house thousands of people who live on the city's streets, but only if local leaders treat homelessness like an emergency, said one downtown social service provider. The Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission on skid row, said that when he heard the city reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee on July 31, he felt a sense of relief. He said the news may continue the momentum to address one of L.A.'s top concerns. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2028 Olympics News

L.A. City Council Set To Vote On 2028 Olympics Plan Before Key Financial Reports Are Completed
The Los Angeles City Council is set to approve an agreement to host the 2028 Olympics without knowing the summer Games' budget or receiving an independent evaluation of the spending plan. The council is expected to vote as soon as next week following an agreement reached between the International Olympic Committee and LA 2028, the bid committee for L.A. to host the Games. The committee, a private nonprofit seeking the Games, prepared a $5.3-billion budget for the 2024 Olympics that was analyzed by accounting firm KPMG. 
Los Angeles Times


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