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August 18, 2017

Law Enforcement News

At Least 13 Dead, 100 Injured After Van Strikes Crowd In Barcelona, Officials Say
Late Thursday afternoon in Barcelona, Spain, the tranquility of a tree-lined pedestrian pathway was shattered by a bloody vehicular attack that killed more than a dozen people and prompted a manhunt. The driver's whereabouts were still unknown as of early Friday local time, police say. A white van drove into a crowd of people on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard, killing at least 13 people and injuring at least 100, according to the Catalan government. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Police say they have detained two people who are connected to the attack — but that neither is the driver.

2 Men Killed In South L.A. Shooting
Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting Thursday in South Los Angeles that left two men dead, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of East 84th Place in the Florence area, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Garrido. Two men, ages 19 and 20, were walking west on East 84th Place when a light-colored sedan pulled up, Garrido said. A person got out of the car and began shooting at the two men, police said.

LAPD Officer, Young Stroke Victim Continue Friendship As She Rehabilitates
A Los Angeles police officer who was one of the first responders when a young woman suffered a stroke remains friends with her as she rehabilitates. Kaj Goldberg reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Aug. 17, 2017.

2 Men Killed In North Hollywood Gun Battle Identified
Two men in their 20s who were killed in a gunbattle between six men in North Hollywood earlier this week were identified Thursday. Jawara Tucker, 29, and Ryan Anthony Dunk, 25, both of New York, died in the shootings, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. The shooting occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday in the 5000 block of North Klump Avenue. Six men who knew each other were standing and talking in the area when suddenly several shots were fired within the group, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver In South Los Angeles
A man is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a hit-and-run around 11:15 p.m. after a pedestrian crossing was hit near the corner of Vernon Aveue, west of Central Avenue. Authorities said the vehicle fled westbound on Central Avenue. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition. A description of the vehicle and driver were not immediately available. Officials are investigating the hit-and-run and are looking for witnesses who can help identify the driver.

Convicted Robber Is ‘In The Wind,' Skates Out Of LA Area Re-Entry Facility One Month Before
Parole Authorities Thursday sought public help to find a convicted robber who walked away from a Los Angeles area re-entry facility a month before he was scheduled for parole. David Taylor, 38, walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program facility after removing his electronic monitoring device about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Taylor had been in the custody of the CDCR since May 30, 2012, after he was sentenced in Los Angeles County to a six-year term for second-degree robbery.

Two Women Shot By BB Gun In Hollywood
Two women were shot by bb gun pellets just before 10 p.m. on Thursday in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD responded to a shooting near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, according to officials. One of the victims walked into a McDonald's claiming to have been shot. The location of the shooting was not immediately clear. A description of the victim was not immediately available, but authorities say she is in her 30s. Another woman near the Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain reported feeling pain and claimed she saw bb gun pellets on the ground.

Memorial Grows For Man Fatally Struck In South LA By Hit-And-Run Driver
A small memorial grows and glows for a 57-year-old bicyclist fatally struck five days ago by a hit-and-run driver. CBS 2's Andre Fujii said Albert Arnold, a car detailer by trade — is remembered by friends as an incredibly nice man. Emma Brown was Arnold's neighbor and friend. She said her friend was killed in such a heartless way. “I've never seen him mad, never. He always happy, he was. I can see his smile right now,” Brown said. She said he was walking to his sister's house at 2:30 in the morning on August 12.

Elderly Man Who Went Missing In North Hills Found Safe
A 74-year-old man in the early stages of dementia who went missing in North Hills was home safe Wednesday. Fate Malu, who had last been seen about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Sepulveda Boulevard and Nordhoff Street, was found unharmed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. Details of Malu's return were not immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

Port Of LA Reviewing Security Procedures After Chase Suspect Climbs Crane
The Port of Los Angeles said Thursday it is reviewing its security procedures after a man being chased by police in a stolen SUV was able to drive into a secure terminal area and climb a crane before jumping or falling to his death on Wednesday. Authorities also identified the man today as James Llamas. The 23-year-old died at the scene from his injuries, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His home town was not known. "At the direction of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, Los Angeles Port Police, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department, have launched a full investigation into all circumstances regarding Wednesday evening's incident, including the security breach at the container terminal,'' the Port of Los Angeles said in a statement.
FOX 11

Oakland Firefighters Killed And Wounded In San Jose Shooting
One man was killed and another wounded late Thursday night on the outer edge of Japantown, and multiple reports confirm the victims were off-duty Oakland probationary firefighters. At least one person has been detained in connection with the shooting after an overnight manhunt, authorities said. an Jose police were called to the 300 block of East Taylor Street at 9:37 p.m. for a report of a shooting. They found two men suffering from life-threatening injuries, Sgt. Enrique Garcia said. The wounded men were rushed to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead. The other was listed in stable condition at Valley Medical Center.
Mercury News

After Virginia violence, far right and white nationalists turn to a familiar target: California
Left-leaning, multicultural California might not seem like an ideal place for the extreme-right and white-nationalist groups to make a stand. But the movement has increasingly targeted the state in recent years, with optics as much as membership in mind. Seeking media attention and validation for their “us vs. the world” narrative, far-right activists find desired attention and conflict in California, leading to clashes that often end in blood and bruises, experts say.
Los Angeles Times

Violent Crime Up 4% In California, Property Crime Down 3%
California's violent crime rate went up 4.1 percent in 2016, rising for a second consecutive year, according to state data released Thursday. The Department of Justice's annual Crime in California report said there were 174,701 homicides, rapes, robberies and assaults last year. Police recorded 1,930 killings, the most since 2009. While many law enforcement leaders across the Bay Area and state have expressed concern about the trend, violent crimes are still off by more than 50 percent since the spikes of the early 1990s. San Francisco has reported decreases in overall violent crime over the past two years, with a 7.7 drop in 2015 and an 8 percent drop in 2016, officials said.
San Francisco Chroncile

Local Government News

Goodbye Columbus? LA City Council Considers Dumping Christopher To Honor Indigenous Peoples Day
The City Council will discuss and vote on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official Los Angeles holiday at an upcoming meeting, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell announced Thursday.O'Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, called on supporters to attend the City Council meeting on Aug. 30 when the vote will be held. “Recognizing the contributions, history, and sacrifices made by the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles area is long overdue,” O'Farrell said.

Woodland Hills, West LA Set To Test Program To Curb Street Sweeping Tickets
A pilot program aimed at reducing the number of parking citations issued for street sweeping was approved today by a Los Angeles City Council committee. Residents would be informed via a text or online tool when street sweepers have finished cleaning a street. The program would be implemented in Woodland Hills and West Los Angeles before potentially expanding to the entire city if successful. The idea came from a report issued by the Los Angeles Parking Reform Working Group, which was formed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2014 and included residents, business owners and representatives of different organizations.
Los Angeles Daily News


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