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August 22, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Reputed LA Gang Member Faces 46 Charges For Allegedly Firing At SWAT, Wounding Police Dog
A reputed gang member who allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers during a search in South Los Angeles, shooting one officer in the helmet and wounding a police dog, pleaded not guilty today to nearly four dozen felonies. Jose Rauda, 34, is charged with 46 counts, including 19 counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He is also charged with assault with a firearm on a peace officer, assault with a firearm, assaulting a police animal causing injury and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was ordered to return to court on Sept. 27, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Rauda is being held in lieu of $19.55 million bail, according to the Sheriff's Department website.
Los Angeles Daily News

Barricaded Suspect Captured Following Hours-Long Standoff With LAPD Near Lake Balboa
A man who was possibly armed and told Los Angeles police he was suicidal was arrested early Monday morning after a nearly eight-hour standoff with officers near Lake Balboa, according to a department spokeswoman. The suspect, identified only as a 36-year-old man, was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. in the 17300 block of Victory Boulevard, said Officer Irma Mota, an LAPD spokeswoman. Officers arrived at the scene in response to a domestic violence call around 11:10 p.m. on Sunday night, Mota said. The man had indicated he was suicidal at that time, according to Mota. The man, who may have been armed, did not have any hostages and no one was injured, Mota said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Looking For Pico-Union Hit-And-Run Driver Who Left Bicyclist Severely Injured
Los Angeles police are looking for the driver of a tan minivan that struck a bicyclist, leaving the person severely injured, in the Pico-Union neighborhood last week. The crash occurred about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, along Venice Boulevard at Magnolia Avenue. The cyclist was riding westbound on Venice Boulevard when the minivan, going the same way, collided with the bike. The driver didn't stop to identify himself or herself and didn't render aid to the person on the bike. The cyclist was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries, the Los Angeles Police Department said. His or her name was not released.

Amber Alert Issued For 9-Year-Old Boy Abducted In Santa Maria
An Amber Alert was in effect Tuesday in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for a 9-year-old boy believed to have been abducted in Santa Maria following a homicide. The Santa Maria Police Department said Daniel Morozov was abducted at 8:39 p.m. Monday following a shooting in Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County by 48-year-old Konstantin Morozov. The relationship between the man and the boy was not immediately clear. Officers were dispatched to the shooting scene at 230 N. College Dr. in Santa Maria where a person was found dead, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
FOX 11

2 Women Arrested At Hollywood In-N-Out For Felony Vandalism
Two women were arrested at the In-N-Out in Hollywood after being caught on video vandalizing cars. The incident happened Saturday around 10:30 p.m. at the In-N-Out at Sunset Boulevard and Orange Drive. The women were caught on camera knocking a sign over, shouting and punching vehicles. Police say the women, who are in their 20s, were arrested for felony vandalism against an Uber car and an additional vehicle. There was also an altercation with a security guard. Both women appeared to be drunk, LAPD said. According to the person who posted video of the incident on YouTube, the incident was sparked after the women were kicked out of an Uber for vomiting. A bystander eventually took down one of the suspects, holding her until police arrived.

Family Of Man Found Dead At Home Of Democratic Donor Calls For Full Investigation
The mother of a 26-year-old man found dead in the West Hollywood apartment of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck last month is calling for a full investigation. Gemmel Moore's death was initially ruled an accidental meth overdose, but homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office are now conducting a probe. Latisha Nixon, Moore's mother, flew out from Texas and spoke before the West Hollywood city council Monday night, where she called for justice, and pleaded with the council to put pressure on law enforcement.
FOX 11

Record $417M Award In Lawsuit Linking Baby Powder To Cancer
A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder's potential cancer risks.

Did a bail reform algorithm contribute to this San Francisco man's murder?
In the dawn hours of July 16, Edward French, a professional film and TV scout and avid photographer, stood atop Twin Peaks, the famed San Francisco hillside with its panoramic views of his hometown. French, 71, had his camera with him, as he always did. "He knew beautiful places. He was trying to catch the sunrise coming up Sunday morning, especially the way the city's skyline is changing," says Brian Higginbotham, French's longtime partner. "I'm sure he was just up there sitting against the wall taking that classic shot you see down Market Street with the East Bay in the distance." That's when, it is alleged, 19-year-old Lamonte Mims and 20-year-old Fantasy Decuir accosted French, stole his camera, and shot him with a handgun.

California Leaders Call For Hearings On White Supremacy
California lawmakers will hold a series of hearings next month to assess the rise of white supremacy in the state and to determine if there are any laws needed to help control violent outbreaks at public rallies. State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, called for the hearings Monday as lawmakers returned to the state Capitol after a monthlong recess. He said University of California and California State University officials will be asked to testify at the hearings about how they are handling requests to have neo-Nazi and far-right groups or speakers appear for events on campus.
SF Gate

Despite promises of growth, Border Patrol agent staffing on the decline
Five days after President Donald Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders, Trump declared at the Jan. 25 ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security, which controls federal immigration agencies.
Chicago Tribune

Virginia Deputy Dies After Suffering Medical Emergency On Duty  
A Norfolk Sheriff's Office deputy died after suffering a medical emergency while working. Cpl. Gibran Barclift, 39, suffered a medical emergency Wednesday while working at the jail, WAVY reported. Medical jail staff and deputies attempted to save Barclift before he was transported to the hospital where he later died. Officials said no foul play or inmate involvement is suspected. Barclift moved to Norfolk in 1999 and joined the Norfolk Sheriff's Office in 2002. He was sworn in as a master deputy in 2017 and was recently promoted to corporal.

Fatally Shot Off-Duty Cop Was Innocent Bystander In Bar Fight
An off-duty officer was shot and killed after someone opened fire during an argument he was not a part of. Police said Officer Thomas Orr, 30, was at the bar Sunday night when an argument broke out, Fox4KC reported. He was not involved in the argument, but was killed amid the ensuing gunfire. A woman, who was also not involved, was shot in the arm. She is expected to recover. The suspect, who fled with three men after the shooting, is described as a tall, light-skinned black male with a muscular build. Police are reviewing surveillance footage to put together more details.

Local Government News

LA Times Shakeup: Publisher, Editors Fired As Paper Plans
To Invest More In DC Reporting, Among Other Changes A shakeup Monday at the Los Angeles Times saw the paper's editor/publisher and several other high-ranking editors ousted amid plans to bring in former Yahoo and Fox executive as the new publisher. Ross Levinsohn, 54, former interim CEO and head of Global Media at Yahoo! and former president of Fox Interactive Media at Fox, will replace Davan Maharaj, who has served as the paper's editor and publisher since last March and had worked at the paper since 1989, according to The Times. Also fired were Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for digital media Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor for investigations Matt Doig, the paper reported.

L.A.'s Proposed Fee On New Construction May Not Be 'One Size Fits All'
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino wants more development in his San Pedro seaside district new hotels, restaurants and apartment towers to lure visitors and attract residents. The recent construction boom transforming L.A. has largely skipped this former fishing village, despite its ocean views and proximity to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now, Buscaino worries Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposed linkage fee  a levy on new construction would further slow development in San Pedro by driving up building costs. The councilman wants a lower fee in his district than in other parts of the city, including the affluent Westside.
Los Angeles Times

A fatal heart attack on Metrolink prompts calls for defibrillators on commuter trains
Early on a recent Monday, a Metrolink train bound for downtown Los Angeles screeched to an unexpected stop in Buena Park. The train had struck debris on the tracks earlier that morning, and the train's air conditioning and electricity had just shut off, a conductor told passengers. The cars grew stuffier and hotter as the train baked in the morning sun.
Los Angeles Times


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