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October 11, 2017

Las Vegas Mass Shooting

In Las Vegas, A Cancer Survivor And LAPD Officer's Lives Crossed Paths
Last week, the U.S. witnessed one of its darkest days in history when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, injuring over 500 and killing 58. The world may never forget his name and its connection to such tragedy, but there are many other names that should be remembered for their connection to hope and heroism, and two of them are Cassidy Huff and Mitchell Tosti. 
The Mighty

Las Vegas Survivors Sue Manufacturers Of Bump Stocks
Three people who attended the country music festival where a gunman killed 58 and injured hundreds more last week in Las Vegas have filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of bump stocks, devices that modify a semiautomatic rifle to mimic automatic fire. The class-action suit, as reported by Courthouse News, targets Slide Fire Solutions, one of the most well-known makers of the bump stock, and additional unnamed manufacturers. 
The Trace

Law Enforcement News

Texas Student Charged With Murder In Campus Officer's Death
A Texas Tech University student confessed to killing a campus police officer who had been booking him on a drug possession charge, telling detectives he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend," an investigator said. In an affidavit released Tuesday, Det. Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department said Hollis Daniels III confessed to killing Officer Floyd East Jr. after his recapture Monday evening.
Associated Press

Renewed $10,000 Reward To Find Chevy Killer Of 9th Grader In Westmont
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the killer of a Gardena middle school student in the unincorporated neighborhood of Westmont. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending the reward, hoping it will draw out witnesses to the shooting of 15-year-old Mark Tyree Jr., who was set to start ninth grade at New Millennium Secondary School when he was gunned down last summer in the neighborhood east of Inglewood.

Los Angeles Jewelry Store Owners Receive Anti-Semitic Hate Mail
Glenda Hahn first noticed the handwritten envelope, then she opened it. "This is just hatred. Just pure hatred and it just curdles my blood," said Hahn. Mervyn Hahn, owner of the Los Angeles Diamond Factory for more than three decades, held up a copy of the letter. It had a large swastika on it and read in part, "Make America great again... Christian identity is back."

Peeping Tom At Popular "Patys" Restaurant
A police investigation has begun after someone was allegedly caught using a cell phone camera to record people using the bathroom of a famous restaurant in the Hollywood area. The incident took place at  Patys , a popular eatery in Toluca Lake, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, located on Riverside Drive.

Counties May Regulate The Location Of Gun Shops, 9th Circuit Court Rules
Counties may restrict the location of gun stores as long as residents have the ability to purchase firearms, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging an Alameda County zoning ordinance that barred firearm sales near residential neighborhoods, schools, day-care centers, other firearm retailers and liquor stores.
Los Angeles Times

ATF Official Who Evaluated The Bump Stock's Legality Pushes Back Against Critics
When the first bump stock came across Rick Vasquez's desk in 2010, he knew that his evaluation would take longer than usual. As the senior technical expert for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it was Vasquez's job to help give opinions about whether new guns and gun products would be legal under federal law.
The Trace

New Police Chief Ready To Demote Some On Force To Get More Officers On Dallas Streets
The Dallas Police Department is about to undergo a shake-up including possible demotions to put more officers on patrol. Hundreds of officers have left the department in the last year, leaving fewer officers working the streets. In that time, officers have been slower to respond to emergency calls.
Dallas News

Public Safety News

Firefighter Hospitalized Battling Highland Park Apartment Fire
One firefighter was hospitalized and another was injured while they were battling an apartment fire in Highland Park Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the 200 block of North Avenue 53 in Highland Park on reports of a fire in a single-story apartment. When they arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames and that it had spread to a nearby residence.

NorCal Fires: Death Toll Climbs To 17 As Families Search For 180 Missing
Wildfires raging across Northern California have killed at least 17 people, as hundreds of firefighters battle the flames and keep thousands of people away from the blaze's path. Most of the fires were ignited Sunday, driven by winds of more than 50 mph and dry conditions.

24 Structures Lost And 7,500 Acres Burned In Orange County Firestorm, But Progress Reported
As the flames of the Canyon 2 fire crept closer and closer to their Orange County home, Rebecca and Adrian Pop knew they had to flee. In a matter of minutes Monday, they had rounded up their five children ages 11 months to 11 years and two huskies, packed them into a recreational vehicle, and headed to a relative's home in Fullerton.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

SoCal's Water District Just Committed Billions To WaterFix Plan. What Could It Mean For Your DWP Bill?
Los Angeles residents and businesses can expect to see their water utility rates go up under a proposed multi-billion dollar project to build water tunnels in Northern California, but by how much is now being questioned by activists and some city leaders. The Metropolitan Water District voted Tuesday to support and fund the California WaterFix project, which would build a pair of tunnels to go under Sacramento-San Joaquin delta.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Moves To Tighten Rules On Alcohol Sales At Gas Stations
A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of adopting stricter enforcement of the sale of alcoholic beverages at gas stations in an effort to reduce drunk driving and the availability of alcohol to minors. "Vendors such as gas stations that sell alcohol may be overlooked in city regulations governing alcohol sales," said Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who wrote the motion.


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