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December 7, 2017

Southern California Fires

LAPD Officers Work to Save Animals from Wildfires
Officers of the Los Angeles Police Department have been responding to the area's rash of wildfires this week, serving a wide variety of missions. One of their missions has been to help animals trapped in the fire zones. Officers from the LAPD's Mounted Unit helped rescue horses trapped in the massive Creek Fire in Sylmar northeast of the city.
Police Magazine

How LAFD Determines Wildfire Danger In Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Fire Department uses a Burning Index rating to determine the level of fire danger/threat to the area. They use a scale to assess the threat from 0 (low) to 162 and above (extreme). The BI forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is 296 -- the highest number the fire chief has ever seen. 

Spark Of Love Has Personal Meaning For LA Firefighter
There is no doubt that Michael Marquez is the "spark" that helps light ABC7's Spark of Love toy drive for children in need. "It's extremely gratifying because I know what they feel like," said Marquez. "I was one of those children."

Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Cop Identified, Warrant Issued For Arrest
Affidavits show a man suspected of fatally shooting a Central Texas officer serving a warrant for his arrest faced a family violence assault charge related to his wife and mother-in-law. San Marcos police have issued an arrest warrant for Stewart Thomas Mettz, 51.
Associated Press

Oregon K-9 Dies After Being Injured In Car Crash
A Hillsboro police dog was euthanized early Tuesday after being seriously injured in a car crash, police say. The dog, named Billy, was riding in a patrol car that was hit by another car late Monday at Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway and Century Boulevard, Lt. Henry Reimann said in a news release. The Oregonian, Porland, Ore.

Man Shot To Death Near Sepulveda Recreation Center In Panorama City-North Hills Area
A 34-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday near a recreation center in the North Hills-Panorama City area. Officers received a call reporting shots fired around 12:35 p.m. in the area of Kester Avenue and Parthenia Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Arriving officers found a man down in a grassy area, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Arrested For Setting Van Nuys Palm Tree On Fire, Dancing Amid Red-Flag Conditions
As firefighters battle fast-growing blazes throughout Southern California, a person was observed intentionally setting a palm tree on fire in Van Nuys, police said. The person was spotted lighting a palm tree on fire near Kester Avenue and Vanowen Street, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Lillian Carranza said Wednesday.

Studio City ‘Knock-Knock' Burglary Suspect Wearing Santa Hat Is Caught On Video
Police sought the public's help today in identifying a suspect wanted in several Studio City knock-knock burglaries. Between Nov. 28 and Sunday, a suspect wearing a scarf and a Santa Claus hat has knocked on the front door or rang the doorbell of residences in Studio City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

Californians Vote Along Party Lines As House Passes Bill To Allow Concealed Guns Across State Line
The GOP-controlled House voted along party lines on Wednesday to pass legislation that would require states to recognize concealed carry permits from all other states regardless of a state's permitting standards. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) said after the vote that he's more worried about Californians being able to carry their concealed weapons when they travel to other states than about people br inging concealed weapons to California from states with lower permitting requirements.
Los Angeles Times

Here's What January 1 Means For Marijuana In California
It was a big deal in the world of marijuana when California voters passed Proposition 64 in Nov. 2016. On Jan. 1, the state's recreational pot market comes online. Here's an overview of what you need to know about weed in California, for Jan. 1 and beyond.

Texas Officer's Death Highlights Dangers Of Serving Warrants
When San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland went to a home to serve an arrest warrant, he embarked on a law enforcement mission known in the profession for being fraught with danger. Such operations often involve a suspect who has previously refused to quietly surrender and turn himself in, experts say, making it necessary for police to use more aggressive means to get that person into custody.
Austin American-Statesman

Public Safety News & Local Government News

LA Council Votes To Legalize The Cannabis Industry, Offers Priority To Angelenos Affected By ‘War On Drugs'
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a package of regulations allowing for the operation of legal pot shops, as well as non-retail cannabis businesses such as cultivators and manufacturers. Proposition D, a 2013 ban on marijuana businesses in Los Angeles, will be repealed as of Jan. 1, under the language approved by the council.
Los Angeles Daily News

Officials Crack Down On Pharmacies Contributing To Drug Abuse
In Los Angeles County nearly two people died every day in an opioid related death last year. In Orange County, the rate averaged almost one person a day. For the first time, the federal drug enforcement agency is targeting pharmacies they say are behind this growing drug abuse. Federal agents say the warning signs are all there.


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