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January 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Missouri Officer Shot In Head Now Breathing On His Own, Opened His Eyes
After a nearly monthlong battle for his life since being shot in the back of the head by a handcuffed suspect , Officer Ryan O'Connor has opened his eyes and is breathing on his own, the Arnold Police Department said Thursday night. O'Connor, 44, was shot by a burglary suspect riding in the back of his police SUV on Dec. 5.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New Jersey Officer Killed After Being Struck By Vehicle
A New Jersey police lieutenant was attempting to help a motorist while on his way to work when he was struck and killed by a vehicle. reports that Jersey City Lt. Christopher Robateau, 49, exited car on the New Jersey Turnpike to help a motorist Friday morning when he was struck and killed.

LAPD Officers Raise $39,000 To Help South LA Hit-And-Run Victim, Single Mother Of 4
Maria Torrez is still in a wheelchair from a brutal hit-and-run accident in South Los Angeles that left her badly injured. But thanks to some LAPD officers who were moved by her situation, Torrez and her four children are getting a little help for her recovery. "I thought life was very difficult and I didn't think that I would get out of these problems, but now with everyone that's been assisting me, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel," she said in Spanish.

Body Of Man Shot, Killed Found In Sylmar Alley
A man who was shot and killed on Saturday night Jan. 6 was found in a Sylmar alley, authorities said. Officers received a call of shots fired around 9:45 p.m. at the 12200 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Critically Wounded In Shooting As LAPD, FBI Serve Search Warrant In Sun Valley
A man was critically injured in a shooting that occurred Monday morning as police officers and FBI agents were serving a search warrant in Sun Valley, authorities said. The identity of the wounded person was not immediately disclosed, and it was unclear who opened fire. The shooting happened about 6:15 a.m. in the 10300 block of Horse Haven Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

13-Year-Old Boy Seriously Wounded In Car-To-Car Shooting In Jefferson Park
A 13-year-old boy was seriously wounded Saturday in a shooting in the Jefferson Park area of Los Angeles. It was reported about 4:30 p.m. at Crenshaw Boulevard and 28th Street, said a desk sergeant at the Los Angeles Police Department ‘s Southwest Station.

Man Shot In Woodland Hills In Possible Road Rage Incident
A man called authorities to report that he had been shot while driving in Woodland Hills on Friday afternoon in a potential road-rage incident, authorities said. The call came in at about 3:20 p.m. from the 6100 block of Canoga Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said.
Los Angeles Daily News

DUI-Related Crash In West Hollywood Leaves 3 Injured
Three people were injured, including one moderately, in a traffic crash Saturday morning in West Hollywood that was “DUI- related,” according to a police officer at the LAPD's West Traffic Division. Firefighters and paramedics dispatched at 1:42 a.m. to La Cienega Boulevard and Sherwood Drive rushed three people — one in moderate condition and two with minor injuries — to an area hospital, according to a county fire department dispatcher.

Suspected Gunman Arrested After Hourslong Standoff In South Los Angeles Following Chase
Following an hourslong search, police arrested a suspected gunman Thursday who ran from an SUV involved in a crash at the end of a chase in South Los Angeles. The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at the intersection of Western Avenue and 65th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Koreatown Purse Snatcher Sought After Violent Crime Caught On Video
Police are looking for a woman caught on video grabbing a purse from a 78-year-old woman and pushing her to the ground in Koreatown. The video shows the suspect following the victim into the front lobby of her apartment building. She approaches the victim from behind and grabs the purse off her shoulder.

High Or Dry? California Legal Pot To Test Supply Pipeline
Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state's legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a collection point for taxes, a gateway for testing and a packaging center for the plant's fragrant buds.

Public Safety News

LA Fire Launches 'Sober Unit' To Pick Up Intoxicated Homeless People
The Los Angeles Fire Department has begun picking up heavily intoxicated homeless people from LA's streets. The new "sober unit," which operates out of Fire Station 4 on Temple Street near Skid Row, will serve as a year-long pilot program to see if the city might benefit from a "network of sobering centers and pick-up teams for inebriated homeless people," NBC4 media partner KPCC reports .

L.A. Fire Officials Will Track Homeless Encampments In High-Risk Fire Zones
Social service workers knew that homeless people sometimes lived in a ravine near Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway — the suspected ignition point of a wildfire that scorched Bel-Air last month — but the encampment was never on the Los Angeles Fire Department's radar.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Letter Grades For Los Angeles Pot Shops? Health Officials Consider Emblem Program For Retailers
Los Angeles County health officials are considering placing remblems on legal recreational retail shops, much like the iconic letter grades found hanging on the windows of restaurants. The emblem would the public know that the products inside the shop passed regulations, and the businesses itself is licensed and inspected, health officials said this week.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A.'s New Recycling Program Has More Than 28,000 Complaints For Missed Trash Pickups
L.A.'s commercial-trash customers have filed more than 28,000 reports of missed collections since July, the latest sign of a turbulent roll-out for the city's new recycling program. The numbers, compiled by the Bureau of Sanitation and provided to The Times, show that RecycLA has been seeing significant month-to-month increases in garbage pickup complaints.


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