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May 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Charged In Arizona Officer's Slaying Arraigned
The man accused of fatally shooting a Nogales, Arizona, police officer last week was arraigned Wednesday on 39 felony counts ranging from murder to impersonating a peace officer. David Ernesto Murillo, 28, is accused of killing Nogales police Officer Jesus Cordova near Villa's Market in Nogales. Police said the shooting came during a series of carjackings on Arizona 82 east of Nogales and in Nogales. Cordova tried to stop Murillo near the market, but Murillo fired on Cordova while Cordova was still in his patrol car, police said. More than 10 casings were found at the scene.
The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Indiana Officer Fatally Shot While Investigating Homicide
An Indiana officer was killed Friday evening in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, who barricaded himself inside an apartment complex and later died from injuries sustained during the shootout, authorities said. Terre Haute police spokesman Ryan Adamson said the police officer's investigation of a homicide led him the apartment complex on the city's south side. Authorities did not reveal when the homicide under investigation occurred.
Associated Press

Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting To Attack Officer With Knife In Valley Village: LAPD
A burglary suspect was arrested after lunging at a responding police officer with a knife in Valley Village early Saturday morning, officials said. Officers responded to reports of a hot prowl suspect in the 4900 block of Bluebell Avenue around 12:45 a.m., Officer Christopher No with LAPD's media relations section said. It was unclear whether the man had actually stolen anything from any homes or businesses in the area. After officers on scene located the man, a struggle ensued, according to No. Preliminary investigation indicated the suspect had attempted to cut an officer, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Lillian Carranza said in a tweet. The officer was "ok," she added.

Garcetti Says His Selection For Next LAPD Chief Coming Soon
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he expects to announce his selection for the next police chief by the end of the month or sooner, amid reports Police Commission has narrowed in on department insiders as the top candidates. The commissioners plan to shorten the list of 31 people who applied for the job down to three, from which Garcetti will select his choice. The chief must also be approved by the City Council. Garcetti told reporters he has not been in contact with the commissioners about any personal choices he has for the next chief.

LAPD Urges Pedestrians To ‘Walk Smart' After Series Of Valley Deaths
In seven of the 10 fatal pedestrian collision deaths between Jan. 1 and April 21 in the San Fernando Valley, pedestrians themselves were at fault, according to data cited by Capt. Andy Neiman of LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. The pedestrians were outside of a crosswalk, walking illegally in the roadway or not crossing corner-to-corner, Neiman said. For example: On the night of Jan. 29, 62-year-old Maria Hernandez was fatally struck by a Mercedes while crossing mid-block near Tampa Avenue and Victory Boulevard in Reseda – outside the crosswalk, Neiman said. Contributing to the problem: Distracted walking has become as much of a problem as distracted driving, Neiman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Dog Attack That Killed Baby Girl In Sherman Oaks A ‘True Tragedy,' Police Say
Animal control officers have taken custody of three dogs after at least one of them fatally mauled a 3-month-old girl in a Sherman Oaks home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The attack was reported at 3:25 p.m. Saturday in the 14400 block of Benefit Street, and the girl died later from her injuries at a hospital, authorities said. The dogs were family pets, according to the LAPD. "This is a horrible case," said Capt. Lillian Carranza of the LAPD's Van Nuys Station.
Los Angeles Times

'Armed And Dangerous' Suspect In Custody After Allegedly Abducting 2 Young Daughters
A child abduction suspect considered "armed and dangerous" was taken into custody Saturday evening after he abducted his two young daughters, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The abduction prompted an Amber Alert across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties earlier in the evening. The alert was issued around 7 p.m. and called off around 8:30 p.m. The girls were found safe in the Willowbrook area, police said. The suspect's vehicle was described as a 2014 black and purple Dodge Challenger with California plate number 7WKZ957.

Public Asked To Help Identify Hit-And-Run Suspect
Traffic investigators Saturday asked the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a hit and run crash that severely injured a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle. The crash was at 3:20 p.m. Monday at Radford Avenue and Hamlin Street, police said. A vehicle southbound on Radford Avenue collided with the bicyclist who was eastbound on Hamlin Street, police said. The driver stopped briefly then fled the scene. The boy was taken to a hospital with major injuries, police said.

Suspects In Red Mustang Lead Authorities On High-Speed Chase Into Downey Area
Undercover police officers tried to stop a red Mustang in Boyle Heights Friday night, which resulted in a high-speed chase that ended in an alleyway in Downey. Authorities said the chase started in Boyle Heights around 10:30 p.m. when undercover LAPD officers tried to stop a vehicle they believed had weapons in the trunk. The driver and two passengers fled from authorities and eventually got onto the southbound 5 Freeway, traveling at speeds up to 100 mph.

'Mexican Mafia' Crackdown Results In 85 Arrests In Southern California
A major gang crackdown aimed at so-called Mexican Mafia operations in Orange County has led to 85 arrests of “middle management” gang leaders, officials said Wednesday. The three-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Scarecrow,” was one of the largest operations in county history, Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes  told  the Orange County Register. Authorities confiscated 36 firearms, 14 pounds of methamphetamine and three pounds of heroin, the report said.
FOX 11

Southern California Leads State In Deadly Car Crashes
A new study highlights the dangers of driving in the Southland. According to the study, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are among the most dangerous places. Driving around the Southland is a deadly reality. Greg Mills reported from Northridge, specifically the intersection of Devonshire and Reseda, considered the most-dangerous intersection in the state. “I do get worried. Especially having kids in the car,” said motorist Marissa Coronel. The latest numbers the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has are from 2016. They said more than 36,000 deadly accidents were reported in the U.S. that year. Sadly, California made up more than 10 percent of those.

Use Of Psychiatric Drugs Soars In California Jails
The number of jail inmates in California taking psychotropic drugs has jumped about 25 percent in five years, and they now account for about a fifth of the county jail population across the state, according to a new analysis of state data. The increase could reflect the growing number of inmates with mental illness, though it also might stem from better identification of people in need of treatment, say researchers from California Health Policy Strategies (CHPS), a Sacramento-based consulting firm.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. River Bike Path Has Become Lure For Homeless, Reseda Residents Say
As David Spangler recently performed his daily exercise routine in an outdoor gym in Reseda along the Los Angeles River bike path, a small group of neighborhood activists with clipboards and pens in hands approached him. They wanted to ask about his experience on the bike path. "It was beautiful three years ago," the 49-year-old resident told them. "Now there's junkies everywhere." Spangler told the citizens watchdog group that he has seen drug addicts loitering around the gym, stashing shopping carts filled to the brim with their personal belongings and blocking access to some of the equipment.
Los Angeles Times


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