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June 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Orlando Officer Shot During Standoff Remains In Critical Condition
An Orlando police officer who was shot while confronting a domestic-violence suspect remains in critical condition. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Officer Kevin Valencia entered his second day recovering at a hospital Tuesday after he was shot the previous day. Police have released few details about the officer, who's been with the Orlando PD since 2016, but Chief John Mina called the wounded Valencia “extremely strong.”

Retired New York Trooper Dies From Exposure To Ground Zero Fumes
A retired state trooper with local ties has died from cancer caused by exposure to the noxious fumes from the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said. State Police Sgt. Charles Salaway, 55, died Saturday. "The men and women of the Saratoga County Sheriffs Office offer our condolences to all of his family and friends which include his wife Saratoga County Sheriff's Investigator Courtney Salaway and his son Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff Carson Salaway," the sheriff's office said. State Police said Salaway, 55, was assigned to New York City to work on the search and recovery effort at the World Trade Center.
Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

Police Respond To Shooting At Mission Hills Gas Station, Arrest Suspect
Police responded to a gas station shooting in Mission Hills early Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred shortly before 2 a.m. at the Arco Station on the corner of Woodman Avenue and Devonshire Street, according to the L.A. Police Department's Mission Community Police Station. A man and a woman suffered minor injuries when some bullets from the round that the suspect fired bounced off the concrete and hit them. Police located the suspect's gun on the ground when they arrived at the scene and were eventually able to take him into custody without incident after setting up a perimeter in the area of Burnet Avenue and San Jose Street.

Woman Charged With Attempted Murder In South L.A. Hit-and-Run That Occurred During Vigil For Slain Cyclist
A 19-year-old woman is facing an attempted murder charge after she allegedly struck a pedestrian during a rowdy vigil for a hit-and-run victim in South Los Angeles, prosecutors confirmed Tuesday. Alana Mariah Ealy was also charged with hit-and-run driving resulting in serious injury in connection with the April 11 incident, according to Paul Eakins, a public information officer with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The crash took place as cycling activists flooded the intersection of Normandie and Manchester avenues as part of their remembrance of Frederick Frazier, a 22-year-old who was fatally struck there while biking the week before.

Active Shooter Drill Held At Paramount Pictures Studio
A chilling but realistic simulation played out at Paramount Pictures Studio during an active shooter training. The the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department trained Paramount Pictures employees using its Run, Hide, Fight model. "We train civilians in addition to sworn officers to deliver the training," said Mona Curry with the city of Los Angeles' Emergency Management Department. "For some of us the instinct has to be developed. It's not natural. You have to tell people 'Fight to save your life.' "

Inmate Who Walked Away From L.A. Reentry Program Where He Was Serving Prison Sentence Is Taken Into Custody
The man who walked away from a Los Angeles reentry program where he was finishing a prison sentenced for second-degree burglary was taken into custody a day later, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced. On Friday, at around 6:50 p.m., 27-year-old Evan Bracken jumped over the fence at the Male Community Reentry Program facility in Los Angeles and removed the GPS device tracking him, prison officials said. Authorities launched an emergency search for him soon after. He turned himself in to the reentry facility at about 7:33 p.m. on Saturday, prison officials said. He will be transported to the California Institution for Men, a state prison in Chino.

Los Angeles museums reopen after probe into bomb threat
Authorities say the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits Museum have reopened a day after investigators found no risk from a bomb threat. City News Service reported Saturday that nothing dangerous was found at either facility. Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im says an automated voice recording on Friday morning warned of an explosion. The threat led to both museums shutting down for the rest of the day while police investigated. Im says nothing happened and no danger was found when bomb-sniffing dogs were brought through the area. The two museums are located near each other in the Miracle Mile district, west of downtown Los Angeles.
Associated Press

Man's Conviction Upheld For Killing Transient In Hollywood
A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a man's conviction for fatally shooting a homeless man in Hollywood and smashing out the windows of a vehicle he thought belonged to two men who had duped him in a drug deal. Troy T. McVey was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the Jan. 4, 2015, killing of Richard Miller, who was killed after asking McVey for money. McVey also was convicted of felony vandalism for using the handle of a knife to smash the windows of a car he thought belonged to two men who had sold him $40 worth of cocaine that turned out to be powdered sugar shortly before Miller's killing, according to the 18-page ruling by a three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal.

Alleged Homeless `Dumping' by Sheriff's Department Under Examination
An incident that a Los Angeles city councilman said could be the sheriff's department ``dumping'' a mentally ill man, but which the department said was ``an act of compassionate service,'' is set to be discussed at a Los Angeles City Council committee meeting today. Councilman Joe Buscaino brought attention to the case in January after he displayed a video during a City Council meeting that appeared to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies dropping off a mentally ill man on a curb inside the L.A. city limits and driving off.
KFI 640 AM

Initiative To Legalize Sports Betting In California Proposed For 2020 Ballot An initiative to legalize sports betting in the state was proposed Monday for the November 2020 ballot by a political consultant working with California card clubs, online and out-of-state gambling firms and sports leagues. Russell Lowery said he approached the gaming industry and received interest in a ballot measure from half a dozen firms, so he submitted a formal request Monday to the state attorney general's office to prepare a title and summary for a possible initiative. “I think the biggest reason for this is consumer protection. It's going on now,” Lowery said of betting on sports.
Los Angeles Times

Study: Reduced Criminal Penalties Contributed To More Thefts
California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported Tuesday. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California found. Thefts from motor vehicles accounted for about three-quarters of the increase. San Francisco alone recorded more than 30,000 auto burglaries last year, which authorities largely blamed on gangs. Shoplifting may be leveling off, researchers found, but there is no sign of a decline in thefts from vehicles.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Evacuations Lifted After Portola Fire Threatened Homes Near Benedict Canyon In LA
More than 250 firefighters attacked a brush fire burning in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles that for a time threatened homes Tuesday afternoon, emergency officials said. Evacuation orders issued during the afternoon were lifted at 8 p.m. as firefighters made progress against the blaze. Los Angeles city firefighters were joined by county fire crews and strike teams from the Santa Monica, Culver City and Beverly Hills fire departments to fight the fire. The blaze, first reported just after 2 p.m. in the 9800 block of West Portola Drive, grew to 35 to 40 acres by 5:30 p.m. and moved uphill toward Benedict Canyon Drive, said Margaret Stewart, an LAFD spokeswoman.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Spike In Street Racing Has L.A. City Council Committee Seeking New Approaches
Following reports of some dangerous “street takeovers” in the San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles City Council committee Wednesday is set to discuss the possibility of a reevaluating the city's current laws and efforts to crack down on the illegal activity. Street racing is a decades-old problem in the Valley, but in recent years has evolved into what is commonly referred to as a “street takeover,” where drivers that may number in the hundreds close down a street while other motorists perform dangerous and reckless stunts in the middle of an intersection, according to a motion introduced by Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander set to be examined by the Public Safety Committee.

L.A. County Expands Homeless Services With Toilets In Venice, Overnight Parking In Hollywood And North Hollywood
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand services for homeless people in areas where the city of Los Angeles has struggled. The supervisors approved the overnight placement of two portable toilets and hand-washing stations at the Rose Avenue beach parking lot in Venice Beach — the latest development in an ongoing debate about bathroom access for the homeless.


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