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June 29, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspect Arrested In Connection With Hit-and-Run Crash That Seriously Injured LAPD Sergeant In Culver City
A man accused of injuring an on-duty police sergeant when he crashed into her SUV, and a car carrying two other women, then fled the scene in Culver City has turned himself in, officials said Thursday. Tommie Davis, 42, allegedly used his Cadillac Escalade to ram into a Ford Fusion that was carrying two women with whom he was earlier involved in a domestic dispute. The Escalade then rear-ended a Los Angeles police sergeant who was in the intersection at the same time early Tuesday morning, investigators have said. The impact damaged the sergeant's patrol vehicle to such an extent that she had to be extricated. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition with several broken bones, but later listed as stable.

Board Reviewing Baltimore LEO's Death To Issue Findings Next Month
An independent panel tasked with investigating the death of Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter said Thursday it will issue its final report at the end of July. The board has spent more than two months reviewing hundreds of documents, body-worn camera footage, crime scene photos, and speaking with officers, supervisors and commanders within the Baltimore Police Department as it investigates the death of the homicide detective. Suiter was shot once in the head with his own service weapon in a vacant lot in Harlem Park in West Baltimore on Nov. 15. No suspects were ever arrested.
Baltimore Sun

Cop Hospitalized After Fentanyl-Laced Flyers Placed On Police Vehicles
A sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff's Office was hospitalized Tuesday after coming in contact with a fentanyl-laced paper flyer, authorities said. The flyer was one of several placed on nearly a dozen sheriff's office vehicles at HCSO's recruitment and criminal investigations center at 601 Lockwood Drive in east Houston, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. At least one of the flyers tested positive for fentanyl, a sometimes-deadly opioid. Other flyers, as well as the sergeant herself, are being tested for fentanyl, as well. So far, authorities have tested one of the 15 to 20 flyers, said Jason Spencer, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Houston Chronicle

LAPD Veteran Michel Moore Promises ‘Compassion And Partnership' While Sworn In As Police Chief
As Michel Moore was sworn in as Los Angeles police chief Thursday, two of his predecessors sat behind him. It was Moore's first day leading the Los Angeles Police Department, but he had worked closely with William J. Bratton and then Charlie Beck during their tenures as chief as they transformed a department once known for brutal tactics and corruption into one that is on the forefront of community policing and efforts to reduce police shootings. “He's listened to the people of this city for three decades. He's learned the ins and outs of every facet,” Mayor Eric Garcetti told city officials and LAPD officers at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. “Our next chapter is not something he'll need to learn on the job. He's already been busy writing it.”
Los Angeles Times

LAPD hopes new video policy can turn dangerous clashes into teachable moments
As high-profile officer-involved shootings continue to stoke a national debate over the way police use force against those they are sworn to protect, several law enforcement agencies across the country have opted to release recordings of violent interactions to the public, in the hopes of rebuilding trust. But while other cities have chosen to release hours of raw images and recordings, the LAPD unveiled something similar to a documentary when it began complying last week with a new policy that requires disclosure of video recorded during “critical incidents.”
Los Angeles Times

Police Investigating After Man Shot To Death In Pacoima
A man was shot to death in Pacoima early Friday morning and investigation is on as police look for the suspect. FOX 11 spoke with a woman who identified herself as the widow of the victim. She identified the victim as Todd and tells us she wants justice. The 51-year-old man was shot dead early Friday morning on Brownell Street. Police say they don't believe it was a robbery as they found the victim's backpack, iPad and bicycle next to him. The shooter fired at least eight times, according to police. 
FOX 11

Arrest Made In Shooting That Killed Two Teen Boys
Police plan to reveal details Friday about an investigation that led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man accused in an apparent gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles that left two 15-year-old boys dead and two other people wounded. The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. on May 13 near Manchester Avenue and the Harbor (110) Freeway. At least two suspects in a vehicle pulled up to a group, with one of them saying, “Where you from,” a common gang challenge, before several shots were fired, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said. La'marrion Upchurch of Long Beach died at the scene, and Monyae Jackson of Los Angeles died about 2 a.m. on May 15 at a hospital.

Body Found In San Pedro Waters Where Woman Went Missing
} An investigation was underway Thursday in San Pedro after the body of a woman washed ashore where a 26-year-old went missing in the area. Authorities could not immediately confirm it was the body of Haley Ora Downen, a 26-year-old who went missing in the Sen Pedro area June 23, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The body washed ashore in the area of the 1800 block of W. Paseo Del Mar at 7:43 a.m. Thursday, the LAPD Harbor Division confirmed. A member of Downen's family was at the scene.

LAPD Beefs Up Security At L.A. News Outlets In Wake Of Newspaper Shooting In Maryland
The Los Angeles Police Department is stepping security at major news outlets across the city following the attack by a shooter at a Maryland newspaper Thursday. LAPD Deputy Chief Robert Arcos said the department was adding patrols as a precaution and “reassurance,” and said there were no specific threats. A shooter killed several people at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md. A spokesman for Anne Arundel County police confirmed that multiple people were injured and several were dead at the offices of Capital Gazette Communications, which publishes the Capital, newspaper of record for Annapolis, and a separate newspaper called the Maryland Gazette. The Baltimore Sun reported that at least five people were dead.

Police Search Tujunga Neighborhood For Stolen-Car Suspects
Police were searching Wednesday night for two people suspected of stealing a car, leading officers on a chase, then ditching the car and fleeing into a Tujunga neighborhood. Officers began pursuit of the suspected stolen car around 10:10 p.m., according to Officer Tony Im with the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section. The pair, described only as a male driver and female passenger, stopped the car in the 7600 block of Kyle Street near Plainview Avenue and fled into the neighborhood, Im said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Who Climbed Downtown Los Angeles Freeway Sign Identified As Aspiring Rapper Looking For Publicity
The man who snarled downtown Los Angeles traffic by climbing onto a sign over the 110 Freeway is apparently an aspiring rapper looking for publicity. It all unfolded Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m. when a man, clad only in sneakers and boxer briefs, scaled a freeway sign and prompted the closure of the southbound 5 Freeway. The man, identified as 29-year-old Alexander Dunn, hung huge banners that read "fight pollution not each other," "give a hoot, don't pollute," and "Dephre," which, his producer told the Los Angeles Times, referred to Dunn's stage name of Dephree. He stayed up there for about an hour, then did a back flip onto a large inflated air bag set up by police.

California Adopts Nation's Strictest Online Privacy Law, Giving Residents Control Of Their Data
California just passed the nation's toughest data privacy law. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 on Thursday, hours after its unanimous approval by the State Assembly and Senate. The law, which takes effect in 2020, gives consumers sweeping control over their personal data. It grants them the right to know what information companies like Facebook and Google are collecting, why they are collecting it, and who they are sharing it with.

Gunman Kills 5 In Attack Targeting Maryland Newspaper
A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists at a newspaper in Maryland's capital Thursday, killing five people before police quickly stormed the building and arrested him, police and witnesses said. Police said the suspect was a white man in his late 30s whose shotgun rampage at The Capital Gazette followed social media threats directed at the newspaper. A law enforcement official said the suspect has been identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Fire Rips Through 13-Bedroom Home In East Hollywood
A fire ripped through a two-story home in East Hollywood early Thursday morning. All 13 bedrooms in the home were occupied when the fire started around 1.a.m., although nobody was seriously injured as smoke detectors alerted residents to leave the building. Firefighters had to use a ladder to rescue one of the residents and another was transported to the hospital in fair condition as a result of smoke inhalation. One of the residents said that a candle caused the fire, but authorities were unable to confirm that and are still investigating.

Pawnee Fire Grows To 13,700 Acres; Responders Make Headway
Fire crews have started to get a handle on the blaze that has scorched the hills of Lake County, officials said. The Pawnee Fire grew only slightly to 13,700 acres and was 30 percent contained by Wednesday night, according to Cal Fire. Firefighters have been aided by “favorable weather conditions” and built direct control lines, which are barriers used to control fires, according to the National Park Service. Heat and heavy fuels continued to be a challenge for firefighters Wednesday evening, officials said.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

The Valley Will Get Light Rail: Metro Board Approves North-South Line Along Van Nuys Boulevard
For nearly two decades, residents of the northern and eastern San Fernando Valley watched as Los Angeles County officials opened new rail lines to the Westside, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, hoping that the Southland's transit building boom would someday reach them, too. Thursday, they received a clear sign that it will. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted unanimously to bring a light-rail line to the East Valley, addressing long-standing complaints that transportation officials have neglected the needs of a poor, transit-dependent swath of the county.
Los Angeles Times

LA OKs $5 Million To Repair Venice Beach Pier Fire Damage
The Venice Beach Pier, damaged and closed indefinitely by a fire this week, got some help Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council approved an emergency motion that clears $5 million to be dedicated toward its repair. The fire broke out early Tuesday morning, but according to the emergency motion introduced by Councilman Mike Bonin, the Bureau of Engineering recently completed a physical condition assessment of the pier identifying defects requiring immediate corrective actions, and the fire exacerbated the structural problems.
Los Angeles Daily News

State News

Three States, Gas-Tax Repeal, Rent Control And Property Tax Breaks For Seniors: What Is On — And Off — The Ballot
Californians will vote this fall on such sweeping questions as whether to split the state into three and repeal a new transportation tax generating $5 billion per year — but they won't be weighing in on lead paint clean-up, internet privacy or a proposal to make it harder to raise local taxes. Struck from the list of 12 November ballot measures — finalized late Thursday — were contentious proposals nixed after agreements with the Legislature. In a surprise twist, Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra and NL Industries balked at placing a $2 billion environmental cleanup initiative on the November ballot — an effort to reverse an unfavorable ruling on a landmark case that found them liable for lead-paint cleanup, a widely criticized tactic that some lawmakers called “unprecedented.” 
Mercury News


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