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July 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

L.A. Gangs Stockpile Untraceable ‘Ghost Guns' That Members Make Themselves
A small arsenal of weapons that authorities seized from gang members during a six-month undercover operation lay across the tables at LAPD's Hollywood station Thursday. It's not unusual for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to grab high-power weapons during these types of sweeps. But these AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles and pistols were different — homemade, untraceable “ghost guns” without the traditional serial numbers, built from parts purchased over the internet. Authorities said they are seeing more gangs turn to homemade guns as it becomes more difficult to acquire real ones. 
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Finds Family Of Boy Abandoned At Union Station; Mom Arrested
Police say the mother of a young boy abandoned at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday has been taken into custody. Dava Denise Webster, 31, was booked on a charge of felony child endangerment Thursday. The LAPD announced that investigators had located family members of the seven-year-old boy found wandering Union Station on Wednesday night, and that an arrest has been made in the case.

Woman Killed In Hit-and-Run Crash In North Hills, Driver Sought
A woman was struck and killed Friday by a hit-and-run driver in North Hills. The woman was outside of a crosswalk walking westbound on Plummer Street at Sepulveda Boulevard around midnight when she was struck by a black BMW going southbound, according to Officer Norma Eisenman with the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The victim's body was found 150 feet from the intersection and the car may have been traveling at 80 mph at the time of the crash, NBC4 reported. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Eisenman said.

18-Year-Old Long Beach Girl Killed In South LA Shooting
The coroner's office released the name of a woman shot to death by a gunman who walked up to a group of people in South Los Angeles and opened fire, also wounding a man. Demya Martin, 18, was a Long Beach resident. The attack, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 9100 block of South Western Avenue, was gang-related, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The gunman got into a vehicle and fled the scene. The man was rushed to a hospital with stable vital signs, Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Photos Released By LAPD In Search For Man Accused Of Burglarizing Hollywood Offices And Studios
Images from surveillance footage of a man accused of burglarizing offices and studios in Hollywood, stealing laptops and electronics, were released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday as the search for him continues. Dressed in what police describe as business attire, with blue slacks and brown dress shoes, the man has committed multiple burglaries in the Hollywood area by blending in with the office spaces he is targeting, according to LAPD. He gets into each business through an open parking garage. “Once inside, the suspect blends in by displaying possible fake identification badges and searches for unlocked office doors,” police said of his tactics upon entering.

San Fernando Valley Chase Ends In Use Of Non-Lethal Rounds
A wild chase through the San Fernando Valley ended with police firing non-lethal rounds to take the driver into custody early Thursday morning. The chase began shortly after midnight in the city of San Fernando with a report of a driver possibly under the influence. San Fernando police started the chase and then LAPD took over as the driver fled over streets in the Granada Hills and Northridge area. Video shows him doing a U-turn between patrol cars and avoiding spike strips that officers placed on the roadway.

‘He's My First Hero:' Son Of Fallen Deputy Honors Dad By Following In His Footsteps
The son of a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty is honoring his father by following in his footsteps. The graduating recruits of L.A. County Sheriff's Academy Class 429 marched in for their badge pinning ceremony Thursday night. It was a special evening for Joseph Blair, who says his father was his “first hero.” “He was a deputy already when I was born. I always looked up to him and wanted to do it as well,” he said. Deputy Stephen Blair was Blair's father. When he was only six years old, the nine-year veteran of the sheriff's department was shot and killed in Lynwood during a crackdown on area gangs in May 1995.

Officer Stabbed While Responding To Crash, Suspect Fatally Shot
A New Jersey police department released body cam footage of a man who stabbed an officer with a knife. On June 22, Atlantic City police responded to a hit-and-run crash that resulted in injuries when a man identified as 32-year-old Timothy Deal, who wasn't involved in the crash, approached police, NBC Philadelphia reported. The video shows officers telling Deal to drop the knife. The suspect then lunges at an officer with the knife before getting shot. Deal was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police Departments Sued Over Predictive Policing Programs
Years of secrecy by America's police departments about their use of computer programs predicting where crimes will occur, and who will commit them, are under fire in legal cases nationwide. The largest departments — New York, Chicago and Los Angeles — are all being sued for not releasing information about their "predictive policing" programs, which use algorithms to crunch data and create lists of people and neighborhoods for officers to target. Some smaller departments also have been brought to court and before public records agencies. A top concern, advocates say, is that the computer programs perpetuate the problem of minorities being arrested at higher rates than whites.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Los Angeles Firefighters Respond To Numerous Small Brush Fires, Including In Chatsworth, Sylmar, Overnight
On July 4th Los Angeles city and county firefighters responded to at least three small brush fires in the San Fernando Valley area overnight, including a two-acre blaze near Sylmar. The fire started at around 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday about one-quarter of a mile north of Foothill Boulevard on Sierra Highway, said Amy Bastman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. At least 65 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was moving uphill in heavy to medium brush, Bastman said. Its forward progress was stopped at 9:58 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector David Michel said.
Los Angeles Daily News

County Fire Grows To 88,000 Acres, Cal Fire Warns Of Warm Weather To Come
Firefighters continue to fight the County Fire, which has grown in size to 88,375 acres with 37 percent containment as of 6 a.m. Friday. Containment has increased by 9 percent since Wednesday, Cal Fire said, due in part to cooler weather and higher humidity. Some mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Thursday morning, and the number of structures threatened decreased from 1,350 structures threatened on Wednesday to 110 on Friday.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Westfield's Promenade 2035 Project Sparks Concerns At Warner Center Neighborhood Council Meeting
When developer Westfield Corp. proposed to transform its aging Woodland Hills' Westfield Promenade Shopping Center about two years ago, it envisioned a transit-friendly urban district with apartments, restaurants and stores completed with a large sports arena. But a recent meeting hosted by the Woodland Hills Warner Center Neighborhood Council and devoted to the project turned into a discussion about traffic, noise and construction of the stadium that will draw thousands of people to already-busy West Valley roads.
Los Angeles Daily News


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