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July 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Cleveland Officer Dies After Collapsing During Training Exercise
A veteran Cleveland police officer died Friday, four days after he collapsed during a training exercise in 90-degree heat. Patrolman Vu Nguyen died at the Cleveland Clinic, where he had been approved for a liver transplant, police officials said. Nguyen has been a Cleveland police officer since 1998 and leaves behind a wife and two children. Cleveland police officials and Nguyen's family sent out a statement after his death that called Nguyen a "hero." "The outpouring of support from the Cleveland community and beyond has been truly amazing and greatly appreciated," the statement says.
Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland

Indiana K-9 Dies After Overheating While Tracking Suspect
Police at an Indiana sheriff's office are mourning the loss of one of their own after a K-9 died. The Hendrick's County Sheriff's Office announced the passing of K-9 Cade Friday, FOX 59 reported. Cade was tracking a suspect Tuesday when he started to develop symptoms related to the extreme heat. The sheriff's office said Cade was taken to a veterinarian and transferred to another facility after being stabilized. Authorities said the K-9's condition got worse overnight and he was unable to recover. Cade died on July 4th, the sheriff's office said.

LAPD: Man Apparently Shot Himself In Confrontation With Officers In Lake Balboa
A man was in the hospital after he apparently wounded himself early Saturday in an officer-involved shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident happened just before 6 a.m. when police responded to a report of a man with handgun on Victory Boulevard near Gaviota Avenue, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said. Officers found the man waving the gun and the shooting occurred shortly afterward, Rubenstein said. The man was struck and he was taken to a hospital. Rubenstein did not indicate the extent of his injuries. The LAPD issued a tweet later Saturday saying, “It appears as if the suspect was not struck by an officer's gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Former UCLA Player Found Dead After Hours-Long Barricade In Sherman Oaks House
A former NBA and UCLA basketball player who barricaded himself inside a Sherman Oaks residence after allegedly firing a gun at police was found dead early Saturday, police say. Family members identified the man as Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA basketball player who had a brief career in the NBA. Overnight, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers went into the home and discovered the man's body, police said in a tweet shortly before 4 a.m. Authorities tweeted later that it appeared Honeycutt died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Trump's claim that California is soft on crime comes as the state moves away from injunctions, once key to the war on gangs
Recent court orders prohibiting police in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California from enforcing gang injunctions are prompting law enforcement leaders to rethink how they employ the tool that for decades was considered a critical weapon in the state's war on gangs. Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, defended Los Angeles' injunction policy, citing older court rulings that validated the city's process of enforcing injunctions against people who had not received court hearings. Asked about the practices of other cities, Wilcox said in a statement that “naming individual defendants would significantly jeopardize the effectiveness” of the court orders. “The city has much larger, much older and more entrenched gangs than other jurisdictions — multi-generational gangs with 600 to 800 current active members,” Wilcox said. “Moreover, new members join gangs, quickly making any list of named defendants obsolete.”
Los Angeles Times

Driver Shot In Neck Crashes Into Parked Cars In Lincoln Heights
A man was wounded Sunday when someone shot at a moving vehicle which then crashed into parked cars in the Lincoln Heights area of Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 1:30 a.m. around North Mission Road and Soto Street, Lt. M. Bautista of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Station said. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the neck area, Bautista said. He was taken to County USC Medical Center where he was expected to survive.

New LAPD Chief's Command Staff Takes Shape With Few Surprises
Just over a week after becoming chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Michel Moore has appointed his new command staff, opting for stability over major change. Robert Arcos, one of three finalists for chief, will head the department's patrol operations, taking over Moore's old job, in a slate of assignments announced to LAPD personnel on Thursday. Arcos, who had been deputy chief of Central Bureau, was promoted to assistant chief — a rank below chief. The department's two other assistant chiefs will remain in their positions.

Lake Balboa Girl Found After ‘Suspicious' Disappearance; Man Who She Left With Is Still At Large: LAPD
A Van Nuys girl was found Sunday, ending a search by police and loved ones that was launched when she never returned home after leaving the day prior with a man her family had befriended — a suspect in her search who is still at large, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Maria Roman, 13, was found at a friend's house after being reported missing hours earlier at about 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, police said. But the man she was last seen with — who police describe as a transient — has not been found. Police are interviewing her as authorities try to make sure she is OK.

LAPD Seeks Witnesses To Slaying Of South LA Mother
At 5:30 in the afternoon, the 9400 block of South Main Street in South LA is busy any day of the week, and the Los Angeles Police Department says that was no different on October 19, 2015. That's when they say someone fired multiple rounds through a metal security door of a home there, killing a woman in side. "It's hard man, it's really hard," Kevin Stevenson says of his little sister's murder. "Shonte was a loving child, man. Growing up, she was the best sister you could ever have."

California Lawmakers Face Dozens Of Key Bills In Final Month
California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list. So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes. But when they return in August, they'll have less than a month to tackle high-profile measures on criminal justice, energy policy and sexual harassment. Here's a look at some of the issues waiting for them when they return. They face an Aug. 31 deadline to act. Criminal Justice - Lawmakers have been pushing to overhaul the state's bail system since last year but have yet to pass legislation to significantly change it. NBC 4

WhatsApp Hops On The White Horse, Becomes A Key Facilitator In The Heroin Trade
On the record, Mozambique's two largest exports are aluminum (worth $378m) and coal (worth $678m). Off the record, it's heroin. Quartz writes that as much as 40 tons of heroin travel through Mozambique annually, at $20m per ton — that's $800m for those of you keeping score at home. Now, WhatsApp has emerged as a key platform for disruption in this highly lucrative (and previously exclusive) drug market. Historically, Mozambique's drug trade was tightly controlled by a small group of kingpins cozy with government officials and other Mozambique elites.
The Hustle

Union: Indianapolis PD Experiencing ‘Mass Exodus' Of Officers
The president of a police union in Indiana said the number of officers leaving the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has reached alarming levels. FOP president Rick Snyder told WTTV that the department is seeing a “mass exodus” of officers. He said the department will lose 96 officers this year, and that the department only has 86 officers budgeted to be hired. Snyder said that the number of officers leaving versus being recruited is coming at a time when the city is experiencing record violence. He added that city leaders need to address the issue.

Public Safety News

A Reseda Fire Station Is Getting Its Engine Company Back
A full engine company will be restored to a fire station in Reseda about six years after deep local cuts were made as a result of the Great Recession, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield announced Friday. At 10 a.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department crew at Fire Station 73 will welcome its new engine company and host an open house in which children will be offered tours of the station and on fire trucks as well as ride-alongs, according to a statement from Blumenfield's office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Firefighters Make Significant Progress In Wildfires Burning Across Southern California
Firefighters in Santa Barbara County continued mop-up operations Sunday morning after battling a wildfire that destroyed about 20 structures, prompting hundreds of evacuations in Goleta over the weekend amid a brutal heat wave. The Holiday fire is 80% contained, with full containment expected by Wednesday, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. He said 10 homes were destroyed and three damaged; another nine structures were destroyed.
Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency In Response To Holiday Fire
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in response to a fire that has forced thousands of people to evacuate in Santa Barbara County. The governor's emergency declaration authorizes state agencies to provide help in the firefight and recovery and follows the county's own declaration of a local state of emergency just a few hours earlier. “The Office of Emergency Services shall provide local government assistance to Santa Barbara County, if appropriate, under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act,” the governor said in his declaration.

Local Government News

While Celebrating The 10th Anniversary Of L.A. Live, AEG Looks To Expand The Downtown Los Angeles Entertainment Complex
As the L.A. Live entertainment complex celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, one of its developers, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) along with its private and public partners, has proposed a $1.2 billion-dollar expansion of the some of the surrounding facilities including the Los Angeles Convention Center and the JW Marriott.
Los Angeles Daily News


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