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July 11, 2018

Law Enforcement News

4 LAPD Officers Injured Rescuing Person From Burning Home
Four Los Angeles police officers were injured Tuesday after rushing into a burning home in Sylmar to rescue a person who was trapped inside, officials said. The person was taken to a hospital, critically injured with smoke inhalation, according to the Los Angeles fire and police departments. Details on the condition of the officers were not immediately available. The blaze was reported shortly before 9 p.m. at 13654 Brussels Ave., the Fire Department said. When firefighters arrived, the one-story home was well involved with fire, the department said. More than 40 firefighters knocked down the blaze in less than half an hour, authorities said. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but officials said the home was filled with “excessive personal storage.”
Los Angeles Times

Chicago Officer Collapses, Dies Days After Another Died By Suicide
Grief counselors have been sent to the Calumet District police station on the Far South Side after a veteran officer collapsed and died Tuesday morning, two days after another officer fatally shot himself in the station's parking lot. In the latest incident, an officer in her 40s collapsed shortly before 5 a.m. at the station at 727 W. 111th St., where she had been assigned, according to chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The officer was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The officer had been on the force for more than 10 years, Guglielmi said.
Chicago Tribune

Deputy, Ridealong Wounded In Parking Lot Shooting
A deputy and a ridealong were wounded after being shot by a man who was later found dead. The Tehama County Sheriff's Office said a deputy attempted to contact a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Dollar General on Saturday when the suspect pulled a gun and shot at the LEO, KNVN reported. After the deputy and suspect exchanged gunfire, the man fled the scene, leading to a pursuit. The suspect's car eventually crashed on a highway as authorities tried to catch up. Police said the suspect, who was identified as 29-year-old Jose Alfredo Barajas on Monday, was found dead.

Two Dead In Apparent Lake Balboa Murder-Suicide
A man and woman are dead following what's believed to have been a murder-suicide Monday in the Lake Balboa area of the San Fernando Valley, police said. Officers responded about 4:15 p.m. to the 16800 block of Covello Street, near the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Saticoy Street, according to Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. They found the man and woman, each of them with gunshot wounds, Lee said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, Lee said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Investigating Circumstances Around 2-Year-Old Boy's Death
Los Angeles police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old boy. Authorities said around 9:30 p.m. on July 3, investigators responded to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to look into the death of Damien Ventura. The toddler was reported to have been in the care of his mother's boyfriend at the family home in the 8700 block of Croydon Avenue in Los Angeles before his death. Authorities did not provide further details into the child's death. The cause of death remains under investigation.

Short-Term Rental Guests Robbed, Pistol Whipped In Hollywood
Three men burst into an short-term rental home in Hollywood, pistol whipped, duct taped and robbed the guests before leaving early Sunday morning. "It's a well known party house," Brian Nichols, who lives nearby, said. "Major parties, sometimes hundreds of people partying up and down the street, music all night long." There likely won't be any more parties at the house any time soon, as the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division said the "house turned crime scene." Police believe the robbers may have followed the victims home from an undisclosed location before commiting the crimes.

LAPD Finds Robbery Suspect In Studio City Search
Los Angeles police arrested a burglary suspect they were searching for early Tuesday morning near the 4500 block of Kraft Avenue in Studio City, according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office. A perimeter had been set up, Herrera said. Details of who or what was robbed were not immediately available. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Pipe Bomb Found In Mar Vista Was Homemade Battery Pack, Police Say
A scene in Mar Vista that prompted a response from the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was cleared Tuesday afternoon after a suspected pipe bomb turned out to be a homemade battery pack. The initial report of a pipe bomb happened about 11 a.m. in the area of Culver Drive and Inglewood Boulevard, according to the LAPD. A nearby housing complex was evacuated as bomb squad crews investigated the scene. The LAPD confirmed shortly after 4 p.m. that the item was a homemade battery pack, and there was no danger to the community. The scene was cleared by police.

Bail Denied For South L.A. Man Charged With Robbing Secret Service Agent
Bail was denied Tuesday for a 22-year-old South Los Angeles probationer charged with robbing an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent at gunpoint under the pretense of selling him counterfeit money. Tyre Jordan “Reckless” Simmons was among two men named in a six-count federal indictment alleging a transaction involving counterfeit currency and the armed robbery of the undercover agent last winter, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prop. 64 Didn't Legalize Every Cannabis Crime, But Arrests Are Falling Fast
Yes, you can still get busted for some cannabis-related offenses in California. But now that recreational use is legal, the number of such arrests is dropping quickly. Those are two takeaways from a crime report issued this week by California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra. The data showed a huge drop in marijuana-related arrests last year, with all such arrests falling by 56 percent and felony arrests down 74 percent. Overall, from 2016 to 2017, the number of people in California facing possible incarceration, hefty legal fees and criminal records as a result of cannabis crimes fell by nearly 8,000.
Los Angeles Daily News

Drugmakers Cancel Some Price Increases After California Law Takes Effect
A handful of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies are canceling or reducing some planned price increases in the United States after California enacted a new drug pricing transparency law and amid political pressure over rising costs for medications. The California law, which began to take effect this year, requires drugmakers to give insurers, governments and drug purchasers advance notice of large price increases as a way of publicly pressuring pharmaceutical companies to keep prices down.
Los Angeles Times

Police Credit Technology For Helping Reduce Bloodshed In Chicago This Year
As a pastor, Curtis Britt Sr. has counseled numerous grieving parents from his West Side congregation who lost children to Chicago's unrelenting gun violence. Now, with the killing last month of his own 26-year-old son in broad daylight, he truly understands the depth of their pain — and the obstacles to meaningful progress. “It's sad that in certain neighborhoods … the violence is such where it almost seems like you're in a situation where it's nothing you can do about it,” said Britt, 51, who delivered both the sermon and eulogy at the funeral of his son and namesake.
Chicago Tribune

Public Safety News

Forward Progress Stopped On Griffith Park Brush Fire That Prompted Evacuation Of Observatory: LAFD
Firefighters have stopped forward progress after a small brush fire spread to cover 25 acres in the Hollywood Hills area near the Griffith Observatory on Tuesday afternoon. The Griffith Park Fire broke out northwest of the observatory just before 2:10 p.m., burning within a quarter-mile of the iconic structure, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Within 20 minutes, the flames had charred about two acres as the blaze burned through grass and light vegetation, an LAFD alert stated.

Local Government News

LA Gets Tough on Partners After Wells Fargo Scandal
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that he has signed an amended Responsible Banking Ordinance that requires any bank that bids for the city's contracts to disclose its sales goals and other potentially predatory business practices. The amended ordinance was passed by the City Council in response to the Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal, in which 3.4 million accounts were fraudulently created by employees given aggressive sales goals. The city does the majority of its banking with Wells Fargo through roughly 800 different accounts.

Warner Bros. Proposes $100 Million Aerial Tram To The Hollywood Sign
The Los Angeles city councilman who represents the Hollywood Hills area remained neutral Tuesday on the idea of an aerial tram to the Hollywood Sign, a day after Warner Bros. came forward with a proposal to fund one at a cost of $100 million. The idea of an aerial tram to the Hollywood sign as a way to cut down on traffic and congestion is not new. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was open to the idea last year, and it was also included in a January report to the City Council that included more than two dozen ideas about improving access to the famed sign.
Los Angeles Daily News


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