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July 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officers Who Suffered Smoke Inhalation In Sylmar Fire Rescue Hailed; Are Already Back On Patrol
The four Los Angeles Police Department officers who saved a man from a burning home in Sylmar on Tuesday night battled both the smoke and the pack-rat conditions inside while carrying the unconscious man outside to safety. And despite inhaling smoke themselves, all four returned to patrol duties on Wednesday. “They're all back on the job,” said Capt. Peter Casey, one of two top commanders in the Mission Division covering the northeast San Fernando Valley. At the division's police station in Mission Hills on Wednesday, Casey and other Valley commanders praised the officers for their bravery, saying the four went back into the house repeatedly while coughing and gagging on smoke.
Los Angeles Daily News

An LAPD Officer Needed Help — For His Daughter. His Devonshire Division Colleagues Heard The Call
It was more than hot temperatures that were sizzling in Devonshire Park at lunch time on Wednesday. Officers and cadets from LAPD's Devonshire Division were serving up grilled hamburgers and hotdogs at a fundraiser for a fellow sergeant's 15-year-old daughter who nearly died from acute respiratory distress syndrome while on spring break here in Los Angeles four months ago. Gracie Herrera, who attended schools in Camarillo for many years before moving to Arizona with her mother and brother, came to visit her dad earlier this year. She's been hospitalized since then and is now transitioning to a rehabilitation facility, where she is expected to recuperate by the end of this month.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 More Men Charged With Murder In Indiana Deputy's Death
Two more men have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a central Indiana sheriff's deputy. Court documents say 29-year-old John Baldwin Jr. and 22-year-old John Ball were charged Wednesday in the March 2 shooting of Jacob Pickett, who was chasing Anthony Baumgardt with his police dog. The 34-year-old Boone County deputy died three days later. Baumgardt has already been charged with murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him. The Indianapolis Star reports prosecutors allege Ball provided Baumgardt with the gun used to kill Pickett.
Associated Press

Woman Found Stabbed To Death In Atwater Village Apartment Complex; Investigation Underway
A homicide investigation is underway Wednesday after a 66-year-old woman was found fatally stabbed in an Atwater Village apartment the previous day, authorities said. Neighbors believe the victim was attacked after a violent fight among family members in the 3900 block of Veselich Avenue. The fight was brought to the attention of the property manager, who entered the apartment Tuesday about 10:15 a.m. and found the victim. She was found with the multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison.

Stabbing Victim's Stepson Charged With Murder
A murder charge was filed Friday against a Van Nuys man accused in the stabbing death of his 74-year-old stepfather during an argument outside a home in Lawndale on the Fourth of July. Robert Schneider, 52, is scheduled to be arraigned July 23 at the Torrance courthouse. The murder charge includes allegations that Schneider used a knife in the commission of the crime Wednesday and that he has a 2017 conviction for second-degree robbery. Schneider allegedly stabbed his stepfather multiple times in the victim's driveway, according to prosecutors.

Arleta Man To Be Sentenced In Sinaloa Cartel Money Laundering Scheme
A 54-year-old Arleta man is set to be sentenced Thursday for his role in a black-market “hawala” money laundering scheme that transferred about $4.5 million on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel and their drug trafficking affiliates. Sucha Singh pleaded guilty in downtown Los Angeles to charges contained in a three-count federal indictment that charges him and 21 other defendants with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Man Faces Attempted Murder, Robbery Charges After DNA Evidence Links Him To Series Of L.A. County Crimes: Police
A Las Vegas man who allegedly tried to kill a man during a failed robbery attempt in Santa Monica nearly two years ago faces multiple charges after DNA evidence linked him to a series of crimes, police announced Wednesday. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Vacho Shahen, who is currently in custody at a federal detention center in Pennsylvania for an unrelated charged. Shahen has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and burglary, according to a Santa Monica Police Department news release.

Increasing Number Of Californians Being Cited For Misusing Disabled Parking Placards: DMV
Thousands of motorists in California have been cited over the past year as officials crack down on drivers using disabled parking placards that were not issued to them. Aggressive enforcement led authorities to cite 2,485 drivers across the state for fraudulent placard use and illegally parking in disabled spots since last July, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday. That's 860 more citations than the previous year, and amounts to one in 10 drivers with whom DMV officials interacted, according to spokesman Jaime Garza. An operation at the Glendale Galleria this March resulted in the citation of one if five vehicles checked.

California Gun Groups Sue Over Faulty Registration System
Gun owners' rights groups sued Wednesday over a California firearms registration system they claim puts law-abiding gun owners at risk of criminal charges. The lawsuit against state Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Department of Justice alleges that the system for registering so-called bullet-button assault weapons was unavailable for most of the week before the July 1 deadline. The bullet buttons allow users to rapidly exchange ammunition magazines on an assault-style weapon by using a small tool or the tip of a bullet.
US News

Chief: Chicago Police Seize About 1 Illegal Gun Every Hour
Chicago officers seize, on average, one illegal handgun per hour and the proliferation of guns on the streets prompted three police-involved shootings within 30 hours this week, according to the city's police superintendent. Eddie Johnson told WBBM-TV Wednesday that Chicago police recover more illegal guns than officers in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The first shooting occurred Monday evening in the South Shore neighborhood. A 17-year-old male was shot by an officer who said the teen pointed a gun at him. Officers also shot armed men on Tuesday and Wednesday on the city's West Side.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Griffith Park Fire 100 Percent Contained After Burning 25 Acres; Observatory Remains Closed
The Griffith Observatory remained closed Wednesday as firefighters reached 100 percent containment of a brush fire that erupted the previous day and charred 25 acres. About 75 Los Angeles firefighters stayed at the scene in Griffith Park to ensure against flare-ups and pick up "thousands of feet of hose surrounding the fire perimeter," said Capt. Erik Scott, an LAFD spokesman. One firefighter was transported to a hospital for evaluation after being assessed for exertion. Drones were also being used to assess if there are any hot spots on the steeper terrain that firefighters cannot easily access. It maps the perimeter and determines acreage, giving helicopter crews a much-needed break.

Cal Fire: County Fire Caused By Improperly Installed Electric Fencing
State investigators have determined an improperly installed electric livestock fence sparked the massive wildfire that has burned for nearly two weeks across more than 140 square miles in Yolo and Napa counties, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate at one point and becoming California's largest wildland blaze this year. Cal Fire said Wednesday it cited the responsible party for the fence under a state law that governs fire damage to private property owned by another party. The agency provided few other details, referring questions to the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, which is still reviewing the case.
Press Democrat

California Fire Victims Don't Want Utilities' Fault Reduced
Victims of California's deadliest wildfires joined politicians on Wednesday to urge state lawmakers to stop trying to overhaul laws that hold utility companies accountable for blazes. Gathering in Santa Rosa in front of an empty lot where Brad Sherwood's home once stood, the group said it's concerned about a newly formed legislative committee that will consider cutting utilities' responsibility when their equipment causes fires. With just six weeks left in the legislative session, they are worried lawmakers may move quickly to help utilities. Investigators have determined that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment started several of the 2017 wildfires in Northern California wine country that killed 44 people.
US News

Local Government News

Agency That Delivered Brown, Smelly Water To Customers Should Be Dissolved, Board Rules
Residents of working-class neighborhoods in Compton and Willowbrook have long fought an uphill battle against their local water district, which over the years has been accused of mismanagement, nepotism, bad service and, most recently, sending brown, smelly water through their taps. Still, Sativa Los Angeles County Water District managed to stay in business. But on Wednesday, residents won a decisive victory when county authorities voted unanimously to dissolve the troubled agency. The action by L.A. County's Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, kicks off a lengthy and rare process to get rid of a water district. Los Angeles Times


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