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July 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Arraignment For Suspect In Massachusetts Officer's Killing Delayed
The man charged with fatally shooting a Massachusetts police officer with the officer's own weapon and an innocent bystander will not be arraigned on murder charges right away. A spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney said the office has been informed that 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes will not be medically available for arraignment Monday. Lopes will either be arraigned at his hospital bedside or in court possibly Tuesday in connection with the deaths of Weymouth officer Michael Chesna, a six-year veteran of the force, and Vera Adams, 77, who was shot in a nearby home. Lopes' attorney said he had no comment Monday.
Associated Press

Police: Michigan Trooper Shot Several Times During Traffic Stop
A trooper was injured by gunfire and a fleeing man is dead after the the two traded gunfire during a traffic stop. State police on Friday, July 13 said the shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. in Lake Township of Missaukee County, northeast of Cadillac. Police said the fleeing person fired first and the trooper, assigned to the Houghton Lake state police post, then fired back. The trooper had pulled over a vehicle moments earlier. The vehicle contained two males and a female. "One male fled from the vehicle and began firing upon the trooper, and the trooper returned fire," state police said in a statement.
The Grand Rapids Press, Mich.

Bicyclist Shot To Death In Harbor Gateway Area
A man riding a bicycle was shot to death in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported about 10:55 p.m. Sunday at 224th Street and Denker Avenue, Lt. Robin Richards of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Station said. Carlos Sanchez, 43, of Torrance died at the scene, the coroner's office reported. According to the preliminary investigation, two men opened fire on Sanchez from a passing vehicle, Richards said.

Woman Found With Fatal Gunshot Wound In South L.A.
Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman found in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday night. The shooting was reported about 10 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Dalton Avenue, LAPD Capt. Darnell Davenport told KTLA. Responding Los Angeles Police Department officers found the victim and firefighters declared her dead at the scene. No arrests have been made and investigators are following up on leads. No further details about the incident have been released.

Body Of Missing LA Man Found In Lake Isabella
The body of a missing Los Angeles man has been found in Lake Isabella. Nicholas Smith, 25, was on a boating trip with family and friends when he jumped in the water and was carried away by the current. Search and rescue crews scoured the lake and surrounding areas for days, before eventually finding Smith. Smith leaves behind a wife and two young children, all of whom witnessed his tragic disappearance. 

Body Found At Topanga State Park Ignites Investigation
A hiker discovered a body in Topanga State Park along a trail Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. The call came in at 4 p.m. near 20800 Entrada Road. The body was that of a woman, but police have not been able to confirm whether or not it is the same woman for whom a missing person's report was filed after she went missing Sunday around 10 a.m. "It could be connected to the missing person in that we found the missing person's car in the immediate area and the missing person was last seen hiking in this area," Los Angeles Police Department Lt. John Radtke said.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Fatally Shooting 2 Dogs In East L.A.
A 40-year-old man who prosecutors say shot and killed two dogs at a home in East Los Angeles earlier this week pleaded not guilty to three felony counts including animal cruelty on Friday, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. Emilio Alvarez, 40, is accused of fatally shooting the dogs on Monday night. Law enforcement officials were called to a home in the 400 block of Betty Avenue after receiving a call about a man who killed a dog, the DA's office said. At the home, authorities made a grisly discovery.

LAPD Investigating ‘Prank' Bomb Threat To Greek Theatre That Caused Evacuation
The day after a bogus bomb threat at the Greek Theatre forced thousands of people attending a free concert to evacuate Sunday night, investigators refused to give additional details about the nature of the threat while one of the headliners described it as a “prank.” A supervisor with the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles Police Department said he would not further discuss what the person who called the theater and made the threat said. The MCD's criminal conspiracy section was handling the investigation into the call, police officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Man Gets Home Detention For Threat Against Rep. Maxine Waters
A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Rep. Maxine Waters in a profanity-laced voicemail was sentenced Monday to six months of home detention. Anthony Scott Lloyd, 45, also was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles to three years' probation and 100 hours of community service. Lloyd pleaded guilty in April to threatening a U.S. official. He told the FBI he was upset with Waters (D-Los Angeles) for comments criticizing President Trump on a talk radio show.
Los Angeles Times

Coast Guard Offloads More Than 17,000 Pounds Of Seized Cocaine In San Diego
More than 17,000 pounds of cocaine seized by the crews of two U.S. Coast Guard vessels were offloaded Monday in San Diego. The drugs, worth nearly $260 million wholesale, were seized from four suspected smuggling vessels in late June and early July in international waters off the Pacific coast of South and Central America, Coast Guard officials said. The cocaine was offloaded at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast seized more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine in recent weeks, including more than 11,000 pounds from a single panga on July 11, officials said.
San Diego Union Tribune

California's Top Court To Decide What Officers Must Do To Escape Liability In Pursuit Accidents
Three years ago, a Gardena police car chased a pickup truck being driven by someone who officers suspected had just stolen two cellphones at gunpoint. It was nearly 11:30 p.m. on a Sunday, and there was little traffic in the industrial neighborhood. Just over a minute after the pursuit began, a Gardena police officer driving nearly 50 mph rammed the truck in an attempted PIT maneuver, a pursuit tactic intended to force a fleeing car to turn sideways and stop. The maneuver is considered potentially lethal at speeds of more than 35 mph. Mark Gamar, 19, a passenger in the truck, was killed, and his mother, Irma Ramirez, sued the Gardena Police Department.
Los Angeles Times

California Bill Would Deem Youth 12 And Younger Too Young For Court
A bill winding its way through the California legislature would bar the juvenile justice system from hearing most cases of children younger than 12, an idea that has sparked a fierce backlash from district attorneys. California, like most states, has no minimum age that would prevent courts from hearing cases of children who are charged with criminal offenses. Instead of linking children to services or out-of-home placements through juvenile court adjudication, Senate Bill (SB) 439 would instead direct counties in the state to develop the “least restrictive” alternatives to the juvenile justice system. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

LAFD Investigating Tarzana Apartment Fire LAFD officials are investigating the cause of an apartment fire that erupted in Tarzana Monday. The fire, located at 6230 N. Reseda Blvd., was reported shortly before 5 p.m. SKY2 was overhead, where flames could be seen engulfing a unit on the second floor of the building. A LAFD spokesperson stated the fire was knocked down in 23 minutes and was contained to the unit of origin. No injuries were reported.

Caution Urged After West Nile Virus Found In Panorama City Mosquitoes
The West Nile virus, which is potentially deadly in humans, has been found in a sample of mosquitoes collected from Panorama City, vector control officials announced Monday. It's the first sign so far this year of mosquitoes infected by the virus in the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, which covers much of Los Angeles County. While people tend to forget or dismiss the West Nile virus, this is “an alert for residents to take precautions against mosquito bites,” said Kelly Middleton, the district's director of community affairs.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

First Of Garcetti-Backed Shelters Nears Opening, With A $700,000 Deck
Several dozen homeless people selected by outreach workers will move into a cluster of new trailers near downtown's historic El Pueblo next month, the first step toward getting them into permanent housing. For Mayor Eric Garcetti, the move-ins also mark a first step. Garcetti has committed at least $20 million for more trailers, tents and other temporary shelters across the city. He's rolling out the shelter program as he positions himself as a leader in the national Democratic Party, bringing more attention to his handling of the city's homelessness crisis.
Los Angeles Times

LA's Metro Says Improvements Are In The Works For The Orange Line, With Light Rail In Mind
It takes about an hour to travel from North Hollywood to Chatsworth along the Orange Line. Now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is rolling out a program that seeks to speed up buses and beef up safety along the popular route. Metro officials presented their plan during a recent public meeting explaining how the agency expects to enhance safety at bus rapid transit crossings and improve travel times. “We are looking at the ways to carry more people,” said David Mieger, an executive officer at the Metro's Transit Corridor Planning department, during the meeting.
Los Angeles Daily News


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