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July 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Lost His Leg But Not His Desire To Protect And Serve
When LAPD Officer Nick Wiltz gears up for work, it's not that simple. He's the only field officer with a prosthetic leg. KCAL9's Jeff Nguyen spoke to Wiltz about his return to work and his new challenges. How's it feel to be back in your uniform?, Wiltz was asked. “It feels amazing,” he said. CBS2/KCAL9 first met him in July of 2016 — when he graduated at the top of his class from the academy. He graduated following the deadly shooting attacks against police officers in Dallas. “If something tragic happens, you don't get a moment to pause. You have to get back out there to serve the community,” he said at the time. Only two-months later, Wiltz lost his left leg in an off-duty crash.

Arizona Trooper Killed, Another Wounded In Highway Shooting
Arizona's public safety director says the suspect in the killing of a state trooper and the wounding of another somehow managed to get the gun of one of the two troopers. Col. Frank Milstead says the unidentified male suspect used the gun to shoot both troopers late Wednesday night along Interstate 10 in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear. The trooper who died was a rookie still in training who graduated from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's academy in May. Milstead did not say whether the suspect got the gun of that trooper or the trooper who was wounded.
Associated Press

Chief: Milwaukee Officer Was Killed By Gun, Drug Suspect
A Milwaukee police officer was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with a man wanted for drug and gun crimes, the city's police chief said. The lone suspect was arrested and was not injured in the shooting Wednesday evening, Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference. Police have not released the names of the suspect and the officer killed — the second Milwaukee officer to die in the line of duty in the last two months. Officers went to a residence on the city's north side looking for a suspect wanted for gun and drug offenses around 5 p.m., Morales said.
Associated Press

LAPD Chief Moore Visits Silver Lake Trader Joe's Memorial
LAPD Chief Michel Moore visited the Silver Lake Trader Joe's where a woman was shot and killed in crossfire during a pursuit that turned into a hostage situation. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 24, 2018.
NBC 4 Video

Landmark Roman Catholic Church Vandalized In North Hollywood
Parishioners looking to attend mass at a landmark Roman Catholic in North Hollywood Wednesday stumbled upon a crime scene instead. The church's sanctuary was heavily damaged by an intruder early that morning, the Los Angeles police department said. "I'm just so upset over what's going on in our world, what is going on in our world?" said Willow Hale, one of those parishioners. "What has our world come to?" The vandalism at St. Charles Borromeo Church at Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street occurred between 4:45 a.m. and 5:10 a.m., the LAPD reported. 

USC Football Player Charged With Injuring Girlfriend Just 12 Days After Being Released from Jail
A former USC football player was charged with attacking his girlfriend just weeks after being released from jail for another domestic violence conviction, authorities announced Wednesday. Joseph Lewis, 18, faces one felony count of injuring his girlfriend during a July 18 dispute, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Lewis allegedly punched, scratched and strangled her just 12 days after being released from jail. Earlier this year, Lewis was arrested, charged and convicted for two other incidents of domestic battery that occurred in February.

Opioid Dependence Becoming Growing Problem Among Seniors
The opioid epidemic has exploded across headlines, but the one group that's often overlooked is seniors. An analysis of a recent study showed more than 500,000 Medicare recipients received high doses of opioids in 2016 and the average dose exceeded the manufacturer's recommended amount. It's a problem that's been under the radar among older Americans, but is rapidly coming into focus as awareness increases. John Evard Jr. is 71 years old. The retired corporate tax attorney enjoys spending time playing golf, but it wasn't long ago that his life was vastly different.

Kentucky Troopers Receive Fentanyl Protection Gear
Kentucky State Police troopers have received another tool to combat the opioid crisis. Troopers will now be equipped with fentanyl response kits to help them avoid contact with the drug. The kits include full-body suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses and a portable gear bag. The kits were purchased with $25,000 in grant funds from Passport Health Plan.

Public Safety News

22-Year-Old L.A. Firefighter Dies While Off-Duty In Ventura County
A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter died while off duty in Ventura County, officials announced this week. Peter D. Varnum was 22 and had been working for the department since March, LAFD said in a statement. He was most recently assigned to a station in North Hollywood. It is unclear how or where exactly he died. “We are grateful to the Ventura County Fire Department for their efforts to assist Firefighter Varnum and we extend our deepest condolences to his family at this time,” LAFD officials said in a statement.

Arson Suspect Arrested As Fast-Moving Fire Destroys Structures, Threatens Hundreds More Near Idyllwild
A fast-moving fire swept toward the mountain community of Idyllwild on Wednesday, burning 4,700 acres and five residential structures while threatening hundreds of homes. The Cranston fire began about noon and spread rapidly, San Bernardino National Forest officials said. It has forced evacuations of more than 2,100 homes and is sending a massive tower of smoke rising over the San Jacinto Mountains. By 10:15 p.m. it was 5% contained. Authorities said a suspected arsonist set multiple fires — including the Cranston fire— in Riverside County on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times

California Panel Begins Deliberations Over Utilities' Wildfire Liability
With eight major wildfires burning across the state Wednesday, a special legislative committee held its first public hearing in response to last year's fiery North Bay disaster, including the contentious political and economic issue of how much liability PG&E should bear for damages estimated at $10 billion. The bipartisan committee, co-chaired by state Sen Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and including Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Santa Rosa, heard from a panel of witnesses and dozens of people in a standing-room-only crowd at the State Capitol.
The Press Democrat

Local Government News

LA Metro Plans To Near-Double Height Of 210 Freeway Concrete Barriers To Prevent Cars Landing On Gold Line Train Tracks
In eight spectacular crashes during the last five years, cars and trucks have spun, tumbled and soared over concrete freeway barriers — one crashed straight through — landing on the Gold Line train tracks running down the center of the 210 Freeway, disrupting passenger service and snarling traffic. So far, the flying tons of metal have not struck a train, sometimes situated just yards away — a miracle, many say. Train and roadway managers agree it's time to fix it before a more deadly accident occurs, and people stop riding the popular light-rail line that gets cars off the freeway and reduces pollutants.
Los Angeles Daily News

Federal Bill Could Help Fund Relocation Of San Pedro Butane Storage Tanks
For years, San Pedro residents have agitated to remove the huge tanks that store butane on Gaffey Street, arguing that they pose a deadly threat to nearby homes and schools. Now a congresswoman is trying to put federal money behind that cause, arguing that “the risk is too great should an accident occur.” U.S. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-San Pedro) unveiled a bill this week that would help fund the relocation of such facilities away from homes and schools.
Los Angeles Times


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