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July 31, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Report: Florida Officer Was Killed With His Own Gun
Investigators say a suspect in a cellphone theft fatally shot a Florida police officer with the officer's gun. The News-Press of Fort Myers reports that court documents filed Monday say 29-year-old Wisner Desmaret was fleeing officer Adam Jobbers-Miller after stealing a cellphone July 21 when he appeared to surrender. Investigators say that video from the officer's body camera shows Desmaret then lunged at Jobbers-Miller, knocking him onto his back. They say Desmaret then pulled the officer's gun from his belt and shot him. He then taunted other officers and fled before being shot.
Associated Press

Retired Officer Dies From 9/11-Related Illness
A Fort Mill man who spent months sifting through toxic rubble at the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, has died from an illness related to exposure at the site. Paul John Johnson, a retired New York police officer, died July 22 at the age of 60 after being diagnosed with a lung disease afflicting thousands who breathed in that toxic air at Ground Zero. He leaves behind his wife Alexandria, 9 children and 19 grandchildren.
The Herald

VIDEO: Latest Shooting At Homeless Encampment Near Mar Vista Highlights Danger To Neighbors, Concerned Residents Say
Police are searching for a pair of men who were caught on security video opening fire on a homeless encampment near Venice, an area trying to deal with the growing homeless population. In the video, a gray Honda Accord can be seen pulling up to the encampment near Venice and Sepulveda boulevards. A man gets out and opens fire before a second man approaches the tents. They both retreat after the man fires the gun, and they flee.The ambush is the latest in what L.A. residents say is a growing trend of violence in transient enclaves and their surrounding areas. L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the area, says he and his office are working with outreach teams and the LAPD to address the crime, but residents point to the latest incident as proof the encampment is dangerous.

Police Pursuit Of Armed Robbery Suspects Ends In Watts
Police were pursuing what initial reports described as armed robbery suspects in the South LA area on Monday evening at approximately 7:10 p.m. Newschopper4 Bravo and Gil Leyvas were overhead as the vehicle exited the 105 Freeway. The pursuit concluded when the car stopped in Watts at a crowded housing complex. Officers immediately took one of the two suspects into custody, while the other suspect ran long enough to take his shirt off and try to blend into the crowd. The switch of clothing didn't work, though, as LAPD immediately identified the suspect and arrested the man.

LAPD Finds Thousands Of Stolen Items In Van Nuys, Sylmar Residences 2 Arrested
Los Angeles police officers in Van Nuys and Sylmar found thousands of stolen items in two residences on Monday goods taken in what officers called a lengthy campaign of vehicle burglaries across the San Fernando Valley by a ring of thieves. Officers from the LAPD Van Nuys and Mission divisions served two search warrants Monday morning at a home in Sylmar and an apartment in Van Nuys. LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said two men were arrested 24-year-old Shant Balyan and 27-year-old Davit Asoyan. According to sheriff's booking records, both men were being held without bail on charges of identity theft, drug possession and possessing stolen property.
Los Angeles Daily News

Armed Robbers Sought In Cell Phone Store Caper
Police on Friday released security video of two men wanted for robbing a South Los Angeles cell phone store at gunpoint. The crime occurred about 6:30 p.m. at the Metro PCS store in the 4700 block of South Broadway, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. One suspect pointed a gun at employees and the other removed the tray from the cash register, police said. They fled with cash and other valuables. Both suspects were described as black and 25-30 years old. The gunman was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Arrest Made In Break-In Of St. Charles Borromeo Church In North Hollywood
A 58-year-old man was arrested Monday in connection to a break-in at a North Hollywood church. Russell Congleton was taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m. near Lankershim Boulevard and Riverside Drive after someone recognized him from a flyer and called police. He is accused of getting into into St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church last week and starting a fire. Los Angeles police got a call just before 5 a.m. Wednesday that someone broke into the church. Because of the extensive damage done near the altar, all masses were canceled.

Suspected NY Killer Pleads Not Guilty To North Hollywood Sexual Assault
A man suspected of killing a nurse and raping another woman in New York pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually assaulted and tried to kill a woman in North Hollywood after they went on a date. Danueal Drayton, 27, of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested July 24 by police in North Hollywood. He is accused of sexually assaulting the 28-year-old woman, trying to strangle her and refusing to let her leave her apartment, according to Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr. Drayton was supposed to be arraigned Friday, but he refused to board a bus meant to take him to court.
FOX 11

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Triple Murder
A Los Angeles woman, who's accused of killing a disabled man and his mother and stepfather at their Leimert Park home after they took her in and gave her a place to stay, pleaded not guilty Monday to triple murder charges. Nancy Amelia Jackson, 56, is also facing a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, but prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty. She is being held without bail in the killings of Phillip White, 65; his mother, Orsie Carter, 79; and his stepfather, William Carter, 83.

Reputed Mexican Mafia Members Indicted For Organizing Murders From Behind Bars
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Monday the murder indictments of five people -- including a man aiming to lead the Orange County chapter of the Mexican Mafia -- will send a message that investigators are disrupting activities of the notorious prison gang. "Our hope is this certainly will disrupt what they're doing right now," Rackauckas said. Five men were indicted in March in connection with the Jan. 19, 2017, killing of 35-year-old Robert Rios in Placentia. Rios was killed for allegedly not paying "taxes" to the gang on drug sales, Rackauckas said.

First Tests Are In, And 1 In 5 Marijuana Samples In California Isn't Making Grade
One in five batches of marijuana has failed laboratory testing since new state safety requirements kicked in July 1, according to data from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Failures have been triggered by inaccurate labeling or contamination from pesticides, bacteria or processing chemicals. Those testing requirements and results have left some retailers with severely limited inventory over the past few weeks, as cultivators and product manufacturers scramble to get compliant products to market.
OC Register

The Sex-Trafficking Case Testing the Limits of the First Amendment
At the time, Backpage was the largest online publisher of sex ads in the world with city-specific sites spanning 97 countries. In the 11 years since it had been launched, it had earned some $500 million for its owners. But it was also the scourge of law enforcement officials across the country whose investigative files teemed with hundreds of examples of cases that had connections to ads on the site: a young girl forced to perform sex acts at gun point, choked to the point of seizures and gang-raped; a woman whose pimp fed her drugs, stole her identification documents and sexually assaulted her with a firearm; yet another woman who tried to escape her pimp by jumping out of a vehicle on the highway and was run over and killed. Attorneys general in multiple states had tried to shut down the site and prosecute its owners and all had failed.

Public Safety News

Woman Rescued From Burning House In Venice, Transported In Critical Condition
A woman was critically injured in a house fire in Venice Tuesday morning. Firefighters went to the 900 block of South 4th Avenue about 4:40 a.m. and found a single story home with smoke showing from the rear of the residence and excessive storage conditions inside, according to Margaret Stewart with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters made entry into the home and rescued a woman, who was transported to a hospital in critical condition, Stewart said.

Firefighters Try To Make Progress On 17 Fires That Cut Path Of Destruction
The neighborhood looked like a patch quilt of destruction. One home, reduced to a heap of smoldering rubble. Next door, another home stood unscathed. The pattern continued until Elizabeth Barkley, acting commander of the California Highway Patrol's Northern Division, drove up to her own property in Redding and confirmed what she'd already heard: Her home was gone. I realized I'm just one of the many that is going to be in this situation, Barkley said from a hotel room.
Los Angeles Times

California's Many Wildfires Connected By Common Thread Of Extreme Heat
The northern Sacramento Valley was well on its way to recording the hottest July on record when the Carr fire swept into town Thursday. It was 113 degrees, and months of above-average temperatures had left the land bone-dry and ready to explode. Within a few hours, hundreds of structures were lost and six people killed. The destruction adds to California's worst wildfire year on record dozens dead since October, with more than 10,000 structures lost from San Diego to Redding. There are many reasons for the grim totals, but experts say one common denominator connects the disastrous fires: California is facing extreme heat, the likes of which it has never seen in the modern historical record.

Local Government News

Orange Line Plan Eyes More Development Near Three Valley Stops
A new city plan calls for denser development along the popular Metro Orange Line. The proposal, known as the Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans project, would allow taller buildings along the 18-mile bus line that carries about 30,000 riders each day. The plans don't offer any specific development projects, but rather seek to rezone pieces of industrial land, allowing developers to build higher office towers and multi-family apartment buildings within a half-mile radius of the Orange Line stops in North Hollywood, Van Nuys and Sepulveda.
Los Angeles Daily News


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