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August 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Philly Officer Shot In Face While Helping To Serve Warrant
A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the face and critically injured while helping fellow SWAT officers serve a warrant at a city home, authorities said Monday. A man who authorities say shot at the officers, along with a 60-year-old woman in the home, were critically wounded in the shootout at about 6 a.m. Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if the woman was shot by police or by the wounded man. The person named in the warrant was being sought for weapons violations and was not in the residence at the time, authorities said. That person remains at large, and further details about the allegations were not disclosed.
Associated Press

Suspect Leading Pursuit Causes 3-Car Crash, Killing North Carolina Detention Officer
The person killed Thursday night in a three-way crash at Club Boulevard and North Duke Street that ended a police chase of a car that had been reported stolen at gunpoint was a Durham County detention officer, officials said Friday. Police said Friday morning that Brooke Lyn Maynard, 24, of Durham was killed while driving a Hyundai – one of the two cars that police said were hit by a car they were chasing. Maynard was a detention officer for the Durham County Sheriff's Office.
The News & Observer

2 Dead As Victim In Car-to-Car Shooting Runs Over Pedestrian In Baldwin Hills; Bicyclist Also Struck By Gunman's Vehicle: LAPD
Two people were dead at the scene of a car-to-car shooting at the eastern edge of Baldwin Hills on Monday night, officials said. It's unclear what led up to the gunfire that broke out around 8:30 p.m., but the driver who was struck ran over a pedestrian in the 4800 block of West Rodeo Road, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Alex Baez and an alert from the L.A. Fire Department. The shooting was witnessed by police officers, who began pursuing the gunman's vehicle, Baez said. The motorist who was shot, a man, died at the scene, as did the pedestrian he hit.

Glendale Man Charged With Vandalizing Trump Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office formally charged a Glendale man for vandalizing Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. Austin Mikel Clay, 24, is facing one felony count of vandalism. He is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 15 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Clay turned himself in on July 25, a day after allegedly using a pickaxe to smash the star located on Hollywood Boulevard. If convicted, Clay could face a possible maximum sentence of three years in jail. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Nearly 50 Vehicle Break-Ins Per Week Reported In West Hollywood
Thieves are busting into cars in a West Hollywood neighborhood, and it's happening several times a day. In July alone, there were nearly 50 break-ins a week, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Cars, SUVs and trucks are all being targeted by burglars. One driver said she's had her car broken into twice. "I never leave my purse visible if I ever leave it in my car, which is a bad idea anyway, don't do that. That one time I was parked in a very dark area that made me vulnerable," said West Hollywood resident Raven Watson. "And then the other time I had something valuable visible."

Former Marine Accused In San Francisco Pier 39 Terror Plot Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison
A former US Marine accused of plotting a Christmas holiday terror attack on a popular San Francisco tourist destination last year was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison. 27-year-old Everitt Aaron Jameson pleaded guilty in June after being arrested for attempting to provide material support to ISIS. The FBI had started watching Jameson in September after finding that he “liked” or “loved” posts about terror attacks and ISIS on Facebook, according to the plea agreement. Undercover FBI agents later posed as ISIS supporters and contacted Jameson.

11 Killed And Nearly 70 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings
At least 11 people were shot to death and about 70 wounded in a weekend burst of violence in Chicago that instantly became a political issue when President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, blamed the carnage on longtime Democratic rule in the city. Police on Monday attributed the dozens of shootings to gangs, the illegal flow of guns and sweltering August heat that drew more people outside. The victims ranged in age from 11 to 63, according to police. One teenage girl died after being shot in the face. A teenage boy was fatally shot riding a bike Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles Daily News

What Bodycam Research Reveals About Police Officers
Time is not on the side of anti-police politicians and activists. The recent flurry of cries for tightened use of force rules and increased prosecution of police officers is facing the results of the demands for accountability and transparency in police operations. The rallying cry of demanding surveillance of police officers by strapping cameras on them has been heard and obeyed. The results show that cops are amazing. The anti-cop movement must move furiously fast before the mythology of violent and racist policing finally meets the facts. The swell of sentiment must eventually face the reality that policing has never been better. 

Public Safety News

Man Accused Of Killing Long Beach Fire Captain Dies Of Illness Six Weeks After Shooting
The man accused of fatally shooting a Long Beach fire captain six weeks ago after setting off a predawn explosion in a high-rise apartment building died in custody over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Thomas Man Kim, 77, died at 3:21 a.m. Sunday in the hospital ward of County-USC Medical Center, where he had been held since he was arrested June 25, said Deputy Wally Bracks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “He had a previous medical condition he succumbed to,” Bracks said. She did not disclose the condition. 
OC Register

Mendocino Fire Becomes Biggest In Modern California History As Weary Firefighters Brace For More
It's day 11 for Omar Estorga on the front lines of California's firestorm. Some nights, the captain and his crew have slept — sitting up — in the seats of their fire engine as the Carr fire raged. Other nights, they've stayed at the base camp in Shasta County. On their days off, they've snagged dorm rooms at Shasta College or, if they're lucky, a hotel room when another fire crew has checked out. As some 14,000 firefighters wrap up their second week battling more than a dozen destructive wildfires across the state, fatigue is setting but the fires show few signs of letting up.
Los Angeles Times

14,000 Firefighters Battling 18 Major California Blazes
Some 14,000 firefighters, including inmate volunteers, are battling 18 major blazes burning thousands of square miles throughout California with aircraft, assorted vehicles and picks and shovels. They take aim at the biggest wildfires in two ways and in much of the same way the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has for decades. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can. And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line." There they'll wait for the blaze to come to them while lighting "backfires" to clear vegetation between the fire line and the approaching blaze.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer Discusses School Safety, 3D-Printed Guns
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has issued the preliminary report from his Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety and the draft is available online for public comment. Since April, Feuer has held a series of hearings in each of LAUSD's seven board districts. Feuer convened the panel after the mass shooting at Florida's Parkland High School, and an accidental shooting at a local junior high school. There are 30 recommendations including creating the post of a LAUSD School Safety Director. The report suggests single school entry points, all classroom doors lock from inside and a two way communication system in the classroom.

Bill To Extend Last Call To 4 A.M. At LA Bars Gets Pushback
A bill under consideration in the state Legislature that would allow alcohol to be sold in bars past 2 a.m. in seven cities including Los Angeles was opposed Monday by City Councilman Paul Koretz and a group of activists who said it could lead to more drunk driving accidents and other problems. The bill, SB 905, is set to come for a vote before the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and has the support of most of the mayors of the cities it would impact, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

LA Councilman Eyeing Possible Homeless Housing In Sherman Oaks
A Los Angeles councilman is looking into putting emergency and permanent homeless housing in Sherman Oaks as part of a citywide effort to help put roofs over the heads of nearly 23,000 people who are without shelter on a given night in Los Angeles. Councilman David Ryu said Friday that a city-owned property at 15314 W. Dickens St. is a candidate for permanent supportive housing, which would house and provide on-site services to people who are homeless. He also identified a property owned by the Army Reserve at 5161 Sepulveda Blvd., where emergency housing could go. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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