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August 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Slaying Suspect Is Killed And FBI Agent Is Wounded After Gunfire Erupts In South L.A.
A suspect in a slaying was killed and an FBI agent was wounded after an exchange of gunfire during an attempted arrest in South Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, police said. The suspect, a man in his 70s, was fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in the parking lot of the Central Inn Motel in the 4000 block of South Central Avenue about 11 a.m., according to Det. Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Aguilar said preliminary interviews with witnesses revealed that the suspect had a handgun and opened fire on law enforcement officers when they sought to arrest him. Aguilar said the officers immediately returned fire. A weapon was recovered at the scene next to the suspect's body, but it has yet to be examined, she said. FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola, who oversees the FBI's hunt for dangerous fugitives in the L.A. region, commended his agent's bravery, explaining the agent was hit in the hand by shrapnel when shots were fired. 
Los Angeles Daily News

CSUN Student Charged With Rape, Assault On 3 Women
A Cal State Northridge student has been charged with attacking and sexually assaulting three women this year. Davis Moreno-Jaime was in court Tuesday, charged on felony counts of forcible rape and false imprisonment by violence, in addition to one misdemeanor count each of sexual battery and battery. The 19-year-old CSUN soccer player was arrested last week on suspicion of multiple sexual assaults dating back to April 2017. The most recent claims against him allege he raped a woman between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31. A woman is alleged to have been sexually battered and falsely imprisoned by Moreno-Jaime between July 4 and July 5.

LAPD: Most Citations For Homeless Become Warrants That Are Never Resolved
When Los Angeles police dole out fines for homeless people committing low-level offenses like sleeping on a sidewalk or drinking in public, nearly all of those citations eventually become warrants for the offenders to appear in court along with more expensive fines. If the offender can't pay, or is unable to appear in court, additional warrants and more fines are issued. The result has been hundreds of thousands of such warrants languishing in the court system, some for more than a decade. Those were the findings of surveys by LAPD's homelessness unit and the city attorney's office of a handful of the citations handed out between October 2017 and March of this year.
Los Angeles Daily News

Subway Restaurant In San Fernando Valley Robbed, Fifth In Roughly A Week
A Valley Village Subway restaurant was robbed Monday night, adding to four other Subway locations in the San Fernando Valley that have been robbed in roughly one week. Monday night's robbery took place near Laurel Canyon and Riverside Drive at approximately 9:40 p.m. The male suspect appeared to be armed and was wearing a bandana and a black shirt, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. It is not clear how much money he got away with before he fled on foot in an unknown direction. No injuries were reported. This is the fifth Subway in roughly a week to be hit, but police have not confirmed if the latest robbery is connected to the previous four.

French National Pleads Guilty To Ramming Pedestrians With SUV In Downtown L.A., Is Sentenced To Time Served
A French man who pleaded guilty to driving his SUV into a group of people in downtown Los Angeles was immediately sentenced to 18 days of time served on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Ryad Boudghene Stambouli, 34, will also serve three years of formal probation and must pay $8,500 in restitution to the victims he struck, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release . The defendant's plea was entered as part of an agreement negotiated with prosecutors, the DA's office said. Officials had previously given his last name as Boudghenestambo.

LA County Takes Next Step Toward Deputy Body-Worn Cameras
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to hire a consultant to work out the details of outfitting deputies with body-worn cameras, with the sheriff's department and a watchdog agency at odds about how much it will cost and how long it will take. "We are a little late to the party," Supervisor Kathryn Barger said, echoing comments by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis, who co- authored the unanimously approved motion and pointed out that two-thirds of law enforcement agencies nationwide deploy body cameras or are implementing plans to use them.

California Man Sentenced In High-End Arizona Heists
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona says a California man has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for a robbery spree involving high-end jewelry and handbags worth more than $130,000. Office spokesman Cosme Lopez said Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins issued the sentence on Monday for 50-year-old Mitchell Ray Finley of Fresno. Lopez says that during a string of heists in May 2016 Finely and three other men stole a diamond solitaire ring from a Tucson jewelry store, several designer handbags from a Scottsdale department store and some high-end watches from a Glendale shop. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pima County Sheriff's Office as well as police departments in Scottsdale, Glendale and Fresno helped prosecute the case.
Sacramento Bee

Missing Texas LEO Found Dead
The Baytown police officer who disappeared last week was found dead from an apparent suicide early Tuesday in a grassy field, authorities said. John Stewart Beasley, a 23-year veteran of the force, went missing around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, when he walked away from his home in Cove, just east of Baytown. The 46-year-old's family reported him missing that evening, and Chambers County sheriff's deputies, Baytown police and two canine teams launched a search. The sheriff's office initially said they'd seen "no indications of foul play," but were investigating "all possible leads and scenarios." Then on Tuesday morning, authorities made a grim discovery when searchers in a helicopter spotted a body along FM 565 less than a mile from Beasley's home.
Houston Chronicle

Cop jumps off overpass to save boy's life
An officer made a daring rescue after she witnessed a boy jump off an overpass. According to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Officer Jessie Ferreira was driving to work on Friday when she witnessed a 12-year-old boy jump over a guardrail and fall several feet onto concrete. The officer immediately grabbed her first aid gear and jumped off after the boy, who “looked dead” on the ground below, according to the report. Ferreira, with the help of a woman who was in a military uniform, rendered aid to the boy until an ambulance arrived.
Police One

Public Safety News

Crews Contain Small Brush Fire Near 118 Freeway In Chatsworth: LAFD
Firefighters were able to contain a small brush fire that sparked along the 118 Freeway near Chatsworth on Tuesday. The flames broke out around 6:30 p.m. near 10800 North Santa Susana Pass Road, just outside the northwest corner of Chatsworth city limits, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. It was being dubbed the Rocky Peak Fire. It spread to about 3 acres within an hour, the agency said. Aerial video showed a rocky hillside smoking heavily beneath a housing development, but officials said no structures were immediately threatened.

For Firefighters, It's Not Just The Fires They're Battling — It's The Heat And All That Goes With It
The danger firefighters face in Holy Jim Canyon this week won't come only from the fire itself. As the temperatures outside spike to near 100 degrees, the danger becomes the heat inside a firefighter's gear. A high-heat warning was declared Tuesday in the southern stretches of Orange County, with temperatures expected to reach into at least the upper 90s by 3 p.m. More than 600 firefighters are battling the Holy fire for the second day. On Monday, two of them were treated in local hospitals for heat-related injuries.
Los Angeles Daily News

Battling 18 Blazes, California May Face Worst Fire Season
The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighborhoods. “For whatever reason, fires are burning much more intensely, much more quickly than they were before,” said Mark A. Hartwig, president of the California Fire Chiefs Association.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA Councilman Moves To Limit Plastic Utensils At SoCal Restaurants
A Los Angeles city councilman proposed Tuesday that the city draw up an ordinance under which restaurant patrons would only be provided plastic utensils on request. His motion would work in conjunction with a pending "straws-on-request" ordinance in an effort to curb the impact that plastic utensils are having on the environment and the aesthetic quality of local communities, Councilman Bob Blumenfield said. "Now more than ever, Los Angeles needs to lead strong environmental efforts and I believe that as the second-largest city in the nation, we can make a big ecological difference by thinking twice about how much we need wasteful plastics, such as utensils," Blumenfield said.


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