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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police: Gunman Ambushes 2 New Jersey LEOs Sitting In Vehicle
A gunman opened fire on two New Jersey police officers while they were sitting in their vehicle at a red light Tuesday night, wounding them in what authorities are calling an ambush attack. At least one suspect opened fire on the plainclothes detectives in Camden, which is located just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, said Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson. "The information we have thus far is that they were essentially ambushed," Thomson told reporters at a late night news conference. "A male walked up and began opening fire. We have anywhere between 10 and 25 rounds that were fired at the officers."
Associated Press

Georgia Sheriff's Major Hit, Loses Leg In High-Speed Pursuit
A man and woman being chased by several law enforcement agencies hit and injured Dade County Sheriff's Office Major Tommy Bradford this afternoon. Dade County Emergency Services Director Alex Case said Bradford lay down a spike strip on U.S. Highway 11 South and Cedar Lane, near the county's soccer fields. Passing through, the driver hit Bradford on the side of the road. Case said Bradford lost his left leg below the knee. A response team treated him at the scene, before he was airlifted to Erlanger Health Center. "He talked to us," Case told the Times Free Press. "He knew who we were. Now, he's in God's hands with the doctors. His wife's up there. The sheriff's up there. All his family is up there at Erlanger."
Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.

20 Arrested In FBI Raids On Sinaloa Cartel Drug Smuggling Ring In Los Angeles, Other Southern California Cities
Capping a three-year investigation, authorities in Los Angeles County Wednesday arrested 20 people indicted for allegedly smuggling large amounts of drugs into the United States from Mexico on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel. Those arrested Wednesday morning by members of the Los Angeles Strike Force were among 57 defendants named in three indictments that were unsealed Wednesday morning, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles. “This morning, some 250 agents, officers and deputies from multiple law enforcement agencies executed 30 arrest warrants and five search warrants across Los Angeles County,” Delacourt said Wednesday.
Los Angeles Daily News

Boyle Heights Shooting Leaves 1 Man Dead
An 18-year-old man died after being shot in Boyle Heights on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting occurred shortly after 12 p.m. at the corner of 1st Street and State Street. The victim's grandparents reportedly believe he was part of Homeboy Industries, a program that helps former gang members and convicts turn around their lives. Investigators have yet to provide a suspect description or possible motive.

Man Killed In LAPD Officer-Involved Shooting Was Murder Suspect From Perris
Authorities on Wednesday identified a murder suspect who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in South Los Angeles that left an FBI agent wounded. Daniel Valdez, 70, of the Riverside County community of Perris, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of a motel near 41st Street and Central Avenue. LAPD officers and an FBI agent assigned to a gang and drug task force had gone to the Central Inn while investigating a July 31 fatal shooting in South Los Angeles when they came upon the suspect, who was armed, said Detective Meghan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

Authorities Offer $50,000 Reward For Info In Baldwin Hills Car-to-Car Shooting That Killed Driver, Pedestrian And Injured Bicyclist
Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information about a car-to-car shooting in Baldwin Hills that killed a driver and a pedestrian and injured a bicyclist earlier this week. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 4800 block of West Rodeo Road. Police saw a person in a car shoot at another driver and officers began chasing the suspect, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver who was struck, Harrison Francis Kristol, 20, subsequently ran over a pedestrian and both victims died. The pedestrian has not been identified, but police said he was also a man in his 20s.

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexually Assaulting Children In Sylmar
Authorities Wednesday urged other possible victims of a man charged with sexually assaulting three children at a dollar store in Sylmar where he worked to contact detectives. Enrique Ramirez, 60, was arrested July 26 and booked on suspicion of sexual assault involving children under 12 years old, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Police said Ramirez, who's being held on $1.8 million bail, worked at the American Dollar Plus store at 12737 Glenoaks Blvd., where the crimes allegedly occurred.

Suspicious Device Dropped Off At LAPD Devonshire Station
A bomb squad was called out to a Los Angeles police station after someone dropped off what police say was a suspicious device. The device was reported just before 1:30 p.m. at the department's Devonshire Station on the 10200 block of Etiwanda Avenue, according to LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera. While there was no threat to the public, the police station was closed and a bomb squad was called to the scene, authorities said. Streets surrounding the station were closed during the investigation. The station reopened around 4 p.m. after the package was determined to be some kind of firework, police said.

Los Angeles Communities Keep Cool And Celebrate National Night Out
The 35th National Night Out kicked off Tuesday with more than 35 million people gathering in about 16,000 communities all over the country to celebrate unity and success in fighting crime. Families went out and spent the evening with their local law enforcement, playing games, having fun and learning how to be safe. National Night Out generates community support of local anti-crime efforts and heightens awareness of crime and drug prevention.
ABC 7 Video

Chicago Deploys 430 To 600 Additional Officers To Violence-Plagued Neighborhoods
After the most violent weekend in Chicago in more than two years, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Tuesday afternoon that several hundred additional officers have been deployed to neighborhoods most wracked by the shooting. At his second news conference in as many days, Johnson said 430 officers have been added to patrols in five of the hardest-hit districts on the West and South sides. Those numbers will increase to 600 by the weekend, he said. Flanked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, various elected officials, clergymen and other police brass, Johnson said the added manpower has been deployed to three West Side districts — Ogden, Harrison and Austin — and the Calumet and Gresham districts on the South Side.

Public Safety News

Man Arrested On Arson In Growing Holy Fire, More Evacuations Issued
A man has been arrested in connection with the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest southwest of Corona, which grew overnight Tuesday, as weary firefighters take on another day of scorching hot temperatures and low humidity. By Wednesday afternoon, the Holy Fire had grown to 6,200 acres from Holy Jim Canyon to the canyons above Lake Elsinore and was only 5 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. At least 12 structures have been destroyed. On Tuesday night, a 51-year-old man who lives in a cabin in Holy Jim Canyon was arrested in connection with the fire. 

Largest Wildfire In CA History Expected To Be Contained In September
California's biggest-ever wildfire grew to 10 times the size of San Francisco on Wednesday, as the Mendocino Complex sent clouds of cough-inducing smoke across the Bay Area and forced officials to admit the conflagration might not be contained until September. The massive inferno has burned more than 300,000 acres — or 469 square miles — in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties near Clear Lake, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. The record-setting wildfire, which is technically two separate blazes, is 47 percent contained and not expected to be under control until Sept. 1.
SF Gate

Local Government News

NoHo West Developers Want LA To Ease Standards On Digital Billboards
Developers of a project to redevelop the Laurel Plaza site in North Hollywood are asking Los Angeles city planners to allow them to make their proposed billboards more visible once the site is revamped. San Francisco-based developer Merlone Geier Partners is proposing to install three digital signs at its NoHo West development, two of which would be facing the 170 Freeway, close to the 24-acre site, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Developers are also requesting to modify the refresh rate — the rate at which the image on a digital sign changes — from 1 minute to 8 seconds and to extend their hours of operation.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. City Council Committee Wants To Lower Speed Of Electric Scooters
A Los Angeles City Council committee refined some proposed regulations for dockless electric scooters Wednesday, recommending that their top speed be capped at 12 mph while also creating a conditional use permit system for them and other emerging mobility devices. The Transportation Committee had previously approved a set of regulations for the electric scooter industry in June, but brought them back to make further revisions.


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