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August 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Calif. Cop Hospitalized After Hammer Attack
An El Cajon police officer was briefly hospitalized Wednesday after being struck in the head with a hammer by a man suspected of trying to rob an armored vehicle and smashing up a fast food restaurant, police said. The incident happened near the Jack in the Box on Main Street near El Cajon Boulevard about 11:20 a.m., El Cajon police Lt. Royal Bates said. It ended with the arrest of 30-year-old Robert Dille on suspicion of attempted robbery and attempted homicide on a peace officer.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

NYPD Union Pushes For Changes To Keep Cop Killers Behind Bars
Flanked by dozens who lost loved ones in the line of duty, the NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association called on the state to revise parole guidelines so those convicted of killing officers are no longer eligible to leave prison. PBA president Pat Lynch said Tuesday that the current framework used by the parole board does not put as much weight on what crime an applicant committed, which the PBA argues will provide those convicted of killing on-duty officers a better shot at making parole. Lynch said prisons currently house 59 convicted cop killers who were sentenced when life without parole and the death penalty were not options for judges, which means they may one day be eligible for parole. Lynch highlighted the case of Salvatore DeSarno, who was convicted of killing Officer Cecil Sledge in 1980, and will be up for parole next month. The union leader said it was appalling that DeSarno could be released into the public.
amNewYork, New York

Former LEO Dies Of Complications From 07 On-Duty Injury
A former police officer died from complications from gunshots wounds he suffered on the job 11 years ago. According to ODMP, Investigator Tim Cole, 61, passed away on August 4 after years of deteriorating health. Cole was shot in June 2007 while serving a high-risk warrant and suffered a spinal injury, leaving him paraplegic. The officer is survived by his wife and three kids, according to the report.

LAPD Releases Surveillance Video Of South Los Angeles Taco Truck Robbery Amid Search For 3 Assailants
Los Angeles police on Thursday released surveillance video of a taco truck being robbed at gunpoint in South L.A. last month as they seek to identify the three perpetrators seen in the footage. The food truck was parked in the 1300 block of West Manchester Avenue in the overnight hours of July 14 when the three men entered and demanded money from the workers, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. They forced the two employees to the ground and attempted to gain access to the safe. But when they were unable to open it, the armed men turned their attention back to the workers, demanding their personal property, including cellphones and cash, police said.

Missing Man Last Seen In Van Nuys May Be Headed To MacArthur Park Area
A 21-year-old man with epilepsy who was last seen in Van Nuys was being sought Thursday. Elioth Stiven Gomez Vargas was last seen about noon Monday near the 14400 block of Oxnard Street, near Van Nuys Boulevard in the Van Nuys area, possibly on a bus to the area of MacArthur Park in the Westlake district, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Vargas is Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information regarding Vargas' whereabouts was urged to call the watch commander at the LAPD's North Hollywood Station at (818) 754-8301.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD To Probe Pit Bull Abuse In South Los Angeles
A local rescue group is calling for an investigation into animal cruelty after coming to the aid of a dying female pit bull dumped in a South Los Angeles neighborhood following a suspected sexual assault, it was reported Friday. Members of Ghetto Rescue a nonprofit animal rescue group based in Anaheim Hills were alerted Monday evening by a resident in the 100 block of West 85th Street in Florence that a gray and white pit bull had been dumped from a small, dark-colored car by two men, according to a Facebook post, the Orange County Register reported.

Amber Alert Canceled After Non-Custodial Father Takes Infant Son From Arleta Home, Police Say
An Amber Alert was canceled early Friday morning after an 18-month-old boy who had been abducted in Arleta by his non-custodial father was found safe, police said. According to Los Angeles police, John Jose took his son Jaden from a home in Arleta's 9500 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Thursday without consent from the boy's biological mother. Jose allegedly threatened to take the boy out of state. "John also threatened to kill himself," the LAPD said in a statement. Authorities issued an Amber Alert shortly before 11:30 p.m. The child was found unharmed about 1:15 a.m. in Chula Vista with his father and other family members, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said, adding that information from a relative led authorities to the location.

Border Officials Seize $870K Worth Of Heroin From 81-Year-Old Woman: CBP
Authorities arrested an 81-year-old woman after seizing hundreds of thousands worth of heroin at the San Diego-Tijuana border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Thursday. The agency said a K-9 directed officers to the vehicle driven by the woman, whose name was not released, at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The officers then inspected the 2011 Chrysler 200 and discovered 34 wrapped packages of heroin in the car's rocker panels, according to CBP. The 92 pounds of heroin were estimated to be worth more than $870,000, the agency said. Border Protection seized the vehicle and turned the driver over to the Department of Homeland Security, authorities said.

San Jose PD Enters Force Bill Discussion With Lawmaker Training Day
As a bill to tighten standards for deadly police force winds its way through the state Legislature, the San Jose Police Department is wading into the charged political waters by hosting a school day for lawmakers. Call it a training day, if you will. Police brass, led by Chief Eddie Garcia, has extended invitations to much of the Bay Area's contingent of state senators and Assembly members to visit the department in the coming weeks and sit in on for a classroom crash course on use-of-force policies and training. That would be followed with time in a video training simulator that immerses users in the kind of potentially violent conflicts where police force typically occurs, and then closed-door, face-to-face time with an array of local police chiefs to talk about the bill in question, AB 931. 
Mercury News

Public Safety News

Third Firefighter Killed While Responding To Carr Fire Near Redding
The death toll in what was already the most lethal year for firefighters in California since 2008 increased to five Thursday, when a heavy equipment mechanic was killed after falling asleep at the wheel on his way to the fire lines near Redding, a family member told The Chronicle. Andrew Brake, 40, of Chico died in a single-car crash on his way to work on the Carr Fire, which had already claimed the lives of two firefighters and five other people, including a woman and her two great-grandchildren, and a PG&E lineman, who died trying to restore power to the area.
San Francisco Chronicle

Holy Fire Suspect Refuses To Leave Jail Cell For First Court Appearance, Faces 6 Felonies
Forrest Gordon Clark sat in a jail cell Thursday morning, and refused to leave. He was scheduled to appear at an arraignment, during which he would hear criminal charges against him six felony counts, including arson and making criminal threats in connection with the Holy fire that has raged through Orange and Riverside counties this week. But Clark, 51, refused to budge. Instead, an Orange County Superior Court commissioner postponed his appearance until Friday. Clark, who owns a cabin in the Holy Jim community of the Cleveland National Forest, is suspected of starting the blaze Monday that by Thursday had scorched nearly 10,000 acres.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Executive Order Expediting Response To California's Devastating Fires
Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Thursday to expedite recovery efforts in areas hardest hit by California's wildfires. Assisting fire-ravaged communities in Lake, Siskiyou, Shasta, Mendocino and Napa counties, the order suspends regulations on clearing fire-related debris and eliminates limits on the number of hours emergency personnel can work. More than 13,000 firefighters are battling blazes across the state. The order also suspends planning and zoning requirements and waives state fees for manufactured homes and mobile home parks, extends a state ban on price gouging during emergencies, and allows accelerated hiring of additional personnel for emergency and recovery operations.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Fed-Up Locals Are Setting Electric Scooters On Fire, Smearing Them With Poop And Burying Them At Sea
They've been crammed into toilets, tossed off balconies and set on fire. They've even been adorned with dangling bags of dog droppings. As cities from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills struggle to control a rapid proliferation of electric pay-per-mile scooters, some residents are taking matters into their own hands and waging a guerrilla war against the devices. These vandals are destroying or desecrating the vehicles in disturbingly imaginative ways, and celebrating their illegal deeds on social media in full view of authorities and the public.
Los Angeles Times


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