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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

CHP Motorcycle Officer Killed In Crash
A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Friday during a traffic stop. According to SF Gate, 46-year-old Officer Kirk Griess had pulled over a driver, Jaime Bueza, when a pickup truck veered onto the right shoulder, striking both the officer and Bueza. Both Bueza and Griess died at a hospital. The truck driver was treated and being interviewed by investigators. It's not clear what caused the truck driver to crash and he is not under arrest, according to the report. Griess was a former Marine veteran and a 19-year veteran of the CHP. He is survived by his wife and three children.

L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Man Who Punched Jailer And Dragged Her Into Holding Cell, Officials Say
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and critically wounded a man Friday afternoon after he attacked a jailer at the Lakewood station, officials said. A deputy shot the man at least twice about 12:50 p.m., sheriff's Deputy Marvin Crowder said. The suspect was shot once in the chest and once in the arm, officials said. The man, whose name was not released, had been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car. While being fingerprinted, he punched the custody assistant in the face, according to Lt. John Corina with the Sheriff's Department homicide bureau, who reviewed video footage of the attack.
Los Angeles Times

Video: Florida Cops Escort Son Of Wounded Officer To Kindergarten
A group of Florida police officers escorted the son of their wounded comrade to his first day of kindergarten. Caleb's father, Officer Kevin Valencia, was shot in the face in June while responding to a domestic violence call in which the suspect killed four children before taking his own life. Valencia is in a coma and is being treated in Atlanta. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said members of Valencia's squad took Caleb and his mother to school Friday. Mina said it was an emotional day, but the boy was excited to show off his Lego Batman book bag. The Orlando Sentinel reports Caleb high-fived his mom before walking into the classroom as the officers stood by.
Associated Press

Man, Woman Found Fatally Shot In Westlake Neighborhood; Investigation Underway: LAPD
An investigation was underway after a man and woman were found fatally shot in the Westlake district of Los Angeles on Friday, authorities said. A call regarding the incident in the 1700 block of James M. Wood Boulevard came in about 12:16 p.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman with the Los Angeles Police Department. Law enforcement officers were seen putting up crime scene tape in front of the entrance to an apartment complex, video showed. A gun was left at the scene, and no outstanding suspects were being sought, LAPD Officer Tony Im told KTLA. It was not immediately known if the case was a murder-suicide since the investigation was ongoing, officials stated.

Man In 70s Struck, Killed In Downtown LA Hit-and-Run
A search is underway for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man walking in a crosswalk in downtown Los Angeles early Friday, police say. The crime was captured on surveillance video. Los Angeles police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck shortly before 5:30 a.m. near 3rd Street and Union Avenue. They said a 78-year-old man, identified as Byung Gyu Yu, was crossing the street when he was fatally struck by an SUV that then fled the scene. Authorities said he lived at the nearby senior living facility The Steel Plaza Apartments.

3 Sought In Marijuana Dispensary Burglary In Harbor City
Police asked for the public's help Friday in identifying three individuals who stole some marijuana products after breaking into a dispensary in Harbor City. A group of men forced their way into a business located in a strip mall on Pacific Coast Highway the morning of July 5, Los Angeles Police Department said. The perpetrators, believed to be 18 to 21 years old, allegedly managed to go through three doors before taking some paraphernalia and placing them into a bag and cardboard box.

Mother Arrested After 2 Young Children Found Locked In Hot Car In Van Nuys
A mother was arrested after her two young children were found locked in a hot car in Van Nuys Friday afternoon. According to Los Angeles police, at around noon, passersby called 911 after discovering the children (a girl, 3, and a boy ,2) sitting in a locked car in the 14000 block of Friar Street amid 90-degree temperatures. Before Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived on scene, however, the mother returned and let children out of the vehicle. The mother, 32-year-old Sannah Rahim, was booked on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, police disclosed.

John Mayer's Beverly Hills-Area Home Burglarized
Singer and guitarist John Mayer appears to be the latest victim in a series of burglaries targeting celebrities in the Hollywood and Beverly Hills area. Mayer's Beverly Hills-area home was burglarized Friday, TMZ reported. Los Angeles police reported that a home in the 2800 block of Wallingford Drive in Benedict Canyon, northwest of Beverly Hills, was burglarized, with the suspect or suspects taking property and fleeing the scene, but a spokesman said he had no information about who owned the house.
FOX 11

Video Shows Drivers Doing Doughnuts, Narrowly Missing Onlookers After Taking Over South L.A. Intersection
Several drivers took over a South Los Angeles intersection in order to show off early Monday morning. The incident occurred about midnight at the intersection of South Broadway and West 131st Street in the unincorporated Willowbrook area. At one point, video showed three vehicles simultaneously doing doughnuts in the intersection. Onlookers holding their cellphones were standing within a few feet of the cars and some even appeared to be making a game of dodging the spinning vehicles as smoke filled the air. It is unclear if any arrests were made.

Carla Provost Is Named Border Patrol's First Female Chief
The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history. Carla Provost had been acting chief since April 2017, so her appointment Thursday by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was no surprise. The position is not subject to Senate confirmation. Only about 5 percent of the Border Patrol's nearly 20,000 agents are women. Provost says women who have climbed through the ranks send a signal and that, while she's the first female chief, she won't be the last.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Get A Handle On The Holy Fire, Containment Jumps To 51%
As the smoke began to clear above Lake Elsinore, firefighters took heart Sunday as they appeared to gain control of the Holy fire, with containment at 51 percent and 22,714 acres consumed. “I'm just thinking we turned the bend here,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Vickie Wright said of the wildfire that had burned out of control for nearly a week. More fire evacuees got word Sunday they could return to their homes after the blaze that officials say was set Aug. 6 by an arsonist in Orange County.
Los Angeles Daily News

Break In The Weather Helps California Firefighters Battle Massive Blazes Across State
Cooler, calmer weather is helping firefighters get a handle on battling the largest wildfires burning across California and preventing new blazes from getting out of control. Temperatures are cooling slightly, and humidity is inching upward due to a weakened high-pressure system that forecasters say will persist through Tuesday. Though conditions remain far from ideal, they're an improvement from just a few days ago and a welcome respite from the scorching, high-risk conditions that fueled some of the biggest, most destructive fires in California history.
Los Angeles Times

In Emergencies, Cell Phone Alerts Can Be Too Slow To Save Lives. Can The System Be Fixed?
Before the Carr Fire gutted the western edge of Redding, causing eight deaths and leveling more than a thousand homes, local emergency services in the Northern California region sent out 59 “Code Red” evacuation warnings to various areas, including at least three aimed at pinging 31,979 nearby cell phones with urgent alerts, according to the Shasta Area Safety Communications Agency. Some of those critical messages missed people living in the Redding neighborhoods hit first as fire blew across the Sacramento River on July 26 — a fatal lack of effective communication that is disturbingly common during California disasters.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

LA Extends ‘Successful' Portable Restroom Program For Homeless; Adds New Locations
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to extend a program which provides monitored mobile restrooms throughout the city to serve the growing homeless population. The council unanimously approved extending the Mobile Pit Stop Program through July of 2019 and add it to three more locations in downtown L.A. The program, which was first approved in October 2017, currently has portable toilets and handwashing stations in eight locations, including Skid Row and Venice. All eight toilets are monitored by attendants. Five are mobile toilets and three are automatic public toilets.

Proposed LA Streetcar Moves Forward With $590M Funding Plan
A four-mile streetcar through downtown Los Angeles moved closer to reality after a $590 million funding plan outlined how a combination of federal grants, county Metro funds and local dollars could lead to groundbreaking on the project in the near future. Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents much of the downtown area, called the project "shovel-ready" and will oversee a hearing on the plan Tuesday during a meeting of the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, which he chairs.


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