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August 14, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Seven Hurt, Including Two LAPD Officers, In Lake Balboa Crash
A roll-over collision in Lake Balboa Monday night involving two vehicles, one of them a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser, left seven people injured, including two officers. A civilian SUV overturned in the crash, which was reported about 8:05 p.m. in the 6400 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, near Victory Boulevard, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A total of nine people, two of them uninjured juveniles who were in the SUV, were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Humphrey said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Hit-and-Run After Girlfriend Fatally Struck By Truck In South L.A.
A man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run after his girlfriend got out of the truck he was driving and was fatally struck in South L.A., authorities announced Monday. The incident occurred about 8:55 p.m. Aug. 11 near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard in the Historic South-Central neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman got out of a pick up truck driven by Rudy Zacarias for an unknown reason while the truck was still moving. The victim was hit by the rear tires of the truck, police said. She was taken to a hospital where she eventually died from her injuries. Zacarias, 24, allegedly drove away from the scene.

As LAUSD Students Return To School, LAPD Hopes To Prevent Traffic Tragedies
Retired Los Angeles police Detective William Bustos will never forget the crossing guard who was fatally struck by a car one fall morning in 2000 in North Hollywood. William Hooper, 60, of Tujunga succumbed to the injuries he sustained on the job while helping students cross the street to Lankershim Elementary School. The young driver who struck him had been blinded by the sun's glare. “It was very tragic,” said Bustos, who investigated that collision. “We don't want it to happen again.” The reserve officer plans to return to the same school Tuesday, Aug. 14, with an important safety message for parents, students and the general public: pay attention, abide by the rules of the road and use common sense, including keeping your windshield clean. “A child cannot get his or her education if he cannot make it to school safely,” Bustos said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Video Shows Man Touching, Exposing Himself On Expo Line Train
A woman headed home on the Expo Line late Monday night got an unwelcome show – a man touching and exposing himself through his shorts. So the woman whipped hers out – a cell phone. She recorded video of the man reclining on the seat with his back against the train, one foot up on the seat, his elbow resting on his knee. The lewd display happened at about 10:45 p.m. Monday on the Expo Line out of the Sepulveda station. The man wore sunglasses, a black T-shirt and what appeared to be green shorts. As soon as he exited the train on Bundy, she alerted the train's conductor, but he said he couldn't do anything to detain the man. So she filed a police report with the LAPD.

Caught On Video: Man Attempts To Break Into Studio City Home
Cameras were rolling as a man attempted to break into a Studio City home early Sunday morning, on Aug. 5. The suspect attempts to get into the home after watching a woman go inside moments earlier, near the corner of Moorpark Street and Colfax Avenue. Following the incident, the homeowners have been very vigilant, making their own flyers and posting on their "Next Door" app about this attempted home invasion. The woman in the video is a cousin of the home owners, and she was visiting from out of town. She was coming home after a late night out, and a man can be seen attempting to break into the home minutes later.

Report: LAPD Looking Into Video Of Man Who Spanked Hippo At LA Zoo
He might have done it for the ‘Gram, but now a man who crossed a barricade guarding a hippopotamus enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo is looking at potential trespassing charges after he was filmed spanking one of the animals. The Los Angeles Times reports the video started making the rounds on social media last week. It shows a man slowly climbing a metal guardrail, inching his way towards a 4-year-old hippo and its mother, the paper said. He then slaps Rosie, the young pachyderm, and immediately retreats before holding up his hands triumphantly. Rosie and mother Mara seem startled by the hit.

Golden State Killer Suspect Is Charged With 13th Murder, This Time In Tulare County
Claude Snelling woke in the night 42 years ago to find a man in his Visalia backyard trying to abduct his 16-year-old daughter. He tried to intervene and was fatally shot. Tulare County prosecutors on Monday filed a murder charge against Joseph DeAngelo, 72, bringing the deaths he is accused of to 13 and resolving four decades of police disagreement over whether the Visalia attacker was the same person suspected of killing a Sacramento suburban couple and later raping and slaying 10 people in Southern California — crimes now attributed to the Golden State Killer.
Los Angeles Times

California High Court Sides With Police In Fight Over Chase Crashes
The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit that could have made it easier to hold police in the state liable for crashes during pursuits. A state law that gives law enforcement agencies broad protection from lawsuits arising from such collisions does not require that every officer attest to having read the agency's pursuit policy, the court ruled unanimously. The ruling came in a lawsuit against the Southern California city of Gardena by Irma Ramirez, whose son was killed in 2015 after an officer bumped his pickup truck during a chase. Under the state law, law enforcement agencies are immune from liability if they have a written pursuit policy, provide annual training about chases and require that all officers certify in writing that they have read and understood the policy.

482 California Cities Oppose Plan To Allow Pot Delivery In Areas Where Storefronts Are Banned
California cities on Monday objected to a state proposal that would allow marijuana delivery to homes in areas where storefront pot sales have been banned locally. The changes, which are being considered by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, “will undermine a city's ability to effectively regulate cannabis at the local level,” said Charles Harvey, a legislative representative for the League of California Cities, in a letter to the bureau. The cities group, which represents the state's 482 municipalities, supports other changes to clarify the rules of Proposition 64, which was approved by voters in 2016 and allows the growing and sale of marijuana for recreational use.

NY Police, Towns Use Drone Technology As Their Eyes In The Sky
Long Island municipalities and police departments are flying drones — once used primarily by the military and hobbyists — for public safety, firefighting and town planning. Officials are using drone footage to guide firefighters at perilous scenes, monitor municipal property and evaluate storm damage. Most recently, state park police flew drones to look for sharks last month after two children were reported bitten in the ocean off Fire Island. “It's become one of our go-to tools very quickly,” Smithtown Public Safety Chief John Valentine said. Smithtown, one of Long Island's earliest and most aggressive adopters of drone technology, began using drones to conduct damage assessments after superstorm Sandy in 2012 and has since expanded to other planning and public safety applications. 

Utah Code-Enforcement Officer Murdered On-Duty
Police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a code-enforcement officer and are investigating a nearby house fire as arson. Police said Jill Robinson, 52, was conducting a routine follow-up Thursday morning. They say Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, allegedly shot Robinson and set fire to her city vehicle. He was booked into jail for investigation of aggravated arson and aggravated murder and for arson, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. A deputy police chief told the Tribune that code-enforcement officers are city employees and are unarmed. They typically deal with issues such as weed control and abandoned vehicles.

Police Bodycams Can be Hacked to Doctor Footage
At the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, though, one researcher will present findings that many body cameras on the market today are vulnerable to remote digital attacks, including some that could result in the manipulation of footage. Josh Mitchell, a consultant at the security firm Nuix, analyzed five body camera models from five different companies: Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc. The companies all market their devices to law enforcement groups around the US. Mitchell's presentation does not include market leader Axon—although the company did acquire Vievu in May.

Public Safety News

Firefighter From Utah Dies Battling Mendocino Complex, The Largest Wildfire In California
A firefighter from Utah died Monday battling the largest wildfire in recorded California history, marking the latest fatality in a fire season that has taken a grim toll on first responders. The firefighter, who was not named, was injured while working on an active portion of the Ranch fire within the massive Mendocino Complex. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died. Authorities said “fact-finding on the accident” is underway. “We are extremely heartbroken for this loss. We are dedicated to investigating what happened,” said Sean Kavanaugh, an incident commander for the complex, at a brief news conference. “We mourn as we also battle California's largest wildfire that continues to to burn extremely steep and remote terrain.”
Los Angeles Times

LA Clinic Offering Free Vaccinations For Children, Adults
The Saban Community Clinic is offering free vaccinations for children and adults on Monday, just in time for the start of classes within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The day-long vaccination drive is aimed at low-income families who cannot afford the almost $1,200 price tag for required vaccinations. Located at 5205 Melrose Avenue, the clinic will have its doors open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Local Government News

Homeless Shelter Proposed At Former Canoga Park Mental Health Facility
A former mental health facility in Canoga Park is being proposed as short-term housing for homeless people. Members of the public will have a chance to learn more about the idea during a community meeting Tuesday. The potential homeless housing site, at 7621 Canoga Ave., was proposed by County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who introduced a motion earlier this year to enter into a purchase option agreement with the owner, Gelb Enterprises. The agreement would keep the property off the market for about six months while the site is being considered for purchase.
Los Angeles Daily News

Plan To Demolish Rent-Controlled Units For Affordable Housing In Westlake Sparks Backlash
Housing groups are criticizing a developer's plan to displace dozens of residents from rent-controlled bungalows in the working-class neighborhood of Westlake to make way for a $64-million affordable housing project. Nonprofit developer Abode Communities is seeking to build a 100-unit affordable housing project on Grand View Street, near MacArthur Park. The developer plans to demolish 36 rent-controlled apartments, where some residents pay less than $900 a month. Abode is applying for public funds, including money from Proposition HHH, a voter-approved bond, to help pay for the new building, said Robin Hughes, chief executive of Abode Communities.
Los Angeles Times


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