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August 15, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Sentenced To Jail For Biting LAPD Officer, Gouging Another Officer's Eyes At AT&T Store In Tarzana: DA
A 24-year-old man received a jail sentence after entering a no contest plea in connection with an attack on two LAPD officers earlier this year in Tarzana, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Jacob Smith of Northridge entered the plea to two felony counts of battery with injury on a peace officer, according to a DA's news release. He was sentenced to 344 days in jail, three years of probation and has to complete a dual diagnosis treatment program, the release stated. Smith attacked the two Los Angeles Police Department officers when they responded to an alarm triggered by the defendant on the night of Feb. 19 at the AT&T Store, authorities said.

Part Of 10 Freeway To Be Named For Slain Pomona Officer
Part of the 10 Freeway in Upland will be renamed in honor of a fallen Pomona police officer. Officer Gregory Casillas, 30, was shot to death in March as he and his partner approached an apartment where a reckless-driving suspect was holed up. The 10 Freeway between North San Antonio Avenue and Mountain Avenue will be named after Casillas. A date for the official dedication hasn't been announced yet. His accused shooter, Isaias Valencia, is in custody facing murder and other charges.

LAPD Chief Proposes A ‘Radical Solution': Eliminate Old Bench Warrants For Homeless People
The Los Angeles Police Department is considering a plan that would allow thousands of homeless people to eliminate old bench warrants as part of a larger effort to reform a system that has created a vicious cycle for those with nowhere to live. LAPD Chief Michel Moore described the proposal as a “radical solution” to ease the pressure on the court system, jails and police stations, which are being overwhelmed daily with hundreds of people arrested on these warrants. Moore said the amnesty ideas would cover only longstanding bench warrants for homeless people who failed to show up in court for minor offenses. He stressed that the LAPD has no plans to change how officers enforce various “quality-of-life” crimes but hoped the shift would result in a more effective, streamlined process for handling these cases.
Los Angeles Times

For LA Police, Back-to-School Day Prompts Traffic Safety Reminders
Police used the first day of school Tuesday in the Los Angeles Unified School District to remind commuters to be extra careful. Students took a safety pledge, with LAPD and school police urging students and parents to be cautious as extra back-to-school traffic clogs local streets and drivers find themselves in a hurry trying to drop off the kids and get to work. LAPD traffic Officer Chad Dellinger was among the officers at Lankershim Elementary School in North Hollywood, preaching the message. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Officers Who Shoot Someone Must Now Wait Longer Before Returning To Field
Los Angeles police officers who fire their gun and injure someone will be required to wait at least two weeks before returning to field duty under a policy change approved Tuesday by the city's police commission. Under previous protocol, officers have had to wait at least until a briefing was given to the police chief — usually within 72 hours of a shooting incident — before resuming their jobs in the field. The change was among several approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission at Tuesday's meeting of the civilian panel in downtown L.A. “The impacts on the officers (from an officer-involved shooting) are deep and dramatic and go on for a long time,” said Steve Soboroff, president of the commission, which sets department policy.
Los Angeles Daily News

Pursuit Driver Crashes Into SUV After Running Red Light In South L.A., Police Say
Several people were injured when a vehicle being pursued by authorities was involved in a traffic collision in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles Wednesday morning. The incident began when officers spotted a stolen vehicle and attempted to make a stop, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Josh Rider said. The driver, believed to be a female, sped away with three passengers inside the tan colored Honda Civic.

LAPD Raids Unpermitted Pot Grow In Panorama City
A burglary call in Panorama City led to the discovery of an extensive unpermitted marijuana growing operation, police said Tuesday. Officers were alerted about 3:50 a.m. Sunday to a burglary in progress in the 13000 block of Saticoy Street and upon arrival detained a half-dozen suspects, who were subsequently arrested, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which reported that five of the six “have extensive criminal backgrounds and have gang affiliations.” “While completing a search of the location for additional suspects, the officers observed a large size cannabis grow within the commercial building,” and “determined the location does not have a legal Department of Cannabis Enforcement permit to cultivate marijuana,” according to an LAPD statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gunmen Caught On Video Robbing South LA Taco Truck
Police released video of armed men robbing a taco truck in South Los Angeles, pistol whipping a worker in the process. Officers were called about 3:10 a.m. on July 14 to the 1300 block of West Manchester Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "When the officers arrived, they discovered that three suspects had entered the taco truck parked at the location and robbed the workers at gunpoint,'' according to an LAPD statement. ``One of the victims was pistol-whipped during the incident.”
FOX 11

12 Arrested During Investigation Of ‘Family-Based' Heroin Network In L.A., Ventura Counties
Several people linked to a “family-based” heroin organization that operated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have been arrested, officials announced on Tuesday. Jose Gonzalez-Chaidez, a 57-year-old L.A. resident who also lived part time in Mexico, allegedly headed a heroin distribution network, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested in his apartment in Valley Village after warrants were served on Aug. 10. Authorities reported finding suspected drug proceeds and about 2 kilograms of heroin in the residence. Officials also took 55-year-old Abraham Chaidez into custody at his house in Palmdale, the agency said. They also found suspected drug proceeds at the residence, the Sheriff's Office added. He had been spotted dealing heroin to L.A.-based customers on multiple occasions, officials said.

California Could Reshape Pot Rules As Legal Market Struggles
The nation's largest legal marijuana market is struggling. Illicit sales continue to thrive. A shaky supply chain has customers looking at barren shelves in some shops. There are testing problems. And a proposal to allow home marijuana deliveries in cities that have banned pot sales could lead to a courtroom fight. A Los Angeles hearing Tuesday provided a window into the state's emerging cannabis economy, in which early enthusiasm for broad legal sales has been followed by anxiety and frustration across a swath of the industry. The state's top marijuana regulator, Lori Ajax, said after the hearing that the state remains in a challenging transition period as it attempts to transform what was once a largely illegal market into a multibillion-dollar, regulated economy.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Utah Firefighter Who Died In California Offered To Help
Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from Utah to help battle record-setting blazes in California. Burchett was hit by a falling tree and died Monday night while fighting the largest blaze in California history, the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. Cal Fire division chief Todd Derum told the Press Democrat that Burchett was battling flames downstream of a dam when he and three other firefighters were hit by the tree. Cal Fire did not respond to questions about the condition of the other firefighters.
US News

GOP Lawmaker Proposes California Utility Companies Pay Into A New State Fund To Defray Wildfire Costs
With negotiations intensifying over how California's electric utilities should help pay to fight wildfires, a prominent Republican lawmaker says the companies should contribute to a new multibillion-dollar fund that would help mitigate those expenses. The proposal by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) would create the California Wildfire Insurance Fund, a pool of money collected from utility companies that could be used to cover some of the “extraordinary costs arising from wildfires,” according to the draft legislation. The plan would help utilities that act prudently, while reducing the impact from future fires on utility ratepayers, Mayes said. “This fund ensures victims of wildfires can quickly rebuild their lives, and utility investors have to help pay for that,” he said.
Los Angeles Times

San Fernando Valley Mosquito Samples Confirmed Positive For West Nile Virus
Ten mosquito samples collected from six communities in the San Fernando Valley tested positive for West Nile virus, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District announced Monday. The samples were collected in Encino, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys, said Kelly Middleton, the district's director of community affairs. “We are beginning to see the anticipated increase in West Nile virus activity in the region," Middleton said. "Last week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a total of six human infections in the county so far this year, so the time to start taking this seriously is now."

Local Government News

Los Angeles Is First In US To Install Subway Body Scanners
Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday. The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's law enforcement division.

Van Nuys, LAX Airport Need Security Review After Man Finds Way Into Plane, Flies To Death, LA Leader Says
A city councilman said Tuesday that he wants officials at Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport to report on security protocols, in light of an incident last week in Seattle where an airline employee stole a plane belonging to his employer and crashed it after performing stunts and being chased by military jets. Richard Russell, 29, was the only occupant aboard the Horizon Air- owned Bombadier Q400 turboprop plane which was stolen Friday evening from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed on Ketron Island southwest of Tacoma.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County To Expand Mobile Shower Program For Homeless People
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand a pilot program to offer homeless people access to hygiene via mobile showers. The motion approved by the board will set aside up to $200,000 from Homeless Initiative funds to pay for the operation of one or more mobile shower trailers owned by the county's Office of Emergency Management. The county's chief executive officer will work with the Los Angeles Homeless Services
Los Angeles Times


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