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August 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Phoenix Officer Critical After Exchanging Gunfire With Ambush Suspect
A Phoenix police officer and a suspect have been hospitalized in critical condition after exchanging gunfire during an encounter that the police chief called an ambush. Police said the shooting happened at about 8 p.m. Thursday after the officer in a marked police vehicle attempted a traffic stop in north Phoenix and the driver initially refused to stop. Preliminary information indicated that after the driver stopped, the suspect shot the approaching officer, who returned fire and struck the suspect, said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a department spokeswoman.
Associated Press

Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Illinois Officer's Crash Death
A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Thirty-five-year-old Jason Stoker of Chester didn't attend Thursday's sentencing hearing, but the judge accepted an agreement between prosecutors and the defense for the prison term. He's already in federal prison after being sentenced in May to 15 years in a case involving the sale of methamphetamine.
Associated Press

Detroit Police Officer Dies From Injuries After Aug. 4 Hit-and-Run
The Detroit Police Department said on Wednesday that officer Fadi Shukur, who was severely injured in a hit-and-run incident on August 4, has died overnight. Shukur, 30, had been with the department for a year and a half. "We stand here before you with a heavy heart," Chief James Craig said. "We want to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers. This is an especially difficult for them." Shukur was struck by a car while walking to his cruiser after responding to a crowd control call.
Detroit Free Press

LAPD Promotes First Black Woman To Position Of Deputy Chief
Mayor Eric Garcetti will be joined by other city officials Friday at a reception in Exposition Park for the first black woman promoted to the rank of deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Deputy Chief Regina Scott, formerly commander of the Office of Information Technology Bureau, has served in various positions in all bureaus of the LAPD. In her most recent post she headed up “the design, development and ongoing innovation of the department's automated computer systems,” according to an LAPD news release.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Creates Task Force To Crack Down On Illegal Street Racing
Thick smoke, loud exhausts and a need for speed - it's what some call a "street takeover," but police call it illegal street racing. Every traffic unit in the city is now armed with a special enforcement team. "We target locations where street racers gather. We deploy in those areas heavily. We try to block down the streets. We set down spike strips. We do everything we can to try to contain them," Sgt. Greg Fuqua said. It's an urgent issue for the department. They're still trying to find a driver involved in a Northridge crash that left four people dead in October. And it's not the only deadly crash in recent months. "Like the Canoga Speedway incident, where they were racing and the vehicle lost control, went up on the sidewalk and ended up killing three pedestrians," Fuqua said. 

Rapper Young Thug Arrested At Album Release Party
Rapper Young Thug was jailed Friday morning on a weapons charge after being arrested in Hollywood, police said. The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested just before midnight Thursday at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on suspicion of possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. Williams was held in lieu of a $35,000 bond, Madison said. Young Thug was holding a birthday and listening party at the Dave & Buster's restaurant at the Hollywood and Highland center Thursday night.
FOX 11

Pit Bull Found On South LA Streets Was Not Sexually Abused, LAPD Says
A pit bull that was suspected of being sexually assaulted, thrown from a car and left to die on a South Los Angeles street was not assaulted at all, and its cause of death remains a mystery, police said Thursday. "It is the forensic veterinarian's expert opinion the dog was not sexually assaulted by a person or animal,'' according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "... The opinion of both the treating and forensic veterinarian is that the cause of death is unknown. Lab tests on varying tissue samples are pending to help possibly identify cause of death."

LAPD Has Nearly 30 Cases Against Ex-USC Gynecologist
LAPD detectives have presented the Los Angeles County district attorney's office with nearly 30 cases for possible sex-crime charges against USC's former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, it was reported Friday. Capt. Billy Hayes, the head of LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, said Thursday that the cases were the result of a sweeping criminal investigation of Tyndall, who treated thousands of women at USC's student health center during a nearly three-decade career, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Times revealed in May that Tyndall was accused repeatedly of misconduct by patients and staff but continued treating students until 2016.

More Charges For Man Accused In Silver Lake Trader Joe's Death
With prosecutors announcing additional charges against him, bail was increased to $23.1 million Thursday for the man accused of engaging in a gun battle with police that led to the shooting death of a Silver Lake Trader Joe's assistant manager who was struck by a police officer's bullet. Gene Evin Atkins, 28, appeared in court in downtown Los Angeles, but in light of the new charges, including counts of kidnapping and carjacking, his arraignment was postponed until Sept. 19. Atkins is charged with the July 21 killing of Melyda Corado, 27, even though he did not fire the shot that struck her.
Los Angeles Daily News

Search Underway For Missing LA County Fire Captain
Authorities asked for the public's help Thursday in locating a missing 43-year-old Newhall man. Wayne Stuart Habell was last seen leaving his home in Newhall at 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to Deputy Trina Schrader with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Habell is white, 6 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has short brown and blonde hair and green eyes, Schrader said. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and plaid shorts, Schrader said. His vehicle is a 2008 black Chrysler Aspen with California license plate 6KMB757.
FOX 11

Proposal To Create State-Chartered Banks For California Marijuana Industry Fails To Advance
State lawmakers on Thursday shelved a proposal to allow the state to license private banks to handle the billions of dollars expected to be generated by the state's legal marijuana industry amid questions about the plan's feasibility. Voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016 to legalize growing, possessing and selling marijuana for recreational use, but newly licensed pot shops and farms say they cannot put their money in federally chartered banks because cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) proposed that the state could license special privately financed banks that would issue checks to the businesses to pay rent and state and local taxes and fees, and to compensate vendors for goods and services provided to their businesses.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmakers Consider Proposal to Eliminate Bail
California would be the first state to completely end bail for defendants awaiting trial under a proposal unveiled Thursday that would create a new system to instead jail people based on their risk level. The plan calls for most suspects arrested for nonviolent misdemeanors to be released within 12 hours of being booked, while those facing serious, violent felonies would not be eligible for pretrial release. Courts and the state's Judicial Council would have wide latitude to determine whether to release other suspects before trial based on the likelihood they'll return to court and the danger they pose. To be released from jail before trial in the current system, many defendants must post bail or property that can be forfeited if they fail to appear in court.
US News

Federal Judge Likely To Allow Suit To Force California To Make All Portions Of Execution Public
A federal judge said Thursday that he was inclined to rule against a motion by the state of California to dismiss much of a lawsuit that seeks to make public all portions of executions. Several news outlets, including The Times, and the ACLU Foundation of Northern California have sued the state to allow public access to the mixing of the chemicals for lethal injections. The suit also seeks to permit the media to observe attempts to administer medical aide to inmates when executions are botched. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg said he was inclined “at least at this junction” to deny the state's motion to dismiss those parts of the suit.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Carr Fire: Redding Firefighter Was Trapped, Killed By 1,000-Foot-Wide Fire Tornado
A massive fire tornado spawned during the Carr Fire trapped and killed a firefighter while decimating a swath of Redding on July 26, according to a new report detailing the horrific incident. The fire whirl struck around 7:30 p.m., reaching speeds up to 165 mph – the equivalent strength of an EF-3 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale, according to an 18-page Cal Fire report. It was approximately 1,000 feet in diameter at its base; the interior temperature peaked in excess of 2,700 degrees.

Why California's Largest Fire In History Is So Difficult To Contain
Each day on the front lines of California's largest wildfire, firefighters start their shifts noting their safety zones and escape routes. Flames from the Mendocino Complex are still ripping through thousands of acres a day of steep, mountainous terrain packed with dead oak trees — standing and fallen — and littered with leaves and pine needles. Crews are on especially high alert this week after a firefighter who traveled from Draper City, Utah, to help battle the blaze died Monday while working on an active stretch. Every five or 10 minutes, they're encouraged to “look up, look around and make a sound.” 
Los Angeles Times

California Fires: Firefighters Make Big Gains Containing Biggest Fires
Helped by cooler temperatures and lower humidity, firefighters across California have gained the upper hand this week on the massive wildfires that have been burning hundreds of thousands of acres across the state this summer. As of Thursday, the three largest fires — the Carr Fire near Redding, the Mendocino Complex Fire near Clear Lake and the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park — were all more than 70 percent contained. “We are wrapping up a lot of these fires,” said Scott McLean, deputy chief of Cal Fire, the state's primary firefighting agency.
Mercury News

Local Government News

Metrolink Receives $6.5 Million To Improve SoCal Rail Operations
Metrolink was awarded $6.5 million Thursday in state funding to begin design, rail operations modeling and environmental assessment on a $10 billion plan to improve regional rail before for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The funding from the California Transportation Commission is for the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion -- or SCORE -- Program, and is the first down payment on an $856 million grant from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and Senate Bill 1 to modernize the state's transportation infrastructure.

LA Looking At $590M Downtown Streetcar Line
A Los Angeles City Council committee is looking at the funding plan to build, operate and maintain a streetcar line downtown. The four-mile streetcar line would travel through key parts of downtown and could be funded through a combination of federal grants, county Metro funds and local dollars. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents much of the downtown area, called the project "shovel-ready" with $590 million in secured funding.

Gondolas From Union Station To Dodger Stadium One Step Closer To Becoming A Reality
It's not quite a mission to Mars, but people seem just as excited at the news the plan to send people to Dodger Stadium through the air might be one step closer to becoming a reality. Los Angeles Metro on Tuesday sent a formal request for information on the proposed aerial tram project floated back in April. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted the gondola plan “has taken another key step forward,” saying that when it is completed, it “is expected to carry 5,000+ passengers per hour in each direction & take less than 5 min to go between Union Station & Dodgers Stadium.”


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