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August 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

1 Of 3 Sought In New Jersey Ambush Police Officer Shooting Arrested
Police say one of three men sought in connection with an ambush shooting of two New Jersey police detectives earlier this month has been arrested. Camden police said in a Twitter post Saturday that 20-year-old Juan Figueroa had been captured. He and the others are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. The unnamed plainclothes detectives were wounded Aug. 7 as they sat in their SUV at a red light in Camden. One had a wound to the bicep and forearm and the other was struck in the hand. Both were treated and released.
Associated Press

Louisiana K-9 Fatally Shot During Suspect Pursuit
A K-9 with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office was fatally shot early Friday morning as he attempted to apprehend a suspect. reported that deputies arrived to arrest a suspect Friday evening in Lincoln Parish. The man was believed to have shot his girlfriend in the head earlier in the day. As they arrived on scene, the man ran into a wooded area behind the house. K-9 Boco was released and shortly thereafter deputies heard five to seven gunshots, KNOE reported. Boco, who had been with the Sheriff's department for three years, was like family, deputies told KNOE.

Veteran Colorado Deputy Shot, In Stable Condition Following Surgery
The deputy wounded Wednesday night during a shootout with a suspect on NW C Street in Greeley is Brandon Stupka, a 10-year veteran of the Weld County Sheriff's Office assigned to the patrol division. Stupka underwent more than two hours of surgery at North Colorado Medical Center following the shooting for wounds to his thigh and abdomen, Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said Thursday morning. Stupka is in stable condition at the hospital, but has additional surgeries scheduled for today. The additional surgeries are "less significant" than what Stupka endured last night, Reams said. "My deputy is going to be OK, and that's what's most important," Reams said.
Greeley Tribune, Colorado

LAPD Investing In New Non-Lethal Tool To Subdue Belligerent Suspects: ‘Foam Batons' Fired From Launchers
After seeing cases in which bean-bag shotguns and stun-guns failed to end confrontations with belligerent suspects, Los Angeles police leaders have begun to invest in a new non-lethal tool that has more firepower and which they believe will be more effective. Last year, the Los Angeles Police Department bought hundreds of launchers that shoot small “foam batons” after a trial period during which patrol officers tested them. In July, Chief Michel Moore publicly touted the launchers, which shoot foam batons with enough force to make a suspect fall over in pain. “The effectiveness of our less-lethal tools allowing officers to avoid the use of deadly force appears to have declined,” Moore told reporters that day.
Los Angeles Daily News

Lyft Driver Shot In Head In ‘Road Rage' Incident In Glassell Park
A Lyft driver was recovering from surgery Sunday after he was shot in the head during what police say was a road rage incident that may have involved an Uber driver in Glassell Park. The victim had just picked up two passengers near Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 40 before 5 a.m. on Aug. 19 when he got into an argument with another driver, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Roberto Alaniz said. Witnesses told police the gunman fired multiple times from a dark colored vehicle with an Uber sticker displayed. The Lyft driver then lost control of his car and sheared a nearby fire hydrant. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Crashes Stolen Rolls-Royce Following Pursuit In Hollywood: LAPD
A suspect was in custody after a Rolls-Royce was stolen and crashed while fleeing authorities in Hollywood, officials said. Two pickup drivers at the scene told KTLA they had been involved in the crash, one of them an on-duty employee for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The collision occurred around 5:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Franklin Avenue, L.A. Police Officer Tony Im said. Despite the impact, the Rolls was able to continue, but eventually stopped near the intersection of Franklin and Las Palmas avenues. Footage from the scene showed the car had dealership plates.

Death Of 2-Year-Old Boy Prompts LAPD Investigation
Damien Ventura, a healthy, smiling boy who loved dinosaurs, cars and sharks, made a trip to Disneyland and celebrated his upcoming third birthday with a dinosaur piñata early last month, relatives and friends said. Within days, he had died. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the night of July 3. Damien, suspected of being a victim of physical abuse, had been pronounced dead just before 7 p.m., according to his case file with the county Department of Children and Family Services. No arrests have been made, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Body Of Missing L.A. County Fire Captain Found In Santa Barbara County
The body of a Los Angeles County Fire Department captain who went missing earlier this week was found Saturday in Santa Barbara County, authorities said. According to Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Robertson, family members identified the man as Wayne Stuart Habell, 43, who was last seen leaving his home in Newhall on Monday morning. He was allegedly on his way to the gym. Four days later, Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the Hot Springs Canyon Trail in Montecito and discovered that the car was registered to Habell.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Allegedly Steals At Least $35K Worth Of Merchandise From L.A. County Malls
A woman was arrested for allegedly stealing merchandise worth thousands of dollars from various shopping centers in Los Angeles County, officials announced Friday. Tiffany Mathis, a 35-year-old Inglewood resident, was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Detectives investigating a petty theft incident on July 9 at the Macy's store in Glendale Galleria identified Mathis as a suspect, according to the Glendale Police Department. They learned that the woman had been advertising stolen merchandise on her Facebook and Instagram accounts and selling them from her van in L.A., the agency said.

Minnesota PD Outfits Officers With Gun-Mounted Cameras
A west-suburban law enforcement agency is permanently outfitting its officers with lightweight cameras mounted on their handguns, marking them among the first in the state to adopt the homegrown technology amid calls for transparency in police shootings. Gary Kroells, the police chief for the West Hennepin County Safety Department, which serves Independence and Maple Plain, said that each of his 10 officers will carry the weapon-mounted cameras at a cost of $7,200 — significantly less expensive than body cameras. The department tried out the cameras for the past year as part of a pilot project. A few months ago, the Farmington Police Department began carrying the devices.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Public Safety News

Fitness Competition Held In Honor Of Fallen Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa
A special event is being held at the Battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro on Saturday in honor of fallen Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Dave Rosa. The gathering is being billed as a fitness competition that will showcase what it takes to stay in shape in order to handle some of the toughest and most dangerous work that service members and first responders accomplish, according to organizers. California Warrior Fit is hosting the event, which is taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Battleship USS Iowa is located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd. Proceeds from the tribute event will benefit military, firefighter and other first-responder organizations.

Woman Found Dead In Silver Lake Apartment Fire
Firefighters found an elderly woman dead Friday night in a fire in a cluttered Silver Lake apartment. The blaze in the 2800 block of West Riverside Drive was reported at about 7:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews arrived on scene to find flames coming from inside the third-floor unit. While extinguishing the fire, crews discovered the victim's body inside. Her name was not released. The blaze, which was quickly knocked down within 15 minutes, did not spread to any other apartments in the four-story complex, which has 160 units. LAFD said.

PG&E's Bid To Change Wildfire Liability Rules Appears Dead For Now
As fires burned across Northern California last fall, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. launched a lobbying campaign whose outcome could mean billion of dollars for the utility. PG&E, joined by California's other big utility companies, pushed Sacramento to change a system that holds them financially liable for any wildfires sparked by their equipment, whether or not they followed the state's safety rules. They found a powerful ally in Gov. Jerry Brown, who argued that as wildfires increase in size and intensity, the current system risks destabilizing the companies that supply the state's electricity. The utilities' 10-month lobbying push, however, appears to have failed. At least for now.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

With An Epidemic Of Mental Illness On The Streets, Counties Struggle To Spend Huge Cash Reserves
When California voters passed a tax on high-income residents in 2004, backers said it would make good on the state's “failed promise” to help counties pay for the treatment of the mentally ill. After nearly 15 years, Proposition 63 — the Mental Health Services Act — has steered billions of dollars to the counties across the state. But huge sums remain unspent at a time when mental illness has become an epidemic among the homeless population. As of June 2017, $1.6 billion was being held in reserve in nearly three-quarters of the counties in the state. In Los Angeles County, the Department of Mental Health had accumulated nearly $900 million. The unspent funds are believed to have increased in the fiscal year that ended June 30, but figures were not yet available.
Los Angeles Times

NoHo West Developers Say 642 Apartments Will Be Built At Former Site Of Laurel Plaza
In North Hollywood The future of the former site of Laurel Plaza in North Hollywood took on some clarity this week after developers announced specific plans for how many apartments will be built at the site. Since it closed in 2016, the former Macy's building at Laurel Plaza has been the focus of a steady rise in construction work, spurred by plans long on the table to repurpose the 25-acre site near the 170 Freeway into NoHoWest, a mixed-used Valley hub, complete with apartments, retail and creative work space. But the scope of the residential component and some of its details were unclear. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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