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August 22, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Investigating Possible Road-Rage Shooting Of Lyft Driver In Glassell Park
Police are investigating a car-to-car shooting that left a Lyft driver shot in the head while two passengers were in his vehicle. The gunman is still on the loose as investigators try to piece together what happened. While police do not have a description of the suspect, they believe the shooter was possibly in a dark colored Toyota Prius, that may have had an Uber plaque in the window. The shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday near Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 40 in the Glassell Park area just north of downtown LA. The two passengers miraculously were not hurt. But the driver was hit several times.

SWAT Surround Fumigated Home In South LA After Possible Break-In
A South Los Angeles neighborhood was awakened early Wednesday morning after police responded to a report that a fumigated home was being burglarized. According to Los Angeles police, just before 3:30 a.m., SWAT and hazmat teams were called to a home in the 300 block of East 107th Street on a report that a tented home which was being fumigated had been broken into and the suspect may still be inside. The home was surrounded and officers donning masks eventually made entry, but found no one inside, police said. It was still unclear if anyone had burglarized the home or why police were called initially.

LAPD Releases Body-Cam Video Of Officers Who Exchanged Gunfire With Former UCLA And NBA Player Who Took Own Life
Police released body-camera video Tuesday of a Van Nuys standoff in July with Tyler Honeycutt that ended with the former UCLA and NBA player's death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The video, published Tuesday morning to the Los Angeles Police Department's YouTube channel, shows a brief exchange of gunfire between Honeycutt, 27, and an officer in tactical gear. The officer was peeking from behind a wall, pointing a rifle in the direction of the home, when a single shot was fired from a window. The officer immediately fired a round back in the direction of the window. The shots came after several minutes of dialogue between an LAPD negotiator and Honeycutt, who refused to leave the home after police arrived.
Los Angeles Daily News

Bystander Records Man Allegedly Posing As Uber Driver, Attempting To Lure 17-Year-Old Girl Into Car In Northridge
A Northridge man said he intervened when he saw a man attempting to lure a teenage girl into his car by pretending to be an Uber driver near the CSU Northridge campus. The 17-year-old victim said the driver was persistent, but drove off after being pressed for his credentials. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 21, 2018.
KTLA 5 Video

Hearing Set For Suspect In Police Pursuit Over Five Freeways
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 4 for a Los Angeles man charged with driving a stolen vehicle and leading police on a high-speed pursuit that stretched over five area freeways and ended with a crash. Loren Lee Nava, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly and driving a vehicle without consent, along with one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. Los Angeles police officers spotted the stolen Honda Civic Saturday, according to prosecutors.

Golden State Killer Suspect Is Facing New Charges, Will Be Tried In Sacramento County
A serial rapist terrorized a swath of Northern California in the 1970s, breaking into dozens of women's homes in attacks that spanned three years and sparked fear throughout the suburbs of Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More than 40 years later, prosecutors in Santa Ana announced Tuesday they had charged a man in those horrific crimes. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., who already faces 13 counts of murder as the suspected Golden State Killer, is now accused of 13 counts of kidnapping to commit a robbery as well. He will stand trial in Sacramento County.
Los Angeles Times

California Senate Sends Landmark Bill To Reform Cash-Bail System To Gov. Brown's Desk
California lawmakers on Tuesday passed a landmark bill that would overhaul the state's cash-bail system, replacing it with one that grants judges greater power to decide who should remain incarcerated ahead of trial. The proposal moved out of the chamber with a 26-12 vote and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who last year pledged to work with lawmakers and the state's top Supreme Court justice to pass the legislation. “Today, the legislature took an important step forward in reducing the inequities that have long plagued California's bail system,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday.

California Law To Ban Male Guard Pat-Downs Of Women Inmates
Male prison guards in California will be prohibited from pat-down searching of incarcerated women and viewing them while they are not fully dressed under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown announced he signed the bill Monday. It will take effect in 2019. The measure, AB2550, bans male guards from entering areas such as bathrooms where women are undressed. The bill authored by San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber contains exceptions for emergencies when female guards aren't available. It also permits male guards to pat down search female inmates at risk of escaping or harming themselves or others when a female officer is not available.

1,600 Attend Funeral For Detroit LEO Hit By Speeding SUV
More than 1,600 people attended the funeral for a newlywed police officer who was struck and killed by a speeding SUV outside a Detroit nightclub. A requiem Mass was held Monday for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he suffered 11 days earlier while helping with crowd control near the club on the city's west side. Shukur got married June 29. The Detroit News reports that Detroit Police Chief James Craig described Shukur as a "true American hero."
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Respond To Massive Blaze At Commercial Structure In Downtown Los Angeles
Nearly 100 firefighters on Wednesday morning were battling a raging inferno that erupted through the roof of a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles. The stubborn blaze began about 5 a.m. at a single-store structure in the 1300 block of Margo Street, where crews initially attacked the flames from atop the structure. About thirty minutes later, firefighters abandoned the rooftop and went into a defensive mode, dousing the fire with water cannons mounted on aerial ladders. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and the fire was prevented from spreading to adjacent buildings.

Firefighters On Mendocino Complex Endangered By Verizon Move To Limit Data Service, Fire Chief Says
Santa Clara County firefighters were dangerously hobbled by poor internet service while they were helping battle the monstrous Mendocino Complex fire in July because Verizon drastically slowed down the speed of its wireless data during the fire fight, the county's fire chief contends in a federal court filing. Despite having paid for what it thought was an unlimited data plan, the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District saw its data flow “throttled” down to 1/200th of its usual speed as it fought the complex — now the biggest wildfire in state history — because Verizon officials said it had exceeded its plan limit, district Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

L.A. Officials Take New Aim At Allenco Drill Site Near USC
Under a new plan being floated at City Hall, officials could try to block the reopening of a South Los Angeles oil site where neighbors once complained of nausea, nosebleeds and other ailments. The idea germinated last year, when Councilman Gil Cedillo said he wanted the city to use a rarely exercised power under its Municipal Code to cancel “oil drilling districts” that were no longer active. Such districts cover areas where oil and gas drilling has been authorized by the city. Cedillo was specifically eyeing the Allenco Energy Inc. site, which halted operations nearly five years ago amid a public outcry. 
Los Angeles Times


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