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August 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

All 3 Suspects Wanted In New Jersey Ambush Arrested
The remaining two men sought in connection with the ambush shooting of two New Jersey police detectives earlier this month have been arrested. Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson said in a statement Tuesday that 19-year-old Alexander DeJesus and 26-year-old Ammar Hall had been arrested in Philadelphia. Twenty-year-old Juan Figueroa was arrested Saturday in Gloucester City, New Jersey. All three men face charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapon offenses. The plainclothes detectives were wounded as they sat in their unmarked SUV at a red light on Aug. 7.
Associated Press

New Details Emerge In Killing Of Colorado Deputy
Charges won't be filed in the Feb. 5 shootout in which El Paso County sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick and suspected car thief Manuel Zetina were killed and bystander Thomas Villanueva was partially paralyzed, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. The DA's Office said the officers “acted reasonably” when they shot Zetina after he unleashed a hail of bullets, wounding four officers and Villanueva, all “before any member of law enforcement fired their weapons.” The report recounts for the first time the harrowing last moments of Flick's life and what District Attorney Dan May called the “horrible tragedy that struck our community.”
The Gazette

2 Sought In Robbery Of South L.A. Subway Restaurant
Two people are being sought in the Wednesday night robbery of a South Los Angeles Subway restaurant, which could be tied to a series of recent robberies involving the fast-food chain. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 23, 2018.
KTLA 5 Video

After Months Of Looting, Suspect Captured In Spree Of Apartment Burglaries In Koreatown
Authorities have arrested a suspect in a spree of apartment burglaries in Koreatown that spanned the past 18 months. The Los Angeles Police Department reported Wednesday that a man had been caught in connection with at least 21 apartment burglaries dating from February 24 to Aug. 3. The suspect was identified as 54-year-old Marcelino Lopez. Police estimated that in all the burglaries, Lopez stole about $200,000 worth of cash, jewelry and property. Officials said in one burglary he stole about $48,000 — from a family saving their money to buy a home. None of the property or cash has been recovered, police said. Police said Lopez mostly struck on Fridays (nine times) and between 2-5 p.m. Back in April, LAPD released surveillance video of the wanted man.

Man Pleads ‘No Contest' In Fatal Hollywood Stabbing
A homeless man pleaded ‘no contest' to a voluntary manslaughter charge Wednesday for stabbing another homeless man to death during an argument in Hollywood last year. Alex Conn Vasquez, 24, is expected to receive 28 years to life in state prison at sentencing next month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement. In addition to the manslaughter charge, he also admitted personally using a knife and having prior criminal convictions. The killing took place on June 12, 2017. “The defendant got into an altercation with victim Jimmy Bradford, 47, who was also homeless, near the 101 Freeway and Hollywood Boulevard,” the D.A.'s office statement said. “Vasquez stabbed Bradford twice in the back.”

Police Test Out New Nonlethal Weapon In Westminster
Police gathered in Westminster Wednesday to try out a new nonlethal weapon designed to help officers avoid having to resort to their guns when subduing suspects. Las Vegas-based Wrap Technologies demonstrated its "BolaWrap," designed to tangle up suspects in a long cord, without causing serious injuries. The handheld plastic device resembled the Tasers already carried on the duty belts of many law enforcement officers. But rather than electrified wires to shock a suspect into submission, the BolaWrap is based on an ancient weapon made up of a rope or cord attached by two weights, used to wrap around and immobilize adversaries.

With Gun Killings Down In Oakland, Police Credit Ceasefire Program
Oakland police officials say they believe the driving factor in a roughly 50 percent drop in gun-related killings and injuries in the past seven years has been a partnership with community organizations in an effort called Ceasefire that focuses on people considered most at-risk of becoming a shooter or victim. The Oakland Ceasefire program, which was launched in early 2013 and mirrors similar initiatives across the country, provides certain individuals the opportunity to receive help and mentoring in what are known as “call-ins,” a bid to guide them away from future harm. These people are also warned that continued violence could lead to the death or targeted prosecution of them or their associates.
San Francisco Chronicle

Alleged Golden State Killer To Face 26 Charges In One Sacramento Trial
District attorneys from six counties announced in a Tuesday press conference that their separate cases against Joseph DeAngelo will be consolidated into a single case. 
KPCC Audio

Survey: Fewer California Teens Use Marijuana Even
As Legalization Kicks In Marijuana use among California students dropped in recent years, even as laws legalizing the drug for adults 21 and older started to kick in, according to the latest state-commissioned California Healthy Kids Survey. One possible reason is that students told surveyors marijuana is harder to get now than it was a few years ago. Legalization advocates are calling the results early evidence that regulating marijuana protects kids better than banning it — a pattern that has so far played out in other states. “These initial reports confirm that legalizing and regulating cannabis doesn't increase youth marijuana use, but rather it has the opposite effect,” said Ellen Komp, deputy director of the California chapter of the advocacy group NORML.
Orange County Register

California Lawmakers Move To Help Expunge Pot-Related Convictions
With marijuana legalized by the state's voters, Californians with past convictions for cannabis-related offenses would get state help in expunging their records under a bill sent by lawmakers to the governor on Wednesday. Proposition 64, which state voters approved in 2016, legalized the sale and use of marijuana for recreational use and permitted those with past convictions for the activity to petition the courts to clear their records. But state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) told his colleagues Wednesday that the process is complicated, and many with pot convictions do not know about the opportunity. AB 1793, which was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday, “creates a simpler pathway for Californians to turn the page,” Wiener said during the floor debate.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LA County Health Officials Warn Of Botulism Tied To Black Tar Heroin
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it has identified three suspected cases of botulism associated with the use of black tar heroin, in addition to three cases potentially identified in June. The department issued a public warning that black tar heroin in Los Angeles may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause wound botulism, a serious illness which can lead to death. Intravenous drug users are at greatest risk, especially if injecting contaminated heroin under their skin or into their muscle. “We normally see two to three cases of botulism among heroin users per year, so this is a significant increase,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County's health officer. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Meet The New Aedes Mosquito Spreading Misery Around
A Wide Swath Of Southern California Desperate and miserable, Luz Flores of San Pedro took to social media for advice on the evening of Monday, August 20. “Is anyone else getting these bites in their legs and arms? These are extremely itchy, swollen, hot and hurting … any help is much appreciated. Tried cooling, alcohol, warm spoon, peroxide and nothing helps the itching!” Flores, 46, soon found out she wasn't alone, after 200-plus responses quickly piled onto the Facebook thread. “Me too, I have mosquitos all over!!!!!” one commenter wrote. “Horrible! Those mosquitos are vicious!” posted another. Meet your new neighbors: tiny but aggressive mosquitoes in the Aedes genus. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. Scooter Companies To Receive Cease-and-Desist Letters From City
The immediate future of dockless electric scooters in Los Angeles landed in a gray area today when a Department of Transportation official said any company operating scooters outside of established pilot programs in the city will be receiving a cease-and-desist letter by next week. The problem is -- the DOT says there are no established pilot programs for scooters in the city, only for dockless bicycles. That means technically every company that has electric scooters operating anywhere in the city will be receiving such a letter.

The Icon At Panorama Project Moves Forward After City Officials Reject Appeal
A Los Angeles City Council committee has rejected an appeal that challenged a mixed-use project in Panorama City that seeks to transform a long-vacant department store with hundreds of apartments, shops and restaurants. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved the $150-million Icon at Panorama development that is poised to redevelop an old, languishing Montgomery Ward, once a key destination in the San Fernando Valley's retail scene and bring more than 600 residential units to the area.
Los Angeles Daily News


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