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August 28, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Victim In Florida Shooting Was An LA Local
One of the fatalities has now been identified as Southern California native, Elijah Clayton. In the gaming world he was known as "True"... sometimes True-boy. In life, videos show him playing games like Madden 19 and saying things like, "My favorite part of the game is running the football." And, Elijah Clayton - often called Eli - was highly regarded in the virtual world of gaming. He had a reputation of being a guy people liked. He attended Calabasas High School in 2014, but for the three years before that he went to Chaminade College Preparatory High School where classes on this Monday started with a sober announcement on the PA system.
FOX 11

Hawthorne Woman Pleads No Contest To Leading Police On Wild L.A. Chase In Stolen U-Haul Truck
A 36-year-old Hawthorne woman was sentenced to five years probation this week after pleading no contest to leading officers on a chase in Los Angeles in a stolen U-Haul truck last year, hitting three vehicles and only stopping when she slammed into a police car. Shante “Nine Lives” Johnson must serve six years in state prison if she violates her probation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. She must also complete a one-year residential drug-abuse and mental-health program. On Nov. 9, police spotted the stolen truck near 61st Street and Broadway and tried to pull Johnson over, but she took off. The wild chase ended shortly after she rammed a police car near 7th Street and South Central Avenue. Johnson pleaded no contest Thursday to one felony count each of evading police while driving recklessly, and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer using a car, according to the D.A.'s Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Accused Of Serial Dining-and-Dashing, Leaving Women He Met Online To Foot Bill, Faces 10 Felony Counts: L.A. County Prosecutors
A man lambasted as the “dine-and-dash dater” after being accused of meeting women at restaurants across the Los Angeles area only to leave them with the bill pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and extortion on Monday, prosecutors said. Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, allegedly connected with a string of women through dating apps and websites and invited them out to dinner between May 2016 and this April with the intent of using them as a meal ticket, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. He arranged dates at restaurants in Pasadena, Long Beach, Burbank and Los Angeles, where he ordered and consumed food and drinks, then disappeared before the bill had been paid, the DA's office said.

Transient Detained After Jumping Fence At LAX, Heading Toward Plane: Officials
A man was taken into custody Monday afternoon after he hopped a fence surrounding Los Angeles International Airport, triggering a massive police response, officials stated. Witnesses said the man was acting strangely before he jumped a perimeter fence surrounding the tarmac and began heading toward a departing Delta plane. At one point, he was seen doing push-ups on a runway. Police quickly detained the man, but the ensuing investigation shut down the tarmac for a time, impacting incoming and outbound flights.

LA Deputy Revives Baby Boy Who Wasn't Breathing Before Taking Him To Long Beach Hospital
A baby boy is hospitalized Tuesday morning in stable condition after being resuscitated by a sheriff's deputy following a traffic stop in Lakewood. Deputy Tyler Milton spotted a vehicle driving erratically on Lakewood Boulevard approaching the 91 Freeway about 10:20 p.m. Monday and initiated a traffic stop, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle stopped, and a man exited the vehicle with a 9-month-old baby boy who was not breathing, Koerner said. Deputy Milton put out a call for help and began trying to resuscitate the boy. Deputy Alissa Farrington arrived and transported Milton and the boy to a hospital, said Koerner.
Los Angeles Daily News

Trial Begins For Six Alleged Gang Members Charged In Three Murders
Six alleged gang members accused of killing three people for “sport” — two homeless men and a 15-year-old rival gang member — and wounding four others in a series of shootings in Lennox, Carson and Gardena in 2015 and 2016 went on trial Monday. Deputy District Attorney Heather Steggell told jurors during her opening statement that all six are charged with murder and are members of a “violent, ruthless criminal street gang” made up primarily of Pacific Islanders. Like other gangs, they commit “graffiti, robberies, burglaries, assault with deadly weapons and murder,” but the difference with this gang, Steggell said is that they “will shoot anybody.”

Bill To Tally Untested Rape Kits Across California On Way To Gov. Brown
California would require law enforcement agencies to disclose their number of untested rape kits under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, while another bill to require speedy testing of the evidence awaits approval in the Legislature. AB3118, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would create the first statewide tally of untested rape kits — evidence collected after a sexual assault — by mandating law enforcement agencies to count and report how many they have to the Department of Justice by July 1, 2019. The bill passed the Assembly in a 57-0 vote on Monday. The Senate passed the bill 39-0 on Thursday. Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto it.
San Francisco Chronicle

California Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Who Can Possess Firearms
California lawmakers on Monday approved a trio of bills that would reduce the number of people with access to firearms, including lifetime bans on owning guns for people convicted of domestic violence and individuals placed on involuntary psychiatric holds twice in a year by the courts. The three bills now head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) proposed a lifetime gun ban on those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which extends the current 10-year prohibition in state law. “We must do more to ensure the safety of our survivors of domestic violence,” Rubio told her colleagues Monday.
Los Angeles Times

Plans On Making Untraceable 3D Guns Can't Be Posted Online
A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk. The states sued to stop an agreement that the government had reached with Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, saying guidelines on how to print undetectable plastic guns could be acquired by felons or terrorists. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik extended a temporary restraining order, and his new decision will last until the case is resolved.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Respond To Flare-Up In Orange County Area Burned By Holy Fire
A flare-up ignited Monday and charred 150 acres in the Cleveland National Forest where the Holy fire recently burned in Orange County, prompting a renewed response from firefighters, authorities said. Fire crews were sent out to Santiago Peak near Trabuco Canyon after video from a stationary camera in the area showed flames and smoke billowing from the hillside at about 10 a.m. The Holy fire, which has burned 22,986 acres in Orange and Riverside counties since Aug. 6, was listed as being fully contained as of 9:20 a.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire. Authorities said no homes are currently threatened.
Los Angeles Times

West Nile Virus Found In Many San Fernando Valley Neighborhoods, Also Montebello And La Mirada
The West Nile virus continues to be detected in mosquitoes in the San Fernando Valley, Montebello and La Mirada, with 19 positive samples collected since early July, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reported Monday. The positive samples were collected in Burbank, Encino, La Mirada, Montebello, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley and Van Nuys in the period between July 3 and Aug. 16. West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito and is a leading cause of severe infections of the nervous system among adults over 50 in Los Angeles County. There is no cure for West Nile virus.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Lawmakers Find Critics On Both Sides As They Unveil Effort To Help Utilities Pay Wildfire Costs
A far-reaching proposal to assist electric utility companies faced with covering billions of dollars in wildfire damage was unveiled Friday to intense debate over whether ratepayers would end up saddled with some of the bill for California's worst-ever fire year. With time running out before the California Legislature adjourns for the year, lawmakers released a plan that would allow utilities to use payments from customers to help underwrite the cost of wildfire liability. Some of the biggest wildfires since 2017 — which destroyed thousands of homes — have been caused by downed power lines, and at least one major utility has said it faces insolvency without help in covering the costs.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Sylmar's Newest Park Isn't Huge, But For An LA That Needs More Parks, It's A Big Deal
In the middle of a park-opening ceremony, before the ribbon was even cut, 1-year-old Alina Marin took the inaugural ride down the slide at San Fernando Road Park—the newest park in Sylmar, which opened Monday. Officials said that this park represents a larger effort by the city of Los Angeles to increase the number of recreation areas in historically park-poor neighborhoods, like Sylmar. “As we continue to build housing, we need to create the open space that allows families to come out and recreate, and have healthy lifestyles,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, who represents the city's 7th District.
Los Angeles Daily News

Metrolink Offers Special Weekend Trains During LA County Fair
Metrolink will offer special weekend trains to take visitors to the Los Angeles County Fair, it was announced Tuesday. Metrolink San Bernardino Line trains will take passengers to the Fairplex Station in Pomona, then provide a free shuttle to take visitors to the front gate of the Fair for a cost of $10 per round trip, according to a statement from Metrolink. The service will be offered each of the four weekends of the Fair, beginning this Saturday and includes Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the statement said. The Fair is scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 23.


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