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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles is but a small percentage of the info available to the community policing and neighborhood activist. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view. We present this simply as a convenience to our readership.
"News of the Week"  

August, 2018 - Week 3
MJ Goyings
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Many thanks to our very own "MJ" Goyings, a resident of Ohio,
for her daily research that provides us with the news related material that appears on the LACP & NAASCA web sites.
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Law Enforcement News

Seven Hurt, Including Two LAPD Officers, In Lake Balboa Crash
A roll-over collision in Lake Balboa Monday night involving two vehicles, one of them a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser, left seven people injured, including two officers. A civilian SUV overturned in the crash, which was reported about 8:05 p.m. in the 6400 block of Hayvenhurst Avenue, near Victory Boulevard, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A total of nine people, two of them uninjured juveniles who were in the SUV, were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Humphrey said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Hit-and-Run After Girlfriend Fatally Struck By Truck In South L.A.
A man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run after his girlfriend got out of the truck he was driving and was fatally struck in South L.A., authorities announced Monday. The incident occurred about 8:55 p.m. Aug. 11 near the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard in the Historic South-Central neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman got out of a pick up truck driven by Rudy Zacarias for an unknown reason while the truck was still moving. The victim was hit by the rear tires of the truck, police said. She was taken to a hospital where she eventually died from her injuries. Zacarias, 24, allegedly drove away from the scene.
KTLA 5

As LAUSD Students Return To School, LAPD Hopes To Prevent Traffic Tragedies
Retired Los Angeles police Detective William Bustos will never forget the crossing guard who was fatally struck by a car one fall morning in 2000 in North Hollywood. William Hooper, 60, of Tujunga succumbed to the injuries he sustained on the job while helping students cross the street to Lankershim Elementary School. The young driver who struck him had been blinded by the sun's glare. “It was very tragic,” said Bustos, who investigated that collision. “We don't want it to happen again.” The reserve officer plans to return to the same school Tuesday, Aug. 14, with an important safety message for parents, students and the general public: pay attention, abide by the rules of the road and use common sense, including keeping your windshield clean. “A child cannot get his or her education if he cannot make it to school safely,” Bustos said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Video Shows Man Touching, Exposing Himself On Expo Line Train
A woman headed home on the Expo Line late Monday night got an unwelcome show – a man touching and exposing himself through his shorts. So the woman whipped hers out – a cell phone. She recorded video of the man reclining on the seat with his back against the train, one foot up on the seat, his elbow resting on his knee. The lewd display happened at about 10:45 p.m. Monday on the Expo Line out of the Sepulveda station. The man wore sunglasses, a black T-shirt and what appeared to be green shorts. As soon as he exited the train on Bundy, she alerted the train's conductor, but he said he couldn't do anything to detain the man. So she filed a police report with the LAPD.
CBS 2

Caught On Video: Man Attempts To Break Into Studio City Home
Cameras were rolling as a man attempted to break into a Studio City home early Sunday morning, on Aug. 5. The suspect attempts to get into the home after watching a woman go inside moments earlier, near the corner of Moorpark Street and Colfax Avenue. Following the incident, the homeowners have been very vigilant, making their own flyers and posting on their "Next Door" app about this attempted home invasion. The woman in the video is a cousin of the home owners, and she was visiting from out of town. She was coming home after a late night out, and a man can be seen attempting to break into the home minutes later.
NBC 4

Report: LAPD Looking Into Video Of Man Who Spanked Hippo At LA Zoo
He might have done it for the ‘Gram, but now a man who crossed a barricade guarding a hippopotamus enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo is looking at potential trespassing charges after he was filmed spanking one of the animals. The Los Angeles Times reports the video started making the rounds on social media last week. It shows a man slowly climbing a metal guardrail, inching his way towards a 4-year-old hippo and its mother, the paper said. He then slaps Rosie, the young pachyderm, and immediately retreats before holding up his hands triumphantly. Rosie and mother Mara seem startled by the hit.
CBS 2

Golden State Killer Suspect Is Charged With 13th Murder, This Time In Tulare County
Claude Snelling woke in the night 42 years ago to find a man in his Visalia backyard trying to abduct his 16-year-old daughter. He tried to intervene and was fatally shot. Tulare County prosecutors on Monday filed a murder charge against Joseph DeAngelo, 72, bringing the deaths he is accused of to 13 and resolving four decades of police disagreement over whether the Visalia attacker was the same person suspected of killing a Sacramento suburban couple and later raping and slaying 10 people in Southern California — crimes now attributed to the Golden State Killer.
Los Angeles Times

California High Court Sides With Police In Fight Over Chase Crashes
The California Supreme Court on Monday rejected a lawsuit that could have made it easier to hold police in the state liable for crashes during pursuits. A state law that gives law enforcement agencies broad protection from lawsuits arising from such collisions does not require that every officer attest to having read the agency's pursuit policy, the court ruled unanimously. The ruling came in a lawsuit against the Southern California city of Gardena by Irma Ramirez, whose son was killed in 2015 after an officer bumped his pickup truck during a chase. Under the state law, law enforcement agencies are immune from liability if they have a written pursuit policy, provide annual training about chases and require that all officers certify in writing that they have read and understood the policy.
NBC 4

482 California Cities Oppose Plan To Allow Pot Delivery In Areas Where Storefronts Are Banned
California cities on Monday objected to a state proposal that would allow marijuana delivery to homes in areas where storefront pot sales have been banned locally. The changes, which are being considered by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, “will undermine a city's ability to effectively regulate cannabis at the local level,” said Charles Harvey, a legislative representative for the League of California Cities, in a letter to the bureau. The cities group, which represents the state's 482 municipalities, supports other changes to clarify the rules of Proposition 64, which was approved by voters in 2016 and allows the growing and sale of marijuana for recreational use.
KTLA 5

NY Police, Towns Use Drone Technology As Their Eyes In The Sky
Long Island municipalities and police departments are flying drones — once used primarily by the military and hobbyists — for public safety, firefighting and town planning. Officials are using drone footage to guide firefighters at perilous scenes, monitor municipal property and evaluate storm damage. Most recently, state park police flew drones to look for sharks last month after two children were reported bitten in the ocean off Fire Island. “It's become one of our go-to tools very quickly,” Smithtown Public Safety Chief John Valentine said. Smithtown, one of Long Island's earliest and most aggressive adopters of drone technology, began using drones to conduct damage assessments after superstorm Sandy in 2012 and has since expanded to other planning and public safety applications. 
Newsday

Utah Code-Enforcement Officer Murdered On-Duty
Police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a code-enforcement officer and are investigating a nearby house fire as arson. Police said Jill Robinson, 52, was conducting a routine follow-up Thursday morning. They say Kevin Wayne Billings, 64, allegedly shot Robinson and set fire to her city vehicle. He was booked into jail for investigation of aggravated arson and aggravated murder and for arson, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. A deputy police chief told the Tribune that code-enforcement officers are city employees and are unarmed. They typically deal with issues such as weed control and abandoned vehicles.
PoliceOne

Police Bodycams Can be Hacked to Doctor Footage
At the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, though, one researcher will present findings that many body cameras on the market today are vulnerable to remote digital attacks, including some that could result in the manipulation of footage. Josh Mitchell, a consultant at the security firm Nuix, analyzed five body camera models from five different companies: Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc. The companies all market their devices to law enforcement groups around the US. Mitchell's presentation does not include market leader Axon—although the company did acquire Vievu in May.
Wired

Public Safety News

Firefighter From Utah Dies Battling Mendocino Complex, The Largest Wildfire In California
A firefighter from Utah died Monday battling the largest wildfire in recorded California history, marking the latest fatality in a fire season that has taken a grim toll on first responders. The firefighter, who was not named, was injured while working on an active portion of the Ranch fire within the massive Mendocino Complex. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died. Authorities said “fact-finding on the accident” is underway. “We are extremely heartbroken for this loss. We are dedicated to investigating what happened,” said Sean Kavanaugh, an incident commander for the complex, at a brief news conference. “We mourn as we also battle California's largest wildfire that continues to to burn extremely steep and remote terrain.”
Los Angeles Times

LA Clinic Offering Free Vaccinations For Children, Adults
The Saban Community Clinic is offering free vaccinations for children and adults on Monday, just in time for the start of classes within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The day-long vaccination drive is aimed at low-income families who cannot afford the almost $1,200 price tag for required vaccinations. Located at 5205 Melrose Avenue, the clinic will have its doors open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
ABC 7

Local Government News

Homeless Shelter Proposed At Former Canoga Park Mental Health Facility
A former mental health facility in Canoga Park is being proposed as short-term housing for homeless people. Members of the public will have a chance to learn more about the idea during a community meeting Tuesday. The potential homeless housing site, at 7621 Canoga Ave., was proposed by County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who introduced a motion earlier this year to enter into a purchase option agreement with the owner, Gelb Enterprises. The agreement would keep the property off the market for about six months while the site is being considered for purchase.
Los Angeles Daily News

Plan To Demolish Rent-Controlled Units For Affordable Housing In Westlake Sparks Backlash
Housing groups are criticizing a developer's plan to displace dozens of residents from rent-controlled bungalows in the working-class neighborhood of Westlake to make way for a $64-million affordable housing project. Nonprofit developer Abode Communities is seeking to build a 100-unit affordable housing project on Grand View Street, near MacArthur Park. The developer plans to demolish 36 rent-controlled apartments, where some residents pay less than $900 a month. Abode is applying for public funds, including money from Proposition HHH, a voter-approved bond, to help pay for the new building, said Robin Hughes, chief executive of Abode Communities.
Los Angeles Times
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Aug 13th:

Law Enforcement News

CHP Motorcycle Officer Killed In Crash
A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Friday during a traffic stop. According to SF Gate, 46-year-old Officer Kirk Griess had pulled over a driver, Jaime Bueza, when a pickup truck veered onto the right shoulder, striking both the officer and Bueza. Both Bueza and Griess died at a hospital. The truck driver was treated and being interviewed by investigators. It's not clear what caused the truck driver to crash and he is not under arrest, according to the report. Griess was a former Marine veteran and a 19-year veteran of the CHP. He is survived by his wife and three children.
PoliceOne

L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Man Who Punched Jailer And Dragged Her Into Holding Cell, Officials Say
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and critically wounded a man Friday afternoon after he attacked a jailer at the Lakewood station, officials said. A deputy shot the man at least twice about 12:50 p.m., sheriff's Deputy Marvin Crowder said. The suspect was shot once in the chest and once in the arm, officials said. The man, whose name was not released, had been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car. While being fingerprinted, he punched the custody assistant in the face, according to Lt. John Corina with the Sheriff's Department homicide bureau, who reviewed video footage of the attack.
Los Angeles Times

Video: Florida Cops Escort Son Of Wounded Officer To Kindergarten
A group of Florida police officers escorted the son of their wounded comrade to his first day of kindergarten. Caleb's father, Officer Kevin Valencia, was shot in the face in June while responding to a domestic violence call in which the suspect killed four children before taking his own life. Valencia is in a coma and is being treated in Atlanta. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said members of Valencia's squad took Caleb and his mother to school Friday. Mina said it was an emotional day, but the boy was excited to show off his Lego Batman book bag. The Orlando Sentinel reports Caleb high-fived his mom before walking into the classroom as the officers stood by.
Associated Press

Man, Woman Found Fatally Shot In Westlake Neighborhood; Investigation Underway: LAPD
An investigation was underway after a man and woman were found fatally shot in the Westlake district of Los Angeles on Friday, authorities said. A call regarding the incident in the 1700 block of James M. Wood Boulevard came in about 12:16 p.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman with the Los Angeles Police Department. Law enforcement officers were seen putting up crime scene tape in front of the entrance to an apartment complex, video showed. A gun was left at the scene, and no outstanding suspects were being sought, LAPD Officer Tony Im told KTLA. It was not immediately known if the case was a murder-suicide since the investigation was ongoing, officials stated.
KTLA 5

Man In 70s Struck, Killed In Downtown LA Hit-and-Run
A search is underway for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a man walking in a crosswalk in downtown Los Angeles early Friday, police say. The crime was captured on surveillance video. Los Angeles police responded to a call of a pedestrian struck shortly before 5:30 a.m. near 3rd Street and Union Avenue. They said a 78-year-old man, identified as Byung Gyu Yu, was crossing the street when he was fatally struck by an SUV that then fled the scene. Authorities said he lived at the nearby senior living facility The Steel Plaza Apartments.
ABC 7

3 Sought In Marijuana Dispensary Burglary In Harbor City
Police asked for the public's help Friday in identifying three individuals who stole some marijuana products after breaking into a dispensary in Harbor City. A group of men forced their way into a business located in a strip mall on Pacific Coast Highway the morning of July 5, Los Angeles Police Department said. The perpetrators, believed to be 18 to 21 years old, allegedly managed to go through three doors before taking some paraphernalia and placing them into a bag and cardboard box.
KTLA 5

Mother Arrested After 2 Young Children Found Locked In Hot Car In Van Nuys
A mother was arrested after her two young children were found locked in a hot car in Van Nuys Friday afternoon. According to Los Angeles police, at around noon, passersby called 911 after discovering the children (a girl, 3, and a boy ,2) sitting in a locked car in the 14000 block of Friar Street amid 90-degree temperatures. Before Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived on scene, however, the mother returned and let children out of the vehicle. The mother, 32-year-old Sannah Rahim, was booked on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment, police disclosed.
CBS 2

John Mayer's Beverly Hills-Area Home Burglarized
Singer and guitarist John Mayer appears to be the latest victim in a series of burglaries targeting celebrities in the Hollywood and Beverly Hills area. Mayer's Beverly Hills-area home was burglarized Friday, TMZ reported. Los Angeles police reported that a home in the 2800 block of Wallingford Drive in Benedict Canyon, northwest of Beverly Hills, was burglarized, with the suspect or suspects taking property and fleeing the scene, but a spokesman said he had no information about who owned the house.
FOX 11

Video Shows Drivers Doing Doughnuts, Narrowly Missing Onlookers After Taking Over South L.A. Intersection
Several drivers took over a South Los Angeles intersection in order to show off early Monday morning. The incident occurred about midnight at the intersection of South Broadway and West 131st Street in the unincorporated Willowbrook area. At one point, video showed three vehicles simultaneously doing doughnuts in the intersection. Onlookers holding their cellphones were standing within a few feet of the cars and some even appeared to be making a game of dodging the spinning vehicles as smoke filled the air. It is unclear if any arrests were made.
KTLA 5

Carla Provost Is Named Border Patrol's First Female Chief
The U.S. Border Patrol has its first female chief in its 94-year history. Carla Provost had been acting chief since April 2017, so her appointment Thursday by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan was no surprise. The position is not subject to Senate confirmation. Only about 5 percent of the Border Patrol's nearly 20,000 agents are women. Provost says women who have climbed through the ranks send a signal and that, while she's the first female chief, she won't be the last.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Get A Handle On The Holy Fire, Containment Jumps To 51%
As the smoke began to clear above Lake Elsinore, firefighters took heart Sunday as they appeared to gain control of the Holy fire, with containment at 51 percent and 22,714 acres consumed. “I'm just thinking we turned the bend here,” U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Vickie Wright said of the wildfire that had burned out of control for nearly a week. More fire evacuees got word Sunday they could return to their homes after the blaze that officials say was set Aug. 6 by an arsonist in Orange County.
Los Angeles Daily News

Break In The Weather Helps California Firefighters Battle Massive Blazes Across State
Cooler, calmer weather is helping firefighters get a handle on battling the largest wildfires burning across California and preventing new blazes from getting out of control. Temperatures are cooling slightly, and humidity is inching upward due to a weakened high-pressure system that forecasters say will persist through Tuesday. Though conditions remain far from ideal, they're an improvement from just a few days ago and a welcome respite from the scorching, high-risk conditions that fueled some of the biggest, most destructive fires in California history.
Los Angeles Times

In Emergencies, Cell Phone Alerts Can Be Too Slow To Save Lives. Can The System Be Fixed?
Before the Carr Fire gutted the western edge of Redding, causing eight deaths and leveling more than a thousand homes, local emergency services in the Northern California region sent out 59 “Code Red” evacuation warnings to various areas, including at least three aimed at pinging 31,979 nearby cell phones with urgent alerts, according to the Shasta Area Safety Communications Agency. Some of those critical messages missed people living in the Redding neighborhoods hit first as fire blew across the Sacramento River on July 26 — a fatal lack of effective communication that is disturbingly common during California disasters.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

LA Extends ‘Successful' Portable Restroom Program For Homeless; Adds New Locations
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to extend a program which provides monitored mobile restrooms throughout the city to serve the growing homeless population. The council unanimously approved extending the Mobile Pit Stop Program through July of 2019 and add it to three more locations in downtown L.A. The program, which was first approved in October 2017, currently has portable toilets and handwashing stations in eight locations, including Skid Row and Venice. All eight toilets are monitored by attendants. Five are mobile toilets and three are automatic public toilets.
CBS 2

Proposed LA Streetcar Moves Forward With $590M Funding Plan
A four-mile streetcar through downtown Los Angeles moved closer to reality after a $590 million funding plan outlined how a combination of federal grants, county Metro funds and local dollars could lead to groundbreaking on the project in the near future. Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents much of the downtown area, called the project "shovel-ready" and will oversee a hearing on the plan Tuesday during a meeting of the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, which he chairs.
NBC 4
 
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