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September 11, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Video Shows Female Officer Being Shot At Point-Blank Range During Traffic Stop Before Partner Kills Suspect
Los Angeles police on Monday released a video of a gang member shooting a female officer at point-blank range during a July traffic stop in the San Fernando Valley and her partner subsequently fatally wounding the gunman. Recordings from inside a police cruiser and the officers' body cameras captured what seems to begin as a routine traffic stop that suddenly explodes into violence as the gunman pulls a .380-caliber handgun from his side and shoots the female officer who is standing just inches away. Police identified the shooter as Richard Mendoza, 32, a gang member who was on probation. He was struck multiple times in the torso and head, and later died of his injuries at a hospital, according to the video. In an interview Monday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore commented on how narrowly both officers escaped greater harm. “By the grace of God she is alive,” Moore said. “Officers are fearful in these situations and the public here gets to see why.
Los Angeles Times

Florida Judge Denies Request To Take Death Penalty Off Table For Accused Cop Killer
A judge denied a request from defense lawyers for Markeith Loyd on Tuesday, seeking to prevent prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against the accused killer. After Loyd's arrest in the killings of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton and Sade Dixon, Loyd's pregnant ex-girlfriend, Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala filed notice in March 2017 indicating she would not seek to have Loyd executed if convicted. Ayala was later removed from the case by Gov. Rick Scott due to her announcement that her office would not seek the death penalty in any cases. State Attorney Brad King of Ocala took over.
Orlando Sentinel

Man Killed In Drive-By Shooting In South Los Angeles
A man was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles and authorities searched Tuesday for the shooter. Police responded about 11 p.m. Monday to the scene near 62nd Street and Van Ness Avenue and located the victim, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The suspect drove up and shot the victim, Lopez said. NBC4 reported the victim was riding a bike and was found lying in the middle of 62nd Street when officers arrived.

SoCal Verizon Wireless Customers May Have Trouble Calling 911: LAPD
Verizon Wireless customers in Southern California may be experiencing difficulties reaching 911 in an emergency, per the LAPD Communications Division Monday night. The LAPD said that the issue was on Verizon's end and that the potential issue was only limited to Verizon wireless customers on 4G/LTE, 3G and 2G wireless. That, of course, meant that Verizon Fios customers with a landline should not experience issues. The LAPD said that anyone experiencing problems reaching 911 should call the non-emergency number directly: 877-275-5273. At 9:10 p.m., LAPD said that Verizon's restoration effors were ongoing, but that 911 calls should no longer be an issue.

Burglars Masquerading As Food Delivery Drivers Target Mar Vista Neighborhood
Police say a group of burglars is casing residences in Mar Vista by pretending to approach homes to deliver food then, if no one answers the door, they ransack the home for valuables while carefully hiding their identities. 
KTLA 5 Video

San Fernando High Targeted By ‘Non-Credible' Threat, Patrols Increased
Security was stepped up Friday as a precaution at San Fernando High School following what officials determined was a “non-credible” threat. “Parents were notified Thursday about a social media threat that raised concerns about the safety of students at San Fernando High School,” a Los Angeles Unified School District spokesperson said this morning. “The incident was investigated, and the threat was deemed non-credible. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, additional patrols were at the school on Thursday and will be there again today,” the statement said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputies Reunite With Baby They Rescued After Child Was Found Not Breathing During Traffic Stop In Lakewood
It's hard to forget the image of Deputy Tyler Milton running, clutching baby Steven in his arms and rushing into the hospital. Monday, the deputies, baby Steven and his family reunited. "I want to thank all the officers who helped save my son's life and keeping him still alive," said Steven's father, Yassir Hannah. On Aug. 27 around 10:30 p.m., Milton spotted a car speeding and driving erratically. "I was able to pull the vehicle over, and that's when both parents got out, and they were crying, and that's when I saw the child. His eyes were open, but he wasn't breathing, he wasn't moving, he was not responsive," Milton said.

2 Robbers In SoCal Jewelry Theft Crew Each Sentenced To Up To 22 Years In Prison
Two men were sentenced to more than two decades in federal prison for their roles in a string of armed robberies at Southern California jewelry stores, prosecutors said Monday. Jameson Laforest, 26, of Inglewood, was sentenced Friday to 22 years and eight months in prison, and co-defendant Robert Wesley Johnson, 29, of Inglewood, was handed a 22-year term. Laforest was involved in three of the jewelry store heists, one in Manhattan Beach, another in West Hollywood and another in Torrance, according to Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Governor Vetoes Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Pot Shops That Sell To Minors
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed a bill that would have set mandatory minimum penalties for California pot shops that sell to minors, including revocation of the state license for a third violation in three years. The measure by Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) would have restricted the Bureau of Cannabis Control's “ability to carry out enforcement actions based on the pertinent facts of a violation,” Brown said in his veto message. “This bill is not necessary,” the governor added. “The bureau already has the authority to revoke, suspend and assess fines if a licensee sells to a minor.”
Los Angeles Times

Many California Marijuana Products Failing Safety Tests
Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety. The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: about one-third have been blocked from store shelves. In much smaller numbers, testing companies licensed by the state are finding unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.
U.S. News

Public Safety News

Southern Californians Mark 17th Anniversary Of Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks
The 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be marked Tuesday with remembrance events and memorial ceremonies across Southern California. Many people will also take the day to perform acts of service in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The city of Los Angeles will hold its annual remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. at the fire department's Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park. The ceremony is held each year in a plaza that includes a large section of metal recovered from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack.

LA, OC Firefighters Send Swift Water Teams To Assist Ahead Of Hurricane Florence
Local firefighters have hit the road to assist their fellow first responders on the Atlantic Coast as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas. Hurricane Florence is now a Category 4 storm, but is expected to gain strength when it reaches landfall Thursday. More than a million and a half people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been evacuated. The storm is expected to dump days of rain over the region, so residents and authorities have been preparing for widespread flooding.

Firefighters Battle Blazes Across California
Firefighters are continuing to battle blazes across California, including a 166-acre fire that prompted evacuations of campers and visitors at San Gabriel Canyon over the weekend. The Fork fire started just before noon on Sunday above Azusa on Highway 39 at the junction of East Fork Road, according to Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. There is zero containment. Two campgrounds were evacuated, as were recreational visitors near streams and creeks, Judy said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Porter Ranch Residents Slam $119.5 Million Gas Leak Settlement Between SoCal Gas, LA, State
Porter Ranch residents have filed a letter with a state agency criticizing a $119.5 million settlement reached between the Southern California Gas Co. and city, county and state agencies stemming from the massive gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas field nearly three years ago. In the letter submitted with the California Air Resources Board on Sept. 8, the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council — an advisory board to the Los Angeles City Council that represents more than 30,000 residents living and working in Porter Ranch — said its members are “surprised and disappointed in how much the settlement agreement ignores the local community and the impacts” the gas blowout had on it.
Los Angeles Daily News

First 'Bridge Home' Temporary Homeless Shelter Opens
In LA The first homeless people offered beds in a new program to construct temporary shelters in each Los Angeles City Council district started moving into their new accommodations at the El Pueblo Historical Monument Monday. The shelter is set up to house 45 people in three trailers on a city-owned parking lot, with two additional trailers for hygiene services and space for the on-site service workers. The residents were chosen from among the homeless already living on streets in the area.


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