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September 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2 L.A. Deputies Shot In Confrontation At East L.A. Park; 1 Suspect Dead
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responding to an assault call Wednesday evening at an East L.A. park came upon several suspects, sparking a firefight at the grassy edge of a baseball field. The exchange of gunfire at Ruben F. Salazar Park left the two deputies with gunshot wounds in the upper body, said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. One of the suspects lay dead next to a sedan with shattered windows, and a second suspect was hospitalized. “This was a gunfight. These deputies did, from what I understand, an amazing job in taking care of what they were confronted with,” McDonnell said at a news conference late Wednesday outside L.A. County-USC Medical Center.
Los Angeles Times

Kansas Sheriff: Deputy Saved Other Lives Before Being Killed
After a convict on a crime spree shot Deputy Robert Kunze above his protective vest and before the mortally wounded deputy collapsed, the lawman managed to kill his attacker. If Kunze had not kept fighting in his dying moments, Sheriff Jeff Easter says, at least two other people could have been murdered. They were two innocent witnesses to the deadly struggle, standing or hiding just feet away on a stretch of rural Sedgwick County blacktop when the shots rang out Sunday afternoon. There's no reason the deputy's killer wouldn't have turned on the witnesses or motorists passing through or officers rushing to the scene, Easter said.
The Wichita Eagle

Police Kill Gunman After He Shoots 4, Including Cop, In Court Lobby
A gunman opened fire outside a crowded courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a German Township police officer shot and killed the gunman after he entered the lobby with a handgun drawn and opened fire injuring four people. Bower declined to name the gunman, saying only that he was due in court on charges related to a recent domestic violence incident.
Associated Press

Man, Woman Investigated After Taking 3-Month-Old From Highland Park Amid Civil Dispute: LAPD
Los Angeles police were investigating a man and woman believed to be traveling with an infant they took from Highland Park Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Although Officer Tony Im had originally described the incident as a kidnapping, authorities later said it was being handled as a civil dispute. Previously, police had said 3-month-old Savannah King was taken from near the corner of Meridian and Figueroa streets, where Luther Burbank Middle School sits, around 3:30 p.m. She was last seen wearing a purple onesie. Police described the suspects only as a black man and woman, and said they were driving a black Kia with license plate number 6YNA404.

Yasiel Puig's Encino Home Burglarized
Police Wednesday were seeking three suspects who burglarized Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's Encino home. The break-in -- the second within a month at the residence -- occurred about 8 p.m. Tuesday while the right fielder was at Dodger Stadium for his team's 10-inning victory over the Colorado Rockies. The suspects ransacked the home and located a safe in the second-floor master bedroom, dragging it downstairs, through the living room and to the front door entrance. They left the safe at the front-door entrance, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Dragging the safe caused approximately $10,000 in damage to the house.

Are ‘Crimebusters' Facebook Posts Ridiculing Homeless In West Hills, Woodland Hills? LAPD
Investigates Fern Peskin-White first noticed a change in her West Hills neighborhood about two years ago, when a string of “knock-knock” burglaries hit the homes of nearby residents. After 18 years of living in the city, she noticed what seemed to be a rise in crime. The burglaries persuaded her to volunteer for the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division, which covers parts of the West San Fernando Valley. By then, she'd already founded several Facebook neighborhood watch pages to track reports of crimes and nuisances, as well as to document what residents said was a rise in homeless encampments popping up in their neighborhoods. Peskin-White invited the division's senior lead officers — who analyze crime trends, talk to residents, and help detectives and other units devise crime-fighting strategies for specific areas — to participate.
Los Angeles Daily News

6 Members Of L.A. Area Gang Linked To Mexican Mafia Convicted Of Racketeering, Drug Trafficking Charges
Six people who authorities say are linked to the violent, Mexican Mafia-linked street gang known as the Canta Ranas Organization have been convicted of racketeering and drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The criminal convictions were handed down in two jury trials — one of which ended this week, federal prosecutors said. The Cantas Ranas primarily operate in Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, and those convicted range from ages 56 to 25. “This dangerous organization caused misery in several communities by regularly engaging in acts of violence, drug trafficking and other criminal acts,” U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement from the DOJ.

28 Arrested, Girl Rescued At Human Trafficking Operation In Compton
A regional task force, which included undercover sheriff's deputies, arrested 28 people and rescued a 16-year-old Texas girl during a human trafficking sting operation in Compton, sheriff's officials announced Wednesday. A dozen of those arrested on Tuesday were men who solicited undercover deputies for various sex acts, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Also, 11 women were arrested on suspicion of loitering for the purposes of prostitution and three women were arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution after they solicited sex for money from undercover sheriff's detectives, authorities said.

California Doctors Must Tell Patients If Put On Probation For Sexual Misconduct Under New Law
Doctors in California will now be required to notify patients if they are put on disciplinary probation for sexual misconduct. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he had signed the Patient Right to Know Act, making California the first state in the nation to require physicians to inform patients when regulators put them on probation for harming those under their care. The disciplinary actions taken against doctors are already public, but the onus has been on patients to research a doctor's record. The Medical Board of California has an online registry that lists when physicians are on probation and the reasons for the disciplinary action.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

3 Firefighters Injured Battling Commercial Fire In Boyle Heights
A raging fire destroyed a Boyle Heights import business and three firefighters were injured, one critically, when the roof of the sprawling warehouse-type structure gave way beneath their feet. The blaze broke out for unknown reasons about 12:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard and burned through the roof of the building. Crews began pouring water on the structure and worked to vent the roof of the 16,000-square-foot building, with initial reports indicating that as many as a dozen people might be inside, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Legislation Clears Way For Caltrans Properties In L.A. To Be Used For Homeless Shelters, Including San Pedro Site
A major hurdle to placing a temporary homeless shelter on a San Pedro parking lot was cleared this week when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows unused Caltrans land in Los Angeles and San Jose to be used for homeless shelters or programs. Under the bill, cities will be able to lease up to 10 parcels each of unused Caltrans land for $1 a month. How many such Caltrans parcels there are in Los Angeles isn't clear, but a spokesman for the 15th Council District office said there probably “several” throughout the city.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Council Unanimously Approves Fur Ban On Sales, Manufacturing
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to become the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacturing of nearly all fur products. Councilman Paul Koretz said he hoped the proposal would lead to widespread bans around the globe. "Los Angeles is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere and hopefully we will be an example for the rest of the country and the rest of the world," Koretz said at a news conference outside of Los Angeles City Hall before the unanimous vote.

Have Questions About Homeless Housing In Sherman Oaks? An LA City Councilman Is Hosting An ‘Open House' To Answer Them
A pair of homeless housing sites proposed in the Sherman Oaks area have drawn heated reactions, as well as many questions, prompting an open house to be organized for Thursday evening at Notre Dame High School. The meeting set for 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of the school was organized by Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, who will be in attendance to address residents and business people interested in the issue. The school is at 13645 Riverside Drive. Similar open-house-style meetings have been held in Venice, and other LA city communities, including Canoga Park, where an emergency housing site is also being studied.
Los Angeles Daily News


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