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October 15, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Judge: No Insanity Defense For Man Charged In Police Attack
A judge has ruled that a man charged in a deadly shooting at a Maryland police station is not qualified to pursue an insanity defense. The Washington Post reports the ruling by a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge did acknowledge that 25-year-old Michael Deandre Ford has serious mental-health issues. Ford's attorney, Antoini M. Jones, said at Thursday's hearing that doctors assessed Ford but determined his challenges stemming from childhood are not enough for a possible legal finding of "not criminally responsible." Ford is accused of attacking a county police station in 2016.
Associated Press

Teen Faces Adult Charges In Killing Of Police K-9 Named Fang
Florida authorities say a teenager is facing adult charges in an armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang. The Florida Times-Union reports the State Attorney's Office filed upgraded charges Thursday against the 17-year-old boy. The charges include killing a police dog, possession of a firearm, aggravated fleeing, armed robbery and two counts of kidnapping with a firearm. An arrest report says the teen got into a car at a gas station and held the driver at gunpoint. It says he later ordered the driver and her passenger out and drove off. Authorities tracked the car's GPS system and remotely shut the engine off.
Associated Press

City Denies LAPD Roughed Up Metro Passenger
A high school student who is suing the city of Los Angeles, alleging she was wrongfully removed, handcuffed and arrested in January by a police sergeant for putting her feet on a Metro train seat, was not a victim of excessive force, the City Attorney's Office says in newly filed court papers. Bethany Nava's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 25, alleges unreasonable search and seizure, unlawful detention and arrest unlawful search and seizure, assault, battery, sexual battery, negligence, civil rights violations and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Any damages Nava suffered were due to her own negligence and any fault a jury may find against the city should be reduced by taking into consideration the plaintiff's own conduct, according to the City Attorney's Office's court papers.

Girl Critically Wounded In Shooting In South L.A.
A 6-year-old girl was hospitalized Saturday morning after being critically wounded in a shooting at a gas station in South Los Angeles. The gunfire was reported at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the area of Figueroa Street and Gage Avenue, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The victim, her mother and another sibling were caught in the crossfire between two gang members at a gas station at the location, NBC4 reported. The girl was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery, Madison said. Police were looking for two male suspects who fled in a silver four-door car, Madison said.

1 Person Shot In Leg In Hollywood
One person was wounded Saturday in a shooting in Hollywood, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 2:31 p.m. at Saint Andrews Place and Hollywood Boulevard, Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of a leg wound and an on-scene investigation was underway, Im said. The suspect was described as male, black, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build, with dark dread locks in a pony tail driving a silver 1990s Honda or Acura two-door car with an unknown license plate, the officer said.

LAPD Searches For Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Man In Wilmington
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for the suspect or suspects who fatally shot a 44-year-old man in Wilmington late Thursday night, officials said. Just after 11 p.m., multiples shots were fired at Richard Torres as he sat inside his vehicle near the 100 block of East D Street, LAPD said in a news release. When paramedics responded to the scene and tried to save him, they were unable to revive him, officials said. He died from gunshot wounds. But detectives investigating the case have not come across any leads and do not have a suspect in mind or even the description of a vehicle that may have been involved, officials said.

22-Year-Old Woman Reported Missing In Shadow Hills; Authorities, Family Ask Public For Help
Authorities are asking for the public's help to find a missing 22-year-old woman who was last seen in Shadow Hills. Sahara Eve Von Fisher, 22, was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 9600 block of Stonehurst Avenue. Her family has not seen or heard from her since and they are concerned for her safety. Her family and friends said she left without her cellphone. They've been wandering the streets and the wooded area near the Tujunga wash for clues as to where she may have gone. "It's hard to sleep. It's hard to do anything when you think someone might be out in a vulnerable situation. Worse than that, she's so kind and sweet and trusting that she may become prey," her mother, Yvonne Brossus-Fisher, said.

Who Shot 15-Year-Old Hannah Bell To Death Outside A Hamburger Stand
"We shouldn't be here." Those are the word of Ronnie Bell, the older brother of a young girl shot to death in South Los Angeles on April 27. "My sister wasn't that type," he says. "She shouldn't have died. There was so much more she should've been doing." Hannah Bell was 15 years old. Her mom says she was just starting to feel comfortable in her own skin. "She was a big girl," says mom Samantha Mays. "But I told her she could be a plus-sized model and she was good with that." On that April night, Hannah and her mom had gone to a hamburger stand on the corner of West 78th Street and South Western Avenue in South LA. LAPD South Bureau Homicide detectives say they don't know much about the shooter. But new surveillance video released to NBC4 for the first time shows someone walking toward the hamburger stand and then running away.

‘Botox Bandit': Police Looking For Woman Who Allegedly Skipped Out On $5K Cosmetic Bill
The hunt is on for the “Botox Bandit” as a business in Studio City says a woman got $5,000 worth of cosmetic procedures and took off without paying. Police are hoping someone recognizes the woman who was wearing dark sunglasses and what appears to be a blonde wig. “It seems that she was a professional scam artist,” said Yana Pechenik with MyBotoxLA. Pechenik said the woman entered the business on Sept. 25 claiming her name was Emily Ross. During the woman's two-and-a-half hour appointment, Pechenik said there were several red flags. 

Police-Initiated Contacts Fall By 8 Million
There are significant drops in police-initiated public contact. Regardless of demographics, the great majority of people contacted believe that the police officers involved behaved properly. This report supplements data from Gallup indicating that law enforcement is one of the most respected organizations in America. The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice asked residents about instances when they sought help from police (resident-initiated contacts) and when police approached or stopped them (police-initiated contacts), thus the following could be seen as a report card as to citizen perceptions of law enforcement.
Law Enforcement Today

Public Safety News

LA County Officials Call City Agencies In Combating Typhus Outbreak  
A coordinated government response to an outbreak of flea-borne typhus is critical, a Los Angeles County official said, calling for public health and other city agencies to work together. Supervisor Kathryn Barger said Los Angeles County health workers need to collaborate with their peers in Pasadena -- where the disease has reached epidemic proportions -- and Long Beach. Both cities have independent health agencies. Barger previewed a motion calling for more outreach to at-risk individuals as well as the many city agencies that manage animal control and trash collection across the county. It will be considered by the Board of Supervisors next week.
FOX 11

Strong Santa Ana Winds Increase Fire Danger In Southern California
Strong Santa Ana winds, very dry air and low humidity will combine Monday to confront Southern California with a high risk of wildfires, according to the National Weather Service. Most of L.A. County is at risk. Red flag warnings denoting a high risk of wildfires will be in effect in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, and the L.A. coastal zone, which consists of beach cities, metropolitan L.A including the downtown area, and the Hollywood Hills. No warning was in effect in the Antelope Valley.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Illegal Pot Shops Should Be Barricaded Or Padlocked, L.A. City Councilman Says
With hundreds of illegal cannabis shops believed to be operating in Los Angeles, a city councilman introduced two motions Friday aimed at cracking down on the businesses, including having them barricaded or padlocked, and a series of escalating fines for their employees. The motions from Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson come after two other council members recently proposed having the Department of Water and Power shut off service to any pot business operating illegally. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced last month that his office, in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department, has filed 120 criminal cases against 515 defendants associated with 105 illegal commercial cannabis locations across the city since January.

LA's Metro Kicks Valley Orange Line Improvements Into Gear, On A Road To Light Rail
City officials on Friday commemorated the next development on the Metro Orange Line, the dedicated bus lane that crosses the San Fernando Valley from Chatsworth to North Hollywood, with an announcement at the Sepulveda Boulevard stop. The big plan is to convert the Orange Line bus system, which runs along a road closed to other traffic, into a light rail line. That's very far off, however: The Orange Line wouldn't become a light rail line until 2057, under Metro's current timeframe. But in the meantime, Metro is preparing for that transformation with two other improvements: elevating the Orange Line above street traffic by building bridges at the Sepulveda and Van Nuys boulevard stations and installing additional crossing gates at up to 35 intersections along the line, by 2025.
Los Angeles Daily News


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