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October 17, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Sheriff: Man Shot Off-Duty North Carolina Officer, Tried To Ram Deputies
Authorities in North Carolina say a man shot an off-duty police officer and then was shot by responding deputies and troopers when he tried to ram them with his car. Citing a release from the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, news outlets report deputies received a report that an off-duty Fayetteville police officer had been shot, and found the suspect and his vehicle shortly after arriving on the scene. Deputies and state troopers tried to talk the man into surrendering, but officials say the incident escalated. The group of officers started shooting when officials say the man tried to ram his car into them. The unidentified suspect was hospitalized in unknown condition. The unidentified officer was hospitalized in serious condition. It's unclear what led to the initial shooting.
Associated Press

LAPD Chief Michel Moore describes his first 100 days as a listening and learning tour
Much of what Moore, a 37-year LAPD veteran, has done since becoming chief at the end of June has been less flashy than his Trader Joe's performance. He has spent countless hours listening to city residents and police officers at church services, community meetings and station roll calls. His goal was to attend 90 community events in 90 days. The actual tally has been much higher, he said — 170 events in all. The department will hold 28 community forums over the next year, he said. But even some who were initially skeptical of Moore, who is known as a data wonk and a demanding manager, have been surprised by his willingness to listen. Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said that in frequent meetings with union leaders, Moore has been “very open-minded and accessible.” “Homelessness and mental health issues will not be fixed in 100 days,” Lally said. “We've got to give him time. He's going in the right direction and has been extremely open to looking for solutions from us.”
Los Angeles Times

In Los Angeles, A Growing Number Of Murder Victims Are Homeless, Police Say
Susie Rangel doesn't keep up with the news and hadn't heard about recent high-profile killings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area. Rangel, 40, had just moved from a large homeless encampment in a secluded area off Burbank Boulevard in the Sepulveda Basin to a home in Sylmar after years of being without shelter. “This was a safe place….we try to be our brother's keeper,” Rangel said Tuesday at an encampment strewn with tents, old furniture, packed shopping carts, bicycles and dirt-laden clothes. She estimated that more than 30 people live there. But the mother of four knows other people experiencing homelessness haven't been as fortunate. While homeless people account for less than 1 percent of the city's population, about 16 percent of all homicide victims in Los Angeles this year have been homeless, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Shot To Death In Harvard Heights  
A man was found shot to death in Harvard Heights, near Koreatown. Gunfire was reported near 21st and Manhattan in Harvard Heights at about 11:30 p.m. Monday night, and when police got to there, witnesses flagged them down and pointed out a man on a sidewalk. The man, who had been in his late 30s to early 40s, had been shot to death. Witnesses told officers they saw a light-colored sedan drive away from the scene immediately after the shooting.

Arrest Made In Hollywood Fatal Stabbing Of Homeless Man Beloved By His Community
An arrest has been made in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man in Hollywood who was beloved by his community. Daryl Hanson was found dead in the 7500 block of Sunset Boulevard during the early morning hours of Oct. 11, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The 48-year-old man was apparently attacked in an alleyway behind Sierra Bonita Avenue and ran to the street to call for help. Someone saw him collapse and called 911. He eventually died at the scene. Spencer Doland, 34, was arrested Monday in connection with the incident, Cmdr. Cory Palka tweeted.

LAPD Releases Video Of Burglar At Upscale Hollywood Hills Home Amid Increase In Area Break-Ins
Investigators on Tuesday released video of a suspect traipsing through a home in western area of the Hollywood Hills in hopes that the public can help identify the man. The break-in occurred two weeks ago, on Oct. 3, amid an increase in residential burglaries in the area, Los Angeles police said in a news release. The man was dressed in a blue bucket and sunglasses when he entered the property on the 1600 block of Woods Drive around 3 p.m. He parked the BMW convertible he was driving in front of the victim's home, then entered the residence by using a crowbar to pry open a sliding glass door, officials said. The man allegedly took jewelry and watches from the home before fleeing in the car.

$50,000 Reward Offered In Case Of Missing 21-Year-Old Man
A $50,000 reward is being announced in the case of a missing 21-year-old man. Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. was last seen about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. His vehicle was located the following day on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Weaver is white, 5 feet 9 and about 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His vehicle was found abandoned near Topanga.

Man Arrested Following Reported Home-Invasion Robbery In Chatsworth
A man was arrested shortly after a woman reported that a home-invasion robbery in Chatsworth left her injured last week, Los Angeles police said. However, the man had not been charged with any crime as of Tuesday and had been released from jail. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has asked the Los Angeles Police Department to investigate the case further, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the D.A.'s Office. Officers received a call at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, reporting a home invasion in the 10600 block of Willowbrae Avenue in which the suspect allegedly used bodily force, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

SoCal Drug Ring Used Mexican Statues To Smuggle Meth To Hawaii
Nine Southland residents are charged with being involved in complex year-long scheme to send methamphetamine to Hawaii using decorative Aztec calendars and statues. Eight suspects, six of whom are Orange County residents, were rounded up by federal authorities Tuesday on various drug charges. A ninth suspect was already in custody on an unrelated case, the Department of Justice said in a news release. The nine suspects, eight men and a woman, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 10. According to prosecutors, on July 17, investigators intercepted an attempt to send 11.7 kilograms of pure meth from a Garden Grove post office by hiding the drug in a shipment of decorative Mexican items, including replicas of a 500-year-old Aztec calendar stone.

Woman Who Struck, Injured Indio Officer While High Given Probation For DUI
An Orange County woman who struck and seriously injured an Indio Police Department motorcycle officer while under the influence of a mood-altering drug pleaded guilty to DUI charges Monday and was sentenced to eight years of probation. Margaret Kendric, 55, of Orange, was arrested over the summer for the Oct. 9, 2016, crash that left Sgt. Jeff Merritt hospitalized with major injuries. About 3:30 p.m. that day, Kendric struck the officer's motorcycle with her Nissan Murano at the intersection of Jackson Street and Odium Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol. Merritt was thrown from the bike, causing injuries that have left him in a wheelchair.

Colorado PD's Community-Oriented Policing Project Reduces Shootings, Assaults
A determined group of Pueblo police officers and community volunteers braved the below-freezing temperatures Sunday morning and took to the streets in an effort to continue what the Pueblo Police Department's Watch IV has been doing since March of last year: cleaning up a portion of the East Side. The clean-up on Sunday was of a literal nature, as volunteers walked the area surrounding El Centro del Quinto Sol recreation center, picking up trash, placing it into black bags and then transporting the bags to a large dumpster. But the figurative clean up of the area began last year, when Watch IV identified it as an ideal location to conduct a Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) project, in which officers target a specific area with high crime rates to reduce the problems and empower the community to take an active role in the safety of their neighborhood.
The Pueblo Chieftain

How police, first responders are helping Florida residents after hurricane
A week after deadly Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle, local first responders continue to assist residents who survived the storm. Within hours after the hurricane's passage, law enforcement officials, firefighters, utility workers and others have journeyed to the areas affected by the storm to hand out much-needed accessories and provide comfort and care to people. At Port St. Joe and other locations, sheriff's officials said, more than a dozen deputies are operating checkpoints, patrolling and providing escorts for supply routes and electric companies.
Police One

Public Safety News

Los Angeles County Supervisors OK Plan To Fight Typhus
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a pilot program to combat typhus in homeless encampments following a recent outbreak. The program will include cleaning up streets, offering housing and providing mobile showers, hand sanitizer and flea repellent for those who remain on the streets. Typhus is caused by bacteria found in infected fleas that can come from many animals, including cats, rats and opossums. Accumulations of trash that attract animals may increase the risk of exposure.

Fire Weather Still Threatens Southern California
The threat of wildfires hanged over Southern California Tuesday, a day after strong Santa Ana winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers and caused the death of a Tustin woman crushed by a falling tree. A red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire because of strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity remained in force over most of Los Angeles County and all of Orange County and will expire at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Red flag warnings are also in effect in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Riverside and San Diego counties.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

'Pocket Veto' Over Housing Projects Canceled By LA City Council
In order to avoid losing state funding, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to cancel a policy that allows its members to veto proposed affordable and homeless housing projects by withholding a simple letter of support. The policy had been disputed by a community group which filed a lawsuit in July trying to stop it, and Gov. Jerry Brown last month signed a bill to withhold state money or tax credits from any development that requires a "letter of acknowledgment" from a local official.


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