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October 22, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Georgia Police Officer Killed In Shooting Was From Orange County, Bellflower
A manhunt is underway in the Atlanta area for the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old police officer who got his start as a teenage explorer with the Orange Police Department. Antwan Toney, a Gwinnett County officer, previously lived in Bellflower and grew up in Orange and Tustin. He was shot on Saturday, Oct. 20 during a traffic stop in Lilburn, Georgia, about 20 miles outside of Atlanta. Toney worked for the Gwinnett County department for three years, police said, his first official job in law enforcement. When officers arrived, they found a black sedan with at least four people inside parked near the school, authorities said. Among the officers was Toney, who approached the car. That's when several shots were fired from inside the vehicle, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

At Least 129 Guns In Home At Scene Of Florence Police Shooting, Investigators Say
When sheriff's deputies went to serve a warrant related to a child sex crimes investigation in Florence, South Carolina, there were at least 129 guns in the home, according to investigators. Police say Frederick Hopkins opened fire at officers from a second-floor window on Oct. 3. “This was a planned ambush,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, tasked with investigating the shooting, said Tuesday. He described walking into the home where the alleged shooter lived as a “chilling” scene. “The officers had no chance whatsoever,” he said. Hopkins, 74, faces one count of murder and six counts of attempted murder, according to online court records.
The State

Crowds Welcome Home Kentucky Deputy Mostly Paralyzed In Shooting
A Scott County sheriff's deputy mostly paralyzed after being shot in the line of duty last month received a hero's welcome when he returned to the county Thursday. Jaime Morales was shot during a confrontation with a fugitive Sept. 11 and has spent most of the last month in a spinal rehabilitation facility in Louisville. Soon after the shooting, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton called Morales' injury “life changing” and said his legs were mostly paralyzed. Morales will need to head back to Louisville to continue his rehab at a later time.. “The community is real excited about him coming home and the sheriff's office is excited, too,” Hampton said Thursday morning.
Lexington Herald-Leader

2 South Carolina Deputies Injured In Shooting Leave Hospital
After more than two weeks in the hospital following the Florence police shooting, two deputies are out of the hospital and headed towards recovery. A spokesperson for the Florence County Sheriff's Office confirmed the officers' release with The State. Deputies Sarah Miller and Arie Davis left the hospital Friday to the cheers and claps of law enforcements and citizens, according to a video posted by one social media user. As they left, assisted by medical staff, they were covered with the black and blue striped flag representing law enforcement. The two held hands as they left.
The State

Man Dies After Shooting In South Los Angeles
A man was shot in the Broadway/Manchester neighborhood of South Los Angeles and later died at a hospital, police said Saturday. Officers responded at 10:40 p.m. Friday to the intersection of 97th and Main Streets and located the victim, according to Lt. J. Bennett of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division. The victim was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Bennett said. A detailed description of the suspected shooter was not available.

Authorities Investigate Deadly Motorcycle Crash In Huntington Park
A 28-year-old man riding a motorcycle crashed and died at the scene in Huntington Park during the early morning hours Sunday, according to police. It's unclear whether other vehicles were involved, as police are still investigating whether it was possibly a hit-and-run, officials said. Police and firefighters were called to the scene of a downed motorcyclist near Florence Avenue and Alameda Street in the South L.A. neighborhood of Huntington Park, in an area that runs just alongside the Florence-Firestone neighborhood.

Man Nabbed After Police Say He Returned To Hit-And-Run To Get Bumper
A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run after police say he returned to the scene to retrieve his bumper. The crash involving a man on a Scooter unfolded in the 7000 block of Alameda Street just before 2 a.m. When authorities arrived on the scene, they located the victim who was pronounced dead. He was described as a 28-year-old man. His identity has been withheld. While at the scene, officers say the driver suspected in the crash returned to the scene to allegedly retrieve his bumper. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, DUI, and manslaughter.

Police Seek To ID 3 Men Caught On Video Burglarizing Encino Home Amid ‘Rash' Of Area Break-Ins
A video released by the Los Angeles Police Department Thursday shows three men burglarizing a home in Encino over the summer. The June 13 burglary occurred near the 15800 block of Moorpark Street — an area that is experiencing "a rash of burglaries," some of them targeting celebrities' and sports figures' homes, LAPD said in a news release. Three men climbed a fence into the home's backyard around 11:50 a.m. and then covered a camera with a red shirt, according to police. They then smashed a rear window and ransacked the home, stealing watches and jewelry before they fled the area, the release stated.

Suspect Surrenders In Connection With Alleged Assault At UCLA Fraternity Party
A 21-year-old man sought in connection with an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus fraternity party near UCLA is in custody after surrendering to campus police. He was identified as Nima Bendavood, who was booked for felony sexual penetration and is being held in Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's inmate information. He surrendered to UCLA police at 1:22 p.m. Saturday, campus police Lt. Kevin Kilgore said. A UCLA student, whose name and age was not disclosed, told campus police she was assaulted shortly before 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 in the 600 block of Gayley Avenue by a man she did not know, Kilgore said.
FOX 11

45 Arrested In Crackdown On Riverside Gang Violence
Forty-five suspected gang members and associates have been arrested in a crackdown on gang violence in a Southern California neighborhood. Authorities announced Friday that the joint operation by police and the California Department of Justice in the Eastside area of Riverside also resulted in seizure of 63 firearms, illegal narcotics and evidence of gang membership. The investigation followed murders, attempted murders, drive-by shootings and assaults, which officials say occurred when gang members and associates were released from custody and began trying to regain control and power.

California Rolling Forward With Pot Delivery Regulations
California has moved a step closer to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule. The proposal is a major issue that could ultimately end up in court as the state continues to set myriad rules for how pot is grown, tested, packaged and delivered since recreational sales became legal Jan. 1. Cities have been able to ban retail sales, but state law says local governments cannot prevent cannabis deliveries on public roads so the state — at this point — rejected the plea from opponents who said it would jeopardize public safety and cause other problems.

Public Safety News

Fire In Sun Valley Scorches Apartment Building
It took 54 firefighters about 15 minutes Saturday to put out flames in two units of a two-story Sun Valley apartment building, authorities said. The fire was reported at 7:10 p.m. at 7229 North Beck Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. Heavy fire was showing from the first floor unit that extended into the second floor, Stewart said. The flames were out at 7:25 p.m. and it appeared the fire was contained to the original two units, she said. No injuries were reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Garcetti Tours Van Nuys Homeless Outreach Center In Push For Empathy And Volunteerism
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti toured a Van Nuys homeless outreach center Friday afternoon as part of what's planned as a weekend-long campaign to draw attention to volunteerism and continue raising awareness centering on rising homelessness through the county. About 100 potential volunteers, employees of participating business, neighbors and clients of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission gathered in the dining room before taking a tour of the facility that focuses on the homeless population and its needs. “Everyone counts. Everyone matters,” Garcetti said. “LA is about belonging … and is a town … a city of second chances.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Free Metro Rides On Election Day Proposed By Garcetti
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday proposed that Metro provide free rides on election day. Garcetti, along with co-authors Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, introduced a motion at the Metro Executive Management Committee meeting which would direct the transit agency to lift fares for all riders on Nov. 6. "A lack of transportation should never stand between a voter and the polls," Garcetti said.


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