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October 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2nd Officer Dies After South Carolina Ambush Attack
A second South Carolina police officer has died from injuries suffered in an ambush attack this month that left five others wounded. Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said Deputy Farrah B. Turner died Monday. She had been hospitalized since the attack. Boone said in a statement that Turner "was the ultimate professional, excelling at everything she did. She dedicated her life to serving the victims of the worst crimes imaginable." Authorities say Turner was among seven law enforcement officers shot by 74-year-old Frederick Hopkins.
Associated Press

Chief: Suspect In Georgia Officer's Death Shot, Killed
The 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a police officer near a school in the Atlanta area over the weekend was shot and killed by another officer Monday, police said. Tafahree Maynard was the second of two men charged in the fatal shooting Saturday of Gwinnett County police Officer Antwan Toney. Police believe Maynard shot Toney and he was the subject of an area manhunt as he faced charges of aggravated assault and felony murder. Gwinnett County police Chief Butch Ayers told reporters police got a credible tip about Maynard's whereabouts around 3 a.m. Monday morning. Dozens of police officers went door-to-door in a searching for him. Two officers searching a shed behind a house encountered Maynard, who failed to comply with verbal commands, Ayers said. Maynard had an "edged weapon" in his hand, the chief said.
Associated Press

LAPD: Man Shot Oct. 7 After Pulling Handgun On Drug Detectives In Van Nuys
Two of the men arrested following an officer-involved shooting in Van Nuys about two weeks ago were charged with parole violations, Los Angeles Police Department officials said, while a third was released. The shooting occurred on Oct. 7, when a pair of narcotics detectives approached the men in an alley behind a motel. The detectives, dressed in plainclothes but wearing tactical vests, were stopped in a vehicle, observing the alley west of Allott Avenue in the 13500 block of Sherman Way. The detectives saw the three men standing in the alley, said LAPD spokesman Lt. Chris Ramirez, then got out of their car to stop them. According to a written statement issued Thursday, as the detectives walked up to the group, police said one of the men, identified as 22-year-old Antonio Solis, pulled out a handgun.
Los Angeles Daily News

4 Robbery Suspects At Large After Hourslong Standoff At Illegal Weed Dispensary In Tarzana Strip Mall: LAPD
A lengthy standoff at an illegal pot shop in Tarzana where officers were responding to reports of an armed robbery with possible hostages on Monday ended with four suspects escaping and no captives found, officials said. Officers initially responded to the unlicensed dispensary within a strip mall at 18340 Ventura Blvd. shortly after 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Lt. Chris Ramirez said. Footage from the scene showed a massive law enforcement response, with a SWAT team and armored vehicles blocking Ventura Boulevard between Etiwanda Avenue and Reseda Boulevard from motorists. As of about 2:10 p.m., four robbery suspects had remained inside the business, Officer Jeff Lee said.

Man With Traumatic Brain Injury Found Safe
A non-verbal 48-year-old man with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old child who went missing Monday in Van Nuys, where he went to get an MRI, was found at a Costco parking lot in Van Nuys. Los Angeles Police Department tweeted "Thanks to the media for airing the story, and an alert community member, the missing person has been located and is being reunited with family members. We've said it before and we will say it again - this is a team effort and tonight proved it." Valadimir Povolotsky, who suffered a traumatic brain injury a week ago, was last seen about 4:15 p.m. in the 14900 block of Burbank Boulevard, near Kester Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Palos Verdes Estates Police: 5 Arrested On Suspicion Of 8 Home Invasion Robberies In L.A. County
Five people suspected of stealing about $1 million worth of loot were charged with 60 felony counts on Monday, Oct. 22 in connection to eight home invasion robberies targeting five cities in Los Angeles County. Palos Verdes Estates Police looking into two home invasion robberies, one in the 700 block of Via La Cuesta on March 2 and another in the 1300 block of Via Coronel, identified five suspects who were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 18, according to a news release from the department. It said authorities believe the individuals are associated with a South Los Angeles gang and are responsible for six other robberies in La Habra Heights, La Cañada Flintridge, Playa del Rey and Palmdale.
Los Angeles Daily News

Dallas Police Make Moves To Implement Drones By 2019
The Dallas Police Department wants to use drones to help fight crime, but first, police want the City Council to back the aircraft. On Monday, police officials made their case for the systems to the city's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee. Police refer to them as “small unmanned aerial systems" rather than "drones," a word they say may remind people of weaponized aircrafts. But the aircraft Dallas police want to use wouldn't carry anything but a camera, and they wouldn't go in the air without a specific mission, Assistant Chief Paul Stokes told the committee. 
The Dallas Morning News

Public Safety News

Porter Ranch Doctor To Study Health Of LA Firefighters Who Responded To 2015 Aliso Canyon Blowout
A physician who has been tracking Porter Ranch residents potentially affected by the gas well blowout at nearby Aliso Canyon is rolling out a health study of firefighters who responded to the 2015 accident. Dr. Jeffrey Nordella plans to formally anounce his plans on Tuesday — the third anniversary of the massive breach — to conduct medical tests on the firefighters, some of whom alleged in a lawsuit last week that the company knew first-responders were being exposed to dangerous toxins. From the time it was discovered, on Oct. 23, 2015, to the time it was capped, in February 2016, more than 100,000 metric tons of methane gas sprayed into the air, ultimately forcing many local residents from their homes as substances related to the leak settled in the local atmosphere.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Measure B Would Allow Los Angeles To Create A Public Bank
Whether you're paying sales tax on products bought in Los Angeles or just putting money in the meter, the city is currently set up like most businesses in that money is deposited in a bank. But on Nov. 6, voters will decide whether they want L.A. to create a public bank. "JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America - these banks also reach out of court settlements and pay billions in dollars in fines for perpetually defrauding the public. Instead of billions of our tax dollars sitting in Wall Street banks, we can fight to keep that money here," said Trinity Tran, the co-founder of Public Bank L.A.

Class-Action Lawsuit Against Bird And Lime Filed In L.A. County, Claims Scooters Have Caused ‘Civil Unrest'
A class-action lawsuit over the safety of electric scooters has been filed against scooter startups Bird and Lime, a Santa Monica firm announced Monday. The court filing was submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday on behalf of individuals claiming to have been harmed by the scooters. It's the first class-action lawsuit filed against the two major scooter-sharing companies, according to Costell & Cornelius Law Corporation. The lawsuit, which also lists manufacturers Segway and Xiaomi as defendants, names nine plaintiffs. They include three people who claimed being injured by riders who crashed into them from behind and three others who said they tripped over scooters that had been left on the sidewalk.

Elon Musk Announces Boring Company's First Tunnel In L.A. Area Is Nearly Complete
SpaceX, Tesla and Boring Company founder and CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday to announce the the Boring Company's first tunnel, which runs beneath Hawthorne, will be ready to open on Dec. 10. The project promises to carry cars underground at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour. An opening event is planned for Dec. 10, with free rides planned for the public the following day, Musk tweeted. Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Oct. 21, 218. 


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