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November 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Officer, Woman Injured In Collision In North Hills
An officer and a civilian were injured Friday night when a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser collided with an SUV in North Hills. The collision was reported at 7:53 p.m. in the 15400 block of Lassen Street, near Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both the officer and the civilian, a 40-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries, Margaret Stewart of the LAFD said. Details about how the crash occurred were not immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deadly incidents raise concerns over the use of Tasers as alternatives to firearms
Robert Harris, a Director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League discusses the challenges officers face in scenarios that require police officers to use force. Harris discusses the need for increased training and staffing to ensure that police officers can effectively use “less lethal” options in the field when confronting dangerous suspects.  
KPCC Air Talk

Texas Deputy Shot In Head During Standoff
A Texas sheriff's deputy has been shot and a suspect is in custody after an attempt to serve the man with an arrest warrant ended in gunfire and a three-hour standoff. Authorities say it began Thursday when a deputy went to a La Grange discount store to serve the man with a warrant charging him with failure to register as a sex offender. La Grange police Chief David Gilbreath says the suspect cut a deputy with a knife before darting to a nearby motel. Deputies followed and the suspect opened fire, striking Fayette County deputy Calvin "CJ" Lehmann in the head. The 32-year-old Lehmann was in stable condition at a hospital Friday but has lost sight in one eye. The suspect later surrendered.
Associated Press

Man Convicted Of Murder In Maryland Police Station Attack
A man who attacked a Maryland police station while his brothers videotaped the shooting was convicted of murder Friday in the death of an undercover detective, whom a fellow officer mistakenly shot and killed. The jury deliberated for about three hours before convicting 25-year-old Michael Ford of second-degree murder in the March 2016 friendly-fire killing of Prince George's County police Detective Jacai Colson, Prince George's state's attorney office spokesman John Erzen confirmed. Ford also was convicted of first-degree assault and weapons charges.
Associated Press

Slain Georgia Police Officer With Roots In Southern California Honored In Gardena
Mourners packed into a Gardena church Saturday to pay their respects to a Georgia police officer with deep roots in Southern California who was killed in the line of duty last month. Antwan Toney, 30, began his law enforcement career as an Orange Police Department Explorer before moving to Georgia and joining the Gwinnett County Police Department three years ago. He was shot and killed Oct. 20 while investigating a suspicious vehicle. His alleged killer was shot to death in a confrontation with police two days later.

2 Shot Outside Boyle Heights Liquor Store; Suspect At Large
Two people were critically wounded in a shooting outside a liquor store in Boyle Heights Friday night. Police were still looking for the shooter Saturday morning after he fled the scene before officers arrived. Witnesses said many people were on the street where the shooting occurred at the intersection of North St. Louis Street and East Cesar Chavez Avenue around 8 p.m. The suspect allegedly got out of a car and opened fire, shooting a woman and a man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Both were taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Santa Monica Man ID'd As Suspect In Possible DUI Crash In Van Nuys That Killed Cyclist
Police on Sunday identified the man arrested in Van Nuys the morning after Halloween who they said was driving drunk when he fatally struck a cyclist with his vehicle. Alexander Daniel Furtado, a 20-year-old from Santa Monica, was accused of being behind the wheel of the 2016 Chrysler 200 that slammed into the cyclist on Stagg Street early on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Chrysler was driving eastbound on Stagg Street, west of Haskell Avenue, at around 2:50 a.m. when it hit the man riding his bicycle in the same direction. The driver fled the scene, according to a Los Angeles Police Department written statement. The cyclist, who authorities have not yet publicly named, died at the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

As Daylight Saving Time Ends, Experts Warn Of Potential Dangers For Pedestrians
This weekend, we'll gain an extra hour of sleep, but we'll also lose an hour of daylight. More darkness makes it difficult for drivers to see people walking, and there are new concerns about a dangerous spike in accidents involving pedestrians. It's something 26-year-old Olga Salgado thinks about when it gets dark outside. After one of many night shifts, Salgado said she was walking home when a car nearly crushed her. "Someone was just vrooming," she said. "I was wearing dark clothing and they just didn't see me." Salgado jumped out of the way, but many pedestrians aren't always able to. Dr. Nicolas Melo is a trauma surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "L.A. County leads the country in auto versus pedestrian deaths," Melo said.

L.A. And Riverside Counties Search For Murder Suspect Wanted For Questioning In Seven Other Homicides
Investigators in two counties are looking for a man who is a person of interest in seven homicides in Antelope Valley and a suspect in an eighth killing in Riverside County, authorities said. Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, 34, was first named a person of interest last month when investigators found three decomposed bodies on the property he rented on the 30900 block of 106th Street East in Littlerock, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. David Gunner. Guzman was evicted from his 106th Street home in August, the same day sheriff's investigators found weapons, evidence of methamphetamine production and some stolen trailers and trucks on the property, Gunner said.
Los Angeles Times

CBD-Infused Products Are Being Sold Everywhere In California — But Are They Legal?
Greg and Gary Avetisyan make no secret of it: They proudly sell all manner of products infused with CBD, from essential oils to bath bombs to fruity tea-like beverages that promise calming relief in a frantic world. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a molecule derived from cannabis. But unlike its chemical cousin THC, it won't get you high. What it might do, according to some research, is alleviate anxiety, seizures, chronic pain and dozens of other ailments. The Avetisyan brothers' belief in the alleged benefits of the extract is so steadfast that they opened California's first CBD-only store, Topikal, in Tarzana last year and opened a second along the Venice Beach boardwalk in April.
Los Angeles Times

46 Violent Gang Members Arrested In Florida After National Investigation
Forty-six members of a subset of the violent national Bloods gang are off the streets following a multi-agency investigation centered in Jacksonville, but reaching as far as California, according to Sheriff Mike Williams. The sheriff called the Rolling 20's gang a highly organized group responsible for a wide range of violent crimes during a Friday morning news conference. "The entire investigation resulted in 46 defendants associated with the Rolling 20's being arrested on felony charges ranging from murder to cocaine sales, and lengthy prison sentences that they will see in the future," Williams said.
The Florida Times-Union

New Federal Grants Seek To Boost Prosecutions Of Gun Ballistics Cases
For almost two decades, the Department of Justice has been urging police departments to use the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, an innovative ballistics system, to solve gun crimes. Now the DOJ is looking beyond police chiefs and crime labs, who test the ballistics evidence, to prosecutors, who can find important links between cases and make charges stick in court. One sign of the shift is a new slew of federal grants awarded to law enforcement agencies that want to extract more investigative leads from the national ballistics database. For the first time this year, every recipient of a NIBIN grant is required to share the money with the local prosecutor's office, a Bureau of Justice Assistance spokeswoman said.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Residential Wood-Burning Ban In Effect Monday For Much Of Southern California
The agency that monitors air pollution for a wide area of Southern California issued a ban on residential wood burning for Monday Nov. 5, due to a forecast for high levels of fine particulate air pollution in the region. The alert from the South Coast Air Quality Management District covers Orange County and the non-desert areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The ban prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs for indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

These Transit Agencies And Ride-Sharing Companies Are Offering Free Transportation On Election Day
A number of public transit agencies and ride-sharing companies are offering voters free or discounted rides to the polls on Nov. 6. The groups, which include Metro, Uber, Lyft and Lime, said they're making the services available in hopes of increasing participation in the midterm election. A record number of residents are all set to vote in California, where voters will decide on Gov. Jerry Brown's successor, a spate of statewide measures and more. According to the Secretary of State, more than 78 percent of eligible citizens have registered–the highest percentage going into a midterm general election since 1950.


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