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November 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Hit-and-Run Suspect Sought After Hitting 3 Seniors In Westlake District
Three people were sent to the emergency room after a car hit them and fled the scene Monday night in the Westlake District. The incident occurred at about 7: 50 p.m. near MacArthur Park at the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Alvarado St. The victims, all senior citizens, sustained minor injuries and are expected to survive. They were out for a walk when they were hit. Police are still working on determining a vehicle description.

Man Caught With Arsenal Of Weapons Outside Studio City Middle School, But News Took Weeks To Reach Parents
A man was caught with an arsenal of weapons outside an L.A. middle school. Parents want to know why it was kept secret. By any measure, what happened outside Reed Middle School one day last month was scary: A man with an arsenal of weapons was found hanging out on the edge of campus — the same man who just the week before had tried to lure schoolgirls to his truck. School police thwarted any possible bad outcome, and the man is now headed to prison. But for some parents at the Studio City campus, relief mixed with anger — because the Los Angeles Unified School District waited more than two weeks to acknowledge what had happened.

Man Killed In South LA Shooting; Suspected Shooter Detained
A man was shot and killed in South Los Angeles and detectives questioned the suspected shooter Tuesday. Deputies responded about 9:50 p.m. Monday to a gunshot victim call in the 2100 block of West 109th Place and upon arrival located the victim, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso and was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The suspected shooter, who lives at the location, was detained by detectives for questioning and the weapon used in the shooting was recovered at the scene, he said.

Critical Missing Person: Search Underway For 12-Year-Old East Los Angeles Boy
The search is on for a missing 12-year-old boy from East Los Angeles who was last seen Monday evening. Anthony "Tony" Acosta was last seen near West Vernon Avenue and South Flower Street around 5 p.m. Monday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked for the public's help to find Tony, who they described as a critical missing person. Tony's family hasn't heard or seen from him since and he is not believed to be a runaway. He was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 250 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, tan pants, black shoes and carrying a black hooded sweatshirt.

Uber Driver Charged With 5 Felony Counts After Kidnappings, Police Pursuit In Santa Monica, DA Says
Charges were filed Friday against an Uber driver who allegedly kidnapped four passengers on Halloween and led Santa Monica police on a brief pursuit, prosecutors said. Khaled Elsayedsa Ali, 35, was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office with five felonies: four counts of kidnapping and one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly, according to a news release. The Garden Grove resident is accused of picking up a man who requested a ride, but driving in the opposite direction and refusing to let him leave until the man jumped out of the car.

In Potential Major Upset, Alex Villanueva Holds Slim Lead Over L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
In what could be a stunning upset in the race to be Los Angeles County sheriff, challenger Alex Villanueva took a narrow lead over Sheriff Jim McDonnell early Wednesday. With 100% of precincts reporting, Villanueva, a retired sheriff's lieutenant, was ahead by 4,927 votes, but provisional and late mail ballots still have to be counted. Heading into the election to run one of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies, McDonnell and Villanueva had been expected to be locked in a tight race. Sheriffs in Los Angeles County can typically count on being easily reelected in the primary, but Villanueva disrupted that pattern when he became one of only four challengers in the last century to push a sitting sheriff into a runoff.
Los Angeles Times

Why PDs Should Equip K9 Handlers With Night Vision And Thermal Imagers
There's an old saying: “A horse is only as good as his rider.” The same is true for police K-9s. No matter how talented, intelligent and adept they are at scenting out suspects and missing persons, a police dog is only as good as its K9 handler. For instance, if the K9 search is underway at nighttime in a poorly-lit area, then the K9 handler will have difficulty in seeing what's going on. The officer will have a hard time keeping their dog in view, watching the animal's visual cues as they track the scent, and spotting the suspect breaking from cover as the canine gets close.

Boy Battling Cancer Asks For Police Patches From Across US
Deputies who visited 12-year-old Jeremiah Derks didn't think they were inspiring a future officer. They just thought they were doing a good deed for a boy battling cancer. But those officers did more than brighten Jeremiah's day — they changed his life, CBS4 reported. Now Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with cancer in July and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, hopes to become a cop himself one day. In the meantime, though, he has another goal: To collect as many police patches from as many departments as he can. It started when a Kokomo cop brought Jeremiah a patch during a visit.

Local Government News

L.A. Backs Off On Allowing Airbnb Rentals In Rent-Controlled Apartments
A Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Tuesday that the city prohibit rent-controlled apartments from being offered for short stays on Airbnb and similar platforms. If such apartments can be rented out for a few days at a time, “there are so many opportunities for fraud and a loss of housing,” Councilman Bob Blumenfield said. The decision, which still must be approved by the full council, would reverse plans set forward in September by the Planning Commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, and revert to an earlier proposal championed by City Councilman Mike Bonin.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Chosen For Inaugural World Urban Games
The Global Association of International Sports Federations announced Monday it has selected Los Angeles to host the inaugural World Urban Games in 2019 and the second edition in 2021. The agreement for the 2021 edition is conditional on the success of the 2019 event, a statement said. The Los Angeles bid was one of two to make the final cut along with Budapest. The GAISF made the decision Monday morning in Lausanne, Switzerland. "The first World Urban Games will be a historic event and we are confident that we couldn't have a better host than the city of Los Angeles," said GAISF Senior vice President Raffaele Chiulli.


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