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January 8, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Utah police officer shot, killed while attempting to arrest fugitive
Officials say A police officer in Utah was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a "dangerous fugitive" on Saturday night, officials said. Officer Joseph Shinners, 29, of the Provo Police Department, was shot during the incident, Chief Rich Ferguson told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon. Around 10 p.m., officers received information regarding the whereabouts of a fugitive. When they tried to arrest the suspect near a Bed Bath & Beyond in Orem, roughly 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, Shinners was shot. Fox News

Report: More Cops Died By Suicide Than In Line Of Duty In 2018 For the third straight year

More officers died by suicide than in the line of duty, WGN 9 reports. According to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers, at least 159 officers took their own lives in 2018, the same number of suicides tracked in 2017 and 19 more than in 2016. Exposure to trauma, horrific accidents and shootings are leading to mental health struggles that often get untreated. The rate of PTSD and depression for police and firefighters is five times higher than the civilian population. A report commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation showed that officers' highest risk of death is by suicide with most deaths in California and Texas. Critics believe the lack of resources for mental health adds to lives being lost. PoliceOne

Bingo Bust: LAPD Shuts Down Senior Home's 'Illegal Gambling'

Karen Adams has been playing bingo in her retirement community for eight years. They pitch in 25 cents a card. That pays for prizes they buy at the 99 Cents Store. But Adams says the LAPD recently shut down their game for "illegal gambling." "They said, 'you've got to close this down. You can go ahead and finish playing today but no more,'" Adams said. Capt. Paul Vernon says a disgruntled resident complained to the police about the game, so he was obligated to investigate -- something he did with humor. "There were no bearcats, no tanks, no helmets," he said. "We're not generally worried about bingo games or any other kind of gambling at senior citizen homes."  Apparently, all bingo games are regulated by both state law and LA City ordinance. Even "rowdy" senior home bingo games. A 20 page document spells out all the rules -- from conduct to record keeping to licensing. And that was the problem: Adams' group didn't have a license to play. "They can't play their game until they get their permit and follow the rules," said Vernon. NBC 4

#Aintfromnowhere Billboard Campaign Aims To Raise Awareness About Gang Violence In L.A.
Across the street from an elementary school and next to a South Los Angeles church stands a towering yellow billboard emblazoned in large black letters with the last words Mark Leroy Tyree Jr. heard before he was shot and killed: Where you from? For decades in neighborhoods where gangs roam, the question posed to young men has often been the equivalent of a deadly greeting. How you respond doesn't seem to matter much. Teachers know that. Cops know that. Even Tyree Jr.'s 72-year-old grandmother, Wilma Galathe, knows that. But what Galathe didn't know was just how many people around her had lost someone to a gang-related shooting and, in some cases, in the same manner as her grandson. Los Angeles Times

Man Found Dead At West Hollywood Home of Prominent Democratic Donor Ed Buck

For 2nd Time For the second time within 18 months, a man was found dead at the West Hollywood home of wealthy Democratic donor Edward Buck, authorities said Monday. Paramedics responded to Buck's apartment in the 1200 block of Laurel Avenue shortly after 1 a.m., where they discovered an unresponsive victim, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They tried reviving the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Officials only described the victim as a black man in his 50s. Investigators did not release his name Monday. His death comes after 26-year-old Gemmel Moore was found dead from an apparent overdose at the same apartment on July 27, 2017. KTLA 5

Sleeping outdoors with a rifle
Murder suspect stalked Malibu for years, officials say For the better part of two years, Anthony Rauda could be found sleeping in or around Malibu Creek State Park, one of any number of people who chose to spend their nights dozing near the popular hiking trails. But while the campers used the beach-adjacent recreation area as a quick getaway, Rauda stayed. Prosecutors say he was using the park and the surrounding area for a different purpose: as a hunting ground. Rauda was charged Monday with one count of murder and 10 counts of attempted murder, a move that brought some relief to residents whose neighborhoods were scarred by a furious wildfire and who'd become panicked at the idea that a sniper was stalking one of L.A.'s most idyllic locales. Los Angeles Times

San Diego DA Plans To Challenge New Murder Accomplice Law
The San Diego County District Attorney's Office plans to challenge a new state law that could release from prison people serving time for murder when they didn't do the actual killing but were accomplices. Assistant District Attorney David Greenberg told  inewsource  that the first time an accomplice convicted of murder in the county petitions for resentencing under the law, which took effect Jan. 1, the office intends to question its constitutionality. His boss, District Attorney Summer Stephan, and other district attorneys throughout the state, have argued the Legislature didn't have the authority to change the murder accomplice law without asking voters to approve it first. “I think we have an appropriate argument that it's not constitutional,” Greenberg said. inewsource

Prosecutors File 28 New Charges Against Suspected NorCal Rapist

In Sacramento Prosecutors on Monday filed 28 new charges against a man they have identified as the NorCal Rapist, adding allegations from victims in five more counties. Roy Charles Waller, who turns 59 Tuesday, appeared briefly in court in Sacramento, accused of targeting victims in Northern California from 1991 through 2006. He committed at least 11 sexual assaults during that time, according to officials. In September, after years of sifting through leads and multiple manhunts, Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert identified Waller, a UC Berkeley employee, as the suspect in the NorCal Rapist case. Authorities used DNA and information from genealogy websites to find Waller, noting the attacks with which he was linked started in the summer of 1991 in Rohnert Park, when a 21-year-old woman was raped in her home by a man who entered through an unlocked sliding glass door. Los Angeles Times

Gun Deaths Dropped in 2018
Excluding Suicides At least 14,611 Americans were killed by guns last year, excluding most suicides, according to data collected by Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings through media and law enforcement reports. That's a nearly 7 percent drop compared to last year, and the first decline recorded by GVA in its five-year history. GVA records and publishes data on gun incidents in real time, and this figure represents one of the earliest estimates of gun violence in 2018. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks firearms mortality, typically takes almost a year to release data on gun deaths. Since 2014, when GVA launched, its tallies of firearm deaths have been within 5 percent of the CDC's. The Trace

Public Safety News

2 People Suffer Burn Injuries In West Hills House Fire
Two people are injured, one critically, following a fire at a home in West Hills Monday night. Firefighters arrived to the one-story home on Gross Avenue, near Vanowen Street, at about 11:30 p.m. A total of 38 firefighters had the flames knocked down in just 17 minutes, according to Los Angeles firefighters. Two people suffered burn injuries. One of them was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The second victim's condition was not known. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. ABC 7

California Flu Death Toll Rises To 42

California's flu season has just begun to ramp up, but 42 people in the state have already died of influenza, according to officials. The death tally began in October, the official start of the flu season nationwide. The season runs through May and typically reaches its height in February. Older people are more likely to develop serious complications, such as pneumonia, after catching the flu. Half the deaths in California this season are among people over 65, according to state data. In California and nationwide, the flu strain going around is H1N1, a kind of Influenza A known as “swine flu.” Nationally, 77% of flu cases so far have tested positive for H1N1, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. KTLA 5

Local Government News

Women's Jail Project May Not Have Votes to Move Forward
Los Angeles County's plan to retrofit an immigration detention center in Lancaster as a women's jail, long opposed by criminal justice advocates, may not have the votes it needs to move forward. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl issued a statement Monday saying the location of the proposed women's jail at Mira Loma "poses significant, and in my opinion, insurmountable obstacles to our goal of creating a women's jail that is the centerpiece of a gender-responsive corrections system. Mira Loma is too far away from the home communities of the women who would be housed there, and too far away from family members who would need to visit." NBC 4

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