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January 11, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Rookie Police Officer In Davis, 22, Is Fatally Shot; Suspect Also Dead
A rookie 22-year-old police officer who had just completed field training before Christmas was fatally shot while she responded to a car crash in downtown Davis, Calif., the city's police chief said. The suspected gunman was found dead inside a home about a block away from the shooting, police said in a statement at around 1:30 a.m. Friday, “with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was responding to a crash involving three vehicles at 5th and D streets around 6:45 p.m. Thursday when gunshots were fired and she was hit, Police Chief Darren Pytel told reporters at a televised news conference after midnight. Corona was the only officer at the scene, less than a block from the city's main fire station. She was rushed by firefighters to UC Davis Medical Center but “they weren't able to save her,” Pytel said.
Los Angeles Times

Maryland Man Being Sentenced For Murder Of LEO Killed In Police Station Attack
A man who opened fire on a Maryland police station faces a prison sentence for his conviction on a murder charge in the blue-on-blue killing of an undercover detective who tried to end the gunman's attack. Michael Ford is scheduled to be sentenced by a Prince George's County judge on Thursday, more than two months after a jury convicted the 25-year-old man of second-degree murder and other charges. Ford's two younger brothers, Malik and Elijah Ford, drove him to the police station and videotaped the March 2016 shooting with their cellphones. They pleaded guilty to related charges and also are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.
Associated Press

Suspicious Package In Car Outside LAPD's 77th Station Turns Out To Be Candle

The Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Community Police Station in South Los Angeles reopened Friday morning, about four hours after the discovery of a suspicious device prompted the evacuation of the building, the second evacuation of a LAPD facility in less than 12 hours. A bomb squad responded about 1:45 a.m. to the building at 7600 Broadway and examined the package before giving the all clear around 5:15 a.m., police said. The bomb squad searched a red Honda Civic parked in front of the building and found a citronella candle inside, ABC7 reported. About 7:30 p.m. Thursday an envelope containing a powdery substance was found in the mail room of LAPD headquarters at 100 W. First St. in downtown Los Angeles. The building was evacuated and a HazMat unit was called and determined the substance was not harmful, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Video Released, Suspect Sought in Boyle Heights Hit-and-Run That Left Colombian Tourist Critically Injured
Police released video footage and reached out to the public for help Thursday in tracking down the driver of an SUV who struck and critically injured a woman visiting Los Angeles from Colombia as a tourist over the weekend, authorities said. The 35-year-old woman was left hospitalized in critical condition following the collision, which took place about 6:40 p.m. Sunday at Whittier Boulevard and Lorena Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. The victim, a 35-year-old tourist from Colombia, and her boyfriend were crossing Whittier Blvd. in a marked crosswalk when the woman was struck by an SUV that was making a left turn from Lorena Street onto Whittier Boulevard, police said. Paramedics took the woman to a hospital with severe head injuries, officials said. She was listed in critical condition.

Help Needed To Identify Man Found Wandering LA Streets
Police need the public's help to get a man home after he was found wandering for hours in the West Adams District near downtown Los Angeles. The man, who told police his name is Marco, was found wandering for two to three hours near 20th Street and Edgehill Drive Wednesday. When officers made contact with him, he could not tell them where he lived or where his family could be found. Marco is a Hispanic 5-foot-2 and 110-pound man. He is believed to be in his late 60s to early 70s. His last name could be Morales or Macias, and he appears to be in good health. Anyone with information about Marco's identity can call the LAPD.

Family Of Missing Man Renews Appeal For Public Help

The family of a missing 21-year-old man whose car was found abandoned near Topanga on Aug. 11 renewed their appeal Thursday for public help in finding him, releasing hundreds of drone photographs of the area believed to have been his last known location. Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. last had been seen on Aug. 10 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. Later that day, he sent a friend a text from the Las Rosas Overlook area near Stunt and Saddle Peak roads in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Early the following morning, his vehicle was found abandoned in that general area. Weaver had just moved to Granada Hills shortly before his disappearance.

Fugitive Sex Offender Who Tried To Sexually Assault Chicago Man During Break-In May Be In SoCal: FBI

A registered sex offender on the run after being convicted in a Chicago home invasion may be in or traveling to Southern California, federal officials said Thursday. Joseph A. Kopacz, 54, was convicted in absentia after he fled in the middle of his trial, according to Laura Eimiller, a spokesperson for the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office. He walked out of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Nov. 8 and had not returned by the time his guilty verdict was read later that same day, Cook County sheriff's officials told the Chicago Sun-Times. At the time, Kopacz was free on $50,000 bond, but a no-bond warrant has since been issued for his arrest, the newspaper said.

Under New Law, Training On Transgender Issues, Sexual Orientation Will Be Required Of Many Seeking To Become Law Enforcement Officers

Those training to become law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers in California will soon learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the academy under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. Assembly Bill 2504, which was authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino), also ensures optional LGBTQ-specific educational training for officers already on the job. The law went into effect Jan.1. Members of the LGBTQ community “want to be accepted and feel accepted in the communities in which they live and they want to know when they call for law enforcement, they will be helped and not judged,” said Rosanne Richeal, basic course coordinator for The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).
Los Angeles Daily News

In Rare Action, California Supreme Court Rejects 10 Of Gov. Jerry Brown's Attempts To Grant Clemency
The California Supreme Court has rejected 10 attempts by former Gov. Jerry Brown to grant clemency, the first time it has exercised that power in more than half a century. Brown granted a historic 1,332 pardons and 283 commutations during his final two terms as part of a push to scale back the state's tough-on-crime approach that began under his first governorship. But the court blocked 10 of those requests in the final weeks of the Brown administration, which ended this month, the Sacramento Bee reported Thursday. The court has not rejected pardon or commutation requests under a governor's consideration since 1930 but earlier noted it had the authority in the case of an “abuse of power.” A court representative said the justices are not planning to provide any further clarification. The court's rejections have baffled judicial observers.
Los Angeles Times

How Cops Will Be Affected By New Gun Laws In 2019
With the start of a New Year, many states often usher in new restrictions on the sale, purchase, transfer, ownership and use of firearms and ammunition. Many of these restrictions will have an effect on law enforcement officers, so it's worth a moment to discuss some of them. AGE RESTRICTIONS: Citizens in California, Florida and Vermont will now be subject to additional restrictions that prohibit the purchase of firearms by adults under 21 years of age. Previously, young adults in these states could purchase long guns after age 18, but new laws will now prohibit them from making these purchases. Additionally, young adults under 21 years of age in Washington State will be prohibited from purchasing semiautomatic rifles – including rimfire rifles – and generally may not possess them in public.

Public Safety News

LA County Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed one case of measles in a person who visited the city of Malibu while infectious. The unidentified person visited Malibu's Paradise Cove Beach Cafe on Dec. 29 from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. No current risk related to measles exists at the venue as the period of possible exposure ended more than a week ago, department officials said. In addition, because measles is spread by the respiratory route, there is no risk present related to food that may have been consumed at this location, according to the health department. However, individuals who were present at this location during this time, especially those with weakened immune systems or persons who may not have been immunized against measles, may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness.

U.S. Officials Declare End To Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak

“This outbreak appears to be over,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday of the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from some regions of Northern and Central California. In all, 62 people in 16 states became sick as a result of the outbreak. Twenty-five of them were hospitalized. Illnesses began in early October; the most recent illness was reported to have begun with symptoms on December 4. However, the US Food and Drug Administration is continuing to investigate how the outbreak occurred and the farms involved.

Local Government News

Metrolink Adds Special Trains For Saturday's Playoff Game Between Rams, Cowboys
Southern California's Metrolink railroad is adding special trains for football fans heading to the Los Angeles Rams' divisional playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Metrolink says for the first time it will offer $10 round-trip fares on its Antelope Valley, Orange County and San Bernardino lines to downtown LA's Union Station for Saturday night's game. From Union Station, fans can reach the Coliseum by riding Metro Rail trains.

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