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January 15, 2019

Law Enforcement News

3 Deputies Shot While Serving Search Warrant At Texas Home
Police in Texas say three deputies have been shot and wounded while serving a search warrant at a home in Odessa. Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis says officers returned fire and one person was killed during the Monday night shooting. Investigators believe the person who died was the subject of the search warrant, though authorities have not said how the person died. Griffis says two of the deputies were shot in the leg and one had a graze wound to the mouth. He says all are expected to recover. The sheriff says the search warrant was related to drugs. A second person who was at the home has been taken into custody.
Associated Press

North Carolina Officer Shot Multiple Times, 2 Men Charged
Police have charged two men in the shooting that left a Raleigh officer injured by multiple gunshots Wednesday evening. Cedric Jamal Kearney, 23, of Henderson, was charged Thursday with attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy, according to Raleigh-Wake City County Board of Identification. He was arrested on Wendy Lane. In addition, police charged Antonio Dequan Fletcher, 20, with possession of a stolen firearm. The officer was shot multiple times after trying to apprehend a suspect off Western Boulevard. The shooting shut down the I-440 Beltline Wednesday night and kept officers at WakeMed on an all-night vigil.
The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Homeless Man Shot And Killed In North Hollywood Park
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who shot and killed a 34-year-old homeless man at a North Hollywood park Monday morning. Officers were called to Whitsett Park about 9 a.m., where they found the man lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. The man, who was not named but was identified by police as a known transient who lived in the area, died at the scene. Homicide detectives canvassed the area for witnesses and evidence. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Dave Peteque at (818) 374-1934.
Los Angeles Times

LA Parks Employees Discover Man Shot To Death At Valley Glen Sports Complex
Los Angeles Police Department detectives were investigating the death of a man at a Valley Glen park and sports complex early Monday morning. Investigators at the scene said the man was shot to death at the Valley Plaza Sports Complex at around 1 a.m. Detective Dave Peteque said that's when multiple men approached the victim in the park. Shots were fired, and the men were seen running away. It took hours for the man's body to be found, Peteque said — at around 9:30 a.m., a city parks employee made the gruesome discovery. The employee saw the man lying face down on the ground, then turned him over to see that he had been bleeding and called 9-1-1.
Los Angeles Daily News

Felon Charged in Van Pursuit That Ended In Hollywood, Leaving Several Injured

A felon was charged Friday with leading police on a pursuit with a stolen van that left several people injured, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. The defendant, Karapet Kirichyan, 46, of North Hollywood faces three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, a vehicle, one felony count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly and one count of driving or taking a vehicle without consent and two felony counts of hit and run resulting in injury to another person, a news release by the DA's office said. Kirichyan allegedly stole a work van from the 10700 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Van Nuys on Wednesday. Los Angeles Police Department officers then spotted the van and initiated a pursuit, prosecutors said.

Mother Expected To Be Sentenced For Murder Of 21-Day-Old Son

A 24-year-old Los Angeles woman pleaded no contest Monday to second-degree murder in the death of her 21-day-old son, who died of blunt head and neck trauma. Calixta Landa, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, is expected to be sentenced March 12 to 15 years to life in prison. On July 14, 2016, family members noticed that the infant was pale and limp in his bassinette. The baby was taken to a hospital, where medical personnel said he was underweight and suffering from brain and neck injuries, according to prosecutors. Two days later, Sebastian Landa was pronounced dead. Prosecutors said the fatal injuries were inflicted by his mother, but provided no further details.

Family Of Missing Man Appeals For Public Help
The family of a missing 21-year-old man whose car was found abandoned near Topanga on Aug. 11 have appealed for public help in finding him. They have released in the past week 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.

Dine-And-Dash Dater Surrenders To Serve Misdemeanor Sentence
A man dubbed the “Dine-and-Dash Dater” for walking out on checks while on first dates with numerous women at Southland restaurants surrendered Monday to serve his 120-day jail sentence. Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, pleaded no contest in November to three counts of defrauding an innkeeper by non-payment and one count of petty theft. In addition to the jail time, Superior Court Judge Stan Blumenfeld placed Gonzales on probation for three years. He was also ordered to pay $240 in restitution to two of his victims and to stay at least 100 yards away from five restaurants; was barred from the dating sites PlentyofFish and Bumble; and was informed that he is subject to search and seizure conditions involving electronic devices and accounts.

California Court Of Appeal Justice Charged With 9 Counts Of Misconduct, Including Sexual Harassment
A state judicial watchdog commission Monday charged Los Angeles-based state Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson with nine counts of misconduct, including sexual harassment and grabbing the breast of a female justice. The Commission on Judicial Performance, which issued the charges, said a formal hearing will be convened to examine the evidence. Johnson, a former federal prosecutor appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, faces potential removal from the bench. Johnson served as a federal magistrate for 10 years before joining the Court of Appeal, and the charges filed against him date back to that time.

Public Safety News

Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued For Woolsey Fire Burn Areas
A Pacific storm struck the Southland on Monday, generating rain and snow, creating treacherous travel conditions across the area and raising fears of flooding and mudslides in areas stripped bare by the Woolsey and Holy fires. Los Angeles County is issuing mandatory evacuation orders for portions of the Woolsey Fire burn area as rain is expected to hit SoCal all week long. All schools in the city of Malibu will be closed on Tuesday due to the weather. The Los Angeles County evacuations are to take effect as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.
FOX 11

L.A.'s Earthquake Early Warning System Can Save Lives, But What About The Rest Of California?
With considerable fanfare, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti started the year by trumpeting a cellphone app that will instantly notify users in Los Angeles County when an earthquake of 5.0 or bigger begins to hit. The pilot program, officially unveiled Jan. 3, can provide crucial seconds — even dozens of seconds — for people to duck and cover or otherwise take potentially lifesaving actions. Dubbed ShakeAlertLA, it's the first earthquake early warning system of its type in the country. But that also means the rest of California continues without such alerts. Despite its reputation for both earthquakes and high-tech innovation, the state plan has progressed sluggishly while a handful of other quake-prone countries — including Mexico — have launched successful early-warning programs.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Only about a third of LAUSD students attended school on first day of teachers' strike
Only about a third of Los Angeles Unified students showed up to school Monday, the first day of a teachers' strike, with many staying away despite assurance from district officials that all campuses would be in full operation. The school district said 141,631 students came to campus, based on preliminary data. Officials said 54 of the district's 1,240 schools had not yet provided attendance figures. The district's total enrollment is about 485,000. The low attendance numbers capped a day of disruption across the city. But it also helped the skeletal staff that managed many of the schools.
Los Angeles Times

Venice Group Challenges Homeless Shelter Approval
A Venice neighborhood group filed a petition Friday challenging the city of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission's approval of a 154-bed homeless shelter one block from Venice Beach. The petition brought by the Venice Stakeholders Association in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges the project approval was done in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act and other laws. "The city and the Coastal Commission jammed this project through the system and bypassed the environmental laws and the Coastal Act," VSA President Mark Ryavec alleged. "No government or project is immune from these laws."

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