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January 16, 2019

Law Enforcement News

North Carolina Trooper Shot In Face During Traffic Stop, 3 Suspects Arrested
A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper remained hospitalized with serious injuries Tuesday after being shot during a traffic stop Monday afternoon in Wilson County in eastern North Carolina. The trooper was identified as D. C. Harrell, a five-year veterans assigned to Wilson County, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Safety. He was taken to a hospital “with serious but non-life threatening injuries,” said the release. Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks released a statement Tuesday, lauding Harrell. “I spoke with Trooper Harrell last night and appreciate his service, his bravery and his dedication,” said the release from Hooks.
The News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Minnesota OIS Ends With Suspect And K-9 Dead, Officer Wounded
A domestic situation Sunday in Duluth ended in a shooting that left a man and police K-9 dead and an officer wounded. Officers responded to a call about a domestic assault with a weapon at a home on Skyline Parkway. A man was holed up inside a residence who, after an hour of negotiations, fired at police. One officer, identified as Aaron Haller, was struck and his K-9 partner, Haas, was killed, a statement from the Duluth Police Department said. Police returned fire and entered the residence, where they found the man dead, the statement said. Haller, who was struck, was taken to a hospital for treatment and released, Duluth police said.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Illinois State Trooper Struck, Killed During Crash Investigation
An Illinois state trooper has been killed while on duty responding to a traffic crash on I-294 in the Northbrook area, state police and sources said. Trooper Christopher Lambert was on his way home just before 4:45 p.m. when he came across a crash involving multiple cars on the northbound lanes of I-294 near Willow Road, said Leo Schmitz, director of Illinois State Police, during a news conference late Saturday. Schmitz described Lambert, 34, as making a “typical trooper move” when he stopped on the left shoulder to investigate the crash. “He sees a three-vehicle crash, he positions his vehicle in the left-hand lanes so to save the lives of those people in the crash,” Schmitz said. “He was struck and lost his life while he was doing that.”

LAPD Officials Look For Person Who Fatally Shot Homeless Man In Valley Glen
The LAPD is seeking information about the fatal shooting of a homeless man at a Valley Glen park. The incident was reported about 9 a.m. Monday at Whitsett Park, in the 7100 block of Whitsett Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a news release. The victim was found lying on the ground in the parking lot of the park with multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department declared him dead at the scene. The victim was described as a 34-year-old transient who lived in the area. He has not been identified, pending notification of relatives. Police did not say what led up to the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting can call Detective Dave Peteque at 818-374-1934.

LAPD Used Drone For First Time In Recent Koreatown Standoff That Ended With Arrest Of Robbery Suspect
The Los Angeles Police Department used a drone for the first time during a standoff last week between SWAT officers and a robbery suspect in Koreatown. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday the drone was used to give officers a view inside a second-story apartment in the 300 block of Berendo Street, where police believed the suspect was hiding during the Jan. 9 standoff. The drone allowed SWAT officers to “safely approach the location knowing the suspect was not lying in wait,” said Deputy Chief Horace Frank, who commands the department's counter-terrorism, bomb squad, and other special units. The standoff, which unfolded over nine hours in a busy section of Koreatown near 3rd Street and Vermont Avenue, ended after police found the suspect in the apartment building's attic. Moore said police approached the residence at around 4:30 a.m.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Asks For Community Help To Locate Family Of Man Killed In Hit-and-Run
Authorities have released the name and photograph of an elderly man struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash on Jan. 10 hoping the community can help locate the victim's family. The Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division says 78-year-old LA resident Louis Jude Otero was struck by a commercial charter bus at the intersection of Flower Street and 23rd Street shortly after 5:00 p.m. A witness tried getting the attention of the bus driver to no avail as the vehicle dragged the victim for some distance before getting on an onramp to the 110 freeway, according to police. Authorities say Otero was eventually dislodged from underneath the bus but was pronounced dead at the scene.
FOX 11

Driver In Compton-to-LA Pursuit Strips Down To Bra And Undershorts Before Arrest
A suspect potentially linked to a weekend carjacking led authorities on a chase from Compton to the South Los Angeles area Monday before stripping down to a bra and undershorts and then being taken into custody. The pursuit began about 10:45 a.m., when deputies tried to pull over the silver Kia sedan near Wilmington and Manchester avenues, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The motorist led authorities on a chase over surface streets and on the 105 and 110 freeways before finally stopping about 11:45 a.m. near Western Avenue and 88th Street and surrendering. Along the way, authorities backed off of the ground pursuit at times, but kept monitoring the progress of the female suspect via helicopter. Once she stopped and exited her vehicle, she removed her clothing until she was wearing a bra and undershorts, KTLA5 reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Robert Durst Murder Trial Is Set For September; Prosecution Allowed To Present Evidence Related To 2001 Texas Killing
Four years after his arrest, Robert Durst — the idiosyncratic New York real estate tycoon accused of killing his best friend two decades ago — finally has a trial date. During a court hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a judge set the trial for late in the summer after conferring with Durst. “Yeah,” Durst responded in his signature slow and creaking voice, “Sept. 3 is fine for trial.” But in a setback for Durst's defense team, the judge also ruled that the Los Angeles County district attorney's office can present evidence in the trial relating to the 2001 killing of a Texas neighbor, for which Durst was acquitted of murder.

Opioid Overdoses Surpass Vehicle Crashes on Leading Causes of Death List
For the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses, according to a new report on preventable deaths from the National Safety Council. Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council's analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. "The nation's opioid crisis is fueling the Council's grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an influx of illicit fentanyl," the council said in a statement released Monday. Fentanyl is now the drug most often responsible for drug overdose deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in December.

Public Safety News

Officials To Assess Evacuation Orders In Woolsey Fire Burn Areas As New Storm Bears Down
Officials will be assessing the mandatory evacuation orders in the Woolsey Fire burn area as another storm prepares to bear down on Southern California Wednesday. Tuesday's storm did not create the debris flows officials had feared, but this week's third storm – and possibly the most powerful – is slated to move into the region Wednesday and dump rain through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Those still under mandatory evacuation orders Wednesday morning included the following areas: Corral Canyon / El Nido, Escondido / Old Chimney, Escondido Drive / Latigo Canyon, Malibu West / Trancas Canyon, Malibou Lake, All of Ramirez Canyon Road and adjacent streets and Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park & Restaurant.

Measles Case In L.A. County Is Confirmed And Others May Have Been Exposed, Health Officials Say
Health officials are warning that shoppers and diners in Los Angeles County may have been exposed to measles in late December. Officials confirmed one case of measles in a person who visited several locations in Malibu, Pasadena and Santa Monica while infectious. There is no longer any risk of infection at those establishments, because measles spreads when the sick person coughs or sneezes around others, officials say. But people who were possibly near the infected person “may be at risk of developing measles and should watch for symptoms of the illness,” says a statement from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Symptoms include a fever, cough, red eyes and a rash that appears 10 to 12 days after exposure, officials say.
Los Angeles Times

The Impact Of A Government Shutdown On Public Safety
As the Trump administration and Congress continue to spar over $5 billion in funding for a new border wall, the resulting government shutdown has reached day 26. On Jan. 12, it officially became the longest shutdown in American history, with no indication of an end in sight. Here's how a government shutdown affects public safety personnel and first responders. First Responder and Public Safety Personnel Affected: In 2013, a government shutdown occurred from Oct. 1-16 during the Obama administration over the inability to agree on Obamacare. During that time, the shutdown closed the National Emergency Training Center, forcing the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to move events scheduled for its annual Memorial Weekend.

Local Government News

Former L.A. Councilman Greig Smith Tapped To Fill Vacant Seat Until Election
For the first time in half a century, city officials say, the Los Angeles City Council has appointed someone to serve as a voting member on the council. Former Councilman Greig Smith was chosen Tuesday to temporarily fill a council seat that was vacated by Mitchell Englander, a spot he could hold for up to eight months. Smith will be an interim voting member of the City Council, representing a San Fernando Valley district that includes Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge and Porter Ranch, until a new representative is chosen in a special election later this year. He said he is not running in that race, which has rapidly drawn interest from more than a dozen possible candidates. Smith, who lives in Granada Hills and serves as a reserve officer with the LAPD, left office in 2011 after deciding not to seek a third term on the council.
Los Angeles Times

E-Scooters, Dockless Bicycles Gaining Foothold In Southern California As LA County Drops Orders To Remove Them
Like Uber and Lyft before them, the latest Silicon Valley startups also showed up uninvited, dropping electric scooters, battery-powered bicycles and other dockless, micro-mobile rentals onto streets and sidewalks of Southern California. The guerrilla marketing strategy aimed at busting the monopoly of the single-passenger car created multiple battlefronts in today's “Scooter Wars,” sending some cities to the courts claiming they are a nuisance and an eyesore, and others writing regulations that keep them off the sidewalks and target public safety and aesthetics. While some, such as Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, sent in law enforcement and confiscated the scooters, banning them entirely, others, like Santa Ana and the county of Los Angeles have put away the stick and opened up a dialogue of diplomacy.
Los Angeles Daily News

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