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January 17, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Procession Honors Duluth K-9 Officer Killed In Line Of Duty
People in Duluth came together Monday night to honor a K-9 killed in the line of duty. This procession was for Haas, a police dog who was fatally shot Sunday night. Police squad cars transported the animal down Grand Avenue. Haas was killed when police responded to a report of a domestic assault. After an hour of negotiations, officers say a man started shooting at them from inside a house. Officers returned fire, killing the man. Paramedics took one officer to the hospital and released him, but Haas did not survive. Haas was three years old.
CBS Minnesota

LAPD Seeks Hit-and-Run Driver Who Left 57-Year-Old Woman For Dead In Silver Lake
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A woman who was found dead behind a trash can in Silver Lake Wednesday morning was the victim of a hit-and-run crash that was captured on surveillance video, and now LAPD officials are looking for the driver of a tan sedan. The crash occurred about 6 a.m. in the 1800 block of Hyperion Avenue, and the body was discovered in the hours after that. Firefighters who responded to the scene called Los Angeles Police Department officials because the way the body was positioned among debris made it seem like it might have been moved, Detective Campos told KTLA. The victim was later identified by LAPD and family members as 57-year-old Christina Garcia, a wife and mother of three grown children.

Encino Burglary Suspects Who Got Away With $150K In Cash And Jewelry Caught On Security Video

Authorities released security video Wednesday of two men being sought for a home burglary in Encino two days before Christmas. The crime occurred about on the evening of Dec. 23, 2018, on the 4400 block of Alonzo Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. One suspect waited in front of the residence in an SUV, while the other entered through the rear of the home by breaking a window. The suspects fled with cash, jewelry, a handgun and a small safe, with the loss estimated to be about $150,000, police said. The men were both described as white, about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds. They wore dark clothing. The suspects fled in a white 2015 to 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe or Tucson SUV. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call burglary detectives at (818) 374-7769, or (877) LAPD-247.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Man Walking Home After Shift

At East L. A. In-N-Out Is Set To Be Arraigned The suspected gunman charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a man who was walking home after a shift at an In-N-Out in East Los Angeles late last year is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Abraham Julianny Caberea, 19, was arrested on Dec. 21 in the Nov. 7 killing of 22-year-old Rene Lupian, in what has been described by detectives as a “robbery that went bad.” Caberea was charged Dec. 26 with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation that he committed the crime during a robbery. The complaint also includes firearm allegations, the DA's office stated in a news release. Also arrested in the case were Wayne Andrew Seare, 20, and Samantha Irene Castillo, 20, who face a felony count of second-degree robbery along with Caberea.

Fontana Attempted Rape, Burglary Suspect Caught After Dropping Booking Docs At Crime Scene

A man who was just released from San Bernardino County jail was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape an 18-year-old woman in Fontana. Police tracked him down after he dropped his booking papers at the crime scene. Fontana police responded to the 16000 block of Pennard Lane on Tuesday after receiving a call from dispatch regarding a woman who told them she awoke to a man in her bedroom trying to attack her while armed with a knife. When officers arrived on scene, they were not able to locate the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Flavio Hernandez of Rialto. Investigators said Hernandez entered the home through the front door and stole numerous electronics and other valuable items. Hernandez then left the home and stashed the stolen goods somewhere to retrieve later, authorities said. He then went back to the residence with the intent to sexually assault a woman living at the home.

California Law Abolishing Bail Is Put On Hold Until At Least November 2020

California's new law abolishing the requirement to post bail for release after arrest, scheduled to take effect in October, was put on hold Wednesday when bail bond companies qualified a referendum to put the issue before voters in November 2020. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that random sampling of petitions submitted by sponsors of the ballot measure showed they had collected more than the 402,468 valid signatures they needed to make the ballot. Qualification of a referendum on a newly enacted law bars its enforcement until voters decide whether to approve it.
SF Gate

Here Are California's New Laws To Address The State's Opioid Crisis

About 2,000 Californians die from opioid overdose annually, according to the California Department of Public Health. This week in Chico, one person died and 12 were taken to the hospital after a suspected overdose on a powerful opiate called fentanyl. The California Legislature looked at more than 20 bills last year designed to address the ongoing opioid crisis, passing 14. The laws cover a few approaches to bringing opioid death numbers down, including stemming over-prescribing practices, improving medication assisted treatment and saving people in the throes of overdose with an antidote called naloxone. 
Capital Public Radio

Pot Deliveries OK'd Into Calif.

Communities That Ban Sales California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties. Cannabis companies and consumers had pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have banned commercial pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. That means residents in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases, even though sales are permitted for adults in California.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Mudslides Close Canyon Roads In Woolsey Fire Burn Areas
As Evacuation Orders Remain In Place The third in a series of storms is bringing powerful rain to Southern California Thursday, prompting continued mandatory evacuations and several road closures for Woolsey Fire burn areas. The canyon roads have been hardest hit by the ongoing showers. Road closed signs were up early Thursday morning on South Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Pacific Coast Highway after a rock slide left debris on the roadway overnight. Malibu Canyon Road is also closed from Piuma Road to Civic Center Way. A large boulder came crashing down the hillside overnight and struck a car as it was traveling on Malibu Canyon Road. The driver was complaining of pain following the crash and taken to a hospital in unknown condition.

Big Earthquake Would Topple Countless Buildings, But Many Cities Ignore The Danger

The Northridge earthquake that hit 25 years ago offered alarming evidence of how vulnerable many types of buildings are to collapse from major shaking. It toppled hundreds of apartments, smashed brittle concrete structures and tore apart brick buildings. Since then, some cities have taken significant steps to make those buildings safer by requiring costly retrofitting aimed at protecting those inside and preserving the housing supply. But many others have ignored the seismic threat. And that has created an uneven landscape that in the coming years will leave some cities significantly better prepared to withstand a big quake than others. Other than hospitals, state government has generally not set any mandatory rules for earthquake retrofits, and that has left it up to city and county governments to make decisions about seismic risks.
Los Angeles Times

Government Shutdown Taking Toll On Wildfire Preparations

Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the flames to prepare for the next onslaught, but much of that effort has ground to a halt on U.S. land because employees are furloughed. Firefighting training courses are being canceled from Tennessee to Oregon, piles of dead trees are untended in federal forests and controlled burns to thin dry vegetation aren't getting done.

Local Government News

More Resources To Fight Hate Crimes Sought By L.A. City Council
With reported hate crimes on the rise, the City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to instruct the Los Angeles Police Department to report back on possible security enhancements around potentially at-risk institutions. The council also directed the LAPD to identify any possible state or federal funding for security enhancements, and to develop a scalable communications program similar to The Jewish Federation's Community Security Initiative. “The city of Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse tapestries of religious, ethnic and cultural communities in the nation,” Councilman David Ryu said. “There is no room for hate. Unfortunately, with a national trend toward emboldening hate, we need to be doing more to protect our religious, ethnic and LGBTQ communities.”

LA County To Prohibit Landlord Discrimination Against Section 8 Families

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $5 million to prevent housing discrimination, including drafting an ordinance to prohibit landlords from denying renters who use Section 8 vouchers. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended doing more to enforce and expand protections offered by federal fair housing laws in place for decades. "Implementation of the nation's Fair Housing Act is 50 years overdue," Kuehl said. "L.A. County is saying we will wait no longer. Discrimination in housing is exacerbating our housing and homelessness crisis by allowing landlords to discriminate and deny leases to families who want and can pay for housing."

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