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February 4 , 2019

Law Enforcement News

1 Deputy Killed, Another Wounded In 12-Hour Standoff In Ohio

A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio that left another deputy wounded and a suspect in custody, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Jeff Sellars of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office said officers responded about 7 p.m. Saturday to the Royal Oaks Apartments in Pierce Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Cincinnati, following a 911 call from a man who said he believed someone was inside of his residence. Authorities say the caller then said that he was armed and eventually told the dispatcher that he was suicidal. But it was unclear from authorities' statements whether the caller was referring to himself or to the person he said was inside his home.
Associated Press

Death Penalty Sought For Inmate Charged With Killing 2 Kansas LEOs

Wyandotte County, Kan., District Attorney Mark Dupree filed notice Friday that he will seek the death penalty for the man charged with killing two sheriff's deputies last summer. Dupree said that he would pursue the death penalty for Antoine Fielder Friday at what was supposed to be Fielder's preliminary hearing in Wyandotte County District Court. A mental competency examination was also ordered for Fielder. His attorneys requested the exam to determine if he is competent to stand. “We believe this is a delay tactic,” Dupree told District Judge Bill Klapper Friday. Dupree said that Fielder had previously been found to be competent. He called Fielder “a major safety concern” who is seeking to delay justice as long as he can.
The Kansas City Star

Baby Found Safe After Being Left In SUV Stolen From Marina Del Rey Parking Lot; Suspect At Large

A missing baby boy was found safe Saturday afternoon in Venice, almost three hours after the 20-month-old's mother left the child inside her parked SUV that was then stolen in Marina del Rey, authorities said. The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Maxella Avenue, where the mother said she came out of the DSW shoe store after about 15 minutes and realized the SUV and her baby were missing, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson. LAPD officers responded to the scene and launched a search for the silver 2017 Honda CR-V with California license plate No. 7YWP809. Two LAPD officers spotted the idling SUV, with the boy alone inside, shortly before 5 p.m. near the intersection of Lake Street and Lincoln Boulevard. The child was crying but appeared unharmed, police said.

Van Nuys Man Sought In Neighbor's Beating Death

Police on Friday sought a man considered a suspect in the death of a neighbor in Van Nuys. Officers went to the 7400 block of Woodley Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Thursday and found a man unresponsive, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was identified Friday as Luis Aguilar, 54, who lived at the location, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. An autopsy was pending to determine his cause of death. Witnesses told police that a man in his 20s had been involved in a longstanding dispute with Aguilar. “The victim was a 54-year-old male from the area, and he was just living in that location, and sure enough, (he) gets attacked by the suspect,” LAPD Lt. Steve Castro told Fox11. The suspect was being sought as of late Friday morning.
Los Angeles Daily News

One Person Shot In Hollywood

One person was shot Monday in Hollywood, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 5:13 a.m. at Lillian Way and Eleanor Avenue, Officer Rosario Cervantes of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The victim was shot in the torso, Cervantes said. The victim's age and gender were not immediately reported, and authorities did not say if the victim was taken to a hospital. An ambulance was called to the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Brazen Boyle Heights Hit-and-Run Caught On Camera, Suspect Sought

A brazen hit-and-run in Boyle Heights was caught on camera, and police released video of the incident to help find the suspect. The video shows the car make a left-hand turn and strike a man crossing the street. The man rolled onto the hood of the vehicle and then rolled off onto the street, and the driver kept going. The victim suffered minor injuries and took himself to a nearby hospital. The incident happened Wednesday at about 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of 8th and Lorena streets. Police said the car is a 2000 to 2010 Honda four-door Civic, or a vehicle with a similar body style. It likely has damage on its hood. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at (213) 833-3713.

Bomb Squad Called To Investigate Suspicious Package In Hollywood

A bomb squad was called Friday to investigate a report of a suspicious package in Hollywood. Los Angeles police were called around 2 p.m. near the 1500 block of Vine Street outside of a Chase bank. A robot was deployed to investigate the item. 
FOX 11

15 Alleged ‘Johns' Arrested During Van Nuys Prostitution Sting

Police arrested 15 men on suspicion of soliciting prostitution during an undercover sting along Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys on Friday night, authorities said. About 30 vice unit officers took part in the bust, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. “Female undercover officers posing as prostitutes walked along Sepulveda Boulevard in areas where prostitution is known to occur, and in locations that have received numerous citizen complaints for prostitution,” according to the statement. Those convicted of soliciting prostitution face up to six months in county jail and fines of up to $1,000. The LAPD's Van Nuys Vice Unit made 232 prostitution-related arrests during 2018, officials said.

Police Out In Force On Super Bowl Sunday In Search Of Impaired Drivers

The California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies were out in force looking for people who were driving while impaired. CHP officers, along with personnel from other law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County, conducted saturation patrols and staffing sobriety checkpoints to nab suspected drunk or drug-impaired motorists. “Impaired driving is not only irresponsible, but it can also destroy lives,” CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Choosing to get behind the wheel while under the influence can result in arrest, injury or death. If you drink or use other impairing substances, do not drive.” According to Stanley, CHP officers arrested 352 people statewide on suspicion of DUI during last year's Super Bowl Sunday crackdown.

Pentagon Announces Deployment Of 3,750 Additional U.S. Forces To Support Border Protection

The Pentagon announced Sunday approximately 3,750 additional U.S. forces will deploy to the southwest border to provide additional support to Customs and Border Protection. That support includes a mobile surveillance capability through the end of September 2019 as well as placing 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. The Defense Department said the total active duty forces supporting CBP at the border will be approximately 4,350. These additional units are being deployed for 90 days. On Thursday, CNN reported approximately 3,500 additional active duty troops will be deployed to the southern border to bolster security.

So Far, Prison Inmate Rehab Isn't Working

The state prison system's official title, “Department of Corrections,” was for decades nothing more than a euphemism, as was the official nomenclature for the system's guards of “correctional officer.” The system expanded from about 20,000 inmates during Jerry Brown's first stint as governor to more than 160,000 when he began his second governorship. And even though new prisons had sprouted up all over the state, they were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of felons, leading to federal court orders to reduce overcrowding. The system was focused on warehousing – such as filling prison gymnasiums with triple-tier bunks – and punishment, with only token efforts at “correction” via basic education, addiction treatment, job training and psychological counseling. Not surprisingly, very high percentages of inmates released from the system committed new crimes and returned.

Anti-Semitism Is On The Rise In America. The Head Of The Anti-Defamation League Explains Why

When 11 people were killed in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern U.S. history at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue in October, many Americans saw it as a shocking one-of-a-kind moment of raw hate. For the Anti-Defamation League, it was part of a larger trend. The civil rights group, which has tracked anti-Semitic incidents since 1979, released a report months earlier documenting an alarming rise in hate incidents against Jewish people and institutions. In 2017, anti-Semitic incidents jumped 57% over the previous year. Hate crimes against Jews grew by 37% in the same period, according to a separate FBI analysis.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Following Saturday's Downpours, Rain And Snow To Continue Through Wednesday In SoCal

All evacuation orders for possible debris flows were lifted Sunday morning for the Riverside County areas of the Holy fire burn area as scattered showers continued in Southern California, with more rain and snow expected for the region through early Wednesday. The storm that brought wind, rain, snow and flash floods throughout the area on Saturday left at least two people dead: A man trapped in a vehicle turned upside down in a wash by rushing waters in Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County; and a Ventura County Sheriff's Department search and rescue team member killed in a crash on the wet 5 Freeway. The lifting of voluntary and mandatory evacuations for the eastern edge of the Holy fire burn area, centered in the Temescal Canyon and Lake Elsinore areas, joined a cancellation of evacuation orders Saturday night for the Trabuco Canyon in Orange County.
Los Angeles Daily News

California's Peak Fire Season Is Shifting Toward December, Study Shows

Wind-whipped wildfires like those that have ravaged California in recent years may crop up later and later into the year, says a team of scientists that has found that climate change is causing wind and dry weather to converge on December. The research, published Thursday, is the latest to explore how the state's famously fierce inland winds — the Santa Anas in Southern California and the Diablo winds to the north — are affected by global warming. These occasional blasts of warm air helped drive November's Camp Fire in Butte County and the Wine Country blazes a year earlier. While global warming is clearly increasing California's fire danger, with heat and longer dry spells, it's been less clear whether climate change is affecting wind behavior and if that's elevating fire risk.
San Francisco Chronicle


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