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February 7, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Milwaukee LEO Fatally Shot Executing Search Warrant
A member of the Tactical Enforcement Unit was fatally shot Wednesday while executing a search warrant. Milwaukee Police confirmed in a news conference that the officer, 35 years old, was shot after officers made contact with two subjects. The suspect is currently in custody. Officials are not identifying the officer, pending notification of family members. The officer, a 17-year veteran with the department, was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, police confirmed. This is the third officer to be killed in the line of duty in Milwaukee over the past eight months. “This is a lot to bear for an agency - three deaths in such a short period of time”, said Assistant Chief Michael J. Brunson Sr. “We're asking for prayers and your support during this extremely difficult time for us”.

Homes Evacuated In Standoff With Fugitive Holed Up In Studio City Home

A residential neighborhood in Studio City was evacuated Wednesday afternoon during a four-hour standoff with a fugitive who barricaded himself inside a home. The suspect was described as an Ohio man who is wanted in connection with several burglaries in the Studio City area, Los Angeles police told CBS2. The incident began at around 11:30 a.m. when LAPD detectives visited a residence in the 12100 block of Hillslope Street, a few blocks from Ventura Boulevard, where they believed the suspect was. When police knocked, the suspect came to the door, but when he saw them he went back inside and refused to come out. SWAT was called to the scene and the entire block was evacuated, police said. The standoff ended around 4 p.m. after the suspect surrendered to police.

Man Runs Into Sold-Out Van Morrison Concert At Wiltern After Getting Stabbed In Koreatown
A man ran into a sold-out Van Morrison concert at the Wiltern looking for help after being stabbed in Koreatown, officials said. The incident occurred Tuesday night. Police said officers chased down a suspect, who was eventually taken into custody. Los Angeles police said investigators found the knife used in the attack. Paramedics took the victim to an emergency room for treatment for his wounds.

Police Seek Help From Public In Solving Harbor City Homicide

Police Wednesday released surveillance video of an SUV stopped near the scene of a shooting in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles that left a 20-year-old man dead and two other people wounded. The shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. Jan. 26 in the 1500 block of Anaheim Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. K'Len Grandberry was with a group of friends at an apartment complex when unidentified suspects approached from the south side of the complex and opened fire, according to the LAPD. Grandberry tried to flee but was wounded and collapsed. Firefighters took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two additional victims were also shot and are expected to recover, according to the LAPD, which did not release the names, ages or genders of the surviving victims. No suspect descriptions were released.

Marijuana Dispensary In Venice Burglarized, Crooks Steal ATM
Three men smashed the front window of a marijuana dispensary in Venice Thursday morning and made off with an ATM containing an unknown amount of cash. Police went about 3:10 a.m. to the business in the 400 block of Lincoln Boulevard and determined three men with hammers had broken the window and made off with the ATM, according to Officer L. Lomeli of the Los Angeles Police Department. The crooks also got away with marijuana, NBC4 reported. A man was detained after police found him in a nearby alley with some of the stolen merchandise, NBC4 said. The suspects were all wearing helmets, but a detailed description of the men was not immediately available, Lomeli said.

Man Convicted Of Raping, Killing 20-Year-Old Woman Found In Shopping Cart Near His Central L.A. Apartment
A 27-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday in the 2017 rape and strangulation death of a woman whose body was later found discarded in a shopping cart near his Harvard Heights apartment, prosecutors said. Rene Rolando Ailon was convicted of first-degree murder and forcible rape after jurors deliberated for less than a day, the Los Angeles County district attorney's officials said in a news release. Maylin Zulian Fuentes-Sanabria had gone to Ailon's apartment in the 1500 block of South Gramercy Place on May 13, 2017. After raping and strangling the woman to death, Ailon went to work and left her body in his apartment for 24 hours, the DA's office said. The defendant eventually wrapped her corpse in a blanket and left it in a shopping cart found several blocks away from his apartment, prosecutors said.

L.A. Man Gets 90 Years In Prison For Drive-By Shooting That Killed 1, Injured 2 In Gardena
A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 90-years-to-life in prison last week for shooting into a crowd in Gardena, killing one and wounding two others more than two years ago. Orlando Derrell Sanders, 34, of Los Angeles was sentenced in Torrance Superior Court. He had been convicted in October on five of six felony counts, including murder, three counts of attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm, said spokeswoman Venusse Navid of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. An additional attempted murder charge was dropped, court records show. The shooting occurred at 7:15 p.m. on May 2, 2017 on the 1200 block of 141st Place in Gardena. Sanders was driving westbound when he fired into a group of six or seven people in front of a condominium complex, Lt. Christopher Cuff said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

FBI Seeks Additional Victims Of Photographer Accused Of Drugging, Raping Young Models In California And Oregon
A professional photographer drugged and sexually assaulted young models or aspiring models he worked with in Oregon and California, federal and state authorities said Wednesday. Robert Arnold Koester, 52, is accused of bringing young women and girls to a remote property outside McMinnville, in Oregon's wine country, taking nude photos of them and sexually assaulting them there, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said at a news conference. He announced an indictment charging Koester with 32 counts, including rape. Investigators serving two search warrants at the remote, 28-acre property seized “many, many terabytes” of digital photos and videos as evidence. The images suggest other victims may have been abused on the property, Berry said.

Public Safety News

Freeze Warning, Frost Advisory Issued Into Thursday Morning For Much Of Southern California
A freeze warning was issued Wednesday for the valleys of Riverside and San Bernardino County, with overnight temperatures below freezing possible for some areas into Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said. The warning came as a surge of cold weather moved through Southern California, dropping snow levels to as low as 2,500 feet Tuesday and early Wednesday, as the most recent storm gave way to at least a couple of days of dry weather. Light rain is forecast for sometime during the weekend, “but nothing like we had earlier,” NWS meteorologist Casey Oswant said Wednesday. “It's getting this cold because we had a low pressure system bring down a lot of cold air from Alaska and the west coast of Canada,” Oswant said. She said it should start to warm up Thursday, “but then another low pressure system is coming in late Friday and Saturday.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Southern California Edison Unveils Plan To Prevent Wildfires
California's second-largest power company plans to cut down tens of thousands of trees in high-risk areas, inspect thousands of miles of power lines and consider the use of preemptive power shutoffs this year, part of a $582-million plan to reduce the risk of fires sparked by the utility's infrastructure. Southern California Edison submitted a wildfire mitigation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday, as required by Senate Bill 901, which was passed by the Legislature last year. Although the Rosemead-based utility doesn't face the same level of fire liability as Pacific Gas & Electric — which filed for bankruptcy protection last week — Edison's electrical equipment may have ignited the Woolsey fire, which killed four people and burned nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties last year.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Could Become Largest U.S. City To Ban New Fur Sales
A proposed ordinance that would make Los Angeles the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacture of nearly all fur products was approved by a City Council committee Wednesday. The ordinance was proposed by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield. "Los Angeles is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere and hopefully we will be an example for the rest of the country and the rest of the world," Koretz said at a news conference outside of Los Angeles City Hall last year. "We're not blazing a new trail here -- San Francisco's done it, West Hollywood's done it, but never a city of our size, so we hope that New York City and Chicago and Miami are all watching," Koretz said.
FOX 11

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