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February 11, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Suspect Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Milwaukee Officer
A man who was charged Sunday with killing a Milwaukee officer during a drug raid on his home told investigators that he didn't realize it was police trying to break down his door, authorities said. Jordan P. Fricke, 26, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was part of a tactical unit trying to serve a warrant to search the home for illegal drugs and weapons on Wednesday morning. According to the criminal complaint, police announced their presence several times and said they had a search warrant, and an officer yelled "police" right before Fricke fired four rounds through a hole in the door that Rittner had made with a battering ram. Rittner died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Associated Press

Blood, platelet donations being accepted for veteran LAPD officer with Stage 4 cancer

Blood and platelet donations are being accepted to help veteran Los Angeles Police Officer John Kent who is battling Stage 4 cancer. Donations are being accepted at City of Hope in Duarte. To make an appointment to donate, you can log on to or call 626-218-7171. For donation hours at City of Hope, click here.

Comparing and contrasting two California bills targeting police deadly use of force
Dueling bills in Sacramento will aim to make it easier to criminally prosecute police officers who are involved in deadly use of force incidents, setting up another showdown between law enforcement groups and civil liberties organizations over the most effective way to address the issue. Robert Harris, director for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the labor union representing LAPD officers, and an LAPD officer; and Peter Bibring, a director of police practices at ACLU of Southern California discuss.
AirTalk KPCC

Video: Driver With Infant In Vehicle Crashes Into Lobby Of LAPD's San Pedro Station

A woman driving a vehicle with an infant inside crashed into a police station in San Pedro early Saturday, authorities said. The lobby at the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area station was closed at the time and nobody, including the driver and the child, sustained any injuries, according to the agency. Investigators said at around 4:45 a.m. the driver maneuvered past exterior barriers and drove into the lobby. She allegedly tried to pull out but one of the barriers trapped the vehicle. "Officers took the woman into custody and are trying to learn what her intentions were to determine what if any charges need to be filed," an LAPD statement said. The agency said it set up a temporary mobile station to allow normal operations at the Harbor division. "We are also communicating with our facility services on the safety and structural integrity of the building as well as addressing future safety concerns regarding this type of incident," LAPD added.

LAPD: Shots Fired During Attempted Robbery At Mid-City Vons

Shots were fired at a Vons parking lot in Mid-City Friday evening, authorities said. There were no injuries reported. Los Angeles police officers responded to a Vons in the 1400 block of Fairfax Avenue, near the intersection of Pico Boulevard, around 9 p.m. for an assault with a deadly weapon call. The suspects were described as two men who took off on foot. CBS2's Sara Donchey reporting from the scene said the incident began when a man arrived looking to purchase a cellphone from two men he met online. The man looking to buy the cellphone said the two men attempted to rob him but he fought back. Police said one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fired it into the ground. The men ran off with the victim's money and have not been seen since, authorities said.

San Fernando Pursuit Suspect Dies After Apparently Ditching Car And Jumping Into A Lake

Divers reportedly recovered the body of a man who led San Fernando police on a pursuit and then jumped into a lake at Hansen Dam on Sunday. At about 2 a.m., San Fernando Police Department officers were pursuing a possible DUI suspect who failed to yield, driving in the Hansen Dam area off the 210 Freeway. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division arrived to assist with foot patrol after the suspect ditched his vehicle, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. Officers spent several hours trying to convince the man to get out of the water and surrender to police before determining he had gone under, NBC4 reported. The station said a dive team swam to his last known location, where he was found dead. No one from the San Fernando Police Department was immediately available for comment.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested in West Hollywood for Impersonating Los Angeles Police Officer
Deputies in West Hollywood on Friday arrested a man for allegedly impersonating a police officer. The man was taken into custody early this morning near the 1200 block of North La Brea Avenue, the sheriff's department reported. The man was identified as Daniel Sohn. According to the sheriff's department, patrolling deputies had found the man sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot of a business. "Deputies approached the vehicle to investigate (because) overnight parking was prohibited on that business property," a sheriff's statement said. "As they made contact with the man to check his welfare, deputies noticed the male was wearing a long-sleeve shirt with an LAPD logo on the front and patches on the sleeves." The deputies determined that he was not an officer of any law enforcement agency and arrested him, according to the sheriff's department.

Sherman Oaks Homeowner Has Warning After Brazen Burglars Caught On Camera
A Sherman Oaks homeowner is warning other residents after his security system captured brazen burglars breaking in to his home. Mary Beth McDade reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Feb. 8, 2019.
KTLA 5 Video

California K-9 Sniffs Out 133 Pounds Of Drugs Worth $500K
A California K-9 sniffed out more than $500,000 worth of illicit marijuana on Tuesday, Enterprise-Record reports. Chico Police Officer Brandon Joseph's K-9 partner, Pax, sniffed a package and alerted on a container in an undisclosed location in Chico, California. During a service of the search warrant, about 133 pounds of processed marijuana and about 400 grams of butane honey oil was found. Police estimate the street value of the drugs to be about $500,000. 

Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting
A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made. Six months before the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that killed 58 and left hundreds injured, Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell testified before state legislators in favor of a bill that would have required more coordination of emergency medical resources ahead of such a large event. Cassell said Friday that had the legislation passed, the fire department would likely have had a fire incident commander on the scene before the shooting.
Associated Press

California Governor To Draw Down Guard Troops At Border
California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans Monday to withdraw several hundred National Guard troops from the state's southern border with Mexico in defiance of the Trump administration's request for support from border states. About 100 of the 360 troops will remain deployed under California's agreement with the federal government to focus specifically on combating transnational crime such as drug and gun smuggling, Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said. Specifically, they will be tasked with providing intelligence on transnational crime and assist with cargo dock operations and searches of commercial trucks for contraband. Newsom's move comes on the heels of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, also a Democrat, pulling back her state's troops from the U.S.-Mexico border. The two state's former governors agreed to send troops to the border last April at the Trump administration's request along with Texas and Arizona.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Freezing Weather, Strong Winds Hit Southern California; Grapevine Closed Due To Snow, Ice
Freezing weather and strong winds struck the Southland Monday morning. A wind advisory heralding gusts of 35 miles per hour was in force until 4 a.m. in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, and the Los Angeles coastal zone, which consists of the beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, downtown L.A., and the Hollywood Hills. Northwest to north winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour gusting to 50 mph were blowing across the San Gabriels but was blowing at 15-25 mph with 40-mph gusts in the valleys. Also in effect — until 8 a.m. — was a freeze warning in the Santa Clarita Valley and a frost warning in the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains.
Los Angeles Daily News

Valley Fever Cases In California Continue To Increase
A potentially deadly illness found in the soil and dusty winds of California's Central Valley is on the rise, state health officials say. Documented cases of Valley Fever rose 11 percent in 2018 — a preliminary total of 7,886 cases compared to 7,090 cases for the same period in 2017, according to the California Department of Public Health. Health officials said final data for 2018 will be available in March. Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) is an illness caused by a fungus found in the soil and dirt in the Central Valley. The fungus thrives in areas of low rainfall, high summer temperatures and moderate winter temperatures. The spores are carried by the wind in dust particles when the desert soil is disturbed. Simply passing through an area with Valley Fever and breathing in a small number of spores can lead to an infection of the lungs with flu-like symptoms.
SF Gate

Local Government News

In Midst Of Typhus Outbreak, L.A. City Council Fast-Tracks Vote On Rodent, Flea Problems At City Hall
In response to an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in the downtown area and a possible spike in the number of rodents and fleas in City Hall, the Los Angeles City Council Friday approved a motion seeking options on combating the problem, which may include removing all of the carpets. The motion introduced by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday was fast-tracked, bypassing the usual protocol of a committee hearing prior to being brought before the full council. “I want to make it crystal clear that this council truly believes that when individuals come to work for the city of Los Angeles that the only thing they should be concerned about is getting here on time,” Wesson said. “They should not be concerned about coming to work and finding themselves in an unsafe or unhealthy environment.”
Los Angeles Daily News

As Public Transport Ridership Dwindles, L.A. Metro Offering Car-Sharing Service For Rides To Stations
Angelenos can now make connections between metro station parking lots using a car-sharing app to rent and drive a car to the desired station, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a news release. Users can find a nearby car, book it and unlock it through the app, with prices beginning at $5 per hour depending on the vehicle type, Metro said. The new transportation feature is a result of a partnership between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing app, which is licensed to occupy 110 parking spaces at 27 L.A. Metro station lots. L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair, Sheila Kuehl, called the new feature a ” win-win.”

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