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March 12, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Video: Suspect Stabs California Officer In Neck During Arrest
The city's police department released officer body camera footage showing police arresting a man who allegedly stabbed an officer in the neck last Monday. The camera is not pointed at the suspect when he allegedly stabbed the officer, who was later treated for non-life threatening injuries. But the video released Thursday afternoon does show a knife in the suspect's hands moments after the officer was cut. “He stabbed me,” the officer can be heard yelling. “He (expletive) stabbed me.” Reached by phone Thursday, police Chief Brian Addington said the officer is recovering from his injury. He said the officers' actions were “very heroic” and that they had shown “extreme constraint.” “This could have ended much worse,” Addington said.
East Bay Times

Homelessness, Teachers Strike Force LAPD To Break Overtime Budget
The Los Angeles Police Department has already exceeded its overtime budget this year by millions of dollars because of the teachers strike, issues related to homelessness, and special security details at transit stations and Rams games. Overtime related to the strike topped 6,000 hours alone, which will cost about $500,000, according to an overtime budgeting summary presented to the LA City Council. "We are trying to work more smartly, but at the same time we've had 57,000 more radio calls than last year," Chief Michel Moore told a council budget committee last week. He said special service requests from City Hall had contributed to the overtime increase, as officers were sometimes paid from the overtime account to backfill regular patrol assignments. Moore said some of the increased call load was related to mental health or disturbance calls, and suggested the City consider how it might dispatch mental health experts, rather than officers.

Maryland Trooper Stabbed, Fatally Shoots Man In Struggle
Maryland State Police say a trooper shot and killed a man who stabbed the trooper during a struggle. The trooper was taken to a shock trauma center after the shooting Monday in Westminster, about 36 miles northwest of Baltimore, police said. His injuries aren't thought to be life threatening, police spokesman Greg Shipley said. The 34-year-old man suspected of stabbing the trooper was pronounced dead at a hospital. The trooper encountered the suspect around 8 a.m. after responding to two reports of slashed car tires. One of the callers said the suspect was armed with a knife, police said. The suspect stabbed the trooper in the side of his body during a struggle, before the trooper shot him, according to police. A knife was recovered from the scene, police said.
Associated Press

USC Student Was With Friends When Robbers Demanded Money And Killed Him, Police Say
Victor McElhaney was with friends at a liquor store Sunday morning when they were confronted by a group of armed robbers, police said Monday. The USC student, who was studying at the Thornton School of Music, had just exited the store when the suspect approached the group of nine friends. The robbers demanded cash and other valuables, and detectives believe McElhaney objected, Los Angeles Police Capt. Billy Hayes said. The suspects fatally shot McElhaney and fled in a car, Hayes said. No one else was hit by gunfire. The shooting occurred at Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard, about a mile and a half from the campus near strip malls where students sometimes get food when eateries close to campus are closed. The intersection is a short drive from the north side of campus. The Times' Crime L.A. database didn't show other robberies in that immediate neighborhood in the last few weeks. But there had been some in the general area.
Los Angeles Times

Police Respond To Hours-long Barricade Situation In South LA
Police responded to a hours-long barricade situation in South Los Angeles involving a man who threatened to kill his girlfriend, police said. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded Monday evening to 109th and Spring Street, where the man was barricaded inside a home with his girlfriend. The first call came out around 4 p.m. LAPD said a man called his sister and threatened to kill his girlfriend. The sister then contacted police. Officers had made contact with the suspect inside the home just before 8 p.m. Six homes in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution. By early morning Tuesday, police said units began to pull from the scene and had made contact with the suspect. An investigation is ongoing.

Man Ambushed, Attacked And Robbed In Fairfax District
A tourist was ambushed and attacked in the middle of a street by four people. Gene Kang reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Mar. 8, 2019. 
NBC 4 Video

Police To Announce Reward Nearly A Year After Bicyclist's Shooting Death
A $50,000 reward will be announced Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of a 29-year-old bicyclist who died in the arms of a family member nearly a year ago. Steven Lopez of Los Angeles died at the scene after being shot about 10:05 p.m. on March 18, 2018, in front of 4707 W. 17th St., between La Brea Avenue and West Boulevard in the Mid-City area, according the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Station. Officers dispatched to investigate a call of shots fired found the fatally wounded Lopez being cradled in the arms of a family member, according to the LAPD. Two men wearing dark clothing approached Lopez from behind and fired shots at him, wounding him three or four times, police said. The suspects fled the scene. A motive for the shooting has not been disclosed.

South Gate Man Arrested In 5-Month-Old Daughter's Death
A South Gate man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of his 5-month-old daughter last month, authorities said Monday. Jose Francisco Aleman, 22, was arrested after an autopsy determined the child had undergone a traumatic injury, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Early one Saturday morning last month, South Gate police responded to a report of a baby not breathing at a home in the 8000 block of California Avenue. Emergency crews tried to revive the child, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Days later, coroner's officials ruled the baby's death a homicide. Aleman was booked Thursday on suspicion of murder and assault on a child causing death. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail and is due in court later this month.
Los Angeles Times

Bank Robbery Crew Leader ‘G Thing,' Who Hit Branches In San Marino, Arcadia, Gets 32 Years In Prison
A previously convicted bank robber who led a Los Angeles-based bank ring — but never entered a bank himself — was sentenced Monday to more than 32 years behind bars. Gary Lamar “G Thing” Henry, 38, was also ordered to pay $84,000 in restitution along with the 387-month federal prison sentence. Acknowledging Henry's family members in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom, U.S. District Judge Robert H. Whaley noted the “incredibly long amount of time” facing the defendant. Henry was found guilty at trial last year for his role in the five-man takeover crew linked to seven heists throughout the Southland and one in Bakersfield. He faced a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 21 years for three counts involving the firearm used in the robberies.
Los Angeles Daily News

Agents Seize 3,200 Pounds Of Cocaine Worth $77M At New Jersey Port
Federal and state officials announced Monday the seizure of 3,200 pounds of cocaine — about 1.5 tons — from a shipping container in the Port of Newark, the largest haul by law enforcement at that facility in about 25 years. The cocaine was discovered on Feb. 28 during a container inspection in Newark and had a street value of an estimated $77 million, officials said. The drugs were wrapped in over 60 packages that were readily discovered when the container was opened. Units of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the NYPD and New York Sate Police played roles in the joint investigation. "Cocaine, New York's nemesis of the 90's, is back, indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl," said Ray Donovan, New York DEA special agent in charge, in a statement.

Public Safety News

California To Give 'Future-Proof' Upgrades To 911 Call Centers
The state of California will overhaul all of its emergency call centers with a new technology in hopes of improving its location accuracy and situational awareness. RapidDeploy is a new, cloud-based system that will improve location accuracy and natural disaster awareness for responders with live data feeds for fires, earthquakes, flooding, traffic, and incidents. The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) confirmed Monday it awarded a contract to RapidDeploy to install this technology across all 440 California 911 call centers will be updated with this technology. “Most technology that serves public safety and 911 today is at least one generation out of date – we're talking 15 to 25 years out of date,” said Steven Raucher, CEO and co-founder of RapidDeploy.

California Wants To Reform PG&E, But Just How Is Uncertain
California leaders clearly want something about Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to change after many of the wildfires scorching the state in recent years were linked to the utility's power lines. Now PG&E and its regulators, critics and others are grappling with the hard part: What exactly do they want to do? They could split the gas and electric sides of the business into separate companies. Some or all of PG&E could be owned by the government. Or they could break up PG&E, the state's largest utility, in another way — perhaps making the electric business a “wires only” company focused solely on distributing and transmitting power.
San Francisco Chronicle

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