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March 14, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Funeral Set For Illinois Deputy Shot Trying To Serve Warrant
A funeral is planned at a Chicago-area high school for a sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a hotel. McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner will be remembered Wednesday at Woodstock North High School. A procession for law enforcement and emergency vehicles will follow. Mourners can also leave notes and flowers on a sheriff's squad car dedicated to Keltner and parked in Woodstock. The 35-year-old Keltner was a 12 ½-year veteran of the sheriff's office in northern Illinois. Keltner was part of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force that was trying to serve a warrant on a man for burglary and parole violation charges last Thursday. Police say the suspect shot Keltner, fled the Rockford hotel in a vehicle and was arrested hours later after a standoff.
Associated Press

Officer Shot, Suspect Killed In Exchange Of Gunfire At Michigan Store
A man is dead and a public safety officer is recovering after police and the suspect engaged in a shootout at a Kalamazoo business. The 30-year-old man, an employee at Grifols Biomat plasma donation center, was killed Tuesday, March 12, after being struck by multiple bullets fired by police responding to the business, police said. Officers responded to the center in the 100 block of East Kalamazoo Avenue at 11:29 a.m. Tuesday. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon the first two arriving officers immediately entered the building having information on an active shooting. There, the man was standing just inside and was armed with a handgun. The suspect fired a shot inside the building and told others who were there to call police, Thomas said. Then, he waited for them to arrive.
Kalamazoo Gazette, Mich.

Wife Of Slain Merced Police Officer Questions Death Penalty Ban. ‘I Felt Justice Was In Place'
Michelle Gray felt she had to have a talk with her children on Tuesday night. She wanted to give them a heads up that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he was putting a stop to the death penalty in California. Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday morning granting reprieves to all 737 Californians awaiting executions. One of those inmates on death row is Cuitlahuac Tahua “Tao” Rivera, a gang member who gunned down Merced police Officer Stephan Gray during a traffic stop on April 15, 2004. Rivera has been sitting on death row at San Quentin State Prison for more than a decade. “Unfortunately there was probably close to 740 families that had that same discussion (Tuesday) night,” Michelle Gray said in an interview with the Sun-Star. “I felt I had to tell my kids of the situation.” 
Merced Sun-Star

Family Speaks Out After 25-Year-Old Student Killed In Hit-And-Run In South L.A.
Family members on Wednesday were mourning the loss of a 25-year-old art student who was killed in a hit-and-run right outside the family's home in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Jonathan Williams was struck by a fleeing driver and thrown 50 feet across the street at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Coliseum Street Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries later that night, according to police. The vehicle that hit Williams was fleeing after colliding with another car at around 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Rodeo Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The suspect was speeding on Martin Luther King Boulevard, where it struck Williams who was crossing the street, LAPD said. The suspect did not stop and instead continued to drive away, getting involved in a third collision with a street sign along the way.

Man Taken Into Custody After Warrant Served At Apartment Near USC; Found Device Deemed Safe
A man was taken into custody after a warrant was served at his apartment near USC and a device that prompted a large police response was eventually deemed safe, officials said Wednesday. Los Angeles Police Department officers originally responded to a suspicious package about about 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of 29th Street in University Park, Officer Luis Garcia told KTLA. Aerial video from Sky5 showed several LAPD patrol cars and a USC security vehicle near a construction area at the scene. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were servicing a warrant at the location when they discovered a device that looked like a battery. Several streets in the area were closed as campus and LAPD officials investigated the suspicious device. The device was deemed safe and no explosives were found in the area. The man was arrested in connection with the unspecified warrant.

String Of Burglaries Target Malibu, Hollywood Hills Homes
Police are searching for the suspects responsible for a rash of recent burglaries targeting homes from the Hollywood Hills to Malibu with the thieves making off with thousands in jewelry and cash. The latest crime was caught on security video. Darren, who wanted to be identified only by his first name, captured on security video his Malibu home being burglarized. "He does spend quite a bit of time making sure nobody's home," Darren said of one of the suspects seen on video. The burglary happened just after 11 a.m. last Thursday. When it's clear no one is home, one suspect heads to a waiting black Jaguar vehicle. Moments later, he's joined by two others -- one armed with a crowbar. "They put the crowbar in and pried the window open. They didn't break it," Darren said. Darren said the suspects ransack the home in less than five minutes. 

Police Release Video Of Violent Fairfax District Robbery
Police Wednesday released video footage of a violent street robbery by a pack of suspects who set upon a victim in the Fairfax district before a passerby intervened. The victim was attacked about 4:10 p.m. on March 4, after being followed out of a business on Melrose Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. As he was walking through a residential neighborhood in the 7400 block of Waring Avenue, he was approached by four suspects. One of them grabbed him from behind while another struck him repeatedly as two other suspects moved in and took the downed victim's property. The victim, whose name and age were not released, suffered a bloody nose, police said.

Former Palos Verdes Student Previously Acquitted Of Murder Back Behind Bars
A former Palos Verdes High School student acquitted of murder charges last year has been arrested for felony crimes, authorities announced Wednesday. Cameron Scott Terrell, 19, was arrested around 6 p.m. on Tuesday and was being held with no bail, according to booking records. Terrell was tried in 2018 and acquitted of first-degree murder and attempted murder charges related to a South Los Angeles gang shooting that left a 21-year-old man dead. After a week of deliberations, a jury acquitted Terrell. The booking record shows Terrell is being held without bail, and a source said the teenager will be making his initial court appearance on Thursday at the East Lake Juvenile Hall Court.

Woman Sentenced In The Beating Death Of 82-Year-Old Grandmother In East L.A.
A woman was sentenced in the 2016 beating death of her 82-year-old grandmother in East Los Angeles, authorities said in a news release Wednesday. Rebecca Surratt, 28, pleaded no contest to one count of second degree murder as part of a negotiated plea agreement and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. At the time of the killing, Surratt lived with her mother and grandmother, Maria Yslas, at a home in the 300 block of Woods Avenue, according to the DA's office. Surratt beat her grandmother to death on May 6, 2016, after the two got into an argument, prosecutors said. 

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Stabbing Death In Pasadena
A Los Angeles man accused of fatally stabbing the manager of a supportive-housing apartment building in Pasadena, prompting the lockdown of a junior high school and forcing area residents to shelter in place during an extensive police search, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge. Telly R. Johnson, 41, is also facing a knife use allegation stemming from the slaying of 52-year-old Byron Young Nettles, who was stabbed in the heart at 9:05 a.m. March 1 in front of the apartment building in the 100 block of South Euclid Avenue. Paramedics took Nettles to a hospital, where he died after undergoing surgery. Police set up a perimeter containment and conducted a block-by-block search for the suspect, involving helicopters and K-9 units, in an area bounded by Green Street and California Boulevard, from Los Robles Avenue to Marengo Avenue.

Public Safety News

Fire Officials Determine Thomas Fire Caused By Power Lines Touching Each Other
Power lines coming into contact during high winds are to blame for sparking the massive Thomas Fire on Dec. 4, 2017, according to fire investigators with the Ventura County Fire Department. Fire investigators released a full report into the cause of the Thomas Fire on Wednesday. "A high wind event caused the power lines to come into contact with each other, creating an electrical arc. The electrical arc deposited hot, burning or molten material onto the ground, in a receptive fuel bed, causing the fire," said a statement from the fire department. The power lines are owned by Southern California Edison. The fire burned for nearly 40 days threatening communities in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. In total, the Thomas Fire scorched approximately 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 structures and resulted in the death of two people, including a firefighter, before being declared 100 percent controlled on January 12, 2018.
FOX 11

U.S. Health Officials Move Ahead With Plan To Slow Sales Of E-Cigarettes
U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed in November, are the latest government effort to reverse what health officials call an epidemic of underage vaping. E-cigarettes typically heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable vapor. Federal law bans their sale to those under 18, but 1 in 5 high school students report using e-cigarettes, according to the latest survey published last year. 

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