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April 2, 2019
Law Enforcement News

3rd Trooper Killed This Year On Illinois Roads
The Illinois State Police say a trooper was killed while on-duty when a wrong-way vehicle struck his squad car on Interstate 94 in northern Illinois. The agency says 36-year-old Trooper Gerald Ellis was driving home Saturday when he was hit at about 3:25 a.m. in Green Oaks. The vehicle was driving eastbound in the westbound expressway lanes and struck Ellis' squad car head-on. Ellis died at a hospital at about 4 a.m. Ellis was an 11-year state police veteran with District 15 in Downers Grove. Ellis is the second state trooper to die on Illinois roads this week and the third trooper to die this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed when a truck struck her in Freeport. A vehicle fatally hit Trooper Christopher Lambert in January near Northbrook.
Associated Press

Man Gets 4 Years For Shooting Texas Officer Who Was Serving Murder Warrant
A 26-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for the 2016 shooting of an Arlington police officer who was trying to serve a warrant for the slaying of a Saginaw teenager. A Tarrant County jury found Joel McCommon guilty Friday of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting that wounded Officer Eddie Johnston. McCommon faced up to 20 years in prison on the charge and up to life in prison had he been convicted of the original charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Arlington and Saginaw police had been attempting to serve McCommon with a murder warrant April 25, 2016, when McCommon fired on Johnston from inside an apartment in the 400 block of Summit Avenue, near the University of Texas at Arlington campus. 
The Dallas Morning News

Nipsey Hussle Was One Of 26 People Shot Across L.A. In ‘Troubling Surge' Over Last Week
The killing of Nipsey Hussle on Sunday has generated widespread mourning, international headlines and outrage. But Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore was quick to note Hussle was one of many recent victims of violence on the streets of Los Angeles. “Tonight's homicide in South LA represents the latest loss in a troubling surge in violence,” Moore wrote on Twitter. “Since last Sunday 26 victims have been shot & 10 homicides—that's 36 families left picking up the pieces. We will work aggressively with our community to quell this senseless loss of life.” The numbers Moore cited were across Los Angeles. South Los Angeles, where Hussle was killed, experienced a jump in violent crime in recent years, prompting police to increase patrols.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Names Suspect In Killing Of Nipsey Hussle; Describes Getaway Car As A White 2016 Chevy Cruze
Los Angeles police have identified a suspect in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle. Police say they are looking for 29-year-old Eric Holder of Los Angeles, who is suspected of shooting Hussle and two other men Sunday afternoon outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. Hussle was fatally injured; the others survived. A Monday night news release states detectives suspect that Holder is believed to have fled in a white four-door 2016 Chevy Cruze that was waiting in an adjacent alley and was driven by an unidentified female. The car's license plate is 7RJD742. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore plans a news conference for Tuesday morning to discuss updates in the investigation. Anyone with information related to Holder's whereabouts was urged to contact South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100.
Los Angeles Daily News

Multiple Injuries After Chaos Erupts At Vigil For Slain Rapper In Hyde Park
A memorial gathering for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store in Hyde Park drew huge crowds of friends and fans Monday night, but the gathering ended in chaos and confusion with conflicting reports coming in about what caused people in the crowd to start running from the area. It is not currently known what sparked the stampede at Crenshaw and Slauson, but moments later, multiple people were seen lying in the street receiving treatment from paramedics, with some seen being taken away in an ambulance. Preliminary reports indicate as many as 19 people were injured. Two people suffered critical injuries — one sustaining a puncture wound, and another reportedly struck by a vehicle. There were two people with serious injuries, and 15 non-life threatening injuries.

LA Fire, Police Officers At North Hollywood's Station 89 Shave Their Heads To Support Cancer Research Solidarity.
It was a force for good over the weekend as LA fire and police officers, along with members of the public, gathered at Fire Station 89 in North Hollywood, where they shaved their heads to support kids who've lost their own hair from cancer treatment. The event on Saturday raised money to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation's efforts to provide cancer research grants. According to organizers, across the globe 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. 
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Searching For Missing Sylmar Woman
Police asked for the public's help Saturday to find a 37-year-old woman who went missing from Sylmar. Hilda Azucena Saldivar was last seen at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 14500 block of Lyle Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Saldivar is Hispanic and stands about 5 feet tall. She weighs about 145 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes, the LAPD reported. She was last seen wearing a brown sweater, white T-shirt with blue letters, peach pants and purple shoes with white spots, police said. She was also wearing a silver necklace and white earrings. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to call the LAPD at (213) 996-1800 or 911. Tipsters can also call the LAPD's 24-hour tipline at (877) 527-3247 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

12 Illegal Pot Shops Have Had Utilities Cut With More To Come, LAPD Says
As part of its efforts to crack down on hundreds of illegal marijuana businesses in the city, the Los Angeles Police Department has assisted other departments over the last two weeks in shutting off the utilities of 12 shops while also continuing to execute search warrants, arrests and seizures, a City Council committee was told Monday. The City Council recently approved a new policy of shutting off the utilities of illegal pot shops, and Detective Vito Ceccia of the LAPD's Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Division told the Budget and Finance Committee that the department began executing the policy several weeks ago on a bureau-by- bureau basis.

Studio City Credit Union Manager Accused Of Embezzling More Than $40 Million
A manager at the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union is accused of embezzling more than $40 million over two decades, federal officials announced Friday, the same day regulators announced the credit union had been liquidated. Edward Martin Rostohar, 62, of Studio City faces charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said in a written statement. Prosecutors allege he used the stolen money to gamble and fund a lavish lifestyle with purchases such as luxury cars, expensive watches and private jet travel. “He was arrested on March 12 and has been ordered detained as both a flight risk and an economic danger to the community,” McEvoy said.

Bodycam Gunshot Detection System Aims To Improve Officer Safety, Situational Awareness
The last thing a police supervisor wants to hear after an officer-involved shooting is “there is no camera footage,” Jason Dombkowski said at a recent demonstration of Utility Associates' BodyWorn camera gunshot detection system. As a former police chief in West Lafayette, Indiana, Dombkowski knows how failing to capture bodycam footage of use of force can be problematic for law enforcement agencies. There are many legitimate reasons why an officer might fail to activate a bodycam during a high-stress event, but in the current environment where the public expects police transparency, citizens are likely to jump to misguided conclusions that an agency has something to hide if an officer did not activate his or her bodycam. Police officers may even be reprimanded for not hitting “record,” notwithstanding that they may have been in a life-and-death situation where activating their bodycam was not an immediate concern. Utility Associates views this not as an officer problem, but a technology problem. The company believes automated recording is the solution.

Local Government News

L.A. County And City Officials Urge Residents To Participate In 2020 Census
Fearing the loss of billions of dollars in federal aid, Los Angeles County and city officials held a rally in downtown's Grand Park on Monday to urge public participation in the 2020 census. More than 100 members of community organizations, unions and government agencies stood alongside County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas as part of a nationwide call to action and explained the importance of census funding for local programs. “We're talking about a lot of money,” Solis said. “We're talking about vital services.” At stake nationally in the upcoming decennial count are nearly $800 billion in federal tax dollars, political redistricting and the reapportionment of seats each state is allocated in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Metro Blue Line Announces New Closures Starting June 1
A major renovation project on a stretch of the Metro Blue Line is proceeding nearly on schedule, with a service suspension from the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station to the Downtown Long Beach Station set to end on June 1, followed by a closure on the northern portion, it was announced Monday. As part of the $350 million modernization project, rail service was suspended in late January from the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station to the Downtown Long Beach Station. Trains in the closure area have been replaced by a shuttle bus service. The Blue Line has continued to run between the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles and the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Station.

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