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April 15, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Washington Deputy Killed While Investigating Disabled Vehicle
A Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputy was fatally wounded late Saturday while investigating a disabled vehicle in a rural area northeast of Kalama, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. The shooting occurred at 10:11 p.m. near the intersection of Kalama River Road and Fallert Road, according to a press release issued Sunday. The deputy, whose name had not been released, had been dispatched to a report of a vehicle blocking the roadway in the 100 block of Fallert Road. He was shot shortly after he arrived at the scene, the press release said. Other officers provided aid at the scene, and the deputy was transported by LifeFlight to PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver, but he died a short time after arriving, the press release said.
The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.

371 Fallen Officers To Be Honored During 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil
Hundreds of fallen officers will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil in May. The names of 371 officers in U.S. law enforcement will be formally dedicated on May 13 at the National Mall. Among the list includes 158 officers who were killed in the line of duty along with 213 officers who were killed in previous years but had been lost to history until the Memorial Fund's research. Out of that number, 87 officers died of illness related to 9/11 and the recovery efforts. In addition to the 371 names, the Memorial already bears the names of 21,910 officers nationwide who have sacrificed their lives throughout history. The names of the 371 officers being added to the National Memorial this year can be found on the NLEOMF's website.

School Police Officer Injured In Shooting In Westlake District
A Los Angeles School Police Department sergeant was injured in an officer-involved shooting in the Westlake district that also left the suspect wounded. The shooting occurred at 2:45 p.m. Friday in the area of Third and Alvarado streets, according to school police Sgt. Julie Spry. Los Angeles police said the officer-involved shooting occurred either before or right after the sergeant was struck by a vehicle driven by the suspect. Spry confirmed the officer was not shot. According to NBC, he suffered a broken leg when he was struck and run over by the suspect. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said crews responded at 2:50 p.m. to a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian collision and ended up taking four people to a hospital, including the sergeant and the suspect, who was wounded when the sergeant opened fire.

Suspect Sought In Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Two People In Sun Valley
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect wanted in a double fatal hit-and-run crash Friday night in the San Fernando Valley that may have resulted from street racing. The driver of a dark-colored Dodge Charger that was speeding and driving recklessly along with a white 2015 Dodge Charger east on San Fernando Road in Sun Valley about 7:10 p.m. before colliding with a blue 1998 Toyota Corolla, which was turning left onto Lankershim Boulevard, police said. The driver of the Toyota and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. KTLA Channel 5 reported the victims were 59-year-old Olivia Enriquez West, a Sun Valley resident, and her husband of 25 years, Leland West. The driver of the white Dodge, a 25-year-old resident of Pacoima, and her two passengers were taken to hospitals, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Striking, Critically Injuring Man In Westlake (Warning: Graphic Video)
A man clung to life at a hospital Sunday after being struck by a car, which then sped away, in Westlake on Saturday night, authorities said. The collision took place about 10:30 p.m. at 3rd and Witmer streets and was captured on video by a surveillance camera, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo told KTLA. The victim was crossing the street against a red light when he was hit, the detective said. He paused to allow one car to pass nearby before being struck by another car, video shows. Although the driver had the green light, the car failed to stop at the scene and continued on, Castillo said. The video shows a gray or silver car hitting the man, which police said may be a Honda. No information regarding the driver was available. Los Angeles offers a standing $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of hit-and-run drivers involved in injury collisions. Anyone with information was urged to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division detectives at 213-833-3713. 

Man With Shotgun Is Killed By Police Near Downtown L.A. Metro Station
A man armed with a shotgun was shot and killed by police near a downtown Metro station Sunday afternoon, according to officials. Two officers were involved in the shooting, which occurred at 2:15 p.m. after they spotted a man in his late 40s armed with a shotgun inside the 7th Street/Metro Center station, according to Los Angeles Police Sgt. Meghan Aguilar. The officers chased the man from inside the station and onto the street. A block away from the station at 7th and Hope streets, at least one of the officers fired multiple bullets at the man, Aguilar said. The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives believe the man's shotgun — which is now in police custody, along with an unknown amount of ammunition — was loaded, Aguilar said. The officers were on assigned duty at the Metro station at the time of the shooting, officials said. Their names have not been released.
Los Angeles Times

Hollywood Hit-and-Run: Suspect Chased Down By Police Officer After Victim Fatally Struck
A man on a scooter died in a hit-and-run incident early Saturday morning in Hollywood when a pickup truck driver struck him, police said. Police swarmed the intersection at Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard after a report came in at approximately 3:50 a.m. Police said a sergeant saw a Ford F-150 hit the man on the Lime scooter, back up and roll him over before speeding off. The sergeant chased down the suspect and arrested him. The scooter's 31-year-old rider died. Investigators identified the truck's driver as Jared Walter Anderson, but they still don't know why he struck the scooter's rider. Police are also searching for any potential surveillance video of the incident. 

Encino Homeowner Chases Would-Be Burglars Off
A homeowner fired at least one shot at a man who tried to break into his home in Encino Thursday night. Officers responded about 10:20 p.m. to the home on the 3400 block of Red Rose Drive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A man had tried to get into the home, and the homeowner fired at least one shot, police said. ABC7 reported the homeowner fired multiple shots at at least three suspects, all of whom were able to escape. No injuries were reported, and a detailed description of the suspect or suspects was not immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mother Pleads No Contest To Abandoning Child At Union Station
A Northern California woman who abandoned her 6-year-old son at Union Station on Independence Day last year was ordered to complete 52 weeks of child abuse counseling and placed on four years of probation. Dava Denise Webster, 32, of Walnut Creek, was also ordered by Superior Court Judge Gustavo Sztraicher to obey the Los Angeles County Probation Department's recommendation for a mental health program and was given credit for time she had already served in jail following her arrest last July, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Webster was sentenced immediately after pleading no contest to felony child endangerment. A protective order was also issued that allows Webster to have monitored visits with her son, according to the District Attorney's Office. It was not clear who currently has custody of the boy, who was found at Union Station about 6:30 p.m. July 4 by a security guard.

L.A. Celebrity Real Estate Developer Arrested In Alleged $1.3-Billion Ponzi Scam
The head of a Sherman Oaks firm accused of bilking thousands of investors in a $1.3-billion Ponzi scheme was arrested Thursday along with two associates on federal criminal charges. Robert Shapiro, 61, the owner of the Woodbridge Group of Cos., and two other company executives were accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and other violations of federal law in an indictment unsealed in the Southern District of Florida. Shapiro, of Sherman Oaks, Dane R. Roseman, 35, of Encino and Ivan Acevedo, 42, of Chatsworth were arrested in California and pleaded not guilty in federal court in Los Angeles. Roseman and Acevedo were released on bond, while Shapiro remained in custody. 

Denver Builds Out Pioneering Gun Crime Investigation Unit
Denver gun crime investigators have expanded upon an already pioneering crime-fighting approach by creating a law enforcement supergroup made up of 11 agencies that will work together to solve more shootings. Formed in January, the Regional Anti Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN) includes federal agents, police officers from cities and counties across the area and prosecutors, among others, who will share information and evidence to solve crimes that cross geographic boundaries. Looking at gun crimes across a region allows investigators to understand and prosecute criminal networks and trafficking patterns, not just individual crimes, said Pete Gagliardi, a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives official who consults with police departments on how they use forensic technology. “Criminals move, and as they move across county, city, state lines, the evidence of their crimes gets left behind in all these jurisdictions,” he said.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Firefighters Meet Man They Saved
Los Angeles County firefighters meet the man they saved after he had a heart attack. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, April 12, 2019. (Published Friday, Apr 12, 2019)
NBC 4 Video

California Races To Deter Disaster As Towns Face Fire Risk
Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. A McClatchy analysis reveals more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities that exist almost entirely within “very high fire hazard severity zones” — Cal Fire's designation for places highly vulnerable to devastating wildfires. These designations have proven eerily predictive about some of the state's most destructive wildfires in recent years, including the Camp Fire, the worst in state history. Nearly all of Paradise is colored in bright red on Cal Fire's map — practically the entire town was at severe risk before the Camp Fire raged through last November, burning the majority of homes in its path and killing 85 people.
Associated Press

Local Government News

City May Charge Pot Shop Business Owners For Cost To Shut Off Utilities
A member of the Los Angeles City Council, which recently enacted a policy to shut off the utilities at illegal pot shops, proposed Friday that the city start charging business and property owners for the costs associated with the enforcement action. With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in the city, the council in March unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities. The Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Water and Power and other departments also recently began actively flipping the switch on the shops, and as of earlier this week, the LAPD said that at least 22 businesses had already been cut off.

LA Will Create Permanent Memorials For Bicyclists Killed In Crashes
Last year, 21 bicyclists were killed in traffic collisions on the streets of Los Angeles. Now, as city officials aim to address traffic fatalities through street safety projects and community outreach, residents may start seeing signs memorializing bike riders who died in crashes. Last month, the City Council approved a program to install permanent memorial signs at the scenes of fatal bike crashes, where temporary memorials, made by activists and the family members of victims, can often already be found. The signs will be simple—a few words in white font on a blue background—but Councilmember Bob Blumenfield argued in a motion proposing the program that they could serve as a powerful reminder for drivers to “be mindful of vulnerable road users.”
Curbed Los Angeles

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