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May 8, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Police Union: LAPD Officers Contracted Staph Infection After Homeless Person Came Into Station
Three Los Angeles Police Department officers have been infected with a highly contagious staph infection after what a union official says was an encounter with a homeless person at a police station. The three officers who were infected are on medical leave pending treatment and testing. All are expected to make a full recovery. Steve Gordon of the L.A. Police Protective League confirmed to CBSLA that it was a homeless transient who came into contact with officers at the station. Gordon was blunt when asked about the problems officers face when dealing with the homeless population. “Our officers are being put in very hazardous conditions, with the addiction to drugs, the homeless encampments, the feces, the needles, everything throughout these encampments,” said Gordon.
CBS 2 Video

Call for more LAPD foot patrols admits rising crime in DTLA

Los Angeles Police Protective League Vice President Jerretta Sandoz joined Dr. Drew Midday Live to discuss the recent call by Downtown L.A. residents for increased LAPD foot patrols following a rise in crime in the area.
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FBI Releases LEOKA Statistics For 2018
The FBI has released the latest statistics on fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2018. According to the report, 106 officers were killed last year. Of the 106 deaths, 55 were felonious acts and 51 were accidents. The number of officers killed as a result of criminal acts increased from the previous year, with nine more killed in 2018 than the 46 in 2017. Out of the 55 officers, 52 were male and three were women. Out of those deaths, 23 officers died from investigative or enforcement activities and 11 were ambushed, with 37 slain by a handgun. A majority of deaths were reported in the South with 26 officers killed. The average age for felonious LODDs was 37, and for accidental deaths, 36. Accidental deaths also increased from last year by three compared to the 48 officers killed in 2017. Out of the 51 officers, 47 were male and four were female. 

Police, Firefighters Face Health Risks When Dealing With Homeless Populations
It is the reality of living in the streets: no bathrooms, filthy conditions, rats. It can lead to the spread of very dangerous diseases. According to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore: "Certainly living in the streets of Los Angeles, in that environment, it compromises the safety and health of not only that individual but also the community where those encampments exist." Infectious diseases that killed people in the Middle Ages are now affecting homeless populations, according to Kaiser Health News. There were cases of typhus in downtown Los Angeles. There is also a concern regarding so-called superbugs like MRSA. Dr. Michael Hirt from the Center for Integrative Medicine says "A superbug is a bacteria or fungus that is resistant to the most common antibiotics." There is a scare at the LAPD's West Valley station where three officers have developed some type of skin infection.

Rising Homeless Population In Los Angeles Putting Strain On City Agencies
More and more, the homeless are making themselves at home in L.A.'s public places. Problems related to that population are putting a strain on city agencies. The latest numbers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority show roughly 50,000 people are considered to be homeless in the LA area. "The homeless program in Los Angeles today at three in the morning is too oftentimes the fire department and the police department," said LAPD Chief Michel Moore. Moore says homeless-related calls to police this year have stayed flat with last year. But over the past five to six years his department has seen a dramatic rise in calls for service. "What we really need is a tremendous, continued expansion of our mental health services, of shelter space, of safe parking locations," Moore said. It's not just police and fire departments noticing the rise in L.A.'s homeless population. Many people who live and work in Los Angeles see this not just as a safety issue, but a health problem as well. 

LAPD Drones Used Twice In First 3 Months Of 2019
The Los Angeles Police Department twice deployed drones through the first three months of 2019 under a one-year pilot program authorized by the Police Commission last July, according to a report presented to the commissioners on Tuesday. After the creation of the program in 2018, the department's first deployment of a drone - officially known as an Unmanned Aerial System - was on Jan. 9 in the 300 block of Berendo Street, and then again on March 28 in the 7400 block of S. San Pedro Street, the report said. In the Berendo Street incident, a SWAT team was planning on entering a building with a barricaded suspect inside, but needed to know if the suspect was lying in wait, according to the report. Authorities deployed the drone, and determined that it was safe to enter the building, where they found the man hiding in an attic and took him into custody, the report said.

District Attorney Wants You To Report Opioid Abuse After Record-High Overdose Deaths
Los Angeles County's top prosecutor urged the public on Tuesday to report the illegal trafficking and overprescription of opioids to her office for potential criminal prosecution. "We must do everything in our power to stop the flow of these deadly drugs into our community, whether they are bought illegally on the streets or legally with a valid prescription, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. "Reporting this crime will help us save lives." Members of the public can submit written non-emergency complaints with information about the illegal trafficking or overprescription of opioids including hydrocodone and oxycodone and synthetic opioids including fentanyl to the District Attorney's Bureau of Investigation at 211 W. Temple St., Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

Man Sentenced To 21 Years To Life In Prison In Deadly North Hills Crash
A driver who was drunk when he fled from the scene of a crash and collided with another car in North Hills, killing a 42-year-old woman, was sentenced Monday to more than 21 years to life in state prison. Estuardo Alvarado was convicted April 3 of second-degree murder for the Feb. 19, 2017, collision that killed Sandra Duran. The San Fernando jury was the second to hear the case. The first panel deadlocked on the murder count, but convicted the 47-year-old defendant of one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content and hit-and-run driving, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Alvarado was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango on Sepulveda Boulevard when he rear-ended a car, then sped off, drove through a red light and slammed into the victim's Toyota Camry, according to Santiago.

Former High School Teacher, Coach In Van Nuys Guilty Of Molestation, Sexual Battery Against 18 Students
A 44-year-old man was convicted of molesting more than a dozen female students while working as a teacher and girls lacrosse coach at a charter high school in Van Nuys, officials said Tuesday. A jury found Scott Silva, of Simi Valley, guilty on 25 criminal counts: 16 counts of child molestation, six counts of sexual battery, two counts of lewd conduct upon a child and one count of false imprisonment, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said in a news release. Silva worked at Birmingham Charter Community School, and carried out the abuse beginning in 2016. The victims were 18 underage female students, investigators said. During the two-week trial, the jury heard that Silva's inappropriate conduct with the girls ranged from lewd comments, to touching their private parts over their clothes, to skin-on-skin contact with at least one of the victims.

DNA Links Man To Half-Dozen Sex Assaults In Southern California Over The Last 25 Years

An Arizona man allegedly linked by DNA to a half-dozen sexual assaults in Southern California over the last 25 years, including two in the Coachella Valley, was charged on Tuesday with eight felonies in San Diego County. Christopher VanBuskirk, 46, is suspected of two Coachella Valley sexual assaults that occurred in March 2002 and November 2004, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. He lived in the area from late 2001 to 2005. One of the alleged assaults occurred in Rancho Mirage, while the other took place in Palm Desert. The Goodyear, Arizona, resident has not yet been charged in Riverside County, so he will be prosecuted first in San Diego County. San Diego police contend that VanBuskirk, then in his early 20s, threatened his victims with a knife while sexually assaulting them on four occasions between August and November of 1995.

1 Dead, 8 Wounded In Colorado School Shooting, 2 In Custody
Two students opened fire Tuesday inside a charter school in an affluent suburban Denver community not far from Columbine High School , killing a teenager, wounding eight and spreading minutes of terror before they were taken into custody with no injuries, authorities said. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the pair walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch and began shooting students in two classrooms. Within minutes, deputies at a nearby sheriff's department substation entered the school and arrested the two suspects after a struggle. "As officers were arriving at the school, they could still hear gunshots," Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said. Authorities did not release the name of the student who died, but said it was an 18-year-old man. "I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives," Spurlock said. He did not identify the suspects, but said they are an adult and a minor who were not previously known to authorities. Authorities planned to search their homes and a vehicle at the school, he said.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Fire Official: ‘It's No Longer A Fire Season, We're Now Calling It A Fire Year'
With the backdrop of last year's destructive wave of record-breaking fires that swept through California, fire officials on Tuesday talked about preparing for the future. Bottom line: Now, they say, the threat of a big wildfire is a year-round concern instead of a seasonal one like in the past. “I field questions daily, ‘Where's the next Paradise?' ” said Cal Fire Director Thom Porter, referring to the Camp fire that tore through the Northern California town of Paradise last November, killing 85 people. “There are communities in every county of this state that have a potential Paradise situation.” Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget includes more than $400 million for Cal Fire, the state's fire-protection agency responsible for 31 million acres of the state's wildlands, to purchase fire engines and air tankers as well as operations to reduce vegetation that may act as fuel for a fire. To prepare, Cal Fire has burned thousands of acres of vegetation in prescribed burns, Porter said at a press conference at Fullerton Airport.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Wildfires: Prevention, Safety Tips
Red flag warnings are issued in California when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires, but there are fire prevention and home protection steps that can be taken well in advance of hot, dry and windy conditions. Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency, provided the following advice to help Californian's prevent a small spark from becoming a devastating wildfire. These safety tips, including how to prepare your property and family for wildfires, can save property and lives. Below, you'll find a printable evacuation plan and homeowner's checklist, emergency supply kit details and tips to reduce the risk of wildfires in the first place. 

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