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June 04, 2019
Law Enforcement News

BMW Driver Sought After Injuring LAPD Officer In Hit-and-Run Crash On 105 Freeway In Lynwood: CHP
Authorities are searching for a BMW driver after a Los Angeles police officer on a motorcycle was injured in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 105 in Lynwood early Monday morning, officials said. The officer was ejected from his bike and taken to the hospital after being struck east of Atlantic Avenue around 5:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The officer, identified only as a 52-year-old man, was traveling west in the carpool lane beside a silver BMW SUV in the lane next to him when the civilian vehicle made an unsafe lane change, authorities said. The SUV crossed a set of double yellow lines to enter the carpool lane and hit the ride side of the officer's motorcycle, CHP said. The officer was pushed off his bike by the force of the collision and landed on the freeway's center median, investigators said. The officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital. The BMW driver, meanwhile, continued westbound and failed to stop. The SUV is possibly an X5 model, officials said. A description of the driver, who remained at large Monday evening, was not available.

Barger To Push For County Public Health Probe Of LAPD Typhoid Case
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will ask her colleagues Tuesday to join her in asking Public Health officials to develop a communicable-disease prevention and intervention plan in response to an LAPD employee contracting the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. The employee works at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Station near Skid Row. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed last week that two other employees at the station had developed symptoms consistent with the salmonella typhi bacteria. “In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our residents and law enforcement personnel, the county must examine the root causes of the spread of communicable diseases associated with trash and rodent infestations, and develop a comprehensive plan to minimize risk of additional cases,” Barger said.

Man Shot, Killed After Leaving Baby Shower In Wilmington
A 31-year-old father was fatally shot while walking on a sidewalk in Wilmington, police and neighbors said. The victim, identified by friends and neighbors as Julio Urbina, was coming home from a baby shower when he was shot in the 1500 block Young Street near Alameda Street around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department are still trying to figure out what led to the shooting, but they believe it may be gang related due to recent gang activity in the area. Friends and family say Urbina was a family man and was not himself in a gang. He worked at a local refinery and often traveled out of town for work. He was the father of two boys and he and his girlfriend were expecting a daughter next month. No arrests have been made and no additional information was released.

Woman Killed, 2 Others Detained In Hyde Park Crash
One woman was killed and two others detained in what police say was a drunken crash in the Hyde Park area. The crash was first reported as a car into a pole at Crenshaw Boulevard and 50th Street at about 12:30 a.m. Police say they believe the two women who were detained were driving drunk down Crenshaw when they crashed into a parked car. The parked car spun out, landing on the sidewalk, and the woman inside was declared dead at the scene. She has not been identified. The suspect car then crashed into a second vehicle and knocked out a utility pole. The two women were detained, but both were heard denying being the driver of the suspect car. Crenshaw was closed for several hours for the fatal crash investigation, but has since reopened.

Three Men Shot, Wounded At Westchester Park
Three men between the ages of 18 and 25 years-old were wounded in a shooting at the Westchester Recreation Center, authorities said Monday. It happened about 6 p.m. Sunday at the park at 7000 West Manchester Ave., said Officer D. Orris of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The three victims were shot in the back, possibly running away from their assailant or assailants, Orris said. The shooting was believed gang-related. The victims took themselves to Memorial Hospital of Gardena for treatment, he said. No suspect information was available and the victims were not cooperating with police, Orris said.

LAPD Responds To Barricaded Suspect Situation In North Hollywood
Police converged in the 6700 block of Denny Avenue in North Hollywood Monday afternoon for a barricaded suspect situation. The incident began at about 12:37 p.m. after LAPD received a report of a man with a gun. LAPD says officers recovered a gun from the scene. Aerial footage from SkyFOX showed several individuals on the ground as officers had their guns drawn. It's unclear if these individuals are related to the barricaded suspect situation. The immediate area is closed off to traffic. This is a developing story. No further details were immediately known. 
FOX 11

Man Sentenced For Punching Women In Dispute At Hot Dog Stand
A Sylmar man who was caught on cell phone video punching two women in the face during a dispute with a hot dog vendor in downtown Los Angeles was sentenced to probation and 30 days in county jail. Arka Sangbaran Oroojian, 30, was ordered to serve three years of probation, 30 days in county jail and 30 days of community labor, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Monday. Oroojian, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges, also was ordered to complete 24 anger management classes; to stay 100 yards away from both women and the location where the Jan. 26 attack occurred; and not to possess any weapons, including guns, while on probation.

Man Arrested In L.A. County Charged In $750K Scheme Defrauding EBT Cardholders Across CA
California prosecutors allege a man stole $750,000 in public assistance funds through an Electronic Benefit Transfer scheme that obtained personal information from 655 EBT card holders through scam text messages. Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office said Friday that Jawuan Antonio Gibson used the information to create cloned EBT cards and withdraw funds from ATMs. Gibson was arrested May 2 and booked into Los Angeles County jail. Authorities say agents seized $20,000 in cash at that time and a later search of his hotel residence turned up $950,000 in cash, ATM card readers and other equipment. The case filed in Sacramento County alleges two counts of grand theft and one count of grand theft of access cards issued to four or more persons.

California Joins Other States In Suing Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma
California, Hawaii, Maine and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits Monday against the maker of OxyContin and the company's former president, alleging the firm falsely promoted the drug by downplaying the risk of addiction while it emerged as one of the most widely abused opioids in the U.S. The lawsuits were the latest by states and local governments against drugmaker Purdue Pharma as the country grapples with an opioid epidemic. About a dozen states have also targeted Richard Sackler, the company's former leader, or members of his family. “Purdue and the Sacklers traded the health and well-being of Californians for profit and created an unprecedented national public health crisis in the process,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference announcing the legal action by his state. “We will hold them accountable.”

Gun Homicides Dropped Dramatically In This Region Of America. What Happened?
In California's Silicon Valley, the boom and the bust are playing out simultaneously. Tech companies have made the Bay Area one of the wealthiest places on earth. But on the streets of San Francisco and the cities around it, desperation is increasingly visible. A spiraling housing crisis has made it unaffordable for many people to live in the cities where they work. More than 30,000 people across the region are now homeless, many living in sprawling tent encampments or sleeping in their cars. For each new millionaire household the San Francisco Bay Area has produced, there are at least four new people living below the poverty level. San Francisco's property crime rate has spiked to the highest in the nation. Many people – tech newcomers and longtime residents alike – complain of feeling unsafe. At the same time, with little fanfare, the Bay Area has seen a dramatic drop in its homicide rate, driven by a considerable decrease in deadly shootings.
The Guardian

Public Safety News

Hundreds Of Small Earthquakes Hit Parts Of Southern California
A magnitude 3.3 earthquake was felt in parts of Southern California on Sunday afternoon, one in a series of quakes to hit the Riverside County area. The latest quake occurred about 4:36 p.m. and was centered on Glen Avon, south of Fontana. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was felt across swaths of the Inland Empire, a region that has had hundreds of small quakes over the weekend, including one that registered a magnitude 3.1. On Friday, seismologist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter that small earthquakes can be felt if they're shallow — only 1 mile underground instead of 5 miles or more. She called the area a “perennial hotspot” of small, clustered quakes and nothing out of the ordinary for California. “This is just a place where the earth sputters along instead of letting go all at once,” she said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

It's Election Day In The Northwest San Fernando Valley, Where It's Time For LA Voters To Pick A New City Council Representative
Residents of the northwest San Fernando Valley head to the polls Tuesday to make a mark on a ballot that could help determine the future of their chunk of the 818, and also the city at large. They'll be choosing who among 15 local candidates will represent them on the Los Angeles City Council. The district — with boundaries that encircle several Valley communities such as Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, Porter Ranch, West Hills and parts of Reseda — faces issues, to varying degrees, familiar in other parts of the city, including crime, street repairs, development, street racing, lack of affordable housing and homelessness. But the seat has been without a permanent council member since Mitchell Englander stepped down at the end of last year for a job in the private sector.
Los Angeles Daily News

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