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June 11, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty L.A. Sheriff's Deputy in Critical Condition After Being Shot in the Head at Alhambra Jack in the Box
An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra Monday, authorities said. The deputy was standing at the counter in the restaurant, wearing civilian clothes, when a man armed with a handgun approached him and shot him once in the head, Sheriff's Department officials said as they stood outside County-USC Medical Center, where the deputy was hospitalized.

Police Know The Mentally Ill Need More Than Handcuffs. Their Response Is Shifting
The first time that Bob Hung had to handcuff his sister, in 2010, he was afraid. He was just two years into his career as a patrol officer for the Monterey Park Police Department when his father called and told him that his older sister, diagnosed with schizophrenia, had run away from home. He called his supervisor and quickly shed his uniform. On the long drive to his parents' home in Rowland Heights, he imagined her being hit by a car. He thought about the time he had to run into traffic to tackle a mentally ill patient who had run away from a local hospital and worried that he wouldn't be able to find her. And even as a police officer who has had to use force on mentally ill suspects himself, even understanding that difficult choices must be made in seconds, he admits to another nagging fear: that police officers might use excessive force on his sister.
Los Angeles Times

Murrieta Police K-9 Recovering After Being Shot By Wanted Suspect

A K-9 with the Murrieta Police Department is recovering after being shot Sunday morning. Around 3:50 a.m. deputies received a report of an attempted carjacking in the area of Scott Road and Hahn Road. According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office the suspect brandished a weapon and attempted to take the victim's vehicle. The victim then fled the scene at which time the suspect shot at him. About an hour later deputies responded to another report of a carjacking nearby. They say the same suspect from earlier was involved. The suspect stole a white BMW sedan and fled the area. Deputies located the vehicle in the city of Lake Elsinore and a pursuit ensued. They called in assistance from the Murrieta Police Department. The Riverside County Sheriff's Office says the pursuit ended in the 32000 block of Garland Lane. K-9 Mick was deployed to assist officers and deputies in apprehending the carjacking suspect. During that time the suspect fired a shot, hitting K-9 Mick in the lower jaw and neck. 
FOX 11

LAPD Headquarters Evacuated In Downtown Los Angeles After Suspicious Package Found
Police are investigating a suspicious package in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. Units encountered a vehicle at about 4 a.m. with a package inside deemed to be suspicious near City Hall and police headquarters, according to LAPD. Traffic is shut down from Temple Street to 2nd Street and from Spring Street to Los Angeles Street. A bomb squad was being called to the scene as police headquarters were evacuated.

South Los Angeles Father Charged With Beating 4-Year-Old Son To Death
A murder charge was filed today against a Los Angeles man accused in the beating death of his 4-year-old son. Hirwin Calderon-Ordonez, 24, was arraigned Monday afternoon on one felony count each of murder and assault on a child causing death. Bail was set at $2 million and the defendant was ordered to return July 29, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami told the court he turned over discovery to the defense that included two reports of suspected child abuse, a recording of the 911 call that brought paramedics to the family's home and photos of the boy's injuries.
FOX 11

Ex-UCLA Gynecologist Charged With Sexually Abusing Patients
A former gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, student health center has been charged with sexually abusing patients, the school and prosecutors said Monday. The charges against Dr. James Heaps, who worked at the center for nearly 30 years, involved conduct with two patients in 2017 and 2018, UCLA said in a statement. He surrendered to law enforcement on Monday. Heaps, 62, was charged May 22 with two counts of sexual battery of fraud and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient, said Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. It wasn't immediately clear whether Heaps had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. The charges recall similar allegations against a former University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.
Los Angeles Daily News

Men Plead Not Guilty In Multi-Million Dollar Phone Scheme
Two men have pleaded not guilty in California to federal charges alleging they devised a $25 million scheme to illegally unlocked cellphones so they could be used on any carrier's network. U.S. prosecutors said Monday that Argishti Khudaverdyan, 41, of Burbank and Alen Gharehbagloo, 40, of La Cañada Flintridge formerly owned a T-Mobile retail store and used stolen employee credentials to infiltrate the company's internal computer systems. They were arrested following a 21-count grand jury indictment and charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other counts. They were later released on bond. Investigators say the scheme brought the men more than $25 million when people paid them to get out of their T-Mobile service. If convicted of all counts, each defendant could face sentences exceeding 200 years.

Man Accused Of Selling Deathly Ill Puppies To SoCal Families Faces Slew Of Charges
A Downey man is set to be appear in court on Monday on dozens of counts of animal cruelty and other charges. Investigators with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles swarmed the man's house Thursday, though it's unclear if they removed any animals. Gustavo Gonzalez, 26, is accused of selling 28 sick puppies to 25 Southern California families between February 2018 and April 2019. Most of the puppies died after their new owners brought them home. Gonzalez also faces one felony count each of first-degree residential burglary and grand theft, as well as 22 misdemeanor counts of petty theft. If convicted as charged, Gonzalez faces a possible maximum sentence of 36 years in prison. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to call the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at 800-593-8222.

California Sheriff's Deputy Critical After Off-Duty Shooting
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was been shot in the head and critically wounded Monday as he waited in line at a fast-food restaurant, authorities said. The deputy was off-duty and in civilian clothes when he was shot shortly before 6 p.m. at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra, an eastern Los Angeles suburb, sheriff's officials said at a news conference. "The deputy is currently in critical condition and he needs our prayers ... to see whether he can pull through," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. He didn't release the deputy's name. Authorities are looking for a gunman who was seen driving away in a 2006 white Kia Sportage SUV with paper plates. The man was wearing a white fedora hat when he fled but is believed to have changed clothes, authorities said. "There doesn't appear to be an overt motive" based on security video footage, sheriff's Homicide Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener said.

How Technology Can Enhance Crime Scene Investigation Techniques For Narcotics
It's an increasingly common arrest scenario. A suspect is busted with a clear plastic bag (or bags) of unknown powder or pills in their possession, and the arresting officer needs to identify the contents during the arrest to see if charges are warranted. The problem is that one white powder looks pretty much like another. Meanwhile, opening the bag for a closer inspection could expose the officer to toxic chemicals. “In Arizona, officers have gotten sick because of exposure to unknown drugs,” said Joshua Lee, a detective in with the Mesa PD and an instructor with Grand Canyon University's criminal justice program. “The rule of thumb is this: When you can't immediately identify the drug, don't open the bag.” The good news: Thanks to advances in technology, officers now have access to a suite of chemical identifier devices specifically designed for field use. These portable devices can tell officers what they are dealing with and do so with a degree of accuracy and documentation that will stand up in court. This enhances the officer's ability to investigate a crime efficiently, while keeping their health and safety in mind.

Public Safety News

LAFD Puts Out House Fire In Reseda; No Injuries Reported
Firefighters were able to extinguish a house fire in Reseda on Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The fire broke out about 1:20p.m. at a home at 18209 W Vanowen Street. Firefighters reported heavy fire showing from the rear of the home, with at least one additional structure being exposed to the flames. It took 16 minutes for the 89 responding firefighters to put the fire out. The bulk of the fire was burning in an addition on the back of the home. Some cars and a detached garage also sustained damage from the fire. No injuries were reported.

Sky Fire Near Magic Mountain Is 90 Percent Contained, L.A. County Fire Officials Say
A brush fire that menaced Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, leading to an evacuation and early closure of the park, was 90 percent contained as of Monday afternoon. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the blaze, which it called the Sky fire, had burned through 100 acres of brush in a field just east of the theme park's parking lot. The fire also jumped Feedmill Road on the northwest side of Six Flags, burning through heavier brush near a riverbed. Santa Clarita city officials said the brush fire had not threatened any buildings. But videos and photos by park visitors showed flames that crept up to the edge of the Magic Mountain parking lot, sending up a tower of fire and a large plume of smoke. The fire, which began around noon Sunday, forced the closure of the nearby Magic Mountain Parkway off-ramp from the 5 Freeway.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

‘Game-Changer' Light Rail Project On Van Nuys Boulevard Has LA Metro Officials Hitting The Ground On Foot
With a giant light-rail project up and down the center of Van Nuys Boulevard in the works, L.A. Metro officials have been hitting the streets lately. On foot. Specifically, they've been doing “walk audits” to figure out the best ways for people to get to the 11 stations that by 2027 will dot the route of the East Valley Transit Corridor — a $1.3 billion, 9.2-mile light-rail train that will transport people up and down the middle of Van Nuys Boulevard (a stretch also runs parallel to a stretch of San Fernando Road) from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line Station, to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. The light-rail line should look much like the Gold Line in the San Gabriel Valley, or the Expo Line that runs from downtown LA to Santa Monica.
Los Angeles Daily News

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