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June 13, 2019
Law Enforcement News

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Who Was Shot In Random Attack Has Died
Surrounded by family and fellow law enforcement officers, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Solano lay motionless inside the hospital where he once stood guard over prisoners needing medical care. The 50-year-old had been in grave condition since Monday night, when a Utah man shot him in the head at an Alhambra fast-food restaurant for no apparent reason, investigators said. The brutal and seemingly random attack left Solano on life support, unable to breathe on his own. Though his family had hoped for a miracle, Solano succumbed to his injuries Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference outside L.A. County-USC Medical Center. “He confronted a threat not knowing what it was, and in a split second, he lost his life, and that's what it is in law enforcement,” said Villanueva, at times on the verge of tears. “On a good day, we can do heroic things, and save lives, and avoid death. And other times something as innocent as going to a fast-food restaurant can be end of the watch for our hero, Deputy Solano.”
Los Angeles Times

25 LEOs Injured At Scene Of Fatal Tennessee Shooting
Armed officers and an angry crowd faced off after a Tennessee man was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals in a working-class Memphis neighborhood. People in the crowd threw rocks and bricks, with 25 officers suffering mostly minor injuries during the tense clash Wednesday night in the Frayser community in north Memphis. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 p.m., officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed, police director Michael Rallings said at a Thursday morning at a news conference. Three people were arrested. Officers on horseback patrolled the area, and lines of police cars with flashing blue lights were parked along the street. An ambulance could be seen at the outer edge of the scene. A helicopter flew overhead as police cars trickled away. Residential streets were blocked, and a heavy police presence remained in the area Thursday.
Associated Press

LAPD Report: Gun Violence Spiked In Early 2019
Los Angeles saw a sharp uptick in gun violence during a two-month period that included the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, according to figures presented to a City Council committee today. Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Robert Arcos told the council's Public Safety Committee that 214 people were injured by firearms in the city between Feb. 24 and April 27, with the bulk of them -- 160 -- attributed to gang activity. Arcos said 89 of the cases occurred in the LAPD's South Bureau. “During that same time last year, we had 129 people injured, so that's 85 (fewer) people shot,” Arcos said. He said there were 34 homicides in the city during that time period, 22 in the South Bureau. Arcos said recent the spike in recent gun violence is the result of a resurgence in longstanding gang feuds, particularly in the Harbor area. “They ebb and flow, unfortunately, in these areas,” Arcos said. “They've been quiet for five to seven years.” Arcos' report came in response to a motion by council members Joe Buscaino, Monica Rodriguez and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. The motion noted that homicides overall were down during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period last year, but the week preceding the March 31 killing of Hussle in South Los Angeles saw a spike in shootings -- 26 shooting victims and 10 deaths.
KFI AM 640

There's A Real-Life Michael Connelly Character In The LAPD, And She's Gunning For Harry Bosch's Job
Mitzi Roberts always wanted to talk to serial killers. A Los Angeles bartender and diner manager, Roberts was used to seeing cops stagger into her establishments, seeking a bite or a beer after their shift. Conversation between the investigators and Roberts, a self-described true-crime "fanatic," came easily. She told them of her desire to chase predators. At some point, one of them suggested a career change. The move from diner manager to detective set Roberts on a career path that saw her climb the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department — from a graveyard shift that is sometimes home to cops who have "screwed up" to a treasured spot in the elite Robbery-Homicide Division. After years spent fighting an uphill battle as a woman traversing a department long regarded as a boys' club, Roberts found herself zipping around the southeastern United States on a collision course with one of America's most prolific killers. The veteran detective's career history may read like it borrows a bit from the jacket copy of a popular crime novel, but it's actually the other way around. In her 24-year career, Roberts has not only found herself involved in some of L.A.'s most infamous cases, but she's also served as a muse to the city's modern master of detective fiction.
Los Angeles Times

Man Described As Transient Gang Member Shot, Killed In Reseda
A 36-year-old man described as both a transient and a documented gang member was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in Reseda. Officers responded about 4:30 a.m. to a shots fired call in the 18700 block of Vanowen Street, between Reseda Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue, and found the victim down on the south sidewalk, unconscious and not breathing, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Fire department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, police said. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was approached on foot by the suspect as he stood on the sidewalk,” according to a police statement. “The suspect produced a handgun and fired several shots, striking the victim causing his death.” The suspect then fled in an unknown type vehicle, police said. A description of the shooter was not made available.

Video Shows Alleged Triple Stabbing Suspect Apprehended After Returning To Harvard Heights Liquor Store
A man suspected of injuring three people during a stabbing attack near a liquor store in the Harvard Heights neighborhood of Central Los Angeles was arrested after returning to the scene on Wednesday. About 11:30 a.m., an employee notified police he saw the suspect enter the store, A&S Liquor Market at 3088 W. Pico Blvd. Investigators responded and searched the area for the man, but after being unable to find him went back inside the shop to review security video. A short time later, a KTLA crew spotted an individual outside the store who appeared to match a surveillance image of the suspect and alerted the LAPD detectives who were already on scene. Video shows the officers confronting the man outside the shop and taking him into custody. His name has not yet been released.

Woman Surrenders In Hollywood Blvd. Hit-and-Run That Left Pedestrian Severely Injured
A driver turned herself in Wednesday to face charges related to an East Hollywood hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian seriously injured last month, investigators said. Amber L. Yeron, 36, of Los Angeles, surrendered to authorities shortly after 3 p.m. at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown L.A., LAPD Detective Moses Castillo said. Officials had obtained a warrant for her arrest on suspicion of felony hit-and-run in a crash that seriously injured a man around 11:25 p.m. May 19. The pedestrian was crossing Hollywood Boulevard near Vermont Avenue to get to his friend's SUV when Yeron allegedly ran into him in a dark-blue Honda Accord. The man, who asked to remain unidentified, told KTLA her vehicle pulled out of a nearby gas station and slammed into him with such force that he went from its hood, to windshield, then roof and into the air before landing on the ground.

Downtown Residents Feeling Safer With Increased Patrols
Random violent crimes downtown have put people on edge, but increased foot patrols in the area have helped put residents more at ease. Last December, an alleged homeless person pushed another man into an oncoming truck. The man survived, but police said the homeless man went on to attack two other people. “What we needed more was sort of a forced presence,” Anthony Vejerano, co-founder of Downtown LA Strong. The neighborhood group pushed the city to bring more foot patrols to the area, but it was Central Division Captain Scott Harrelson who brought the much-needed coverage. Harrelson already had a dedicated foot-beat presence, but he wanted more.. And now everyone, including him, within the Central Division walks the same path at some point during their shift. “It's a different dynamic,” he said. “You actually get to walk up to people and say ‘hello' and shake their hand.” 

Aspiring Rapper Charged With Climbing Atop Freeway Sign
An aspiring rapper who snarled traffic during the morning commute for nearly two hours last summer by climbing atop a sign to drape banners over the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles is set to be arraigned July 1 on five misdemeanor charges, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Wednesday. Alexander Dunn — who goes by the stage name Dephree — was charged last week with trespassing, resisting an officer, causing a public nuisance and failing to abide by a peace officer's instructions, according to the City Attorney's Office. The stunt — purportedly for use in a music video — played havoc with commuters during the morning rush hour, causing extensive backups. “This outrageous conduct required the intervention of precious emergency services to assure it ended safely, stopped traffic for nearly two hours and interfered with the lives and work of thousands of commuters,” Feuer said in a statement. “We will hold the defendant accountable for his reckless, selfish actions.”

Frantic Search For Woman, 59, Who Went Missing While Hiking In Angeles National Forest
A woman is still missing Thursday after becoming separated from her hiking group near Mt. Waterman in the Angeles National Forest. Sung Mi Kim, 59, of Los Angeles, was last seen about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Buckhorn Campgrounds after becoming tired and falling behind the group of about 20 people she was hiking with, authorities said. Kim eventually became separated from the group, which got worried and reported her missing. Montrose Search and Rescue looked for Kim by foot and from the air until midnight, even using a thermal camera when night fell. The search will resume at daylight Thursday with extra people to check off-trail areas. Kim is not considered to be an experienced hiker, and her daughter Jane Kim says she is very worried. “It's been 18 hours and she just had one bottle of water, and her body has been very weak and she has not been eating well for the last few months,” she said. Jane Kim says she and her friends will join the search when it resumes.

L.A. County To Propose New Oversight Panel For Troubled Probation Department
Los Angeles County officials are weighing a plan to create a large and robust oversight body for the troubled Probation Department, according to a draft proposal to be announced Thursday. The plan calls for a new probation oversight commission with authority to advise the Board of Supervisors about the department as well as assess its policy priorities and investigate issues of concern. “There is widespread consensus that the Los Angeles County Probation Department is in dire need of oversight," according to a draft copy of the report. Probation officials, who have been aware of the upcoming announcement and cooperating with the process, issued a statement Wednesday saying they appreciated the work that went into crafting the report. “We look forward to the board's decision around the roles and responsibilities of the oversight commission and look forward to working with them as we continue to advance probation reform,” the statement said.
Los Angeles Times

Man Accused Of Slaying Deputy May Be Tied To San Diego Robberies

Authorities are looking at whether the suspect in the fatal shooting of an off-duty deputy in Alhambra may have committed a series of convenience store robberies in the San Diego area. The deputy, 50-year-old Joseph Gilbert Solano, died Wednesday afternoon, two days after he was shot in the head at a Jack in the Box. His alleged shooter, Rhett Nelson, 30, of Utah, was arrested Tuesday in Long Beach and remains in county jail. San Diego Police, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the Carlsbad Police have been in contact with investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to determine if Nelson is the suspect in any of the robberies, according to San Diego police spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi. Between June 7 and 9, a man with a handgun robbed four 7-Eleven stores and a Circle K. He took cash from four stores but got nothing from one store. No one was injured in three San Diego robberies, Takeuchi said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Health Officials Cite Dozens Of Skid Row-Area Businesses For Sanitation Violations
Excessive trash, rodents and poor sanitation in businesses near the Skid Row area have caused the LA County Public Health officials to issue violations. Eighty-five businesses in the downtown Los Angeles Skid Row area were cited by county health inspectors for violations of storage and trash-removal regulations during a recent sweep, the county Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. The sweep was conducted last week in response to health concerns stemming from conditions in the Skid Row area, according to health officials. The cleanliness and maintenance of these businesses will be monitored by Public Health inspectors to ensure businesses who received violations are taking steps to correct these problems.

Local Government News

L.A.'s chief auditor urges transparency over city's use of Prop. HHH homeless funds
Citing the results of the 2019 homeless count, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin on Wednesday urged leaders to more closely look at what's happening to available public dollars targeted to combat the problem, which has been cascading across the city. Galperin — the auditor and chief accounting officer for the city — noted L.A. has not been using all of its readily available funds to combat homelessness. Of the $86.4 million available funds provided by the voter-approved bond measure HHH, Galperin's annual report said Los Angeles used only $4.5 million in the fiscal year 2018.
Los Angeles Daily News

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