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June 24, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Funeral To Be Held This Morning In Downtown LA For Slain Sheriff's Deputy
Memorial services for sheriff's Deputy Joseph Solano, who was shot in an apparently unprovoked attack inside an Alhambra Jack in the Box restaurant, will be held Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles. The funeral for Solano will take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 555 W. Temple St., beginning at 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Burial will take place in a private ceremony at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., in East Los Angeles immediately following the 90-minute church service. All westbound lanes of Temple Street will be closed between Grand Avenue and Hill Street as of 6:30 a.m. Monday but eastbound lanes will remain open until about 7:30 a.m., when Temple Street will be closed in both directions between Grand and Hill. Also at 7:30 a.m., all north- and southbound lanes of Hill Street will be closed between Temple and Ord streets.

Memorial For Sacramento Officer Killed In Line Of Duty To Be Held Thursday
Memorial services for a Sacramento police officer killed in the line of duty will be held Thursday. Rookie Officer Tara O'Sullivan, 26, will be honored at the Bayside Church's Adventure Campus in Roseville, California, according to Sacramento police. O'Sullivan was fatally shot during a domestic violence call Wednesday night as she and other officers helped an unidentified woman pack her belongings from the garage of a North Sacramento home, authorities said. The suspected gunman, Adel Sambrano Ramos, is due in court Monday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and possessing two illegal assault rifles. Public defender Norm Dawson has declined to comment on behalf of Ramos until he has more details about the case. Sacramento police have been criticized for a 45-minute delay in reaching their wounded comrade, but officials said late Friday she was shot several times and one of the wounds was "non-survivable." Authorities said Ramos was heavily armed with assault rifles, a shotgun and a handgun and fired dozens of times at officers over an hours-long standoff.

Cities For Peace: Police, Former Gang Members Work To Reduce Violence In South L.A.
Through a program called Cities for Peace, officers and former gang members have been doing yoga, meditating and learning skills to take back to their communities such as South Los Angeles. Bo Young helps lead breathing exercises. It's not so unusual until you learn more about him. "I've been out of jail maybe 25 years back and forth," he said. Then, see who's sitting nearby. "Me and law enforcement didn't have a good rapport at the time," Young added. The former gang member is among 40 people, including LAPD officers and fellow gang interventionists, who for two months have practiced meditation, yoga and deep discussion. "When you work with gang members, you see a lot of violence, so when you breathe, take a step back and breathe, it really relaxes you," Young said. Cities for Peace is aimed at reducing violence in South L.A. "I was not receptive at first. When I came into the parking lot, I see the chief of police and it's like snap. Time to go," said former gang member Petra Funtila. Who encouraged her to stay? Deputy Chief Dennis Kato, who wanted to see if the program could bring people together to reduce violence. He says more than 230 people have been shot so far this year in his area, up by more than 20 compared to this time last year. "I think what's lacking sometimes in Los Angeles is the sense of community. We don't know our neighbors, we're too busy, or in a violent area many times people lock themselves in the house, stay with their family and there's no social interaction," Kato said.

Flash Bangs Force Pair Out Of Mid-City Home After 6-Hour Barricade, Police Say
A man and a woman who barricaded themselves inside a Mid-City apartment in a standoff with police that lasted roughly six hours were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon early Monday. Los Angeles police responded to an apartment in the 1600 block of Highland Avenue about 12:30 a.m. after a man said he was assaulted by three people who then forced their way into his home, said Officer Greg Kraft. The man was able to get out of the apartment. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear. A SWAT team that responded to the scene used flash bang devices to get the suspects to surrender at about 6:40 a.m., Kraft said. Authorities are searching the home for a possible third suspect, but that person has not been located. Police have not released the names of the man and woman in custody.
Los Angeles Times

Famed Snowboarding Daredevil Randomly Killed On L.A. Street

Dmitry Koltsov spent most of his life with two feet planted on a board. His ability to pull off precise tricks and flips while vaulting through the air on a snowboard earned him a place on the podium at Russian championship meets and international competitions. Friends said his daredevil nature also made him a hero at skate parks in Southern California. He'd even taken his talents to the ocean, working as a surf instructor in Bali and later Los Angeles. Friends said Koltsov was hopping off a board in downtown Los Angeles on June 10 with a group of other skaters when a Kia Sorrento drove toward them. Neither Koltsov nor his friends knew the man approaching them. Koltsov didn't know the skate session he'd just completed would be his last. Prosecutors say the man in the car, Rhett Nelson of Utah, shot Koltsov in the head without provocation. It was the latest in a string of senseless, violent crimes that authorities say culminated an hour later when Nelson walked into a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra and fatally shot veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Solano. Nelson has been charged with two counts of murder and other crimes.
Los Angeles Times

Man Arrested After Wife Fatally Stabbed With A Machete In Panorama City; 3 Other People Wounded
A man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he stabbed his wife to death with a machete in their Panorama City home, authorities said. Three others were also wounded by the suspect, but the relationship between the suspect and victims and the location of those attacks wasn't immediately known, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police were called to the 14800 block of Roscoe Boulevard about 1:25 a.m. on a report of a man attacking his wife during a domestic dispute, Lopez said. The woman, who was in her 30s, died as a result of the attack, Lopez said. The suspect was in custody and was in the process of being booked into jail as of 9 a.m. Saturday. The conditions of the other three victims were not immediately known.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Killed In South L.A. Hit-And-Run Crash
A 59-year-old woman was fatally struck in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles earlier last week, police said. The crash was reported about 9:30 p.m. June 10 at the intersection of Manchester Avenue at Cimarron Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. A light, possibly silver, Jeep Commander was heading west on Manchester Avenue when it crashed into a pedestrian who was walking north in an unmarked crosswalk. The driver did not stop after the crash, police said. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the crash and took the victim to a hospital, where she later died. She was identified as Pamela Smith. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information in the case. Anyone with with information can call 213-822-6005 or 323-421-2500.

Man Shot In Stomach In South Los Angeles
A man was shot in the stomach in the Harvard Park area of South Los Angeles and underwent surgery, authorities said. The shooting took place about 4:10 a.m. at Florence and Normandie avenues, said Sgt. S. Blackman of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station. At 4:40 a.m., the man returned to a hotel at 7110 South Vermont Ave. where he told people there he had been shot. Police and paramedics were called and the man was rushed to a hospital, Blackman said. No suspect information was available.

Sherman Oaks Man Sentenced To 29 Years To Life In Prison For Fatally Stabbing Wife In Front Of Their Son
A Sherman Oaks man was sentenced to 29 years to life in prison in connection with fatally stabbing his wife in front of their son in 2017, officials announced Friday. On April 10, Aurelio Terán, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder, injuring a spouse and making criminal threats, as well as two counts of trying to dissuade a witness from testifying, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The jury also found true that Terán used a knife in the crime. Terán assaulted and threatened his wife, Viridiana Terán, 32, on Aug. 26, 2017. The next day, he returned to the family's apartment and stabbed her in front of their 12-year-old son, according to evidence presented during the trial. Neighbors called 911 after the boy ran outside and yelled for help, officials said at the time. Responding Los Angeles police officers found the victim in a bedroom with multiple stab wounds to her upper body. She was taken to a hospital, where she eventually died.

Human Trafficking Enforcement Operation Results In 22 Arrests
Eighteen men and four women were arrested during an operation by a human trafficking task force in Compton and Lynwood, authorities said Friday. All the men arrested allegedly solicited undercover sheriff's deputies for various sex acts, according to Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. They were booked at the Inmate Reception Center. Three of the women were arrested on suspicion of loitering for the purposes of prostitution. One woman was arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution after allegedly soliciting sex for money from an undercover sheriff's detective, Arteaga said. All four of the arrested women were offered victim-centered services from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, Arteaga said. One woman accepted ongoing services from Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. The other three were booked at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Arteaga said.

Public Safety News

Two New Measles Cases Connected To West Los Angeles
Los Angeles County health officials on Saturday said they are looking into identifying anyone who may have been exposed to two residents who recently traveled and became ill with measles shortly after returning to the county. Potential exposure location and times were between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on June 7 at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., and June 8 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Toscana Restaurant-Brentwood, 11633 San Vincente Blvd., according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Officials added that there was no known current risk related to measles that exists at either venue at this time. These two new cases were not linked to each other and were likely exposed to measles while traveling outside of the United States. Anyone who may have been at these locations on those dates may be at risk of developing measles for up to 21 days after being exposed.
FOX 11

California Lawmakers Work On Revamping The Aging 911 System
California lawmakers have approved raising fees on phones to pay for an upgrade to the state's aging 911 system. Assembly Bill 96 would impose a fee of up to 80 cents per month on phone bills - including cell phones - starting on or after Jan. 1, 2020. The 911 system failed for some people during the Woolsey and Paradise fires in Fall 2018. The flames that ravaged the mountainous canyon communities in the Woolsey fire in November 2018 exposed a very dangerous problem - cell towers burn. Cell towers also burned up in Northern California during the Paradise Fire. California Assemblywoman Christy Smith says no longer can first responders count on communicating through landlines. At one point 40 million people in the state had landline phones. Now the number is fewer than 1 million.

Local Government News

LA To Build 824 Affordable-Housing Units, Make Pedestrian And Cycling Improvements With $85 Million State Grant
More than 800 units of affordable housing can be built with grant funding Los Angeles received Friday from the state of California, according to the city's Housing and Community Investment Department. The money will be used for several affordable housing projects consisting of 824 units, of which 709 units will be dedicated for low-income and extremely low-income households, HCIDLA said. The grant from the state's strategic growth council allocates $58 million for new affordable housing construction and $27 million for transit-related projects, including 11.7 miles of pedestrian and cycling improvements. “HCIDLA is thrilled to receive these valuable dollars in support of the city's ongoing efforts to combat climate change while ensuring critically needed affordable housing,” General Manager Rushmore D. Cervantes said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Two Downtown Expo Line Stations To Close For 60 Days
Renovation work on the Metro Blue Line will spill over to the Expo Line Saturday, when a downtown stretch of the line is halted for two months. Beginning Saturday, downtown-bound Expo Line trains will terminate at the LATTC/Ortho Institute station, and passengers will have to use bus shuttles to access the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations. Passengers looking to take the Expo Line from downtown toward Santa Monica will have to board the trains at the LATTC/Ortho Institute station. The closures of the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations on the Expo Line are expected to continue for about 60 days, ending sometime in late August. The closure is part of a continuing upgrade project on the Metro Blue Line, with which the Expo Line shares the Pico and Seventh/Metro stations.

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