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June 25, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Police Officer Fatally Shot At Missouri Food Market
A police officer responding to a bad check complaint at a food market has been shot and killed near St. Louis. North County Police Cooperative Chief John Buchannan says officer Michael Langsdorf responded to a call Sunday afternoon about a bad check at a food market in Wellston, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) northwest of St. Louis. He says that about five minutes after arriving, police received a call that the officer was down. He was later pronounced dead. Langsdorf had been working for the North County Police Cooperative for about three months. He had previously worked for the St. Louis Police Department. Buchannan says a suspect is in custody but gave no further details. The North County Police Cooperative serves seven communities in the northern St. Louis county. 
Associated Press

Deputy Fatally Shot At Jack In The Box Is Honored And Remembered In Downtown LA Funeral And Procession
The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy fatally shot in a random attack in a fast food restaurant in Alhambra this month was remembered and honored in a funeral ceremony Monday, June 24, that drew thousands of law enforcement officers from around the region to honor one of their own. A phalanx of sheriffs deputies in green and tan uniforms greeted the casket of Deputy Joseph Solano as pallbearers marched with him into the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In an emotional ceremony, Solano's son, Matthew, said he recalled his father speaking to him about death after his grandfather died. “He told me that he did not fear death,” Solano said, fighting through tears. “He said ‘Matt, whenever my time to go comes, it's my time to go.'” Solano, who was 50, was off duty in plain clothes when he was shot in the head at a Jack in the Box in Alhambra on June 10. The 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department last worked in the jail ward of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center – the same hospital where he would later die two days after the shooting. The suspected gunman, 30-year-old Rhett Nelson of St. George, Utah, was arrested the day after the attack.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man accused of killing rookie Sacramento police officer appears in court
Adel Sambrano Ramos shuffled into court with an enormous white bandage on his forehead during a brief hearing Monday, his first public appearance since he allegedly shot and killed a rookie Sacramento cop during a standoff last week with police. Ramos stands accused of killing rookie Sacramento police officer Tara O'Sullivan, 26, who was fatally shot during a domestic disturbance call Wednesday as she helped a woman move her things out of a North Sacramento home.
San Francisco Chronicle

Suspect Remains At Large In Fatal South L.A. Shooting
Police are searching for a killer after a man was fatally shot at a market in South Los Angeles early Monday morning, said officials. The shooting happened around 1:00 a.m. at the Happy Shoppers Market near the intersection of Florence and Vermont avenues. The victim was 18-years-old, according to his grandfather who spoke exclusively with FOX 11. He was set to turn 19-years-old later this summer on August 15. "It not only hurt me...they hurt their mother and father and the rest of the community too. I wish it would just doesn't make any sense," said the victim's grandfather about the suspect who remains on the loose. The victim's name was not immediately released by authorities. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 877-LAPD-247. This story will be updated as more details become available.
FOX 11

Man Killed In Koreatown Shooting
A shooting in Koreatown on Sunday afternoon left a man dead, authorities said. The shooting took place about 5:40 pm. at 8th and Irolo streets, according to Lt. John Radtke of the the Los Angeles Police Department's West Bureau Homicide Division. Officers from the LAPD's Olympic Station responded to reports of shooting victim, he said. They encountered a crowd of people gathered around a 27-year-old man, who had been shot in the torso. “The victim was transported to a local hospital and unfortunately did not make it and was pronounced dead,” the lieutenant said. A bicycle, a shoe and clothing stained with what appeared to be blood sat at the shooting scene. The attacker ran north following the shooting, Radtke said. A detailed description was not available.

Man, Woman Shot In South Los Angeles
A man and a woman were wounded in a shooting in the Green Meadows area of south Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported about 10:10 p.m. Sunday, Officer D. Orris of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center said. Both the 25-year-old man and the 24-year-old woman were wounded in the torso, Orris said. They were taken by paramedics to Harbor UCLA Medical Center for treatment, he said. No suspect information was available, Orris said.

Woman Shoots Neighbor Before Hours-Long Standoff With Officers In South Los Angeles: Police
Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a person and barricaded herself in a home in South Los Angeles before apparently escaping. The woman - who has only been identified as a landlord's daughter - is accused of shooting a neighbor in the leg during a fight around 10 p.m. Sunday near East 103rd and South Main streets, Los Angeles police said. The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The woman then barricaded herself inside a home. When police entered the residence Monday morning, the suspect was not inside. No arrests have been made.

Man Charged With Grand Theft Of Marilyn Monroe Statue
A Glendale man charged with grand theft and vandalism for allegedly stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from its perch atop the Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Austin Mikel Clay, 25, the same man who used a pick ax to vandalize President Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star, is expected to be arraigned in a downtown courtroom on one felony count each of grand theft of property valued at more than $950 and vandalism causing over $400 in damage. Clay, who was on felony probation for damaging Trump's star last summer, was arrested Friday afternoon. Police conducted a search of his home and found evidence that linked him to the theft of the statue, LAPD Detective Douglas Oldfield told NBC4.

SUV Driver Gets 4 Years In Jail For DUI Crash In Northridge That Killed Motorcyclist
A motorist was sentenced Monday to four years in jail for a DUI crash in Northridge that killed a 29-year-old motorcyclist. Grigor Gevork Nalbandian, 31, Northridge, pleaded no contest in April to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the Dec. 22, 2017, collision that killed Juan Antonio Cueva-Romero. Nalbandian was behind the wheel of a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SUV on Parthenia Street when he turned left onto Louise Avenue and struck the victim's 2002 Yamaha motorcycle around 7 p.m. The force of the collision sent the motorcyclist into a brick wall. Cueva-Romero, a Winnetka resident, died at the scene. Nalbandian, who remained at the scene and talked to law enforcement, submitted a handwritten apology to the victim's family at the sentencing hearing, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gang Member Gets Sentenced For Racially Motivated Firebombings
A gang member was sentenced Monday to 92 months in federal prison for firebombing the homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area five years ago in an effort to drive them out of their neighborhood. Edwin "Boogie" Felix, 27, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after completing his prison term. Felix -- the second of seven defendants to be sentenced in the case -- pleaded guilty last year to four felonies, admitting that he conspired to violate the civil rights of the black families, specifically the constitutional right to live in a residence free from "injury, intimidation and interference based on race." He also pleaded guilty to using explosives and fire to injure, intimidate and interfere with the residents because of their race and because they were living in the Ramona Gardens public housing development.

Bank Robber Gets Six Years For San Fernando Valley Heists
A 29-year-old Los Angeles woman was sentenced Monday to six years behind bars for her role in a series of violent takeover-style stick-ups that left bank tellers reeling from what a federal judge called “significant” emotional trauma. Michelle Edwards was also ordered by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero to pay about $86,000 in restitution and serve three years under supervised release after she gets out of federal prison. “The court believes the defendant poses a risk to the community going forward,” the judge said from the bench. Edwards was recruited to join the bank ring by a Los Angeles career criminal who was serving time in a previous case when he contacted her, Otero said. Robert Michael St. John convinced Edwards to conduct six stick-ups throughout the San Fernando Valley during the summer of 2017, supplying the weapon, providing step-by-step instructions prior to the heists, and giving his co-defendant real-time instructions through a headset and cell phone during the robberies while he waited in the getaway car, according to federal prosecutors.

Public Safety News

Emergency Projects Aim To Protect California's Most Vulnerable Areas From Catastrophic Wildfires
After battling the most destructive wildfires in California's history over the past two years, Cal Fire is rolling out emergency fuel reduction projects to help protect the state's most vulnerable communities. The 35 projects span the state, from Siskiyou to San Diego counties. One crucial effort in the Sacramento area, the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break, is a fuel break project that covers 850 acres around the city of Colfax in Placer County. A fuel break is an area of land where vegetation has been transformed to make fires more controllable, Cal Fire officials told reporters Thursday at the Colfax project site. Methods involve chipping and prescribed burning. Though not designed to completely stop a fire from spreading, a fuel break gives firefighters strategic locations to access the fire. For instance, a fire in an area with a lot of fuel can get as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas ground-level burning is only several hundred degrees Fahrenheit, making it much easier for firefighters to get close, an officer said. Pre-fire planning involves looking at an area's fire history, type of fuel and prevalence of camp fires, said Steve Garcia, Cal Fire's unit forester and primary coordinator of the project.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

L.A. Is Suing The FAA As Residents Are Fed Up With Noisy Planes In Their Neighborhoods
Citing concerns about airplane noise for residents in West Adams, Mid-City and surrounding neighborhoods, the city of L.A. is suing the Federal Aviation Administration to get a court to invalidate the routes jets now use to access Los Angeles International Airport. The lawsuit follows complaints from residents in those neighborhoods who say planes are bearing down on their homes, causing a thunderous and constant commotion. The city's three-page petition challenges the FAA's May 2018 publication and subsequent implementation of its “North Downwind” approach procedures to LAX. The city pushing back on what it describes as a new policy to limit public comment on flight paths. Comments submitted to the FAA's website on the proposed flight procedures now aren't taken into account, the city claims. City Atty. Mike Feuer's office said in a statement on Monday that the FAA changed flight patterns in 2017. Further changes were made in May 2018, but the agency “allegedly failed to perform the required environmental review or seek public comment,” the statement said.
Los Angeles Times

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