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June 27, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Killing Of Illinois Deputy Arrested After Standoff Illinois State
Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy then barricading himself inside a home for more than 16 hours has been taken into custody. State police officials said Wednesday morning that the 42-year-old man was arrested without incident and has been jailed pending formal charges. State police say he fatally shot Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum on Tuesday afternoon after the deputy and three other officers arrived at a home in rural Avon in response to a battery and disturbance call. Avon is about 165 miles (270 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports more than 100 law enforcement officers lined streets around a Peoria hospital as a motorcade delivered Chisum's body to the facility. Chisum was 4½-year veteran of the department and a paramedic.
Associated Press

Kentucky Man Accused Of Trying To Kill Officers Captured After Standoff
A man accused of trying to kill at least two Kentucky officers this month was taken into custody after a standoff. According to local news station WKYT, 27-year-old Jacob Julick shot at officers on June 6 after police say he fled during a traffic stop. Julick is also wanted for trying to ram a police cruiser on Saturday during a vehicle pursuit. Julick was taken into custody Tuesday when he was found in the third floor attic of a home SWAT officers had surrounded, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

Black Eyes, Threats, Slurs: Sacramento Cop Killer Suspect's Rap Sheet Goes Back Years
Adel Sambrano Ramos has had problems with women long before he was charged with shooting Sacramento police Officer Tara O'Sullivan to death last week. He has been accused of domestic violence by his wife since 1998 and of making threats against an ex-girlfriend whose life he vowed to “make a living hell.” He has allegedly used racist slurs against a 13-year-old neighbor he called a “monkey” and another he called a “n-----,” court records say. But the longest stretch he has served in jail to date is 15 days, according to available Sacramento Superior Court records that catalog the allegations he has faced from women and others in his life, and his latest arrest stems from a call for help to police from a woman. Ramos, 45, faces murder and other charges in the June 19 slaying of O'Sullivan, a 26-year-old police officer who was helping the fiancee move her belongings out of the Ramos family home following a domestic disturbance.
Sacramento Bee

14 San Pedro Gang Members Charged With Trafficking Drugs And Guns Out Of Bar And Hotel, Authorities Say
A two-year investigation into drug- and gun-trafficking has culminated with criminal charges against 14 members of the Rancho San Pedro street gang, authorities announced. Eighteen search warrants were served as part of a Wednesday morning operation, which led to the arrest of four of the federal defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. Seven others were already in custody. Three defendants are fugitives. Narcotics, guns and several high-powered firearms were recovered during the investigation, which focused on the Barton Hill Hotel and Enigma Bar in San Pedro. Police said the two locations were actively used by gang members for illegal transactions. "In order to have a sustained level of safety, it's vital that we target the properties that are often the sources of guns and gangs and drugs - and transform those properties so they're no longer magnets for crime but rather locations where the community can find sources of something positives." Authorities said they have reached out to the landlords of both locations to ensure that they are both rid of gang influence.

Family-Owned Agoura Hills Gelato Shop Burglarized By Masked Vandals
Police are looking for two burglars who were caught on camera smashing their way through a gelato shop in Agoura Hills. Surveillance video inside the TIFA Chocolate & Gelato store captured the suspects, who pushed a cash register onto the floor and one of them used a sledgehammer in an attempt to open it. They were unable to do so and took off with the register before Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrived. The owners said a few hundred dollars were in the register at the time of the burglary. The owners added that there has been some crime in the area recently, including a pizza shop just a couple of doors down that was burglarized about a month ago. But for the gelato shop, this incident is only the second time in more than a decade that they've been burglarized.

San Pedro Man Convicted In Takeover Robbery At Gardena Credit Union
A San Pedro man could face life in federal prison after he was convicted Friday of his role in a takeover robbery at a credit union in Gardena along with two others, including a woman who worked at the financial institution, federal officials said. Toyrieon Laquan Sessions, 29, also known as “Phat” and “PhatStax,” was the gunman in the April 21, 2017, heist at the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union, 879 W. 190th Street, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said in a written statement. A jury convicted him of armed bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence following a four-day trial in federal court in Los Angeles, according to the DOJ. 

Former USC Gynecologist George Tyndall Arrested, Charged In Sex Assaults Of 16 Patients
A former on-campus University of Southern California gynecologist was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexually assaulting 16 patients over the course of seven years, authorities said. George Tyndall, 72, was charged with a total of 29 felony counts, including 18 counts of sexual penetration and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 53 years in state prison if convicted as charged, authorities said. The victims, who range from 17 to 29 years of age, went to the USC student health center for annual exams or for treatment between 2009 and 2016, the DA said. The accusations first surfaced after a 2018 Los Angeles Times investigation detailed disturbing alleged sexual abuse by Tyndall of four former students at a USC student health clinic, and Tyndall has since been the subject of a Los Angeles Police Department investigation for over a year.

L.A.-Area Attorney Pleads Guilty To Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
A Los Angeles-area attorney pleaded guilty Monday to a drug distribution charge for illegally selling more than 1,000 oxycodone pills after offering the narcotic painkiller for sale on Craigslist. Jackie Ferrari, 36, a resident of Downey, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to one count of illegally distributing oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Ferrari sold a law enforcement source 50 oxycodone pills for $1,200 during a transaction on Jan. 10, court records show. She was arrested eight days later after agreeing to sell the source another 180 pills for $4,100. The investigation into Ferrari began after a 22-year-old woman died in August 2018 of a fentanyl overdose, and text messages on the victim's phone initially indicated that she may have purchased the narcotics from a drug trafficker associated with Ferrari, prosecutors said.

Gang Member Convicted Of Murdering Marine In Southern California
A gang member has been convicted of murder for the shooting death of a Marine outside a Southern California strip club in 2016. Arturo Perez Medina fled to Mexico after the killing and was arrested in Tijuana about six months later. The Sun newspaper reports a jury found the 24-year-old guilty on Monday. The family of the victim, 20-year-old Douglas Rivas, flew in from Maryland for the verdict, and his fellow Marines also attended. Prosecutors said Rivas was serving as a designated driver the night he was shot for unknown reasons outside the Flesh Club in San Bernardino. Investigators described him as an innocent victim.

Global Opioid Use Has Doubled Amid U.S. Drug Crisis, U.N. Report Says
Global use of deadly opioid drugs is twice as high as previously thought, a new United Nations report said Wednesday, amid a growing synthetic drug crisis in the United States. According to the latest World Drug Report, opioids were responsible for around two-thirds of drug related deaths in 2017, with use of the highly-addictive substances continuing to grow around the world. The United Nations estimates that up to 585,000 people could be using opioids globally, more than double the estimates in previous reports. Opioids includes both heroin and legal pain relievers. The report highlights an “ongoing crisis” in the United States and Canada around the use of synthetic opioid drugs, which led to more than 51,000 overdoses in 2017 alone. Globally, the number of drug users has increased to an estimated 271 million people, up 30% in just 10 years.

Public Safety News

PG&E Power Line Linked To 2,500-Acre Wildfire In Monterey County, Cal Fire Official Says
A small fire that broke out this week in eastern Monterey County may be linked to a PG&E Corp. power line, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Tim Berget said investigators believe the Lonoak Fire, east of King City, is “power line-related” but he gave no further details. Billions in liabilities from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires drove PG&E into bankruptcy in January and has plunged the utility into a crisis that has consumed lawmakers, regulators, investors and Gov. Gavin Newsom. The fire, which started late Tuesday afternoon, was 100 percent contained as of Wednesday. The fire burned 2,456 acres but didn't destroy any buildings or hurt anyone, Cal Fire said. PG&E said in an emailed statement that its crews “worked with first responders to make the situation safe so that they could quickly stop the forward progress of the fire. We can confirm that a line came down, and we are investigating what caused the line to fall.” 
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

City Councilman Calls On State To Match Los Angeles' $1.2 Billion Housing Fund Los Angeles
City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is calling on the state to direct $1.2 billion toward the city's battle against homelessness, matching the amount of a voter-approved municipal bond measure aimed at attacking the problem. "We need to augment our programs and go beyond and push for 20,000 (supportive housing) units or more,'' O'Farrell said, adding that the city's current goal of 10,000 units would not be enough to house Los Angeles' homeless population. "We need to double or triple that amount if we're really serious about solving the homelessness crisis,'' the councilman said in front of City Hall. "We are working locally to reduce the cost of Proposition HHH housing as well. We want to make more units more quickly without sacrificing the quality of those units.''
FOX 11

Metro Vote On North San Fernando Valley East-West Bus Route Postponed After Critics Air Concerns
Metro's Board of Directors has delayed a vote that could have kicked off the initial environmental review of a major, dedicated bus line designed to transport riders across the north end of the San Fernando Valley — much like the Orange Line does now across the middle of the region. The item was pulled from Thursday's agenda after Metro board chairwoman Sheila Kuehl asked that the project, dubbed the North San Fernando Valley BRT (BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit), be withdrawn to allow the full board, which includes other representatives from the San Fernando Valley, to be in attendance, said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. Because of scheduled absences and because the board goes “dark” in August, that next meeting on the matter won't happen until September.As county supervisor, Kuehl represents much of the area where the bus line is proposed.
Los Angeles Daily News

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