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July 9, 2019
Law Enforcement News

One Suspect Charged With Murder In The Death Of Georgia Sheriff's Deputy, Three Others Arrested
Law officers charged one man with murder and arrested three other suspects after a Georgia sheriff's deputy was gunned down in a Sunday night shootout northeast of Atlanta. Hall County Deputy Nicolas Dixon, 28, was killed exchanging gunfire with people who crashed a stolen car Sunday night in Gainesville, Sheriff Gerald Couch said at a Monday news conference. "He was out there in the darkness while most of us slept comfortably — and bravely doing things that he could. It was his job and he loved doing that," Couch said. "He was always one to rush to the trouble and try to help people," he added. Hector Garcia Solis, 19, faces a charge of felony murder, as he is believed to be the shooter, the sheriff said. Garcia Solis was wounded in the torso and head, and was in critical condition at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, authorities said Monday. A second suspect was tracked by a police dog and apprehended, the sheriff said. Officers spent much of Monday searching for two additional suspects they considered armed and dangerous. By mid-afternoon, all four had been apprehended, the sheriff's office announced. Authorities didn't immediately say what charges the other three might face.
Associated Press

Minnesota Conservation Officer Dies
A conservation officer died Sunday after suffering a medical emergency on the job. According to CBS Minnesota, Officer Shannon Barron, 48, had cleared a call of illegal harvesting when he fell ill. Fellow officers performed life-saving measures on Barron until he was transported to a hospital, where he died. The officer, who had served the Red Lake Police Department since March 2000, is survived by his wife and two children.

LAPD Searching For Suspect Who Stabbed Man On Metro Train In ‘Unprovoked Attack'
A man was stabbed in the chest Monday while riding on a Metro Expo line train, and police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. The stabbing happened about 5:20 p.m. Monday as the victim and a witness were riding east on the train and it came to a stop at the La Cienega/Jefferson Station. At that point, the two were approached by the suspect and the man was stabbed in the chest, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. Police said the suspect stabbed the man once in the chest, then fled the train. Investigators say the attack was “unprovoked and occurred without warning.” Police met the victim and witness at the Expo/La Brea Station. The victim was treated by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and taken to a local hospital for a non-life threatening laceration. The suspect is described as a black man, about 50-years-old who was seen wearing all black clothing. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact LAPD Detective Justin Fuller at 213-485-9801.

Driver Crashes Into Woodland Hills Bank After Waving Gun During Pursuit
A man who waved a gun from a car window during a pursuit crashed his car into a Chase bank Tuesday in Woodland Hills, triggering an overnight standoff with police. Police began pursuing the man for reckless driving, at which point he pointed a gun at the police officer pursuing him, said Lt. Carl Taylor, the watch commander at the LAPD's Van Nuys Station. The pursuit ended when the man slammed his black BMW into the Chase bank at Ventura Boulevard and De Soto Avenue. He was driving at such a high rate of speed that the vehicle fully pierced the building, Taylor said. Officers and their SWAT colleagues took up positions outside the bank in the 20900 block of Ventura Boulevard as they awaited crisis negotiators. The man was armed and moving around inside the bank, Taylor said. It was not immediately clear whether the driver was injured.

17-Year-Old Boy Shot In Vermont Knolls Area
A 17-year-old boy was wounded by gunfire in the Vermont Knolls area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. It happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday at 78th and Figueroa streets, a dispatcher in the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center said. The teen was taken to a hospital where his vital signs were stable, the dispatcher said. The shooting was not gang-related, she said. Suspect information was not immediately available.

Alleged Car Thief Still On the Run After Downtown Los Angeles Pursuit
A man was still fleeing police Tuesday after officers chased two suspects through the downtown Los Angeles area in an allegedly stolen Ford Mustang. At about 9:35 p.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department began pursuing the suspects in downtown Los Angeles and headed northbound to East Pasadena, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said. The vehicle exited the Angeles Crest (2) Highway at Walnut Street, turned onto the opposite side of the road and came to an immediate halt at about 9:55 p.m. A man and a woman attempted to run into a fenced-off underpass, where the man was able to continue running and the woman was unable to jump the fence leading to her arrest, according to reports and news footage from the scene. Police were still searching for the man as of midnight.

Board Of Police Commissioners Nears Final Approval Of Drone Program
The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday will consider formally creating the police department's first unmanned aircraft program, which has long been opposed by critics who believe the use of drones amounts to an invasion of residents' privacy. The LAPD spent the last year testing the proposed program -- known as the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program, or sUAS -- using drones in select situations. "The (program) was to be utilized as an effective de-escalation tool in the preservation of life and harm-reduction situations," LAPD Chief Michel Moore wrote in a report to the commission. "Overall, the deployment of a (drone program) would enhance the department's ability to protect and serve the public." Moore said use of the drones helps reduce risks to SWAT officers. During the test year, incident commanders called for the use of drones six times, but were deployed only four times. The devices gave officers better views of suspects who were believed to be armed at the time, according to Moore's report. 

Report: Intimate Partner Simple Assault No. 1 Crime Against Females In L.A.
Simple assault at the hands of an intimate partner was the most frequently reported crime against female victims in Los Angeles over the past four years, according to an analysis of police data by a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The 9,503 reports of such cases in 2018 comprise about 10% of all crimes against females during that period, according to the Los Angeles Police Department data compiled by Crosstown. California law defines an intimate partner as a co-habitant, current or former partner or co-parent, and intimate partner simple assault falls under the broader category of domestic violence, which includes such crimes as stalking, rape and murder. Intimate partner simple assault was the second-most reported crime against females from 2010 to 2014, according to Crosstown, which reported those numbers mirror a rise in violence against women nationwide.
FOX 11

LA Gang Member From Colton Caught With ‘Meth Burritos' Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison
A member of a downtown Los Angeles street gang caught with thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine packaged to resemble 14 foil-wrapped burritos was sentenced Monday to 15 years behind bars for federal drug and gun crimes. Ricardo “Flaco” Renteria, 48, of Colton, was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following prison and pay a mandatory special assessment of $300. “He has a very long criminal history,” Chief U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said from the bench. “This was a large amount of methamphetamine — and the way it was packaged, it was clearly for sale.” According to evidence presented at trial, Los Angeles police officers pulled Renteria over on Feb. 3, 2018, in the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles after they witnessed him erratically and evasively driving a white Chevrolet Tahoe. Renteria consented to a search of the SUV and law enforcement found a black garbage bag on the floor behind the driver's seat. Inside the bag were 14 foil-wrapped, burrito-shaped packages containing 13.7 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value ranging from $27,000 to $40,000.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Diversion Program Lets Victims Confront Offenders
California officials are experimenting with a new diversion program for criminals that includes allowing victims to directly confront their offenders. The budget that took effect July 1 includes $5 million to fund the program for five years in a county with a history of high crime, although it has been tried elsewhere and is more frequently used with juvenile offenders. The California program is for offenders of any age. It will pair victims and offenders before they are convicted, and offenders who complete the program can avoid having a criminal record. Proponents said Monday that what are known as restorative justice programs can help survivors heal, while helping offenders avoid committing new crimes in part because they don't face the stigma of a criminal conviction. 
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Man Rescued From Echo Park Lake
Los Angeles firefighters pulled a man out of Echo Park Lake Friday after he went into medical distress while aboard a boat, according to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey. The name and condition of the man was not immediately released, but Los Angeles police and park rangers worked with the fire department to rescue the man at about 3:50 p.m. According to reports from the scene, there were several people in rental swan peddle-boats in the lake while the incident occurred.

Gov. Newsom Says Earthquake Alert System Is On The Way; Here's What You Need To Know
For many Californians, the legend of “The Big One” seems to feel more urgent and real after a terrifying sequence of earthquakes rattled the region last week. The two temblors — a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Thursday followed by a 7.1 shake the next day — hit near a small town with a population of less than 30,000, 120 miles outside Los Angeles. Although there were no fatalities and no major injuries, the jolt was a wake up call, the state's governor said. He vowed that a state-wide early alert program will be coming out “shortly.” “The community here is going to rightfully expect that the state of California has their back, that the federal government has their back,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Saturday press conference. Newsom said the state is placing the final necessary infrastructure and is “a lot farther along than some may actually believe.” The early warning system is 70% done, Newsom said, and with the right technology it would be able to automatically shut off train and rail systems when it detects a quake.

Local Government News

State Homeless Aid Increases For Los Angeles, As City Seeks More Money
Los Angeles will receive about $124 million in state funding this year to help address its homeless problem. Mayor Eric Garcetti says it's a substantial increase from last year's allocation but far from the billions the city is requesting. "We all know that homelessness is perhaps the most complicated issue that we'll confront in our lifetime,'' Garcetti said during a news conference at the Homelessness Response Center. "We asked for $2 billion, but you always ask for what you need, but you get what you get. And we're not upset, we're actually quite pleased.'' The state allocated about $257 million for cities to address homelessness this year. Garcetti said about half of the $124 million earmarked for Los Angeles will go to the city's interim housing program and shelters; $9 million will be put into alternative housing models including shared housing; and $7 million will go to addressing issues on Skid Row. Another $14 million will go toward prevention efforts, such as the eviction defense program and emergency rental assistance.
FOX 11

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