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July 16, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Two Deputies Hospitalized After Fight With Suspect In La Mirada
Two deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department were hospitalized with moderate injuries following an altercation with a man who violated his retraining order in La Mirada Monday night, authorities said. Deputies were called to a home involving a reported family dispute in the 8100 block of Barrington Drive located near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. The call indicated there was a restraining order issue involving a man in his 30s. The suspect got into a physical altercation with two arriving deputies. According to Orange County Sheriff's officials, some type of force was used. The type of force used was not immediately disclosed. The suspect was sedated and also hospitalized. The names of the involved deputies and suspect were not immediately released. 
FOX 11

LAPD Officer Could Not Walk Away From Homeless Woman And Granddaughter On Streets Of North Hills
The radio call came in as a case of potential child abuse. A toddler was seen urinating on the sidewalk near Sepulveda Boulevard and Rayen Street. But when LAPD Mission Division Officer Patricia Barajas and her partner showed up, what they found was a 3-year-old girl sitting in a tan-colored sedan, and a woman lying down in the back seat. Barajas began piecing together the likely story when she saw there were blankets, a pillow, a purse and a small bag of snacks in the car. She knocked on the window. “Are you living in the car?” she asked the woman in Spanish. The woman answered that no, she was just sleeping there. A family friend had lent out the car to her so she and her granddaughter could sleep in it at night after she was kicked out of an apartment she was subleasing. During the day, when she goes to her job to wash dishes and assist at a taco stand, the friend takes the car back to get to his own job. “My granddaughter had to use the bathroom,” she added, giving an explanation for why the young child was seen peeing on the sidewalk. Even despite having to sleep in a car, the girl seemed to Barajas to be in a good mood. As she talked more to the woman, whose name she learned was Dolores, Barajas found out that the girl's mother had been deported to El Salvador. All the while the girl, Marie, was dancing and eagerly showing the officers her latest discovery on her phone.
Los Angeles Daily News

Chase Ends After Driver Crashes Into Building In South L.A.; 4 Injured
Four men were injured after leading police on a short pursuit and violently crashing into a building in South Los Angeles Sunday, police said. The incident began as a "street takeover" near the intersection of 54th Street and Avalon Boulevard, where the suspects were live streaming the incident, investigators said. The driver of the suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Charger, was allegedly doing doughnuts before police attempted to stop the car for a traffic stop, leading to a chase. While going at high speeds, the suspect lost control near Slauson Avenue and Broadway and hit a curb, went onto nearby train tracks and rolled several times before crashing into a building. The four men inside the car were transported to a hospital with serious injuries that were not life threatening. The building suffered some structural damage due to the impact of the crash. The Dodge was left severely damaged.

Two Arrested Following Pursuit In North Hollywood
A suspected drunk driver and his passenger were taken into custody last night after leading police on a pursuit in the Valley Glen area of Los Angeles, then trying to run away after stopping the vehicle. Los Angeles police officers attempted to pull the driver over around 10 p.m., but the driver fled along city streets before stopping the vehicle in the area of Gault Street and Goodland Avenue, where both the driver and passenger ran a short distance from the vehicle before they surrendered. The exact location where the pursuit began was unclear. The names of the suspects were not disclosed. No injuries were reported.

Man Charged In Connection With Weapons Cache At Bel-Air Home
A 58-year-old man accused of stockpiling a massive cache of weapons inside a Bel-Air mansion pleaded not guilty Monday to 64 felonies. Girard Damian Saenz was arrested following a May 9 search of the home at 111 N. Beverly Glen Blvd. Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized more than 1,000 guns during the search. ATF officials said they searched the home in response to an anonymous tip. The home is owned by Cynthia Beck, who has three daughters with J. Paul Getty's son, Gordon Getty. The Los Angeles Times reported that Beck bought the home in 2001, but she has not been linked to the stockpile of weapons. Saenz is charged with 23 counts of possession of an assault weapon, 17 counts of unlicensed transfer of a handgun, 15 counts of unlawful assault weapon/.50 BMG rifle activity, seven counts of possession of a short-barreled rifle or shotgun and two counts of possession of a destructive device.

Authorities Seek Whereabouts Of Missing Woman With Dementia
Authorities asked Tuesday for the public's help in locating a 60-year-old woman with dementia who went missing late last year in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area of Los Angeles County near South Los Angeles. Constance Tevas was last seen about 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 at her home in the 8600 block of Grape Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Tevas is white, 5 feet 5 and 130 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans when she went missing. Anyone with information regarding Tevas' whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Detail at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

5 Accused Of Defrauding Mentally Disabled 73-Year-Old Cancer Patient Out Of $24K
Prosecutors filed charges Friday against the last of five defendants accused of taking advantage of a 73-year-old cancer patient with mental illness and alcoholism by getting him drunk and persuading him to withdraw more than $24,000 from his bank account over the past four months, officials said. Carolyn Shields, 61, of Pasadena; Billy Burton, 63, of Los Angeles; Griselda “Gracie” Patterson, 38, of Los Angeles: Patterson's daughter Adriana Patterson, 22, of Los Angeles; and Adriana Patterson's boyfriend, Antwan Havard, 25, whose hometown was unclear; face charges including elder financial abuse, grand theft, attempted elder financial abuse and attempted grand theft, the Pasadena Police Department said in a written statement. In addition to defrauding the victim out of more than $24,000, the crew tried, unsuccessfully, to take another $54,000, officials said.

Possibly Most Prolific Serial Killer In U.S. History Linked To Arkansas Woman's 1994 Slaying
Authorities are investigating whether possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history is behind the death of an Arkansas woman in 1994. Police in Pine Bluff are reviewing the case of Jolanda Jones's death after Samuel Little confessed to her killing, which had been determined to be drug-related. Investigators have linked 79-year-old Little to more than 60 killings in at least 14 states dating back to the 1970s. He said he killed 93 women as he crisscrossed the country over the years. He told investigators he targeted women who wouldn't be missed right away, such as street people or prostitutes, and whose necks appealed to him for strangulation as that gave him sexual gratification. According to a police memo, when Little was in custody in Dallas, Texas, in October 2018, he indicated that he killed Jones, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported . The memo also said that Little painted a picture of Jones as he had of many of his previous victims. Deputy Pine Bluff Police Chief Terry Hopson said Little described details of how he killed Jones on a Pine Bluff road. Those details have not been made public.

School Police Officer Wounds Suspect In South L.A. Shooting
A Los Angeles School Police officer shot and wounded a suspect during an attempted traffic stop in South Los Angeles Monday, and the officer was hospitalized with injuries suffered when the suspect allegedly drove into the lawman. The shooting occurred about 11:10 a.m. at Broadway and 86th Place, authorities said. According to Sgt. Juan Morales of the Los Angeles School Police Department, the officer was conducting a traffic stop of a white pickup truck when the motorist allegedly ran into the officer. The officer opened fire, wounding the suspect. Pictures from the scene showed multiple bullet holes in the truck's windshield. Paramedics took the suspect to a hospital in unknown condition. The officer, who was alert and talking to paramedics, was also placed on a gurney and loaded into an ambulance.
FOX 11

Drug Threats Impacting Police Officers In 2019
The opioid epidemic that started 10 years ago has unleashed new drugs that are causing a significant safety threat to America's law enforcement officers. To add to that risk, more states are legalizing marijuana, which has allowed entrepreneurs to produce more potent strains of marijuana than seen in past years. What about safety concerns regarding the reagents we use to test those drugs? When you look at the material safety data sheet for some of the side effect of these reagents you see burning on contact with skin, chronic irritation of eyes and ulceration of the intestinal tract if swallowed. When you test drugs using these kits, you have more than likely seen vapors leave the pouch after breaking the ampules. What makes you think those vapors won't hurt you? I have yet to see one police officer or evidence tech wear eye protection or an N95 mask or better when doing these tests. Why do we ignore these basic safety principles? I'm not asking you to stop enforcing drug laws. But I think we do need to change the way we protect ourselves when doing narcotic investigations.

Public Safety News

L.A. Among 40 U.S. Cities Expected To Experience Abnormal Flooding Rates Due To Rising Seas, El Niño
The federal government is warning Americans to brace for a “floodier” future. Government scientists predict 40 places in the U.S. will experience higher than normal rates of so-called sunny day flooding this year because of rising sea levels and an abnormal El Nino weather system. A report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that sunny day flooding, also known as tidal flooding, will continue to increase. “The future is already here, a floodier future,” said William Sweet, a NOAA oceanographer and lead author of the study. The report predicted that annual flood records will be broken again next year and for years and decades to come from sea-level rise. “Flooding that decades ago usually happened only during a powerful or localized storm can now happen when a steady breeze or a change in coastal current overlaps with a high tide,” it read. The nationwide average frequency of sunny day flooding in 2018 was five days a year, tying a record set in 2015.

Local Government News

L.A. Agreed To Let Homeless People Keep Their Skid Row Belongings. That Could Change
Property owners and residents of shelters on skid row are going to court to block a contentious legal settlement that restricts Los Angeles' ability to clear homeless encampments in the heavily blighted downtown district. In a petition to intervene in the case, property owners and residents argue the settlement “will only extend and worsen the [homelessness] crisis we are facing in this city.” They also say the city prevented them from jumping into the case sooner by negotiating in secret and withholding the terms of the deal, even after the City Council voted in March to reach an agreement with civil rights lawyers. A spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer said the city had no comment. A hearing is set for Aug. 12. The petition blames the buildup of tents and belongings on the sidewalks of skid row on a series of court orders by a federal judge that limited the enforcement of camps by the city. That, residents and property owners say, has brought rats and disease into skid row and surrounding neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Times

Panorama City Affordable Housing Project To Be Taken Up At Valley Planning Commission
A four-story affordable apartment building project planned for Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City will be considered by the North Valley Area Planning Commission on Thursday. The Talisa Apartments project, proposed at 9502 Van Nuys Blvd., would include 49 units, three of which would be for extremely low income households, and the remainder for households who fit into the very low income bracket. By providing the affordable units, the developer, Domus Development LLC, is getting an incentive allowing it to have reduced parking. The project plans include 30 vehicle spots and 47 bicycle stalls. The commission is scheduled to take up the project at or after 4:30 p.m., at the Marvin Braude San Fernando Valley's Constituent Service Center, at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., in Room 1B.
Los Angeles Daily News

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