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July 18, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Alabama LEO Shot Multiple Times, Suspect Dead In Downtown Shootout
A Birmingham police officer was shot multiple times Wednesday evening, and the suspect was shot to death by officers, after a downtown convenience store robbery. It all began about 6:30 p.m. when North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a robbery in progress at the Family Supermarket, a mom-n-pop store on 23rd Street North downtown. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said as officers arrived, they noticed the suspect leaving the store. They encountered him and attempted to stop him. The suspect then pulled out a handgun and opened fire. Officer Cullen Stafford was shot. Fellow officers loaded him into a police cruiser and rushed him to UAB Hospital's Trauma Center. “He's been struck multiple times,'' Smith said, “and in surgery.” Smith said they won't know a condition until he is out of surgery. Multiple officers responded to his call for help over the police radio, and once they arrived, the suspect further engaged them in gunfire. Multiple rounds were fired at him and the suspect was killed.
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Man Wanted For Allegedly Trying To Run Over Deputy In Custody  
A 43-year-old man who sheriff's officials say tried to run over a San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy in Hesperia Tuesday morning during a traffic stop has turned himself into the authorities. Leaire Moore, of Hesperia, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday evening after he surrendered at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto. Moore was booked for the arrest warrant for attempt murder of a peace officer. He had been on the run since Tuesday. According to a release by the sheriff's department, the incident began around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday when a deputy responded to a report of possible illegal dumping by a pickup truck towing a trailer. When the deputy located the vehicle matching that description and attempted to pull it over, the driver sped off, prompting a short pursuit. When the deputy got out of his squad car and began to approach the truck, the driver hit the gas and drove at the deputy, allegedly trying to run the deputy down.

Young Boy Wounded In Watts Shooting; Gunman Sought: LAPD
Police are investigating a shooting that left a young boy wounded in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Wednesday. Officers in the area were flagged down around 7:40 p.m. near the corner of 109th Street and Wilmington Avenue. Once they stopped, they heard shots being fired nearby, according to L.A. Police Officer Mike Lopez. An 8-year-old boy was struck in a lower extremity, possibly his leg, Lopez said. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital. He was with his family and in stable condition, officials said. K-9 units were being sent to the scene to search for the person or people involved, and a perimeter was set up in the area. Police say they found a firearm at the scene. Aerial video showed a newer model Chevrolet Camaro being towed from outside a liquor store that was part of a scene being investigated on Wilmington Avenue, about a block from the shooting site but south of 108th Street.

Police Chase Of Bentley Ends In Panorama City After Driver Abandons Car
A police pursuit of a Bentley ended in Panorama City after the suspect driver abandoned the vehicle and left the scene Tuesday night. Police said the female driver of the Bentley was speeding, driving recklessly and may have been under the influence. Pursuing units lost the speeding vehicle for a brief moment, but spotted it parked behind an apartment complex in Panorama City. Witnesses said the driver parked the car and calmly walked away carrying a small dog. The suspect is still sought.

Bomb Squad Responds After Drone Apparently Lands On Roof Of DTLA Building
An LAPD bomb squad responded to downtown Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon after a drone apparently landed on a roof of a building there. The incident was reported about 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of West Seventh Street, but the Los Angeles Police Department was notified at 12:30 p.m., officials told KTLA. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the bomb squad vehicle outside the building, along with other LAPD vehicles. Other people were outside the building, but it was unclear if the building had been evacuated. Westbound lanes of Seventh Street were closed at Francisco Street during the investigation. It is unclear if the drone was eventually cleared from the area, but Sky5 could not spot the device on the roof of the building. LAPD spokesman Officer Tony Im told the Los Angeles Times that police found a drone with fireworks strapped to the building. Im, however, told KTLA that information was preliminary and officials at the scene could not verify that information. It is also unclear whether the drone was deemed suspicious after it landed in the area.

LAPD Not Issuing Citations For People Sleeping In Cars Parked On Residential Streets
Los Angeles police will not be issuing citations for people sleeping in vehicles parked on residential streets — at least for now. In a memo sent to officers, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said the vehicle-dwelling ordinance that was extended for six months in December expired at the end of June. A proposal currently pending in city council would extend the ordinance until January of next year, but a vote has yet to be taken. Los Angeles City Council is in the midst of its summer recess and is not expected to meet again until later this month, but representatives from Councilman Mitch O'Farrell's office said the council would be discussing the issue at its first meeting following the recess. O'Farrell chairs the council's Homeless and Poverty Committee. It was previous illegal to live in a vehicle in the city until a 2014 federal county ruling struck down the ban. The council responded by drafting city ordinances that would make it illegal to live in a vehicle in residential neighborhoods or near locations such as parks and schools. The council voted to extend the law by six months in June of last year, and again in December.

Los Angeles Police Link 11 Robberies To Armed, Hooded Man
A gun-wielding robber who slides across counters and demands employees provide cash from registers and safes has targeted gas station marts and fastfood restaurants 11 times since December, three since Sunday, according to Los Angeles police. "This is violent crime," said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD, citing the demands made at gunpoint. From security camera video, it appears the armed robber may have a limp, but it has not stopped him from repeatedly getting away before security or law enforcement can respond. It is not known if he has a getaway vehicle nearby, Lopez said. Investigators trace the series to a robbery last December just outside the city of Los Angeles, in Inglewood. Since then, businesses have been victimized on both the south and west sides of LA, with several in the Mid-City area and locations on such major boulevards as Wilshire, Washington, Obama and La Cienega. One location was robbed late at night, but in all the others, the robber struck between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., according to Lopez.

Murder Charges Filed Against Father Whose Car Went Off San Pedro Wharf, Killing Sons
Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a Hawthorne man with murder, alleging he intentionally drove his family off a wharf, killing his two autistic sons. The district attorney's office said Wednesday that Ali Elmezayen faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, with a special circumstance allegation that the killings were carried out for financial gain. Elmezayen has been in custody since November on insurance fraud charges. Prosecutors in that case say he purchased $6 million in insurance policies to cover his family in the event of an accidental death two years before the fatal 2015 crash. A lawyer for Elmezayen could not be found. Investigators say Elmezayen intentionally drove off a wharf in April 2015 with his wife and two children inside the car. The woman was rescued but the boys died. Elmezayen, an Egyptian national, told investigators the crash was a tragic accident. He said he wasn't sure how the car ended up in the water, but that he may have accidentally pressed the gas pedal or that “evil was inside him that caused him to lose his mind,” according to court documents.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Firefighters Cut Vehicle To Free Injured Driver After Crash Into Tree In Encino
Firefighters rescued a driver after a crash into a large tree that left him in critical condition in Encino on Tuesday. The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. near Sepulveda Boulevard and Fond Drive, according to a LAFD crash log. The driver of a white compact vehicle toppled a street light before slamming into a tree on the north side of the street, causing the driver to be trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to cut the roof off the vehicle and free the driver. The driver, described as an adult male, was the only person in the vehicle, and was taken to a trauma center in critical condition. There were no other injuries.

California Wildfires Burn 500% More Land Than They Did In The 1970s Because Of Climate Change: Study

Climate change caused the increase in size of wildfires occurring across California in the last 50 years, according to a new study published in this week's journal Earth's Future. Since the early 1970s, California wildfires have increased in size by eight times, the study says, and the annual burned area has grown by nearly 500%. "Human-caused warming has already significantly enhanced wildfire activity in California, particularly in the forests of the Sierra Nevada and North Coast, and will likely continue to do so in the coming decades," the authors of the paper wrote. Last year, for example, the Camp Fire claimed 85 lives in California, making it the deadliest in state history. Park Williams, the study's lead author and a professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, told CNN that California citizens need to be prepared for continued increases in wildfire activity, and the risks to property and health that come with it. Williams said the assumption that wildfires would not affect modern society is proving to be wrong in many parts of the western United States. "Increases in state-wide burned area over the last several decades were dramatically punctuated in 2017 and 2018 by particularly extreme wildfire activity with substantial loss of life and property," Williams said.

Local Government News

Metro Seeks Public Input On North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project
Metro is asking residents to share their ideas during the upcoming informational meetings for a proposed rapid bus line in the north end of the Valley. The 18-mile North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project aims to add a bus line that would eventually connect the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Metro officials have touted the project as a fast and affordable line that will use electric buses running run along dedicated lanes and offer frequent service and limited stops. It got $180-million in funding from Los Angeles County Measure M sales tax measure approved by county voters in 2016. But critics fear the line would attract transit-oriented development, create massive traffic jams and send cars from major roadways onto residential streets. Some are concerned their home values would decrease because of the project. Metro's board of directors planned is expected to discuss the project in September.
Los Angeles Daily News

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