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July 22, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Kentucky Deputy Shot, Suspect Arrested
A McCreary County sheriff's deputy was shot while responding to a call about a domestic dispute Tuesday night. The deputy and a McCreary County constable responded to the call on Lick Creek Road at about 8 p.m., said Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran. When the deputy arrived, “he located the suspect outside the residence,” Cochran said. He said the suspect, 48-year-old Mark Dungan, pulled a gun and fired, hitting the deputy at least once. The deputy was taken by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Cochran said. He was listed in critical condition, state police said. After the shooting, Dungan fled in his vehicle and his vehicle struck the constable's head on, police said. Cochran said the suspect was found a short time later at a nearby cemetery and taken into custody. No one else was injured, according to police.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Florida Deputy Killed In Crash While Responding To Domestic Dispute
A Broward Sheriff's deputy on his way to a domestic violence dispute was killed after colliding with a pickup about 3 a.m. Sunday in Deerfield Beach. “This morning our hearts are heavy,” the agency said in a post on social media. "The Broward Sheriff's Office family is grieving the loss of a BSO deputy who died after being involved in an on-duty crash early Sunday morning. We ask for thoughts and prayers.” The agency tweeted a photo showing dozens of deputies lined up outside the hospital to salute a flag-draped casket. Officials have not yet released the names of the deputy or the driver of the pickup. Shortly after 3 a.m., two deputies in separate marked vehicles were heading south on Military Trail approaching the Southwest 10th Street intersection, agency spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said. As the first deputy made his way through the intersection, he collided with a Toyota Tundra heading east on Southwest 10th Street. The second deputy witnessed the crash and immediately called for help.
Sun Sentinel

How LAPD's First Female SWAT Officer Broke The Glass Ceiling
Sergeant Jennifer Grasso doesn't like the term "scary." Years spent serving in elite units turns the fear most people would experience when their life is on the line into something else. The chemical attributes are still there – the adrenaline spike, pulse thumping so hard you can feel it in your neck – but there isn't an emotional component. What's in its place is more mathematical: an acute understanding of the probabilities. On July 21, 2018, Grasso wasn't afraid. But she knew how high the stakes were. As she looked through the storeroom doors of the Trader Joe's where multiple people had been taken hostage, in the back of her mind she knew there was a good chance she or someone on her team was going to get seriously hurt. Or worse. The scene was surreal – a juxtaposition of the mundane and the horrific. There were unmanned shopping carts full of groceries, and women's handbags abandoned in the child seats. On the floor between the aisles of produce and canned foods were trails of blood. It was all over the store. The perpetrator had already shot multiple civilians and exchanged gunfire with police in the chaos leading up to the standoff. He'd surrounded himself with hostages.

LAPD Officers Will Fight British Cops In Charity Boxing Event
More than a dozen British police officers invaded L.A. to exchange jabs and left hooks with boxers from the Los Angeles Police Department. While Saturday's event raised money for charity, it also made history for the LAPD team when the headliner fight pit two female officers against each other. LAPD Foothill gang Officer Deirdre Fonseca and Officer Clare Hankinson from Great Britain's West Midlands Police Force playfully gazed at each other when they were introduced outside police headquarters in front of a memorial wall honoring officers killed in the line of duty. The British boxers said they didn't come to America to get knocked out. “We haven't flown over 5,000 miles to be losers,” joked coach West Midlands Police Constable Aaron Behan, also a boxing coach. “A little bit of fighting talk. We're here to win.” LAPD senior lead officer and boxing coach John Negrete said police share common bonds, regardless of the countries they serve, and that a passion for boxing brought them together this week. “That's how powerful these gloves are,” he said “That's what this sport means to us.” The fighters squared off to raise money for the Los Angeles Police Protective League's Officer Down Foundation, which helps officers and their families in times of need.
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot To Death At Hollywood Hills Liquor Store
A man was shot to death Saturday at a Hollywood Hills liquor store by two suspects who fled, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 4:53 p.m. at 3331 Barham Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. G. Hoopes said. The victim was a 45-year-old man who suffered a head wound and died at a hospital, Officer D. Orris said. The two suspects got into a vehicle and fled, Hoopes said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Wanted In Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist In Exposition Park
Help is needed Monday to identify the hit-and-run driver that hit a bicyclist in the Exposition Park area this weekend. Police say the man was riding his bicycle alongside his girlfriend on Jefferson Boulevard near Denker Avenue when he was hit by a car going in the same direction. The car was traveling at a high rate of speed and the driver continued on without stopping, according to police. The girlfriend, who was on her own bicycle, was not struck or injured. The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died. His identification was withheld pending notification of his family. The suspect car was described only as a dark-colored sedan that was last seen going westbound on Jefferson Boulevard. A $25,000 reward for information is available in this case. Anyone with information about the crash can contact Detective Flannery or Officer Pollard in the LAPD South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500.

New Video Released, $25K Reward Offered As LAPD Continues Hunt For Serial Robber
Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture of an armed serial bandit who's held up at least 11 businesses in the Los Angeles area this year. The crimes, which date back to January, have targeted fast-food restaurants and gas stations in the South L.A., West L.A. and Inglewood area, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. In each case, the robber pointed a gun at employees, jumped over the businesses' counters and demanded cash. Management at a South L.A. Carl's Jr. told KTLA the business had been robbed three times, leaving employees concerned for their safety. Police described the robber as a black man between 30 and 40 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing roughly 150 pounds. Anyone with information was urged to contact the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division at 213-486-6840. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Possible Arson Suspected In San Pedro Brush Fire, LAPD Says
A 3-acre brush fire that was being investigated for arson in San Pedro Saturday shut down the southbound 110 Freeway and impacted at least one business, authorities said. The fire was in the 900 block of North Gaffey Place, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The fire was originally considered a rubbish fire but was upgraded to a full brush fire around 5:57 p.m. by the LAFD. Arson was suspected as the source of the fire, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The LAPD said a person was in custody related to the fire, according to the LAFD. The southbound 110 Freeway was completely shut down near the fire, Newschopper4 Bravo observed around 6 p.m. LAFD declared a knockdown of the brush fire at 7:15 p.m. and said all structures were defended from fire damage.

Inmate Who Walked Away From Halfway House Surrenders In L.A.
A convict who walked away from a halfway house for low-risk criminal offenders last weekend was back in custody Friday after turning herself in to the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities reported. Lorraine Roman, 49, surrendered at the LAPD Rampart Division station about 4 a.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Roman, who was convicted of burglary last year in Los Angeles County and sentenced to a four-year custody term, fled a Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program housing center in the 3000 block of Armstrong Street in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego on Saturday, officials said. After staff members at the facility realized that Roman had removed or disabled the electronic monitoring device she is required to wear and had not reported to her approved restaurant job, they searched the area but were unable to find her or the device. The CDCR Office of Correctional Safety then began working to locate Roman and get her back in custody.

High School Teacher In Panorama City Arrested On Suspicion Of Possessing Child Pornography
A teacher at Saint Genevieve High School in Panorama City is in custody, accused of possessing child pornography. 46-year-old Nain Edrad Doporto was arrested Wednesday on a felony warrant for possession of child sexual abuse material. Doporto is a video production and theater director, he's been with the school for 18 years. An investigation into Doporto was launched after a report was received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. According to the Los Angeles Police Department the investigation revealed he was in possession of the illegal material. A felony count of possession of child sexual abuse material was filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is being held on more than $43,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court on Monday. Anyone with information is urged to contact LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Juvenile Division at 562-624-4027 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
FOX 11

L.A. Man Gets 4 Life Sentences For 2010 Series Of Violent Home-Invasion Robbery Killings
A man convicted of killing four people during a 2010 series of brutal home-invasion robberies in Los Angeles and Hawthorne was sentenced Friday to four consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, officials said. John Wesley Ewell, 62, pleaded no contest in May to four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree residential robbery. He entered the plea as part of a deal negotiated with prosecutors, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The four victims were choked and strangled to death during three separate home invasions in fall 2010. The victims included a married couple, an 80-year-old man and a woman who lived in Ewell's neighborhood, prosecutors said. Even before the killings, Ewell had a lengthy criminal history that included robbery convictions but repeatedly dodged prosecution under the full weight of California's three-strikes law, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation.

Public Safety News

LA County Health Officials Confirm 15th Local Measles Case
Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed another case of measles in a local resident, the 15th of the year in the county, but said there is no known risk of the person exposing anyone else. The latest patient is linked to four other cases that were reported earlier this month, creating a "five-case outbreak involving a close social group," county Department of Public Health officials said Friday. In addition to the 15 measles cases in Los Angeles County residents, there have been eight non-resident cases involving people who traveled through the county. The majority of the cases identified thus far have been in people who were not vaccinated, health officials said. "For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes and, finally, a rash," Dr. Muntu Davis, the county's health officer, said in a statement. "Measles spreads by air and by direct contact, even before you know you have it. The MMR immunization is a very effective measure to protect yourself and to prevent the unintentional spread of this potentially serious infection to others."

L.A. County Health Officials Team Up With CDC As Part Of Effort To Stop Spread Of HIV
After years of heated debate on how to end the HIV epidemic, federal and local stakeholders came together at the APLA Health - Gleicher/Chen Health Center in Los Angeles to announce a partnership and a plan. "We know what the tools are. We know we need to test people," said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. The health provider, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, unveiled a once-in-a-generation opportunity to eliminate new HIV infections in the nation. Robert R. Redfield, MD, the Director of the CDC stated, "15 percent of people living with HIV infection haven't been diagnosed." "The goal is reduce the U.S. infections by 75 percent in the next five years, and 90 percent by 2030," added Dr. Muntu Davis, MPH, the L.A County Health Officer.

Local Government News

Two LA City Council Candidates From The Valley. One Big Homeless Problem. Two Different Ways To Tackle It Los Angeles City Council District 12 is the only district in the city that has no bridge housing facility. But it doesn't mean that homelessness is not a big issue here. That was evident in the northwest San Fernando Valley Saturday, as the two candidates running to represent the district at City Hall shared their ideas on tackling the issue in what was perhaps was their most revealing discussion so far on the topic. Nearly 150 people packed a room at Granada Hills Charter High during a town hall hosted by the Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Northridge West, Northridge East and Porter Ranch neighborhood councils. Both candidates said that dealing with homelessness would be one of their top priorities if they become a council member. During the forum, Loraine Lundquist, an instructor at Cal State Northridge, said the city needs to find “better ways to address a mental health crisis” and build more facilities that work with people affected by substance abuse.
Los Angeles Daily News

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