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July 23, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Motor Officer, Cyclist Taken To Trauma Center After Crash In Sepulveda Basin: Fire Officials
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer and a bicyclist were injured in a crash in the Sepulveda Basin early Monday afternoon, officials said. The collision took place just after noon in the 16400 block of West Burbank Boulevard, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. The motor officer and cyclist were both transported to a local trauma center, the alert stated. Their conditions were not immediately known. No additional details have been released about the collision.

Man Charged With Murdering Deputy At Alhambra Jack In The Box And Another Man In L.A. Pleads Not Guilty
A Utah man accused of gunning down an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy inside an Alhambra fast-food restaurant an hour after killing a man in downtown Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Monday to two murder, attempted murder and robbery charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Stennis ordered Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, to remain jailed without bail and set his next court appearance for Sept. 6. Nelson is accused of shooting to death 50-year-old Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano in the evening of June 10 after killing 31-year-old Dmitry Alekseyevich Kolstov, an accomplished skateboarder and snowboarder from Russia. He also faces two counts of robbery: Authorities say he carried out heists at a 7-Eleven store and at a Shell gas station, both in Long Beach, hours after the killings and an attempted murder.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Find Woman Fatally Shot Inside Car In Granada Hills Alley
A woman was found shot to death Monday night inside of a car in a Granada Hills alley. Police responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon near the intersection of Chatsworth Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. where they found the body of the woman. The Los Angeles Fire Department pronounced her dead on scene. Her name has not been released. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the victim is in her 20s. Police said they do not suspect suicide and are unsure if it is gang related. The investigation is ongoing. There was no immediate description of the shooter.

LAPD Responds To Report Of Stabbing In Mount Washington
Los Angeles police were investigating a report that a stabbing occurred in Mount Washington early Monday. The incident took place in the 3400 block of Glenalbyn Drive at about 2:40 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. The unidentified victim was transported by family across town to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said. Staff at the hospital called Los Angeles police to report a victim of a crime, and officers went to the hospital, Aguilar said. The victim – who may have been left with laceration wounds – and the assailant were believed to know each other, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. No other information was available.

LAPD Investigating ‘Suspicious Death' After Man's Body Found In Venice Alley
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man after his body was found in a Venice alley Sunday evening, police said. Los Angeles police responded to a residential neighborhood at the intersection of 5th and Rose avenues just before 7:30 p.m. after people reported hearing an altercation occurring at an alley. Firefighters found the victim, a man believed to be in his mid- to late 20s, dead at the scene. LAPD investigators said the man appeared to have sustained some type of injury, but do not believe a weapon was involved. Capt. James Setzer said investigators are working toward gathering any possible video evidence and witnesses. Police were not ready to call the death a homicide, and were waiting for more information from the coroner.

Officers Searching For Suspected DUI Motorist In Pacomia Who Led Police On Chase
Police Monday chased a suspected drunken driver to a Pacoima neighborhood, where the man got out of his vehicle and ran off. Patrol officers said they spotted an older model Yukon SUV on the 5 South Freeway driving erratically. They attempted to pull the driver over but he didn't stop and a pursuit ensued. The brief chase led to the area of Montague Street and Haddon Avenue about 3:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and made a run for it. Patrol officers were running right behind him, but he was able to evade capture. Officers set up a perimeter and looked for the man, who remained at large several hours afterward. Teams of K9 officers were brought in to search the neighborhood as several people called police to report a prowler in their backyard. Police believe that prowler was actually their suspect trying to get away. The suspect now faces felony evading and DUI charges. Additional details were not immediately known.
FOX 11

Police Release Video Of Suspects Who Struck Home In Hollywood Hills
Police Monday sought the public's help in identifying two burglary suspects who were recorded on home security video at a residence in the Hollywood Hills. The suspects approached the home in the area of Hillside Avenue and Ogden Drive about 5:40 p.m. Friday and rang the doorbell. They waited a few minutes before shattering the door's glass and making entry into the home, which they ransacked, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The suspects stole the victim's expensive watches and a Mac computer, then fled the location,” according to a police statement. The suspects are described as black men between 18 and 25 years old, both with thin builds. One wore a dark hoodie and was recorded as he spoke into a cell phone. The other has short hair and tattoos on both arms. Anyone with information about the suspects was urged to call the detectives handling the case at 213-972-2929 or 213-972-2931.

Federal Trial Date Set For Hawthorne Man Charged In Drowning Deaths Of Sons
A Hawthorne man accused of intentionally driving his two severely autistic sons off a pier at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro to collect on accidental death policies will be tried in October in federal court on multiple fraud charges before he faces capital murder charges in state court, attorneys said Monday. Ali Elmezayen was charged last week by Los Angeles County prosecutors with the April 9, 2015, deaths of his 13-year-old son, Elhassan, and his 8-year- old son, Abdelkrim, along with the attempted murder of his domestic partner, who was able to escape from the car. He also faces nearly two-dozen counts, including mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, in federal court in connection with the alleged insurance scheme. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter set trial for Oct. 9 in downtown Los Angeles. Elmezayen, 44, allegedly drove a car with his partner and two youngest children off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles and escaped by swimming out the open driver's side window.

California Seizes $30 Million In Black Market Cannabis From Illegal Pot Shops
California authorities have tripled the number of raids on unlicensed cannabis shops in the last year and seized $30 million in pot products, but legal industry leaders say enforcement is still inadequate to break the dominance of the black market in the state. In 2018, the first year of licensing, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control worked with local law enforcement to serve six search warrants on unlicensed pot shops and seized some 1,594 pounds of cannabis worth $13.5 million. During the first six months of this year, the bureau served 19 search warrants on unlicensed sellers, confiscating more than 2,500 pounds of illegal marijuana products with a retail value of $16.5 million, according to data released last week. The state has also seized $219,874 in cash from illegal pot shops. And to further strengthen enforcement, Gov. Gavin Newsom this month authorized fines of up to $30,000 per day against unlicensed marijuana growers, distributors and sellers.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

North Hollywood Home Fully Engulfed In Fire
A vacant North Hollywood home was fully engulfed in fire Monday night. Los Angeles firefighters responded at 11:06 p.m. Monday to the 6100 block of Hazelhurst Place — just east of Colfax Avenue and between Oxnard and Erwin streets — to find the burning single-family structure. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the blaze, said a photographer at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there were no injuries.
Los Angeles Daily News

Peak Fire Season Is Near And The Federal Government Is Short Hundreds Of Firefighters
Heading into the hottest and driest months of the wildfire season, the Department of the Interior is short hundreds of firefighters, a result of recruitment problems and the longest federal government shutdown in history. Based on interviews and internal agency memos obtained through a public records request, The Times found that the agency has about 500 fewer firefighters available than expected — a roughly 10% shortfall. Nearly 60% of California's 33 million acres of forest is owned and managed by two federal agencies, the Interior Department and the Forest Service. They are often aided by state firefighters with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection — the source of a recent dispute in which the Forest Service threatened to withhold millions of dollars in back pay owed to the state for battling wildfires on federal lands. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates federal wildfire response, said that the Interior Department had budgeted for a firefighting workforce of about 5,000 this year. In actuality, an Interior spokeswoman said it has 4,500 firefighting personnel and no plans to hire more.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

A Day At The Beach Could Get A Bit More Expensive. L.A. County Is Voting On Fee Hikes
Surfers, sunbathers and campers could soon be asked to shell out more for a day at the beach, with Los Angeles County supervisors poised to approve a set of fee increases Tuesday. If approved, the proposal would boost parking fees at several popular beaches for the first time in a decade, as well as increase the cost of amenities such as equipment rentals and field trips. The vote would also establish new fees for camper vans and birthday parties — all in an attempt to reduce what officials say is a large deficit for beach services. “When it comes to cleaning the beaches and maintaining the restrooms and other infrastructure on the county's beaches, we currently are operating at about a $20-million deficit,” county spokeswoman Carol Baker wrote in an email. “Existing fees are not covering the full cost of maintenance, nor will the fee increases.” About 50 million people use L.A. County beaches every year. Taxes cover the majority of operating and maintenance costs.
Los Angeles Times

7,500-Seat Warner Center Stadium Approved By LA Zoning Officials For Westfield Promenade Redevelopment

Following months of heated debates on whether the west San Fernando Valley needs a stadium, Los Angeles planning officials have signed off on a fully enclosed 7,500-seat arena as part of a megadevelopment proposed for Woodland Hills. City planners approved a project that contains half the capacity of the originally proposed 15,000-seat stadium even though the square footage of the sports arena remains about the same, roughly 320,000 square feet. In a 208-page document, city officials wrote that they approve an entertainment and sports venue that potentially may host “professional, youth and community sporting activities, live music, craft fairs and exhibitions, lectures and speaker series, performing arts and holiday concerts.” Just to put things in perspective, Inglewood's The Forum, a multi-purpose indoor arena, has about 17,500 seats. The Staples Center in Downtown L.A. offers 21,000 seats.
Los Angeles Daily News

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