LACP - NEWS of the Week
on some LACP issues of interest
NEWS of the Week
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following group of articles is but a small percentage of the info available to the community policing and neighborhood activist. It is by no means meant to cover every possible issue of interest, nor is it meant to convey any particular point of view. We present this simply as a convenience to our readership.

"News of the Week"  

July 2019 - Week 4
Terri Lanahan
Many thanks to NAASCA's Terri Lanahan, Butte, Montana,
for her research into the news that appears on
the LACP & NAASCA web sites.

About tonight's show

The annual event known as 'The SCRIPT Conference', which NAASCA and LACP sponsor, is tomorrow, Monday. If you're in the Los Angeles area we hope you'll attend. The day-long event is completely FREE !!

Here's a look at how the event had been promoted, with links to the web site and schedule:

The SCRIPT Conference !! -- Monday, July 29th -- in Los Angeles -- FREE

Please attend 'The SCRIPT Conference'. All day long on Monday, July 29th. There will be a series of free assemblies, presentations and workshops. It's a wonderful annual event!

NAASCA is a sponsor:
 Bill Murray will speak at the assembly from 10 to noon!

More than 60% of the population has experienced at least one adverse childhood experience.

Evidence suggests that abuse, neglect and other types of adverse experiences are significant risk factors for later physical and mental health problems including drug and/or alcohol abuse, criminal activity, suicide attempts, domestic violence, cancer and heart disease.

The costs to society associated with child abuse and neglect exceed $124 billion per year.

Let's talk about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the Monday night SCAN episode begins (at 8pm EST, so 5pm PAC) we'll do our traditional 'wrap-up' show.

As such, Bill Murray will call into before he's left the site, and Carol Levine will host the show from New Jersey.

During the day-long conference, Bill will ask a few of the attendees to stop by his "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio show table to share some of their impressions on 'The SCRIPT Conference'. These folks will form the group of panelists for tonight's episode.

But anyone can call in Monday .. so join us just as you do on any of our shows -- (646) 595-2118

Let's find out .. What did participants enjoy most? What did they learn? Was this their first time attending an would they plan to attend again?


First Tuesday of August each year - Aug 6th

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.


National Night Out is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August. This night focuses on the community and raising awareness in the United States.  Promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

Shining a spotlight on community police programs, National Night Out increases connections between those who serve and their neighborhoods through the programs they provide.  Some of these programs include:

  • Drug prevention
  • Town watch
  • Neighborhood watch
  • Other anti-watch

Some of the largest National Night Out events include live music, food, and entertainment.


Block watches, not-for-profits, business, and police departments organize events around the country. They may be as small as a backyard barbecue or as large as a full-blown festival. Events around the country are normally organized by block watches, not-for-profit organizations, companies, and police departments.  Join a local National Night Out event near you. Post on social media using #NationalNightOutDay.


The National Association of Town Watch sponsors National Night Out in the United States and Canada. Although the origin dates back to the early 1970s the day has been celebrated since 1984. 

More recently 'Dog Walker Watch' has been incorporated into being a part of the program. Dog owners, 75 million of them, are out day and night with their dogs walking neighborhoods. These neighbors can assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. As extra pairs of eyes all over communities, these neighbors can assist local law enforcement to be more aware of the goings-on in communities.

Check your local area for the events near you !!!


Law Enforcement News - Friday, July 26th

‘Police Are Under Increased Attack': Alabama Officers Face Deadly Year
Three Alabama police officers died in the first half of 2019, and five others were injured in shootings, in what authorities say is a rise in gun violence involving law enforcement. Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was killed Jan. 13, Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder was killed Jan. 20 and Auburn Police Officer William Buechner was killed May 19. In all of 2018, two Alabama law enforcement officers died in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. There was one line of duty death statewide each year in 2016 and 2017 and four each year in 2014 and 2015. In addition to the deaths of Carter, Tuder and Buechner, at least five other officers have been injured by gunfire. In the Birmingham shooting that killed Carter, Officer Luke Allums was critically wounded and hospitalized for nine days. He has since returned to work. Two Auburn officers - Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott – were injured in the May incident that killed Buechner. Another Auburn officer – Justin Sanders - was shot and wounded in February. Officers Sanders, Sistrunk and Elliott continue to recover but have not returned to work at this time, according to Auburn police.

Decades After Deaths Of 4 Chicago Cops, Police Stars Added To Wall Honoring Fallen Officers
On Tuesday, four more police stars were added to the 501 stars that already grace the walls of Chicago police headquarters — each representing a fallen officer. “These are lives cut short because they made good on their oaths to serve and protect the people of Chicago,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said during a brief ceremony in which relatives of the deceased officers placed their police stars inside the “Honored Star Case” — a glass display that lines an entrance of the building at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue. “We thank you, we honor you, and we will never forget you,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at the ceremony. Each of the four officers honored Tuesday died in the 1980s. Officer Robert E. Marousek Sr. died in 1981 at the age of 35 from a heart attack he suffered moments after loading the body of an unresponsive man into a police vehicle. Officer Gregory R. Edwards was off-duty when he was confronted by a gunman at a hotel in 1987. After identifying himself as a police officer, Edwards, 27, was fatally shot in the head and chest. Officer Arthur O. Jackson was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest shortly after chasing a suspect who was spotted driving a stolen vehicle in 1987. He was 66. Officer Helen P. Cardwell, 50, died in car accident in 1988. She lost control of her vehicle while driving to pick up her assigned squad car. She veered into oncoming traffic and two trees.
Chicago Sun Times

The San Fernando Valley Just Saw A ‘Very Unusual' Spate Of Killings In A Matter Of Days
As a heat wave descended on Los Angeles this week, the San Fernando Valley was hit with what appeared to some to be an unusually high number of people killed in homicides. Police spent much of Thursday on the hunt for a 26-year-old Canoga Park resident suspected of killing four people in the span of about 24 hours. And the manhunt came after the Valley bureau and residents were already contending with the homicide deaths of three other people that were reported earlier in the week. Sgt. Dave Peteque, a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective assigned to the Valley, said Thursday that there have been seven homicides reported so far this week. “That is very unusual, unfortunately,” he said in a brief interview. Peteque said that he was unavailable for a longer interview due to the ongoing search and investigation taking place Thursday in the deaths of two people in Canoga Park apartment building, a woman at a North Hollywood Shell gas station, and a bus rider on the Orange Line that were believed to have been committed by one person. Gerry Dean Zaragoza, the suspect in those homicides was apprehended Thursday afternoon. On Saturday, a drive-by shooting in Valley Village took the life of 27-year-old North Hollywood resident Alcides Quiroz Portillo as he walked in an alley southeast of Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Catches Suspect Accused Of Killing 4, Wounding 2 In San Fernando Valley
A back-and-forth San Fernando Valley dragnet for a man accused of shooting to death his dad and a brother in a Canoga Park apartment, a woman acquaintance at a North Hollywood gas station and finally a passenger on an Orange Line bus ended just two miles from where the spree began nearly 12 hours before on Thursday with his arrest. Along the way, besides those four who were killed, the suspect's mother was shot, and so was another man in North Hollywood, police said. At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, 26-year-old Gerry Dean Zaragoza was arrested near Canoga Avenue and Gault Street after police blamed him for those crimes as well as an attempted robbery of another man at a bank. Speaking shortly after the arrest, Kris Pitcher, chief of detectives for the Los Angeles Police Department, said police soon put together that the two shootings on opposite ends of the Valley were linked, though he wouldn't spell out exactly when they figured that out, or why they focused on Zaragoza. “After we had multiple killed in a short time, we put significant investigative resources on this,” Pitcher said. “It was pretty quickly that we discovered they were related.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Family of Valley Crime Spree Victim Says Suspect Became Obsessed With Woman
A small memorial popped up overnight in front of the North Hollywood Shell gas station where a woman was fatally shot Thursday. According to police, the woman — who has been identified by her family as 45-year-old Azucena “Susie” Lepe — was working at the gas station in the 6700 block of Vineland in the early morning hours. That's when police said 26-year-old Gerry Zaragoza fatally shot Lepe and critically injured a male gas station employee. “She was face down, and she was crying,” Jesse, a man who witnessed the shooting, said. “I just told her, ‘I'm with you here.' I just wanted to comfort her, that she wasn't alone and that somebody was there. I don't want anybody to pass alone.” According to Lepe's sister, she and Zaragoza dated briefly. But when Lepe broke off the relationship, the family said Zaragoza became obsessed with the woman.

3 Burglary Suspects Wanted After SWAT Team Storms Northridge Marijuana Dispensary
A search is underway for three burglary suspects who got away after authorities descended on a marijuana dispensary in Northridge early Thursday morning. When the SWAT team arrived at the Circle of Hope Alliance dispensary on Roscoe Boulevard around 6 a.m., they swept through the property, but nobody was found in the building. Police said the three possibly armed male suspects went inside the building and managed to get away. The scene was cleared within hours, but authorities have not released updates on their search.

Man, 27, Faces Charges In Alleged Santa Monica Sexual Assaults
A 27-year-old man was jailed without bail Thursday and was facing charges in connection with sexual assaults and robberies in Santa Monica. Fernando Venancio Jr. of Lynwood was arrested on Monday night, according to Santa Monica Police and sheriff's inmate records. Officers responded about 4:15 p.m. Monday to a call for service in the 800 block of 18th Street after a struggle could be heard. “When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim of a robbery and an attempted sexual assault,” according to Santa Monica Police Department Lt. Saul Rodriguez. Officers searched for the suspect and found Venancio in the 900 block of 19th Street, the lieutenant said. “Following a preliminary investigation, SMPD detectives have been able to link Venancio to two others incidents,” Rodriguez said. One was a June 6 sexual assault in the 800 block of 18th Street and the other a July 18 sexual assault in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard and 17th Street, according to Rodriguez. Venancio is now facing rape, robbery and assault with intent to commit rape charges, Rodriguez said.

California Teen Reported Missing 3 Months Ago Found Alive In Mexico, Mother — A Suspect In A Murder — Arrested
A teenage girl reported missing in California three months ago was found alive in Mexico with her mother, who has been arrested in connection with a murder, police said. Authorities began searching for Alora Benitez, who was 15 at the time, after she was seen April 17 getting into a white BMW in Torrance, California, with her mother, Maricela Mercado, and a man identified as Roman Cerratos — both of whom were wanted for murder. The vehicle they were traveling in was later found abandoned near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro, a community in San Diego. The search for Benitez ended Tuesday when the teen and Mercado were picked up by authorities in Chihuahua, Mexico, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "Both Maricela Mercado and Alora Benitez were deported from Mexico, being deemed to have entered the country illegally," the department said. "They were transported to the Paso Del Norte port of entry and were delivered to agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection."
NBC News

Public Safety News

LAFD Conducts Cliff Rescue In RPV
The cliffs in Rancho Palos Verdes were the site of a water rescue Thursday evening following reports someone became stuck in a cave during high tide. The Los Angeles Fire Department was dispatched to a cove near Palos Verdes Drive South and Peppertree Drive around 8 p.m. where a 23-year-old man was trapped inside a gorge at high tide near Inspiration Point. The victim was transported to a local hospital in unknown condition.

Major California Utilities Agree To Pay Into Wildfire Fund
California's three investor-owned electric utilities have agreed to chip in a combined $10.5 billion to a new fund to cover the costs of future catastrophic wildfires caused by power company equipment. Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric's decision Thursday to contribute to the fund marks a win for Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers who argued it will help stabilize the state's utilities and protect ratepayers. San Diego Gas & Electric had already agreed to contribute to the fund. How much each utility gives depends on its risk of catastrophic wildfire and prior history with safety. Pacific Gas & Electric will pay the most when it emerges from bankruptcy, with San Diego Gas & Electric paying the least. The utilities can tap into the fund to cover costs from wildfires caused by their equipment when those damages go beyond what is already covered by their insurance policies. The companies must also meet new safety standards and spend billions of dollars on fire prevention measures.
Associated Press

Local Government News

“Giant Leap For The City”: Garcetti Announces New Homelessness Initiative
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti walked the streets of Skid Row Thursday morning as he announced a new initiative that he hopes will improve the city's homeless crisis. Garcetti is asking for money from the state and Washington to help fund a new $2 million program that will employ homeless people to help clean up Skid Row — the neighborhood that has become synonymous with the city's humanitarian crisis. “Remember what they said when they first landed on the moon, ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind',” Garcetti said. “This is going to be one small action for Skid Row, and one giant leap for the city.” Garcetti's tour began with a look at the new location for what's called The Bin — a warehouse in Skid Row where the homeless can store their belongings in assigned, secured plastic bins. The effort, paid for by the city and run by the nonprofit Chrylsalis, is especially helpful for those facing homelessness who find jobs — they can store their items instead of leaving them on the streets. Garcetti said efforts like this are small steps toward a larger goal.

Metro Gets First Electric Bus For Orange Line, 39 More On The Way
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday received its first zero-emission electric bus, which is slated to be deployed on the Metro Orange Line later this year. “These zero-emission buses … will provide reliable service while also reducing the agency's carbon footprint,” said James Butts, the mayor of Inglewood and the chair of the Metro Board of Directors. “This is a win-win for our riders, our communities and the environment.” The 60-foot bus is manufactured by New Flyer and uses some of the latest technologies, according to Metro officials. It is the first of 40 electric buses from New Flyer that will be arriving over the next year.
Los Angeles Daily News


Law Enforcement News - Thursday, July 25th

Arrests Made In Dousing Of NY Officers
A Brooklyn man surrendered Wednesday for his role in the weekend dousing of two city cops with buckets of water, an embarrassing incident that sparked outrage and criticism within the department and around the nation. Courtney Thompson, 28, turned himself in at the 73rd Precinct stationhouse in connection with the Saturday soaking where NYPD officers were openly mocked and splashed with water by a crowd of 15 to 20 local youths, police said. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief and criminal tampering — the last charge for damaging police equipment with the water. A third person was separately arrested for setting off a similar Saturday evening incident in Harlem by dousing a woman walking through the neighborhood and damaging her cell phone, cops said.
New York Daily News

Police: Manhunt Underway After Man Kills At Least 3, Including Family In San Fernando Valley
A manhunt is underway after a man is accused of shooting and killing his own brother and father, as well as wounding his mother in Canoga Park, police said Thursday. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. at a home located near the intersection of  Roscoe and Topanga Canyon boulevards. The 911 call came from the mother who locked herself inside a bathroom after her husband and son were shot by her other son, police said. Arriving officers discovered two men suffering from bullet wounds inside the home. They were both pronounced dead the scene. The mother was taken to a local hospital. Her condition was not immediately released. The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Gerry Dean Zaragoza of Canoga Park. Zaragoza had a history of threatening to kill his family, police said. It is unknown if Zaragoza fled the scene on foot or if he took one of his family member's vehicles. 
FOX 11

Shooting In North Hollywood Leaves 1 Dead, Another Hospitalized

Two people were wounded, one fatally, in a shooting outside a gas station in North Hollywood Thursday morning and a person was detained for questioning, authorities said. Officers responded to reports of a multi-victim shooting in the 6700 block of Vineland Avenue, near Vanowen Street, about 2:45 a.m. and located a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the woman died and the man was in critical condition, police said. Information was not immediately available on the woman's identity. A person was detained for questioning. It was unknown if the shooting was gang-related. The suspect was described only as a man in his 30s, police said.

How MS-13 Gang's Bloody Campaign Spilled Into A San Fernando Valley High School
Panorama High School was already on edge after a 10th grader went missing. Then, six students were detained in February 2018 with no explanation. There were whispers that the missing boy had been murdered, but the campus was in the dark about a possible motive and suspect. Authorities now say several of the students are linked to the killing of their missing classmate, Brayan Andino, and another man among seven slayings allegedly carried out by a local clique of MS-13. The high school has emerged as a disturbing backdrop to what authorities describe as a reign of terror in the San Fernando Valley by the notoriously violent street gang with a strong presence in both the U.S. and El Salvador. But teachers, students and parents said they received little or no information from either police or school officials about the gang's alleged operations on campus until last week, when prosecutors announced murder and racketeering charges against nearly two dozen adults who are alleged to be gang members.
Los Angeles Times

Man Booked For Murder In Valley Village Alley Shooting
A man was in custody today on suspicion of fatally shooting another man in an alley in Valley Village, police said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested earlier this week and booked on suspicion of murder in the killing of Alcides Quiroz Portillo, 27, of North Hollywood, who was gunned down in an alley on the southeast corner of Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue about 7 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles police Detective Steve Castro. The area is just south of the Valley Glen-Valley Village border on Burbank Boulevard. The corner is known for its many kosher markets and restaurants. “The investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the alley when he was approached by a light-colored vehicle,” an LAPD statement said. “The occupants from the vehicle and the victim had a discussion, and at that time the victim was struck by gunfire. The vehicle then drove away from the alley in an unknown direction.”
Los Angeles Daily News

VIDEO: Van Nuys Bat Attack Caught On Camera; Search For Suspect And 2 Women Underway
Disturbing video shows the brutal attack of a man who is beaten with a baseball bat in Van Nuys earlier this year. Two women, along with the victim, were walking through the parking lot of a hotel located in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in the early morning hours of Jan. 18. Los Angeles police said one of the women motioned with her hand for another man, who was walking behind them. The suspect came up to the victim and hit him several times in the face with a wooden bat. The victim fell to the ground and lost consciousness while the suspect continued to beat him, nearly killing him. Police said the suspect stole the victim's wallet and cellphone. He, along with the two women, fled the location with the victim's property, police said. Investigators are still looking for the male suspect and the two women who were with the victim. Police say the man was set up. He thought he was meeting these women for sex.

Two Men Sought After Allegedly Robbing Wholesale Jeweler At DTLA Home
Police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed a wholesale jeweler at his downtown Los Angeles home. The incident occurred on about 5:10 p.m. on July 20 near the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway. The two men had agreed to meet the jeweler at his home, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Once inside, the men took out handguns, handcuffed and hogtied the victim and ransacked his apartment. The men got away with cash, jewelry and clothing, police said. The men were caught on surveillance video going in and exiting the apartment building. The suspects are described as being between 18 and 30 years old. They were last seen going into a black SUV waiting outside. Anyone with information about the incident can call 213-996-1877 or 213-996-1877. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Woodland Hills Temple Vandalism Is Being Investigated As A Hate Crime, LAPD Says
White paint splattered on a large section of the Hebrew Discovery Center in Woodland Hills is being investigated as a hate crime as they continue looking for a suspect, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. As shown in surveillance camera footage provided by the synagogue's rabbi, a man walked up to the temple on July 14, threw a can of paint at the building and ran away. The splattered white paint still covers the front of the building, from parts of the roof down to the ground, according to Rabbi Netanel Louie, who called the act a hate crime from the very beginning. According to Louie, the LAPD found a fingerprint on the can of white paint the man threw at the building. Because this is an active hate crime investigation, the LAPD could not confirm this. However, police confirmed they are circulating an internal flyer with a photo of the man captured in surveillance video, to help generate potential names. The flyer has not been released to the public
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Denies Federal Charge Alleging He Sold Fentanyl That Caused 2 Overdose Deaths In Woodland Hills
A 28-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on a federal charge stemming from the deaths of a man and woman who overdosed on fentanyl at an apartment in Woodland Hills last year, prosecutors said Wednesday. Trent Michael Tomasovich of Sherman Oaks pleaded not guilty to trafficking the powerful opioid that resulted in the pair's deaths, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said in a news release. The defendant was arrested Tuesday by Los Angeles police and has since been transferred to federal custody. A one-count indictment naming him was unsealed Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Tomasovich allegedly sold the drug to 24-year-old Grace Montgomery, who took it at her friend's apartment. She died in the early morning hours of July 14, 2018. Montgomery was visiting the friend, who called paramedics after finding her unresponsive, authorities said. Several hours later, the apartment resident's boyfriend came over and found the fentanyl Montgomery had bought, according to court documents.

Public Safety News

New Case Of Measles Confirmed In LA County, 16th Of 2019
A new case of measles was confirmed in Los Angeles County Wednesday, and the county's department of public health said it is the 16th confirmed case in the county in 2019. The latest case involved an LA County resident who traveled outside the United States and is not linked to the outbreak reported earlier in the month, the LA County Department of Public Health said in a news release.

Local Government News

Miss The First LA City Council District 12 Forums? You Still Have A Chance To See The Valley's Next LA City Councilperson
A series of forums are scheduled for Los Angeles City Council candidates aiming to represent the northwest San Fernando Valley, ahead of the Aug. 13 election. The two candidates, John Lee and Loraine Lundquist, will take questions and share their views on the most pressing issues affecting Council District 12, such as homelessness, public safety, public transit, affordable housing, crime and environment in the district that includes neighborhoods in North Hills, Northridge, West Hills, Chatsworth, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch. Lee, 49, is a Republican and former Councilman Mitchell Englander's chief of staff, and Lundquist, 41, is a Democrat and sustainability instructor at Cal State Northridge, found common ground. The race comes after Englander left the City Council seat to work for a sports and entertainment company at the end of last year.
Los Angeles Daily News


Law Enforcement News - Wednesday, July 24th

Video: California Cop Braves Flames To Pull Man From Burning Car
A police officer just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a resident in need after a solo vehicle crash, authorities said Monday. Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the officer was on his way to an unrelated shift call when he heard a call about a vehicle collision in the 1000 block of Curtner Road. Moments later, the officer arrived to find a small Lexus SUV that had struck a tree and come to rest on its side before bursting into flames. Bystanders at the scene alerted the officer about a man still inside, so the officer grabbed a fire extinguisher to try to beat back flames. But he soon realized there was a more urgent task. “He knew it could be a prolonged extraction,” Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said Monday night. “Once he realized the fire was beyond what could be put out, he gets into the car, using the extinguisher to beat back flames.” After opening a back-door hatch, the officer managed to reach the man inside before pulling him out to safety.
East Bay Times

Deputy, 2 Pedestrians Injured In Bellflower Area Multi-Vehicle Crash
A deputy and two pedestrians had to be hospitalized following a multi-vehicle crash in the Bellflower area Tuesday night. The incident occurred after 9 p.m. as the deputy was responding to a call to assist another deputy who was detaining a man with a knife, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Figueroa said. Investigators said a vehicle pulled out and struck the deputy's patrol car as it approached the intersection of Downey Avenue and Ramona Street. The patrol vehicle then hit a parked car and ended up on the sidewalk, Figueroa said. The deputy and two pedestrians were injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital. The unidentified deputy suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released Figueroa said. The pedestrians also appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, but their current condition was unknown, he said.

Man Found Lying On Mission Hills Street Dies, Leading To Homicide Investigation
A man found lying on a street in Mission Hills Tuesday died a short time later at a hospital, and police were investigating the death as an apparent homicide, authorities said. The man, in his 40s, was discovered about 3 a.m. near Stranwood Avenue and San Fernando Mission Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the man, who apparently was homeless. According to police, a homeless man went to a nearby fire station and reported finding the victim. No arrests were reported, and no suspect information was released. LAPD Detective Mark O'Donnell said that the man apparently had suffered an injury consistent with a broken neck.

1 Killed In Valley Village Drive-By Shooting
A man in his late 20s was killed Saturday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in an alley behind a strip mall in Valley Village, Los Angeles police said. The victim was walking in the alley just east of Whitsett Avenue, behind the strip mall on the southeast corner of Whitsett and Burbank Boulevard, at around 6:54 p.m. on Saturday when a group of men pulled up in a vehicle. The men fired at the victim from inside the vehicle, striking him at least once. Then the men fled. Police found the victim with a gunshot wound and paramedics transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and reports from the scene. Officer Rosario Cervantes said there were multiple men inside the vehicle. But no description of the men or the vehicle they were driving was available Sunday.
Los Angeles Daily News

Security Officer Shoots Man Armed With Knife Outside Federal Courthouse In Downtown L.A.
A security officer shot and wounded a man wielding a knife in front of a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, police said. The gunfire was reported about 2:15 p.m. outside the First Street U.S. Courthouse at 350 W. First St., according to L.A. Police Officer Jeff Lee. The man with a knife was shot in the hand. He was hospitalized but expected to survive, Lee said. FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller said the officer fired after the armed man approached court security and became involved in an altercation. A man in his 30s or 40s was detained, Lee said. Police and FBI officials declined to comment on whether that man was the suspect, citing the ongoing investigation. A knife was recovered at the scene, said LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar. The steps leading to the courthouse were blocked off, and the area was expected remained closed throughout the evening.

A Van Nuys Man Lured Women From Nightclubs, Then Sexually Assaulted Them, Police Say
Police are seeking additional potential victims of a Van Nuys resident who authorities say would charm young women he met at nightclubs then sexually assault them. Omar Talley, 22, a self-described nightclub promoter and social media influencer, has been charged with three counts of rape with multiple victims, two counts of oral copulation and one count of forcible acts of sexual penetration, according to a statement Tuesday from the Los Angeles Police Department. Talley would travel frequently to nightclubs in Hollywood and West Hollywood, where he would befriend women in their early 20s and gain their trust, authorities said. He would then order a ride-share service to take himself and the women to his home in Van Nuys or to another “after party” location. Once there, police said he would sexually assault the women. “It appears Omar Talley would be charming just before the sexual act, then change his demeanor and force the women to perform sexual acts against their will,” LAPD Detective Katherine Gosser said in a statement. Talley's arrest on July 11 came after LAPD West Valley patrol officers responded to a woman who said she escaped during an attack. According to the LAPD statement, Talley forced her to perform sexual acts, physically assaulted her and spoke degrading words to her.
Los Angeles Times

Man Fatally Wounded In North Hollywood Alley Identified
Authorities Tuesday identified a man who was gunned down in an alley in North Hollywood, and continued their efforts to find the suspects who killed him. Alcides Quiroz Portillo, 27, of North Hollywood was found lying in the alley near Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue about 7 p.m. Saturday and died at a hospital, according to the coroner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers were sent to the area on a report of a shooting. “The investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the alley when he was approached by a light-colored vehicle,” an LAPD statement said. “The occupants from the vehicle and the victim had a discussion, and at that time the victim was struck by gunfire. The vehicle then drove away from the alley in an unknown direction.” The suspects were described only as males. No arrests have been reported. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call LAPD Detective Steve Castro at 818-374-1925, or 877-LAPD-247.
Los Angeles Daily News

Security Camera Catches Trio Of Burglars In The Act As Homeowners Slept
Security cameras inside a Chatsworth home caught a trio of robbers in the act in the early hours of Sunday morning — one of whom appeared to be carrying a gun. “What were their intentions if my husband or I or some of my family members had awoken that night and they were in the kitchen,” the homeowner said. The video shows the robbers taking the homeowners purse from the kitchen, breaking into a pool house where once maneuvered a bicycle in the dark and broke into an SUV on the street. Since the burglary, the homeowners have added additional security measures to their home. “You need to stay away,” the homeowner said. “Because I'm very much prepared if you ever come back again.” Police ask that anyone with information about this crime call the Los Angeles Police Department – Devonshire Station at 818-832-0633.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Pursuit, Standoff In South Los Angeles
A man who allegedly led police on a pursuit and then barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles apartment with an infant for several hours pleaded not guilty Friday to more than a half-dozen criminal charges. Juan Manuel Zamora, 25, was charged July 2 with one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle while driving recklessly, child abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is also facing two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. Police officers responding to a call tried to stop Zamora's vehicle last June 28 in a parking lot at South San Pedro Street and East Washington Boulevard, but he allegedly drove away, according to prosecutors. Zamora allegedly hit a police vehicle as he fled, leading officers on a chase in which he crashed into a traffic pole, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Public Safety News

1st Positive Sample Of West Nile Virus In L.A. County Discovered In Long Beach
The first positive sample of West Nile virus in Los Angeles County this year has been discovered in Long Beach. It's not clear exactly when the mosquito with West Nile tested positive. To be clear, a mosquito tested positive, not humans, yet. But health officials are anticipating a significant year for the virus, especially as temperatures get warmer, and that brings more mosquitos to Los Angeles County. A 74-year-old Imperial County man died in June after contracting West Nile virus. He is believed to be the first death caused by the disease in the state this year. Last year, 11 people died of West Nile in California.

Local Government News

Metro Bumps Up Costs For Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Metro announced higher cost estimates Tuesday for its forthcoming Sepulveda Transit Corridor project, a route the agency hails as a much-needed alternative to the 405 freeway connecting LA's San Fernando Valley and Westside. New cost estimates project the heavy rail or monorail line would cost between $9.4 billion and $13.8 billion, a significant jump from Metro's estimate of $7.4 to $9.2 billion in 2016. In its announcement, the agency also made minor route changes and responded to community input – including a detailed proposal by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association to build a monorail down the middle of the 405 instead. Metro will be holding a slate of community meetings on the project this and next month.
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