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August 6, 2019
Law Enforcement News

National Night Out, Aug. 6, Brings Community, Police Together For Crime Prevention Tips And Family Fun
National Night Out, Aug. 6, brings police officers and the public together to learn about neighborhood crime, crime prevention tips and creating neighborhood watch groups while having a fun in a relaxed atmosphere. A symbol of public awareness for the annual event is to turn on your front porch light. Put together your own neighborhood get-together or find one from a sampling of events in the San Fernando Valley. Mission Hills-Sylmar Night Out Against Crime and Drugs: Meet Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officers and members of neighborhood watch groups plus music by DJ Bobby Arias, public information, raffles, food and ice cream, 5-8 p.m. No pets allowed. Brand Park, 15121 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills. National Night Out in Panorama City: Meet Los Angeles Police Department officers from Mission Community Police Station, community and public safety information, entertainment and food, 5 p.m. Event is hosted by North Hills East and Panorama City neighborhood councils. Plaza Del Valle, 8610 Van Nuys Blvd.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, 50, Struck By Hit-and-Run Vehicle Dies At Hospital
A man in his 50s was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in the Green Meadows area of South Los Angeles and later died at a hospital, authorities said Saturday morning. The crash occurred at 9:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Lanzit Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. A description of the suspect vehicle was not available. The name of the victim was not disclosed. LAPD South Traffic Division investigated the crash.

Woman In Maxi Dress Emerges From Car In Stolen Sedan Chase In West LA
A woman in a flowing maxi dress emerged from a white sedan after officers rammed the vehicle to end the stolen car chase Friday. The car, a white Honda Accord, was first spotted on the 405 Freeway in the Burbank area. While the driver wasn't moving very fast, occasionally the car would weave in and out of traffic as black and white LAPD vehicles followed behind, with a police helicopter overheard. Before 2 p.m., the driver exited the southbound 405 Freeway near Sunset Boulevard. After continuing the chase on streets in the West Los Angeles area, officers managed to perform a PIT maneuver, causing the Accord to spin out. No other cars were hit. While officers initially said they were pursuing a man behind the wheel, a woman in a tan maxi dress emerged from the sedan with her arms up. She was detained by officers in the 10800 block of Pico Boulevard, near Westside Pavilion.

‘Inert Grenade' Found In Lake Balboa Draws LAPD Bomb Squad
Someone found what police later described as an “inert grenade” near the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area in Lake Balboa early Monday morning, drawing out the bomb squad and leading to shut downs of nearby streets. The grenade, which police said contained no explosives, was found near the intersection of Balboa and Victory boulevards at around 7 a.m., said Officer Jeff Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. It's not clear where exactly near the intersection the grenade was found. An Orange Line busway stop and a sports complex are nearby in the recreation area, as are recruitment offices for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Police did not say if they believed the grenade came from any of the military buildings. Lee said there was “no threat associated” with the discovery of the grenade. Police did not have any information indicating whether the object was left there intentionally. “This wasn't like someone calling and saying they were gonna blow anything up or anything,” he said. “The bomb squad will render it safe and make sure it's inert.” The bomb squad detonated the object at around 11:30 a.m. The scene was cleared by shortly after noon, Lee said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman, 19, Missing In Los Angeles
Authorities asked Tuesday morning for the public's help in locating a 19-year-old woman who has been missing for nearly two weeks. Jubaline Alexia Herrera was last contacted by phone on July 24. She said she was in Los Angeles and would be home the next day, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Herrera's city of residence was not disclosed. Herrera is Hispanic, 5 feet 4, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and a tattoo of a heart on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, blue jeans and sandals, the sheriff's department said. Anyone with information on Herrera's whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

SoCal Millionaire Fugitive Charged In Death Of His Wife Is Captured In Mexico
A Southern California millionaire fugitive sought after he was charged in the 2012 death of his wife was arrested late Sunday in Mexico and is now in the hands of U.S. authorities, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation. Peter Chadwick, a wealthy real estate investor, had been arrested and charged in the death of his wife at their Newport Beach home in October 2012. Her body was found in a trash bin in San Diego County. Chadwick had claimed wife Quee Chadwick was kidnapped and killed by a handyman, according to the US Marshals Service, which placed him on its 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list. The agency said Chadwick claimed he was kidnapped and forced to drive to Mexico to dump his wife's body. After his release on a $1.5 million bond as he awaited trial, Chadwick failed to appear for a January 2015 court hearing. He had surrendered his British and American passports and agreed to live with his father, "a wealthy investor," in Santa Barbara.

California Ammo Check Law Blocked 100 Sales In First Month
California's new ammunition background check law in its first month stopped more than 100 people from buying bullets illegally, officials said late Monday as they struggled to deter more of the mass shootings that have roiled California and other states over the last week. “Countless other prohibited persons were likely deterred from even trying to purchase ammunition that they cannot lawfully possess,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a court filing. He disclosed the early results in response to a gun owners' rights group attempt to block the law that took effect July 1. A federal judge is expected to decide later this month whether to halt the law as a violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms and other federal laws. The filing came as Gov. Gavin Newsom said the federal government should follow California's lead in requiring background checks for ammunition buyers. “Guns don't kill people,” Newsom said, noting that it also requires ammunition. The Democratic governor convened a 90-minute emergency meeting with Becerra and several dozen law enforcement leaders, community members, civil rights leaders, researchers and emergency responders to grapple with what more the state can do to prevent mass shootings.
Associated Press

How Law Enforcement Technology Is Helping Increase Safety For Citizens
At some point in their careers, most first responders will have an encounter with a person with an invisible disability. Mental illnesses, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities and even medical conditions like diabetes can lead a vulnerable person to behave in ways that make them seem aggressive, uncooperative or under the influence. Specialized training can help officers better understand these conditions, but officers need more tools to help them fill in some of the gaps in information that can help them achieve a successful encounter. With increased awareness of issues like racial bias, mental illness and disability rights, public safety agencies, lawmakers, technology companies and private citizens are working together to build tools, gather data and share information that increases safety for police and citizens alike. 

Public Safety News

About 200 Evacuated As Crews Put Out Fire At Children's Hospital L.A.
Dozens of people were evacuated after a small blaze broke out in an area under construction at Children's Hospital Los Angeles' main campus in East Hollywood Monday morning, officials said. Firefighters were called to the scene at 4650 W. Sunset Blvd. about 11:20 a.m. as the “pesky fire” in a basement area was sending smoke into other levels of the facility, the L.A. Fire Department said in an alert. The flames originated in the Mary Duque Building, to the northeast of the hospital's main entrance, in an area that doesn't serve patients, said Lorenzo Benet, director of media relations at the hospital. The fire, smoldering in the walls of an underground area, sent smoke across three floors. Though LAFD said smoke went up to the ground level from two floors below, Benet described the floors affected as the basement, ground level and first floor. Roughly 200 people were evacuated as a result, firefighters said.

2 People Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Los Angeles County, Officials Say
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Monday the first two cases of West Nile Virus in the region this year. The patients are residents of the San Fernando Valley and the southeastern region of L.A. County, according to the public health department. West Nile is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, and symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, body aches and a mild skin rash, health officials say. The virus can affect the nervous system and result in meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death. People over the age of 50 and those with chronic health problems are at higher risk of severe illness. While not all mosquitoes carry the virus, the type of mosquito that spreads West Nile is found throughout L.A. County. Confirmed cases in L.A. County do not include Long Beach and Pasadena, as cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments.

Local Government News

L.A. Leaders Reiterate Call For Stricter Gun Laws
Responding to a week of mass shootings that killed nearly three dozen people, Los Angeles city leaders Monday reiterated their calls for stricter gun-control laws. “The nation is reeling from these events,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said at the start of a news conference in his office on a separate topic. He said he has called on congressional leaders to enact stricter gun laws, such as expanded background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazine firearms. “Our nation depends, for our future, on leaders who bring us together, rather than leadership that preys on potential to divide us from each other,” Feuer said. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, meanwhile, pointed to a motion he introduced last week calling the Los Angeles Police Department to report on its ability to track confiscated firearms and registration numbers and determine whether the weapons are legal under state law.

Deadline Is Tuesday To Request Vote By Mail Ballot For Aug. 13 LA City Council District 12 Vote
Tuesday, Aug. 6 is the deadline for eligible voters to request a Vote by Mail ballot for the Aug. 13 Los Angeles City Council District 12 special runoff election in the northwestern San Fernando Valley. City Council aide John Lee, who topped the field of 15 candidates on the June 4 ballot and one write-in candidate with 19.17% of the vote, is running against Loraine Lundquist. The former research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics received 19.01% of the vote. The winner will serve out the rest of Mitchell Englander's term, which ends Dec. 13, 2020. Englander resigned last year to take a job with the Oak View Group, a global sports and entertainment advisory, development and investment company. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan said requests, which must be made by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, can be done by: applying online at , returning the VBM application on the back of the sample ballot or requesting a Vote by Mail ballot in person at RR/CC headquarters in Norwalk, 12400 Imperial Highway, third floor.
Los Angeles Daily News

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