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September 4, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Retired LEO Dies From 9/11-Related Illness
A former Cayuga County undersheriff died Thursday of an illness stemming from work he did at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Stephen B. McLoud, 59, a longtime member of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, died Thursday. He spent time as an undersheriff, a chief criminal investigatory, criminal investigator and deputy with the sheriff's office until he retired on Dec. 31, 2006. He also previously worked as an investigator with the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office. McLoud was sent to New York City in 2001 to help in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks while he was the chief criminal investigator for the sheriff's office. He helped in search and recovery efforts, according to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office. 
Syracuse Media Group, N.Y.

Trader Joe's Suspect In 2018 Shootout Will Stand Trial For Murder Of Store Manager
The gunman spotted the police sharpshooter on the roof and became agitated. Inside the Trader Joe's supermarket in Silver Lake in July last year, he threatened to kill someone if the sharpshooter did not leave. “Five, four, three,” he counted on a cellphone to a police negotiator as his terrified hostages waited to die. At the count of two, the sharpshooter abandoned his post, and the hostages were spared. The countdown was among the many harrowing moments recounted by hostages and other alleged victims of Gene Evin Atkins in emotional testimony during a four-day hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Some hostages established a rapport with Atkins and tried to keep him calm and comfortable, despite the handgun he used to threaten them and the blood dripping from a serious wound on his arm, the testimony revealed. On Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Villar ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence for Atkins to face trial for the murder of Trader Joe's store manager Melyda Corado, the attempted murders of his grandmother and girlfriend, and 48 other criminal counts. Central to the murder charge was the “provocative act” theory holding that Atkins was responsible for Corado's death, even though an LAPD police officer's bullet killed Corado during a shootout with Atkins.
Los Angeles Times

2 Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Young Man In Vermont Knolls Neighborhood
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a young man in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles late Tuesday night. The shooting was reported in the 7500 block of South Figueroa Street just after 10:30 p.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. Arriving officers found a man in his early 20s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesperson said. Authorities are searching for two people suspected in the shooting. No descriptions of the suspects were immediately available. Figueroa Street between 74th and 77th streets was closed during the investigation. The motive for the shooting was unknown.

Bicyclist Fatally Struck In Hit-and-Run Crash In South Los Angeles
A suspect is sought after a bicyclist was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles. The crash occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 92nd Street and Grape Avenue. Los Angeles police said the male victim was riding a bicycle when a vehicle traveling eastbound on 92nd Street hit the bicyclist. When first responders arrived to the scene, the man was dead. His identity was not immediately known. A suspect vehicle description has not been released.

Man Wounded In Exposition Park Shooting
An 18-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting believed gang-related, authorities said Monday. It happened at 7:36 p.m. Sunday at 35th Street and Western Avenue, a dispatcher at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center said. The victim was walking when a vehicle drove up and a suspect fired shots from inside, striking the victim, she said. The man was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle and he had stable vital signs, the dispatcher said.

SUV Driver Surrenders To LAPD After Short Pursuit From San Fernando To Sylmar
A suspect who led police on a chase from San Fernando to Sylmar was in custody Wednesday morning. The man stopped the SUV he was driving on Polk Street near San Fernando Road about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday and surrendered to Los Angeles police officers. The identity of the suspect was not disclosed. It was not immediately clear what led to the pursuit, or the exact location where it began. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder In Connection With Eagle Rock Fire
Two 25-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with last week's 45-acre brush fire in the Eagle Rock area, authorities said Tuesday. Bryan A. Araujocabrera, of Pacoima, and Daniel M. Noguiera, of Eagle Rock, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. Saturday for attempted murder in connection to the fire, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Records showed Nogueira posted $1 million bail and was released Sunday. Araujocabrera remained jailed in lieu of $1.116 million bail. Authorities said they believed the fire was set in an attempt to kill a person or people at the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway, although the intended target was not immediately clear. According to LAPD, the case will be presented to the district attorney's office Wednesday. The fire started just after 4 p.m. Aug. 25 in the 2900 block of Colorado Blvd., on a hillside near the Glendale Freeway. Within hours, it had grown to about 30 acres and led to the evacuation of about 100 homes in Glendale, fire officials said.

Man Found Guilty Of Stabbing 3-Year-Old Girl To Death In Downtown L.A.
On Tuesday, a jury found a man guilty of fatally stabbing a 3-year-old girl at a clothing factory in downtown Los Angeles in 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Ricardo Augusto Utuy, 37, who also goes by the name Juan Perez, was found guilty of one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder, Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta said. The jury also found true special allegations that Utuy personally used a knife to commit the crime. The District Attorney's Office says Utuy first attacked a woman at a factory in downtown L.A. on March 10, 2016, and stabbed her before fleeing the scene. The victim survived the attack. On Oct. 31, 2016, Utuy, who was working at a clothing factory in the 800 block of McGarry Street, according to DA's Office, ran towards the 3-year-old girl as she was giving her father a cookie and stabbed her multiple times with a knife. The girl was rushed to the hospital where she died. Sentencing for Utuy is scheduled for Sept. 23. Utuy faces 30 years to life in state prison.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

LA City, County Firefighters Joining Hurricane Dorian Response
Fifty-seven crew members from the Los Angeles city and county fire departments were being deployed to the Southeast Tuesday to help with the response to Hurricane Dorian as the storm neared the U.S. mainland. The city firefighters are part of California Task Force 1, a team of highly-trained urban search and rescue specialists requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The unit includes dogs and medical personnel, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The team, led by LAFD Assistant Chief Tim Ernst, is expected to arrive in the southeast on Wednesday. A 16-member team from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, part of California Task Force 2, is also being deployed to the area at the request of FEMA. California Task Force 2 also consists of urban search and rescue specialists. Dorian was off the coast of Florida on Tuesday after striking the Bahamas.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council To Vote On Allowing Police To Remove People From Fire Zones
The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday will vote on a proposed ordinance that would give law enforcement the authority to order homeless people out of encampments located in brush areas on high-risk fire days. “The implications … are dire in fire zones, particularly on red-flag days,” City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said last week. “There are inherent threats that we must mitigate and provide safety for all individuals.” The zones that will be marked off limits would be “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones,” which are mapped by Cal Fire. Officials said most of the San Fernando Valley is within those zones, but they are limited by the state as to how large the zones can be. Under the proposal, the enforcement would be addressed in three tiers. The first would be during no-risk days when LAFD would provide fire education materials for people in the areas. The second would be during red-flag days when law enforcement would be permitted to remove people. The third would be an enforcement response during a brush fire emergency.

LA Moves Closer To Banning Environmentally Hazardous, Styrofoam Food Containers
A Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday brought the city closer to banning single-use plastic water bottles, and it recommended a study be conducted on the effects of outlawing containers made of materials like Styrofoam. The Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee voted unanimously to send the proposals to the City Council for consideration. Committee members discussed the restaurant industry's hurdles in banning polystyrene, which is used in a variety of food containers and storage. Not only isn't it biodegradable but it's one of the culprits of ocean pollution and landfill mass, experts have argued. Many of the containers are used in food delivery service. "The dilemma for restaurants is that more people are having food delivered," City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said. Several public speakers said they are in favor of the bans, which included representatives from the Sierra Club and Heal the Bay.

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