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September 6, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Shooting Of Deputy In Central Valley Captured
Authorities have captured a man who allegedly shot and wounded a sheriff's sergeant in Central California. Merced County sheriff's officials identified the suspect as Guadalupe Lopez-Herrera, 51, of Dos Palos and said he was taken into custody Thursday in Kings County after a nearly hour-long chase. Authorities allege Lopez-Herrera opened fire on deputies about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home near the intersection of Eucalyptus Road and Highway 33 in Dos Palos, about 60 miles northwest of Frenso. One deputy was hit by the gunfire. The deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The gunman escaped. Deputy Daryl Allen told reporters at the scene that investigators were at the home to follow up on a domestic violence report involving Lopez-Herrera that had been filed over the weekend. Court documents show Lopez-Herrera has a history of domestic violence allegations. “We had word that he was possibly hiding out at this residence,” Allen told KFSN-TV of Frenso. He said the wounded deputy was alert and in good spirits.
Los Angeles Times

2 Mississippi Deputies Shot After Domestic Call, Pursuit
Two deputies were shot Thursday after responding to a domestic call, leaving one of them fighting for their life. According to The Clarion Ledger, LEOs responded to the call of a possible hostage situation Thursday morning at a home. Upon arrival, the suspect exited the home and fled in a vehicle. Gunfire erupted after the ensuing pursuit ended with the suspect crashing his vehicle. Two deputies and the suspect were hit. One deputy was shot in the head and airlifted to a hospital. The deputy was in critical condition and needed multiple surgeries, according to the report. The suspect was also taken to a hospital.

LAPD Searching For Missing 11-Year-Old Boy From South LA
The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for an 11-year-old missing boy from South Los Angeles. Dallas Crawford was last seen wearing a navy blue polo, navy pants and black shoes with red laces. He was last seen running northbound on 8th Avenue from Vernon Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said he was with his grandmother at the time.

Hundreds Of Pounds Of Drugs Seized In Connection With Drug Trafficking Ring; 3 Arrested In L.A.
Thirteen people were arrested on Thursday -- three of them in Los Angeles, on charges of conspiracy to export hundreds of pounds of drugs from Mexico through Southern California and into Canada, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Authorities say a total of 30 individuals are being charged with several narcotics-related offenses including conspiracies to distribute, import, and export controlled substances such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. While the Department of Justice did not name the individuals arrested on Thursday, it said they "were members of related international drug trafficking organizations that worked together to traffic bulk quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from Mexico to Canada through Southern California, including at locations in Costa Mesa, Compton, Ventura, and Redlands." The drugs would be exchanged for either cash or bulk quantities of ecstasy, the Department of Justice said, crediting indictments unsealed on Thursday.
FOX 11

Woman Suspected Of Repeatedly Ramming Car Into Mustang In Hollywood Surrenders To Police
A woman accused of repeatedly ramming her car into a parked Ford Mustang in Hollywood surrendered to police Thursday, her attorney said. The woman was seen in video screaming at a group standing around the Mustang that was blocking her Mercedes-Benz in a crowded area near a taco truck on the corner of Western and Lexington avenues at about 2 a.m. Aug. 25, 2019. She then starts ramming the Mustang with her car, prompting the driver to get out of the vehicle, video shows. One of the car's passengers told KTLA the woman ended up hitting him in the leg with the car before she drove off and returned again on foot. “She ended up coming back on foot and assaulting two people, slapping one girl and then punching another in the back of the head,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said. Police then responded to the scene and filed felony vandalism and battery reports in connection with the incident, the Los Angeles Police Department said at the time.

Arson Suspect Jailed In Homeless Camp Fire That Injures 2
A 33-year-old arson suspect was jailed Friday morning in lieu of $2.085 million bail in connection with a fire at a homeless encampment in the Harvard Park area of South Los Angeles that injured two people, one critically. Firefighters responded to the 1600 block of West Slauson Boulevard near Denker Avenue about 5:10 a.m. Thursday where they discovered a 27-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man suffering from burn injuries, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The injured patients said they were in a nearby homeless encampment when their tent was purposely set on fire, Humphrey said. The man sustained burns to nearly 30% of his body, including his hands, feet and legs. He was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. The woman suffered minor burns to her arms and declined treatment, Humphrey said.

Man Sentenced To 40 Years To Life For Marijuana Dispensary Slaying
One of two men convicted of murdering the owner of a Mar Vista medical marijuana dispensary during a robbery was sentenced Thursday to 40 years to life in state prison. James A. Eastland, 25, pleaded guilty nearly a year ago to murder and robbery charges stemming from the Jan. 18, 2017, shooting death of Ovik Oganesyan, 50, at the dispensary at 12480 W. Venice Blvd., along with an unrelated robbery. Eastland testified on behalf of the prosecution in the trial of co-defendant Kayshon Lamont Moody, who was convicted last October of the first-degree murder of Oganesyan and the shooting death of M.D. Mizu Rahman, 34, at a Chevron station in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue a day before Oganesyan was killed. Along with the murders, jurors found Moody guilty of three counts of second-degree robbery involving the two murder victims and a separate robbery at a fast-food restaurant shortly before Rahman's slaying.

Public Safety News

Reseda Gas Leak Fully Stopped; Evacuated Residents Allowed To Return To Homes
Workers ruptured an underground natural gas line in the Reseda area Thursday, and some evacuations were ordered as a precaution while utility crews stopped the leak. The break was reported shortly after 10 a.m. on the 17700 block of Saticoy Street, near White Oak Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Southern California Gas Company crews sent to the scene stopped the leak shortly after 1 p.m., the LAFD said. It took Gas Company workers — with the assistance of Los Angeles firefighters — 3 hours and 10 minutes to fully stop the leak, which prompted the evacuation of 25 homes, businesses and a house of worship, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “The natural gas fumes have dissipated, and LAFD hazmat experts have identified no ongoing concerns,” he said. After the leak occurred, occupants of about 25 homes, businesses and a house of worship were evacuated, but the evacuations were lifted about 1:15 p.m., according to the LAFD.
Los Angeles Daily News

Firefighters' Overnight Efforts Boost Containment Of Tenaja Fire Near Murrieta To 20%
Firefighters battling a fast-moving brush fire that has scorched 2,000 acres in the hillsides near Murrieta increased containment of the blaze to 20% overnight, state fire officials said Friday. Nearly 900 firefighters have been assigned to the Tenaja fire in Riverside County, which erupted about 4 p.m. Wednesday near Tenaja and Clinton Keith roads on a day marked by thunderstorms in the region, officials said. While the blaze burned all the way down to the Copper Canyon neighborhood in Murrieta on Thursday, crews stopped the flames before any homes were destroyed, said Capt. Fernando Herrera, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “The fire probably came within a couple thousand feet of homes,” he said. The blaze, which has forced hundreds of people from their homes, is threatening 1,200 structures. Two structures have received a small amount of cosmetic damage, according to fire officials. One firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Housing Units Set Aside For Chronically Homeless In South Los Angeles As Part Of $24 Million Project
A vacant lot on Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles will soon be the site of a permanent home for the homeless. City leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning to announce the 50-unit affordable and supportive housing complex, called The Pointe on Vermont, located south of Florence Avenue. "You only solve homelessness by creating and building beds," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The $24 million project is being funded with help from Measure HHH, which was passed by Los Angeles voters three years ago, setting aside $1.2 billion for the creation of homeless housing. Twenty-five of the units at The Pointe are set aside for those who are either formally homeless, chronically homeless or mentally ill. The other half of the units being built are for low income households. The project is in partnership with EAH Housing, an affordable housing non-profit organization and A2Z Enterprises, a real estate development firm.

LA Puts $1.2 Million Into Chandler Bikeway In North Hollywood
The Los Angeles City Council has approved $1.2 million for improvements to the Chandler Bikeway in North Hollywood. The bikeway runs about 2.8 miles along an old railway that stretches into Burbank from the Metro Orange Line. Planned improvements include enhancements to the adjacent parkway, including the addition of exercise equipment, a “tot lot,” dog run and street furniture; a crosswalk and ADA ramp improvements at Denny Avenue; installation of a new mural and restoration of an existing mural. The City Council approved the funding unanimously, 13-0, during a meeting last Friday. According to City Councilman Paul Krekorian, the Chandler Bikeway was created in 2004 to enhance the limited bicycle infrastructure in North Hollywood and has served as a “vital thoroughfare for the community since its construction.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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