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September 11, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Remembering Those Lost 18 Years Ago on 9/11
Once more, families gathered at ground zero, where nearly 3,000 people died on that bright September morning. Once more, there was an outpouring of grief. Once more, there was the sound of a bell tolling in mourning. And there was the rhythm of names being recited. Eighteen years have passed since terrorists commandeered airplanes to take aim at the World Trade Center and bring them down.
New York Times

Drones Are Now A Permanent Part Of The LAPD's Arsenal
Drones became a permanent part of the Los Angeles Police Department's crime-fighting arsenal Tuesday, despite opposition from privacy advocates who fear the remote-controlled aircraft will be used to spy on people. In a yearlong trial, the LAPD's SWAT team deployed drones four times, mostly when suspects were barricaded and the device provided a bird's eye view of the property's nooks and crannies. On Tuesday, the five-member civilian Police Commission unanimously approved new regulations that enshrine the drones' use in specific situations, including active shooters, barricaded suspects and search warrants. The drones will not be equipped with weapons or facial recognition software, according to the regulations, which are similar to those governing the trial program.
Los Angeles Times

Man Dies After Being Struck In Broadway-Manchester Neighborhood Hit-and-Run Crash
A pedestrian who was crossing a South Los Angeles street with a walker when he was struck in a hit-and-run crash has died, authorities announced Tuesday. The incident occurred about 10:25 p.m. Monday as the 65-year-old man was crossing Century Boulevard just west of South Main Street in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release. Investigators believe the unidentified man was struck by two drivers, neither of whom stopped or rendered aid, Sgt. Tim Jones said. Video from the scene showed the victim's walker still in the roadway as police conducted their investigation. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the news release stated. One of the cars may have been a blue Honda hatchback being driven by a female, Jones said. No description of the other driver or vehicle was available.

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run In Sunland Identified; Suspect Sought
Authorities Tuesday released the name of a bicyclist who died at a hospital nearly two weeks after being struck in Sunland by a hit-and-run motorist who remains at large. The collision was reported about 2:15 a.m. Aug. 23 at Foothill Boulevard and Oro Vista Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Charles Mentzer, 55, of Tujunga died on Sept. 3 at a hospital, according to the coroner's office and the LAPD. Mentzer was riding west on Foothill Boulevard when he was struck by a white, possibly older-model Toyota Prius that was headed in the same direction, police said. He was ejected from his bike and thrown into a parked vehicle. The Prius driver did not stop. The car likely sustained damage to the right front passenger side, according to police, who did not release a description of the motorist. A reward of up to $50,000 is available from the city for information leading to a hit-and-run driver's identification, apprehension and conviction. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8116.

Venice Beach Chase: Police Take Burglary Suspect Into Custody After Bizarre Foot Pursuit In Shallow Waves
Los Angeles police officers took a burglary suspect into custody Tuesday afternoon after a prolonged foot chase on the sand at Venice Beach. Shortly after 2 p.m., a group of officers were seen pursuing the man as he intermittently ran into the waves that were crashing along the shoreline. According to the LAPD, a warrant had been issued for the suspect's arrest. Nearly 30 minutes later, as he continued heading toward the Santa Monica Pier, the man stumbled in the shallow water and a group of policemen pounced on him. He was handcuffed and escorted to a nearby LAPD vehicle after a brief apparent struggle. The suspect's identity and details of the alleged burglary were not immediately released.

Bomb Squad Removes Suspicious Item Found Near Northridge Elementary School
A suspicious item that appeared to be a pressure cooker was found Tuesday near Winnetka Elementary School in Northridge, prompting a lockdown of the campus until a bomb squad determined there was no danger. The item was discovered at Winnetka Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard about 10:40 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Traffic was routed away from the area while the bomb squad examined the item, with the help of a robot. The bomb squad declared the area safe about 1:30 p.m. The lockdown at the school was lifted, and students were released to their parents a short time later.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Sought After Juvenile Boy Fatally Shot In Westmont
A suspect is sought after a juvenile boy was fatally shot in Westmont Tuesday night, authorities said. Authorities responded to a shooting that occurred at approximately 8:16 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 105th Street outside a burger stand. According to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the victim was walking when a suspect exited a vehicle and fired numerous rounds. The victim was transported with multiple gunshot wounds and later died at a hospital, the news release said. The victim has not yet been identified and his age has not been disclosed. Details regarding the suspect or suspects, or if the shooting was gang-related, was not immediately known. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.

L.A. Gang Fugitive Arrested After SWAT Standoff In Nevada

A Los Angeles gang fugitive with an extensive violent criminal record has been arrested in Nevada after a standoff with a SWAT team in Sparks. The U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force had been looking for 42-year-old Terry Williams since May, when he walked away from a halfway house in Las Vegas where he was under federal supervision after his conviction for felony possession of a weapon. A member of the Compton Crips, Williams has a record that includes arrests in connection with attempted murder, drug trafficking, robbery and battery with a deadly weapon. Federal agents and local law officers tracked him to a Sparks address Tuesday on the edge of Reno near Interstate 80. He was taken into custody after a lengthy standoff. He's being held in the Washoe County jail without bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Los Angeles Times

California Man Suspected Of Smuggling Almost 150 Pounds Of Meth Into San Diego County
A 55-year-old man allegedly caught hauling close to 150 pounds of methamphetamine in his pickup truck near Temecula was being held Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail. Robert Park Walker was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after he was stopped along northbound Interstate 15, leaving San Diego County and just entering Riverside County. According to Agent Theron Francisco, agents spotted Walker's 2007 Ford F-150 on the freeway shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday and signaled the driver to pull over at the Border Patrol checkpoint, based on suspicions the pickup might be a smuggling vehicle. A K9 team conducted a search of the Ford, and the service dog quickly alerted to the presence of drugs, Francisco said. Agents initiated a search and allegedly located 33 bundles of meth, weighing 144 pounds, stuffed inside the vehicle's wood paneling, according to Francisco. He said the street value was estimated to be $330,640.

Public Safety News

On The Eve Of 9/11 Anniversary, A Sherman Oaks Memorial Was Not Forgotten At LAFD's Station 88
With flags in her hands and yellow chrysanthemums in her arms, a local business woman on Tuesday readied the 9/11 memorial fountain at Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Station 88 to mark the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Carrie Konjoyan was one of the founding members of the memorial at the LAFD's Valley Bureau headquarters, and has been its official coordinator for 17 years, she said, adding that it is the only memorial with both pieces of steel from the World Trade Center and limestone from the Pentagon. They're fitting features, considering the 70-member Urban Search and Rescue team known as California Task Force 1 is based out of Station 88 and was the first team at Ground Zero. With a close look at fountain's bottom, an observer would notice tiles forming an American flag designed by Konjoyan. “The American flag on the double pedestal fountain is representative of America coming back up after the attack and America surviving and being reborn. The waters, of course, are rejuvenation and we invite people to come here for healing for reminiscing and to come and visit 24/7,” she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

1,284 Firefighters Battling Walker Fire, California's Biggest Blaze In 2019
Nearly 1,100 firefighters from several states continued to battle the 47,000-acre Walker Fire on Tuesday in Plumas National Forest in Northern California, while evacuation orders in a number of communities remained in place. The blaze, which is California's largest wildfire this year, had burned 47,340 acres and was 20% contained as of Tuesday evening, according to the U.S. Forest Service. At least 1,096 fire officials from an assortment of agencies have been assigned to the firefighting efforts. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Antelope Lake to the Plumas County line, the Genesee Valley Road corridor, the Ward Creek area and the Flournoy Bridge area, officials said. Evacuation orders previously given to residents living along Highway 395 from Thunder Mountain Road to Laufman Grade were lifted and reduced to evacuation warnings. Fire officials worked through Monday night as the blaze pushed against a containment line in the northeast. They planned to extend the containment line on the west side of the blaze by working from the north and south of the fire.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Trump team's homeless tour of L.A. sparks suspicions
It wasn't the typical tourist bus filled with celebrity-hungry gawkers tooling around Los Angeles this week. The Trump administration officials who came to town to study homelessness spent Monday and Tuesday meeting with officials from Mayor Eric Garcetti's office, checking out the Jordan Downs public housing in Watts and touring the long-entrenched epicenter of the crisis, skid row. There was even a trek to Pomona. Also Tuesday, group members met with heads of the unions that represent rank-and-file Los Angeles police officers and county sheriff's deputies. A wide range of issues was discussed, including the use of federal lands to create triage-style areas where homeless people could receive showers, possibly meet with social workers or other crisis outreach personnel and store their belongings, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting who requested anonymity in order to share details about the conversation candidly.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Rent Control And Eviction Rules Advance For Unincorporated Areas
In a bid to provide tenants stability and combat rising homelessness, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to make permanent a rent control measure for unincorporated communities. In a 5-0 vote, officials asked staff to draft an ordinance that ties annual increases to inflation and requires landlords have “just cause” — such as not paying rent — before they evict tenants. The new rules would apply to roughly 43,500 multifamily units built on or before Feb. 1, 1995, in unincorporated communities such as East L.A., Willowbrook and Rowland Heights. They would join the city of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood as local municipalities with permanent rent control measures. If the measure had been in place in recent years, annual rent increases would have been capped at 3% or 4% — a rate that backers say protects tenants and allows landlords to make a reasonable return on their investment.
Los Angeles Times

Metro Blue Line, Running From Downtown L.A. To Long Beach, Set To Fully Reopen In Late October
As A Line Metro riders traveling from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles — and vice versa — have, since January, faced freeway traffic aboard shuttle buses while the agency's oldest light-rail line, the Blue Line, has undergone renovation work. But that's set to change next month, when the new and improved line will fully reopen to the public. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday, Sept. 10, the 22-mile line will open in “late October,” after the nine-month, $350-million project is completed. A specific date will be announced “following train testing,” a Metro statement said. When the route reopens, it will be dubbed the “A Line,” as part of a system-wide move from color designations to letters. “We would like to sincerely thank the public for its patience,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said in a statement, “during our construction work to improve one of our nation's busiest light rail lines.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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