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November 4
Law Enforcement News

Man Who Killed Michigan Deputy During Pursuit Found Guilty
An Oakland County Circuit Court jury has found a 24-year-old man who struck and killed a sheriff's deputy with his vehicle during a 22-mile pursuit two years ago guilty of first-degree murder and homicide of a peace officer. Christopher Berak rammed into Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Overall, a 22-year veteran of the force, as Overall, 50, was laying out "stop sticks" on the street to try to end a bizarre pursuit that began in Lapeer County on Thanksgiving Day in 2017, according to previous Free Press reports. “Today, we now have closure in the line of duty death of Deputy Eric Overall, who served his time at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office with dignity, integrity, and grace," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement Friday. "His family, friends and our agency have a void which will never be filled as a result of the tragic loss of Eric. His impact will not be forgotten."
Detroit Free Press

North Carolina Officer Shot During FBI Operation
A Gastonia police officer was shot early Friday while working in an FBI operation to serve a search warrant related to a criminal investigation, authorities said. The male officer has non-life-threatening injuries, said John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI's North Carolina office. Multiple shots were fired, he said, and one person is in custody being questioned about the incident. The officer who was shot was part of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which involves the FBI and local agents who are deputized to work with federal agents. The task force focuses on gangs, drugs and organized crime, Strong said. The shooting happened at about 6 a.m. in the 4500 block of Oakburn Drive near Old Statesville Road, Strong said. It was still dark out when shots were fired as officers approached a house, Strong said.
Charlotte Observer

Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver In Van Nuys
A pedestrian was struck and killed late Friday night in a hit-and-run in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The name of the victim has not been released and was only described as a man in his 30s. LAPD says the victim was crossing the street outside the crosswalk in the area of Hatteras Street and Sepulveda Boulevard at about 10 p.m. when he was struck and killed. A description of the hit-and-run driver was not immediately known. Police say the suspect was driving a white vehicle. No further details were immediately known. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

LA's Crime Rate 26% Higher On Halloween, According To LAPD Data
The city of Los Angeles sees an average of about 150 more crimes on Halloween than on a normal day, a 26% increase, according to 2014-2018 data from the Los Angeles Police Department. The types of crime, as well as the number of crimes relative to each neighborhood are fairly consistent with normal crime rates, but are elevated on Halloween. LAPD Detective Bill Bustos attributes the spike to the fact that there are simply more people out on the streets, many in costumes and masks, so they feel like they can just "get lost in the crowd," he said. Bustos said he has also noticed even more elevation in crime when Halloween falls on a weekend. More people participate, he said, and aren't worried about getting to school or work in the morning and might stay out later. That's consistent with the crime data. In 2014 when Halloween was on a Friday, crime was 56% higher than a normal day.

Boy Who Was Dragged 1,500 Feet In South L.A. Hit-and-Run Released From Hospital 3 Months Later
A 16-year-old-boy who was critically injured after being struck in a hit-and-run in August was released from the hospital on Friday, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo. Roberto Diaz, who was 15 at the time, was hit on Aug. 6 on Maple Avenue near East 37th Street in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles, by a suspect who remains at large, authorities said. The teenager was dragged about 1,500 feet before his body was dislodged from the vehicle. Diaz has since undergone 11 to 12 surgeries, according to his mother, Belen Garcia, and still needs physical therapy. But he is now able to walk with a special boot on his right leg and with a walker, although he gets tired and needs to take breaks, Garcia said. "It's a miracle because they were talking about amputating his leg," Castillo said. "We are very thankful and grateful to see that Roberto has made a remarkable recovery." Diaz visited the LAPD Central Traffic Division after his release from the hospital on Friday, where he shook hands with Castillo and other officers who had worked on his case.

LA Man Accused Of Threatening Suicide To Pressure Teen Girls Into Sending Him Naked Pictures
Law enforcement officers on Friday arrested a Los Angeles man on child sexual exploitation charges, alleging he met at least eight teenage girls on the internet and pressured them — sometimes by threatening suicide — into sending him sexually explicit images of themselves. Francisco Sanchez, 30, of Koreatown, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on an 11-count federal grand jury indictment in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. Sanchez is charged in the indictment with seven counts of production of child pornography, one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and two counts of cyberstalking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to the indictment, between January 2014 and September 2016, Sanchez, posing as a teenage boy, contacted teenage girls online, using the pseudonym Eddie Nash to conceal his identity.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man And Woman From L.A. Accused Of Sex Trafficking 15-Year-Old Girl In San Bernardino
Deputies in San Bernardino arrested a man and woman and rescued a 15-year-old girl who investigators say was being forced into prostitution by the suspects earlier this week. Peter Paul Castillo, 30, and Johnette Amanda Terrell, 18, both of Los Angeles, were booked on suspicion of human trafficking charges, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement. Castillo was out on bail in connection with a previous San Bernardino County human trafficking case against him that remains pending. San Bernardino Police Department officers first pulled over a car about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 6th Street and F Street, officials said. The car contained Castillo, Terrell and a 15-year-old girl who had been reported as a runaway in Los Angeles County.

Florida Detectives Hope Amazon Echo Recordings Could Solve Bizarre Murder Case

Detectives in Hallandale Beach, FL, believe two Amazon Echo devices in the home of a woman who was killed in a bizarre incident may help them solve a murder case. According to a search warrant obtained by CBS 4 News, Hallandale Beach Police asked a judge to order Amazon to turn over audio recordings from a pair of Amazon Echo Dot devices in the condo Silvia Galva Crespo shared with her husband, Adam Crespo. Detectives indicate in the warrant that they believe the devices might have captured audio of what led up to and what occurred during her death this past July when the blade of a spear pierced her chest, killing her. According to a police arrest report, Crespo and Galva argued one night in July and Crespo tried to pull her off a bed but Silvia grabbed onto a spear to keep herself on the bed. The police report says “While (Adam Crespo) was still pulling her from the bed he heard a snap. (Adam Crespo) turned around and discovered shortly after the blade had penetrated the victim's chest. (Adam Crespo) pulled the blade out of the victim's chest ‘hoping it was not too bad.'” Galva died and Crespo is charged with second-degree murder. Court records show he has pled not guilty.
Police Magazine

Public Safety News

Fire Department Releases Surveillance Video Showing Moments North Hollywood Auto Shop Goes Up In Flames
The Los Angeles Fire Department has determined what caused a massive blame at an auto body shop in North Hollywood. Surveillance video captured the exact moment the fire sparked. Video shows a cloud of smoke appear inside the building then the sparking of an apparent spontaneous combustion fire. The fire department says rags with painting-related chemicals on then spontaneously combusted due to a chemical reaction. “This is a sobering reminder to properly dispose of oily and chemical-soaked rags properly,” the department said in a statement. The fire broke out at a building near Lankershim Blvd. and Vanowen Street around 11:30 p.m. Friday. The address corresponds to a business named Auto Giant Supplies. Once on scene firefighters found a 10,614-square-foot business engulfed in flames. They made their way into the building and cut holes in the roof to ventilate the fire, but as the fire continued to grow, crews were ordered off the roof and out of the building to assume a defensive posture said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
FOX 11

LAFD Opens Replacement For The Department's Oldest Active Fire Station

The grand opening celebration for the fire station in Van Nuys replacing the Los Angeles Fire Department's oldest active station will be held Saturday. The celebration is set to begin at 9 a.m. and will include a pancake breakfast and a bounce house and face painting for children. The 18,533 square-foot Station 39 at 14615 Oxnard St. replaces the previous Station 39 at 14415 Sylvan St., across from the Van Nuys Civic Center. The new station has enough room for two fire engines, one ladder truck, two rescue ambulances, and a battalion chief command vehicle, according to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, whose district includes the new station. The two-story facility contains living quarters for on-duty personnel, a fitness and wellness area, office space, a conference room, and an above- ground 4,000-gallon fuel tank, Martinez said.

California Wildfires Are Mostly Under Control, But Fire Risk Remains High
The California wildfires that scorched thousands of acres and prompted mass evacuations across the state in recent weeks are largely under control, but experts warn that hot and dry conditions will continue to elevate fire risk throughout the week. The Maria fire, which broke out atop South Mountain just south of Santa Paula in Ventura County on Thursday night and spread to nearly 10,000 acres, was 70% contained as of Sunday evening, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. All mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Saturday. “We're pretty much in the mop-up stage,” fire Capt. Steve Kaufmann said. Crews continued to work on containment lines over the weekend and paid especially close attention to the county's avocado and citrus orchards threatened by the flames. Two structures were burned, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Leaders Want To Create An Affordable Housing Complex In Chinatown
Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Cedillo and County Supervisor Hilda Solis today announced they will pursue creating a joint county-city affordable housing development in Chinatown. Cedillo, in a prepared statement, said they are doing this jointly to make a transit-oriented, mixed-use affordable housing development on land the county owns at 725 N. Spring St., also known as Parking Lot No. 45, which he said offers a suitable space that could generate "multiple public benefits." The housing complex would be about 1,000 feet from the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. The statement did not mention how many units it would possibly provide. "We are committed to deliver a project with 100% affordable housing, serving a range of targeted incomes, from extremely low-income to moderate-income households," Cedillo said. 
FOX 11

L.A. Suspends Uber For Refusing To Provide Real-Time Data On Its Scooters And Bikes
Following months of conflict over a controversial data-sharing policy, Los Angeles has temporarily suspended Uber's permit to rent electric scooters and bicycles on city streets and sidewalks. The company's subsidiary, Jump, must appeal the decision by Friday or leave the city, the Transportation Department told the company in a letter last week. For now, customers can still rent the vivid red scooters and electric bikes through the Jump app. In response, Uber threatened in a letter to sue the city over the “patently unfair and improper” suspension. The letter also questioned the validity of the “eleventh-hour administrative review process” that the city created last month. “Every other company that is permitted in Los Angeles is following the rules,” said Transportation Department spokeswoman Connie Llanos. “We look forward to being able to work with Uber on getting them into compliance.”
Los Angeles Times

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