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November 6
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Searching For Person Of Interest In Fatal Van Nuys Hit-And-Run
Los Angeles police have named a 21-year-old North Hills man a person of interest in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash in Van Nuys that killed a 22-year-old man. The crash happened about 10 p.m. Friday on Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Hatteras Street, when the victim exited a vehicle and ran across the street where he was struck by a speeding white Infiniti G37 heading northbound. Security video released by police appeared to show the Infiniti street racing with another vehicle before the crash. The victim, identified as Neri Ramirez Chalo, died at the scene. The vehicle that struck Chalo was found about a half mile away from the scene of the accident. Police are now looking for Roberto Ocampo, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case. He is a Hispanic man, about 5-foot-8-inches tall and 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Domestic Dispute Escalates Into Car Chase, Ends With SUV Nearly Crashing Into Reseda Home
A man was taken into custody Sunday after a car nearly crashed into a house in Reseda following an argument between the man and a female which escalated into a car chase. Details surrounding the nature of the domestic dispute between the couple were not immediately available, but it ended with the woman driver barreling onto the yard of a home near the corner of Vanowen Street and Zelzah Avenue around 1 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses say the man was chasing the woman driver. The woman behind the wheel of the SUV rammed through a fence and short brick barrier and ended up on the front yard, managing to avoid causing any significant damage to the house. The man was seen in handcuffs at the scene where the car crashed and the woman was reportedly taken to a hospital for unknown injuries.

West Hills Elementary School On Lockdown While LAPD Searches For Stolen-Vehicle Suspect; Arrest Made
Hamlin Elementary School in the West Hills area was placed on a precautionary lockdown Monday while police tracked down a stolen vehicle suspect in the neighborhood. Officers went to the 22600 block of Hamlin Street about 8:50 a.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. Police established a perimeter and urged people to stay out of the area. The man was taken into custody late Monday morning, and the school lockdown was lifted. The suspect's name was not immediately released.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, 71, Visiting From Mexico Goes Missing In Westlake District
Police Monday sought the public's help in locating a 71-year-old man visiting from Mexico in need of medical attention who went missing in the Westlake district. Victor Acosta, who is not familiar with the area, was last seen about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of South Coronado Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which reported that Acosta “is believed to need medical attention.” No details were made available about his medical needs. Acosta is Hispanic, 5-feet-5, about 170 pounds. He was wearing a tan shirt and black baseball cap when last seen. Anyone with information regarding Acosta's whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 to speak with Detective Merrill. After hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or

Armenian Power Gang Leader Sentenced To Prison In Southern California Case For Crimes Including $1 Million 99 Cents Only Debit-Card Skimming Scam
The co-leader of an Armenian street gang was sentenced Monday to nearly 18 years behind bars for multiple federal racketeering crimes, including a debit-card-skimming operation that siphoned more than $1 million from customers of 99 Cents Only stores across the Southland. Mher “Mike” Darbinyan, 44, formerly of Valencia, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to pay $170,000 in fines and restitution to the victimized financial institutions. According to court papers, he faces deportation to his native Armenia once he is released from prison. Darbinyan was found guilty in Los Angeles federal court five years ago of more than four dozen criminal counts, including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and was sentenced to a 32-year prison term. However, an appeals court overturned the convictions. Rather than face a second trial, Darbinyan pleaded guilty to 30 counts.
Los Angeles Daily News

Almost 1 Million Illegal Marijuana Plants Seized In California
Three years after Californians decided to legalize and license marijuana farms, state law enforcement raids this year seized nearly 1 million pot plants from illicit grows, a jump from last year highlighting that the black market remains a persistent problem. The just-concluded growing season saw the state's main enforcement program conduct 345 raids of illegal grow sites throughout California and the eradication of 953,459 marijuana plants, up from 254 raids last year that seized 614,267 pot plants, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Monday. Law enforcement agencies working together in the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program arrested 148 people and seized 168 weapons during this year's raids, up from 52 arrests and 100 firearms confiscated during last year's growing season. “Illegal cannabis grows are devastating our communities,” Becerra said.
Los Angeles Times

DEA Warns Of Counterfeit Pills Containing Deadly Doses Of Fentanyl
Federal authorities in San Diego issued a warning to the public Monday regarding the severe dangers posed by counterfeit prescription pills containing the extremely potent and often deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. Since the beginning of this year, there have been 92 local deaths involving the drug, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "That's how many of our neighbors in San Diego County have died from a fentanyl drug overdose so far in 2019," DEA San Diego Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers said. "That is 92 too many. The game has changed. Fentanyl is a killer, and our drug dealer or best friend are the murderers." Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl for distribution throughout North America, according to the federal agency.

Public Safety News

SoCal Can Expect More Large Blazes With Hot, Dry Conditions Likely To Extend Fire Season Through December
Last month's firestorms that saw dozens of homes consumed by flames across Southern California was just the beginning of what's expected to be a long, dry fire season for the region. The potential for destructive blazes will remain higher than usual for the rest of the year, with above-average temperatures and weak rainfall extending tinderbox conditions, according to the latest seasonal outlook from the National Interagency Fire Center. Temperatures are forecast to remain above average through early 2020, while wet weather is expected to arrive late this winter and will likely deliver below average rainfall. There's only a slight chance of more intense wind events than usual through the end of December, but winds that do come will have an easy time igniting a fire in exceedingly dry brush, experts say.

Local Government News

What Do You Think Of LAX's New Airport Pickup System? L.A. City Council Committee Wants To Know
After curbside taxi and ride-sharing pickups became a thing of the past last week, travelers coming home from Los Angeles International Airport had mixed opinions about the airport's new shuttle bus service. City Councilman Joe Buscaino, for example, heard complaints from many constituents, according to spokesman Branimir Kvartuc. “The other day someone in San Pedro said it took them four hours to get from LAX,” Kvartuc said. “The wait times for an Uber can be up to an hour.” Airport officials are scheduled to address these and other issues Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a meeting with the Los Angeles City Council's Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. The meeting is set to begin at 2 p.m., at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St. Members of the public are invited to share their opinions, and representatives for Uber and Lyft may also attend the meeting, Kvartuc said, adding that organizers were in the process Monday of inviting them.
Los Angeles Daily News

Don't Call It `Blue'; Metro Unveils Renovated 'A Line'

Light rail service between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach is now fully restored as an eight-month, $350 million renovation project comes to an end. The previously known "Blue Line'' is now the "A Line,'' as Metro slowly begins the process of switching from colors to letters to designate its rail and express bus lines. Renovation work on the line, Metro's oldest and historically busiest rail route, began in late January, fully closing the southern portion of the railway between Compton and Long Beach for four months. The construction switched to the northern portion of the line -- between Compton and downtown Los Angeles -- at the end of May. The renovation project included new switches, an upgraded control system, new overhead power system, new digital information screens and other technology at stations designed to make the rail system easier to navigate. 
FOX 11

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