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November 6
Law Enforcement News

Ohio LEO Shot While Serving Warrant In ‘Grave' Condition
Jorge DelRio has been identified as the Dayton police officer shot Monday night while serving a search warrant with a DEA task force. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl described DelRio's injuries as “grave” and said he had been shot twice in the face. DelRio has served with the police department for 30 years. DelRio, along with other DEA task force members, approached a home sometime before 7 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road in Dayton when he was shot. DelRio was the only person injured, according to a release from Dayton police. Fellow officers loaded DelRio into a police cruiser and drove to Grandview Medical Center. Five suspects in the house were taken into custody and a large amount of fentanyl and cash was recovered at the address, Biehl said. Multiple weapons were also found at the home, according to a Dayton police statement.
Dayton Daily News

Man In Watts Shot And Killed While Waiting At A Traffic Light, Police Say
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after stopping at a red light in the Watts area of Los Angeles. The homicide occurred near the intersection of 103rd Street and Compton Avenue. Los Angeles police say the suspect, described only as a black male, walked up to the victim's car and fired multiple rounds striking the victim before getting in a vehicle and driving away. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released. A motive for the killing was not immediately known but LAPD believes the attack is gang-related. LAPD has not released additional details at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Sherman Oaks Hit-and-Run: Man Left For Dead In Street As Dozens Drive By
Disturbing new video shows a man run down on a busy street in Sherman Oaks - and then dozens of cars pass by without stopping to help. Investigators believe street racing is to blame for the crash that killed 22-year-old Neri Ramirez Chalo. The suspect remains on the loose. In video released by the Los Angeles Police Department, Chalo is seen getting out of his car on Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. He runs across the street and is struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. After that vehicle sped off, some 35 other cars pass by and fail to stop and render aid. Some even slowed down and drove around the body, then kept going. Chalo was pronounced dead by paramedics once they were finally called. LAPD says the vehicle that struck and killed the victim was driven by Roberto Ocampo, who is not in custody. Police said he was driving a 2008 white Infiniti G37 and they believe he is part of a car club that engages in street racing. A $50,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and successful prosecution of Ocampo.

Caller Leads LAPD To $800,000 In Stolen Artwork

This time, detectives didn't have to track down the stolen art. Someone brought it to them. Los Angeles police said Tuesday that they recovered $800,000 worth of prints by Scottish abstract expressionist Benjamin Creme after a caller said they were in a home in San Fernando. Police believe the nearly 1,300 prints were there for several years, but the caller who had them only recently checked a law-enforcement database and discovered they were stolen. The caller, who was not identified, told police they were found among a relative's possessions after she died. “The family took the stuff and had it stored in their house for several years when they finally started going through it and discovered the art was stolen,” Detective Steven Franssen said. “They immediately packed it up and took it to the police station.”
Los Angeles Times

Man Serving Time For Murder Is Convicted Of Raping, Killing Silver Lake Woman
In 1980 A man who was serving time in prison for murder has been convicted of raping and fatally stabbing a woman in her Silver Lake apartment in 1980, officials announced Tuesday. Harold Anthony Parkinson, 60, was found guilty of first-degree murder, and a jury also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a rape. Parkinson beat and stabbed Stephanie Sommers, 36, in her apartment along the 3500 block of Marathon Street on Aug. 30, 1980, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Investigators were able to link forensic evidence from the crime scene to Parkinson. Authorities did not elaborate on the investigation.

L.A. Renews Rewards In Two Double Homicides
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to renew two unrelated rewards — both involving double homicides from years ago — in hopes of finding the killers of a young man who volunteered at the sheriff's Norwalk Station and his friend, as well as whoever shot two other young fathers to death at a Compton gas station. Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended extending a $25,000 reward in the 2011 killing of 19-year-old aspiring deputy Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas in an unincorporated area near Whittier. Set to expire Wednesday, the reward will now be available for at least another 90 days. Rodriguez, of Whittier, and Villegas were shot as they stood in front of a house in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2011. The driver of a gray Scion sedan with two or three passengers pulled up in front of the men, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots.

Drifter Indicted On Murder Charge In Malibu Creek Campground Killing
A transient accused of killing a father at Malibu Creek State Park was indicted for murder by a Los Angeles County grand jury, moving the case against Anthony Rauda closer to trial. The indictment was unsealed Tuesday during a hearing at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles. It also charges Rauda, 43, with 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of burglary. Rauda was wheeled into court by two LA County Sheriff's deputies and a sergeant with his body, arms, and legs strapped to a "safety chair." One of the deputies recorded video with a small camera any time Rauda was being moved. Through his attorneys Rauda entered not guilty pleas to the charges and will return to court within the next two months to set hearing and trial dates.

6 US Children, 3 Women Killed In Drug Cartel Ambush In Mexico; 8 Children Found Alive
Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering at least six children and three women — all of them U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico — in a grisly attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk, authorities said Tuesday. The dead included 8-month-old twins. Eight children were found alive after escaping from the vehicles and hiding in the brush, but at least five had bullet wounds or other injuries and were taken to Phoenix for treatment. The attackers apparently killed one woman, Christina Langford Johnson, after she jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she wasn't a threat, according to an account published by family members and corroborated by prosecutors and a relative in a telephone interview. Around the ambush scene, which stretched for miles, investigators found over 200 shell casings, mostly from assault rifles.
Los Angeles Daily News

Fresh Data Shows How Focused Deterrence Can Keep At-Risk People From Crime
For the past 30 years, Detroit has struggled to contain a persistent homicide problem. Since 1990, the earliest year for which reliable data exists, the city's murder rate slipped below the country's top five only once. The year was 1996, and Detroit ranked sixth. The vast majority of Detroit's violence scars the city's East and West Sides. In 2013, the Detroit Police Department decided to tailor its response to these hot spots with an evidence-based intervention called focused deterrence, in which police use data to directly intervene with people at a high risk for involvement in violent crime. Detroit's focused deterrence strategy is part of a national program called Ceasefire. Officers using this intervention partner with social workers and parole officers to arrange call-ins with at-risk people, where they emphasize the legal and lethal risks of criminal behavior, and steer them to social service programs like GED courses and job training.
The Trace

Public Safety News

LA County Supervisors Really, Really Want You To Get A Flu Shot
Many seniors avoid getting a potentially life-saving flu vaccination based on misinformation, Los Angeles County officials said Tuesday. Seventy-seven of the 125 county residents who died of flu-related illnesses last flu season were 65 years old or older, according to the Department of Public Health, which prompted Supervisor Hilda Solis to recommend more outreach to older residents, especially in underserved minority communities. “Every winter the flu virus affects many of our loved ones,” she said, calling it “essential to focus on prevention efforts.” Solis raised a particular concern about Chinese-Americans living in the San Gabriel Valley. Flu-related illness was the No. 3 cause of death for seniors in this group, she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Fire Season Likely To Last Through December, With No Rain In Sight The sun was beginning to set on Halloween when a small fire began to glow on a hillside near Santa Paula. Within seconds — fanned by the most potent Santa Ana winds of the season — the blaze roared to life with immense speed, chewing through thousands of acres of bone-dry brush and eventually consuming homes. Devastating fire weather that ushered in a flurry of blazes across the state last month helped the Maria fire, which charred nearly 10,000 acres in four days, earn the title of this year's largest Southern California wildfire. However, experts caution the blaze may be a preview of what could be a long season of devastating fires amid gusty winds and dry conditions. A report from the National Interagency Fire Center, released Friday, predicts a higher-than-normal chance for other large fires in Southern California through December, with a late start to the rainy season looking increasingly likely.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. City Council's President Wants To ‘Pull Out All The Stops' For More Affordable Housing. Here's How
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson proposed today that all city-owned land designated for housing be used to build affordable units. “We are in the midst of a crisis and need to pull out all the stops to develop more affordable housing across Los Angeles,” Wesson said. “There are thousands of underdeveloped city-owned lots, close to transit lines that are ideal for new affordable housing.” His motion will initially go before the council's Housing Committee, where it is expected to be heard in the coming weeks. According to Wesson's proposal, Los Angeles has the second-least affordable housing market in the United States, behind only San Francisco, which he said can be attributed to under-building of affordable housing in Los Angeles County. Wesson's office said Los Angeles County has a housing shortfall of nearly 520,000 units affordable to the lowest-income renters, and there are more people who qualify for affordable housing and are rent-burdened than there are affordable properties.
Los Angeles Daily News

Bel-Air Mega-Mansion Should Be Torn Down, City Officials Say
Los Angeles city prosecutors are calling for an unfinished megamansion in Bel-Air to be torn down to its foundation, the latest twist in the saga over a colossal building at the center of criminal charges, court battles and an FBI investigation. Until recently, city officials had been working with real estate developer Mohamed Hadid to bring the building in line with city codes, requiring only parts of the building to be removed. But last week, City Atty. Mike Feuer and his prosecutors stepped up their demands, saying that a structural engineer had found that key structures supporting the building were deficient. In a filing, they asked a judge to stiffen the probation conditions for Hadid, requiring him to continue demolishing the building and leave only the parts of the foundation that had been driven into the ground.
Los Angeles Times

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