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November 7
Law Enforcement News

California LEO Injured In Hit-and-Run
A Santa Rosa police officer was injured Tuesday afternoon when a hit-and-run driver allegedly forced his patrol car off the street and into a tree. KPIX reports the officer, whose name has not been released, had to swerve in an evasive maneuver after a white hatchback started driving the wrong way, coming toward the officer's patrol car. As the patrol car swerved, the officer lost control, drove onto the center median and hit a tree. The driver of the hatchback fled the scene, KPIX reports. The officer was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and then released. His patrol car was totaled. The driver accused of causing the crash, later returned to the scene, authorities told KPIX. She initially denied any involvement but eventually accepted responsibility and consented to a police interview. She was arrested for felony hit and run and causing serious injury. 

LAPD Releases Security Video In Hopes Of Finding Hit-and-Run Driver

The Los Angeles Police Department has released security video in hopes of finding a hit-and-run driver that left a man with severe injuries. The crash happened around 11 p.m. on November 2nd. A 27-year-old man was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at Grand Ave and 9th Street in Downtown L.A. when he was struck by a vehicle driving southbound on Grand Ave. According to the police department the victim sustained fractures to his ribs and injuries to his knee and hands. Based on security video it appears the drive ran a red light. The suspect's vehicle has only been described as a dark 4-door sedan. A $25,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to an identification and arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Traffic Division, Detective Moses Castillo at (213) 833-3713, and/or email at
FOX 11

Home Invasion Robbery Suspects Target Sherman Oaks Home
A popular YouTube personality may have been the target of a home invasion robbery in Sherman Oaks and the suspects were on the loose Thursday morning. The robbery occurred about 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 4500 block of Tyrone Avenue, between Moorpark Street and Riverside Drive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Up to five suspects made their way into the home, tied up the victims, then made off with cash and jewelry. “We heard this banging on the door and it was one of the victims,” neighbor Craig Mayo told reporters at the scene. “He was tied up, had a tie around his wrist, in his underwear, scared, obviously, so we called the police.” A news photographer at the scene said the YouTube personality is Spencer Elmer, who runs the channel Elmo Films, which has nearly 240,000 subscribers. The identity of the victim was not disclosed by police.

L.A. Court Enters Judgment Against Sun Valley Man In Pump-And-Dump Scheme
A federal judge in Los Angeles has entered a final judgment against a Sun Valley man for his role in a pump-and-dump scheme in the stock of a Southland beverage and cannabis company, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday. The SEC previously charged David N. Osegueda and three others with deceiving a brokerage firm into allowing Osegueda and two co-defendants to deposit their Green Cures & Botanical Distribution stock into their accounts in advance of pumping up the company's stock price through a promotional campaign, regulators said. Osegueda and two other defendants then dumped their shares on unsuspecting investors, generating $1.9 million in illicit proceeds, according to the SEC.

North Hollywood Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy Charges
A North Hollywood man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal criminal charges that he conspired to smuggle more than 88 pounds of cocaine — concealed and suspended in grease — in household products that were mailed to Australia, then laundered up to $3.5 million of the proceeds. Vardges Markosyan, 47, whose aliases include David Petrosov, Giani Oncho and Laram Narman, is expected to be sentenced on Feb. 24, at which time he faces at least nine years behind bars, according to his plea agreement filed in Los Angeles federal court. Markosyan — who pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to engage in money laundering — admitted that from December 2014 until October 2016, he was involved in a drug conspiracy that procured cocaine and shipped it to Australia.

Malibu Creek State Park Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of Irvine Scientist, Attempted Murder Of 2 Children

A grand jury indictment was unsealed Tuesday against a man accused of killing a research scientist from Irvine, who was shot while camping with his two young daughters in Malibu Creek State Park last year. Anthony Rauda, 43, pleaded not guilty to the 16-count indictment charging him with the murder of 35-year-old Allergan scientist Tristan Thomas Beaudette, who was shot about 4:45 a.m. on June 22, 2018, while sharing a tent with his then 2- and 4-year-old daughters, who escaped injury. Rauda is also is also facing 10 counts of attempted murder — Beaudette's daughters are among the named victims — along with five counts of second-degree commercial burglary involving a series of crimes dating back three years. 
Los Angeles Daily News

10 Arrested For Recycling Fraud In Alleged Vegas-to-LA Smuggling Ring
Ten people have been arrested for allegedly smuggling tons of empty beverage containers from Nevada and Arizona into California in an effort to defraud the California Redemption Value fund, authorities announced Wednesday. Eight of the suspects allegedly participated in a scheme to bring large amounts of recyclables from Las Vegas to a dozen Los Angeles-area recycling centers, according to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. "Consumers in other states do not pay CRV on their beverage purchases, so any CRV redemption of out-of-state materials is theft and fraud," CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. "CalRecycle will continue to leverage every available resource to protect the integrity of the fund and safeguard the nickels and dimes Californians pay at the cash register," Smithline said.

Official: 2 Escaped California Inmates Arrested At US-Mexico Border
Two murder suspects who escaped from a jail on California's central coast eluded an intense manhunt, traveled hundreds of miles and crossed into Mexico but were arrested trying to walk back into the United States, authorities said Wednesday. Jonathan Salazar, 20, and Santos Fonseca, 21, were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at a port of entry in San Ysidro — the nation's largest border crossing — early Wednesday, said Monterey County Sheriff's Office Capt. John Thornburg. Thornburg said the two are in the custody of Monterey County officials and are on their way to a jail in Salinas. Salazar and Fonseca escaped Sunday from the Monterey County jail in Salinas after climbing through a hole they made in the ceiling of a bathroom, squeezing through a hollow wall and kicking open a hatch.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

LAFD Foundation Honors Firefighters For Bravery, Service
True heroes took center stage Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Fire Department's annual medal of valor ceremony where the department honored six firefighters for their bravery. Three firefighters — received Medals of Merit for their courage during last year's devastating Woolsey Fire, and two others were honored with special commendations for their lifesaving actions. The highest honor, the Medal of Valor, was awarded to Capt. Matthew Nolen who was on vacation with his family in Georgia when he stepped in to save a woman who was being attacked, confronting the attacker. “Well, we knew we had to do something, absolutely,” Nolen said. “As far as me being trained in any of that, nothing, but we knew we had to do something. We couldn't let that go by.”

Veteran LAFD Captain From Woodland Hills Station Dies While Off-Duty
Funeral services were pending Wednesday for a veteran Los Angeles Fire Department captain from the Woodland Hills station who died while off duty, authorities said. “The Los Angeles Fire Department is deeply saddened to announce the off-duty passing of an active duty member of our department, Capt. James V. Como,” LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said. “Rest in peace, Capt. Como.” Como, a 29-year veteran of the LAFD, died on Sunday, Humphrey said. His final assignment was at Fire Station 84 in Woodland Hills. Como is survived by his parents, his sister, his two sons and his brother-in-law, LAFD Capt. Joe Szabados.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA City Council Approves Program To Fund Student Savings Accounts
Students in Los Angeles, city leaders say, will greatly benefit from Opportunity LA's children's savings account. The LA City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the program. "I think it's due time that the city of LA expects more. And make sure that every child has access to higher education and a place in our city's future," said LA City Councilman David Ryu. Ryu and LAUSD educators believe having some sort of college savings is crucial to a student's long-term success. "We see experiments across the country - none as large as this one. The college rate of those who have invested early is almost three times that of those that don't start thinking about college at the earlier state," LAUSD Board Vice President Nick Melvoin said. Their research also found children with savings accounts are four times more likely to graduate from college.

‘Green Energy' Gets A Jolt After L.A. City Council Approves Major DWP Solar Project Agreement
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a Department of Water and Power purchasing agreement to connect to the Eland Solar and Battery Energy Storage Projects, a feat officials called one of the largest “green energy” projects in the nation and possibly one of the cheapest. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Nury Martinez as well as environmental activists and members of the mayor's Youth Council for Climate Action to announce the projects. “We have to cut to the chase — the 2020s have to be the action decade, the climate decade,” Garcetti said. “
Los Angeles Daily News

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