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November 8
Law Enforcement News

Ohio LEO Shot Serving Warrant Dies Dayton police
Det. Jorge DelRio has passed away, according to Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl. His death was announced during a brief media conference Thursday afternoon. He was 55 years old. DelRio is survived by his wife, five daughters and multiple grandchildren, including one on the way. DelRio was shot twice and critically injured Monday evening while serving a drug-related warrant as part of a DEA task force. “After a life of dedicated public service, Jorge will continue to give of himself to the greater community by being an organ donor upon his death,” Biehl said.
Dayton Daily News

Washington Deputy Hit By Suspect's Vehicle After Traffic Stop

A 60-year-old man was arrested for a slew of criminal offenses Tuesday night, including felony hit-and-run, after he hit a Thurston County Sheriff's Office deputy with his vehicle, charging documents show. The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, first-degree malicious mischief, felony hit-and-run, attempting to elude a police officer and two counts of third-degree assault. A K9 named Jaxx ultimately subdued the man Tuesday night and he suffered multiple bites as a result. The suspect was later taken to Capital Medical Center for his injuries. The deputy who was hit by the vehicle also went to an area hospital. He is now recovering at home, the Sheriff's Office said via social media on Wednesday.
The Olympian

‘Discount Bitcoin Bandit' Convicted In String Of L.A. Robberies
An East Hollywood woman known as one of two “Discount Bitcoin Bandits,” who robbed five people under the pretense of selling them digital cryptocurrency as it ballooned in value in late-2017 and early-2018, was convicted of a robbery charge Thursday, authorities said. Precious Lanay Fitzgerald, 29, of East Hollywood, pleaded no contest to a single count of second-degree robbery under a negotiated plea arrangement, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Fitzgerald also admitted the sentence-enhancing allegations that a handgun was used during the crime and that she had a prior felony conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. She's expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison when she returns to Los Angeles County Superior Court for sentencing on Nov. 22.

Man Pleads No Contest In Attack On South LA Senior Who Died 4 1/2 Years Later
A man pleaded no contest Thursday to second-degree murder for an attack on a 75-year-old South Los Angeles man, who suffered serious head injuries and was left bedridden until his death about 4 1/2 years later. Harry Leon Neely Jr., 45, is facing 15 years to life in state prison when he's sentenced Tuesday for the Aug. 13, 2005, attack on Harvey Sumpter, who was found bound and gagged inside his home, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Sumpter's death at age 80 on Feb. 19, 2010, was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, which cited complications from a “persistent vegetative state” and head trauma suffered in the attack. Neely, who entered the victim's house through a window, was identified as the assailant several years later as a result of DNA evidence and was arrested in March 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. He has remained behind bars since then.

Saudi Nationals Formerly Living In Riverside And Los Angeles Charged By Grand Jury With Smuggling Weapons Parts

Two Saudi nationals were charged by a federal grand jury in Riverside for allegedly buying more than $100,000 in weapons parts in America and smuggling the parts back to Saudi Arabia. Another Saudi national was charged in Los Angeles for similar offenses. Hatim Humeed Alsufyani, 36, and Mosab Alzahrani, 27, both of San Bernardino, were charged with one county of conspiracy to smuggle goods out of the United States without obtaining export licenses, according to court documents. Alsufyani was also charged with three counts of knowingly exporting weapons parts without a license, while Alzahrani was also charged with one county of knowingly exporting weapons parts without a license. Abdulwahab Mohammed A. Alabdulwahab, 30, formerly of Los Angeles, was charged with 15 counts of smuggling and 15 counts of knowingly exporting firearms parts from the United States without an export license.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Man, 19, Sentenced After Brutal Gang Hate Crime Assault On Black Special Needs Teen

A California man was sentenced to eight years in prison for the vicious attack of a black special needs student earlier this year. Bryan Blancas, 19, pleaded no contest on Monday to a hate crime charge in connection with the May 15 assault on the teenager outside the Poly Academy of Achievers and Leaders in Long Beach, officials said. Video of the incident shows Blancas and at least five friends chasing after the 16-year-old teenager and jumping him. He tried to flee but was surrounded, knocked "to the ground and punched and kicked him multiple times in the head, face and torso," the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The 16-year-old's mother told KTLA the teen suffered cuts and bruises from the attack, as well as a torn eardrum. She said her son is a special needs student. Blancas was arrested nearly a week later. Long Beach police said in May Blances was booked for attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang. Three other suspects were arrested in the attack, according to authorities.
FOX News

California ‘Awash In Guns,' Feds Say As They Target Illegal Firearms And Violent Crime
Last June, a police officer in the Shasta County city of Anderson pulled over a pickup truck driven by Jim David Travis, a 72-year-old convicted felon who was on searchable probation. By the time Officer Michael Hallagan finished searching, police seized a loaded .22-caliber Ruger pistol from his truck, a loaded Colt AR-15 rifle from under his bed and a loaded Mauser handgun tucked between a mattress and box spring at his home, court records say. Normally, Travis' case would have gone to court in Redding with prosecution by the Shasta County District Attorney's Office. Instead, Travis has been charged in federal court in Sacramento as being a felon in possession of a firearm and made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon, then was sent to be held at the Sacramento County Jail pending the outcome of his case. “In the old days, he would have been prosecuted by the district attorney,” U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said Wednesday at a news conference in Sacramento highlighting federal efforts to cut down on gun and violent crimes in the region.
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Firefighters Free Man Trapped For ‘A Couple Of Days' In Underground Sewer Pipe
Firefighters Thursday freed a man who somehow was trapped in an underground sewer pipe in the Wilmington area. Crews responded to a report that someone was “trapped 50 feet into a sewer pipe” near the 24000 block of South Baypoint Avenue in the Wilmington area around 12:15 p.m. An Urban Search and Rescue team was also sent to the scene setting up equipment for a confined space rescue. An Urban Search and Rescue team was also sent to the scene setting up equipment for a confined space rescue. Around 60 firefighters worked to free the man trapped inside. The man was originally heard screaming for help from a manhole a block away from the one he was eventually rescued from. According to L.A. City Fire, the biggest challenge in the rescue was locating where exactly the man was trapped in the sewer system.

The Woolsey Fire Hit Los Angeles County A Year Ago — And Left Some Homeowners Fearful They Can't Stay
The Woolsey was fast and furious, Los Angeles County's biggest blaze ever, a wall of flame that ignited south of Simi Valley and quickly rolled over hills and destroyed wildlife and homes – lots of homes – during a wind-driven push that ended at the Pacific coast in Malibu. Over three days, the Woolsey fire, which started a year ago Friday, Nov. 8, turned 151 square miles of golden chaparral into a blackened scar across the earth, in the shape of a plump, backward, craggy C straddling Los Angeles and Ventura counties. A quarter-million people fled out of harm's way. Three died. An estimated 1,643 structures were destroyed, about 900 of which were homes in Los Angeles County alone. That devastation upended the lives of thousands, many who had come to this rugged landscape to escape the bustle of Los Angeles County's dense suburbs. Over the decades, some homes had been destroyed in other fires, homeowners said, but the residents could largely fight off blowing embers with garden hoses.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

After Abrupt YPI Closures In San Fernando Valley, LA City Council Seeks Aid For Workers; Nonprofit Says Ex-Director Swindled Them
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez on Wednesday filed to add language to her proposal that seeks to help employees of the recently shuttered Youth Policy Institute find employment and possibly recoup their wages. YPI operated the Youth Source Centers in the northern San Fernando Valley as its lead contractor and employed more than 900 people throughout the city, which included the North Valley Work Source Center in Pacoima, the Family Source Center in Hollywood and two day labor centers in the San Fernando Valley. YPI announced last Thursday it would close due to financial issues to the shock of many of its employees. “The closure of these locations creates a tremendous void for our youth, for our families throughout the city of Los Angeles, and it's had an incredible ripple effect everywhere in the city,” Rodriguez said on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Moves Closer To Banning Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles On City Property
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to start working on laws to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on city property. The City Council instructed several city departments to come up with recommendations on how to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles within city facilities and at city-sponsored and permitted events. It also asked for a report identifying water sites and possible modifications to event permitting and vendor contracts. City Councilman Paul Krekorian said he wants to phase out single-use plastics due to their negative effects on the environment and that companies are monetizing something that should be a human right.

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