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December 2
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Shot In Confrontation With Suspect Is Released From Hospital
A Los Angeles police officer who was shot during a confrontation with a suspect in Boyle Heights was released from the hospital on Saturday, police said. Members of the LAPD's gang unit were on patrol when they approached the suspect near Malabar and North Fickett streets shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, police said. The man pulled out a weapon and fired on the officers. One of the officers was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital. “Last night was a sobering reminder of the dangers police officers face when they put on the uniform — but they never shy away from protecting and serving their communities,” the LAPD tweeted Saturday in announcing the officer's release from the hospital. The suspect, who was not injured, was arrested and a gun was recovered at the scene, according to police. No further details were available.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Officers Hurt In Suspected DUI Crash In North Hollywood
Two Los Angeles police officers were injured early Monday when another vehicle hit their patrol car in North Hollywood, authorities said. It happened at 1:09 a.m. at Magnolia Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue, according to Officer N. Vargas in the LAPD's Department Operations Center. The officers were taken to a hospital with stable vital signs, she said. The driver who struck the officers allegedly ran a red light and was suspected of DUI, according to KABC7. The officers complained of pain as did the driver, who was arrested, KABC reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police: Intoxicated Man Choked California Officer
Authorities say a man allegedly choked a female police officer until she nearly passed out after she and other officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in Riverside. Riverside police say 41-year-old Salvador Mario Martinez was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges. He is being held on $1 million bail. Police say the officer is recovering from her injuries. A second officer was also hurt. Officers initially responded to a report of an intoxicated man who was throwing things around inside a Riverside home. He was fighting with police when he allegedly began choking the officer and had to be pried off her.

Man On Bicycle Shot To Death In Los Angeles
A man was shot to death late Sunday while riding his bicycle in South Los Angeles. A man in his mid-20s was found lying on the street near Figueroa and 89th at about 9 p.m. Sunday. He had a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. A bicycle was found near the body. The shooter was reportedly in a passing vehicle, police said. The investigation into the shooting continues, and a description of the suspect has not been yet been released.

Man Critically Injured In Pico-Union Hit-and-Run Dies On Thanksgiving; Driver Remains At Large
A 34-year-old man who clung to life at a hospital for a week after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in L.A's' Pico-Union neighborhood succumbed to his injuries on Thanksgiving, a detective said. Emilio Perez, a father of four from Los Angeles, was struck by a rented Tesla on the night of Nov. 21 along Olympic Boulevard, near Lake Street, according to LAPD. He was thrown 50 feet by the force of the impact. Perez remained hospitalized in critical condition since the crash and was pronounced brain dead several days later, according to Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo. He died Thursday night. The damaged Tesla that struck Perez was found the day after the hit-and-run, abandoned and concealed with a cover in the 1800 block of South Saint Andrews Place in Harvard Heights, police said at the time. Investigators tracking the rental of the car identified a 35-year-old L.A. woman as a person of interest in the case, but authorities have not made an arrest in connection with the fatal hit-and-run.

Pursuit Takes LAPD From Mar Vista To Lincoln Heights
A man and a woman were in custody Monday and Los Angeles police were trying to figure out why they refused to stop during a 1 1/2 hour pursuit from Mar Vista to Lincoln Heights, authorities said. It started in Mar Vista about 1:20 a.m. at Venice Boulevard and Boise Avenue when officers attempted to pull over a vehicle that appeared suspicious in an area where there had been some burglaries, Lt. J. Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Station said. “They weren't driving crazy, they just wouldn't pull over,” he said. The pursuit took officers from the west to the east side of the city and they occasionally dropped back and let a helicopter follow the vehicle, but it still didn't stop, Sanchez said.

Boy, 6, Taken From Foster Home In South L.A. Found Safe In Illinois
Police Saturday said a 6-year-old boy who was taken from a foster home in South Los Angeles by his mother during a monitored visit was found Friday in Waukegan, Illinois, safe, unharmed and with relatives. King Antwine was found at 6:30 p.m. Friday and was in the process of returning to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, police said. Antwine's mother, Felicia Jones, is still outstanding, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement. Antwine was removed from his mother's custody after an investigation by the DCFS and placed with a foster family, police said. Jones, 31, was allowed monitored visits and it was during a visit at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday that she removed the boy from the foster home in the 1800 block of West 29th Street, near Western Avenue, police said.

Man Faces Arson Charges In Downtown LA High-Rise Fire
A suspect has been taken into custody on suspicion of setting fires at a downtown LA high-rise condominium building, authorities said Friday. Firefighters sent to Metropolis at 877 Francisco St. at 11:01 p.m. Thursday extinguished the flames in about 50 minutes, according to the Los Angeles police and fire departments. Fires were set at “multiple” locations at the property, and arson investigators were sent to the scene, the fire department reported. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson, police said. His name was not immediately released. No injuries were reported, according to the fire department. 
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Killed, 54 Arrested For DUI In LA County In First 36 Hours Of Thanksgiving Enforcement Period
Two people were killed and 54 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on Los Angeles County roads patrolled by the California Highway Patrol during this four-day Thanksgiving maximum-enforcement period, authorities reported Friday. The maximum-enforcement period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the CHP reported. As of 6 a.m. Friday, there were eight people killed statewide on roadways patrolled solely by the CHP, five less than during the same period in 2018. In Los Angeles County, two have been killed, two more than during the same period last year. Statewide, there have been 314 people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in this 36-hour period, the CHP reported. That is 20 more than were arrested during this same period last year. Of those 314 arrestees, 54 were in L.A. County, which was five less than during this same the period in 2018, according to the CHP.

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward For Information On 2007 Homicide Suspect Cesar Herrera

The FBI announced Friday that it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 31-year-old Cesar Soltero Herrera, a suspect in the killing of a man in North Hollywood in 2007. According to the FBI, Herrera was involved in a fight with a man in North Hollywood. The victim hit Herrera in the nose, drawing blood, and Herrera allegedly left the scene but returned with a semi-automatic handgun and shot the man to death. Herrera was charged one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder by the State of California related to his fight with the victim. A warrant was then issued for his arrest Feb. 21, 2007. A federal arrest warrant was then issued April 26, 2007, after which the federal government added a charge of unlawful flight to avoid arrest. Herrera, who was born in Los Angeles, may be living in Mexico, the FBI reported.

Car Burglaries In Some California Cities Are At Crisis Levels. Prosecutors Say Their Hands Are Tied
An epidemic of car burglaries in San Francisco over the last few years has led one Democratic lawmaker to propose plugging a loophole in state law that allows some break-ins to go unpunished, but the Legislature has balked at prosecutors' requests to make obtaining convictions easier. The proposal, which would eliminate a requirement that prosecutors prove a car's doors were locked at the time of a break-in, has been shelved two years in a row in legislative committees. Lawmakers struggling with prison crowding and public pressure to enact criminal justice reform have been reluctant to do anything to put more people behind bars. But local officials and the legislator behind the bill say the legislation is needed to help chip away at a statewide car burglary problem that they believe has reached crisis levels in some cities. “It's ridiculous that under current law you can have a video of someone bashing out a car window, but if you can't prove that the door is locked you may not be able to get an auto burglary conviction,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced the legislation at the request of the San Francisco district attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LAFD Tackles Garbage Fire In Sepulveda Basin That Sent Up Huge Plume Of Smoke
Los Angeles firefighters Sunday afternoon doused a large garbage fire in the Sepulveda Basin, a blaze that sent up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles around. Fire officials said the blaze started just after 1 p.m. near a creek bed in the recreation area on the north side of the 101 Freeway near 16400 Burbank Blvd. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, said Margaret Stewart, an LAFD spokeswoman. The fire sent a large plume of black smoke into the air, but fire officials said only brush and rubbish burned. No structures were threatened. No one was injured. Shorty after the fire started, firefighters could be seen escorting what appeared to be homeless people carting away their belongings from the area. The Sepulveda Basin has seen frequent fires since the summer.
Los Angeles Daily News

FOX 11 News In Depth: The LA City Fire Chief

This week's In Depth is all about The LA City Fire Chief, Ralph Terrazas. SEGMENT A: How Firefighting has changed. While urban sprawl and changing weather conditions have made firefighting more difficult in the city of L.A, the department has grown and adapted to meet the challenges. LA City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas is a 35 year veteran of the L.A. City Fire Department. He has served as chief for five years.Terrazas says during the city's sometimes extended fire season, the department monitors the weather every day and during dangerous conditions they pre-deploy resources to be prepared. Terrazas says leasing aerial equipment like the air crane is more efficient than buying it.
FOX 11

Local Government News

City Council Seeks Ways To Strengthen Los Angeles' Tree Population
The Los Angeles City Council approved a series of actions this week aimed at strengthening the city's tree population. The council voted unanimously to instruct the Bureau of Street Services to restore its tree maintenance staff to pre-2008-recession levels, create a comprehensive street tree inventory and implement sidewalk designs to save street trees from removal. “If we want our trees to be here tomorrow, we need to prioritize them today,” Councilman David Ryu said. “Our trees have been undercut for years by budget shortfalls, drought and disease. It's time to start restoring Los Angeles' urban forest, starting with better tree policy, proactive tree maintenance and a long-term strategy.” Ryu proposed the actions with Councilman Bob Blumenfield.
Los Angeles Daily News

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