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December 3
Law Enforcement News

Colorado Officer Critically Injured After Exchanging Fire With Suspect
A Fort Lupton police officer and a suspect who fired on him are are both in critical condition after police responded to a report of an armed person Monday night. Fort Lupton Police Department officers responded to the report of an armed person along the 200 block of Ponderosa Place at 10:40 p.m., according to a 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team press release. At the scene, officers received information about a suspect with a gun who was attempting to contact someone at a home in the area. As officers approached the residence a man began firing on them. Police returned fire and the suspect was shot. The officer and the suspect were both taken by helicopter to area hospitals. The 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team is handling the investigation.
Denver Post

3 Michigan Police Officers Shot And Wounded, Hostage Found Dead Inside Home, Officials Say
Murder and other charges are begin sought against a man who allegedly shot three officers and killed a 22-year-old father after taking him hostage inside his southwestern Michigan home, authorities said Monday. Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller said there was no apparent connection between the jailed suspect and Christopher Neal, who was killed. The law enforcement officers were injured but none critically during the 40-minute ordeal. Kalamazoo public safety officer Caleb Jones remains in the hospital but in good condition, Michigan State Police Trooper Mark Fletcher was treated for a leg wound and released from the hospital, and a sheriff's deputy was grazed in the head by a bullet but also has been released from the hospital. His name hasn't been released. Despite many rounds fired by the suspect, Fuller said officers didn't return fire “because they were worried about other victims.” Police say they heard gunfire inside the home before they went in and were shot. The suspect was captured as he tried to flee.
Chicago Tribune

LAPD Takes A Page From Batman, Testing Device That Uses Tethers That Wrap Suspects' Bodies
A new device resembling a gadget on Batman's utility belt will soon be in the hands of several hundred Los Angeles police officers to help detain individuals without using force. The tool, called the BolaWrap 100, fires a Kevlar cord that ensnares an individual's body to restrict mobility, giving officers seconds to swarm the person without using more drastic measures such as a Taser or gun. The handheld device, made by Las Vegas-based Wrap Technologies, sounds like a gun when it deploys a tether to entangle someone between 10 and 25 feet away. Barbs attached to the end of the tether grab hold of the person as it wraps around their arms or legs. Top LAPD leaders told the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, the civilian panel that oversees the department, last week that officers will start testing the tool for free for 90 days in January. The 200 devices will be given to officers across the city once they are trained, Deputy Chief Martin Baeza, head of the personnel and training bureau, said during a discussion about next year's budget. 
Los Angeles Times

Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Man Crossing South L.A. Street On Thanksgiving
Investigators are seeking the public's help in tracking down a motorist who fled the scene after fatally striking a pedestrian in the Chesterfield Square area of South Los Angeles early Thanksgiving morning. The man was crossing south on the 2000 block of Florence Avenue near a strip mall when a sedan struck him around 6:10 a.m. Thursday, the L.A. Police Department said in a news release. Detectives say the black, four-door car was headed west on Florence when it ran into the man just west of Gramercy Place. The sedan continued driving without stopping to check on the victim or render aid, police said. Paramedics responded and took the man to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries, according to LAPD. The victim's identity is “not available,” the police news release says.

Human Remains Found At Griffith Park; Investigation Underway

Human remains were discovered on Monday in Griffith Park, authorities said. The call came in around 9:30 a.m. reporting that human remains were found near the intersection of Griffith Park Drive and Camp Road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Few details were released by the LAPD, this is being investigated as an undetermined death. A woman walking a dog first discovered a human head. According to Chief Park Ranger Joe Losorelli, the remains appeared to be those of a man in his 40s or 50s, possibly white or Hispanic, and may have been dismembered by animals. It's unknown how long the remains were there before being discovered.
FOX 11

Man Critically Injured In Hit-and-Run Crash In Leimert Park
A man was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning with injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles. The crash was reported about 10 p.m. Monday near Crenshaw Boulevard and 43rd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. It was unclear if the victim was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the crash. A detailed description of the suspect vehicle was not immediately available.

Van Nuys Chase Ends With Suspected DUI Driver Crashing Into Front Yard Of Home
A police chase ended when a suspect driver lost control of the car and crashed through a wall and onto the yard of a home in Van Nuys early Monday morning. The pursuit started around 1:30 a.m. after the suspected DUI driver failed to pull over during a traffic stop, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect fled but the chase only lasted about two minutes before he barreled into the yard on the 7400 block of Amestoy Avenue near Sherman Way. Nobody inside the home was hurt. After crashing, the suspect fled on foot but was quickly caught by officers who noticed an empty weapon holster strapped to his body. Officers later located a firearm in the area. The suspect was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and will face possible charges of driving under the influence and hit and run.

Woman With Down Syndrome Missing For Over Two Weeks
Police sought the public's help to find a 41-year-old woman who has Down syndrome who has been missing for more than two weeks. Noc Dinh was last seen by her family on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. in the 800 block of N. Broadway in the city of Los Angeles, police said in a news release. She was possibly seen on bus line 45 in Chinatown. Family members have been calling shelters and hospitals in the LA area. "We're all very hopeful that she's safe somewhere," said Denny Tran, a nephew. She has limited speech and may need medical attention. Dinh has black hair and black eyes. She is 4 foot 5 inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark blue pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit, Detective Merrill at 213-996-1800.

Los Angeles-Based Video Game Maker Riot Games Agrees To Pay $10 Million In Gender Bias Case
The maker of popular video game League of Legends has agreed to pay $10 million to female employees to settle a broad gender discrimination case. Los Angeles-based Riot Games will pay about 1,000 current and former female employees who have worked at the company in the last five years. The case against Riot Games claimed the company paid women less than men, passed them over for promotions and fostered a “bro culture” that excluded them. The lawsuit claims that culture led to sexual harassment and misconduct. Allegations of misconduct against women have plagued the video game industry for years. The plaintiff's lawyer, Ryan Saba, said the large settlement amount shows that Riot was serious about changing its culture.

Long Beach Man Arrested On Suspicion Of 20-Plus Armed Robberies At Stores Across Los Angeles, Orange Counties
A 26-year-old Long Beach man was arrested on suspicion of more than 20 armed robberies at retail stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties that spanned over several weeks, officials announced Monday. Darryle Samuel is suspected of carrying out the robberies in seven cities, starting in early October with the last one on Nov. 19, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Samuel was arrested a day after on Nov. 20, officials said. “The lone suspect would approach store employees, point a handgun at them and demand cash,” the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. The Sheriff's Department's Burglary-Robbery Task Force investigators used information by witnesses and collaborated with local patrol deputies to identify and eventually arrest Samuel. Investigators were able to identify two vehicles Samuel allegedly used during the robberies. After he was arrested, detectives discovered a firearm, clothing worn and cash, all believed to be related to the crimes, the Sheriff's Department said.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Has The Worst Porch Theft Problem In America
California has the worst porch theft problem in America, a new report said. According to a recent report by SafeWise, 30 percent of stolen packages in the nation are being stolen in the Golden State. San Francisco topped the list for the city with the most porch pirates with Los Angeles and Sacramento in the top ten. Porch pirates struck nearly 26 million Americans in 2017 alone, SafeWise said. In order to prevent piracy, experts are advising installing a doorbell camera or having your packages delivered to your workplace. Pasadena Police Department Lt. Bill Grisafe uses a doorbell camera to make sure his packages are safe. “Once I see that a package has been delivered, I call up my neighbor and they will come and pick it up up the package from my porch,” he said. Other options include picking up packages at the post office or at UPS and FedEx stores. Amazon customer Andrew White uses hub lockers after he had a number of packages lost.

Local Government News

LA City Council Poised To Elect Its First Latina President
San Fernando Valley area Councilwoman Nury Martinez is expected to take on the role of president of the 15-member Los Angeles City Council, following a vote by her colleagues set to take place Tuesday, Dec. 2. Last Wednesday, she received the blessing of the Herb Wesson, the longtime holder of that position, who authored a council motion nominating her to replace him. Wesson also expressed his support for South Bay Councilman Joe Buscaino to fill the president pro tem position. The position of City Council president is a powerful one that comes with the ability to make committee assignments. If her colleagues vote her in, she would become the first Latina president of the Los Angeles City Council. Her first day on the job would be Jan. 5.
Los Angeles Daily News

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