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January 2
Law Enforcement News
Texas Sheriff's Deputy Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop
A man who fled after fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in East Texas early Tuesday was later arrested in Louisiana and charged with capital murder, authorities said. An official with the Panola County sheriff's office said Deputy Chris Dickerson died after being shot numerous times. Chief Deputy John Depresca said the 28-year-old Dickerson had been with the sheriff's department for eight years. Gregory Newson, 47, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was arrested about an hour later following a high-speed police chase, Depresca said. Depresca said they don't know why Dickerson pulled the sport utility vehicle over near the town of Gary City, but he said Dickerson told dispatch at 1:57 a.m. that he was conducting a traffic stop on that vehicle. The sheriff's office said the driver fled after opening fire on the deputy, who returned fire.

Crime In L.A. Dropped Again In 2019. Police Credit Community Outreach And Gang Intervention
Violent crime in Los Angeles declined for the second consecutive year in 2019, which was the 10th consecutive year the city saw fewer than 300 homicides. Gang-related homicides and crime related to homelessness remain persistent trouble spots, officials said. But the overall crime picture continued several positive trends from the previous year, and officials said Los Angeles may be experiencing one of the safest periods in modern history. Homicides were at 252 as of Dec. 21, the same number as 2018 to that date. Violent crime, including homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults, slid by 3.6%. The number of shooting victims dropped from 985 to 924, a 6.2% difference. Property crimes also decreased. In the most dramatic decline, reported rapes decreased by 22.6%. But there were questions about how that statistic should be interpreted, and many advocates said that rape remains one of the most underreported crimes. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said the crime numbers show the department's emphasis on community policing is working. Continuing to partner with organizations such as the Gang Reduction and Youth Development Foundation has given the department more opportunities to work at the “neighborhood level,” Moore said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD: Man Fatally Stabbed By Apparent Homeless Man In Random Attack
Police are investigating after a man was fatally stabbed by an apparent homeless man Wednesday morning at a restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded at about 8:35 a.m. to a call of a stabbing at Margarita's Place, a Mexican restaurant in the 100 block of E. Seventh Street. The victim, a man in his 50s who lived nearby, was eating when he got into an argument with an apparently homeless patron who then stabbed the victim and fled. Police said the suspect was carrying the knife when he went into the restaurant. Police said they did not know what prompted the stabbing, but said the men did not appear to know one another.

Man Wounded In Harbor Gateway Shooting
A man was wounded Wednesday in a Harbor Gateway shooting, authorities said. It was reported at 1:10 a.m. on the 1600 block of West 228th Street, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Departments Operations Center. Multiple suspects in a truck fired at the 44-year-old man and he was hit, the officer said. The man had stable vital signs at a hospital, he said. No further information was available.

Police Chase: Driver Abandons Moving Vehicle After Crash, Apprehended At North Hollywood Supermarket

A man was taken into custody at a North Hollywood supermarket Tuesday afternoon after a chase through the San Fernando Valley ended in a crash. The pursuit made its way along surface streets in Burbank shortly before 12:30 p.m. and then headed toward the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Vineland Avenue, where the reportedly stolen SUV slammed into the driver's side of another SUV. The suspect continued on even after the collision sheared off the front end of the vehicle. The car limped into the parking lot of a nearby Ralphs supermarket, where the driver jumped out of the still-moving vehicle in an apparent attempt to flee on foot. Los Angeles police officers took him into custody without incident moments later. He did not appear to be seriously injured.

Nearly-Naked Man Flees Hospital, Arms Himself With Shovel And Terrorizes West Hills Neighborhood

A nearly-naked man fled from a hospital, grabbed a shovel and terrorized a West Hills neighborhood before he was taken into custody Monday night. The man in his 30s was wearing just a hospital robe when he walked away from a nearby hospital, police said. He found a shovel and was banging on doors and breaking windows of parked vehicles when residents called police. Officers responded to the 22800 block of Valerio Street and were able to convince the man to get on the ground and eventually surrender. He was taken into custody without further incident. Police recovered the shovel. Broken glass was visible at the scene. The man was brought back to the hospital. Police are investigating the incident for possible vandalism charges.

How Will California's New Laws Affect You?

California will ring in 2020 with hundreds of new state laws addressing a range of issues including monthly limits on gun purchases, more protections against high-interest loans, increased pay for low-wage jobs and the end of touring circus shows featuring exotic animals. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed almost 1,200 new laws this year, though not all of them take effect Jan. 1. Taken as a whole, the list embodies the uniquely Californian approach to governing. Most reflect the largely liberal viewpoint of the Legislature and its Democratic majority. Guns: Employers, co-workers and teachers will be able to ask for a gun-violence restraining order against a person beginning in September — no longer leaving the gun seizures only to families and law enforcement. If a judge agrees, one-year gun seizures from those who are thought to pose a danger to themselves or others could be extended annually for up to five years. Only Californians age 21 or over will be able to buy a semi-automatic rifle. And starting in 2021, all Californians will be limited to buying one of the rifles per month. A person banned from having a gun in another state can no longer legally possess one in California.
Los Angeles Times

NYC Ends 2019 With A Jump In Shootings And Homicides

As the city bids farewell to 2019, the NYPD will say goodbye to the steady decline in homicides it has proudly sustained over the last four years. For the first time since 2017 the NYPD will end the year with more than 300 homicides, officials said. As of Sunday, the city had investigated 315 slayings, 22 more than by this time in 2018, a jump of nearly 8%. An additional killing — the stabbing of a 31-year-old man in a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, apartment building lobby — took place on Monday, bringing the city's murder toll to 316. There were 289 murders last year and 292 in 2017, lows the city hadn't seen since the 1950s. Shootings in the city are up so far this year by 3%, with 772 incidents compared to 749 by this time last year. There were also slight jumps in robberies and assaults. The city has seen a drop in overall major crime this year, but just barely — police should end the year with a little more than a 1% reduction, or a drop of just over 1,000 crimes.
New York Daily News

Public Safety News

1 In Grave Condition After 4 People Exposed To Fentanyl At Woodland Hills Hotel
Four people were being treated Tuesday after fire officials said they were exposed to what's believed to be powdered fentanyl in a hotel room at the Extended Stay America in Woodland Hills. One of the four was in grave condition, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. She said the other three were in fair condition. Firefighters and police were called to the hotel at 20205 W. Ventura Boulevard just before 7 a.m. All four of the victims were in one room. It's not clear how long they'd been living at the hotel, which is available for weekly and long-term stays. Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Division were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday. A hazmat team was dispatched to the hotel to clear the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Preliminary 4.0-magnitude Quake Rattles SoCal
A preliminary 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Port Huneme coast Thursday morning, officials said. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck about 16 miles south of Port Hueneme at 2:13 a.m. and had a recorded depth of 6.2 miles. Southern California residents reported feeling the temblor in areas such as Oxnard, Glendale, Moorpark, Santa Clarita, Long Beach and Irvine. No injuries were reported and there were no immediate reports of damage.
FOX 11

California Eases Way For Forest Clearing To Prevent Wildfires
California regulators said Tuesday that they have streamlined the state's permit process to make it faster to approve tree-thinning projects designed to slow massive wildfires that have devastated communities in recent years. The state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection approved a vegetation management program based on more than a decade of analysis of the potential environmental damage from removing different types of fuel, ranging from alpine trees to chaparral. That will allow new projects to use the preapproved environmental analyses rather than starting fresh each time to meet the requirements of the California's strict environmental laws. Gov. Gavin Newsom equated it to the emergency orders he issued nearly a year ago to speed up approval of 35 forest management projects intended to help protect more than 200 communities in high-risk areas.




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