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January 3
Law Enforcement News
Virginia Officer Shot After Suspect Jumps Out Of Car, Vehicle Pursuit Ends In Gunfire
A Martinsville police officer was hospitalized after being shot Wednesday night after a vehicle pursuit that ended in gunfire. WSLS reports an officer, whose name has not been released, attempted to stop a Toyota pickup truck for a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated, according to state police. State police told WSLS the driver jumped from the moving vehicle and ran away on foot. Police found the suspect outside an apartment building and gunfire was exchanged. Authorities told WSLS it's unclear how many shots were fired. Both an officer and the suspect were hit at least once in the exchange. WSLS reports the police officer who was shot was flown to a North Carolina hospital and is still being treated for a non-life-threatening injury. WSLS reports Virginia State Police is investigating the shooting per standard policy. 

Louisiana Officer Shot During New Year's Day Traffic Stop

The Grand Coteau police officer shot during a New Year's Day traffic stop has been identified. Officer Kiara Harris was shot in the upper right arm while performing a traffic stop on La. 93. The suspect, Michael Dewayne Lucas, ran a red light and opened fire on Harris as she approached his vehicle, a statement from St. Landry Parish Sheriff Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux said. The accused attempted to drive away while Harris pursued him but crashed the vehicle into a ditch and fled on foot. He was later apprehended behind a home on Burleigh Lane. Officers found a Ruger P95 .9mm pistol in his possession, the sheriff's department said. 
The Advocate

LAPD ‘Monitoring' Developments After Iranian Military Commander Qassem Soleimani Killed In Airstrike

The Los Angele Police Department says they are monitoring the events developing in Iran after an air strike at Baghdad's international airport killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds military force and one of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic, was killed Thursday night in an airstrike in Baghdad, the U.S. Defense Department confirmed to CBS News. With Iran's government vowing “crushing revenge,” the U.S. State Department has issued an urgent warning for all Americans in Iraq to leave immediately. In a statement, the LAPD said there is no credible threat to Los Angeles at this time, but officials will continue to communicate with state, local, federal, and international law enforcement partners. “The Department is committed to ensuring the safety of our vibrant and diverse community, and we ask every Angeleno to say something if you see something,” the LAPD said in the statement.

New Surveillance Video Released Of Person Of Interest In Fatal Stabbing At Downtown LA Restaurant

The Los Angeles Police Department sought the public's help in finding the killer who stabbed a man to death while dining at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Los Angeles in front of stunned patrons and employees in broad daylight. The deadly stabbing happened at Margarita's Place, an eatery located near the intersection of Seventh and Main streets at 8:35 a.m. on New Year's Day. The two men, who authorities believe did not know each other, were eating at the counter when an argument erupted between them, police said. One man used a knife he apparently carried with him to stab the victim and then fled on foot. The victim was taken to a hospital where he later died. Authorities identified the victim as 56-year-old Homer Garcia, of Los Angeles.
FOX 11

Uniformed LAPD Officers To Start Patrolling Highland Park's Figueroa Corridor On Foot Starting Friday
Uniformed LAPD officers will start patrolling the Figueroa Corridor in Highland Park on foot during the weekends in an effort to improve community relations, Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo announced. The beat officers, who are assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's northeast division, will patrol the area on Friday Saturday and Sunday, officials said. The corridor along Figueroa Street includes several small businesses, restaurants, bars and the Highland Theater. The patrols will occur during the late afternoon and evening hours “to coincide with recent crime trends and pedestrian traffic,” Cedillo, who represents neighborhoods throughout Northeast and Central Los Angeles, said in a news release Thursday. “The officers will be highly visible, with the primary purpose of community engagement and building a trusting relationship with Angelenos living, visiting, working or traveling through the Figueroa corridor,” the news release states.

2 Men Sought In Robberies Targeting Liquor Stores In Mar Vista

Culver City Authorities are searching for two men suspected in a pair of armed robberies targeting liquor stores in Mar Vista and Culver City Thursday night and Friday morning. The men first entered Venice Liquor in the 12500 block of Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista and pointed a firearm at the clerk, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Stevens said. The robbers, who were both wearing ski masks and appeared to be in their early 20s, got away with about $3,000 before fleeing the store, Stevens said. No description of a getaway car was available. The same men are then believed to have struck Lucky 7 Liquor located less than a mile away in the 12400 block of Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Surveillance video shows the two robbers, who were apparently armed with a baton and a gun, walking around the store and approaching the counter. The clerk said they demanded money, so he handed it over.

Woodland Hills Fentanyl Binge Could Help DEA Learn About LA-Area Supply Chain

Four people who allegedly used fentanyl in a Woodland Hills hotel room — including one who went into cardiac arrest — were treated and released, a detective said Thursday, and investigators were working to determine where they obtained the powerful narcotic. Firefighters and paramedics found the two men and two women at 6:47 a.m. Tuesday at the Extended Stay America hotel at 20205 Ventura Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A hazardous materials team was summoned to the scene due to the potential danger of exposure to the drug, authorities said. Detective Robert Cervantes, with the Los Angeles Police Department's gang and narcotics division, said it was clear the two men and two women had gone to the hotel room planning to do fentanyl, since they brought Narcan nasal spray, which is used to counteract the effects of opioid overdoses. The man suffering cardiac arrest had marks on his chest from one of his friends trying to revive him, Cervantes said, adding the man had already received at least one dose of the Narcan before authorities arrived.
Los Angeles Daily News

Alabama Police Rescue Kidnapped Woman From Cage In Van, Arrest Los Angeles Man After Using Taser

A Los Angeles man is behind bars after police said he kidnapped a woman and kept her in the back of his van which he had converted into a cage. The violent incident took place in Alabama and was captured on police bodycam Sunday. The suspect was identified as Sean Sanders, a homeless man from L.A. with an extensive and violent criminal record, according to police. Police said Sanders had tried to drag the victim into the woods when a witness heard her screams. Sanders forced the woman into the van and fled. The good Samaritan followed behind and called police. Authorities cornered Sanders, but he refused to give up, holding the victim at knifepoint in the back of the van. Police eventually tased Sanders as they pulled the woman to safety. Police found that the back of the vehicle had been converted into a cage with wire covering the windows, blankets blocking any views, and the doors were chained shut. The victim suffered more than 30 blows to the head with a tire iron, police said. She is recovering at home.

Lab Says Its Marijuana Breath Analyzer Will Hit The Market In 2020
Testing a driver for alcohol impairment is relatively easy. Decades of research show drunken driving equals bad driving. Standardized tests mark various levels of impairment. And because alcohol passes through the system quickly, detecting its presence indicates recent use. But determining whether someone is too high to drive is a lot more complicated. Despite marijuana's growing acceptance nationwide and its legality for recreational use in California, there is no consensus on how THC, its psychoactive ingredient, affects drivers or what levels constitute driving under the influence. That has left lawmakers, police and users grappling with a critical question: If you're using marijuana, when is it safe to get behind the wheel? An Oakland company believes it's solved one piece of that puzzle. By mid-2020, Hound Laboratories plans to begin selling what it says is the world's first dual alcohol-marijuana breath analyzer, which founder Dr. Mike Lynn says can test whether a user has ingested THC of any kind in the past two to three hours. “We're allowed to have this in our bodies,” Lynn said of marijuana, which became legal to use recreationally in California in 2018. “But the tools to differentiate somebody who's impaired from somebody who's not don't exist.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Safety News

Firefighters Rescue Man Who Fell Into 50-Foot Trench In East Hollywood
Firefighters Thursday rescued a person who fell into an approximately 50-foot trench in East Hollywood. Shortly before 9 a.m., an adult male fell into a trench on a construction site located at 1411 N. Hobart Boulevard. The man was responsive and communicating with firefighters, officials said. Firefighters were able to secure the man with a two-line rope system in order to hoist him out of the trench. It took firefighters a little over 30 minutes to free the man. He was then transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation. Additional details were not immediately available.
FOX 11

Health Officials Warn Of Different Flu Strain Dominating This Season
Public health officials are warning of a flu strain that is dominating this season. According to Mission Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Jim Keany, the A strain of Influenza is usually seen early in the season but there is currently a spike in the number of people infected with the B strain. The A strain can mutate and poses the biggest risk for widespread infection but the B strain, that usually shows up later in the spring, is seen as more dangerous to young children. The CDC reported that in the first three weeks of December, three small children died from flu-related illnesses all linked to the B strain. “Right now, we're seeing a B strain surge,” said Keany. “The B strain is included every year. There are two predominant types of B strain and now the new flu shots are what we call quadrivalent shots, so it has two of the A's and two of the B's.”

U.S. Sends More Than 100 Firefighters To Help Australia Battle Flames

For the first time since 2010, the federal government is sending U.S. firefighters — including some from California — to help combat Australia's wildfires, which have burned about 12.35 million acres of land and killed at least 17 people. According to the National Interagency Fire Center — the government agency that is coordinating the deployment of firefighters from the U.S. — roughly 100 firefighters have been been sent to Australia over the last four weeks, with 50 to 60 more planned to be dispatched Monday. At least sixteen of those firefighters have been sent from California, where fires scorched thousands of acres across the state throughout the fall. Canada is also sending firefighters to Australia for the first time. Stephen Tulle, duty officer with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center, told CBC that a group of about 36 is assisting.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Launches Sidewalk-Merchant Permit Programs In Wake Of New Regulations
The Los Angeles Department of Public Works announced Thursday, Jan. 2, that it has established programs for property owners to apply for permits to place objects, such as planters, in front of their businesses and for street vendors to legally sell food or other items on city sidewalks and in parks. Property owners who want to install planters or other objects on public sidewalks can apply for a revocable permit through the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering website.
Los Angeles Daily News

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