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January 30, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Colorado Man Wanted For Allegedly Shooting
A Police Officer Captured Bail was set at $1.5 million for Randy Ray Bishop, an "armed and dangerous" fugitive accused of wounding an officer during a traffic stop this month and escaping from another after stealing their gun, records show. Police captured Bishop on Sunday after spotting him driving a blue Mercedes in the 900 block of Tammany Drive in southeastern Colorado Springs, spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik said Monday in a news release. Officers signaled for Bishop to stop, but he fled, prompting officers to position their cars to "disable" Bishop's car in the 800 block, the release stated. Bishop, 35, was arrested on the suspicion of the following: two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, first degree assault, robbery, second-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree assault, felony menacing, child abuse, disarming of a peace officer, escape, robbery, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing or sale of a controlled substance, police said.
The Gazette

Florida LEO Hospitalized After Patrol Car Hit Head-On By Wrong-Way Driver

A 46-year-old Lakeland woman was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after causing a multi-vehicle crash, which included a violent head-on collision with a Polk County Sheriff's Office patrol car, Tuesday night, according to authorities. Two deputies were sent to the hospital following the head-on crash involving India Williams' pickup truck and their agency vehicle, the PCSO reported in a news release Wednesday. The crash occurred around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, when Williams drove into the southbound lane of Combee Road, hitting a PCSO patrol car head-on, according to the release. The two sheriff's office vehicles had finished a traffic crash investigation and were headed southbound on Combee Road, south of Don's Place and north of South Eastside Drive, when the collision happened, PCSO spokesman Scott Wilder said in the release.
The Ledger

LAPD Takes Possible DUI Suspect In Custody After Slow-Speed Chase Ends Near Beverly Center
Los Angeles police on Wednesday afternoon apprehended a possible DUI suspect in a sedan after it made its way along surface streets through neighborhoods in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Beverly Grove, authorities said. Authorities transitioned from a pursuit to tracking mode after the driver of the gray Mercedes-Benz allegedly refused to pull over during an attempted traffic stop about 1:30 p.m. About thirty minutes later, the car stopped at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Orlando Avenue. Several LAPD cruisers stopped behind the vehicle and officers used a PA system to issue commands to the driver. Minutes later, police slowly approached the vehicle and opened the driver's-side front door. The suspect exited and was taken into custody without incident.

Former North Hollywood Uber Driver Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison For Raping Intoxicated Passenger
A former driver for Uber was sentenced Wednesday to six years in state prison for raping an intoxicated female passenger in a North Hollywood motel room about 2 1/2 years ago. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Richman also ordered Alaric Spence, 49, of North Hollywood, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and not to have any contact with the victim for the next decade. “I've tried to process what happened to my body over time,” the victim wrote in a statement that was read in court by a Los Angeles Police Department detective. “Every night, I cried myself to sleep and used frozen spoons that I kept in my freezer to put on my swollen eyes in the morning.” Addressing the defendant directly, the victim wrote, “I forgive you, only so I can move on with my life.” The victim's mother said she needed to be in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom to face her daughter's assailant and to let him “know that what he has done is not right.”
Los Angeles Daily News

FBI Raids Los Angeles Church To Make Human Trafficking Bust
Federal agents raided a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles Wednesday in a human trafficking investigation that led to arrests of three church leaders in what prosecutors said was a decades-long scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S. The local leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church was arrested on immigration fraud charges in the early morning bust along with a worker who confiscated passports of the victims of the scheme and another who handled finances, the U.S. attorney's office said. Workers who managed to escape from the church told the FBI that they had been sent across the U.S. to work long hours soliciting donations year-round for the church's charity and were beaten and psychologically abused if they didn't make daily quotas, according to an affidavit filed in support of the charges. Some described having to live in cars at truck stops.

Chase Reaches Speeds Of 115 MPH Before CHP Takes Driver Into Custody In Canoga Park
A woman was taken into custody in Canoga Park on Tuesday afternoon after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a chase through the San Fernando Valley that reached speeds of up to 115 mph. The driver of a dark-colored sedan was apprehended without incident after she made her way from Chatsworth to a parking lot of a tire shop near the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Victory boulevards shortly before 1:30 p.m. She was suspected of erratic driving and unsafe speeds, according to authorities. At one point during the pursuit, CHP patrol vehicles backed off and went into to tracking mode, apparently due to the dangerous speeds that the car reached while traveling on the 118 Freeway. A Highway Patrol helicopter continued to follow the suspect from overhead. The woman was taken into custody about 45 minutes after the chase began.

Sentencing Delayed For L.A. Pharmacy Owners In Fraud Scheme
Sentencing was delayed Wednesday until Feb. 26 for two Los Angeles pharmacy owners who were convicted of a health care fraud and money laundering scheme in which they billed Medicare for medications that were never provided and laundered the illicit proceeds. After two hours of argument, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero delayed the hearing until next month to allow the government to provide calculations supporting the proposed amount of loss to Medicare caused by the scheme. Otero said he was “not convinced” by the prosecution's initial $34 million loss figure. Aleksandr Suris, 51, and Maxim Sverdlov, 45, both of Sherman Oaks, were found guilty in August of one federal count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Using DNA Technology, Authorities Charge Man With 1996 Fresno Rape And Murder
Authorities in Fresno announced Wednesday that have filed a murder charge in the rape and killing of a college student 24 years ago. Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp announced the charges against Nickey Duane Stane, 52, in the 1996 slaying of 22-year-old Debbie Dorian. Authorities said they linked Stane to Smittcamp's killing through a DNA match when he was arrested last year in a string of attacks on young women in Visalia from 1999 to 2002. He was arrested on those charges in October and remains in custody in neighboring Tulare County. An attorney for Stane, Tom Faulkner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Public Safety News

11 Injured, Including 3-Month-Old Baby, In West Los Angeles 25-Story Apartment Fire
An estimated 335 firefighters from multiple agencies knocked down a blaze and rescued evacuees at a high-rise apartment building that did not contain a sprinkler system in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West Los Angeles, fire officials said. The fire ignited around 8:30 a.m. on the sixth floor and quickly spread to the seventh floor of The Barrington Plaza Apartments, which is located near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Barrington Avenue. Firefighters who were handling another incident nearby on San Vicente Boulevard were radioed to the building.  Eleven people were injured, two critically, including a 3-month-old child who sustained minor injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Of the 11 people injured, six were taken to the hospital. Firefighters hoisted 15 people to safety from the roof. One man, believed to be an Airbnb guest of the burning unit escaped out a window and clung there until a firefighters could position a ladder close enough to bring him down.
FOX 11

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Seeks Report On Homeless Authority's Resource Use
The City Council Tuesday unanimously asked the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to deliver a report on types of services it provides to unhoused people and how those resources are delivered. Councilman Mike Bonin said LAHSA and the city direct resources toward people who are most in need of services and housing, but he said the system leaves behind many people who are better equipped to sustain themselves and might be more easily removed from the streets. “We all know that there are certain things that inevitably cause homelessness,” Bonin said, citing factors such as a lack of affordable housing, foster care, income inequality and domestic violence. “There are also known things about what causes homelessness to get worse,” he said. “It makes the number of people in Los Angeles that are homeless increase. It makes the cost of addressing homelessness increase, and it makes the experience worse and the trauma worse for people living on the streets.”

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