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October 28, 2021
Law Enforcement News

John & Ken KFI: More City Hall Corruption? $3M No Bid Covid Contract and a City Commissioner…
LAPPL Director Jamie McBride appeared on the John & Ken Show on KFI 640 AM. Click the image below to listen to Director McBride disclose the details of the pay-to-play deal using taxpayer funds. KFI AM 640

Tractor-Trailer Wanted For Hit-And-Run That Killed Woman Walking In South LA
The public's help is needed Wednesday to track down the driver of a tractor-trailer that fatally struck a pedestrian in South LA earlier this week. A woman was walking north near Grand and Gage avenues at 6:40 a.m. when a tractor-trailer turning right onto Gage from northbound Grand hit her. The driver left the scene without stopping to help or identify him or herself. Firefighters tried to help the woman, who suffered multiple severe injuries, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. She was later identified by her family and community activists as 39-year-old Iquisha Blaxon. A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Wednesday night at the intersection where Blaxon died. Security video from a nearby gas station captured images at a distance of the tractor-trailer, which may have been exiting the northbound 110 Freeway . It appears to have been a late-model, dark-colored cab with a possible company logo on the driver-side door. The trailer it was hauling was white with some numbering and lettering to the front and sides. Anyone with information about this crash can call LAPD Central Traffic Detective Berdin at (213) 833-3713. CBS 2

One Killed After Car Slams Into Building In Hollywood
One person was killed after a car crashed into a building just off the 101 Freeway in Hollywood. The collision occurred in the 1800 block of Vine Street just after 3:30 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol, a driver who was coming off the southbound 101 Freeway lost control on the Vine Street offramp and careened into the building. One person was confirmed dead at the scene, Los Angeles police at the scene told CBSLA. It's unclear if that person was the driver or a pedestrian. A Sig Alert was issued and the southbound Vine Street offramp was closed while police investigated and cleared the scene. The circumstances of the crash and the extent of the damage to the building were unclear. CBS 2

Video Shows Car Strike Woman On Electric Scooter In Downtown L.A., Sending Her Into The Air
A woman riding a rental electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday was struck by a car, sending her into the air and causing her to land headfirst onto the sidewalk. Just after 1 p.m., the 30-year-old woman riding a scooter was going westbound on 4th Street, against a one-way road, just past Main Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. A 2020 Chevy Spark was travelling eastbound on 4th Street from Spring Street when the driver crashed head-on with the scooter rider, according to LAPD. The impact launched the woman into the air, causing her to land headfirst onto the sidewalk. The driver exited the Chevy, which was reported stolen, and fled on foot without rendering aid or identifying himself to the victim, police said. He was last seen going northbound on Spring Street from 4th Street. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the scooter rider to a local hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit with severe injuries, but was in stable condition Wednesday night and is expected to survive. KTLA 5

LA Man Dies In Single-Car Crash On 405 Freeway In Costa Mesa
A 23-year-old Los Angeles man sustained fatal injuries in a crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday. The driver, whose name was not immediately released, was driving north in his 1992 Volvo at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday when the car drifted to the right, left the roadway and slammed into a temporary concrete barrier, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man was rushed to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead at 12:31 a.m.

LAPD Chief: Students Suspended Over Alleged Hamilton High School Sexual Assault
Students who allegedly took part in or witnessed an alleged sexual assault in a Hamilton High School bathroom have been suspended while an investigation continues, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Wednesday. Moore, speaking on ABC7, said investigators were working to identify all parties involved, including “the assailant as well as those that simply stood by.” “It's my understanding the school has suspended those individuals and they're not in the school location, which I'm thankful for, so they don't pose any further risks to the school population,” he said. The alleged assault occurred Oct. 20 in a boys bathroom at the campus in the 2900 block of South Robertson Boulevard. A video of the attack was posted on social media. Students told reporters the video depicts several male students surrounding and sexually assaulting a female student in the bathroom. Some students told reporters the girl was a special-needs student. Moore said he is also working with school administrators in hopes of determining “how do we prevent this from occurring in the future.” Los Angeles Daily News

Man Sought After Allegedly Assaulting Students
At UCLA's Drake Stadium Police at UCLA are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted several students at Drake Stadium Tuesday. The incident occurred about 5:50 p.m. at the stadium, located at 340 Charles E. Young Drive North, the UCLA Police Department said in a crime alert. The location is home of the Bruins men's and women's track and field teams. The man allegedly approached the victims, got into an argument with one victim and assaulted her. He then allegedly assaulted other victims before leaving the area. No injuries were reported, police said. Police indicated the victims are UCLA students, but it is unclear if the assailant is. No further details about the incident were released. The assailant is described as having short black hair and was wearing a jacket and dark-colored pants and shoes. Police released two images of the man, including one in which he is wearing a black face mask. Anyone with information about the incident or the assailant can call UCLA police detectives at 310-825-1491. KTLA 5

LA Man Admits To Selling Counterfeit Native American Jewelry A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Native American jewelry online and faces up to 20 years behind bars, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Robert Haack, 55, entered his plea in federal court in New Mexico on Oct. 19 to violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and wire fraud. A sentencing date was not announced. According to the plea agreement, on April 4, 2013, Haack listed and sold a fake piece of Native American jewelry on eBay to an undercover law enforcement agent, claiming it to be made and signed by famed Hopi Tribe artisan Charles Loloma. On June 15, 2014, Haack again listed and sold another fake piece of Native American jewelry online to an undercover law enforcement agent. Haack is currently out of custody and awaiting sentencing, the DOJ said. Los Angeles Daily News

Girl Arrested After Stabbing Victim Multiple Times In Santa Monica: Police
A girl was arrested after allegedly stabbing a person multiple times in Santa Monica Tuesday, officials said. Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon radio call around 11:40 p.m., in the area of 5th Street and Broadway, the Santa Monica Police Department said in a news release. Comments on the call indicated someone stabbed a person with a knife and fled the scene. Multiple police units and a forensics team were dispatched, along with the Santa Monica Fire Department for medical assistance. The victim was alert, although stabbed multiple times, and was able to provide a description of the suspect, police said. Officers interviewed multiple witnesses and located the suspect a few blocks away. A female juvenile was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. The girl, who has not been identified, was taken to a juvenile detention center, pending charges. The victim was in stable condition Wednesday. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451. KTLA 5

Culver City Police Seek Suspect Who Stole Bicycle At Gunpoint
Police today sought the public's help to locate a man who stole a bicycle from another man at gunpoint in Culver City. The victim was riding his bicycle in the area of Braddock Drive and Sawtelle Boulevard, near the San Diego (405) Freeway, at about 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 21 when he saw the man riding a bike ahead of him, according to the Culver City Police Department. The man blocked the victim's path and said the bicycle he was riding belonged to his friend. ``The suspect then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim and told him to walk the other way or he would shoot him,'' according to the CCPD. ``The victim, in fear for his life, gave the suspect the bicycle and walked northbound Sawtelle Boulevard and out of the area,'' police added. The suspect then rode his bicycle in tandem with the victim's bicycle southbound on Sawtelle Boulevard. He was described as a roughly 47-year-old Hispanic man who stands about 5-feet-8 inches tall with a medium build, according to police. He was last seen wearing a black hat, white T-shirt and a gray sweater. Anyone with information on the robbery was asked to contact Officer Jason Sims at 310-253-6391 or the watch commander at 310-253-6202. WestSide Current

Thieves Cut Hole In Store Wall, Stole 30,000 Cellphones Worth $2M, Michigan Cops Say
Surveillance cameras, an alarm system and a cinderblock wall didn't stop thieves from breaking into a Michigan store and making off with over $2 million in merchandise, police said. According to the Troy Police Department, multiple burglars cut a hole, roughly 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, through the wall of Super Fair Cellular the night of Oct. 16, and slipped inside, WJBK reported. The crew robbed the store sometime between about 7 p.m. and midnight, police said. Once inside, the suspects stole 30,000 cellphones, police told WDIV. They also took some bins and equipment from the store, including a pallet jack. Investigators estimate the total value of the phones at $2 million, outlets reported. The alarm and camera systems were damaged during the burglary, according to The Oakland Press. The suspects have not been found. Troy is a suburb north of Detroit and boasts a population of around 87,000. The Charlotte Observer

150 Arrested In Global LE Operation Targeting Dark Web Opioid Traffickers
An international law enforcement effort spanning three continents has resulted in the arrests of 150 people worldwide who have ties to opioid trafficking on the dark web. According to a release Tuesday from the Justice Department, Operation Dark HunTor was a partnership between the United States, Australia and Europe against the illicit sale of drugs and other illegal goods and services. The operation led to the seizure of over $31.6 million in cash and virtual currencies, about 234 kilograms (kg) of drugs, and 45 firearms. The arrests took place in the U.S., Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Bulgaria. Operation Dark HunTor built on the success of last year's Operation DisrupTor, which took down the world's then-largest illegal marketplace on the dark web, according to the report. “This 10-month massive international law enforcement operation spanned across three continents and involved dozens of U.S. and international law enforcement agencies to send one clear message to those hiding on the Darknet peddling illegal drugs: there is no dark internet. We can and we will shine a light,” said Deputy Attorney General Monaco in a statement. “Operation Dark HunTor prevented countless lives from being lost to this dangerous trade in illicit and counterfeit drugs, because one pill can kill. The Department of Justice with our international partners will continue to crack down on lethal counterfeit opioids purchased on the Darknet.”  PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Valley Glen Mobile Home Fire Burns Woman
A woman was burned early Wednesday morning in a mobile home fire in Valley Glen. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded about 12:36 a.m. to the Elm Lane Mobile Home Park on the 7300 block of Ethel Avenue, where they found one unit with heavy smoke inside. LAFD firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze and found a woman inside the mobile home with burns to her upper body, said a photographer at the scene. She was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  Los Angeles Daily News

LAFD's Staff Shortage During Fire Season Causing Firefighters To Worry
The Los Angeles City Fire Department is facing staffing shortages, which have plagued the department for years, but with the city's vaccination mandate approaching, some LAFD members are concerned. As of Wednesday, department officials said the department closed three engines, and converted four trucks into engines, meaning they closed the truck and used staffing to open the pump. The effect City-wide was closing four truck companies and adding an extra engine for the day. The department also closed six EMT rescue ambulances. The 38 trucks currently in service are operating with one less firefighter to try to minimize the impact, according to officials. Public Information Officer for LAFD, Erik Scott, said the shortages are not "new." "Staffing shortages are nothing new to the LAFD. As we've always done, we're going to continue to evaluate the ability to maintain operational readiness to respond within the city. Each morning the number and location of unfilled vacancies determine the companies to be closed but per department protocol, we never leave a station without a firefighting company," said Scott. FOX 11

Local Government News

LA City Councilman Calls For Banning Live Guns, Ammo On Film, TV Sets
A Los Angeles City Councilman introduced a resolution Wednesday to support legislation that would eliminate live guns and ammunition from television and movie productions, following the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in New Mexico by a prop weapon fired by actor Alec Baldwin. "While movies can be convincing and very realistic -- they are supposed to be make-believe," said Councilman Paul Koretz, who introduced the resolution. "A single gun accident, let alone a fatality, like the one that occurred on the `Rust' set and the ones that killed Brandon Lee and Jon-Erik Huxum destroy the lives of not only the victims and their families, but the lives of the other actors and crew who forever after are burdened with the emotional trauma of avoidable accidents. "The idea that even one misfire has caused danger is outrageous," he continued. "The clear solution is banishing live guns and ammunition from the sets of television and motion picture productions to eliminate all possibility of human error in the handling of weapons so that flawless oversight and restrictions guarantee that these kinds of accidents never happen again." FOX 11

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