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June 1, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Investigation Underway Following Fatal Shooting In Panorama City
Authorities were investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning in Panorama City. Los Angeles Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene of the shooting just before 2:40 a.m. on Willis Avenue. When they arrived, they found one man, said to be in his 20s or 30s, suffering from a gunshot wound in the street. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators disclosed that a suspect, reportedly a Hispanic male in his 20s, was seen fleeing from the scene on foot.  CBS 2

Video: Car Strikes Crowd At Street Takeover As The Illegal Gatherings Plague South L.A.
A car careened into a large crowd during a street takeover in the Vermont Vista area of South L.A. early Saturday morning. Cars were doing donuts in the intersection of Century Boulevard and Hoover Street, according to RMG News. People surrounded the car, and some of them jumped onto it before it drove away, causing them to fall off. Around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, another takeover blocked streets in the Florence area of South L.A. This event at Manchester Avenue and San Pedro Street reportedly included fireworks. KTLA 5

Watch: Driver Of Stolen SUV Arrested In East LA Pursuit
A driver was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit through the Ontario, downtown LA and East LA areas Sunday night. The driver of a red SUV was seen without headlights on and driving through residential streets, nearly crashing into several vehicles. The driver abandoned the vehicle and ran into some nearby homes as the vehicle continued rolling away slowly. The California Highway Patrol searched the area and finally took the driver into custody in East LA. The pursuit came to an end at Eastern Avenue and Dozier Street in East LA. Details about the driver's identity were not immediately available. NBC 4

Attempted Robbery And Stabbing Suspect Arrested In Culver City
A suspect wanted in an attempted robbery and stabbing at the Culver City Bus transfer station is custody. Police say they received a radio call for service regarding the stabbing around 4:30 p.m.. Upon the officer's arrival, a victim of a stabbing was located. Culver City Fire Department responded to the scene and provided medical aid to the victim who sustained a non-life-threatening stab wound to his right elbow. The victim stated that the suspect approached him while he was on the bus and began to punch him in the face unprovoked. During the assault, the suspect produced a hunting knife and stabbed the victim in his right elbow. After the stabbing, the suspect fled the area on foot. Officers responded and detained the suspect in the immediate area. While detaining the suspect, an additional victim approached CCPD Officers and stated that the same suspect had just attempted to rob him inside of the Trader Joes. The victim of the attempted robbery stated that the suspect approached him with an unknown object in his hand, demanded his wallet, and then attempted to physically remove the victim's wallet from his rear pocket. In fear for his life, the victim told police they were able to run away from the suspect and flag down CCPD Officers. WestSide Current

Man Arrested In Connection With Theft Of $3,650-Valued Microphone
The sheriff's Lost Hills/Malibu station Monday reported an arrest made in connection with the April 20 grand theft of a microphone valued at $3,650 from a Guitar Center in Westlake Village. The theft happened when two suspects entered Guitar Center, 30730 Russell Road, about 2:45 p.m. that day and approached a sales associate behind a glass display counter, the sheriff's Lost Hills/Malibu station reported. The suspects ran out of the store with a Neumann U 87 Ai microphone, valued at $3,650, when a credit card application was denied. A witness reported the suspects entering a gray sedan. It was unclear how authorities were able to arrest one of the suspects. The second suspect, they said, is in custody with another agency, arrested on suspicion of robbery. The sheriff's Lost Hills/Malibu station urged anyone with any information regarding the incident to contact them at 818-878-1808 or through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

3 Girls Hospitalized In Santa Monica Thought They Were Taking Ecstasy, But Overdosed On Fentanyl
Three teenage girls were hospitalized after overdosing on ecstasy pills laced with fentanyl at an apartment in Santa Monica. Two of them are in critical but stable condition, police said. Santa Monica police and fire personnel were sent to the 2000 block of 20th Street at about 11 p.m. May 25 on "a report of a possible overdose," said Lt. Rudy Flores of the Santa Monica Police Department. According to LA County Public Health, the teens purchased ‘blue circular tablets,' that was reportedly ecstasy, from a dealer online. They crushed and snorted the tablets and lost consciousness, the health department said in a statement. Health officials say the pills were contaminated with fentanyl and other yet-to-be-identified psychoactive substances. The three teens were all rushed to the hospital, two were listed in critical but stable condition and the third was conscious and alert. The teens all required "emergency medical intervention, including naloxone (Narcan) and a breathing tube," health officials said. FOX 11

LASD Marijuana Grow Operation Results In 100+ Arrests In Antelope Valley
A nine-day joint operation aimed at taking down multiple illegal marijuana grows in the Antelope Valley resulted in more than 100 arrests and the seizure of several tons of marijuana products, the county sheriff's department announced Tuesday. The Marijuana Eradication Team — which consists of the sheriff's department, the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife — served 278 marijuana cultivation-related search warrants in the Antelope Valley between May 17 and Friday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. The search warrants resulted in 105 felony arrests and the seizure of at least 40 firearms, including 11 ghost guns, sheriff's officials said. Authorities also seized more than 270,000 marijuana plants and nearly 57,000 pounds of harvested marijuana. The operation resulted in the demolition of at least 167 locations after authorities determined they were unsafe to work in, Villanueva said.

CHP Reports 15 Deaths, 891 DUIs On Memorial Day Weekend
California Highway Patrol reported Monday that 15 people have died and 891 have been arrested for driving under the influence in CHP's jurisdiction on Memorial Day weekend. CHP started its count at 6:00 p.m. Friday. One of those fatal collisions happened near the Antioch Bridge Sunday, killing one and injuring four others. CHP suspected that the driver may have been intoxicated. The crash involved a Mazda crossing over the double-yellow lines on State Route 160 and colliding with an oncoming car. The driver of the Mazda was killed and his three children, passengers in the car, were hospitalized with injuries. There were also a pair of high-profile DUI arrests recently, including Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Concord Vice Mayor Laura Hoffmeister was also arrested on May 25 on suspicion of driving under the influence. KRON 4

70 Missing Children, Including Sex Trafficking Victims, Found In Texas Operation
U.S. authorities said 70 missing children, ranging in ages from 10 to 17, were recently found after a three-week-long operation based in Texas. Many of the kids, who included victims of sex trafficking and physical and sexual abuse, were located in West Texas, according to authorities. Some were also found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as in Colorado and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which operates under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced the multi-agency operation, called "Operation Lost Souls." The operation ran from the end of April through mid-May, centered in El Paso, Midland, Ector and Tom Green counties of Texas. Local police departments, school districts and public safety offices were among the agencies listed as part of the operation. Officials held a press conference to discuss the results on May 25, which coincided with National Missing Children's Day. Law enforcement officials provided victim services and counseling to the children and their families, HSI said. Many of the children had been runaways, authorities added.  FOX 11

After Mass Shooting, NYC Explores Gun Detectors In Subways
In the aftermath of a mass shooting on a New York City subway train, the mayor floated a high-tech idea: deploy scanners that can spot someone carrying a gun into the transit system before they have a chance to use it. The technology to scan large numbers of people quickly for weapons does exist, and is used now to screen people at places like sports stadiums and theme parks. But security experts say installing such a system in the city's sprawling, porous subway system in a way that would make a difference would be difficult, if not impossible. The problem wouldn't necessarily be the technology — but rather the reality that scanners need to be accompanied by human operators to confront people carrying firearms illegally. “Logistically, it would be a nightmare. You're going to have to tie up a lot of officers doing this,” said James Dooley, a retired New York Police Department captain who served in the department's transit division. “We have hundreds of stations, and the fact of the matter is that putting someone at every entrance to every station is logistically impossible.” Associated Press

Guns Overtake Cars As Leading Cause Of Death For U.S. Youth. ‘I Just Didn't Think It Would Occur So Quickly'
For decades, the biggest threat kids faced growing up came from the automobiles they happily hopped into every day for a trip to school, the store or soccer practice. Now, it's gunfire. As the country mourns its latest school shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas, it also has reached a grim milestone: Guns now kill more kids and teens in the U.S. than auto accidents do. The trend has been building in recent years as automobile deaths have fallen with improved safety measures, while gun violence among the young has taken a growing toll. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2020, the most recent year available, firearms passed motor vehicles as the leading killer of those ages 1-19. “It was clear to me that it was just a matter of time,” said Dr. Lois Lee, a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Boston Children's Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School who has been studying the trend. “I just didn't think it would occur so quickly.” What's spurred the violence? Experts point to many causes — the frustrations of entrenched poverty and discrimination, glorification of gun violence in popular culture and entertainment, and too-easy youth access to guns in many states like Texas — all kicked into overdrive by the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mercury News

Public Safety News

1 Dead, 2 Hurt In Hansen Dam Crash: LAFD
A head-on car crash in Hansen Dam killed one person and trapped two more in their vehicles, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The two-car crash at 7:07 p.m. occurred in the 10800 block of Wentworth Street, according to Nicholas Prange of the LAFD. One person was dead when responders arrived, while two were extricated from their vehicles, Prange said. The two surviving people were taken to a local hospital in critical condition, the LAFD added in an alert. KTLA 5

Another 2,100 COVID Cases In LA County; 4 New Deaths
Another 2,151 COVID-19 cases were reported by Los Angeles County Tuesday, along with four additional deaths. The number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals dipped slightly to 479, down from 486 on Monday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 54 as of Tuesday, up two from the previous day. The new cases reported Tuesday lifted the county's overall total from throughout the pandemic to 2,976,323. The four new deaths gave the county a cumulative virus-related death toll of 32,133. Health officials said the numbers announced Tuesday are likely artificially low due to reporting delays from the holiday weekend. The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus was 4% as of Tuesday. The Department of Public Health noted that the rate is more than double what it was a month ago, when it was 1.8%.

Crews Battle Fire In Angeles National Forest Caused By A Car Accident
Los Angeles County firefighters went up to the trails north of Agua Dulce to battle a fire near the Bouquet Reservoir. The fire began at about 2:00 p.m. after a traffic collision on Bouquet Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road. According to Angeles Forest authorities, it was unclear if there were any injuries and they have not issued any evacuations as of 2:40 p.m. At about 3:15 p.m., the fire had spread to about 25-30 acres. About 30 minutes later, officials said that it had scorched 75 acres.  CBS 2

Roof Collapses In North Hollywood Commercial Building Fire
Firefighters working to put out flames that engulfed a North Hollywood commercial building had to shift to a defensive battle Saturday evening after the roof collapsed at the front of the structure but extinguished the blaze in less than two hours. The fire was reported at 5:09 p.m. at 6881 Troost Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart. The business on fire was Levi Goldstein Auctions. About 5:25 p.m., the roof collapsed at the front of the building and all firefighters were ordered out, Stewart said. All got out safely. The incident shifted to “defensive mode,” she said, with firefighters working with hoses outside the building to douse the flames and protect surrounding structures. More than 80 firefighters put out the flames at 6:55 p.m., Stewart said. They successfully protected adjacent buildings separated by just a few feet. No injuries were reported. An arson investigation was underway per protocol for a greater-alarm fire. Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Gas Appliances Would Be Banned In New Homes Under Ordinance Considered By LA City Council
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to have multiple city departments develop a plan for the implementation of a proposed ordinance that would require all new construction of buildings in Los Angeles to be zero-carbon. Buildings in Los Angeles account for 43% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector, according to Councilwoman Nithya Raman, who is leading the effort. Under her proposal, new zero-emission construction would not allow gas lines, with heating systems and other appliances instead being by operated by electricity. Appliances in the buildings would also have to be energy efficient. Once Los Angeles transitions to 100% renewable energy -- which the city aims to achieve by 2035 -- the buildings would operate on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's carbon-neutral grid. The motion was introduced by Raman with Council President Nury Martinez and Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Paul Koretz. ABC 7

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