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Oct 2023
Car-to-Car Shooting Leaves 3 Dead In Toluca Lake: LAPD
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Car-to-Car Shooting Leaves 3 Dead In Toluca Lake: LAPD

Three people were killed Monday night in Toluca Lake after at least one gunman shot at another vehicle, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said. LAPD said they responded to a call of a shooting at about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street. There, investigators learned the occupants of a silver sedan opened fire on a black sedan. One person died at the scene and two others self-transported to a nearby hospital, where they later died. It's unclear if two of the shooting victims drove themselves to a medical facility or if another person had driven them. Police are searching for the silver sedan involved in the triple homicide. LAPD said that vehicle had three to four people inside. The investigation is ongoing. LAPD did not release details on the victims, such as their names, age or gender. 


Jack In The Box Employee Stabbed To Death By Transient: LAPD

A Jack in the Box employee was stabbed to death by a transient while taking a break outside the fast-food restaurant in Winnetka Tuesday morning, police said. Officers responded to the incident reported in the 6800 block of De Soto Avenue just before 2:15 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. Investigators believe two Jack in the Box employees were taking a break just outside the business when the suspect approached. Apparently, the suspect wanted to go inside the restaurant but was denied entry by the employees. That’s when investigators say the suspect got angry, pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the employees before fleeing the scene. The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died, police said. The suspect was described as a male Black transient. He was said to be wearing a black shirt and dark shorts and was carrying a large camping backpack.


2 People Shot On Wilmington Sidewalk

Two people were shot on a Wilmington sidewalk Monday evening. The shooting happened at about 5:10 p.m. at the intersection of East M Street and Sanford Avenue. The Los Angeles police department said both of the victims were male. One of the victims has died, however, it's unclear which person died. The suspect fled in a newer model of a gray Toyota Camry. He is believed to be in his 20s. The suspect was wearing a white ski mask with a skeleton print at the time of the shooting. 


Threatening Emails Sent To Los Angeles Schools Are Similar To Bomb Threats Received In Europe

A threatening email tied to bomb threats received by schools in Europe last week forced the shut down of several schools in Los Angeles County Monday but was deemed by authorities as not credible. Damien High School in La Verne was evacuated and school was canceled for the remainder of the day, according to a tweet by the La Verne Police Department. Several other schools across the county also closed for the day, according to law enforcement officials. “This morning a few of our Catholic schools along with other non-Catholic schools received a spam email [threatening] school safety,” the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said in a statement. Details about the threats to the schools and the number of students evacuated were not disclosed by authorities. The email was similar to one “distributed to schools and institutions in Europe last week that was found to be not credible and meant to cause disruption, panic and fear,” according to the archdiocese. Emailed bomb threats went out to schools last week in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, according to the Associated Press.

Los Angeles Times

California Man Sentenced 15 Years To Life In Prison In Deadly Beating Of 4-Year-Old Son

A Los Angeles man who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for fatally beating his 4-year-old son was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in state prison. Hirwin Calderon-Ordonez, 29, "admitted to the crime very early" and "showed remorse," Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said outside court after the sentencing. Calderon-Ordonez has remained behind bars since he was arrested June 6, 2019, by the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division. Calderon-Ordonez' son, Justin Sontay-Oxlaj, was pronounced dead at the hospital that day after being rushed to a hospital from his family's residence in the 4600 block of Honduras Street in the southeast Los Angeles area, according to the medical examiner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. An autopsy determined that the boy had died from blunt force trauma. The prosecutor said the child's injuries amounted to "massive blunt force trauma." 

FOX 11

California Family Involved In $600 Million Catalytic Converter Theft Scheme

Three members of a California family pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy for their role in a ring that shipped $600 million worth of stolen catalytic converters from California to New Jersey, federal prosecutors said. Brothers Tou Sue Vang, 32, and Andrew Vang, 28, along with their mother, Monica Moua, 58, were part of "a national network of thieves, dealers, and processors" who provided the stolen auto anti-smog devices to a metal refinery for more than $600 million dollars, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office. Twenty-one people from California and New Jersey have been charged in the case, prosecutors said. The three Sacramento family members pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport the devices in return for more than $38 million. Tou Sue Vang also pleaded guilty to 39 charges related to money laundering, prosecutors said.

FOX 11

CHP Officer Shot, Cruiser Destroyed After Man Tries To Flee Traffic Stop

A traffic stop on Interstate 5 took a violent turn Sunday when a man shot a California Highway Patrol officer, took the patrol vehicle, then crashed it. Upon investigating a vehicle stopped at around 11:40 a.m. near the Chard Avenue overpass in Corning, a CHP officer ended up in a gunfight. The officer sustained injuries as a result of the shooting, CHP said. The suspect proceeded to enter the patrol vehicle and head southbound on I-5. Continuing southbound, the vehicle eventually collided with a semi-truck, which caused both vehicles to head off the west shoulder and ultimately overturn. Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, without further incident. The officer, the driver of the semi and the suspect were all taken to local hospitals with injuries. Because of the incident, CHP closed two lanes of I-5 at Chard Avenue and further south at Thomes Creek. CHP said there are ongoing investigations regarding this incident, with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office taking the lead, and that additional information will eventually be released regarding this incident.

Chico Enterprise Record

'A Numb Moment For Us': Fatal Shooting Of Philly Officer Came Days After 3 Other Officers Were Shot

A Philadelphia police officer was shot and killed and a second officer was wounded when they confronted people breaking into a car at Philadelphia International Airport, police said. Interim Police Commissioner John Stanford said veteran officers Richard Mendez and Raul Ortiz had just arrived at work around 11 p.m. Thursday when they heard breaking glass and saw several people breaking into a vehicle in the parking garage area. A confrontation ensued, and Mendez was shot multiple times. Ortiz was shot once in his arm, Stanford said, and one of the suspects was also wounded. Both officers were taken to hospitals, but Mendez was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, Stanford said. Ortiz remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition. Both were assigned to the airport unit. The suspects fled the scene in an SUV that authorities later learned had been reported stolen in the city about a week ago. The vehicle was later seen at a hospital in Philadelphia dropping off 18-year-old Jesus Herman Madera Duran, who authorities say was believed to be involved in the confrontation with the officers. Duran was shot in the chest, abdomen and left arm and was pronounced dead around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Associated Press

Public Safety News

Los Angeles Fire Department Rescues Lost Hiker In Griffith Park

A 72 year-old woman got lost in steep terrain in Griffith Park Monday, prompting a rescue effort by Los Angeles Fire Department crews who found her uninjured. According to LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey, fire crews responded to the area west of the Bird Sanctuary Loop Trail around 3:45 p.m. Crews were able to locate the woman and began a ground-based rope rescue to bring the uninjured woman out of the difficult terrain. A pair of fire department helicopters responded to the scene to help coordinate the rescue effort, but Humphrey said crews did not anticipate the need for a helicopter hoist operation to lift the woman to safety. It was not immediately clear how the woman got lost and stranded in the area. 

Westside Current

Identity Of Man Found With Severe Head Trauma, Carrying Japanese Currency Still Unknown

Despite being viewed by millions of people on social media, the case of an unidentified young man who was found with a severe head injury earlier this month still has not been solved. The patient, an Asian male in his mid-20s, was found in the 3700 block of South Meyler Street in San Pedro on Oct. 9, according to Los Angeles County Health Services. He had a black backpack, a wallet containing Japanese currency, and several travel-size personal hygiene items but no identification, officials said. A photograph released by the health department showed the man unconscious and intubated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was in grave condition. He had suffered a traumatic brain injury; however, the nature of the injury was not disclosed. As of Monday, the photo had been viewed by over 16 million people on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Despite multiple responses, the patient is still not identified,” a spokesperson told KTLA. Authorities say the man is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 158 pounds.


Earthquakes Drills Coming To Los Angeles As It Gears Up For The Great ShakeOut

Are you ready to drop, cover and hold on? Millions of people will be participating in the International Shakeout Friday as Los Angeles residents practice what to do if an earthquake occurs. Earthquake safety is of top priority in this quake town. Over three million people in Los Angeles will be participating in the drills, the majority deriving from K-12 schools and districts. “While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others, all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country,” said the official Great California Shakeout website. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) found that Southern California experiences 10,000 earthquakes each year. Since 2015, Los Angeles has been retrofitting buildings under Ordinance 183893 to reduce structural hazards and damages during severe shakings. Individual preparedness is then the next step for safety precautions. Beyond “Drop, Cover and Hold On”, the drills are a reminder to update emergency plans and supplies. “The goal is to prevent a major catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community,” the official Great California Shakeout said on its website. 


Local Government News

Mayor Karen Bass And City Council Members Make Strides In D.C. Advocating For Increased Resources

Mayor Karen Bass and a delegation of six City Council members concluded the first of several days of meetings in Washington D.C. Monday to advocate for additional resources for the city -- with Bass reporting, "I think we definitely moved several of the decision- makers." The contingent -- including Council President Paul Krekorian and council members Bob Blumenfield, Eunisses Hernandez, Heather Hutt, Traci Park and Hugo Soto-Martinez -- will be meeting with White House officials and members of California's congressional delegation before returning to L.A. on Thursday. "It was an excellent trip. I think it was very important that we were here because we were able to make the case of L.A.," Bass told City News Service on Monday. "I think we definitely moved several of the decision- makers. "We have grants that are pending here," she added, "and (the city officials will be) making the case for why we need the resources and ... reminding everybody about the World Cup coming in 2026 and the Olympics coming in 2028, and the fact that we need to be prepared and get those resources to our city ASAP."

Westside Current

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