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Man Stabbed To Death On Nordhoff Place In Chatsworth
A man was stabbed to death late Sunday in Chatsworth. The stabbing was reported about 11:15 p.m. Sunday at 19775 Nordhoff Place, said Officer D. Orris of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations Center. Officers found the 30-year-old man suffering from stab wounds, Orris said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No suspect information was available, he said. The victim may have been homeless, Orris said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man, 18, Shot During Argument In Florence Area
A 18-year-old man was wounded when gunfire erupted during an argument in the Florence area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at 214 E. Florence Ave., according to Officer D. Orris of the LAPD’s Operations Center. The 18-year-old victim was involved in an argument with another person when he was shot, Orris said. The victim was taken by paramedics to a hospital, where his vital signs were stable, he said. The suspect fled the scene, Orris said.

Los Angeles Mayor's Home Vandalized After Restricting Homeless Encampments
Protesters gathered outside of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's residence Thursday night, leaving graffiti and damage to the property just hours after the Democrat signed an ordinance restricting homeless encampments in the city. Nearly 50 people gathered outside the mayor's home in Hancock Park around 7:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Protests began peacefully but resulted in dozens of police personnel responding in riot gear to break up the crowd. “No one was in danger. Our role last night was to facilitate a peaceful protest and make sure that everyone’s First Amendment rights were protected,” said LAPD Lt. Rex Ingram, according to a local CBS affiliate. Ingram said the protest started "getting a little out of hand" around midnight, leading him to call in units for a dispersal order. No arrests were made, and no injuries were reported. However, vulgar graffiti was placed on the outer pillars of the residence, with trash and toilet paper littered around trees. LAPD Officer Jeff Lee said an investigation into the incident is still underway, local station KTLA 5 reported.
Washington Examiner

Robbery Suspect Holes Up On Rooftop Before Being Arrested
A robbery suspect that Gardena Police and Los Angeles Police Departments were trying to take into custody refused, for a time, to surrender Sunday afternoon. The suspect holed up on a building rooftop off of South San Pedro Street between Manchester Avenue and East 87th Street for an hour. The man was eventually taken into custody by a team of LAPD officers. Another suspect in the robbery was arrested earlier.

2 Prosecutors File Retaliation Lawsuits Against LA County DA George Gascón
Two veteran Los Angeles County prosecutors who refused to implement the controversial decision-strengthening directive from district attorney George Gascon expelled them to an office where their bosses had few low-profile missions and few opportunities for promotion. I filed a lawsuit alleging that I did. Sean Randolph (former deputy juvenile director) and Leslie Klein Sonnenberg (former assistant director of domestic violence) filed proceedings in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday and Friday, respectively. They seek loss of wages and income, but otherwise seek unspecified damages. Gascon’s office refused to comment on the proceedings. Randolph announced on December 7, 2020, when Gascon took office, how to prosecute crimes, including a policy to abolish the ability of prosecutors to commit certain crimes against boys who comply with California’s “three-strikes law.” It claims to have issued a directive to make major changes. “Strike” method. “The directive prohibited the boy from being prosecuted for multiple crimes, even if he committed multiple crimes against multiple victims in one case,” her proceedings said. .. “In addition, the directive justified it and prohibited the juvenile from being prosecuted for an appropriate alternative fee if the success of the prosecution relied on it.” In addition, the directive, according to the proceedings, prohibited prosecutors from submitting stronger judgments to juveniles for violent crimes.
California News Times

LAPD Report On Echo Park Homeless Camp Cleanup Finds ‘Room For Improvement’
A Los Angeles Police Department report on the Echo Park closure and resulting protests in March found several shortcomings in the department’s response, including insufficient tracking of projectile weapons and poor communication with media in the field. The report concluded that the closure and subsequent fallout — which occurred after city officials determined that a homeless encampment in the park had grown out of control, necessitating repairs — might have been avoided if municipal park rangers had prevented the encampment’s expansion. “Had the encampment in Echo Park been adequately addressed in its early stages, there never would have been a need for a full-scale closure,” the LAPD concluded in its “After Action Report,” released Friday. “Currently, Park Rangers are missing nearly half their allotted positions. They simply do not have the resources to monitor every park in the City,” the LAPD report states. “To prevent another encampment from establishing itself in a popular public space, the City should make fully staffing the Park Rangers a top priority.”
Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti Visits South LA Site Where New Community Safety Partnership Has Lowered Crime By 35%
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was warmly greeted by residents and Los Angeles Police Department officers at South Park Friday. He heard about how things have changed here since his office created the Community Safety Partnership Bureau one year ago when the city saw a major surge in crime. Last July, the Community Safety Partnership Bureau brought the city’s 10 CSP sites under a single command. The sites were selected in high-crime communities. CSP places specially trained and selected officers in a 5-year assignment in one place so they can become part of the community and develop relationships with the people they serve. “So we know this isn’t just good in terms of community relations, it’s good for bringing crime down,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Because when people trust the police when the police trust the people, that’s the model we want to see.” The mayor’s office says over the past year, violent crime has gone down by 10% across the CSP sites. At the South Park site, it has decreased by nearly 35%. “Police officers want the same thing that the community wants,” said Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides, of the LAPD Commanding Officer CSP Bureau. “They want safety, everyone wants to be humanized, and understood, and that’s what’s most important about this program.” Residents work alongside officers to reduce crime by developing sports, recreation, and other programs as well as focusing on quality-of-life issues.

2 People Killed, Suspected Drunk Driver Arrested In South L.A. Crash
Two people are dead and one person was arrested in a South L.A. crash early Sunday, police said. At around 4:39 a.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to the call of a two vehicle crash on the southbound 110 freeway near Slauson Avenue. CHP found a 2014 Hyundai and a 2017 Buick blocking the number 3 and 4 lanes on the highway. The occupants of the Hyundai were declared dead at the scene, officials said. The driver of the Buick, 30-year-old Dawan Marzett, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Central Los Angeles Area California Highway Patrol office at 213-744-2331. The identities of the victims have not been released pending notification of the next of kin.

Man Killed, Woman Injured In South L.A. Shootings; Detectives Suspect Connection
A man was killed and a woman injured in South Los Angeles on Thursday evening in a pair of shootings that might have been related, authorities said. At 5:45 p.m., deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s South Los Angeles station responded to a report of a shooting in a strip mall at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Imperial Highway, Lt. Derrick Alfred said. Inside a business at the strip mall, the deputies found a 26-year-old man who had been shot multiple times, Alfred said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Based on witness accounts and a preliminary review of surveillance footage, it appeared that, prior to the shooting, a four-door, light-colored sedan had pulled up to the curb along Vermont, Alfred said. Two men stepped out, and one or both opened fire on the victim, who was standing behind a Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the strip mall’s lot. The men ran back to the car, which drove south on Vermont, Alfred said. The victim ran into the business, where he was found by the deputies. A few minutes earlier, a woman had been shot about half a mile away in what detectives believe was a related attack, based on the timing of the two incidents and similar descriptions of the suspects’ car, Alfred said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Carjacking Victim Shares Frustrations Over Search For Justice
“Please give me the key.” When Shannon Dave first heard the suspect, she thought it was a joke and didn’t recognize the gesture the teen was making towards the waistband. Dave, a mother raising a child in the surrounding neighborhood, was surprised to think that someone was joking with her. Her fiancé’s car was parked at Jake’s Way and she was walking towards Pauline Court. Then she returned to the family gathered with some of the Tupperware she left in her car. The violent crime was the last thing she expected near elevated road 14, just a few hundred feet from where her family gathered. And as the teen quickly swung around what looked like a pistol, she heard the request again. Given the worst-case scenario, Dave partially knows she was lucky. A 17-year-old boy, who believes his agent robbed her, was recently released from Camp Afrapo in Laburn, a juvenile detention facility that served for seven months on charges of carjacking and robbery due to a series of crimes in November. Was done. He is currently detained at Schirmer’s juvenile delinquency facility. In the November incident, she was whipped with a pistol because a woman’s car was stolen near the Oliveview Medical Center and did not respond to the robbery’s request. The teenager then stole the car and crashed it from Sandy Drive in Canyon Country near where the latest allegations were made.
California News Times

Girl Struck In Head By Unknown Object While Jogging In Culver City
A 17-year-old girl was treated for a serious, but non-life-threatening injury after being hit in the head by an unknown object while jogging on a bike path in Culver City, authorities said today. The girl was running north alongside National Boulevard at Wesley Street at about 10 a.m. Friday when she spotted a suspect riding his bike behind her, the Culver City Police Department reported. “The suspect seemed to be intently watching her, while one of his hands was in his pants, possibly committing a lewd act,'' according to a police statement. “The victim became scared and attempted to run away, when she was hit in the head with an unknown object.'' She fell to the ground and momentarily lost consciousness. She regained consciousness and saw the suspect ride away north onto National Boulevard, authorities said. Police were dispatched to the scene and paramedics took the girl to an area hospital for her injuries. Culver City police urged anyone with information regarding the crime to call them at 310-253-6202.
Westside Current

Burbank Retirement Home Manager Fatally Stabbed At The Facility; Suspect Arrested
A 27-year-old manager at a Burbank retirement home was fatally stabbed Friday, and the man who allegedly attacked her was arrested, police said. The stabbing occurred inside the Burbank Retirement Villa West, 1911 Grismer Ave., shortly after 8 a.m., according to the Burbank Police Department. Police said a man who used to work at the home walked inside while armed with two knives and began stabbing a female manager in her 20s. She suffered multiple knife wounds to the neck and arms, collapsed and died at a hospital. Her name has not been released. Witnesses say the man ran away. Police confronted him a couple of blocks away. He waved a knife at officers who tackled him and booked him into custody on charges of murder. The suspect, identified as Paul Lawrence Dunbar Haney IV, 27, of San Fernando, is believed to be a former kitchen worker at the retirement home who was fired, although when and why is unknown. "He was an ex employee, recently terminated," said Lt. JJ Puglisi, a Burbank police spokesman. "We know she was a manager at the location. We don't really know a lot about the relationship, outside of that."

Huntington Beach Man Who Texted Selfie From The Capitol Riot Arrested After Tip To FBI
A Huntington Beach remodeling firm owner has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after he texted a selfie of himself at the insurrection to members of his church group, federal officials said. A member of Glenn Allen Brooks’ prayer group tipped federal authorities on Jan. 30. after he shared a picture he took of himself standing in a hallway amidst a crowd that had forced its way into the Capitol, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent. Brooks is seen with a white beard and red jacket in the photo, and is wearing a beanie decorated with an American flag and “TRUMP.” He entered the Senate side of the Capitol by climbing through a broken window, the FBI statement said. Once inside he was recorded holding a cell phone while taking photos. Brooks was accused of unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on restricted grounds in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, July 27. He was arrested two days later, and made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Daily News

Oregon Deputy Drowns While Trying To Help Child
A deputy with the Lane County Sheriff's Office drowned Sunday while paddle boarding at Foster Reservoir in Linn County. Lane County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy Monday as Courtney Couch, a 36-year-old deputy who had served in the position for seven years. Couch was paddle boarding and attempting to help a young child when she fell into the water and did not resurface, according to a news release from the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Couch was not wearing a life jacket, according to the release. Bystanders found Couch and brought her to the surface, where Linn County deputies and paramedics performed CPR and life-saving procedures, but she did not survive, according to the release. "The circumstances of how she fell in the water are not extremely clear at this point," said Sgt. Thomas Speldrich, a spokesperson for the Lane County Sheriff's Office. Couch was recreating with her family at the reservoir when the accidental drowning happened, according to the release. According to the Linn County release, deputies responded to a call just before 2 p.m., with the caller saying Couch had not been seen for minutes with multiple people searching.
The Register-Guard

NYPD Lieutenant Shot In Ankle During ‘Violent Struggle’ With Gang Member
An NYPD lieutenant was shot in the ankle during a “violent struggle” with a Bronx gang member, cops said Saturday. The lieutenant and three uniformed officers were responding to a 911 call on Lyman Place near Freeman St. in Morrisania at 11:55 p.m. Friday when they spotted the suspect, who took off running, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said. When cops caught up with the man, identified by police as 26-year-old Jerome Roman, a “violent struggle ensues,” Shea said outside Jacobi Medical Center at an early morning press conference. During the fight, Roman fired off one round, striking the lieutenant in the ankle. The shell casing got jammed in the pistol’s barrel, preventing him from firing again, Shea said. Roman is a member of the Lyman Place Bosses and has been arrested more than two dozen times, sources with knowledge of the case said. Over the years, he’s been arrested for weapons possession, obstructing government administration and tampering with physical evidence.
New York Daily News

Public Safety News

52 Firefighters Douse Pacoima Pallet Yard Fire Before It Spreads To Commercial Buildings Nearby: LAFD
Dozens of firefighters battled a pallet fire Sunday afternoon in Pacoima and kept it from spreading to neighboring buildings, officials reported. The fire was reported at 2:23 p.m. Sunday at an outside pallet yard located at 11017 N. Sutter Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an incident report. Responding crews reported “heavy fire” was threatening a one-story commercial building. It took 52 firefighters 31 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and keep the flames from spreading to nearby commercial buildings, LAFD reported. There were no injuries reported. Arson investigators were called to the scene to help determine the cause, the Fire Department said. No other information was released.

Coronavirus Cases Continue Upswing In L.A. County Amid Concerns About Delta Variant
The resurgence of the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant, continued Sunday with 3,045 new cases and five more deaths tallied, according to county public health officials. Authorities cautioned, however, that the latest figures might not be complete because of reporting delays on weekends. More than 1,000 people are now hospitalized with the virus in L.A. County, according to the latest update issued by the county Department of Public Health. The new statistics bring the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county to 24,685 since the pandemic began roughly a year and a half ago. A confidential document prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and first obtained by the Washington Post outlined troubling evidence of the threat posed by the Delta variant, concluding that “the war has changed.” Despite concerns about the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, the federal agency found that people who are fully vaccinated are still much less likely to be hospitalized or die of COVID-19 than those who are not. In Los Angeles County, nearly 62% of residents are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state figures tracked by The Times. About 54.2% are fully vaccinated.
Los Angeles Times

SoCal Firefighters Preparing For Hot, Dry Windy Conditions This Week
Firefighters are preparing once again for an elevated risk of fire as Southern California enters a week of hot, dry and windy conditions. Many valleys and inland communities can expect triple-digit temperatures through much of the week. Pair that with sparse rainfall leading to bone-dry conditions, and firefighters are bracing themselves. "We have not had any rain," said Michael Brown, a Los Angeles County fire battalion chief. "So all the vegetation, no matter where you are throughout Southern California, is extremely dry. That poses an extremely high fire danger and high risk for the firefighters on the ground." On Sunday, a fire broke out in Irwindale near the Miller Coors brewery, south of the 210 Freeway. The flames scorched about 27 acres before firefighters were able to stop the forward progress. They remained on scene late Sunday on guard against flareups. Fire agencies plan to have extra crews and equipment on duty this week. Some wind gusts are expected to reach 40 mph in foothill communities. Brown said the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area has already seen a few fires in recent days.

Local Government News

LA City Council President Says She'd Like To See A Vaccine Mandate For All City Employees
Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez is not mincing words when it comes to her frustration with people not getting the coronavirus vaccine. "I think we can all say that this has been an exhausting year for all of us," Martinez said during FOX 11's special report Friday night. "Having to convince people over and over again about the importance of vaccination and what it's doing to Los Angeles." As the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge across the area – 3,606 new cases were reported Friday, July 30 in Los Angeles County – Martinez does not want Angelenos to go "backwards" in the ongoing battle against the virus spread. "We don't want to go back to restrictions, restaurant closures and businesses having to close," Martinez said. "We need people to get vaccinated as soon as possible." At one point during her appearance on FOX 11's special report, Martinez said she would like to see all Los Angeles city employees get fully vaccinated. "I am pushing for a full vaccine mandate for city employees," Martinez said.
FOX 11



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