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Vince Ricci: Philanthropist Who Shot At Armed Would-Be Robbers Gets Conceal Carry Permit Revoked
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Vince Ricci: Philanthropist Who Shot At Armed Would-Be Robbers Gets Conceal Carry Permit Revoked

A nonprofit founder known for holding massive toy drives in Los Angeles claims his carry concealed weapon (CCW) permit got taken away after getting in a shootout with would-be robbers at his own home. Earlier in the month, Vince Ricci made headlines after he used his own gun to fend of apparent would-be robbers at his Mid City home. Ricci is seen on camera, which was taken November 4, walking up to his house, drink in hand and taking his keys out of his pocket. Two armed suspects jumped the fence of his home and one of them rushed Ricci from behind. "When I turned around, the first thing I feared for my family and for my daughter," Ricci told FOX 11's Marla Tellez in a Nov. 14 interview. Ricci, who was at his own home, fought back by opening fire at the suspects. Both suspects fired back before taking off from the scene. Now, a report from FOX News claims Ricci's gun permit has been revoked. "When the incident happened, there were only two things I could rely on: myself and the Second Amendment; and now that's in jeopardy. The leftist gun grabbers do not care about your safety. The NRA does," Ricci said in an interview with FOX News. Following FOX News' article, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying while city police are investigating the Nov. 4 shootout, LAPD did not revoke Ricci's permit. Leading up to the apparent loss of the permit, Ricci had openly supported law enforcement. "I support the police department," Ricci told Tellez in the Nov. 14 interview. "I think they're not getting the support that they need."

FOX 11

Mother And Son Killed In Westlake Hit-and-Run Crash, Authorities Say

A mother and son are dead after a hit-and-run crash in the Westlake area. The deadly crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities say a man was driving eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard when he hit two people standing on the sidewalk at South Burlington Avenue. The adult son died at the scene and his mother died at the hospital. The names and ages of the victims have not been released. Detectives say the driver ran away from the scene, but witnesses flagged down an officer in the area and they were able to arrest him. The official cause of the crash hasn't been determined, but authorities say they found beer cans at the scene of the crash. 


Bystander Fatally Shot During Street Takeover In South Los Angeles

A 23-year-old male bystander was shot and killed Friday night during a South Los Angeles street takeover, police said. Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call near 54th Street and Manhattan Place about 11:55 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They arrived to find a man on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound as numerous vehicles and pedestrians were leaving the area, police said. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification, authorities said. In recent years, street takeovers have become a regular occurrence in neighborhoods across Los Angeles County, where drivers perform stunts in the middle of busy intersections or race their vehicles in residential streets as spectators look on, posting videos on social media. These gatherings have on occasion turned deadly, with shootings and vehicle crashes.

Los Angeles Times

Nearly 2 Dozen Detained In Shooting Call At Downtown L.A. Warehouse

About 20 people were detained after a shooting was reported at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles early Monday morning. Officers responded at 2:49 a.m. to a shooting call in the 900 block of Avila Street, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed. Upon arriving, they searched the building and located about 20 people inside the warehouse. Police detained and questioned everyone who was in the warehouse but did not find a firearm or a victim, according to the spokesperson. Video showed men and women lined up on the street outside the building as police conducted their investigation. No arrests were made and no further details were provided about the incident.


Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Car In Jefferson Park

A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in Jefferson Park early Saturday evening. Officers were first dispatched to the scene at around 5:15 p.m. after learning of the incident, according to Los Angeles Police Department. They found a man in his 80s who had been hit by a car traveling eastbound on Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced the unidentified victim dead at the scene. Investigators say that the victim was running across the street in an unmarked crosswalk when he was hit. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene to assist officers with their investigation. The area is expected to be closed for several hours.


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CalFire Releases Photo Of Person Sought In Connection With 10 Freeway Fire

On Saturday, CalFire released an image of a person of interest in the fire that damaged the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. The fire, which was deemed to be arson, sparked a week ago on Nov. 11 at around 12:30 a.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department, Caltrans, city officials and other agencies have been working to assess the damages and work on repairing the highway. The closure of the 10 Freeway has caused delays and an increase in traffic in the downtown LA area. The freeway is expected to reopen by Tuesday Nov. 21, according to Caltrans. The suspected arsonist was described by Cal Fire as a man about 6 feet tall, about 170 to 190 pounds and between the ages of 30 and 35. He was seen wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, grey shoes, a green scarf, a backpack and a knee brace on his right knee. He may possibly have a burn on his left leg, Cal Fire said. For more details on the ongoing repairs to the 10 Freeway visit 


California Convicted Rapist To Be Released Decades Early From 170-Year Sentence

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is raising the alarm after the California Board of Parole Hearings agreed to release a convicted rapist after serving 29 years of his 170-year sentence. Cody Woodsen Klemp, 67, was convicted in 1994 of 40 felonies involving the repeated rape of his 14-year-old niece, who was placed in his care despite previous rape convictions, the D.A.’s Office says. The child eventually escaped Klemp’s home in Moreno Valley and informed her therapist of her abuse, which led to a criminal investigation. Klemp, who was in custody on domestic violence charges at the time, was then charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 170 years in prison, but is eligible for parole due to his age and time served as part of the Elderly Parole Program. The program allows special consideration be given to an inmate’s age, time served or diminished physical condition when determining if they are likely to commit additional violent crimes in the future. Klemp, who has previous rape convictions in 1976 and 1981, was determined to be suitable for parole due to his age, marketable skills and “low risk for violence.” The D.A.’s Office said he could be released from prison by March 2024 unless the Parole Board reverses its decision.


1 Florida Deputy Released, 1 Still Hospitalized After Being Intentionally Hit By Car

Hillsborough sheriff’s Deputy Manuel “Manny” Santos was released from Tampa General Hospital on Saturday after being treated for injuries sustained when a Brandon man struck him and another deputy with a car. Santos, 31, was met with applause and hugs from fellow deputies as hospital staff wheeled him out of the hospital’s front entrance. “The chances of me being here are pretty slim,” he told reporters. Santos choked up recounting the incident as his wife, Chelsea, and Sheriff Chad Chronister stood by his wheelchair. He said it wasn’t until later that his colleagues told him he pushed another deputy out of the way of the speeding vehicle, possibly saving his life. “That was the scariest moment of my life,” Santos said. Santos and Cpl. Carlos Brito, 39, were seriously injured Thursday when Ralph Bouzy, 28, hit them with a car after they were called to his Brandon home, according to the sheriff’s office. Chronister said Santos had a bilateral break in his leg with extensive ligament damage. Chronister said Brito, who is still at Tampa General Hospital, “faces a much more difficult road.” He has undergone a second surgery and doctors are “cautiously optimistic” that they were able to salvage enough viable muscle and tissue to avoid amputation, Chronister said.

Tampa Bay Times

Former Police Chief Killed In New Hampshire Hospital Shooting, Trooper Praised For Quick Response

Authorities have identified the shooter who killed a 63-year-old guard at New Hampshire State Hospital in Concord on Friday as John Madore, a 33-year-old man they described as transient. Investigators say Madore used a 9 mm pistol when he shot and killed Bradley Haas, of Franklin, New Hampshire, a state Department of Safety Security Officer working at the hospital’s front lobby entrance around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Speaking to reporters Saturday, officials did not release the name of the state trooper who immediately responded to the scene, shooting and killing Madore, who they said most recently stayed at a hotel on the Seacoast after spending time in the Concord metro area. “Make no mistake, if not for the heroics and sacrifice of Bradley Haas, the bravery of the New Hampshire Hospital staff, the unflinching response of New Hampshire State Police, this tragedy could have been much, much worse,” Gov. Chris Sununu said. “New Hampshire owes a debt of gratitude to them all,” he added. Haas had been a guard at the hospital since 2019, Attorney General John Formella said. Formella did not divulge what the role entailed but mentioned Haas was unarmed.

Boston Herald

Public Safety News

LAFD Frees Man Trapped Under Car In Downtown LA

A man who became trapped under a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles was rescued by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel Sunday evening. The incident at 228 E. Ninth St. was reported to the LAFD around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange. In less than 10 minutes, firefighters freed the man, whose lower body was stuck under the car. How he became trapped was not immediately clear, according to Prange. The man was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, Prange said. His condition was reported to be moderate to serious.


Firefighters Put Out Flames In San Pedro House

It took 34 firefighters 20 minutes to put out flames inside a single-story house in San Pedro Monday morning. The fire was reported at 3:46 a.m. at 200 N. Gaffey St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Nicholas Prange. It is suspected that the house was vacant, Prange said. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation, he said.


Mystery Illness Sickens Dogs In Several US States. Here’s What You Need To Know

An unusual respiratory illness has sickened dogs in several states, and veterinarians are trying to determine what’s making the animals ill while encouraging owners to take basic precautions. Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire are among the states that have seen cases of the illness, which has caused lasting respiratory disease and pneumonia and does not respond to antibiotics. Symptoms of respiratory illness in dogs include coughing, sneezing, nasal or eye discharge and lethargy. Some cases of the pneumonia can progress quickly, making dogs very sick within 24 to 36 hours. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has documented more than 200 cases of the disease since mid-August. It has encouraged pet owners to contact their vet if their dog is sick and told state veterinarians to report cases as soon as possible. According to the department, the reported cases have fallen into three categories: chronic tracheobronchitis that lasts at least six weeks and isn’t easily treated with antibiotics; chronic pneumonia that also doesn’t respond well to antibiotics; and acute pneumonia that can severely affect canines in as little as 24 hours.


About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents more than 8,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education.

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