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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Firefighters Battle Tough Blaze at Valley Glen Commercial Building

Firefighters Battle Tough Blaze at Valley Glen Commercial Building

At one point, firefighters had to take a defensive posture, fighting the flames from outside the structure.
Valley Physician's Assistant Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Selling a Controlled Substance

Valley Physician's Assistant Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Selling a Controlled Substance

Nikravan Hormuz, 70, helps manage a Ventura Boulevard clinic called “Urgent Care,” run by Dr. Yahya Hedvat.
Encino Doctor Arrested -- Again -- on Suspicion of Selling Narcotics

Encino Doctor Arrested -- Again -- on Suspicion of Selling Narcotics

Yahya Hedvat is already awaiting a trial on charges of selling controlled substances without a legitimate, medical reason.
Iranian-American Immigration Judge Sues Over Being Barred from Hearing Cases Related to Iran

Iranian-American Immigration Judge Sues Over Being Barred from Hearing Cases Related to Iran

A. Ashley Tabaddor claims the U.S. Department of Justice based its disqualification order on racially motivated and discriminatory criteria.
The Most Recently Hired LAPD Officers to Get a Raise

The Most Recently Hired LAPD Officers to Get a Raise

In a legal settlement, the Los Angeles City Council reverses the results of the last five years of budget slashing for about 1,000 officers.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Gets Five More Years

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Gets Five More Years

The Police Commission re-appoints him, voting 4-1 to extend Beck's tenure.
LAPD Alleged to be Downplaying Violent Assaults

LAPD Alleged to be Downplaying Violent Assaults

An LAPD watchdog will analyze allegations the department misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes as minor offenses in a one-year span.
Brown Reverses Decision to Parole Former Manson Follower

Brown Reverses Decision to Parole Former Manson Follower

This is the third time the 71-year-old Bruce Davis has been recommended for parole and rejected.
L.A., It's Official: You Have a New Fire Chief

L.A., It's Official: You Have a New Fire Chief

LAFD Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas won the unanimous support of the City Council today to become the department’s new chief.
Ex-LAPD Detective Gets 180 Days in Jail for Assaulting 3 Female Massage Therapists in Valley

Ex-LAPD Detective Gets 180 Days in Jail for Assaulting 3 Female Massage Therapists in Valley

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Horwitz also ordered Oris Pace to stay away from the women.
Car Crashes into Encino Deli

Car Crashes into Encino Deli

Fortunately, no one was hurt.
CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children Last Seen in Northridge Area

CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children Last Seen in Northridge Area

The biological mother allegedly abducted them, but then she showed up Wednesday night disoriented and alone. Now she's gone again.
Police Chief Signed off on LAPD Horse Purchase from his Daughter

Police Chief Signed off on LAPD Horse Purchase from his Daughter

The paperwork did not identify the horse's seller, said Charlie Beck, who is seeking another five-year term as the department's top officer.
Know CPR? Here's How to Get to Where You're Most Needed

Know CPR? Here's How to Get to Where You're Most Needed

An app was launched in Los Angeles County today that can connect a heart attack victim with someone nearby who knows CPR.
Encino Shooting: State High Court Affirms Double Murderer's Death Penalty

Encino Shooting: State High Court Affirms Double Murderer's Death Penalty

At the same time, the California Supreme Court vacated a ruling that found the killings were "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."
Man Accused of Scamming Elderly Motorists

Man Accused of Scamming Elderly Motorists

Prosecutors say David Stevens bilked the elderly out of $38,000 in the Valley, West Hollywood and West L.A.
Paramedics Respond to Hiker in Distress Near Braemar Country Club

Paramedics Respond to Hiker in Distress Near Braemar Country Club

The woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
LAPD Officers Flood City Council Chambers, Frustrated with Pay

LAPD Officers Flood City Council Chambers, Frustrated with Pay

They say many have to work two jobs to make ends meet.

Lightning Victim, a Lifeguard, on the Road to Recovery

Meanwhile, a vigil is set for 7 tonight to remember victim Nick Fagnano, who had attended school in Sherman Oaks and was on his way to USC.
Sherman Oaks Man Gets 7.5 Years for Taking Out Loans with Phony IDs

Sherman Oaks Man Gets 7.5 Years for Taking Out Loans with Phony IDs

Michael Demarco is also required to pay $3.7 million in restitution.