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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
LAPD Has No Immediate Plans to Release the Drones

LAPD Has No Immediate Plans to Release the Drones

Two drones, gifts from Seattle police, are in the custody of he Police Commission’s inspector general, who is awaiting new policies.

City Pilots Program to Give Vandals Neighborhood Justice Instead of Jail

Starting in the Valley, a mediator and volunteer panel made up of people from the community will decide how the crimes should be addressed.
Four Motorhomes on Fire in Woodland Hills

Four Motorhomes on Fire in Woodland Hills

Some nearby brush has also ignited, firefighters say.
LAPD Rank-and-File at an Impasse with Management over Salary

LAPD Rank-and-File at an Impasse with Management over Salary

A union statement acknowledges the move is "highly unusual" but blames the city for a “lack of good faith bargaining.”
Fingerprint Analysis in LAPD Backlogged, Delaying Cases

Fingerprint Analysis in LAPD Backlogged, Delaying Cases

The backlog has more than doubled in the last two years. Victims of thousands of burglaries, thefts and other property crimes wait.
Fire Department Giving Away Smoke Detectors, Did You Get Yours?

Fire Department Giving Away Smoke Detectors, Did You Get Yours?

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas wants to educate more Angelenos about fire safety.
Fire Destroys Four Vehicles in Underground Carport

Fire Destroys Four Vehicles in Underground Carport

The fire was reported about 3:50 a.m. in the 20400 block of Sherman Way.
New Law Will Change the Way You Drive Around Cyclists

New Law Will Change the Way You Drive Around Cyclists

Starting Sept. 16, a new law seeks to keep cyclists, young and old, safe on the road.
CSUN Rules Student's Death a Hazing; Fraternity to Disband

CSUN Rules Student's Death a Hazing; Fraternity to Disband

CSUN President Dianne Harrison said decisions about “individual student culpability and discipline” will be made following a different probe
UPDATED: Bomb Squad to Check Out Suspicious Package in Woodland Hills

UPDATED: Bomb Squad to Check Out Suspicious Package in Woodland Hills

Ventura Boulevard near Topanga Canyon is closed.
Motorcyclist Dies, Crashing into Vehicle Making a U-Turn

Motorcyclist Dies, Crashing into Vehicle Making a U-Turn

The crash was reported at 9:50 p.m. Monday at Winnetka Avenue and Victory Boulevard.
First West Nile Virus Death in L.A. This Year Is Valley Man

First West Nile Virus Death in L.A. This Year Is Valley Man

He was in his 60s and hospitalized when he died.
Relatives of Downed Cyclist Plan to Continue Suit Against County

Relatives of Downed Cyclist Plan to Continue Suit Against County

Although the L.A. County District Attorney will not prosecute, it was noted Deputy Andrew Wood was typing on a computer at the time of crash
D.A. Won't Charge Deputy who Struck and Killed Cyclist on Mulholland

D.A. Won't Charge Deputy who Struck and Killed Cyclist on Mulholland

Deputy Andrew Wood was typing on his computer when he hit Milton Everett Olin Jr., a prominent entertainment attorney from Woodland Hills.
High Speed Chase Takes Officers from Agoura to Tarzana

High Speed Chase Takes Officers from Agoura to Tarzana

The chase on the 1010 began near Reyes Adobe Road and ended in a crash near Reseda Boulevard.
Valley Doctor Arrested -- Again -- on Suspicion of Selling Narcotics

Valley 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.
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.
Homeowner Suffers Minor Burns in Woodland Hills House Fire

Homeowner Suffers Minor Burns in Woodland Hills House Fire

The fire on Stark Avenue was particularly heavy in the attic and the damage was extensive throughout the home.
19-Year-Old who Kidnapped Woman from Westfield Topanga Gets 84 Years

19-Year-Old who Kidnapped Woman from Westfield Topanga Gets 84 Years

Kioki Ray Snowden crimes include robbery, rape, other sexually-related crimes and identity theft.