This Week In The News (08/12-08/16)

CHP Officer Dead, 2 Others Wounded in Gun Battle on Riverside Highway

Monday, AUGUST 12th (Fox 5 San Diego) – A routine traffic stop turned deadly near the 215 Freeway in Riverside on Monday. Officer Andre Moye was filling out paperwork to impound the driver’s vehicle, when the suspect pulled out a rifle and opened fire on the CHP Officer. Despite being hit, Andre Moye managed to radio for backup before succumbing to his injuries. The suspect, Aaron Luther, who had previously been convicted of attempted murder and assault, was shot dead by other officers that arrived on the scene. When it was all said and done, both the suspect and Officer Moye were dead. Two other CHP officers were injured in the exchange. It is still unclear as to why the suspect decided to open fire on officers.

California Gun-Control Backers Concerned About Changing Federal Courts

Monday, AUGUST 12th (Capital Public Radio) – California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, but existing safeguards may now be in jeopardy. Those that are in favor of either upholding or strengthening gun legislation are fearful of the apparent conservative paradigm shift in federal courts. It could forever change the landscape of gun ownership and the ability to pass more stringent regulations on firearms and ammunition. As it stands now, California has a ban on high-capacity magazines. The very kind of firepower that has been behind some of the deadliest shootings in American history. Democrats are vowing to stick with it and keep pressing forward. Democratic California State Senator Anthony Portantino recognizes that state gun restrictions may be at risk of being overturned by newly appointed federal judges, but adds that the stakes are too high to back down now.

California Counties File First Lawsuit Over Trump ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Tuesday, AUGUST 13th (The Hill) – On Tuesday, two California counties filed suit against President Donald Trump in response to the administration’s latest act of subterfuge towards immigrants. The Trump administration is aiming to enact the “public charge” rule. Which would allow the government to deny entry or green cards to immigrants based on their use of public programs like food stamps and Medicaid. State representatives from Santa Clara County and San Francisco filed a temporary injunction to get the implementation date postponed, it is set to go into effect on Oct. 15th. Lawyers for the representatives argued that the rule is unlawful because it conflicts with the ‘broader congressional framework of U.S. immigration law’ and opens the door for health risks associated with people not seeking adequate healthcare out of fear of deportation. To make matters even more dire, the “public charge” rule would even consider factors like age, health and credit score when evaluating candidates for visas and green cards.

Chase Ends in Four-Car Crash in Spring Valley

Tuesday, AUGUST 13th (ABC10 News San Diego) – San Diego County Officers were involved in a high speed chase that resulted in a four-vehicle crash near Gillespie Drive and Jamacha Road in Spring Valley. Police were attempting to pull over a parolee when the suspect took off, ultimately causing the multiple car accident. Deputies reported that two people were injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. A deputy and his K-9 were also involved in the crash, but thankfully managed to walk away unscathed. The parolee was arrested without further incident.

4 People, Dog Killed In 2-Car Lancaster Wreck 

Wednesday, AUGUST 14th (CBS Los Angeles) – A fatal car crash occurred in Lancaster on Wednesday shortly after noon. A Toyota Avalon collided with a silver Volkswagen Jetta, ejecting all three occupants, who all later died from their injuries. The lone driver of the Toyota, a male adult, died shortly after being taken to the hospital. Two dogs were also in the Jetta at the time of the crash. One passed away at the scene and the other was transported to a nearby animal hospital, condition unknown. Two of the victims were identified as 41-year-old Andrew Thomas Saint and 38-year-old Wendy Fisher. It is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the deadly crash.

Mom of Five Who Was 9 Months Pregnant Killed Along With Unborn Baby in Hit-and-Run

Wednesday, AUGUST 14th (NBC Los Angeles) – LAPD is offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a driver that struck and killed a mother and her unborn daughter on Wednesday. The mother of five, soon to be mother of six, was crossing the street near her residence on Main Street south of 117th Street, when she was fatally injured. Keisha Saravia, 38, was nine months pregnant when she encountered the hit and run driver. Police are looking for a white sedan with front-end damage. If you know anything relating to this gruesome act of cowardice, please contact LAPD at 877-LAPD-247.

Lakers Sign Demetrius Jackson

Tuesday, AUGUST 13th (NBA.com)Without releasing any detailed terms of the deal, The Lakers went ahead and signed Demetrius Jackson earlier today. The Notre Dame alumni averaged 3.7 points and 6.5 minutes in six games for Philadelphia last season. Jackson once spent time with the Rockets and the Celtics, averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in eight games last season for the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League.

2 Killed, 1 Wounded in South Los Angeles Shooting, Authorities Say

Thursday, AUGUST 15th (ABC 7) – Los Angeles deputies and firefighters responded to a shooting on Wednesday night in the Florence area of South Los Angeles. Three male victims had been shot. One victim was pronounced dead on the scene and the other two victims were transported to a local hospital, with one dying shortly thereafter. The status of the remaining victim has yet to be disclosed, and no description of the suspect has been released. The only information being shared with the public is that the suspect’s vehicle was a dark colored sedan. Michelle Garcia, the victim’s aunt, said, “These people are normal people, decent people. I don’t even know why this happened.”