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Police shoot and kill armed assault suspect in Hollywood tourist area

The Hollywood and Highland intersection became the scene of an officer-involved shooting Dec. 5 when police shot and killed a man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon, authorities reported, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Police said the shooting occurred about 7 p.m. after LAPD’s Hollywood Division received a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, had a weapon, authorities said.

He was armed with a knife, police said. No officers were injured in the incident. The shooting closed down the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, one of the busiest tourist spots in Hollywood.

No other details were available.

 

Guantánamo prisoners transferred to Uruguay

The United States transferred six detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Uruguay this weekend, the Defense Department announced on Dec. 7, according to the New York Times.

They are the largest group to be moved from the prison since 2009 and the first to be relocated to South America according to a statistic given by the New York Times.

The transfer was also notable because the deal has been publicly known since it was finalized last spring.

President Obama had vowed to close the prison and has since transferred 14 detainees, leaving 134 still at the prison and with 67 approved for transfer.

The men being transferred to Uruguay included four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian. Each was recommended for release by an interagency task force in 2009, according to the New York Times.

 

Increased burglary notice in Newbury Park

Home burglaries have increased in Newbury Park according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The Thousand Oaks Police Department has set up mobile signs on Lynn Road and Kimber Drive announcing the fact.

“The hope is the signs will make people aware and they will pay more attention and call if they see people snooping around,” said TOPD Sgt. Jason Robarts in an interview with The Acorn.

Most of the crimes take place during daytime hours when people are at work, Robarts said.

Robbers will knock on front doors to determine if someone’s home.

Mostly, the thieves have taken cash and jewelry, according to police reports. Robarts said community members shouldn’t hesitate to call 911 if they see someone snooping around neighbors’ homes.

Sometimes people are reluctant to call police because they feel the situation isn’t enough of an emergency or might not be a true crime but when in doubt, call, he said.

 

CicLAvia kicks off for first time in South L.A.

The 11th annual CicLAvia bike festival kicked off Dec. 7 in the morning, marking the first time that the car-free route will go through South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thousands of bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and pedestrians are expected to ride or walk the six-mile route along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, extending from Leimert Park to Central Avenue, south of downtown.

Streets along the route will be closed to traffic. There will be food trucks, live music and farmers markets along the route. The cooler weather predicted for Sunday may encourage more people to participate, compared to the hot October day when the street party was last held, organizers said.

Previous routes have gone through downtown, East Los Angeles, the Westside and along Wilshire Boulevard.

The first CicLAvia was in 2010. The idea behind the festival is to promote public health and the environment by getting people out of their cars and rediscovering their city, organizers said.

 

EDITOR CORRECTIONS

In the article “ISIS discussion educates students on campus,” published on Nov. 19, the order of the professors in the photo were incorrect. The correct order were Sundar-Jovian Radheshwar, Rose Aslan, Ryan Medders and Paul Hanson.

The Echo regrets the error.