`Significant’ drop in deputy-involved shootings reported

Sheriff Involve Shooting

LOS ANGELES – Deputy-involved shootings during the first nine months of the year were down significantly from the same period four years ago, Los Angeles County’s inspector general said Tuesday.

The 15 shootings that occurred between January and September represent a more than 50 percent drop from the same period in 2013, when 33 deputy-involved shootings were reported.

Inspector General Max Huntsman presented the data — published in an October report — to the Board of Supervisors as part of an update on policy changes within the sheriff’s department. The data include all shootings, whether or not they resulted in injury — with the exception of any unintentional incidents in which a deputy shoots himself or herself.

Three of the 15 shootings this year resulted in injury or death, according to the report.

Three fatal shootings were reported by City News Service this year: in Ladera Heights in March, in Firestone Park in April, and in Watts in August. Two of the three men killed were allegedly armed with a gun and the third wielded a “tethered weapon.”

Huntsman said his office is closely monitoring the numbers.

“I am cautiously optimistic that this reduction we’ve had since we implemented reform efforts is not just a blip,” Huntsman said.

Huntsman told the board he believed it was important to look at law enforcement statistics for a longer time period than just a year-over-year window, especially when dealing with small numbers.

The DIS numbers for the Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 time period dropped from 2013 to 2014, then bumped up by nearly 20 percent in 2015 before dropping again in the two years that followed.

Full-year data and a breakdown of all the numbers by non-injury and injury shootings were not immediately available.

Huntsman also reported on deaths of inmates in custody, totaling 21 so far this year. Three were suicides and 18 were due to either natural or unknown causes, according to the report.

Based on the timing, the total of 18 includes the death of 31-year-old Juan Correa Jr., who died Sept. 26 after reportedly falling unconscious in a shower. Correa had been pepper-sprayed by guards to break up his alleged assault on a cellmate and was escorted to the shower for decontamination.

The coroner has deferred a finding on the cause of Correa’s death pending additional investigation, according to the coroner’s website.

According to the inspector general’s report, the jail deaths highlight continuing concerns about medical and mental health assessments, inmates’ access to care — particularly for patients in acute distress — and communication between jail guards and health care workers.

A federal probe of county jails in 2014 found a lack of suicide prevention measures and a level of mental health care that violated inmates’ civil rights, leading to a 2015 settlement on remedial measures and federal oversight.

Huntsman said the problem remains serious despite ongoing efforts to hire more staff, ramp up management reviews and change policies to improve access to care and medications.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said many inmates who end up in jail after living on the street are dealing with a variety of health problems, including substance abuse.

County health agency chief Dr. Mitchell Katz “has pointed out to us several times the very frail conditions of many, many of our prisoners who have been on the street,” Kuehl said. “They’re hungry. They have various medical conditions.”

Roughly 27 percent of county jail inmates suffer from mental illness, according to recent department estimates.

Even more routine care can be difficult to access.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said she recently visited the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood and talked to women who said they had waited six weeks to see a dentist.

The board asked for a follow-up report by the Department of Health Services, which now oversees medical treatment in the jails.

Help ID kidnap suspect in Lancaster

Kidnap Suspect in Lancaster

LANCASTER – Authorities have released a sketch of a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 17-year-old boy at a bus stop in Lancaster earlier this month.

The teen was in the 44300 block of Sierra Highway about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 when a man between 30 and 40 years old offered him a ride home, which the boy refused, according to Ali Villalobos of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.

“The suspect then drove around the block, returned to the bus stop, exited his vehicle — a white two-door older-model Toyota pickup truck — and began chasing the victim,” Villalobos said. “The suspect grabbed the victim by his jacket, but the victim was able to get away and run to safety …”

The teen called 911 and the suspect got back into the pickup truck and drove away.

The suspect was described as black with a slim build and old acne scars on his face. He was wearing a black V-neck T-shirt and dark jeans.

Anyone with information that could help investigators track down the suspect was urged to call (661) 948-8466 to speak with sheriff’s Detective Esswein.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

Antelope Valley & Southern California Church Directory



If you are in the local area and in need of a church home.


Living Water Worship Center
 1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105

Lancaster, CA. 93534

  • Worship Service:  11:30 AM
  • Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM
  • Youth 4 Truth: Saturday before the 2nd Sunday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Empowering Men:  3rd Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Women of Word:  4th Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Food Ministry Every Saturday at 10:30 A.M.

Pastor Dwayne Jones


The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Tina Johnson


Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
  • Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone


Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West

Lancaster CA 93534

  • Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.

 Dr. John Ward, Senior Pastor  


Temple Ministries   
43913 15th Street West

Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  

Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
  • Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor


Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534


  • Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
  • Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
  • Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
  • Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
  • Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor

Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
  • Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
  • Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

LeNiel & Venus

Citadel of Praise, Int’l
44967 10th Street West

Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: 661-943-7846
Fax: 661-943-7846

  • Come and Worship With Us
  • Weekly Services
  • Sunday School ~ 9:30 A.M.
  • Morning Worship ~ 11:15 P.M.
  • Bible Study ~ Tuesday 6:30 P.M.
  • Evangelistic Service ~ Friday 7:00 P.M.

Pastor E.C. Davis

Pastor EC Davis



True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q

Palmdale CA 93550

  • Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday


 Al January, Pastor/Teacher

Los Angeles

Do Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles CA.  90044

  • Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
  • Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor


Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90061

  • Service Times
  • Sunday School:  9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
  • Conference Prayer
    Every Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.
    Phone No.  641-715-3630
    Pin No.  284045#
Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 



Dental Clinic for Veterans


In honor of the Veterans in our community AVCC will host a No Cost Dental Clinic for Veterans.

Saturday October 7, 2017 0900-1400
2151 East Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale

Saturday November 4, 2017 0900-1400
45104 10th St. West, Lancaster

Saturday December 2, 2017  0900-1400
2151 East Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale

First come, First Serve

The Pencilman Art Gallery

Clarence Pencileman Baby Pic

There’s a few of these Mr 44th President Obama limited edition lithograph prints available. Inbox me for special pricing this week.

Get your “GLAMOUR PIC DRAWING” scheduled today.  One of the finest artist of our day Mr. Clarence Pointer.  Unity awareness campaign is still in full affect. Inbox Clarence Pointer on Facebook if you desire to acquire a size 16×20.   UNITY II limited edition lithograph prints are only $75 each.  Visit his art gallery at www.clarencepointer.com

World Wide Pastor Fellowship

WWPF 2017

World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship:  Established for over 17 years with a proven track record of success.  Our founder is Pastor  Lonnie McNamee. World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship is an organization that allows Pastors to fellowship to discuss the state of affairs in the universal church.

The organization meets four times a year (Quarterly).  Members of the organization varies from different denominations and churches.

World Wide Fellowship goal is to keep Pastors in the pulpit.  If there is ever a need for the Gospel to be Preach it is definitely now.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10: 14

For More Information please contact:  Pastor Lonnie McNamee at 323-353-3529.