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BRIEFLY 101 TRAFFIC CRASH FATAL TO BOY, 15.

HOLLYWOOD - A Woodland Hills woman was arrested following a traffic crash on the 101 Freeway, a crash which claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy, the California Highway Patrol reported Saturday.

The woman - identified as Randa Osman, 39 - was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a CHP statement.

The crash on the northbound side of the freeway, south of Cahuenga Boulevard, was reported about 11:15 p.m. Friday, according to the statement.

The victim, who had been riding in the rear of the Cherokee, was partially ejected, the CHP reported. He died early Saturday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, officials said.

- City News Service

Sheriff promotes, transfers seven

VENTURA - Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks has announced the promotion or transfer of seven members of his command staff.

Stephen DeCesari, a 27-year veteran, will be promoted to commander and will oversee the Ventura jail and the East County booking facility. Commander Mike Lewis will head the police department in Camarillo, which contracts with the county for police services. Commander Marty Rouse will oversee police services in the east county.

Commander Christopher Godfrey will oversee Internal Affairs and the Criminal Justice Training Center. Commander Mark Ball will head police services in western Ventura County.

Commander Richard Purnell will oversee the Todd Road Jail Facility. Commander David Tennessen will be transferred to the Major Crimes Bureau.

- Daily News

Mentally ill man shot by officer

LONG BEACH - A policeman shot and killed a mentally ill man who charged him with a meat cleaver and a butcher knife, authorities said.

Jack Sui, 19, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Officers went to a home Friday morning after receiving a report of a disturbance involving ``a mentally ill family member who was not taking his medication,'' Officer Greg Schirmer said.

An officer was talking to Sui's mother and two brothers in front of the home when Sui reportedly came out the back door with a knife. He saw the officer, went back inside and returned with the knife and a meat cleaver, Schirmer said.

He ran down the driveway toward the officer and relatives and was shot when he refused to drop the weapons, Schirmer said.

The officer and family members were not injured.

- Associated Press

Police car crash leaves five hurt

WOODLAND HILLS - Two police officers and three motorists were injured Saturday night after the patrol car apparently made a U-turn on Ventura Boulevard, officials said.

Names and conditions of the five people involved in the crash, which occurred about 9:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of West Ventura Boulevard, were not immediately available Saturday.

The crash was still under investigation, but it appeared that the patrol car was executing a westbound U-turn on Ventura Boulevard and was struck by an eastbound Honda Civic, said Lt. Richard Ackermann with the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

Both officers were trapped in the patrol car and had to be extracted.

It was the third officer-involved collision in three days for the West Valley Division, Ackermann said.

- Daily News

Suspect is shot multiple times

PACOIMA - A suspect in a more than hour-long pursuit through the east San Fernando Valley was shot multiple times Saturday night by police, officials said.

The pursuit, which began about 9:25 p.m. in Pacoima, ended in the 13700 block of Mercer Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, said Officer Don Cox, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

No other details were available.

- Daily News
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