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Briefly In Public Safety

Car causes bicyclist to crash

A bicyclist was traveling westbound Oct. 19 on Kling Street when a yellow Volkswagen Bug made an illegal right turn in front of the woman.


While trying to avoid a collision with the vehicle, the bicyclist lost her balance and fell to the ground, police reported. Officers were unable to find the driver of the car after it turned into a nearby apartment complex.

The bicyclist suffered cuts and bruises, and the case is under investigation.


Hearing postponed for Kmart suspect

A hearing for the homeless man accused of shooting two police officers outside a busy Kmart was postponed in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week.

The date to set a preliminary hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 16 in Burbank.

Police say Willard managed to grab an officer’s gun and begin firing despite being handcuffed behind his back outside the Kmart on July 2.


Willard, 30, pleaded not guilty in July to two counts of attempted murder and other charges.

His bail has risen to more than $3 million. He remains in custody.