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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Jan 23, 2014

Law Enforcement

Alleged hit-run driver arrested after injuring 2 LAPD officers
A Los Angeles police officer suffered a contusion and both he and his partner complained of pain after their cruiser was rear-ended by a hit-and-run motorist in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Officers were able to follow a trail of skid marks and road-surface gouges three blocks to a white BMW, where they arrested the driver, identified as a 36-year-old man, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. His name was not immediately released.
City News Service

LAPD probes reported kidnapping attempt at elementary school
Los Angeles police late Wednesday went to a North Hollywood elementary school after a 10-year-old girl told officials that a man had tried to kidnap her, authorities said. The girl was apparently involved in an after-school program at Coldwater Canyon Elementary School when she said a man tried to grab her from behind as she walked to a restroom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "Somehow this girl got away ... and told the principal," Officer Gregory Baek said.
Los Angeles Times

Gang rivalries cited as trial opens in Halloween shooting at USC
A man accused of opening fire at a Halloween party at USC in 2012, wounding four people, was retaliating for his being shot by a rival gang member, prosecutors said Wednesday on the first day of his trial. Brandon Spencer, 21, is charged with four counts of attempted murder in the shooting amid a large crowd of people waiting to enter a Halloween night party at the USC student center's ballroom.
Los Angeles Times

5,001 killings in 120 seconds; L.A. County homicides since 2007 The number of those slain in Los Angeles County is stark: more than 5,200 killed since The Times began the Homicide Report seven years ago. From the start, the goal of the online project was to track every killing in Los Angeles County in order to create a fuller picture of who was getting killed and why. Homicide can strike anyone, rich or poor, any race or ethnicity, but the reality is that some communities and groups of people are disproportionately affected.
Los Angeles Times

Koreatown shooting: 2 victims are identified; gunmen still at large
Authorities have released the names of the two men killed Monday during a daytime shooting in Koreatown. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the victims as Jonathan Villamizar, 19, and Alexander Veleche, 24, both of Los Angeles. They were shot multiple times in a parking lot driveway at South Normandie Avenue and West 3rd Street just before 2 p.m. after briefly exchanging words with their killers in what police say may have been a gang-related attack.
Los Angeles Times

TSA mulls cellphone use post-LAX shooting
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is considering a policy change that would allow airport security screeners to carry cellphones so they can quickly call for help in an emergency. The proposal is part of an ongoing review of the response to a November shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport that left a TSA officer dead, according to an agency official close to the investigation who requested anonymity.
Associated Press

Man gets jail time for dragging his bloody puppy down the street
A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 16 months in state prison for dragging his bloody puppy up and down the street. Dossey James pleaded no contest to two felony counts of animal abuse in court today, according to a statement by the L.A. County District Attorney. He was also barred from owning or having contact with any animals for the next ten years.

LAPD officers deny beating former bank executive
A former bank executive who's suing LAPD over an alleged police beating took the witness stand Wednesday. The two officers involved also took the stand and denied beating the man with a baton during the bizarre encounter that ended with broken bones and a $20 million lawsuit. On Wednesday, jurors viewed the facial injuries Brian Mulligan says he suffered after what he described as a nightmare encounter with LAPD.

The Courts

California chief justice says courts need more money
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye on Wednesday said Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget shortchanges the judicial branch. During a visit to The Sacramento Bee's Editorial Board, the top judge noted that $266.5 million is required to maintain current court service levels. Brown's budget proposal, however, provides only an additional $100 million in General Fund support for the court system.
Sacramento Bee


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