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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Feb 24, 2014

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Reseda, Vermont Knolls and 2 other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in four L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Three neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Reseda was the most unusual, recording seven reports compared with a weekly average of 2.3 over the last three months. Vermont Knolls was the lone neighborhood with a property crime alert.
Los Angeles Times

USC security, LAPD chase and catch man who tossed gun near campus
A man who tossed a gun in a neighborhood near the USC campus was apprehended by campus security and Los Angeles police officers Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The incident began when a USC officer started following a motorist driving on Budlong Avenue about a half mile from the campus, said David Carlisle, deputy of the USC Department of Public Safety.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD seeks public's help to help solve stabbing murder
The Los Angeles Police Department will hold a press conference Monday afternoon asking the public to help them solve the stabbing murder of a 26-year-old man last month. Roshon Dwayne Davis was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Wednesday, January 29 around 2:50 p.m. Authorities said Davis was heard yelling for help while he was in the alley behind an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Gibraltar Avenue.

LAPD on alert after shots fired at plainclothes officers
Police have arrested a 16-year-old male and are still searching for the second suspect after shots were fired at two Los Angeles Police Department officers Friday night, officials said. The 16-year-old has been charged with attempting to kill police officers, according to LAPD. The gunfire was reported just before 6:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Mission Road in Lincoln Heights, near the Department of Motor Vehicles, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said.

Man stabbed at Reseda party in critical condition
An 18-year-old Tarzana man was stabbed early Sunday at a house party in Reseda, leaving him in critical but stable condition, police said. Los Angeles Police Department officials received a radio call of a disturbance at a party where a fight had broken out in the 7800 block of Vanalden Avenue just after midnight, said Lt. Paul Weber of the West Valley Division. When officers arrived, they were told by citizens that the victim had been taken in a personal car to a local hospital, Weber said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD marks 'Day Without Crime' in San Fernando Valley
The Los Angeles Police Department is celebrating what officials say could be its first-ever "day without (reported) crime." Officials from the LAPD Foothill Division recorded zero crimes over a 24-hour period on Feb. 13 across a 50-square-mile area of the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Friday. The feat is believed to a first in the 50-year history of the formation of the Foothill Division area, which is home to over 250,000 residents in the communities of Pacoima, La Tuna Canyon, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland and Tujunga.

Man struck, killed in Van Nuys after intentionally laying down in roadway
An 18-year-old man was killed when he intentionally laid himself down on a roadway in Van Nuys and was struck by separate vehicles, police said Saturday. Michael Joel Alvarez appeared to be outside a crosswalk when he was struck by westbound vehicles in the 15900 block of Victory Boulevard, just east of the San Diego (405) Freeway, at 9:35 p.m. Friday, LAPD Sgt. Randy Modrell said.
City News Service

Tip leads to two arrests at suspected Van Nuys brothel
Two women were arrested Thursday on suspicion of operating an alleged brothel in a residential neighborhood in Van Nuys. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division vice unit raided the home in the 14300 block of Haynes Street, and two women were arrested on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution and supervising a prostitute.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police seeking driver in fatal hit-and-run
Authorities are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist early Sunday on the westbound offramp of the 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles. Officers found the man lying on the offramp near Alameda Street shortly after 2 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The unidentified victim appeared to be in his 40s. The identity of the driver, who apparently fled the scene, is unknown, authorities said.
Los Angeles Times

Drama teacher, 47, arrested on suspicion of sex assault
A high school drama teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor, authorities said. Peter Christopher Gomez of La Habra was taken into custody about 4:30 p.m. in the city of Bell, Los Angeles police said in a department statement. His bail was set at $950,000.00. The statement says the alleged sexual assaults occurred in 1999 when Gomez worked at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park.

Prisons & Parole

Jerry Brown's parole interventions include crossbow killing case
Gov. Jerry Brown let about 82 percent of convicted killers' parole releases stand last year, continuing to use his power to block decisions of the state parole board relatively sparingly. Brown reversed 100 of 577 parole grants he reviewed in 2013 and returned two cases to the state Board of Parole Hearings for reconsideration, according to a report to the Legislature released Friday.
Sacramento Bee


Hollywood street closures begin for Oscars
A block of Hollywood Boulevard closed Sunday night, one of several street closures expected in the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards. All lanes on Hollywood Boulevard were closed from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue at 10 p.m. Sunday and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on March 4. Sidewalks and alleys were also closed Sunday, the Academy said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

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