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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

Feb 27, 2014

Law Enforcement

$50,000 reward offered in Pico-Union killing of 99-cent store clerk
Police on Wednesday announced that a $50,000 reward was being offered for information in the November slaying of a 39-year-old discount store clerk in Pico-Union. Atilio Benavides-Amaya, who worked at a 99-cent store, had just gotten off a bus and was on his way home about 8:15 p.m. when he was approached by two men on foot and shot multiple times at close range off South Union Avenue near West 14th Street, said LAPD Det. Reynaldo Martinez.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD West Los Angeles Division reports 19.8 percent decline in crime
The West Los Angeles division of the Los Angeles Police Department said its year-to-date crime is down 19.8 percent from last year for "Part I" crimes. The West LA division said it is now number seven in the City of Los Angeles for total "Part I" crime reduction out of the 21 LAPD City divisions. "Part I" crimes are classified as homicides, rapes, burglaries, aggravated assaults, robberies, and thefts.
Westside Today

Police seeking man who vandalized North Hollywood church
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who vandalized the chapel of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Hollywood Tuesday night. The man allegedly entered the building in the 6100 block of Cahuenga Boulevard just after 9 p.m. and pushed over statues, vases and paintings. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division burglary detectives at 818-623-4045. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen killed in Pacoima drive-by shooting
A teenager was killed in a drive-by shooting in Pacoima Tuesday night and investigators are looking for the killer in what is suspected to be a gang-related murder. The victim, identified as Hector Valdez, 18, was struck by multiple rounds fired from a car with several occupants about 7:40 p.m. in the 13700 block of Hoyt Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was taken to Kaiser Permanente's Panorama City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Phone system failed in LAX shooting
A Los Angeles International Airport police dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year didn't know where to send officers because no one was on the line and the airport communications system didn't identify that the call was coming from a security checkpoint emergency phone, two officials told The Associated Press. A screening supervisor in the sprawling airport's Terminal 3 picked up the phone but fled before responding to a dispatcher's questions because the gunman was approaching with a high-powered rifle and spraying bullets, according to two officials briefed on preliminary findings of a review of the emergency response to the Nov. 1 incident.

FBI busts DMV employees who were selling California driver's licenses for cash
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Diego Division were able to uncover a scam carried out by employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in El Cajon, Calif. For at least three years, DMV employees sold California driver's licenses for cash to people that were funneled their way via the owner of a local driving school. For $500 to $2,500, students of the school, which frequently catered to Middle Eastern immigrants, could obtain a license without ever even taking the driver's test.

San Diego's mayor-elect chooses a woman as police chief
Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that he plans to name Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman to succeed Chief Bill Lansdowne, who is set to retire Monday after 10 years heading the San Diego Police Department. Zimmerman, 54, has been with the San Diego department for 31 years. She is a graduate of Ohio State University. Faulconer said that in her years with the department, Zimmerman "has done it all."
Los Angeles Times

Prisons & Parole

Record number of inmates serving life sentences leaving California prisons
Nearly 1,400 lifers in California's prisons have been released over the past three years in a sharp turnaround in a state where murderers and others sentenced to life with the possibility of parole almost never got out. Gov. Jerry Brown has granted parole to a record number of inmates with life sentences since he took office in January 2011, going along with parole board decisions about 82 percent of the time.

City Government

In a matter of seconds, qualified applicants lose out on LAFD jobs
For thousands of people seeking coveted spots at the Los Angeles Fire Department last year, it all came down to April 22. They had passed a written exam and a grueling physical agility test and now had to turn in their paperwork, which officials would use to help determine who got jobs. But what the applicants didn't know beforehand was how crucial speed would become in determining if they had a chance at one of 70 open slots. An overwhelming majority would be quietly eliminated from consideration not because they weren't qualified, but because their physical fitness test record wasn't deemed to have arrived within the first 60 seconds.
Los Angeles Times

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