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from LA Police Protective League

May 27, 2014

Law Enforcement

City to take over LAFD dispatch system from private company, may tie together LAFD and LAPD systems
Faced with a tight deadline to resolve a dispute with a firm that provides emergency medical protocols, a Los Angeles city panel Friday called for a meeting to make sure there is no gap in responses when the contract ends. Priority Dispatch Corp. has provided the emergency medical response protocols to the city for more than 25 years, but the Los Angeles Fire Department is in the process of developing its own system that officials believe will provide more flexibility.
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge orders serial 'pillowcase rapist' released to Palmdale area
A Northern California judge has decided to allow a convicted serial rapist to live in unincorporated Palmdale despite opposition from concerned residents. Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown issued his decision Friday granting Christopher Evans Hubbart's release within the next 45 days. Hubbart, who admitted to assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s, is slated to reside in the 20300 block of East Avenue R, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Man who leads LAPD on pursuit is rescued when car overturns
Firefighters extracted a man from an overturned car Friday morning after a police chase came to an end in Boyle Heights, authorities said. Police received a call of a stolen vehicle at 4:15 a.m., Los Angeles police Lt. Carlos Solano told KTLA-TV. A vehicle pursuit ensued and ended when the car exited the southbound 5 Freeway at Mission Road and flipped over, Solano said.
Los Angeles Times

Berkeley man found dead in burning car in Sylmar
A 26-year-old Berkeley man's body was found by firefighters in a burning car in Sylmar, police and the coroner said Sunday. Jose Alberto Martinez was the registered owner of a blue 1993 Lexus that was found burning around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a secluded dead-end section of Harding Street near Foothill Boulevard, under a pedestrian bridge, according to Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angles Police Department's Mission Detective Division.
City News Service

LAPD officers discover fatal gunshot victim in Highland Park
Officers responded Monday afternoon to a location in Highland Park where a male gunshot victim was found dead, an LAPD spokeswoman said. The scene was located in the 3600 block of Pasadena Avenue, southeast of North Figueroa Street, according to Sgt. Lisa Phillips of the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division. An investigation was underway. No other details were immediately available.

Sheriff's deputy wounded in fatal shootout in Long Beach
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was wounded Monday during a shootout in a Long Beach neighborhood that left one person dead, authorities said. The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and East 69th Way, said sheriff's Deputy Peter Gomez. The wounded deputy was struck at least once in the torso and was taken to a hospital, where he was undergoing surgery, officials said. The person who died was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles Times

About 500 people arrested for DUI over Memorial Day Weekend in Los Angeles County
Law enforcement officials nabbed 499 drivers during various DUI checkpoints Friday through Sunday in Los Angeles County, Glendora police officials said in a press release. The results are 30 arrests fewer than last year. The crackdown, which ends at midnight tonight, is part of a multi-agency effort, "Avoid the 100 Los Angeles County DUI Campaign."
Whittier Daily News


Proposed facility in Adelanto could ease jail crowding in L.A. County
Los Angeles County's overcrowded and outdated jail system is a headache for local officials; but for leaders of the small and economically distressed desert city of Adelanto, it's a potential windfall - or so they hope. County supervisors recently voted to embark on a $2-billion plan to tear down and rebuild the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times


California proposals aim to help young offenders
Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature. Supporters say the measures would help young offenders eventually become productive members of society, although opponents say the legislation could cover up violent histories. The bills are the latest efforts to soften get-tough laws that can put criminals away for decades for crimes they committed as teenagers.
Sacramento Bee

City Government

One-third of traffic-monitoring cameras broken
Due to a combination of age and weather conditions, 150 of the city's 500 Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control cameras at critical intersections have broken down, including the ones at Roscoe and Van Nuys boulevards - considered the most dangerous intersection in the Valley. An emergency $750,000 repair contract was recommended Friday by the City Council's Public Safety Committee to have the contracting company, Siemens Industry, repair and replace the broken cameras.
Los Angeles Daily News

Garcetti lobbies U.S. for more expensive L.A. River project
On a recent trip to the nation's capital, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made sure to call on Jo-Ellen Darcy. As assistant Army secretary for civil works, Darcy is critical to the city's efforts to win federal approval for a costly and ambitious plan to restore Los Angeles River habitat and provide recreational opportunities along an 11-mile stretch of the waterway north of downtown. City officials have asked the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the river as a flood control channel, to approve a $1-billion renovation plan.
Los Angeles Times

MTA fare hike presents mayor's first test
In what many are looking at as his first real test as mayor, Mayor Eric Garcetti this past week was taken on by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina in voting for bus and train fare hikes and, in the process, he may have dented some of his liberal credentials. With Molina portraying the hike as a matter of punishing the poor - who make up 60 percent of the ridership - and minorities, who make up 90 percent of all transit riders.
Los Angeles Daily News


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