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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 4, 2014

Law Enforcement

LAPD officers save woman from burning Topanga apartment
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were being commended Tuesday for their heroic actions after saving a woman from a burning apartment complex. LAPD Topanga Area Officers Ben Mia and Matt Stuart were in the 21700 block of Roscoe Boulevard around 12 p.m. May 28 when they observed an apartment unit engulfed in flames. Neighbors told the officers a man who lived in the apartment had gone inside to rescue his wife who was asleep in the bedroom.

Uber driver accused of kidnapping clubgoer, taking her to motel
A driver with the popular ride-sharing service Uber has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a drunk woman and taking her to a hotel for the purpose of sexual assault, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Police said a valet employee asked Frederick Dencer, 32, of Encino to drive the 26-year-old woman home from a popular West Hollywood nightclub. Instead, Dencer "took advantage of the situation," Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

Chiropractor accused of sexually assaulting patient, LAPD says
A 76-year-old chiropractor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Manuel Domingo Chacon was arrested Monday in the 2500 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Chacon has been working as a chiropractor for 40 years, the LAPD said. He was being held Tuesday at County Jail downtown on $100,000 bail, according to online booking records.
Los Angeles Times

LA Police Commission to hold public hearings on LAPD drone use
The Los Angeles Police Department has received two drones from the Seattle Police Department. There are no current plans to use the unmanned aerial vehicles. Seattle Police had to ground their plan after residents voiced their opposition to their use at a public hearing. L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck says it's a touchy issue for police to use unmanned aerial vehicles, or "drones." The L.A. Police Commission plans to hold a series of public hearings this summer to give the public a chance to weigh in.

Lockdown ends at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima following reports of man with gun
Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to reports of a man with a shotgun in the surrounding neighborhood. The LAPD received a call about a person with a gun in the 13600 block of Daventry Street at 1:50 p.m., just as school was being dismissed for the day. One person was taken into custody at a nearby home just before 2:20 p.m., ending the lockdown, police said.

FBI's $10,000 reward seeks to curb cases of laser flashing at aircraft
Citing a massive increase in reports of illegal flashing of lasers toward aircraft, the FBI said Tuesday it would expand a program that offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests in connection with the "dangerous and irresponsible" incidents. Reports of people pointing lasers at aircraft have ballooned nationwide, jumping from 384 in 2006 to 3,960 in 2013, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Los Angeles Times

Army Reserve soldiers, vehicles a favorite at LAPD safety fair
From classic cars to HMMWVs, spectators and participants alike came out to support the Los Angeles Police Department's 11th annual "Still Saving Lives" car show and safety fair Saturday. The event's goal was to raise funds for the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division - responsible for the investigation of traffic collisions and traffic-related crimes - which performs functions for the public that are sometimes outside of the city's budget.

City Government

Audit finds Los Angeles foreclosure registry 'never operated effectively'
Los Angeles' four-year-old foreclosure registry program has been flawed and "never operated effectively," according to a sharply critical audit released Tuesday by city controller Ron Galperin. "My audit found that the program did not achieve, unfortunately, a good return on investment for the money, and the city has been ineffective in both tracking foreclosures and preventing and abating neighborhood blight," Galperin said at a press conference at City Hall Tuesday.
Southern California Public Radio

Election 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown takes easy lead, will face Neel Kashkari in November
Dashing toward an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown romped to victory in Tuesday's state primary and in November will face Republican Neel Kashkari, who emerged from a fractious intra-party battle to win a chance to take on the incumbent. Kashkari and Tim Donnelly fought late into the night for the opportunity to challenge Brown, but Donnelly conceded the race nearly four hours after the polls closed.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County sheriff's race: Jim McDonnell facing runoff against Paul Tanaka
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell surged to a big lead in early returns for Los Angeles County sheriff on Tuesday but was falling just short of the threshold to avoid a runoff vote in November. McDonnell appeared headed for a general election campaign against Paul Tanaka, the controversial former undersheriff and mayor of Gardena. Trailing the two were five other candidates with Sheriff's Department experience, with retired sheriff's Cmdr. Bob Olmsted in third place.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County Supervisor: Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver facing runoff; Hilda Solis wins outright
Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver jumped out to big leads in early returns Tuesday for the county's District 3 Board of Supervisors race, and are heading for what is likely to be a tough runoff election battle in November. In the county's District 1 race, former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis cruised to a commanding victory over two rivals, well above the 50 percent threshold that will give her an outright win without need for a runoff campaign.
Los Angeles Daily News


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