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January 13, 2017

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Heather Monroe honored at funeral
Mourners gathered Thursday amid gray, weeping skies to pay last respects and celebrate the life of Los Angeles police Officer Heather Monroe, who was killed in an off-duty traffic collision early New Year's Day. Hundreds of people, including many law enforcement officers, congregated at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills cemetery's Hall of Liberty, where the 30-year-old Monroe, of Simi Valley, was remembered for her energetic charisma, her strong commitment to family and her “confident swagger” at work.
Los Angeles Daily News

Alleged Fla. cop killer spoke about killing cops on video
Broadcast on Facebook Live on Nov. 4, Sade Dixon and Markeith Loyd sat in their car during a traffic stop when the conversation turned to killing cops and to his driving. "Go ahead and kill him, babe, so we can get home faster," Dixon said, apparently joking about the officer. A little more than a month later, investigators say, he killed Dixon and their unborn child at her Orange County home. Then on Monday morning, police said, he killed a cop.
Orlando Sentinel

Passing motorist kills gunman who ambushed Arizona trooper
A man who shot and wounded an Arizona state trooper Thursday along a remote highway and then started slamming the helpless officer's head into the pavement as the two struggled was shot to death by a passing driver, authorities said. Trooper Edward Andersson, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was shot in the right shoulder and chest in what authorities called an ambush and was in serious but stable condition after surgery at a Goodyear hospital.
CBS News

Man Killed During Fist Fight In Westlake District
Homicide detectives Friday investigated the death of a man in the Westlake District.  Officers  responded shortly after 1 a.m. to the 400 block of Hartford Avenue for report of a physical altercation between a group of men. Upon their arrival, authorities located a man in his 30s suffering from blunt force trauma to his head.

LAPD's Watchdog Rolls Out Smartphone App to Share More Information With Public
There are smartphone apps for dating, delivering food, tracking exercise routines — and now, in Los Angeles, there's one for civilian oversight of policing. The Police Commission's inspector general formally unveiled the app this week, saying it was designed to help Angelenos more easily access information from the five-person panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department.

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Man Fatally Struck in South Los Angeles
Authorities Thursday are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a man in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Police were called to the intersection of South Figueroa Street and West 53rd street after the man was struck by a vehicle around midnight, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Nathan Grate said.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County
In the first such move by a police agency in Los Angeles County, the sheriff's department Thursday announced it will begin using an unmanned drone to assist deputies on the ground. Many law enforcement leaders see drones as an important part of policing in the future – particularly in urban areas. In California, 30 police agencies use them. Across the nation, more than 300 departments deploy drones, according to sheriff's Captain Jack Ewell.
KPCC 89.3 FM

Governor's budget gives a glimpse into challenges ahead for prison parole overhaul in California
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking lawmakers to set aside $10.6 million to begin the sweeping overhaul of prison parole he convinced California voters to approve last fall, a proposal that corrections officials say reflects his continued commitment to public safety and reforms. Scott Kernan, secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the governor's new state budget lays out a primary framework for implementing Proposition 57, which seeks to reduce the state's inmate population by giving parole officials greater latitude to offer early release to thousands of prisoners.
Los Angeles Times

Marijuana in California: What's Legal, What Isn't Now?
Since Proposition 64 passed, many Californians have assumed that all sales and use of marijuana have become legal.  But in fact, recreational sales don't become legal until next year.  There is additional confusion over what's legal and what isn't.  Staggs said a lot of dispensaries that were selling marijuana for medical use have now begun selling it recreationally, even though they shouldn't be. Some of them are allowing people to just walk in, show proof of age and make a purchase.

AP Exclusive: Lie Detectors Trip Applicants At Border Agency
David Kirk was a career Marine pilot with a top-secret security clearance and a record of flying classified missions. He was in the cockpit when President George W. Bush and Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden traveled around the nation's capital by helicopter. With credentials like that, Kirk was stunned to fail a lie detector when he applied for a pilot's job with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which guards 6,000 miles of border with Mexico and Canada. After two contentious polygraph sessions that lasted a combined eight hours, Kirk said, he drove home "with my tail between my legs," wondering how things had gone so wrong.
Associated Press

Gov. Brown Plans to Stop Suspending Licenses to Collect Traffic Debt
Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to eliminate the suspension of driver's licenses for Californians who fail to pay traffic tickets and related court fees, according to the $179.5 billion budget plan released Tuesday. The controversial move could benefit motorists who can't afford to pay hefty traffic fines and lose the ability to legally drive as a result, which advocates say pushes them deeper into poverty. 

New gun cameras offer a 'cops-eye' view of policing
Police departments are testing new technology that's taking aim at the estimated $1 billion annual U.S. market for law enforcement camera hardware and software — gun-mounted cameras. Cameras on guns provide a better point of view than body-worn cameras, since they are usually aimed directly at the suspect and are less likely to be blocked when an officer shields their torso behind something, say proponents of the technology such as Centinel Solutions, one of the first companies to deliver the devices to police departments for testing.

Local Government News

LA City Council candidates raking in dollars, but it's a challenge to stand out
The packed council race in the northeast San Fernando Valley's 7th District remains an active one financially, based on the latest campaign reports to the city ethics website. With the March election looming, 11 of the 20 candidates have raked in $525,795 in contributions in the race, the bulk of it the result of former Public Works Commissioner Monica Rodriguez pulling $213,484 into her war chest and City Hall council aide Karo Torossian receiving $186,708.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles sets new record with 47 million visitors in 2016
Los Angeles set records in 2016 for visitors, travelers passing through Los Angeles International Airport and cargo moving through the Port of Los Angeles, city and  tourism  officials announced Wednesday, but at least one City Council member warned that all the tourism could cause trouble for some neighborhoods. "This is L.A.'s moment. Los Angeles is welcoming more visitors to our city and passengers through our airport than ever before, our nation-leading port is making L.A. an even more critical trade gateway to the world, and we are experiencing the kind of  job  growth that we haven't seen in a generation,'' Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
FOX 11

Laurel Canyon Boulevard Closed Indefinitely After Mud, Rockslide
Engineers Thursday assessed the  safety  of a section of Laurel Canyon Boulevard that links the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood. By Thursday afternoon, engineers decided to close the busy roadway indefinitely. On Wednesday afternoon, a 9,000-pound slab of concrete from the foundation of a home located in the 8100 block of West Gould Avenue, perched above Laurel Canyon, tumbled down a hillside after a round of  rainfall.

Media Tours Aliso Canyon – Site of Gas Leak That Displaced Thousands Of Nearby Residents
For the first time since the massive methane gas leak was finally capped nearly a year ago, the media was allowed to tour the Aliso Canyon  Storage  Facility near Porter Ranch. The 2015 four-month  natural gas  leak, which scientists called the largest in U.S. history, displaced at least 7,000 Porter Ranch residents for months because the toxic fumes were making them sick. Ken Harris is the State Oil & Gas Supervisor and head of the Department of Conservation's (DOC) Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources.

NFL  News

Chargers' move a risky proposition for more than just the team
Gambling isn't allowed in the NFL, but this Chargers relocation feels like one big roll of the dice. There's extreme anger in San Diego, where betrayed fans are discarding their Chargers jerseys in front of team headquarters. And there's apathy in Los Angeles, where the arrival of a second team was met Thursday with a collective yawn. For two decades, Los Angeles was more valuable to the league without a team than with one. It was the threat that stadium-hungry teams could use to get their cities to pony up and help pay for new venues. Now that threat is gone. There's no more room at this inn.
Los Angeles Times

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