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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 29, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Man Sentenced To 40 Years Overall In Memphis Officer Killing
A man who fatally shot Memphis' first female police officer killed in the line of duty was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 40 years in prison on an array of charges. Twenty-five-year-old Treveno Campbell was sentenced to 25 years for his second-degree murder conviction in the December 2012 shooting death of Officer Martoiya Lang, a 32-year-old mother of four. Lang was shot as she and five other officers broke into Campbell's rental home trying to serve a drug warrant on a person who wasn't actually there. Campbell also was sentenced by Shelby County Criminal Court Judge James Beasley to another eight years for attempted second-degree murder, six additional years for using a firearm while committing a felony and one more year on a marijuana count.
Associated Press

Deadly Shooting Investigation Underway In Watts
Homicide detectives investigated the shooting death of a man Wednesday in Watts. Gunfire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. near 107th Street and Lou Dillon Avenue, according to police. Upon their arrival, authorities located a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending family notification. No arrests have been made. Police said the incident does not appear to be gang-related. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. 

LAPD Again Tops Baker To Vegas Relay; Inland Empire Sheriff's Win Categories
Teams from the Riverside County and San Bernardino County sheriff's departments were among those that won their categories in the 33rd Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup relay Sunday. The Los Angeles Police Department's agency-wide team was the overall top finisher for the sixth year in a row, with its runners covering the 120-mile, 20-stage footrace in a combined 12 hours, 52 minutes, 38 seconds. An LA County sheriff's team finished second. A California Highway Patrol statewide team was fourth, Anaheim police were fifth, California State Parks were sixth, a Riverside County sheriff team was seventh and Santa Ana police were eighth.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Crashes Car Into Church After Being Shot By Group Of Robbers
Detectives Wednesday searched for a group of robbers who shot a man at a gas station in Leimert Park. According to police, the incident unfolded shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of S. Western Avenue. Three armed men attempted to rob the victim outside a convenience store at a Chevron gas station. A fight broke out and the victim was shot multiple times. He tried to escape by driving away from the scene, but subsequently crashed his car about a half-mile away into the side of a pharmacy and a church. There was a group of people inside of the church, but no one was injured. Paramedics transported the victim to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. At this time, he remains listed in stable condition. A description of the robbers has not been provided.

Car Chase, Bomb Scare; Suspect Abandons Truck On Freeway Off-Ramp
A 31-year-old man who allegedly threatened two victims with a knife was taken into custody Tuesday in Pacoima after a car chase, foot pursuit and perimeter search, police said. The initial call came in about 9:30 a.m. of a person making threats in the 11600 block of Gladstone Avenue in Lake View Terrace, according to Officer Mike Lopez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. A report of a similar incident in the same block was received about 11:20 a.m., after which the suspect was spotted driving a tan Ford pickup truck, Lopez said. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually tried to make a traffic stop, but the suspect did not yield and a chase ensued, he said.

Woman Climbs Down From Crane In Downtown L.A. After A Standoff With Police And Firefighters
A woman scaled a crane Tuesday afternoon at a downtown Los Angeles construction site and locked herself inside the cab, drawing firefighters and police to respond to a report of a possible jumper. The roughly 150-foot crane is in the 100 block of West Cesar Chavez Avenue, near Olvera Street and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, according to L.A. Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.  Workers at the construction site shut down power to the crane, Stewart said.  During the more than three-hour standoff, the woman had left the crane's cab and stood near its edge. At about 7:30 p.m., a small team of firefighters and SWAT officers from the  Los Angeles Police Department  were able to convince the woman to reenter the crane's cab and eventually be escorted down the crane to safety.
Los Angeles Times

Canoga Park Apartment Complex Targeted By Mail Thieves
Mail theft is a federal crime, and postal inspectors are investigating a pretty serious mail theft  case  at the Americana Independence Apartments in Canoga Park. Authorities say between Sunday night and Monday morning, one or more suspects got into the locked lobby of the complex and rifled through the mailboxes that line the  wall .  Tommie Vargas, who was angry about her mailbox being busted into said,  “I'm annoyed. Who wants their mail stolen?“  No one, but especially Tommie, a big Dodger fan, who just ordered a commemorative Dodger pin for her collection. They are valuable because they are limited edition. Tracking shows it was delivered at the time of the thefts.
FOX 11

Man Shot To Death In North Hollywood Identified
A 24-year-old man who was killed on Friday in North Hollywood has been identified.  The victim's name was Frank Serafin, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Rudy Molano said Monday. Serafin was fatally shot in the 7300 block of Hinds Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene. His city of residence was not known, Molano said. The shooting occurred about 9:10 p.m. Friday, according to Officer Jenny Houser of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.  A suspect was arrested in connection with the shooting, Houser said, but no other information has been released.
Los Angeles Daily News

Pulled Over By LAPD? Good Chance You're On Video
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department have already created more than 1.1 million videos from body cameras, according to a report approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Commission. The City Council enacted a $59 million plan last June to equip more than 7,000 patrol officers with body cameras by the end of this year, and the report was issued to give the commission an update on the program's status. As of March 22, 2,794 cameras have been deployed, according to the report. The use of body cameras has become a prominent issue as the focus on police shootings has grown nationally, and the LAPD has said it hopes the cameras will help build more public trust in the department.

LA Supes To Consider Making It Easier To Fire Sheriff's Deputies
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is looking to make it easier to fire sheriff's deputies who have been found to be dishonest in the past. The move comes amid promises by Sheriff Jim McDonnell to clean house in his department. Since taking office three years ago, McDonnell has moved to fire significantly more deputies than his predecessors, according to department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. Yearly terminations are up 76 percent under McDonnell compared to the average during the previous 14 years, according to attorney Richard Shinee, whose firm represents virtually all deputies who get fired. Nishida could not confirm that number.

What Funds Could California's ‘Sanctuary Cities' Lose Under Trump?
President Trump said during his campaign that he would deny federal funds to municipalities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials, such as so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and other Bay Area jurisdictions. To help understand what federal funds are at stake, we've checked in with legal experts and combed through public records to find out the details.  The City of Oakland got nearly $2 million to hire 15 new police officers in 2016; the City of Los Angeles received $3 million for 25 new officers. That may not sound like a lot, but every body counts, says Craig Lally,  president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “We don't have enough police officers now, and we struggle every day to put enough officers in the field, just to handle simple 911 calls,” he says. “It's becoming very tough for your average officer out there.”

New York mulls use of DNA familial matching
A state panel of DNA experts approved on Monday a draft policy allowing familial searching, a new and controversial form of genetic testing, as a way of helping police solve homicide, certain sex crimes and terrorism cases. By a unanimous vote, the DNA subcommittee of the state Commission on Forensic Science approved a short policy statement calling for familial searching, also known as “FS,” as well as a set of regulations to govern the procedure in New York.

Local Government News

DWP training program has high costs and low graduation rate, audit finds
An audit of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's training programs found that the utility spends $40 million a year on apprenticeship programs, but low graduation rates have created staffing shortages and driven up overtime expenses. The findings from City Controller Ron Galperin's office, based on data from the last five years, show that only about 51% of those enrolled in three of its apprenticeship programs graduated. The audit also pointed out that the DWP does not require graduates to work at the utility, and that some with the highest training are recruited elsewhere.
Los Angeles Times

L.A.'s Winter Homeless Shelter Program Could Go Year-Round Under New Rules
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to make it possible for the city to declare a shelter crisis and operate emergency homeless shelters year-round, rather than just during the winter season. The changes also add churches and other religious institutions to the list of groups that can set up temporary, emergency shelters under more relaxed building codes. Non-profits and charitable organizations were already on that list. Council members said Tuesday the city had been operating under self-imposed restrictions for setting up emergency shelters for the homeless. State law is actually looser for declaring a shelter crisis.
Los Angeles Daily News

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