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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 21, 2017

Law Enforcement News

2 Officers Shot, 1 Wounded By Gunfire During Downtown Shootout
One of the Seattle police officers involved in a shootout with a suspected armed robber Thursday afternoon in downtown remains in the hospital. Deputy Chief Carmen Best says the officer's condition has improved. “We are very grateful did this not turn out worse,” she said. “The officer remains in stable condition. When he was transported his condition was a lot worse than that.” A total of four Seattle officers were injured while responding to the robbery, including two officers who were rushed to the hospital after being shot. Another officer was “grazed” by a bullet.
LAPD Warns Public About 'Hot Prowl' Burglaries In Boyle Heights
Police are warning the public about a string of "hot prowl" burglaries in the Boyle Heights area in which the suspects enter occupied homes while the victims are sleeping. The series of break-ins all occurred in the early morning, between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. The suspect or suspects would enter the home through an unlocked door, search through the house and take property. In one case, the suspect touched a sleeping victim's leg. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Al Labrada says there have been 11 similar burglaries around St Louis Street near Hollenbeck Park since November. "We've had different descriptions on most occasions - we've had individuals with beanies, we've had individuals with baseball caps - but it does tend to be around the same area," Labrada said. Among factors possibly contributing to the break-ins is an increase in homeless encampments in the area, as well as warmer weather which can tempt people to leave windows open.
LAPD: Hit-And-Run Driver Returned To Scene Before Fleeing Second Time, Leaving Man Critically Injured
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver Thursday morning who, according to witnesses, returned to the scene of a crash in downtown Los Angeles that left a pedestrian critically injured before fleeing a second time. A man was in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of East Sixth Street and Towne Avenue in Skid Row about 12:20 a.m. when he was struck by a dark-colored Cadillac CTS, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Felix Padilla said. The driver did not stop and witnesses watched as it continued eastbound on Sixth Street, Padilla said. Within minutes, the hit-and-run vehicle returned to the scene and passed the fallen victim, according to an LAPD news release. One of the witnesses told the driver to stay, Padilla said, asking the motorist, “Why did you hit him?” The driver ignored the person and took off northbound on Stanford Avenue, Padilla said.
Video: Smash-And-Grab Burglar Raids Studio City Businesses
Seven business were hit in one night by one suspect according to North Hollywood division detectives. They are looking for the man they say smashed the glass windows or doors and took cash and some merchandise from registers in the overnight hours April 1st. The businesses located on the 11200 block to the 12000 block of Ventura Blvd suffered a total of five thousand dollars in losses, according to detectives. The suspect is described as a bald African American man, 6' feet tall and 180 lbs. He is roughly 40-49 years old with an earring in his left ear, seen wearing a jacket or traffic vest and dress shoes. Anyone with information contact LAPD North Hollywood division police at (818) 754-8377.
FOX 11
LAX Security Overlooked Gun In Off-Duty Cop's Carry-On Bag, Officials Say
Federal officials say procedures were violated at Los Angeles International Airportwhen an off-duty police officer boarded a flight to Taiwan with a handgun in her carry-on bag. The Daily News reports that Santa Monica police Officer Noell Grant was barred from leaving Taiwan on April 13, after she entered the country with the gun that was previously missed by security at LAX. The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that standard procedures were not followed, allowing Grant to pass through the checkpoint with a firearm. Grant, who traveled to Taiwan for vacation, was carrying a personal, not a department, weapon. Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said Wednesday that Grant can't leave Taiwan until the matter is resolved. He didn't know if she has been charged with a crime there. 
Los Angeles Times
Doctors, Pharmacists Charged In $40M Kickback Scheme
A Beverly Hills couple was among more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists, and business owners charged Thursday in an alleged $40 million kickback scheme. Prosecutors say Tanya Moreland King, 37, and her husband Christopher King, 38, the owners of medical billing and medical management companies Monarch Medical Group, Inc, King Medical Management, Inc. and One Source Laboratories, Inc. orchestrated a complex insurance fraud scheme of recruiting doctors and pharmacists to prescribe unnecessary treatment for workers' compensation insurance patients.

Colorado PTSD Marijuana Bill Advances To House Vote, Gains Amendments Focused On Children
Colorado doctors should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana in treating PTSD symptoms of adults, but there should be additional guardrails when it comes to children, state lawmakers decided Thursday. An amended Senate Bill 17, which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to Colorado's list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, passed a second reading Thursday in the state House. “On this auspicious day, we've got a serious bill,” bill co-sponsor Sen. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, said, with a nod to the 4/20 marijuana holiday. “We know that there is no medical cure for post-traumatic stress disorder. Therapy, medication, exercise, diet — there's no silver bullet. We also know in the state of Colorado, we have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.” Military veterans often have served as the primary faces of this bill and past efforts to add PTSD as a qualifying condition. On Thursday, the topic of children took center stage.
The Cannabist
IS group claims Champs-Elysees attack on police officers
A gunman opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.French presidential candidates canceled or rescheduled last-minute campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote in the tense election. Security already was a dominant theme in the race, and the violence on the sparkling boulevard threatened to weigh on voters' decisions.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Garcetti's $9.2B Budget Includes Money For LAPD Body Cameras, Sidewalk Repairs
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his $9.2 billion spending proposal Thursday, which includes plans to fight homelessness, fix mangled sidewalks and to close a $263 million shortfall. Garcetti said he used a combination of cuts and increased revenues to bridge the anticipated budget shortfall in the upcoming year. He said the cuts, about $103 million, did not hurt services, but only took funding out of departments that regularly had a surplus at the end of the year. The police union representing rank-and-file officers expressed disappointment with the budget. Its representatives issued a statement calling Garcetti's spending plan “a recipe for longer police response times, increasing crime in our neighborhoods and fewer police officers to stem the tide of a 69.5 percent violent crime increase since 2013.”“It cooks up a whole buffet of feel good rhetoric but at the end of the day, this budget will leave the residents of Los Angeles hungry for leadership to restore safety in our neighborhoods,” the statement said.
Los Angeles Daily News
L.A. Agrees To Pay $9.5 Million In Wrongful Death Case
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $9.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the parents of a teenage girl who was fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach. Two years ago, 16-year-old Naomi Larsen had left the fire pits at the beach after midnight and was crossing Vista Del Mar with her friends when she was hit by the car, suffering injuries that led to her death weeks later. In their suit, her parents, Stacey Larsen and Steven Potovsky, argued that the death of their daughter was a “foreseeable tragedy” because the city had failed to ensure safe ways for pedestrians to cross from the beach to their parked vehicles on the street. The highway was hazardous to pedestrians, but the city did nothing to fix the problem, the lawsuit alleged. The city attorney's office declined to comment on the settlement Wednesday. 
Los Angeles Times
Homeless ‘Shelter Crisis' Declared In LA: 28,000 Living On City Streets
The City Council has declared a homeless “shelter crisis” in a move that will allow Los Angeles to open more shelter facilities. The city's ordinances were recently amended by the City Council to be consistent with state law and allow it to declare a shelter crisis on an annual basis for a period of 365 days per year and not only be limited to the winter months. By declaring a shelter crisis, the city can create more immediate and short-term shelters by allowing nonprofit organizations and faith-based institutions the right to provide shelter without going through onerous and costly processes, and authorize the use of city-owned property and facilities for emergency shelters, according to the motion, which was approved with an 11- 0 vote. The 2016 homeless count found there are 28,000 homeless in the city. “If a natural disaster put 28,000 people on the streets of Los Angeles, we wouldn't hesitate to call it a shelter crisis and do everything possible to give people shelter,” Bonin said.


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