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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 10, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Missing 10-Year-Old South Los Angeles Boy Found Safe
A 10-year-old South Los Angeles boy, who was reported missing after leaving school on Monday, has been found safe. Police began searching for Damani Johnson after he left Russell Elementary School around 3:45 p.m. Monday. Family members were very concerned, because they said Damani is on medication. According to the LAPD's Southeast Division, Damani walked into the Inglewood police station around 6 p.m. Monday, but authorities were not notified until after midnight due to miscommunication.
Damani apparently ran away because of an argument with a family member, police said.

Police Searching For Man Who Allegedly Raped Woman Posing As Ride-Sharing Driver
Los Angeles Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Operations West Bureau Special Assault Section are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a rape suspect. On January 7, 2017, the female victim left a club in the Hollywood area and got into the suspect's vehicle, a late model four-door car, believing it was the ride sharing car she had ordered. The suspect drove the victim to a secluded location, where he sexually assaulted her. During the time the suspect kept the victim captive and told her personal information about himself. The suspect stated he either lived or worked in the Long Beach area. The suspect claimed to own an accounting business, and that his brother works with him. The suspect also claimed to have another brother in law enforcement. The suspect is described as a 25 to 30-year-old male Middle Eastern with dark hair. He stands 5 feet 9 inchestall and weighs around 165 pounds.
FOX 11

89-Year-Old Critically Hurt In Caught-On-Camera Hit-And-Run
Police released video Tuesday that they hoped will lead the public to help them find the driver of vehicle that struck and critically injured an 89-year-old man in a Woodland Hills parking lot before leaving the scene without identifying himself. The collision, which was caught on camera, occurred about 9:30 a.m. on March 28 in the 22000 block of Burbank Boulevard west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers arrived and learned that Roy Ito was walking in the parking lot when he was struck by a newer-model gray Ford Fusion sedan that was backing out of a parking space, police said. "Mr. Ito was hit by the rear end of the car and fell to the ground hitting his head causing a serious injury,'' according to an LAPD statement. "The driver of the vehicle stopped to render aide ... but failed to identify himself.'' The video shows the Ford slowly backing into the man, who loses his balance and falls backward.

Fatal Police Shooting In Sunland Marks First Time LAPD Fires From Helicopter
Los Angeles police fired a rifle from a helicopter during a shootout with a man killed in Sunland earlier this week, marking the first time that specially trained SWAT officers have opened fire from a helicopter hovering over a scene, the LAPD said Tuesday. Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that an autopsy would reveal how many times the 29-year-old man was struck by gunfire Monday afternoon — and whether it came from officers on the ground or in the helicopter. But, the chief said, it appears he was struck by gunfire from the air. Police shootings from helicopters are rare. Experts have said such shootings are justified only in the most desperate situations and when other tactics might be more dangerous. The decision to bring in officers trained to fire from a helicopter was not taken lightly, Beck said. It requires approval from a high-level officer — in this case, an assistant chief who also discussed it with Beck beforehand.

Pizza Joint Owner Accused Of Putting Camera In Women's Restroom
One of the owners of Cucina Bene restaurant in Sherman Oaks has been arrested on suspicion of hiding a camera in the women's restroom. Police said they arrested Bahram Javaherian after an employee found a camera under the sink, attached by Velcro. According to investigators, Javaherian admitted he put it there and even recorded himself doing it. There was a still picture of him placing the device. During the past seven months, the camera recorded at least 100 images of potentially hundreds of women and children, including one as young as 3, police said. Customers were shocked to hear the news. Michele Jackman and Lisa Parker said even though the camera was now gone, they will never come back. “It's a convenient location, but we'll find somewhere else,” Jackman said. “I'll never come back here after hearing this story. That's disgusting,” Park said.

Suspect ID'd In Brutal Beating Of 15-Year-Old San Pedro Student
Detectives have identified a suspect in the brutal beating of a 15-year-old high school baseball player who was assaulted as he walked home from San Pedro High School. One of the two suspects was identified as Jaymel Williams, 20, of San Pedro. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Williams was already in custody in a neighboring county on unrelated charges. Detectives interviewed him this week and they expect to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. A second man is being described as a "person of interest" who has not been charged. Evan Jimenez, 15, was walking home with a girl on March 30 when he was severely beaten by suspected gang members. He was walking by an alley near 2nd and Bandini streets when two men approached and asked him where he was from - in other words his gang affiliation. He said he wasn't with a gang, but they grabbed a liquor bottle and beat him severely.

California Police Scramble To Detect Drugged Driving
Joseph Brenan, a 40-year-old father of four, was changing a flat tire along Interstate 80 near Sacramento when he was struck and killed by a passing motorist who had drifted onto the shoulder of the highway. The California Highway Patrol arrested Brandon Rotolo, 24, on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and vehicular manslaughter. Last week's tragedy is the sort law enforcement officials fear may become more common after California voters approved Proposition 64 legalizing recreational pot in November. The state will become the world's largest cannabis market. Police across California are scrambling to keep up by increasing training as they prepare to spot drug-impaired drivers. Their task is made more difficult because there is no presumed level of intoxication in California, unlike the 0.08 percent blood level for alcohol, and drugs affect everyone differently. But driving impaired remains illegal, no matter the substance. Police were set to demonstrate how they currently conduct roadside drugged-driving tests near the state Capitol on Wednesday.
Associated Press

Comey was 'caught flat-footed' and learned of firing from TV while talking to FBI agents in L.A., source says
James B. Comey, who was ousted today as FBI director by President Trump, learned about his firing from a TV news report while speaking with FBI agents in Los Angeles, according to an FBI source. "He was caught flat-footed," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Comey was surprised by the news but kept talking to the agents, the source said. Another source said that once the news flashed on the screen, Comey was ushered into another room to meet with aides. Los Angeles Times

Oklahoma Governor Signs 'Blue Lives Matter' Bill Into Law
Those convicted of killing a police officer or corrections officer will now faces capital crime charges in Oklahoma if convicted. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the “Blue Lives Matter” legislation Tuesday, KTUL reported. The law sentences those convicted of killing a cop to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. "That's a big part of the punishment is people have to understand what the outcomes are. Right now, it's a bit ambiguous in the law. Sometimes it is a capital offense to kill an officer in the line of duty, sometimes it's not," Jerad Lindsey, Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police chairman, said. The law goes into effect in November.

Local Government News

New Effort Underway To Add More Seats To LA County Board Of Supervisors
A state effort to expand the number of seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has resurfaced, but this time the renewed attempt has bipartisan support. State Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, recently submitted a constitutional amendment that would increase the number of members on California's county boards of supervisors from five to seven in areas with 2 million or more resi­dents. That means his bill targets Los Angeles County since the five-member Board oversees an area of 10 million people. Each supervisor represents about 2? million people. Under Mendoza's proposal, that number would drop to 1.4 million. Mendoza introduced a similar bill in 2015, which failed to garner the needed two-thirds vote in the Senate. It was also opposed by three of the five Los Angeles County Board members at the time. But his latest proposal, Senate Constitutional Amendment 12, introduces the creation of an elected chief executive officer that for some area senators adds accountability with the proposed expansion.
Los Angeles Daily News

Controversy Swirls Around Campaign-Sign Removals In LA City Council Race
A candidate in the Los Angeles City Council District No. 7 race believes dirty  politics  are behind the theft of his campaign signs. Karo Torossian is facing Monica Rodriguez in the May 16 runoff  election to fill the vacant seat for Los Angeles City Council District No. 7, which represents the northeast San Fernando Valley. Sylmar resident Claudia Pacheco, who volunteers for Torossian's  campaign , told CBS2 that her home-surveillance video showed someone removing Torossian signs from out in front of her home. “I was really shocked,” Pacheco said. “I was  like , so what's the purpose of this, what's behind all this?” In the surveillance video, which Pacheco showed CBS2, a worker is seen getting out of a city-contracted truck that belongs to Sylmar Graffiti Busters, a nonprofit organization that receives city money to clean the streets and beautify the area. “I was hoping to see, like teenagers, like grabbing it and taking it, but my surprise was it was a city truck,” Pacheco said.

2020 Olympics News

LA 2024 Releases Renderings Of Proposed Olympic Venues
Ahead of a site visit by the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission this week, LA 2024 released design renderings for proposed venues to house the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The renderings include an Olympic and Paralympic village located within UCLA's existing facilities, a media village and press center located on USC's campus and a beach volleyball area set up in Santa Monica. A soccer stadium at the Rose Bowl, a gymnastics complex at The Forum and a mountain biking trail at Frank G. Bonelli Park are also among the proposed designs. According to the renderings, the LA 2024 opening and closing ceremonies would be held at Rams Stadium, along with Olympic and Paralympic archery competitions. "We don't have to build one permanent venue for our Olympic and Paralympic Games," said former Olympian Janet Evans, who serves on the LA 2024 committee. The existing infrastructure is why, Evans says, the cost for the potential LA 2024 Olympics would remain comparatively low at $5.3 billion.


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