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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 20, 2017

Law Enforcement News

NYPD Loses 2 Cops To 9/11 Related Illnesses
The NYPD lost two officers within the same week from 9/11-related illnesses. Officer Kelly Korchak, 38, was laid to rest Thursday. Korchak was diagnosed while she was pregnant, but decided to forego aggressive treatment and give birth to her son Luke Harrison Attarian. She died eight months after giving birth on June 10. Korchak, who was married to NYC Det. Steven Attarian, became an officer in 2001. She received two “Cop of the Month” awards during her career for her role in breaking up a burglary ring and detaining a murder suspect, Staten Island Live reported. The Emergency Service Unit that Korchak's husband worked with started a GoFundMe to help him and the baby she leaves behind with future needs. Officer James Kennelly, 37, died Saturday from an illness related to his recovery efforts as a firefighter during the World Trade Center attacks. 

Man With Knife Injured During Officer-Involved Shooting In Sherman Oaks: LAPD
A man who was allegedly armed with a steak knife was injured during an officer-involved shooting in Sherman Oaks Monday night, officials said. Police responded to the 4200 block of Matilija Avenue about 11 p.m. for a domestic dispute, Sgt. Frank Preciado said. Responding officers found a man in his mid 70s armed with a steak knife in front of a home. Police at the scene told the man to drop the knife and when he did not cooperate, an officer used a stun gun on the man, Preciado said. Police eventually shot the man in the upper torso and he was taken to a hospital. He is listed in critical but stable condition, Preciado said. The officers were not wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting. The man's wife was treated at the scene for unspecified injuries, Preciado said.  He described the area as “relatively quiet.”

Man Found Dead On Sidewalk Along Sunset Boulevard In Hollywood
Authorities were investigating the death of a man found on the sidewalk in Hollywood Monday afternoon. The man was found around 5:30 p.m. along Sunset Boulevard near Gower Street, Los Angeles police said. Authorities believe the man died of natural causes, but handed the investigation over to the county coroner's office to determine his cause of death. No further details were released.

Stabber Goes For The Head In South L.A.
A man was stabbed in the head today and wounded during an altercation with another person in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The stabbing was reported at 12:56 a.m. at 69th Street and Vermont Avenue, said Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station. The victim was taken to a hospital, where his vital signs were stable, Bojorquez said. He did not tell police about the circumstances of the attack or provide a description of the person who stabbed him.
Los Angeles Daily News

Search Underway For Hit-And-Run Driver Caught On Camera Hitting Bicyclist In Echo Park
Police Monday were searching for a driver caught on camera hitting a bicyclist and driving off in Echo Park. Security video showed a dark-colored  car  taking out Michael Starr on Alvarado Street near Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park about 1 a.m. Friday. The driver stopped only to take off seconds later, leaving the injured victim in the middle of the street. “Terrifying thought was he's going to run me over. I put my hands up, and I'm screaming: ‘Stop! Stop! Please stop! Please Stop!' He got out of his car, took two steps towards me, looked around, got back in his car and took off,” Starr recalled. He suffered some bruises and scrapes on his back. But his injuries were not serious. At the moment of impact, Starr said he was in shock and disoriented, and the driver did not bother to ask if he was okay. “Who does something like that? I could have been having a seizure. I could have been very, very seriously hurt. Luckily, I'm just banged up,” Starr said. 

After Thefts Of Police Cars, LAPD's Chief Beck Says Equipment ‘Too Accessible'
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department has begun a review of equipment and checkout procedures as part of a larger examination of the department's youth mentorship program after three teenage police cadets were arrested in connection with stealing at least two police cruisers. “We're doing a top-to-bottom review of our equipment checkout procedures, which are much advanced over what they have been in the past,” Beck told reporters downtown. “But obviously, either through inappropriate application or design flaws, (they were) too accessible from the outside. So we're going to look at that.” Beck last week called for an examination of the department's mentorship program after cadets were accused of posing as police officers to get access to the cruisers, leading authorities on pursuits and later crashing Wednesday night in South Los Angeles. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Seeking Missing Woman Last Seen In Panorama City
Police today sought the whereabouts of a 52-year-old woman who went missing in Panorama City. Sandra Velasco was last seen on Sunday in the 7900 block of Willis Avenue, near Raymer Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Velasco, who lives in Panorama City, has had a tempestuous relationship with her husband, with whom she does not live, according to the woman's daughter. The daughter says she has been unable to contact her mother's husband. Velasco is Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds and has brown hair and eyes and a tattoo of the name “Lucas” with a heart on her left arm. Velasco is believed to be driving a silver 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan with the Arizona license plate ANK2350. Her daughter says the vehicle is rented. Anyone with information regarding Velasco's whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Public's Help Sought In Search For Suspect In Locksmith Smash-And-Grab
A North Hollywood business owner hopes someone recognizes the person caught on video stealing from his family owned locksmith shop Sunday. Rob Jones says security cameras captured the suspect hurling a chunk of concrete through a glass door at All Safe Locksmith in North Hollywood around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Once the man got inside, he knocked over the register and went to town. He tipped over a showcase and, after about a minute, ran to the back of the store, where he emptied a case and smashed more glass before grabbing as much loot as possible. Most were locks priced at $5-$300, Jones said. “There's a sense of violation that you feel,” he said. “I know times are tough for people, but to come and steal locks? Like this?” Jones says the break-in has been tough to take. He calls the shop the nucleus of his family because he and his brother and sister all worked here growing up. The LAPD says it's investigating the incident.

Highland Park Man's Home Doubled As An Unlicensed Day Care Center And Cocaine Den
A Highland Park man is facing charges of not only trafficking drugs out of his home, but doing so while running an unlicensed day care center, federal and civil documents show. In a federal complaint, Felipe Talamante, 48, is accused of trying to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine “direct from Mexico” to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent on May 25, court records show. Talamante boasted to a confidential informant that he had 20 kilograms of cocaine worth about $430,000 ready to sell, the criminal complaint shows. The informant then allegedly connected Talamante with the undercover agent. When the men met to make the sale on May 25, authorities noticed that several children were playing in the front yard, documents show. One 2-year-old child was picked up from the home while the drug order was being placed, and officers conducting surveillance “observed children of all ages being picked up and dropped off at Felipe's residence,” the criminal complaint said. 
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Beck Supports ‘Sanctuary State' Bill Hailed As ‘Constitutional' By Eric Holder
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck for the first time offered his full support for a bill that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from carrying out immigration laws, calling it an important proposal that protects the trust between his department and the neighborhoods it polices. “This is not a soft-on-crime bill,” Beck said Monday at a Los Angeles news conference, with former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. “This is not an anti-law enforcement bill. This is a bill that displays courage. The courage of Californians, the courage of Angelenos to understand that when we stand together we are much more effective than when we stand apart.”  The endorsement is a boon for De León (D-Los Angeles), who authored Senate Bill 54 and has grappled with opposition from law enforcement groups over claims that it could weaken their ability to detain dangerous or repeat criminals. 

LA County Sheriff Deploys Narcan To Reverse Overdoses
Hoping to stem a national wave of opioid- and heroin-related deaths, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department announced Thursday that deputies from across the region will be equipped with a potentially life-saving nasal spray. Deputies from the Santa Clarita, La Crescenta and East Los Angeles sheriffs stations along with the parks and community college bureaus will be equipped with 1,200 doses of a nasal spray known on the market as Narcan. The spray reverses the effects of overdoses related to pain killers, heroin and most recently a synthetic version of fentanyl, a drug that's up to 100 times stronger than morphine. The pilot program begins on Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said while the number of fatal overdoses related to such drugs remain low across the region, he and others noted that the epidemic will likely head West from the East Coast, where such deaths is deemed an epidemic. 
Los Angeles Daily News

U.S. Capitol Police Undergo Extensive Active-Shooter Training
In 1998, Russell Weston Jr., a 41-year-old with a history of mental illness, charged into the U.S. Capitol building armed with a .38-caliber revolver. He killed Jacob Chestnut, a Capitol Police officer, with a point-blank shot to the head, and fatally wounded another officer, Detective John Gibson, who was assigned to then-House Majority Whip Tom Delay's security detail. Gibson returned fire and managed to wound Weston, who was then restrained by other officers.  The incident proved a seminal moment in the history of the Capitol Police, a 2,100-person force responsible for protecting members of Congress and the millions of people who traverse the Capitol grounds each year.  In the aftermath, officers were given more-powerful weapons and officials overhauled tactics. One key new focus was training for all officers on how to  confront an active shooter, according to Rubard Gillus, who retired in 2011 after two decades as a Capitol Police officer.
The Trace

Local Government News

City Attorney Targets Church-Owned Gang Stronghold To Stem Violence In South L.A.
Pastor Kenneth Little knew the family renting out the church's property across the street long before the violence began. When they were younger, the tenants' children sometimes walked over to Ebenezer Baptist Church to help out with small tasks and attend Bible study. “They were good at first,” he said of the tenants in L.A.'s South Park neighborhood. But over the last year there have been problems at the property, according to police, who say it has become a stronghold for the predominantly Latino Playboys gang. Little said that shootings at the site during church services have spooked congregants, and he has had to cancel Bible study sessions. In an effort to curb the violence, the city recently filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the church, alleging that the Playboys gather daily at the Avalon Boulevard property and engage in criminal activity. 
Los Angeles Times

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Says Monorail Down The 101 Is Viable Option
Mayor Eric Garcetti brought a full agenda to Eyewitness Newsmakers. He discussed two new transit options. In addition to the Crenshaw to LAX line currently underway, the city will explore a nonstop express line from Union Station to LAX. With advances in monorail technology, Garcetti said it is a viable option to run down the 101 or the 405 freeways. Though President Donald Trump cut funding for California's earthquake early warning system, the mayor said by next year, Los Angeles will have one, alerting residents through mobile phones, giving us a few moments to get under a desk, out of an elevator or stop a train. Calling the state system a life or death situation, Garcetti urged bipartisan help to get the state's federal funding restored.


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