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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 28, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Custody After Sacramento Deputy Shot In Face At Watt Avenue Light Rail Station
A Sacramento Sheriff's deputy assigned to the Watt Avenue light rail station was shot in the face on Tuesday evening, department spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said. Law enforcement officials took the suspect into custody at 9:15 p.m. without any altercation, Turnbull said. They did not find a weapon with him and were searching for it. More than 100 officers responded to the scene and surrounded the Red Roof Inn on Watt Avenue, where the suspect was hiding. Officials used a robot to locate the 27-year-old suspect, who was in a fetal position in an outdoor hallway on the second floor of the hotel. Turnbull did not reveal the name of the suspect. There were no reports of the suspect taking hostages. Turnbull said the deputy, a four-year veteran of the department, is in stable condition. 
Sacramento Bee

Woman Charged After High-Speed Pursuit That Left LAPD Officer Injured In Van Nuys
A 23-year-old Van Nuys woman with a criminal record has been charged with fleeing police during a pursuit and other counts after a chase in which she allegedly reversed into a patrol car, leaving an officer injured. Christina Ohanian faces multiple counts in connection with the early morning chase, which ended with her standing up through her sun roof, smoking a cigarette, and then being pulled to the ground by officers. The chase began about 2:15 a.m. June 22, when Los Angeles Police Department officers spotted a stolen vehicle and began pursuing it. At one point, the car stopped and reversed into a following patrol vehicle, leaving the officer in the passenger seat injured. The car, a white Honda sedan, again fled at high speed but eventually crashed into a curb at Haskell Avenue and Vanowen Street in Van Nuys. 

Police Commission: LAPD Officers Justified In Fatal Shooting Of Teen During ‘Running Gunbattle' In Watts
The Los Angeles Police Commission decided Tuesday that three officers were justified in fatally shooting an 18-year-old during what police have described as a “running gun battle” in a Watts housing project in which one officer was shot and wounded. The civilian panel unanimously sided with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in clearing the officers in their use of deadly force against Richard Risher. Although the LAPD said Risher shot an officer in the arm — and shared a photo of the handgun found lying on some leaves — word that police had killed a young black man still angered many in the neighborhood. The union representing rank-and-file officers also praised the commission's decision on the use of deadly force. "When a suspect shoots at a police officer, the officer is duty bound to respond in an appropriate manner to protect themselves and the public,” the union's board of directors said in a statement. 
KTLA 5, Los Angeles Times

LAPD Sets Up Safe Exchange Zones For Online Buyers, Sellers
The Los Angeles Police Department's South Bureau recorded 45 street robberies, including one deadly, last year that were all tied to e-commerce exchanges. Now the department is setting up safe exchange zones inside the lobbies of nine police stations and nearly a dozen Ralphs grocery stores for buyers and sellers to feel more secure in their transactions. Police also have paired with the online company OfferUp, a mobile marketplace known for its safeguards for those buying and selling. In recent years, police in Los Angeles and around the country have seen a trend of crimes associated with strangers meeting in person to complete transactions that were initiated online. Sometimes those encounters end with an assault and a robbery. In some cases, they have ended with one individual dead. 

Teen's Body Found In Burned Converted Garage In Hyde Park; Woman In Custody
A woman was taken into custody after a teenage boy was found dead inside a burned down converted garage in Hyde Park on Tuesday.  The fire was reported around 8:45 a.m. in the 4800 block of S. Crenshaw Boulevard. Around 30 firefighters responded to the scene. After the blaze was knocked down in just 13 minutes, they discovered a 17-year-old boy dead inside.  A 22-year-old man, believed to be the 17-year-old's brother, was taken to an area hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening.  The teen, identified only as Elijah by family and friends, was living in the converted garage that was being used as a sober living home.  Roommate Devin Simmons was inside the home when the fire erupted, and he blamed a woman who also lived there.  "An evil person set fire to the house for no apparent reason," he said.  The unidentified woman was taken into custody for questioning. Police said one thing is for sure: The fire was intentionally set.

Man Found Shot To Death In Car In South Gate
A man was found shot to death inside a  car  in an industrial area of South Gate Tuesday night. Police received a call around 8:30 p.m. about a shooting death on Rayo Avenue near Firestone Place. Upon arrival, officers found the victim inside a white car, which neighbors said had been parked on Rayo Avenue for a while. When they went to check out the Dodge Charger, they found the victim's body in the front  passenger  seat that was reclined, making it tough for people to notice. Homicide detectives told CBS2's Rachel Kim that the victim had been shot in the chest. They said based on the decomposition, the man had been dead for about a week.

LAPD Chief Announces Clampdown On Social Media Contact Between Cops And Cadets
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that the department is tightening its rules in the wake of a widening cadet youth program scandal. Beck told the Los Angeles Police Commission that he is issuing a department directive that limits one-on-one contact between police officers and members of the cadet corps and limits certain social media contact.  It's “not intended to limit connectivity in the way the youth service officers communicate to cadet posts, which is largely through social media, but definitely limit one-on-one texting and those things, especially from folks that are outside the chain-of-command of the cadet posts,” Beck said.  Dustin DeRollo, a spokesman for the union representing rank-and-file LAPD officers, called the changes in an email “common-sense recommendations” that should strengthen the integrity of the program while benefitting both officers and cadets.
Los Angeles Daily News

Uber Driver Charged With Raping Unconscious Passenger
An Uber driver was charged Tuesday with raping a female passenger at a North Hollywood motel while the 24-year-old woman was unconscious. Alaric Spence, 46, faces up to 15 years to life in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Spence picked the woman up in downtown Los Angeles last Friday and drove her to the motel, where he allegedly raped her, according to Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller. The woman was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the alleged attack, the prosecutor said. Los Angeles police said the woman passed out in the back of Spence's car while en route to Hollywood about 3 a.m. Spence is suspected of driving the woman to the motel, renting a room and then carrying her from his car into the room.

South Pasadena Father Accused Of Killing Son Says He Didn't 'Flee' To Vegas
A South Pasadena man accused of murdering his 5-year-old son didn't fight being returned from Las Vegas back to Southern California, saying he never came to Nevada to "flee." Aramazd Andressian Sr. will be coming back to Southern California on Thursday. The 35-year-old, who was arrested last week in Vegas, appeared at a brief hearing in court Tuesday, where it was decided that he would be sent back to the Southland. He appeared cool, calm and very collected in the courtroom, even smiling broadly and laughing at one point during his exchange with the judge. Andressian Sr. told the judge he had fired his previous attorney and was aware of his rights. He said he didn't have any questions regarding the extradition hearing. "I mean, pretty much if California wants me, they can come get me within the set period of time," he told the judge.

With Six Months To Go, California Hustles To Get Recreational Marijuana Framework In Place
Eight months ago, California voters approved Proposition 64, making the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older legal. In barely more than six months, state officials have to make sure Prop 64 becomes a reality by putting a legal and regulatory framework in place. Regulations for production and sale of adult-use cannabis are due at the beginning of 2018, and the scope of the rollout is huge — including cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution and sales. “The clock is ticking,” said Lori Ajax, the chief of the state's Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation for California, who in charge of coordinating California's efforts to oversee a cannabis industry that some estimate may soon be worth between $4 billion to $7 billion. “We all know what we have to get done and failure is not an option for us.” 
San Diego Union Tribune

111 Terminally Ill Patients Took Their Own Lives In First 6 Months Of California Right-To-Die Law
A total of 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors, according to data released Tuesday. A snapshot of the patients who took advantage of the law mirrors what's been seen in Oregon, which was the first state to legalize the practice nearly two decades ago. Though California is far more diverse than Oregon, the majority of those who have died under aid-in-dying laws in both states were white, college-educated cancer patients older than 60. The End of Life Option Act made California the fifth state in the nation to allow patients with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors. Physician-assisted deaths made up 6 out of every 10,000 deaths in California between June and December 2016, according to state data. 
Los Angeles Times

Dairy Queen fires employees after tirade aimed at sheriff's deputies
Employees at an ice cream shop were fired after a tirade toward lawmen who visited the store recently. In a Facebook post Monday, Dairy Queen wrote it terminated employees involved in an incident this weekend at the store in Hammond. Sources told WBRZ, store employees were rude to sheriff's deputies who stopped at the restaurant near the mall for dinner. While the restaurant did not elaborate on the situation, others on Facebook explained what reportedly happened. In one post, a man wrote he witnessed kitchen staff berating two sheriff's deputies – calling them “pigs” and claiming that all officers are “crooked.” The deputies asked for their money back and left, the poster wrote, and explained the manager told employees to keep their comments to themselves. The incident happened Saturday and by Monday morning, others had taken to the store's Facebook to post their displeasure.
BRZ Baton Rouge

Local Government News

Why Some Say The Generous New Contract For DWP Workers Might Be Just A 'Face-Saving Gesture'
For nearly two decades, ratepayers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have pumped nearly $4 million a year into a pair of nonprofits created to improve employee training and safety at the city-owned utility. The nonprofits paid top utility managers and union leaders six-figure salaries and provided plush expense accounts but never demonstrated they had much impact on either training or safety. When city leaders demanded financial records after a Times investigation of the nonprofits in 2013, union leaders went to court in a bid to keep the information secret. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who campaigned on a promise to rein in costs and improve customer service at the DWP, is pointing to the elimination of the nonprofits as a key win for ratepayers in the new five-year contract he has negotiated with the DWP's largest union. 
Los Angeles Times

Protesters Rally In Los Angeles Against Bill To Extend Last Call At Bars Until 4 A.M.
Dozens of people rallied outside Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday morning to protest a bill that would allow California  bars  to stay open until 4 a.m. “My biggest concern is that passing this SB384 is going to increase tragedies for communities, for families,” said Lisa Bridges. Sonny Skyhawk's granddaughter was killed by a drunken driver when she was 21. “It's a heartache that never heals, unfortunately, and you take it with you for the rest of your life,” Skyhawk explained. He said having bars stay open later means more drunken drivers on the roads at a crucial time when people are driving to work or parents taking their kids to school. “People that are going to work at 4 o'clock in the morning are going to encounter, unfortunately, these people that are just leaving those bars and are intoxicated,” Skyhawk added. 

State Approves $100 Million For LA River Restoration
The California  Legislature  on Monday approved $100 million in Proposition 1 funding for restoration of the 51-mile Los Angeles River. Proposition 1 is a $7.5  billion water bond measure passed in 2014 to address California's water infrastructure needs. Included in Proposition 1 was funding for the restoration of the L.A. River.  “Study after study has shown communities with green space and community parks have significantly reduced health risks, including lower rates of cancer, asthma and obesity,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, said in a statement. “I've advocated for restoring the L.A. River and fought for this funding so residents of the Southeast can see an improvement in their quality of life.”  The $100 million in funding will be split between the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.


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