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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 16, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Police Commission Decides Officer Was Justified In Fatally Shooting 18-Year-Old In South L.A.
The Los Angeles Police Commission decided Tuesday that an officer was justified in shooting Carnell Snell Jr. last fall in South L.A., a killing that prompted protests and the rare public release of video evidence by the LAPD. Siding with Chief Charlie Beck, the panel cleared the officer who fatally shot Snell, saying his decision to pull the trigger fell within the LAPD's policy for using deadly force. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing rank-and-file LAPD officers, welcomed the commission's review of the shooting. “When an armed suspect points a gun at a police officer, that officer must act to protect themselves and members of the public,” the League's statement said. “We commend the Police Commission for relying upon the evidence in front of them to make the correct ruling.”
Los Angeles Times

Mississippi Deputy Killed In Crash While Responding To Call
A deputy was killed Sunday morning in a crash while responding to a call. Deputy Jimmy Clark was responding to a shooting call when he swerved to avoid two dogs in the road, The Clarion-Ledger reported.  Fellow officers described Clark as a well-liked man who was always willing to help a friend. "He was just helpful. He worked a lot of night shifts from 12-8, and he'd call whoever worked the day shift after him, he'd call in the morning to say, 'If you need me call me,' and he did that every day. 

Amputee Officer Competes In Olympics Of Law Enforcement
His goal was to dead lift 600 pounds. He joked, his only hope was that his prosthetic leg would hold up. Michael Crowe is not only an amputee, he is a police officer who competed in the 2017 LA World Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles. The 28-year old took part in both the dead lift and the bench press competitions competing against law enforcement athletes from around the world.  Crowe hasn't let his disability hinder him off or on the job. He says he can run and jump and do the job just like any other patrol officer.  What might hinder some hasn't stopped Crowe. 
FOX 11

LAPD Officers Escort Children Stocking Up On School Supplies At 'Shop With A Cop' Events
Dozens of children from across Los Angeles on Monday received safety tips and school supplies as part of the LAPD's "shop with a cop" events in Hollywood, Glassell Park and Granada Hills. At a Staples store in Hollywood, each student was paired up with a Los Angeles Police Department officer and given a gift card worth $100. "It's fun and I think it's pretty good," said young Dayanara as an officer helped her pick out art supplies. "We're excited to be here today," the officer said. In the past, many of the participating students have learned to live without the supplies they received on Monday. 

VIDEO: Sexual Assault Caught On Camera, LAPD Steps Up Search
Police on Tuesday released video and a sketch of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Van Nuys while cars rolled by and pedestrians walked past and did nothing. The woman, who is in her early 30s, fought the suspect off when she was assaulted after stepping out of a her apartment about 5:40 a.m. Saturday in the 14400 block of Vanowen Street, near Van Nuys Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which held a news conference at the Van Nuys Station about the case. 
FOX 11

LAPD Officials Take Pursuit Suspect Into Custody After Using Bean Bag
A man who led LAPD officials on a short pursuit in the South L.A. area has been taken into custody Tuesday night, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The pursuit began about 8:40 p.m. when authorities spotted a stolen vehicle near the intersection of Manchester Boulevard and McKinley Avenue. It came to an end near the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Corbin Avenue about 9 p.m. Police then surrounded the vehicle. The driver got out with his hands up and police deployed a bean bag that hit the man's upper torso, causing him to lean forward and eventually turn himself in without incident, aerial video showed.  ?

LAPD Helps Provide 'Better Memories' For 11-Year-Old Tourist Attacked In LA
Imagine walking down the street and out of the blue you're punched in the face by a homeless man. That's what happened to 11 year old Nicholas, but what happened next has made him love Los Angeles even more. After hearing that Nicholas Freeman was attacked while here on vacation from Australia, the Los Angeles Police Department arranged time Monday to provide him and his family with "better memories." They wanted to let the Freeman family know there are good people in the city of angels so they were given the VIP behind the scenes treatment by the LAPD bomb squad, SWAT and air patrol units. 

Construction Worker Helps Nab LADWP Imposter After Suspected Burglary
A construction worker is being hailed a hero in a Cahuenga Pass neighborhood after he saw something suspicious. Police say he ended up foiling a burglar posing as an LADWP worker Monday afternoon on Multiview Drive. Laurie Perez spoke with the worker and the grateful homeowner. “Are you shutting the power off or just the water? Water,” Joel Gossman asked through a home security system. t's not every day a guy who's about to break into a house gets the all-clear from the homeowner. “Turning the water off, ok very good then, that's good.” 

74-Year-Old Man Diagnosed With Dementia Reported Missing In Monterey Park: Police
A 74-year-old man who is diagnosed with dementia has been reported missing in Monterey Park, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Clarence Ausby was last seen on Sunday at about 7 a.m. in the 1000 block of South Orange Avenue, LAPD said. Clarence Ausby is seen in a photo released by the LAPD on Aug. 15, 2017. He is diagnosed with dementia and “his family is extremely concerned for his safety,” police said. Ausby is described by police as a black man with gray hair and brown eyes who is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. 

2 Suspects Rob Van Nuys Store, Pepper Spray Security Officer, Police Say
Police Tuesday sought the public's help in identifying two suspects who stole multiple sets of Beats headphones from a Van Nuys store, with one of them blasting a security officer with pepper spray. The robbery occurred about 6 p.m. on July 4 in the 14900 block of Raymer Street, between Sepulveda and Van Nuys boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A man and a woman walked what police identified only as “a major retail store,” and the man removed the headphones from a display rack and placed them in a shopping bag. 
Los Angeles Daily News

County Board Of Supervisors Creates New Panel To ‘Take A Hard Look' At Probation, Parole, Public Safety Policies
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to establish a “blue ribbon” commission on public safety to review how the county implements state laws that allow early parole, reduce criminal sentences and shift responsibility for supervision of non-violent offenders to counties. The board's vote was 3-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining after urging that the matter be postponed and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on a planned trip out of the country. Calling the commission a “common-sense notion to improve the criminal justice system,” Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally told the board, “Criminal justice reform cannot just be focused on the offenders. Victims must have a say.”

Killer Of USC Chinese Grad Student Faces Life In Prison
A 21-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for his role in the fatal beating of a USC graduate student from China who was attacked during an attempted robbery near the campus after walking another student home from a late-night study session. Andrew Garcia was convicted June 8 of first-degree murder for the July 24, 2014, death of Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student. Garcia is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors in his trial found true a special circumstance allegation of murder during an attempted robbery, along with an allegation that he personally used a baseball bat during the attack.

Hate Groups On Rise In California, U.S.
Hate is on the rise across the United States and California is one of the major brewing grounds for hate groups. This weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is highlighting the disturbing trend. "We are seeing a more tech-savvy and youthful gathering of hate groups and they are now a unified socio-political force," said Brian Levin, director of the Cal State San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Levin says hate groups are not only more organized, but are growing more violent. Since December 2015, there have been two dozen violent public demonstrations in California that resulted in injuries or arrests, he said.

Virginia State Police helicopter in fatal crash sustained 'substantial damage' in 2010
The Bell 407 helicopter that crashed and burned outside Charlottesville on Saturday, killing two Virginia State Police pilots, sustained “substantial damage” seven years ago after completely losing power in an incident that ended in a hard landing seven minutes after takeoff, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The 2010 rough landing in Abingdon, which caused the aircraft to bounce once on the ground, resulted in its fuselage being crushed and the partial loss of one of its vertical stabilizers, the report says. Neither the pilot nor the co-pilot was injured in that landing, said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Richmond Times Dispatch

Local Government News

'Scramble' Crosswalk Debuts In San Fernando Valley
You may have seen diagonal crosswalks before, but this is the first time you will see a "scramble" crosswalk in the San Fernando Valley. It has been installed at the intersection of Sylvan Street and Sylmar Avenue in Van Nuys, an area with high vehicle and pedestrian traffic. "We see every day the number of lawyers and folks visiting the courthouse as well as parents dropping kids off to day care center so we see lot of volume of pedestrians," said Los Angeles City Council member Nury Martinez.  

2026 World Cup News

World Cup Soccer Could Come To Rose Bowl, LA Coliseum, Inglewood Stadium
In 2026 The Rose Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the under-construction Rams-Chargers football stadium in Inglewood were among 49 potential venues revealed Tuesday as part of a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada sent “requests for information” to officials in 44 cities that house the various stadiums being considered as potential venues. The request essentially asks cities to declare if they want to be part of the hosting bid.
Los Angeles Daily News


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