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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 24, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Motorist Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder And DUI After Crash Kills Off-Duty Modesto Police Officer
32-year-old Modesto man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and drunken driving following a crash that claimed the life of an off-duty Modesto police officer Tuesday night, according to authorities. Matthew Gibbs was driving a Volkswagen when he struck the rear of the off-duty officer's bicycle near Fine and Merle avenues on Tuesday night, according to a statement issued by the California Highway Patrol. The officer was thrown from the bike and died at the scene, the CHP said.
Los Angeles Times

Police: Armed Suspect Found Dead After Standoff In South LA
An armed suspect who was holed up in a South Los Angeles apartment, prompting the evacuations of at least 20 people, was found dead inside of an apparent of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The standoff began around 12:45 a.m. in the area of San Pedro Street and Gage Avenue, where the man allegedly fired shots in the air and pointed a gun at police. Residents were evacuated from the building as SWAT officers tried to talk the man into surrendering. Authorities fired rubber bullets to scare the suspect and a robot was sent into the apartment before dawn to determine if the suspect was alive.
FOX 11

1 Person Dead In Shooting In Valley Village Area
One person was killed in a shooting Wednesday night in the Valley Village area. Police received reports of shots fired about 7:50 p.m. in the 12000 block of Burbank Boulevard, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, whose details were not immediately clear, died at the hospital, according to the LAPD. Authorities said the victim may have been a transient. Police were searching on the ground and from the air for a suspect. Details on the gunman were not immediately available.

Man Shot in Mid-City Before Shooter Also Fires at Subway Restaurant: LAPD
A man shot at another man outside a Mid-City strip mall before firing another random gunshot that broke through the glass of a Subway restaurant, Los Angeles police said. The shooting happened at about 9:17 p.m. near the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Venice Boulevard, police said. The shooter is still at large. A man was left injured with a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was transported to medical care but is currently in stable condition, police said.

Man Shot In Mid-Wilshire Area Home Invasion; 3 Suspects Sought
A man in his 70s was shot and wounded in a home invasion in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, police said. The home invasion took place Wednesday in the 1100 block of S. Citrus Avenue. Police said three suspects entered a residence and demanded property. When the man refused, a female suspect shot him in the face before she and the two other suspects fled. The wounded victim then ran next door to alert a neighbor, who called 911, police said. He was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition. According to the LAPD, the female suspect and the victim may know each other.

3 Men Sought After Two Armed Robberies In L.A.
Police are searching for three men accused of robbing two victims at gunpoint in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department announced on Wednesday. The two separate robberies occurred between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 in the 900 block of Saint Andrews Place and the 1200 block of Manhattan Place. The men approached the victims on each street and demanded wallets and cell phones while one of the robbers brandished a handgun, police said. "The victims were alone at the time of the robberies; just walking down the street late night," said Det. Ross Nemeroff with the LAPD.

Should the LAPD test drones? Police get an earful from the public.
As Los Angeles police pitched their plan to fly drones Wednesday night in a series of forums held across the city, the reaction was less positive than they might have hoped. Dozens of residents expressed concern ranging from skepticism to outright opposition to any use of drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, telling department brass they were worried about their privacy, over-militarization of the police and that the devices would be flown far more than the LAPD has pledged. "I wish the trust was there," said one woman at a meeting held near Griffith Park. "I wish that I could say, 'Oh great, please do it.' But you guys really need to earn back some trust in the community. It's not there."
?Los Angeles Times

Ex-LA Sheriff Baca Denied A Second Bid To Stay Out Of Prison While Awaiting Appeal
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has lost another bid to avoid prison time while his conviction on federal corruption charges is appealed, according to court documents. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Baca did not show that the lower court erred in ordering the former lawman to begin serving his three-year prison term. Baca was sentenced in May for his conviction on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and making false statements. He is expected to serve his time in either Kern County or Oregon. This is Baca's second loss as he tries to stay out of prison pending the appeal of his conviction.
Los Angeles Daily News

Nearly 100 Alleged Gang Members Indicted In 'Devastating Blow' To Mexican Mafia
Nearly 100 alleged gang members have been indicted in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow to local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia, it was reported Wednesday. Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison, the Orange County register reported. Despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the "green light'' on rivals who tried to take his place as the leader of the Mexican Mafia in Orange County, according to the newspaper.
FOX 11

Guns, Mace And Selfie Sticks: What's Banned At This Weekend's Right-Wing Crissy Field Rally
After days of suspense, National Parks officials gave final approval Wednesday for a controversial right-wing rally at San Francisco's Crissy Field on Saturday afternoon. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of protesters are expected to descend on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. But the permit, which was criticized by local political leaders, came with strings attached.
Bay Area News Group

Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Allow Felons In California Prisons To Vote
Felons in state prison would be allowed to vote in California elections under a ballot measure proposed Wednesday by a group representing prisoners, their families and supporters. The constitutional amendment was filed on Wednesday by Initiate Justice, an Oakland-based group that seeks criminal justice system changes for about 2,500 people behind bars and 1,000 supporters on the outside, according to founder and executive director Taina Vargas-Edmond. “They (prisoners) don't lose their citizenship when they become arrested,” Vargas-Edmond said.

California Supreme Court Ruling Could Fast-Track Executions
California could take a giant step closer to resuming executions when the state Supreme Court issues a highly anticipated ruling on a ballot measure to speed up the state's dysfunctional death penalty system. The California Supreme Court will rule Thursday on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 66, a push to “mend not end” capital punishment in California. The measure beat a competing initiative on the November ballot that would have abolished the death penalty. Condemned inmates in California currently languish for decades and are more likely to die of natural causes than from lethal injection.
?Associated Press

A 911 Plea For Help, A Taser Shot, A Death - And The Mounting Toll Of Stun Guns
Reuters documented 1,005 incidents in the United States in which people died after police stunned them with Tasers, nearly all since the early 2000s – the most thorough accounting to date of fatal encounters involving the paralyzing stun guns. Many of the casualties are among society's vulnerable. A quarter of the people who died, like Schrock, were suffering from a mental health breakdown or neurological disorder. In nine of every 10 incidents, the deceased was unarmed. More than 100 of the fatal encounters began with a 911 call for help during a medical emergency.

Local Government News

LA Council Takes Aim At False Fire Alarms
With the Los Angeles Fire Department receiving thousands of false alarm calls each year, a City Council committee moved Wednesday to develop a fine for any property owner responsible for a false alarm. Councilman Mitchell Englander introduced the motion directing the fire department to come up with recommendations for a false alarm fee five years ago, and at the Public Safety Committee meeting chastised department officials for letting it linger and not coming forward with any plan.

LA Street Sweeper Tickets Could Become Thing Of The Past
If you've lived in a Los Angeles neighborhood with street-sweeping parking restrictions, chances are you've gotten a ticket for not moving your car. Now the city of L.A. is looking to pilot a program to cut down on the number of parking tickets given on street sweeping days — and it turns out, there's an app for that. The proposed program making its way through City Council aims to lessen the pain by alerting residents' phones when the street sweeper is coming and when it's safe to park again after it's gone.

City Council Delays Action On Rocketing Costs Of New RecycleLA Plan
With complaints pouring in on the skyrocketing cost of the city's new RecycleLA program, the City Council delayed taking any action Wednesday on authorizing one way to reduce the impact by allowing businesses to share waste bins. The motion to authorize the Bureau of Sanitation to report on the feasibility of the bin sharing option was scheduled for a vote but continued to Sept. 6 without any explanation for the delay.


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