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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 1, 2017

Law Enforcement News

2 Bakersfield Officers Shot, Suspect Killed After Report Of Man With
A Gun Two Bakersfield police officers were shot and a suspect was killed late Wednesday when the officers responded to a report of a man with gun, authorities said. Authorities received the call about 9:18 p.m. from a home in the 600 block of Pacheco Road, according to Sgt. Ryan Kroeker, spokesman for the Bakersfield Police Department. “Sounds of a disturbance” could be heard in the background, he said in a statement.

Utah K-9 Shot During Police Standoff
A police K-9 suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and mouth area while assisting police in a standoff. K-9 Tess and her handler responded to assist in the apprehension of a carjacking suspect Tuesday, St. George News reported. According to KSL, the suspect told police he had a rifle and ammunition. The suspect opened the truck door at one point and opened fire, striking Tess twice in the mouth area. Both bullets exited her neck. Officers opened fire, striking the suspect several times.

4 People Injured, Including LAPD Officer, After House Fire in Wilmington; Man Arrested
A Los Angeles police officer and three children were injured after a house caught fire in Wilmington on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. An LAPD officer was one of the first responders on the scene and saved another child from the home, injuring himself in the process, the Department said. "An LAPD male officer was able to assist another child out of a second-story window with the assistance of two other civilians," said Scott.

1 Woman Dead, Another Wounded After Shooting In Wilmington
One woman was killed and another was wounded after a shooting in Wilmington on Thursday night. The shooting occurred around 8:50 p.m. on West D Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A woman was shot in the back and transported to a local hospital in critical condition where she later died, said Officer Sal Ramirez. The second woman was shot in the arm and is in unknown condition.

Alleged Gang Member Arrested In Assault That Left San Pedro High School Student Comatose
An alleged gang member was arrested Thursday in connection with a brutal assault that left a San Pedro teenager hospitalized and comatose earlier this year, authorities said. Jaymel Williams, 20, was arrested early Thursday morning in Long Beach on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the March 30 attack, according to Sgt. Ricky Osburn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lomita station.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Seeking Suspect In West LA Hit-And-Run That Killed Woman
Los Angeles police detectives are searching for a suspect after a hit-and-run in West Los Angeles that left a woman dead. The incident is believed to have occurred around 8:25 p.m. Aug. 30 at Wilshire Boulevard and Federal Avenue. The suspect was eastbound on Wilshire as the pedestrian crossed in the marked crosswalk, according to police. The driver struck the woman and fled the scene without attempting to help her, police said. The victim is a woman in her 50s.

3 People In Critical Condition After Shooting In South L.A.: LAPD
Three people are in critical condition after a shooting in South Los Angeles Thursday night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Western 84th Street around 10 p.m. A man approached a vehicle and fired inside before fleeing the scene in an unknown car, police said. One victim was shot in the stomach and was transported to a local hospital.

Man Arrested In House Fire That Critically Injured 3 Children
Police have made an arrest in a house fire that seriously injured three children in Wilmington Thursday. The man arrested could face attempted murder charges after police say the neighbor intentionally set the house on fire. Paramedics and a police officer rescued the two girls and a boy from a burning duplex, but the children suffered critical burn injuries. The officer suffered smoke inhalation while helping to rescue one of the children, who ranged in age from 11 to 15, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Motel 6 To Pay To Settle Human Trafficking Suit
Motel 6 has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles that alleged one of the chain's locations was a base for human traffickers, drug dealers and gang members, prosecutors said. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the money will be used to help deter human trafficking. The city in November sued the managers of a motel in the city's Sylmar neighborhood and G6 Hospitality Property LLC, which operates the Motel 6 chain, seeking to quell what city officials called “unrelenting crime and nuisance activity.”
Associated Press

Woman Stabbed 27 Times With Butcher Knife In South LA, Apartment Guest Convicted
A 31-year-old man was convicted Thursday of first- degree murder for killing a South Los Angeles woman who had allowed him to stay at her apartment. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Laevin Meikel Weatherspoon guilty of the December 2013 stabbing death of Wanda Threadgill, who had allowed the homeless man to live in her apartment for at least six weeks, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins.

Famed Hairdresser's Wife, Lover Plead Not Guilty In His Murder
The wife of a prominent hairdresser and a convicted sex offender she was reportedly having an affair with pleaded not guilty Thursday to capital murder and conspiracy charges in his stabbing death at his Woodland Hills home in January. The indictment, handed up Aug. 18 and unsealed last Friday, charges Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Louis Baker, 55, in the Jan. 23 killing of Fabio Sementilli.

Ex-LA Undersheriff Paul Tanaka's Obstruction Conviction Upheld By Appeal's Court
A federal appeals court panel today upheld the obstruction of justice conviction of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who began serving a five-year prison term in January at a minimum security camp in Colorado. During his trial, prosecutors argued that Tanaka directed an operation to derail a 2011 FBI investigation into allegations of excessive force within the jail system.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Supreme Court Says Police License Plate Data Is Public
In what civil libertarians are calling a "big win for transparency" in law enforcement, the California Supreme Court has decided the public is entitled to see at least massive amounts of data collected by police and sheriff's license plate capture program. The decision was announced Thursday in the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against the LAPD and L.A. Sheriff's Department.

State Assemblywoman Shelves Legislation To Make 'Stealthing' Punishable As Rape In California
A state Assemblywoman has shelved her bill to make "stealthing," or tampering with a condom during sex, a form of rape under California law, saying it did not have enough support to win approval this year. In a statement, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) said she would commit to educating lawmakers on the issue and holding ongoing discussions to file a similar proposal next legislative session.
Los Angeles Times

California Could Allow For Legal Drug Injection Sites
In a few weeks' time, California may become the first state to legalize injection sites for IV and other drug users. A bill, AB 186, would allow "specified counties or cities within those counties" to establish "supervised injection services programs" with the aim of preventing overdoses and the spread of HIV and other infections, reports NBC4 media partner KPCC. The injection sites would have to be clean and be supervised by a health care professional.

Louisiana Police Searching For Suspect Who Opened Fire On Cop's Home
A search is underway for the suspect who fired shots at an officer's home in what police believe was a targeted shooting. "I'm thinking that he was targeted because he was an officer," Police Chief Randy Fontenot told KATC. "I don't think it was just a random shooting." The officer and his family were home at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured. Police are searching for a dark-colored sedan seen on surveillance footage.

Local Government News

LADWP Sees Highest Demand Ever As Angelenos Roast In Record-Breaking Heat Wave
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used more electricity on Thursday battling the heat wave than has ever been used in the agency's history, DWP officials announced. Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts used on Sept. 16, 2014. The agency expects a record to be set on Friday as the heat wave continues. “Simple actions like setting your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, using major appliances before or after peak hours, and turning off unnecessary lights can go a long way toward reducing the strain on our electrical equipment and overall power system demand,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said in a statement.
Los Angeles Times

Proposal Would Speed Construction Of LA Homeless Housing
The Los Angeles Department of City Planning released a proposal Thursday that it said would help speed construction of homeless housing. The draft ordinance is part of the city's Comprehensive Homeless Strategy and lays out a plan to increase the construction of housing for the homeless to about 1,000 units per year, up from the current pace of 300 units per year. "Homelessness has reached epidemic proportions -- and permanent supportive housing is a recognized solution to housing Angelenos living on our streets," said Vince Bertoni, director of the Department of City Planning.


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