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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 11, 2017

Law Enforcement News

New York Officer Dies Of 9/11-Related Illness
Luis A. Palermo Jr., a decorated Nassau County police officer who rushed to lower Manhattan to help search-and-rescue efforts at the ruins of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks, died Monday from a 9/11-related illness, authorities said. He was 49. Acting Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Palermo was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago. The cause of death was acute lung disease. “He was the kind of guy who never asked for accolades. He just did what he had to do,” said Eric Cintron, Palermo's brother-in-law.

Felon Who Killed NM Officer In 2016 Sentenced To Life Without Parole
A fugitive who fatally shot a New Mexico officer during a 2016 traffic stop was sentenced to life without parole Thursday. Jesse Hanes took a plea deal in May and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of Officer Jose Chavez, KOB News reported. Hanes and passenger James Nelson were wanted for a fatal shooting in Ohio when they were pulled over by Chavez in August of 2016. A hitchhiker who befriended the duo, Tony Jones, was in the car as well.

Husband And Wife LAPD Officers Help Save Woman Who Went Into Cardiac Arrest While Dining At Ontario Restaurant
Two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers who are married helped save a woman who went into full cardiac arrest last month, officials announced Friday. Officers Frank and Susan Garcia were dining at a Benihana restaurant in the 3700 block of Inland Empire Boulevard with their three kids when they saw the 71-year-old woman. Patrons called 911 while both officers began performing CPR on the woman until an ambulance arrived.

1 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Outside Van Nuys Bar
Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another person injured outside a Van Nuys bar. At about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to Carlitos Way Cocktail Lounge in the 15200 block of Victory Boulevard, where they found two people had been shot nearby. One man was pronounced dead across the street from the bar, and another person was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Details on the victim's condition were not immediately known.

Ghastly Neck, Throat Injuries: Homicide Detectives Investigating Man's Brutal Death In Fairfax District
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man, possibly in his 40s to 50s, who was killed in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, a police officer said Sunday. Officers were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the 800 block of North Fairfax Avenue, one block north of Melrose Avenue. They found the victim suffering from trauma to the neck and throat area, said Officer Irma Mota of the LAPD‘s Media Relations Section. Paramedics arriving at the location pronounced the man dead at the scene, Mota said.

Man Killed In Monterey Hills Drive-By Shooting
A search is underway for whoever killed a 45-year-old man in a drive-by shooting in Monterey Hills. Los Angeles police said the man was standing next to his truck around 8:45 p.m. Thursday along the 5300 block of Monterey Road when two people drove by and shot him several times. The man was shot in the head and died at the scene. It was not clear if the shooting was gang related. A description of the suspects was not immediately available.

New Report Raises Fresh Concerns About LAPD's Cadet Program, Equipment Rooms
A new review of practices inside the Los Angeles Police Department's equipment rooms paints a troubling picture: Doors were occasionally propped open. If they were locked, some officers left their gear in crates outside. Sometimes, if the officer in charge of the room was gone and couldn't check equipment out, officers left Post-it notes listing what they had taken.The report released Friday by the department's inspector general formalized long-running complaints with how many LAPD stations oversee valuable gear, concerns rekindled this summer after teenagers in its signature cadet program were able to swipe police cars, Tasers and other equipment.
Los Angeles Times

Gunman Wounds 2 At South Park Rec Center In South Los Angeles
A gunman wounded two men at a park just after midnight Saturday in South Los Angeles. "A little before 12:20 a.m. at the South Park Recreation Center, 345 E. 51st St., a man about 50 years old walked up and began arguing with two 19-year-old men", said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. "The suspect pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the men before fleeing the scene", Lopez said. One shooting victim was transported to an area hospital with stable life signs.

Woman Escapes Serious Injury After Gunman Opens Fire In Mid-City
Police are searching for a gunman who shot a woman in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles Saturday morning. According to Los Angeles police, at about 3 a.m., as many as eight gunshots were fired in the direction of a home in the 1800 block of Alsace Avenue. Officers arrived to find a woman in her 20s with graze wounds. She was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in stable condition. Officials told KCAL 9's Laurie Perez the victim was lucky to be alive after the unknown suspect sprayed her house with gunfire.

Man Shot In Apparent Woodland Hills Apartment Robbery Is Not Cooperating With LAPD Residents and employees alike on Friday were stunned to hear about an apparent robbery and shooting at a gated Woodland Hills apartment complex nearby. “This building? That's where I'm living!” said Lida S., a 74-year-old woman who prepared to walk inside the complex on Friday, but who declined to give her full name. “This is the first time I've heard of it.” Lida, who added she was one of the building's first tenants, has lived there since December 2010.
Los Angeles Daily News

Gravely Injured Father Remains On Life Support After Apparent Beating In Koreatown
A father of two remained in a coma Friday afternoon after being gravely injured in a mysterious incident that family members believe was an attack in Koreatown. Bryan Hernandez, 27, has been declared brain-dead "and they've given us two more days," his sister, Yesenia Hernandez, said in an interview at California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles. She said her brother's friends dropped him off at his family's home, unconscious, on Aug. 30. He had apparently been severely beaten.

2 Arrested In ‘Park Tax' Shakedown Of LA Homeless Man Who Was Shot With Converted Paintball Gun
Two men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of using a paintball gun that was converted into a real weapon to shoot and “tax” a homeless man living in a North Hollywood park, authorities said. The alleged crime took place at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Laurel Grove Park, said Los Angeles Police Department detective Dan Fournier. George Rosales, 26, of North Hollywood and Jesus Guzman, 22, who is a transient, were both arrested on Thursday in connection with the shooting, Fournier said.
Los Angeles Daily News

With Baca's 'Best Remaining Days' At Hand, Judge Rules He Should Go To Prison Now. Baca Vows Appeal
With Alzheimer's slowly taking his mind, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca should spend “his best remaining days” in prison and not be allowed to remain free while he appeals his conviction, a federal judge has ruled. In issuing an order for Baca to surrender to prison officials by Monday to begin serving a three-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson rejected for a second time arguments by Baca's attorney for why he should be granted bail until an appeals court can decide if he received a fair trial.
Los Angeles Times

CA Supreme Court Asked To Reconsider Voter-Approved Law Meant To Speed Up Executions
The California Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider its decision upholding a voter-approved measure to speed up the execution process. Opponents of the law made the request late Friday. They say the state Supreme Court's decision upholding the measure was unconstitutional because it delegated power to the judicial branch and it failed to consider whether the measure could survive after key parts were eliminated.

Chicago Block Patrolled By Moms Goes Two Years Without a Fatal Shooting
A group of Chicago mothers who have been patrolling a two-block stretch of South Stewart Avenue in the city's Englewood neighborhood are celebrating three summers without a fatal shooting. “We're doing better than most neighborhoods in Chicago and we're definitely doing better than most areas in Englewood,” Tamar Manasseh, a mother of two who grew up in the area, told local television news.
The Trace

Smaller US Cities Struggle With High Teen Gun Violence Rates
When the shots rang out — "pop, pop, pop," and then a thunder roll of gunfire — Maria Williams hit the floor. The bullets sprayed through her front door and window, leaving perfectly cylindrical holes in the glass. They blasted across the nursery, where her 2-year-old daughter's toys were strewn on the carpet. They burrowed into the kitchen cabinetry — and hit her teenage son and daughter.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

La Tuna Fire 100 Percent Contained, LAFD Says
The La Tuna fire, which has burned 7,194 acres around the Verdugo Mountains since starting Sept. 1, was declared 100 percent contained, authorities said Saturday. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott made a 2:21 p.m. announcement on Twitter that the fire was completely contained and confirmed via text message afterward it was accurate. On Thursday, the fire was declared 90 percent contained and there were 162 firefighters working on putting it out.
Los Angeles Daily News

'These Boys Are All The Way From California': Video Shows LAFD Truck On Florida Turnpike
Video of a Los Angeles city fire truck, rolling south toward Hurricane Irma on the Florida Turnpike, created a minor sensation on the internet Saturday. The truck, part of the city's swiftwater rescue team from Station 88 in Encino, and its crew was being staged for rescue work in Florida. Video of the truck, and its trailer holding two speedboats, was captured at Milepost 255 on Interstate 75, near Disney World. "Chokes me up,'' said the Twitter user, Franco Powers. "This is so cool, these boys are all the way from California.''
FOX 11

Over 100 Volunteers Leave LAX For Houston To Aid With Harvey Response
Some 135 people including military veterans and first responders left LAX for Houston Saturday morning, to aid with the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey. The devastating storm killed more than 70 after landing on the Gulf Coast of Texas on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving hundreds of thousands of families with flood-damaged homes. The volunteers headed to Texas with Team Rubicon, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit sending up to 2,000 volunteers to support "the Hurricane Harvey cleanup effort over the next six weeks," read a statement from the nonprofit.

Local Government News

Homeless Outreach Teams Expanding Across LA
Specialized homeless strike teams are hitting the streets and will soon be expanding across Los Angeles County, reaching out to homeless people who refuse to enter a shelter at night. Their targets include people such as Annette Mathis, who sleeps on the sidewalks of the Fashion District, fighting off the rats with a small dog for protection. Mathis has depended on services available on Skid Row, including her mental health medications. But she left in fear of the violence.

Los Angeles Council Members Hope To Use GPS Street Sweeper Data For Better Parking Info
Finding parking in Los Angeles is never easy, but on street sweeping days it becomes even more of a pain as entire blocks are off limits for hours. Street sweepers went high-tech in 2015 with GPS sensors. They were installed to determine the most efficient sweeping routes. But now, officials hope to use the data to ease parking. They want people to be able to park on a street after a sweeper has passed. The City Council authorized a pilot program to figure out how to do that.


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