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Police Protective League
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rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 4, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Suspected Of Shooting LAPD Officer Is Charged With Attempted Murder
A man suspected of firing on two Los Angeles police officers last week and striking a rookie officer in the leg was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, prosecutors said. Ivan Castillo, 27, was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer and two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Injured In LA Crash
A motorcycle officer was injured today when he crashed into a vehicle that pulled out in front of him in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles, authorities said. It happened about 5:55 a.m. when the officer was eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just east of Arlington Avenue, said Sgt. Minh Nguyen of the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division. The officer was taken to a hospital with facial lacerations, Nguyen said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Charged With Murder In Attack Of 70-Year-Old Off-Duty Patrolman In San Bernardino
A man has been charged with murder in the attack of a 70-year-old off-duty patrolman on New Year's Eve in San Bernardino, officials said Wednesday. Alonzo Leron Smith, 30, allegedly struck  Lawrence “Larry” Falce  after a minor crash Sunday morning, causing the deputy's death. Falce, a 36-year veteran with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, was driving his personal vehicle on Kendall Drive and University Parkway around 10:50 a.m. when witnesses said he slowed down upon seeing at least one dog on the road.

Speeding Hit-And-Run Driver Seriously Wounds Teen At Northridge Park
A 19-year-old man who was leaving a basketball court in Northridge suffered major injuries when he was struck by a car late Wednesday night. According to Los Angeles police, the teenager and a friend had just finished playing basketball at the Northridge Recreation Center at around 11 p.m. and were walking in a parking lot near the 10000 block of Reseda Boulevard — just south of some tennis courts – when a speeding car struck the victim and then drove away.

Valley Village Vape Shop Burglary Ends With Woman Arrested, Man At Large
A woman was arrested and a man got away today after they were caught burglarizing a vape shop in the Valley Village area of the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. Officers on patrol at 1:35 a.m. heard breaking glass and an alarm at the vape shop at Laurel Canyon and Magnolia boulevards, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Arrested In Fatal Kansas ‘Swatting' Police Shooting Was Subject Of Ongoing LAPD Investigation
The Los Angeles man accused of placing a prank call that resulted in the fatal police shooting of an innocent man in Kansas last week was the target of an ongoing LAPD investigation into similar hoaxes and had a reputation for helping others gain revenge on online enemies, law enforcement officials told The Los Angeles Times.

California DUI Arrests Soared During 2017 Holiday Season
California Highway Patrol arrests for driving under the influence spiked dramatically during the 2017 holiday season compared to 2016. More people were arrested in California for DUIs over the Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends this year, and the trend continued over New Year's weekend.
SF Gate

State Pot Bureau Ready To Enforce California's New Marijuana Laws As License Applications Flood In
The state has issued 104 licenses for retail stores to sell marijuana for recreational use in California and 239 other applications for those permits are pending, officials said Tuesday. An official with the state Bureau of Cannabis Control added that the agency is prepared to begin taking enforcement action against pot shops that are not properly licensed.
Los Angeles Times

AP NewsBreak: US To End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA Exploring City-Run Bank Due To Pot Legalization
On Jan. 1, California's Prop 64 went into effect, legalizing recreational marijuana. Los Angeles will become the nation's largest city for pot sales, a business that will net an estimated $50 million a year in additional tax revenues. How the law will be carried out was discussed in depth on this edition of Eyewitness Newsmakers. 

LA Metro Planning Smartphone App To Pay For Trips
Metro riders may soon be able to pay for their trips through a smartphone app, with the Cubic Corp. announcing today it has been awarded a contract with the transit agency to develop the device. Cubic is the company that designed and developed Metro's TAP card system, but riders using the app after it is developed should have the option to forgo the card while gaining other perks through the mobile app, which is expected to be available sometime in 2018.


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