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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Who Shot Kansas Officer Charged With Attempted Murder
A research associate in Kansas State University's mechanical and nuclear engineering department has been charged with shooting and wounding a police officer . Riley County prosecutor Barry Wilkerson says 38-year-old Mark Harrison was charged Monday with three counts of attempted capital murder in the shooting Friday in Manhattan, Kansas.
Associated Press

No Bail For Suspect In Death Of Washington Sheriff's Deputy
The 34-year-old man suspected of possible involvement in the  shooting death of a Pierce County sheriff's deputy  late Sunday was ordered held without bail during a court hearing Tuesday in Tacoma. John Nourse, a spokesman for Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist, said the county was requesting the no-bail hold “while we review the case” against the 32-year-old suspect. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Seattle Times

LAPD Takes Another Step Toward Deploying Drones In Controversial Yearlong Test
The Los Angeles Police Department took another step toward using drones in some tactical situations after its civilian bosses Tuesday approved a $31,500 donation to purchase the controversial devices. The LAPD has yet to fly any drones. The yearlong pilot program, approved by the Police Commission last fall , won't begin until the department buys the drones and teaches officers how to use them. 
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Child Molester To Be Released After Spending 17 Years In State Hospital Awaiting Trial
Just before George Vasquez was scheduled to get out of prison, Los Angeles County prosecutors made a plea to the court: Don't let him free — he's too dangerous to live in public. While in his early 20s, Vasquez had lured young boys who lived in his South L.A. neighborhood to a spot near an alleyway with the promise of candy. He was convicted of molesting several children, ages 6 to 8, court records show.
Los Angeles Times

Pico-Union House Fire Leads To ‘Suspicious Death' Investigation
One person was found dead inside an apartment complex that caught fire in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles Wednesday morning, and officials believe the death may be suspicious. Firefighters were called to the 1700 block of South New Hampshire Avenue about 3:15 a.m. where they found heavy flames burning on the second floor of a two-story residential building, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey stated in a news release.

Driver Killed In Woodland Hills Crash
A driver traveling on rain-slicked streets in Woodland Hills died Monday night after slamming into a utility pole. The driver appeared to have suddenly lost control, jumped a curb and struck the pole. Paramedics rushed the driver to the hospital, where he or she later died, Los Angeles police said. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Heavy Rains Quadruple The Number Of Accidents Around LA
It only took a few inches of rain to turn most roads into a nightmare during Tuesday's powerful storm. Drivers were forced to slow down through the 170 at the 101 freeways in North Hollywood, where several feet of rain water caused flooding, and at least one car to get stuck. Earlier a big rig crashed over the side of the 5 at the 118 in mission hills. 

Woman Who Smuggled Salvadoran Girl As 'Personal Slave' Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison
A three-judge appeals panel ruled Monday that a woman who smuggled a 9-year-old Salvadoran girl into the country as a "personal slave" could not be forced to pay liquidated damages for minimum wage violations in a criminal case. Dora Alicia Valle pleaded no contest in 2015 to slavery and human trafficking of a minor and was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $93,000 to the girl she had forced to work for her in a Pacoima restaurant.

California Bill Would Ease Erasure Of Pot Convictions
A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized pot. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records.

With Resources Scarce, ATF Struggles To Inspect Gun Dealers
Gun rights advocates have long sought to fight off new measures that could restrict the availability of firearms by urging federal officials to make sure current laws are followed. But what if the feds are unable to? Case in point: Inspections of firearms dealers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are meant to ensure, among other things, that they keep complete sales records so guns used in crimes are traceable, and that they don't sell their wares to those forbidden to buy them.
McClatchy Washington Bureau

Public Safety News

13 Killed In Southern California Deluge As Rivers Of Mud Wipe Out Homes
Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday — leaving at least 13 people dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the death toll could rise.

Roads Closed, Evacuations In Place Across LA Area As Rain Triggers Mudslides
Widespread downpours Tuesday morning closed roads and send mud flowing down hillsides as a flash flood watch lingered across Southern California. While evacuations were ordered for nearly 300 homes in the Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon areas near the area of the recent Creek fire, those evacuations were lifted when the rain subsided, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Efforts Underway To Protect Older Downtown LA Buildings From Earthquake Damage
At 1136 Sixth St., just west of the heart of downtown Los Angeles stands The Mint, a nearly 100-year-old medical building that has been repurposed into luxury apartments. Despite its age it is very likely one of the safest buildings in downtown after a full seismic retrofit in 2016.


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