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from LA Police Protective League

January 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Pennsylvania Deputy US Marshal Dies, Officer Wounded While Serving Warrant
A deputy U.S. marshal died and another officer was wounded after a shooting as a federal team of officers attempted to arrest a wanted suspect. The shooting took place Thursday morning in a residential area in Harrisburg, according to PennLive . The deputy died at a hospital after the shooting was reported during the warrant service at a home.

Man Arrested In Shooting Of Off-Duty Florida Officer
Miami-Dade police announced late Wednesday they arrested a man in the armed robbery and shooting of an off-duty Doral police officer in the driveway of his Palmetto Bay home. Kionne Bell, 22, was being held in jail with no bond on charges including attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery on person 65 years or older and armed burglary.
Miami Herald

1 Shot In North Hollywood In Front Of 7-Eleven
A man was shot in front of a 7-Eleven in North Hollywood following an argument, police and witnesses said. Witnesses said after the shooting the victim was crawling on his stomach in the parking lot of the shopping center and leaving a trail of blood. But police described his injuries as not life-threatening.

Surveillance Video Shows Man Sought In Homicide Of 23-Year-Old In Northridge, LAPD Says
Police released surveillance video on Thursday showing a man who's suspected of fatally shooting a 23-year-old outside a Northridge restaurant on New Year's Eve. Jorge Reyes, 23, was sitting on the front passenger seat of a vehicle outside the KFC at 8644 Balboa Blvd. when a man approached and started arguing with him, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Inside The LAPD Program That Helps Cops Conquer Addiction
“This is a difficult subject for early in the morning, huh?” Detective Mike Margolis asks, to some quiet laughter. “What we're talking about here is making bad decisions.” He looks out at the group: some 35 men and 7 women who have been promoted or are about to be promoted to the rank of sergeant or detective with the LAPD, each of them on the force maybe ten years. They're sitting at long tables in a conference room at the police academy in Elysian Park.
Los Angeles Magazine

Security Guard Pleads Not Guilty To Abducting, Sexually Assaulting 14 Sex Trade Workers
A security guard suspected of abducting and sexually assaulting 14 sex trade workers in the South Los Angeles area over the past four years pleaded not guilty today to kidnapping and other charges stemming from an alleged attack in Compton. Ferdinand Ervin Flowers, 35, of Long Beach was arrested about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 after his latest alleged victim -- a 19-year-old woman -- exited his car in an area where he is suspected of releasing previous victims, according to Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg.

Man Who Bludgeoned North Hollywood Parents To Death Gets 42 Years To Life
A North Hollywood man was sentenced today to 42 years to life in state prison for the beating deaths of his parents. Jonathan Mercado, 30, pleaded no contest last September to two counts of murder stemming from the Sept. 7, 2012, bludgeoning deaths of his father, Alexandro, and mother, Veronica, at a home in the 8100 block of Radford Avenue where he lived with the victims and his two younger siblings.
Los Angeles Daily News

Olympic Boxing Champ To Remain Jailed While Awaiting Arraignment
A judge ordered 1984 Olympic boxing champion and youth boxing coach Paul Gonzales to remain jailed Thursday in lieu of $545,000 bail while he awaits arraignment next week on eight felony counts, including lewd acts with a 13-year-old girl. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah S. Brazil ordered Gonzales, 53, to return to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for arraignment Jan. 25 on four counts of lewd act upon a child and one count each of attempted lewd act upon a child, possession of child or youth pornography, distributing or showing pornography to a minor and contact with a minor for a sexual offense.

10,000 Californians Barred From Owning Guns Are Still Armed. This Law Aims To Change That
In response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut five years ago, outraged California lawmakers launched a crackdown within months of the tragedy that has seized 18,000 firearms, including assault rifles, from thousands of people convicted of felonies, subject to domestic violence restraining orders or judged by the courts to be severely mentally ill.
Los Angeles Times

Impact Of Marijuana Legalization In California On Teens Uncertain
Now that California has legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years old and older, one pressing public health question is whether legalization will contribute to greater use of cannabis among younger users, especially teenagers. An editorial last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association  asserted that, like alcohol and tobacco, “products that are legal only for adults inevitably find their way into the hands of adolescents…to a significant degree.”

Local Government News

Uproar Over LA's New Trash-Hauling Program Is Piling Up. Here's What One Group Is Doing To Toss It
Amid complaints about missed trash pick-ups and increased rates, a group that has long opposed RecycLA, the city's newly launched trash hauling program for commercial and multifamiy residential properties, is now hoping to revive an effort to do away with it.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Could Change The Way Straws Are Distributed At Restaurants
Several City Council members put forth a proposal Wednesday to require Los Angeles restaurants and food service providers to distribute plastic straws to customers by request only as a way to cut down on trash and pollution. Mitch O'Farrell and Nury Martinez co-introduced -- and Mike Bonin seconded -- the motion looking to create an ordinance regulating the use of plastic straws, and for the Bureau of Sanitation to report on options that business owners may use as alternative materials for straws.


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