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from LA Police Protective League

January 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Death Penalty Sought In Pennsylvania Rookie Officer's Shooting Death
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and then leading law enforcement on a four-day manhunt with the help of his mother. The Westmoreland County district attorney's office has filed a notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Rahmael Holt is convicted of first-degree murder.
Associated Press

Ohio Police Fight Against Parole For Man Who Shot Officer
City police are asking for the public's help to keep a man who shot and injured an officer in 1995 in prison. Inmate Christopher Monihan, who shot officer Ed Harbaugh, is up for parole next month. “I think it's just a message to any other person who thinks they want to attack a police officer,” Harbaugh told Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland.
Akron Beacon Journal

Who's Next To Lead The LAPD? Candidates Might Include Women, Latinos
Depending on who throws their hat into the ring, there could be a number of qualified candidates who are serving or once served in the Los Angeles Police Department – including a woman and a Latino – vying to replace Chief Charlie Beck when he retires in June. After a more than 40-year career with the department and eight years as chief, Beck announced last Friday that he would be retiring early at a press conference downtown on crime statistics, surprising even members of his command staff.
Los Angeles Daily News

New LAPD Patrol Officers Expected To Improve Response Times In Harbor Area
A year after two Los Angeles city councilmen called for beefing up police patrols, the LAPD has announced that 14 new officers have been reassigned to the Harbor Division station. Twelve of them will serve on patrol, adding to the department current compliment of 260 patrol officers. “This is great news,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said in a video with LAPD Harbor Division Capt. Michael Oreb that was released late Monday.
Daily Breeze

Pedestrian Killed In Panorama City Hit-And-Run, Police Say
A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a driver who then fled the scene in Panorama City Tuesday morning. The incident happened just before 6 a.m. in the area of Roscoe Boulevard and Ventura Canyon Avenue. Los Angeles Police Department Mission Division officials said the pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, died at the scene.

Pedestrian In Crosswalk Killed In Mid-City Hit And Run
A female pedestrian was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Mid-City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division. The woman was walking in the intersection of Crenshaw and Washington boulevards at about 2:20 a.m. when she was struck, authorities said. The pedestrian died at the scene, and the driver fled.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Blocks Off Sherman Oaks Neighborhood But Doesn't Find Burglary Suspects
Los Angeles police were unsuccessful in finding some burglary suspects Sunday in Sherman Oaks despite a crime perimeter being set up, authorities said. The crime was reported around 11:15 a.m. on the 5700 block of Katherine Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera.
Los Angeles Daily News

Sylmar Man Killed In Pacoima Drive-By Shooting Is Identified
A 36-year-old Sylmar victim of  a drive-by shooting in Pacoima  has been identified, authorities said. Jeremiah Chester was shot shortly before 2 a.m. Jan. 16 in the 12300 block of Pierce Street, where he was found, authorities said. When officers arrived, they found the man — now known to be Chester — on the ground in the driveway with the gunshot wounds. He was later taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Who Fatally Struck 69-Year-Old Homeless Woman In Boyle Heights Will Not Face Any Charges: DA
Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a truck driver who is suspected of striking and killing a homeless woman who was well-known in her Boyle Heights neighborhood for performing good deeds. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said it would be too difficult to get a conviction in the hit-and-run death of Cynthia Szukala, 69, who achieved brief notice years ago as  the bride in a skid row love story .

Ex-Con Convicted Of Killing Mother Of Five In 2013
An ex-con was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the death of a 39-year-old mother of five who was gunned down while working alone at a South Los Angeles discount store. An 11-man, one-woman jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Eric William Atkinson guilty of murder, as well as dissuading a witness and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the killing of Martha Sanchez on Sept. 17, 2013.

L.A. Man Sentenced To 47 Years To Life For Repeatedly Molesting 5 Boys Over 7-Year Span
A man in Los Angeles was sentenced 47 years and four months to life in prison Monday for molesting five boys, ranging in age from 7 to 17 years old, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. The abuse happened from 2000 to 2007, when Amador Valencia Santos cultivated relationships with the families of the victims in order to prey on them, prosecutors said.

California's Death Penalty Law May Hinge On Outcome Of Arizona Case
After narrowly surviving voter initiatives in 2012 and 2016, California's death penalty law may soon be in jeopardy again, this time at the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is being asked to take up a challenge to the death penalty in Arizona, where the law makes virtually every first-degree murderer subject to potential capital charges.
San Francisco Chronicle

Utah Bill Would Lower Age To Charge Teen Cop Killers As Adults
A new Utah bill would lower the a ge requirement for teenagers accused of killing police officers to face adult-level charges. KSTU reports that under Utah law, juvenile defendants must be at least 16 to be directly taken into the adult court system. In a bill filed by Rep. Mike Winder, the age would drop to 15 if the crime involves the murder of an officer.

Local Government News

2018's LA County Homeless Count Comes Amid An ‘Explosion Of Energy'
As thousands of volunteers fan out over three days this week to determine the size of Los Angeles's homeless population, the data they collect is expected to help influence how millions of dollars in new funding will be spent to combat the ever-growing crisis.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Seeks To Alter, Extend Deal For Bus Shelters And Public Toilets After Disappointing Results
An outdoor advertising company could get another 10 years to install bus shelters, public toilets and other “street furniture” in Los Angeles, after lawmakers took steps Friday toward altering and extending a contract that has been a financial disappointment for the city. The Los Angeles City Council voted 11 to 2 to instruct city lawyers to negotiate an amended agreement with Outfront JC Decaux. 
Los Angeles Times

LA Metro Temporarily Closing 5 Green Line Stations
About 7,000 Metro passengers will have to make adjustments beginning Friday at 9 p.m. Metro is closing five of its Green Line stations to make way for the Crenshaw-LAX project, which includes Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach. A free shuttle bus will run between the Hawthorne/Lennox station and the five other closed stations. It will run every six minutes during peak weekday hours.


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