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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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January 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

West Virginia Police Chief Dies After Battle With Cancer
A West Virginia police department is mourning the loss of one of their own. WSAZ reports that Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli, 60, died after a long battle with cancer Monday. Ciccarelli took on the role of Huntington PD chief in 2014. "We lost a dear friend today," Mayor Steve Williams said in a release.

Suspected Westlake Shooter Of LAPD Officer Charged With Attempted Murder
A man accused of opening fire on two Los Angeles police officers in the Westlake District, wounding one of them, was ordered Thursday to remain jailed in lieu of  $4 million bail while awaiting arraignment next week. Ivan Castillo, 27, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, along with one count each of attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

LAPD Officers Come Under Fire Second Time In Weeks
Twice in a month, Los Angeles police officers have come under fire, and then, without returning fire, succeeded in safely arresting the suspects. Wednesday night in Leimert Park, LAPD officers were responding to a wounded gunshot victim in a Third Avenue parking lot when multiple rounds were fired at them. None of the officers was hit, but several bullets pierced a patrol car.

Man Arrested In North Hollywood After Short Chase Ends In Shootout With Police
A man is in custody Friday after allegedly shooting at police officers at the end of a brief pursuit in North Hollywood. Police had spotted a stolen Honda on Lankershim at about 2 a.m., and tried to stop the car, prompting a short chase that ended at Atoll and Leadwell, a cul-de-sac. The suspect got out of the car and fired at officers, who fired back.

‘I Was Running For My Life, And Now I'm Running To Win,' Says Officer Who Survived Las Vegas Massacre
The country is still recovering from October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which gunman Stephen Paddock indiscriminately terrorized a crowd at a country music festival and claimed nearly 60 lives along with his own. Now, a local police officer who survived the massacre is telling her story of triumph in the face of tragedy. “My life was spared that day,” says Debbie Thomas of that terrifying night in October. Thomas is an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, as well as a gifted runner who competes with fellow officers in the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay.

LAPD Officials Say They Saved Lives By Diffusing Situations During Unusually Busy Night
During a news conference Thursday, LAPD officials touted their life-saving measures of diffusing dangerous situations that occurred the night before. Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Jan. 25, 2018.

Van Nuys Man Arrested In Fatal Panorama City Hit-And-Run
A 26-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Panorama City Tuesday morning, authorities said. Miguel Angel Chavez was arrested in connection with the crash that occurred around 5:50 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez.
Los Angeles Daily News

Search For Possibly Armed Man Locks Down Van Nuys School
The search for a man possibly armed with a gun locked down a school in Van Nuys Thursday. At around 11:15 a.m., Los Angeles police responded to a 911 call regarding a Hispanic man possibly brandishing a weapon in the 14700 block of Erwin Street. Police established a perimeter and locked down the Children's Community School, which is located at 4702 Sylvan St. As of 2:15 p.m., the search and lockdown was ongoing.

Police Search For Suspects In String Of San Fernando Valley Burglaries
Two suspected burglars were captured on home surveillance video entering the yard of a Tarzana home while the owners were away. "They were just walking around the backyard trying to figure out how to get in," said Shirin Delkhah, a resident of the home. The Los Angeles Police Department said it appears the same two suspects were caught on video attempting to burglarize a home in Encino and breaking into another house in Sherman Oaks.

2 Arrested In ‘Brazen' Robbery Of Macy's In Sherman Oaks, 1 Still At Large
Authorities have arrested two men in connection to a Nov. 30 high-end watch heist at the Macy's inside the Westfield Fashion Square mall in Sherman Oaks and are also seeking a third man. “It was very brazen and very dangerous,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Peter Barba about the robbery, adding this is believed to be the only high-profile crime the trio committed.
Los Angeles Daily News

Large Object Dropped On Car From Bridge In San Pedro Nowhere To Be Seen
A San Pedro man is lucky to be alive after a heavy, unknown object landed on his windshield. Xavier Spero, 23, told CBS2 News he was driving southbound on Gaffey Street Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. As he went underneath the bridge at West Elberon Avenue, a large object came crashing down on his car. LAPD said this is considered assault with a deadly weapon, and they are looking for witnesses to the crime.

Oakland Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Prevent Suicidal People From Buying A Gun
A California lawmaker introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to protect Californians from gun suicides, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced AB1927, in order to bar people from buying a gun if they are struggling with suicidal thoughts or fear they are a danger to themselves. 
FOX 11

Court Ruling Could Change State's Approach To Bail
A state appeals court cast doubt Thursday on the constitutionality of the bail system in California, saying the common practice of setting cash amounts so high that a suspect can't afford them is justified only for those who are too dangerous to release before trial. “A defendant may not be imprisoned solely due to poverty,” said the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco in a ruling that ordered a new bail hearing for a robbery suspect held on $350,000 bail, which he can't afford to pay.
SF Gate

Public Safety News

LAFD Task Force Identifies Homeless Encampments In High-Fire Zones
A fire in Elysian Park burned less than an acre Thursday morning. A passenger on the Goldline saw the flames and called 9-1-1. The cause remains under investigation, but it started next to a homeless encampment. This small fire comes about three weeks after the Los Angeles Fire Department set up a new task force to identify encampments in high-fire hazard zones. The task force was created in response to the Skirball Fire.

Investigation Underway After ‘Suspicious' Fire Damages Church In Boyle Heights
A "suspicious'' fire damaged a two-story church in Boyle Heights Thursday morning, and the multi-agency House of Worship Task Force was sent to investigate. The non-injury blaze was reported about 2:05 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in the 3300 block of East Opal Street and took about five dozen firefighters nearly a half-hour to extinguish.
FOX 11

Local Government News

No More Illegal Fireworks, Los Angeles!
Citing a growing number of reports of illegal fireworks being set off around the Fourth of July and other holidays, a Los Angeles City Council committee voted Wednesday to devise strategies on how to cut down on their use. Although fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles, and every year in California they cause serious injuries and fires, but their use continues, and, if anything, has become more widespread, according to the motion approved by the Public Safety Committee.


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