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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

February 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Who Lived With Bullet In Head After 1994 Rowland Heights Shooting Dies From Injuries
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot in the head during a traffic stop in Rowland Heights 24 years ago died Tuesday as a result of his injuries, officials said. He was 52. Steven Belanger was a 29-year-old, seven-year veteran of the sheriff's department when he was shot and severely wounded in December of 1994. “Los Angeles County lost a true hero yesterday,” Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs President Ron Hernandez said in a written statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Prosecutor To Seek Death Penalty In Missouri Officer's Shooting
Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty against a man accused of killing a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop in August. Court records show Henry County prosecuting attorney Richard Shields filed notice Wednesday of his plans. The suspect, Ian McCarthy, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael.
Associated Press

Boy, 11, Asks Hit-And-Run Driver Why He Left His Mom To Die
A 30-year-old mother was killed while jogging Wednesday morning by a hit-and-run driver. The fact their mother is dead has her four young children in complete grief. They spoke to KCAL9's Crystal Cruz looking for justice for their mom, Monica Zuniga. “The person he killed, we miss her so much. We wish we could see her and the driver is still out there. What if he does it to another person? Another kid like me will be sad like that, too,” said 11-year-old Arturo.

Council Demands Investigation Of Generous Pension Program That Doubled Pay Of Workers Who Went On Leave
Five Los Angeles city council members have called for investigation and reform of a program that pays aging cops and firefighters almost double at the end of their careers while allowing them to take lengthy injury leaves, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. In a Wednesday letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council, the Los Angeles Police Protective League pledged to work with the city "by increasing transparency and accountability to this important crime-fighting program" and stated that any DROP participant "found to have defrauded or abused the program should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Los Angeles Times

Speed Trap Set In El Sereno Where Mother Of 4 Was Killed In Hit-And-Run
LAPD motorcycle officers are out in force Thursday to enforce the speed limit on a street where a mother of four was killed just 24 hours earlier in a hit-and-run crash. Several drivers were pulled over for speeding right in front of the memorial that formed on the El Sereno site where 30-year-old Monica Zuniga was fatally struck by a car as she jogged just before 5 a.m. At least three motorcycle officers were spotted conducting the speed trap on Huntington Drive. LAPD officials confirmed the sting operation was put in place in response to Zuniga's death.

Missing Woman, 84, Last Seen Emptying Bank Account In Hawthorne
Authorities are looking today for a South Los Angeles octogenarian who was last seen in Hawthorne. The family of 84-year-old dementia patient Doris Doss said they filed a report with police after she went missing Thursday, NBC4 reported. Doss was last seen Thursday at a credit union near 120th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard where she emptied her bank account, the family said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Need Your Help Finding This Missing Girl
Police are seeking the public's help to find a 13- year-old girl who went missing earlier this week from her home in the North Hills area of Los Angeles, and who authorities say might want to harm herself. Angelina Jade Lopez is Hispanic, 5-feet-6 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds, and has long black hair and brown eyes.

LAPD Investigates Nicole Eggert's Sexual Assault Allegations Against Scott Baio
Actress Nicole Eggert, who recently accused Scott Baio of having sex with her before she was 18, met Tuesday with a Los Angeles Police Department detective regarding sexual misconduct allegations against the actor who played her nanny on the 1980s sitcom “Charles in Charge.” Police are investigating Eggert's allegations, an LAPD spokesman told The Times on Wednesday.

LA County Deputy Shootings Sink To Lowest Number Seen In Decades, Agency Says. This Could Be Why
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fired their guns at suspects in 22 incidents last year — the lowest number of deputy-involved shootings since at least “the mid-1990s,” according to the agency. The average number of deputy-involved shootings at the nation's largest sheriff's department was about 37.5 per year between 2007-2017, according to Sheriff's Department data.
Los Angeles Daily News

California To Drug Users: We'll Pay For You To Test Your Illicit Dope
Michael Marquesen first noticed about a year ago that fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid, had hit the streets of Los Angeles. People suddenly started overdosing after they shot up a new white powder that dealers promised would give them a powerful high. “In Hollywood, they're like ‘Everybody's dropping … everybody's overdosing!'” said Marquesen, director of the Los Angeles Community Health Project, which provides support services for people dealing with drug addiction.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Red Flag Warning Issued Amid Elevated Wildfire Risk In Parts Of Los Angeles, Ventura Counties
A red flag warning remained in effect Wednesday for an area straddling Los Angeles and Ventura counties, as strong winds and low humidity levels resulted in an elevated risk of wildfire. The warning is scheduled to remain in effect until 6 p.m. in a zone stretching from Mira Monte to Glendora, according to the National Weather Service.

Local Government News

LA Leaders Say Crumbling Streets, Sidewalks Not Ready For Olympics
The city of Los Angeles' streets and sidewalks are in such disrepair they may not be ready to handle the expected influx of 500,000 visitors that the 2028 Olympics will bring, according to a motion introduced Wednesday by two City Council members. Nearly 40 percent of the city's streets have a D or F rating, more than 8,700 lane miles are in need of rehabilitation, and the city only recently passed a $1.4 billion plan to fix its broken sidewalks over the next three decades, the motion from Councilmen Mitchell Englander and Joe Buscaino says.

These New Downtown LA Street Meters Will Collect Change To Fund Homeless Services
Two bright orange meters that will accept donations of loose change for homeless services will be installed in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park on Thursday, city and county leaders announced Tuesday. The two meters will be among a total of six installed throughout the downtown area. The goal is to generate funds for the skid row-based City, County, Community or C3 program, which includes outreach teams that link homeless people living on the streets with mental health, medical, rehabilitative, housing and other services, Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Is Getting Smarter About Shutting Down Your Fancy Illegal Backyard Fireworks Shows
Citing a growing number of reports of illegal fireworks being set off around the Fourth of July and other holidays, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to devise strategies on how to cut down on their use. Although fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles, every year in California they cause serious injuries and fires, and their use has become more widespread, according to the motion that was approved on a 15-0 vote.


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