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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

February 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Texas Trooper Wounded, Suspect Dead After Gunfire Exchange
Authorities say a man who shot and wounded a Texas state trooper before a trooper shot him has died. Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Deon Cockrell says 33-year-old Ernest Manuel Montelongo, of San Antonio, died Monday at a hospital. He says the trooper who was wounded Sunday should recover. Authorities say a trooper stopped Montelongo's car in Guadalupe County for a traffic violation, and he gave a false name and sped away. A DPS helicopter located him in neighboring Bexar County.
Associated Press

Public Offers ‘Quality' But Not Quantity With Input On New LAPD Chief
The Los Angeles Police Commission held its fifth public meeting Wednesday night to hear from the city's residents what kind of leader they want in their next chief of the LAPD. And like the first four, the event at the Montecito Heights Senior Center north of downtown attracted a relatively small crowd. About 20 people showed up – barely equal to the number of police officers and commission staff on hand. Each meeting has attracted 25 to 35 people, said Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank. “Getting folks out to meetings is always a challenge,” he said. “People have busy lives.” The commission, which will recommend three finalists to Mayor Eric Garcetti, has created an online survey for people who want to express their views on the next chief. That survey is open until March 23.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Responds To Trump's Remarks, Says MS-13 Is Shrinking In LA
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday his department's efforts are helping to reduce MS-13's reach in the city, despite President Donald Trump's claims that California was "doing a lousy management job" in fighting the violent gang. "While it would be foolish to minimize the lethal brutality of street gangs and in particular MS-13 here in Los Angeles, we have seen a steady decline in gang membership and gang crime in the city," Beck said in a statement. "Through a multi-layered strategy of enforcement, relationship building, and law enforcement collaboration, we have been able to shrink MS-13's sphere of influence in Los Angeles."

9 Restaurants Burglarized In Studio City Area, And LAPD Is Looking For These 2 Men
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two men suspected of burglarizing nine restaurants in the Studio City area. The suspects have been linked to burglaries that have occurred since September, with the last five occurring Wednesday, Feb. 14, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “The suspects smash or break the front glass doors of closed restaurants in the early morning hours, targeting the cash registers,” according to a police statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected LA Serial Rapist Charged In 3 More Attacks
A security guard already facing kidnapping and other charges stemming from an alleged attack on a woman in Compton was charged Thursday with three other alleged attacks dating back as far as 2014. Ferdinand Flowers, 35, of Long Beach, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of forcible oral copulation and assault with intent to commit a felony and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime and second-degree robbery, along with gun use allegations.
Los Angeles Patch

Suspect In Wild Subway Tunnel Chase Charged With Six Felonies
A suspected car thief who led police on a wild pursuit that ended a mile into a Metro Gold Line subway tunnel was charged Thursday with six felonies and could get more than four years in prison if convicted. Rafael Lopez Jr., 27, was apprehended Tuesday night after police said he drove a stolen truck into the Gold Line tunnel and jumped out halfway into the 2-mile light rail passage.
Los Angeles Times

Man Killed In North Hollywood Shooting Identified
The man killed in a shooting that also wounded another male in North Hollywood was publicly identified Saturday, Feb. 17. He was Moises Rodriguez, 26, of Pacoima, coroner's Lt. Brian Kim said. The male victims were shot at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 11500 block of Sylvan Street near Troost Avenue, Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im said. The victims were taken to a hospital where Rodriguez died and the other was treated, Im said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Chino Investigators Recover Thousands Of Stolen Items From Across Southern California Over Past 12 Years
A vehicle code violation stop in Chino earlier this month led investigators to more than $200,000 in stolen items dating back to thefts committed in 2006, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said Thursday at a news conference at the McCoy Equestrian & Recreation Center in Chino Hills. Detectives determined Ellis had taken items from vehicles, home, businesses and schools in Chino Hills, Chino, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Tracy, Walnut, Los Angeles, Fontana, Ontario and Las Vegas, Nevada, officials said. Among the items taken were several firearms, electronics, cellphones, tools and gym equipment.
Los Angeles Daily News

Trump Accuses California Police Of Being Soft On Street Gangs, And Cops Fire Back
President Trump on Thursday accused California law enforcement of being soft on street gangs and suggested he might pull immigration agents out of the state, prompting a strong rebuke from local officials who said the president doesn't understand their war on gangs. Trump's remarks are an escalation of a yearlong battle between his administration and California on a variety of topics including illegal immigration and law enforcement. Trump has criticized California for being a "sanctuary" for those here illegally, and federal officials have vowed immigration crackdowns in the state. On Thursday, Trump stepped up the war, predicting that gang members would wreak havoc if federal authorities withdrew from Los Angeles and other parts of the state.
Los Angeles Times

Why It Took Nearly Four Months For California's Megan's Law List To Include An Out-Of-State Sex Offender
Paroled sex offender Christopher Edward Lawyer moved from Colorado to his aunt's Sacramento County home four months ago. But the convicted rapist, who was classified as a “sexually violent predator” by that state, didn't end up on California's Megan's Law website until this past weekend. Neighbors are asking why it took so long. Lawyer pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape and a felony handgun charge in 2001 in Colorado. He served 16 years of a 12-to-life sentence and was paroled in 2017.
Capital Public Radio

Local Government News

LA Sanitation Crews Can't Keep Up With Rising Homeless Camp Cleanups, Seek To Double Their Ranks
Amid an ever-increasing demand for homeless encampment cleanups, Los Angeles sanitation officials said they will need to nearly double their staffing to handle the workload in the upcoming year. The number of requests for cleanups have nearly tripled over the last two years, rising from an average of 700 per month in the spring of 2016 to 1,900 average requests per month in the fall of 2017, according to a report released last week by the Bureau of Sanitation.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County Approves Tracking Bracelets To Find Missing Alzheimer's Patients
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a motion to spend $765,000 on Project Lifesaver, a program to locate those with memory loss. A key part of the program is a bracelet -- already used by the Glendale Police Department -- that emits a signal to law enforcement to help find someone who is missing.


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