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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

February 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

NY Detective Dies After Battle With Cancer
A New York has died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer. The Times Union reports that 37-year-old Albany Detective Kevin Meehan died from the disease on Wednesday. Meehan was a 13-year veteran of the Albany PD. Meehan was a member of the Albany PD's tactical team and community response unit.

LAPD Fatally Shoot Burglary Suspect At Marijuana Dispensary In South L.A.
A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a suspect after responding Sunday morning to a report of a burglary at a marijuana dispensary in a strip mall, authorities said. Officers in South L.A. received a call about 7:30 a.m. of a burglary alarm in the 2100 block of West Century Boulevard, near the city's border with Inglewood, said Officer Mike Lopez, an L.A. Police Department spokesman.
Los Angeles Times

Police Seek Help Finding Suspect In Stabbing Death Of Woman In Sylmar
Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Bureau are asking for the public's help in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect responsible for killing a woman in Sylmar. On Friday, around 6:15 a.m., Mission Area officers responded to a radio call of a possible dead body at a park in the 15000 block of Crestknoll Drive, according to police. At the park, officers discovered a female on the ground with multiple stab wounds and lacerations.
Los Angeles Daily News

1 Pedestrian Killed, Another Injured By Suspected Drunken Driver Who Crashed Into Doughnut Shop
A man driving a minivan suddenly veered off the road in Westlake, fatally injuring one pedestrian and critically wounding another before it slammed into a Winchell's Donut House. It happened about 3:25 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Beverly and Alvarado boulevards, according to the Los Angeles fire and police departments. The alleged DUI driver struck two male pedestrians who were critically injured and were now in grave condition, fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Studio City Woman Recovers From Brutal Home Invasion Robbery
A Studio City woman is recovering Sunday evening from a brutal home invasion robbery. Police are asking for the public's help to find the woman's attacker. She said a man rang her door bell Sunday morning around 7 a.m. to ask her to use her phone. She helped him out and then he asked for a glass of water. “As I opened the door and handed him the water he shoved the door back against me, we struggled,” she said.

Ex-Dolphins Player Detained After Social Media Threat Closes Harvard Westlake School
A former NFL lineman who accused teammates of bullying him when he played for the Miami Dolphins was detained in connection with a social media post that led to the closing of a Southern California high school. Harvard Westlake High School in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles, the former school of lineman Jonathan Martin, was closed Friday while police investigated a possible security threat. The North Hollywood division of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Martin was detained for questioning.

New Developments In Missing Woman's Case That Garnered National Attention
The mother of a woman who went missing last year says there are new developments in the case. The woman's mother says she flew here to meet with the LAPD and check out some of the places her daughter frequented and hopefully get answers about her daughters disappearance. “You can't go two minutes, Lynda Dimatteo Santamaria said about her daughter Sunday evening, “It's just 24/7. You just pray that someone knows. Someone knows where she is or what's happened.”

Police Struggling To Keep Up With Flood Of Threats Against L.A.-Area Schools Following Florida Mass Shooting
Students at the elite prep school Harvard-Westlake got a troubling alert as they headed to class Friday morning — their campuses had been closed because of a security threat. These types of threats have become a fact of life in the nine days since the Valentine's Day shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead in a Florida high school. Almost every day this week brought a new report that sent law enforcement scrambling to decipher the meaning and intent of teenagers' social media posts and comments to friends. School district officials said they were taking even the vaguest of threats seriously, too afraid to do otherwise.

Voting Registration Drive Makes Inroads In Unexpected Territory: County Jails
Several men in green "L.A. County Jail" jumpsuits stood behind bars and listened to Esther Lim speak about this year's elections. "How many here didn't know they could vote?" Lim asked them. Some men came out of their cells or turned around as Lim explained their voting rights. Later, in the day room of the Men's Central Jail downtown, a line of inmates eager to register had formed.
Los Angeles Times

Tribes Cut Out Of California Pot Market Might Grow Their Own
American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California's legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by establishing pot businesses outside the state-regulated system that is less than two months old. The tribes floated the idea of setting up rival farms and sales shops on reservations after concluding that rules requiring them to be licensed by the state would strip them of authority over their own lands and their right to self-governance.
Union Democrat

Report: Hate Groups Increase In California
It's being called Southern California's newest hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group is called Rise Above Movement, or RAM, and is based in Huntington Beach. Southern Poverty Law Center released a report this week that counted 954 hate groups across the United States — with 75 in California. And more than half, 38, are in the southern part of the Golden State.

Local Government News

As Crime And Drugs Recede, MacArthur Park Is Going Upscale, And Many Residents Feel Left Behind
When she moved to her apartment near MacArthur Park, Maria Benitez quickly discovered no one turned down her street by accident. Some came to buy crack cocaine or to hunt for rival gang members. In 1993, a group of gang members in her neighborhood set fire to an apartment complex three doors down from Benitez. Two pregnant women and seven children died. "You did two things then: go to work and go back home," she said. "You didn't go out because it was too dangerous. There were a lot of gangs and a lot of shootings."
Los Angeles Times

LA City Council Considers Appointing Permanent City Administrative Officer
A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to consider the appointment of Rich Llewellyn as the permanent city administrative officer Monday, a key position that steers the city's day-to-day financial management and leads negotiations with employee labor groups. Llewellyn has held the job on an interim basis for over a year since last February.

LA Metro Breaks Ground On Section 2 Of Purple Line Extension
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials broke ground today on a 2.6-mile second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, which will bring subway service to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City. “Today's groundbreaking is a clear indication that this project to link downtown L.A. to our region's second-largest job center is on time and on budget,” said Garcetti, who also serves as the Metro Board chair.


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