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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Missouri police officer killed, 2 others wounded in shooting; suspect dead
A Missouri police officer who was killed while responding to a 911 call Tuesday night had just returned to full-time duty to replace a recently fallen officer in his department, officials said. Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton's death comes after at least 20 officers have died in the line of the duty since the start of 2018. Morton, 30, was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a 911 call at a home located 75 miles outside of Kansas City, Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Morton had been with the Clinton Police Department from February 2015 to January 2017. He stayed on as a reserve officer, but returned to full-time duty in the summer after fellow Officer Gary Michael was shot and killed during a traffic stop in August, FOX4 KC reported. 
Fox News

NC Deputy Killed In Crash En Route To Assist In Pursuit
A North Carolina deputy was killed in a crash while en route to help another officer involved in a high-speed pursuit. Scotland County Deputy Alexis “Thunder” Eagle Locklear, 24, was responding to help another officer actively pursuing a suspect Thursday when the crash occurred, according to WBTW.

Indiana Man Charged With Murder In Killing Of Deputy
A prosecutor filed formal murder charges Tuesday against a man in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy during a foot chase last week. Online court records show that Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer also charged 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt with possession of an illegal handgun, methamphetamine and marijuana. Associated Press

LA Gears Up To Combat Gang Activity In Skid Row 'Tent City'
Los Angeles city officials are in the midst of big changes to tackle the growing dangers of Skid Row, where thousands of homeless people have created their own "tent city" for shelter. Up until now, police say their hands have been tied in combatting crime in Skid Row because of its environment. In an effort to fight illegal activities there, officials have created a few proposals that would provide resources for Skid Row residents.

LA Police Training To Help Those In Need As Way To Address City's Homeless Crisis, Report Shows
It's a major priority in the city of Los Angeles - addressing the homeless crisis. Often the first who deal with the issue is law enforcement, and a new report states the LAPD is being trained to reach out to those in need. "Our goal is not to arrest. Our goal is to do something quite different, especially on the misdemeanor side," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. The department is using what are called HOPE teams, which include officers but also homeless case workers to help those on the street.

Girlfriend Of West Hills Shooting Victim In Custody; LAPD Doesn't Know Yet Whether Killing Was ‘Intentional'
Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting at a strip mall parking lot in West Hills early Monday that left a 20-year-old Panorama City man dead. Reyanna Villareal, 25, of Newhall, remains in custody at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on suspicion of killing her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jose Mendoza of Panorama City. Villareal is being held on $2 million bail.
Los Angeles Daily News

Father Accused Of Throwing 3-Week-Old Son Is Charged
A Los Angeles father suspected of hitting and dropping his 3-week-old son on the floor, nearly killing him, pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Tuesday. The suspect, 32-year-old William Lemuszetino, was arrested after officers responded about 11:05 p.m. Saturday to a domestic dispute at an apartment near Columbia Avenue and Miramar Street in the Westlake district, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Airbnb Guest Bails From Moving Vehicle During Hollywood Hills Police Tail, Seriously Injured
A man was seriously injured Tuesday when he jumped from a vehicle being followed by police in the Hollywood Hills. Officers responded just after 5 p.m. to a report of a possible burglary suspect in the 3000 block of Valevista Trail and began following a vehicle seen leaving the area, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. The man in the passenger seat bailed out of the vehicle in the 6900 block of Camrose Avenue in the Hollywood Hills, Im said.

Coroner Identifies 19-Year-Old Victim Killed In Shooting At A Valley Bar
A young man who was fatally shot outside a West Hills bar was identified Tuesday. The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m. Monday in the 22000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office. Jose Mendoza, 19, died at a hospital, the coroner's office reported. His home town was not known. No arrests were reported.

Homecare Worker Re-Arrested In LA For Stealing From Elderly Patients
A homecare worker who was out on bail for similar charges was re-arrested on allegations of elder abuse against at least two patients in the Southland, and police believe she may have more victims. Tustin police took Aujana Johnson-Payne into custody Tuesday at a nursing school in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Artesia. She faces charges of elder abuse, burglary and identity theft.

More Than 150 Cited Throughout California In February For Illegally Using Disabled Parking Spots
State investigators cited more than 150 people in February for fraudulently using disabled person parking placards across California — as part of an ongoing effort to curb the number of drivers illegally taking up the coveted parking spots. A total of 153 misdemeanor citations were issued throughout the state. Sixty-one of those were issued in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties including 23 at Cal State Northridge, nine in the Duarte and Monrovia areas and San Jacinto, eight in Paramount, five at Chesterfield Plaza in Los Angeles, four in Irvine and three in the Pasadena and Arcadia areas, the Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

Trump Administration Sues California Over Sanctuary Laws
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking the fight over the nation's immigration policy directly to California by suing to block state laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally. He is expected to speak to law enforcement officials in the state's capital Wednesday, just hours after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit - the most aggressive move yet in the Trump administration's push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities.
Associated Press

Why A California Lawmaker Wants To Ban Walmart Gift Cards At Gun Buyback Event
Participants in gun buyback events that aim to get weapons off the street often receive gift cards for turning in their firearms, but some of those gift cards come from businesses that sell guns themselves. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, wants to stop that practice, calling it “counterproductive.” Assembly Bill 1903, which Gonzalez Fletcher introduced in January, would prohibit public agencies that run gun buyback events from giving out gift cards to businesses that sell guns or ammunition.
Sacramento Bee

More States Considering ‘Red Flag' Gun Bills In Wake Of Florida Massacre
Even before the Parkland school shooting raised questions about warning signs exhibited by gunman Nikolas Cruz, at least 19 state legislatures were already considering “red flag” bills that would let a court temporarily prohibit someone from possessing or buying firearms if they're deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others. Now even more states are considering such laws after the February 14 massacre at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which galvanized discussion about them even at a national level and prompted House Democrats propose grants for states that enact them.

Local Government News

Metro Tests Security System That Scans Passengers For Weapons
Riders using public transit in Los Angeles could soon find themselves going through a new security system. Metro is partnering up with the TSA to test the latest screening technology. Metro has been testing the security system for the past several months. The new passenger screening system scans for any weapons and explosives, including possible suicide vests, keeping riders safe from potential terrorists.

LA Bureau Of Sanitation Cites Growing Backlog In Homeless Camp Cleanup
With a backlog of requests for homeless camp cleanups continuing to grow, the city's Bureau of Sanitation wants more money this fiscal year to make a dent in the problem, and its request is set to be discussed by a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday. The number of cleanup requests for homeless encampments and illegal dumping sites nearly tripled between April 2016 and end of 2017, according to the bureau, and the city finished the year backlogged by 3,884 out of the 19,884 requests it received.


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