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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Family, Colleagues Honor Sheriff's Sergeant Killed In The Line Of Duty
Family, friends and colleagues gathered Wednesday to honor the memory of a sheriff's sergeant killed in the line of duty. The Tejon Park Equestrian Arena in Palmdale was renamed the Sergeant Steve Owen Arena, in honor of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen, who was shot and killed Oct. 5, 2016, while responding to a young mother's 911 call about a man burglarizing her apartment.

Kentucky Officer Caught In Floodwaters Found Dead
A small-town Kentucky police officer swept away by floodwaters was found dead Saturday after an overnight search, authorities said. Hickman police Officer Rodney S. Smith disappeared Friday night while on duty, and his body was found the next morning in a flooded field, Kentucky State Police Detective Jody Cash said. Before his disappearance, Smith contacted a dispatcher asking for help after his vehicle was swept away by floodwaters from a nearby creek, Hickman city manager James Gray said.
Associated Press

Man Who Killed Alaska K-9 Sentenced
A 27-year-old man convicted of the first killing of an Alaska State Troopers dog in the line of duty was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Anchorage. Almando Abarca had already been convicted of felony burglary charges when he shot at a trooper and police officer during a pursuit near Palmer in September 2016. Abarca also shot and killed Helo, a K-9 involved in the chase.
Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage

The LAPD's Next Chief Will Have To Meet A Long List Of Demands From City Residents
Wanted: New police chief. Job description: Reduce crime. Increase transparency. Build trust in police, particularly among African Americans. Motivate officers. Crack down on problem cops. Tackle homelessness. Curb shootings by police. Put more officers on the streets. Stay away from immigration enforcement. Continue police reforms. The distinct, often-competing needs of a city as vast and diverse as Los Angeles were underscored during the Police Commission's recent listening tour, on which members of the LAPD's civilian oversight panel canvassed residents about what they'd like to see in their next police chief. Their list of demands was long.
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot In Chest Near Muscle Beach After Dispute
A man was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday night after a dispute in Venice Beach, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. At 10:25 p.m., officials received reports of a shooting at Windward Court and Speedway, near Muscle Beach. LAPD and the Los Angeles Fire Station reported to the scene, where they found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds.

Pierce College Bomb Threat Leads To Class Cancellations, Evacuations
A "credible" bomb threat at Pierce College in Woodland Hills ended today with the arrest of one man. Evening classes were canceled as of 5 p.m. at the school, south of Victory Boulevard at Winnetka Avenue. "The LAPD has arrested a bomb suspect."  Los Angeles police were not available for comment. The situation arose when a juvenile overheard a man at a bus stop say that he planned to shoot up the Pierce campus. 
FOX 11

Police Searching For Suspect In Deadly Canoga Park Hit-And-Run
Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect in the death of a woman killed over the weekend in a hit-and-run at a Canoga Park apartment complex. Detectives from the LAPD's Valley Bureau said in a statement Tuesday that the 35-year-old Canoga Park woman died on Saturday, March 3, at a local hospital. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the collision was intentional or not, according to the statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA SWAT Team Arrests Suspected Desert Hot Springs Killer
Anthony Webb, 38, of San Pedro, is suspected in the Feb. 14 slaying of 49-year-old Desert Hot Springs resident Joseph Slaten, who was found shot in a parked car at about 5:30 p.m. near a home in the 12500 block of Avenida Alta Loma. After the Riverside County Gang Impact Team attempted to arrest him at the home in the 1200 block of West Third Street, Los Angeles police called in a SWAT team, which took him into custody without further incident at about 9:15 a.m., Riverside County DA's spokesman John Hall said.

Watchful Neighbor Helps Lead To Arrest Of Burglary Suspect In West Hills
Los Angeles police arrested a burglary suspect early Wednesday morning after an “attentive neighbor” spotted an unfamiliar man rifling through another resident's home in West Hills. Officer Sean Brown of the LAPD's Topanga division said it was believed the suspect, a man in his 30s, got in to the home in the 8400 block of Sale Avenue through a doggie door. Officers responded to the home at around 8 a.m. after a neighbor called to report the possible burglary in progress.
Los Angeles Daily News

Some Of The California ‘Sanctuary' Laws Targeted By Feds Could Be Vulnerable, Legal Experts Say
California's three new "sanctuary" laws, challenged in court this week by the Trump administration, face different hurdles and have varying vulnerabilities, legal experts said Wednesday. Law professors who read the lawsuit filed by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions generally described it as a credible challenge that presents complex legal questions that might wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court. "The arguments made by the Justice Department are not at all lightweight arguments," said Pepperdine law school professor Douglas W. Kmiec. "They are quite substantial."
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LA To Offer Hepatitis A Vaccine To City Employees Who Work With Homeless
In response to an outbreak of hepatitis A, the Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to offer vaccinations against the disease to city employees who come into regular contact with homeless people. A motion approved on a 12-0 vote directs the city's Personnel Department to report on which classifications of municipal employees should be vaccinated against hepatitis A, and notes that the disease poses a significant health risk to the homeless and those who come into regular contact with them, including those who work in the police and fire departments. Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. City Officials, Organizers Push Back Against Termination Of Protected Status For Thousands Of Immigrants
Los Angeles city officials and organizers struck a defiant tone Wednesday, pushing back against President Trump's plan to end protected status for tens of thousands of immigrants. Organizers and elected officials, including City Council members Curren Price and Gil Cedillo, gathered outside City Hall to decry Trump's termination of temporary protected status, or TPS, and to offer strategies to protect those immigrants.
Los Angeles Times

LA City Councilmen Seek Emergency Plan For City's Homeless Population
A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to discuss a major proposal Wednesday that seeks an emergency plan to provide a safe place for the city's entire population of homeless people, which at last count numbered more than 34,000. The motion coming before the Homelessness and Poverty Committee was introduced last month by Councilmen Mike Bonin and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who said there is little evidence that anything is being done to create more or better shelters for the homeless in the city and that a true sense of emergency is needed to deal with the problem.


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