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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Video: Suspected Shooter Has ‘No Remorse' For Killing Indiana Deputy
The man charged with fatally shooting an Indiana deputy said he has “no remorse” for killing the LEO. While being walked to a courthouse Wednesday, 21-year-old Anthony Baumgardt said he was not sorry for killing Deputy Jacob Pickett, WXIN reports. When asked why he shot Pickett, Baumgardt said he “didn't want to get bit” by Pickett's K-9 partner Brik. On March 2, police were pursuing Baumgardt and two others when Baumgardt shot Pickett in the head, mortally wounding him.

Suspect Arrested In Connection To Venice Shooting, Police Say
A suspect has been arrested in connection to the shooting and critical wounding of a man in Venice that was captured in a bystander's harrowing video, police said. The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday outside a bar on Windward Avenue, near Ocean Front Walk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Officer Won't Face Charges In Killing Of Unarmed Man In Venice
Nearly three years after a police shooting that sparked protests in Los Angeles, prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against the officer who killed an unarmed homeless man. Prosecutors declined to bring charges because they couldn't prove Officer Clifford Proctor acted unlawfully when he shot Brendon Glenn in the back in 2015 in Venice, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “We have concluded that there's insufficient evidence to overcome a claim at trial by Officer Proctor that he did that in defense of his partner or himself,” Lacey said. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file police officers, said Lacey “followed the evidence in this case and did not succumb to political posturing or pressure.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Girlfriend Of Panorama City Man Killed In West Hills Shooting Charged With Murder, DA's Office Says
The woman accused of killing her boyfriend in a shooting in a strip mall parking lot in West Hills early Monday morning has been charged with murder. Reyanna Villarreal, the 25-year-old woman from Newhall, allegedly shot her boyfriend as they were on their way to a bar in the 22100 block of Roscoe Boulevard at around 12:30 a.m. Prosecutors filed one count of murder on Wednesday, said Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Jose Mendoza, 20, of Panorama City, died at the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Rideshare Rapist Pleads Not Guilty
The man accused of posing as a rideshare driver, and raping multiple women says he is not guilty. Nicolas Morales, 44, of Santa Clarita told the court Thursday afternoon he didn't commit the 27 felonies he's facing. Those charges stem from an investigation that found he raped, sodomized, kidnapped and assaulted at least seven women. Prosecutors say it happened between October 2016 and January of this year in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

Canoga Park Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run Identified As Wife, Mother
Los Angeles police identified the woman killed in a hit-and-run at an apartment complex in Canoga Park last weekend as a 35-year-old wife and mother. Guadalupe Garcia was taken to the local hospital where she died late on March 3 after the collision at the Variel Apartments at 7321 Variel Ave. Garcia lived at the apartments with her husband and children, said Detective Steve Castro of the LAPD's Valley Bureau.
Los Angeles Daily News

18-Year-Old Victim Killed In South LA Afternoon Shooting Identified
Authorities Thursday identified a young man who was fatally shot in South Los Angeles. Juan Ortiz, 18, of Los Angeles was gunned down about 1 p.m. Monday near 52nd Street and McKinley Avenue and died at a hospital, according to coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The suspect, described only as a male, fled in a newer-model white sedan, police said. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call (877) LAPD-247.

In North Hollywood ‘Texting Murder,' One Conviction Upheld, But Another Could Be Reversed
A state appeals court panel upheld a man's murder and conspiracy conviction in the November 2009 shooting death of a Granada Hills man over an insulting text message but ordered that a second defendant's conviction be reversed unless the prosecution agrees to reduce it from first-degree murder to second-degree murder. In a 78-page ruling released this week, the three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal found that there was “extremely strong motive evidence” in the case against Zareh Manjikian and Vahagn Jurian, who were found guilty of the Nov. 18, 2009, slaying of Gombert “Mike” Yepremyan.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Threatens Weedmaps Over Promotion Of Illegal Cannabis Shops
California's cannabis czar issued a cease and desist order to Weedmaps, directing the Irvine internet company that maps marijuana dispensaries to immediately stop promoting businesses that don't have state licenses. “You are aiding and abetting in violation of state cannabis laws,” states the letter from Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
Orange County Register

Public Safety News

Investigation Launched After 1 Dies, 3 Others Fall Ill At Koreatown Apartment Building: LAFD
Hazardous materials experts were at an apartment building in Koreatown where one person was found dead and at least three others had fallen ill on Thursday, officials said. It is the second death in recent days at the apartment building, located at 920 S. Hobart Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Authorities responded to the four-story, 48-unit building around 5:45 p.m.

Local Government News

LA Councilwoman Proposes ‘Good Neighbor' Policy For City's Cold Weather Shelters
A Los Angeles city leader on Tuesday said winter shelter operators across the city should adopt a “good neighbor policy” as a way to build trust and address any concerns members of the community may have about having such facilities in their area. The idea is inspired by a policy that Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez instituted for a winter shelter in Pacoima, at 11066 Norris Ave.
Los Angeles Daily News

Airbnb's ‘Bootleg Hotel' Business Model Riles Los Angeles Union, Demonstrators Press For Regulations
As the Los Angeles City Council appears to be getting closer to passing regulations that would limit short-term rentals like Airbnb, demonstrators held rallies at multiple sites Thursday where they asked city leaders to pass a strong ordinance regulating the industry. The demonstrations took place at six short-term rental houses where the activists, who were organized by the service workers union UNITE HERE Local 11, argued that the residences had become “bootleg hotels” that are driving up the cost of living in Los Angeles by taking away needed housing and disrupting quiet neighborhoods through nuisance party houses.


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