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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

City Of Pomona Devastated By Murder Of Police Officer
The Pomona community was devastated by the murder of a young police officer as his suspected killer remained in jail without bail. Officer Gregory Casillas, 30, of Upland was responding to a gunman barricaded in an apartment building on South Palomares Street Friday night when he was shot and killed. "Greg is a hero. A man to look up to. He left his family at home to protect yours, and his ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten," Pomona Police Chief Michael Olivieri said.
FOX 11

Governor: Indiana Deputy's Killing Shows That ‘Evil Exists'
Gov. Eric Holcomb told mourners at Friday's funeral for a central Indiana sheriff's deputy fatally shot last week that his slaying is a reminder “that evil exists in this world” and that police officers work daily to keep the public safe. Holcomb said his “heart broke” when he learned March 2 that Boone County sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett had been shot during a foot chase with fleeing suspects in Lebanon, about 20 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Associated Press

LAPD Officer Finishes Leg Of Charity Run From Bakersfield To Los Angeles In Honor of Fallen Pomona Officer
A LAPD officer running long distances in full uniform for charity finished a leg of a race from Bakersfield back to Los Angeles early in honor of a 30-year-old Pomona police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Saturday. Officer Joe Cirrito was set to finish the leg of the race on Sunday, but when he heard about the incident in Pomona, he decided to "push through." Cirrito began the run from Bakersfield to Los Angeles on March 9, to commemorate the death of LAPD Officer Ian J. Campbell, who was killed in 1963. The "Just Cause" run ended at the Los Angeles Police Department's Fallen Officer Memorial in downtown, and proceeds raised during the endeavor will go to needed repairs for the monument, according to a webpage for the fundraiser.

Second Victim Of Valley Glen Shooting Dies, LAPD Says
A second victim has died following a shooting late Saturday in a Valley Glen neighborhood, Los Angeles police said Sunday. Police first reported two men were shot in the 6700 block of Greenbush Avenue at 8:51 p.m. One man died at the scene. Another was taken to a local hospital, where officials from the LAPD's Van Nuys division said he later died. There have been no arrests, and investigators have not released a detailed description of the suspect.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Wounded In Hyde Park Gang-Related Shooting Dies
A man died from wounds suffered in a Hyde Park shooting, authorities said Monday. The shooting occurred about 10:15 p.m. Sunday in the 6000 block of West Boulevard, said Lt. Thomas Bojorquez of the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Station. The man, who was in his 20s or 30s, was struck in the upper body and taken to a hospital in serious condition, Bojorquez said. He later died from his wounds.

Wounded Man Makes Way To LA Fire Station After Drive-By Shooting
A man was wounded today in a drive-by shooting in the Broadway-Manchester area of south Los Angeles, authorities said. The man was out at midnight at 110th and Main streets when a dark van drove by and shots were fired from the vehicle, Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez of the Los Angeles Police Department 77th Street Station said.
Los Angeles Daily News

FBI Hunts LA Bank Robber On A Roll; Three Valley Heists On The Same Day
Los Angeles police and the FBI asked for the public's help Friday to identify a man responsible for a series of bank robberies in the Woodland Hills area. All three robberies took place on Monday. The first occurred about 2:20 p.m. at a bank in the 21800 block of Sherman Way. The second took place about 10 minutes later in the 22800 block of Victory boulevard, and the third happened 10 minutes later in the 22000 block of Ventura Boulevard, authorities said.

Police Patrols Around Hollywood Sign Increased For Spring Break
A plan to increase police patrols and other security around the Hollywood Sign during the spring break period was approved Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. “With tourism increasing in Los Angeles, we must be proactive in ensuring the safety of our neighborhoods, hillsides and iconic Hollywood Sign,” said Councilman David Ryu, whose motion dedicates $51,320 of his office's discretionary funds for the increased patrols by traffic enforcement and police officers.

LA Man Gets Prison For $1M In Tax Refund Fraud
A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to prison for attempting to steal more than $1 million in tax refund checks in Virginia and Pennsylvania. A release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia says 42-year-old Kefvon Keffen Baker was part of a nationwide bank fraud conspiracy based in Los Angeles in which people stole U.S. Treasury refund checks, opened bank accounts under those taxpayers' identities, deposited the checks and withdrew money.

Sunland Man Accused Of Attempting To Sneak Weapons Into Jail With Fake FBI Credentials
It's a place few people want to visit willingly, but a Sunland man is accused of trying to get into the Men's Central Jail using fake FBI credentials. A plan to sneak weapons inside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility is under investigation. The Sheriff's Department showed off the items seized from suspect Greg Baghoomian. The items include a large fixed-blade knife, two stun devices, a pair of gloves and a pair of handcuffs, according to Caroline Rodriguez of the LASD. It's contraband that could put jail staff or any of the 2,000 inmates in Twin Towers at risk.

3 Hostages, Suspected Gunman Found Dead After Standoff At Counseling Center For Vets With PTSD In Napa County
After an apparent hourslong standoff between police and a gunman, three women were found dead Friday night at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, authorities said. The suspect was also found dead, Chris Childs, assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol's Golden Gate Division, told reporters. The three victims were all employees of The Pathway Home, a counseling service for veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is on the property, the Napa County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Trump Administration Moves To Ban Bump Stocks
The Justice Department has taken the first step in banning the sale, manufacture or possession of bump stocks through new regulation, as Congress stalls in drafting a legislative prohibition. "The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines 'machinegun' to include bump stock type devices," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement issued Saturday.

Local Government News

Final Approval Given For Proposal To House Homeless With Trailers
A councilman's proposal to house about five dozen homeless people in trailers on a downtown lot as a possible model for citywide temporary shelters was given final approval Friday by the Los Angeles City Council. The plan is part of a larger strategy being pushed by Councilman Jose Huizar and several other council members, with Mayor Eric Garcetti's support, to install a large number of trailers around the city to give shelter to the homeless and transition them into permanent supportive housing.

Garcetti still struggling to expand the number of female firefighters
Four years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to revamp the way the city hires firefighters by introducing more women into a department that has been overwhelmingly male. Yet despite increasingly aggressive recruitment efforts, the Fire Department has seen only modest gains. Last month, 3.1% of its firefighters were women, according to employment data prepared by the Fire Department. That figure was 2.9% in July 2013, the month Garcetti took office.
Los Angeles Times


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