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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 14, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Kentucky Officer Fatally Shot After Responding To Call
A Pikeville police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday night, according to the city of Pikeville. Scotty Hamilton had been a member of the police department since 2006 and was killed after responding to a call with Kentucky State Police in the Hurricane community around 11:30 p.m., the city said. Hamilton leaves behind a wife and a child. Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter said KSP is in charge of what they are calling an ongoing murder investigation. No other details have been announced.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Suspect Charged With Capital Murder In Pomona Officer's Death
A man accused of gunning down a Pomona police officer at the end of a chase that turned into a shooting and hour-long standoff was charged Tuesday with capital murder. Isaias De Jesus Valencia, 38, of Pomona, is accused of the Friday night killing of Officer Gregory Casillas, 30, of Upland. The murder charge against him includes special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer and murder for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest.
FOX 11

Snapchat-Famous, LA Sex Worker ‘Pretty Hoe' Charged In Sex Trafficking
A Los Angeles prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” on social media has been charged with sex trafficking. Federal prosecutors said Melanie Denae Williams was charged Tuesday with trafficking minors for sex and using force or fraud to coerce an adult into prostitution. The indictment also names her as “Pretty Hoe.”

Man Pleads Guilty To Murder, Attempted Murder In March 2014 South L.A. Crime Spree
A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering two women and attempting to kill a teenage girl in South Los Angeles in March 2014, authorities announced. Robert Lawrence Ransom Jr., 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Ransom fatally shot Margarite Evans, 19, in March 2014, the District Attorney's Office said.

LA Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing Of 2 Men In Santa Monica, Hollywood
A Los Angeles man is facing capital murder charges for allegedly killing an 88-year-old Santa Monica man with a pick ax and fatally stabbing a transient days later in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Roy Antonio Davis, 26, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, according to Deputy District Attorney Michelle Humphrey.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected LA Laundromat Slasher Faces Attempted Murder Charge
A Culver City man accused of stabbing a woman in a laundromat south of Koreatown is scheduled to be arraigned March 26 on attempted murder and robbery charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Lino Robert Colon, 37, also faces allegations that he used a knife and inflicted great bodily injury. Colon allegedly confronted the victim as she used a coin-exchange machine the evening of March 1.

Man Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder In South L.A. Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Female Uber Driver
A 25-year-old man was found guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday for his involvement in a South Los Angeles hit-and-run crash that killed a woman working as an Uber driver at the time, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Kevin Moran faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison after also being found guilty of felony counts including hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person and hit-and-run driving resulting in injury to another person.

Challenge To CalGang Database Lands In Court
One of the first legal challenges to a California gang database maintained by law enforcement was heard in San Diego Superior Court Thursday in a case that could set precedent for how a new law is interpreted across the state. “To some extent we are trailblazers here,” Superior Court Judge Laura Parsky said before hearing arguments on a petition to remove San Diegan Tyrone Simmons from the CalGang database.
Courthouse News Service

California's Seizure Of Illegal Firearms Targets ‘Prohibited Persons' In SoCal
Firearms, ammunition and illegal “bump stocks” have been seized over the past 10 days in Norwalk, Riverside and San Diego from suspected prohibited gun owners, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday. Those who were taken into custody were listed in the Armed Prohibited Persons System database or were suspected of engaging in illegally acquiring or possessing illicit weapons, Becerra said.

Florida AG Will Seek Death Penalty For Parkland Shooting Suspect
The state attorney in Broward County, Fla., announced Tuesday he intends to seek the death penalty in the Parkland school shooting case. In a news release, Broward State Attorney Michael Satz said he had filed the Notice of Intent to Seek Death in the case against 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

Study Finds Predictive Policing No More Racist Than Regular Policing
Police agencies are increasingly using advanced technologies to fight crime, including biometrics, auditory detection, and even virtual reality. One of the most controversial tools is “predictive policing,” which has long been accused of reinforcing racial biases. But a team of researchers from Indiana University, UCLA, and Louisiana State University found the practice, and its effects on bias, is more complicated than that. Predictive policing is a “smart policing” tool that trains an algorithm to predict where crime will happen.

Local Government News

L.A. County Supervisors OK Motion To Study Stricter Gun Laws
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore options for regulating firearms, including restricting sales to anyone under 21, banning .50-caliber handguns, strengthening safe storage laws and prohibiting gun sales near schools. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the review. "This is a very important motion to me and, I think, to many others who have contacted us after yet another mass shooting in this country," Kuehl said. "A lot of people have said what can we do, what can we do?"
Los Angeles Times


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