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from LA Police Protective League

March 15, 2018

Law Enforcement News

3 Convicted In 2006 Slaying Of Florida Deputy
A jury convicted three men Tuesday of first-degree murder for ambushing and killing Broward Sheriff's Deputy Brian Tephford in 2006. Now they will fight for their lives as they face possible death sentences. While the men were friends on the street, that bond did not extend to the courtroom, where each was unapologetic during the trial about trying to pin the blame for Tephford's murder on the other two.
Sun Sentinel

Woman Charged With Murder In Death Of Missouri Officer
A woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer last week. The Kansas City Star reports that Tammy Dee Widger was charged Wednesday. Her rental home was the site of the fatal shooting of Clinton officer Ryan Morton on March 6. She had previously been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and with keeping or maintaining a public nuisance. Henry County prosecutors said the murder charge was added because Morton was killed "as a result of" Widger's drug crime.
Associated Press

LA Will Iron Out Body-Cam Transparency Rules
This week, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) may join the ranks of major cities with a body-worn camera (BWC) policy when the Board of Police Commissioners votes on whether to implement a proposed plan on March 20. With just over 10,000 officers, the LAPD is the second largest municipal police department in the United States, after New York City. The department serves an area of 498 square miles and a population of 4,030,904 people. The proposed policy mandates the release of critical footage within 45 days. Implementation of the new transparency guidelines would reverse the department's longstanding practice of withholding all footage unless there is a court order. 
Government Technology

Two Men Wounded In South LA Shootings Just Blocks Apart
Gang involvement was suspected in two shootings in South Los Angeles that occurred just minutes and a few blocks apart, leaving two men wounded. The first shooting occurred Wednesday night at the intersection of 84th Place and Figueroa Street, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. Shots were fired from a vehicle with three men inside, Im said.

Suicide Suspected In Shots Fired In Parking Lot Of Kaiser Permanente Offices In North Hollywood
Police say a call of shots fired early Tuesday in the parking lot of the Kaiser Permanente corporate offices in North Hollywood was a suicide. Officer Steven Valenzuela of the LAPD North Hollywood Division said the call came in around 6 a.m. He said someone called from the area of the Kaiser offices at 11668 Sherman Way, near Bob Hope Airport, after hearing gunshots. When police arrived, they found a person who appeared to have committed suicide. Valenzuela did not know where the person was found, except that the suicide occurred in the parking lot area of the office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Family Asks For Public's Help In Finding Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run
The family of a man who was apparently killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hollywood is asking for the public's help in finding the person responsible. Danny Guiragossian died at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and North Stanley Avenue in what authorities believe was a hit-and-run collision. According to a woman who lives nearby, Guiragossian was on cell phone around 9:30 a.m. on March 2, waiting to cross the street.

Victim Killed In Likely Gang-Related Hyde Park Shooting Identified
Authorities Wednesday identified a man who was fatally shot in Hyde Park. The crime 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. Deric Rashawn Moore, 32, died at a hospital, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported.

Co-Owner Of SoCal Drug Treatment Centers Pleads Guilty In Massive Billing Scheme
The co-owner of a company that operated drug and alcohol treatment centers in Southern California and Colorado pleaded guilty Wednesday to all 46 felony counts against her involving a $175 million health-care billing scheme. Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo immediately sentenced Kirsten Wallace, 44, to 11 years in state prison following her plea to 28 counts of money laundering, seven counts of grand theft of personal property, six counts of identity theft and five counts of insurance fraud, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Lawmaker Wants To Crack Down On Organized Retail Theft By Making It A Felony A state assemblyman wants to create a new felony offense to penalize organized retail theft, a crime some have called an unintended consequence of a 2014 ballot initiative that reduced drug possession and some theft crimes to misdemeanors. Under Proposition 47, a theft crime has to involve $950 worth of property in a single incident to rise to a felony.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmaker Proposes A New Gun And Ammunition Fee To Pay For School Counselors And Safety Officers
Californians who buy guns or ammunition would have to pay a new fee to fund more counselors and safety officers at schools under legislation proposed in response to the recent mass shooting at a Florida high school. Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said his bill would strengthen counseling support at California's 1,400 middle schools and junior high schools while providing more armed school resource officers at high schools.
Los Angeles Times

School Safety Bill Passes House, No Action On Gun Control
The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending more money on metal detectors, locks and other school security measures on Wednesday, but took no steps to tighten gun control laws a month after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people. While students marched nationwide for change on one of America's most vexing social issues, lawmakers voted 407-10 for legislation to spend $50 million to $75 million per year from 2019 through 2028 on school security and safety training.

Public Safety News

Part Of Southern California Highway 101 To Be Named For Fallen Cal Fire Engineer
The County of Ventura has endorsed a plan to name a stretch of Southern California's Highway 101 after fallen Cal Fire engineer and San Diego resident Cory Iverson. Iverson, 32, died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries on Dec. 14, 2017, while battling the raging Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Local Government News

LA County Leaders Approve $3 Million Loan For Sun Valley Apartment Project For Homeless Seniors
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signed off Tuesday on a $3 million loan for a proposed, four-story apartment in Sun Valley that is being built for low-income seniors who are homeless. The loan will go to Community of Friends, the developer of the 44-unit residential project being planned for 10966 W. Ratner St., next to the U.S Postal Services building, on a street between Vineland Boulevard and San Fernando Road.
Los Angeles Daily News

Metro Beefs Up Service For LA Marathon
Metro announced Wednesday it will be increasing service on the Expo Line Sunday to accommodate people attending or participating in the Los Angeles Marathon. The line, which operates between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, is near the finish line of Sunday's race, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. According to Metro, Expo Line service will be increased to every nine minutes with three-car trains to accommodate what is expected to be significantly higher ridership than usual.


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