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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

California Deputy Killed In Crash
A deputy died early Thursday after losing control of his patrol car. According to the Associated Press, 24-year-old Ryan Zirkle was responding to a 911 call when his car skidded off the winding road and slammed into a tree shortly after midnight. The officer was with the department for two and a half years. 

Man Wanted For Questioning In Kentucky Officer's Death Arrested
Police have arrested a man wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a Kentucky police officer. Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Sims says 55-year-old John Russell Hall of Pikeville was taken into custody Thursday morning without incident. Sims' statement said police obtained an arrest warrant charging Hall with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, but they also wanted to question him about the killing of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton.
Associated Press

California Judge Bars LA From Enforcing Gang Restrictions That Authorities Credited With Reducing Crime
The city of Los Angeles has been barred from enforcing the vast majority of its gang injunctions, which applied restrictions on gang associations that authorities have long credited with reducing crime. The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union that the injunctions were likely to be unconstitutionally broad, and affect people who did not have adequate opportunity to challenge them in court. "Appropriately applied, gang injunctions are a valuable law enforcement tool intended to improve the safety of Los Angeles neighborhoods and stem the tide of drug dealing, assaults, and other violent crimes associated with gangs," the Los Angeles Police Protective League said. "It's unfortunate that a judge would eliminate this important crime fighting tool instead of working to resolve any issues with its application," the union's statement added. "We urge the city to appeal this shortsighted ruling."
Fox News
, Los Angeles Times

Two Males Wounded In Panorama City Shooting
Two males were shot and wounded in Panorama City, police said Friday. The double shooting was reported about 10:40 p.m. Thursday in the area of the 14000 block of Blythe Street, between Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue, according to an officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division. The two victims were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

Driver Of FedEx Van Detained In LA Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist
A 34-year-old man believed to have been at the wheel of a FedEx delivery van that left the scene after striking and killing a woman on a bicycle in South Los Angeles was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department a few hours later, police said. The crash occurred about 8:40 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Staunton Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Out Of Control: The Deadly Toll Of Street Racing In Los Angeles
Valentina D'Alessandro was at a party with a few girlfriends in 2013 when one of them got sick. They accepted another teenager's offer to drive the girls home in his red Mustang. In a commercial area of Wilmington, at the intersection of two four-lane boulevards, a car pulled up alongside the Mustang. The race began. Minutes later, Valentina, 16, was dead, her body wedged in a passenger side window following a crash.
Los Angeles Times

LA Police And Fire Looking For A Few Good Women
The LA police and fire departments are looking for a few good women. As CBSLA's Jo Kwon reports, the departments invited young women to explore a career as an officer or firefighter. Thursday's event was hosted at the Getty House in Hancock Park. Whether you want to be a police officer or fight fires, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says that women “have an avenue to become that here in the city of LA.”

Video Shows Woman Wanted In Series Of Robberies Toppling Over Counter While Pointing Gun At South L.A. Clerk
Police are asking for the public's help identifying a woman wanted in several robberies who was caught on camera toppling over a counter at a store she held up while armed with a gun, officials announced Thursday. The robbery shown in the video occurred in South Los Angeles on Feb. 11 and shows the woman walking into the store before she pulled out a gun and pointed it at the clerk as she got on the counter.

Court Hearing For Suspect In Koreatown Beating Of 85-Year-Old Woman Suspended
A man accused of brutally beating an 85-year-old woman in Koreatown is due in court on Thursday, but the proceedings were suspended. Richard Rene Colomo, 41, faces charges of elder abuse. The victim, Mi Reum Song, was attacked Feb. 10 as she was walking to a grocery store in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department investigators said. She suffered significant injuries to her head and face.

Jailed Panorama City Man Could Be Responsible For More Than 20 San Fernando Valley Robberies
Los Angeles police are accusing a Panorama City man – who was already in prison for four armed robberies in Ventura County – of more than 20 additional robberies across the San Fernando Valley around the same time. Officials dubbed Andre Terail Wilks, also known as Andre Terail Love, as the “End of Watch” bandit because he struck restaurants as employees were closing for the day. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, he faces 60 felony counts in total: 22 counts of assault with a firearm, 18 counts of kidnapping, 16 counts of second-degree robbery and four counts of attempted second-degree robbery.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Considers Lower Taxes On Pot To Help New Legal Industry Compete With Black Market
Alarmed that California's fledgling legal marijuana industry is being undercut by the black market, a group of lawmakers proposed Thursday to reduce state taxes for three years on growing and selling cannabis to allow licensed sellers to get on their feet. With many California license holders claiming they can't compete because of high state and local taxes, the new legislation would cut the state excise tax from 15% to 11% and suspend a cultivation tax that charges $148 per pound.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Attorney Urges Caution As Tax Season Scams Return
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday that his office brought charges against a woman for allegedly cashing a stolen income tax refund check, and said the crime is one of many that residents should be aware of during tax season. “Our taxes are due in roughly a month. With that season comes an increased risk of fraud and scams that are related to tax season,” Feuer said.

LA Among Cities In US Bid For 2026 World Cup
The Los Angeles area is one of 17 cities in the United States that will be listed in documents to be submitted Friday to FIFA in a joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The United States, Canada and Mexico are submitting a joint North American bid for the soccer tournament that includes 23 potential host cities in total.


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