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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 27, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Illinois Officer Wounded, Man Dead In Exchange Of Gunfire
A 36-year-old Aurora man killed Thursday night during a downtown shootout with police was free on bond for felony charges related to illegally possessing a gun on Sunday. “He was able to bond out, that is his constitutional right,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said during a press conference Friday at the police department on East Indian Trail Road. “… Unfortunately this was the outcome. He was in possession of another firearm.”
Chicago Tribune

Jurors Convict Man Of Killing New Orleans Officer
A man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer in 2015 was convicted Saturday, as jurors rejected his insanity defense. After a six-day trial, the jury deliberated just 66 minutes before finding 35-year-old Travis Boys guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Daryle Holloway, a 22-year veteran officer. Boys had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.
Associated Press

Who Will Be L.A.'s Next Police Chief? 31 People Have Applied For The Job
More than 30 people have applied to become Los Angeles' next police chief, cementing the pool of candidates competing for one of the highest-profile jobs in law enforcement. As of Friday's deadline — the end of a three-week application window — the city had received 31 applications for the position, said Steve Soboroff, president of the Police Commission. Few of the candidates' names have emerged, and the full list won't be released by the city's Personnel Department.
Los Angeles Times

North Hollywood Woman Who Vanished 7 Months Ago Found Safe
A 27-year-old North Hollywood woman who mysteriously vanished about seven months ago has been found. Los Angeles police reported Monday morning that Leah Altmann was found in good condition. No further details were released. In January, Paul Altmann, Leah's father, told CBS2 his daughter had moved from Florida to Los Angeles earlier in 2017 to pursue a music career in the sound and audio industry.

Police Say Hundreds Of Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Are Operating In Los Angeles
Police estimate there are anywhere from 200-300 rogue marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department say the shops are operating without a license and selling non-compliant products and they could sell pot to anyone who walks in without checking age or ID. Many of the stores can be found on the marijuana dispensary website, Weed Maps.
FOX 11

‘Dual Valley Bandit' Sentenced In String Of Bank Robberies In San Fernando And San Gabriel Valleys
A Pasadena man dubbed the “Dual Valley Bandit” was sentenced Monday to more than 10 years behind bars for using a loaded shotgun to rob a Wells Fargo Bank branch last year. Shownee Shon Smith, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson to 125 months in federal prison for the June 10 heist in Pasadena. Smith pleaded guilty in October to one felony count each of armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. He had been charged with committing a series of robberies or attempted robberies at 11 banks over three weeks in May and June.
Los Angeles Daily News

3 Men Given Life Sentences In Slaying Of Former East LA Football Player
Three men convicted of the 2013 gang-related killing of a former Garfield High School football player, who was gunned in East Los Angeles during a college-break visit home to see family and friends, were each sentenced Monday to more than 100 years to life in prison. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen A.

Why Southern California Police Are Struggling To Hire More Cops
Early one morning before the Inland heat burned the chill off the air outdoors, dozens of men and a handful of women in workout clothes sweated their way through pushups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run. A white-haired man in a tan Riverside County Sheriff's Department polo shirt gave everyone a pep talk before the run, which they had to finish in 14 minutes to qualify as potential deputies. “There's only two reasons we run,” Sheriff's Investigator Nelson Guzman told them.
Orange County Register

Pepper-Spray Use Surges In L.A. County Juvenile Justice System, Report Says
A few years after Los Angeles County exited a monitoring agreement with the Department of Justice, the county's probation department has seen a surge in the use of pepper spray in settling altercations and other misbehavior at juvenile-detention facilities. According to a presentation by the L.A. County Probation Department at last week's Probation Commission meeting, incidents involving pepper spray at the county's Central Juvenile Hall increased 338 percent from 2015 to 2017.
Los Angeles Daily News

In Revolt Of California Sanctuary Law, O.C. Sheriff's Department Makes Inmate Release Dates Public
The Orange County Sheriff's Department on Monday made the release dates of jail inmates — including those in the country illegally — publicly available online, marking the latest local revolt against California's so-called sanctuary laws. Undersheriff Don Barnes said the action is in response to the harms done to the community under Senate Bill 54, which became law on Jan 1. and restricts local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Barnes and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens vocally fought against it.
Los Angeles Times

California's Marijuana Edibles Makers Are Going Extinct
Gina Golden stirs up a batch of her “Island Queen” cannabis-infused granola from her home kitchen in Oakland. It's a far cry from the commercial kitchen she used when making her 12 year-old Golden Goddess line of edibles. In 2017, the city of Oakland deemed Golden's rented commercial kitchen space ineligible for a license to make legal edibles for California's recreational or medical markets. So Golden stopped renting the space and does not know what's next.
Green State

Public Safety News

Man Dead, 2 Hurt In Rancho Palos Verdes House Fire
A man was killed and two others, including the victim's mother and a firefighter, were injured in a house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes overnight Monday. The blaze at the single-story home was reported around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of Trudie Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and fire showing in the front of the home.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Committee Opposes State Housing Bill
A Los Angeles City Council committee Friday opposed a state bill that would allow developers to build housing that is taller or denser than local zoning laws permit if it is located near a rail station or bus line. Los Angeles is facing a housing shortage, which has contributed to a rising cost of real estate along with an escalating level of homelessness, but Senate Bill 827 would throw the door open to too much rapid development with not enough local oversight, according to a resolution that was introduced by Councilman David Ryu and approved by the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Los Angeles Mayor Joins Push For Emergency State Funds For Homeless
Saying "We are sinking here," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he is joining other mayors asking Sacramento to release $1.5 billion surplus dollars for emergency homeless housing. Speaking on "Ask the Mayor" on Eyewitness Newsmakers, Garcetti said despite getting homeless people off the street at a record pace, homelessness is up 40 percent. The state money would be for temporary shelter while Los Angeles rolls out a 10-year plan with taxpayer-approved funding.


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