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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Union: Parole board that authorized cop killer's release broke law
State parole board members who authorized three-time cop killer Herman Bell's release never reviewed the minutes of the four-decades old sentencing before making their decision — a clear violation of the law, the city's largest police union charged Wednesday. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association is trying to use this alleged misstep to demand a new hearing for Bell, who is expected to be released from prison next month. Bell, 70, along with Anthony Bottom and Albert Washington, were convicted of executing Police Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones after luring them to the Colonial Park Houses — now the Rangel Houses — on W. 159th St. with a bogus 911 call on May 21, 1971.
New York Daily News

Connecticut Trooper Killed In Crash Remembered As Good LEO, Father
Kevin Miller, the state trooper who died in a crash on I-84 Thursday, was remembered Friday as a good officer and a good father. “He was a good trooper. I think he was a better man,” Enfield Police Chief Alaric Fox said. Fox is a former state police colonel who used to command the Troop C barracks in Tolland, where Miller was assigned. Fox also trained Miller at the police academy.
The Hartford Courant

Deputy Injured In Crash With Suspected Intoxicated Driver In East L.A.: Sheriff's Officials
A sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries after a suspected DUI driver collided with his vehicle during a traffic stop in East Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday. The crash occurred around 9:40 p.m. Friday night near the intersection of Sixth Street and Ferris Avenue, in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, sheriff's officials said in a news release. The deputy and his partner were conducting the traffic stop with another motorist as the suspected drunken driver ran into their patrol car while passing the location, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Arizona State Trooper's Final Radio Call Bring Tears
A video uploaded to YouTube shows a state trooper in tears, as he made a final radio call for himself, capping off a career that spanned 37 years. "152. 152 badge 2988, begins career March 11th, 1981, this will be my final 10-7," said Trooper Mark Gilberg, in a video uploaded by a YouTube user named Rachel Gilberg. To be precise, Arizona Department of Safety officials said, on its verified Facebook page, the now-retired trooper served with the department for 37 years and three weeks. "I just wanted to thank everybody for everything that they have ever done," said Trooper Gilberg. "It's been an honor and a privilege and a great career. It's been a great adventure."

Woman, 78, Found Dead In Hyde Park Home; Homicide Investigation Launched
A homicide investigation is underway in Hyde Park Friday night after a 78-year-old woman was found dead inside her home, police say. Los Angeles police said firefighters responded to a call of a woman in cardiac arrest at an apartment in the 5900 block of West Boulevard. When authorities got on scene, they determined the deceased victim had been assaulted, police said.

Coroner: Hyde Park Homicide Victim Was Strangled
A 78-year-old Hyde Park woman was strangled, not beaten to death as earlier reported, coroner's officials said Monday. Freddie Brandon, 78, died from “asphyxia” from “ligature strangulation,” the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported on its website following her autopsy. Detectives continued their search for whomever killed Brandon. Brandon's body was found Friday inside her ransacked residence in the 5900 block of West Boulevard, south of Slauson Avenue and east of Crenshaw Boulevard.

Police Arrest Barricaded Man After Standoff In Granada Hills
A man who barricaded himself in a Granada Hills neighborhood during an eight hour police standoff was taken into custody on Friday. Officers responding to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon around 4 a.m. Friday in the 11800 block of Louise Avenue encountered a suspect who barricaded himself, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A SWAT team was sent to the neighborhood to assist.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman ‘Lost Everything' After Unsolved Lake View Terrace Shooting Paralyzed Her
Two years ago, LaTonya Neasman was heading out after enjoying a barbecue in Lake View Terrace. As she left, she stumbled into the midst of a gunfight. She was shot nine times, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Los Angeles police initially said they were seeking to identify two male suspects who fled on foot that spring night. Today, detectives have yet to identify those responsible.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Arrested In 2 West Hollywood Bank Robberies
Sheriff's deputies arrested a man suspected in robberies of two banks in West Hollywood Thursday, officials said. The first robbery happened around 4:50 p.m. when a suspect walked into a Bank of America in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, simulated a gun and handed over a note. He fled, however, without getting any cash. Another incident happened about an hour later in the 8600 block of Beverly Boulevard when a person, believed to be the same suspect, simulated a handgun and handed over a note at a Chase bank. 

Man Shot To Death In South L.A.; No Suspect Information Released: Sheriff
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a man early Saturday morning in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials said. Authorities have said there's no suspect information yet available. Sheriff's deputies responded to a gunshot call around 1 a.m. Saturday morning in the 1600 block of Florence Avenue, according to an L.A. Sheriff's Department news release.

Former LAX Baggage Handler Admits To Cocaine Smuggling Scheme
A former baggage handler at LAX pleaded guilty Friday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to smuggle cocaine past security as part of a nationwide drug ring. Antonio H. Botello, 24, was the last of three ex-baggage handlers in the case to plead guilty to participating in a scheme to help drug couriers smuggle cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport aboard commercial flights for delivery to customers on the East Coast. He was arrested in February 2017 on suspicion of smuggling cocaine by authorities investigating the use of employee credentials to breach airport security.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Governor Pardons 5 Men Facing Deportation
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia four decades ago. The pardons don't automatically stop deportation proceedings, but eliminate the state convictions federal authorities based their deportation decisions on. That gives the men's lawyers strong legal arguments before immigration judges to try to prevent the deportations.

Public Safety News

Missing Boy, 13, Found ‘Alive And Talking' Hours After Falling Into Drainage Pipe In Griffith Park
A missing 13-year-old boy was found "alive and talking" more than 12 hours after he fell into a drainage pipe in Griffith Park, authorities said. "It's with happy hearts that all Los Angeles city agencies are able to state that we have found Jesse Hernandez," fire Capt. Erik Scott said at the original scene Monday morning. Jesse was reported missing about 4:30 p.m. the previous afternoon after he fell about 25 feet into the sewer pipe, prompting a massive response from multiple agencies.

LA Firefighters Extinguish Fire In Panorama City Shed Housing Marijuana Grow
It took 33 firefighters 10 minutes Saturday to put out flames in a Panorama City shed with a marijuana grow operation inside, authorities said. The fire was reported at 6:35 p.m. at a home at 7912 North Ventura Canyon Ave., Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The shed was to the rear of the home. No other structures were in danger and no injuries were reported, Bastman said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Street Vendors Call For Legal Program After 3 Were Beaten, Robbed In South LA
Fellow street vendors gathered at the South Los Angeles site of the attack that happened on March 18. They rallied to show support for 54-year-old Pedro Reyes. The L.A. Street Vendor Campaign is calling on the City Council to create a legal sidewalk vendors program for Los Angeles. They said the council's failure to do so and bring those vendors into the formal economy is putting them at risk for potential harassment and assault.


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