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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Colorado Officer Stabbed In The Neck, Suspect Apprehended
Police in southern Colorado have apprehended a woman they say stabbed an officer in the neck and took off in his patrol car. Police say the woman was caught at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by Colorado State Patrol troopers about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of the town of Rocky Ford where the stabbing occurred. The officer, who wasn't immediately identified, was treated at a local hospital and was expected to make a full recovery. Rocky Ford Police Chief Mickey Bethel says the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon while the officer was conducting a welfare check at a home.
Associated Press

Woman Dies At Small Park Near LAPD Headquarters
A woman believed to be homeless died outside Los Angeles police headquarters Wednesday morning, authorities said. The discovery created a small spectacle for onlookers as an officer attempted to revive the woman with CPR while paramedics headed to the scene about 9 a.m. People on social media commented on the incident as a symptom of the city's growing homeless crisis. An officer at the scene told a Los Angeles Times reporter he believed the woman to be homeless and that she had gone into cardiac arrest. The woman's identity and an official cause of death have yet to be determined.
Los Angeles Times

Man Wounded In Shooting Outside Movie Theater
A man is recovering Thursday after being shot and wounded outside a North Hollywood movie theater. The shooting happened just about 11:15 p.m. at the Cinemark Theatre near Victory and Coldwater Canyon Ave., according to Los Angeles police. Shots were fired just outside the theater. The victim was hit several times, along with at least two vehicles in the immediate area. One of those vehicles was in the drive-thru at an adjacent Burger King with a man and his daughter inside, but neither of them were hurt.

Police Believe 2 Arrested After Chase From Van Nuys To West LA Hospital Part Of Burglary Ring
A police chase last week that started in Van Nuys and ended in the parking lot of a West Los Angeles hospital started when sheriff's detectives spotted the two suspects leaving a home where thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry had just been stolen, officials said Wednesday. The pair led police on a high-speed chase through the San Fernando Valley and on the 405 and 10 freeways on March 28, before driving into the parking garage at the Kaiser Permanente medical center near Culver City. LAPD officers arrested David Brown, 28, of Rialto, as he attempted to walk away from the hospital. Trent Harris, 27, of Los Angeles, was also arrested on the hospital grounds.
Los Angeles Daily News

Teen Honored After Helping Track Down Sexual Assault Suspect
A 15-year-old Pacoima boy who witnessed a sexual assault and helped police track down the suspect was honored Wednesday with a "Courageous Citizen" award from the Los Angeles County district attorney. With his proud mother by his side, Leo Anicua was recognized for the actions he took three years ago, when as a 12-year-old he witnessed a 78-year-old man sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the car next to him as he waited for his mother.

‘Sex Cult' Leader Who Allegedly Branded Women's Flesh, Recruited ‘Smallville' Actresses Is Captured In Mexico
Federal prosecutors say they have captured a cult leader who allegedly recruited Hollywood stars and enslaved women, making some of them brand themselves with his initials. FBI agents raided a home in New York connected to alleged cult leader Keith Raniere. Raniere claims he runs a self-help group NXIVM, but investigators allege it was a multi-level marketing scheme used as a ruse to enslave and traffic women for sex.

YouTube Shooter's Bizarre Videos Key To Suspected Motive
The woman who shot three people at YouTube's headquarters was prolific at producing videos and posting them online, many of them bizarre, such as a clip in which she removes a revealing purple dress to expose fake breasts with the message, “Don't Trust Your Eyes.” In others, Nasim Aghdam exercises, promotes animal rights and explains the vegan diet, often in elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit. The videos have become central to the motive authorities have settled on for the shooting: Aghdam's anger with the policies of YouTube — the world's biggest online video website.
Associated Press

California Lawmakers Want To Roll Back Some Criminal Sentencing Laws, Keep Young Offenders Out Of Adult Court
In a legislative hearing packed with criminal justice experts and former youth offenders, California lawmakers pushed forward a bill this week to keep minors who commit crimes out of adult courts. The proposal, one of several in a package of bills introduced by Sens. Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), is part of an ongoing effort to divert young people from a path to prison and create parity in state punishment laws. Other bills would roll back mandatory sentencing rules that research shows disproportionally affect black and Latino defendants.
Los Angeles Times

More Than A Decade After It Passed, California Gun Law Still Being Fought In Court
It's been more than a decade since state lawmakers passed a law requiring expended shell casings from new-model semiautomatic pistols to carry identifying marks called microstamps, which police would be able to use to pinpoint a gun used in a crime. But, despite support from law enforcement, the stamps have yet to appear on any guns in California. Firearms manufacturers say microstamping is still beyond the range of modern technology. They've refused to sell new models of the handguns in the state since the law took effect, and on Wednesday they asked an apparently skeptical state Supreme Court to halt the law's enforcement.
San Francisco Chronicle

Minneapolis Police Toughening Body Camera Rules
Minneapolis police officers dispatched to a scene must activate their body cameras well before they arrive and could face progressively harsh penalties for not doing so, ranging from suspensions to firing, the police department announced Wednesday. The department's stricter body camera policy comes after it was criticized last summer when two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman, Justine Ruszczyk Damond, failed to activate their body cameras when they were dispatched to her home.
Associated Press

South Dakota Sheriff's Deputy Collapses, Dies
A South Dakota sheriff's office is mourning the loss of one of their own after a deputy collapsed and died while on duty. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that Minnehaha County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Maciejewski collapsed Tuesday while working on an assignment at the 24/7 desk. The deputy was taken to a hospital, were attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Local Government News

Review Faults L.A. Homeless Authority's Fiscal Management, Raising Questions Over Measure H Funds
After a county auditor's critical review of the fiscal management of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called Wednesday for an evaluation of whether the agency is capable of managing the large influx of funds generated by Measure H. Ridley-Thomas filed a motion asking for a report from top county officials on "relevant structural adjustments necessary … to improve the outcomes and accountability of Measure H funds." The fiscal review, conducted by the county's auditor-controller, found that the authority's finance operation is understaffed, lacks management oversight and pays its bills too slowly, among other faults.
Los Angeles Times

Echo Park Residents Say Navigation Apps Worsen Baxter Street Problems
There is traffic jammed in all four directions on Baxter Street and neighbors say it's a hot mess when they drive up, then down an extremely steep hill. “Baxter Street's greatest hits. You know there's like the semi that crashed into the street pole over over on that side,” resident Steve Taylor joked as he recalled different accidents on the steep hill. “There's a Volkswagen that was flipped upside down.
FOX 11


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