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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police K-9 Wounded, Suspect Apprehended After Standoff At North Hollywood Motel
A Los Angeles Police Department K-9 dog was wounded Friday evening as officers took an armed man into custody at the end of an hourslong standoff at a North Hollywood motel, officials said. The barricade situation began about 3:30 p.m. as officers conducted a parole check at the Pepper Tree Motel in the 5900 block of Lankershim Boulevard. They located the suspect, who was wanted on an arrest warrant for grand theft auto and drug violations, the LAPD said.

'Run To Remember' Honors Fallen First Responders
The third annual Run to Remember, Los Angeles paid tribute to first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Sunday's half marathon and 10K race was a joint effort of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It was inspired by a similar race held annually in Boston since 2005. Proceeds will benefit a variety of city, county and state first responder charities.

Killer Of Texas Officer Dodges Death Sentence
A jury deadlocked Friday over a possible death sentence for convicted cop killer Shaun Puente, so state District Judge Donna Rayes sentenced him to life in prison without parole for the 2013 killing of San Antonio Police Department officer Robert Deckard. The decision was automatic under state law. The Atascosa County jury had deliberated Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and could not agree on either sentence, the only two allowable for capital murder.
San Antonio Express-News

Man Who Stole Guns, Wrote Manifesto Threatening To Kill Cops Arrested
Police arrested a man in San Francisco on Friday who was accused of stealing guns and threatening to kill people, authorities said. Dustin Hamilton, 44, was taken into custody without incident Friday morning, the San Francisco Police Department tweeted, after getting a “tip from a community member.” Two firearms were recovered at the scene, police said. Hamilton, identified as a “transient” by police, had stolen several firearms from a home in San Jose on Wednesday night, according to police.
San Francisco Chronicle

Hit-And-Run Driver Slams Into Hancock Park Restaurant, Injuring Customer
Witnesses say a driver slammed into a restaurant in Hancock Park Saturday, hit a customer and then took off. The owner of the restaurant told CBSLA's Cristy Fajardo that he was horrified as he watched and saw that the man could not get out of the way in time. Witnesses say about 4:30 p.m. the driver of the SUV turned onto Melrose from Cahuenga and lost control. The manager of the restaurant, who is also the owner's son, said it looked like a movie — the SUV drifted across lanes and slammed into Tere's Mexican Grill. Two customers were eating outside.

Police Recover Stolen LAFD Ambulance
An ambulance stolen in downtown Los Angeles Sunday morning was recovered in Westlake, near MacArthur Park. A paramedic crew was assessing a patient when their vehicle was stolen, said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The rescue ambulance was involved in a non-injury traffic crash at 3:45 a.m. in the 2600 block of West Seventh Street, near MacArthur Park, Bastman said. "An additional paramedic ambulance was dispatched to the scene of the original incident to provide patient transportation to a local hospital," she said. "Further details of the incident are under active investigation."

Man In Custody After Ascending 200-Foot Crane In Hollywood While Wrapped In American Flag
A man was taken into custody roughly three hours after he scaled a 200-foot crane in Hollywood on Sunday, officials said. The man was first spotted atop the crane at a building under construction at 6140 W. Hollywood Blvd. around 5 p.m. and was apprehended around 8 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. He could be seen shirtless and barefooted, draped in an American flag, climbing up and down the crane's boom in footage from the scene. He had apparently taken the flag from the crane, atop which it was previously flying.

Grenade Found Behind North Hollywood Apartment Was Not Explosive, LAPD Says
A report of a grenade found at an apartment complex brought the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad to North Hollywood Sunday afternoon to defuse the device. When they arrived, officers found there was no explosive material inside the object. It took a little over an hour for the bomb squad to declare the device was safe, said Officer Rosario Herrera, an LAPD spokeswoman. She said she didn't have details about whether the grenade was inert or fake.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Tujunga Home Invasion
Police are searching for at least two men who forced their way into a Tujunga home Friday night and ransacked it while people were inside. Los Angeles police report that the home invasion occurred at around 10 p.m. in the 9800 block of Amanita Avenue. At least one suspect broke into the home, armed with a shotgun, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and belongings before fleeing, police said. The suspects sped away in a getaway car. The vehicle is described as a grey four-door Toyota Camry.

Grant High School Special Ed Aide Arrested On Suspicion Of Possessing Child Porn
A special education assistant at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen was arrested this week on suspicion of possessing child pornography and has been “reassigned” from the school, according to authorities and school officials. Grigor Agdayan, 42, of North Hollywood was arrested on April 4 on suspicion of possessing child porn, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera and public records. The case is being investigated by LAPD's Juvenile Division. According to Los Angeles County inmate records, Agdayan bailed out and was released on Thursday. He had not yet been charged by prosecutors as of Friday morning.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Using ‘Drone Killers' To Disable Flying Devices In Emergency Situations
Drones have been used for a lot more than making videos and delivering pizzas. They have dropped drugs into prison yards, scouted out illegal border crossings and grounded lifesaving efforts by accidentally wandering into the flight paths of firefighting aircraft. The sky may be the limit for drones, but local law enforcement agencies are looking for a way to bring them back to earth. A new electronic device called a "drone killer" could be the answer. The Oceanside Police Department recently acquired a "drone killer," an electronic device that can disable a drone in the sky and force it back to the ground.
Los Angeles Times

10 Alleged Sureños Gang Members Charged In 7 Bay Area Killings
Ten alleged members of the Sureños gang have been charged for their roles in seven killings, accused by prosecutors of engaging in a criminal enterprise that targeted suspected rivals and sought to maintain control of drug sales in San Francisco's Mission District. According to a grand jury indictment, the men have been longtime members of two closely affiliated gangs, the 19th Street Sureños and the 16th Street Sureños. The dead include suspected gang rivals, including a 16-year-old fatally shot at a birthday party in the East Bay city of Richmond in 2009; some suspected rivals have been left paralyzed after being shot.
Los Angeles Times

Texas PD Receives Next-Generation Body Armor
San Angelo Police officers will have the protection of rifle-resistant body armor thanks to a $98,938 grant from the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office, according to a news release. The grant was made possible by the 85th Texas Legislature's Senate Bill 12, which created funding for Level IV vests to law enforcement agencies throughout Texas. With the nationwide increase in active-shooter events and officer ambushes, these level IV vests will provide a level of protection that earlier vests could not match, a press release stated.
San Angelo Standard Times

Public Safety News

LA Officials Taking New Look At School Safety
As the school shooting in Florida reignited national debates over gun violence and school safety, Los Angeles officials are taking a new look at how to keep students safe. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer convened the first in a series of community meetings on that subject in Hollywood. Members of the school board and law enforcement were present as well to help get input on how to make Los Angeles schools safer.

Local Government News

When L.A. Opted To Fund City Services Over Housing, Did It Help Fuel A Crisis?
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has repeatedly pointed to the state's elimination of redevelopment agencies seven years ago as one reason homelessness has surged across the city. Redevelopment agencies were supposed to set aside at least 20% of their property tax revenues for affordable housing projects. In L.A., that once yielded roughly $50 million annually, according to the housing department.
Los Angeles Times

LA Hopes To Calm Fears, But Trade War Worries Loom
Los Angeles' leading international trade advocate is visiting three foreign capitals this week to help calm fears over the trade policies now being voiced by the Trump administration. Stephen Cheung, the President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles, says he will be visiting Berlin, Germany, Marställe, France and Vancouver, Canada. "A lot of them are quite nervous about the United States and what's happening ... we need to assure them from a sub-national level, that Los Angeles is open for business," Cheung said Sunday on NBC4's "News Conference" program.


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