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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

2 LAPD Officers Hurt, Suspect Killed During Officer-Involved Shooting Near Woodland Hills-Reseda Border
A man suspected of stealing an SUV, then leading officers on a short chase in the vehicle and later on foot was killed by police gunfire Monday morning near the Woodland Hills-Reseda border. Two officers who chased the man were also injured in the incident, one with a “serious” knee injury and the other suffering scrapes, according to Los Angeles police Captain Patricia Sandoval. The shooting occurred just after 10 a.m. near the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Hamlin Street. Sometime after 9:30 a.m., the two officers spotted a gold SUV similar to the description of a vehicle reported stolen that morning in a LoJack alert in the area.
Los Angeles Daily News

Two Officers Injured In Collision With Produce Box Truck In Downtown Los Angeles
Two officers were injured early Tuesday after their patrol vehicle collided with a produce box truck in downtown Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles police. Officials received a call of an officer down just before 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Los Angeles Street and Temple Street near Los Angeles City Hall.One officer was transported to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in unknown condition. The driver of the produce box truck stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators.

Connecticut Trooper Killed In Crash Remembered As ‘A True Guardian'
Hundreds of police from across Connecticut and the nation gathered at Pratt & Whitney Stadium Friday to honor Trooper Kevin Miller, a 19-year state police veteran who was killed in an on-duty crash a week ago. “He was a marine, a trooper, a friend, but most importantly, he was an amazing father, a father who loved to share stories about his children Ryan and Sarah,” Trooper David Piela said in eulogizing his colleague. “Everything he did every day was for his children.”
The Hartford Courant

California K-9 Recovering After Being Shot In The Neck
A California K-9 is recovering after being shot in the neck by a man who led police on a pursuit. On Friday, Wheatland police pulled over a drunken driving suspect, 26-year-old Jonathan Erick Alexander, who became uncooperative after presenting officers with his ID, The Sacramento Bee reports. The suspect fled the scene and led a pursuit, police said. The pursuit ended when police deployed spike strips to disable Alexander's vehicle. After refusing to comply with officers, authorities deployed Yuba County Sheriff's K-9 Glock on the suspect.

More Than 100 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized From Illegal Reseda Dispensary
Three people were arrested Thursday and more than 100 pounds of cannabis was seized from an illegal cannabis dispensary in Reseda, where police had served a search warrant. The warrant was served about 10 a.m. in the 18400 block of Vanowen Street, near Reseda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives began monitoring the location after receiving numerous complaints and noticing an increase in crime in the surrounding neighborhoods, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Wealthy Murder Suspect In Court Over Upcoming Trial
A Palos Verdes student charged in connection with a gang killing in South LA faced a judge Monday. As CBSLA's Dave Lopez reports, Cameron Terrell was in court for a preliminary hearing. He is facing a murder charge even though he didn't pull the trigger. Accessory after the fact. The getaway car, according to the prosecutors, was a Mercedes Benz. Terrell comes from a very wealthy family and among his best friends, he said, were gang members.

Gang Member Gets 15 Years For Drug, Weapons Violations
A 27-year-old gang member was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years behind bars for his role in a conspiracy in which three street gangs came together under the control of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member to run drug sales along the Los Angeles River from Elysian Park to Burbank. Giovanni “Suspect” Olvera, of Atwater Village, pleaded guilty last June to one federal count each of racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession.

LA County Sheriff Watchdog Panel Needs Teeth, Group Says. But The Sheriff Says Not So Fast
A broad coalition of activists is spearheading an effort to give a watchdog of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department more teeth while paving the way to reduce the county's jail population. But they are up against the sheriff and union leaders who say the effort could lead to costly battles over deputies' personnel records and undercut the sheriff's authority. Reform L.A. Jails, a coalition that includes public safety and criminal justice reform leaders, among others, aims to gather enough signatures to put a proposed measure on the November ballot.
Los Angeles Daily News

Groups Debate If California Has Gone Too Far On Crime Reform
Crime survivors and law enforcement leaders on Monday criticized a legal system they said has gone too far in reversing get-tough-on-crime policies of past decades as they stood before hundreds of photographs of crime victims as part of their annual Capitol rally. They urged voters to support a ballot initiative that would roll back portions of measures passed in 2014 and 2016 that critics say impede investigations and free violent offenders too soon. Crime Victims United of California President Nina Salarno Besselman said it's needed "to restore balance to our criminal justice system."
Union Democrat

California Prisons Investigate 2 Inmate Deaths As Homicides
Officials in California prisons 200 miles apart are separately investigating the deaths of two inmates as homicides. Mule Creek State Prison officials say inmate Robert Hunter, 77, was found unresponsive in his cell Monday with blunt force injuries to his face. His cellmate, 46-year-old Matthew Wanser, is considered the suspect. Both were serving life sentences at the prison in Ione, Hunter for child molestation from Riverside County and Wanser for murder from San Diego County. Meanwhile, Salinas Valley State Prison officials in Soledad are investigating the death Sunday of 42-year-old Jason Lewis.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Woman, Dog Found Dead After House Fire In El Sereno
A woman and dog were found dead following a house fire in El Sereno Saturday morning. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters battled the blaze in the single-story home at about 7:30 a.m. in the 5300 block of Bohlig Road. Officials said 35 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in 16 minutes but discovered a woman and one dog dead inside the residence. Authorities believe the woman was older and live alone with her pets.

Local Government News

L.A. County Unveils New Budget, Emphasizing Homeless Services And Other Safety-Net Programs
Los Angeles County officials released a proposed $30.8-billion budget for the next fiscal year Monday, emphasizing the need to combat and prevent homelessness and to provide crucial safety-net services. "Of all of the issues confronting the county none is more urgent and complex than homelessness," Sachi Hamai, the county's chief executive, said at a news conference. Hamai said the county is making "unprecedented progress" on the issue, largely because of Measure H, the countywide quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters last year that is expected to generate $355 million annually.
Los Angeles Times

Major Revitalization Planned For Lower LA River
Big changes are in the works for the 19-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River between the city of Vernon and the Pacific Ocean. The long-neglected concrete waterway is often littered with trash. Officials have announced plans to revitalize the lower L.A. River. "We've seen a lot of development along the upper river near Griffith Park, Dodger Stadium, near Chinatown. There has been almost a complete revitalization along that area," said California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. 


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