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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Video shows ambush outside North Carolina police headquarters
Officer Casey Shue was shot outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters in January.She felt an impact to her leg before hearing gunfire and realizing she may have been shot, she later told investigators. Shue got ready to fight back. Despite the bullet wound, she ran for cover, pulling out her gun on the way. Shue and several other CMPD officers and probation officers had been working on probation compliance checks that night, and they were about to hold a briefing in the parking lot when 23-year-old Jonathan Bennett drove up, according to a report from the District Attorney's Office.

Alaska Officer Injured In Head-On Crash Dies
A longtime Huntsville police officer has died after being involved in an on-duty crash two weeks ago. Officer Keith Earle was injured in a head-on collision at Pulaski Pike and Grizzard Road on March 26 around 9:30 a.m. Another driver also was injured in the crash. Earle, 46, had been hospitalized since that day. "It is with great sadness to inform every one of the passing of Officer Keith Earle this afternoon," Huntsville police said in a news release today. "Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers."
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Rocks, Bottles Thrown At Police SUV At Scene Of Hit-Run Crash
A vigil to remember a slain bicyclist erupted in violence when rocks and bottles were thrown at a Los Angeles Police Department sport utility vehicle Wednesday in South Los Angeles, police said. Officers and firefighter-paramedics responded to a call for help from another officer near Normandie and Manchester avenues. Aerial video showed several patrol cars, fire trucks and at least one ambulance at the scene. Police blocked off at least one intersection, where several people on bicycles had gathered to honor the memory of 22-year-old Frederick Frazer, who was killed Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash.

LA Racing Ministry Pits Illegal Street Racers Against Cops. The Prize? Saving Lives
Car enthusiast Angel Rodriguez knows first-hand the toll illegal street racing can take. The Boyle Heights teen was arrested in October and spent a night in jail after racing another driver on the freeway near Torrance. Rodriguez had to pay $1,400 to retrieve his impounded Lexus IS300, and after pleading no contest, was sentenced to traffic school and 80 hours of community service in an act of leniency. “Racing on the streets probably would have been the death of me, (or) the death of someone,” Rodriguez, 19, said in a recent interview. Now, on Thursday, Rodriguez will be legally racing against an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer in a 1/8th-mile drag race as part of the Granada Hills-based MotorGospel Ministries' inaugural “Beat the Heat” monthly series at the Irwindale Drag Strip.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Release Additional Details On Fatal Shooting Of Man With Knife At Baldwin Hills Mall
After initially confirming few details, Los Angeles police on Wednesday gave an account of some of what led up to officers fatally shooting a man at a shopping center in Baldwin Hills. The incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards, where officers were responding to a call about a man with a knife, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. When officers arrived inside the mall they found a black man brandishing a long knife in an aggressive manner, LAPD said. 

Man Arrested In Lake Balboa After Nearly 3-Hour Standoff In Denny's Bathroom
Police convinced a man who locked himself inside the bathroom of a Denny's restaurant for several hours near Van Nuys Airport Wednesday to come out safely. Los Angeles Police Department officials said the standoff ended around 10:40 a.m. when police were able to take the man into custody. Initial reports indicated the man was armed with a knife, but it was unclear if he was still armed by the time the incident ended. The standoff started around 4:20 a.m. on the 7200 block of Valjean Avenue in the Lake Balboa area.
Los Angeles Daily News

South L.A. Hit-And-Run Vigil Interrupted By Another Hit And Run
A vigil for the victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash in South L.A. Wednesday afternoon was broken up in dramatic fashion by yet another hit and run that was captured on video. As pedestrians and bicyclists gathered at Manchester and Normandie avenues to mourn a bicyclist who was fatally struck by a car just a day and a half earlier, a gold-colored sedan barreled through the intersection and hit a man crossing the street, sending his body flying through the air, video from KTLA-TV Channel 5 showed.
Los Angeles Times

Bolstered Police Presence On LA Metro Lines Shows Results, But Challenges Remain In Luring Back Wary Riders
In a bold move last year, leaders of Los Angeles County's transit system decided to spend more than $645 million to beef up law enforcement on rail lines and buses, a five-year investment aimed at cutting crime rates and luring back wary riders who feel unsafe when they ride a bus or train. More than nine months in, officials say the effort has begun to pay off for the nation's third-largest transit system, with the rates of certain serious crimes, and some lesser ones, trending downward. For more than a decade, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department served as the lone agency patrolling what is now a network of seven rail lines and some 2,200 buses. Under the new $645.7 million contract, approved in February 2017, sheriff's deputies now share that duty with officers from the Long Beach and Los Angeles police departments.
Los Angeles Daily News

Long Beach Physician Accused Of Seeking Lewd Behavior With Minor; Additional Victims Sought: LAPD
Officials are asking additional victims to come forward after a resident physician in Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of engaging in improper communication with someone he thought was an teenage girl, police said Wednesday. Jonathon Ellis, a 35-year-old Long Beach resident, was taken into custody after sending "harmful matter" an undercover officer who was posing as a 16-year-old girl, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. Ellis allegedly contacted the officer on the internet and sent a sexually explicit photo to him or her.

Missing 12-Year-Old Girl Found In Good Health, Authorities Say
A 12-year-old girl who went missing from her Panorama City home was found in good health Wednesday evening, authorities said. Stacey Laura Solano disappeared Tuesday night from a courtyard of her residence in the 9400 block of Van Nuys Boulevard with two unidentified people, an 18- or 19-year-old man and a woman, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was last seen about 8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Times

Investigators Look To Link Palos Verdes Teen With South LA Gang
Cameron Terrell, the 18-year-old from Rancho Palos Verdes, accused of participating in a South Los Angeles gang killing, was back in court Tuesday. He lives in an exclusive neighborhood but police say he became part of a South LA gang. In Tuesday's preliminary hearing investigators tried to show how he was connected to the gang. "I believe he's a member of the Rolling 90s Neighborhood Crips" said Los Angeles Police Department Det. Mark Rakitis. Gang investigators are trying to establish that Terrell has ties to the gang.

Brown To Send Additional National Guard Troops — Some To The Mexico Border — To Fight Gangs, Human Traffickers And Gun And Drug Smugglers
After a week of suspense, and after months of blasting President Trump's immigration policies, Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he would accept federal funding to add 400 California National Guard troops to a program that targets gangs, human traffickers and gun and drug smugglers. Brown's closely watched decision comes after the Trump administration asked border state governors last week to send National Guard contingents to help defend the border following reports that a caravan of Central American migrants was headed to the U.S. Republican Governors in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have already started deploying extra troops.
Mercury News

Local Government News

LA Approves Fast-Tracked Plan To Build Homeless Housing, Convert Motels Into Temporary Shelters
The Los Angeles City Council gave the green light Wednesday to new rules aimed at speeding up the construction of permanent housing for the homeless, and to convert motels into temporary shelters. During a news conference at L.A. City Hall prior to the vote, Councilman Jose Huizar said these rules will help alleviate the city's homelessness crisis. “We need more immediate solutions to move forward, but these are two pieces along with many other approaches the city and the county and many of our partners are doing to address the biggest crisis in the city at this time,” he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Wants Updates On Earthquake Retrofit Compliance
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to get a full update on seismic retrofits required by law in roughly 15,000 buildings, a move that comes as the city is also exploring the creation of a program to help property owners pay for the upgrades. The council passed an ordinance in 2015 requiring the retrofitting, but the high up-front costs can cause enormous financial strain on property owners and could prevent its implementation, according to a motion introduced by Councilman Mitchell Englander and approved last month.

Los Angeles Councilman Tries To Work With Map Apps To Alleviate Traffic In Neighborhoods
Taking shortcuts around Los Angeles to get to a destination faster is coming at a cost for some fed up locals. Mobile apps like Waze bring people through empty neighborhoods to avoid congestion in places such as Echo Park, where Tempany Donovan and her kids live. "I don't like people going fast up and down our street. In fact I've yelled at several people for doing so. You want to keep certain areas quiet," Donovan said.

2020 MLB All-Star Game

Los Angeles Dodgers To Host 2020 MLB All-Star Game
It's official! The Dodgers will host the 2020 MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. "We thought Los Angeles would be a great place to showcase the young stars in our game," Manfred said. "Dodger Stadium is one of our iconic stadiums, and it's particularly appropriate that we bring an All-Star Game here." This will be the third time the Midsummer Classic will be in the City of Angels, and the first time in 40 years.


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