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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Woman Now Faces First-Degree Murder In Slaying Of Missouri Officer
Tammy Dee Widger's charges in the fatal shooting of Clinton Officer Ryan Morton last month have been amended and now include first-degree murder, the Henry County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. Widger also now faces two counts of first-degree assault. She originally faced second-degree murder and drug charges. First-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of the death sentence or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Kansas City Star

Arizona K-9 Killed, Suspect In Custody After Pursuit
A K-9 died Tuesday during the arrest of a suspect who led officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. According to AZ Central, officers surrounded a home where the suspect, who had bailed from the carjacked vehicle, was hiding. Officer deployed K-9 Bane, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois who had served with the department for nearly two years, into the home. When officers entered the residence, they found the suspect, who was not immediately identified, on top of Bane.

Police Search For Driver Who Killed Homeless Man In Hit-And-Run Crash In Venice
A homeless man was killed Thursday when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Venice, according to Sgt. Orosco of the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division. Police received a call at 1:28 a.m. of a vehicle versus pedestrian near the intersection of Wave Crest Avenue and Ocean Front Walk. The victim died at the scene. A description of the vehicle that caused the fatality was not immediately available.

Police Identify Another Cyclist Killed In South LA Hit-And-Run
Los Angeles police have identified yet another victim of a deadly hit-and-run in South L.A. this week, the latest in a spate of similar accidents in the region. Christopher White, 60, died while riding his bicycle near Avalon and Century boulevards Monday at about 12:10 p.m., police said. White was hit by two vehicles, the LAPD said. One of the vehicles fled the scene. No description of the vehicle has been given.

Man Robbed And Shot In West Adams After Returning Home From Work
The LAPD says a man was shot during a robbery in the West Adams district early Wednesday morning. The shooting took place just before 3 a.m. on the 1500 block of West 30th Street, near Normandie Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard. According to police, the victim was returning home from work and was approached by the suspect while parking his car. He followed the gunman's commands but was shot one time.

TV Producer Denies Murder And Animal Cruelty Charges In Deaf Sister's Death, Attorney Says
A television producer arrested last week in Baltimore on suspicion of killing her deaf sister and at least one dog in Studio City three years ago is not fighting extradition, according to a Los Angeles police detective and her attorney. Jill Blackstone, whose production work includes “Family Court with Judge Penny” and “The Tony Danza Show,” is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles next week, according to Detective Dave Peteque of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operation Valley Bureau Homicide.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Pastor Pleads Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Of Girl At Covina Motel
A 40-year-old Los Angeles pastor from Baldwin Park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to entering another person's Covina hotel room and sexually assaulting a young girl, prosecutors said. Douglas Rivera was charged with lewd act upon a child, first-degree burglary, and indecent exposure, according to a news statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement Wednesday. Rivera was placed in custody after the arraignment, said Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His bail amount was raised to $1.16 million, she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Warns Legal Pot Sellers Not To Participate In Unlicensed 4/20 Events
The state issued a warning Tuesday that businesses holding licenses to sell marijuana could face penalties if they participate in unlicensed temporary events away from their stores, including on Friday, April 20, which has become an annual celebration for counterculture groups. The warning was issued ahead of 4/20 by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control. Since Jan. 1, the bureau has issued more than 700 state licenses to sell marijuana for medical or recreational use.
Los Angeles Times

Weed Bank Proposal Passes First Legislative Hurdle In California
California would license special banks to handle billions of dollars generated by the legal marijuana market under legislation buoyed by recent comments from the Trump administration and given initial approval by state lawmakers on Wednesday. The measure gained momentum just days after President Trump indicated that his administration would not crack down on recreational marijuana in states that have voted to make it legal. Selling and growing marijuana for recreational use was legalized by California voters under a state licensing system that began Jan. 1.

Jerry Brown Orders National Guard Deployment Of Up To 400 Troops
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered the deployment of up to 400 California National Guard troops to the border with Mexico and elsewhere throughout the state. The agreement follows a week after Brown agreed to President Donald Trump's request to place additional National Guard members on the border, with the strict condition that California troops would not be involved with immigration enforcement or the construction of a wall.
Sacramento Bee

Family sues woman who came to conservation officer's aide in fatal Indiana shooting
In February 2017, an off-duty Indiana conservation officer responded to a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle. At some point, the officer got into a scuffle with Justin Holland, 25, who was later shot and killed by Kystie Jaehnen, according to police. Holland's family is now suing Jaehnen, the officer, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The suit claims Jaehnen used excessive and unjustified deadly force in the shooting. Friends have quickly come to Jaehnen's side by setting up a GoFundMe account, that, after just a few days has more than $10,000 in it.

Local Government News

LA Mayor Garcetti Signs 3 Measures To Bolster The Fight Against Homelessness
One day after he delivered his annual State of the City address and labeled homelessness as “the” issue facing Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed three measures today forwarded to him by the City Council aimed tackling the problem on multiple fronts. Surrounded by 12 of the 15 City Council members and City Attorney Mike Feuer in his office, Garcetti signed a declaration of a homeless shelter crisis in the city, along with an ordinance that seeks to cut through red tape when getting permanent supportive housing units approved and another ordinance that eases the obstacles for converting a hotel or motel to supportive housing.
Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles Could Fast-Track Elon Musk's First Tunnel Project In West L.A.
Elon Musk's vision for a tunnel network that could whisk people across Los Angeles County in minutes hints at a future where commuting in Southern California could be easier, or even seamless. His company's efforts to fast-track construction for a tunnel where that technology could be tested has been relatively seamless, too — so far. On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council's public works committee unanimously approved an environmental review exemption for a tunnel that could run 2.7 miles through West Los Angeles, providing a space for Musk's Boring Co. engineers to hone digging techniques and test their proposed transportation technology.
Los Angeles Times


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