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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 23, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police: MS-13 Threatens To ‘Take Out A Cop' In NY
Nassau and Hempstead Village police officers are on high alert and stepping up enforcement after MS-13 twice threatened cops, pledging in one case to “take the streets back” in retaliation for arrests of gang members. “If MS-13 wants to threaten a cop in this county, MS-13 is gonna get an answer,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Thursday night at a news conference with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “We will answer that threat and answer it strongly.”

Missouri Deputy Killed In Crash While Responding To 911 Call
A deputy in central Missouri who died in a crash while responding to a 911 call Friday night has been identified as Casey L. Shoemate. Shoemate, 26, worked for the Miller County Sheriff's Office. A Missouri State Highway crash report said Shoemate, driving a 2014 Dodge Charger, struck another vehicle head-on while going south on Missouri Y. Shoemate had his emergency lights and sirens on and was attempting to pass a fire truck on the highway when he hit a northbound 2017 Toyota 4Runner.
The Kansas City Star

Judge Tosses Suit Seeking To Block Parole Of NY Cop Killer
A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the parole of an ex-radical who fatally shot two New York City police officers in 1971. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Koweek ruled Friday that the state Parole Board did not act irrationally or outside its bounds when it granted parole last month to Herman Bell after he served 44 years. The 70-year-old Bell had been scheduled to be released this week before the legal challenge was filed by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association on behalf of Diane Piagentini, widow of one of the slain officers.
Associated Press

LAPD Raises Funds For Family Of Tarzana Teen Killed In Crash
The Los Angeles Police Department organized a fundraiser on Sunday for the family of a Tarzana teenager killed in an accident on Easter Sunday — raising nearly $3,200 through a car wash as well as a $2,000 donation from one family. Sebastian Montero, 15, was riding a friend's bicycle on April 1 when a car fatally struck him in Woodland Hills. Somebody had stolen Sebastian's bike at a mall in February, and after his death, his mother asked for the public's help finding it.

Man, Woman Shot To Death In Abandoned Building In South LA
A triple-shooting left a man and a woman dead and a third man wounded early Saturday morning inside an abandoned auto repair building in South Los Angeles. The two deceased victims, both between 20 and 30 years old, were found by officers at about 4 a.m. at a building in the 6200 block of South Figueroa after responding to a “shooting investigation” call, Los Angeles police said. The third victim was taken to the hospital where he was reportedly in critical condition.

How Police Are Checking For Pot DUIs
After nearly one month after the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, officials are still trying to determine the best way to enforce the law and keep dangerously stoned drivers off the road. The Los Angeles Police Department has been experimenting with a device that can detect Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and six other drugs in saliva with an absorbent swab. Right now, the department only has four of those devices, NBC4 media partner KPCC reports. As of Jan. 1, state law prohibits drivers from having an open container of cannabis inside the car or using the substance while driving.

LAPD Looking For 5 Venice Robbery Suspects
Police are hoping someone recognizes five robbery suspects. They were seen in store surveillance video. Police say the robbery itself happened on the streets of Venice earlier this month. They say two of the suspects stopped the victim, asked for the time, then overpowered her and stole her phone. They ran to a car containing the other three and took off. That car is a gray, late model Nissan, with missing hubcaps and damage on the front panel.

Newhall Woman Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Her Boyfriend Outside Canoga Park Bar
A 25-year-old Newhall woman has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting her boyfriend in the parking lot of a Canoga Park bar last month, authorities said Friday. Reyanna Villarrea pleaded not guilty on Thursday to one count of murder for the shooting death of her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jose Mendoza of Panorama City, in a parking lot in the 22000 block of Roscoe Boulevard on March 5, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. She faces 40 years to life in prison if convicted.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Sentenced To 11 Years For Sex Trafficking of Twin Teens From San Francisco to L.A.
A Sacramento man was sentenced to 11 years and four months in state prison for trafficking 18-year-old twins, forcing them to do sex acts for money in multiple California cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Kinning Donell Jefferson, 23, used violence and withholding of food to keep the young women in prostitution, prosecutors said. The sex trafficking extended to counties including L.A., Sacramento, San Francisco and Ventura. He pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges including two counts of human trafficking, two counts of pimping, two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and one count of making criminal threats.

10,000 People Shouldn't Have Guns In California — But It'll Take At Least 4 Years To Get Them Back
The California Department of Justice believes it will take at least four years to finish the job of seizing guns from more than 10,000 people who have been prohibited from owning a firearm, according to a senior department official. The timeline can only be met if the state legislature approves funding to convert 12 temporary agents at the department's Bureau of Firearms into permanent employees this year and to do the same for as many as 20 agents next year, according to Yolanda Morrow, an assistant director at the Department of Justice who testified at a legislative hearing Thursday in Sacramento.

4 Dead In Tennessee Waffle House Shooting; Suspect Sought
A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing a rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. Authorities were searching for the 29-year-old suspect, Travis Reinking, who they said drove to the busy restaurant and killed two people in the parking lot before entering and continuing to fire. When his AR-15 rifle either jammed or the clip was empty, the customer disarmed him in a scuffle. Four people were also wounded before the gunman fled, shedding his jacket.
Associated Press

It's Tough To Buy A Gun In New Jersey. So Where Do All The Guns Used In Crimes Come From?
New Jersey's gun laws make it one of the hardest states in which to buy a weapon. So where do most of the guns used in crimes here come from? States like Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida. Seventy-five percent of traceable guns recovered by authorities in New Jersey are purchased in states with weaker gun laws, according to an analysis by The Record and of federal firearms trace data and a gun-law score card published by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Public Safety News

Person Found Dead In South LA Garage Fire
On Friday, a person was found dead on at the scene of a fire in a garage that was converted for residential use in South Los Angeles. Firefighters sent to the 1800 block of West 75th Street about 7:20 a.m. quickly extinguished the flames and found the body of the person, described only as a male, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Information was not immediately available on the age or identity of the fatally injured male. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Local Government News

City Councilman Mitch Englander Calls For Marijuana ‘Amnesty Boxes' At LAX
A Los Angeles City Council member wants to give travelers flying out of Los Angeles International Airport with marijuana in their possession the option to dump the legal drug in a so-called "amnesty box" before going through security. The effort by Councilman Mitch Englander touches on a sort of gray area for the drug, whose possession is legal in California.
Los Angeles Times


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