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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 24, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Lawmaker Calls For Death Penalty After Massachusetts LEO's Death
A Massachusetts sergeant's death has led to one lawmaker calling for the death penalty for anyone who kills law enforcement officers. CBS Boston reports that Rep. Shaunna O'Connell said it's time for the state to send a clear message to anyone who kills an LEO. The call comes after the death of Sgt. Sean Gannon, who was killed while serving a warrant last week. “We're talking about a very small part of the population. Cop killers. The worst criminals among us. If you're going to kill a cop, we need to send a message you're going to face that same fate,” O'Connell said.

Pennsylvania Detective Dies During Physical Training Exercise
A New Castle police detective died during a physical training exercise Thursday, the police department announced. Detective Sgt. Brian S. Cuscino, 44, had been with the New Castle department since 2001. The physical training was required for officers serving on its special response team. He suffered an apparent heart attack, according to the New Castle News. Cuscino had worked as a patrol officer for about 10 years before being promoted to a detective in the criminal investigative division.
The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.

Suspected Shooter In Custody Following Barricade, House Fire In Harbor Gateway Area
A suspected shooter is in custody following a standoff at a home in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of Los Angeles where a fire broke out earlier Tuesday morning. The incidents occurred at a home in the 15400 block of South Orchard Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Plair confirmed. At about 5:30 a.m. , the situation was described by Plair as an active shooter situation concerning an assault with a deadly weapon. The gunman was apparently barricaded in the home, Plair said later. The suspect was taken into custody about 6:30 a.m. and was being treated at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, LAPD Officer Lomeli said.

Boyfriend Arrested After Girlfriend Stabbed In Neck At Northridge Apartment
A man was arrested for attempted murder early Monday morning when he returned to the scene of his girlfriend's stabbing at an apartment in Northridge, authorities said. In a 911 call shortly after 2 a.m., the woman initially said her apartment in the 17700 block of Lassen Street had been burglarized, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was described as being in her 30s. Officers responded to the scene and found the caller suffering from a stab wound to her neck, an LAPD spokesperson said.

LAPD Investigating Whether String Of Armed Robberies At Trader Joe's Are Linked
The two men who walked into a Trader Joe's in Culver City were not interested in Chocolatey Cats Cookies or lemon elderflower soda. As one man took a position at the door, the other brandished a gun and forced the store manager to fill a white leather bag with about $4,800 in cash. The robbers fled on foot, said Culver City Police Lt. Randy Vickrey. The April 12 robbery was one of at least seven of Trader Joe's grocery stores in the Los Angeles area in recent months, authorities said.

Driver Arrested After Multiple Pedestrians Struck In Downtown L.A.
A man is in custody Monday morning after he struck several pedestrians with his vehicle following a dispute in downtown Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. The incident was reported just before 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of East Cesar Chavez Avenue and North Vignes Street. The driver suspected in the crash was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, LAPD Officer Madison said.

Grand Theft Auto/Kidnapping Suspect In Valley Village Taken Into Custody
An hours-long search by police and a K-9 unit in Valley Village resulted in the arrest of a grand theft auto/kidnapping suspect following a chase Monday. It was not immediately known where and when the suspect was taken into custody, said Lt. Ignacio Verduzco of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of driving without the owner's consent, said Verduzco, adding that he did not know the suspect's name.

Thief Steals Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Irreplaceable Items From Northridge Church
Thousands of dollars worth of irreplaceable religious items disappeared from a Northridge church in seconds. "While they can be replaced monetarily, the sentiment will be very very hard to replace," says Father Michael Prevas. Wednesday morning around 5:30, Father Michael Prevas says surveillance video captured a man parking a white truck behind the St. NIcholas Orthodox Church's parking lot. LAPD detectives say he then pried open this back door, walking into a back room, forcing open a locked cabinet and rummaging through other drawers.
FOX 11

MS-13 Gangster Pleads Guilty In Federal Narcotics, Weapons Case
A highly placed member of the MS-13 street gang's Hollywood clique pleaded guilty Monday to federal narcotics and weapons violations. Jose Ricardo "Shyboy" Alfaro, 40, of Hollywood entered his plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. As a result of his plea, Alfaro faces between five and 50 years behind bars at sentencing on Aug. 20.

Weaning The County Jail Population Off Opioids
It wasn't long ago that a complaint of pain at a San Diego County jail easily scored an inmate a prescription for an opioid. These days, the highly addictive, highly abused painkillers have been largely swapped out for Tylenol and ibuprofen as part of a program to stem the cycle of opioid addiction behind bars. So much so, that an inmate with an opioid prescription is a rarity. Last month, only 23 inmates, including those with cancer, were prescribed an opioid. That's less than 1 percent of the total jail population.
San Diego Union Tribune

California Lawmakers Want To Make It Easier For Ex-Cons To Get Job Licenses
California prison inmates are offered training in automotive repair, cosmetology, construction and other fields as part of their rehabilitation. Then, when they get out, state licensing boards often bar them from those professions because of their convictions. Some Democratic lawmakers want to change that, saying that if California is truly interested in rehabilitating inmates, it needs to make it possible for them to get jobs.
San Francisco Chroncile

Police: Waffle House Shooting Suspect Arrested
The mentally unstable gunman suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant was arrested near his apartment Monday after hiding from police for more than a day, authorities said. Police and federal agents had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking after the Sunday morning attacks, in which a gunman clad only in a jacket used a rifle to attack a diverse crowd of patrons at the restaurant before being disarmed by a patron.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA's Mayor Garcetti Throws Support Behind Rent-Control Initiative
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday endorsed a proposed ballot initiative that would repeal limits on rent control in housing-starved California. Garcetti and City Councilman Mike Bonin joined several dozen housing advocates, labor leaders, community activists and other officials to endorse the “California Local Rent Control Initiative” during a news conference and rally outside City Hall. The proposal would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, which prohibits local communities from setting limits on rent increases for residences either built after 1995, or after a city enacted rent control, which the city of Los Angeles did in 1978. It would cover single-family houses and multi-unit buildings.
Los Angeles Daily News

Marijuana Growers And Manufacturers Have Yet To Get Approval From City Of Los Angeles
Months after California legalized the marijuana business, pot growers and manufacturers lament that they are still locked out of the legal industry in Los Angeles. More than 100 shops have already gotten city approval in Los Angeles, but not the companies that have historically furnished them with cannabis, which were supposed to be second in line under a complex set of city regulations passed in December. L.A. had originally planned to finish processing their applications by April but has not even started accepting that paperwork.


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