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Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 27, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Manhunt Continues For Suspect Accused Of Killing Police Officer In Maine
A nationwide manhunt is on for the suspected killer of a sheriff's deputy in Maine, the 25th officer to be gunned down in the line of duty this year. Hundreds of officers were involved in the search on Thursday, and the FBI has announced a reward for information leading to his capture. John Williams remains at large and still armed and dangerous. On Thursday, parts of central Maine are on lockdown with law enforcement officials from three states, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service looking for Williams. He was scheduled to appear in court in Massachusetts on Wednesday to face gun charges.
CBS News

Slain Florida Deputies Remembered As ‘Good, Good Men'
When Gilchrist County resident Janet Johnson heard about fallen Gilchrist County Sheriff's Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, she thought: "Not in my backyard." "There are no words for this," Johnson said. "When it hits this close, there are no words for it. This is Gilchrist County." Johnson added: "You can't do anything but just cry until you can't cry anymore." Johnson was one of more than a thousand people who showed up for the fallen deputies' memorial service at Bell High School Tuesday morning, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Gilchrist and surrounding county residents and law enforcement from across the state.
The Gainesville Sun, Fla.

Police Raise Thousands So Every Senior At Southland High School Can Go To Prom
Attending prom is a right of passage for most high schoolers, but the cost of tickets to the end-of-year festivities can be prohibitive to some. For students in Watts who found themselves in such a situation this year, the Los Angeles Police Dept. came through with a prom-posal graduates won't soon forget. LAPD officers on Thursday presented students at David Starr Jordan High School with a giant check for $7,000, which will cover the $110 admission for 60 seniors this year. The gesture brought Litzy Mejia to tears.

LAPD Busts Package Thieves Who Stole Amazon Delivery Truck; Suspect Eats Stolen Fruitcake
An alert citizen helped officers in LAPD's Topanga Division arrest several package thieves in Canoga Park Thursday evening. LAPD tells FOX 11 three suspects stole an Amazon delivery truck and were in the process of transferring the packages to their van when they were spotted by a citizen near a gas station at Oso and Sherman Way. The suspect called police, and undercover officers arrived on scene to confirm a crime was being committed. Plain clothes officers then moved in to make the arrests, and all of the packages were recovered. The boxes were full of random contents including a drone, dish soap, windshield wipers, and even a fruitcake that a suspect had taken a bite out of.
FOX 11

Man Says He Was Tied Up, Gagged And Held At Gunpoint In A Home Invasion Robbery Set Up By Woman He Dated
Three masked intruders pistol-whipped and tied up a man early Thursday in his Silver Lake home in what the victim said was a set-up involving a woman with whom he was in an "on again, off again" dating relationship. After the intruders entered the home and wrapped plastic wrap around his head, the woman began loading up a backpack with items in the residence as he was held at gunpoint, the victim told police.

Long Beach Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Knifepoint Rapes In South LA
A Long Beach man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for a string of rapes in 2016 that included two attacks where he kidnapped teenage girls at knifepoint in South Los Angeles, according to a court official. Jurors convicted Samuel Alexander Vasquez, 31, in February on two counts of kidnapping, three counts of forcible rape, and one count each of forcible oral copulation and assault with a deadly weapon. Vasquez's spree took place over the span of about a month, according to prosecutors. ?
Los Angeles Daily News

California Ended Its Statute Of Limitations On Rape After Bill Cosby, But It May Not Apply To Accused Golden State Killer
California vows to prosecute all rapists, no matter how long ago their crimes occurred. But that may not apply to Joseph James DeAngelo, who police are fingering as the long-sought Golden State Killer. Before September 2016, the statute of limitations in California for rape and sex crimes was just 10 years. After dozens of women came forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades earlier, state lawmakers passed a measure that year eliminating the statute of limitations for rape and sex crimes.

California Governor Candidate Says Pot Users Should Be Hospitalized
Businessman John Cox of Rancho Santa Fe, a Republican running for California governor, says that marijuana users should be hospitalized. He said that California should implement a system akin to the one in Portugal, where people who are found with small amounts of drugs can receive mandatory medical treatment but aren't charged with a crime. “I'm suggesting that people who are addicted to substances, substance abuse, should get treated, they should not be incarcerated,” he said Monday in an interview with editors and reporters at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
San Diego Union Tribune

South Carolina Deputy Dies After Collapsing During Training
A South Carolina sheriff's office is mourning the loss of one of their own after a deputy collapsed during a training event and died. Lancaster County Deputy James Kirk Jr., 57, died at a hospital after collapsing during a training event at the sheriff's office firing range, The Herald reports. It's unclear how exactly Kirk died, but Chief Deputy Maj. Matt Shaw said in a statement that the deputy "passed away from what appears to be a medical condition.” "Deputy Kirk was a true public servant who dedicated his life to the service of others and this community," Sheriff Barry Faile said.

Public Safety News

3 Injured, 30 Displaced After Blaze Breaks Out In San Pedro Apartment Building
Three people were badly injured and several more were displaced after a fire erupted at an apartment complex in San Pedro on Thursday, officials said. The blaze was contained to a single unit on the two-story structure's first floor, officials said. Though the roughly 90 firefighters at the scene were able to extinguish the flames within half an hour, several residents were displaced and three people were transported to the hospital with injuries, according to LAFD.

Local Government News

Metro Board Considers Public Showers At Train Stations
The Metro Board of Directors voted Thursday to study installing showers and hygiene stations in or near some of its train stations as a response to the growing homeless problem in the county. A motion to study the feasibility of installing the facilities as part of a pilot program at the Westlake/MacArthur Park Red/Purple Line Station and North Hollywood Red Line Station was unanimously approved. Board member and Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin noted that the city of Los Angeles already has a mobile shower program for the homeless.
Los Angeles Daily News

Motion Proposes LA Government Only Uses Cruelty-Free Products
A motion to ensure Los Angeles' city government only purchases supplies such as cleaning products and hand soaps that are free from animal testing was introduced Wednesday by Councilman Bob Blumenfield. "Testing cleaning products on animals is not only based on flawed and arcane science, but it is simply despicable and disturbing that major companies in our country treat man's best friend like a science experiment," Blumenfield said. "We can do better and we must do better."


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