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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police, Widow Blast New York Decision To Parole 3-Time Cop Killer
Herman Bell is a three-time cop killer -- and that's all that matters to those angry over the New York Board of Parole's decision to release the 70-year-old. To his supporters, Bell is a model for how a repentant, rehabilitated prisoner can return to society. Too often, they say, incarceration favors revenge over rehabilitation, and Bell's release suggests that may be changing. Bell walked out of the maximum-security Shawangunk Correctional Facility in upstate New York on Friday, following the parole board's March decision to grant his eighth bid for parole.

Maine Deputy Was Shot In The Head By Assailant
A Maine man confessed to a friend after shooting a sheriff's deputy in the head last week, investigators said in documents made public Monday. A state police affidavit was filed as 29-year-old John Williams made his initial court appearance on a murder charge. Williams, who was ordered held without bail, is charged with killing 61-year-old Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole in Norridgewock. Lisa Marchese, chief of the criminal division of the attorney general's office, said the state is going to seek a life prison sentence.
Associated Press

Texas Officer Struck By Vehicle 2 Months Ago Dies
A Round Rock police officer who was injured after being hit by a vehicle on Feb. 25 has died, Chief Allen Banks said on Friday. “We are devastated by the passing of Officer Charles Whites,” Banks said. “Our heart breaks for Connie and all of Charles' family. Charles was a great officer and an even better person. The past two months have shown how strong and close-knit we are as a Department. The support we've received from the Round Rock community, surrounding communities, and regional first responders has been inspiring. We will continue to lean on this strength and support as we remember Charles and honor his many years of public service.” 
Austin American-Statesman

LAPD Announces $50,000 Reward In Girl's Shooting Death At Burger Stand
The mother of a 15-year-old girl who shot and killed as the two waited in line Friday night at a South Los Angeles hamburger stand made an urgent plea for help in finding her daughter's killer. Samantha Mays spoke at a news conference Monday when a $50,000 reward was announced for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the slaying of Hannah Bell. The girl was shot at about 9 p.m. Friday at the Best Burger hamburger stand near 77th Street and Western Avenue and died at a hospital.

Man With Gun Found Passed Out At North Hollywood Junior High School
Police arrested an unresponsive man found with a gun on the campus of a North Hollywood junior high school Monday morning. The incident began at around 7:15 a.m. at Oakwood Secondary School, at 11600 W. Magnolia Boulevard. Police were called when someone saw a man with a gun on the school's grounds, said Officer Norma Eisenman, an Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman. Arriving officers found a man lying on the ground. Eisenman said they “tried to make contact,” but the man did not appear to respond. They took the man into custody, Eisenman said. He had not yet been identified.
Los Angeles Daily News

Security Guard Distracted By Woman In Short Shorts Robbed By 4 Men
A security guard was distracted by a woman in short shorts before being ambushed by robbers, who got into the multi-million home in Beverly Crest he was guarding by using his gate remote. The robbery happened at about 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 1200 block of Tower Road. Police say four men and a woman ambushed the guard, who had been in his car. “A female black wearing short shorts and a furry jacket distracted the guard,” Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said.

LAPD Seeking Man Suspected Of Burglarizing 14 Koreatown Apartments
Los Angeles police sought the public's help on Monday identifying an individual suspected of burglarizing 14 apartments in Koreatown. At a press conference, LAPD released surveillance video showing the man they said targeted residences during the middle of the day in the area between third and sixth streets, from Harvard Boulevard to Catalina Street. Capt. David Kowlaski said the burglaries started in February 2017 and continued through April this year. Kowlaski said the man did not force his way into the homes, leading investigators to believe that he picked locks to break in.

TV Producer's Arraignment Postponed In Sister's Mysterious 2015 Death
Arraignment for television producer Jill Blackstone, who is accused of killing her sister in a Studio City garage in 2015, was postponed Monday. Blackstone, 55, was arrested April 12 at a Baltimore, Maryland, hospital, where she was being treated for an undisclosed ailment. A warrant for her arrest was issued March 22. Sheriff's records indicate she was booked into jail in Van Nuys Friday night. Authorities said Blackstone drugged her sister, Wendy, and placed her in a garage in the 12000 block of Landale Street along with her three dogs, then set the garage on fire in an effort to make her death look like an accident or suicide.

Guilty Plea For Leader Of Pizza-Style Drug-Delivery Service Based In Van Nuys Could Land Him In Federal Prison For 20 Years
The leader of Manny's Delivery Service, a pizza-style telephone-order heroin and cocaine ring that operated in the San Fernando Valley for years, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal drug distribution charge. Sigifredo Gurrola “El Don” Barrientos, 41, of Sylmar, entered his plea in downtown Los Angeles to a single felony count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Los Angeles Daily News

State Gives Marijuana Businesses More Time For Compliance
The transition to a fully regulated cannabis industry is taking California a bit longer than anticipated. While state regulators scramble to extend temporary marijuana business licenses, they're also considering whether to extend a grace period that gives operators extra time to comply with strict new industry standards. As of Monday, a tenth of the 6,000 temporary cannabis licenses state regulators have issued were set to expire by May 1, which marks the four-month anniversary of the start of legal recreational marijuana sales in California. A third of all existing licenses were due to lapse by the start of June.
Orange County Register

From Golden State Killer To Grim Sleeper, DNA Helping Break Serial Killer Mysteries From 1970s And 1980s
In the 1970s, when the Golden State Killer claimed his first known victim, it was relatively easy for a serial murderer to escape undetected and strike again. DNA analysis was the stuff of science fiction. Fingerprint and hair analysis were rudimentary. There were no national databases to plumb for matches. It was a grim heyday for serial killers, who terrorized Californians from South Los Angeles alleys to gilded Orange County suburbs. Last week, the suspect in the Golden State Killer case joined the dark club of serial killers from that era who have been arrested with the help of sophisticated DNA technology.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Website For City Workers To Report Discrimination, Sexual Harassment Unveiled By L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a website Monday on which city employees, commissioners and those who do business with the city can file discrimination and sexual harassment reports, one of several initiatives meant to make it easier to address mistreatment in the workplace. “Every person who works in a city office, in a service yard or a park deserves to feel safe at work,” Garcetti said, adding: “When a victim makes the difficult and courageous decision to come forward, the city needs to respond quickly and efficiently.” Garcetti also signed an executive directive that orders city staffers to come up with recommendations for streamlining the complaint review process, expanding training on harassment and discrimination and crafting an independent board to examine “certain complex or sensitive cases.”


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