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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 4, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Dallas Officer Wounded In Home Depot Shooting ‘Not Out Of The Woods Yet'
The Dallas police officer wounded in a shooting at a Lake Highlands Home Depot last month is improving but has a long road ahead to recovery, her father said. Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, was critically wounded in the April 24 shooting while responding to a call to help an off-duty officer who had detained a man at the store. Almeida was placed in a medically induced coma last week after having surgery to remove excess fluids and bullet fragments from her brain, her father Manuel Almeida told the El Paso Times. She regained consciousness later in the week. "She is doing a lot better, but we still have a long way to go," Manuel Almeida said.
Dallas Morning News

Who Will be LA's Next Police Chief?
Interviews are underway for LA's next chief of police. Most of the candidates have inside ties to the Los Angeles Police Department. 31 candidates are up for the job to lead the police force for the second largest city in the nation, including San Francisco's chief of police. Jerretta Sandoz, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League told KTLA 5 that officers are looking for “someone who is committed to reducing violent crime and a Chief who is committed to addressing the staffing problems that we have.” Craig Lally, president of the LAPPL told KABC Radio that the challenges of what the LAPD needs are huge. “We have a huge shortage of officers. We have 10-thousand on the streets which means we're short by 3,000 officers. Our city has 500 square miles so for that number of officers, community policing basically doesn't exist. They just go from call to call. It's unbelievable what an officer has to do based on the limited resources.”
KTLA 5 Video
, KABC Radio

How LAPD Is Using Technology To Improve Safety, Transparency And Engagement
When I joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1975, the most advanced technology we had on patrol was the radio inside our police vehicles. We were still years away from having ASTROS, which were the first iteration of handheld radios; and any officer who found themselves needing to request additional resources to address a situation was going to have to first make it back to their vehicle before the cavalry could be called in. During that era, officers who considered themselves tactically advanced would hang the radio microphone outside of their vehicle's window when they left it to answer a call for service. Those officers firmly believed that, in the event they needed to broadcast a help call, the seconds saved by not having to open the door and sit down to access the radio could prove critical to their survival.

Boy, 13, Found After He Vanished While Taking Out Trash In Leimert Park
A 13-year-old boy who vanished while taking out the trash at his Leimert Park home has been found. After being listed as critical missing case, Daniel Marquis Bell was found Thursday at a Taco Bell near 60th Street and Crenshaw, according to CBS2's Dave Lopez. A bystander apparently recognized Bell from news reports and called police. Authorities believe the boy ran off after having issues with his family. Daniel had last been seen Wednesday night at about 9:25 p.m.

Burglary Suspect Who Targets Los Angeles Homeowners Attending Funerals Identified
A burglary suspect who authorities said targets homeowners attending funerals in Los Angeles County has been identified. Authorities said they are looking for Brett Patrick Rogers, 44, who has family in Riverside and Lake Elsinore. He is suspected of burglarizing homes in Glendale, Lakewood, Van Nuys and West Los Angeles. In early March, he was caught on surveillance video at homes in Van Nuys and West L.A. While nothing was taken from the Van Nuys home because an alarm was set off, a jewelry box and credit cards were taken from the West L.A. location.

Victim Offers $10K Reward For Information On Man Who Stabbed Him In Caught-On-Video Culver City Road Rage Incident
A man who was stabbed in an apparent road rage incident in Culver City is offering up his own $10,000 reward in hopes of identifying the perpetrator. The victim, a financial adviser named George, who declined to use his last name over concern for his safety, was brutally attacked over a parking space, Los Angeles police have confirmed. Although the Police Department is investigating, George wants his attacker to be apprehended as soon as possible, before it happens again. "The fact that he was carrying knife actually tells me that he's probably done this before," he told KTLA.

‘It Just Hurts': Shop Owners Stressed After Spate Of Smash-And-Grab Burglaries
Police are on the search for a burglar in the San Fernando Valley who is leaving a trail of destruction and “disrespect.” “It makes you very angry that he's disrespecting somebody's property,” shop owner Logan Ergas told CBS2 News. His store Yes! 99 Cents was hit last Wednesday, and the damage goes beyond the money he lost. “The damages, the stress, the emotions — I mean, we're trying to do good for the Chatsworth communitym” said Ergas. Security video shows the man shattering the glass door to get inside.

TV Producer Won't Enter Plea In Sister's Studio City Death For Another Week
Arraignment was delayed again Thursday for television producer Jill Blackstone, who is accused of killing her disabled sister in a Studio City garage in 2015. Blackstone, 55, who was arrested April 12 at a Baltimore, Maryland, hospital, where she was being treated for an undisclosed ailment, was returned to the Southland late last week. She made an initial appearance in court Monday, but her arraignment was delayed until Thursday. In court Thursday, the case was pushed over for another week, to May 10. Blackstone remains jailed in lieu of more than $2 million bail.
Los Angeles Daily News

Paroled Sex Offender Who Led Wild Motor Home Chase Has Been Caught
A paroled sex offender who gave police the slip after a 3 ½-hour chase in a motor home after turning into an almond orchard has been caught at a railyard in Barstow. The parolee, 46-year-old Stephen Houk, was captured Thursday following Tuesday's chase, officials said. Houk, who was on parole for felony sodomy in Oregon, began leading police on a chase Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles after deputies tried to talk to him about a report that he had threatened his wife, said sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris.

Golden State Killer's Shift To Southern California Remains Enduring Mystery Even After Arrest
In decades of searching for the Golden State Killer, investigators have been puzzled by one mystery more than many of the others. Why did the prolific attacker, who raped and killed in dozens of neighborhoods in Sacramento, the East Bay and the Central Valley, suddenly veer so far south, beginning anew in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Orange counties? With the arrest last week of a suspect in the notorious case, some of the questions posed by countless detectives and amateur sleuths seemed to get answers. Others, notably those relating to the Southern California slayings, so far have not.
Los Angeles Times

California Could Restart Executions. These Counties Are Most Likely To Condemn Murderers.
California's death row has ballooned to nearly 750 inmates and the state hasn't executed a murderer in more than 12 years. That could change soon. California voters in 2016 approved Proposition 66, which attempted to remove regulatory hurdles to executions. The California Supreme Court upheld much of the proposition last year. A judge in April lifted an order blocking the state from carrying out death sentences by lethal injection, though some legal challenges to resuming executions remain. The state has executed 13 men since 1978. Condemned men are held at at San Quentin State Prison, and the 23 women on death row are held at Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

L.A. Sues 9 Drug Companies, Alleging Unethical Practices That Worsened The Opioid Crisis
The city of Los Angeles accused top drugmakers and distributors Thursday of fueling the nation's opioid epidemic by engaging in deceptive marketing aimed at boosting sales of powerful, addictive painkillers such as OxyContin, methadone and fentanyl. In a 165-page lawsuit filed in federal court, the city sued six of the largest manufacturers and the top three distributors of prescription painkillers, alleging violations of federal laws in creating a public nuisance, negligence and misrepresentation. Additionally, the city said the drug companies violated the anti-racketeering laws typically used to target gangsters. City Atty. Mike Feuer said that prescription drug manufacturers and distributors encouraged doctors to prescribe potent painkillers for chronic, long-term pain and downplayed the addictive nature of the drugs. The drugmakers also failed to report suspicious sales, he said.
Los Angeles Times

Dangerous ‘Street Takeovers' Worry San Fernando Valley Residents
When Brian Levinson walked out of his home to investigate several minutes of nonstop tire screeching Sunday night near his Chatsworth home, he was stunned by what he saw. The often busy intersection of Mason Avenue and Plummer Street had been taken over sometime before 9 p.m. by a sideshow, where multiple cars were doing loud and dangerous stunts in front of scores of spectators. The participants illegally “shut down the whole intersection and were doing donuts like crazy – no cars in, no cars out,” Levinson, who lives north of the intersection, said.
Los Angeles Daily News


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