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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Charged With Killing L.A. Sheriff's Sergeant Confessed To Execution-Style Slaying, Records Show
The man charged in the 2016 execution-style slaying of a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant confessed to the shooting and told police he emptied his revolver into the officer's body, according to records made public Monday. Trenton Lovell, who is awaiting trial in the murder of Sgt. Steve Owen, told investigators he shot the veteran law enforcement officer in the face in Lancaster and then "walked up and … finished the job" by firing several rounds into Owen's prone body. Lovell's statement was contained in a memorandum released by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which concluded that Deputy Zachary Anderson used lawful force when he shot and wounded Lovell during the October 2016 confrontation.
Los Angeles Times

Florida Deputy Shot While Responding To Neighbor Dispute Dies
A Florida sheriff's deputy died Monday afternoon, a day after being shot in the head while responding to a dispute over a cat, authorities said. The Highlands County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that Deputy William Gentry was critically wounded Sunday night while responding to a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot. Sheriff Paul Blackman told reporters that after speaking with the cat's owner, Gentry approached the man suspected of shooting the cat, 69-year-old Joseph Edward Ables, at his Lake Placid front door. Blackman said Ables then shot Gentry in the head shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday. The 40-year-old deputy was airlifted to a Fort Myers hospital.
Associated Press

California Police Officers Mourn Six Killed In 2017
One was a new California Highway Patrol officer who died on Christmas Eve while his kids waited for him to open their presents. Another was a deputy from Stanislaus County who was killed in a car crash while his department's leaders were paying respects to fallen officers at a national memorial. And one more was a career deputy in Sacramento County who commanded the respect of generations of cops. His name, Deputy Robert French, was the one that made an emcee's voice crack Monday when police officers from around California gathered near the Capitol to recognize cops who were killed on duty last year.
Sacramento Bee

Charlie Beck Conducts Final Inspection As LAPD Police Chief Outgoing Los Angeles Police Department
Chief Charlie Beck conducted his final inspection of all Central Area personnel on Monday in downtown Los Angeles. Beck, who announced his retirement from the department in January, was sworn in as chief in 2009 and forged a career that spanned more than four decades. He will retire at the end of next month. "I'll miss the people. These are great, great human beings that have tremendous hearts, that believe in what they do, and that do an impossible task," Beck said.

LAPD: Man Fatally Shoots Himself After Critically Wounding Woman In Westwood
A man critically wounded a woman and then fatally shot himself Monday in Westwood, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, which was reported about 5:05 p.m. in the 10400 block of Eastborne Avenue, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard near Beverly Glen Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Rosario Herrera. The woman was taken in critical condition to a hospital, Herrera said.

Woman Arrested In Death Of Her 9-Month-Old Baby In South LA
Los Angeles police have arrested a woman in connection with the death of her 9-month-old baby in South Los Angeles. Police were first alerted Saturday night when they were called to a local hospital on a report of an injured baby. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital. The coroner's office identified the infant as Selena Galvez-Gonzalez, who was nine-and-a-half months old. The injury happened in the area of the 4900 block of South Figueroa Street.

Man Reported To Fire Shots In Air Prompts Standoff In South LA
After hours of trying to coax a man possibly armed with a gun out of his apartment, Los Angeles police have called in its SWAT team Tuesday for a standoff that continues to drag on in South LA. LAPD officers were called out to a neighborhood near West 42nd and Budlong in South LA at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of shots fired. According to a witness, the man had gone outside, fired shots in the air, then ran back inside the apartment.

Suspected Burglar In Custody After Barricading Himself Inside Glassell Park Motor Home
A suspected burglar who barricaded himself inside a motor home in the Glassell Park neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles was taken into custody Monday morning. The incident began just before 7:30 a.m. when the burglary victim saw someone inside their home, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. The alleged burglar fled into a motor home near the intersection of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Avenue 42 and barricaded himself inside. He may have been armed with a knife, police said.

Police Seek Man Who Tried To Steal Exotic Bird From Pet Store
Police seek the public's help in identifying a man suspected of trying to rob an exotic bird from a pet store in Van Nuys. The attempted theft, caught on surveillance video, occurred about 3:30 p.m. on April 28 in the 14000 block of Burbank Boulevard, near Hazeltine Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, pretending to be a customer, left and returned several times before grabbing the bird and trying to run out of the store, police said. The cashier grabbed a stick and chased the man and was able to recover the bird, but the suspect got away.
FOX 11

An L.A. Triple-Murder Suspect Was Tried In China, And His Case Could Open The Door For Similar Prosecutions
Walt Teague had given up hope of making an arrest in the Koreatown triple murder. The suspect, Tai Zhi Cui, had fled Los Angeles for his native China, which has no extradition treaty with the United States. If Chinese police would confirm that Cui was indeed in China, Teague could at least close the almost decade-old case. In a cavernous room off Tiananmen Square, he met with nearly two dozen Chinese police officials. The highest-ranking officer then made an unexpected offer to Teague, a Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant: "We're very interested in trying him in our courts."
Los Angeles Times

New LAX Police Headquarters Planned For 2021 After Years Of Officers Working Out Of Trailers
For the last three decades, the police force protecting the Los Angeles International Airport has operated out of a squat gray building on 96th Street near the northeast corner of the airport's campus. Even at the time, when the newly dubbed Los Angeles Airport Police Division had about 200 officers, the tiny building now sandwiched between a long-term parking lot and a car-rental business never was meant to house all of the staff of the still-growing law enforcement agency. “We outgrew the place when we moved in,” said Marshall McClain, the current president of the union representing LAAPD's sworn police officers and fire fighters.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Governor Denies Parole For 1979 Murder Accomplice
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday denied parole for one of four men convicted in the 1979 killing of a Modesto couple. A parole panel recommended in December that Ronald Ray Anderson, 57, be freed nearly four decades after the slayings of Phillip and Kathryn Ranzo. Anderson cannot be safely released back into society, Brown said. Anderson stayed outside while three friends hog-tied the Ranzos, beat and fatally stabbed them. Marty Spears raped Kathryn Ranzo while the other two ransacked the house and stole $2,000, a shotgun and two diamond pendants. Brown called the crime “merciless.”
Associated Press

California Lawmakers Move To Limit Opioids For Minor
A bill to limit how much opioid medication doctors can prescribe to children cleared a major hurdle in the California Legislature on Monday. The Assembly voted 53-0 to advance a bill to limit doctors from prescribing more than five days' worth of opioid drugs to minors. AB2741 makes exemptions for situations including medical emergencies, hospice care and other instances where doctors deem a longer prescription medically necessary. It now goes to the Senate.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Another ‘Street Takeover' In Chatsworth As Drivers Do ‘Dangerous' Doughnuts And Burnouts In Intersection
For the third weekend in a row, rogue motorists took over the same Chatsworth intersection to do “doughnuts” at high speed, endangering themselves, scores of spectators and other drivers trying to get home Saturday night, local residents say. Kevin Tanaka said he was driving home after seeing a movie with his teen son and a friend when they stumbled upon the “street takeover” at Plummer Street and Mason Avenue at about 8 p.m. His son shot video from their car.
Los Angeles Daily News


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