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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 21, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Police: 2 Killed, Including North Carolina LEO, After Man Drives Car Into Restaurant
A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy serving Sunday lunch, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others, authorities said. Bessemer City Police said in a statement that preliminary evidence indicates Roger Self, 62, purposely smashed his way into the Surf and Turf Lodge where reports say families were eating a relaxed midday meal. Footage from the scene showed emergency responders treating people on the ground outside the restaurant as shocked patrons milled about in the aftermath of the crash.

Mississippi Officer Killed In Fiery Crash
A Mississippi officer was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday. WAPT reported that Officer E.P. Morris was on a highway when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to burst into flames. Details about the crash, including the cause, were not immediately released. Morris served for the Raleigh Police Department for less than two years, and has worked in law enforcement for many years. Raleigh City Attorney David Garner called Morris's death “tragic” and said it was “a loss for the entire community,” according to the Clarion Ledger.

Suspects In Stolen Car Fire On Police, Authorities Say; Chase Ends In Highland Park Crash
Los Angeles police officers and two men in a stolen vehicle traded gunfire early Monday before a pursuit of the suspects that ended with the officers crashing into a parked vehicle in Highland Park, authorities said. At around 12:10 a.m., two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Community Police Station were driving a marked police car near North Figueroa and Echo streets when they came upon a white Honda Civic with two male occupants, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters. The officers determined that it was a stolen vehicle and began following it northbound on Figueroa, authorities said. When they approached Avenue 52, at least one man in the vehicle fired a weapon at the officers. At least one of the officers fired back, Montgomery said.
Los Angeles Times

3-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit By Vehicle In South L.A.; Driver In Custody
A driver has been taken into custody after allegedly hitting and killing a 3-year-old boy in the Vermont Vista neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Sunday, officials said. The child was struck in an area near West 92nd and South Figueroa streets at around 5 p.m., authorities said. He was rushed to medical treatment but police later confirmed he had died. One witness said the child appeared to be walking with his mother when he was suddenly hit. "The guy lost control of the car, and it was a mother and a son walking," she said. "And he hit the baby and knocked it up into the yard, and it was underneath the car."

Driver Of Porsche Shot In Face While Driving In South LA
A man was shot in the face while driving a Porsche in South Los Angeles Saturday morning. The driver of the Porsche SUV was near 74th and Main streets at about 2 a.m. when his vehicle was fired upon. The unidentified man was struck in the face and legs and transported to a nearby hospital. His condition was not immediately known. Los Angeles police said it's unclear if the victim was the intended target and if the shooting was gang-related. Information on a suspect or suspects was not released.

Teen's Murder In South Los Angeles Remains Unsolved
The panic came through in the 911 call. "They shot up the whole care, he's bleeding! He's bleeding!" It was a teenager on the line. He had never made a call like that before, but this night, he had no other choice. "Where's the ambulance? I need the ambulance here, please!" Dying in the backseat of the car was 17-year-old Christopher Saucedo. Paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital and he would survive on a ventilator for only two more days. "Horrible," is how Saucedo's aunt Rosio Morales remembers those final days.

LAPD Detectives Seek Help Identifying Topanga-Area Burglary Suspects Seen On Surveillance Video
Los Angeles Commercial Crimes detectives Saturday released surveillance video and photos of two burglary suspects operating in the Topanga area in hopes that someone could identify the men. One of the suspects was seen about 2 p.m. on the Feb. 13, 2017, video ringing a doorbell at a home in the 22000 block of Avenue San Luis in Topanga, according to the LAPD. When there was no answer, the two men then walked to the back yard where they forced opened a rear patio door, damaging the door frame, police said. They then ransacked the residence and stole property before fleeing the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Possible Explosives Found During Traffic Stop In Woodland Hills, Spurring Evacuations
About 10 homes were evacuated in a Woodland Hills neighborhood Sunday after police said they found four possible explosive devices in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop. Bomb squad members detonated one of the devices and, as of 4:45 p.m., were still investigating the other three, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Marlon Lindsey of the Topanga Station. The devices appeared homemade. Police stopped the car on the 101 Freeway near Fallbrook Avenue about 10:30 a.m. after a license plate check showed the car had been reported stolen, Lindsey said. The driver, who was not named, was arrested.
Los Angeles Times

Man Stumbles Upon Woman Driving His Wife's Stolen SUV — Then The Story Got Stranger
A man was riding his bike on the streets of Venice Saturday when he ran into his wife's stolen SUV — driven by a woman he didn't know. The SUV was reported stolen in Santa Monica a week ago. While the man called police — “I found my wife's stolen car” — the woman who was behind the wheel decided to dash. The LAPD said the crime was foiled by a very astute husband and a YouTube star with millions of subscribers. The YouTube star happened on scene and began filming the woman as she ran away. Sometimes it's not detectives but luck that solves a crime.

Man's Conviction Upheld For Girlfriend's Killing In Reseda
A state appeals court panel Friday upheld a man's conviction for murdering his live-in girlfriend at their Reseda apartment more than six years ago. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense's contention that there was insufficient evidence to show premeditation and deliberation by James W. Howard Jr. when he killed Sharilit Matthews on Feb. 2, 2012. In their 34-page ruling, the appellate court justices noted that Matthews — whose throat was slit — “would have had little chance to avoid the single, fatal wound.”
Los Angeles Daily News

East Area Rapist Arrest Has Police Scouring Old Files. Is A 13th Murder Charge To Come?
When authorities in Sacramento announced the arrest of a suspect in the East Area Rapist case last month, 60-year-old Jim Sigle in Alabama immediately took notice. “They finally caught the guy,” Sigle thought to himself. “It just doesn't seem right that this could happen and there not be somebody held accountable.” Like countless others who have lost friends to unsolved cold cases, Sigle was hoping the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo would solve the Oct. 16, 1980, disappearance of his onetime girlfriend, Kathy Emilia Neff.
Sacramento Bee

Kamala Harris Says California Should Test Condemned Inmate's DNA
California's governor should allow more sensitive DNA testing that advocates say could exonerate a death row inmate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris said Friday. "As a firm believer in DNA testing, I hope the governor and the state will allow for such testing in the case of Kevin Cooper," Harris, a former state attorney general and San Francisco prosecutor who opposes the death penalty, said in a statement. Cooper, 60, is awaiting execution for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet and knife killings of four people.

Local Government News

Safety Measures Coming To One Of LA's Steepest Streets
Following reports of mobile traffic applications causing a spike in traffic on one of the city's steepest streets, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation has announced that a series of safety improvements are coming to Baxter Street in Echo Park. With a 33 percent grade, Baxter Street is an imposing challenge for some drivers, and the typically quiet residential street has seen big increases in traffic in recent years. Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez highlighted the issue recently, with residents saying that along with the new traffic, the street is experiencing a lot of car accidents and other safety problems.

San Fernando Valley's Orange Line, Corridor Project To Benefit From State Money. LA Leaders Hope It Stays That Way
Several San Fernando Valley transit projects are receiving a much-needed financial boost, and officials want it to stay that way. They will benefit from a slice of $1.2 billion in state funding as part of three grant programs designed to modernize transportation infrastructure, reduce congestion and increase transit ridership, officials from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday, May 18. All of the projects were funded by SB-1, which increased the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon and raised vehicle registration fees.
Los Angeles Daily News


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