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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

3 More Teens Charged In Death Of Maryland LEO
Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities said Wednesday. Fifteeen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV were charged in the killing of officer Amy Caprio and were scheduled to appear at bail hearings Wednesday afternoon, said Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. The three, who were taken into custody Tuesday in Baltimore, are also charged with first-degree burglary.
Associated Press

Black Officer Remembered On 50th Anniversary Of Death
A gravesite ceremony was held May 19 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery to honor the memory of Los Angeles police Officer Oscar Joel Bryant, who died in the line of duty a half century ago and became the first black officer to receive the department's Medal of Valor. Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's Command staff and Bryant's family were among those marking the 50th anniversary of Bryant's death. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League and a member of the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation for more than 20 years, said about 100 people attended the memorial for Bryant, including officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

LAPD West Valley Station Gets More ‘Eyes And Ears' To Deter Crime
Mary L. Pennomon went from being a retired rabbinical secretary to patrolling the streets of her community Thursday as a volunteer with the Los Angeles Police Department. She's one of about two dozen volunteers who will drive around in marked vehicles largely in an effort to deter and report property crimes as part of the new West Valley Volunteer Community Patrol program. The West Valley Community Police Station in now the second station in the city to have the program after the Devonshire Division launched its pilot about four years ago. “As a woman, how much cleaning can you do in the house? How much TV? So I decided to help the community,” Pennemon, who also serves on the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, explained before a news conference at the West Valley Community Police Station in Reseda.
Los Angeles Daily News

Armed Robbers Target Street Vendors In East And South Los Angeles
Armed robbers pulled out a gun on defenseless street vendors early Thursday in East and South Los Angeles. Two separate robberies were reported within a roughly two-hour period, authorities said. Investigators didn't know if the two incidents were connected, but said the suspects' descriptions matched in both cases. One was reported around 12:30 a.m. near South Hooper Avenue and East 77th Street in South Los Angeles where a man and woman were robbed at gunpoint. The owner of a taco truck parked on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles was also robbed at gunpoint around 2:40 a.m.
FOX 11

Police Arrest Stolen Vehicle Suspect In Van Nuys After Short Chase
A stolen-vehicle suspect who led police on a short chase in Van Nuys was arrested Friday after he fled on foot from the vehicle, authorities said. The man was spotted in a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup around 11:30 p.m. and drove off when officers approached him near the intersection of Sherman Way and Kester Avenue, said Sgt. Ron Fisher of the Los Angeles Police Department. The chase ended quickly and the suspect fled into a nearby neighborhood, Fisher said, adding that officers set up a perimeter and arrested the man shortly after midnight.

Detectives Seek Driver Who Struck, Killed Man In East Hollywood Hit-And-Run
Police Thursday sought information that could lead them to a driver who left the scene after striking and fatally injuring a pedestrian in East Hollywood. The crash occurred about 11 p.m. Tuesday on Sunset Boulevard near Normandie Avenue and took the life of a man between 25 and 30 years old. The victim, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver left the scene, heading east on Sunset to southbound Normandie, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Conviction Upheld For Killing Of Man Found Dead In Plastic Container
A state appeals court panel Thursday upheld a man's conviction for murdering his lover and leaving the man's body in a plastic storage container in the victim's Los Angeles apartment. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal found there was “substantial evidence” to support Kenneth Mullen Watkins' second-degree murder conviction and a knife-use enhancement for the January 2016 stabbing of Terry Nigale Benjamin.

Mexican Mafia Run Jail Crime Like An 'Illegal Government'
The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Their clout was diminished as 83 members and associates were charged in a pair of sweeping federal racketeering conspiracies that alleged drug dealing, extortion, violent assaults and even murders.

California Supreme Court Says Social Media Firms Must Turn Over Some User Communications To Criminal Defendants
Facebook and other social media companies should turn over users' public communications to criminal defendants in response to subpoenas, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday. The ruling, a victory for the criminal defense bar, overturned an appeals court decision that said the defense lawyers could not force media companies to comply with such subpoenas prior to trial. Defense lawyers have been fighting since 2008 to be able to have access to social media accounts to defend their clients. The media companies have refused access, saying a federal privacy law barred cooperation except in limited circumstances. Police and prosecutors, though, are able to obtain the communications through warrants and subpoenas.
Los Angeles Times

Deaths From Fentanyl Surge To Record 746 In California
A record number of Californians died in 2017 after overdosing on fentanyl, the opioid that is many times stronger than other prescription painkillers and heroin. According to the California Department of Public Health, 746 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year. That is more than three times the 237 people who died from fentanyl overdoses in 2016, and nine times the 81 who died from overdosing on the drug in 2013. It is the highest number of fentanyl-related deaths the state has seen since public health officials began tracking the numbers in 2008.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Metro Narrows The Options For A Light-Rail Line From Downtown L.A. To Artesia Los Angeles
County transportation officials on Thursday chose two possible routes through downtown for a light-rail line to Artesia that could attract tens of thousands of riders a day. During more than two hours of public testimony, dozens of residents from Little Tokyo and cities along the route — including Bellflower, Cerritos and Paramount — urged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make it easy for working-class riders to reach downtown's transit hubs without changing trains.
Los Angeles Times

Council President Vows To Move Forward With Koreatown Shelter Amid Protests
With hundreds of demonstrators marching Thursday in Koreatown in opposition to a proposed temporary homeless shelter, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson vowed to keep moving forward with his plans to use a city-owned lot in the neighborhood for the facility. The opposition to the city's plan to install the shelter near the heart of the business district appears to be growing, as Thursday's demonstration was at least the fourth in the last few weeks and protesters temporarily shut down part of Wilshire Boulevard.


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