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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 29, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Atlanta FBI Agent Dies After Exposure To 9/11 Toxins
The special agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta office has died due to complications from his work responding at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The FBI, in a news release, says David J. LeValley died Saturday. The agency says following the terrorist attacks in New York, LeValley spent several weeks exposed to contaminants and died “in the line of duty as a direct result of his work” there. Funeral arrangements are pending. LeValley has served in Atlanta since November 2016.
Associated Press

Texas ATF Agent Dies After Suffering Heart Attack During Training
Rockwall resident Paul “Scott” Ragsdale, a special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday morning while participating in an ATF training exercise. Ragsdale was immediately transferred to the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine. He was 41 years old. Ragsdale's career with ATF covered more than 16 years and he was serving as the Dallas Field Division's senior operations officer at the time of his death.
The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas

Veterans, Volunteers Hold 24-Hour Vigil At World War II Memorial In Boyle Heights
As a girl, Christina Venegas remembers visiting the stone pillar erected in 1947 at a five-point intersection near her Boyle Heights home to honor Mexican American veterans, such as her father, who fought in World War II. Venegas and her family moved to El Sereno in the 1960s, but she continued to visit the Boyle Heights memorial with her father, who died at age 97 in 2014. She went once again to pay her respects on the eve of Memorial Day. "So many are not here anymore, but we have to remember what they did," Venegas said as she gazed at the memorial.
Los Angeles Times

Man Suffers Gunshot Wound To Neck In Drive-By Shooting In Pacoima
A man shot in the neck Sunday afternoon was expected to survive, as police searched for the whoever pulled the trigger from inside a car that fled onto the nearby freeway. Police believe the mid-afternoon shooting was gang related, said Sgt. Fred Cueto of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. The victim was shot on Glenoaks Boulevard on the sidewalk in front of a strip mall parking lot just northwest of the 118 Freeway. Police said the victim was standing in the 11600 block of Glenoaks on the southwest side of the street when a car pulled up alongside him.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deadly Shootings Near Police Station In South LA
A man shot multiple times Saturday in South Los Angeles died at a hospital, LAPD said. Gunshots were reported about 1:30 p.m. at 107th and Main streets, Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. The man suffering from gunshot wounds was believed to be about 50 years old, Sgt. Tim Jones of the LAPD's Southeast Station said. He was taken to a hospital where life-saving efforts proved unsuccessful. Another man was shot and stabbed at about the same time about two blocks away, at 100 East 109th St., Jones said.

Man Shot And Killed In Sylmar Park
A man was found shot to death at a park in Sylmar, authorities said today. The body was discovered about 9:30 p.m. Monday at Sylmar Recreation Center at Borden Avenue and Polk Street, said Sgt. J. Bender of the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station. “A couple of people knocked on the door at the fire station and said there was a man on the ground who appeared to have been shot,” Bender said. No witnesses to the shooting have come forward, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Triple Homicide Suspect Formally Charged With Killing Leimert Park Family
The houseguest who is a suspect in a triple homicide in Leimert Park was formally charged with the crime Friday. The DA announced Nancy Amelia Jackson, 55, could face the death penalty in the triple murder of disabled man Phillip White and his elderly parents. Jackson's arraignment was postponed but police still held a news conference to talk about a possible motive and the charges Jackson faces.

Suspected DUI Chase Ends In Woodland Hills Area
A driver wanted on suspicion of DUI led authorities on a chase through surface streets, freeways and a winding, dark road in the Westside region of Los Angeles County on Friday. The chase started shortly before 8 p.m. near the 405 Freeway at Roscoe Boulevard in Van Nuys. The white two-door Hyundai went on the southbound 405 and exited Santa Monica Boulevard, where the driver weaved through traffic lanes along the busy street near the Santa Monica Promenade.

LAPD Releases Images Of Suspects In Studio City Burglary Spree
Images of the burglars suspected of targeting multiple homes in one block of Studio City over the past two months were released by Los Angeles police on Saturday. The four images show the two men and woman who law enforcement officials believe are responsible for a string of nine burglaries along the 12700 to 12800 block of Moorpark Street, where neighbors say cars are also being broken into. Jewelry was stolen from homes in the crime spree that has lasted several weeks, officials said.

Police: Some Crooks Snatch Up U-Haul Trucks To Use In Their Crimes
A series of police pursuits involving U-Haul vehicles in greater Los Angeles in recent months has highlighted what some in law enforcement say is an uptick in crimes involving the company's vehicles. Detectives in the San Fernando Valley suspect at least two burglary crews have used stolen credit-card numbers to rent the trucks through the company's 24-hour self-service app, which gives customers access to lock boxes with keys for the vehicles without an employee present.
Los Angeles Daily News

How Gangs Are Using Drones To Disrupt Law Enforcement
Gangs are continually adapting their skillsets to counter law enforcement efforts. For example, as outlined in my book, “The Gang Life Laugh Now Cry Later: Suppression and Prevention,” gangs have sent their members into the military to gain tactical skillsets. In other cases, gangs have coordinated with terrorist organizations and are acting as “sub-contractors” to groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. As gangs are finding new and better ways to disrupt community safety, they are getting alarmingly proficient at using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – also commonly referred to as drones – to support their criminal activity.

Nebraska Troopers Make One Of The Largest Fentanyl Busts In US
One of the largest fentanyl busts in the U.S. — and the largest in Nebraska — was confirmed by the Nebraska State Patrol on Thursday. The 118 pounds of opiates seized was "entirely fentanyl" the department posted to Twitter. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says as little as two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dosage in most people. Using that calculation, the 118 pounds of fentanyl could kill about 26,761,928 people. Two milligrams is equal to about a few grains of table salt.
The Wichita Eagle

Local Government News

Bathrooms For Homeless People On Skid Row And In Venice Beach Hit Setbacks
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's unveiling of the first new public bathrooms on skid row in more than a decade was seen as a possible turning point for the homeless enclave, which remains mired in misery even as downtown development closes in around it. But after more than three months of operation, the trailers with toilets and showers shut down in late March for a planned expansion and now are gone. Across town, bathroom access for Venice's homeless people is hung up over approvals from other agencies.
Los Angeles Times

LA River Once Again Is Opening For Recreation, But Is The Water Safe? Here's What You Need To Know
The Los Angeles River is opening to the public for the summer beginning on Memorial Day, with sanitary standards being a priority for the city. Residents will be able to kayak or fish in the Sepulveda Basin and Elysian Valley from May 28 to Sept. 30. And thousands are expected to partake in the fun. But is the water safe ? Officials say yes. As always, river toxicity is a public concern, even in what the city calls “a local gem.” For one thing, you can't swim in it. Companies that provide guided kayaking programs are aware of this and make a point to adhere to city and EPA standards constantly.
Los Angeles Daily News


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