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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Alleged Killer Of Lancaster Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen In Court On Capital Murder Charge
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Tuesday that he saw a sheriff's sergeant lying on the ground outside a Lancaster apartment complex in 2016 as a court hearing began today for a parolee charged with murdering the veteran law enforcement officer. Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli will determine if there is enough evidence to require Trenton Trevon Lovell, 28, of Lancaster, to stand trial on murder and other charges stemming from the Oct. 5, 2016, killing of Sgt. Steve Owen, 53, who was shot five times. Deputy Benjamin Casebolt's voice broke in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom as he recalled seeing the fallen sergeant — who was in his sheriff's uniform — outside the apartment complex on the 3200 block of West Avenue J-6 on Oct. 5, 2016.
Los Angeles Daily News

Girl Crashes Car After Police Chase In Panorama City
An underage girl is in the hospital Tuesday morning, accused of leading police on a vehicle chase and crashing in Panorama City. Officers received a call about reckless driving shortly before 1 a.m. and initiated a pursuit at Plummer Street and Sepulveda Boulevard after noticing the girl driving on the wrong side of the road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Community Station. The driver eventually crashed into a power pole and wall near Plummer and Van Nuys Boulevard before being transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, police said.

LAPD Adds 20 E-bikes To Fleet, Could Eventually Replace All Bicycles
The Los Angeles Police Department's first bicycle unit started with officers in Venice Beach needing a way to get out of their cruisers to patrol miles of tourist areas and beachfront stores without breaking too much of a sweat. The unit of hundreds of bicycle-trained police the department created in the 1970s eventually expanded to other parts of the city, such as Hollywood Boulevard and Downtown L.A. But for decades, those officers were limited by how fast they could pedal. As soon as next week, a small number of those officers will get a little boost — on Monday, LAPD unveiled 20 electric bikes with pedal assist that officials said can reach speeds of up to 28 mph.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Fire Nonlethal Rounds To Disperse Crowds Gathered For Rapper XXXTentacion Memorial
Hundreds of young people gathered in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles Tuesday night to remember a rapper killed during an apparent robbery this week, prompting police to declare it an unlawful assembly. CBS2 video showed numerous people standing on top of a moving vehicle as it tried to get through the crowd. As officers began firing tear gas rounds, video showed the crowd stampeding down Melrose. At one point, one person jumped onto the sidewalk from a rooftop, landing on a female pedestrian. That woman was injured from the stunt and taken to a hospital to be treated.

Plans To Demolish, Replace Former LAPD HQ Moving Forward
Another important step was taken Tuesday towards demolishing and replacing the Parker Center, the former longtime headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Los Angeles City Council's Information, Technology and General Services Committee voted to move forward with a plan to demolish the Parker Center and replace it with an approximately 27-story municipal office building. It's part of a larger redevelopment plan for the Civic Center area.

LAPD Set To Release Video Footage Of Police Confrontation
The LAPD plans to make public Wednesday recordings from officers' body-worn-video cameras that captured a confrontation with a suspected burglar who later died in police custody. The public showing will be the first time the department has volunteered recordings made by officers during "critical incidents," such as police shootings and in-custody deaths. The video is being released under rules approved by the Los Angeles Police Commission in March that call for the automatic publication of recordings with 45 days.

Closing Arguments Heard In Trial Of WeHo Man Charged With Torture Murder Of Fiancee Who Was Drained Of Blood
Closing arguments were presented to a jury on Tuesday in the trial of a man charged with torture and murder of his fiancee in their West Hollywood apartment in May 2016. Blake Leibel, 37, remained emotionless inside a Del Aire courtroom as prosecutors described how he allegedly murdered Iana Kasian — his then 30-year-old fiancee and mother of his young daughter. The victim suffered a very slow and painful death, the Los Angeles County medical examiner stated. In addition, all of her blood was drained from her body, according to a news release issued in 2016 by the District Attorney's Office.

L.A. County Supervisors Approve $2.2B Plan To Replace Men's Central Jail
A controversial $2.2-billion plan to replace the overcrowded, crumbling Men's Central Jail downtown cleared its last procedural hurdle Tuesday, when the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project's budget and certified its environmental impact report. The Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility, as the new lockup will be known, will be designed specifically to provide treatment and rehabilitation of medically and mentally ill inmates, who make up an estimated 70% of the county's overall jail population, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials.

Apple's New iOS Will Share Location Of 911 Calls
An upcoming Apple operating system will include a feature that automatically relays the location of 911 callers to dispatchers. The iOS 12 will relay location information to dispatchers in an effort to provide “faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times,” according to according to a news release. Apple is partnering with RapidSOS for the update and will use its Hybridized Emergency Location feature, or HELO, which was designed in 2015, to pinpoint locations using more than 6,000 call centers around the U.S. 

Editorial: Proposition 47 Isn't Working And Never Did
The release of the latest study about “sentencing reform” and Proposition 47 provided yet another interesting case study that you can take solid information and spin it in any direction you wish. Supporters of sentencing reform said the study by the Public Policy Institute of California proved that Proposition 47 is working. Opponents of the proposition say same study demonstrates that California is less safe because of Proposition 47. Proposition 47, approved by voters four years ago, took crimes that formerly would land a person in jail, like petty theft or drug possession, and instead made them infractions punishable by a ticket, not jail. So of course it stands to reason that petty theft would rise.

TSA steps up scrutiny of powders in carry-on bags
Air travelers will face a new level of attention at airport checkpoints starting Wednesday. The TSA will now inspect passengers' carry-on bags for powdered material. TSA officers will start asking passengers in the standard security lines to remove containers holding at least 350 milliliters of powder – roughly the size of a soda can – from their carry-on bags for additional screening. The rules are similar to those already in place for liquids and gels. The TSA is checking a range of items like powder cosmetics, baby powders and drink mixes. Passengers will be encouraged but not required to pack those larger containers in their checked luggage. Similar to food items, officers may recommend smaller containers of powder also be removed from carry-on bags for separate screening.
CBS News

Local Government News

LA County Keeps Marijuana Ban In Unincorporated Areas
A ban on commercial cannabis remains in place in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday opting not to take any action on the issue, even as new legal dispensaries open with state and local licenses in other parts of the county. The county's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs presented three options to the Board of Supervisors for moving forward: allow and regulate all types of medical and recreational commercial cannabis activity; limit the types of cannabis businesses that can open, for example, only allow medical dispensaries; or keep the ban in place.

Metro On Track For Launch Of New Warner Center Shuttle
Metro has announced that a new Warner Center shuttle will begin operating on June 24, replacing the Orange Line route that has traditionally gone through the area. The shuttle, deemed line 601, will start at the Canoga Metro station and end at Warner Center Corporate Park, with 10 stops in between before looping back around. The line will run along Owensmouth Avenue for most of its route, stopping at the Westfield Topanga Mall, The Village at Topanga and the Westfield Promenade, among other destinations.
Los Angeles Daily News


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