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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 5, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Cal Poly Pomona Security Officer Who Was Fatally Stabbed On Campus Is Identified: 'He Will Be Greatly Missed'
A Cal Poly Pomona security officer who was fatally stabbed on campus last week has been identified, authorities said. Mark Manlapaz was a senior park ranger in Claremont for three years and a 16-year veteran of the university's campus security team, the city said in a Facebook post. He was killed while working his shift as a public safety specialist on Friday. “Mark was a friendly, helpful, and dedicated figure in the Claremont Wilderness Park and on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. He will be greatly missed by his family, co-workers, and the community,” the city said on Facebook.
Los Angeles Times

Viral Video Of Woman's Arrest Sparks Anger, But LAPD Says She Was Involved In Violent Kidnapping Plot
A viral video of several Los Angeles police officers training their firearms on an unarmed woman drew fierce criticism online Monday, but police and prosecutors said Tuesday that the footage actually depicted the arrest of one of three people involved in a violent plot to hold an actor for ransom. The video, taken early Monday near La Cienega Boulevard and Centinela Avenue, shows several police officers aiming their guns at a woman who has her hands in the air. As the woman walks backward toward the officers to surrender, the person filming the video can be heard questioning the large-scale police response.
Los Angeles Times

3 Dead, 2 Injured In Westlake House Party Shooting
A shooting at a Fourth of July house party in the Westlake area of Los Angeles left three people dead and two others in critical condition, police say. The shooting was reported about 12:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of W. 2nd Street, according to Los Angeles police. A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene, and three others were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition. One of those victims, a man, later died. Investigators believe the deadly shooting was gang related and stemmed from a dispute at the party. Police said multiple suspects are being sought, but their descriptions were not immediately available.

Gunman Opens Fire At Cookout, Killing One And Wounding Two In South LA
A 19-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a shooting during a cookout early Wednesday in South Los Angeles. No arrests were reported in the shooting, which occurred just after midnight in the 9100 block of Western Avenue. The gunman, identified only as a man in his late teens or early 20s, left the scene in a car, investigators said. About a dozen other people were at the party, police said. They told police the shooter walked up to the residence and opened fire from outside. The shooter is likely affiliated with a gang, police said. 

LAPD Valley Chief John Sherman Set To Retire After 33 Years Of Service
Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley is losing its top cop at the end of the month. Deputy Chief John A. Sherman, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Valley Bureau, is retiring after more than three decades with the department. The Reseda native, who is known for his deep knowledge of the Valley and his hands-on leadership style, has been at the helm of the city's largest police bureau since March of last year. “It's definitely a little bit, as they say, bittersweet,” Sherman, 56, of Santa Clarita said from a Bureau conference room with a colorful map of the sprawling San Fernando Valley in the background.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Releases Footage Of Officers, Suspect Exchanging Gunfire During High-Speed Pursuit In Highland Park
Los Angeles police released dashcam and bodycam footage on Tuesday showing its officers' handling of a gunman who opened fire on them from passenger seat of a stolen vehicle, ultimately prompting the police cruiser crash in Highland Park. The incident unfolded as two officers spotted a Honda Civic that was reported stolen while patrolling the area of Figueroa Avenue and Avenue 52 just before midnight on May 20, according to Cmdr. Alan Hamilton. Once the Civic's occupants realized they were being followed by police, the driver took off at a high rate of speed in an effort to evade them, Hamilton said.

Boy Found Alone At Union Station; LAPD Seeks Public's Help To Identify Him
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help to identify a child who was found alone in Union Station on July Fourth. Officers with the LAPD's Transit Services Division found the boy about 7 p.m. at the downtown L.A. hub, the department said. The child, who is deaf, doesn't seem to be able to communicate and did not respond to a sign language interpreter, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The boy is black and appears to be between 5 and 7 years old. He stands about 3 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs around 60 pounds. 
Los Angeles Times

Grand Jury Charges 3 In 2017 Kidnapping Of Actress And Actor In South Los Angeles
A grand jury charged three people in the 2017 kidnapping of a South Los Angeles actress and actor, one of whom was beaten while the other was extorted for thousands of dollars, authorities said Tuesday. Keith Stewart, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal were charged with 17 felony counts, including kidnapping, grand theft auto, mayhem and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, according to a news release from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. The grand jury indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, accuses the three individuals of kidnapping “Halloween: Resurrection” actress Daisy McCrackin and actor Joseph Capone from McCrackin's South L.A. home on May 3, 2017.

Felon Arrested In San Pedro Killing Of 17-Year-Old Mother
A 25-year-old Wilmington man and convicted felon has been arrested in the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl last month in San Pedro. Luis Aurelio Morales was taken into custody Monday on one count of murder in the killing of Kayla Yolanda Huerta, Los Angeles police report. In the early morning hours of June 18, Huerta was shot and killed in the 700 block of Sepulveda Street. According to police, Morales got upset by something that was said and opened fire, wounding Huerta. She was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear what led detectives to Morales.

Man Charged With Killing At Sylmar Park, Other Crimes
A Sylmar resident arrested last week after barricading himself for hours inside a San Fernando Valley home was charged Tuesday with fatally shooting a young man at a park in Sylmar, along with other crimes. Salvador Sanchez, 36, is accused in the May 28 killing of 21-year-old Sergio Tabares, who was shot to death at a park at Borden Avenue and Polk Street, where his body was discovered about 9:30 that night. Police reported shortly after the shooting that a few people knocked on the door of a local fire station and said there was a man on the ground who appeared to have been shot.

31 Stolen Compton Police Handguns Still Missing
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $10,000 reward Tuesday in hopes of tracking down 31 Beretta and Glock pistols, believed to be police service weapons and stolen from a vault in Compton's old City Hall. The county money matches an identical offer from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, putting the total reward at $20,000. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending the offer, which was set to expire Sunday, saying that getting guns off the street is a county priority. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Brown Will Consider New DNA Testing In Chino Hills Murder Case
Gov. Jerry Brown this week said that he would consider additional forensic testing to determine whether a man sentenced to death for a quadruple murder in Chino Hills should have a chance at clemency. Through more than a dozen rejected appeals, Kevin Cooper, now 60, has maintained his innocence in the murders that rocked the area in June 1983. When 11-year-old Christopher Hughes did not return from a sleepover in time for church one Sunday morning, his father went to a hilltop home to pick him up. He peered through the window and discovered the bloodied bodies of Doug and Peggy Ryen; their 10-year-old daughter, Jessica; and his son Christopher.
Los Angeles Times

In The Post-9/11 World, Military And Police Merge In The Fight Against Terror
As a member of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) and as a former police supervisor who is familiar with crime prevention, community policing and school resources, I am familiar with both military service and law enforcement. I have seen firsthand the policies and programs in Afghanistan that seemed interchangeable between police work and military operations. In our post 9/11 world, the military and police have definitely merged. Recognizing changes in the environment and understanding what is occurring is important for both military and police.

Public Safety News

‘In His Valor, There Is Hope': Emotional Memorial Held For Long Beach Fire Captain Fatally Shot In The Line Of Duty
Family, friends and colleagues paid tribute Tuesday to a fallen Long Beach Fire Department captain who was shot and killed in the line of duty. In an impressive display, hundreds of uniformed firefighters and police officers lined up in a procession to honor Capt. Dave Rosa. A flight of six helicopters also did a flyover at the Long Beach Convention Center as people made their way inside. Rosa, 45, was fatally shot June 25 while responding to a fire at a retirement home. Another firefighter, Ernesto Torres, was also injured in the shooting.

LA County Warns Of Deadly Contaminated Heroin
Los Angeles County health officials have issued a warning about black-tar heroin that may be contaminated with a deadly bacteria. County officials are investigating three suspected cases of wound botulism, which can be fatal, associated with heroin use. Sharing needles is also one way the bacteria can spread. Cooking or heating the heroin will not kill the bacteria, officials say. Symptoms of wound botulism can be similar to a drug overdose, including blurred vision, difficulty speaking, swallowing or breathing.

Local Government News

Ballot Measure On Special Pot Tax Tentatively Approved By L.A. City Council
A potential ballot measure that would create a special cannabis sales taxes and fees to support a neighborhood health fund, with the goal of revitalizing communities damaged by the war on drugs, was tentatively approved by the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday. The “Cannabis Reinvestment Act,” which would go before city voters in the Nov. 6 general election, would impose a 1 percent gross receipts tax on all commercial activity, a $5 surcharge for tickets sold for temporary cannabis events and a $5 surcharge for any test of cannabis products conducted by a licensed commercial cannabis testing laboratory.


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