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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

California Deputy Recovering After Being Wounded In Shooting
The Tehama County sheriff's deputy shot during an exchange of gunfire with a 29-year-old Stockton man around 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 7, in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Highway 99E in Los Molinos, is doing well and expected to make a full recovery, said Tehama County sheriff's Det. Rob Bakken. An unsworn employee of the sheriff's office who was on a “ride-along” with the deputy suffered a “grazing wound” and is also recovering. The suspect, Jose Alfredo Barajas, is reported to have killed himself with a “self-inflicted gunshot to the head,” reported the sheriff's office.
Corning Observer, Corning, Calif.

Van Nuys Salvadoran Restaurant Gets Its Karaoke And DJ Nights Back, Despite LAPD Concerns About Assaults, Possible Gang Conflicts
Cali Viejo, a Salvadoran restaurant in Van Nuys, scored a victory Thursday when a local planning board voted to allow the eatery to resume weekend karaoke and DJ nights. Last year, Alberto Alvarez, the owner of the the restaurant at 7363 Van Nuys Blvd., filed for a conditional-use permit – a $70,000 expense – to allow his restaurant to operate until 2 a.m., have public dancing and continue serving alcohol. The restaurant's closing time is 10 p.m. In April, city planning officials denied many of the requests, citing LAPD concerns that allowing the restaurant to close later, have live music and public dancing could exacerbate gang-related conflicts in the area.
Los Angeles Daily News

Kris Pitcher, San Fernando Valley's New Top Cop, Spent Time As Foothill, North Hollywood Captain, Investigated Officer Shootings
The next commander of the Los Angeles Police Department's sprawling bureau covering the San Fernando Valley should be about as familiar with the region as the man he's replacing. On July 6, Michel Moore, the city's new chief of police, chose Kris Pitcher as the next deputy chief of the Valley Bureau. He will replace outgoing Deputy Chief John Sherman, who will retire from LAPD after 33 years. Sherman was the bureau's chief since March 2017, and spent decades in the Valley, both as an officer and when he was growing up in Reseda. On Wednesday, he said the same was true for Pitcher, whom he's also known for years as both were ascending the ranks within LAPD. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Assault Suspect Barricades Himself Inside Sylmar Home
SWAT officers responded to a Sylmar neighborhood early Friday morning after an assault suspect barricaded himself inside a home. Los Angeles police officers were called to the 13200 block of Alta Vista Way shortly before 4 a.m. regarding a report of a man assaulting a woman at the location. The man barricaded himself inside a house. It was not known if the woman was able to get out of the residence. A SWAT team was headed to the scene.

Police Investigate Mysterious Disappearance Of USC Grad Student
Authorities are searching for a University of Southern California graduate student who has been missing for five days. According to Los Angeles police, 22-year-old Bo John Jones was last seen by his roommate on July 8 at around 4:30 p.m. at his downtown Los Angeles apartment located in the 1100 block of 6th Street. Security cameras caught Jones walking out of the complex at 5 p.m. His father, James Jones, told CBS2 Thursday that his son's wallet, keys and car were left behind. His cell phone was later tracked to MacArthur Park, where it was found Tuesday near one of the playgrounds, James said.

Search On For Studio City Pepper Spray Bandits
A smash and grab crew busted into a jewelry store armed with hammers and pepper spray but what they didn't know is the owner had a gun. The attempted smash and grab at Dana Kathryn Jewelry in Studio City took place on May 25th. Security video shows one man unloading a cannister of pepper spray on the owner and two customers. Then, a guy with a hat pulls out a hammer and starts to bash the display cases. Victoria Offerman ran to help after hearing the commotion next door. “We all work so hard and it's not fair for someone to come in and take what's not theirs,” said Offerman, an employee at Emerald Forest. Police say the store owner stayed calm even though the guy with the shaved head swung a hammer at her while she was out of camera view.

New LAPD Chief Hosts Community Forum In Boyle Heights
Newly minted Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore met with community members inside a Boyle Heights church on Thursday for a public forum. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on July 12, 2018.
KTLA 5 Video

2 L.A. Residents Arrested After Smuggling Drugs In Santa Paula Jail: Authorities
Two Los Angeles residents were arrested for smuggling drugs into the Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula, authorities said on Thursday. Inmate Roger Valenzuela, 39, and Wendy Rugelio, 28, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime, among other offenses, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Deputies from the jail started their investigation into the drug smuggling in March and alleged Valenzuela colluded with Rugelio to import the drugs to him. Valenzuela was in custody for unrelated commercial burglary, authorities said.

Parkland survivors file lawsuit against LEOs, other officials
Broward deputies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School violated the constitutional rights of the survivors of February's school massacre by failing to stop Nikolas Cruz when he showed up on campus with murder on his mind, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by students. The suit names as defendants: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel; BSO Capt. Jan Jordan, who oversaw operations during the shooting; Andrew Medina, a school monitor who spotted the gunman walking toward the 1200 building; and Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie. The 15 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students, who were on campus during the deadly mass shooting, were not physically injured but suffered psychological trauma and were either inside classrooms in the 1200 building where classmates were killed or were on school grounds, said Attorney Solomon Radner.
Sun Sentinel

Public Safety News

Firefighters Put Out Large Blaze At Commercial Building in Northridge
Authorities were able to extinguish a large fire that broke out at a commercial structure in Northridge late Thursday night, officials said. Firefighters fought the blaze for nearly two hours after it broke out around 9:50 p.m. on the 19300 block of West Londelius Street, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. The agency had previously said the location was on Parthenia Street. The structure, which measures 300 feet square, houses three businesses including a furniture warehouse and a printing business, authorities said.

A political firestorm is about to hit the Capitol: Who will pay for wildfire damages?
Asked this spring to identify the most important issue facing California lawmakers, the leader of the state Senate didn't hesitate: wildfires. Two months later—with fires blazing from the Oregon border to San Diego—legislators are poised to wade into a political firestorm sparked by last year's historic fires and mudslides, which destroyed about 10,000 buildings and killed at least 66 people. The biggest fight will be over liability—who pays for billions of dollars of damages from the loss of so many homes, businesses and lives? Expect another battle over how much utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric can pass liability costs onto their customers—and whether the state should step in to help.

Local Government News

Judge Hands Hollywood Developer A Win, Backing A Plan For Two Residential Towers
A judge has rejected a bid by the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation to block the construction of two residential towers next to the group's Hollywood headquarters, handing a victory to the city of Los Angeles and the project's developer. In her 18-page ruling, Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue said city officials followed the state's environmental law when they approved the two towers, which are expected to reach 30 stories and house 731 apartments. Hogue also said the city properly determined that the project's “aesthetic impacts” were not significant. Michael Weinstein, who heads the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said his group will file an appeal of the ruling.
Los Angeles Times

LA County Begins Plan To Reshape Unincorporated Area Of Carson
Los Angeles County has big plans for this unincorporated area around the Carson Street Silver Line Station. Over the next 20 years, the county wants to transform it into a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhood. The plan calls for adding 2,300 homes and millions of square feet of commercial space. The county is calling it the West Carson Transit Oriented District.


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