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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Massachusetts Officer Killed After Being Shot With Own Gun
A Massachusetts police officer and bystander died Sunday from wounds sustained when a suspect allegedly took the officer's gun and fired following a vehicle crash and a foot chase. Weymouth officer Michael Chesna was shot multiple times by his own firearm around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, and died from the injuries at South Shore Hospital, officials said. An unidentified elderly woman also died after being hit by stray bullets in a nearby home, authorities said. Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said the shooting suspect, 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes, was in custody.
Associated Press

North Carolina Deputy Shot During Traffic Stop; Suspect At Large
A manhunt is underway for a suspect who authorities said shot a North Carolina deputy during a traffic stop. According to WSOC-TV, a Caldwell County deputy was seriously injured after the suspect shot the LEO during a traffic stop Sunday night. Officials said the deputy, who hasn't been identified, was shot below his body armor. The deputy was flown to a medical center, where he underwent surgery. Officials said on Monday that the LEO, who's been with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office for more than a year, was out of surgery and listed in stable condition.

Details Emerge In Shooting Of 3 Kansas City Officers
A gunman being investigated in the killing of a university student from India shot and wounded three Kansas City police officers Sunday before dying in an exchange of gunfire with police, authorities said. The three officers' wounds were not life-threatening, police said. The suspect, whose name has not been released, had been identified as a person of interest in the slaying of Sharath Koppu and officers had him under surveillance, according to police. Koppu, 25, was a master's degree student from India who was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Koppu was shot on July 6 during an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant in Kansas City where he worked.
Associated Press

Beverly Hills Retired K-9 Named Jinx Dies After Losing Fight To Cushing's Disease
A Beverly Hills retired K-9 named Jinx died after battling Cushing's disease, the police department said. The black lab served as a narcotics detection dog from 2009 until 2014. The department said he was the only dog assigned to the entire field division of the Los Angeles DEA office. 

Three Hospitalized Following Drive-By Shooting In South Los Angeles
Three people were wounded Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. Police responded to a shooting in the 600 block of East Caliburn Place at 2 a.m. and found three gunshot victims, according to Lt. R. Garvin with the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division. The three victims were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening wounds, Garvin said. The shooting is believed to be gang-related, he said.

Police Investigate Reported Assault In Sylmar
Police sent to a Sylmar residence Friday on a report of a man assaulting a woman determined that there had been no injury and were working to determine if a crime had occurred. Officers went to the 13200 block of Alta Vista Way about 4 a.m., according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office. The incident initially was classified as a barricade. Police took a report and made no arrests, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison. The investigation was continuing.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Accused Of Assault With Deadly Weapon After Violent Road-Rage Incident Caught On Video In Silver Lake
Police were accusing a motorist of assault with a deadly weapon after video emerged of a Prius being rammed by a Jeep in Silver Lake in what witnesses call an extreme case of road rage. The footage shows traffic was jammed as the Prius driver got out of the car to engage with a heated exchange at the Jeep driver's window. Los Angeles police said the incident occurred around 9 a.m. Thursday at the busy intersection of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards.

LAPD To NBA's Brandon Jennings: ‘Show Some Respect' To Your Woodland Hills Neighbors
Ivan Kuznetsov and his wife say their neighbor hosts large parties and blares music so loudly, they sometimes have to sleep in a subterranean room. “That's the only place in the house where you can barely hear the music,” Kuznetsov, who lives next door to the busy house in the 4600 block of Abargo Street, said this week. The offending home in this ritzy Woodland Hills neighborhood happens to be owned and inhabited by the Milwaukee Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings. The basketball player could not be reached Friday for comment through his agent. “Pretty much every week, there is a party” or loud music blaring from their neighbor's home, often at 2 or 3 a.m., Kuznetsov said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Griffith Observatory Declared Safe After Area Evacuated Due To Report Of Suspicious Item: LAPD
A report of a suspicious item prompted officials to evacuate the Griffith Observatory on Saturday afternoon before the area was determined to be safe, according to police. A bomb squad responded to the scene after a park ranger requested units shortly before 1 p.m., Los Angeles police told KTLA. After a full search of the area with the bomb squad and a K-9, there was no evidence of a suspicious package and the area was considered safe just before 4 p.m., said LAPD Lt. Marie Fellhauer in a news conference .

Greek Theatre Bomb Threat Forces Cancellation Of Fousey Show
A bomb threat forced the cancellation of a concert at the Greek Theatre Sunday night. Someone called in and claimed to have placed a device at the theater, but police say no device was found. The threat forced the cancellation of a sold-out show by performer and YouTube personality Fousey titled "Hate Dies, Love Arrives." About 1,500 people had to evacuate the concert venue. Fousey posted on Instagram about not being able to get into his own event.

USC Grad Student Found Safe And Is In Hospital
Bo Jones was found safe. It turns out he was actually taken to the hospital on Tuesday. His phone was found near MacArthur Park, but no one knew he'd been in the hospital. His father used the "Find My Phone" app to trace his son's phone to a store where someone was trying to crack it. Officials at the hospital couldn't comment on why he was at the hospital, but he could soon be released.
FOX 11

Two Sentenced To Prison For USC Graduate Student's Beating Death
A 20-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for her role in the fatal beating of a USC graduate student from China who was attacked near campus while walking to his apartment after a study session, and the getaway driver was sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars. Alejandra Guerrero — who was 16 at the time of the crime — was convicted in October 2016 of first-degree murder for the killing of Xinran Ji, a 24-year-old electrical engineering student.

More Kids Have Accidentally Ingested Pot Products Since Recreational Use Became Legal In California: Officials
State and local officials say they are alarmed by a spike in calls they have received to report children and teenagers ingesting marijuana products since California legalized cannabis for recreational use by adults in 2016. The number of calls to poison control centers involving people 19 and younger who were exposed to marijuana has steadily risen from 347 three years ago to 588 last year. In the first six months of this year, there have been 386 calls to poison control centers involving marijuana exposure by underage people. If that trend continues, there could be more than double the reports in 2018 as there were 2015.

Baltimore Police Stopped Noticing Crime After Freddie Gray's Death. A Wave Of Killings Followed.
Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation's deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime. Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants. Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars. In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations.
USA Today

Yelp For Cops
Three weeks into his new job as commanding officer of Manhattan's 20th precinct, Captain Timothy J. Malin stared at a map on his computer screen, puzzled. It showed his jurisdiction carved up by streets and parks, with the southern edge encased in an ominous shade of red. For decades, the New York Police Department has used real-time statistics to chart spikes in violence and calibrate police activity across the city. This map, however, displayed not crime data but something new in the arsenal of police metrics: public approval. The crimson on Malin's map indicated that some residents in his precinct, the Upper West Side—one of New York City's wealthiest and safest neighborhoods—reported feeling little trust in his officers. It was Malin's job to figure out why.
The Marshall Project

Public Safety News

Fire Near Yosemite Explodes As Officials Mourn Firefighter Killed On Front Lines
A forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park exploded overnight to 4,300 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 140 into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities, officials said. The fire was only 2% contained Sunday, a day after a firefighter was killed battling the blaze. No structures have been lost. The fire, which erupted late Friday, is burning in a wilderness area southwest of the park and has prompted evacuations in Briceburg, Cedar Lodge and Mariposa Pines north of Bear Clover. An evacuation advisory was also in effect Sunday for the Jerseydale area.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Proposes $5K Or More In Fines For Setting Off Illegal Fireworks
The mayor of Los Angeles wants to implement a very expensive fine against people who set off illegal fireworks. "It's as much as $5,000 per firework so people could be looking at serious money and they could be looking at jail time if they have repeat offenses as well," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Every year police and firefighters discover and confiscate thousands of illegal fireworks in the city. The number of calls on the Fourth of July continues to grow. In 2015, there were 5,948, which jumped to 8,103 in 2016 and then 8,204 in 2017. Fire officials worry illegal fireworks can pose a serious danger for brush fires. The hillsides are dry after another year without much rain. 


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