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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspect In Massachusetts Officer's Killing Pleads Not Guilty
A man accused of killing a Massachusetts police officer with the officer's own weapon as well as an innocent bystander pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Emanuel Lopes was arraigned on charges including two counts of first-degree murder in front of a courtroom gallery packed with police officers. Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor described how Lopes struck Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna with a large rock Sunday morning, grabbed the officer's service weapon and shot him 10 times.
Associated Press

Video: Ohio Trooper Dragged At High Speed After Traffic Stop
A dashcam video showing an Ohio state trooper being dragged at high speed for a mile down a city street by a suspect fleeing from a Thursday night traffic stop is stark evidence of the dangers faced by police officers, a spokesman for the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The video released by the Highway Patrol on Friday shows 22-year-old Jamel Robert Patton stopping momentarily during the chase in Youngstown, allowing Trooper Michael Miller to safely let go of the car. Miller is seen in the 90-second video yelling at Trooper Ray Ellis, who'd pursued Patton and Miller, "You've got to go after him!"
Associated Press

Body Found At Topanga State Park Is Missing Hiker
A body discovered along a trail in the Topanga State Park was identified as a hiker missing since Sunday. Maggie Dykshorn was disocvered Monday after going on a hike over the weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department and her family confirmed. The call came in at 4 p.m. near 20800 Entrada Road after a hiker found her remains. Police say they discovered no signs of assault or foul play, and would not have a cause of death until a coroner could perform an autopsy. "There appears that there was no crime here tonight," Lt. John Radtke said Monday night amid the investigation. 

Mother Opens Up About Son's Murder
Eight months after her son was shot and killed, Nicole Williams still can't believe he's gone. “Every day I cannot believe this is real. I want to wake up and believe this was a dream,” said Williams. “I love him so much. I miss him so much. It's an indescribable pain.” The LAPD says on November 14th, Antonio Maurice Wilson, who everyone called Tony, was one of several people standing in a parking lot at a shopping center on 43rd Street and Vermont. The 27-year-old had just picked up his food and was on his way home when someone walked up and fired shots at the crowd.

Studio City Man Warns Others About Blackmail Scam Letter Going Around
Brandon Melgar is a lifelong resident of Studio City, a realtor and he's single. So when he got a four-page letter threatening him and his "wife," he was extremely confused. "It said it found dirt on me and that I had something on my wife - but I'm not married so I kind of laughed it off," he said. That anonymous letter came in the mail last week - with the writer using the alias BlueGene14. "I know about the secrets you've been keeping from your wife and from everybody else. More importantly, I have evidence of what you've been hiding," Melgar read aloud.

Police Seek Additional Victims Of Woman Caught On Video Prowling San Fernando Valley Neighborhoods
A woman was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and possessing stolen items, then released on bail, after allegedly being caught on home surveillance video prowling around residences in the San Fernando Valley. Police believe there may be additional victims.
KTLA 5 Video

Jurors Deliberate Fate Of Rancho Teen Accused In Gang Murder
Jurors deliberated for a third day over the fate of Cameron Terrell. Prosecutors have presented a double life for Terrell. They say by day he was attending upscale Palos Verdes High. By night he would allegedly hang out with gang members. Prosecutors say it all took a turn the early morning hours of Oct. 1. That's when 21-year-old Justin Holmes was killed and they say Terrell was the getaway driver for two juvenile gunmen. Investigators say Holmes was not a gang member but an innocent pedestrian.

5-Year-Old Lemonade Stand Owner With Help Of LASD Raises Money To Support Families Of Fallen Officers
Theresa Ann Babcock, age 5, was at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles on Tuesday raising money for families of fallen officers as part of her "Supporting Law Enforcement" tour. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department built her a "Love with Lemons" lemonade stand after learning she was headed to L.A. for the tour. Cher Calvin reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 17, 2018.

West LA Brothers To Be Sentenced In $3 Million OxyContin Scheme
Sentencing is expected Wednesday for two Brentwood brothers who pocketed over $3 million by creating a bogus pharmacy to obtain and distribute large quantities of OxyContin and other prescription narcotics to black-market customers. Dalibor “Dabo” Kabov and his older brother Berry — operators of Global Compounding Pharmacy — were convicted in January 2017 of being at the center of a scheme that illegally sold bulk shipments of prescription opiate painkillers — including oxycodone, which is commonly marketed under the brand name OxyContin and is also the main ingredient in Percocet and Percodan — hydromorphone, also known as Dilaudid, and hydrocodone, commonly known as Vicodin or Norco.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County Pushes Back Against Hate Crimes
Pointing to a rising level of hate crimes and concerns about under-reporting, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to develop an educational campaign against racism and discrimination and to review related sheriff's department policies. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended that the Office of Inspector General lead a group to evaluate whether LASD policies follow best practices on reporting and investigating hate crimes. “With hate crimes against Latinos, LGBT, African-Americans and other minority groups on the rise, it's more important than ever for L.A. County to do everything in our power to combat the tide of hate, bigotry and prejudice,” Solis said.

Man Suspected In California Serial Rapes Drove For Lyft Ride-sharing company
Lyft said Tuesday that it's investigating how a former driver now charged in a series of rapes passed a background check even though federal immigration officials say the suspect was living in the country illegally. The San Francisco district attorney's office charged Orlando Vilchez Lazo, 36, with raping four women while posing as a ride-share driver in San Francisco. Lyft spokeswoman Kate Margolis said the company is investigating Lazo's employment history. She said company officials "have no reason to believe these incidents occurred" while the suspect was on duty.
US News

Assault Weapon Registrations In California Are Up 43% Under New Law
Assault weapons registered in California have increased by 43% under a new law that expanded the types of firearms gun owners must log with the state. Californians have applied to register 68,848 additional assault weapons in the last 11 months to comply with a state law enacted following the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino. The 2016 law bans sales of semi-automatic assault rifles equipped with “bullet buttons,” which have detachable magazines that enable quick replacement of ammunition, and requires old ones to be registered with the California Department of Justice by the end of June. 

9th Circuit Upholds Injunction That Temporarily Halts California Gun Magazine Law From Going Into Effect
Gun rights advocates on Tuesday won another round in the fight against a state law that aims to ban high-capacity gun magazines. The California law restricting gun magazines to 10 bullets was set to go into effect last July, but U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego granted a preliminary injunction until a lawsuit by gun owners could be litigated further. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the preliminary injunction in a 2-1 ruling. Meanwhile, the case — Duncan v. Becerra — has been moving through the district court. The ruling means the law won't go into effect until the case can be litigated in full. The district judge is considering a motion for summary judgement, which is a major step that dictates if the case goes to trial.
San Diego Union Tribune

LEOs Conduct Large-Scale, Active-Shooter Response Exercise In S.C.
A report of an “active shooter” at an elementary school in Columbia, South Carolina, launched a major active-shooter response exercise for the Richland County Sheriff's Department (RCSD) on July 17 with scores of RCSD deputies and other first responders converging on Jackson Creek Elementary School about three miles from the U.S. Army base at Ft. Jackson. Aware that there would be an exercise, but unaware of the time or location, RCSD patrol deputies received the alert at 1:00 p.m., as did units from the Columbia Fire Department, which helped cordon off a perimeter of at least two miles around the school.

Public Safety News

SoCal California Pizza Kitchen Locations Host Fundraiser For Slain Long Beach Fire Department Capt. David Rosa
California Pizza Kitchens across Southern California are hosting a fundraiser Tuesday for the Long Beach fire captain who died responding to a fire last month. Capt. David Rosa lived in San Juan Capistrano and was a longtime firefighter from Long Beach. Twenty percent of the proceeds from each check Tuesday at CPK will go to Rosa's family. Guests need to mention or show the fundraiser's flyer. Many of the restaurants will have them available, but you can also print one out at . Rosa, 45, was shot and killed while responding to an explosion and fire at a senior living residence in June.

Local Government News

New Property Tax To Fund Cleaning Storm Water In L.A. County To Appear On November Ballot
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to place a property tax before voters in November to raise money for projects to capture and clean storm water. The measure would allow the county to levy a tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of “impermeable space” on private property. Government buildings, public schools and nonprofit organizations would be exempt. Revenue from the tax, estimated to amount to $300 million annually, would fund the construction, operation and maintenance of projects that collect, clean and conserve storm water. The average tax for a single-family house would be $83.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Looks For Solutions On City Power Outages
The recent record-breaking heat wave and the power outages that left 80,000 without electricity had L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti demanding answers from LADWP. On Eyewitness Newsmakers, he said he asked the utility - what is Los Angeles looking at for the next 50 years? Also, if this is the new normal, the mayor said there may be a need for equipment that is made for a hotter climate like in Palm Springs. Underground equipment literally melted in the heat, taking 48 hours to replace, a hardship made worse on customers by lack of information when it would be fixed.


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