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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 19, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Hawaii Officer Fatally Shot; Manhunt Underway For Suspect
A manhunt is underway for a suspect wanted for fatally shooting a police officer during a traffic stop on Hawaii's Big Island, officials said Wednesday. The shooting happened near Mountain View, a community south of Hilo, on Tuesday night, Hawaii County police said. As Officer Bronson K. Kaliloa and others approached the vehicle, the driver got out and fired multiple shots from a handgun. The 10-year-department veteran was struck in the neck and leg and was taken to a hospital, where he died early Wednesday.
Associated Press

Man Suspected Of Shooting North Carolina Deputy Killed During SWAT Standoff
A man suspected of shooting a North Carolina deputy on Sunday was killed during a standoff with SWAT officers, police said. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said the suspect was killed after a SWAT team went into a home Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reported. Officials said officers entered the home and located the suspect, who shot at police. The officers returned fire, striking and killing the man. Details about what led officers to the home were not released. PoliceOne

Discussion Of Death Penalty For Cop Killers Reemerges After Massachusetts LEO's Slaying
In the wake of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna's killing, the subject of whether the death penalty should be back on the books in Massachusetts has once again emerged with Gov. Charlie Baker stating he believes the death penalty should apply to cop-killers. Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis Jr. is one of the police chiefs in Massachusetts who supports the death penalty for anyone who killed an officer. "This is ridiculous," Sluckis said. "You're talking three officers that all have been killed and shot to death in the line of duty within 26 months." Sluckis had an officer killed in the line of duty in 2016., Springfield, Mass.

LAPD Releases Info On 2 Police Shootings In Pacoima, Lake Balboa
Los Angeles Police Department officials this week released more information about two recent officer-involved shootings in the San Fernando Valley, including an encounter earlier this month between officers and a possibly suicidal man in Lake Balboa. In the Lake Balboa shooting on July 7 in the 16000 block of Victory Boulevard, officers found a possibly suicidal man waving a handgun at around 4:30 a.m. After a standoff, an officer-involved shooting occurred, LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said at the time. Later that day, LAPD officials said in a tweet that the suspect apparently “was not struck by an officer's gunfire” and appeared “to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Pursuit Of Suspected DUI Driver Ends In Watts
Police were pursuing a vehicle in the Inglewood area on Wednesday night for a suspected DUI driver. The driver went east from Inglewood and took police on a chase into the city of Compton at approximately 8:55 p.m., when Newschopper4 Alpha caught up with the pursuit. The driver ignored traffic rules and did not seem interested in stopping for law enforcement. Eventually, the driver pulled into a parking lot in the city of Watts and exited the vehicle with his arms raised, immediately surrendering to the police. Law enforcement slowly approached the vehicle and ensured that no one else was in the vehicle.

Police Seeking LA Armed Robbery Suspect, Getaway Driver
The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect and the driver of his getaway vehicle, which was captured on surveillance video. The robbery suspect reportedly held up a bakery at gunpoint in the 1300 block of South Vermont Avenue on June 28. After taking money from the register, he entered a waiting vehicle that was driven by a second suspect. Both suspects fled northbound on Vermont Avenue and then eastbound on Pico Boulevard. The first suspect is described as a male Hispanic standing 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build.

Two Charged In Gas Station Clerk's Killing
Two men have been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a gas station clerk during a robbery in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, authorities said Wednesday. Young Yooun, 29, and Courtney Campbell, 28, both of Los Angeles, are scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 23 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the July 3 slaying of Akram Hanna, 52, of Los Angeles. The two are charged with one count each of murder, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Woman Sought After Breaking Into Gym Lockers, Stealing Cars In L.A. Area: Police
Detectives asked for the public's help Wednesday identifying a woman accused of breaking into lockers at multiple gyms and stealing a car in the Los Angeles area. The woman is accused of stealing from lockers at the 24 Hour Fitness on Brand Boulevard in Glendale and the YMCA in La Cañada Flintridge the afternoon of June 29, according to Glendale police and the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Authorities believe she's cutting locks to get access to people's personal items.

Sentencing Delayed In West LA Brothers' $3 Million OxyContin Scheme
A sentencing hearing for two Brentwood brothers convicted of running a $3 million prescription drug distribution scheme out of a bogus pharmacy was postponed Wednesday when one of the defendants accused his attorney in open court of refusing to file “newly discovered evidence” on his behalf. Dalibor “Dabo” Kabov and his older brother Berry face the possibility of decades behind bars for convictions on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, distribution of oxycodone, conspiracy to import narcotics, importation of anabolic steroids, money laundering and subscribing to false tax returns.
Los Angeles Daily News

5 Charged In Murder Of Mexican Mafia Wife
Five gang members, including one man killed over the weekend in state prison, were charged in the Southern California murder of the wife of a member of the Mexican Mafia, authorities said Wednesday. The shooting death last year of Carmen Gutierrez Rodriguez was planned in part behind bars by three of the defendants, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. A motive for the killing has not been disclosed by law enforcement. The arrests and charges were the result of a multi-agency task force investigation formed after the slaying, police said in a statement. All five are facing murder and gang-related charges.

DC Chief Calls For New Laws After 0 Jury Convictions In Inauguration Riots
The Washington D.C. police chief is calling for a change to the district's rioting law after there were no jury convictions in the inauguration day riots. On Jan. 20, 2017, police said people dressed in black, and masked to conceal their identities, started rioting in protest of President Donald Trump's inauguration, WTOP reported. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said 234 people were arrested. Officials said more than $100,000 in damage was caused to a number of public and private properties. Of the 234 arrested, 214 were indicted for felonies and misdemeanors, with each facing up to 70 years in prison. But not one single defendant was found guilty by juries in the D.C. Superior Court.

Public Safety News

Fire Near Yosemite Burns To 17,319 Acres, Two Firefighters Injured
Nearly 2,200 firefighters from across the nation have poured into Gold Country to fight the Ferguson Fire just a few miles from Yosemite National Park, and the battle to contain the growing inferno has left one firefighter dead and two injured, officials said Wednesday. One firefighter suffered a heat-related illness while the other broke an arm, said Richard Eagan, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman. Both of the injuries occurred Tuesday, and the injured firefighters were treated and released.
San Francisco Chronicle

LAFD, Local Politicians Celebrate Restores Fire Engines
Los Angeles fire officials and local politicians will celebrate the restoration of engine companies at four city stations during a ceremony at Dodger Stadium Wednesday. The new engines were made possible by a $15 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year. All four engines have been in service since July 8 and have already been put to use at the Griffith Park brush fire last week.

Local Government News

Metro Looks To Business To Make It Easier To Get To Mass Transit. But It'll Bypass Uber And Lyft For Another Option
Los Angeles County transportation officials are partnering with an on-demand taxi service for a pilot program that aims to fill a mobility gap in L.A.: Riders who use bus and train stations, but who need a lift to get to and from them. Starting this fall, New York-based transportation service Via Transportation Inc. will become available to passengers who can't afford ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, and who live a good distance from bus and train stations. “We have an acute first- and last-mile need in Los Angeles County that we need to fill the gap for,” said Marla Westervelt, a principal transportation planner at the Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Tests Pilot Program In Effort To Reduce Hollywood Bowl Traffic
Los Angeles officials will start testing a pilot program at the Hollywood Bowl in an effort to reduce traffic during show dates that begins Wednesday. Street closures around the concert venue will be also be enforced Aug. 5, Aug. 9 and Sept. 10 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Vehicles will not be allowed on Camrose Drive at Highland Avenue and Milner Road at Highland Avenue. Residents in the area will be asked to enter their neighborhood from Franklin Avenue, and several alternative entrances will have signs.


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