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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 20, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Arraignment For Man Accused Of Killing Pomona Police Officer
Arraignment was scheduled Thursday for Isaias De Jesus Valencia, who is accused of gunning down a Pomona police officer and wounding another in March. Valencia, 38, of Pomona, is charged with capital murder in the killing of Officer Greggory Casillas, 30, of Upland. The murder charge against him includes special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer and murder for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Valencia.
FOX 11

Slain Massachusetts LEO's Cuffs Used To Restrain His Suspected Killer
The handcuffs of a slain LEO were used to restrain his suspected killer. According to Fox News, Weymouth police released a photo Wednesday showing 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes being handcuffed to a hospital bed with Officer Michael Chesna's cuffs. Police said Chesna was killed after Lopes struck the LEO with a rock, took the officer's firearm and shot him multiple times. Lopes was in the hospital as officials prepared to bring him to court to face charges, WCVB reported.

Colorado K-9 Dies After Suffering Spinal Injury
The Colorado Springs police K-9 Unit bid farewell to a furry friend and officer, Remme, after he was injured early Friday. While scampering in a yard about 2 a.m. during his nightly break with Officer A. Genta, Remme fell in pain. Veterinarians determined a tear in his spinal column had paralyzed him. Even surgery didn't guarantee Remme could ever walk or work again. Remme's handler decided to euthanize him. The police K-9 Unit thanked the veterinarians for “the outstanding care and compassion" that Remme and his handler received "during this difficult and unexpected time.”
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Police Seeking Man Who Accosted Women In Canoga Park And Woodland Hills
Authorities released security images of a man dubbed the Preppy Store Masher, who allegedly accosted several women while they were shopping at stores in Canoga Park and Woodland Hills. "While none of the women was injured and the physical contact has been over clothing, we need to identify him quickly," said Los Angeles police Detective Arlene Padilla of the Topanga Station. "His behavior is premeditated, as we can see from his movements in the stores, and our concern is, his behavior could escalate in boldness or aggression," Padilla said. Women shoppers told police the man walked up behind them and thrust his groin into their buttocks, Padilla said.
FOX 11

2 Suspects In Custody After String Of Armed Street Robberies, Including In Atwater Village
A string of armed street robberies — targeting at least five victims — resulted in the arrest of two suspects in Atwater Village on Thursday, authorities said. About 11:45 a.m., police officers responded to a call about a robbery near Atwater Avenue and Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee said. Investigators later learned the suspect was in the process of doing street robberies and had targeted at least five different victims during four separate incidents, Lee said. A gun was used to threaten the victims.

Melted-Down Firearms Confiscated In LA County To Become Symbols Of Peace
Thousands of illegal and confiscated firearms collected from throughout Los Angeles County were destroyed Thursday, July 19, at the annual “Gun Melt” at Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga. The steel mill and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department teamed up for the event. The weapons were collected by the Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department of Homeland Security, and the Bell, Bell Gardens, Beverly Hills, La Verne, Long Beach, Pasadena, Pasadena City College, San Marino, South Pasadena and UCLA police departments. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Insane At Time Of Hammer Attack On Woman In Koreatown, Judge Rules
A man who pleaded no contest to beating a woman with a hammer in Koreatown last year was insane at the time of the crime, a judge ruled Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta made the finding after Jae Won Yang pleaded both no contest and not guilty by reason of insanity in connection with the March 10, 2017, attack, according to Paul Eakins of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Yang was charged with one count of attempted murder, along with the allegations of a hate crime, use of a hammer and infliction of great bodily injury involving the attack on the 24-year-old woman outside a business in the 1000 block of South Vermont Avenue.  

Jurors Weighing Fate Of Rancho Teen Accused In Gang Murder
Jurors entered a fourth day of deliberations in the gang murder trial of a Palos Verdes teen. Prosecutors say Cameron Terrell lived a double life, and was the getaway driver in a deadly South Los Angeles shooting. The defense says his intentions were solely to write about LA gang life, and he had no intention of abetting the shooting of three innocent men. One of the victims, 21-year-old Justin Holmes was killed. He had no gang ties.

Girl Testifies In Preliminary Hearing For Ex-Olympic Boxing Champ Accused Of Molestation
The quiet sobbing of the 14-year-old witness filled the courtroom when she was asked to describe the man who had allegedly molested her numerous times in the summer of 2017. The prosecutor returned to the question several times. The girl, red-faced with tears streaming down her cheeks, looked away. At the defense table sat Paul Gonzales, 54, a former Olympic gold medalist and youth boxing coach at Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles, who is accused of “grooming” the aspiring boxer and entering into a sexual relationship after she joined an after-school program at the county-run gym.
Los Angeles Times

He Was Sentenced To Life For Murdering A Davis Couple In 2013. Could He Be Released At Age 25?
Daniel William Marsh, whose brutal murder of an elderly Davis couple five years ago shocked the city and condemned the then-teenager to a life behind bars, appeared in a Yolo County courtroom Wednesday after an appellate court ruling sent the convicted killer back to juvenile court. Marsh will return Oct. 1 for as many as two weeks of testimony to determine whether his 52 years-to-life prison sentence in the April 14, 2013, slayings of 76-year-old Claudia Maupin and Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, in their south Davis home will stand or whether he is found suitable for juvenile court — a decision that would allow him to be eligible to be released from custody at 25.
Sacramento Bee

The Rise Of Smuggler, Migrant Boats Off California Coast Has Law Enforcement Changing Tactics
The unusual call came in about 4:30 a.m.: a small, speeding vessel was heading toward a nearby beach. For two sheriff's deputies on patrol aboard a fire boat in Newport Harbor, a placid early morning shift was about to take an intriguing turn. Common sense suggested the mystery boat zipping toward the Newport Beach coastline last month wasn't being piloted by a fisherman or recreational boaters out for a predawn spin. It first had been spotted by a U.S. Navy ship 100 miles or so south, off the U.S.-Mexican border; a Coast Guard vessel later updated the coordinates as it moved north. 
Mercury News

Why Gang Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Issue
Last month, one person was killed and 22 were injured in a probable dispute between rival gang members. The shooting occurred in the early morning hours of a popular all-night arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey, leaving the city in a state of shock on Father's Day. What I find most significant about the incident was the statement made by Trenton's Mayor Eric Jackson: “All shootings, whether larger or small, are a crisis. This isn't just a random act of violence. This is a public health issue." Public health issues affect the safety of entire communities and the level of violence that gangs pose to themselves and society is cause for great concern. 

Public Safety News

LAFD Holds Lake View Terrace Brush Fire To Under 1 Acre
Fire crews halted progress of a brush fire in Lake View Terrace late Wednesday and held the blaze to under one acre, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. A total of 30 firefighters were on scene at the 11400 block of Foothill Boulevard, according to the LAFD's Margaret Stewart. The flames were extinguished, Stewart said, but firefighters remained on scene to mop up hot spots. No injuries were reported.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Mayor Garcetti Meets With Parkland Shooting Survivors As L.A. Pushes For Voter Registration On High School Campuses
Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Student Advisory Council on Gun Violence have pledged to work with March For Our Lives — the youth advocacy group that formed after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida — to organize voter registration drives on high school and community college campuses in September. On Thursday, the mayor met with activist David Hogg, other members of the Parkland community and other gun safety advocates and they announced the effort.

Hollywood Bowl Surrounding Streets Closing For Test Program
Starting Wednesday night, a test program went into effect to try to ease traffic congestion around the Hollywood Bowl during show nights. On four nights over the next two months, Camrose Drive and Milner Road will be closed at Highland Avenue, just south of the bowl. The pilot program comes after a major traffic problem in the area attributed to people using mobile traffic apps to find alternate routes. The extra traffic clogs streets in the neighborhood, according to city residents.


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