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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

July 30, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Female LAPD Officer Recovering After Being Shot During North Hills Traffic Stop; Wounded Suspect In Custody
A female Los Angeles Police Officer remains hospitalized Saturday after being shot in the leg in North Hills during an evening traffic stop, police said. At around 10:15 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Plummer Street and Noble Avenue, the female officer and her partner pulled a car over and that's when the shooting happened, LAPD officials said. "We don't know what type of violation occurred or whether the officer may have recognized the suspect, whether he had an outstanding warrant. That's unknown at this point," Sgt. Frank Preciado told KTLA. "What we do know is when the female officer, who was the driver officer, approached the vehicle that's when the suspect shot and injured that officer."

Gunman Opens Fire On Officers After Carjacking Pregnant Woman In South LA, Police Say
A gunman opened fire on LAPD officers after carjacking a pregnant woman Sunday evening in Exposition Park, authorities said. The incident prompted a massive search for the suspect that continued well into the early morning hours. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded shortly after 10:00 p.m. to a report of a family dispute in the area of 29th Street and Normandie Avenue. While the officers were at the scene of that incident, the carjacking suspect drove past and shot at them, an LAPD spokesperson said. Police returned fire, striking the stolen vehicle.

Florida Officer Dies A Week After Being Shot
A Florida police officer has died from injuries he sustained in a shooting last weekend. Fort Myers police said in a news release that 29-year-old Adam Jobbers-Miller died Saturday at a local hospital. Authorities say Jobbers-Miller had been shot in the head July 21 by a fleeing suspect while responding to a reported assault and cellphone theft at a gas station. He was hospitalized and had been in critical condition ever since. The Fort Myers News-Press reports the suspect, 29-year-old Wisner Desmaret, was taken into custody after being shot by another officer. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.
Associated Press

3 Arrested In Connection To Shooting that Wounded 2 Massachusetts LEOs
Three arrests have been made in connection to the shootout that left two Falmouth police officers and a 21-year-old suspect injured. Police arrested 21-year-old Malik Antonio Koval, the main suspect who allegedly shot Falmouth Police Officers Donald DeMiranda and Ryan Moore on Friday afternoon. Police have also arrested Kimberly Koval, 38, and Marcus Maseda, 18, who allegedly interfered with the officers' work following the main suspect. Kimberly Koval and Maseda were charged with the obstruction of justice, interfering with the duties of a police officer and assault and battery on a police officer., Springfield, Mass.

Woman Fatally Struck By Car In Hit-and-Run While Walking To Store In Watts
A woman was fatally struck by a car early Sunday in Watts as she was walking to a store, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim was crossing the street at Imperial Highway and Success Avenue when she was hit by the car. "Witnesses observed the vehicle basically make a U-turn after they struck her," Jonathan Tom, commanding officer of LAPD's South Traffic Division, told KTLA. "The woman is 60-years-old." The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. LAPD officials are looking for a white sedan or a small SUV in connection with the fatal crash.

Man Suspected In North Hollywood Attack Confesses To Six More Murders, Newspaper Reports
A man suspected of killing a nurse and raping another woman in New York and sexually assaulting and trying to kill a woman in North Hollywood after they went on a date last weekend has confessed to killing as many as six additional victims, according to a New York Daily News report that cites law enforcement sources. Danueal Drayton, 27, of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday by police in North Hollywood. He is accused of sexually assaulting the 28-year-old woman, trying to strangle her and refusing to let her leave her apartment, according to Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr
Los Angeles Daily News

Abducted Infant Found, Mother Arrested In North Hills
The LAPD arrested Kiera Simone Caldwell for abducting her 6-month-old baby boy, Jaequaiwn Jacquice Jackson, Sunday. Police identified Caldwell as an abusive parent with the child believed to be in danger prior to locating the mother and son in North Hills. As of Sunday night, the infant was in the care of police and getting checked at the hospital for any possible injuries or abuse sustained during the abduction. Caldwell was arrested outside her home on the 8900 block of Orion Avenue, as the baby boy was placed into the back of an Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance.

San Pedro's ‘Hometown' LAPD Captain Is Moving On – And That's Got Some Locals Bummed Out
News that LAPD Harbor Division Capt. Michael Oreb is being transferred in August to LAPD's Internal Affairs Division is not going down easily among community leaders. “I am so depressed,” said Elise Swanson, president and CEO of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. His last day will be Aug. 6. Replacing him, following an interim period, will be Capt. Greg McManus.Oreb, 54, came on board March 20, 2016, when the area was experiencing an uptick in crime and homelessness. Among the qualities that earned him an immediate embrace: He was born in San Pedro, giving him instant community cred, and had experience working with the homeless on Skid Row as commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division.
Los Angeles Daily News

Burglars Hold Woman At Gunpoint, Steal $100K Worth Of Items
Police are searching for two men who held a woman up at gunpoint in her Brentwood home before making off with $100,000 worth of valuables. Officers responded to the home invasion robbery on Homewood Drive around 11:45 p.m. Friday, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Rhone. The woman was home alone at the time, he said. The two men, armed with handguns, forced their way inside and stole expensive jewelry, watches and handbags, Rhone said. While the woman was not bound during the robbery, she did suffer "superficial" injuries, the lieutenant said.

In L.A.'s street-racing scene, 'likes' and followers can be just as important as engines and tires
Popular Instagram accounts, YouTube channels and other forms of social media have served as a bullhorn for Los Angeles' street-racing community in recent years, said law enforcement officials and members of the racing community. The larger a car club or race organizer's online following, the easier it can draw large crowds to illegal events. The platforms have helped expand Los Angeles' reputation as a proving ground for car clubs from as far away as San Bernardino and Oakland, allowing regional rivalries to gain steam through online wars of words and video clips of racers performing on their home turf.
Los Angeles Times

Search Underway For Domestic Violence Victim Who Disappeared In LA
An active search is underway for a missing 24-year-old Los Angeles woman who police say was a victim of domestic violence prior to her disappearance. According to Los Angeles police, Veronica Vargas was last seen at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the 2600 block of North Figueroa Street in the Montecito Heights area near Elysian Park. Vargas was leaving he non-profit she works for, a group that helps people with immigration issues. Vargas was recently the victim of domestic violence, which “has caused alarm in her disappearance,” police said in a news release.

Alleged Wedding Ring Thief Arrested In Studio City
Police announced an arrest Friday in connection with the alleged theft of two rings from a nail salon in Studio City. Officers took Yuri Cho, 25, into custody on Monday and returned the wedding and engagement ring to the victim, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Details of Cho's arrest were not disclosed. The theft occurred about 4 p.m. on June 20 in the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, police said.
FOX 11

Porter Ranch Man Charged With Ex-Wife's Stabbing
A man who allegedly stabbed his ex-wife at the Porter Ranch home they shared, triggering an officer-involved shooting, is facing attempted murder and other charges that carry a potential sentence of 23 years to life in state prison. Alen Alpanian, 53, pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon — a knife — and two counts each of injuring a spouse or cohabitant and resisting an executive officer, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

How The Golden State Killer And A Genealogy Database Spawned A Golden Era In Cracking Cold Cases
John and Mei-lian Lin were having dinner and watching the news when the story broke that investigators had used a public genealogy database to help find the 72-year-old man they believe is the Golden State Killer, cracking one of California's most notorious cold cases in decades. John Lin dropped his fork. Then he picked up the phone. With a direct line to Alameda County Sheriff's Det. Patrick Smyth, he asked if the same novel technique could help solve the murder of his 14-year-old daughter, Jenny. In 1994, she was stabbed to death in their Castro Valley home.
Mercury News

Public Safety News

Arrowhead Hotshot Killed In Ferguson Fire, Raising Death Toll In Wildfires Across The State To 8
A firefighter was killed Sunday morning battling the massive Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park, marking the second firefighting death in Mariposa County and the eighth fire-related death as more than a dozen wildfires rage across the state. Brian Hughes, captain of the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots, was killed when he was struck by a tree while working with his crew to set a back fire — a tactic designed to limit a fire's spread — on the east side of the fire, according to the National Park Service. He was treated at the scene but died before he could be taken to a hospital. He was 33.
Los Angeles Times

One Year After L.A. Firefighter's Fatal Training Accident, Department At Odds With State Safety Regulators
It was supposed to be a routine training exercise: firefighters climbing a ladder to the roof of a six-story building in downtown Los Angeles, as though the structure were on fire. On that June morning in 2017, firefighter Kelly Wong made it more than halfway up the ladder, leaning against the Barclay Hotel at a 73-degree angle. But then the 29-year-old lost his footing, falling from the ladder onto the fire truck below. He died from his injuries days two later. Now, lawyers for the Los Angeles Fire Department are at odds with workplace safety regulators over their investigation into the incident, the first fatality during a department training exercise since 1985.

Mosquitos In San Fernando Valley Test Positive For West Nile Virus
Summer is in full swing in Southern California, and after a brief early lull, so is the West Nile virus. Mosquito samples collected in Sherman Oaks and Porter Ranch tested positive for the virus in the past week, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District announced Saturday. With only three positive samples this year - including one a week ago - the inevitable annual West Nile virus infestation is off to a slower start in 2018, the district said. "Last year [at this time] we already had 43 positive samples reported," district Director of Scientific Technical Services Susanne Kluh said in a statement.

Local Government News

Officials Push To Extend Metro Through West Hollywood Before 2028 Olympics
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's passenger rail system stretches deep into the corners of Los Angeles County, drawing commuters to downtown from Long Beach, Azusa, North Hollywood and Santa Monica. But only a handful of the Metro system's 93 stations intersect with a second line, a design that often forces riders to travel miles out of the way to change trains. A rail extension Metro is planning through Hollywood, Beverly Grove and West Hollywood would address that problem, serving as a north-south spine through central L.A. and creating transfer points with three other rail lines.


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