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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Charges: Slain Milwaukee Police Officer Was Shot In Head
Prosecutors allege a man fatally shot a Milwaukee police officer in the back of the head last week. The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office on Monday charged 30-year-old Jonathan Copeland Jr. with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 52-year-old Officer Michael Michalski. Copeland also is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for shooting at two other officers. Those officers were not hit. According to the complaint, police went to a home on Milwaukee's north side Wednesday to arrest Copeland on a warrant for felony drug crimes.
Associated Press

Arkansas K-9 Killed During Shootout With Suspect
An Arkansas K-9 was killed and a trooper was injured following a shootout with a suspect. On Monday, an Arkansas State Trooper was patrolling a highway when he saw a vehicle that had earlier been identified as being pursued by Missouri police, KTHV reported. After being pulled over by troopers, Arkansas State Police said the driver, identified as 35-year-old James Edward Blackmon, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. During the ensuing foot pursuit, an Arkansas trooper deployed K-9 Hemi, who made contact with the suspect.

Man Accused Of Killing Border Patrol Agent In 2010 Extradited From Mexico To U.S. To Face Trial
A member of a drug-robbery ring suspected in the 2010 shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been extradited from Mexico to stand trial in the United States. Heraclio “Laco” Osorio-Arellanes was transported to the U.S. on Tuesday, according to a statement by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. Osorio-Arellanes is charged with several crimes including first-degree murder and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Tucson, the statement said. U.S. officials say Osorio-Arellanes was a part of a group of bandits who engaged in a 2010 shootout with Brian Terry and three other Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona.

Deadly Family Dispute In South LA
A South LA neighborhood was shaken Tuesday night after a family argument turned into a deadly shooting. As CBSLA's Rachel Kim reports, investigators are looking for the man who opened fire on his relatives and turned a case of family violence deadly. Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday the LAPD responded to a disturbance call on 41st and Long Beach Avenue in South LA. “It was actually a family dispute over living accommodations where it was three cousins who were arguing about ownership of a property,” said LAPD Newton Division Lt. German Hurtado. The officers cleared the call and left. But about an hour later they came back after shots were fired.

LAPD Releases Video Of Van Nuys Standoff In Which Officers Fatally Shot
A Hostage The Los Angeles Police Department had gone 13 years without killing a hostage or a bystander. Then, on June 16 in Van Nuys, a man in a confrontation with police officers grabbed a bystander and held a knife to her throat. On Tuesday, at a news conference unveiling dramatic video footage of the Van Nuys shooting, LAPD Chief Michel Moore described changes in tactics and weaponry that may lessen the odds of another hostage situation ending in the death of an innocent person. Steve Gordon, a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League board of directors, said Perez put the Van Nuys officers in a “very, very bad position.” “I believe they reacted the best they could under the circumstances,” Gordon said. “They deployed less-lethal force the best they could, but in the end, the suspect was able to deflect that.”
Los Angeles Times

El Sereno Fatal Shooting Sparks Death Investigation
An investigation is underway following a deadly shooting in El Sereno early Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a report about a shooting around 4:45 a.m. in the 3800 block of Drysdale Avenue. Homicide detectives from LAPD's Hollenbeck Division were at the scene, where dozens of evidence markers were placed on the roadway. Additional details were not immediately released.

LAPD Seeks Help Finding Shooters Who Killed 3 Teens Outside 4th Of July Party In Westlake
Authorities on Tuesday asked for the public's help to find those responsible for killing three young adults, including a pregnant woman, during a family's Fourth of July celebration in the Westlake district. The shooting occurred near the 1600 block of West Second Street about 12:30 a.m. on July 5, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. The victims — 19-year-old Junior Salinas; his 18-year-old girlfriend, Abril Onofre; and their 18-year-old friend, Ruben Alcantara — were outside the party when they were each shot, the release stated.

Police Searching For Suspect In Fatal South LA Hit-And-Run Collision
Police are asking for the public's help in locating a hit-and-run suspect responsible for killing a pedestrian in South Los Angeles last weekend. L.A. resident Sabrina Williams, 60, died when she was struck by the suspect's vehicle on Imperial Highway just west of Success Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to the LAPD. The driver of a newer-model Black Toyota Rav 4 SUV failed to stop or render aid to the victim. As part of the 2015 Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund, a reward of up to $25,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender's identification, apprehension and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

$50K Reward Offered For Information In Deadly South L.A. Street Racing Crash
Authorities on Tuesday offered up to $50,000 to anyone with information leading to the identification of a driver who fled after a fatal crash in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles police announced the reward as they continued to investigate what they believed to be a street racing incident, which left an innocent man dead and a woman critically injured on July 22. Witnesses saw a BMW and a white sedan traveling at least 90 mph southbound on Central Avenue at around 1:30 a.m., according to LAPD.

Suspect Who Shot Homeless Man In Mar Vista Sought
Police Tuesday sought the public's help in identifying a suspect who shot a homeless man last week near an encampment in Mar Vista in an attack caught on surveillance video. The shooting occurred about 3:05 p.m. Thursday beneath a freeway overpass in the area of Venice Boulevard and Globe Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver of an older-model Honda Accord was heading west on Venice then turned north on Globe and stopped. The driver got out of the car and jogged toward the sidewalk where three men were gathered near tents. He pulled a handgun from his shorts and opened fire on one of the men, all three of whom scattered, police said.

Man's Conviction Upheld For Girlfriend's Killing After Child Support Request
A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a man's conviction for murdering his ex-girlfriend in downtown Los Angeles four days after she sought child support for their two young children. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal found the evidence "amply supports" a jury's finding of the special circumstance of murder while lying in wait against Oscar Cedano, who was convicted in November 2016 of first-degree murder. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain, along with an allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun. 

Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For Raping German Tourist In Hollywood
A judge sentenced a man to nearly 10 years in state prison on Tuesday for raping a German tourist in Hollywood two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Otis Barway, 24, received a sentence of nine years and six months in prison after he was found guilty earlier this month of one count each of forcible rape in concert. A jury convicted co-defendant Kenneth Mack, 29, of two counts of forcible rape in concert. Prosecutors say that on Dec. 5, 2016, both men lured the victim to an isolated rooftop, where Mack knocked her to the ground and the men raped her.

Two Studies, One Troubling Takeaway: The Guns Best at Killing Are the Same Guns Criminals Covet
The same weapons that the gun industry pumps out in ever greater numbers are more likely to fatally injure people, a new study shows. The public safety risks of popular medium- and large-caliber firearms models are compounded by another fresh research finding: Criminals are seeking out those same guns. In the first study, scholars dug into Boston Police Department investigative files and sorted shootings by the caliber of the guns with which they were committed. Caliber is a measure of a bullet's diameter, which in turn affects the force with which it strikes a target and the size of the channel as it penetrates. 
The Trace

Public Safety News

A New Normal For California: Destructive Wildfires Throughout The State
This is the new normal: There are 17 serious wildfires burning throughout California, including one of the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history. Firefighters this month have been laboring under triple-digit temperatures and dry conditions to gain control over fires that have burned indiscriminately through residential neighborhoods, rolling hills and steep, forested terrain. The flames are stoked by dry brush and areas of dead trees, some of which haven't burned in decades. As of Tuesday, more than 12,300 firefighters were on the lines battling infernos that have burned more than 280,000 acres across the state. “It's a horrendous battle,” said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Council Votes To Turn Old LA Children's Museum Into Skid Row Homeless Housing
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday on a plan to turn the former LA Children's Museum at the Los Angeles Civic Center Mall into temporary housing for the homeless. The 14,000-square-foot facility can house 120 beds for homeless people from Skid Row, according to city officials. The building, situated across from city hall, is the first to be transformed into temporary shelter for the area's rapidly growing homeless population. Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar has said Skid Row hosts the "largest homeless encampment in the nation," with city estimates putting the number of people without shelter at more than 2,000.

L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz Seeks A Temporary Ban On Electric Scooters
The zippy electric scooters that have popped up on street corners and sidewalks across Southern California should be banned in Los Angeles until the city begins issuing permits to the companies providing them, a city councilman said Tuesday. Councilman Paul Koretz's motion tells city officials to take “all available measures” to ban the scooters in L.A. and instructs transportation officials to issue cease-and-desist letters to any company offering scooters for hire.
Los Angeles Times


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