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from LA Police Protective League

August 3, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer To Be Honored At Dodger Game
A Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officer serving Skid Row will receive Community Hero Awards from the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday evening in connection with African American Heritage Night. Deon Joseph has been the LAPD's senior lead officer for Skid Row for 10 years. Through outreach programs initiated by Joseph, including self-defense seminars for women, crime in the area has reduced by 40 percent.

NYPD Officer Dies Of 9/11-Related Cancer
A veteran NYPD officer died of the cancer he developed following his involvement in search and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. Officer Richard Lopez, 52, died of the illness on June 24 and had served with the NYPD for 20 years, according to Officer Down Memorial Page. Lopez leaves behind a wife, daughter and brother. Lopez was one of many first responders who responded to the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Seventy-one LEOs, 343 members of the NYC Fire Department and more than 2,800 civilians were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Virginia K-9 Shot And Killed During Pursuit
A K-9 was killed in Virginia during a shootout with a suspect. On Wednesday, a Virginia State Trooper spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Connecticut and attempted to pull the driver over, WTVR reported. Corinne N. Geller, Virginia State Police Public Relations Director, said the driver refused to pull over and sped away. During the ensuing pursuit, authorities said the driver fired at the trooper's vehicle. Troopers eventually positioned themselves to stop the suspect, who continued to fire at police.

Homicide Suspect In Custody After Pursuit Through South L.A.; Victim's Family Says She Killed Him Over His Sexuality
A woman being sought in connection with a homicide was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit through South Los Angeles streets with a young female in the back seat on Thursday, according to authorities and video. Later on Thursday, family and friends of the man she is suspected of fatally stabbing accused her of targeting the victim because of his sexuality. The pursuit started in the area of 88th Place and Main Street, in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood, around 11:45 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Ray Brown.

1 Person Shot In Parking Lot Of El Sereno Hamburger Restaurant: Police
One person was wounded in a shooting outside of a hamburger restaurant in El Sereno on Thursday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting happened about 2:37 p.m. in the parking lot of Troy's Burgers located in the 4800 block of Valley Boulevard, LAPD Officer Drake Madison told KTLA. Police did not know the unidentified victim's condition. Two suspects were at large following the shooting, according to Madison. They were both described as Hispanic males, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with bald heads. No further information was released.

Nephew Of LA Woman Dragged To Her Death Is Going Door-To-Door Looking For Surveillance Video
The nephew of a woman fatally injured when she was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle and dragged for three blocks in South Los Angeles will go door-to-door beginning at 8 a.m. Friday in the neighborhood where the crime occurred looking for surveillance video of the drivers involved. NBC4 reported the nephew, whose name was not disclosed, said he understands police detectives have already conducted a search for surveillance video, but he believes someone had to have seen something. Police responded about 1 a.m. Thursday to a call reporting a body in the street near the intersection of 84th Place and Central Avenue and located the victim, who died at the scene, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
Los Angeles Daily News

4 SoCal Subway Restaurants Robbed By Same Suspect Still At Large, Police Say
Four Southern California Subway restaurants have been hit by the same armed robber, authorities say - the latest just Thursday night in Porter Ranch. Authorities responded to the Porter Ranch store in the 19300 block of Rinaldi Street at about 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles police said a suspect entered the restaurant, brandished a gun and demanded money. An employee complied and handed over an unknown amount of cash before the suspect fled. Police said the gun was never discharged, and no injuries were reported.

Mental Competency Evaluation Ordered For Suspected Dating App Predator
A mental competency evaluation was ordered Thursday for a man who is suspected of killing a nurse and raping another woman in New York and is charged in Los Angeles County with sexually assaulting and trying to kill a woman in North Hollywood after they went on a date. Criminal proceedings against Danueal Drayton were suspended after a defense attorney declared a doubt about the defendant's mental competence, according to Paul Eakins of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Helping Youths Can Be A High-Wire Act, But It's
One L.A. County Sheriff's Department Is Eager To Support Ricardo Contreras was some 15 feet in the air. He was harnessed and wore a helmet, but was hesitant about continuing. An L.A. County Sheriff's Department deputy said to him softly, “Breathe, take some air in. You're OK.” Contreras, 11, finished the ropes challenge course by rappelling down a rope. His fellow Camp Courage members cheered, as did several deputies. “A little bit scary,” Contreras said shyly. “I couldn't feel myself, and when I was, like, right there, I couldn't pull it. They told me that if I tried, I'd succeed, so I tried.” It was a big deal to Contreras. The look on his face was priceless.
Los Angeles Daily News

4 SoCal Dentists Arrested On Rape Charges In Las Vegas
Four dentists from Southern California have been released after being held without bail for allegedly raping a woman in Las Vegas. The suspects, identified as Saman Edalat, Poria Edalat, Sina Edalat – all brothers – as well as Ali Badkoobehi, were arrested Saturday, July 28, on suspicion of raping the victim in a suite in the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The four men were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on accusations of sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault and kidnapping. Their charges remain pending in Las Vegas Justice Court.

California's New Data Privacy Law Came To Be In About A Week. Here's What You Need To Know.
Think about your everyday digital footprint: You pull up Facebook to see what your friends are up to and read the news, use your credit card to buy groceries and Google a stray thought. All of your purchases, interactions and web searches rely on an exchange of information between you and the company providing the service. And it's not always clear what personal details are collected, where that information goes and how it's used. But come 2020, Californians will have a bit more control. In June, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark new data privacy law called the California Consumer Privacy Act. It's the first law in the United States that comprehensively regulates data privacy — applying broadly to information collected by both online and brick-and-mortar businesses.
Capital Public Radio

Public Safety News

Red Flag Conditions Threaten To Stoke Large Wildfires Burning In Northern California
Firefighters throughout the state were bracing for strengthening winds forecast this weekend that threaten to fan the flames of multiple Northern California wildfires, including the deadly Carr fire. As of Thursday, there were 18 wildfires burning across the state. Although a number of them had scorched less than 100 acres, those smaller fires are contributing to the drain on critical resources, especially as firefighters from around the state and nation are being called to battle the big blazes. A red flag warning was issued Thursday for parts of Northern California, including Redding, which has already been devastated by the massive Carr fire.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA County Prepares To Ban E-Cigs At County Parks, Beaches
Smoking has been banned at Los Angeles county parks and beaches for more than a decade, and the Board of Supervisors took the first stop toward extending the prohibition to include e-cigarettes and marijuana. A motion co-authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis highlights the use of e-cigarettes by teens as a growing public health concern. Selling flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy, apple juice and sour gummy worms has helped drive market growth among young smokers and e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco by American youth, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. surgeon general.
FOX 11


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