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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

August 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Suspected Islamic State Member Accused Of Killing Police Officer In Iraq Arrested In Sacramento, Where He Settled As Refugee
A suspected member of Islamic State accused of killing a police officer in Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento, where he had settled as a refugee and sought to obtain a green card, federal authorities said. Authorities allege that Omar Ameen, 45, entered his hometown of Rawa, a city of about 20,000 on the Euphrates River, in June 2014 with a caravan of four Islamic State vehicles and opened fire on the officer's home. The officer returned fire, and Ameen shot him while he was on the ground, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court. The officer died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

North Carolina Deputy Shot In Face, Suspect Captured
A Cleveland County Sheriff's Office deputy was shot on U.S. 74 near Kings Mountain late Tuesday night and then airlifted by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to Sheriff Alan Norman. The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday between Kings Mountain and Shelby. The deputy, who was shot in the face and thigh, had apparently stopped to talk to the suspect who was wanted on probation or parole violations. The suspect was later captured in Cabarrus County and has been brought back to Cleveland County to face charges. His name has not been released.
Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, N.C.

California Lawmakers To Decide Fate Of Police Accountability Bills
California Democrats launched two major legislative efforts this year to make police misconduct records publicly accessible and tighten rules for when officers can use lethal force, both in response to highly publicized law enforcement shootings. They're about to find out whether either measure will pass crucial votes by fiscal committees in the Assembly and Senate. The bills are among 600 pieces of legislation that will decided in rapid succession by appropriations committees on Thursday. A memorial wall of officers killed on duty was displayed outside the Capitol on Wednesday. Inside the building, the Los Angeles Police Protection League set up a simulator that is used to train officers in use-of-force scenarios and invited lawmakers to try it out. “We wanted to make sure that lawmakers have the proper perspective and context to the split-second decisions that officers make,” said Robert Harris of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “This bill is bad for police officers and our communities.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Stolen Vehicle Suspect Collides With Innocent Driver After Police Chase In South LA
The driver of a stolen car collided with an innocent driver at the end of a police chase Wednesday morning in South Los Angeles, leaving at least two people injured, authorities said. The collision happened shortly before 2 a.m. near the intersection of Vermont Avenue and 48th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. At the moment of impact, the stolen vehicle was traveling eastbound on 48th and the other car was heading southbound on Vermont, an LAPD spokesperson said. The two women in the latter vehicle were treated for injuries at the scene.

LAPD Says Illegal Street Racing Crash Leaves Valley Couple And Unborn Child Dead
Los Angeles police believe that illegal street racing is to blame in a crash that killed a couple and an unborn child in the area of Northridge and Reseda on July 4. Pablo Elias of Van Nuys and his girlfriend, Maria Verenice Basilio of Reseda, both 25 years old, died after sustaining injuries in the collision on Roscoe Boulevard at Corbin Avenue about 8:05 p.m on Independence Day, according to Sgt. Gregory Fuqua of LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. Basilio was about eight months pregnant. “Based on witness statements, video footage and the speed of the vehicles, our detectives classified it as a street racing incident,” Fuqua said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Three Suspects Arrested In Killing Of Gang Intervention Worker Celebrated As A Peacemaker
Garry “Twin” Dorton tried to keep young people in South Los Angeles from making the same mistakes he did when he was an active gang member. He helped them get jobs and stay out of trouble. After a killing, he talked them out of retaliating. He led his neighborhood in a softball league that aimed to build peace among Crips gangs. But mediating disputes between gangs can be dangerous work. On July 1, Dorton was fatally shot outside a friend's house on the 4500 block of South Van Ness Avenue. The peacemaker had become a target. Los Angeles police Wednesday announced the arrest of three men in their teens and early 20s — the very group that Dorton, 48, devoted his life to saving — in connection with his death.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Looking For BMW Driver Caught On Video Apparently Hitting Parking Attendant With Car
Officials searching for a man who apparently intended to hit a parking attendant with his car in downtown Los Angeles released surveillance video of the incident on Wednesday. The altercation happened in the 800 block of South Figueroa Street at around 11:30 p.m. on June 9, according to Los Angeles police. The video shows a driver speak to a parking attendant while apparently having trouble getting out of the facility. The two soon appear to get into an argument. At some point, the driver starts trying to lift the gate to exit the structure. The employee attempts to stop the driver and walks in front of the vehicle, footage shows.

Police Searching For Harbor City Marijuana Dispensary Burglars
Police are searching for three burglary suspects wanted in connection with a break-in at a marijuana dispensary in Harbor City. The burglary happened July 5, in a strip mall off Pacific Coast Highway. Surveillance video shows the men entering the business by prying, cutting, and kicking the front door and interior gate. They grabbed numerous marijuana products and paraphernalia before leaving the store. Police say the three left in a four-door sedan, possibly a Jaguar, with tinted windows and chrome rims.

Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Of Woodland Hills School; Search Finds Nothing Threatening
A telephoned bomb threat Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of a high school in Woodland Hills. A police search later turned up no evidence of a valid threat. The threat was received about 12:50 p.m. at Louisville High School in the 2300 block of Mulholland Drive, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations office. According to a Twitter posting by the LAPD's Topanga Station, the threat was “reported secondhand” and triggered a precautionary search of the private Catholic girls' school campus, which had its first day of classes on Monday. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Arraignment Set For Man Charged In Death Of Silver Lake Trader Joe's Manager
A man accused of engaging in a running gun battle with police, leading to the shooting death of an assistant manager at a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake who was struck by an LAPD officer's bullet, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on murder and other charges. Gene Evin Atkins, 28, is charged with the July 21 killing of Melyda Corado, 27, even though he did not fire the shot that struck her. Under state law, he was charged with her killing because he allegedly set off the chain of events that led to her death. Atkins allegedly shot his 76-year-old grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Madison, as many as seven times and shot a 17-year-old girl around 1:30 p.m.

$25K Reward Announced In 2011 Murder Of 19-Year-Old LASD Explorer, Friend
Authorities hope a new $25,000 reward will lead to an arrest in the murder of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department explorer and his friend seven years ago. Cesar Rodriguez, 19, and his friend Larry Villegas were shot and killed outside a home near Whittier in 2011. Rodriguez was a volunteer at the sheriff's Norwalk station and was planning on becoming a deputy. Villegas was a 24-year-old mechanic for Caterpillar, as well as a father of one with another baby on the way at the time of his death. Investigators believe Rodriguez may have been mistaken for a gang member.

A Dozen Suspected Puente 13 Gang Members In SoCal Arrested On Narcotics, Fraud Charges
A dozen alleged gang members were arrested on federal narcotics and fraud charges, the result of a months-long investigation into the Puente 13 street gang, federal authorities said Wednesday, Aug. 15. The arrests took place Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, authorities said. The 12 arrested are among 17 defendants named in a series of indictments returned by a federal grand jury that allege various offenses, including narcotics, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The other five defendants were already in federal and state custody, authorities said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

LA County Considers Alerting Prescribers To Opioid Deaths As Prevention Tool
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider notifying prescribing physicians when a patient dies of an opioid overdose, as a way to make doctors think twice about prescribing the drugs. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis recommended the alerts, citing research published by Dr. Jonathan Lucas, the county's chief medical examiner-coroner. "Opioid addiction is unique -- it doesn't start at a party or on the streets -- it starts in a doctor's office,'' Hahn said.

Fire Agencies Ramp Up Mental Health Help As Disaster Fires Take Physical And Emotional Toll On Firefighters
As flames and destruction grip the state, firefighters and their families are dealing with stress and emotional pain on a scale never seen before, veteran firefighters say. To help crews cope, departments are ramping up emotional assistance resources and urging fire crews to acknowledge the psychological pain their jobs can cause. At Cal Fire headquarters in El Cajon, flags fly at half-staff, as a tribute to six firefighters and equipment operators that have died in the line-of-duty in just the last four weeks.

Local Government News

LA City Council Seeks New Regulations For Developments Near Freeways
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with efforts to cut down on the potential health impacts for residents of freeway-adjacent developments. On a 10-0 vote, the council directed city staff to take a number of actions, which include developing proposed new guidelines -- aimed at protecting public health -- for schools, daycare facilities and senior care centers within 1,000 feet of a freeway, and drafting an ordinance that would establish electric vehicle requirements for new developments that exceed current state standards.

L.A. City Council Committees At Odds Over Scooter Speeds
A Los Angeles City Council committee recommended Wednesday that the top speed of dockless electric scooters used in the city be capped at 15 mph, not 12 mph as a different committee had suggested. The move came as the city grapples with a series of potential regulations for the devices, which have proliferated over the last year in Westside communities and other areas. Acting at the request of City Councilman Mike Bonin, the Transportation Committee last week recommended that the top speed of all scooters be capped at 12 mph.


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