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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

August 24, 2018

Law Enforcement News

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America
Prosecutors — elected officials who want to win re-election — are under increasing pressure to bring charges against officers who are doing their jobs within agency policy and established legal precedent. This does a lot to de-motivate officers from going out and looking for trouble. Unfortunately, in today's anti-police climate, there may be no way out of this downward spiral until crime gets so bad that city streets look like the studio set of a Mad Max movie. Perhaps when anarchy truly sets in, the people, the press, and the politicians who have handcuffed their police will change their tune.
Police Magazine

Gun Used To Fatally Shoot Sacramento County Deputy Was Bought Illegally In Nevada, Prosecutors Say
A federal grand jury has indicted a Nevada man as an unlicensed firearms dealer after he allegedly sold guns to out-of-state residents, including one that was used in the fatal shooting of a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy. Charles Martin Ellis, 64, was charged Wednesday in a Nevada federal court with one count of engaging in firearms dealing without a license and one count of transfer or sale of a firearm to a nonresident, according to the indictment. Prosecutors say Ellis sold the Zastava 7.62-millimeter caliber pistol that was used in a dramatic shootout on Aug. 30, 2017, that ended with two California Highway Patrol officers wounded and Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, dead.
Los Angeles Times

New York Officer Dies Of 9/11-Related Illness
A 20-year veteran officer of the New Rochelle Police Department died Aug. 16 from cancer developed from assisting search and rescue efforts after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Officer Katheleen O'Connor-Funigiello is survived by her husband, three step-children and five siblings, ODMP reports. Seventy-two officers from eight local, state and federal agencies were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when al Qaeda terrorists crashed four hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Florida Sheriff's Deputy Dies From Crash Injuries
A 12-year veteran Clay County sheriff's deputy died late Tuesday from injuries he suffered Sunday in a traffic crash while on duty in Orange Park. Ben Zirbel, 40, of Middleburg passed away at Orange Park Medical Center where he'd been hospitalized since the crash, Sheriff Darryl Daniels said at a Wednesday news conference. "Ben was a good man. ...His memory will not be forgotten. And him falling in the line of duty will not be in vain," Daniels said, noting the Sheriff's Office is grieving along with Zirbel's family, whom it is embracing as its own. Zirbel leaves behind a wife, Anna, and their 8-year-old son.
The Florida Times-Union

Man Shot While Driving In Hyde Park
Police are investigating the shooting of a man while he was driving his car in Hyde Park. The shooting happened around noon at West and Hyde Park boulevards. The man was hit by gunfire while driving and then smashed into several parked cars, police said. The victim was transported to a local hospital. An update on his condition was not immediately available. No suspect description was immediately available.

Associated Press Reports Newsroom Threat To LAPD
An Associated Press reporter based in the news organization's Los Angeles bureau tweeted that a threat was made to their newsroom on Wednesday. “Call into our newsroom just now. ‘At some point we're just gonna start shooting you f---ing a--holes," wrote breaking news reporter Amanda Lee Myers on Twitter. Myers followed up more than three hours later to share that the everyone there was OK, along with an official statement from the AP. "This afternoon AP received an anonymous call to our Los Angeles bureau. It was nonspecific but threatened possible violence. Each threat AP receives is taken very seriously. The safety of our employees is paramount. The threat was reported to local authorities. All AP's employees are safe. The Los Angeles Police Department said the threat has been reported "to the appropriate investigative entities.”
The Hill

College Student Pleads Not Guilty To Stabbing Adoptive Fathers In Sherman Oaks
A 21-year-old man charged with repeatedly stabbing his two adoptive fathers at their home in Sherman Oaks pleaded not guilty Thursday. Matthew Boulet is charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated mayhem stemming from the attack early July 24 on the 4600 block of Burnet Avenue. The charges include allegations that Boulet used a knife in the commission of the attack and inflicted great bodily injury on the two victims. Boulet allegedly stabbed one of his adoptive fathers multiple times in the neck, body, face, arms and ears, and stabbed his other adoptive father multiple times in the face, arms and body when that man tried to intervene, according to prosecutors.
Los Angeles Daily News

Former Northridge Priest Charged In Teen Sex Case
A Banning school administrator who pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to lure a minor to have sex is on “inactive leave” as a Roman Catholic priest, the Los Angeles Archdiocese said Thursday. Charles Patrick Mayer, 55, of Menifee, is “not in ministry and living privately, since September of 2000 due to a failure to adhere to Archdiocesan policies concerning interaction with youth and young adults. The Archdiocese has no record of allegations of sexual misconduct by Charles Mayer,” the statement read.
Los Angeles Daily News

Long Beach Police Gang Operation Nets 6 Arrests, 7 Guns, Drugs, Cash
A police task force arrested six suspects and seized a small arsenal of guns, along with methamphetamine and cash, while serving search warrants Wednesday at six locations in the southwest portion of the city, authorities said. The operation was a response to a spate of gang-related violence earlier in the summer, the Long Beach Police Department said in a written statement. It resulted in five felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest, as well as seven guns, “a quantity of methamphetamine” and $6,000 in cash, police said. The suspects range in age from 17 to 40, police said.

7 Connecticut Officers Exposed To Fentanyl In Drug Raid
Seven drug detectives serving a search warrant at a Garden Street apartment Thursday were exposed to what authorities believe was a potent opioid that went airborne when the suspects attempted to hide evidence, police said. The building was evacuated and later declared uninhabitable, police said. Officers seized a gun, $4,000 in cash and half a kilogram — more than a pound — of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid. Three people were arrested. Two of the law enforcement officials — a Hartford detective and a state trooper — were the first through the door of the third-floor apartment, police said.
The Hartford Courant

Public Safety News

Authorities Arrest Man In Deadly Klamathon Fire In Siskiyou County
Authorities have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of starting the deadly Klamathon fire in Siskiyou County last month, officials said. The blaze claimed a life, injured three firefighters and destroyed dozens of homes. John Colin Eagle Skoda was booked into jail Thursday after investigators concluded that he caused the 38,000-acre blaze by recklessly burning debris, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze began July 5 and burned down 35 homes and 48 other structures near the Oregon border.
Los Angeles Times

California State Assembly Plans Hearing On Verizon Throttling Of Santa Clara County Firefighters' Data
A California State Assembly committee is meeting Friday morning to gather information and hear testimony on why Verizon slowed down data speeds for Santa Clara County firefighters who were helping to battle the Mendocino Complex fires. The Select Committee on Natural Disaster, Response, Recovery and Rebuilding will be convening in the California State Capitol building to hold the informational hearing on the matter and invited Santa Clara County Fire Department staff, the department's Chief Anthony Bowden and representatives from Verizon and other telecommunications companies to speak.
Mercury News

California Ranks Fourth In Nation With Most 'Neuroinvasive' West Nile Cases
Louisiana and Mississippi are leading the nation in the number of people who have become the most seriously ill from West Nile virus this year, with California coming in fourth. State health departments are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, which spread the virus. "Not in my house, not on my skin, not in my yard," said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana's state epidemiologist, as he repeated the state slogan for fighting the disease Wednesday. Precautions include making sure door and window screens don't have holes; wearing long clothes and using mosquito repellent; and making sure the yard doesn't hold any standing water where mosquitoes might breed — even a bottle cap.

Local Government News

Los Angeles Seeks Injunction Against Justice Department Over Anti-Gang Program Funding
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday over federal funding for anti-gang programs. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop the Justice Department from imposing immigration enforcement rules on the city in order for it to receive money for the programs. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice allows cities and states to apply for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, which provide funding to support law enforcement efforts that reduce gang activity. Since 1997 - with the exception of 2017 - Los Angeles received more than $1 million in funding each year.

Construction On Target Shopping Center In Hollywood — Stalled Since 2014 — Can Proceed, Appeal Court Rules
A California appeals court on Thursday sided with the city of Los Angeles in a long-running legal fight over a half-finished Target shopping center in Hollywood, reversing a lower court's ruling that halted construction of the project. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that the city complied with state environmental law and did not abuse its discretion by changing local zoning laws to allow the project. Thursday's ruling allows Target to resume work on the project, which has sat empty since 2014, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer's office.


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