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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

August 29, 2018

Law Enforcement News

DA: Death Penalty For Man Accused Of Killing Calif. Cop
In a rare move, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty against a man accused of killing a Hayward police sergeant in 2015. In only the second time in her career, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley will pursue the death penalty for defendant Mark Estrada, accused of killing Sgt. Scott Lunger, 48, a Brentwood father of two. Lunger was fatally shot in the head and thigh shortly after he approached a white Chevrolet Silverado he had stopped for swerving in the roadway at 3:15 a.m. July 22, 2015, in Hayward.
East Bay Times

Wrong-Way Driver Who Hit New York Cops Faces 40 Criminal Charges
The career crook who rammed two police cars during on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge faces a whopping 40 criminal charges after Monday's wild, wrong-way pursuit, prosecutors said Tuesday. Peter Guarneri, 47, had three baggies of crack in his pocket and a suspended license when he tried to escape police in a stolen van on the nearly mile-long span during the afternoon rush hour, prosecutors said. Police suspected Guarneri in a string of burglaries, cops said, when he hopped into a stolen 1999 Ford Econoline van in Brooklyn and headed towards the bridge.
New York Daily News

Woman Fatally Shot Near Elementary School In Boyle Heights, Police Say
A woman was fatally shot and found with multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday morning in Boyle Heights, police said. Los Angeles police responded to the shooting at about 4:54 a.m. The shooting occurred near Sunrise Elementary, close to the intersection of Euclid and Whittier Boulevard. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said a unit will be sent to Sunrise Elementary to decide how to handle the school's operations.

LAPD inspector general raises concern over officers' actions with people accused of resisting arrest
The report, presented to the Police Commission on Tuesday, examined more than 100 cases of people taken into custody and accused of resisting arrest. The inspector general's report focused on violations of California Penal Code Section 148(a)(1) — a misdemeanor covering conduct such as resisting an officer's attempts at handcuffing, fleeing from officers or refusing to provide information while detained. In two-thirds of the cases, LAPD officers acted appropriately, Inspector General Mark P. Smith wrote. But in the remaining third, the report found issues ranging from unnecessary use of a Taser, as in the homeless man's case, to lack of legal cause for stopping someone.Steve Gordon, a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing the LAPD's rank and file, said in a statement that officers faced with a volatile situation sometimes speak loudly or “use salty language.” “Viewing videotape from the safe confines of an office is a lot different than actually policing the dangerous streets of Los Angeles,” he said.
Los Angeles Times

Man Fatally Shot In Hyde Park Neighborhood Of South L.A.
Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles late Tuesday night. The incident occurred just before midnight near the intersection of Florence and Fourth avenues. Responding officers found a victim with at least one gunshot wound to the chest, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Perry said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A family friend identified the victim as a man in his 30s named Derrick. Police have not confirmed the man's identity. The friend also told KTLA the victim was on his way to a vigil when he was shot.

Multiple-Vehicle Crash Injures 3 People After Pursuit In Westchester
At least three people were injured Tuesday morning in Westchester when a suspect in a stolen vehicle tried to elude police in a short pursuit that eventually triggered a five-vehicle crash. The number of people injured and the severity of their injuries were not immediately clear, said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Police were notified at 7:36 a.m. of a pursuit on Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Manchester Avenue, which ended at 7:40 a.m. and a suspect was taken into custody, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.
FOX 11

Man Arrested After Allegedly Scamming Renters In Hollywood Area
A man is accused of scamming renters in the Hollywood area and LAPD officials are seeking more victims, officials said Tuesday. Johnny Ray Gasca was arrested in July on suspicion of numerous counts of grand theft, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Gasca allegedly posted a Craigslist advertisement for a room for rent. After collecting a security deposit and the first month's rent, Gasca allegedly told the victims that the room would not be available on the contracted date, police said.

Search Continues For Missing 21-Year-Old Man Whose Vehicle Was Found Abandoned Near Topanga
Authorities continued their search Tuesday for a missing 21-year-old man whose vehicle was found abandoned near Topanga more than two weeks ago. Matthew Jonathan Weaver Jr. was last seen about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 in the 2600 block of Stearns Street in Simi Valley. His vehicle was located the following day on the Topanga Tower Motorway, near Rosas Overlook above the Backbone Trail and Hondo Canyon areas, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told City News Service that no new information has surfaced about the whereabouts of Weaver, who is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 140 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

California Legislators OK Bill To Expand Gun-Confiscation Law
California lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would allow co-workers and school personnel to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from someone they believe poses a danger. AB2888 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would expand the list of people who can ask a court for a gun violence restraining order, a little-known process under which a judge can bar a person from possessing a gun for as long as a year. The law can now be used only by immediate family members, roommates and law enforcement. Under Ting's bill, teachers, principals, co-workers and employers could also ask for a gun restraining order for people they fear are a threat to themselves or others.
San Francisco Chronicle

California Lawmakers Want The State To Collect Data On Drivers Under The Influence Of Pot
After she was injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a driver impaired by pot, state Controller Betty Yee is backing a bill approved Monday by the Legislature that aims to begin addressing the problem of drugged driving on California roads. The measure sent to Gov. Jerry Brown would require the California Highway Patrol to report on how many motorists stopped for impaired driving are allegedly under the influence of marijuana. “It's what other states have done — like Colorado and Washington — to at least start collecting state-level data,” Yee said.
Los Angeles Times

The Jacksonville Gunman Used Pistols. So Do Most Active Shooters, According to FBI Data.
Investigators have released information on the weapons carried by the gunman who opened fire at a Florida video game tournament this weekend, killing two and leaving another nine victims with bullet wounds: He was armed with two handguns, a 9mm and a .45 caliber, both recently purchased from a licensed dealer. The fact that the assailant wielded a common semiautomatic pistol, the staple of the contemporary American firearms market, would seem to make this most recent gun rampage an outlier among the mass shootings that have elicited opposition to the assault-style rifles that have become closely associated with such attacks.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Los Angeles' Mass Alert System Needs Changes, City Controller Says
Los Angeles' mass emergency notification system is in need of a series of changes to be more effective and accessible, according to a report released Tuesday by City Controller Ron Galperin. The system, called NotifyLA, is run by the Emergency Management Department and can send immediate alerts to land lines or cell phones via a free subscription service, and can also send emails and area-specific wireless emergency alerts. Galperin said the system is inconsistently disseminated and is not fully accessible because its messages are limited to mostly English.

Legislative Panel Advances California Utility Liability Bill
California utilities regulators would have the option of letting power companies charge their customers for some of the costs of lawsuits stemming from disastrous 2017 wildfires under legislation that will go before the Assembly and Senate this week. After weeks of meetings, a legislative conference committee advanced its final proposal to the full Legislature on Tuesday. It would allow utility ratepayers to be charged even if the utilities were found to be negligent or unreasonable in building, maintaining or operating their equipment. The provision would apply only to wildfires in 2017, which was the deadliest and most expensive fire season on record. Dozens of people were killed, and thousands of homes destroyed.
U.S. News

Local Government News

The Future Of Panorama City's Icon Development Is In LA Leaders' Votes On Wednesday
The Los Angeles City Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 29, to consider an appeal filed against a major development project in Panorama City that aims to turn a long dormant Montgomery Ward department store into a mixed-use hub with more than 600 residential units, shops and restaurants. The City Council will consider whether to deny the appeal filed by the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Local Union 300 and the Laborers International Union of North America. If they deny the appeal, the project — long on the books — gets the go-ahead.
Los Angeles Daily News

Elon Musk's Dugout Loop Would Get Fans From Hollywood To Dodger Stadium In Mere Minutes
Imagine getting from Hollywood to Dodger Stadium in a mere four minutes. That's the proposal from Elon Musk's Boring Company, which will present plans Tuesday to build a zero-emissions underground tunnel from Hollywood area to Elysian Park which would transport fans to Dodger Stadium and alleviate traffic on game days. Billed as the “Dugout Loop,” the 3.6 mile all-electric underground tunnel would run from Dodger Stadium to property owned by the Boring Company near the Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica or Vermont/Beverly Metro Red Line stations.


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