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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 4, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder For 2014 Crash In Harbor City That Killed LAPD Officer
A man was convicted Friday of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter for a crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer and seriously injured his partner more than four years ago. Following a two-week trial in Long Beach Superior Court, the panel deliberated about two hours before finding Mynor Enrique Varela, 25, guilty of the most serious charges stemming from the May 3, 2014, early morning crash at Anaheim Street and Senator Avenue in Harbor City. Jurors also found true allegations that Varela knew or should have known that the victim, LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez, was engaged in the performance of his duties as a peace officer and that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon — his SUV — along with an allegation that he fled from the scene of the crash.
Los Angeles Daily News

The Public Speaks: Cops Are Trusted
To misquote Mark Twain, it is fair to say that the rumors of the death of trust for law enforcement have been greatly exaggerated. A recently released Gallup poll shows the Supreme Court, the medical system and Congress lagging behind the police as the most trusted institution in America. Only the military and small businesses are trusted more, with law enforcement ranking third in the poll with 85 percent of respondents saying they personally have a great deal, quite a lot, or some trust in the police. More than church, more than schools, much more than the criminal justice system as a whole, and head and shoulders above reporters and Members of Congress. The survey results have tremendous implications for police officers and their agencies. 

Pennsylvania Man Who Shot Two State Troopers Sentenced
Daniel Clary, 22, of Effort, was sentenced Friday in Northampton County Court to 53 and a half to 110 years in state prison for the attempted murders of two state troopers. Pulled over by state police for speeding and suspected driving under the influence Nov. 7 on Route 33 South, Plainfield Township, Clary shot at State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly and Trooper Ryan Seiple. Seiple was not hit, but the injured Kelly spent days in a coma before waking up in the hospital and having to learn basic physical functions all over again. 
Pocono Record

New York Cops Injured, K-9 Killed In Crash After Vehicle Flees DWI Checkpoint
A police dog with the Riverhead Town Police Department died and two officers suffered nonlife-threatening injuries early Sunday after a vehicle fled a sobriety checkpoint and a pursuing K-9 patrol unit crashed, authorities said. Officers with the police department were conducting the checkpoint at about 2:30 a.m. on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead when a dark-colored Audi sedan entered and an investigating officer directed the driver to stop for further questioning, police said in a news release.

1 Man Killed, Another Wounded In Shooting At Sylmar Party Promoted On Social Media
Two men were shot at a late night party, and one of the men died Sunday at a hospital. The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m. Sept. 2 in the 14500 block of Tyler Street, where four gunmen walked up to the shooting victims and fired an unknown number of shots, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. Some media accounts reported that the shooting occurred at a party promoted on social media. “Don't be throwing these social media parties if that's what it comes out to be because unfortunately you might not get people that you want at your party,”  LAPD Sgt. Robert Leary told KTLA.
Los Angeles Daily News

Naked Man Leads Police On Foot Chase After Abandoning Stolen Truck In East Los Angeles
A vehicle chase developed into a foot pursuit Friday morning after a naked man abandoned a truck on a street in East Los Angeles. The pickup was reported stolen at 5:39 a.m. from the 1800 block of Seigneur Avenue, said Officer Rosario Herrera, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. About 20 minutes later, at least three LAPD vehicles were seen chasing the truck as it made its way westbound on the 10 Freeway through Boyle Heights and onto the 101 Freeway. The truck exited the 101 and continued on surface streets in downtown and then into East L.A.

Officers Pursue DUI Suspect From San Fernando Valley To Coast And Back
The Los Angeles Police Department pursued a DUI suspect from the San Fernando Valley to the coast and back. Gil Leyvas and Newschopper4 Bravo were overhead at approximately 9:35 p.m. Sunday with the vehicle heading westbound on the 101 Freeway, shortly after switching over from the 405 Freeway southbound. LAPD North Hollywood officers said the driver was a female, and the driver was believed to be suicidal. Officer seemed to follow from a distance for the majority of the pursuit.

LAPD Officials Investigate Possible Connection Between 2 Home Invasions In San Fernando Valley
LAPD detectives are investigating a possible connection between two home invasions that occurred in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday. The first incident was reported about 12:10 a.m. in Encino. Three men who were armed with handguns forced their way into a home in the 16800 block of Bajio Road, Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a news release. The men allegedly took money, jewelry and cellphones. The men got away and no vehicle was seen, police said. The second incident occurred about 4 a.m. at a home in the 22900 block of Hatteras Street in Woodland Hills.

Five Killed, 162 Arrested By CHP In LA County Over Holiday
Drunk driving arrests were slightly down in Los Angeles County during this year's Labor Day weekend enforcement period, the California Highway Patrol said Monday. CHP officers arrested 149 people for suspected DUI violations around the county between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, an officer said. That's down from an arrest total of 162 people during the same 60-hour period in 2017. Statewide, though, the CHP reported more arrests for suspected drunk driving this year than in 2017.

25 Arrested In Operation Targeting MS-13 Gang In Central Valley
More than two dozen suspected MS-13 gang members operating in a Central Valley town west of Fresno as well as in Los Angeles were arrested in a months-long multiagency operation that culminated this week, authorities said. Suspected members of the transnational criminal organization were arrested on charges including murder, assault, kidnapping and drug trafficking, according to federal authorities and court documents unsealed Thursday.
Los Angeles Times

8 Wounded In Gun Battle At San Bernardino Apartment Complex
Eight people were wounded in a shootout at a San Bernardino apartment complex late Sunday night, including a 17-year-old boy. The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Lynwood Drive. According to San Bernardino police, a group of people were playing dice in the courtyard of the complex when at least one person walked up and opened fire. The people at the game appeared to have returned fire, and a gun battle ensued. There were numerous shooters and multiple weapons were fired. Stray bullets also went into nearby apartments and cars. 

California Lawmakers Approve Bill That Would Require Every Rape Kit To Be Tested Soon
After Collection A bill sent to the governor on Friday would require the swift testing of all rape kits in California. Under Senate Bill 1449 by state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), law enforcement would have to send DNA evidence collected in every sexual assault case to a crime lab within 20 days. The lab would then need to process the evidence within four months, or send it to another lab within one month. California currently has thousands of untested rape kits. Officials sometimes skip testing when it would not help an investigation — when a victim drops charges or a suspect has already pleaded guilty, for example. 

Public Safety News

Firefighters Free Man Trapped After Crash With Cement Truck
A 25-year-old man is hospitalized Saturday after he was freed from a black compact sedan involved in a collision with a cement truck in South Los Angeles. The accident occurred at 10:10 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of West Washington Boulevard near Grand Avenue, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters used a crane to lift the cab of the cement truck off the sedan, then pulled the vehicle back and cut away the car's roof to free the man who was trapped for 30 minutes.

In California's Worst Fire Season Ever, Lawmakers Ratify New Efforts At Prevention And Assessing Who's Responsible
With an urgency sparked by two consecutive years of deadly fires, California lawmakers gave final approval on Friday to more than a dozen bills bolstering prevention efforts and the readiness of residents, along with a controversial plan in which utility companies could pass some wildfire-related costs onto customers. The breadth of the public policy proposals — which include efforts to increase defensible space around homes and buildings, and a mandate for backup batteries in garage door openers that hinder a fast getaway when the power is knocked out — offered a reflection of how deeply the devastation has been felt by Californians and their elected representatives.

Local Government News

L.A. Council Members Make Uneven Progress On Homeless Housing
When Los Angeles City Council members vowed to back a minimum number of new homeless housing units in each of their districts, Councilman Paul Koretz cautioned that it might not be easy in the pricey neighborhoods he represents. “I'm 100% committed to it,” Koretz said, “but we definitely will need some help” finding sites. Months later, as some council members have neared or breezed past the number, the Westside councilman is among a handful who remain far from that target.
Los Angeles Times

California Lawmakers Approve Bill To Extend Last Call To 4 A.M.
State legislators approved a bill Thursday to push last call by two hours in nine cities throughout California, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his approval. Six of the cities - Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Coachella - are in Southern California. If signed by the governor, the five-year pilot program would extend bar hours to 4 a.m. from 2 a.m. "Los Angeles has become an international city, and the ability to, in designated areas, in designated cities, to be able to be open till 4 a.m. is a great idea, that time has come," Adam Englander, Executive Director of Greater Los Angeles Hospitality Association, said.


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