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from LA Police Protective League

September 7, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Retired LAPD SWAT Officer Battling Stage 4 Cancer
A retired member of LAPD's SWAT is battling a rare form of cancer, and his friends and fellow officers have teamed up to raise money to help him and his family. John Kent retired in June 2016 after a 31 years with the city of Los Angeles, 26 of which were spent with SWAT. According to the GoFundMe page set up for Kent, he was diagnosed with cancer just as he was going into retirement. The GoFundMe page did not specify what kind of cancer Kent was diagnosed with, but said the disease has progressed to stage 4, and Kent's body is not responding well to chemotherapy. Kent is being treated at City of Hope in Duarte. The fundraisers say all proceeds are going to the Kent family to help them with medical bills and personal needs.

Georgia Man Who Killed 2 Sheriff's Deputies Pleads Guilty
Ralph Stanley “Robin” Elrod Jr., a Navy veteran and electrician whose life was more or less an ordinary, middle-aged suburban existence until, inexplicably, it erupted in unprovoked gunfire of his own making on a fall evening nearly two years ago, pleaded guilty here Thursday to murdering two Peach County sheriff's deputies. In pleading guilty to shooting and mortally wounding deputies Daryl Smallwood and Patrick Sondron on Nov. 6, 2016, Elrod avoided a potential death penalty trial and was sentenced to two life-in-prison-without-parole terms plus 100 years. 
The Macon Telegraph

South Carolina Man Who Shot 2 Cops Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges
A man who shot two Cayce police officers after a car chase that went into Columbia last year pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with the shootings, according to officials. Eugene Jonathan James, 20, of Orangeburg, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs accepted the plea and will sentence James at a later date. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
The State

1 Dead, Suspect At Large In Sylmar Shooting
One man is dead and the suspect is at large in Sylmar following a shooting Thursday evening. Authorities said when they arrived on scene the victim was dead. The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. near an automotive shop in the 14900 block of Nurmi Street, near Polk and Bradley. Witnesses heard two shots. Reporting from the scene Thursday evening, KCAL9's Rachel Kim said investigators were on scene gathering evidence, including shell casings. The man's identity was not released. The suspect was described as 5 feet 8 inches and about 130 pounds. He was wearing a black cap, a grey hoodie and black pants. Officials believe the shooting may have been gang-related.

Hit-and-Run Suspect Sought After Leaving 1 Man Injured, Another On Life Support In Silver Lake
Two men riding a motorized scooter were injured - leaving one on life support - after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in Silver Lake Tuesday. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. off Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. Police said the two victims were ejected after being struck by a silver sedan. Edras Velasquez, 35, is on life support. The father of two children laid tile for a living. His family wants to know who slammed into the motorbike Velasquez and another young man were on. "I heard a car kind of screech off," one witness said. Several witnesses dining outside near the intersection heard the crash.

L.A. Launches Crackdown On Unlicensed Marijuana Businesses; More Than 500 People Are Charged
A police crackdown on local unlicensed marijuana businesses has ended with misdemeanor charges against more than 500 people in Los Angeles, the city attorney's office said. In 120 criminal cases filed since May, City Atty. Mike Feuer has charged 515 people in connection with 105 illegal marijuana businesses, grow sites, extraction labs and delivery companies located throughout the city, his office announced Friday. All of the defendants were charged with unlicensed commercial cannabis activity within the city, which carries a potential sentence of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Los Angeles Times

Former College Football Player Sentenced To 4 Years For Deadly Hollywood Nightclub Beating During Halloween Weekend
A 36-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to four years in county jail for killing a man during a brutal brawl outside a Hollywood nightclub in October 2016, prosecutors said. Dietrich Canterberry — an Anaheim resident and former University of Nevada, Las Vegas, football player — and another man he was with allegedly became involved in a dispute with a group of women outside Couture Nightclub, near the intersection of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards, in the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

DAs Urge Brown To Veto Crime Bills, Calling Them ‘Serious Threats To Public Safety'
Regional district attorneys joined forces Thursday in Sacramento carrying dire warnings of what two bills sitting on the governor's desk would mean for public safety and crime victims in California. “This is real life. This is not theory. They are the worst of the worst,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said at a downtown news conference regarding juvenile offenders who the prosecutors said could not be tried as adults if SB 1391 becomes law. “When we talk about those crimes, it's important that the governor realize that this is real life.”'
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Fast-Moving Delta Fire Tops 22,000 Acres As Interstate 5 Remains Closed, Officials Say
The Delta Fire burning in Shasta County raged out of control for a second day after bursting in size Wednesday evening, continuing to close a large stretch of Interstate 5 in both directions, U.S. Forest Service officials reported Thursday. The fire grew “aggressively” overnight, with “flame lengths estimated at 300 feet high,” according to a 9 a.m. incident update by the U.S. Forest Service. Burning north of Lakehead and about 10 miles from Redding, the Delta Fire started about 1 p.m. Wednesday and exploded to 15,000 acres by midnight, consuming bush and timber at a “critical rate of spread,” Shasta-Trinity National Forest spokesman Joe Orosz said.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Council Committee Advances Temporary Shelter Sites In Hollywood, Westlake
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a motion Wednesday that would complete the city's formal review of a proposed temporary bridge housing facility in Hollywood, and also moved to evaluate a site in Westlake that would serve as an alternative to a proposed Koreatown temporary shelter which sparked protests.

New Pylons In San Pedro Designate A Protected Bike Lane — With More Likely To Come
San Pedro motorists were quick to notice the new white pylons that went up recently on 25th Street, sparking conjecture and unhappiness among some critics. Creating what is known as a “protected bike lane,” city officials installed the hard plastic barriers between Western and Patton avenues after cars began passing on the right to make a right turn onto Patton to reach White Point Elementary School, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino's office. And there may be more of the protected lanes to come.
Los Angeles Daily News


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