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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 12, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LA First Responders Pay Tribute To Those Who Died On 9/11
In the largest 9/11 remembrance ceremony of the West Coast on Tuesday, Los Angeles first responders remembered those who died during the terror attacks 17 years ago. The annual LAFD 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony took place at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park. "The story, images and human loss of life will always trigger memories of terror and fear," said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrezas. Terrazas spoke as he stood in front a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. It was a vertical support once connecting the lobby to the second floor on the South Tower.

LA Bicyclist Killed In Drive-By Shooting
A man was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles, and authorities searched Tuesday for the shooter. Police responded about 11 p.m. Monday to the scene near 62nd Street and Van Ness Avenue and found the victim, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. NBC4 reported the victim had been riding a bike and was found lying in the middle of 62nd when officers arrived. The shooting was gang-related, Lopez said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Father Succumbs To Injuries Sustained In Silver Lake Hit-and-Run; Search For BMW Driver Accused Of Dragging His Scooter Continues
A 35-year-old father who was in a coma following a hit-and-run collision in Silver Lake last week has succumbed to his injuries, police said Tuesday. Esdras Velazquez was pronounced dead at about 11 p.m. Monday, nearly a week after the scooter he was riding with a male relative was ran into and dragged by a BMW sedan the night of Sept. 4. Los Angeles police say a gray 2010 BMW 5 Series pushed the motorbike at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Waverly Drive. The motorbike then became stuck underneath the car, and after dragging it a bit the driver put his car into reverse to dislodge it before speeding away.

19 People Detained In Hollywood As SWAT Team Serves Search Warrant Related To Narcotics, Weapons
At least 19 people were detained Wednesday morning when a SWAT team descended on a supposedly vacant commercial building in Hollywood and served a search warrant related to narcotics and weapons, authorities said. The operation began about 3 a.m. in the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard, which was closed in both directions amid a heavy police presence. Officers cleared the first two floors of the structure and escorted the detained individuals to another location, where their identification will be processed before they are or released or held, said Detective Meghan Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Police Chief Set To Speak At Sherman Oaks Homeowners Meeting
LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore will speak at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn. meeting on Wednesday night. Moore, who became the city's new police chief earlier this year, will talk about changes under his leadership and any trends area residents should be concerned about. The meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. at Notre Dame High School, 13645 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks.
Los Angeles Daily News

Wild Video: Man Dragged Trying To Stop Thief During Carjacking
A wild carjacking caught on camera a man was literally dragged trying to stop a thief! Reed Pellerin had quite the night on Monday driving near his Silverlake home. He heard, then saw what he thought was a fight in traffic near him, he turned, and of course picked up his iPhone and started recording. 'The guy was hanging from the car they had gotten into an altercation…like road rage ... I thought it was road rage, a road rage situation, but it wasn't.' It was was a carjacking. Police say that the victim had stopped to help someone change a tire, and had left his car unattended, when the car thief apparently jumped in and started to drive off. 
FOX 11

Hearing Begins For Alleged `Dine And Dash Dater'
Eight alleged victims of the so-called “Dine-and-Dash Dater” testified Tuesday that he left them behind to pay the check for their meals at restaurants in cities including Pasadena, Glendale, Long Beach and the Beverly Hills area after meeting him through online dating sites. During a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to require Paul Guadalupe Gonzales to stand trial, seven of the women told Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis that they were ”embarrassed” and believed they had no choice but to pay the bill when they realized that the man they had met for a first date had left the restaurants without paying any portion of the check.

LASD Announces Reserve Impact Team, Made Up Of Trained Civilians
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shared details about its new Reserve Impact Team, a task force made up of civilians who trained to work as part-time deputies. The patrol groups are made up of about 15 reserve deputies who go out into high-crime areas and make their presence known to try and cut down on crime. More specifically, the task force is assisting with theft and vehicle theft suppression, parole and probation operations, conducting traffic enforcement and writing incident reports. The reserve deputies have other full-time jobs but work on the side for the sheriff's department.

California Orders NRA To Stop Selling “Self -Defense' Firearm Insurance Without State License
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has ordered the National Rifle Association to stop selling liability insurance in the state without a license. Jones issued the cease-and-desist order on Tuesday after officials with the California Department of Insurance, the agency that processes licenses and reviews insurers in the state, alleged that the NRA marketed the “Carry Guard Personal Firearms Liability Including Self-Defense Insurance Policy” via email to a mailing list of subscribers in June 2017. The policy states it provides “comprehensive training” and coverage for gun owners or a “resident family member of the policy holder” for bodily injury or property damage with a legally possessed firearm while engaged in “an act of self-defense,” according to the order.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

LA County Supervisors Move To Support Suicide Prevention Among First Responders, Others
For Sophia Johnson, whose Los Angeles County firefighter husband Billy Johnson took his own life 13 months ago, it's a “day to day” struggle to cope. But on Tuesday, she was offered some sense of relief when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion aimed at tackling the “sensitive and urgent” matter of suicide among first responders, emergency services professionals and death investigators. “(Billy Johnson) was struggling for many years but he said ‘I can't speak to anyone at the fire station because they will think I'm a coward or they'll think I'm a sissy,'” his widow from Anaheim Hills recalled. “He held onto that for a long time before he was able to finally speak to somebody.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LA, Paris Mayors Discuss Climate, Homeless, Olympics
The mayors of Paris and Los Angeles met Tuesday ahead of a global climate summit to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. and to talk about the commonalities between the two cities in an increasingly divided world. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attended a 9/11 memorial ceremony in Los Angeles and then helped pack lunches for the hungry. Afterward, they spoke of how much Paris and Los Angeles have in common: an affordable housing crisis, increasing homelessness, a commitment to combat climate change, experience with terror attacks and preparations to host the Olympics next decade.

Metro Wants To Connect The North And East San Fernando Valley By Bus. But The Transit Agency Wants Your Input First
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is seeking community feedback on a proposed bus rapid transit line that would run across the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. Metro seeks to build about a 20-mile route that will serve several popular destinations, including stops near CSUN in Northridge and Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills. The route, dubbed the North San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, aims to cut traveling time and link the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak station, Metro's future light rail line between the Van Nuys Orange Line station and the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink stop, according to Metro. 
Los Angeles Daily News


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