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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 13, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Who Allegedly Bragged About Shooting Colorado Cop To Stand Trial
A man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head last month was reportedly bragging about it while in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Karrar Al Khammasi twice made contemptuous and “anti-police” comments toward officers who were guarding him in the hospital, police officers and El Paso County sheriff's deputies testified Wednesday during a 2½-hour preliminary hearing. One of the times, Al Khammasi reportedly described shooting cops as “what I do,” and threatened to kill a deputy and other officers.
The Gazette

Kentucky Troopers: Deputy Shot At Rest Stop, Suspect Killed
A Florida bank robbery suspect tracked down at an interstate rest stop in Kentucky was killed in a late-night exchange of gunfire that left a sheriff's deputy critically wounded, authorities said Wednesday. The deputy, 28-year-old Jaime Morales, underwent a second surgery following the confrontation late Tuesday at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Scott County, just north of Lexington — Kentucky's second-largest city. The fugitive, 57-year-old Edward Reynolds, died at the rest stop, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernis Napier said.
Associated Press

Pedestrian Killed In Valley Glen Hit-and-Run Crash
A woman was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in Valley Glen. The woman was believed to be pushing a stroller containing personal items about 9:30 p.m. in traffic lanes on Victory Boulevard between Whitsett Avenue and the Hollywood (170) Freeway when she was struck by a vehicle, NBC4 reported. The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Victory Boulevard, NBC4 said. A description of the vehicle was not immediately available.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman In Custody After Body Found In Harbor Gateway Backyard
A woman is in custody following a standoff that stemmed from a body being discovered in the backyard of a home in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles on Wednesday. Los Angeles police said the man whose body was found was shot, and the woman detained is considered a suspect. Police received a call about a woman in dark clothing appearing to dispose of a body in the 800 block of 173rd Street shortly before 10 a.m. Authorities said Gardena police found the body of a man when they arrived to the scene. The man appears to have been dead for a while, and a homicide investigation has been launched.

LAPD Releases Bodycam Video Surrounding Incident In Which Gunman Carjacked Pregnant Woman In South L.A.
Los Angeles police on Wednesday released bodycam video and 911 audio from an incident involving a man was involved in a car-to-car shooting after carjacking and kidnapping a pregnant woman in South Los Angeles in late July. Investigators are still working to identify and apprehend the gunman, who also shot toward police officers, who returned gunfire. The incident began shortly after 10 p.m. on July 29, when the woman was carjacked in her blue Toyota RAV4 near the intersection of Normandie Avenue and Washington Boulevard in the Pico-Union area, according to police. The man drove off down Normandie with the victim in the passenger seat.

Hollywood Ghost Ship: Dozens Found Living In Squalid Conditions At Abandoned Building
More than 60 people who were living illegally in a vacant building without electricity on Hollywood Boulevard were removed by police early Wednesday morning. Los Angeles Police Department investigators and SWAT officers in tactical gear arrived at the four-story building on the corner of Cosmo Street and Hollywood Boulevard about 3 a.m. Armed with a search warrant and supported by at least one armored vehicle, police ordered the building's occupants to leave at once. Eight people walked out of the building on their own, but dozens more left only when officers began combing through the building, room by room, over the course of several hours. By the end of the search, 62 adults, four teens and three large dogs were removed from the building. Most of the occupants were released after being cited for trespassing.
Los Angeles Times

Police Seek Man Suspected Of Opening Fire Inside Northridge Convenience Store
A man with a pellet gun opened fire inside a convenience store in Northridge Thursday morning, then again outside the store, and a search is underway for the suspect. Police went to the 8200 block of White Oak Avenue at about 4 a.m. in response to a call reporting the presence of a man with a gun, according to Officer Ray Brown of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. CBS2 reported the man asked for cigarettes and when the clerk asked the suspect to pay, the suspect pulled out a pellet gun and began firing before running outside and firing at the store's glass doors, breaking at least one.

Eight Arrested In Mission Hills Pot Shop Raid
Eight people have been arrested at what authorities allege was an illegally operated marijuana shop in Mission Hills, police said Wednesday. The arrests were made after a narcotics unit from the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Station served a warrant about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the location in the 15400 block of Devonshire Street, near Sepulveda Boulevard. Several items of evidence and contraband were confiscated, police said. “This location was operating without the proper permits and was also considered a nuisance location,” according to a police statement. Enforcement efforts against suspected illegal pot shops will continue, promised Capt. Natalie Cortez, commanding officer of the Mission Station.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputies Raid 13 East LA Pot Dispensaries, Seize Drugs, Cash And Guns
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies raided 13 unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, seizing thousands of pounds of pot and making multiple arrests. The sheriff's department notes that there are no licenses for dispensaries in unincorporated East Los Angeles. They thanked community members for calling in tips about suspected illegal operations. After a months-long investigation, deputies served 13 search warrants throughout the area. They made 22 arrests and seized three loaded guns and $10,000 in cash. They also seized more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana products, including edibles.

Man Jailed For Extortion Walks Away From LA Correctional Facility
Authorities searched Thursday for an offender who walked away from a California Department of Corrections facility in South Los Angeles. About 5 p.m. Wednesday authorities launched an emergency search after being notified that Sandy Siders, 40, had run out of the Male Community Reentry Program facility and later removed his GPS device, according to Vicky Waters of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The facility is located at 3745 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Long Beach Fire Facility To Be Named For Slain Capt. David Rosa
The Long Beach City Council has decided to rename a training facility after slain fire Capt. David Rosa. Rosa was shot and killed while responding to an explosion at a senior living facility in June. Officials say a resident of the facility set the fire and then shot at firefighters who responded. The city council vote approves the renaming of the Long Beach Fire Department Regional Training Facility after Rosa. Typically, the city waits at least a year after a person's death before doing something like this.

Local Government News

Supervisors Vote In Favor Of Rent Cap In Unincorporated Areas Of LA County
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance to temporarily limit rent increases in unincorporated areas of the county. Tenants' rights advocates rallied outside the Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles prior to the supervisors meeting on Tuesday. They were fired up, hoping the board would approve the temporary rent freeze ordinance.

LA County Looks To Expand 'Board And Care' Network
Board and care homes for residents with serious mental illnesses are closing at an alarming rate, according to Los Angeles County supervisors who voted Tuesday to take steps to expand the network. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl said the adult residential facilities are needed to stem the homelessness crisis. "Not only do board and cares provide treatment to individuals with serious mental illness, they are long-term homes for residents who may very well be homeless otherwise," Hahn said. "We cannot afford to lose any more board and cares in the middle of this homelessness crisis."


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