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from LA Police Protective League

September 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Deputy Is Killed After Suspect Opens Fire During Routine Call At Rancho Cordova Auto Shop
One Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was killed and a second was wounded Monday when a gunman opened fire during a routine disturbance call at an auto shop in Rancho Cordova, authorities said. The deputies responded to a Pep Boys store, where workers were having a conflict with a customer, Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters. As they approached, the suspect turned as if to run away but spun back around and began firing “without warning,” Jones said. Both deputies fired back. The suspect fled and, moments later, was confronted by two other deputies who opened fire. The suspect, who was not named, was then taken into custody. The slain officer was identified as 27-year-old Mark Stasyuk, who joined the department more than four years ago. 
Los Angeles Times

Georgia Police Chief Killed During Pursuit
A police chief in Georgia was killed during a pursuit Saturday night. State Troopers had attempted to stop Daniel Michael Toronto Hill, 23, before he fled in his vehicle, WJCL reported. Hill topped speeds over 100 miles per hour when he raced into Long County, where Ludowici Chief of Police Frank McClelland, Jr. was out of his vehicle directing traffic. McClelland, a 15-year veteran of the department, was struck and killed. Another person was also struck and killed. Hill was arrested and charged with two counts of murder, vehicular homicide and DUI-related charges. 

New Police Police Arrest 14th Suspect In Murder Of Teen Police Explorer
Police have arrested a 14th suspect in connection with the brutal stabbing death of Bronx teenager Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz. Frederick Then, 20, an alleged Trinitarios gang member, surrendered himself to police Sunday, just four days after cops released a photo of his face to the media. He's charged with murder, manslaughter, gang assault, conspiracy and weapon possession. Police didn't say Sunday what role Then, who lives in Reading, Penn., played in the 15-year-old's June 20th murder.
New York Daily News

Police Seek Suspect After Man Robs, Beats 3 Homeless People With A Bat In Downtown L.A.
Detectives released security video Monday of a suspect who beat three homeless people in downtown Los Angeles with a baseball bat before going through their pockets and robbing them. One attack was reported about 7 a.m. Sunday near the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “A canvass of the area also located an additional victim near the area of Fifth Street between Flower Street and Figueroa (Street),” according to police. Paramedics took three people, all in critical condition, to a hospital, police said. Investigators determined the victims were attacked about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the LAPD.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Pleads No Contest In Sexual Assault Of 13 Women Working As Prostitutes In South L.A.: DA
A man accused of sexually assaulting at gunpoint more than a dozen women who worked as prostitutes in South Los Angeles pleaded no contest on Monday, authorities announced. Ferdinand Ervin Flowers, 35, of Long Beach, allegedly targeted sex workers between Jan. 30, 2014 and Jan. 12, 2018. He often robbed the victims at gunpoint before taking them to the Carson area near Compton, where the assaults took place, according to the the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. In December 2017, Los Angeles police and the county Sheriff's Department announced that they were searching for a “sexual predator” whose victims included at least one 15-year-old.

LAPD Chief Reads Lineups At Dodger Game
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore read the starting lineup for Monday evening's Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game at Dodger Stadium in connection with Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. LAPD Officer Dave Keortge threw the ceremonial first pitch. Keortge was among 14 LAPD officers awarded the department's Medal of Valor for their actions on Feb. 7, 2008, during an attempt to rescue a man in a Winnetka home after a suspect called 911 and said he had shot and killed three relatives.

Threatening Note Found In Cleveland Charter High School Bathroom, L.A. School Police Step Up Patrols
A note left in a bathroom at a high school in Reseda on Friday threatening a shooting on campus the next week prompted a police investigation and extra patrols on Monday. In the note left on a restroom wall at Grover Cleveland Charter High School, the writer said he or she was “tired of getting bullied” and would be “shooting up the school” on Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to a cell phone photo of the message. In a recorded phone message to parents on Saturday, Principal Cindy Duong said administrators learned about the threatening note on Friday. She said the Los Angeles School Police Department was contacted, and that an investigation was ongoing.
Los Angeles Daily News

New California Law To Help Sidewalk Vendors Operate Legally California
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to make it easier for sidewalk vendors to operate legally in the state. It's one of dozens of bills Brown announced signing Monday, including measures to help voters ensure their mail ballots are counted and standardize balcony inspections. The new sidewalk vending law will let cities and counties create permit programs for vendors and limits when they can be criminally prosecuted. "We can start seeing sidewalk vendors for who they are - women and seniors, single parents, and micro-business owners taking that first step to starting their own business," said Sen. Ricardo Lara, the Bell Gardens Democrat who authored the bill, SB946. 
U.S. News

California Beach Smoking Ban Measures Face Uncertainty With Gov. Jerry Brown, Who Vetoed Attempt Last Year
An effort to ban smoking from state beaches and parks went up in smoke last year when California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the measure as "too broad." But the legislature last month passed several new bills with different approaches to tackling the issue of second-hand smoke —and now it's up to Brown whether to sign or reject them. One of the bills on Brown's desk, Assembly Bill 1097, would ban smoking or vaping only in designated picnic areas of state beaches and parks. The bill also slaps a fine of $25 for smoking in picnic areas or littering beaches in the Golden State with cigarette waste.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Extinguish Massive Blaze At Auto Parts Yard In Sun Valley
More than 50 Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a massive blaze that scorched an auto parts yard in Sun Valley on Tuesday morning. The blaze began shortly before 3:30 a.m. at the auto parts yard in the 8500 block of N. San Fernando Road. Firefighters cut through a fence surrounding the yard to get better access to the flames as the fire raged. It took 54 firefighters about 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Investigators have not determined what started the fire, officials said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Ban On Sale Of Fur Recommended By LA City Council Committee
The Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday will consider banning the sale and manufacturing of nearly all fur products in Los Angeles, although some exceptions could end up being made. Councilman Paul Koretz, who chairs the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, which developed the proposed ban, said he hoped the proposal would lead to widespread bans around the globe. The proposal by Koretz and Councilman Bob Blumenfield will now go before the full City Council, which will decide whether to direct the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance outlining the ban, which itself would then need to be approved and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.


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