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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 21, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Deputy Shot In Jaw Remains In Hospital, Another Wounded Officer Is Released After East L.A. Gunfight
New details emerged Thursday afternoon about a gunfight in East L.A. that left two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies wounded and a suspected gang member dead. The incident began Wednesday evening when three people in a black BMW approached another trio at the intersection of Bonnie Beach Place and 6th Street in East L.A. and asked which gang the group belonged to, said Sheriff's Lt. Scott Hoglund. The trio replied that they were not part of a gang. Hoglund said one of the passengers in the BMW pulled out a gun before the car drove off.
Los Angeles Times

Police: 2 Officers Wounded In Maryland Shooting
Two Maryland police officers were shot while serving a drug-related search warrant at an apartment building late Wednesday, according to a police department spokeswoman. Both Prince George's County Police Department officers were flown to a Baltimore shock trauma center with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan told reporters early Thursday. Donelan said one officer was in serious condition and the other was in stable condition.
Associated Press

Adam-12 Celebrates 50 Years On The Beat
Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1968, Adam-12s premiered on network television during a period of tension between the public and police that was inflamed by news reel images of riots at the Chicago Democratic National Convention one month earlier. “Adam-12 debuted in an atmosphere very much like today,” said Kent McCord, who portrayed LAPD officer Jim Reed, the rookie cop. Pete Malloy was portrayed by the late Martin Milner. The Adam-12 episode guide reads like it is taken from today's headlines: Two men with a camera follow Malloy and Reed from call to call and post photos in a newspaper that are taken out of context, sparking a brutality investigation against the officers. Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally agrees: “The show has lasted through history because the scenarios are still the same – a lost child, traffic stops, domestic violence, family disputes and how things can go to crap really fast. This job basically comes down to people call police and police arrive on the call. That hasn't changed in 50 years.”

Former U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker Nominated To The Los Angeles Police Commission
Eileen Decker, a former U.S. attorney and deputy mayor, has been nominated to join the Los Angeles Police Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti. If her appointment is confirmed by the City Council, Decker will be the second recent addition to the five-member civilian panel, which oversees the LAPD. She will replace entertainment attorney Matt Johnson, who spearheaded major reforms in the department's use of force and video release policies. “We believe that [it] is critical that Ms. Decker and the commission prioritize addressing our department's staffing shortage, tackling the rise in crime in our neighborhoods, and improving recruitment and retention of officers,” Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in the statement.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Swore In Their ‘Heroes,' Kids Battling Cancer, As Honorary Officers
Dozens of children battling cancer were sworn in as honorary LAPD officers Thursday in the Universal City area. The kids are a part of the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a childhood cancer organization, which provides emotional support and gives them a chance to celebrate life by providing fun activities. For 13 years, the Sunshine Kids have come from across the country to attend this annual ceremony with the Los Angeles Police Department. Seventy-five active LAPD officers attended the ceremony. The department's concert band played and a police airship flew across the sky, bringing smiles to the Sunshine Kids' faces. "To us, you are our heroes," an LAPD official told the children.

2 Homeless Men Die After DTLA Attacks; Detectives Probe Link To Body Found Under Santa Monica Pier
Two of the homeless men who were brutally beaten in downtown Los Angeles earlier this week died of their injuries Thursday, and police are investigating whether those attacks are linked to the death of a homeless man whose pummeled body was discovered under the Santa Monica Pier. Both men had been hospitalized since Sunday morning, when an assailant repeatedly struck them with a baseball bat as they slept in the Financial District. Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said a third man beaten in Sunday's attacks remained in the hospital. None of their names have been released. The case took a different turn Thursday, when beach maintenance workers in Santa Monica discovered the body of a man under the pier about 6:40 a.m., according to a Santa Monica Police Department statement.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Stabbed To Death Outside South LA Church, Suspect Arrested
A man has been arrested on murder charges in the stabbing death of a woman outside a church in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning. The stabbing occurred at about 3 a.m. on a sidewalk directly outside the Second Baptist Church at East 24th Street and Griffith Avenue. Los Angeles police responded to find a 55-year-old woman suffering from several lacerations. She was rushed to a hospital, where she died. A man was arrested on murder charges.

Gunfire At Jack In The Box Near Van Nuys Charter School Injures Student, School Employee
Shots were fired outside a Jack in the Box Thursday near a Van Nuys charter high school, leaving a teacher and student hospitalized and leading to the arrest of two suspect. Los Angeles police said they received a report of a shooting, possibly in the restaurant's drive-thru area, near CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. Nearby streets were closed for the investigation in the 6800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. Police say the shooting happened after some sort of argument between the teacher, who was on a lunch break, and the suspects, two men between 18 and 20 years old.

Culver City Man Leads CHP Officers On Motorcycle Chase That Ends At LAX, Authorities Say
A 26-year-old Culver City man was in custody after allegedly leading California Highway Patrol officers on a 45-minute motorcycle pursuit that reached speeds of upward of 100 mph on the I-405 Freeway in West Los Angeles before he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport early Thursday, Sept. 20, authorities said. With the help of Los Angeles Airport Police and a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, Angel Banuelos was ultimately arrested in the Terminal 4 parking structure at LAX, said Vance Perreira, an officer and spokesman for the CHP.
Los Angeles Daily News

‘Suge' Knight To Get 28 Years In Prison After Agreeing To Plea Deal In Deadly 2015 Compton Hit-and-Run
Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man during a hit-and-run incident after a confrontation on the set of the movie biopic "Straight Outta Compton." Knight, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced October 4 and in exchange for his plea, prosecutors are calling for a sentence of 28 years in prison. Two other criminal cases against Knight will be dismissed at sentencing. Knight was accused in January 2015 of running over two men, killing one of them, during an argument. Knight had faced one count of murder for the death of Terry Carter and one count of attempted murder in the case of Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was maimed after Knight allegedly struck the pair with his truck.

Pasadena Police's Onetime Spokesman Pleads Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws
A longtime Pasadena police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally dealing more than 100 guns across Southern California and, in one case, making false statements on government paperwork during a gun sale. Vasken Gourdikian, a former lieutenant who also once served as spokesman for Pasadena's police force, entered his plea in downtown Los Angeles to the two felony counts. He faces up to 30 months in federal prison. His defense attorney, Mark Werksman, said he planned to ask U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson for leniency at a sentencing hearing scheduled for February 2019.
Los Angeles Times

Using Marijuana Legally? New California Law Gives You Some Privacy.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill to give adult cannabis users some privacy. Assembly Bill 2402 by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, extends the same privacy protections to recreational cannabis users that medical cannabis users receive, with two exceptions. Information can be shared in conjunction with processing payments and to government officials, such as police, performing official duties. The measure is largely aimed at preventing buyer information form being sold or traded for commercial use. 
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Mendocino Complex Fire, Largest In California History, Is Finally Contained
For weeks and weeks, it burned — the largest wildfire in California history. It devoured close to 459,000 acres and killed one firefighter who was among hundreds who came in from across the country to help put it out. This week the Mendocino complex fire, which started in late July, is finally fully contained. “The Ranch Fire is now 100 percent contained and the River Fire is 100 percent contained,” began a statement from the US Forest Service released Wednesday. The Mendocino fire consisted of twin flames — the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. The flames ravaged more than 280 structures, 157 of which were homes, and scorched an area bigger than Los Angeles.

Local Government News

Construction Approved For Temporary Homeless Housing Facility In Hollywood
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved construction for a temporary bridge housing facility in Hollywood. This project is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" program to provide emergency housing for the homeless. This facility will be able to house 70 people at a time and offer supportive services for those experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues. It will also have 24/7 security to keep residents safe. The campaign for this facility was led by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell.

Increased Bus Service Coming To LA Arts District
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders announced Thursday that DASH bus service will soon be altered to better serve the Arts District in downtown. Starting Monday, Route A will expand the service area to include stops at Molino Street and Palmetto Street; Palmetto Street west of Hewitt Street; and Alameda Street and Fourth Street. "New bus services means less congestion on our roads and a cleaner environment for our kids," Garcetti said. "These new DASH stops will ensure everyone who comes downtown can experience all the Arts District has to offer, in a sustainable, efficient, and affordable way."

LA County Supervisor Proposes Restrictions On E-Cigs
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Tuesday previewed a move to regulate tobacco and e-cigarette retailers countywide, echoing alarms of an "epidemic" raised by the Food and Drug Administration. Ridley-Thomas said he will ask for an ordinance that would require tobacco shops -- including retailers of electronic and flavored tobacco products -- to obtain a county business license that would be tied to new regulations. A report last month by the county's Department of Public Health included nine regulatory recommendations in addition to revising the definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and cannabis. 


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