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October 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Jury Clears LAPD Officer In 2016 Fatal Shooting Of Armed 18-Year-Old
A Los Angeles police officer did not use excessive force when he fatally shot an armed 18-year-old man in the back, a jury decided Monday. Attorneys for the family of Kenney Watkins had filed a civil lawsuit, arguing that the officer, Evan Urias, should have stopped and waited for backup when Watkins ran from him on Aug. 16, 2016, on Century Boulevard near Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles. After a five-day trial, the jury began deliberating Thursday, siding 10-2 with Urias and the LAPD and giving no financial award to the plaintiffs in a verdict announced Monday. The Los Angeles Police Commission, a civilian panel that oversees the department, had also ruled in Urias' favor last July, finding that his use of deadly force was reasonable and complied with the LAPD's policies.
Los Angeles Times

Captured Murder Suspect Threatens To Kill Louisiana Cops From Back Of Police Cruiser
U.S. Marshals on Thursday captured a man accused of a 2015 killing in New Orleans East, prompting the suspect to threaten to murder police and boast about how easy it would be for him to defeat the local criminal justice system, according to officials. Torrel Knox, 25, faces counts of second-degree murder, public intimidation, and illegal gun possession following his arrest at his mother's home in the 4600 block of Francis Drive. He faces mandatory life imprisonment if eventually convicted of those crimes. After being placed in the back of a police cruiser, Knox said it would take one phone call to his friends for them to kill all of the detectives. He allegedly said the agents who came to arrest him would all be in “a body bag” if they hadn't caught him at his mother's home.
The Advocate

Suspect In LAPD Pursuit In North Hollywood Surrenders After Jumping Into Another Vehicle
A person described by the Los Angeles Police Department as a possible murder suspect led officers on a chase through the North Hollywood area Monday night — before finally surrendering after appearing to carjack someone and taking off in their vehicle, as Sky5 video showed. The suspect was seen in Sky5 video swerving in and out lanes, running multiple red lights and nearly hitting other vehicles throughout the chase, which started in Sun Valley and ended in North Hollywood. It also extended into the Burbank area at some point. LAPD Officer Mike Lopez described the driver in the pursuit as a possible murder suspect. The chase began near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street in Sun Valley at 7:20 p.m.

Shots Fired At Studio City Airbnb Home Used For Parties, Music Videos
Gunshots rang out in the middle of the night, waking residents in Studio City and bringing a large LAPD response to a usually quiet hillside neighborhood. At least half a dozen LAPD squad cars were on the scene of Dona Evita Drive in Studio City, where neighbors reported hearing between four and eight gunshots at about 3:50 a.m. It's not clear, however, if anyone was actually shot, but neighbors say they've seen bullet casings in the street. Police converged on a home that neighbors say is an Airbnb that has seen plenty of traffic recently in the form of parties and music videos that have been shot there.

LAPD To Announce Arrests In Recent Celebrity Burglaries
Detectives have made arrests in connection with recent burglaries at the homes of Los Angeles celebrities, police said Monday. Details of the arrests were expected to be shared by Capt. Lillian Carranza, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, and detectives from that unit, at a news conference on Tuesday. Just last week, a burglary was reported at the home of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods, whose home in the 23100 block of Mariano Street of Woodland Hills was burglarized Thursday.

Pit Bull Mauls 2-Month-Old Boy In Woodland Hills
Los Angeles Police Department officials were notified Monday of a pit bull attack that left a 2-month-old baby seriously injured at a home in Woodland Hills. Sgt. Zoltan Mako, watch commander of LAPD's Topanga Division, said officers were notified by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services at about 5 p.m. of the attack that occurred earlier that day. The baby boy had been taken to Northridge Medical Center and was in critical condition. However, Mako said he was expected to survive.
Los Angeles Daily News

Wilmington Liquor Store Owner Robbed Outside Of Her Store
A liquor store owner got her purse stolen with $12,000 inside, but its not the money that saddens her as much as does the six carat diamond ring in that purse. “My previous husband just bought it to me as a gift before he passed away” says Maha Hanna, owner of Glory Liquor store on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. “It just means a lot… to me that's something that will never come back.” Hanna was stocking her new store and said was busy going back and forth unloading tons of shopping and forgot to put the cash and ring in a safety deposit box. The thief was caught on surveillance camera and can be seen passing by the vehicle and casually opening the door and grabbing the purse.

Two Arrested In West Hollywood Auto Burglaries
Two San Francisco Bay-area residents have been arrested in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries in West Hollywood. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's West Hollywood Station earlier this year began investigating a rash of vehicle burglaries, specifically in the areas of Melrose Avenue and Doheny Drive, believed to have been the work of Bay Area gang members. “The preliminary facts of this investigation began earlier in the year identifying multiple Bay Area affiliated gang members committing auto burglaries in West Hollywood,” sheriff's Sgt. Jeffrey Bishop said. “Detectives have been working with LAPD Wilshire Division and Beverly Hills Police Department in (an) attempt to identify and apprehend the suspect(s) over the past several months.”

Old Marijuana Convictions Eased Under New California Law
A bill aiming to make it easier for people to erase their old marijuana convictions was signed into law Sunday night by Gov. Jerry Brown. Under Assembly Bill 1793 from Rob Bonta, an Alameda Democrat, the Department of Justice would review the records in the state summary criminal history information database and identify past convictions that are eligible to be stricken. Bonta praised Brown's decision, saying the proposal will help give people a second chance. He tweeted Sunday that his bill will “reduce or remove outdated cannabis convictions so people can turn the page and make a fresh start! Outdated convictions shouldn't be a barrier to employment and housing.”
Sacramento Bee

Texas Deputy Dies Of Heart Attack During K-9 Training
A Texas sheriff's deputy was conducting K-9 training when he suffered a fatal heart attack, ODMP reported. Deputy Sheriff Mark A. Cox was a Navy veteran who had already worked in law enforcement for five years prior to joining the Real County Sheriff's Office in 2015. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody memorialized Cox on Twitter by posting a photo of the LEO in uniform with a caption that read, “Thank you for your service, Deputy Cox. RIP.” Cox is survived by his wife and two children. 

Public Safety News

L.A. County Sees Its First Case Of Rare Mosquito-Borne Illness In 21 Years
A San Fernando Valley resident has contracted a mosquito-borne illness that hasn't been recorded in Los Angeles County since 1997, health officials said Monday. The elderly woman became ill with St. Louis encephalitis in late August, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said. St. Louis encephalitis, a rare disease similar to West Nile virus, is transmitted through mosquito bites and can cause brain inflammation, paralysis and sometimes death. Six cases of the illness were reported across the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

After Concerns About Traffic Safety, New Bike Lanes Have Been Proposed Along Winnetka Avenue
About a 1-mile stretch on Winnetka Avenue between Vanowen Street and Victory Boulevard connects several popular stops, including the L.A. River and the Metro Orange Line with many local neighborhoods. But the stretch doesn't have bike lanes. And that means cyclists are vulnerable, officials say. Now, the L.A. Transportation Department is considering an extension to the current bike path along Winnetka, where a gap has made for an unsafe journey for cyclists. Nearly 20 residents gathered Friday at a community meeting hosted by the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization Inc. to learn about the plan.
Los Angeles Daily News


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