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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

October 4, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Officer Killed, 6 Other LEOs Wounded In South Carolina
Seven South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot Wednesday, one fatally, in a confrontation with a man who held children hostage as he fired on the officers, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody and the children weren't hurt after a two-hour standoff in an upscale neighborhood just outside of Florence, not far from areas that were devastated by flooding from Hurricane Florence, authorities said. The man shot three Florence County deputies from inside a home as they came to serve a warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Florence County Sheriff's Maj. Mike Nunn said.
Associated Press

Florida Teen Charged In Killing Of Police K-9 Named Fang
Florida authorities say a teenager has been charged in the armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang. News outlets quote the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as saying a 17-year-old boy is charged with shooting Fang and armed kidnapping. Sheriff's Office Lt. Craig Waldrup said Monday that the boy has admitted to the charges. An arrest report says the teen got into a car at a gas station and held the driver at gunpoint. It says he later ordered the driver and her passenger out and drove off.
Associated Press

Teen Suffering From Gunshot Dies After He's Brought To Northridge Hospital
Authorities Wednesday were investigating the shooting death of a young man who was brought to Northridge Hospital Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old man was dropped off at the medical facility in the 18300 block of Roscoe Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and died later, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities withheld the man's name, pending family notification. Information was not immediately available on who dropped the man off at the hospital or on the circumstances of the shooting.
Los Angeles Daily News

Fourth Man Dies In LA Homeless Attack Spree
A fourth man has died from his injuries in connection with a string of brutal attacks on homeless people in the Los Angeles area which authorities believe were perpetrated by a suspect who has been deported from the U.S. at least six times. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was violently beaten in the early morning hours of Sept. 24 while sleeping at Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. He had been in a coma since his attack and then died Sunday, Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez disclosed. Ramon Escobar, 47, was arrested that same day, Sept. 24, for that attack and six others in downtown L.A. and Santa Monica dating back to Sept. 10.

Multiple People Shot In South LA
Three people were shot on the corner of 62nd Street and South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles Wednesday evening, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD Sgt. Mike Lopez said the shooting was first reported at 5:22 p.m., and initial reports from the scene suggested three people had been shot and that one person had possibly died at the scene. Newschopper4 Bravo arrived over the scene at approximately 5:45 p.m., and a large police presence was visible. Witnesses at the scene said that the shooting may have been a drive-by, and authorities were searching for a single shooter.

Police Seek Driver Who Left Scene After Hitting Pedestrian In South-Central LA
Police Wednesday released video of a driver suspected of hitting a 35-year-old man in a crosswalk in South Los Angeles, causing serious injuries, and then leaving the scene. The victim was hit about 4:45 p.m. in the area of Central Avenue and 43rd Place, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said a motorist in a gray Toyota SUV approached the intersection after leaving the parking lot of the Family Farms Market via 43rd Place.

3 Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of Gang Interventionist In South L.A.
Three men have been arrested in connection with the July fatal shooting of a gang interventionist and community advocate in South Los Angeles, officials announced Wednesday. Garry Dorton, 48, was with friends outside a residence in the 4500 block of South Van Ness Boulevard on July 1. A vehicle with three occupants drove by, parked a short distance away and two people opened fire on Dorton, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Peter Whittingham said during a news conference Wednesday. The father of five young children eventually died from his injuries.

LAPD Says Missing Woman And Her Daughter Are Located And Are Safe
A woman from Oklahoma with bipolar disorder and her 11-year daughter have been located and are safe after being reported missing last month, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night. Amanda Kay Key, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her daughter Haley Marie Vilven were last heard from Sept. 15. The two had last been seen around 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at a train station in El Monte, LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera told City News Service. Amanda's father, Steven Jindra, arrived in Los Angeles last week and pleaded for his daughter or granddaughter to call him, and for the public's help in locating them.
Los Angeles Daily News

Convicted Killer Sentenced To Life For 3 Decades-Old Slayings
A man serving a life sentence for murder has been given additional life terms for killing three people a decade ago in Los Angeles, including a pregnant woman. Gilton Pitre was sentenced to life without parole on Wednesday for strangling two homeless women in 2004. Their bodies were dumped in downtown L.A. One woman was about eight months pregnant, leading to a third murder charge. Pitre pleaded guilty in May to three counts of first-degree murder.

California Implements Mandatory Purity Testing For Recreational Pot
Legal recreational marijuana must now be tested in California. Just like any other consumer product to make sure it's safe before you smoke it or eat it. The state says it's all about consumer protection. But as Phil Shuman found out a high percentage of weed is not passing the contamination test. It seems a little unusual, perhaps even contradictory, to ask if a drug is ''safe." After all, the purpose of drugs in most cases is to alter something in your body. When it comes to recreational and now medical pot, the state of California has implemented mandatory testing to make sure your marijuana is free of any potential dangerous contaminants, such as pesticides or heavy metals typically found in soil. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

L.A. Could Roll Back Rules That Prevent Streets From Being Repaved
Los Angeles could soon roll back an unusual set of city rules that have prevented some streets from being repaved since the Great Depression. Some streets were officially “withdrawn” from public use in 1936, when the city said it was too strapped to fix dangerous streets. Others were pulled in the decades since because they were not up to city standards, were too expensive to maintain or were crime magnets, according to city reports. All in all, engineering officials say that 374 streets were formally yanked from public use. The obscure phenomenon has flabbergasted and angered L.A. residents. 
Los Angeles Times

Temporary Homeless Shelter At VA Approved By LA City Council
A proposal to fund the city's portion of a temporary homeless shelter to be located on the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus was approved by a Los Angeles City Council committee Wednesday. Under a partnership, the city and county of Los Angeles will split the cost of the construction of the $5 million facility, and the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide on-site services.


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