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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

October 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Third Shooter Admits Role In 2006 Death Of Oceanside Police Officer
Nearly 12 years after gang members gunned down an Oceanside police officer during a traffic stop, a 28-year-old man admitted in court Friday that he was one of the triggermen. Jose Compre, who was 16 at the time of the killing of Officer Dan Bessant, pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office said in announcing the surprise deal. Compre was one of three teenage gang members accused of ambushing 25-year-old Officer Dan Bessant during a traffic stop Dec. 20, 2006. The other two teens were found guilty at trials several years ago, but lack of evidence led a judge to dismiss the case against Compre.
Los Angeles Times

LASD Sgt. Steve Owen Remembered 2 Years After Being Killed In The Line Of Duty
Friends, family and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department gathered Friday to honor slain Sgt. Steve Owen on the second anniversary of his death. Owen was shot and killed while investigating a burglary in Lancaster. Two years after his death, Owen's family says the Antelope Valley community is still showing them the love and support they gave them right after Owen died.

Man Wounded In Police Shooting In Van Nuys; Two More Suspects Taken Into Custody
An officer-involved shooting that left one man injured Sunday morning broke out when a pair of plainclothes narcotics detectives approached three men in an alley in Van Nuys. The man who was shot was transported to a local hospital and remained in stable condition, said Lt. Chris Ramirez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. He said the other two men fled, but were quickly taken into custody. Neither of the detectives was hurt, Ramirez said. Few details were available Sunday afternoon about what led to the shooting, which occurred at around 10:50 a.m. in the alley just north of a motel and a furniture store in the 13500 block of Sherman Way.
Los Angeles Daily News
West LA Shooting Leaves Two Victims Wounded; 2 Suspects Sought Two people were shot during an armed robbery attempt in West Los Angeles Saturday afternoon, police said. The incident occurred on the intersection of La Cienega Blvd. and Venice Blvd. at about noon near a strip mall. Los Angeles police said the shooting happened when the two male suspects traveling in a silver sedan tried to rob the victims in their car and used a shotgun, with the gunman firing two rounds. The driver and the passenger were both wounded. What appeared to be bullet holes were seen on the windows of the victim's vehicle, and the car's front was also damaged.

Men Shot After Crash In Mid-City Run To Nearby Hospital For Help
Two men are lucky to be alive after being shot through their car windows following a crash in Mid-City Saturday. Police reported that at about noon, two vehicles crashed at the intersection of La Cienega and Venice boulevards, before two masked suspects got out of one vehicle and broke the windows of the other. Witnesses said one of the men pulled out a shot gun and fired at the men in the car, injuring them. The victims attempted to back out of the area, slamming into a minivan. The men then jumped out of the car and attempted to get help from workers at a nearby auto shop.

Police Search For Gunman In Fatal Atwater Village Shooting
Police are searching for the gunman in a shooting that left a man in his 20s dead in what is a typically quiet neighborhood in Atwater Village Saturday night. "Off the top of my head, I can't recall too many crimes of violence happening here in the last few weeks or month," Sgt. Daniel Trunco of the LAPD said. The victim was shot near the parking lot of a 24-hour Del Taco restaurant at Los Feliz Blvd. and Brunswick Ave. The gunman is believed to have fled the scene in a dark-colored car.

Ride-Share Driver Released In Van Nuys Rape Case
A 37-year-old ride-share driver arrested on suspicion of raping a woman he drove home from a Van Nuys pub has been released, police said Saturday. Officer Jeff Lee of the LAPD's Media Relations Section told City News Service it was unclear when or why Octavio Alvarez Gomez was released. The woman summoned a Lyft driver to take her home about 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “When they arrived in the area of the victim's residence and prior to her exiting the suspect's vehicle, she was sexually assaulted,” police said.

City Attorney Seeks Eviction Of Alleged Highland Park Drug Dealer
The City Attorney's Office is suing to have a Highland Park resident evicted from her family-owned home for allegedly conducting drug sales at the property, where a search warrant allegedly turned up evidence that she possessed a book about running a drug cartel. The Los Angeles Superior Court action filed Thursday seeks to have the one-story, well-maintained and remodeled two-bedroom Craftsman-style home on Stratford Road be declared a public nuisance. It also asks that 43-year-old Lilia Chen be forced off the property and banned from being within 1,000 feet of the residence.

Serial Killer Who Slayed 5 SoCal Women Gets Death Penalty
An Orange County judge Friday sentenced a former Marine and a Chicago triple-murderer to death for the slayings of five women in Southern California in the 1980s and 1990s. Andrew Urdiales, 54, was convicted in May of the five killings, which occurred in Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties between 1986 and 1995. In June, the same jury recommended he get the death penalty. O.C. Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett ensured that Urdiales was sentenced to five consecutive death sentences in case any of his individual convictions were overturned or commuted by a governor.

Fentanyl Worries Have California Police Changing The Way They Handle, Test For Illicit Drugs
Wearing gloves and working under a hood that vents fumes from the evidence room, La Mesa police Sgt. Katy Lynch pushed a button on the scanner in her hand and shined a laser on the plastic baggie in front of her. In less than a minute, the device, which is about the size of a Nintendo Game Boy, identified the white powder, flashing the word “methamphetamine” on its small screen. The demonstration illustrated how quickly and easily the department's new tool can determine what officers are dealing with without ever opening a package. That hands-off approach has become more critical as dangerous opioids like fentanyl have shown up in illicit pills and powders sold on streets, potentially putting officers at risk of accidental exposure.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Favors Reducing Barriers To Campaign Matching Funds
The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval Friday to major changes that would lower the bar for what is required of candidates to receive taxpayer matching campaign funds, while also increasing the amount they could get. Existing rules require city candidates who want access to matching funds to collect donations from at least 200 contributors, although some of the contributions can be as low as $5. But the changes under consideration would lower the number of required contributors to 100, while increasing the maximum amount of matching funds each candidate can receive and significantly increasing the rate at which they receive them.


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