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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 9, 2018

Law Enforcement News

45 California LEOs Run For Fallen Officers In Full Gear
Participants in the seventh annual Peace Officer Memorial Run carried with them personal reasons — a student honoring his grandpa, a cop battling back from a shooting and car crash — for turning out on a cool, windy Sunday morning to do a half marathon or 5K. Some stories were worn literally on a sleeve, like “Officer Robert Terry Mackie, EOW 8/14/49.” Mackie had been with the Los Banos Police Department only nine months when he was fatally shot nearly 70 years ago. Other T-shirts bore the image of Stanislaus County sheriff's Deputy Jason Garner, whose patrol car crash in May 2017 killed him and Community Service Officer Raschel Johnson.
The Modesto Bee

Fallen South Carolina Officer Mourned As A Hero
A South Carolina police officer killed in an ambush last week was remembered Monday as a hero who put his life in jeopardy to try to save the lives of injured colleagues. Several people eulogizing Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway, 52, said he didn't hesitate to act when he saw three Florence County deputies being shot in an ambush in an upscale Florence neighborhood by the father of a man officers wanted to question about a sex assault on a child. "He gave his life just like he lived it — as a hero," Florence County Police Chief Allen Heidler said.
Associated Press

Palm Springs Police To Pay Tribute To Fallen Officers
The Palm Springs Police Department will pay tribute to two Palm Springs officers killed in the line of duty on the second anniversary of their deaths. A 6 p.m. remembrance gathering will be held at the Palm Springs Police Memorial Plaza to remember Jose "Gil" Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, who were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Oct. 8, 2016. Vega and Zerebny are two of only four officers whose names adorn the memorial plaza, situated in front of Palm Springs Police headquarters.

Bicyclist Killed In Sun Valley Hit-and-Run
A bicyclist died at a hospital after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle in Sun Valley, Los Angeles police said Monday. The case was reported at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Strathern Street and Bellingham Avenue, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The bicyclist — whose identity was being withheld — was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators determined the 45-year-old man was riding eastbound in the designated bicycle lane when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle described as a dark, possibly gray SUV.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Wounded In Shooting On Hollywood Street; Gunman Sought
Authorities are searching for a gunman who shot and wounded a woman as she was standing on a street in Hollywood early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred about 2 a.m. outside of Café Etc in the 1600 block of North Cahuenga Avenue when a man wearing all black clothing opened fire, police at the scene confirmed to KTLA. The gunman was described as a male Hispanic, standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing more than 200 pounds. Witnesses heard about seven shots, at least two of which struck victim in the leg, police said.

Man Forces His Way Into Woman's Valley Village Apartment, Refuses To Come Out
A man who police say forced his way into a woman's Valley Village apartment early Monday refused to come out. The woman told police she was awoken just after 4 a.m. to a man banging on the door of her apartment in the 12300 block of West Riverside Drive. When she looked outside, she saw he was armed with some type of tool. When he managed to get inside the apartment, she locked herself in a bedroom. As officers distracted the suspect at the front door, firefighters put a ladder up to the bedroom's window and were able to get the woman to safety.

2 Offenders Walk Away From Halfway House In Los Angeles, Prompting Search By Corrections Officials
California Department of Corrections officials are searching for two men who walked away from a halfway house in Los Angeles on Thursday evening. Johnny Woods, 52, was serving a sentence for armed robbery when he departed the facility without permission about 7:45 p.m., according to the authorities. He is said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall and weigh 209 pounds. Jacob Stuck, 30, followed suit about 9 p.m. He was serving a two-year, eight-month sentence for false imprisonment with violence. He is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 256 pounds.

8 L.A.-Area Men Arrested In Child Pornography, Exploitation Cases
Federal authorities on Friday announced several recent arrests in the Los Angeles area related to child pornography and exploitation cases. Officials detained eight men over the past 10 days in a sweep involving Project Safe Childhood, a Justice Department initiative intended to combat sexual exploitation and abuse of minors, according to an agency statement. On Thursday, the FBI arrested 36-year-old Nestor Ramirez of South L.A. and 53-year-old Victor Manuel Diaz Romo of Lawndale.

L.A. Man Arrested In South Pasadena After Police Find Illegal Drugs And Stolen Property In His Vehicle
A Los Angeles man was arrested in South Pasadena after police stopped his vehicle and illegal drugs and stolen property were found inside, authorities said. Officers stopped Lloyd Eppie, 37, about 7 p.m. Friday in the area of Mockingbird Lane and Raymond Hill Road after a report that his vehicle appeared suspicious, South Pasadena police said. A records check revealed Eppie had a felony arrest warrant from a neighboring jurisdiction, police said. Eppie admitted he had narcotics in his vehicle and police searched it, finding large quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, a scale and narcotics paraphernalia, police said. Officers also found stolen property, stolen mail and United States Postal Service arrow keys used to burglarize multi-unit mailboxes.
Los Angeles Daily News

New Bills Continue Criminal Justice Changes In California
Bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this year made significant changes to juvenile courts, police personnel records and the state's murder law, continuing the march by Brown and his legislative allies toward sweeping changes in the criminal justice system. The bills that Brown signed into law continue the criminal justice system reform trend that has brought sweeping changes to the state police agencies, courts and prisons. After more than two decades of increasingly harsh laws aimed at punishing offenders, be they youths or adults, the state under Brown has wrought changes that emphasize rehabilitation over punishment.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Public Safety News

Flea-Borne Typhus Spreads Across L.A. Area, With At Least 57 Reported Cases
A rise in typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas, has hit the Los Angeles area, and public health officials are sounding the alarm. As of Monday, there have been 57 cases of flea-borne typhus in Los Angeles County, the county Department of Public Health said. On Thursday, the department announced that officials are investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus in downtown Los Angeles, and they are working with the city to implement environmental safety measures to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Weights Banning Disruptors From Future Meetings
The Los Angeles City Council is set to consider proposed rule changes Tuesday aimed at cracking down on people who repeatedly disrupt council or committee meetings by banning them from attending some future sessions. Critics — including the American Civil Liberties Union — have blasted the proposed rule changes, which require a two-thirds vote, as a potential infringement on free-speech rights. The motion under consideration would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and ban members of the public from attending a certain number of meetings based on the frequency of their ejections.

Los Angeles Celebrates Inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day
Christopher Columbus was the guest of dishonor at this party. Away from the revelers, a statue of the famous explorer was kept hidden behind a black box in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park, decorated with an altar celebrating native people. Monday marked the first celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles, a year after the City Council and the county Board of Supervisors voted to reimagine Columbus Day. The covered statue included a note signed by several county organizations indicating the monument will be removed.
Los Angeles Times


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