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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 10, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Hearing Regarding Execution Held For Alleged Palm Springs Cop Killer
A hearing to determine whether an accused cop killer charged with the slayings of two Palm Springs police officers is mentally fit to be executed began Tuesday. Felix is charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, with special circumstance allegations of killing police officers and committing multiple murders which make him eligible for capital punishment if he's found guilty. Felix is accused of opening fire on Vega, Zerebny and a third officer through the metal screen door of his home as they approached. He also allegedly fired on five of their colleagues, who were not struck by the gunfire. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has alleged that Felix, who's accused of donning body armor and firing armor-piercing rounds from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, specifically targeted police.

Oregon FBI Agent Shot By Booby-Trapped Wheelchair
They slipped by the minivan outfitted with the spring-loaded jaws of animal snares and avoided a circular hot tub turned on its side and designed to roll over trespassers who triggered a tripwire — something reminiscent of "a scene from the movie 'Indiana Jones.'" But the FBI special agent and three state police bomb technicians never made it past the empty wheelchair inside the manufactured home they entered on the southern Oregon property, court records say. With the slightest push, the wheelchair opened fire. "I'm hit!" the federal agent yelled as blood gushed from his leg, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Medford. 
The Oregonian

Suspect Sought In Van Nuys Dental Office Takeover Robbery
Police released video of a suspect who assaulted a dentist in the course of a takeover robbery at a Van Nuys dental office. The suspect entered the office, located near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way, about 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "The office was closed, but the suspect entered through an unlocked door," according to a police statement. "The suspect donned a lab coat, a surgical mask, protective eyewear and latex gloves and began to remove property."
FOX 11

LAPD Issues Missing Person Alert For 91-Year-Old Woman
The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public's help in located a 91-year-old woman reported missing. Rosa Emma Villaltaarias was last seen on Sept. 27 near the 1700 block of W. 35th Place in Los Angeles. She has not been seen or heard from since, and her family is concerned for her safety. Villaltaarias is described as a 91-year-old female Hispanic with light brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She was wearing a blue floral print shorts.

Terrence Jenkins, Jasmine Sanders Believed To Be Involved In Studio City Crash
Eyewitness News has learned model Jasmine Sanders and actor Terrence Jenkins are believed to have been involved in a crash in Studio City while in a McLaren high-performance sports car. The crash happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on Ventura Boulevard, just west of Vineland Avenue. The vehicle sheared a parking meter and set off a fire hydrant before crashing into a tree. The window of a business was smashed in the incident. Witnesses said that after the accident, the couple left the scene in an Uber car. There is no word on whether the couple will face any hit-and-run charges, but Los Angeles police said the incident is being investigated as a hit-and-run.

DUI Suspect Arrested Following Crash That Injures 5 In Canoga Park
A person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following a three-car collision in Canoga Park on Tuesday, authorities said. The collision occurred just before 8 a.m. in the 8000 block of N. Owensmouth Avenue and injured five people. One had to be extricated from a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Multiple victims were taken to a nearby hospital, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department. Edwin Velez, 23, was booked on suspicion of a felony charge of driving under the influence, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LASD, State Agents Seize 111 Firearms, 27K Rounds Of Ammo From Felons, Mentally Ill In 3-Month Operation
Sheriff's deputies and agents with the state Department of Justice over the last three months seized hundreds of weapons and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition from felons and others across Los Angeles County who were prohibited from owning firearms, officials said Tuesday. In total, members of the joint operation confiscated 111 firearms and more than 27,600 rounds of ammunition while arresting 35 people. Among the guns were seven assault weapons, 56 handguns, 21 shotguns and 24 rifles. The haul also included 50 illegal high-capacity magazines. Dubbed Operation Dual Force, the effort that started in June targeted people on the state's Armed and Prohibited Persons System, which tracks people who purchased or inherited firearms but whose criminal convictions or other restrictions ban them from owning guns.
Los Angeles Daily News

13 Arrested, $10M In Drugs Seized In California Crackdown
A multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Los Angeles and Ventura counties led to the arrests of more than a dozen suspects, including a San Fernando Valley man alleged to be the organization's ringleader, authorities said today. Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said the suspects in the narcotics operation are believed to be linked to the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. "This is an organization where the dope was coming straight from the Sinaloa area to storage areas in L.A. and then transferring from there," Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis said a news conference announcing the arrests.

Boston Breathing Easier After Major Raid On MS-13 Gang
The streets are quieter these days in East Boston, but the marchers still gather in front of the police precinct house, as they have nearly every Thursday evening for the past four summers, after a rash of brutal killings and attempted murders by the violent street gang MS-13 struck fear into residents of this majority Latin American neighborhood. A dozen or so residents, police officers and church pastors set out across the neighborhood, handing out purple wristbands calling for peace and holding handwritten signs bearing messages in Spanish like "Los Jovenes Son El Futuro" (Youth are the Future) and "Juntos Por La Paz" (Together for Peace).
Associated Press

Public Safety News

1 Person Suffers Burns In Lincoln Heights Apartment Fire
One person suffered burn injuries Tuesday night in a fire at an apartment building in Lincoln Heights. The fire was reported about 8:40 p.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 100 block of East Avenue 26, near Pasadena Avenue, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Sky9 was over the scene where several fire trucks and 84 firefighters responded. Crews took 22 minutes to knock down the fire, which was burning inside one apartment unit on the second floor. The age, gender and condition of the burned patient, who was taken to a hospital, were not immediately available.

Local Government News

L.A. Will Impose New Punishment On Audience Members Who Disrupt City Council Meetings
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to crack down on people who repeatedly disrupt their meetings at City Hall, defying attorneys and activists who charge that the new rules trample on free speech rights. Beginning in January, people who are repeatedly ejected from City Council or committee meetings for shouting from the audience or other “disruptive acts” can be banned from attending other meetings that day and for up to six additional meeting days at a time.
Los Angeles Times


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