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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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October 11, 2018

Law Enforcement News

K-9's Scent-Tracking Skills Help LAPD Find Missing 9-Year-Old Girl
A K-9 came to the rescue of a missing 9-year-old girl, Los Angeles police said on Monday. The Los Angeles Police Department posted to its social media a picture of Molly, a bloodhound who was called to the scene of the missing girl. LAPD's Twitter post said Molly used her scent-tracking skills to help get the missing girl back home. "I hope your day at work was as rewarding as mine," the tweet said. 

DA: LAPD Officers Acted Lawfully In Two Fatal Shootings
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has ruled that a Los Angeles police officer acted lawfully in fatally shooting a 22-year-old Panorama City man who called 911 in February and threatened to commit suicide, according to a report released Wednesday. In a five-page memorandum, the District Attorney's Office found that Los Angeles Police Department Officer Michael Martinez “reasonably believed” that another officer, Axcel Mannoury, “was in imminent danger of being killed or suffering great bodily injury when he used deadly force” against Orbel Nazarians on Feb. 26. The young man had called 911 that morning, told the operator that he was armed with a handgun and a knife and was going to kill himself, according to the document.

Fatal Stabbing Victim Found On Sidewalk In Hollywood; Sunset Blvd. Closed At Scene
A man was found fatally stabbed early Thursday morning on a sidewalk in Hollywood, prompting authorities to shut down Sunset Boulevard at the scene. The grim discovery was reported about 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Sunset and Sierra Bonita Avenue, where the victim was found with a stab wound to his back, said Lt. Michael Rippe of the Los Angele Police Department. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the location. A description of the assailant was not available. The LAPD closed Sunset between Curson Avenue and Gardner Street while detectives conducted an investigation at the scene. It was unclear when the street would be reopened.

Man Stabbed On Metro Bus In Downtown LA
Police continued their search Wednesday for a person who stabbed a man aboard a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles. Officers were called to the area of Fifth and Main streets around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, in his 50s, was taken to a hospital with wounds described as not life-threatening, police said. According to the preliminary report, the suspect and victim became involved in a dispute, and the suspect stabbed him and ran off the bus when it stopped, police said. A detailed description of the suspect was not available. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Search Continues For 91-Year-Old Woman Who Went Missing In Central LA
Authorities are looking for a 91-year-old woman who went missing last month in the Jefferson neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. Rosa Emma Villaltaarias was last seen at around 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the 1700 block of West 35th Place, according to Los Angeles police. Her family has not seen or heard from her since. Villaltaarias's daughter said she has done everything from checking local hospitals to putting up 50 flyers around her neighborhood. She added her mother has disappeared twice before, including three months ago when she left and returned in about 24 hours.

Sheriff's Investigators Arrest Man Who May Be Linked To String Of Burglaries In Malibu And Calabasas
After several hours scouring Malibu Canyon for a burglary suspect, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators spotted fresh boot prints in the dirt. Crews followed the steps about 50 yards to a steep ravine about a mile north of the Mulholland Highway, where they heard rustling in the brush. Moments later, they saw a man in black, armed with a rifle, walking quickly. After a tense standoff, the man dropped the weapon and surrendered. Authorities believe Anthony Rauda, 42, may be linked to a string of burglaries in the area over the last three months, and several others dating to 2016, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Wednesday evening.
Los Angeles Times

Mexican Police Officer Arrested At Orange County Line With 50 Pounds Of Methamphetamine In Car, Authorities Say
A sheriff's deputy arrested a Mexican police officer this week who had 50 pounds of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment inside his car, authorities said on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The 41-year-old cop was driving on the northbound 5 Freeway when, at the Orange County border with San Diego County, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department Highway Interdiction Team pulled the man over for a Vehicle Code violation, authorities said. The team primarily monitors the I-5, used by drug-trafficking organizations to smuggle narcotics north. During the traffic stop, sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said, driver Miguel Patron was extremely nervous.
Orange County Register

Prison psychiatry chief's report accuses state of misleading court on mental health care
The chief psychiatrist for California's prison system is accusing state officials of providing inaccurate and misleading data to a federal court and to lawyers for prison inmates fighting to improve psychiatric care inside state prisons, according to court documents. Dr. Michael Golding compiled a “lengthy, detailed report” that inmate attorneys say contains “serious allegations” that data reported to the court overseeing a long-running case involving medical and mental health care inside California prisons “is inaccurate and has been presented in a materially misleading way,” court documents say.
Sacramento Bee

Four Californians Indicted In 2017 Charlottesville Clashes
A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted four California men on charges connected to violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters last year in Charlottesville, Virginia. The four defendants -- Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, Thomas Walter Gillen, 24, of Redondo Beach, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California -- were arrested on federal criminal complaints in the early morning hours of Oct. 2. The indictment, filed in federal court in Virginia, charges each defendant with one count each of conspiracy to violate the federal riots act and traveling across state lines to participate in or incite a riot.

Public Safety News

West Nile Virus Kills San Fernando Valley Resident In LA County's First Such Death Of Year
Los Angeles County health officials on Wednesday confirmed the county's first West Nile virus death of the year and again urged residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites that can spread the disease. Robert Johnson, 53, a longtime Los Angeles County public defender and father of two, died after contracting the virus. Johnson was a San Fernando Valley resident who was hospitalized in early September and died from “West Nile virus-associated neuro-invasive disease,” according to the county Department of Public Health. So far, 38 human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed this year in the county, excluding Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own health departments. In 2017, there were 268 human cases of the virus in the county, and a record 27 deaths.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. prepares to begin crackdown on homeless camps, under fire from civil rights lawyers
Outreach workers went tent to tent early Wednesday with offers of homeless services as the city launched a crackdown on encampments around a new shelter in downtown Los Angeles' El Pueblo historic district. The city plans five-day-a-week cleanups and increased police presence in “special enforcement zones” around a network of 15 shelters it hopes to build by the middle of next year. Wednesday was to have been the first day of the stepped-up enforcement around the first shelter, El Puente, which opened a month ago across from Union Station.
Los Angeles Times
A Beefs Up Brush-Clearance Rules In Wake Of Hillside Fires
" Following a series of fires that have broken out in the hillsides over the last year, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday that increases requirements for brush clearance and fire safety in Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, including a ban on metal weed whackers. The ordinance was called for by Councilmen Paul Koretz and David Ryu, who both represent districts with hilly neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Daily News


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