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Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 16, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Helping Young Girl Achieve Her Boxing Dreams Chris Connelly profiles 12-year-old amateur boxer
Meryland Gonzalez, who has risen up the ranks with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department. A South Los Angeles resident, Gonzalez receives mentoring and coaching from former amateur boxer, LAPD Officer Juan Bustamante. Watch as the two inspire each other.
ESPN Video

'HOPE' Team Dismantles Homeless Encampments, Seeks Out Services For LA's Homeless Population
They take careful steps to protect themselves from a dangerous job surrounded by hypodermic needles, human waste and rats. That's the worst-case scenario and they prepare for that every day in Los Angeles neighborhoods. It's called the HOPE Team – Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement – and it consists of members of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sanitation Services and LA Housing Services Administration. On a Monday morning in the shadow of Universal Studios and luxury apartments in North Hollywood, the team approached to clear out eight illegal homeless encampments near South Weddington Park.

Woman Shot In Westmont, Ex-Boyfriend Arrested
A man has been arrested in a shooting which left his ex-girlfriend seriously wounded in the South Angeles neighborhood of Westmont early Monday morning. A 19-year-old woman was shot at about 3:20 a.m. in the area of 90th Street and Normandie Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The woman was rushed to a hospital with gunshot wounds to her upper body. She is in serious condition. The suspect, a man in his mid-30s, was arrested a short time later, LAPD said. He is expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police Seek Help Identifying Man Brought To Hospital In Harbor City
Police Friday sought to identify a 70- to 80-year-old man who was bought Friday to a hospital in Wilmington. Officers were called about 12:30 p.m. to Kaiser Hospital in Harbor City, where hospital staff said the man had been brought by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man had been wandering around the 600 block of Harry Bridges Boulevard, “appearing confused of his whereabouts,” according to a police statement. “Through Spanish translation, officers could obtain a possible name of `Mariano Vega' and that he was from Mexico,” police said. “He did not know his current address and was unable to answer any questions regarding his family or his residence.”

Sun Valley Woman Who Went Missing For Days Found Safe
Friends of a 22-year-old woman from Sun Valley who went missing for six days said early Monday after noon that she was found safe. "SHE IS FOUND. Right now unable to give details but we found her in Hollywood. She is safe. Found by search party based off photo sent from detectives," friends said to NBC4. Sahara Eve Von Fisher was last seen about 5 p.m. Tuesday near the 9600 block of Stonehurst Avenue, near Sunland Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her family and friends went door-to-door Sunday posting fliers asking for help to find her.

Los Angeles Girl, 12, Missing Nearly A Week
Police continue to search Monday for a 12-year-old girl who went missing almost a week ago. Claudia Bravo was last seen near the 100 block of West 69th Street in Los Angeles last Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. Her family says she has not been seen or heard from since last Tuesday. She is described as a 5-foot-9, 150-pound Hispanic girl. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and tan pants. Anyone with information about Claudia can call the Newton Division Watch Commander at (323) 846-6553.

Panhandler Arrested Following Violent Home Invasion Robbery In Chatsworth
A man was arrested shortly after a home invasion robbery in Chatsworth last week left a woman injured, Los Angeles police said. Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Division officers received a call at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday reporting the home invasion in the 10600 block of Willowbrae Avenue in which the suspect used bodily force, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said Monday. The victim sustained “some contusions” and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, he said. Officers responded to a “burglary-suspect-there-now” call. The victim said she was at home, heard some noise, went to check and turned on the lights. “Lo and behold, she sees the suspect in the living room,” Lopez said, adding that it appears the suspect entered through the back door.
Los Angeles Daily News

VIDEO: Thieves Steal Mail From Woodland Hills Home In Broad Daylight
A couple of thieves were caught on camera stealing mail in broad daylight at a Woodland Hills home. The resident's surveillance camera caught a man and woman stopping in front of his home at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. A female passenger walks to his mailbox, opens it and then drives off with his private mail. The resident wrote down the license plate number and filed a police report. Anyone who may have more information on the suspects can call the Los Angeles Police Department tip line at 877-LAPD-247.

Man Who Posed As Uber Driver To Rape Women In West Hollywood Sentenced To 8 Years
A serial rapist who faked being an Uber driver in West Hollywood was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Friday. Walter Velasquez listened as at least two female victims gave impact statements in court during the sentencing hearing. Authorities said Velasquez pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain for his sentence. Officials say they have four DNA matches in the case so far.

Man Sentenced For Attack On Transgender Woman
A Los Angeles man was placed on 2 1/2 years probation Friday for a 2013 attack on a transgender woman on a Hollywood sidewalk. Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 26, was also sentenced to 30 days of community service that he has already performed in connection with his no-contest plea to an assault charge. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine F. Olmedo also ordered Shakhnazaryan to stay at least 100 yards away from the victim, Vivian Diego. As a result of a plea agreement with the prosecution, Olmedo reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. A second defendant, Samuel Garunts, now 26, pleaded no contest in February 2017 to a misdemeanor assault count and was sentenced to three years probation.

National Law Enforcement Museum Features Stories Of Courage, Honor And Sacrifice
The National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. is about stories. “Stories about courage, stories about honor, stories about sacrifice. True stories that remind us never to take public safety for granted,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein told the crowd of assembled police professionals at the grand opening ceremony on Oct 11. The museum, which was built by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), features immersive, interactive exhibits that allow visitors to not only learn about law enforcement but also experience some of the tasks and duties police perform every day. “The story of law enforcement has never been told. People need to learn about and understand the role law enforcement plays in their lives and also realize that they need to work in cooperation with their police,” said Craig Floyd, founding CEO at NLEOMF, a job he's held for 30 years.

Public Safety News

LA Firefighters Sue SoCalGas, Alleging Toxic Chemicals From 2015 Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Made Them Sick
Nearly 30 firefighters who helped Porter Ranch residents in the hours and days following the massive 2015-16 gas leak at Aliso Canyon have filed a civil lawsuit against Southern California Gas Company, alleging the utility knowingly exposed them to hazardous levels of toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, according to a complaint filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court. The exposure caused the firefighters to suffer from nosebleeds, migraine headaches, dizziness, skin rashes, sleeping difficulties, and breathing difficulties, the 56-page complaint said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA City Council To Reexamine Old Rules That Have Left Many Streets Unpaved
A bureaucratic oddity that has left hundreds of Los Angeles streets unpaved for up to eight decades is set to be addressed by the City Council Tuesday. Many of the streets were officially "withdrawn" from public use as far back as the 1930s, amid a lack of funds, because they were deemed unsafe or not up to proper code but were mostly left open to the public for driving or walking as they crumbled and deteriorated throughout the decades. Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who has been leading the drive on the council to address the issue, said he at first didn't quite believe that it was possible streets in his district were left unpaved for decades, but slowly came to realization that it was true.


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