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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 18, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Man Set To Be Sentenced For Crash That Killed LAPD Officer
Sentencing is set Thursday for a man convicted of second-degree murder and other charges for a crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer and seriously injured his partner more than four years ago. Mynor Enrique Varela, now 25, was convicted Aug. 31 of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter in connection with the May 3, 2014, early morning crash at Anaheim and Senator streets. The jury also found true allegations that Varela knew or should have known that the murder victim, LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez, was engaged in the performance of his duties as a peace officer and that Varela personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon — his SUV — along with an allegation that he fled from the scene of the crash. Sanchez, a 32-year-old newlywed who had been on the police force for six years, was pronounced dead about two hours after the crash, and his partner, Richard Medina, suffered a broken jaw and other injuries.

North Carolina Trooper Dies After Suspect Opens Fire
A driver opened fire on a North Carolina state trooper during a traffic stop early Wednesday, killing the 11-year Highway Patrol veteran, authorities said. The suspect was arrested after a chase. Around 12:15 a.m., the trooper stopped the white pickup truck on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville, said Highway Patrol First Sgt. Michael Baker. Baker said the driver shot Trooper Kevin Conner as he approached. "The driver of that vehicle fired several shots, striking the trooper," Baker told reporters. The suspect fled and Conner was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Associated Press

Deputy Wounded In Shooting Outside Apartment Complex In San Bernardino County
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was wounded by gunfire at an apartment complex in Adelanto early Thursday, officials said. Deputies were at the Raintree Garden Apartments at 8125 Bellflower St. about 2 a.m. when shots were fired from one of the buildings, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachma. A deputy was hit by the gunfire and airlifted to a hospital, she said. The extent of the deputy's injuries was unclear, but the person was conscious, Bachman wrote on Twitter. It is not clear what led to the shooting and whether a suspect is in custody.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Seeks Help Finding Driver In Fatal Encino Hit-and-Run
Police asked for the public's help Wednesday to find the hit-and-run driver responsible for fatally injuring a 30-year-old woman who was crossing a street in a crosswalk in Encino. The crash occurred about 11:50 p.m. Saturday on Ventura Boulevard, east of Louise Avenue, according to Los Angeles police. Yana Lavrenteva died at a hospital. “We came here to just pray for her soul,” her husband, Evgeny Lavrentev told CBS2 at a memorial for his wife on Tuesday night. “We have to learn how to live now without her.” The vehicle that struck her was described as a possible silver 1996 to 2000 Toyota 4-Runner, according to police.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Shot After Leaving Hollywood Bar Shares Story, Pleads For Gunman's Capture
A woman who was shot in the street in Hollywood last week upon leaving a bar is speaking out about the incident as authorities continue to search for the gunman. Christina Robalo says she still has a long road to recovery despite undergoing a week of hospital treatment and two surgeries for gunshot wounds in both her legs following the Oct. 9 incident. Investigators had initially said Robalo and the gunman knew each other, but she says that's not the case, and she was randomly accosted. According to Robalo, she and male friend had just walked out of St. Felix, at 1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd., when a strange man approached her companion around 2:30 a.m. "The guy came up to him, said, 'You know I can kill you,' " Robalo said. "Out of the blue. That's why we think the guy was probably on drugs, or on something."

Homeless Man Struck By, Trapped Under BMW, Hospitalized In Critical Condition
A homeless man was critically injured Wednesday morning when he was struck by and trapped underneath a car while sleeping on sidewalk in Studio City. Officers responded about 1:20 a.m. to the area of Ventura Boulevard near Vineland Avenue and found the man trapped beneath a BMW, according to Officer Tony Kuey of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. Firefighters freed the man and transported him to a hospital in critical condition, news outlets reported. The driver of the BMW was handcuffed at the scene and police said he would be arrested on suspicion of DUI.
FOX 11

Investigators Believe Armed Robber Caught On Video At Anaheim Donut Shops Could Be Same Man Who Held Up South L.A Winchell's
Authorities are looking into whether armed robber who held up a Winchell's Donuts in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles Wednesday morning had targeted two other donuts shops in Anaheim the day before. All three incidents were captured on surveillance video. The most recent occurred at the South L.A. Winchell's, in the 1900 block of East Florence Avenue, at about 1:30 a.m. Video shows a man in a yellow vest and black hoodie entering the shop and looking around. At one point, his face is uncovered while he apparently waits for a clerk to approach the register.

Man's Conviction Upheld For Murdering Transgender Partner On Skid Row
A state appeals court panel upheld a man's conviction for murdering his transgender partner on Los Angeles' Skid Row in 2016. A three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that Daniel Molayem's first-degree murder conviction and a gun enhancement stemming from the March 23, 2016, shooting death of 32-year-old Kourtney Yochum were "supported by substantial evidence." The panel noted in its ruling, released late Tuesday, that multiple witnesses testified that they saw Molayem shoot the transgender woman, and that surveillance footage from multiple cameras corroborated the testimony.

Trial Opens For Newlywed Charged With Fatally Stabbing Husband
A woman stabbed her newlywed husband “straight through the heart” at their Pico-Union apartment, drunk and angry over the time he spent on his business and playing video games, a prosecutor alleged Monday, while a defense attorney told jurors that his client couldn't remember what happened but physical evidence would show she didn't commit the crime. Misun Yoo, 28, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 31-year-old Tae Kyung Sung, on July 30, 2017. The couple had been married four months when Yoo “stabbed him once right in the chest, straight through the heart,” Deputy District Attorney Irene Lee alleged in her opening statement.

Boy With Cancerous Brain Tumor Sworn In As Torrance Police Officer
A 7-year-old Torrance boy's dream of following in his father's footsteps came true as he was sworn in as a police officer. Drake Walker was diagnosed in August with an aggressive and inoperable cancerous tumor on his brain stem, according to the police department. Drake, whose father James Walker is a sergeant with the Torrance Police Department, was sworn in as an honorary police officer during a City Council meeting. A GoFundMe has been set up for those who want to donate to the Walker family.

Washington PD Gets OK To Use Drones
The Spokane Police Department is now authorized to use drones when investigating crimes and when trying to locate missing or fleeing people after the City Council approved a resolution 5-2 Monday night. The resolution directs police to obtain a warrant, and bars officers from flying drones over private property without the landowner's or tenant's permission. It allows police to search for campsites in hard-to-access areas. The police department does not have its own drones yet, but has worked with the Spokane Fire Department in the past to reconstruct accidents. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has offered the use of its drones to the police department while they train officers and purchase their own devices.
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Public Safety News

Fire Weather Watch Returning For LA And Orange Counties
The threat of wildfire will return to the Southland Friday because of strong winds and very dry vegetation but with less severity than on Monday and Tuesday, said the National Weather Service. “Offshore winds will increase on Friday and continue through Saturday. These winds will not be nearly as strong as what occurred earlier this week, but gusts between 30 and 45 miles per hour are possible. The moderately dry conditions currently occurring will change little through Saturday, with minimum humidities generally between 10 and 20 percent at lower elevations,” warned an NWS statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

ShakeAlert, The Early Earthquake Warning System, Now Operational But Not Ready For Mass Public Alerts
The hotly anticipated West Coast earthquake early warning system being developed at Caltech will begin sending automated alerts to businesses, utilities, schools and other entities — but it's not yet ready to issue mass public notifications, officials said Wednesday. Lawmakers joined Caltech researchers morning press conference to unveil ShakeAlert, which hopes to send residents in California, Oregon and Washington warning that strong shaking will occur where there are several seconds before it actually hits. The system works by detecting temblors, quickly analyzing the data then issuing a mobile alert.

Local Government News

L.A. Hustles To Pass New Rules On Street Vending Ahead Of New State Law
Nearly five years after Los Angeles politicians called for the city to legalize selling food and goods on its sidewalks, the City Council is hustling to pass rules before a new law goes into effect across California. L.A. has already eliminated criminal charges for vending amid fears that they could jeopardize immigrant sellers and put them at risk of being deported, though vendors can still be cited and fined. Earlier this year, the City Council backed proposed rules that would regulate where and how vendors can do business, asking city lawyers to draft an ordinance for their approval.
Los Angeles Times

LA County Updates Smoking Restrictions To Include Vaping, Pot
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to update anti-smoking ordinances to include e-cigarettes and marijuana. The new rules banning vaping and smoking e-cigarettes and marijuana at all outdoor dining areas of restaurants and bars in unincorporated county areas and on the periphery of any county facility are expected to be adopted early next year. They "will apply to an estimated 825 restaurants, nearly 20 percent of which have outdoor dining areas," according to Barbara Osborne, communications director for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who authored the motion.


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