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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

October 24, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Trial Begins For Man Accused Of Threatening Deputies With Knife
Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the trial of a 62-year-old Lake Elsinore man accused of pulling a knife on sheriff's deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for ignoring a restraining order. Richard Allen Belville was arrested in June and charged with assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and violating a domestic violence restraining order. Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis heard pretrial motions Tuesday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and again inquired as to whether Belville intended to act as his own attorney, which the defendant confirmed.

Man Shot And Killed In Woodland Hills During Possible Carjacking
A man was shot and killed in Woodland Hills on Tuesday night in what authorities suspect was a carjacking that turned deadly. Authorities said officers were called to the 23000 block of Leonora Drive about 8 p.m., where they found a man in his 30s with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Witness Sam Kindseth told KABC-TV Channel 7 that he heard gunshots and saw the man's body being dragged by the shooter. “[The suspect] was trying to pull the guy into his car, almost to like, hide the evidence, but maybe he couldn't get him in the car, and he just ran out of time and he took off and ran him over,” Kindseth told the station.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas To Retire
Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Jorge A. Villegas plans to retire, the department confirmed Tuesday. The 29-year LAPD veteran heads up the Office of Administrative Services, where he oversees personnel, recruitment, and training. An exact retirement date was unclear, but Villegas is expected to step down before the end of the year, Channel 4 reported. Villegas previously oversaw the Office of Operations, where he helped write and implement new policies and procedures, including updating the department's Use of Force Policy, and helped prepare the operational component of the strategic plan “LAPD in 2020,” according to the department's website.

1 Killed In Shooting In Baldwin Hills
One person was killed Tuesday night in a shooting in the Baldwin Hills area. Officers responded about 8:35 p.m. to investigate a report of a shooting in the area of Buckingham and Palmyra roads, south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baldwin Hills, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They found an unresponsive victim who was pronounced dead at the scene, said LAPD Officer Tony Im. A large crowd formed at the scene so extra officers were called to secure the area, Im said. No suspect description was made available, nor was the victim's age or gender, but a vehicle spotted leaving the scene was described as a possible black four-door Mercedes-Benz, Im said.

Police Searching For Gunman In Fatal Mid-City Shooting
Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect after one person was shot and killed in the Mid City area Tuesday afternoon. The shooting was reported around 2:43 p.m. in the area of Washington Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. Police found a man, approximately 40 years old, at the scene and unconscious. He was later declared dead. Investigators say the suspect approached the victim on foot on the sidewalk, fired multiple rounds and then was picked up by a vehicle driven by another person. The vehicle was believed to be a light-colored four-door Honda.

3 Kids Injured In South LA Hit-and-Run That Stemmed From Suspects Evading Police
Three children are injured in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles that stemmed from suspects evading police. It all started just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, when LAPD officers pulled over a vehicle. The suspect inside then jumped out and ran off. Police soon noticed he was armed with a gun and got picked up by another vehicle. The vehicle sped off until it struck a small Mazda SUV in the 1300 block of W. 59th Place. Four people -- three children and a female driver -- were injured. Details on age were not immediately released. Police said the injuries to all four people were not life-threatening, but all were transported to a nearby hospital to be checked out.

$2,500 Reward Offered For Pit Bull Stolen From Woodland Hills Animal Rescue
A Woodland Hills animal rescue and adoption center is offering a $2,500 reward for the safe return of a pit bull their employees say was stolen from an outdoor kennel late Monday or early Tuesday. Employees at the center discovered Paige had been stolen early Tuesday morning, Oct. 23. The fence had been cut from the bottom, the dog was missing and the cutting tools were left behind, she said. Origer said they notified the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday, which dispatched officers to take a police report.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mission Hills Man Charged With Failing To Secure Gun, Which Stepson Took To School
A Mission Hills man is scheduled to be arraigned next week on misdemeanor charges of keeping an unsecured weapon, which allegedly was taken by the man's stepson to Grant High School. Jose Munoz, 35, is facing charges of criminal storage of a firearm carried to a public school and unlawful storage of a firearm, according to the City Attorney's Office. He is due to be arraigned Monday. According to prosecutors, Munoz's 17-year-old stepson took the weapon to school on Sept. 13. A fellow student reported seeing a social media post by Munoz's stepson showing him carrying the weapon in his waistband, according to the City Attorney's Office. Police later found the .45-caliber handgun in the boy's locker, authorities said.
Los Angeles Daily News

More Whistleblowers Emerge In Fight Over Secret Report On Prison Psychiatric Care
With lawyers for state inmates insisting that a secret report prepared by California's top prison psychiatrist must be made public, attorneys in the case say more whistleblowers are beginning to come forward. The revelation came during a hearing in federal court in Sacramento on Monday, where U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller is wrestling with how to deal with a 160-page report compiled by Dr. Michael Golding, the top psychiatrist in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Golding leaked the report two weeks ago to the federal receiver overseeing medical care in the prisons, and lawyers for the inmates say the report contains allegations that corrections officials have provided misleading and inaccurate information to Mueller.
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

LAFD Showing World Series Support By Sporting Dodgers Hats On Duty
If you're wondering how much of a big deal the Dodgers returning to the World Series is, just ask the Los Angeles Fire Department. LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas tweeted Tuesday that the department is permitting fire personnel to wear Dodgers hats while on duty throughout the series. Game 1 of the World Series kicked off Tuesday night in Boston. The series returns to Los Angeles this weekend, with games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary).

Local Government News

Although L.A. Mayor Calls Latest Crackdown On Homeless Camps A Success, Legal Issues Cloud City's Plans
To hear Mayor Eric Garcetti tell it, a city crackdown on downtown Los Angeles street encampments went off this month with barely a hitch: one arrest, seven people moved to shelters, 13 placed on the waiting list and the number of people in tents cut by more than half. Cleanup crews with police escorts swept through homeless camps in the El Pueblo historic district, bagging and tagging possessions for storage and dumping tents, trash, needles and human waste.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Looks To Expand Jail Diversion Program
A pilot program aimed at getting homeless people who commit low-level crimes into treatment or housing rather than jail cells is likely to be expanded, based on a vote Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said 42 of the 109 people enrolled in the pilot have since moved into in-patient substance abuse treatment programs or bridge or permanent housing. About 80 percent of those enrolled were homeless when they entered the law-enforcement assisted diversion or LEAD program.


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