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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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October 26, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Virginia Jury Sentences Soldier Convicted Of Killing Wife, Rookie Officer To Life In Prison
A jury in Virginia has spared the life of an Army staff sergeant convicted of fatally shooting his wife and a rookie police officer who responded to her call for help. The decision Thursday by the jury in Manassas means that 34-year-old Ronald Hamilton will serve life in prison without possibility of parole for the deaths of his wife, Crystal Hamilton, and Officer Ashley Guindon, who was working her first shift after being sworn in. In a note, jurors said six favored sparing him and six favored death. No jury in Virginia has imposed a death sentence since 2011. Hamilton shot and killed his wife in the family's Woodbridge home in 2016. He then shot three police officers who responded. Guindon died. The other officers suffered serious injuries but survived.
Associated Press

Suspicious Package Reported At West L.A. Building That Houses Sen. Feinstein's Office Is Not A Bomb: LAPD
Investigators were responding to a suspicious package reported in West Los Angeles Thursday evening and police later said the package did not contain a bomb. The package was reported at a building on the 11100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard around 4:15 p.m., and a bomb squad was on scene by 6:50 p.m., L.A. Police Officer Ray Brown said. However, Brown later said the package was determined to not be a bomb. He did not give any other information about what it contained. An unidentified law enforcement source told the Los Angeles Times that the package appeared to be significantly different from the ones targeting high-profile political figures, particularly Democrats, in recent days.

Police Chase Ends With PIT Maneuver On 101 Fwy In North Hollywood, Suspect In Custody
Police in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday morning apprehended an allegedly armed driver after a high-speed chase on surface streets and freeways. The assault-with-a-deadly-weapon suspect led several LAPD vehicles from North Hollywood to Sherman Oaks, then onto the eastbound 101 Freeway at Coldwater Canyon Avenue. The maroon-colored sedan headed back onto the eastbound 134 Freeway, exited onto the street and then entered the southbound 170 Freeway. After the driver returned to the 101, a Los Angeles police officer performed a PIT maneuver that spun the suspect's car around.

Human Trafficking Task Force In SFV Reports 1,717 Arrests In 3 Years
The Los Angeles Police Department's Operations-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force marked its third anniversary Friday, with officials saying it has resulted in 1,717 arrests related to human trafficking, pimping, lewd conduct and other acts. "Ever since I was a little girl, I have known there was a problem with sex trafficking along Sepulveda (Boulevard) and Lankershim (Boulevard). This is why I made it my mission since I came into office to address these issues," City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said. "Since launching the Operations-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force three years ago, we have already referred 236 women to our wonderful partner Journey Out," she said. 

L.A. Gang Member Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison In Federal Drug Case
A Los Angeles gang member with a long criminal history received a 35-year federal prison sentence Wednesday, federal officials said. A jury convicted Marquis “Tiny Looney” Shaw, 43, of South Los Angeles, last year of three counts of drug dealing, including distributing crack cocaine near schools, the U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement. Prosecutors described him as a “prominent member” of the Five-Duece Broadway Gangster Crips, which claims territory in South Los Angeles and Downtown L.A., as well as a member of a “hit squad” within the gang.

Pimp Convicted Of Human Trafficking Of Minors
A Los Angeles man was convicted Thursday of trafficking teenage girls as young as 13 for commercial sex. A jury in downtown Los Angeles found Raylonzo Roberts, 43, guilty of two felony counts each of pandering by procuring a minor under age 16, human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act, human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act by force, fear, fraud or threat of injury and lewd act on a child, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Jurors also convicted Roberts of one count each of human trafficking to commit another crime, aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Design Suggests Suspicious Packages Intended To Spread Fear Rather Than Destruction
Because none of the 10 suspicious devices sent to prominent figures in recent days have ignited, investigators now suspect that either a would-be bomb maker is inept or the packages were intended to spread fear rather than inflict injury or death, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. Still, the same sources warned Thursday that additional devices resembling small pipe bombs, similar to those sent to people with whom President Trump has clashed, could be lethal and are believed to be within the postal system. Investigators are looking closely at Florida, the origin of at least some of the packages. New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill reinforced investigators' warnings at a news conference, saying, “We are treating it as suspected explosive devices.
Los Angeles Times

Connecting Command To The Frontline: How Critical Incident Insight Keeps Officers And Assets Safe
In today's public safety environment, the need for insight into critical incidents is essential. Just count the number of active shooter incidents in the past year that have required a coordinated response to a dynamic situation. Having a 360-degree view of where each of your officers and vehicles are can literally mean the difference between life and death. Active shooter incidents, pursuits and other responses that can be dangerous to police officers and citizens alike are not confined to big cities or well-resourced police departments. Although agency resources may be vastly different, the need for tools that enhance situational awareness are the same for police everywhere.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battle Blaze At Commercial Building In Downtown L.A.; Arson Investigators Dispatched
Firefighters were battling a blaze at a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Thursday evening before arson investigators were sent to the scene, fire officials said. Heavy fire was visible at the building located along the 1400 block of South Long Beach Avenue just after 5:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. An hour and half later, firefighters were still struggling to put out some flames, officials said. More than 140 firefighters were dispatched to the scene and worked to make sure the fire didn't spread to other surrounding structures, the Fire Department said in an alert.

Local Government News

L.A. Metro Will Offer Free Rides On Buses, Trains On Election Day Nov. 6
In an effort to boost Los Angeles County's historically poor voter turnout, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials agreed Thursday to offer free fares on the sprawling bus and rail system on election day. On Nov. 6, rides on Metro's six rail lines and 2,200 buses will be free from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Eliminating the $1.75 fare for a day will cost the agency an estimated $600,000, officials said. During the midterm election four years ago, Los Angeles County's voter turnout rate was 31%, the lowest in California. “We know there are so many impediments to folks voting,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, one of the authors of the motion, said at Metro's Thursday meeting. “We know how critical voting is, and what an important election we have that's coming up.”

FBI investigating possible wrongdoing by inspector on Bel-Air mansion, city investigator testifies
A Los Angeles city employee who inspected a colossal mansion under construction in Bel-Air received “items of value” in connection with that work, according to a city investigator. During a deposition earlier this month, special investigator Randolph Osborne said a city probe had turned up evidence of possible wrongdoing by a Department of Building and Safety inspector. Osborne, who works for the personnel department, said there was “not necessarily … proof of taking bribes, but receiving items of value.”
Los Angeles Times


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