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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 31, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Detectives, Officers Acted Within Policy In Fatal Shooting Of ‘Penny Pincher Bandit,' Panel Finds
The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that undercover detectives and other officers involved in a brief pursuit and fatal shooting of a robbery suspect in North Hollywood last year dubbed the “Penny Pincher Bandit” acted within department policy. The civilian panel, which oversees and sets policy for the Los Angeles Police Department, unanimously sided with the recommendations of Los Angeles police Chief Michel R. Moore. The chief found officers did not violate policy when it came to their tactics, drawing their weapons and using lethal force during the incident. The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the rank-and-file officers' union, said it appreciated the finding of the Police Commission that the officers acted reasonably in light of the evidence. “Our detectives attempted to apprehend a violent suspect who was wanted for terrorizing and robbing several innocent store workers at gunpoint,” the union said in a statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Officers Lauded For Actions During Fire, Shootout
Four California Highway Patrol officers who flew through hurricane-force winds to rescue dozens of residents trapped by a wildfire north of Napa last year were awarded the state's highest law enforcement honor Monday. "There's a lot of people who thought they were going to die that night. Thankfully, we were able to be there and make a difference," recalled Officer Whitney Lowe, a flight officer on one of two helicopters. Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra awarded them medals of valor, along with a Yuba County sheriff's deputy who rescued two wounded deputies while wearing shorts and a polo shirt but no bulletproof vest. The four CHP officers were flying in two helicopters about 10 p.m. Oct. 8, 2017, when 14 large wildfires began ripping through wine country and other areas of Northern California, forcing an estimated 20,000 people to evacuate.
US News

Five Injured In Drive-By Shooting In South L.A.
Five people were injured in a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Around 6:30 p.m., multiple rounds were fired from a black vehicle near 65th Place and Vermont Avenue in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Four men and one woman were shot, and all were taken to hospitals in stable condition, he said. No further details about the vehicle or the suspect were known, Lopez said. What motivated the shooting was unclear.
Los Angeles Times

Bomb Squad Responds After Shipping Container Explodes At Port Of L.A.
A bomb squad was sent to investigate after a shipping container exploded at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday, officials said. Firefighters initially responded to the scene at 160 S. Ferry St. shortly before 6 p.m., the L.A. Fire Department said in an alert. The container was parked and not hooked up to a truck at the time. The explosion appeared to have sent debris over a fence and onto Ferry Street on Terminal Island, below the Vincent Thomas Bridge. No injuries were reported. So far, the incident has been contained to a minor explosion in one container, and it is believed to be an industrial accident, according to Phillip Sanfield, a spokesperson for the port.

4 Men Arrested In Connection To Series Of Los Angeles County Knock-Knock Burglaries
Four men, who all have significant criminal histories, were arrested on suspicion of conducting a series of knock-knock burglaries all over Los Angeles County. Authorities said around 12:35 p.m. Monday, detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department from several units saw four suspects commit a residential burglary in the Brentwood area. Detectives saw the suspects in a maroon Kia Optima, driving slowly through neighborhoods in West Los Angeles and Brentwood. As the suspects left the area, the detectives and deputies coordinated with Los Angeles police in the area to do a traffic stop. When LAPD units were getting close, the suspect vehicle was stopped at Kenter Avenue near Tigertail Road.

Uber Launching New 911 Feature
In Los Angeles Uber is launching a new 911 feature in Los Angeles designed to improve emergency response for ride-sharing passengers. The app will offer an emergency button to call 911. When the call is answered by the city of Los Angeles emergency system, it will share additional information on that specific Uber ride, such as the vehicle's model and license plate, and location. Eyewitness News was offered the chance to test out the system. The Los Angeles 911 operator was able to determine the initial location of the call as well as the Uber vehicle involved. There was a hiccup in the test of the live tracking feature as the vehicle moved locations. "I think it's an important safety aspect for the citizens of Los Angeles," said Capt. David Storaker with LAPD's Communication Division. 

LA Council Votes To Fight Illegal Marijuana Shops By Cutting Power, Fining Employees And Locking The Doors
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with developing new tactics aimed at closing down illegal marijuana businesses, including having them barricaded or padlocked, imposing escalating fines on their employees and shutting off utilities. Although marijuana has been legal for recreational sales in California since Jan. 1, a license from both the state and city of Los Angeles is required to legally operate a dispensary in L.A., and hundreds of illegal businesses are believed to be operating in breach of the regulations. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced last month that since January, his office, in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department, has filed 120 criminal cases against 515 defendants associated with 105 illegal commercial cannabis locations across the city.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Caught On Video Stealing Tesla Parts
A man is caught on video taking off with valuable Tesla parts and now the search is on for that thief. It happened at a shopping plaza in Northridge in broad daylight. Now the victim wants other Tesla owners to be warned. The man was caught on a dashboard camera stealing an expensive part from a Tesla Monday evening. The video shows a man using a rag to hide some type of tool he uses to steal the part off the Tesla. The thief keeps looking around while trying to get the part. After a struggle he makes off with it. The thief was driving a black Mercedes with paper plates. If you recognize him or if you have any information you're asked to call the LAPD.

Security Camera Video Captures Hit-and-Run Crash At Arleta Barbershop
Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that occurred between Monday night and early Tuesday morning at a barbershop in Arleta. A security camera captured the crash at Chase Street and Woodman Avenue. The car was reported stolen. Police are investigating to see if the crash was caused by street racing. It is unknown if any injuries occurred. The occupants of the car left the scene.

Woman Sentenced To 350 Years For Shooting Rampage In Southeast L.A. County That Left 1 Dead
A 27-year-old woman was sentenced to more than 350 years in prison for a 2017 shooting rampage across Whittier, Pico Rivera and La Mirada that left one person dead and three injured, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Reyna Gomez allegedly committed the attacks alongside an accomplice, Alejandro Lazo, in April 2017. Spanning across multiple cities, the crime spree lasted more than three hours and targeted innocent bystanders. She has been sentenced to the maximum term of 83 years and four months in state prison, plus 270 years to life, prosecutors said. She was convicted of one count of murder, 14 counts of attempted murder and one count of carjacking on Sept. 13.

Public Safety News

Red Flag Warning In Effect For LA County Areas But Not In Orange County
A red flag warning denoting a high risk of wildfire will be in force for much of the day Wednesday in mountain, forest and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties because of gusty Santa Ana winds and little humidity, which will dip to single digits in some areas. “The strongest winds will be focused across eastern Ventura and western Los Angeles counties,” according to a National Weather Service statement, which warned of wind gusts of 35 to 50 miles per hour. “The Santa Ana winds will bring warming and drying to the warning area, with widespread humidities between 8 and 20 percent, along with high temperatures climbing well into the 80s across the lower elevations.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA Leaders Condemn Hate Speech As They Honor Pittsburgh Victims
Los Angeles city leaders continued to speak out Tuesday against hate speech, anti-Semitism and gun violence following a mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, while also expressing fear the violence is potentially being fueled by President Donald Trump. The City Council held a moment of silence during its meeting in honor of the 11 victims who died in Saturday's shooting. City Attorney Mike Feuer, meanwhile, lamented what he sees as a rise in hate-fueled violence. He recalled his time on the City Council in 1999 when a mass shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills wounded three children, a teenage counselor and an office worker. 
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County Declares Shelter Crisis In Unincorporated Areas
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to declare a shelter crisis in unincorporated areas of the county, freeing up state funding and streamlining the permit process for emergency shelters. More than 5,300 people are homeless in unincorporated areas, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's 2018 count. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl authored the motion and said the declaration was necessary to allow LAHSA to apply for state Homeless Emergency Aid Program funding, a program that offers $500 million for bridge housing and emergency services.


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