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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 1, 2018

Law Enforcement News

A 6-Year-Old Got Shot In An Apparent Gang Fight. Here's What Her Mother Wants You To Know
There's a bullet inside Emely Ramirez, but it only hurts when the 6-year-old bends down. On a rainy Friday night this month, she was strapped into her car seat at a South Los Angeles gas station - her mother and 13-year-old sister were trading jokes outside the car. A nearby Pontiac was making Emely's mother, Brenda Ramirez, nervous. Then a BMW pulled up and people from both cars began shooting at one another. In the ensuing gunfight, the shooters didn't hit one another. But a bullet struck Emely in the back. Emely's mother was screaming to her two older daughters to get on the ground as she scrambled to get Emely out of the car seat. Brenda said the unstrapping took longer than usual - as she felt bullets hitting metal, shattering glass. Finally she got Emely out and felt wet blood.
Los Angeles Times

Gunman's Deadly LAX Rampage Has Spurred Changes 5 Years Later
Five years ago Thursday, Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 3 became a “war zone.” A 23-year-old anti-government extremist with a grudge against the Transportation Security Administration opened fire, killing TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez of Porter Ranch and wounding two other TSA employees and an airline passenger. Paul Ciancia of Sun Valley was quickly shot and apprehended by Los Angeles Airport Police. But those several minutes of terror exposed security and response deficiencies that LAX officials say they've worked hard during the last five years to address.
Los Angeles Daily News

Guns, Ammo Discovered In Truck Of Man Loitering Outside North Hollywood School
A 60-year-old man who was acting suspiciously outside a North Hollywood school earlier this month was arrested after guns and ammunition were found in his truck. The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) Tuesday reported that the incident in question occurred a week before his arrest on Oct. 11 outside Walter Reed Middle School, located at 4525 Irvine Ave. Russell Polsky was arrested on three counts each of possession of a firearm in a school zone and child annoyance. On Oct. 11, officers were dispatched to Reed on a report of a suspicious man, later identified as Polsky, sitting in a truck outside the school attempting to talk to female students, LASPD reports.

Update: Woman Missing In Granada Hills Is Found
Police late Wednesday said a woman who had been missing was found. A 31-year-old woman with the mental capacity of a 3-year-old child went missing Wednesday in Granada Hills. Melissa Veliz had last been seen about 2:30 p.m. near the 11200 block of Gaviota Avenue, near San Fernando Mission Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was wearing a baseball cap with a red bandana, a black jacket, black pants and black shoes when she was last seen.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Wanted On Suspicion Of Sacramento County Homicide Is Arrested After Crash In Sylmar
A man who was wanted in connection with a homicide in Sacramento County was arrested in Sylmar Wednesday morning after a crash, officials said. About 7:30 a.m., a Burbank police officer came upon a crash involving several vehicles along the eastbound side of the 210 Freeway near the Hubbard Street exit, police said in a statement. The officer noticed that one of the vehicles involved was wanted in connection with a homicide and an alert was sent out by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The occupant of the vehicle got out and ran from the officer. California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to assist in the incident. After running a short distance, the man was eventually taken into custody near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Sayre Street.

L.A. City Attorney Accuses E-Cigarette Companies Of Illegally Selling And Marketing To Minors
Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Wednesday announced his office is seeking injunctions against three California-based electronic cigarette companies, alleging that they sell vaping products without proper age verification and market tobacco products to underage youths. Investigators at the city attorney's office were able to purchase vaping devices and nicotine liquids from the companies online using the email accounts of fictitious minors and paying with gift cards, Feuer said. The e-cigarette companies did not ask the buyers to provide their date of birth, valid identification, or age attestation, according to court documents filed by the city attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Indicted As Funerals Continue
The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday, four days after 11 people were killed and six wounded in the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. The indictment, which was expected, charges Robert Bowers with 44 counts, including hate crimes. Federal prosecutors have previously indicated they plan to seek the death penalty. The charges were announced on the second day of funerals for the victims. "Today begins the process of seeking justice for the victims of these hateful acts, and healing for the victims' families, the Jewish community, and our city," U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said in a statement.
Associated Press

2 Men Charged After Illinois Officer Dies In Fall
Two men who were running from a Washington Park auxiliary policeman when he fell off the Poplar Street Bridge on Saturday have been charged with manslaughter in his death. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly on Tuesday morning identified the suspects as Valention Miller and Chaun'tuan Gillespie, both 19 and from East St. Louis. Miller faces three charges: involuntary manslaughter, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer. His bail was set at $40,000. Gillespie was charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. His bail was $30,000.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

107 New Officers Join Chicago Police
The Chicago Police Department welcomed 107 new officers last week in an effort to boost recruitment numbers and meet a long-term goal of hiring 1,000 new officers. FOX 32 reported minority recruitment efforts continue to succeed, with 61 percent of officers hired since 2017 identifying as minorities. CPD authorities hope the hiring spree will improve relations with minority communities. “You want to help change your community? Trust me, you fill out that application, you take that test, I will put you back in that neighborhood that you said you want to see changing,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Public Safety News

Crews Get Upper Hand On Brush Fire In Topanga
Fire officials were working to put out a blaze that broke out in Topanga Wednesday evening. The flames were reported around 4:45 p.m. in the 4200 block of North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire was threatening structures, authorities said, but it was not immediately clear whether evacuations would be ordered. Los Angeles city firefighters, who were assisting in the response, said the blaze covered about an acre and was burning in medium to heavy brush. By about 5:20 p.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed fire crews appeared to have the upper hand, with large flames no longer visible.

Local Government News

LA City Council Takes Steps Forward On New Sidewalk Vending Laws
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with proposed sidewalk vending rules Wednesday in an effort to adhere with new state legislation that decriminalizes the practice but requires cities that want to control the industry to create a permit or regulatory process. On a 14-0 vote, the council approved an outline of sidewalk-vending rules, including the potential creation of no-vending zones near top tourist attractions such as Dodger Stadium, the Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Hollywood Boulevard. The council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance based on the proposed rules and bring it back to the council for a another vote.

LA's Measure W Would Charge Property Owners To Help Recycle Rainwater
Proponents say it's all about rainwater. "Traditionally every drop that drops here we've engineered to wash out to the ocean so we need to capture and clean the water that falls here and put it to good use," says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. To pay for all this Measure W would place a new tax on property. The tax would be on what is called "impermeable area" such as your house your driveway, concrete patios. Anything that stops rainwater from going into the ground.


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