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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

November 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Rushed To Hospital After Crash In Mid-City
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was seriously injured Thursday night in a crash in the Mid-City area. The crash occurred at 10:10 p.m. near the intersection of Arlington Avenue and 27th Street, according to Officer Rosario Herrera of the LAPD's Media Relations Division. The injured officer was taken to a hospital in serious condition. One person was being detained by officers at the scene, Herrera said. Details of the crash were not immediately available.

Man Who Illegally Sold Gun Used To Kill Chicago Officer Sentenced To Prison
In the almost nine months since Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot in the Loop, John Escalante has been unable to bring himself to return to the gravesite of his childhood friend. Chicago's onetime interim police superintendent, Escalante traveled Thursday to a federal courtroom in Madison with a simple message for the judge who was about to sentence an unlicensed gun dealer who illegally sold the firearm that killed Bauer. “I have not gone back since the day we buried him,” Escalante said in emotional, sometimes halting remarks. “I just haven't had the strength. I'll go back to the cemetery in the next couple of days. I want to tell him that justice was served today.”
Chicago Tribune

Slain New York Trooper Honored With State Lifesaving Award
Maj. Philip T. Rougeux is convinced that a young mother and two children are alive today solely because of the bravery that Trooper Joel R. Davis showed on the day he was shot and killed during a domestic incident in Theresa in July 2017. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that Trooper Davis, 36, of Evans Mills, was posthumously honored with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services' Lifesaving Award. Trooper Davis was killed on July 9, 2017 after he became the first police officer responding to investigate a report of shots fired at a County Route 46 residence.
Watertown Daily Times

Bicyclist Killed In Hit-and-Run Accident In Van Nuys, Dramatic Arrest Of Suspect Captured On Video
A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday morning in Van Nuys and the arrest of the alleged driver was captured on video. Police responded at about 3:45 a.m. to the intersection of Haskell Avenue and Stagg Street and located the victim, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The cyclist was struck and died at the scene, authorities said. The driver fled and was found about a half mile away at Woodley Avenue and Saticoy Street, where he was taken into custody, Eisenman said. The driver was combative and fought with officers while being arrested.
FOX 11

2 Women Wounded In Tujunga Drive-By Shooting
Two women made their way to a Tujunga fire station for help Wednesday evening after being critically wounded in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. The women were on the 10800 block of Scoville Avenue when a suspect drove by and fired several shots at them, LAPD said. The victims walked to the Los Angeles Fire Department station at 7777 Foothill Blvd. at about 11 p.m. for help. Firefighters administered medical treatment to the women before transporting them to Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition. Police had initially reported that this was a car-to-car shooting, but they now say the women were on foot at the time.

Man Charged In Boyle Heights Taco Stand Crash That Killed 11-Year-Old Girl
A man accused of driving while under the influence of nitrous oxide and causing a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl standing at a Boyle Heights taco stand last November was arraigned Thursday on manslaughter and DUI charges. Joe Louis Perez, 22, of Boyle Heights, was charged last month with one felony count each of gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, along with allegations of causing great bodily injury. He is accused of being under the influence of nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," around 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 2017, while driving on Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights. 

Man Faces Life In Prison For Stabbing His Ex-Girlfriend's Family In Panorama City
A Pacoima man is facing multiple life prison terms for stabbing his ex-girlfriend's mother, 11-month-old sister and aunt at their Panorama City home and then leading police on a chase that ended with a four-hour standoff in Glendale in 2016, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Jorge Gomez, 22, was convicted Wednesday of four felony counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon involving a knife, and one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly, and dissuading a witness by force or threat, along with a misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Found With Guns, Ammo Near North Hollywood School Sentenced To Prison
A 60-year-old man found outside Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood with firearms in his truck was sentenced last week to 16 months in state prison, authorities said on Thursday. Russell Polsky, a Studio City resident, had pleaded no contest to one felony count of possession of an assault weapon, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Before noon on Oct. 11, the Los Angeles School Police Department was contacted by the school about a “suspicious” man on the outer edge of the campus, Sgt. Julie Spry said. “He attempted to speak to students a week prior, and that led to students seeing him on the perimeter a week later,” she said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Alleged White Supremacists In Southern California Indicted Over Charlottseville Violence
Four alleged members of a militant Southern California white supremacist group were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly inciting violence against counter-protesters, journalists and a police officer at political rallies in California and Charlottesville, Virginia. The defendants — Robert Rundo, Tyler Laube, Robert Boman and Aaron Eason — were charged in the indictment with one count each of conspiracy to violate the federal riots act. Additionally, Rundo, Boman and Eason were charged with traveling across state lines to participate in or incite a riot.

110 California Sex Offenders Arrested In Statewide Sweep On Halloween
California corrections officials say they arrested 110 sex offender parolees during an annual Halloween sweep designed to keep the offenders from contacting children or engaging in other Halloween activities. That's about 9 percent of the 1,252 parolees contacted statewide Wednesday. Officials said Thursday that eight parolees face new charges while the rest allegedly violated conditions of their parole. Thirty offenders were found with pornography, including two with child porn. Thirty-one had narcotics, drug paraphernalia or violated other parole conditions. Thirteen were found with weapons.

Report Rips California Prison Psychiatric Care, Cites Horrifying Case Of Inmate Who Ate Her Eyeball
California's chief prison psychiatrist has issued a scathing report on management of mental health care in the prisons, saying officials are misrepresenting the care given to thousands of prisoners and are jeopardizing the health of inmates — including a woman who, in a horrifying 2017 incident, pulled out her own eye and swallowed it. “A large majority of patients are not getting psychiatric care when scheduled or otherwise when they need it,” Dr. Michael Golding said in a 161-page report to a federal judge in Sacramento who oversees the prison mental health system.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

LA County Votes To Keep Kids Out Of Juvenile Halls
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive plan to divert young offenders from the juvenile justice system and offer them programs and services to get their lives back on track. The move comes in advance of a state law set to take effect in January, prohibiting the prosecution of anyone under the age of 12 other than for crimes of rape and murder. Supervisor Hilda Solis said Senate Bill 439 recognizes criminal behavior by children as a bid for help and turns away from a historic bias toward punishment.


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