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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

North Carolina Corporal Dies In On-Duty Crash
A police corporal died in a car accident while on duty Thursday. Travis Wells, 46, was in his patrol vehicle when it left the road and hit a tree, according to ODMP. He died of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Wells was a corporal at the department where he had served for 22 years. He is survived by his wife.

Man Shot, Killed After Confronting Vandalism Suspect In Hyde Park; Gunman Sought
A man was fatally shot after confronting an individual who was apparently vandalizing his Hyde Park property in broad daylight late Monday morning, police said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting on Slauson Avenue between Fifth and Sixth avenues around 10:50 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. When they arrived, officers found a man down on the south sidewalk with gunshot wounds, LAPD Lt. Byron Roberts said. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the lieutenant. He did not identify the victim.

Accused Murderer And Victim Met As El Camino Charter High Students, LAPD Says
A 22-year-old San Fernando Valley man accused of murder and his alleged victim once attended El Camino Real Charter High School together in Woodland Hills, authorities said on Monday. Sohrob Morshedi was detained last month in Munich, Germany in connection with the killing of Dexterkane James, 22, with the help from the FBI and German authorities. Morshedi is awaiting extradition. Morshedi and James “were friends since high school,” said LAPD Detective Dave Peteque of the Operations-Valley Homicide Bureau. Following a verbal dispute on the night of Oct. 23, Morshedi is accused of shooting James multiple times and then running him over “several times” with James' Dodge Challenger in the 5200 block of Royer Avenue in Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Jewish Community Takes Security Steps After Latest Scare
Nearly one week after the Pittsburgh mass shooting, the Jewish community in L.A. was confronted with another potential scare. In just the last few days, security volunteers became concerned with a man they say exhibited strange behavior and kept approaching various L.A. synagogues. The man went to Young Israel and Etz Jacob in Los Angeles and Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills. Synagogue security members notified LAPD, who say he is currently on probation for residential burglary and has a previous conviction for a machete related offense involving family violence. LAPD sent out a crime alert to the community and identified him as Yeshua Ben Elohim but after speaking to him, say he didn't do anything to warrant an arrest.
FOX 11

Convicted Murderer Of 4 Family Members In The Hollywood Hills Found Dead In Prison Cell, Suicide Suspected
A former owner of a Studio City motel who had been convicted of murdering four members of a family operating a rival business and sentenced to death in 2004 died in his cell in San Quentin on Sunday, Nov. 4, in what authorities suspect was a suicide. Staff found Virendra (Victor) Govin, 51, unresponsive at about 10:15 p.m. while in custody at San Quentin State Prison, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It said CPR was administered, but the inmate died several minutes later. He had been housed alone in a single-occupancy cell at the facility's North Segregation unit, and his death is being investigated as a suicide.
Los Angeles Daily News

Hate Crimes Expert Fears That Shootings Like Pittsburgh Could Become More Common
The gunman who killed 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue last Saturday could herald a new era of hate crimes, according to an expert who has tracked similar attacks since the 1990s. “We have more people drawn to white supremacist rhetoric who see themselves as on a mission to change the world,” said criminologist Jack McDevitt, the director of the Northeastern University Institute for Race and Justice. “That's going to change the character of hate crimes in America.” The Pittsburgh shooter's online activity distinguished him from the majority of people who commit hate crimes.
The Trace

Florida K-9 Who Helped Nab More Than 200 Suspects Dies
When Hutch retired from the ranks of the Boynton Beach Police Department in 2014, the Belgian Malinois left crime fighting to the department's other K-9's and went to live with his police handler, Officer Mark Sohn. When Hutch died Saturday at the age of 13, the department posted a tribute video on social media that recalled the dog's storied career — taking part in more the apprehension of more than 200 criminal suspects from 2007 to 2014. Along with recalling some of the arrests Hutch was involved in, the tribute notes that Sohn and Hutch won first place in the 2012 South Florida Police K9 Competition. The two took part in the competition again in 2013.
Sun Sentinel

Public Safety News

Costa Mesa Fire Captain Dies Days After Being Hit While Off-Duty By Suspected DUI Driver
An off-duty Costa Mesa fire captain who was hit over the weekend while riding his bicycle by a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs has died, fire officials said Monday. Capt. Mike Kreza was riding his bicycle east on Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo about 8 a.m. Saturday when a van struck him. When sheriff's deputies arrived, Kreza was lying in the roadway, unresponsive, “with visible head and body trauma,” the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue said in a joint statement. “Words alone cannot describe the immeasurable heartache felt by his friends and family, including his fire family,” Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue wrote on Twitter on Monday. “RIP brother Mike, we love you!”
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council Seeks Solutions To Waze Traffic On Side Streets
With mobile traffic applications such as Waze causing a dangerous flood of traffic to be funneled onto tiny Los Angeles side streets, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on a proposal Tuesday that will develop ways to curb the apps from diverting drivers off of major thoroughfares. "There are tremendous advantages to apps like Waze," said Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the motion seeking the solution. "They can make driving more efficient, but with every technological advance, any consequences that arise must be taken into account. With this vote, the city will have the go ahead to start a dialogue with these tech companies to see if they will work more closely with us to reduce the impact their apps are having on small residential streets and increase the level of traffic safety in our neighborhoods."

Voter Interest In Midterm Elections Increases In LA County
Spikes in voter registration and early voting are indicating intense voter interest in Tuesday's midterm election, Los Angeles County officials say. Some voters had to wait in line two or three hours over the weekend at the 10 LA County locations set up for early voting. Similar long lines were seen again Monday in Norwalk, at the county Registrar-Recorder's office, which was the only early-voting site open. "It's the most important thing that we can do if we want to actually make a difference in the country," said voter Dylan Cashbaugh. About 14,000 people voted early over the weekend in LA County, according to local election officials. 


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