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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 8, 2018

Law Enforcement News

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Last month, senseless gun violence struck a 6-year old girl in the 77 th Division while her family was simply refueling their car. Shot in the back, this young angel faces recovery with a bullet lodged in her kidney and her road to recovery will be long. Her family needs help with what will be extraordinary medical bills. Officers and Detectives at the 77 th Division are asking for your support of the GoFundMe campaign to support her recovery. 

Sergeant ‘Died A Hero' In Mass Shooting At Thousand Oaks Bar: Ventura County Sheriff
Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean choked back tears as he described the sheriff's sergeant killed in a mass shooting at a California bar. The sheriff said Sgt. Ron Helus undoubtedly saved lives by going in to confront the gunman. He says Helus was the first responder and was immediately hit with multiple gunshots. He says a highway patrolman pulled out Helus and waited for a SWAT team as scores of other officers converged on the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks at about 11:20 p.m. By the time they entered the bar again the gunfire had stopped, and they found 12 people dead inside, including the gunman. He says Helus was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Gunman Kills 12 At Thousand Oaks Bar Packed With College Students
A gunman threw smoke bombs and rained bullets on a crowd of more than a hundred people inside a Thousand Oaks bar Wednesday night, killing a dozen patrons and a Ventura County Sheriff's Department sergeant who was trying to stop the carnage. The gunman, who died in the incident, was dressed in black when he burst into the Borderline Bar & Grill, a country-music-themed venue popular with college students, around 11:20 p.m., according to Sheriff Geoff Dean. Authorities have not identified any victims inside the bar or the gunman, but a law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, described the shooter as a 29-year-old man armed with a Glock .45 handgun and a “smoke device.”
Los Angeles Times

District Attorney Clears 2 Los Angeles Officers Of Wrongdoing In 2017 Wilmington Shooting
Prosecutors will not file charges against two Los Angeles police officers who last year shot and killed a 20-year-old Lomita man, who later was found to be holding a toy gun, authorities said. A report from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said an investigation found that Officers Daniel Ramirez and Arturo Urrutia “used reasonable force in self-defense and defense of others” when they shot and killed Eric Thomas Rivera in Wilmington, June 6, 2017. Just before 9 p.m. that night, the two officers spotted Rivera in the 1100 block of Wilmington Boulevard after the department fielded several calls reporting a man with a gun who seemed upset and tense. The initial caller said Rivera had a water gun and was spraying water in a Jack in the Box restaurant at Pacific Coast Highway and Wilmington Boulevard before exiting the restaurant and walking southbound, the report said. Another caller, who walked past Rivera on Wilmington Boulevard, told police the weapon was real.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect In Shootout At Silver Lake Trader Joe's To Represent Himself In Murder Case
The man accused of holding customers hostage inside a Trader Joe's this summer will be allowed to represent himself on murder and other charges, a judge ruled Wednesday. Gene Evin Atkins, who is accused of engaging in a gun battle with Los Angeles police that ended with the shooting death of a Trader Joe's manager, faces 51 criminal counts, including murder, attempted murder of a peace officer and kidnapping. Atkins, 28, made the request during a court hearing after interrupting his court-appointed attorney to address Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo N. Sztraicher.

Man Killed In Hollywood, Police Search For Suspects
Police searched Thursday for three men suspected of using a baseball bat to beat a man to death in Hollywood. Police responded about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a man yelling for help in the 1000 block of Serrano Avenue and located the injured victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division. The victim's body was located on the roof of an apartment building, according to ABC7. Detectives did not disclose a motive and a detailed description of the suspects was not immediately available.

Lincoln Heights Car-to-Car Shooting: 1 Killed On 10 Freeway On-Ramp
One person was killed in a car-to-car shooting on a 10 Freeway on-ramp in the Lincoln Heights area early Wednesday morning. Los Angeles police received a call shortly before 6 a.m. regarding a shooting in progress near the Soto Street on-ramp to the westbound 10 Freeway, authorities said. A CHP motor officer found the victim, described as a man believed to be in his late 50s, inside a car unresponsive. He died at the scene. No one else was inside the vehicle. There was no immediate information about a suspect. The Soto Street on-ramp was shut down for hours as police investigated the incident.

Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Pulling Wigs Off Orthodox Jewish Women
Police on Wednesday night arrested a man suspected of a string of attacks against Orthodox Jewish women in the North Hollywood area. The man was seen pulling their wigs off, which was being investigated as a hate crime. LAPD says the man had been targeting several Orthodox Jewish women in the North Hollywood area since September. The man appears to be 25 to 30 years old and follows the women as they are walking. He comes up from behind and then pulls their wig off of them.

Missing 12-Year-Old East Los Angeles Boy Found Safe, Authorities Say
A 12-year-old boy from East Los Angeles who was last seen Monday has been found, authorities said Wednesday. Anthony "Tony" Acosta was last seen near West Vernon Avenue and South Flower Street around 5 p.m. Monday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked for the public's help to find Tony, who they described as a critical missing person. Tony's family said he wasn't believed to be a runaway. Authorities did not provide any details on where Acosta was found, but thanked the public for providing help to find him.

Member of L.A. ATM-Skimming Crew Gets Federal Prison
An Italian national was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years behind bars for his role in a Romanian crime crew that installed skimming devices and cameras at Los Angeles-area ATMs in order to steal customers' banking information. Sebastian-Alin Marita, 43, of Rome, was also ordered to pay a share of $84,000 in restitution. He is expected to be turned over to immigration authorities for deportation following his 21-month federal prison term, according to U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. Marita pleaded guilty in June to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Local Government News

LA Voters Reject The Creation Of A Municipal Bank
Los Angeles voters on Tuesday strongly rejected the proposed creation of a municipal bank, something first suggested more than a year ago as a way to finance local entrepreneurs and affordable housing while also potentially creating a safe avenue for cannabis businesses to do their banking. Early returns showed more than 61 percent of voters rejecting the idea, which was strongly backed by City Council President Herb Wesson. “A municipal bank's emphasis is on building stronger communities through smart, community-serving investments like affordable housing,” Wesson said.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County To Ban Tobacco Shops In Residential Areas
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked its lawyers Wednesday to draft an ordinance banning tobacco shops in residential areas and near schools, parks and youth centers. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended the prohibition, calling it a “quality of life issue.” The motion goes further than his earlier proposal to require tobacco shops — including retailers of electronic and flavored tobacco products — to obtain a county business license and limit sales near schools, parks and libraries.


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