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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

December 31, 2018
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Sustains Minor Injuries In Riverside County Crash
An on-duty Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured after a crash with another vehicle in Jurupa Valley on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 29. The male officer was on his way to work when he and his motorcycle were involved in a collision with a vehicle, an Acura, in the area of Camino Real and Jurupa Road, said Deputy Robyn Flores, public information officer for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Deputies arrived on scene shortly after 3:30 p.m. Paramedics transported the officer to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injures, Flores said. At the scene, the driver of the Acura cooperated with deputies during the investigation. Los Angeles Daily News

Violent Crime Is Down In Los Angeles For The First Time In 5 Years
For the first time in five years, violent crime was down in Los Angeles in 2018, with the number of homicides on track to be among the lowest in more than 50 years. The data mirror an overall drop in crime this year in the parts of L.A. County patrolled by the Sheriff's Department, as well as in San Francisco and Oakland. After decades of steady decline, violent crime — which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — had begun climbing in 2014, with a spike in shootings in South L.A. causing particular concern. The increase has prompted debate over whether statewide criminal justice reforms, including Proposition 47, which passed in November 2014 and has kept some low-level offenders out of jail, contributed to the upswing in crime. Los Angeles Times

Woman Killed, 2 Others Wounded In South Los Angeles Shooting
Authorities are searching for two men suspected of fatally shooting a woman and injuring two other people in South Los Angeles. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near 89th Street and Central Avenue. When authorities arrived, one woman was dead and another woman and man were found wounded. The injured victims were taken to a hospital. One was listed in critical condition and the other is stable. The woman who died was later identified as Kioka Colbert, 26. Authorities said a man was seen running from the scene and officers chased after him. They had help from a K-9 unit and detained him. ABC 7

Wild Police Pursuit Ends Dramatically In North Hollywood
A dangerous police chase in the San Fernando Valley ended in dramatic fashion after an LAPD cruiser slammed into a reportedly stolen vehicle. The pursuit began on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley, then stretched onto the 170 Fwy before the driver exited onto surface streets. Officers tried several PIT (Pursuit Intervention Tactic) maneuvers to try to disable the SUV, which lost at least one tire in the pursuit but kept moving for several minutes. The chase finally came to an end after another PIT maneuver near Stern Ave. and Hartsook St. in North Hollywood. The driver attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody shortly afterward. Police had no immediate information about a passenger who may have exited the suspect's vehicle during the pursuit. CBS 2

LAPD Warns Homeless To Leave Street For Downtown New Year's Eve Celebrations
Police on Sunday notified homeless people living on one of downtown's busiest streets that they will have to leave Monday morning to make way for partygoers attending New Year's Eve festivities. “They can be anyplace but there,” Sgt. A. Aguirre of the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Station said Sunday evening. Patrol officers have told homeless people living on First St. between Spring St. and Broadway that they must pack up their tents and other belongings and leave the area by about 6 a.m. Monday. They won't be allowed to return until after 2 a.m. Tuesday, when the street is reopened after New Year's celebrations end at Grand Park and The Music Center. CBS 2

Burglars Targeting Elderly People's Homes In San Pedro
The elderly people in the San Pedro community has been a target of frequent break-ins and detectives think they have all been done by the same group of people. An elderly couple slept through the night while burglars ransacked their San Pedro home only feet away from them. “I think it's very scary,” said 89-year-old Cora Martinez, “I don't feel safe.” Her neighbor's camera captured a light colored Cadillac pull right up to their house, with four men coming out one at a time. The burglars stole cash, gift cards, and even a laptop from inside the couple's room. Los Angeles Police Department said they connected five break-ins in San Pedro to a burglary crew that has been getting in to houses through unlocked doors and windows. They also use rental cars in each crime. NBC 4

DUI Offenders Required to Use Breathalyzer to Start Engine in 2019
A new DUI prevention law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 that will require convicted drunk drivers to install a breathalyzer-connected device to their vehicles. The ignition interlock device connects to a breathalyzer and will prevent a car from starting if a convicted drunk driver is intoxicated, according to the law. "This device measures the alcohol in the driver's breath. It will prevent the vehicle from starting unless the driver is sober," Assemblymember Todd Gloria said. A DUI offender, who will be required to sustain the approximately $3 a day cost of the device, will not be able to retain their driving privileges without using the ignition interlock for a period of 12 to 48 months. NBC 4

Court Rejects Jerry Brown's Clemency Orders For 3 More California Killers
The California Supreme Court this week rejected three more of Gov. Jerry Brown's recommendations to commute sentences of longtime prison inmates who he believed had reformed behind bars, including a Sacramento man who beat a man to death in 1997. The court in recent weeks now has denied 10 of Brown's clemency actions, the first time it has exercised that power in half a century. The latest denials followed Brown's annual Christmas Eve clemency actions that included 143 pardons and 131 commutations. Nine of the 10 inmates whose commutations were rejected had been convicted of participating in homicides. Brown's clemency actions are part of his effort to rethink prison sentencing in his second run as California governor. Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Woman Killed In Boyle Heights House Fire; Toddler, 3 Other Residents Hurt: LAFD
A house fire in Boyle Heights early Saturday left one woman dead and four other residents, including a toddler, hospitalized. Firefighters around 4 a.m. arrived to flames billowing out of the two front windows of the one-story home at 2223 E. Sheridan St., Los Angeles fire Capt. Erik Scott said. Some residents had already exited the home, Scott told KTLA. Crews began to aggressively fight the blaze from the back of the residence and found an unconscious woman, Scott said. He said they took the 66-year-old, who was in full cardiac arrest, outside, where paramedics rendered aid before taking her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead there, the captain added. KTLA 5

Local Government News

For LA City Councilman Mitch Englander, Being The Odd Man Out Was A Way In
Mitchell Englander was usually vastly outnumbered when casting a vote as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, often saying “no” when most of his 14 colleagues had all but worn away their “aye” buttons. But when one is in the minority, one gets the opportunity to practice the art of eliciting compromise. So that was what Englander — who is officially stepping down on Jan. 1 from his role as the only Republican on a nonpartisan legislative body — said he did during his seven years as a councilman representing the northwest San Fernando Valley's 12th District, which includes the neighborhoods of Porter Ranch, Northridge, Granada Hills and West Hills. Los Angeles Daily News

Free Rides On New Year's Eve From LA Metro, Long Beach Transit
Local transit agencies are offering free bus and train rides this New Year's Eve so revelers can avoid driving drunk or paying “surge” pricing for ride-share services. All Metro bus and rail lines will be free beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 2 a.m. Tuesday. The fare gates at Metro rail stations will all be unlocked, including ones leading to festivities at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Metro rail lines will operate every 10-12 minutes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday. CBS 2

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