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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 3, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Man Charged With Murder Of California Officer
A Mexican national was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a California police officer last week, prosecutors said. Gustavo Perez Arriaga was expected to be arraigned later in the day in Modesto, said John Goold, spokesman for the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. Authorities say Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally and had previous arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested Friday after a days long manhunt as he prepared to flee to Mexico, officials said. He is accused of killing Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department, who pulled over the suspect Dec. 26 to investigate if he was driving drunk. Associated Press

Recordings Released In Residential Shooting In Watts That Left Gunman, 2 Others Dead: LAPD

Los Angeles police on Wednesday released video and audio recordings from a deadly officer-involved shooting that occurred at a Watts home in November. The Nov. 18 incident left three people dead, including Dereck Wilson, a 32-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly fired at officers responding to the residence in the 9500 block of Defiance Avenue. An officer, Jaral Yolotsi, shot back at Wilson but did not strike him, LAPD said in a video-recorded statement released on Wednesday. Police later found Wilson inside the home with a gunshot wound to his head, the agency said in an earlier statement. He was taken to a hospital, where he was subsequently taken off life support and died, according to LAPD. No officers were hurt in the gunfire, police said. KTLA 5

LAPD recovers 'millions' in stolen goods, arrests man linked to celebrity break-ins targeting Usher, Adam Lambert
A man who is thought to have posed as a prospective home buyer or Realtor to scout targets for future burglaries has been accused of boosting millions of dollars in expensive artwork, jewelry and liquor from high-end residences, police said Wednesday. Benjamin Eitan Ackerman, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested in September. Police think he spearheaded the theft of more than 2,000 valuable items from at least 13 homes in the Hollywood Hills, Encino, Tarzana and Sherman Oaks in 2017 and 2018, authorities said during a news conference at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The items, valued in the “millions,” were found during a search of a storage locker belonging to Ackerman in September, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Los Angeles Times

LAPD Looking For Burglary Victims To Claim Stolen Luxury Items
The LAPD have pinned down one of the burglars who they say is responsible for stealing millions of dollars worth of goods. Often from celebrities in the Hollywood Hills. Now police need victims to come forward to claim the goods. They are millions of dollars worth of expensive wine, luxury clothing, and high-end art. Police say Benjamin Eitan Ackerman - stole over 2000 high end items between 2017 and last year- often right under people's noses. "Ackerman targeted high-end celebrity homes that were for sale - that were being show over open house appointments. Ackerman would pose as either an interested buyer or in purchasing the property - or he would as a real estate broker wanting to show the property," said Capt Cory Palka. FOX 11

Two Men Charged In Deadly East Los Angeles Shooting
A man accused of murdering a 22-year-old In-N-Out employee in East Los Angeles during a street robbery was behind bars Monday awaiting arraignment, along with his alleged accomplice. Abraham Julianny Caberea, 19, of Alhambra, was charged last week with murder and second-degree robbery in the killing of Rene Alejandro Lupian, who was gunned down in the 900 block of South Concourse Avenue as he walked home from work around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Wayne Andrew Seare Jr., 20, of Montebello, is facing one count each of second-degree robbery and accessory after the fact. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 16.

Dozens of LAX passengers try to sneak guns past security. Few face serious punishment
The 9-millimeter pistol was loaded when actor David Henrie tried to bring it onto a flight at Los Angeles International Airport. A Transportation Security Administration officer operating an X-ray machine at Terminal 2 spotted the handgun in the carry-on bag of the former Disney Channel star of “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Henrie was arrested Sept. 10 and charged with three misdemeanor violations, including carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a prohibited item in an airport. Los Angeles Times

California Justices Deny Challenge To New Police Records Law
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-minute challenge to a state law that opens police records to the public and eases what currently is one of the nation's most secretive police privacy laws. The high court denied a police union's petition contending that the law should make public police records only for incidents that happen after the law took effect Tuesday. However, a Los Angeles County judge blocked the release of old records in the state's largest city until a Feb. 5 court hearing. Neither court ruled on the merits of the case in their brief orders. The law was passed in response to national distress over a series of fatal police shootings of unarmed minority men, but applies only when officers are found to have improperly used force or discharged firearms, committed sexual assaults on the job, or have been dishonest in official duties. Associated Press

Chicago Gun Violence Decreases Double-Digit For A Second Year
For the second year in a row, the number of homicides and shootings in Chicago dropped by double-digit percentages in 2018, though some neighborhoods on the West and South sides continue to bear the brunt of gun violence as they have for decades. Homicides dropped by 15 percent, shootings by 18 percent, according to data kept by the Tribune. That continues a trend from 2016, when violence reached levels not seen since the 1990s. “Are we where we want to be? Of course not," Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the Tribune. He attributed the progress over the last year to improved technology, more federal involvement in investigations of gun crimes and continued efforts to rebuild community trust. “I do think we are taking steps in the right direction,'' he said. Chicago Tribune

Public Safety News

Long-Awaited Earthquake Early Warning App For L.A. Can Now Be Downloaded
Los Angeles has unveiled its long-anticipated earthquake early warning app for Android and Apple smartphones, which is now available for download. ShakeAlertLA, an app created under the oversight of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city, is designed to work with the U.S. Geological Survey's earthquake early warning system, which has been under development for years. It's designed to give users seconds — perhaps even tens of seconds — before shaking from a distant earthquake arrives at a user's location. “ShakeAlertLA sends you information when a 5.0 or greater earthquake happens in Los Angeles County, often before you feel shaking,” the app says. Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council To Hold Special Election, Build More Housing In 2019
The Los Angeles City Council will appoint a temporary caretaker but hold a June special election for District 12 to replace Councilmember Mitch Englander, who quit office two years early, leaving his seat vacant. Speaking on Newsmakers' annual City Council year-end program, Council President Herb Wesson said when the council reconvenes Jan. 15, he will seek to have Greig Smith appointed until the special election. Smith was the district's councilman from 2003-2011. He will not run in the special election. The election will cost $2.5 million.  ABC 7

Metro Wants To Upgrade Its Bus System And Now It Seeks Your Input 
Metro will seek input from the San Fernando Valley residents for its bus study, starting in January. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host several community meetings, asking residents and riders to share their ideas on how to improve the bus system. The meeting follow the NextGen's study released earlier this year which discovered that 7 percent of Los Angeles County residents are frequent riders on the Metro bus system, but that number has been declining in the last years, according to Metro. The survey found that riders want transportation officials to focus on providing fast, frequent and reliable bus service. Los Angeles Daily News

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