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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 4, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Driver In Custody After Striking L.A. Pedestrian, Wild Pursuit And Standoff On 5 Fwy At Camp Pendleton
A driver who struck a man on a motorized scooter during a wild, three-hour pursuit that moved through three counties is in custody after a standoff with California Highway Patrol officers along the 5 Freeway at Camp Pendleton Thursday afternoon. The driver — of an older-model maroon Honda Civic — had eluded authorities despite multiple PIT maneuver attempts made by Los Angeles Police Department officers. CHP spokesman Officer Mark Latulippe identified the driver as 34-year-old Karl Flores, describing him as a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Officers could be seen approaching the vehicle with a K-9 about 2:13 p.m., removing Flores from inside and placing him in handcuffs. Officers had fired a "less-lethal" round from a shotgun at him, and the dog bit him, Latulippe said. KTLA 5

Man Left In Critical Condition Following Attack At North Hollywood Bus Stop
A brutal early morning attack at a North Hollywood bus stop left a man in critical condition. Investigators believe a man in his mid-50s was beaten with a pipe. "We believe it might have possibly initiated on the bus and then culminated on the sidewalk," Sgt. Cameron Kim said. It happened around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the bus stop near Lankershim Boulevard and Chandler Avenue. Investigators said it's unclear what provoked the violent attack, and it's unclear how many suspects were involved but there may be as many as three. Investigators are reviewing numerous surveillance videos in the search for the assailants. "Buses have security systems as well as security systems around the bus depot," Kim said. ABC 7

Shots Fired Outside Airbnb Rental Home In Hollywood Hills
Multiview Drive is a windy, quiet street atop Studio City, but the silence was broken Thursday morning after gunshots broke out in front of an Airbnb. “That's a little unnerving,” said Julie Louiso, who's family is staying at an Airbnb nearby. “The are seemed pretty nice. I've been out every morning jogging.” A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department says the victim was pulling up to the home around 1 AM when a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee pulled up alongside, firing two shots into the driver side of the car. LAPD say no one was injured, and a motive is unclear. FOX 11

LA County Man Who Admitted To Sharing 8,000 Child Porn Images And Videos To Be Sentenced Today
A sentencing hearing was delayed until Friday for a Los Angeles County man who admitted possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography that including some depicting children under the age of 2. Richard Celestino of Green Valley, a community on the eastern edge of the Antelope Valley, pleaded guilty in July to possession of child pornography, admitting that he used a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to distribute and possess more than 8,000 illicit images and videos. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson granted a one-day delay Thursday in sentencing Celestino to allow attorneys to review some of the conditions of the 48-year-old defendant's post-prison supervision. Los Angeles Daily News

New LAPD Bodycam Video Shows Officer-Involved Shooting On The 101
The Los Angeles Police Department has released new body camera video that shows an officer-involved shooting at the end of a dangerous pursuit on the 101 Freeway. The footage shows an officer opening fire as the suspect runs across traffic on the freeway in the Hollywood area. The incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 18. It started when a Range Rover struck another car on surface streets in Hollywood and then took off when officers tried to pull him over. The SUV jumped onto the 101 Freeway but when it got stuck in traffic, the driver took off on foot, running across the opposite lanes. That's when the video shows the officer opening fire at the suspect. Police say the suspect had a gun and had pointed it at the officer. A handgun was later recovered on the freeway ramp and was being tested to see if it is linked to the suspect. ABC 7

CHP Says 36 People Were Killed In New Year's Holiday Crashes, While 1,140 DUI Arrests Were Made
At least 36 people died in car accidents over the New Year's holiday, California Highway Patrol officials said. During the CHP's maximum enforcement period between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2, 32 people in vehicles and four pedestrians were killed on the road, CHP Officer Juan Galvan said. Last year, 23 people died in car crashes over the New Year's holiday. A total of 1,140 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence across California. Although that's an increase from the previous year's 936, Galvan said this year's holiday span was a day longer because New Year's Day fell on a Tuesday. Locally, one person was killed in a car crash over the holiday in Los Angeles County, Galvan said, compared with six people last year. KTLA 5

A Bicyclist Hit-And-Run On A Bike Path Is Now A Crime, As New Laws Come Into Play
The new year ushers in additional transportation laws, with one making it a crime for a bicyclist to hit someone on a bike path and flee, and another raising the penalty for vehicle owners who modify their mufflers just to make them roar. Some of the changes are applauded by local law enforcement – but not all. Here's a close look at four new laws that took effect on New Year's Day: Hit-and-runs on bike paths: A bicyclist who strikes a pedestrian on a bike path causing injuries or death will now have to stay put, helping the injured person if possible and waiting for police. Fleeing could bring criminal charges, much like those a hit-and run motorist faces. Los Angeles Daily News

Final records released by police in Las Vegas mass shooting
Police in Las Vegas say they have finished releasing audio, video and written records about the investigation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The department said Thursday that after 34 releases of material since May, officials believe they have complied with a court order in a public records lawsuit about the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting. Fifty-eight people died and hundreds were injured when a gunman fired assault-style weapons into an open-air concert from an upper-floor window of the Mandalay Bay resort. Associated Press

NY Homicide Tally May Be Lowest In Several Decades

In 2018 New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime. As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data provided to The Associated Press. That year's figure was itself the lowest in decades. The New York Police Department said it also had seen a modest decline in shooting incidents in 2018 and an 8 percent drop in robberies. Figures for other categories of crime were not immediately available. Associated Press

Local Government News

Candidates Start Lining Up To Fill Seat Vacated By Only Republican On L.A. City Council
Days after Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander stepped down to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm, more than a dozen candidates are lining up to fill the vacant seat. As of the middle of this week, only a handful had actually filed paperwork with the city to raise money for a special election in June, with a likely runoff in August. But more than a dozen candidates say they plan to run — and even more are likely to emerge in the coming weeks. The winner will finish out Englander's term and face another election in 2020. He or she will represent the northwestern San Fernando Valley, including the neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch. Los Angeles Times

Metro Green Line Closures Begin Today
Green Line service between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations will be suspended for two weeks, beginning today — Friday, Jan. 4 — to complete and activate the connection with the future Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. The stations that will not have rail service are Hawthorne/Lennox, Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 20, according to Metro. Metro bus shuttles will replace rail service between the Crenshaw station and Redondo Beach station and all stations in between. Los Angeles Daily News

L.A.'s many dangerous faults pose challenge for earthquake early warning system
Earthquake early warning systems have been part of life in metropolises like Tokyo, Taipei and Mexico City for years. But bringing the technology to California, where numerous faults crisscross the region, proved to be a complex and time-consuming undertaking. The faults that produce Japan and Mexico's largest earthquakes are quite distant from their biggest cities, but the longest faults in California are much closer to urban centers like Los Angeles and San Francisco. That required the installation of more sensors and sophisticated software to detect shaking and send alerts. Los Angeles Times

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