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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 10, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Arizona Officer Struck, Killed By Person Texting And Driving
An officer was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop. Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend stopped a vehicle Tuesday and was standing on the shoulder of a loop when he was hit by a passing vehicle, ABC 15 reports. Arizona DPS says Townsend was transferred to a local hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after. The driver who killed the officer admitted he was texting and driving. Salt River Police Chief Karl Auerbach says Townsend was “one of the most dedicated, loyal, and committed officers” while serving with the department for five years. 

Man Shot In Larchmont Area Dies After Running Into Liquor Store For Help; Gunman Sought
Police are searching for a gunman who fatally shot a man in the Larchmont area, near its border with Koreatown, Thursday night. The incident was reported about 10:25 p.m. on the corner of Beverly Boulevard and St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. John Radtke said. Arriving officers were directed toward a liquor store, where they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The unidentified man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Radtke said. The man was believed to be about 30 years old. Witnesses said the shooting occurred on a sidewalk outside the liquor store when someone walked up to the victim and fired multiple times. The victim then ran into the liquor store for help, Radtke said.

Pursuit Ends In Hollywood; Reported Stolen Van Had Crashed Into Other Vehicles
A man suspected of stealing a work van in Van Nuys and leading police on a high-speed chase was arrested Wednesday night after he crashed the van into a couple of parked cars in Hollywood. The chase began around 11 p.m. in the area of Kester Avenue and Sherman Way when police noticed a suspicious vehicle, ran the license plates and determined the van was stolen, according to Officer N. Osling of the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect proceeded south on the San Diego (405) Freeway, transitioning to the southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, traveling at speeds approaching 100 mph before exiting at Hollywood Boulevard, where he struck at least three vehicles before turning east on Hollywood Boulevard.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Say Accused Prowler's Behavior Is Alarming
A San Pedro woman said an intruder broke into her home while her family was gone, but when they arrived, he was still there, hiding on the patio. She saw him run off – but that wasn't the last time she would see him. “I ran after him and he stepped up here, and he climbed that way and I saw his face,” Lissett Bonilla said. The suspect allegedly broke in and stole cash while her family was out. It wasn't until after the prowler took off that Bonilla realized money was missing. He allegedly broke in again later while she and her daughter were getting ready for bed. “We don't have the same strength as men. That's what I'm thinking. What if he was waiting for us?” she said. “So that's really scary.” It was the burglary last week that ultimately led the Los Angeles Police Department to arrest 23-year-old Elmer Lopezjimenez, who detectives believe was the same man captured on video trying to break into another home two blocks away last fall.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Taco Stand Crash That Killed 11-Year-Old Girl
A man accused of driving while under the influence of nitrous oxide and causing a crash that killed an 11-year-old girl at a Boyle Heights taco stand pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two felony counts. Joe Louis Perez, 23, was charged last Oct. 5 with one felony count each of gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, along with allegations of causing great bodily injury. He is accused of being under the influence of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, about 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 2017, while driving on Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights.

78-Year-Old Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Grandmother In East L.A.
A 78-year-old man was charged Wednesday in the deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a 74-year-old grandmother in East Los Angeles last month, prosecutors said. Raul Juarez Carranza pleaded not guilty to one felony count of each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person and vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The deadly crash happened around 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Williamson Avenue. Prosecutors allege Carranza made a turn in his pickup truck and hit 74-year-old Matiana “Maty” Sanchez as she crossed the street in an unmarked crosswalk. Investigators said Carranza paused for a moment after hitting Sanchez, but then drove away from the crash site.

10,000 Fentanyl Pills Smuggled In Covert Operation, Authorities Say
Four people were arrested Monday on suspicion of working for a fentanyl-smuggling ring that supplied undercover agents with thousands of counterfeit oxycodone pills. The operation acquired more than 10,000 fentanyl pills that were smuggled from Mexico through San Diego ports of entry, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in San Diego federal court. Undercover agents put in orders for the pills, known as “pressed blues,” with a known Tijuana drug trafficker, according to the complaint. He and his associates would then smuggle the pills into the U.S., the complaint says. The latest purchase happened last month, when agents negotiated the sale of about 4,000 pills for $24,000.
Los Angeles Times

What We Know About the Effectiveness of Universal Gun Background Checks
This Tuesday, newly dominant House Democrats revealed legislation that would require all gun buyers go through a background check, regardless of whether they buy a weapon from a licensed dealer, collector at a gun show, or stranger in a parking lot. Universal background checks are popular and enjoy political momentum. Poll after poll shows they win near universal approval. According to a Quinnipiac University poll conducted immediately after the school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last February, 97 percent of American voters said they approved of the policy, with identical levels of support among respondents living in households with a gun. But it's worth asking how effective universal background checks are at reducing gun violence.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Studio City House Fire, Man Taken To Hospital
A 57-year-old man was taken to a hospital Wednesday night with an unspecified medical complaint after firefighters extinguished a house fire in Studio City. Firefighters responded about 9:15 p.m. to the 12100 block of Hillslope Street and located a two-story home with fire showing, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was burning on the first floor of the home and spread quickly and caused damage to both floors and extended out a side window and burned a fence and nearby plants which firefighters extinguished while putting out flames inside the home. The man taken to a hospital was reported in fair condition.

Government Shutdown Having Major Impact On Wildfire Prevention Efforts
In California, Officials Say Every winter, forest managers in places like California take a step back, analyze their budgets and plan on how to deal with the next fire season. But the government shutdown has shuttered a lot of those efforts, because federal lands like the U.S. Forest Service— which has been furloughed since December 22 — plays a huge role. For example, crews in Redwood National Park are “just sitting on their hands,” according to University of California fire advisor Lenya Quinn-Davidson in Humboldt County, because they can't work on federal land during the shutdown. She says that workers were “excited to do more” on the heels of the state's worst fire season in history. “This is just taking the wind out of their sails,” she said.
Capital Public Radio

Local Government News

Electric Scooters To Officially Get Green Light From LA County
Electric scooters may now be officially coming to many areas of Los Angeles County, the NBC4 I-Team can report. After electronic scooter seemingly arrived unannounced overnight, the county conducted a review. Now, one supervisor is expected to ask for a temporary complete cessation of e-scooters as new rules are created. Electric scooters have been a source of efficient transportation and a cause for concern for law enforcement, businesses and government officials now trying to regulate and keep everyone safe since they suddenly appeared and began dominating roads and sidewalks.

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