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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 14, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Davis Officer's Killer Says In Note That He Was Being Bombarded By Ultrasonic Waves
Davis police investigators said they recovered evidence from the rental property of the man who shot and killed one of their officers Thursday, including a note they believe was written by the man and two guns that were not registered to him. On Saturday, police released a one-paragraph letter they said was written by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh. Spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov told reporters that the paper was found face up on the bed of the gunman. The letter reads: “The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the press, internal affairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sensitive to its affect (sic) on my inner ear. I did my best to appease them, but they have continued for years and I can't live this way anymore.” The simple printed statement was signed “Citizen Kevin Limbaugh.”
Sacramento Bee

Alabama Officer Fatally Shot, Second Critically Wounded In Nightclub Shooting
One Birmingham police officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shooting early Sunday outside a downtown nightclub. The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue North outside the 4 Seasons Bar & Grill. One suspect was taken into custody and one suspect was also shot. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service transported all three to UAB Hospital's Trauma Center. Birmingham police officials identified the fallen officer as Sgt. Wytasha Carter, 44. He had served with the Birmingham Police Department since 2011, where he has worked various assignments including West Precinct, HICOPP and Youth Services as a school resource officer. Carter was promoted to sergeant in February 2018. Carter began his law enforcement career in 2002 as a correctional officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

Police Set To Beef Up Security At Schools If Teachers Strike
Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles said Friday preparations had been made for campus safety should LAUSD teachers go on strike next week. The Los Angeles School Police Department, which is responsible for school security and student safety, said it planned to have an officer stationed at each middle and high school campus. "I'm very confident that come Monday, that the School Police Department will be able to rise to the challenge of ensuring student safety," School Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman told NBC4. He said every available officer would be ready to work in the field, even those who work investigative or administrative assignments. LAPD and LA County Sheriffs units were expected to assist in patrolling the District's 450 elementary schools. NBC 4

Armed Man Leads Bizarre Stop-and-Go Chase In South Los Angeles
An armed suspect is in custody after leading authorities on a bizarre stop-and-go chase in the South Los Angeles area on Friday. The red SUV traveled with at least one flat tire along Vermont Avenue near 108th Street as crowds of people looked on. The SUV stopped at 75th and Figueroa streets, with multiple patrol vehicles behind him. Footage from AIR7 HD showed the driver with a gun in his lap while he waved a photo of a woman outside the driver's side window. The suspect appeared distraught as the standoff continued for a few minutes. The man then drove into an alleyway, where he became temporarily stuck between another vehicle and a fence. At some point during the pursuit, the suspect tossed his weapon out of the passenger window. ABC 7

UCLA Parties Prompt LAPD Response In Riot Gear
LAPD officers responded to Westwood early Friday morning as people attending several large parties near the UCLA campus poured in the streets. It happened on Roebling Avenue near Levering. "It got a little hectic, a little crazy," said UCLA graduate Sebastian Vargas who attended the party. Smashed pumpkins, burned Christmas trees and broken bottles are littered along Roebling Avenue. "It's where we live so we don't like trashing our own home. We're definitely going to clean it up later," said Vargas. It took LAPD officers approximately 45 minutes to clear out the crowd. Student Anna Morris was surveying the trash left behind. She said the LAPD response was no surprise.

'Person Of Interest' Sought In Fatal LA Stabbing Day After Christmas
On Monday, police released a photo from video surveillance footage showing a "person of interest" wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of a 36-year-old man killed a day after Christmas in South Los Angeles. The "person of interest" is described as a Hispanic man with long bushy hair, wearing a plaid shirt. He was captured on surveillance video leaving the area where the crime had occurred. The deadly stabbing happened on Dec. 26, 2018, at about 6:00 p.m. Newton area police officers were dispatched to Central Avenue and Vernon Avenue where they found the victim, Alejandro Saenz, laying on the sidewalk and suffering from a stab wound. Saenz was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
FOX 11

Police Investigating Whether Tour Bus Crash That Killed Pedestrian In University Park Was Criminal In Nature
Investigators said Friday they are working to determine whether a crime occurred when a casino tour bus fled the scene where he ran over and killed a pedestrian the previous day in University Park. The Samho Tour & Travel bus was eventually found at a storage yard in Gardena late Thursday night, hours after its driver fatally struck and dragged a man near the corner of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police Detective Moses Castillo. The vehicle has since been towed to an LAPD facility to be processed as evidence. Both the driver and company are cooperating in the investigation. A forensic analysis of the bus turned up blood and body tissue that "indicates that we do have the correct bus in our custody," Castillo said.

San Pedro Man To Plead Guilty To Trying To Entice Minor For Sex
A San Pedro man is expected to plead guilty Monday to a federal charge of attempting to persuade a boy under the age of 18 to have sex with him. Edward Anthony Contes, 36, was charged last year in Los Angeles federal court of traveling to Mexico for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minor boys, use of the internet in an attempt to entice a minor to engage in prostitution, and attempted sex trafficking of two boys in the Los Angeles area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Contes was arrested in June after allegedly traveling to Tijuana weeks earlier and making contact on the internet with a person he thought was a child sex trafficker, but who in fact was an undercover law enforcement agent, according to federal prosecutors.

Suspect In 1990s Rapes Arrested Thanks To Genealogical DNA
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of raping a 9-year-old girl and a woman in Southern California during the 1990s after identifying him through genealogical DNA. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said Friday that investigators modeled their probe after the Golden State Killer case and found two people, identical twins, who matched a DNA profile they had from the attacks. Authorities declined to specify where they obtained the genealogical DNA. Barnes said authorities investigated further to identify the correct suspect. He says 53-year-old Kevin Konther of Highland, California, was arrested for the alleged crimes and booked on two counts of rape, oral copulation with a person younger than 14 years old, lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, and aggravated assault.
FOX 11

Mass Drug Overdose In California Kills 1 Person And Leaves 12 More Hospitalized
A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one person and sent more than a dozen people to hospitals, police said. Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said the main substance involved is believed to be fentanyl -- the most commonly used drug in overdoses, according to a recent government report. The overdose was reported to authorities around at 9:12 a.m. Saturday morning, CNN affiliate KHSL-TVreported. Chico Fire Department Division Chief Jesse Alexander told the station it was the largest mass casualty incident he had seen in years. He described seeing six people undergoing CPR at the same time. The police chief said officers administered CPR and six doses of Naloxone -- a treatment for opioid overdoses used as a nasal spray or an injection.

Public Safety News

Rain And Snow Are Falling In Southern California, And Mudslides Are Possible In Burn Areas
A Pacific storm is hitting Southern California Monday morning, generating rain and snow, creating treacherous conditions in the San Gabriel Mountains and raising fears of mudslides and debris flows over areas stripped bare by the Woolsey fire in LA and Ventura counties and the Holy fire in Riverside and Orange counties, forecasters said. Authorities issued voluntary evacuation orders ahead of the forecast storm for portions of Lake Elsinore impacted by the Holy fire. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Lake Elsinore area beginning Monday, Jan, 14, until midnight, according to the National Weather Service. “There is the potential of mud slides and debris flows at recent burn scars, particularly near the Holy Fire burn scar,”the advisory said. “Debris flows can happen suddenly with little time to act. Heed the advice of local officials. In addition, street flooding is possible along with the possibility of some road closures.”
Los Angeles Daily News

25 Years After The Northridge Earthquake, Another One Could Hit ‘Any Time.' Are We Safer?
A quarter century has passed, but David Miller will never forget the sound. “It was like there was a freight train under my house,” he said, recalling the moment 25 years ago Thursday, Jan. 17, when the Earth's plates suddenly slipped along a previously unknown fault 11 miles beneath his Prairie Street home in Northridge. What Miller heard in those predawn moments was the sound of nearby buildings collapsing. Freeways fell, gas mains burst and neighbors screamed, as a magnitude 6.7 quake jolted millions of Southern Californians awake. “I honestly thought we weren't going to make it,” recalls Marnie Nemcoff, who lived in Reseda, the quake's epicenter. The shaking was less than 20 seconds. But it was enough to kill at least 57 people, injure 9,000 and cause $40 billion in damage throughout Southland communities.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. County Considers Voluntary Ban On Electric Scooters As Regulations Are Still Developed
Los Angeles County is considering what amounts to a voluntary ban on electric scooters as it develops regulations for companies to operate them safely in unincorporated areas. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan that would, for now, halt their operations in neighborhoods that are home to more than 1 million county residents. The plan would ask companies not to deploy the scooters until rules for their use, safety and distribution are established — although the county hasn't crafted any penalties to impose if the companies don't comply. “The county has an obligation, especially in the unincorporated areas, to protect the taxpayers,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, whose Fifth District includes many unincorporated residents in central and northern sections of the county.

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