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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 8, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Ohio Police Officer Wounded In Shooting, Suspects In Custody
Police in Ohio's capital say an officer conducting surveillance has been shot and three suspects are in custody. Columbus police say the officer notified a dispatcher he'd been shot around 11 p.m. Thursday and was able to give responding officers a description of the male suspect who wounded him and the vehicle he fled the scene in. Police in suburban Whitehall stopped the vehicle, and police say three people were taken into custody. Police say a firearm was recovered from inside the vehicle. The officer was hospitalized in stable condition. WBNS-TV in Columbus reports the wounded officer was in plainclothes and the suspects realized he was following them.
Associated Press

Iowa Officer Hospitalized After Being Exposed To Suspected Fentanyl

An officer was revived with several doses of Narcan and hospitalized after being exposed to an unknown substance during a traffic stop last weekend. According to Local 5 News, the Fort Dodge police officer was conducting a traffic stop on Sunday and handled an unknown substance after arresting 28-year-old Kayla Potter. She was arrested on suspicion of providing false identification information and driving on a suspended license. While returning to the police department, the officer reported feeling lightheaded and dizzy, eventually having to call for paramedics to examine him. When paramedics and other officers arrived at the center, he was found unresponsive in his patrol car. The officer was rushed to a local hospital and given at least two doses of Narcan while in transit. He was given more once he arrived to the emergency room and quickly recovered, but kept overnight for observations. He was released from the hospital on Monday.

Hunt On For Suspect Who Violently Raped Woman In Her San Pedro Home
Authorities have released a sketch of a man wanted for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in her San Pedro home Tuesday evening. The attack occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the area of 11th and Centre streets. According to Los Angeles police, the suspect was waiting for the victim outside her home. As she was walking through her front door, he pushed her inside and then sexually assaulted her, leaving her with severe injuries. An LAPD sergeant reported that neighbors in the area heard the woman screaming, but no one called 911. The suspect is described as Hispanic, between 25 and 35 years of age, 160 to 180 pounds and between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8. He has a light mustache, sleeved tattoos on both arms and possible scratches on his neck and chest. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts should contact LAPD.

Reseda Shooting Leaves Man Critically Wounded
A man was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday morning with a gunshot wound he suffered in a shooting in Reseda. Officers responded about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday to a shots-fired call near Etiwanda Avenue and Vanowen Street and found the victim, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, believed to be 20 to 25 years old, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Release Video Of Club Shooting In Silver Lake, Suspect Still On Loose
Police have released surveillance video of a shooting that occurred on Feb. 2 outside the Los Globos night club in Silver Lake hoping the community can help identify the gunman. The shooting happened following an argument that broke out just after 4 a.m. when a man was removed from the club by a security guard and another man. Police say the suspect became enraged, took out a gun, and fired on one of the men injuring him before getting into a dark-colored, 4-door Range Rover and left east on Sunset Boulevard. The victim was taken to the hospital, treated and released, according to police. The suspect is described as an Asian man, about 35 years old, 5-feet 8-inches tall and about 150 pounds.
FOX 11

LAPD Cadet Mounted Unit Is Just Plain ‘Fun' For Teens Interested In Law Enforcement
Miguel Rolon, an 18-year-old Monroe Police Academy Magnet high school senior, has been riding horses all his life. He's also been a mentor since classes started this year at the Mission Hills school to fellow classmates in the LAPD Cadet Mounted Unit supervised by a retired police sergeant and a trainer at a Canyon Country ranch. “It's fun,” said Rolon, who wants to go into the army as a military police officer or firefighter when he graduates from the academy. “You get to bond with (other cadets) and the horses. That's the most exciting thing.” Rolon pranced on the back of Lindo, a part quarter- and part Chilean horse, along with 11 others demonstrating riding skills in front of law enforcement and school officials March 1 at the annual presentation of the Police Academy Magnet as family members looked on from the football stadium bleachers.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA's Illegal Pot Shops On Verge Of Power Shutoff, As City Hall Poised To Let DWP Flip The Switch
Los Angeles may soon have a new tool to crack down on the hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operating throughout the city. On Friday, the City Council will consider authorizing the Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities at cannabis dispensaries, cultivators and other establishments, making it effectively impossible for them to do business. The proposed ordinance was brought by Valley Councilwomen Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, who say the measure would accelerate the city's effort to shutter illicit pot shops, which have proliferated in neighborhoods such as Van Nuys and Sylmar. “This is a growing issue in my district,” said Martinez. “People continue to open up illegal marijuana shops and they think it's OK because nothing happens to them.” Martinez said the illegal businesses often bring crime to local neighborhoods. In her City Council District 6, she said there have been 153 criminal incidents at 15 unlicensed operators year-to-date.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Raping, Killing Woman Found In Shopping Cart Near His Central L.A. Apartment
A man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for raping and killing a 20-year-old woman who was found in a shopping cart near his Central Los Angeles home, officials announced Thursday. Last month, Rene Rolando Ailon, 27, was found guilty of first-degree murder and forcible rape. A jury found true that the murder occurred during the commission of a rape, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Maylin Zulian Fuentes-Sanabria, 20, went to Ailon's apartment along the 1500 block of South Gramercy Place on May 13, 2017. Ailon raped her and strangled her to death, the prosecutor in the case said. Ailon went to work and left the victim's body in his apartment for 24 hours before wrapping her in a blanket and leaving her in a shopping cart several blocks away, officials said. A resident in the area found the body a short time later. Ailon was tied to the crime using DNA evidence and phone records.

Man's Conviction Upheld For Shotgun Killing Of Woman In Hollywood
A state appeals court panel Thursday upheld a man's conviction for the shotgun killing of a woman on a Hollywood sidewalk attack that authorities said was precipitated by a financial dispute over social media promotion work she did for his business. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha's challenge to his conviction on numerous grounds, including his claim that a six-pack photo lineup shown to two eyewitnesses was impermissibly suggestive. Obioha is serving a life prison term without the possibility of parole for the July 5, 2015, slaying of Carrie Melvin, 30, who was shot once in the head near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place while walking with her boyfriend from their apartment to a nearby Thai restaurant.

L.A. County Sheriff's K-9 ‘Sherlock' Sniffs Out Another Big Bust
Named for a famous detective, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department K-9 “Sherlock” is living up to his moniker. The four-legged deputy, who is assigned to seek out drugs and other contraband headed for Los Angeles County jails, sniffed out more than two ounces of methamphetamine, two handguns and $25,000 in cash on Thursday, resulting in two arrests, Deputy Ed Luna of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said in a written statement. The Sheriff's Custody Investigative Services Jail Task Force had been assigned to investigate a conspiracy to transport drugs into the jail system, according to Luna.

Feds Say Illegal Pot Operation In SoCal Funded With Chinese Money

Three men were arrested Thursday as part of an illegal marijuana-growing operation in Southern California that was funded with money from China, federal prosecutors said. Authorities seized nearly 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of processed marijuana and about 3,000 plants during raids on seven large homes in neatly kept San Bernardino County neighborhoods, said Ciaran McEvoy, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. The alleged coordinator of the scheme was a real estate agent who spent more than $5 million to buy the homes with money wired from the Guangdong Province of China, authorities said. Three guns and more than $80,000 in cash was seized from his home.
Associated Press

California Bill Would Seal 8 Million Criminal Convictions
A Northern California lawmaker and district attorney announced Thursday a proposed law that would automatically clear some 8 million criminal convictions eligible for sealing but that remain public records. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and state Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said the bill if passed would help millions of offenders take advantage of an often overlooked law allowing convicted drunken drivers, burglars and other low-level offenders to seal their records. Gascon at a press conference in San Francisco with Ting said fewer than 20 percent of eligible cases are cleared and that most eligible offenders are unaware they can seal their criminal records and are “living in a paper prison.” Sex offenders and any offender who served time in prison are ineligible.

Public Safety News

3 Sick Near Narbonne High School In Harbor City After Exposure To Substance
A total of three people were sick at or near Narbonne High School after being exposed to an unidentified substance, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said Thursday. Paramedics responded to the 24300 block of South Western Avenue in Harbor City, where the incident was reported. It's unclear what the substance was, but it was possibly inhaled, fire officials said. It was first reported that there were as many as four patients, but fire officials later confirmed three people were transported by LAFD ambulance to an area hospital with non-life threatening illnesses. The ages of the patients were not immediately known, and it's unclear whether they're connected to the school.

Local Government News

On-Demand Transit Service For Westside Area Starts Next Week
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation announced Thursday that an on-demand transportation service pilot program for the Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, and Palms neighborhoods with begin operating on Monday. LAnow is a shared-ride service that will match passengers traveling to, from, and within the Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, and Palms service areas. Rides can be booked using a mobile application on a smartphone, on a computer, or by phone. "Finally, neighbors on the Westside have an alternative to being stuck in gridlock," Councilman Mike Bonin said. "LAnow will give people a convenient way to make short trips or get to and from the Expo Line. I'm proud to deliver this pilot program for my district, and I'm confident it will demonstrate that neighborhood shuttles can help us get us around and free us from the misery of traffic congestion."

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