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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 25, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Texas Deputy Critical After Being Shot In Head During Traffic Stop
A sheriff's deputy was shot in the head during a traffic stop. El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Peter Herrera pulled over a vehicle Friday morning when one of the people in the vehicle got out and opened fire, the El Paso Times reports. Herrera was struck several times, including the back of the head, and rushed to a local hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition. Two suspects in the vehicle were found about two blocks away from the shooting and were arrested. Investigators also found the gun allegedly used in the shooting. The officer did not fire any shots. The shooting is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the sheriff's office.

Officer Wounded During Washington Deputy's Killing Is Out Of Hospital
A Washington state police officer who was wounded in a shootout that killed one of his colleagues has been released from a Seattle hospital. Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez was shot in the leg and suffered a shattered femur Tuesday evening when he and Kittitas County sheriff's deputy Ryan Thompson confronted a road rage suspect who opened fire on them. Thompson, who was 42, was killed, as was the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro. KING-TV reported that the 22-year-old Chavez was released from Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon and that his escort back to central Washington included by Seattle and Bellevue police vehicles.
Associated Press

Alarms Sound After 6 Chicago PD Suicides In 8 Months
A dozen or so police officers gather once every month in the basement of an office building and talk — about handling holidays with families, about nightmares so bad they are reluctant to share a bed at night. Most of the officers were involved in a shooting while on duty, and here they share stories of what that has meant. Sometimes they cry. “This is what trauma looks like,” says Carrie Steiner, a former Chicago cop turned therapist who runs the counseling center. “This is what PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) looks like.” Responding to that trauma is now a top challenge for the Chicago Police Department, where alarms are sounding after six officers killed themselves over the last eight months. Last week, after the most recent suicide, Superintendent Eddie Johnson convened a small meeting of command staff and told them officer wellness was now his priority.
Chicago Tribune

Law Enforcement From Across U.S. Compete In 35th Annual ‘Baker To Vegas' Race
Law enforcement officials from around the U.S. were competing in the 35th Annual "Baker to Vegas" race Saturday, making their way from the California city to the most popular town in Nevada. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on March 23, 2019.
KTLA 5 Video

Man Shot At Metro Red Line Station In East Hollywood, Suspect In Custody
A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a 45-year-old man at a Metro Red Line station Saturday morning in East Hollywood, a police officer said. The shooting occurred at 1 a.m. at the Red Line station in the 1500 block of North Vermont Avenue, said Officer Sal Ramirez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. The shooting victim was taken to an area hospital in stable condition, Ramirez said. The same Metro station was the scene of a sexual assault on March 14, when police and Metro officials say a transient punched, choked and raped a woman in the station's emergency exit stairwell. That suspect, who police said frequents the Metro stations from Compton to Santa Monica, was described as a black man with brown eyes, between 5-feet-7 inches and-5 feet-10 inches tall, between 165 and 180 pounds, with a shaved head, an earring on his right ear and a 2- to 3-inch scar on his left forearm.

2 Sought In Koreatown Shooting
Investigators are seeking two attackers who shot and seriously wounded a man along Normandie Avenue in Koreatown on Friday, officials said. The shooting took place about 3:50 a.m. in the 400 block of Normandie Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. Officers encountered a 31-year-old man who was suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics took him to a hospital, “where he was taken into surgery with life-threatening injuries,” according to the statement. Police said two male attackers in a black, four-door sedan were being sought as suspects. They were last seen driving south on Normandie Avenue. No information regarding a motive was available. Police had said the shooting occurred at 3:50 p.m. but later corrected the timing.

Teenage Boy Shot In Westlake Area
A 17-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday. The shooting was reported at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Rampart Boulevard and Sixth Street, Los Angeles Police Officer D. Orris said. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, Orris said. The boy was unable to provide officers with information about the shooting. Three males were seen fleeing the scene, the officer said. The shooting was possibly gang related, Orris said.

VIDEO: Father Risks His Life To Save Daughter, Pushing Her Away From Speeding Car In Glassell Park
Dramatic video from Glassell Park shows a father risking his life by pushing his daughter out of the way of a speeding car, which ends up striking him instead. The incident happened near San Fernando Road and Hallett Avenue Nov. 16, 2018 around 5:15 p.m. when the father was picking his child up from school. The shocking video, which was captured by a surveillance camera from an adjacent building, shows a red sedan speeding toward the two as they walked through a marked crosswalk. The father, Michael DeVore, pushes his 11-year-old daughter Rien out of the way -- mere seconds before impact. "I saw a car coming at a high rate of speed, and I realized within that instant there was no time to think of a plan of action," DeVore said. "It was react now or it's going to happen." The car ended up striking the father, who was launched onto the sidewalk. 

Chase: Stolen-Vehicle Suspect In Custody After High-Speed Pursuit Ends In Valencia
A stolen-vehicle suspect is now in custody after fleeing from authorities on freeways and surface streets during a wild, high-speed chase in Los Angeles County Friday night. Authorities said it all started in the Eagle Rock area, where the LAPD tried to pull over the stolen vehicle. When it failed to pull over, the driver began to travel on the wrong side of the road. The driver made his way into the Glassell Park area and then traveled on surface streets in South Pasadena and Pasadena at speeds above 50 and 60 mph. The chase made its way onto the 110 Freeway for a brief time before getting back on surface streets. Patrol vehicles no longer appeared to be following close behind as the suspect continued circling in the Pasadena area in the gray stolen Kia. 

Man Pleads Guilty In 2017 DUI Crash That Killed A North Hills Woman, Injured Her Toddler Daughter
A North Hills man is facing more than 12 years in state prison for a DUI crash that killed a woman and seriously injured her 23-month-old daughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Jose Armando Macias Jr., 23, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, causing injury, along with an allegation of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child under the age of 5. Macias was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he crashed into Ruth Chinchilla as the 34-year-old woman was removing her daughter from a car seat in a vehicle parked in front of their North Hills home on Woodley Avenue, near Parthenia Street, on the night of Nov. 26, 2017, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Accused ATF Gun Thief Turns Himself In
The former contract security guard accused of stealing a “substantial” number of guns and gun parts from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives quietly turned himself in to authorities the day after he skipped his initial court appearance, according to a new court filing. Christopher Lee Yates of Martinsburg, West Virginia, had been under a warrant for his arrest after he failed to appear at the U.S. District Court on Wednesday morning. At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, Yates came by himself to the offices of the U.S. Marshal Service in town. After spending the night in jail, Yates appeared before Judge Robert Trumble on Friday morning, according to court records. He will be arraigned on March 26. He will remain in federal custody until then, according to Stacy Bishop, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
The Trace

Public Safety News

LAFD Adding Thermal Imaging Cameras For Smoke-Filled Rooms
When firefighters enter a burning structure, they're faced with low visibility in a place where they don't know the layout. So in a dark, smoke-filled room, thermal imaging is a life saver. And now, the department has 1,000 thermal imaging cameras, each the size of an iPhone. "We now have the opportunity for every firefighter on duty today to use this tool to ensure the safety and lives of the people who serve. This is a game changer in the fire service," said LAFD Battalion Chief Dean Zipperman. The new thermal imaging cameras cost $750 each. Before the department got these cameras, each fire engine was equipped with bigger cameras that can cost up to $15,000 each. In addition to measuring heat indexes, the devices include a camera and a flashlight.

Gov. Newsom Declares Wildfire State Of Emergency, Waives Environmental Rules To Expedite Projects
California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. “The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can't wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement ahead of declaring a state of emergency. California experienced two of its most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018 and experts say climate change increases the risks. Newsom said clearing dead trees at a quick pace is essential to diminishing future threats.

Local Government News

LA Marathon 2019 Draws Thousands To LA's Streets For The 34th ‘Stadium To The Sea' Trek
A crisp, nippy morning turned into a perfect day to run 26.2 miles on Sunday, as over 24,000 people sauntered through Los Angeles streets for the 34th-annual LA Marathon flanked by cheering loved ones and strangers. After participants in the sold out race traversed from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Century City, volunteers met waddling runners behind the finish line at Ocean and California avenues with congratulations and ample bananas to ease muscle cramps. Athletes from around the world recognize the L.A. marathon's signature route “from the Stadium to the Sea,” dubbed the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. City Council Approves 725-Unit Apartment Project In Chinatown Amid Gentrification Fears
The Los Angeles City Council signed off Friday on a 725-unit apartment project in Chinatown, amid objections from activists who said it has no affordable housing and will result in the displacement of low-income residents. On a 14 to 0 vote, council members backed the proposal from Atlas Capital Group, a New York-based real estate company, to construct five seven-story apartment buildings across from a Metro Gold Line light rail station. The project, known as College Station, has been the subject of an opposition campaign by Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, which contends that the arrival of hundreds of market-rate homes will fuel gentrification, pushing up rents in nearby apartments.

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