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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 29, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Davis Gunman's Path To Handguns That Killed Officer Natalie Corona May Never Be Known
Authorities have traced the origin of the handguns used to kill rookie Davis police Officer Natalie Corona in January, but say they may never know exactly how – or when – gunman Kevin Douglas Limbaugh obtained them. One of the handguns, a .45-caliber semiautomatic, originally was purchased by someone at a gun shop in New Mexico, Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov said. The other, a 9 mm Glock, was reported lost or stolen from a gun shop in Phoenix in 1996. But the findings shed little light on why Limbaugh shot the 22-year-old officer to death as she investigated a minor traffic accident near downtown, then killed himself as police surrounded the rental home where he was living. Limbaugh used the two handguns in the Jan. 10 shooting spree that began just before 7 p.m. near Fifth and D streets and included him firing at passersby and at a fire engine driving through the area. The weapons were never registered to Limbaugh, and police have no way of knowing whether he purchased or stole them or when he came into possession of either.
Sacramento Bee

Felon Who Allegedly Tried To Run Over Deputy Arraigned
A convicted felon accused of trying to run over a Riverside County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop in Perris, culminating in the lawman opening fire, pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges. Olivia Marie Kinnett, 42, of Perris was arrested two weeks ago in Homeland after a sheriff's investigation pointed to her as the alleged assailant. Along with the attempted murder count, Kinnett is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and receiving a stolen vehicle. She was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for April 30 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Two Separate Shootings In San Pedro Leave One Dead, Others Wounded
Police are investigating two separate shootings that left one person dead and two others wounded in San Pedro Thursday night. A shooting took place about 9:50 p.m. at Pacific Avenue and Santa Cruz Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while another was rushed to a hospital in grave condition, he said. The motive was not clear, and no suspect description was available, Lopez said. A vehicle was seen speeding away from the area. Just blocks away, a second shooting happened on South Palos Verdes Street around midnight. A man was reportedly shot in an alley and was able to walk to a nearby hotel for help. Emergency personnel arrived and took the man to a hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Arleta Taco Truck Worker Shot During Robbery Attempt; 3 Suspects At Large
A taco truck employee was shot by three suspects who tried to rob him in Arleta. The incident occurred Wednesday night near the intersection of Lev and Wentworth avenues. The three suspects tried to rob the victim then opened fire, striking him once, police said. The victim was taken to an area hospital, and he is expected to be OK. The three suspects remain at large.

LAPD Asks To Cancel Citizens' Concealed Weapons Permits
The Los Angeles Police Department has moved to cancel most of the few remaining concealed weapons permits in civilian hands, according to new filings in a decades-old legal case. Chief Michel Moore said in a sworn declaration he did not believe a group of people who obtained so-called CCWs as the result of a 1994 lawsuit were still entitled to the permits, because it was unlikely the individuals still faced extraordinary physical danger to their lives. "I do not believe the continued wholesale allowance for each to possess a CCW license based on circumstances that may have existed 24 years ago is in the best interest of the public," Moore said. Permits to carry a concealed firearm are allowed under California law but it's up to local police chiefs and sheriffs to decide if an applicant has a valid reason to obtain one. 

Police Release New Images Of Man Who Raped, Beat Woman At East Hollywood Metro Station
Authorities released new surveillance images Thursday of a transient they said punched, choked and raped a woman at a Metro station in East Hollywood. The victim asked the man for directions about 6 p.m. on March 14 at the Vermont/Sunset Station in the 1500 block of North Vermont Avenue, and he lured her into the emergency exit stairwell of a Metro Red Line station where he attacked her, according to Metro and the Los Angeles Police Department. “The incident occurred in the station's emergency exit stairwell that is required to remain open for public safety,” Metro said in a statement. “The stairwell is patrolled regularly by security personnel.” Metro and LAPD investigators reviewed video surveillance footage and released a photo and sketch of the suspect.

Police Chase Stolen Tanker Truck Carrying 2,000 Gallons Of Unknown Liquid In Mid-Wilshire Area Of LA
Los Angeles police officers were in pursuit of a reported stolen tanker truck on Thursday morning. The Los Angeles Police Department said that around 6:30 a.m. an unknown male suspect stole a blue tanker truck from a location near the intersection of W. 6th Street and S. Curson Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles. Shortly after, police began to pursue the allegedly stolen vehicle. LAPD said that the stolen vehicle was carrying more than 2,000 gallons of an unknown liquid. Officials said that the liquid was not believed to be flammable. At 7:15 a.m. the stolen vehicle was driving eastbound on Wilshire Boulevard. The vehicle failed to stop when officers attempted to perform a traffic stop. Footage from SkyFOX showed the driver make several erratic turns and cut across multiple intersections during the pursuit. 
FOX 11

Possible Threat Prompts Officials To Close Tarzana School For A Day
A Tarzana school said it will close Friday after the Los Angeles Police Department received a possible threat to the campus. Woodcrest School administrators announced the closure late Thursday in an email to parents and staff. The school advised parents to tell their children that a “plumbing issue” on campus caused the closure. “Please stay calm and know that our number one priority is the safety of your children,” administrators said in the email. They added that an officer was being sent to monitor the school. Officer Mike Lopez, an LAPD spokesman, said the criminal threat was brought to the department's attention about 5:30 p.m. He declined to comment on the nature of the threat. “We didn't tell them to close the school, but they decided to, to keep everybody safe,” he said.
Los Angeles Times

SoCal Men Charged In Inland Empire Grow Houses Probe
A Los Angeles federal grand jury Thursday returned a 19-count felony indictment charging two men with participating in an alleged scheme in which nine residential properties in San Bernardino County were purchased, mostly with money wired from China, and converted into illegal marijuana grow houses. Real estate agent Lin “Aaron” Li, the U.S.-based coordinator of the alleged scheme, and Pasadena resident Jimmy Yu, an alleged grow house caretaker, are charged with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and to maintain a drug-involved premises, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Public Safety News

In Butte County, Officials Struggle To Identify Remains Of Last 11 Camp Fire Victims
Four months after California's worst wildfire swept through Butte County, authorities there have positively identified 74 of the 85 people killed — and are still working to get the last 11 victims identified. “Due to the state of the remains, extracting a viable DNA sample on these cases is proving to be very difficult,” Jen Celentano, a sheriff's Investigative Assistant, said Thursday. The Camp Fire was the state's most deadly and destructive wildfire. It burned 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 buildings. The fire began on Nov. 8 and was fully contained on Nov. 25. Officials have released the names of the victims after confirming their identities and notifying families. Officials have had to rely on DNA samples from family members to identify many remains. Of all the thousands of people reported missing in the fire, only two remain unaccounted for.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

LA leaders Approve Notre Dame High School Project, Paving Way For Multiyear Renovation At Sherman Oaks School
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission gave Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks a green light Thursday to launch a wide-scale renovation and development project that will cost an estimated $25 million and allow the school to admit an additional 250 students. The proposed changes to the private Catholic school include a new on-campus parking structure, cafeteria and classrooms to be built in seven phases over the course of 10 to 15 years. “We're really excited about the prospects of modernizing our campus,” said Notre Dame High School President Brett Lowart. “The money is going to be raised from our community, obviously, over a number of years.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LAX Opens New Parking Lot In Preparation For People Mover Project
The Los Angeles International Airport opened Economy Lot E Thursday, creating 2,700 new parking spaces. The initial opening will make 2,000 parking spots available to airport patrons, jumping up to 2,700 spaces when the lot fully opens this summer. The new lot is larger than the popular C Lot and offers the same daily rate of $12 and includes a free shuttle service to and from terminals. Lot C is reportedly shutting down later this month to make room for LAX's new people mover project. The new Economy Lot E is located off of 111th Street between Aviation and La Cienega Boulevard.

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