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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

April 4, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Shot Montana Trooper Regains Consciousness, Condition Improves
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer has regained consciousness in a Salt Lake City hospital and his medical status has improved from critical to stable condition, according to the Montana Department of Justice. Palmer was shot three times in the neck, face and head last month just north of Missoula after locating a suspect involved in an earlier shooting that injured two and killed one man in Missoula. So far, all of Palmer's interactions have been non-verbal, but he has shown recognition of certain people and commands, according to a press release. He is scheduled for reconstructive surgery for jaw injuries on Thursday and has been moved from the University of Utah Hospital's critical care unit to the neuro-acute care unit.
Ravalli Republic, Hamilton, Mont.

Man Indicted In Crash That Severely Injured New York Trooper
A distracted driver who hit a state trooper on a Sagtikos Parkway overpass, causing the officer to lose the ability to walk, talk or eat on his own, has been charged with misdemeanor assault, prosecutors said Tuesday. Jesse Cohen, 23, of West Islip, "sent and received dozens of text messages in a number of separate conversations in the 20 minutes leading up" to his striking Trooper Joseph Gallagher on Dec. 18, 2017, Westchester County prosecutors said. Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. was appointed special prosecutor in the case after the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini recused itself because of an unspecified conflict, officials said. The trooper, now severely disabled and requiring constant care in a rehabilitation center, was 35, married and the father of young children when Cohen ran into him, officials said.

Man Arrested In At Least 9 Face-Slashing Attacks In South L.A., South Gate And Lynwood: LAPD
A man has been arrested in a series of face-slashing attacks in South Los Angeles, South Gate and Lynwood, Los Angeles police confirmed Wednesday. The suspect was identified by police as 19-year-old Len Rey Briones during a news conference later Wednesday evening. Briones is believed to be homeless and is on probation for a prior arson conviction, LAPD officials said. Authorities said one of the victims attacked was a 13-year-old slashed on April 1. Briones allegedly slashed the victims' faces while riding past them on a bicycle. The "indiscriminate" attacks go back to March 20, Los Angeles Police Detective Steve Garcia said. “He's shooting for the jugular,” Garcia said earlier of the serial slasher. "He's about an inch a way from cutting that jugular."

Driver Crashes After Being Struck By Gunfire In South LA
A driver was struck by gunfire while behind the wheel of a car Wednesday in South Los Angeles, police said. The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m., with car crashing near the intersection of 98th Street and Vermont Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The driver was taken to the hospital but the shooting victim's condition was not immediately known, authorities said. The LAPD said no one was immediately in custody related to the shooting.

Lake Balboa Crash: Stolen-Vehicle Suspect In Custody After Wreck Injures 10
A suspect in a stolen pickup truck fled from police and got into a violent multi-vehicle crash in Lake Balboa, where several people were injured. Los Angeles police said it all began as a "citizen following" call. Authorities received a call from someone saying he was following a stolen car traveling eastbound on Victory at White Oak. LAPD officers tracked down the suspect at Victory and Burbank. The suspect turned left on Balboa, and that's when officers turned on their lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the suspect over. The suspect then took off at a high rate of speed and crashed into several cars at the intersection of Balboa and Vanowen. The chase came to an end in a horrific wreck involving five vehicles near Balboa and Vanowen - right across from a school.

LAPD Raids Hip-Hop Producer Mally Mall's Home For Exotic Animals, Human Trafficking
Police raided the home of hip-hop producer Mally Mall on Wednesday in the San Fernando Valley. Authorities said the home was under investigation for human trafficking and trafficking exotic animals. The Los Angeles Police Department worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to serve the warrant at the 'Love and Hip Hop' star's home, located in the 4400 block of Grimes Place in Encino, around 8 a.m. The famous producer, who has worked with artists like Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and many others, is known for proudly keeping a variety of exotic animals over the years, including a Capuchin monkey named Lil Bubs and a Serval, a wild cat native to Africa, named Iris. Mall's home in Las Vegas was previously raided by the FBI back in 2014 as part of a federal human trafficking investigation.
FOX 11

Intruders Beat 78-Year-Old Man, Ransack His Panorama City Home
A 78-year-old man is recovering Thursday after being attacked by two men who ransacked his home in Panorama City. The home invasion was reported at about 12:45 am. In the 9000 block of Lemona Avenue. Police say the man was walking into his home when two men forced their way inside and ransacked the residence. The two intruders punched and kicked the man repeatedly, and he suffered a black eye and bruises. He was wheeled away on a stretcher and into an ambulance, but is expected to recover. Authorities say it's not clear if the home invasion was a targeted ambush or a crime of opportunity. The suspects — who were unarmed — were dressed in all black, and no further description was available. It's not known if there was a getaway car.

Man Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder In 2017 Crash That Killed A Woman In North Hills
A drunken driver was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder for fleeing from the scene of a crash and colliding with a car in North Hills, killing a 42-year-old woman. The San Fernando jury was the second to hear the murder charge against Estuardo Alvarado, stemming from the Feb. 19, 2017, crash that killed Sandra Duran of Arleta. The first jury to hear the case deadlocked on the murder count, but convicted the 47-year-old defendant of one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content and hit-and-run driving, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Out of the car, Siri. California urged to ban even hands-free cellphone use for drivers
California already busts drivers for holding their phones behind the wheel – but it got a call Wednesday to become the first state to ban even hands-free use of electronic devices by motorists. The most recent California cellphone law, enacted in 2017, prohibits drivers from holding cellphones at all, even at traffic stops. A bill proposed by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, in February would add a point to a driver's license for being caught on a cellphone while driving. If passed, it would go into effect in 2021.
Sacramento Bee

New DUI Standard Coming To California?
California's DUI standards could be getting stricter. Lawmakers are pushing to lower the legal blood alcohol limit to .05 percent. The legal limit is currently .08 percent. Supporters of the bill say a tougher blood alcohol standard will reduce deaths on California roads. Currently more than 1,000 people die as a result of drunk driving each year. Parents who lost their 15-month-old son, Liam, when a drunk driver hit the baby's stroller in a crosswalk spoke at the Capital on Wednesday. They said the boy's death was "completely preventable." If the bill passes, California will join Utah as the only states in the nation to adopt the stricter .05 percent standard.

Public Safety News

California's Emergency Alert System Has Been A Disaster
A Statewide Fix Is Planned In Mendocino County, emergency staffers waited for a supervisor to show up before they warned residents of a growing fire siege in 2017. In Santa Barbara County, officials hesitated to issue blanket evacuation orders before mudslides ripped through Montecito in 2018 because they worried they might trigger a panic. And in Butte County in November, whole neighborhoods in Paradise were never told to evacuate as the Camp fire swept toward town. In each case, local emergency preparedness agencies failed to adequately warn communities that death was approaching. Experts say the failures point to an approach to emergency management — administered by individual counties — that has proved outdated in an era of massive, fast-moving wildfires and other extreme weather events.
Los Angeles Times

FDA Investigates Dozens Of Reports Of Seizures After Vaping, Issues Warning
After reports of seizures after vaping, the US Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a potential new risk and calling for people to come forward with cases the agency might not know about. The FDA has identified 35 such cases of seizures — particularly among younger users — between 2010 and early 2019, it said in a statement Wednesday. The agency has also seen a “slight but noticeable increase in reports of seizures” since June. The reports were submitted voluntarily, either to the FDA or to poison control centers. The agency stressed that it has not determined a definitive link between vaping and seizures, but there may be additional cases that could help it investigate. Seizures are known to be a possible side effect of nicotine poisoning, the FDA said.

Local Government News

Metro Introduces Another Piece In The Puzzle That Will Help Get Passengers To LAX Without A Car
Metro opened a $173-million train yard in Westchester on Wednesday that will clean and repair as many as 70 trains a day from the Green Line and the future Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line in an energy-stingy, green-certified facility. While the modern building represents the mega transit agency's rail expansion into the southwestern part of Los Angeles County, the bigger picture was punctuated by a key component under construction not more than a mile away: LAX's Automated People Mover. “If there is ever a project that is fixing a failure, we have the newest part of our transit system finally making the connection between rail and LAX,” Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin said during the train yard dedication ceremony.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Councilman Wants Amazon, YouTube To Cancel NRATV
A Los Angeles city councilman introduced a resolution Wednesday calling on numerous video streaming services to end their commercial affiliation and contractual partnership with the National Rifle Association's NRATV, saying it normalizes violence and promotes a dangerous gun culture. "While the majority of Americans favor common-sense gun laws, the NRATV is working to normalize violence and promote a dangerous gun culture," Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said. "The public would benefit from the City Council calling for the end of NRATV across all streaming platforms that feature personalities who describe and advocate for an armed uprising against the media while opposing common-sense gun safety policy."

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