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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 8, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Murder Charge Sought For Driver As CHP Officer Fatally Injured In Lake Elsinore Is Recalled As ‘Beloved Sergeant'
A veteran CHP officer fatally injured when struck by a car driven on the right shoulder of the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore was described Sunday as a “beloved sergeant” who mentored officers and “loved the Highway Patrol and his family.” Sgt. Steve Licon, with the agency for 27 years, was struck Saturday afternoon as he wrote a traffic citation for a Chrysler sedan he had stopped on the southbound 15 Freeway, north of Nichols Road. “We lost a darned good sergeant. He is going to be missed,” Capt. Mario Lucio, California Highway Patrol Inland Division Special Services Commander, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference also watched by several Caltrans workers, who had left flowers and a Caltrans hardhat at the outside step of the CHP's Riverside office. CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said in a tweet that Licon left behind a wife and two daughters. Licon died of his injuries at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, Lucio said. “The impact was significant,” Lucio said of the crash that took the sergeant's life.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Officer Wounded In Hawthorne Shooting
A police officer and a suspect were both shot and wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Hawthorne Sunday. The officer suffered a gunshot wound -- reportedly to the leg -- and was rushed to an area hospital, where Hawthorne police said he was awake and alert. The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Information Bureau. That suspect was later arrested in connection with the officer-involved shooting, the Hawthorne Police Department said, adding that no other suspects were involved in the incident. Officers were dispatched about 9:20 a.m. to the 14400 block of Aviation Boulevard, in response to a man chasing a woman in the lobby of a hotel, according to Hawthorne police. Hawthorne Police Chief Michael Ishii said officers arrived to find the suspect running across the street and into a shopping center.

Killing K-9s In Florida Could Earn Longer Prison Term
People who kill or seriously injure police dogs in Florida soon could face tougher penalties after the Senate unanimously passed a bill inspired by the shooting death of a canine named Fang. "This bill has been a roller coaster of emotions," said Sen. Aaron Bean. "Fang was executed." Fang was a 3-year-old German shepherd at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. He was fatally shot as officers chased a 17-year-old carjacking suspect. Bean said he decided to sponsor the bill after learning the penalty for killing the dog was a maximum of five years in prison. The bill would make the crime a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. "The double hurt came not only in losing the animal, but we discovered the penalty for harming an animal ... was only a third degree felony," Bean said. "It was just sad." Bean noted that just last weekend a police K-9 was shot in Pinellas County after a traffic stop, though the dog is expected to survive.
Associated Press

LAPD to scrap some crime data programs after criticism
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore plans to scrap a controversial program that uses data to identify individuals who are most likely to commit violent crimes, bowing to criticism included in an audit and by privacy groups. Moore told commissioners the department will not use programs that fail to produce results and will strive to “identify new or emerging ideas that hold promise.” LAPD Officer Hannu Tarjamo, a director at the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the data programs can be helpful, but they also distract officers from police work. Community policing, he said, is done best when officers learn areas and know who commits the crimes. The league “has faith that (Moore) will do the right thing” with the programs, Tarjamo said.
Los Angeles Times

Man Wounded In Suspected Gang-Related Shooting In South L.A.
A man was wounded in a suspected gang-related shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday. Los Angeles police and city firefighters responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of West 45th Street around 11:30 p.m. Friday, LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Cervantes told KTLA. A man in a vehicle apparently opened fire at one person and struck him, Cervantes said. Video from the scene shows crews wheeling out the victim from inside a residence as officers assess the street and alley near the building. The man, whose identity was not released, remains in stable condition on Saturday, Cervantes said. Police believe the shooting might have been gang-related. Information about a suspect was unavailable, according to LAPD.

Man Shot To Death In Car On Denver Avenue
A man was fatally wounded as he sat inside a car in the Vermont-Slauson area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported at 11:48 p.m. Sunday at 6932 Denver Avenue, a Los Angeles Police Department dispatcher said. The 30-year-old man was inside the car when the male suspect walked up and fired multiple shots into the car, the dispatcher said. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, she said. The shooting was not believed gang-related, the dispatcher said.

Man Arrested After Hourslong Standoff Near Koreatown
A man who barricaded himself inside a building in Harvard Heights, south of Koreatown, surrendered to police Saturday after a more than eight-hour standoff. At about 10:12 a.m., police were called to the scene at the 1500 block of South Hobart Boulevard for a welfare check where they found a man armed with a handgun. SWAT officers were dispatched to the scene and the standoff continued until about 6:25 p.m. No further details have been released.

LAPD Chief Talks Pursuit Policies After String Of Southern California Chases
Following a string of dangerous chases in Los Angeles County, L.A. Police Department Chief Michel Moore talked to Eyewitness News on Friday about law enforcement's policies and decision-making during pursuits. A crash into an innocent motorist would end a chase in Pasadena. The 63-year-old woman inside the vehicle is now out of the hospital. It was just one of four chases that happened just on Thursday. Last week, there was an especially-memorable pursuit for the havoc and hazard that unfolded on the 5 Freeway in Burbank. The driver, Drew Smith, rammed police cruisers, trying to evade arrest, brandished a knife, and then took off against traffic. Smith got out of the vehicle and jumped around as an officer fired non-lethal rounds before finally taking him into custody.

Posters Placed Across L.A. County Aim To Spark New Clues In Unsolved Killings
Nearly 16 years ago, Desirree Haro was standing in a Harbor City alley with friends when a car drove by, spraying bullets. The 15-year-old was the only one hit and died later at a hospital. At first, her mother, Teresa Haro, phoned investigators once a week seeking answers about who killed her daughter. Over and over again they told her they were working on it. A reward was offered. Years passed. Eventually, Haro stopped calling. Now, she's hoping a new billboard and bus shelter campaign might spark fresh clues, or inspire someone with a guilty conscience to come forward. Posters featuring photographs of 48 homicide victims whose cases have gone unsolved have been placed at 10 bus shelters across Los Angeles County, from West and East L.A., to Arcadia in the San Gabriel Valley. In red, the posters ask “Do you know who MURDERED us?” 

LAPD Chief Hails New County Office Of Violence Prevention
Los Angeles County's recently established Office of Violence Prevention drew praise today from Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore. "I'm encouraged for the first time that the County of Los Angeles is establishing a means to identify resources that exist, gaps that need to be filled and coordinate the delivery of all those services to a county of more than 10 million people," Moore said at a news conference at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Public Health in the unincorporated Willowbrook area. "I'm encouraged that this type of innovation is going to result in Angelenos getting the necessary treatment and services that will help reduce and eliminate this cycle of violence." Moore said police officers are tasked with not just going after offenders, but working to prevent crime and protect victims, but they often lack "the resources to really help people recover from" violent tragedies. The office will be dedicated to addressing "the root causes of violence, to prevent it from occurring," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who authored the motion creating the office.

Encino Home Of Los Angeles Rams Coach Sean McVay Reportedly Burglarized
An Encino home of Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay was reportedly burglarized Thursday night. Los Angeles police only confirmed officers responded to a burglary on the 16900 block of Encino Hills Drive around 9 p.m. and a report was taken. Surveillance video posted to Ring's Neighbors app shows two masked people exiting the home, one carrying a bag. According to the video's description, the masked men smashed their way in through a glass back door. They were inside for less than five minutes. The person carrying the bag places a hand over the surveillance camera before leaving. Police fingerprinted the home and they're hoping this video can help identify the burglars who were apparently picked up by a black SUV that had been circling the neighborhood, according to the video description. 

What To Know About The Supreme Court's First Gun Case In 9 Years
The Supreme Court in its next term is expected to hear a challenge to New York City's ban on transporting a licensed handgun to a home or shooting range outside the city. It's the first gun case the court will consider in nearly a decade. The regulation, which doesn't exist in any other American city, applies to holders of a “premises permit,” one of two handgun permits residents can obtain, which allows them to keep guns in their homes and transport them, locked and unloaded, to one of the city's seven shooting ranges. To travel anywhere else with a firearm, premises permit holders must obtain a concealed carry permit. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the local gun group that brought the challenge, contends that obtaining an extra layer of licensing to take a gun outside the five boroughs is not “consistent with the Second Amendment, the commerce clause, and the constitutional right to travel.”
The Trace

NJ stops training police dogs to sniff out weed
New Jersey has halted training state police dogs to sniff out pot. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told lawmakers Wednesday that a pending proposal to legalize recreational marijuana led police to stop training them to detect the odor of burnt cannabis. He says dogs already trained to detect the scent could be used in other settings where marijuana would be prohibited, such as jails and schools. He added that it's possible to train the dogs to detect marijuana in the future if needed, but it's impossible to "un-train" dogs who already recognize the odor.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

‘Run To Remember' Is Way For Thousands To Thank Fallen First Responders
The “Run to Remember” is an annual event for thousands to help raise money for fallen officers' families. One CHP officer, Sgt. Steven Licon, was killed in the line of duty Saturday and he was on everyone's mind. They took to the streets by the thousands — in groups, alone, in uniform, carrying flags — all to honor the fallen. “We run, we march, we stand for that sacrifice,” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore, “And we stand with the promise that we will never forget.” The “Run to Remember” most of all is to honor the first responders who died in the line of duty last year. For law enforcement, that number was 165. 

Citizen App Texts You In Real Time If A Crime Or Fire Is Happening Nearby
Chances are you've seen a helicopter circling above your neighborhood, an accident or road shut down due to police activity. Now, thanks to a new app called Citizen, you can finally understand exactly what's going on. The company behind the app is doing something really interesting: they're going around to major cities and installing antennas to allow them to listen to police and fire scanners. Then, a combination of artificial intelligence and humans decode what's being said. The reports are tagged with neighborhood data, date and time and then delivered to the app. Certain incidents, including suicide and suspicious person reports, are filtered out. "Having this situational awareness can keep you out of trouble. It can prevent you from walking into a dangerous situation," explained Andrew Frame, founder and CEO of Citizen.

Local Government News

LA Committee Backs Motion On Legal Action For Clean-Up Of Santa Susana Field Lab
Richard Mathews traveled from the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles Monday to ask L.A. city officials to support a full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. “People of Los Angeles have been damaged by the facility,” Mathews, 58, told members of the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee. “We support the full cleanup.” Mathews was among 20 Valley residents who joined the meeting to share their emotional testimonies and encourage officials to support a motion that would allow the city to sue responsible parties if they fail to remediate the 2,900-acre former rocket engine testing site, which sits in the hills near residential communities, including Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Simi Valley. About 400,000 people live near the site, where a nuclear reactor partially melted down in 1959, releasing radioactive contaminants. Many residents believe there is a childhood cancer cluster from the lab's activities, but that has not been scientifically verified.
Los Angeles Daily News

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