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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

April 19, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Georgia Officer Remains Hospitalized After Shooting, 3 Surgeries
An officer who was wounded in a deadly shootout on April 1 remains in the hospital this week. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Officer Jerome Turner Jr. was shot six or seven times during the incident and has undergone three surgeries. He will have another procedure in the coming days. Turner has only been with the department since December. He previously served as a police chief in Florida and was reportedly the youngest police chief the state when he was sworn-in in 2013. Turner's wife, Kyla, says he's been handling everything well and is ready to get back on the job. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.

4 Charged In Connection With Chemical Bomb Thrown At Colorado Officer

Four 19-year-old men face charges in connection with a chemical bomb that injured two people, including a police officer, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced. On Friday, Braiden Ulmer, Gavin Dawson, Isaac Koch, and Maxwell McCann, all 19 years old, posted bond and appeared in court to be advised of their charges. On April 7, an officer arrived at 72nd Avenue and Beech Street to clear a barricade blocking the street. As the officer and a civilian picked up the debris, someone threw a plastic bottle toward the officer, which began releasing white smoke, police said. The officer soon lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital, suffering from chlorine gas exposure, the DA's office said.
The Denver Post

Hit-And-Run Driver Leaves Bicyclist Dead In Sun Valley
A bicyclist was killed Thursday evening in Sun Valley by an alleged hit-and-run driver. Witnesses told KCAL9's Tom Wait that the driver of a red car — possibly a sedan — hit the bicyclist and kept on going. The crash occurred on San Fernando Road just west of Hollywood Way. Wait spoke to a woman who rushed to the victim's aid but she said it was too late. A week ago, near Lankershim, Wait reported on a deadly street race that claimed two lives. The driver in that incident is also at-large. Investigators don't believe there is any connection between the deadly accidents at this point. “We came out and ran to the guy,” said tonight's witness. “He was on the floor. And then we tried to stop the traffic. The red car [didn't stop], he just went all the way down.” The witness told Wait someone tried to follow the driver to get a license plate but was unable to do so.

Father Arrested After Officers Stop Him From Assaulting Baby, LAPD Says
A toddler boy who was taken into the bathroom by his father and assaulted following a domestic dispute was saved by police who intervened, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday. Police were called to the 800 block of S. Hill Street for a domestic incident. When police arrived just after midnight, they said they discovered the father, Michael Freeman, in the bathroom of a vacant apartment trying to drown the child younger than one year old. Officers said they saved the child's life, and he was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. He was in critical condition Thursday. Another person, 25 years old, was taken to the hospital by paramedics. Freeman is now behind bars and booked for attempted murder. His bail has been set to $1 million. Detectives from the abused child unit took over the case.

Four Arrested Following High-Speed Pursuit From L.A. To Monterey Park
Four people were in custody Thursday morning, including one suspect who evaded authorities for nearly three hours after a high-speed chase that started in Los Angeles and ended at an apartment complex in Monterey Park. About 11 p.m. Wednesday, officers spotted a vehicle near the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway and National Boulevard that was believed to be connected to an assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The driver briefly exited the freeway, then returned to the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway toward downtown Los Angeles and continued at speeds of between 70 and 85 mph until exiting on Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park, then pulling into an apartment complex near Atlantic Boulevard and Hellman Avenue.

LAPD Nab Scooter-Riding Bay-Area Thieves
Police said Thursday that they've broken up a band of scooter-riding robbers from the San Francisco Bay Area who busted into 40 cars over the weekend in Los Angeles. The thieves traveled to Hollywood and used ride-sharing scooters to hit dozens of cars near the tourist-heavy Hollywood and Highland intersection, site of the TCL Chinese Theatre. Surveillance video of one of the thefts provided by LAPD shows a man ride a scooter to the back of a car, bust out its window, grab a bag inside and pass it to another man on a scooter before the two zip away. The Hollywood area may be an attractive target because of all the tourists, Los Angeles Police Capt. Cory Palka said. "Oftentimes tourists, people new to community, don't lock cars and are prone to becoming victims," he said. Palka said such thefts are an ongoing issue and that thieves have been taking stolen items up to Oakland to sell them on the street. Palka said five arrests have been made and that the LAPD and Oakland police have paired up on the ongoing investigation.

L.A. Man Arrested In Simi Valley Drug Bust, Stockpile Of Drugs Seized
Deputies arrested a Los Angeles man and seized a massive cache of drugs ranging from LSD and opiates to anabolic steroids during a sting operation in Simi Valley on Tuesday, authorities said. Dru Anthony Peebles, 30, was booked on suspicion narcotics violations following his 10:30 p.m. arrest in the 2600 block of Tapo Canyon Road, Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eduardo Malagon said in a written statement. “In all, detectives seized over 1,700 prescription pills, 110 mL of anabolic steroids, 147 doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 165 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 12 grams of ‘Molly' or a variation of MDMA and paraphernalia indicative of illegal narcotics sales,” according to Malagon. “The evidence seized included Adderall, hydrocodone, alprazolam, morphine, Anadrol, Dianabol and several other performance enhancing products.”

Man At Center Of Tainted Flute Investigation In Southern California Is Charged With Committing Lewd Acts
The founder of an international music program who was accused of possibly providing flutes contaminated with semen to hundreds of Southern California students has been charged with committing lewd acts against five minors. John Edward Zeretzke, who was already facing federal child exploitation charges, has now also been indicted in state court for committing lewd acts upon children under the age of 14, the California Attorney General's Office announced Thursday. Zeretzke, a 60-year-old resident of Ventura who founded Flutes Across the World, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show. According to a grand jury indictment, which was filed in Orange County Superior Court, the alleged lewd acts involving two girls are believed to have occurred in Orange County, while the suspected acts against three other girls are believed to have occurred in Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles Daily News

Ex-SoCal Doctor And Associate Sentenced For Health Care Fraud Scheme
A former physician and his business partner — both from Southern California — were each sentenced to 33 months in prison for their roles in a $7.1 million Medicare health care fraud scheme at three Las Vegas hospice and home health care agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The former doctor, Camilo Q. Primero, 76, of San Dimas, and Aurora S. Beltran, 63, of Glendora, were also sentenced Tuesday in Las Vegas to serve three years of supervised release after prison and ordered to pay restitution of about $2.4 million. The defendants agreed to make full restitution to the U.S. government. Each defendant previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and money laundering.

Public Safety News

Travelers Warned Again Of Measles Exposure At LAX After 3rd Confirmed Case At Airport
For the third time in two months, public health officials are warning travelers of possible measles exposure at Los Angeles International Airport after an infectious person traveled between terminals there. Someone with the highly contagious illness landed April 3 in Terminal 7 at Gate 70A, then ate at the B Grill by BOA Steakhouse at LAX Terminal 7 Departures before departing the airport from Terminal 8, Gate 81, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a news release. Officials estimate other travelers could have been exposed between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the arrivals area, and between 7 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. in the departures section.

Local Government News

Garcetti Proposes Record Budget Amid Booming L.A. Economy
Big increases in infrastructure investment, police technology, police overtime, illegal cannabis enforcement and support for the homeless were called for Thursday by Mayor Eric Garcetti in his proposed 2019-20 budget, with projections that continue years of revenue increases. Garcetti's proposed budget includes a jump in general fund revenue from $6.19 billion this fiscal year to a record $6.53 billion, and as the national economy continues to be strong, some statistics show Los Angeles outpacing other big cities. The proposed budget is his strongest to date since taking office in 2013, Garcetti told reporters.

Lincoln Heights Park's Green Design Helps Improve LA's Water Quality
Tucked away in Lincoln Heights, right next to the Los Angeles River, a new patch of green, ten years in the making. "We need to act with great urgency to protect our environment, we need to do that now," Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles Councilmember, said. "And this park is a great example of what needs to be done." Ten-acre Albion Riverside Park can get a lot done. The green infrastructure built into the park can clean the stormwater that goes through it, capture pollutants and release it into groundwater basins. "We're very excited to see the results of our work, our investments, through the various propositions both of the water and the parks," Cedillo said.

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