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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 15, 2019
Law Enforcement News

371 Fallen LEOs Honored At National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
The names of 371 officers who died in the line of duty were formally dedicated on Monday during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Out of the 371 honored, 158 died in 2018 and 213 from prior years were added to the memorial on Monday. The monument now contains 21,910 names of fallen officers from all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. territories. “Tonight we embrace the names of 21,910 fallen heroes and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safer communities," said Lori Sharpe Day, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “And we honor the courage of these brave men and women as we formally dedicate their names on the Memorial walls.”

FBI Asks For Tips, Help Finding Cop Killers
This Police Week, the FBI is asking for tips or any help finding those responsible for the deaths of law enforcement officers. The FBI is highlighting eight cases that left six officers dead and three wounded. The cases date back as far as 1971 and as recently as 2013. Either the perpetrators are unknown or the suspects and those convicted of the crimes have escaped or evaded capture. On May 15, law enforcement will come together at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember officers who lost their lives while serving their communities as one of the events during Police Week. “During Police Week, we honor the memory of those we have lost and intensify our commitment to bring to justice those responsible for killing or injuring members of the law enforcement community,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess. “It is imperative that we continue all efforts to find—and ultimately hold accountable—those fugitives. We are hopeful the focused attention to these cases will generate new tips for the FBI and our partners.”

LAPPL Discusses Risks of Infectious Diseases on the Job
Listen in as Los Angeles Police Protective League Director Steve Gordon joins KABC Radio host Larry O'Connor to discuss the recent MRSA outbreak that affected LAPD officers as well as other health-related hazards officers face on a daily basis. 
KABC Radio Clip

5-Year-Old Girl Among Four People Shot Near Vermont Square Park
A 5-year-old girl was among four people who were shot Tuesday evening near Vermont Square Park. The shooting occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near West 47th Street and Budlong Avenue, said Drake Madison, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. The girl and the three adults who were shot were conscious and breathing when they were taken to hospitals, Madison said, but one adult was reported in critical condition. The other three victims, including the girl, were in fair condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No information was available Tuesday evening about a possible suspect, nor were additional details about the shooting. Vermont Square Park is a city park in South L.A. that features a large children's play area, basketball courts and picnic tables. Nearby is the Vermont Square branch of the L.A. Public Library. Over the last three months, the Vermont Square neighborhood averaged 15.5 violent crimes and 24.1 property crimes per week, according to The Times' Mapping L.A. tool.
Los Angeles Times

El Sereno Barricade: Parolee In Custody After Firing Nail Gun At Officers, Police Say
A known parolee is in custody after he fired a nail gun at officers while barricaded inside an El Sereno home Monday night, police say. The incident started as a landlord-tenant dispute before it turned into a barricade situation in the 4800 block of Gambier Street, according to Los Angeles police. Authorities said the suspect fired a nail gun at officers numerous times. The man, who police said is a known parolee, was barricaded inside the home as SWAT officers responded. The suspect was later taken into custody. Information on injuries, if any, were not immediately released.

Westlake District Shooting Leads To LAPD Pursuit
Three suspects are in custody after a shooting in the Westlake District area of Los Angeles led to a brief police pursuit Tuesday afternoon. The pursuit ended near the corner of Temple Street and Union Avenue in the Echo Park area. Prior to the chase, one victim was shot. It happened in the area of Witmer Street and 3rd Street in the Westlake District. This lead to an LAPD pursuit after officers attempted to pull over the suspect vehicle. At one point, the suspects bailed from their car in an attempt to outrun the police. They were taken into custody at a nearby gas station. Los Angeles police say the victim, a man in his 30s, was shot in the foot and is in stable condition but is not cooperating with police. No officers were injured in this incident. A nearby school was placed on lockdown while police worked to take the suspects into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Sexual Predator On The Prowl In Eagle Rock
An accused sexual predator is on the prowl in Eagle Rock. A woman says he exposed himself then quickly took off. The victim says she is a mother who was on her way to pick up her kids at the elementary school. She was a block away when the suspect allegedly exposed himself. A home security video caught the moment right after the suspect allegedly exposed himself to the woman. The incident happened at 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon on Floristan Avenue — less than a block away from Dahlia Heights Elementary School where the victim, like many parents, walks to pick up their kids. Officers were sent to the school Tuesday as LAPD has started an investigation into the disturbing incident.

Dodgers' Julio Urias Arrested In Connection With Domestic Violence Incident At Beverly Center
Julio Urias, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was arrested in connection with a domestic violence incident at the Beverly Center, Los Angeles police confirmed Tuesday. He has been put on a 7-day administrative leave and Major League Baseball officials will investigate the incident,. the Los Angeles Times reported. Officers responded to a disturbance call at the shopping mall around 7:30 p.m. Monday. They spoke to Urias at the parking structure, where witnesses said he was arguing with a female individual. He allegedly "laid hands on her," LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman told KTLA. Urias was taken into custody on suspicion of domestic violence battery but has since posted $20,000 in bail, police said. Both Urias and the woman said the incident was nothing more than a verbal accusation, but officers are trained to gather additional information even if a victim is not being cooperative, the Times reported, citing two law enforcement sources.

2 Men Sentenced In Deadly Shooting That Caused Series Of Car Crashes In Leimert Park
Two men were sentenced Tuesday in connection with the 2015 killing of a motorist who crashed into several other vehicles after being shot in Leimert Park, prosecutors said. Tyree Davion Woods, 24, of Los Angeles, was given 50 years to life in state prison after he was convicted of first-degree murder and being the gunman in the July 20 shooting of 25-year-old Derron Jones, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. His co-defendant, 25-year-old Dondre Fitzgeral Williams of Palmdale, was sentenced to six years in prison for shooting at an occupied vehicle and assault by means of force likely to inflict great bodily injury, officials said. Both men entered no-contest pleas last Thursday in an agreement negotiated with prosecutors.

Man Pleads No Contest In 2016 Sexual Assaults Of 13-Year-Old Girl, Two Women
A Los Angeles man pleaded no contest Monday to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and two women in Maywood and Bell Gardens in 2016. Salvador Martinez, 31, pleaded to one count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, forcible lewd act on a child and assault with intent to commit rape, according to the District Attorney's Office. Under the negotiated plea, he is expected to be sentenced to 26 years in prison on July 1. On Aug. 15, 2016, Martinez sexually assaulted the mother of his children in Bell Gardens. Two months later, he broke into an apartment in Maywood and assaulted a 13-year-old victim, according to Deputy District Attorney Safaan Ahmed. On Nov. 13, 2015, he attacked another woman, 36 years old, during the course of residential burglary at her apartment in the 3600 block of Maywood Avenue, authorities said.

Public Safety News

20 Lifeguards Say They Developed Rash From Swimming At Hansen Dam Lake
More than 20 lifeguards say they developed rashes after swimming at the Hansen Dam Lake in Lake View Terrace. Nearly two dozen L.A. city lifeguards said the lake is infected parasites that cause bad skin rashes, and that they shouldn't be exposed to it while on the job. "Nobody should have to get sick with welts and rashes just to do their job," said Bob Schoonover, the president of SEIU 721. The lifeguards said they came down with swimmer's itch, and they blame it on the Department of Recreation and Parks. Lifeguard Jasper Kim said he and other lifeguards were infected at Hansen Dam Lake in April during L.A. city's annual two-day, mandatory recertification test, an event usually held at Cabrillo Beach. This year, it was moved to Hansen Dam, which Kim says has a history of problems with parasites that trigger swimmer's itch. 

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Councilman Looks To Include Rifles In City's Safe Storage Law
Following recent charges brought against a Pacoima father who allegedly kept several weapons unsecured in the family home, a Los Angeles City Council member introduced a motion Tuesday seeking an expansion of the city's safe storage ordinance to include all firearms and not only handguns. Councilman Paul Krekorian announced his intention to introduce the motion last month during a news conference with City Attorney Mike Feuer to discuss the case against Albert Sanchez, 48, who was charged last month with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful storage of a firearm. He faces up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines if convicted.

Sherman Oaks Homeless Housing Site For Seniors Gets Greenlight From Local Leaders, Residents
For homelessness advocates in Los Angeles, a packed community meeting on a homeless housing project in a well-to-do neighborhood isn't ordinarily a great sign. But the overwhelming majority of some 80 people at a Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council meeting Monday night wanted to see a permanent supportive housing facility for formerly homeless seniors. The council board unanimously voted in favor of the possible development, marking the group's first approval of a homeless supportive housing project after two sites proposed for similar projects by Councilmember David Ryu last year drew staunch community opposition. Those proposals were since dropped due to feasibility issues, according to Ryu's staff. Recommendations by neighborhood councils are purely advisory, but City Council district offices throughout Los Angeles often look to the groups to identify community concerns and needs.
Los Angeles Daily News

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