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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 23, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Eight Southland Officers Honored With Medal Of Valor
Seven current or now-retired members of the Azusa Police Department and an Irwindale Police Department officer were awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor Wednesday by President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr for actions during a deadly shooting in Azusa in November 2016. Retired Lt. Xavier Torres, Sgts. Seth Chapman, Terry Smith Jr. and Rocky Wenrick, retired Sgt. Thomas Avila III, retired Cpl. Andrew Rodriguez Jr. and Senior Officer Carlos Plascencia, all of the Azusa Police Department, and Detective Manuel Campos of the Irwindale Police Department were among 14 law enforcement officers who received medals at a White House ceremony. Two recipients were honored posthumously, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Medal of Valor is awarded by the president to public safety officers nominated by the directors of their agencies and then recommended by a review board.

2 Killed In Shooting At West Hills Park

Two people were killed in a shooting at a park in West Hills Wednesday night, police said. The shooting was reported just after 9 p.m. near Shadow Ranch Park at Vanowen Street and Sale Avenue. One male victim was dead at the scene. A second victim was reported to be conscious and breathing, but later died at a hospital. The park is located across the street from de Toledo High School and Congregation Shir Ami synagogue. The shooting happened just feet from where a group of teens was playing soccer in the park. Nikki Baghi said she got a frightening call from her 17-year-old son who was playing soccer nearby when the shooting happened. She and other parents had trouble meeting up with their children as police were conducting interviews. "I don't feel safe anymore in this neighborhood," Baghi said.

Man, 25, Wounded in Silver Lake Shooting

A 25-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday morning with injuries he suffered in a shooting in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Officers responded to the intersection of Hoover Street and Santa Monica Boulevard at 1:10 a.m. and located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A preliminary investigation determined the victim was riding a bike when the suspect pulled alongside and fired one shot, striking the victim, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition, the LAPD said. A detailed description of the suspect or suspect's vehicle was not immediately available. The name of the victim was not disclosed.

LAPD Offers $25,000 Reward In Search For Hit-and-Run Driver Who Hit Bicyclist

The Los Angeles Police Department released a video Wednesday of a violent hit-and-run collision in the Westlake neighborhood that left a bicyclist with a broken leg and announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the driver of the SUV. The bicyclist was traveling west on 7th street crossing Bonnie Brae Street about 3:20 a.m. on May 11 when a light-colored SUV made a left turn from 7th street and hit him, police said. The bicyclist was launched in the air, landed on the SUV's windshield, rolled off and landed on the street, according to video of the hit-and-run released by the department. The driver drove around the bicyclist after his body came to a stop on the street — his bicycle was tossed across the intersection onto the sidewalk by the collision. The driver did not stop, render aid or identify themselves as is required by law, police said.
Los Angeles Times

Armed Robbery Suspect Sparks Manhunt In North Hollywood
Los Angeles police set up a large perimeter on Lankershim Boulevard between Erwin and Oxnard streets in North Hollywood as they searched for an armed robbery suspect Wednesday night. That portion of Lankershim is closed until further notice. Shortly before 10 p.m., police found the suspect and took him into custody. Officers are still searching for a weapon. A male suspect tried robbing the Harbor Freight Tools store in the 6000 block of Lankershim Boulevard, according to authorities. The suspect ran away before police arrived but authorities believe the suspect is within the perimeter. Police officers searched businesses to try to find this suspect. At least one K9 team was used to help with the search. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported in this incident. No further details were immediately known. The investigation is ongoing.
FOX 11

Shirtless Man Subdued By Witnesses After Throwing Rocks At Buses, Vehicles In Mid-City Area

A shirtless man seen on cellphone video smashing car windows with rocks as he walked up and down a busy street in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles Tuesday was eventually subdued by members of the public. Police received a call about a transient throwing rocks at vehicles near the intersection of Venice Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue at about 3:50 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said. The man was later identified as 32-year-old Emmanuel Moncada, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. Video taken by a witness and provided to KTLA showed a shirtless man on Venice Boulevard as a line of cars waited for him to get out of the street. Several feet in front of Moncada, a smashed rear passenger window can be seen on an SUV that had apparently been struck by a rock.

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Road Rage Crimes

A man who allegedly shot a motorist in Northridge and brandished a firearm during a run-in with another driver pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other charges. David Phouanesavath, 37, is accused of shooting a motorist at about 8:35 a.m. March 25 in the area of Haskell Avenue and Parthenia Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The alleged road-rage incident began a short time earlier on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway, and the victim exited the freeway at Nordhoff Street, the LAPD reported. “The suspect followed the victim, who pulled to the curb on Haskell Avenue,” according to the LAPD. “The suspect pulled behind, then alongside the stopped victim, and shot the victim multiple times.” He is also accused of brandishing a firearm during a separate road-rage incident in northern Los Angeles County, in which the alleged victim took a photograph of the suspect's vehicle and wrote down the license plate, police said.

Reseda Terror Suspect Indicted On Federal Charges
A Reseda man who allegedly plotted to carry out a terrorist bombing during a Long Beach political rally was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on charges of providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mark Steven Domingo, a 26-year-old Army veteran who had recently converted to Islam, was arrested April 26, the same day he received what he thought was a was a bomb, but was actually an inert device supplied to him by an undercover law enforcement officer. Federal authorities contend Domingo was planning to set off a nail bomb during a rumored white-supremacist rally April 28 at Bluff Park in Long Beach. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment May 31 in downtown Los Angeles. If convicted of the charges in the indictment, he faces up to life in prison.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Inches Closer To Reining In Developer Money In Elections
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Wednesday with a proposal that would restrict the ability of developers to make political contributions to candidates in city elections, although specifics of the rules still need to be finalized. The council is also considering a ban on political donations from “non-individuals” and on “behested” payments made to a charity or government program at the request of an elected government official. If ultimately approved, Los Angeles would become the first jurisdiction in the country to ban developer political donations, according to City Ethics Commission staff. Councilman David Ryu, one of the proposal's main backers, said the move to create the ordinances was a “historic” moment for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Daily News

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