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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 29, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Charged In Crash That Killed Tennessee Officer
A Tennessee man already convicted three times for driving under the influence now faces a vehicular homicide charge, accused of fatally rear-ending a police officer. Shelby County prosecutors said Thursday that Marquell Griffin was intoxicated and speeding when he slammed into the car of Lt. Myron Fair, a 25-year veteran of the Memphis Police. Authorities say Fair was stopped at a traffic light, headed home from work, when his Nissan Altima was hit from behind by Griffin's Dodge Durango just after midnight on March 21 in Memphis. Police said Griffin walked away but was arrested later. Online court records didn't show a lawyer for him in this case late Thursday.
Associated Press

Texas LEO Suffers Critical Head Injury After Being Assault By Suspect
A Sour Lake Police Department officer has suffered head injuries after he was reportedly assaulted. William McKeon, 59, was in "very critical, but stable condition" Tuesday and will "undergo numerous surgeries in the coming hours and days," Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis said. McKeon, a four-year veteran of the department, responded around 8:30 p.m. to a call from J&R Meat Market on Texas 326, where a man later identified as a transient from Kentucky refused to leave when asked by store employees, Davis said. Davis said the man attacked McKeon after he approached to ask him to leave. "You hear the word senseless crime but this is really a classic example," the sheriff said. A bystander and off-duty Beaumont police officer attempted to stop the assault when the suspect pulled the Sour Lake officer's gun and threatened them, the sheriff said. He then broke out the window of the police cruiser and fled the scene.
Beaumont Enterprise, Texas

Wounded Alabama LEO Improving From Shooting That Killed Colleague
An Alabama police officer who was seriously wounded in a shooting that killed another officer is improving, officials said Wednesday as they made plans to remember the fallen man. Officer Webb Sistrunk has been moved into critical care at a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, according to a statement released by the Auburn Police Division. The change was an improvement because Sistrunk had been in intensive care. Sistrunk and two other officers were shot at a mobile home park in Auburn on Sunday night. Officer William Buechner was killed, and another officer suffered a less severe wound. Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, is jailed on charges including capital murder and attempted murder in the shootings. Wilke is being held without bail.
Associated Press

3 People Shot In South L.A., Gunman Remains On Loose
Three teens were rushed to the hospital after being shot Tuesday evening in the area of Normandie Avenue and W. 59th Street in South Los Angeles. It was first reported that one person suffered critical injuries but LAPD is now saying all victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition. One shooting occurred in the 1300 block of 59th Street at about 7:45 p.m., according to LAPD. One victim was shot in the left leg and the other in the left arm, police say. The shooter then took off on foot. Another shooting at about the same time occurred at Normandie and 59th Street in which a 15-year-old walking out of a liquor store was shot in the foot, LAPD said. The victim then runs home and calls the police. Police are still looking for the gunman who they believe could still be in the neighborhood.
FOX 11

Black Market Cannabis Stores Thrive In LA Even As City Cracks Down
Amid growing complaints from lawmakers and cannabis lobbyists about the city's teeming marketplace for unregulated weed, Los Angeles in recent months has ramped up enforcement against illegal pot dispensaries. But with so much money on the line, many violators are choosing to stay open even after the city has cut off their power or threatened them with arrests or fines. After recreational sales became legal in January 2018, obtaining funding and resources for enforcement has become a tougher sell within the LAPD, said Det. Lou Turriaga, a director with the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Until recently, Turriaga said, the department's cannabis support unit was operating on a “bare-bones budget.” Local narcotics investigators are unlikely to prioritize enforcement against illicit dispensaries over other kinds of drug crime or violence in their divisions, he said.
Los Angeles Times

Suspected DUI Driver Strikes Hydrant, Pedestrian On Hollywood Boulevard
A suspected DUI driver struck a hydrant and a pedestrian in Hollywood Sunday night, police said. The incident ocurred at approximately 10:29 p.m. near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division said. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the LAPD said. A hydrant was visibly gushing water at around 10:30 p.m., with Hollywood Boulevard temporarily shut down while firefighters worked to shut off the hydrant and police investigated the crash.

Elderly Woman Arrested After Slow Speed Pursuit Through South LA
An elderly woman was arrested after authorities say she led police on a slow-speed pursuit through South Los Angeles. Around 10 p.m. Sunday, officers tried to stop the driver they say was following them. After she failed to yield, authorities say a slow-speed pursuit ensued. Officers eventually used spike strips and the chase ended on Wilmington Avenue and Plum Street in the Compton area. The woman was taken into custody without incident. Police say she was hard of hearing, and may have been suffering from a medical condition. No further details were provided.

No Attackers Found In West LA Home After Alleged Assault
A man alleged he was assaulted by some men Monday at his home and told police they might still be holed up inside the residence, but police found no men inside, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police were notified of the assault in the 8000 block of Gloaming Drive about 10:25 a.m., said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, Lopez said. When police investigated the possible home invasion, they found no men inside the home and determined there was no home invasion, Lopez said. No further information was released.

Thief Walks Out Of L.A. Mattress Store With $35K Family Heirloom Rolex Watch
The owner of a Beverly Grove mattress store is offering a reward after he says a thief stole a gold Rolex watch that was a treasured family heirloom from his business on Saturday. The crime took place shortly before 1 p.m. at R Mattress, 8257 Beverly Blvd., according to the victim and a report filed with the Los Angeles Police Department. In what appeared to be a crime of opportunity, a man who the owner said was caught on camera inside the business went behind the counter and helped himself to about $400 in cash, but more importantly, a gold Rolex watch valued at about $35,000. The watch was a family heirloom with great sentimental value. Anyone who provides information leading to the recovery of the watch will be welcome to choose any mattress from the store, valued up to $5,000, the owner said.

L.A. City Council Offers $50,000 For Information On USC Student's Killing
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the killing of a USC jazz student — the son of an Oakland city councilwoman — in an apparent robbery attempt blocks from the campus. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, meanwhile, offered a $25,000 reward for information in the case. Victor McElhaney, 21, was killed just after midnight March 10 near Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard. Police said McElhaney, a student at USC's Thornton School of Music, was approached by three or four men in their 20s who tried to rob him, leading to the shooting. McElhaney was the son of Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney. He was part of the USC jazz studies program with an interest in the relationship between music and social and political movements.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department Looking For Man With Depression, Last Seen With Infant Daughter
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives requested public help Monday to find a 30-year-old Northern California man suffering from depression who was last seen with his 8-month daughter driving in Bellflower. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives requested public help Monday to find a 30-year-old Northern California man suffering from depression who was last seen with his 8-month daughter driving in Bellflower. Alexander Echeverria was last seen around 10:30 p.m. on Friday in Bellflower, the Sheriff's Department said. Echeverria was driving a gray 2014 VW Jetta, with California plate number 7FFT866. Echeverria suffers from depression and his family is worried about the safety of his child and him, according to the Sheriff's Department. Echeverria is Hispanic. He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, the department said. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts was asked call the sheriff's department at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Seeks Financial Report On Door-to-Door Census Canvassing
Citing insufficient data from past U.S. Census counts in certain communities, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday directed the mayor's office to draw up funding plans for door-to-door canvassing efforts in chronically undercounted areas. “Due to the importance of an accurate census, local, state and tribal governments have historically assisted the U.S. Census Bureau by conducting local outreach efforts,” according to the unanimously passed motion.  “The Census has historically suffered from disproportionately under-counting minority communities.” The motion brought forth by council members Jose Huizar, Gilbert Cedillo, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez and Curren Price — and approved on a 10-0 vote, with five members absent — says Los Angeles is home to the largest hard-to-count population in the nation, and an undercount can cost the city millions of dollars.
Los Angeles Daily News

Should L.A. Curb Charitable Fundraising By Politicians? Council Members Aren't So Sure
In the wake of an FBI raid at City Hall, a group of L.A. politicians said earlier this year that they wanted to restore public confidence in city government. Nearly half of the City Council asked for a new package of restrictions on fundraising, both for their campaigns and for their favored charities. But when the plan hit the council floor last week, the reaction was skeptical and, at times, dismissive. Some council members voiced alarm about curbing their ability to raise money for local causes. Others said the proposed restrictions would hurt unions and environmental groups. Yet another questioned whether fears about donations from real estate developers are merely “hysteria.” “I'm not quite sure — what's the problem we're trying to solve?” asked Councilman Gil Cedillo.
Los Angeles Times

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