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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 07, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Announces 3 Arrests In Porter Ranch Triple Homicide
The shooting deaths of three men that shook a peaceful and pricey Porter Ranch gated community in February was the result of a “business dispute” over a multi-state cocaine smuggling operation, a detective said Thursday. Capt. Billy Hayes of the Los Angeles Police Department said three people in Maryland and North Carolina have been arrested for those killings. All three have been charged with murder by the District Attorney's Office. The suspects and the victims were all members of the drug-smuggling ring, Hayes said, that transported cocaine from California to the East Coast. The victims, in their 30s or 40s, were found dead with gunshot wounds in the common area on the first floor of a home in the 20300 block of Via Galileo, within the Renaissance gated community in the northwest San Fernando Valley.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Investigate Suspicious Early Morning Death Of 4-Year-Old Boy
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 4-year-old boy who died Thursday after being taken to the hospital in the middle of the night. The boy was taken to the hospital from the 4600 block of Honduras Street in the Central-Alameda area about 3 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Information was not immediately available on the boy's identity or cause of death, which was preliminarily classified as having occurred under suspicious circumstances, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. She declined to release other details. 

Woman Stabbed To Death In Baldwin Hills; Husband Arrested
A woman was found stabbed to death in Baldwin Hills home Thursday morning and her husband was arrested, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. at an apartment complex along the 3900 block of Coco Avenue. Officers found the victim with multiple stab wounds and she was declared dead at the scene, police said. She was described only as being 45 years old. The victim's husband was still at the scene and he was taken into custody. No further details about the incident have been released.

Man With ‘Edged Weapon' Is Shot And Killed By Police In Atwater Village
An armed man was shot and killed Thursday by an LAPD officer in Atwater Village, authorities said. The shooting occurred before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Appleton Street and Edenhurst Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to the area after receiving reports that the man was armed with an “edged weapon” and chasing pedestrians, police said. The man was struck by gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. It was unclear how many times the man was shot. No officers were injured. The man had not been identified by authorities as of Thursday night. No further information was immediately available.
Los Angeles Times

Man Sentenced To 32 Years For Westside Sexual Assaults
A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison for sexually attacking four women across the Westside in 2016, including two attacks near the beach in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Thursday. Pablo Pineda pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with the intent to commit a sex crime, one count of kidnapping to commit a sex crime and one count of second-degree robbery, prosecutors said. Pineda's first victim was walking along Santa Monica beach near the waterline about 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2016, when he walked by, grabbed her and slammed her to the ground, according to police. Pineda held the woman down as he assaulted her. Pineda sexually attacked another woman on Feb. 5 of that year, also near the beach. Prosecutors said Pineda beat a third victim with a brick on April 15 in Beverly Hills. He kidnapped and raped a fourth woman in the Sawtelle neighborhood on July 2, authorities said.
Los Angeles Times

Victims Asked To Come Forward Following Mega-Church Leader's Arrest
The California Department of Justice is asking more victims to come forward following the arrest of mega-church leader Joaquin Garcia. Garcia, the leader of La Luz Del Mundo church, was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, production of child pornography, forcicle rape of a minor, among other felonies. In a press conference Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra emphasized survivors and witnesses of sex crimes have their support. "You are victims. You deserve our support and our assistance,' said Becerra. The criminal complaint alleges the crimes occured between 2015 and 2018. Garcia and his "co-defedants" reportedly coerced victims to performing sexual acts by telling them that if they went against any of his desires or wishes as "The Apostle," that they were going against God. Multiple others were named in the complaint, including Azalea Rangel Melendez who remains at large. 
FOX 11

Feds Indict Aryan Brotherhood Prison Gang Members On Murder, Drug And Other Charges
Federal officials in Sacramento indicted more than a dozen members and affiliates of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang on Thursday, alleging that top officials within the organization used smuggled phones to order murders and orchestrate a multistate drug trafficking operation from their cells. Sixteen defendants, including nine inmates, were named in a criminal complaint alleging federal racketeering, murder, drug trafficking and other charges stemming from a five-year investigation into extensive, organized criminal activity inside California's most secure prisons, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Authorities say that two of the inmates, Ronald Yandell, 56, and Daniel “Danny” Troxell, 66, are well-known members of the Aryan Brotherhood Commission, a three-man council that runs the white supremacist organization.
Los Angeles Times

What Is The Extent Of The Mental Health Crisis In Law Enforcement?
Police officers experience many traumatic events throughout their career. A 2015 study found that on average, law enforcement officers experience 188 critical incidents over the course of their career. In response to critical incidents, officers can develop negative coping mechanisms, experience symptoms of and/or develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other co-occurring psychopathological disorders. Additionally, factors such as organizational stress, stigma surrounding mental health within the department, a lack of mental health literacy on the part of the officer, and a lack of leadership surrounding mental health in the department can also lead to an officer developing PTSD and/or using poor coping mechanisms. Factors contributing to the ignorance and dismissal of the mental health crisis in law enforcement stem from mental health stigmas held across the United States and within the law enforcement community. Other contributing factors are the unwillingness to establish a mental health baseline in currently operating officers based on the fear that some of them may be unfit to serve.

Public Safety News

California's Largest Wildfire Was Caused By A Hammer, Cal Fire Says
The largest wildfire in California history was an accident started by a claw hammer. Cal Fire said Thursday that the Ranch Fire last July began when a property owner in Potter Valley, in Mendocino County, was installing a shade barrier. After disturbing an underground nest of yellow jackets, the man hammered a two-foot-long concrete stake into the ground to plug the hole, according to Cal Fire's investigative report. The hammering created a spark that lit up a patch of tall grass. Winds were strong, conditions were dry and the fire grew out of control. The property owner was unable to douse the flames. The fire, which started July 27, eventually burned a total of 410,203 acres across Mendocino, Colusa, Glenn and Lake counties, making it the largest fire in state history in terms of acreage. The Ranch Fire burned 280 homes and other buildings and left a firefighter from Utah dead.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Complaints about homeless camps in L.A. have surged. But are cleanups pointless?
Los Angeles has been deluged with requests to clean up homeless encampments in recent years. Between 2016 and 2018, such requests shot up 167%, according to a Times analysis of 311 data. The trend has continued this year, with requests up 37% in the first few months compared to the same period a year earlier. The surge in cleanup requests has happened as L.A. and other cities have seen hefty increases in the number of people without permanent shelter. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced Tuesday that the homeless population had jumped by 16% in the city and 12% across the county. Most — 75% — were living outdoors, including in vehicles.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Councilmen Weigh Legal Strategies To Force Neighboring Cities To Provide Beds For Homeless
One day after Los Angeles received confirmation of a major increase in its homeless population, two City Council members said they want to look into legal strategies to force nearby cities to provide shelter beds or allow people to sleep on their sidewalks. Councilmen Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino called Wednesday for City Atty. Mike Feuer to explore “legal steps” that L.A. could use to compel those cities to comply with a federal court decision on homelessness and sidewalk camping in Boise, Idaho. The proposal, they said, would stop nearby cities from pushing homeless people into L.A. city boundaries. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that homeless individuals may not be held criminally responsible for sleeping on government property when no alternative shelter is available.

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