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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 20, 2019
Law Enforcement News

26-year-old female cop gunned down in north Sacramento; suspect in custody after 8-hour standoff
A female Sacramento police officer responding to a domestic violence incident in north Sacramento was killed Wednesday night after being ambushed by a gunman with a rifle who held off officers from inside a house for nearly eight hours before surrendering early Thursday. The end of the standoff came at 1:54 a.m., according to police radio traffic, about an hour after police and city officials announced the first line-of-duty death of a Sacramento officer in more than 20 years.
Sacramento Bee

Missouri LEO In Critical Condition After Being Shot While Transporting Inmate
A Trenton, Missouri, police officer is in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen while transporting an inmate to Saint Joseph Friday afternoon. Just after 3 p.m., the officer was shot while on southbound U.S 69 highway inside a police vehicle. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H tweeted that a struggle occurred. The inmate, Jamey A Griffin, is still in custody, according to Troop H public information officer Jake Angle. Griffin, 38, was shot in the hand and taken to the hospital. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop H tweeted that he is in stable condition. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident and all information is preliminary at this point.
The Kansas City Star

LAPD Targets Possible MS-13 Presence In The Valley With Early Morning Raids
Early Wednesday, Los Angeles police went throughout the San Fernando Valley and other parts of L.A. in search of several documented members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, or MS-13, who they believe are responsible for a recent spate of violence in North Hollywood. Three people were arrested and several more remained outstanding after the raids, but authorities said there was no immediate threat to the community. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that the search warrant operation was the agency's attempt to not only find out more about the death of a 34-year-old homeless man, who investigators believe might have been killed by MS-13 members in January, but also to send a clear message to the criminal street gang that its “presence will not be tolerated in the San Fernando Valley or anywhere within the city of Los Angeles.” “Over the past year, tagging and other evidence of MS-13's presence has been observed at multiple locations throughout the Valley,” the LAPD said in the statement. “Officials believe the gang is attempting to establish a foothold by directly challenging rival gangs in the area.”
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Arrested In DTLA Electric-Scooter Attack On 76-Year-Old Man

Less than a day after releasing his picture to the public, Los Angeles police have arrested a suspect accused of using an electric scooter to attack a 76-year-old man. The attack happened June 13 at 6:45 a.m at 6th and Spring Streets in downtown Los Angeles. The victim was sitting in a chair, waiting for a ride. The Los Angeles Police Department says the suspect punched the man several times, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then picked up an electric scooter and threw it at the victim twice, striking him in the head and forearm. A witness intervened, and saw the suspect walk down the middle of the street and into the Midnight Mission. The victim was treated for cuts to his head and arm. Police released his picture on Wednesday, hoping someone from the public would recognize him. Wednesday night, they announced an arrest had been made, but did not provide details on the suspect's identity or circumstances of his arrest.

LAPD Investigates Deadly Crash Involving A Pedestrian In Pacoima Area
Los Angeles police investigated a deadly vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the Pacoima area of L.A. Tuesday night. The fatal crash happened in the area of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Gain Street at about 10 p.m. LAPD says the driver of a white van involved in the incident stayed on scene after the crash. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries. The identity of the pedestrian was not immediately released. The area will remain closed during the investigation. No further details were immediately known.
FOX 11

Former Coach Sentenced On Sex-Related Charges Involving Female Students At A Van Nuys High School

A former teacher and lacrosse coach convicted of sex-related charges involving 18 underage female students at a Van Nuys charter high school was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 11 years in county jail. Scott Silva, 44, also was ordered to register as a sex offender and to serve five years probation, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Silva was convicted of 25 misdemeanor charges:16 counts of child molestation, six counts of sexual battery, two counts of lewd conduct on a child and one count of false imprisonment. His conduct with female students at Birmingham Charter Community High School included skin-on-skin contact with at least one underage female victim, touching of private parts over the clothes and lewd comments between 2016 and 2018, according to the City Attorney's Office. Silva was arrested in November at his Simi Valley home and has remained behind bars since then.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mother Ordered To Stand Trial In 11-Year-Old Son's Death
A woman accused of keeping her son — whom she described to police as “evil” — sedated and hidden in a closet for at least three years leading up to his death was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges. At the end of a three-day preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar rejected defense attorney Summer McKeivier's argument that there was insufficient evidence to allow the case against Veronica Aguilar to proceed to trial. Aguilar, who faces a special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture, could face a potential life prison term if convicted of the Aug. 22, 2016, death of her 11-year-old son, Yonatan Daniel Aguilar. The judge said the boy's condition at the time of his death — he weighed 34 pounds — and “the fact that she medicated him over a prolonged period of time” were both “alarming,” and characterized the 42-year-old defendant's statement that she was planning to seek medical help for him that day as “self-serving.”

2 Killed, 4 Hurt In Separate Shootings In South L.A.
Officials say two people were killed and four wounded in shootings that occurred only minutes apart in South Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said two shootings took place about 10 blocks from each other and 15 minutes apart. The first shooting was reported about 8 p.m. Three people were shot, one fatally, in each shooting. However, investigators didn't immediately say whether the shootings might be related. Witnesses told KABC-TV that at one location, a man shot his own mother and grandmother and his uncle, who died at the scene. The shootings were in the 11700 block of Berendo Avenue, near Vermont Avenue and the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway; and in the 1200 block of West 105th Street. There's no immediate word on the conditions of the wounded.
Los Angeles Daily News

US: Gang Leaders Ran Killings, Drugs From California Prison
Authorities charged leaders of a California prison gang Wednesday with orchestrating killings, drug sales and other crimes from behind bars in a case filed two weeks after a different prison gang was accused of organizing drug trafficking and killings from their state prison cells. More than 50 people were arrested in the latest case on suspicion of having connections to the Nuestra Familia prison gang and affiliated Norteno street gang, said U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The alleged crimes include murder, robbery, extortion and trafficking in drugs and illegal firearms in Kings and Tulare counties, about 200 miles southeast of Sacramento. Federal authorities say high-ranking Nuestra Familia members Salvador Castro Jr., 49, and Raymond Lopez, 31, used contraband cellphones inside Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County to have narcotics shipped from Mexico for distribution by other gang members.
Associated Press

Local Government News

LA Councilman David Ryu Proposes Laws To Limit Evictions, Build More Housing, Give Tax Break To Renters
A series of proposed laws intended to help and add more protections for renters was introduced Wednesday to the Los Angeles City Council. One motion, co-filed by City Councilmen David Ryu and Mike Bonin, seeks changes to how the Ellis Act is enforced in Los Angeles in order to limit evictions. Ryu's other proposals would create incentives to build more middle-income housing and request expanding eligibility for the California Renter's Tax Credit. “We are in a lopsided housing crisis that continues to develop homes for those at the top while ignoring the rest,” Ryu said. “This crisis is not only driving low-income and working families into homelessness, it's also putting middle-class Angelenos at risk.” Ryu claimed the state's Ellis Act, which provides methods for landlords to opt out of the rental market, has been taken advantage of over the years, leading to a decrease in affordable rental units.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mayor Of LA Announces Plan To Clean Up Homeless Encampments
The Mayor of Los Angeles, amid growing rancor and a push to recall him from his post over the handling of the homelessness epidemic, announced his plan Tuesday to clean it all up. Mayor Eric Garcetti's afternoon news conference with Councilmen Mike Bonin, Paul Krekorian and Curren Price, comes in the wake of NBCLA I-Team reports on the city's trash, rat infestations, and filth from homeless encampments. Tuesday the Mayor credited "good journalism" with exposing the health hazards splintering from the growing homelessness issue in LA. The plan cites that the city of LA will begin deploying CARE teams in each district and by the LA River. Garcetti first said anyone could already call 311 to get help from the city in cleaning up a pile of trash next to a homeless encampment, and this service will not change.

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