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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

June 26, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Illinois Deputy Fatally Shot In The Line Of Duty
A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed Tuesday while responding to a battery and disturbance in a rural area in Fulton County. According to the Quad-City Times, 39-year-old Deputy Troy Chisum responded to the scene of the disturbance when multiple shots were fired. The four-year veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department later succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was barricaded in a home and the scene is reportedly still active, but contained and there's no risk to the general public. “Deputy Chisum dedicated his life to the service of his community. His legacy and sacrifice will forever be remembered,” Fulton County Sheriff Jeff Standard said. 

After Cop's Death, Gov. Gavin Newsom Says He Supports Expanding ‘Red Flag' Gun Laws
Days after the shooting death of a Sacramento police officer, Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled Tuesday that he was prepared to sign additional gun control measures making their way through the California Legislature. Newsom made his comments as he touted a new state law taking effect July 1 that will require background checks of people purchasing ammunition to make sure they are not prohibited from possessing firearms. The governor was asked about the death Wednesday of Sacramento police Officer Tara O'Sullivan, who was shot in an ambush after she responded to a domestic violence call. Officers say the alleged gunman had criminal convictions for domestic violence, DUI and battery, and had guns that are illegal in California, including two assault weapons. Newsom said Tuesday he has provided millions of dollars more funding in his budget to remove guns from prohibited persons. He also has supported California's “red flag” law, which allows family members and law enforcement officers to seek a court order to remove all firearms from an individual deemed to pose a danger.
Los Angeles Times

Man In Custody After ‘Officer Needs Help' Call Prompts Huge Response In Downtown
A man who was reported to be carrying a gun in downtown Los Angeles is in custody after prompting a huge police response. At least half a dozen squad cars responded to 5th and Main streets in response to an “officer needs help” call at about 3:25 p.m. Tuesday. The officer had reportedly seen two men arguing before one of them took out a gun. The armed man saw the officer, then ran into an apartment complex, Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar said. More than half a dozen LAPD squad cars surrounded the building and brought in a K9 to search the perimeter. The suspect, who was described only as being in his mid-50s, was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. without further incident, Aguilar said. His name was not immediately released. The firearm was not recovered, and officers continued to search for it inside the apartment complex, she said.

$50K Reward Offered Amid Search For Man Who Killed Victim After Theft At Taco Truck In Hollywood: LAPD
Police on Tuesday offered a $50,000 reward as they sought help identifying a suspect who fatally assaulted a 31-year-old man after stealing his property near a taco truck in Hollywood back in March. Around noon on March 16, Jarick Wayne Henderson was at a taco truck in the 1500 block of North La Brea Avenue when a man apparently took some of his personal property from a nearby table, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. The man tried to flee with the stolen items, but Henderson chased him down, police said. A fight ensued, at which point the victim was "violently assaulted," the release read. The assault resulted in Henderson's death. The attacker, meanwhile, got away. He removed a red or orange hooded sweatshirt -- revealing a white T-shirt underneath -- before he was last seen leaving the Metro Red Line at the Civic Center/Grand Park Station, which is located on First and Hill streets in downtown L.A. Police described the wanted man as black, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, and with short, "bushy" dreads.

Reward Offered For Information In Hit-and-Run That Killed Holocaust Survivor In The San Fernando Valley
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors offered a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver who killed a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor in Valley Village. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the reward in the death of Gennady Bolotsky, who was walking his dog around 5:35 a.m. June 17 when a pickup truck struck him inside a marked crosswalk on Wilkinson Avenue at Magnolia Boulevard. The driver failed to stop and help the victim or identify him/herself as required by law, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Bolotsky, who had just celebrated his birthday two weeks earlier, was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. “(The driver) ran over him and stopped and then just made the decision to keep driving,” granddaughter Erica Bolotsky told KCAL9.
Los Angeles Daily News

Arraignment Delayed For Man Charged With E-Scooter Attack
A man accused of hitting a 75-year-old man in the head with an electric scooter in downtown Los Angeles is now set to be arraigned Thursday. Janai Washington, who is homeless, was charged last Friday with one felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse with an allegation that he used a deadly and dangerous weapon and one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. The charges include allegations of inflicting great bodily injury on an elderly and vulnerable victim, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. On June 13, Washington allegedly approached Jose Cancel, who was sitting in a chair at Sixth and Spring streets, and threw an electric scooter at the senior, hitting him in the head. The 41-year-old defendant allegedly threw the e-scooter at the victim a second time while he was on the ground, further injuring him. A bystander intervened and the defendant fled. Washington was later identified by police and arrested last Wednesday. Washington faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted as charged, according to prosecutors.

Man Charged With Fatally Shooting Uncle, Attacking Mother And Grandmother In South L.A. While Out On Bail
A man was charged with murder Friday after allegedly shooting his uncle dead, wounding his mother and beating his grandmother at their respective residences in South Los Angeles earlier this week, officials said. Tyree Dubois Jones, 34, was out on bail in another case when he carried out the attacks in the Westmont neighborhood Wednesday night, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The crime series began around 8 p.m. at Jones' mother's house in the area of 105th Street and Budlong Avenue, where he's accused of shooting her twice with a shotgun. Jones then walked next door to his uncle Ivan Harge's home and fatally shot him, according to the DA's office. Harge died at the scene, officials said. The defendant next went to his grandmother's home, adjacent to the other two, where's he's accused of punching and kicking her several times. The woman was left with severe head trauma, investigators said.

Panorama City Man Charged With Wife's Machete Killing
A Panorama City man was charged Tuesday with killing his wife with a machete and then forcing his way into his neighbors' apartment, where he allegedly attacked a couple and their teenage son. David Ernesto Rodriguez, 36, is charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary with a person present, along with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem involving the alleged Saturday attacks. The charges include allegations that he used a deadly weapon — the machete — and caused great bodily injury. Rodriguez allegedly chased his wife, Karla, out of their apartment on Roscoe Boulevard near Kester Avenue during an argument and killed the 32-year-old woman with a machete, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Knock Down Overnight House Fire In Hollywood
Firefighters needed 51 minutes Tuesday morning to extinguish a blaze inside the attic of a one-story home in Hollywood. Crews responded at 3:46 a.m. to the home located in the 5800 block of West La Mirada Avenue and discovered fire coming from the home, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters went into an offensive mode, but the possibility that the porch and entrance to the home might collapse forced crews to find a different way to enter the house, Stewart said. A second entry point was located and a total of 36 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and a knockdown was declared at 4:37 a.m., she said. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation. 

Long Beach Renames Firefighter Training Center After Slain Capt. David Rosa On One-Year Anniversary Of His Death
On the one-year anniversary of his passing, hundreds gathered to honor the late Fire Capt. David Rosa at the Long Beach Fire Department Regional Training Facility. The Long Beach Fire Department unveiled a memorial sign at the facility, which will be renamed Captain David Rosa Regional Training Center. "I take comfort that from this day forward, no one will pass this entry without seeing the name of Fire Capt David Rosa and remembering the life he lived, " said Long Beach Fire Dept. Chief, Xavier Espino. On June 25, 2018, Capt. Rosa, 45, was part of the response in downtown Long Beach after reports of an explosion and fire at a senior living facility. After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters searched the building and a gunman opened fire. Rosa suffered fatal wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital. "You're more than a death in the line of duty, more than another tragedy, more than a fire captain, or a husband, father, son, brother and friend," said Lynley Rosa. "You're a man whose daily decisions have had a lasting impact on us all."

Local Government News

L.A. Council Calls For Study Of Fines For Scooter/Bike Violators
The Los Angeles City Council called on its police and transportation agencies Tuesday to develop a list of possible fines the city should impose for infractions by riders of e-scooters or dockless bicycles. The council directed the Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Transportation to examine the number of reports the city receives related to the devices, and to create a scale of fines for violators. The agencies were also asked to identify areas that are overpopulated with bikes and scooters, and to create a public education campaign about the city's enforcement plans. Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who previously filed a motion hoping to have the devices banned from his downtown-area district during a one-year city pilot program regulating the devices, again expressed concern about their use.

LA City Council Approves 'Road Diet' Measure On Silver Lake Street

Additional safety measures were approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council for a Silver Lake street that had previously been redesigned in an effort to protect bicyclists and pedestrians from vehicle traffic. Following the 2013 death of a pedestrian on Rowena Avenue, the roadway between Glendale Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue was reduced to one vehicle lane in each direction, with bike lanes added on both sides -- a process known as a "road diet." "The Rowena road diet has undoubtedly made Silver Lake safer," City Councilman David Ryu said. "But it's critical that we back our decisions with data and with community support. That's the only way to build solutions that last. I'm proud to say we achieved both and that the road diet is here to stay.''

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