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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

July 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Wisconsin LEO's Alleged Killer Arrested With His Handcuffs
A suspect accused of gunning down a cop was arrested and taken to jail sporting the fallen officer's handcuffs 10 days after the deadly encounter inside a Wisconsin bar. Racine Police Officer John Hetland was off-duty when he was shot and killed attempting to prevent a robbery at Teezers Bar the night of June 17. Despite his quick response, the gunman manged to open fire — fatally striking the 24-year department veteran — and then fled the scene. The incident sparked an intense manhunt spanning 17 law enforcement agencies and two states and ended with an arrest just more than a week after Hetland's death. Dalquavis Ward, 26 was taken into custody Thursday night and remained behind bars in Kenosha County Friday afternoon, authorities said in a statement. Police said crime lab information led them to the suspect, who was in the City of Milwaukee at the time of his arrest.
New York Daily News

Video: Driver Arrested In NY After Hit-and-Run Of Florida Trooper
The driver of a BMW that sent a Florida Highway Patrol trooper flying after plowing into him on Florida's Turnpike a month ago has been arrested in Queens, N.Y., authorities announced Tuesday. The white BMW fled the scene on May 25, leaving Trooper Arsenio Caballero with a broken arm and cuts on his head. The rookie trooper, who had been with FHP for only about a year, continues to recover from his injuries, authorities said Tuesday. Donnell Reddy, 25, of Jamaica, N.Y., was arrested Friday and is awaiting extradition to Florida, FHP said. Reddy has lived in Parkland and has a pending misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession stemming from a Feb. 17 arrest by Plantation police, Broward court records show. Reddy was driving a 2015 BMW when Plantation police ticketed him for speeding on Aug. 29, 2016, according to court filings. Trooper Caballero was working a seat belt enforcement detail on an exit ramp from the Turnpike to Hollywood Boulevard when the BMW sent him flying across its hood.
Sun Sentinel

Following rat infestation, LAPD deploys robot to sanitize Central Division station

On Friday, Police Chief Michel Moore unveiled a robot that uses high-intensity light to kill germs in rooms and another device that uses ultraviolet rays to kill germs on shoes. The LAPD is the first police department to use the robot, Moore said.The deployment of the robot called LightStrike and the shoe sanitizer called HealthySole comes after officers fell ill last month and state officials levied multiple fines for rodent infestations and other unsanitary conditions at the Central Division station. Officers there are responsible for skid row and other parts of downtown L.A. Moore praised the union for purchasing and bringing the $5,000 footwear sanitizer device to the department's attention. Mayor Eric Garcetti also ordered the city to purchase a second device, Moore said. Jerretta Sandoz, the union's vice president, said the the safety and health of officers and employees is a concern. She said Moore and other leaders took the concerns seriously and looked for solutions.
Los Angeles Times

VIDEO: 2-Month-Old Baby Rescued By SWAT Team After Being Held By Robbery Suspect In South L.A. Standoff; Man In Custody
A 2-month-old baby is safe and a robbery suspect is in custody after an hours-long standoff with police in South Los Angeles. AIR7 HD was over the scene as a S.W.A.T. team apprehended the man and took the child into custody outside an apartment complex. In the moments after the suspect surrendered, police allowed him to smoke a cigarette and say goodbye to his family. The 2-month-old baby boy was not harmed during the incident and was handed over to his mother at the scene. Los Angeles police say the incident started just before 4 a.m. Friday with a pursuit of two possibly armed robbery suspects. The chase ended in a crash in the 8400 block of South Broadway, about a mile away from the original location. At that point, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and fled the scene. The second male ran into an apartment building, according to police. A loaded assault rifle was found in the vehicle, said Sergeant Barry Montgomery.

FBI Searching For Man Wanted In 2015 Fatal Shooting Outside Downtown L.A. Hotel
The FBI is looking for a man suspected of firing at a crowd outside a downtown Los Angeles hotel in 2015, killing one person and wounding others, authorities said Saturday. Jamaine Harrington, 36, fired several rounds at a crowd during a party outside the Standard Hotel on 550 S. Flower St. in the early hours of Dec. 13., the Los Angeles Police Department said. Surveillance footage shows a group involved in an argument that escalates into a fight before one of them is seen firing at two men. Thomas Johnson, 22, was killed and three others were injured, LAPD said. In Dec. 2015, Harrington was charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder and a state warrant was issued for his arrest, the FBI said. Harrington is described as having black hair, styled in corn rows, brown eyes and a black mustache. He stands at about 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing about 140 pounds, federal authorities said. The FBI said Harrington should be considered armed and dangerous.

$25k Reward Offered In Hit-and-Run Collision That Left Bicyclist Critically Injured In South L.A.

Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver involved in a caught-on-video collision that injured a bicyclist in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles last week, authorities said Thursday. The 42-year-old bicyclist was going northbound on Figueroa Street at about 10 a.m. June 16 when a light-colored Nissan Sentra making a left westbound turn onto 45th Street collided with the bicyclist, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Surveillance video shows the bicyclist being thrown over the car's hood after hitting the side of the car. The car is then seen driving out of the frame as the man was lying motionless in the middle of the street. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition, LAPD said. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to those who provide information leading to the driver's identification, apprehension and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise, police said. Anyone with information was asked to call South Traffic Division Detective Moreno at 213-822-6005 or Detective Flannery at 323-421-2500.

Vehicle In Valley Village Hit-and-Run That Killed Holocaust Survivor Found
The vehicle in a Valley Village hit-and-run crash that killed a beloved Holocaust survivor has been found, police said Thursday. Los Angeles police confirmed that the vehicle is in their custody, but the suspect who was behind the wheel is not. On June 17, 91-year-old Gennady Bolotsky was fatally struck while walking in a crosswalk at Magnolia Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue. He was walking his beloved dog Leelah, who was his companion after his wife of more than 50 years passed away. Family members said the vehicle in the hit-and-run is a GMC Sierra. Surveillance video shows the Sierra hitting the elderly man and then running over his body. Family members have been searching for video evidence and witnesses to help them find the suspect. "The witness who saw the accident has not come forward yet," said granddaughter Adriana Bolotsky. "Judgment aside, we just need you to come forward and ID this person so we can make our world a little bit safer."

Man Pleads No Contest In Deadly Hit-And-Run Crash
A 26-year-old man pleaded no contest Friday to charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash that fatally injured a 77-year-old woman who was crossing a street in South Los Angeles last year. Brandon Rosendo Mazariego of South Los Angeles could face up to eight years and six months in state prison in connection with the Nov. 13, 2018, crash that left Maria Asuncion Reynoso dead, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The woman, who lived a few blocks away, was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a white Nissan Armada that was turning left onto 28th Street from South Budlong Avenue, authorities said. Mazariego made no effort to stop after the crash, according to the District Attorney's Office. “After the collision, the vehicle reversed and fled northbound on Budlong Avenue from 28th Street at a high rate of speed,” according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department shortly after the crash. Reynoso was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Supreme Court Affirms Police Can Order Blood Drawn From Unconscious DUI Suspects
The Supreme Court has ruled that police may, without a warrant, order blood drawn from an unconscious person suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Fourth Amendment generally requires police to obtain a warrant for a blood draw. But in a 5-4 vote on Thursday, the court upheld a Wisconsin law that says people driving on a public road have impliedly consented to having their blood drawn if police suspect them of driving under the influence. It also said that "exigent circumstances" permit police to obtain a blood sample without a warrant. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority vote.

Detective who fought for 9/11 compensation funding dies
A former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died Saturday at age 53. Detective Luis Alvarez's death from cancer was announced by Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who tweeted that Alvarez was "an inspiration, a warrior, a friend." Alvarez appeared with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart earlier this month to plead with Congress to extend the compensation fund. "This fund isn't a ticket to paradise, it's to provide our families with care," a frail Alvarez told a House Judiciary subcommittee on June 11. He added, "You all said you would never forget. Well, I'm here to make sure that you don't."
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Expect More Wildfires This Season In California, Fire Experts Warn
Fire experts issued a dire warning Friday: California residents can expect the frequency of wildfires to increase over last year. Significant rainfall brought an increase in grasses, and as those dry out during what's expected to be a hotter-than-normal summer, lower elevations will be vulnerable. Like last year, the greatest fire potential will occur from October through December, experts say, as the Santa Ana winds pick up. Officials are expecting numerous grass fires of between 5 and 150 acres to burn during June. Several spot fires have already broken out across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But those burn areas are expected to nearly double in July — to around 250 acres — and balloon to 1,500-5,000 acres by September and October. Like last year, the worst could come in November, when experts warn that fires of more than 5,000 acres could break out.

Local Government News

Massive homeless camp in downtown Los Angeles to be cleaned up Monday
A major cleanup of a homeless encampment in downtown Los Angeles is scheduled for Monday morning, and people living on the street have been told to remove all personal belongings, according to a flyer posted by the Los Angeles city sanitation department. The cleanup around City Hall is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the flyer, which was posted on light poles by the sanitation department, said. The notices were posted across the street from the homeless encampment and around City Hall. The area includes a block on 1st Street between Broadway and Spring, where at least 15 tents have been put up by homeless people occupying the sidewalk in front of a fenced-in empty lot next to a portion of Grand Park used for parking during scheduled events.
Los Angeles Times

LA Council President Wants To Ban Private Prisons
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson started an effort Friday to prohibit private prisons from being constructed and operating within the city. Wesson's proposal would zone the city in such a way that it would effectively ban private detention centers. "Profiting off of locking people up will not fly in Los Angeles," Wesson said in a statement. "We call on every city and county to join us in preventing this kind of activity from operating within its borders." Wesson said he started the effort because of recent reports that young children, who had been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, were detained in overcrowded areas and kept without basic necessities. Wesson said private prisons sign contracts with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement worth millions of dollars every year and carry "horrific records regarding human rights and living conditions for detained immigrants."

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