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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Leads Country in Suicide Prevention Among Officers
Around the country, police officers are dying in record numbers from suicide. Lolita Lopez and the I-Team report on NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 
NBC 4 Video

Alabama K-9 Who Died After Drug Contact Honored At Memorial
An Alabama K-9 known as both the best narcotics-sniffing dog in the state and a “knucklehead” was honored at a memorial service Tuesday after he died searching for drugs during a prison sweep. The 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Jake suddenly became ill on July 18 after he came into contact with a powdery synthetic street drug known as flakka during a routine contraband search. He died two days later after developing pneumonia and other complications. Fellow four-legged law enforcement officers yapped in the background at the Staton Kennel Complex in Elmore as Jake received a 21-gun salute, a traditional bugle playing of taps, a commendation from Gov. Kay Ivey and eulogies from law enforcement officials. “Jake was a very playful animal, a very docile canine, but when he meant business, he meant business,” said Arnaldo Mercado, an official at the state's Department of Corrections. “Nothing ever slipped through the cracks with Jake.”

LAPD Dashcam, Bodycam Videos Show Arrest Of Suspect Allegedly Armed With Machete In South Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday released dramatic videos that show officers chasing down a man who was allegedly armed with a machete during an incident last month. Dashboard-camera footage shows a police vehicle approaching the suspect in the drive-thru of a McDonald's near the intersection of Slauson and Western avenues in South Los Angeles on June 15. The man falls to the ground after apparently being struck by the vehicle, the runs away on foot with officers in pursuit. One officer's body camera captured video of a chase through the parking lot before the suspect was taken to the ground and handcuffed. The suspect was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and a machete was recovered at the scene, according to the LAPD. No officers or civilians were injured.

Deputy Returns Fire, Fatally Shoots Man During Traffic Stop In Hyde Park: LASD
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who opened fire at him while trying to flee during a traffic stop in South L.A.'s Hyde Park early Thursday, the agency said. The shooting broke out after the lone officer pulled over a vehicle for some type of moving violation around 1 a.m. near Brynhurst Avenue and 71st Street, Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters. After the driver stopped, the man in the front passenger seat exited the vehicle and started walking away, Dean said. The deputy told him to stop and show his hands, but the man continued, took out a firearm and shot at the officer, according to the Sheriff's Department. That's when the deputy fired numerous rounds at the man, striking him in the torso, officials said. Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him dead. Authorities have not released his identity but described him as a man about 20 to 25 years old. The driver, also a man, fled in a tan mid-2000s SUV, Dean said.

Federal Prison For Ex-Gang Member Who Helped Firebomb Homes
A former gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months in federal prison for firebombing the homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area five years ago in an effort to drive them out of their neighborhood. Jonathan “Pelon” Portillo, 24, of Los Angeles was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after completing his prison term. Portillo — the fourth of eight defendants to be sentenced in the case — pleaded guilty last year to four felonies, admitting that he conspired to violate the civil rights of the black families, specifically the constitutional right to live in a residence free from “injury, intimidation and interference based on race.” He also pleaded guilty to using explosives and fire to injure, intimidate and interfere with the residents because of their race and because they were living in the Ramona Gardens public housing development.

Alleged Chinese Scheme Sought To Avoid $1.8 Billion In Aluminum Tariffs Using LA And Long Beach Ports, Inland And OC Warehouses
A Chinese billionaire has been charged in Los Angeles in a complex scheme to avoid $1.8 billion in aluminum tariffs, that involved importing the metal through the ports of LA and Long Beach and storing it in Inland Empire and Orange County warehouses, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Zhongtian Liu, the founder of China Zhongwang Holdings Limited, and the aluminum company he previously headed, were charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and international money laundering. The charges come as the U.S. and China try to reach a trade agreement aimed at ending a tariff war. Liu, 55, schemed to import aluminum in the shape of pallets, which would avoid 2011 customs duties up to 400% that were not imposed on finished merchandise, prosecutors said. The pallets, however, were three to four times heavier than typical aluminum pallets, and were sold to U.S.-based companies controlled by Liu and stockpiled at Southern California warehouses.
Los Angeles Daily News

Texas Man Facing 350 Years In Prison For Hacking Into L.A. Superior Court, Sending 2 Million Phishing Emails
A Texas man was found guilty Thursday of hacking into the Los Angeles Superior Court computer system and then using it to send about 2 million phishing emails, the U.S. Department of Justice said. A jury found 33-year-old Oriyomi Sadiq Aloba guilty of 27 federal criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information and aggravated identity theft, authorities said. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of more than 350 years in federal prison, according to the Department of Justice. Aloba and his co-conspirators gained access to an employee's email account in 2017 and then sent out emails with a link to a phishing website disguised as a Dropbox link, and asked employees for email addresses and passwords, authorities said. Thousands of employees gave out their email credentials to the hacker, who then used them to send out millions of phishing emails, the DOJ said.

Southern California's Most Wanted: FBI Focusing On Tracking Down A Dozen Dangerous Fugitives
You could call them the dirty dozen: Twelve dangerous fugitives that are some of the most wanted in Southern California. "They are a danger. No matter where they are, they're a continued threat and danger to the community," says FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola. He has tracked the most violent criminals in the Los Angeles region for more than three decades. He says many escape to Mexico hoping to blend in. He wants to get people off the streets who have been wanted for years. "Maybe get some locations, some new information. This is our version of cold cases," says Garriola. Manuel Virgen-Galvan allegedly shot and killed teenager Ramiro Guardado back in 2005. It happened in front of the boy's home. "The victim in this case was a 15-year-old boy who is painting a bicycle, and whether it was intended or not is not important. The fact is this 15-year-old lost his life," says Garriola. One of the older cases is Saul Aguilar, wanted in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. It happened just before Christmas 1997. Garriola says he can't forget that crime scene.

Public Safety News

Gavin Newsom Adds Hundreds More Firefighters Amid Fears Of ‘Large And Damaging' Fire Season
California will hire 393 more firefighters in anticipation of an upcoming wildfire season that has the potential to be even worse than last year's, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The long rainy season promoted heavy growth of grass and other underbrush in which fires can start and spread once the vegetation dries out. Cal Fire and the state firefighter union have said the state needs more firefighters to face the escalating threat. Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing more seasonal firefighters to boost staffing on a third of Cal Fire's 340 engines. “I think that's going to help morale, it's going to help with rotation, it's certainly going to help with women and man power as it relates to suppression efforts and mitigation efforts,” Newsom told reporters in Colfax, where he toured a site where workers have been clearing vegetation to reduce potential kindling if a fire sparks in the area.
Sacramento Bee

Local Government News

Los Angeles Council Members Introduce Laws For Equal Pay At City Competitions
City Council President Herb Wesson, along with Councilwomen Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, introduced a motion Wednesday that would require equal compensation at any competition within Los Angeles that features both men's and women's divisions and requires a city permit. “The gender pay disparity in professional sports is not just a disservice to these female athletes — it's a disservice to women everywhere,” Wesson said. “It's time that we reward our athletes not on the basis of their gender but rather on their talent and ability.” Additionally, Wesson, Martinez and Rodriguez introduced a resolution in support of legislation that would prohibit the use of federal funds to support the 2026 World Cup unless the U.S. Soccer Federation provides equitable pay for both men's and women's teams.

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