Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch
LA Police Protective League


Los Angeles
Police Protective League
the union that represents the
rank and file LAPD officers

  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 16, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Iowa LEO Dies From Crash Injuries
A deputy died Tuesday from injuries sustained during an on-duty crash Friday. According to Sioux City Journal, Lyon County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff Stephanie Schreurs rolled her police SUV at a sharp curve early Friday morning. Schreurs, a 24-year veteran cop, was airlifted to a hospital. No one else was injured in the single-vehicle crash. According to ODMP, Schreurs was 60. She is survived by her four children.

LAPD Chief Among Nation's Top Cops Who Ask Congress To Ban Assault Weapons
After back-to-back mass shootings killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more in Texas and Ohio, police chiefs in the nation's largest cities, including Los Angeles, called on the nation's top lawmakers to enact another ban on assault weapons and other measures to prevent mass killings. In a two-page letter sent Monday to President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Major Cities Chiefs Assn. urged the elected leaders to “move forward with a broad legislative response” that included universal background checks, red flag laws, an assault weapons ban, a ban on high-capacity magazines and other commonsense legislation” to “reduce the scourge of everyday gun violence and the slaughter of innocent people during what feels like never-ending mass shooting events.”
Los Angeles Times

Suspects Sought After Man Shot During Violent Home Invasion In Downtown L.A.
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects involved a violent home invasion that left one person injured in Downtown L.A. The shooting happened Friday, August 9th around 4 p.m. at a high-rise apartment building near 6th and Spring St. Once on scene officers located a man with a gunshot wound lying on a sofa in the lobby. He was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. According to LAPD their investigation later revealed the victim and his friend where in an apartment when five African- American males walked in, pepper-sprayed them, bound them, and shot one of the men. Detectives say the suspects took cannabis and money before fleeing the area. They believe the apartment was being used as an illegal cannabis enterprise. Detectives seized over 100 pounds of cannabis and a large quantity of concentrated cannabis oil. Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Area Robbery detectives at 213-833-3750. You can remain anonymous by calling LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to
FOX 11

Officers Investigate Shooting Near Pacoima
The Los Angeles Police Department is on scene of a shooting near Pacoima. Officers arrived to the 11800 block of W. Foothill Blvd. after 4 p.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department reports that its personnel responded to the location but did not immediately take anyone to a hospital. 
FOX 11

L.A. Division Of FBI Warns Of Scammers Using Real FBI Phone Number In Calls Demanding Money
The Los Angeles division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned the public Thursday about scammers who are using the agency's real phone number when making fraudulent demands for money. “The scammer impersonates a government official and uses intimidation tactics to demand payment of money purportedly owed to the government,” the FBI said of the scheme in which its number is displayed on the victim's caller ID. Victims have been told there is a federal warrant for their arrest that would be dismissed if they make an immediate payment, according to the FBI. But the agency said it does not call private citizens to ask for money or threaten arrest. Still, the scam has been made more believable by the fact that callers often know the name, background and cell phone number of the intended victim, the agency said. Such personal details can be obtained online so the FBI is reminding people to limit how much information they release on social media and other spaces online. The agency said this scamming tactic has been used in states including California, Texas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Montana and Colorado. The phone number for FBI offices in Santa Maria and West Covina have also had their phone numbers used in scams.

'Hollywood Ripper' Trial: L.A. Serial Killer Michael Gargiulo Convicted In Gruesome Fatal Stabbings Of 2 Women, Attempted Murder Of Third
Michael Gargiulo, known as the "Hollywood Ripper," was found guilty Thursday in the stabbing deaths of two women and the attempted murder of a third in the Los Angeles area. Gargiulo, 43, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Ashley Ellerin and Maria Bruno, and attempted murder in the attack on Michelle Murphy. The crimes were all committed between 2001 and 2008, and one of the locations included an apartment complex in El Monte. The jury was allowed to visit at least two of the murder sites. The prosecution alone had almost 250 witnesses on its list, including actor Ashton Kutcher - who was set to go to out with Ellerin on the night of her murder - and Murphy - who fought back. Gargiulo could face the death penalty. "All of the victims were young, outgoing women, all of the attacks occurred at night, all of the victims suffered multiple stab wounds, all of the victims were stabbed with the knife, each of the victims was attacked in or around her home and in close proximity of Mr. Gargiulo," Akemon told the jury.

1,300 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized Off Catalina Island
Over 1,300 pounds of baled marijuana was recovered by the U.S. Coast Guard off the coast of Catalina Island. On Tuesday someone spotted bales of what he or she believed were narcotics floating in the water and Coast Guard and county lifeguard crews arrived on boats to find 43 bales of marijuana, worth an estimated $1 million. "We appreciate the assistance provided by our partners and vigilant mariners in keeping these drugs off of our streets,'' said Lt. Andrew L. Fox, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach. "We encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity on the water, signs of distress or hazards to navigation to contact Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles Long Beach personnel on VHF channel 16 or at 310-521-3801.'' It's unclear where the bales came from and the case remains under investigation by federal authorities.
FOX 11

California Now Has The Biggest Legal Marijuana Market In The World. Its Black Market Is Even Bigger
California is on track to post a record $3.1 billion in licensed cannabis sales this year, solidifying its status as the largest legal marijuana market in the world, according to a study released Thursday by financial analysts who advise the industry. Legal sales are up significantly from an approximate $2.5 billion in 2018, the first year of licensed cannabis sales in California, according to the analysis by sales-tracking firms Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. After a rocky start in 2018, retailers that have survived California's tough licensing, testing and packaging regulations are “battle hardened” and stronger because of an influx of investment that has allowed them to take advantage of the state's large population and pent-up demand for legal products, said Tom Adams, managing director and principal analyst for BDS Analytics. “Any market in the world would be ecstatic about a 23% growth rate,” Adams said. “That is fabulous for any industry to have that kind of growth.'' But California's black market for marijuana continues to flourish as high taxes and a refusal by most cities to allow licensed shops makes it cheaper and easier for people to buy from illicit dealers, he said.
Los Angeles Times

Officer Kills Himself, 9th NYPD Suicide This Year
An off-duty veteran New York city police officer killed himself on Wednesday, becoming the ninth police officer to die by suicide this year, authorities said. The officer with over 25 years of service shot himself in the head at his Laurelton home in Queens just after 6 p.m., officials said. He was rushed to a hospital in Manhasset where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released. The tragedy comes just one day after another off-duty police officer fatally shot himself at his home in Yonkers. "To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available," the department said in a Twitter post that announced the latest officer suicide. Police Commissioner James O'Neill has declared a mental health crisis in the department amid the recent spate of officer suicides. He has sent messages reminding officers of available resources and urging them to seek help.
Associated Press

Local Government News

Ideas For The Future Of Development Projects In Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks & Studio City To Be Shared At 3 Workshops
The San Fernando Valley is changing and city planners are hoping to share some initial concepts for how to adapt to them, during three upcoming meetings this month, the first of which will be on Saturday. City officials working on land-use plans that guide what types of development projects are approved will be releasing some of their ideas for three areas in the southeast Valley, encompassing the communities of North Hollywood, Valley Village, Van Nuys, north Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake and the Cahuenga Pass. The concepts are meant to draw from demographic data and input from residents and other groups with a stake in those neighborhoods. With the existing “community plans” for those neighborhoods dating back to the 1990s, the goal is to better hew the plans to changes that have occurred since then and any future shifts.
Los Angeles Daily News

About the LAPPL Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at: