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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

August 23, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Baltimore Teen Gets Life In Prison In Police Officer Slaying
A Baltimore teenager has been sentenced to life in prison after fatally striking a Maryland police officer with a stolen Jeep. A judge in Baltimore County sentenced 17-year-old Dawnta Harris on Wednesday. He was tried as an adult and convicted of felony murder in May. Officer Amy Caprio died in May 2018 while responding to a suspicious vehicle report. Jurors watched Caprio's body-worn camera footage. She could be heard repeatedly ordering Harris out of the car, drawing her weapon and screaming "Stop! Stop!" The Jeep slammed into her. Three others, identified as Harris' accomplices, have pleaded guilty to felony murder.
Associated Press

Female Shooter At Large After 4 Wounded In Shooting At Downtown L.A.'s Skid Row
A shooter is at large after four people were shot in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The shooting was reported in the area of Fifth and San Julian streets at about 12:14 p.m., according to LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes. Cervantes described the shooter as being female. The woman was traveling in an SUV with a male, and the pair was last seen heading south on San Julian Street from the park. All the victims suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, according to LAPD Officer Drake Madison. Three of them were females and the fourth victim was male, LAPD Officer Tony Im said. Im identified one of the victims as a security guard and another as a social worker.

LAPD Seeks Public's Help Solving Fatal Shooting Of Man In Highland Park
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a plea for the public's help Thursday in solving the fatal shooting of a man in Highland Park. Edgar Franquez, 36, was approached by the shooter in his backyard before being shot to death, according to LAPD's preliminary investigation. Officers were called to scene in the 5000 block of Fayette Street around 9:18 p.m. on Wednesday. They found Franquez suffering from several gunshot wounds to the upper torso, according to LAPD. Paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital where he later died. Police said no description of a suspect or vehicle is available. No other details have been released. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Watterson and Mangrum at 323-561-3321 email them at . Calls during non-business hours or on weekends should be directed to 877-527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can reach L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

South LA Hit-and-Run: LAPD Steps Up Efforts To Find Driver Who Severely Injured Teen
Los Angeles police were out in force this week in South Los Angeles, hoping someone can help them find a hit-and-run driver who severely injured a 15-year-old boy earlier this month. The Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division conducted a checkpoint to pass out fliers, trying to generate some new leads. On Aug. 6, Roberto Diaz was riding his bike when he was struck at 37th Street and Maple, then dragged to Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard and Woodlawn. Police say Diaz was struck by the car and dragged 1,500 feet after the hit-and-run driver allegedly blew through a stop sign. The suspect vehicle is described as a blue Honda Accord or Civic. Diaz has undergone at least six surgeries as doctors hope to save his arm and leg.

1 Person Injured In North Hollywood Shooting
LAPD is investigating the shooting of a man in North Hollywood Thursday night. It happened in the 7400 block of Troost Avenue just before 9 p.m. Police say a male victim was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital. His condition is currently unknown. The gunman was last seen northbound on Troost Avenue in a black-colored vehicle. No suspect description was immediately available. Police did release additional information but a suspect search is underway.
FOX 11

String Of San Fernando Valley Fires Investigated As Arson
Authorities Friday morning were investigating a series of small fires in the San Fernando Valley that could be linked. One of the fires was reported before 5:30 a.m. in a dumpster in the 11300 block of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Some of the blazes were auto fires and rubbish fires, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. There were no reports of injuries. It's unclear exactly when and where all the fires broke out. Members of the LAFD Arson/Counter Terrorism Section are investigating. No suspect description was released.

8 Arrested On Suspicion Of Importing, Selling Illegal Pharmaceuticals In L.A.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with importing and selling illegal foreign pharmaceuticals throughout Los Angeles, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Wednesday. The suspects, who were not identified, are accused of importing 100,000 units of prescription drugs then selling them on street corners and in front of supermarkets, travel agencies, beauty salons and parks.

LA Jury Finds 'Hollywood Ripper' Sane At Time Of Committed Crimes
The man dubbed the 'Hollywood Ripper' for the grisly slayings of two women in Hollywood and El Monte was sane at the time of the crimes, a Los Angeles jury found on Thursday. The Los Angeles jury reached the decision Thursday after the sanity phase of the trial of 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo. Last week the same jury found Gargiulo guilty of the 2005 murder of 32-year-old Maria Bruno in El Monte and the 2001 murder of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin, who was waiting at her Hollywood home before a planned date with actor Ashton Kutcher. Gargiulo was also convicted of the 2008 attempted murder of Michelle Murphy. Gargiulo's attorneys, citing expert trial testimony, argued that he suffers from dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder. Jurors will return Sept. 9 for the trial's penalty phase.
FOX 11

FBI Takes Down Alleged Nigerian Fraudsters In $46-Million Case Based In Los Angeles
The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails. It ended with the woman $200,000 poorer and on the verge of bankruptcy after borrowing money from her sister, ex-husband and friends to help Capt. Terry Garcia with his plan to smuggle diamonds out of Syria. In reality, there were no diamonds and there was no Garcia: They were part of an elaborate scam hatched by an international ring of cyber thieves operating mainly out of Los Angeles and Nigeria.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. Lawmakers Weigh New Rules To Bar Homeless People From Sleeping By Schools, Parks
Los Angeles has long been locked in battles over where and how people can bed down on its streets and sidewalks a debate that has played out for decades in City Hall, in the courts and on avenues lined with squalid tents and bedrolls. The city has been brushed back in court by homeless advocates, who argue that it is cruel and useless to punish people if they have nowhere else to sleep. Last year, those advocates hailed a federal ruling against a Boise, Idaho, law that prohibited sleeping on the street, saying the ruling cemented their earlier victories in Los Angeles and set a crucial precedent across the western United States. Now L.A. politicians are weighing a new set of rules that could bar people from sitting or sleeping on streets and sidewalks near schools, parks and day care centers, and in a range of other prohibited areas an idea that has drawn fire from homeless advocates.

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