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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 1, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Body Found In Burning Car In Montecito Heights: LAPD
Homicide detectives are investigating after a dead body was found burning in a vehicle in Montecito Heights over the weekend, officials said Monday. The incident was reported just after midnight on Sunday in the 4500 block of Browne Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez. L.A. firefighters who were putting out a car fire located the body in the car's trunk, Lopez said. The badly burned remains were later determined to belong to a female. Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate, and no further details were available.

5 Suspects Sought In Hollywood Double Stabbing

As many as five suspects are wanted Tuesday in a double stabbing in Hollywood. Police officers were called to the area of Cahuenga and Santa Monica boulevards just before 10 p.m. and found the two men who had been stabbed. One of the men had been stabbed up to five times, and the other at least twice, Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez said. Both men were rushed to the hospital in serious, but stable condition. The stabbing may have happened at Santa Monica and Vine, which is reportedly where the 911 call originated. LAPD officers spent the night scouring both intersections as crime scenes. The suspects were described only as five men wearing hoodies. A motive for the stabbings was not immediately known.

Random Shooting In Silver Lake Caught On Cameras Shatters Peaceful Neighborhood

An armed man was captured on several security cameras shooting down a Silver Lake street. Surveillance video showed a burgundy colored vehicle pulling up to the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and Hawick Street just before 2 a.m. Sunday. The driver shut off its lights and moments later a passenger gets out of the vehicle, crouched down and fired four shots. "Our bedroom is right there. I don't think the walls will stop a's concerning," said Guillermo Bordarampe of Silver Lake. "The neighbor across the street was able to collect three casings...looked like a 9mm casing," said Bordarampe. Los Angeles police said no one was shot and there were no reports of any injuries. It was unknown why the man was shooting. One neighbor said he heard gunshots in the distance while walking with his wife a few hours earlier and wondered if it was the same person. The incident is being investigated. No arrests have been made.

Suspect Leads Police On High Speed Chase In Pacoima Area

A driver in a car that was reported to have been stolen led police on an hour-long high-speed chase Monday on freeways and city streets in the San Fernando Valley. It's unclear exactly where the chase began, but around 6:35 p.m. the suspect was driving on Van Nuys Boulevard near Cayuga Avenue in Pacoima. The chase continued on the Hollywood (170) Freeway and surrounding streets. Items were tossed from the car as police chased or tracked the vehicle, twice calling off close pursuit. During the pursuit, two passengers got out of the vehicle, one rolling onto the pavement while the car was still moving, but the suspect drove on, reaching speeds approaching 100 mph and narrowly missing other vehicles and at least one pedestrian. The suspect stopped once in the 9700 block of Telfair Avenue in Pacoima and appeared to be ready to give up, but then sped off again. The suspect stopped in the same block around 6:35 p.m. and surrendered to officers.

Kitten Found On 57 Freeway Center Divider Taken Into Custody By Off-Duty LAPD Officer

Why was the kitten perched on the freeway center divider? We may never know, but that gray kitten was rescued from that precarious position and is being put up for adoption. The LAPD says its Sgt. Toscano was off-duty when it spotted the kitten clinging to the center divider of the 57 Freeway recently. The gray kitten had been sitting on the center divider watching cars whiz by on one side and its back to rush hour traffic. Toscano pulled over and rescued the scared and cold kitten. The LAPD mused on Twitter that “Lucky” might be a good name for the fortunate feline, who is being put up for adoption.

Woman With Alzheimer's Disease Found Safe After Leaving Van Nuys Care Facility
Los Angeles police say a 65-year-old woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease who went missing earlier this week has been found safe and reunited with her family. Maria Lopez had been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen leaving a Van Nuys care facility in the 15200 block of Sherman Way, where she lives, according to the LAPD. Lopez is described as Hispanic, 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing a black skirt with white stripes and blue jeans. Anyone with information is urged to call the LAPD's Van Nuys Station at 818-374-9500.

Van Nuys Man Gets 20 Years In $17 Million Scheme That Preyed On Distressed, Often Elderly Homeowners
A Van Nuys man with a long criminal history was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison for orchestrating a $17 million real estate fraud scheme that preyed on distressed homeowners, many of whom were elderly or spoke little English. Michael “Mickey” Henschel, 70, pleaded guilty in May to one count of mail fraud. Federal prosecutors urged the judge to impose the 20-year maximum sentence, while the defense unsuccessfully argued for a period of home detention. As part of his plea agreement, Henschel agreed to forfeit money and property collected through the fraud scheme, including more than $100,000 in cash seized from a bank account and various residential properties in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale and Pasadena. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips set a Dec. 2 restitution hearing.
Los Angeles Daily News

California Supreme Court Likely To Decide When Juveniles May Be Tried As Adults
A new state law that bars the prosecution of 14- and 15-year-olds as adults violates a constitutional amendment approved by the voters in 2016, a state appeals court ruled Monday, disagreeing with other appellate decisions and handing the issue to the California Supreme Court. At issue is whether youths under 16 must be tried in juvenile court, where the maximum sentence is until age 25, or can be sent to adult court and face lengthy prison sentences, including life terms for murder. A 2000 ballot measure allowed California prosecutors on their own to charge 14-year-olds as adults for serious crimes. Proposition 57, a state constitutional amendment passed by the voters in November 2016, required prosecutors to request such transfers from a juvenile court judge, who would consider the youth's history and potential for rehabilitation and the nature of the charges before deciding whether to send the case to adult court.
San Francisco Chronicle

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battle Brush Fire In Pacific Palisades
Firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department worked to knock down an uphill brush fire in Pacific Palisades Monday afternoon. The fire was reported just before 12:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Palisades Drive. LAFD called for additional resources due to the heavy brush that was difficult for ground crews to access. Air Ops water drops were primarily used to extinguish the fire that is currently at two acres. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

LA Law Requiring Plastic Straws To Be Requested At Restaurants Takes Effect Tuesday
All restaurant managers in Los Angeles will be required to withhold plastic straws unless a customer requests them, starting Tuesday. The first phase of Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell's "Straws on Request" initiative took effect this year on Earth Day, which applied to businesses with more than 26 employees. The new law takes aim at reducing single-use plastic waste from littering beaches and waterways, O'Farrell said, and it applies to restaurants of all sizes. "The new city law picks up where the state law stops," O'Farrell said in April. "As a coastal city and state, we owe it to our environment to do everything in our power to ensure we reduce single-use plastic waste." Both the state and county recently adopted a single-use plastic straw policy, but O'Farrell said Los Angeles' law is more restrictive. In drive-thru restaurants, the customer will be notified to ask for a straw if one is needed.

Airbnb Wants L.A. To Delay Enforcing New Restrictions On Short-Term Rentals
When the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted in December to impose new rules on Airbnb and other online platforms that help people rent homes for short stays, tenant activists applauded the move, saying it was high time for the city to act. The new ordinance, passed after more than three years of debate at City Hall, limits Angelenos to hosting short-term rentals in their “primary residence,” not in a second home or an investment property. The goal was to prevent apartments from being bought up and run like hotels — a phenomenon that activists complained was exacerbating the city's housing crisis. But the rules did not kick in right away. And now Airbnb is pushing the city to delay enforcing them more.
Los Angeles Times

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