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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 9, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Impact of George Gascon's San Francisco Tenure on Local Businesses
DeSaulnier says the uptick in shoplifting began in 2014 after California voters passed a ballot referendum called Proposition 47 that downgraded theft of items worth up to $950 to a misdemeanor from a felony. “What's happened is [it's] embolden[ed] people to actually do it [shoplift] more often because there is no consequence,” he said. “We've been here 16 years now. I think most of this has happened in the last five, six years."
Fox News Video

Minnesota Officer ‘Severely Wounded' In Ambush
A police officer in southern Minnesota was gravely injured when he was shot in the head while responding to a report of a suspicious person, officials said Tuesday. Officer Arik Matson, 32, was shot at about 8 p.m. Monday in Waseca, and was taken by air to a hospital in Robbinsdale, where he was in critical but stable condition Tuesday, according to Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Drew Evans. The suspect, 37-year-old Tyler Robert Janovsky, was shot twice by other officers at the scene and was flown to the same hospital. Evans said Janovsky's injuries were not life-threatening. He has not been charged. Matson and three other officers were responding to a call of a suspicious person with a flashlight in a residential backyard, Evans said. Officers saw Janovsky on a neighboring property, and “at one point during the encounter with him, Officer Matson was shot. Officers then shot Mr. Janovsky," he said.
Associated Press

Motorhome Crashes Into Several Cars, School Bus With Children; Suspect In Custody
Los Angeles police took a man into custody Wednesday evening in the area of Ventura Boulevard and Vantage Avenue in Studio City believed to be responsible for crashing into several cars in the area. LAPD says it initially received multiple calls from people reporting possible shots fired in the area. Responding officers located an RV stopped in the middle of the street with an individual outside of the motorhome claiming there was someone in the RV with a gun, LAPD said. Officers made entry into the motorhome and did not find anyone else inside. One person was seen being hauled away from a motorhome with heavy front-end damage. Authorities confirmed that was the suspect. The individual did not appear to be cuffed as two police officers carried him to the sidewalk.
FOX 11

LAPD Looking For Armed Bandits Robbing Multiple Nail Salons, Customers
The last thing you expect to happen when getting a manicure and pedicure is to be robbed at gunpoint. But two suspects are doing just that. They've hit at least eight salons so far, including Nail Station in Silver Lake. Surveillance video released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the brazen bandits in action on Nov. 21, 2019 around 3 p.m. The two suspects go from customer to customer while they're sitting in the salon chairs and collect personal belongings including cellphones and wallets. Since the November robbery at Nail Station, the same suspects are responsible for five other salon robberies in Silver Lake and Highland Park. They are also responsible for robberies at salons in Alhambra and Pasadena.

Man Sentenced To Prison For Lewd Acts On Two Girls
A Rolling Hills Estates man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 11 years in state prison for committing lewd acts on an underage female relative and an underage family friend and possessing child pornography. James Anthony Gonzales, 36, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Gonzales pleaded no contest last November to two felony counts of a lewd act upon a child under 14, along with one felony count of possession of child pornography. The lewd act charges involved a female family member whom he inappropriately touched in 2017, and similar contact with an underage family friend in 2003, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Investigators found multiple images of child pornography on Gonzales' cell phone and personal computer after he was arrested following an effort to contact a 9-year-old girl at her home while posing as a food deliveryman in November 2018.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Granada Hills Killing Of Girlfriend's Estranged Wife
A Simi Valley man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a capital murder charge stemming from the shooting death of his girlfriend's estranged wife next to her vehicle in Granada Hills last summer. Javier Flores, 24, is charged with the July 22 slaying of Cheyenne Brown, 24, who was killed on the 16600 block of Chatsworth Street. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, along with allegations that he used a gun in the commission of the crime. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Flores. Authorities say Brown — the mother of a 2-year-old girl — was gunned down outside her home about 10:25 p.m. July 22.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Pleads Guilty In L.A. To $250K Online Extortion Scheme
A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to using the internet to extort at least $250,000 from men in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and elsewhere who responded to internet “bait ads” offering gay sex services. Tyler Buchanan also pleaded guilty in downtown Los Angeles to federal felony charges of using the internet to facilitate unlawful activity and receiving and disposing of extortion proceeds. U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II set sentencing for May 11, at which time Buchanan will face up to 10 years in federal prison. Buchanan, who will remain in federal custody pending the hearing, could also be sentenced to three years on supervised release, a fine of $750,000 and restitution to be determined. Over a period of six years, Buchanan would purchase ads on Craigslist, Backpage and other websites that appeared to offer sex services for hire, primarily targeting gay men in multiple cities and states, including numerous locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties, federal prosecutors said.

Man Wanted In Killing Of Pregnant Wife Extradited From Mexico To LA County
A man suspected of killing his pregnant wife in El Monte back in 2018 has been caught in Mexico and brought back to Los Angeles County, authorities announced Wednesday. Octavio Curiel-Martinez, 37, a Mexican national, is accused of fatally shooting his wife, identified as Ana Maria Nunez, and their unborn child at a home in the 2700 block of Leafdale Avenue on Aug. 29, 2018. The victims, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, were pronounced dead at a hospital later that night, according to a news release from the FBI. There were four children in the household, but none was home. Soon after the slayings, Curiel-Martinez was named a suspect in that case as well as a separate shooting at a nearby house where his father was standing outside, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated. No one was injured in the second incident. LASD detectives determined the suspect fled from California to Mexico. Investigators and prosecutors worked with the FBI to locate him.

Public Safety News

Fire Sparked By Candle Destroys Converted Garage, Sends Kids To The Hospital, LAFD Says
A fire sparked accidentally by "carelessness with a candle'' damaged a converted garage in the South Los Angeles area Wednesday, and a woman and her two young children were taken to a hospital for examination, authorities said. Firefighters sent to the 300 block of East 47th Place at 7:41 a.m. extinguished the flames in 12 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. "The one-story garage -- a detached structure converted to living quarters -- was destroyed by flames,'' said Brian Humphrey of the LAFD. "The adult female resident, who sustained smoke inhalation and a minor foot injury, as well her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, who appear unharmed, will be taken to an area hospital for further evaluation of what are considered non-life threatening injuries,'' Humphrey said.

Local Government News

This bill would let new homeless shelters and affordable housing bypass environmental law
Aiming to speed up the construction of affordable housing and homeless shelters in California, new legislation would make all new low-income housing projects exempt from a key environmental law that has been used to restrict development. Assembly Bill 1907, introduced Wednesday, would allow low-income housing projects and shelters to bypass the California Environmental Quality Act, the landmark 50-year-old state law known as CEQA that has been credited with helping to preserve California's natural beauty but also blamed for stymieing construction.
Los Angeles Times

LA Metro's New Train And Bus Names Are Official. There Is No F Line And You Know Exactly Why
The rail line formerly known as "Blue" has been the A Line since it reopened in the fall after a nearly yearlong upgrade project. Now, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given the rest of its bus and train lines their new official names, too. The current color-naming convention has been replaced with letter-based monikers, though those familiar colors will still have a presence in the new system. Metro is in the process of updating its website to reflect the new names, along with timetables, maps, posters, and station signage (and merch). Metro's leadership approved the system-wide name changes in 2018, calling the existing conventions "inconsistent" and difficult to navigate, which would only get more confusing as it expanded its transit system. The letters follow the alphabet, with a few notable omissions. The Orange Line, Metro's rapid bus line in the Valley, for example, was originally to become the F Line, but will now be dubbed the G Line.

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