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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

Feb 20, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Central-Alameda and 11 other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 12 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Central-Alameda was the most unusual, recording 14 reports compared with a weekly average of 5.8 over the last three months. Larchmont topped the list of six neighborhoods with property crime alerts.
Los Angeles Times

No 'compassionate' parole for cop killers - no exceptions
Forty years after his unspeakable crimes, a triple murderer and double cop killer is requesting a "compassionate release" from state prison. When Gerald Youngberg requested a "medical parole" last year, we successfully weighed in with letters of opposition. Today, law enforcement agencies and organizations throughout California are strenuously opposing parole of any kind for Youngberg. The League is joining the effort and encourages others to do the same before his March 19 hearing.

Woman's body found in water tank of skid row hotel
For days, residents of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles believed something was amiss. At least one said there was flooding in one of the fourth-floor rooms, while others complained about weak water pressure. At least one of those complaints led a hotel maintenance worker to check Tuesday on one of the large metal water cisterns on the roof, where he discovered the body of an unidentified woman in her 20s at the bottom of the tank. Authorities said late Tuesday that the body was that of Elisa Lam, 21, a Vancouver, Canada, woman last seen at the hotel Jan. 31. Police gave scant details about how the body might have ended up in the tank.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD chief: Review of cop firing vital for public trust
Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday it is critical for public trust that his department fully review the firing of Christopher Dorner, the former officer who killed himself last week after a rampage that left four people dead. "I want to make sure that we address these allegations, which have become so public, in a public way," Beck said. Dorner wrote in a rambling online posting that he was motivated by anger over his dismissal from the force in 2009.
USA Today

2 LAPD officers on Chris Dorner's hit list speak out
Two LAPD officers who were in danger during the manhunt for Chris Dorner spoke out on Tuesday about how their family was affected. "I've never been faced with a situation where I honestly believed that my kids and my family were in danger of immediate death," said LAPD Commander Phil Tingirides. He and his wife, LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides, volunteered to speak to the media. Phil Tingirides made the final recommendation to fire Dorner. He was specifically mentioned in Dorner's infamous online manifesto.

Funeral plans set for sheriff's deputy killed in Dorner siege
The funeral for a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a firefight last week during the Christopher Dorner manhunt will be held Thursday at the San Manuel Amphitheater. Police said Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was shot by Dorner during a standoff in an isolated area near Big Bear. The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, said Deputy Sheriff Lolita Harper. The amphitheater is at 2575 Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD ask public's help to find killer of 17-year-old boy stabbed in Van Nuys

Los Angeles police detectives on Tuesday asked the public's help today in finding the killer of a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed on Sunday in Van Nuys and died Monday. Around 1 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a radio call of a fight in progress in the 15700 block of Sherman Way in Van Nuys. They saw a large crowd, and witnesses directed them to a boy on the ground. Robert Rizo had suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper body and he was taken to a hospital where he survived surgery, but remained in extremely critical condition. He died on Monday from his injuries.
City News Service


California bill targets drug users behind the wheel
Prosecutors would have an easier time convicting people in California for driving under the influence of drugs if a bill Sen. Lou Correa has introduced becomes law. Senate Bill 289 makes it a crime for anyone to drive if their system contains any detectable amount of drugs classified by the government as Schedule I, II, III or IV. That includes marijuana, amphetamines, steroids, tranquilizers and other drugs - but not drugs classified as Schedule V, like Tylenol with codeine, according to information from Correa's office.
Sacramento Bee

Lawmaker wants to open Southland car pool lanes for off-peak use
Motorists without passengers would be able to use the car pool lanes on the 134 Freeway in Southern California during non-peak hours under legislation introduced to address the growing gridlock on state freeways. Assemblyman Mike Gatto(D-Los Angeles) said his AB 405 will create a test program that could be expanded to other congested freeways in Southern California that do not open up car pool lanes to all traffic after rush hour. It would allow single-passenger vehicles to use the car pool lanes in off-peak hours in a five-mile stretch of the 134 between the 170 and 5 freeways.
Los Angeles Times


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