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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Mar 5, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Arleta and nine other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Ten neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Arleta was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 1.5 over the last three months. Alerts are based on an analysis of crime reports for Feb. 23 to March 1, the most recent seven days for which data are available.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD: Mentally disabled Canoga Park teen missing
Police are looking for a mentally handicapped 15-year-old boy who was reported missing in Canoga Park. Christopher Santos, whom police said has the mental capacity of a 3-year-old, was last seen in the 8300 block of Hillview Avenue. He is 5 feet 7 inches and 140 pounds, with a thin build. He has a dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black shirt, black shorts and sandals. Los Angeles police Topanga Division officers said anyone who sees him should call 911.
Los Angeles Daily News

$25,000 reward in hit-and-run of cyclist near Griffith Park
City Councilman Tom LaBonge and the CHP have announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of a hit-and-run driver who struck a cyclist near Griffith Park and dragged him about 600 feet, causing injuries that necessitated the amputation of a leg. Damian Kevitt, 36, was biking west on Zoo Drive toward the 5 Freeway about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 when he was struck by a minivan making a sudden left turn, according to the CHP.
Los Angeles Times

Transient pleads not guilty to killing three women in 1980s
A 72-year-old man charged with killing three women in Los Angeles in the late 1980s after DNA linked him to slayings pleaded not guilty Monday. Samuel Little, 72, was arrested in Louisville, Ky., in September by U.S. Marshals on an unrelated narcotics warrant while investigators built their case. Little was charged with three murder counts and the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. He allegedly strangled his victims during sexual attacks and is accused of killing Carol Alford, 41, Audrey Nelson, 35, and Guadalupe Apadaca, 46.
Los Angeles Times

Gloria Romero uses Dorner to suggest officers open personnel files
The victims of Christopher Dorner's murderous rampage had barely been laid to rest when former state Senator Gloria Romero took to the pages of the Orange County Register to declare that police disciplinary hearings should be immediately opened to the public. Apparently, Ms. Romero is still smarting over her failed last-minute legislative maneuver in 2007 to push legislation that would overturn a Supreme Court decision regarding police officers' personnel hearings.

Culver City's 'Smart911' system is first in California
A "Smart911" system was unveiled Monday in Culver City, the first location in the state to use technology that allows residents to give authorities a "safety profile" that will be displayed to 911 operators during an emergency. "Smart911 will allow both our 911 call takers and emergency responders to have more detailed information about a citizen in need, leading to faster response times and ultimately more lives saved," said Culver City Mayor Andrew Weissman.
City News Service

Gun Control

L.A. weighs ammo clip limits
In what could become a national test case on limiting the possession of gun magazines, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich told city officials on Monday they could ban large capacity magazines by declaring them a public nuisance. Under the proposal, possession of any ammunition clip of more than 10 rounds - the maximum now allowed under state law - would be outlawed and law enforcement would be able to confiscate and destroy the clips.
Los Angeles Daily News

New Senate gun measure unveiled, and this one's bipartisan
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a new measure Monday to combat illegal gun trafficking, a sign of momentum for one element of President Obama 's initiative to reduce gun violence. The primary focus of the bill is to combat so-called straw purchasing, in which a person who is legally eligible to buy a gun does so for someone who is prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm. The proposal would impose stiff penalties for both straw purchasers and those who sell to them. It would also explicitly define gun trafficking as a federal crime.
Los Angeles Times

City Election

Struggling LA picks new mayor in low-profile race
City Hall is nearly broke - and for many, is broken. The airport is an embarrassment. Freeways are clogged. And potholes, cracked sidewalks and untended trees infest many neighborhoods. There are plenty of problems to solve in Los Angeles, but voters have been mostly indifferent about Tuesday's race for mayor. No single issue or candidate has seized their attention, much less their imaginations, in the contest to succeed outgoing Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa.
Associated Press

LA mayor's race: Greuel has slight lead over Garcetti - poll
With less than 24 hours to Election Day, the top two candidates in the Los Angeles mayor's race were locked in an extremely tight battle. The latest Eyewitness News SurveyUSA poll released Monday showed City Controller Wendy Greuel at 28 percent, Councilman Eric Garcetti at 26 percent, former prosecutor Kevin James at 15 percent, Councilwoman Jan Perry at 12 percent and former tech executive Emanuel Pleitez at 9 percent. Seven percent were undecided and 3 percent of respondents planned to vote for other candidates.

In L.A. controller's race, Zine turns an airport contract into a campaign ad
If Dennis Zine wins Tuesday's race for Los Angeles controller, he may have to send a thank-you note to three public relations firms -- none of which worked on his campaign. The three companies -- Phelps Group in Santa Monica, AdEase Inc. in San Diego and Nothing Films Inc. in Fountain Valley -- had won three-year contracts worth $3.9 million from the Board of Airport Commissioners to promote the improvements being made at Los Angeles International Airport.
Los Angeles Times


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