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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

Mar 11, 2013

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Canoga Park and 12 other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 13 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Canoga Park was the most unusual, recording six reports compared with a weekly average of 2.6 over the last three months. South Park topped the list of five neighborhoods with property crime alerts.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD officers test new vehicle technology
LAPD officers are putting new vehicle technology to the test out in the field. The department is hoping the new equipment will give officers extra elbow room in their patrol cars. If you buy a new Dodge Charger, one of the available features is a large 8.4-inch touch screen. It controls many of the car's functions to free up space on the dash. The LAPD is field testing some Dodge Chargers that have an even larger 12.1-inch touch screen, and it's designed to free up space too.

2 dead in LAPD standoff

A gunman killed a man, opened fire on police and holed himself up in a Watts home with three children inside before shooting himself, police said Friday. A woman believed to be his wife was wounded and taken to a hospital in grave condition, Deputy Chief Robert Green told KABC-TV. The standoff began at about 3 a.m. Friday as a domestic dispute. The gunman fatally wounded a man in a truck outside the house who later died and also shot at arriving police but didn't hit them, Green said.
Associated Press

Teen thief in Long Beach proves no match for former LAPD officer, Marine
When 67-year-old Belmont Shore resident Al Moreno saw a woman being robbed of her necklace at a Starbucks on Second Street, his instincts kicked in as an ex-cop and former Marine. The victim, a 62-year-old woman, was walking with cane into the Starbucks on Second Street and Covina Avenue at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday when a 16-year-old boy suddenly pushed her from behind, snatched her necklace and darted across the street, police and witnesses said.
Long Beach Press-Telegram

'Onion Field' police officer honored with Hollywood Freeway signs
Signs honoring LAPD Officer Ian Campbell, whose slaying by kidnappers was chronicled in the book and movie "The Onion Field," were placed alongside the Hollywood Freeway this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous case. The signs were placed on both sides of the Gower Street overpass, a short distance from where Campbell and his partner Karl Hettinger were kidnapped.
Los Angeles Times

Exhibition sheds light on notorious 1963 'Onion Field' murder
An exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the kidnapping of two Los Angeles Police Department officers opened Saturday at the Los Angeles Police Museum. On March 9, 1963, Officer Ian Campbell and his partner, Karl Hettinger, pulled over two convicts for a routine traffic stop in Hollywood. Moments later, Gregory Powell and his accomplice, Jimmy Lee Smith, pulled a gun on the officers, took them hostage and drove them out to an onion field near Bakersfield.
Car rams 2 men outside strip club, severing their legs, police say
A 40-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly drove his vehicle into two men outside a downtown Los Angeles strip club, severing their legs, authorities said. Terrence Conrad Meeks of Paramount was in the parking lot of Sam's Hofbrau on Olympic Boulevard near McGarry Street about 1:30 a.m. when he rammed his car into the victims, ages 24 and 57, and pinned them against another vehicle, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Paul Sanfillippo and Officer Alex Martinez said.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety

Daylight saving time is time to check smoke alarms, LAFD says
With daylight saving time here, local fire officials are urging people to spring at a home-safety opportunity. Los Angeles Fire Department says the time change, which took effect early Sunday morning, can serve as a reminder to check batteries on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It just takes a minute and can save lives, fire officials say. Today is also a good day to review some basic facts about your alarms, the LAFD said.
Los Angeles Times


Public-employee unions push back with lawsuits over pension cuts
California unions, accustomed to getting their way in the Capitol, lost some ground last year when Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through the Legislature a series of public-pension cuts that affect their members. Now several labor groups have gone to court in an attempt to reverse some of the cuts, forcing Brown to defend legislation he used to persuade voters that he was being frugal with their tax money.
Los Angeles Times


Legislators challenge prison realignment with new wave of bills
Legislators are proposing several bills that add lengthy prison terms for people who violate their parole, which could challenge the state's realignment plan to address overcrowding. California has been under pressure for years to address chronic overcrowding inside 33 adult prisons. In 2011, federal courts required the state to make drastic reductions in its prison inmate population.
Sacramento Bee

City Budget

Further pay cuts sought in L.A. after defeat of sales tax hike
With the failure of the Measure A sales tax increase in Tuesday's election, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Friday said the city will need to seek further concessions from city unions and find other sources of revenue this year. While there have been some improvements in the economy and new pension reforms will result in significant savings, Santana said the city still will need to reduce or maintain salary levels and health care costs and mitigate future cost of living increases.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Election

Garcetti and Greuel vie for black Democrats, white Republicans
As Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel each clamber to gain support among these dissimilar voters - concentrated on opposite sides of the city, focused on disparate needs - it is something close to an even match, at least for now. For both, the math of building a winning coalition is difficult.
Los Angeles Times


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