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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 15, 2013

Law Enforcement

LAPD seeks assistance in murder of popular Verizon employee
Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are searching for clues in the death of a popular Verizon employee who was killed last Friday, May 10. On Monday, members of the LAPD sent out a media alert to every news agency in Southern California asking for the public's assistance regarding the death of Kenny Jermaine Fulks. Anyone with information is asked to contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives at (818) 374-0040.
Los Cerritos Newspaper Group

CBS2 Investigates: Top spots in LA people get speeding tickets
CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein uncovered the top intersections in Los Angeles people received speeding tickets in 2012. Goldstein obtained the Los Angeles Police Department's database that recorded every speeding ticket issued last year - 43,426 to be exact. In that time period, 1,605 tickets were written at La Brea near Coliseum Street in Baldwin Hills, making it the number one spot residents were caught putting the pedal to the metal.

Uncovering the dangers of fake electronics
Hundreds of billions of dollars in counterfeit goods are sold every year worldwide. Even the military is worried that counterfeit parts could make it into advanced weapon systems. Now, law enforcement and manufacturers are trying to fight back and keep fake products off of local shelves. But as the I-Team found, counterfeit electronics are very common - and could be hazardous to your health. ABC7's Chuck Goudie joined law enforcement on a Los Angeles raid, where they targeted businesses that authorities suspect are selling fakes.

Police warn of van thefts
Two similar vans were stolen in the Canoga Park and Winnetka areas over the weekend, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to issue a warning to van owners. The vans were both white, panel, industrial type vans. One was taken from the 7800 block of Mason Avenue and the other from the 9000 block of Eton Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga station is warning residents in the area who have vans similar to those that were stolen to take extra steps to keep their vehicles safe.
Woodland Hills Patch

LAPD searches for Hollywood man
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating 85-year-old Samuel Ognujie Onuoha. Onuoha was last seen at his residence located on the 1000 block of East Lodi Place at around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Onuoha is described as a Black male with brown eyes and black hair. He weighs approximately 190 pounds and stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall. The last time he was seen Onuoha was wearing black pants, a black sweater and brown tennis shoes. If anyone has any information that may help police locate Onuoha they are urged to contact the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800.
Canyon News

Cops test-drive preemptive policing
The Alhambra Police Department is the first law-enforcement agency in Southern California to fully implement Predictive Policing, a cloud-based software that forecasts areas where crimes are likely to be committed. Some divisions in the Los Angeles Police Department also use PredPol, which was developed by a team of mathematicians and social scientists at UCLA, Santa Clara University and UC Irvine, but Alhambra has pioneered city-wide implementation.
Pasadena Star-News

Alarmed by deaths, regulators urge states to lower drunk driving limit
With drunk driving still a stubborn national problem that accounts for one-third of all traffic deaths, federal safety regulators on Tuesday called on states to take a dramatic step: lower the legal limit for drivers' blood-alcohol content from 0.08% to at least 0.05%. The National Transportation Safety Board also called for government incentives to prod states into lowering their drunk-driving standard.
Los Angeles Times

Allegedly drunk man stuck in Sylmar Recreation Center chimney arrested
A man found trapped in the chimney of a two-story building in a Sylmar park was arrested Tuesday, police said. Cuauhtli Lujano, 27, of Sylmar, was arrested about midnight and booked on suspicion of trespassing at the Sylmar Recreation Center in the 13100 block of Borden Avenue, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said. "This guy could take some lessons from Santa Claus," Vernon said. "Namely, abstain from drink before climbing down chimneys. ... Officers could smell a heavy odor of alcohol on the man's breath."
City News Service

Prison Realignment

Slight realignment changes in Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal
Gov. Jerry Brown's revised budget proposal offered a few changes to the state's controversial policy of requiring local governments to confine and monitor growing numbers of offenders, but for the most part, leaves the program in place. The governor's May Revised budget would give local probation departments a relatively small boost in funding for programs designed to prevent offenders from returning to state prison. Brown's spending plan would also create a program in which offenders sentenced to long-term jail commitments could be exchanged for prison inmates, among some other proposals.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

City Government

Discovery of $43 million prompts city oversight of 'special funds'
Following the discovery of nearly $43 million that accumulated unnoticed for 17 years in a Transportation Department account, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian called Tuesday for more transparency for other so-called special funds that he said could have similar issues. At Krekorian's urging, the city's budget office is compiling a list of the city's hundreds of special funds, along with the purpose and cash balance of each.
Los Angeles Times

City Election

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti lay sniping aside
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel ventured into school district politics Tuesday, lending support to noncontroversial actions and mostly taking a respite from their recent sniping in the Los Angeles mayoral contest. A week before voters go to the polls, Greuel addressed the Los Angeles Unified School District board in favor of a program that provides students breakfast in classrooms and for discontinuing a policy of suspending students for "willful defiance." The school board, as expected, approved both items.
Los Angeles Times


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