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March 17, 2017

Law Enforcement News

Suspect in Custody After Allegedly Shooting Deputy, May be Linked to Other Crimes
A Redlands man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy, whose  body  armor saved his life. The Sheriff's  Department  says 37-year-old Kenneth Welch was arrested at his home Thursday, and police think he may have been connected to a series of other crimes.  The deputy, 25-year-old Patrick Higgins, was shot around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, an hour after the beating and robbery of a Chevron station clerk in Hesperia.  Authorities say Higgins was investigating near the station when he saw a  car  matching the description of the robber's getaway car.
FOX 11

11-Year-Old Boy Sought After Going Missing in Pomona, Police Say
Authorities on Friday morning were searching for a missing 11-year-old boy who was last seen riding his scooter the previous day at a mobile home park in Pomona.  Adam Hernandez, who has family in Azusa, was described as a "critical missing child" in a news release issued by the Pomona Police Department.  "He has no medical or mental history and is in good health," the statement said.  Adam is described as being 4'10" tall and weighing 90 pounds. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, black shorts, white socks and black shoes at the time of his disappearance.

Gang member charged with killing traffic guard at Venice construction site
A 29-year-old gang member has been arrested and charged with killing a traffic guard at a Venice construction site last summer, authorities said.Gregory Wherry was taken into custody last week and formally charged Monday with the Aug. 3 fatal shooting of Marvin Ponce in the Oakwood section of Venice, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Fatally Shot By Husband in South L.A.; Suspect at Large: LAPD
A woman was fatally shot by her husband in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday night, LAPD officials said. The shooting was reported about 7:22 p.m. in the 11600 block of Towne Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Detective Nathan Kouri. The victim was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Kouri said the victim was shot on the sidewalk and the suspect, identified as Andres Zambrano, 26, drove off in a light-colored 1994 Toyota Camry. The plate number is 6JBC731, Kouri said. The detective added that Zambrano is armed and dangerous.

Graphic Video: Woman Attacked by Man With Hammer in Koreatown
A man who attacked a woman with a hammer in Koreatown has been charged with attempted murder and a hate crime enhancement,  police  said Thursday. The 24-year-old woman was attacked at about 6 p.m. Friday outside a  business  in the 1000 block of South Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  A  security  guard saw what was happening and stopped the attack, which was captured on surveillance video, and held the suspect until police arrived and arrested him, LAPD Capt. David Kowalski said.  The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where she received treatment and was released, Kowalski said.
FOX 11

Mother Charged With Stabbing 6-Month-Old Daughter With Scissors in South L.A.
A 39-year-old mother was charged on Thursday after allegedly stabbing her 6-month-old daughter in the chest with a pair of scissors. Maria Mendez  faces two counts each of attempted murder and child abuse and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, scissors, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.  The case includes the allegation  that Mendez inflicted great bodily injury on a victim under the age of five and allegations of using scissors as a deadly and dangerous weapon, prosecutors said.  Mendez is accused of stabbing her baby at their South Los Angeles home on March 14 and threatening to stab her husband when he tried to intervene.

Los Angeles Father Suspected of Killing 4-Month-Old Son: ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome'
A 31-year-old man was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Thursday following his arrest for allegedly causing fatal injuries to his 4-month-old son in Pomona. Brandon Keion Dozier of Los Angeles was arrested on Tuesday, according to police and sheriff's inmate records. Officers were called at 6:55 p.m. on March 5 to the 400 block of Madison Avenue regarding a 4-month-old child who was choking and not breathing, according to Pomona police Sgt. Brian Hagerty. Police and Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics got the child breathing again and he was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Hagerty said.

High-Speed Police Chase Ends in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Northridge
A high-speed chase ended in Northridge early Thursday morning when a suspect slammed into multiple parked vehicles, authorities said.  LAPD officers responded to a report of a reckless driver about 2:20 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the agency's Valley Traffic Division.  The 25-year-old male suspect reached speeds of up to 90 mph as he was being pursued by a police helicopter and followed by LAPD units, the spokesperson said. The man lost control of his car and struck several other vehicles that were parked at Etiwanda Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. 

South LA Man Convicted of Writing Hate Speech on LGBT Center
A 23-year-old South Los Angeles man was sentenced to 36 months of probation and nine days in jail after pleading guilty to writing hate speech on a Los Angeles LGBT Center in graffiti. Damario Brown, who lives in Leimert Park in South L.A., was also given 45 days of graffiti removal duties and ordered to stay away from the center, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “In these increasingly precarious times, it's particularly important that my office stand at the forefront in protecting all our residents against acts of violence and hate,” Feuer said in a statement. On Feb. 9, the center's director of facilities reported an unidentified individual had spray-painted the phrase “F--k Trannies” as well as other slurs on the front-facing wall of the center's village at Ed Gould Plaza, according to Feuer.
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Sentenced in Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 2 at Prayer Meeting
A woman who crashed her car into a house in the Harbor Gateway area where a prayer meeting was underway, killing two people and injuring 10 others, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in state prison. Rashanda Norman, 35, had pleaded no contest to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter. Superior Court Judge Lynn D. Olson handed down the expected sentence.  The victims who died were 72-year-old Elsa de Belen, a mother of five and grandmother of eight, and 78-year-old Bella Cortes, who died few weeks after the crash. Norman, who surrendered to authorities July 28, apologized to the families in court and said she "never meant to hurt anyone."

‘Power Rangers' Actor Enters Plea After Allegedly Killing Roommate With Sword
A man best known as the Red Wild Force Ranger in the “Power Rangers” television series pleaded guilty on Thursday after allegedly stabbing his roommate with a sword.  Ricardo Medina, 38,  entered the plea to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted an allegation of using a sword in the killing, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.  The DA's office originally stated in a press release that Medina pleaded no contest but later corrected the plea to guilty. Medina is accused of getting into an argument with his roommate, Josh Sutter, 36, over his girlfriend at their Green Valley home in January 2015.

L.A. County Sheriff Opposes 'Sanctuary State' Bill, Saying it Would Hinder Law Enforcement
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has come out in opposition to a so-called “sanctuary state” bill that would bar state and local policing agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, according to a letter obtained by The Times. In the letter addressed to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who introduced the legislation, McDonnell said the measure would block sheriff's officials from safely transferring inmates with immigration violations housed in county jails into the custody of federal immigration agents, forcing those agents "into our communities in order to search out and find the person they seek.”
Los Angeles Times

Pain Doctor Accused of Overprescribing Opioids Pleads Guilty
At Dr. Fathalla Mashali's pain management clinics, the waiting rooms were often so packed with patients that people sat on the floor, leaned against walls and spilled into the hallways. That's because, federal prosecutors say, Mashali was prescribing oxycodone and other powerful opioid painkillers at alarming rates to people making risky use of drugs. At one point, they say, Mashali wrote out more oxycodone prescriptions in one month — over 1,100 — than some of the largest hospitals in Massachusetts. Mashali pleaded guilty Wednesday to 44 counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, offering a brief apology during his change-of-plea hearing in U.S. District Court.
Associated Press

Mississippi 'Back the Badge' bill heads to governor
Mississippi could double the penalties against people who intentionally harm law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency workers, under a bill headed to the governor. Supporters said they filed the "Back the Badge Act" in response to the killings of police officers last year in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The House passed the final version of House Bill 645 with no debate Thursday, sending it to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.
Associated Press

2024 Olympics News

International Olympic Committee Moves Closer to Picking Both LA and Paris in Double Vote for Host Cities
The International Olympic Committee has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year. IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. Only the 2024 Games is currently scheduled to be voted on in Lima. "All the options are on the table, and this includes also the 24-28 procedure and vote," Bach said Friday when announcing a working group to study changing the candidate process. The IOC executive board asked its four vice presidents to "explore changes" in Olympic bidding and report back in July.

Local Government News

Absentee Vote Pushes LA County Homeless Sales Tax Measure Toward a Strong Finish
Ten days after the election, backers of a quarter-cent sales tax to fund homeless programs in Los Angeles County are waiting for new vote counts Friday that are expected to seal the measure's narrow passage. More than 200,000 mail-in ballots tallied so far have widened the lead of Measure H to 67.72%, building its initially thin margin to 16,000 votes more than the required two-thirds majority. On Friday, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder will begin counting the final 55,000 provisional and miscellaneous ballots. Although that's enough to sway the result, predictions by campaign strategists of a favorable surge in the post-election count have borne out so far.
Los Angeles Times

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