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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 25, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Deputy Shot During Scuffle With Armed Suspect In East L.A. Is Out Of Surgery And In Stable Condition
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was shot during a scuffle with a suspect in East Los Angeles underwent surgery and is in stable condition Tuesday, authorities said. The deputy, who has been with the department for more than 10 years, was shot in the upper torso as he struggled to get a gun away from a suspect during a traffic stop in the 1000 block of De Garmo Drive in City Terrace about 11:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said. The injured deputy's partner witnessed the struggle and fatally shot the suspect, who was identified by authorities as a 42-year-old man. A 30-year-old woman and another 42-year-old man, who also were in the vehicle during the stop, were detained for questioning. Sheriff Jim McDonnell told reporters early Tuesday that he had not been able to speak with the wounded deputy but met with his wife and his attending physician. “We're very thankful for the outcome at this point,” he said. “We're optimistic about his chances for a full recovery.”
Los Angeles Times

Maryland Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed In Shootout That Sounded Like ‘A War'
A suspect died and an officer was wounded in a shootout Sunday evening in a violence-prone Baltimore district where a "crime suppression initiative" was taking place, Baltimore's interim police chief said. Interim Police Chief Gary Tuggle said at a late-night news conference that the gunfire erupted just before 6:30 p.m. in a west Baltimore neighborhood. He said the male officer, a police veteran, was being treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and that the injuries did not appear life-threatening. He did not release the name of the man who they said shot the officer before being killed.
Associated Press

Police: Person Stabbed In Possibly ‘Unprovoked Attack' In Lake View Terrace
A stabbing was under investigation Monday night in Lake View Terrace where police were looking for the suspect. The incident happened around 9 p.m. near Foothill and Terra Bella, according to Los Angeles police. The suspect, described as a black man in his 40's wearing a white shirt and suffering from mental illness, fled the scene following the attack. The victim was taken to an area hospital in an unknown condition. Sky9's Stu Mendel was over the scene, where a large police presence was seen. A portion of Foothill was shut down from Osborne past Terra Bella.

Man Arrested In Latest Brutal Attack In Santa Monica Could Be Linked To LA Beatings, Missing Siblings
In Texas Authorities say a man who was arrested Monday after an assault in Santa Monica is the same person behind a string of violent attacks in downtown Los Angeles, and he may be connected to a crime spree that started in Texas. There have been seven violent attacks in less than three weeks, including four in Santa Monica, and CBS2 learned Monday night of the disappearance of two people from Houston who may be connected to the suspect. Ramon Escobar, 47, is a person of interest in the disappearance of Rogelio Escobar and Dina Escobar — his uncle and aunt, Houston police said. Both went missing in late August and foul play is suspected in their disappearances, according to the Houston Police Department. Escobar was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's Media Relations Section.

LAPD Announces $50K Reward For Information Leading To Gunman In Fatal South L.A. Shooting
A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the suspect responsible for the fatal shooting of a South Los Angeles man in November 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department announced on Monday. Antonio M. Wilson, Jr., 27, was fatally shot around 6 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2017, while standing in the middle of a parking lot located near the 4300 block of S. Vermont Ave., according to police. Surveillance video showed a white, four-door, late model BMW 3 series pull up, then someone fired shots at Wilson and sped off. Wilson was treated at the scene, but died from his injuries on Nov. 30.

Hollywood Hills Home-Invasion Robbery Leaves Resident With Head Injury As LAPD Seeks Armed Men
Three armed men conducted a home-invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills Monday that left a resident injured, authorities said. The crime was reported about 4:25 a.m. on the 3300 block of Oak Glen Drive, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspects were described only as three men dressed in dark clothing, all of them armed, Eisenman said. One of the residents was struck on the head, possibly with a handgun, and sought medical treatment, she said. No vehicle description was released. NBC4 reported that the suspects entered the home about midnight and tied up the residents, who reported the crime about four hours afterward.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Cracks Down On Voter Fraud On Skid Row
Los Angeles Police Department officer Deon Joseph knows his way around Skid Row. It's been his beat for the last 20 years. And while it's not hard to find serious crime problems along the tent-covered sidewalks here, Joseph keyed in on one you wouldn't necessarily associate with Skid Row. "This is where they do most of the voter registration fraud," he said, pointing to the sidewalk in front of the Midnight Mission. "It's been going on for years." Joseph says it's pretty common for people hired by lobbyists to set up tables outside the missions and illegally pay people for fake signatures used for various ballot measures from all across California.

East Los Angeles High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault
Felony charges were filed Monday against a 32-year-old female teacher at an East Los Angeles high school who's accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. Gina Murry, who taught at the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School, is facing six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and four counts each of committing a lewd act on a child, oral copulation of a person under 16 and sexual penetration by a foreign object. She is set to be arraigned Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

Police Warn People To Be Wary Of Car-Battery Thieves Across Southern California
Authorities are urging people to be wary of thieves who are stealing car batteries all across Southern California. In Tustin alone, police said there's been at least 20 cases that have been random, and most have happened overnight when people are sleeping. "It's almost a crime of opportunity," Lt. Robert Wright said. "The biggest thing we can always tell people is to be aware of your surroundings...if you see something unusual - call the police." Glendale police arrested two suspects connected to a string of car battery thefts that happened around Southern California, but it's unclear if those thieves are connected to the Tustin thefts.

NYPD: Off-Duty Cop Injured In Fatal Shooting
A man shot and killed a woman who is believed to be his ex-girlfriend and wounded the woman's new boyfriend before turning the gun on himself inside a Queens apartment Friday morning, police said. A 911 call from a neighbor led police to the residence on 77th Street, where the bodies of Regan Smith, 31, and the suspected shooter, 47-year-old Nelson Giron, were recovered around 7 a.m. The second man, identified as a 43-year-old off-duty Yonkers police officer, was found with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and what was believed to be two stab wounds, police said. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he underwent surgery and was expected to survive.

Public Safety News

Californian Firefighters Return Home After Hurricane Florence
The 16 firefighters who spent two weeks helping Hurricane Florence victims are now home. They said the conditions were different from what they train for. Although, they went knowing their skills in swift water rescue were needed, there were heartbreaking moments in North Carolina where they heard calls but unfortunately, couldn't get to them. "We heard these calls go down and we just kept pleading with partner with can we get there? No we can't. Too flooded out, couldn't cross those areas," says Craig Covey, Chief for California Task Force 5. Covey says that the place where they were operating at got turned into ten islands and they were on one of them.

West Nile Virus Kills At Least 4 In California, Health Officials Say
At least four people in California have died of West Nile virus this year, state health officials said. The first deaths were reported earlier this month in Glenn and Yuba counties, the officials said. Two other deaths occurred in Placer and Yolo counties. On Monday, Butte County reported a West Nile virus death. The patient who died reported symptoms in August and was between 50 to 70 years old. The California Department of Public Health lists the total number of West Nile deaths at four.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. May Ease Rules For Candidates To Get Matching Taxpayer Money
To get public money for their campaigns, Los Angeles politicians first have to collect 200 donations from people living in the neighborhoods they want to represent. Those contributions, which can be as small as $5, ultimately can help candidates obtain tens or even hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars. The hurdle is meant to prove that people running for office have community support before they access to those matching funds, which are supposed to help counter the campaign influence of wealthy donors. Now the Los Angeles City Council is weighing whether to ease the requirement, cutting the number of donations needed to qualify by half.
Los Angeles Times


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