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January 7, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Overflow Of Mourners Honor Fallen Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh At Modesto Funeral
Under a steadily weeping sky, Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh was laid to rest Saturday, surrounded by a sea of his beloved blue as law enforcement officers from across the country and Canada honored his life. The funeral for the 33-year-old Singh, who was shot and killed while performing a traffic stop in the early hours of Dec. 26, drew some 4,000 people and officers from more than 100 agencies up-and-down the state, as far away as New York and Massachusetts and even two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. CrossPoint Community Church overflowed with mourners. The main Worship Hall was standing-room only, reserved for uniformed law enforcement and family members. Three additional viewing areas inside the church for the general public also were packed and in Newman a livestream viewing was held at Orestimba High School. Those in attendance in Modesto included Fijian Ambassador to the United States Solo Mara, who called Singh a “Fiji-born American hero” as he addressed the assembled crowd. The service celebrated Singh's life, passion for law enforcement and prankster nature. The Modesto Bee

2 LAPD Officers Injured In South LA Crash
Two Los Angeles police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in South Los Angeles, a lieutenant said. The crash took place at the intersection of 62nd Street and Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Ted Urena said. "The officers were from 77th Division answering a call for backup from officers in another division when the crash happened," Urena said. Two other people were in the second vehicle, the lieutenant added, noting "they complained of pain but refused transport to a hospital." The police vehicle struck at least one other parked cars after colliding with the first car, according to the LAPD. The crash remained under investigation. NBC 4

Body Found In Trash Fire In South Los Angeles

Homicide detectives are investigating after a body was found early Monday in a trash can fire in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Shortly after 3 a.m., officers driving on South Grand Avenue saw a fire in a trash can, said Officer Norma Eisenman, an LAPD spokeswoman. The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to help put out the flames. “An officer observed a trash can on fire … and observed human legs in the trash can,” Eisenman said. The person was pronounced dead at the scene. The age, ethnicity and gender of the body could not immediately be determined, she said. Los Angeles Times

Woman Allegedly Gets Upset Handyman Won't Do Extra Work, Shoots Him Twice
A woman upset that a handyman would not do extra work he was unauthorized to do allegedly struck the man with an object and shot him in the face and chest in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting took place at a duplex on the 6200 block of Victoria Avenue around noon. The handyman was authorized to do specific work by the building management, but the woman asked the handyman to do extra work that was not authorized, according to Lt. Ted Urena of the LAPD. When the handyman refused, the woman became upset and struck the handyman with an object, according to Urena. NBC 4

Man Faces Murder Charge, Woman Released After Stabbing Of Homeless Man Captured On Video In Downtown L.A.
A man who police say was captured on video stabbing a homeless man to death in downtown Los Angeles is facing a charge of first-degree murder while a woman also arrested in connection with the killing has been released and won't face charges, officials with the L.A. County District Attorney's Office told KTLA Friday. The Nov. 6 killing was captured on graphic surveillance video that shows 58-year-old Fernando Perez being repeatedly stabbed by another man until he falls to the ground. The man believed to be the assailant, Fred Scott Johnson, 23, was arrested on Dec. 22 after police released video of the killing with the offer of a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest and conviction. KTLA 5

Pedestrian Struck And Killed In East Hollywood ID'd
A man struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles was identified Wednesday. Timothy Martinez was 31 years old, the coroner's office said. The crash was reported at 2:24 a.m. Monday at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, the LAPD said. A 2017 Lexus RX350 driven by Nyamdorj Gankhuyag was headed north on Vermont Avenue when he struck the man, police said. Gankhuyag was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. He was booked on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.The investigation was being handled by LAPD's Central Traffic Division. Anyone with information about the fatal crash was asked to call Central Traffic Division at (213) 833-3713. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Woman Admits To Involuntary Manslaughter For Fatal Shooting Of Boyfriend In Canoga Park
A woman who shot and killed her boyfriend in the parking lot of a Canoga Park bar last year in what she claimed was an accident pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, authorities said. Reyanna Villarreal, 24, of Newhall is expected to be sentenced to five years in state prison when she returns to court for sentencing later this month under a negotiated plea arrangement, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a written statement. She fatally shot 20-year-old Jose Mendoza on March 5, 2017, as the two were in a parking lot outside a bar in the 22000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, officials said. He was taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. KTLA 5

Drive, Walk, Ride A Bike Or A Scooter? New California Traffic Laws Might Affect Your Ride

California drivers and bicyclists, get ready. There are a host of new rules of the road that went into effect in California on Jan. 1. Here's a sampling of laws that went into effect in the new year. Gender identification: SB 169, sponsored by Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. This law allows applicants for a California driver license or state ID “to self-certify their chosen gender category of male, female or nonbinary in the application.” A nonbinary gender designation will appear as an “X” in the gender category on the ID. DUI ignition locks: SB 1046, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. This law mandates that repeat DUI offenders, as well as first-time DUI offenders who caused an injury as a result of their crime, install an ignition interlock device for a period of one to two years. Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

Man Found Dead Following House Fire In Sylmar, Fire Officials Say
One person was found dead following a house fire in Sylmar Friday night, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials. LAFD firefighters responded to the blaze shortly before 11 p.m. at a one-story home in the 13200 block of N. Tripoli Avenue. Heavy fire was seen to the rear of the home, fire officials said. It took firefighters 21 minutes to confine the flames and smoke. LAFD officials later tweeted that a man's remains were discovered within the area of the home that was heavily damaged. LAFD officials and investigators were on their way to the scene to determine the cause and manner of death, as well as the cause of the fire.  ABC 7

Flash Flood Warnings For LA County, Mudslides Shut Down PCH
Pacific Coast Highway was shut down in both directions Saturday night in Ventura County due to mudslides covering both sides of the famous California roadway, according to the Ventura County California Highway Patrol. PCH was closed from Las Posas Road in Ventura County to Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu until at least Sunday due to mudslides and flooding, according to Caltrans. In addition, Flash Flood Warnings were issued across Southern California, including for Woolsey Fire burn areas of the city of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village, along with PCH, according to the National Weather Service based in Oxnard. NBC 4

Local Government News

L.A. City Attorney Sues Weather Channel App Over Alleged Misuse, Selling Of Users' Data
People relied on the most popular mobile weather app to track forecasts that determined whether they chose jeans over shorts and packed a parka or umbrella, but its owners used it to track their every step and profit off that information, Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday. The operator of The Weather Channel mobile app misled users who agreed to share their location information in exchange for personalized forecasts and alerts, and they instead unwittingly surrendered personal privacy when the company sold their data to third parties, City Attorney Michael Feuer said. Feuer sued the app's operator in Los Angeles County Superior Court to stop the practice. KTLA 5

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