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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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February 12, 2019

Law Enforcement News

Bicyclist Struck, Killed By Vehicle In South L.A.; Second Vehicle Sought
Police are searching for a second vehicle that may have been involved in a high-speed crashed that left a bicyclist dead in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday night. Authorities received a call about 10:25 p.m. from a witness who said two vehicles were speeding down South Broadway when one of them collided with a bicyclist that was crossing at West 82nd Street, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. George Hoopes said. The bicyclist, described as a 55-year-old black man, was pronounced dead at the scene, Hoopes said. The driver who struck the bicyclist, as well as several parked vehicles and a tree, remained at the scene and was being detained by police, Hoopes said. Police are searching for the driver of the second vehicle, which fled the scene.

LAPD Searching For Suspect In Theft Of $700K Worth Of Jewelry From Canoga Park Macy's
Los Angeles police are searching for one of the suspects in a burglary of high-end jewelry from a Macy's department store in Canoga Park last July. In a written statement, detectives said the burglars made off with about $700,000 worth of jewelry during the heist. About seven months later, police said they served search warrants around the city to find 40-year-old Marvin Carter and 33-year-old Khadijah Toliver. Both were arrested Feb. 7. Detectives said they believe Carter was one of the two men seen in surveillance camera footage breaking into the store and smashing open several jewelry displays. Toliver was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property. Police were still looking for a third suspect, 45-year-old Michael Bourgois. They said Bourgois was the second man seen participating in the burglary.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Goes On Wrecking Spree, Vandalizes Multiple Cars In Boyle Heights
Police have arrested a man who is suspected of vandalizing nearly 50 cars in a Boyle Heights neighborhood overnight Sunday. The cars were vandalized between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of North Breed Street in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles police. One of the victims said they discovered the suspect slashing a tire and confronted him. Officers were called and the suspect was arrested at the scene. The man, whose name was not immediately released, is believed to have been running around with some type of knife and may be suffering from some kind of mental illness, police said.

Murder Trial Begins For 2015 Venice Boardwalk Killing
A young man hoping to break into the music business was shot to death on the Venice boardwalk in the summer of 2015 by a gang member looking to protect his turf, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense attorney countered that his client was only trying to defend himself from a potentially vicious attack. Francisco Cardenaz Guzman, 32, is charged with murdering 26-year-old Jascent Warren around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2015, on Ocean Front Walk at Dudley Avenue. He is also facing one count each of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Video surveillance from two cameras at a nearby cafe captured the shooting, and the defense doesn't dispute that Guzman fired the shots that killed Warren. 

L.A. Jewelry District Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering
A precious metals trader based in the Los Angeles Jewelry District pleaded guilty Monday to a federal money laundering charge after being caught in an undercover operation where he agreed to conceal what was described to him as more than $200,000 in drug trafficking proceeds. Saeed Elyahouzadeh, 53, of Westwood, owner-operator of R.S.D. Trading Co., entered his guilty plea to a felony money laundering count before U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Between April 2015 and December 2017, Elyahouzadeh took part in four financial transactions with the intent to launder illicit drug proceeds through the use of his jewelry business, according to his plea agreement. An undercover federal agent told Elyahouzadeh that the proceeds being laundered were the result of drug trafficking, court papers show.

Burglars Steal About $3,000 In Dog Food From Studio City Pet Store
Police need the public's help in finding two possible suspects that broke in and stole dog food over the weekend from a discount pet food store in Studio City. Security camera video shows the crooks stealing the dog food. The store owner says the thieves took about 15 to 20 bags of dry food and 60 cases of canned food. All that adds up to as much as $3,000. The break-in happened over the weekend at Rusty's Discount Pet Center on Ventura Boulevard. If you have any information on what happened please call detectives at LAPD's North Hollywood division.
FOX 11

LA County Board Is Poised For Big Decisions On The Future Of County Jails
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on a handful of items with the potential to influence the county jail system for decades to come, including potentially overturning plans to replace the Men's Central Jail with a $2.2 billion jail treatment center. The five-member board decided last month to hold off on spending $215 million on a women's jail in Lancaster at the Mira Loma Detention Center. Advocates had long argued that building a jail roughly 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles would put women -- many of whom would be awaiting trial rather than convicted of any crime -- too far from their families and other support networks. Some board members said they wanted to see strategies for gender-responsive programming and family reunification before making a final decision on whether to re-purpose the former immigration detention center as a jail.

Homeless Man Suspected Of Pouring Bleach On Grocery Items In Los Angeles, Orange Counties
A 48-year-old transient was arrested last week on suspicion of pouring bleach on products in refrigerators and freezers in grocery stores all over Southern California. Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies arrested David Clare Lohr on Feb. 6 after receiving reports about a man spreading white powder and hydrogen peroxide on a public bus. The powder was later determined to be salt. Deputies later found a man matching a suspect description at a bus stop in Los Altos and later identified him as Lohr. During the investigation, authorities determined Lohr was suspected of pouring hydrogen peroxide on or near rotisserie chicken at a Sunnyvale supermarket. As authorities conducted a records' check, they found an FBI warrant in Los Angeles for Lohr.

California Jail Guards Would Get Help With Urine-Hurling Inmates Under New Bill
Prison and jail workers could get new protections from inmates who hurl bodily fluids at them under a proposal from Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Pomona. A September audit found three California prisons and jails weren't doing enough to protect correctional officers from the attacks, often referred to as gassing attacks, which can expose officers to communicable diseases and psychological trauma. The California Institute for Men in San Bernardino County, the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles and Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County failed to collect enough information to convict many of the people accused of the attacks and didn't provide enough information to correctional officers about health risks, State Auditor Elaine Howle's office found.
Sacramento Bee

Unarmed But Still Dangerous: The Facts Behind Some OIS Headlines
When police shoot an “unarmed” individual, the implication or outright accusation by media and activists is often that the deadly force was unjustified because the subject, without a weapon, was “defenseless” and thus could not have posed a threat. Now a newly published study by two criminal justice researchers paints a far different picture. Their findings should be shared with PIOs and other LEOs responsible for communicating reality to the civilian world. After reviewing all reported cases across a two-year period, the pair found that: (1) “When police officers used deadly force during an encounter with an unarmed citizen, they were, in fact, facing an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to themselves or a third person” in nearly 90 percent of the situations. (2) The rest involved “accidental shootings or unintentional discharges” rather than deliberate targeting. (3) Unarmed subjects shot by intent included those who were attempting to disarm an officer, drown an officer, throw an officer from a bridge or rooftop, strangle an officer, gesturing as if armed with a real weapon, keeping hands concealed despite commands and charging toward an officer with apparent intent to assault. “Being unarmed,” the study concludes, “does not mean ‘not dangerous.'”

Local Government News

L.A. To Abandon Plan To Invest Billions In Fossil Fuels: Mayor Garcetti
Los Angeles will abandon a plan to spend billions of dollars rebuilding three natural gas power plants as the city moves toward renewable energy, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday. The decision marks an abrupt change of course for the Department of Water and Power, which has said the three coastal plants are critical to the city's electrical system, the Los Angeles Times reported. Environmental groups have urged the DWP to replace the aging Scattergood, Harbor and Haynes power plants with cleaner alternatives. The move comes months after state lawmakers passed a bill requiring California to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources by 2045 — up from a previous target of 50 percent from renewables by 2030. The mayor planned a Tuesday press conference to announce additional details.

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