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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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February 22, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Local Reaction Regarding Jussie Smollett's Staged Attack & False Police Report To Boost His Career, Salary
Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack on him last month, taking “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson alleged Thursday. The “Empire” actor was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of filing a false report about the January 29 incident and appeared in court in the afternoon. He paid a bond later and was released. CBS 2's Dave Lopez got local reaction to the story. 
CBS 2 Video

LAPD Recruitment and Employment Division discuss hiring and job opportunities
Over the next several months, the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and L.A. Watts Times Newspaper will be partnering with the Los Angeles Police Department to bring candid conversations about policing to the community. Our hope is that you will engage with us, ask questions, and use this opportunity to learn more about the role the police department plays in the community and how we can each shape the department so that it can better serve our neighborhoods and families.
Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper

San Pedro's ‘New' LAPD Station Jail May Finally Open After Nearly A Decade
Good news may be coming San Pedro's way: The community's LAPD jail is up for funding in the city's 2019-20 budget and the outlook for approval, according to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, is hopeful. Buscaino made the announcement Thursday night, Feb. 21, to members of the Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) meeting. “This is the most progress we've had in years,” Buscaino told the panel and audience gathered at LAPD's Harbor Division station. “It's now in black and white, indicated as a priority in the police department's budget.” Buscaino said he “hounded” the new police chief of seven months about the issue. “Every time I saw him, I would reiterate the importance of keeping our officers patrolling our neighborhoods and answering calls for service rather than transporting arrestees,” Buscaino said. The budget requests now go to the city's chief administrative officer and the Mayor's Office for review.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Runs Off After Ramming South LA Apartment With Truck

A driver took off running after his truck slammed into a South LA apartment building, leaving a gaping hole and a huge mess early Friday. The crash happened just before 1 a.m. in the 1400 block of East 25th Street. Before the white Ford F-150 rammed the building, it was apparently involved in a crash with a black SUV first. Immediately after the crash, as many as three people were seen running away from the truck. The family whose apartment was wrecked in the crash says they didn't see keys inside the cab and believe the truck could be stolen, but that was not confirmed by police. Three people inside the apartment were not injured. Police are still searching for the truck's driver.

Organized Theft Ring Targeting High-End Makeup Store Caught On Video
Police Thursday released video of suspected members of an organized theft ring that has targeted high-end makeup stores in the Los Angeles area. An investigation was launched in January by the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division, Burglary Special Section. "The suspects enter the businesses with empty purses or shopping bags," according to a police statement. "The suspects conceal high dollar fragrances in the empty bags and leave the store without paying for the merchandise. In some incidents, the suspects were confronted by employees who attempted to retrieve the merchandise and were overpowered by the suspects." Losses have been in the thousands of dollars, according to the LAPD, which reported that the suspects have struck stores at the Beverly Center and in Studio City, Marina Del Rey, Tustin and Glendale.

Woman With Autism Found Alive Near Where She Went Missing In West L.A. Area: LAPD
The 27-year-old woman with autism whose disappearance triggered a Silver Alert from California Highway Patrol was found alive Wednesday not far from were she went missing the day before in West Los Angeles, police said. Iesha Beaumont had vanished from the Pico-Roberston neighborhood of West L.A. on Tuesday, and authorities said she has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old and likely didn't know her way home. Family members told Los Angeles Police Department investigators they last saw Beaumont at their home in the 1400 block of South Holt Avenue about 11 a.m. Beaumont left through the kitchen door and hadn't been seen or heard from since. ‘It's not something she does,” Beaumont's mother Norrene Dennis said at a news conference Tuesday night. “She has very little verbal ability … she doesn't know her way home,” Dennis said.

Elderly Woman In San Pedro Gets Scammed Out Of Thousands Of Dollars
Los Angeles police say a 92-year-old woman in San Pedro was scammed out of thousands of dollars and are asking the community for help with any information that can lead to the arrest of two suspects. LAPD Harbor Area detectives say the unidentified elderly woman had just returned home to her gated community in San Pedro from running errands on Jan. 14, 2019 at about 1 p.m. when a man and woman approached her and told her she had crashed into their car at a nearby business. The suspects showed the woman their damaged car but the victim did not remember any crash and she did not have damage to her car, police said. Investigators say the suspects drove the 92-year-old to the bank in her car after convincing her to pay a cash settlement to "fix" the damage. At the bank, the victim took out several thousand dollars in cash and gave it to the male suspect.
FOX 11

Woman With Dementia Goes Missing In Van Nuys
A 53-year-old woman with dementia and lupus and in need of medication went missing Thursday morning in Van Nuys. Laura Loyola Cabrera was last seen about 6:55 a.m. in the 6700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, near Vanowen Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “Shortly after she was reported missing, an MTA bus driver reported that he dropped off a woman matching Laura's description at Foothill Boulevard and Polk Street,” according to an LAPD statement. Cabrera is Hispanic, 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has a medium complexion, burgundy hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a yellow jacket, white shirt, brown knee-length skirt, red and white long socks and black shoes. Cabrera was also carrying a purple blanket.

South L.A. Man Sent To Prison For Robbing Secret Service Agent
A 23-year-old South Los Angeles man was sentenced Thursday to seven-and-a-half years in federal prison for robbing an undercover U.S. Secret Service agent at gunpoint. Richard Taron “Profit” Henderson pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy, robbery, assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon, using a firearm during a crime of violence and dealing counterfeit money. His co-defendant, Tyre Jordan “Reckless” Simmons, 23, also of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in September as well and is expected to be sentenced in May on charges of robbery, assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Southern California Doctors Arrested In Opioid Prescription Crackdown
A yearlong investigation by federal drug agents has resulted in criminal charges against several physicians and other healthcare providers accused of writing bogus prescriptions or selling painkillers and other drugs on the black market. Dubbed Operation Hypocritical Oath — a play on the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors — the investigation targeted dozens of healthcare professionals in California, Nevada and Hawaii, many of whom came under suspicion because records showed they were prescribing an unusual amount of narcotics, said Bill Bodner, deputy special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Agency in Los Angeles. In the end, prosecutors filed charges against nine people, including four doctors. More than two dozen people identified by authorities as street- and wholesale-level drug dealers were also arrested, while about 30 medical professionals lost the right to prescribe drugs.
Los Angeles Times

Law Center Says 83 Hate Groups In California; US Level Highest In 2 Decades
The number of hate groups in the United States, particularly white nationalist groups, rose in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, according to a report released Wednesday Feb. 20 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights watchdog group. The center's Hate Map shows 1020 documented hate groups in the United States in 2018, the highest in two decades. Hate groups increased 7 percent between 2017 and 2018, and have shot up 30 percent in just the last four years. White nationalist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi and racist skinhead groups, saw the biggest increase at 50 percent. Also notable was a 13 percent increase in black nationalist groups. The center's hate map counts 83 hate groups in California, the most populous state in the union.
Mercury News

Public Safety News

LA County To Offer Rebuilding Workshops For Woolsey Fire Survivors
Los Angeles County will offer customized workshop sessions to help Woolsey Fire survivors living in unincorporated areas navigate their way through the rebuilding process, it was announced Thursday. "The process of rebuilding a home lost to a wildfire can feel overwhelming," Los Angeles County Public Works Director Mark Pestrella said. "To assist property owners within unincorporated areas with their rebuilding process, the county is holding a series of free workshops that will provide information and support that is tailored and customized to address each homeowner's unique needs." Unincorporated area homeowners can use the service to get free customized guidance on rebuilding topics from experts from several county departments, including Fire, Public Health, Public Works and Regional Planning.

Local Government News

Metro May Scrap Its Bike Locker Program Because Of Thieves, Break-Ins And Inappropriate Usage
Thieves have routinely broken into LA Metro bike lockers placed at train stations, stealing bicycles and ransacking the personal contents stored inside and prompting the transit agency to consider scrapping the program. In addition, bike hubs also have been broken into by thieves who've jimmied the locks on the building doors and stolen the bicycles secured inside during night hours, reads a critical report from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Department of Parking Management, which calls for a complete overhaul of the bike storage program. As an alternative, Metro staff is recommending removing and replacing the lockers with larger digital docking rack systems at five stations by July, soon expanding to 10 stations, according to the report, presented to Metro's Operations, Safety and Customer Experience Committee Thursday.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Aiming To Recycle All Wastewater By 2035
The city of Los Angeles is aiming to recycle all of its wastewater by 2035. The ambitious goal was announced Thursday by Mayor Eric Garcetti from the Hyperion water reclamation plant in Playa Vista. To achieve 100 percent wastewater recycling, the facility will need to undergo a $2 billion improvement effort that will take 16 years to complete. Officials say that money will come mostly through federal and state funding. The effort is one key to expanding water conservation and reducing the city's reliance on imported water. Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that about two decades ago, a major wastewater reclamation project in Los Angeles was killed because of its nickname. "It was unfortunately named toilet-to-tap," Garcetti said.

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