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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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February 25, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Woman Wanted In Hit-and-Run Death Of Tennessee Officer
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the suspected driver in the hit-and-run death of an officer who graduated from the police academy just last month. The TBI has added Janet Elaine Hinds to its Top Ten Most Wanted list. The agency tweeted that the Hixson woman is wanted for vehicular homicide in the death of 38-year-old Nicholas Galinger. The Chattanooga officer was struck Saturday night while on a call with his field training officer. Police recovered a Honda CR-V with front-end damage on Sunday from Hinds' residence, 5 miles (8 kilometers) from where Galinger was struck. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information. Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy says the community "lost not just an officer. We lost a son, a father, a friend, and a protector."
Associated Press

Veteran Homicide Lieutenant Dies After Illness
A well known supervisor at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau who led dozens of high-profile murder investigations died Thursday after a brief illness. Lt. John Corina, who served with the Department for more than 30 years, died around 5:30 p.m., according to colleagues. He had planned to retire this year, they said. Corina was in charge of one of several squads of detectives at the Homicide Bureau, and in recent years managed the re-investigation of the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood and the murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer. As Corina's condition worsened in recent days he was visited by dozens of deputies, detectives, and friends. Funeral arrangements were pending.

Woman Stabbed To Death In North Hollywood Apartment, Husband Arrested
A woman was found stabbed on Sunday in the closet of a North Hollywood apartment and her husband was arrested later in the day for suspicion of murder, authorities said. Coroner's officials released the name of a 48-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death. The woman was identified as Tanya Menchaca, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Menchaca's husband was later arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with her death, police said. Officers were called at 1:50 a.m. to 11326 Tiara St., Sgt. J. Murphy of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station said. "They discovered a blood trail leading up to a bedroom," Murphy said. A woman in her late 40s was found dead inside a closet. Officers searched the apartment and found three children unharmed and unaware of what had happened, he said.
FOX 11

Pico Union: Double Shooting Near Homeless Camp Leaves 1 Man Dead, 1 Hospitalized
Two men were shot, one of them fatally, early Saturday morning near a homeless encampment in Pico Union, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Oak Street, according to spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department. One victim died at the scene; the other was transported to a hospital and later released, the LAPD said. The circumstances that led to the shooting were under investigation. A detailed description of the gunman, who remained at large, was not available.

Bicyclist Killed In South LA Hit and Run
Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash that left a bicyclist dead on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident occurred around 9p.m. on Manchester Ave. near Gramercy Place in South Los Angeles, police say. The bicyclist was described as a male between 25-30 years old. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was travelling eastbound on Manchester Ave. when a vehicle travelling in the same direction hit him and then fled from the scene, police say. There were no details available on the vehicle that killed the bicyclist.

Shooting Outside Van Nuys Strip Club Leaves Man Critically Wounded
A man was shot early Monday during a dispute with another man outside a Van Nuys strip club, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 2:09 a.m. outside the club at 15832 Stagg St., a Los Angeles Police Department dispatcher said. A 34-year-old man was taken by paramedics to a hospital in critical condition, she said. The suspect fled the scene, she said. The shooting was believed to be gang-related. The strip club is called the Red Tie Gentlemen's Club, according to reports from the scene.
Los Angeles Daily News

Alleged DUI Driver Arrested After Crashing Into Pedestrians at Boyle Heights Bus Stop, Trying To Flee
A DUI suspect was in custody after two vehicles were involved in a collision that injured pedestrians and a bicyclist in Boyle Heights Friday afternoon. Joshua Garcia had attempted to flee but was arrested following the crash, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. at a bus stop at First and Chicago streets, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Garcia's Toyota Camry had collided with a Toyota Sienna minivan, causing the minivan to run off the roadway. The van then hit two women who had been waiting to cross the street, as well as a bus shelter next to Lani Vest Pocket Park, police said. The Camry continued north on Chicago Street and ran into a bicyclist. Investigators said five people were ultimately injured three men and two women ranging in age from 20 to 61. The drivers were among those hurt.

Police Asking For Public To Help Them Nab Armed Robber
Police in Canoga Park are asking the public to help them identify an armed robber. KCAL9's Laurie Perez spoke to workers at one Mobil station that confirmed they are one of two businesses the suspect held up earlier this month. The LAPD released scary security video Saturday showing a young man entering the 24-hour Mobil station and almost immediately going from customer to crook. As the clerk goes to ring the man up, he whips out a gun and points it just inches away from the frightened worker who rushes to hand over small stacks of cash. The video was recorded on the early morning of February 15th at the Mobil on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Police are hoping someone can identify the man. They also released an image of the man taken at another 24-hour business a 7-Eleven just a few miles away on Saticoy Street.

5 Detained In String Of BB Gun Vandalism Incidents In Playa Del Rey

An adult and four juveniles were detained Friday in connection to a string of BB gun vandalism incidents that affected over 100 victims in the Playa del Rey and Westchester neighborhoods of Los Angeles, police said. The five suspects were taken into custody at around 10:30 p.m. after being found by undercover agents on Gulana Avenue in Playa del Rey, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Video showed officers handcuffing the suspects who were in a car stopped at a gas station. Police said they found the BB guns in the suspects' vehicle at the scene. Between February 8 and February 20, the suspects shot several vehicles' windows with BB guns, according to LAPD. Police did not report any injuries.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly Stabbing At South LA Bus Stop
A Baldwin Hills resident accused of fatally stabbing a man following a dispute at a South Los Angeles bus stop a day after Christmas pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge. Tyron Darell Vazquez, 33, is charged with the Dec. 26 slaying of Alejandro Saenz, 36, of South Los Angeles. The two men got into a physical altercation after they left a public transit bus at Central and Vernon avenues in South Los Angeles, and Vazquez allegedly fled from the area after stabbing Saenz multiple times, according to prosecutors. Saenz died at a hospital. Vazquez was arrested Jan. 21 by Los Angeles police after being identified with the help of images released by investigators to the public, prosecutors said.

Local Government News

L.A. City Council Approves Downtown Emergency Homeless Shelter
The City Council approved the finalization of a property lease Friday that clears the way for an emergency homeless shelter to be opened in the downtown Los Angeles area. Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a motion last month calling for the 115-bed shelter at 1426 Paloma St. He said it could be opened within three months, becoming the third facility to be operational under Mayor Eric Garcetti's A Bridge Home program, which aims to open a temporary shelter in every City Council district while the city works to build more permanent supportive housing through a $1.2 billion bond measure approved by city voters in 2016.

LA Needs 'Pothole Blitz' To Fix Roads Damaged By Recent Rainstorms
With Los Angeles experiencing above-average rainfall this year, City Councilwoman Nury Martinez said today that $250,000 should be used to conduct a "pothole blitz" to fix road hazards created by the wet weather season. "Due to the recent heavy rains, streets across Los Angeles have been inundated with potholes. For the security of our city, we need to fix these as soon as possible," Martinez said. "While resources like MyLA311 have enabled our residents to report some of these potholes, the high number of potholes on our roads remains an urgent matter of pedestrian and driver safety, and cannot wait." Martinez introduced a motion which says the Bureau of Street Services received 3,911 pothole repair requests in January and is on pace to receive even more in February.

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