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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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March 26, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Texas Sheriff's Deputy Shot During Traffic Stop Dies
A West Texas sheriff's deputy, who was critically wounded Friday in a shooting during a traffic stop, has died. The El Paso County Sheriff's office confirmed the death of Deputy Peter Herrera in a statement on Facebook. Authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest. Herrera was shot around 1:50 a.m. Friday after stopping a vehicle in San Elizario, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of El Paso along the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say a man in the vehicle started shooting after the deputy asked the driver to step out of the car. The suspected gunman, 27-year-old Facundo Chavez, was initially booked on an attempted capital murder charge.
Associated Press

Police Remember Officer Killed In Drunk Driver Crash
Officers who worked with a fallen lieutenant are remembering him fondly, several days after he was killed on his way home from work. Lt. Myron Fair was killed by an alleged drunk driver last Thursday when the driver crashed into Fair, WMC reports. Fair, a 25-year veteran, is being remembered for his good nature and sense of humor. “This is a tough time for the Memphis Police Department,” said MPD Director Mike Rallings. The past few days have been hard for the department but many are thinking about the good times and memories with Fair to keep their spirits up. “He was the type of person to show up and light up a room,” longtime friend and colleague Lt. Col. Kathleen Lanier said.

Five People Charged With Attempted Murder, Carjacking In Attack On Pregnant Woman In Sunland
Five people were charged Monday with attempted murder and carjacking of a woman in Sunland, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Christian Reyes, 20; Andrew Bran, 19; Jesus Morales, 18; Christina Luna, 24; and Monica Gomez, 25, were charged Monday with one count each of attempted murder, carjacking, second-degree robbery and hit-and-run driving. Hometowns for them were not released. Authorities say the five alleged gang members might have acted at the direction of a criminal street gang. On March 20, about 6 p.m., the woman, who is 12 weeks pregnant, was parking her vehicle outside her home in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood when Reyes, Bran and Morales ambushed and robbed her, according to the district attorney's office. Reyes is accused of stabbing the woman multiple times before the men stole the woman's car, hitting other vehicles as they tried to flee. Luna and Gomez were nearby in a getaway vehicle, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles Times

Woman, 54, Critically Injured In Drive-by Shooting In Montecito Heights
A 54-year-old woman was hospitalized Tuesday morning in critical condition with injuries she suffered in a drive-by shooting in the Montecito Heights area of Los Angeles. Officers responded at 10 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Avenue 43 and Griffin Avenue and located the victim, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A preliminary investigation determined a man drove up in a vehicle and shot the woman, then left the area, police said. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. A detailed description of the suspect or vehicle was not immediately disclosed. It was unclear if the shooting was gang-related.

Police Search For Driver Who Fled After Hitting, Injuring Pedestrian In Koreatown
Authorities were offering a $25,000 reward for information on a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a pedestrian in Koreatown early Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. The victim suffered a head wound but was lucid when paramedics transported him to the hospital around 12:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police told KTLA. An individual possibly driving a white Mazda sedan westbound on Eighth Street near Catalina Street had struck the pedestrian, the agency said. The victim was not on a crosswalk at the time, according to police. The driver could still face a felony hit-and-run charge because he or she failed to stop, officials said. Video from the scene shows Los Angeles fire personnel placing a bandage on a man's head, who was on the ground near the middle of the street.

Possibly 4 Men Stabbed Near South Los Angeles Bus Stop; Suspects Flee
Investigators are looking for possibly four men in connection to a triple stabbing near a bus stop in South Los Angeles Saturday night. The incident happened just before 11 p.m. near the bus stop at Florence and Holmes avenues. At least two of the victims were taken to a nearby hospital. They were said to be in stable condition. The suspects were last seen leaving the scene in a dark-colored sedan. A description of them was not released.

Two Women Go Missing From Same South L.A. Care Facility Two Days Apart
A 34-year-old woman went missing Monday from a residential care facility in the Leimert Park area, the second time in as many days that a patient went missing from the same facility. Katherine Jones was last seen in the 3800 block of Westside Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Jones suffers from an unspecified condition and is without needed medication, police said. She is described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 250 pounds with brown hair and eyes. The other missing woman, 47-year-old Rosalinda Garcia, was last seen on Saturday in the same block of Westside Avenue, according to the LAPD. The women are not believed to be together, police said. Like Jones, Garcia is need of medication she does not have in her possession, police said.

Suspected LA Crime Ring Members Indicted In Sales Of Drugs Using The ‘Darknet'
Members of two alleged Los Angeles County crime rings are facing charges of using the Darknet to sell methamphetamine and other drugs nationwide, including shipment of a heroin-filled stuffed animal that led to a fatal overdose in Tennessee, federal prosecutors announced Monday. In a nine-count indictment returned last week in Los Angeles federal court, five members of the Los Angeles-based “Drugpharmacist” drug-trafficking organization — named for the moniker it used on the Darknet marketplaces Wall Street Market and Dream — have been charged with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The Lancaster-based defendants are: Jerrell Eugene Anderson, 28, Christopher Carion Van Holton, 31, Adan Sepulveda, 26, Kenneth Lashawn Hadley, 31, and Jackie Walter Burns, 20.
Los Angeles Daily News

How Bad Are Porch Pirates In California? You Might Want To Rethink Those Online Purchases
In a digitally plugged-in world — where front-door delivery of everything from burritos to dog food to underwear has practically become an inalienable right for Americans — the leave-it-on-the-doorstep trend has been quickly followed by the steal-it-from-the-doorstep phenomenon. For thousands of people across the U.S., the front porch has increasingly become a crime scene. As far back as late 2017, it was clear trouble was brewing as more and more of us had stuff shipped to our homes by FedEx or UPS. A survey back then by home-security startup Ring found that nearly 20 percent of us had reported a front-porch theft. Now comes U.S. Packaging & Wrapping, a nationwide packaging supply company based in Arkansas, with its own survey of “porch piracy,” a look at shipping shenanigans that have made some people think twice before ordering that printer ink and medical marijuana for 24-hour delivery.
Mercury News

Federal Prosecutors Are Cracking Down On Domestic Abusers Who Keep Guns

In February, Erin Nealy Cox, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, held a press conference to announce steps her office was taking to reduce deaths from domestic violence. Standing behind a lectern, Cox introduced a district-wide initiative informally called “Abusers with Guns.” Its mission: To prosecute people who should not have firearms because of prior domestic violence misdemeanors, felonies, or protective orders. “Not only could the Justice Department theoretically prosecute you for firearm possession, but in the Northern District of Texas, we  will  prosecute you,” said Cox, in her prepared remarks. “And upon conviction, the penalties will be swift, stiff, and serious.”
The Trace

Public Safety News

Structure Fire Burns Commercial Building In South LA
A commercial structure caught fire in South L.A. Saturday night just before 7:30 p.m. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, flames and moderate smoke were seen at a single story row of commercial units in Central Alameda. LAFD was reportedly unable to enter the building due to excessive storage conditions, but was able to enter through the back of the building where the fire had entered the attic. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Invader Mosquitoes Expected To Arrive Early – And In Droves – This Year In Los Angeles And Orange Counties
On the heels of Southern California's big rains, residents now can expect the downside: an early and vicious mosquito season. Spring is here and the swarms of invasive Aedes mosquitoes that caused so much grief in 2018 are expected to return with a vengeance following this winter's heavy rains. Vector control officials in Los Angeles and Orange counties are bracing for what they expect will be a busy year. Since arriving in Southern California in 2011, the tiny “ankle biter” insects have been multiplying every year. “Since then, we've seen a total of three new Aedes species and they are continuing to spread and expand their ranges,” said Kelly Middleton, director of community affairs for the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA County Leaders To Consider Canoga Park Property Slated For Homeless Housing
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are set to consider Tuesday, March 26, purchasing a property at 7621 Canoga Ave. planned for interim homeless housing. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is expected to introduce a motion that calls for turning a former mental-health facility into short-term housing to help transition homeless people into permanent housing. Earlier, the Board of Supervisors authorized the Los Angeles County to negotiate and enter an agreement with property owner Gelb Enterprises and keep the site off the market while the facility was being considered for purchase. Under the terms of the agreement, the county was granted an option period of 180 days to complete its due diligence and environmental site reviews for the Canoga Park property and conduct the California Environmental Quality Act analysis to allow the board to consider purchasing the property.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mayor Garcetti To Continue Water Restrictions Despite End Of Drought

The state of California declared the drought is over - but don't touch your sprinkler programming. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the city is not easing watering restrictions because the next "drought is right around the corner," and conservation is "the new normal." He made his comments on the latest installment of Ask the Mayor on Eyewitness Newsmakers. The city of Los Angeles is about to rewrite its own Green New Deal. Garcetti plans to announce an update next month. It will advance the sustainable goals he set out over four years ago and will include not only 100 percent wastewater recycling at the Hyperion Plant, but the phasing out of the three gas fired power plants on the coast. The mayor responds to critics who say this will increase ratepayer bills by saying it will cost more not to have goals of sustainability. 

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