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April 12, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Mexican National Pleads Not Guilty In Killing Of Central Valley Officer
A man suspected of being in the country illegally has pleaded not guilty to killing a Central Valley police officer during a traffic stop in a case that has rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. An attorney for Paulo Virgen Mendoza entered the not guilty plea to a murder charge in Stanislaus Superior Court, the Modesto Bee reported Thursday. Mendoza is charged with fatally shooting Newman Police Officer Cpl. Ronil Singh on Dec. 26. Investigators say Singh suspected Mendoza of drunken driving. Authorities say Mendoza was in the country illegally and was fleeing back to his native Mexico when he was arrested two days after Singh's killing near Bakersfield.

Wisconsin K-9 Continues Recovery From Stabbing
A K-9 who was critically stabbed during an arrest last Sunday is recovering. According to ABC 15, Pyro is in rehab at an animal center with medical staff giving him around-the-clock care. Officer Scott Salzmann, Pyro's handler, has reportedly been sleeping at the center for the past few days to help him recover. Pyro was stabbed by a suspect after the K-9 bit him during an arrest, according to a police report. The K-9 was sent to an animal hospital where he endured multiple surgeries. Since his surgeries, Pyro has been making small strides to recovery. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt presented Pyro with a rare “Key to the City” on Tuesday. 

4 Shot, One Fatally, In ‘Senseless Violence' In Watts
Four people were shot in Watts on Thursday evening after the funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle had passed through the neighborhood, the latest in a recent uptick of violence in South Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said three men and one woman were shot near the intersection of 103rd and Main Street. One of the victims later died. The suspects drove away in a gray Hyundai. “We must stop this senseless violence,” Moore said on Twitter. The shooting occurred after the procession for the slain rapper had left Watts, and there are no indications at this time that the violence was connected to the memorial. Hussle's killing on March 31 in front of his clothing store made international headlines. Moore and other community leaders have said his death is part of a larger increase in killings in the area.
Los Angeles Times

Harbor City Hospital Lockdown Lifted After Report Of Man With Gun; Suspect In Custody
A suspect was taken into custody after police responded to reports of a man with a gun at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Harbor City, prompting a temporary lockdown of the building Thursday afternoon. Police responded to the South Bay Medical Center on the 25000 block of Vermont Avenue shortly after 11 a.m., officials said. After searching for the suspect, police located him in an emergency room not armed with a weapon and said there was no evidence he was armed or that a shooting occurred. Prior to the suspect being taken into custody, the hospital was placed on lockdown as a precaution. People at the hospital were asked to shelter in place.

Police Chase That Started In Koreatown Area Ends With Arrest
A woman who led police on a chase in a purple sports car in the Koreatown area has come to a stop and was being taken into custody by Los Angeles police. The woman sped through crosswalks and stop signs on surface streets and narrowly missed hitting several people before the short chase ended in a residential cul-de-sac at 2 p.m. The driver quickly got out of the car, possibly a purple Camaro, and surrendered. There was a passenger in the car.

$25,000 Reward Offered To Find Suspect In South L.A. Hit-and-Run That Severely Injured 20-Year-Old Student
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of a hit-and-run suspect that struck and severely injured a 20-year-old college student last month, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Victim Stephanie Vasquez suffered several fractures throughout her body after she was struck by an SUV as she was entering her parked car on Jefferson Boulevard east of San Pedro Street at around 3:20 p.m. on March 22, according to LAPD. Doctors later told Vasquez that her leg had to be amputated due to the injuries. "Her leg was really destroyed," the victim's mother Saila Chiquete said. "They tried to save it as much as they could. They told me it's either her life or leg.” Vasquez said it was difficult to come to terms with what had happened.

Sherman Oaks Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Wife In Front Of 12-Year-Old Son
A Sherman Oaks man was found guilty Wednesday of stabbing his wife to death in front of the couple's then 12-year-old son back in 2017. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found 40-year-old Aurelio Teran guilty of one count each of first-degree murder in the killing of 32-year-old Viridiana Teran, the L.A. County district attorney's office reported Thursday. He was also found guilty of making criminal threats, injuring a spouse and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. He faces a sentence of 29 years to life in prison. On the morning of Aug. 27, 2017, Teran stabbed Viridiana to death in front of their son after having beaten and threatened her the evening before at their home in the 4900 block of Woodman Avenue, the DA's office said. Teran stabbed her at least six times with a knife, Los Angeles police said.

Southern California Hit-and-Runs Causing New Concerns Among Residents
Rampant hit-and-runs across Southern California are causing new concerns as many of the crashes are deadly and those responsible are still on the loose. Beverly Owens was comforted Wednesday night as friends lit candles at a memorial to her son Frederick Frazier, the 22-year-old hit and killed on his bicycle one year ago to the day in South Los Angeles. Surveillance video shows the driver of a white Porsche Cayenne take off, leaving him in the street. "I'm sick. I've cried every day, 365 days. Every day," Owens said. "He's worthy of every tear but it's not fair, someone needs to be held accountable." Police arrested Mariah Banks last year, more than a month after the crash. Police allege she had re-painted the vehicle black. Court records show she was just charged last week with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. 

Joint Operation Near Border Nets $1.5 Million Fentanyl Bust
A joint operation between Border Patrol and the Sheriff's Department resulted in a 44-pound seizure of fentanyl, authorities said Thursday. Detectives with the sheriff's Border Crime Suppression Team, along with agents, pulled over a 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as it sped west on Interstate 905 in San Diego, authorities said. A sheriff's dog detected the presence of drugs, and a search of the SUV found 44 pounds of powdered fentanyl “deeply concealed” inside, sheriff's officials said. The drugs were estimated to have a street value of more than $1.5 million. The driver, Marilu Escamilla, 24, and her boyfriend, passenger Fernando Camargo, 36, both of Fullerton, were arrested and booked into county jail on various drug charges. They were being held in lieu of $750,000 bail each, according to jail records.
San Diego Union Tribune

Public Safety News

California Wildfires: Seeking Solutions To A Wicked Problem
More than 2.7 million Californians live in areas that are at very high risk for wildfires, according to our analysis of census data and state fire maps. They live in more than 1.1 million housing units, or in about one in 12 of the state's homes. That's right: one in 12 homes in California are at high risk of burning in a wildfire. This is a wicked problem with no easy answers. And the more information we can share about where and how we're falling short, the quicker we can come together on potential solutions. That was the spirit in which journalists from USA TODAY Network-California, McClatchy, Media News and the Associated Press came together in late 2018 after November's Camp Fire in Paradise that took 85 lives. We asked this question: If California is destined to burn, how can we have a sophisticated conversation about how to lessen the impacts on people who live here?
Associated Press

Local Government News

L.A. Takes Next Step Toward Clamping Down On Developer Donations
Los Angeles officials took a tentative step Wednesday toward clamping down on political donations from real estate developers, as a City Council committee pressed forward with plans to ban donations from people seeking City Hall approval for their building projects. Committee members voted to recommend that the city attorney draft two versions of the proposed ban. The drafts would have to return to the council later for final approval. The recommendation now heads to the full council for another vote. The decision to explore two versions of the proposal leaves some important details — such as exactly who the ban will ultimately cover — still to be decided at City Hall.
Los Angeles Times

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