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May 6, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Runs 24 Miles In Full Uniform To Honor Fallen Partner
A Los Angeles police officer ran 24 miles in full uniform in tribute his fallen partner who was killed in the line of duty five years ago on Friday. Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, died after a man intentionally rammed his patrol car with an SUV to aid a friend who was being pursed by Sanchez through Harbor City on May 3, 2014, authorities said. To honor Sanchez, the fallen officer's then-partner, Officer Richard Medina, decided to make a memorial run from the Fallen Officers Memorial at LAPD Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to the scene of the crash at Anaheim and Senator streets. “Roberto wasn't only my partner, he was my closest friend and I thank everyone who has supported me in doing this run,” Medina said in a written statement. Sanchez and Medina were in pursuit of a Chevrolet Camaro when a Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by then-20-year-old Mynor Enrique Varela of Harbor City slammed into the patrol car, according to police and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Officials.

Looking Back On 50 Years Of An Elite Group Of LAPD Officers
The division handles the city's most high profile and complex cases. Eric Leonard reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday May 3, 2019.
NBC 4 Video

Man Arrested Following Standoff In Echo Park
Residents received quite the shock after a heavy police presence showed up in the area of Echo Park Avenue and Effie Street in Echo Park Saturday morning. Los Angeles police responded to a drunk and disorderly man that had run into a market with a knife. A standoff followed, according to authorities. A Los Angeles Fire Department crew was on standby to assist with the incident. Twitter video from a witness shows law enforcement officers walking in tandem while holding a shield alongside a police vehicle. The owner of the market ran out and police were able to take the suspect into custody about an hour and a half after the incident began. No injuries were reported.
FOX 11

2 Taken Into Custody After Police Chase Ends In Massive Search At Universal CityWalk
A man and woman were apprehended following a short police pursuit that turned into a massive, lengthy search at Universal CityWalk on Friday. The chase started in North Hollywood around 4:45 p.m. Los Angeles police said the suspects had allegedly stolen a Prius. The suspects led police into Universal CityWalk, where the driver sped through the busy parking lot of the popular shopping and dining district. The pair then fled on foot somewhere into the retail area. One of the suspects, an unidentified woman, was quickly taken into custody. The other, a shirtless male, reportedly attempted to break into vehicles in a nearby parking structure. He was taken into custody around 5:45 p.m. 

2 Sought In Video-Recorded Crash That Killed 2 Brothers In Highland Park
Two people remained at large after fleeing the scene of a crash that killed two brothers in a residential street in Highland Park early Sunday. The victims—identified by family members as brothers Benny and Jesse Felix Zuniga, 25 and 19—were traveling west on Pollard Street in a white Ford Fusion around 1 a.m. when a pickup truck heading north on San Pascual Avenue slammed into them, pushing their vehicle onto three or four parked cars, according to Los Angeles police. One witness reported seeing the pickup truck traveling between 70 to 90 mph, Detective Jose De Leon said. The victims were just coming home from Paramount and were about to pull up into their apartment when the incident happened, said two women who identified themselves as the victims' girlfriends. LAPD released home surveillance video that captured the impact. The footage also shows the driver exiting the pickup truck soon after the crash.

LAPD Seeks Suspect In Stabbing At Metro Station Near USC
Police continued their search Saturday for the man who stabbed another man at the Jefferson/USC Metro Expo Line station. The victim went into surgery for the wounds he suffered, police said. No further information was provided on his condition. Police responded to the station located near the intersection of Flower Street and Jefferson Boulevard about 9 p.m. Friday and located the victim, who had stumbled onto a train after the attack, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. The train did not leave the station, and the victim was taken to a hospital and directly into surgery, Madison said. The suspect was described as a black man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 190 to 200 pounds, with dreadlocks, wearing all-black clothing and carrying a backpack, Madison said.
Los Angeles Daily News

1 Arrested, 2 Sought After Armed Robbery At Marijuana Dispensary In Boyle Heights
A suspect was apprehended and two others were being sought after an armed robbery at a marijuana dispensary in Boyle Heights, authorities said. The takeover robber happened shortly after midnight in the 3400 block of East First Street, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said. No injuries were reported. The robbers stole $300 in cash and fled through a back door as officers arrived, the LAPD said. One of the suspects was taken into custody and two others escaped. The detained person was not immediately identified. Descriptions of the two suspects being sought were not available. A gun and gloves were recovered at the scene, police said.

New York Woman Vanishes After Flight To LAX
Police continued their search Saturday for a missing 57-year-old woman from New York City visiting Los Angeles who might be in need of medical attention. Diane Black was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 when she left her home in the New York City suburb of Yonkers and boarded a flight to Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Black landed at Los Angeles International Airport around 10:45 p.m. Thursday and has not been heard from since, police said. Black is African-American, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark green parka, blue jeans and carrying a blue purse, police said. Anyone who has information on Black's whereabouts was asked to call LAPD Missing Persons Unit Detective Merrill at 213-996-1800 or 911.
Los Angeles Daily News

German Nationals Charged In L.A. In Dark Web Case
Three German nationals are facing federal drug distribution and money laundering charges in Los Angeles for their alleged roles as administrators of a hidden online marketplace for narcotics, counterfeit goods and malicious computer hacking software, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Tibo Lousee, Klaus-Martin Frost and Jonathan Kalla are accused of operating Wall Street Market, one of the largest underground online markets for contraband, and diverting an estimated $11 million to their own accounts. The complaint comes after a two-year international investigation, federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday. The three defendants, arrested in Germany on April 23 and 24, also face criminal charges in Germany, the DOJ said. A fourth defendant linked to WSM was charged Thursday in a criminal complaint filed in Sacramento federal court.

Chiropractors Charged In Insurance-Fraud Ring From San Fernando, Antelope & San Gabriel Valleys, Orange County, Inland Empire, South Bay
A chiropractor accused of being the ringleader of an alleged $6 million insurance fraud and illegal kickback scheme involving automobile collision medical claims was set to be arraigned Friday on 13 felony counts in a case in which 14 other chiropractors from three counties also have been charged. Yury Chernega, 47, of Studio City allegedly offered to refer new patients to other chiropractors in return for an illegal referral fee, through which he is accused of collecting about $6 million, according to Los Angeles County prosecutors, who allege that he didn't report the income from the illegal kickbacks on his tax returns. The defendants also are accused of filing false claims for medical services they did not provide, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

Firefighters Fear An Uncontrollable Fire Season This Year "Uncontrollable."
That is the word now being used among fire chiefs in California to describe the kind of wildfires we could experience this year. Last year was a crushing year for California. Wildfires in 2018 burned more than 2,800 square miles, destroyed 17,000 homes and killed 100 people. Despite record rainfall earlier this year, and recent cool weather, Southern California firefighters are bracing for another busy fire season. NBC4 was invited to fly with the Orange County Fire Authority. Seated inside a water-dropping Huey helicopter, we are able to get a bird's-eye view, and a firefighter's perspective about on the landscape. On a scale of one to 10, OCFA Fire Chief Brian Fennessy says last year was a 10 and this year, "We are expecting the same."

Local Government News

L.A. Residents, City Officials Gather Outside City Hall To Oppose Bill Proposing To Extend Last Call To 4 A.M.
Residents and city officials gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Friday to voice their concerns about SB-58, a bill proposed to keep bars and clubs open until 4 a.m. in 10 cities, including Los Angeles. The bill's reintroduction in December 2018 was the fourth time legislation was introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener to extend last call. Mark Mester and Chris Wolfe report for the KTLA 5 News on May 3, 2019.
KTLA 5 Video

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