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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 13, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Fifth Man Charged With Link To Mississippi Officer's Killing
A fifth person has been arrested on charges stemming from the slaying of a Mississippi police officer outside his police station. Andre A. Sullivan was charged Thursday as an accessory after the fact and jailed in Harrison County. Investigators say he and two other men — 20-year-old Dalentez Latavian Brice, and 21-year-old Joshua Michael Kovach — helped Darian Atkinson change clothes after Atkinson shot Biloxi police officer Robert McKeithen. Brice and Kovach face the same charge as the 18-year-old Sullivan. Atkinson, 19, is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of McKeithen on Sunday night in the parking lot of Biloxi's police station. He was arrested Monday in Wiggins after a daylong manhunt. Darian Atkinson's brother, Davian Atkinson, 21, is also charged with being an accessory after the fact. Investigators say he let his younger brother use his phone and drove him to Wiggins, 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Biloxi.
Associated Press

Police ID Man And Woman Arrested After Friday's Wild Car Chase And Gun Battle In L.A. County
Homicide investigators have identified the man and woman who they say led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a dramatic shootout in Vernon and a tense standoff involving flash-bang grenades on Friday. The male suspect, Dylan Andres Lindsey, 24, of Torrance, had leaned out of the car window during the chase and blasted at pursuing officers and deputies with a large-caliber revolver, authorities said. He was dragged wounded from the car and transported to a nearby hospital, where he's still hospitalized after suffering from at least two gunshot wounds — one of which authorities believe to be a self-inflicted shot to his head, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The female driver suspect was later identified as Alison Hart, 37, of Redondo Beach. She had also been struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries, sheriff's officials said. She is being held on $2.1-million bail and faces multiple charges, including attempted murder of a peace officer and evading felony.
Los Angeles Times

Officer Joins The Ranks Of Those Who Arrested Her Brothers' Killers
In 2013, Cesar Perea was murdered in South Los Angeles - shot at the barbershop where he worked. With his death, he left behind his grieving sister, Jaqueline. "All I remember saying was 'my brother, they killed him,'" she said. Jackie spent years rebuilding from her tragic loss. Inspiring her journey were the same officers that helped bring the killers to justice. "We remember having to let them know their brother Cesar had been killed," said Sgt. Rudy Ramirez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Now, she will be joining their ranks as an official member of the LAPD. With just a few days left in her probation period, she ultimately decided that the police force was where she could repay the same service that was done for her family. "She went from being in college studying to be a suicidal worker, to then deciding, 'no, I want to do what those detectives did for me and my family,'" said Ramirez. "It instills a little bit of pride in you."

Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI In Possible Street Racing Crash In Northridge
A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after a crash in Northridge, the Los Angeles Police Department said early Saturday morning. Police said they are investigating whether the driver was racing with another vehicle in the moments that led up to the crash. Witnesses described seeing the driver's vehicle losing control and crashing. Video showed officers handcuffing an unidentified man at the scene of the crash where a red car can be seen with its windows shattered, its front hood caved in and passenger door broken off. The door was seen laying on the ground near the car. The crash happened on the 8000 block of North Corbin Avenue, which appears to be a residential area. A group of residents gathered outside the houses to watch as firefighters and officers worked, video showed.

Homeless Man Charged In Attack And Rape Of Unconscious Woman
A 26-year-old homeless man was charged Friday with attacking, kidnapping and raping an unconscious woman and then driving off with her car while she was still inside, prosecutors said. Allen Dante Villarreal faces charges, including kidnapping to commit another crime, rape of an unconscious person, assault with intent to commit a felony, second-degree robbery and criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The charges include allegations of kidnapping and threatening by fear of death, officials said. The attack happened March 8, prosecutors said, as the victim was walking to her vehicle in a parking structure in North Hollywood, officials said. Because Villarreal has different names and ties to several states, LA area authorities were assisted by several agencies to track him down.

Two LA Men Charged With Murder In Death Of Woman Run-Over During Attempted Purse Snatching In Garden Grove
Two men accused of fatally striking a woman with a getaway vehicle while trying to steal her purse were charged Friday with special circumstances murder. Gregory Anthony Walker, 19, and Giovanni Solomon Guy, 20, both of Los Angeles, are each facing a first degree murder charge with a special circumstance for the killing allegedly happening in the midst of a robbery that left 32-year-old Nga Ngoc Nguyen dead. A third man, 19-year-old Brad Maurice Brown Jr. of Hawthorne, is also facing a felony robbery charge in connection to the mugging on Wednesday, but has not been directly charged in connection to Nguyen's death. If convicted, Walker and Guy face a minimum of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors could also pursue the death penalty.
Los Angeles Daily News

Chilean Burglary Gangs Causing Havoc In Southern California, Law Enforcement Says
Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California are joining forces to catch a new breed of brazen criminals using travel visas to enter the U.S. to pillage homes, businesses and automobiles. Dubbed by authorities as “burglary tourism,” sophisticated gangs comprised of Chilean nationals are suspected of committing a string of thefts in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties, including a $1.2 million heist in March at a Laguna Niguel jewelry store. In fact, the situation is so serious the FBI huddled Thursday in Beverly Hills with various Southern California law enforcement agencies to share intelligence and discuss the gangs' tactics. “We know it's a problem that is happening in other states and countries around the world,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “Southern California seems to have seen a dramatic increase in the last few months.” 
Los Angeles Daily News

Public Safety News

LA County Fire: Closing The Door At Night Could Save Your Life
Sixty percent of people close their bedroom doors at night. In case of a fire, most people think it's safer to keep the bedroom door open when they go sleep. But it turns out to be the wrong thing to do. By closing the bedroom door, that barrier slows the spread of flames and reduces toxic smoke. LA County Firefighters held a live eye-opening demonstration during Good Day LA to show the viewers how quickly a fire can spread. They advise having smoke alarms in every level of your home, creating an escape plan and always closing your bedroom door at night. If you can't get out quickly, having a closed door between you and the fire is critical to your survival. 
FOX 11

Local Government News

'A Bridge Home' Offers Short-Term Solution To Help Get Homeless Off Streets In Los Angeles
The homeless crisis is impacting every community in Southern California. But one program aims to help, by offering short-term shelters that house the homeless in downtown LA. It comes with the promise that the city will keep the neighborhood clear of encampments. It's all part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan, called "A Bridge Home." Life on L.A.'s streets is brutal, from Skid Row to every neighborhood in the city. Edward Castillo used to live here. "I was on the streets from here to Skid Row, homeless about 5 years. It got to the point where the streets were killing me, you know?" Castillo said. Castillo is now living at "A Bridge Home." It's the mayor's first transitional housing shelter program, which consists of trailers containing beds set up on a parking lot at North Alameda and Arcadia streets. 

L.A. Metro's Downtown Subway Project May Not Open Until Mid-2022

The massive subway project under construction beneath the streets of downtown Los Angeles has long been seen as the linchpin in L.A. County's ambitious rail expansion plans, a way to ease commutes and attract more riders to a rapidly growing transit system. The twin tunnels known as the Regional Connector are designed to knit together three rail lines into two mega-routes that will allow passengers to ride from East Los Angeles to Santa Monica or from Azusa to Long Beach without changing trains. Early progress on the project was rocky, forcing Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to increase the budget twice, to $1.75 billion, and push back the opening date by a year, to December 2021. Now, it appears riders may wait longer still.

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