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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

May 14, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Georgia LEO Fatally Shot During Robbery Investigation; Suspect Dead
Police in Georgia's oldest city are mourning after a 50-year-old patrol sergeant was fatally shot as officers hunted for an armed robbery suspect. Fellow officers, prosecutors, judges and city officials in Savannah laid flowers Monday on the hood of a patrol vehicle as a memorial to Sgt. Kelvin Ansari. He died after being shot late Saturday while helping investigate a robbery outside a barber shop. Ansari's supervisor, Lt. Gregory Mitchell, said the two of them had exchanged jokes and laughter while passing each other between shifts Saturday. A few hours later, Mitchell was driving Ansari's wife to the hospital after the shooting. He says "it's almost unbelievable." A second officer survived after being shot in the leg. The suspected shooter, 49-year-old Edward Fuller Jr., was shot and killed by police.
Associated Press

Hundreds Attend Funeral For Slain Mississippi Officer
A Mississippi police officer who was shot to death on duty was "a good cop" who took pride in his job, the mayor of Biloxi said Monday at the officer's funeral. Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich fought tears as he remembered Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen, who was shot to death May 5 outside the Biloxi police station. McKeithen, 57, had been a police officer for nearly 24 years. "From all accounts, Robert McKeithen was the epitome of what you would want in a police officer," Gilich said. "He loved his job. He took pride in representing the Biloxi Police Department. He was well-liked, a compassionate, caring professional who had the ability to connect with people. He was a good cop." Hundreds of law enforcement officers joined other mourners at First Baptist Church in Biloxi.
Associated Press

Man Convicted Of Intentionally Crashing Into Ex-Girlfriend, LAPD Sergeant In Domestic Violence Hit-and-Run In Culver City

A 43-year-old man was convicted Monday of intentionally ramming his SUV into a car carrying his ex-girlfriend and her sister, then striking a Los Angeles police SUV, leaving a sergeant and one of the women injured before fleeing the scene last year in Culver City, prosecutors said. Tommie Davis of Los Angeles was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison after entering a no-contest plea in the June 26 crash, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. After midnight that morning, the defendant had parked his 2005 Cadillac Escalade outside the Inglewood home of a woman who recently broke up with him. Davis spotted the woman leaving the residence with her sister to move her mother's Ford Fusion and began following the pair in his SUV, officials said. Davis proceeded to slam his Escalade into the women's car and tried to confront his ex, but the women were able to speed away from his SUV, according to the DA's office.

2 Men Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide In South LA

Two men were found dead Monday night in a South L.A. home in what detectives believe was a murder-suicide. Police responded to the 9900 block of Cimarron Street around 6:30 p.m. near Century Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue. The two were found with gunshot wounds and police believe one man shot the other before shooting himself. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. According to LAPD, detectives believe the shooting was a murder-suicide and no suspects are being sought. Homicide detectives were investigating the fatalities.

2 Detained After Police Chase Ends In Crash In Los Feliz

Two people were detained by officers at gunpoint after a chase ended in a crash in Los Feliz Sunday, authorities said. The collision occurred near Los Feliz Boulevard and Berendo Street, when an allegedly stolen Cadillac Escalade slammed into a fire hydrant and a parked Prius as authorities followed, according to police. No injuries were reported. A weapon was recovered among other items thrown out of the Escalade during the chase, police said. Another parked vehicle was left with serious water damage after the fire hydrant unleashed streams of water into the air, police said. The hydrant was eventually fixed by responding firefighters. The chase had begun around 3 p.m. in the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Division, authorities said.

DUI Suspect Smashes Up Cars On Street In Northridge

An allegedly drunk driver slammed into multiple cars parked on the street in Northridge, leaving one neighborhood with a mangled mess. Several parked cars on Corbin Avenue were damaged after a driver slammed into them late Friday night. Police say the driver was arrested for DUI and the passenger in the car was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. It's unclear whether this was the result of street racing.

Authorities Searching For Missing 15-Year-Old Last Seen In Los Angeles
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is asking for the public's help locating a missing 15-year-old who was last seen in the Los Angeles area approximately three weeks ago. Jessie Cabrales, 15, was last seen on April 21, 2019, in Los Angeles, according to NCMEC. Authorities believe he may still be in the local area, but did not elaborate. Cabrales is described as a Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands approximately 5-foot-6-inches and weighs roughly 140 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 1-877-275-5273. No additional information has been released at this time.
FOX 11

Pot Smuggling Arrests At LAX Have Surged 166% Since Marijuana Legalization
Michael Vechell had already drawn the attention of an airline worker and two passengers at Los Angeles International Airport by the time he was confronted by police. Waiting to board his Philadelphia-bound flight with his dog Odie, Vechell had sparked concern when he sidled up to another passenger and asked if she wanted to join his “drug smuggling ring,” authorities say. Although Vechell told LAX police it was just a misunderstanding, officers demanded to see his checked baggage. Inside, they found nearly 70 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana bundled into packages labeled “T-shirts,” “cold weather” and “sexy pants.” More than a year after California legalized the recreational use of cannabis, trafficking arrests like Vechell's have surged 166% at LAX, according to arrest records obtained by the Los Angeles Times. 
Los Angeles Times

Van Nuys Man Pleads Guilty To Orchestrating A $17 Million Real Estate Fraud Scheme

A Van Nuys man pleaded guilty Monday to orchestrating a $17 million real estate fraud scheme that preyed on distressed homeowners. Michael “Mickey” Henschel, 70, is expected to be sentenced Aug. 12 on one federal count of mail fraud, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. As part of his plea agreement, Henschel agreed to forfeit money and property collected through the fraud scheme, including more than $100,000 in cash seized from a bank account and various residential properties in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale and Pasadena. The scheme generated more than $17 million in profits and caused homeowners — mostly elderly — to suffer about $10 million in losses when they lost title to their homes and were defrauded into giving Henschel and his co-conspirators money as part of the scam. Henschel also caused losses to mortgage lenders and purchasers of foreclosed properties, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Los Angeles Daily News

Sentencing Set For Northridge Man In $3 Million Identity Theft Scheme

Sentencing is set for Aug. 5 for a Northridge man convicted of dozens of fraud, money laundering, identity theft and other federal charges in a scheme that generated at least $3 million. As a result of the guilty verdicts, Turhan Lemont Armstrong, 49, faces the possibility of decades in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Armstrong was convicted in Los Angeles federal court Friday of all 51 counts in a grand jury indictment, including multiple conspiracy charges, financial institution fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. Evidence presented during the two-week trial showed that Armstrong used stolen identities and Social Security numbers to obtain credit cards, open bank accounts, set up shell companies, apply for loans, and purchase homes and cars.

Man Gets 1 Year In Prison For Scamming Grandparents In Southern California To Wire Money For Relatives In Danger

A Canadian man was sentenced Monday to a year behind bars for his role in duping Southland grandparents into believing their grandchildren or other relatives were in danger in foreign countries and immediately required money. Wire transfers were sent from victims in six California communities including Burbank, Canyon Country, Tarzana and Irvine. The transfers ranged from $1,000 to nearly $3,000, according to court papers. Pascal Gaudreault, 48, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner to serve two years under supervised release after he gets out of federal prison. He pleaded guilty in March to one federal count of wire fraud. Gaudreault and his co-defendants contacted grandparents and falsely told them that money needed to be sent to resolve a relative's purported problem, such as a car accident in which bail money or repair expenses was immediately required. In some cases, the victims were contacted again to send additional money.
Los Angeles Daily News

Newsom Proposes Expansive New Strategy To Combat Drug Addiction Spike in State Prisons

Gov. Gavin Newsom is pushing for California to spend more than $233 million over the next two years to battle substance abuse in the state's roughly three dozen prisons, an effort to stem the increasing frequency of inmate overdoses in recent years. The governor's revised budget includes more than $71 this year and nearly $162 million the following year to help treat prisoners battling with addiction. Health officials, inmate advocates and lawmakers who've been critical of the prison system's previous efforts to tackle the problem are applauding Newsom's proposal, which faces its first round of hearings on Tuesday.

Public Safety News

L.A. County Health Officials Say 27 Percent Of Its Homeless Population Suffers From Serious Mental Illness
Unemployment and substance abuse play major roles in Los Angeles County's growing homelessness problem, but experts point to mental illness as a factor that often compounds those issues. The L.A. County Department of Public Health estimates 27% of its homeless population suffers from a serious mental illness. "Conditions like schizophrenia... manic depression and depression itself are known as big factors," said psychotherapist John Tsilimparis. He said that acknowledging that a large number of people on the street are mentally ill is the first step toward helping to solve the homelessness problem. "Its easy to blame the victim," Tsilimparis told Eyewitness News. "If you look down on these people and don't recognize it as a legitimate illness and see mental health conditions as something else, maybe a moral failing or weakness of some kind, things don't change."

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