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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 20, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Police Arrest Alabama Gunman Who Killed 1 LEO, Wounded 2 Others
Auburn University has announced that a man suspected of killing one Auburn police officer and wounding two others near campus has been arrested. Auburn Campus Safety made an "all clear" announcement on Twitter and said police reported the suspect was in custody. Authorities had been searching for 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes, who they said was armed and wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet. Police said Wilkes opened fire on officers who responded late Sunday night to a reported domestic disturbance at a mobile home park. The Lee County coroner Bill Harris says an officer was taken from the scene and died in the emergency room. Two other officers were wounded and are expected to recover. The officers' identities have not yet been released.
Associated Press

1 Detroit Officer Shot, 2 Injured During Traffic Stop
Detroit police say an officer has been shot and two officers have been injured following an incident on the city's west side. Police Chief James Craig said during a news conference Sunday that officers stopped a vehicle about 11:40 p.m. Saturday after witnessing it speeding and driving the wrong way. After being stopped, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and pinned two officers between the car and their police cruiser. Craig said the man then fled on foot and fired on police, striking one officer. He said police returned fire and struck the shooter five times before he broke into a house where he was later apprehended. Craig said the shooter is currently in critical condition. He said all three officers are in stable condition. An investigation is ongoing.
Associated Press

Man Shot And Killed On Sidewalk In Boyle Heights
Los Angeles police investigated a deadly midday shooting in Boyle Heights on Friday. Police say a man in his 50s was shot and killed by a man who got out of a pickup truck and fired at the victim. The incident was reported at about 12:30 p.m. in the area of Pico Boulevard and Concord Street. The victim was shot multiple times before the gunman got back in the pickup and left the scene heading east on Pico Boulevard, according to LAPD. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he died. He was not immediately identified. It's unknown if the shooting was gang-related. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD.
FOX 11

Man Wounded In Car-to-Car Shooting In South Los Angeles
A man was hospitalized Monday after he was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles, authorities said. It happened at 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Wilmington Avenue and Imperial Highway when two males in another car fired into the victim's car, Officer Lizeth Lomeli of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section said. Paramedics took the man to a hospital where he was displaying stable vital signs, Lomeli said. No suspects were in custody, she said.

2 Hurt In Northridge When Their Vehicle Is Struck By A Hit-and-Run Driver
Two people were critically hurt early Sunday morning after their vehicle was hit by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The crash happened about 12:10 a.m. at the intersection of Nordoff Street and Tampa Avenue, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Firefighters had to cut the two victims out of their car before they were taken to a hospital, Humphrey said. There's no word yet on their ages or genders. The other driver abandoned his car at the scene and fled on foot, Los Angeles police said. Authorities are searching for a man who had been driving the abandoned dark-colored sedan.
Los Angeles Daily News

Police Identify Woman Sought In Attempted Kidnapping Of 4-Year-Old Boy Near DTLA
A suspect caught on camera attempting to kidnap a 4-year-old boy near downtown Los Angeles this week has been identified by police. Detectives identified the suspect as Dominique Del Villar, 28. Los Angeles police say Del Villar is a transient in the downtown L.A. area and has a history of mental illness. Police say that at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, the attempted kidnapping of the child occurred on Martin Luther King Boulevard and San Pedro Street. Video shows a woman walking on a sidewalk and approaching the child and a guardian. She attempts to pull the boy's hand and walk away with him, but the family member appears to be able to stop the suspect from snatching the boy. The female suspect continues walking after the incident. She remains at large. Police said the suspect is described as a black woman, approximately 30 to 40 years old, with black hair and brown eyes and standing at approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. 

3 Suspects Sought In Beating, Robbery In L.A.'s South Park Neighborhood
Police sought the public's help Friday in tracking down three young men involved in the beating and robbery of a victim in the South Park neighborhood of Los Angeles last month. The crime took place about 5:20 p.m. on April 5 in the area of Vernon and Broadway avenues, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. The victim, described only as male, was walking home when he noticed three people approaching him from behind, police said. The victim's age was not available Friday. “Out of fear of being assaulted, the victim started to run away from the suspects,” according to the statement. But one of the attackers managed to trip him from behind, knocking him to the ground. “While on the ground, all three suspects kicked and punched the victim repeatedly until he became unconscious, the police statement said. “During the assault the suspects took the victim's necklace and wallet.”

Arizona Woman Charged With Kidnapping Of 4-Year-Old At Los Angeles McDonald's
An Arizona woman who allegedly snatched a 4-year- old boy from a fast-food restaurant in downtown Los Angeles but was stopped outside by a witness was charged Friday with kidnapping and grand theft auto. Maralyn Ramos -- who said in an outburst shortly before her case was called that she tried to help the child find his parents -- pleaded not guilty and was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $170,000 bail. Ramos is due back in court May 31, and could face up to 11 years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged. Ramos, 33, allegedly carried the boy out of a McDonald's restaurant at 1310 E. Olympic Blvd. about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday and tried to get into a parked vehicle with him before being stopped by a witness, then ran off on foot, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The alleged abduction attempt was captured on the restaurant's security video.

Man With Autism Missing From Sherman Oaks School
Authorities sought the public's help Friday in finding a 20-year-old man with autism who went missing from the Help Group school in Sherman Oaks. Scott Ballsun was last seen about 3:50 p.m. Thursday at the school for children and young adults with autism and other learning disabilities on the 13000 block of Burbank Boulevard, and “his family is very concerned for his safety,” the Los Angeles Police Department reported. He is 20 but has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, the LAPD's Devonshire Division said on its Facebook page. Ballsun is white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 115 pounds, and has blond hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark snow pants, black gloves and a black beanie, possibly with “Alcatraz” written on it. Anyone seeing him was urged to call police at 818-832-0609 or 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County Juvenile Halls Are So Chaotic, Officers Are Afraid To Go To Work
The detention officer's email described “chaos” inside one of Los Angeles County's juvenile halls. Her words were desperate, describing unruly, violent youth and fed up detention officers — enough to prompt a surprise visit by Joe Gardner, president of the county's volunteer advisory panel, the Probation Commission. Inside the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, he found shattered windows, smashed walls and tiles ripped from the ceilings. Phones in common areas were busted and debris lay scattered on the floors. Gang graffiti had been scrawled on the walls. The staff were overwhelmed. “I was stunned,” Gardner said of the facility, where about 200 youths are housed behind a sturdy, red-brick wall topped with circular barbed wire. “Some of the damage appears to have taken time to do. It appeared there really wasn't the oversight that there needed to be.” The “chaos” in Sylmar is far from an anomaly. Officers have long argued that their workplaces are becoming more violent — and data backs that up. But internal reports and photographs obtained by The Times show just how dangerous and dysfunctional Los Angeles County's youth detention operation has become.
Los Angeles Times

11 Charged In Smuggling Of More Than 200 Pounds Of Coke, Meth And Heroin From Mexico Into SoCal, Canada
A federal probe into a drug trafficking ring that brought more than 200 pounds of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine from Mexico into Southern California, other parts of the U.S. and Canada has led to eleven people being charged, prosecutors said Friday. The defendants are facing charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal prosecutors allege a total of 107.8 kilograms, or 237.7 pounds, of drugs were smuggled across borders. That includes 22.35 kilograms of heroin, 47.9 kilograms of cocaine and 37.5 kilograms of meth. In a news release, federal prosecutors describe the alleged smuggling activities of two of the defendants — Alvaro Maclovio Morales-Felix, a.k.a. “Pancho Panthera,” 42, of Mexico and Clovis Etzel Bravo-Silva, a.k.a. “Gordo” or “El Chavo de los 8s,” 37, of Nicaragua.

Public Safety News

Man Dies After Fire At Vacant Sun Valley Commercial Building
A man died in a hospital after suffering injuries in a fire at a vacant commercial building in Sun Valley on Sunday, May 19. The fire happened at about 4 a.m. in a vacant building at 8165 N. Sunland Blvd., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. An injured man was found near the building and treated the scene, but later died at a hospital, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey. The man was described as “likely homeless,” in an LAFD statement. Coroners officials were working to determine his identity and specific cause of death on Sunday. Responding crews found downed power lines in back of the building, with flames concentrated on the second floor of the structure, Stewart said. It took 84 firefighters about 24 minutes to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire was under investigation as of Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Measure EE: Voters To Decide $500 Million Parcel Tax For Los Angeles Schools
When the L.A. teachers strike settled in January, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it would need to find more money to pay for the agreement. On June 4, L.A. voters will decide Measure EE in a special election. It is a 16 cents per square foot parcel tax to raise $500 million a year for city schools. It needs two-thirds voter approval to pass. The tax would extend 12 years and raise $6 billion over its term. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl appeared together on Eyewitness Newsmakers, speaking in favor of the measure. Appearing in opposition, LA Area Chamber of Commerce President Maria Salinas and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Vice President Susan Shelley. "There's no guarantee this money goes into the classroom. It can go to pensions and health benefits," Shelley said. "It can go to administrators." Caputo-Pearl disagreed. 

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