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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 22, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Texas Officer Loses Leg After Being Struck By Suspected Intoxicated Driver
A San Marcos police officer who was critically injured after being hit by a suspected drunken driver on Saturday night lost her leg in the crash but has vowed to return to the force. Officer Claudia Cormier, a three-year veteran of the department, had been dispatched to a traffic hazard on Interstate 35 just north of the McCarty Lane overpass around 9:40 p.m. Saturday. She arrived at 9:45 p.m., but moments later, police began receiving a flood of calls that an officer had been hurt. San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said the impact from the vehicle instantly severed Cormier's leg. Police officers — including Cormier's husband, a San Marcos cop also on duty that night — rushed to the scene. A nurse from Seton Medical Center Hays who happened to be passing by stopped to help. The nurse used T-shirts to fashion makeshift tourniquets to stop the bleeding, an act that likely saved the officer's life, Stapp said.
Austin American-Statesman

Man Who Led Police On Chase, Walked Into Mission Hills Home Surrenders

A man who led authorities on a pursuit in the San Fernando Valley before walking into a Mission Hills home has surrendered to police Tuesday afternoon. The driver was evading police on both highways and surface streets, video from Sky5 showed. At one point the driver got out of the vehicle, opened a gate in a residential area and drove the vehicle into the driveway, narrowly missing a dog that appeared to be sleeping on the driveway. The driver closed the gate behind him as he walked into the house, aerial video showed. Shortly after, Los Angeles Police Department officials parked in front of the home, waiting for the driver to come out. About 1:35 p.m., the man came out of the house and surrendered to authorities, video showed. He was taken into custody after a search.

Suspect Arrested In Deadly Melrose Avenue Hit-and-Run
A suspect has been identified in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian last week in the Fairfax district, Los Angeles police announced Tuesday. Jonathan Keith Crosby, 26, was arrested two days after the May 15 incident on Melrose Avenue, near the intersection with Genesee Avenue, LAPD said in a news release. Crosby is accused of fleeing the scene after fatally striking a man in a marked crosswalk around 10:10 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Following the crash, police descended on a West Hollywood apartment building. Crosby was arrested Friday, May 17, at about 7:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills, according to police.

Grand Jury Indicts Man On Murder Charges In Nipsey Hussle Death
A grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle during an attack in South Los Angeles on March 31. Eric Holder, 29, was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, also includes allegations that Holder personally used a handgun and caused great bodily injury and death. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court next month. Authorities said Holder killed Hussle and wounded two other people at the rapper's Slauson Avenue clothing store. Hussle was outside his Hyde Park shop when a young man approached and opened fire at close range, killing Hussle and wounding two others.
Los Angeles Times

Charges Filed Against Driver Who Struck, Killed 2 Sisters Walking To School In Los Angeles
The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has filed manslaughter charges against the driver behind the wheel of a truck that struck two young sisters on their walking to school. Both girls died as a result of their injuries. Stanley Randel, of Los Angeles, was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter on Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division. According to LAPD, 12-year-old Amy Lorenzo and her 14-year-old sister, Marlene, were walking to school on the morning of April 4, when they were struck by a double bottom dump truck. Detectives said that the girls were crossing westbound 37th Street at Broadway Place in a marked crosswalk on a fresh green-light when they were hit by the vehicle, which was making a right turn onto Broadway at the time of the crash. Investigators said that following the crash, Randel stopped, identified himself and rendered aid to the victims and called 911. He has cooperated with the investigation, according to LAPD.
FOX 11

Escaped Inmate Arrested In Downtown Los Angeles After Just One Day On The Run
A 52-year-old inmate who walked away from a halfway house in Long Beach was taken into custody Tuesday evening in downtown Los Angeles. Sammy Oquinn was located at 8:45 p.m. by Special Service Unit and Los Angeles Fugitive Apprehension Team agents a day after he left a Male Community Reentry Program facility in Long Beach, according to Vicky Waters of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The exact location where Oquinn was found was not disclosed. Oquinn had been at the Long Beach facility since mid-March to finish a three-year sentence for drug convictions when he walked away Monday night without authorization, Waters said.

Reputed Gang Members On Trial For Murder Of Marine
Two accused gang members are on trial for the 2016 murder of a Camp Pendleton Marine, killed while he was on leave in Los Angeles. Sandra Lopez, the victim's mother, has been to every single court date, fulfilling a promise she made to her son, Lance Corporal Carlos Segovia-Lopez, as he fought for his life in the hospital. "One of them was justice was going to be served," she said. Prosecutors allege Oscar Aguilar and Esau Rios are gang members who shot Segovia-Lopez after he confronted them when he suspected they were looking for cars to burglarize. "He witnessed crimes and he responded to it," said Claudia Perez, the victim's friend. "Obviously he didn't expect this outcome for his life to be taken away because no one deserves that, but he did what he was supposed to do." 

Man Sentenced To Almost 13 Years In Prison For DUI Crash That Killed Woman In North Hills
A North Hills man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 13 years in state prison for a DUI crash that killed a woman and seriously injured her 23-month-old daughter. Jose Armando Macias Jr., who will turn 24 on Saturday, pleaded guilty March 21 to one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, causing injury, along with an allegation of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child under the age of 5. Macias was driving while impaired when his car crashed into Ruth Chinchilla as the 34-year-old woman was removing her daughter from a car seat in a vehicle parked in front of their North Hills home on Woodley Avenue, near Parthenia Street, on the night of Nov. 26, 2017. Chinchilla died at the scene and her daughter was seriously injured. Macias was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division shortly after the crash and has remained behind bars since then.
Los Angeles Daily News

New Federal Charges Filed In California Synagogue Shooting
New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others. A grand jury handed up a revised indictment against John T. Earnest, 19, that adds four counts of discharging a firearm during crimes of violence. He earlier pleaded not guilty to 109 federal charges, including committing a hate crime, and to state charges, including murder, in connection with the April 27 attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue. Those charges also include attempted arson at a mosque in nearby Escondido a month earlier. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

The Woolsey Fire Trapped A Woman In Her Home. These LA County Fire Captains Jumped In: ‘We Can Take That Call.'
It's uncertain what would have happened to a 71-year-old woman trapped alone in her hillside home during last fall's deadly Woolsey fire, if it wasn't for the little blue detection dot on a mapping app two fire captains followed to her burning home. Los Angeles County fire captains Peter Finnerty and Christopher Siok were scouting the burning hills around noontime on Nov. 9 when they overheard a 9-1-1 call from Cheryl Jordan-Poole. The captains, who have been fighting wildfires for a combined 40 something years, knew they needed to rescue Jordan-Poole, who lived below Zuma Ridge about one mile from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, a city where all of its residents were eventually evacuated. “We called in and said, ‘We can take that call',” Siok recollected on Monday at an annual awards banquet in the Pasadena Convention Center, where the two men were honored with the department's highest award, the Medal of Valor, for their bravery in a dramatic save they agreed probably only comes once in a firefighter's career.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

L.A. County Considers Funding Eviction Defense For Low-Income Renters
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider funding legal representation for low-income renters at risk of eviction. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who has championed rent control measures, recommended analyzing local eviction data and existing legal defense programs with an eye toward implementing some form of legal aid by late 2020. Kuehl said that in an environment with more than half of county residents living paycheck to paycheck, any unexpected financial crisis could leave families unable to pay rent and ultimately evicted from their homes. "L.A.'s housing shortage and skyrocketing rents are leading to more and more people being pushed into homelessness," Kuehl said. "We need to use every tool at our disposal to keep people in their homes."
FOX 11

Discussion Continues On Skid Row Homeless Property Lawsuit
The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to meet with its attorneys in a closed meeting Wednesday to discuss a potential lawsuit settlement that addresses the private property of homeless people on Skid Row. The City Council last met with representatives of the City Attorneys' Office in March, when it voted to settle the lawsuit on a 10-2 vote and authorized the city attorney to negotiate the details of the settlement. Although the details of the lawsuit were not announced, it signaled the city will likely accept a policy limiting its power on encampment cleanups. Los Angeles has long struggled with how to clean up and regulate homeless encampments and in 2016 passed a law limiting the amount of belongings a homeless person can store on the sidewalk to 60 gallons. But in response to a lawsuit, a federal judge issued an injunction barring Los Angeles police and sanitation officers from seizing and destroying homeless people's property in and near Skid Row.

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