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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 03, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Motorcycle Officer Injured In Hit-and-Run On 105 Freeway
A motorcycle officer was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the 105 Freeway near Lynwood early Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash was reported on the westbound 105 near Atlantic Avenue about 5:30 a.m. It occurred when a vehicle crossed into the carpool lane of the freeway and struck the motorcycle officer. The vehicle fled after the crash, according to witnesses and a CHP traffic log. It is not clear what agency the officer works for or the severity of the officer's injuries. The carpool lane on the 105 is blocked as the crash is investigated and it is not clear when the lane will reopen, authorities said.
Los Angeles Times

Man Found Shot Dead In Reseda Alley
A man was found shot dead Sunday morning in an alley in Reseda. The assault occurred a little before 4 a.m. in the 7000 block of Chimineas Avenue, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The body was found in an alley between Chimineas and Lindley avenues, according to police at the scene. Police do not believe the attack was gang-related, Lopez said, and no description of the shooter was available.

Fight May Have Led To Deadly Shooting In Van Nuys
A fight may have led to a deadly shooting early Friday morning in Van Nuys. Officers responded just after midnight to a report of shots fired in the area of Aetna Street and Van Nuys Boulevard and found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds down on a sidewalk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. “The investigation revealed that the victim was possibly involved in an altercation near Aetna Street when he was shot multiple times by the suspect,” according to an LAPD statement. “The victim ran 50 feet and collapsed.” The victim had no identification and is currently listed as a John Doe, police said.

LAPD SWAT Team Busts Alleged Gambling And Drug Operation In Koreatown
At least 35 people were detained Saturday morning following a raid at a building in Koreatown. Officers responded to the 200 block of North Vermont Avenue near Beverly Boulevard, around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Los Angeles Police Department issued a search warrant for the building; they say it was being used for illegal gambling activity. Once inside, LAPD officers found gambling machines, narcotics and money. A SWAT team was called to the scene; officials say they tossed smoke grenades into the building when people inside refused to exit.
FOX 11

Man Hospitalized After He Was Shot In Harbor City, Police Say
A man was hospitalized after he was shot in Harbor City and police were searching for those responsible for the shooting Saturday, June 1, authorities said. Los Angeles police responded to a call of a shooting about 1:25 p.m. in the area of Pacific Coast Highway and Western Avenue, Lt. Robin Richards said. They located a man who was struck by gunfire. He was rushed to a hospital for surgery, Richards said. An unknown number of suspects approached the victim on foot, opened fire and then fled on foot, Richards said. Further details on the circumstances that led to the shooting were not immediately known. No suspects were in custody and suspect information was not immediately available, Richards said.
Los Angeles Daily News

VIDEO: Armed Suspects Break Into Home Along Mullholland Drive
Frightening new surveillance video has been released of a home break-in along Mullholland Drive in the Valley, and investigators are working to find out if it could be connected to others in the area. Police say about 20 people were renting a house and having a party when the armed men broke into the guest house. The Los Angeles Police Department said the three suspects waited for the people in the house to fall asleep, then woke them up at gun point around 4 a.m. ABC7 was told electronics and jewelry were stolen from the partygoers, and the men jumped into a getaway car that was waiting for them on Mulholland Drive. The house is gated and there's fencing around the property, which the suspects jumped over, authorities said. While police aren't sure if these suspects are part of a bigger home invasion ring, they are seeing an increase in brazen crimes. The suspects are described as men in their 20s.

Man Charged In Attempted Kidnapping Of Girl At Knifepoint In Torrance
A Los Angeles man was charged Friday with two felony counts after he allegedly tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl as she walked home from school in Torrance more than a week ago, authorities said. Jhony Adalberto Granados-Lopez, 28, pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted kidnapping and possession of child or youth pornography in Torrance Superior Court, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. On May 22, Granados-Lopez allegedly tried to force the victim into his vehicle at knifepoint near Spencer Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, but the girl was able to break free, Deputy District Attorney Felipe Vela said. If convicted as charged, Granados-Lopez faces a possible maximum sentence of more than five years in state prison, prosecutors said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Sentencing Due For First Of Eight Gang Members Who Firebombed Homes In Boyle Heights
A Latino gang member faces a lengthy federal prison term Monday for planning and carrying out the firebombings of homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area five years ago in an effort to drive them out of the defendant's turf. Jose “Lil' Moe” Saucedo, 25, pleaded guilty last year to four felonies that together carry a possible sentence of decades behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are asking that U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder impose a 15-year federal prison sentence. Saucedo — the first of the eight defendants to be sentenced — admitted to conspiring to violate the civil rights of the black families, specifically the constitutional right to live in a residence free from “injury, intimidation and interference based on race.” He also pleaded guilty to using explosives and fire to injure, intimidate and interfere with the residents because of their race and because they were living in the Ramona Gardens Housing Development. Saucedo further admitted to committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering on behalf of his gang.

12 People Killed In Virginia Shooting, Suspect Dead
A longtime city employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 12 people on three floors and sending terrified co-workers scrambling for cover before police shot and killed him following a "long gun-battle," authorities said. Four other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life, said Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera. The city's visibly shaken mayor, Bobby Dyer, called it "the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach." The shooting happened shortly after 4 p.m. when the veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department entered a building in the city's Municipal Center, and "immediately began to indiscriminately fire upon all of the victims," Cervera said. Authorities did not release the suspect's name, instead choosing to focus on the victims during a news conference. Police entered the building and got out as many employees as they could, then exchanged fire with the suspect, who was armed with a .45 caliber handgun, the chief said.
Associated Press

Georgia Officer Saves Navy Veteran From Suicide Attempt
A Smyrna police officer who is a U.S. Army veteran stopped a fellow veteran from killing himself Saturday. Officer Daniel Sperano was working an off-duty job May 25 at RaceTrac at 1461 Veterans Memorial Highway in Mableton when he was told that a man was “acting strangely” on the bridge at Veterans Memorial Highway and Riverview Road at the Cobb-Fulton county line, Smyrna police said. Sperano arrived at the scene and came face to face with a man who said “he wanted to die and was attempting to jump into the Chattahoochee River,” Smyrna police said.

Public Safety News

Rat Infestation At L.A. City Hall Linked To Nearby Homeless Camps, Report Finds
When faced with complaints earlier this year from city workers about rats infesting L.A. City Hall, most city officials said little about whether the problem was connected to several homeless camps right outside. But a newly uncovered report from a pest control company hired by the city has raised fresh questions about whether officials wrongly downplayed that possibility during discussions at City Council meetings. CatsUSA Pest Control, brought in to assess areas outside City Hall and nearby buildings, warned that homeless people create “harborage for rodents,” according to the report issued Dec. 28 and obtained last month through a public records request by a frequent critic of City Hall. The company said it found “poor sanitary conditions” — including leftover food, human waste and hypodermic needles — and recommended that the city clear away the homeless population living in the Civic Center.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

As June 4 Election Nears, Measure EE Parcel Tax Vote Has Several San Fernando Valley L.A. City Council Candidates Talking. Here's What They're Saying
Candidates for Los Angeles City Council District 12 may be running for the same seat, but when it comes to voting on a measure that asks voters to sign off on a parcel tax and boost the L.A. Unified School District budget, they express different opinions. During a recent forum hosted by Cal State Northridge, candidates shared their views of Measure EE and their support seemed to break down mostly along partisan lines. And while L.A. City Council doesn't make school district policy — that's the L.A. Unified School District's job — it's become clear that the measure has made its way into the discussion around the open CD12 seat, which represents communities like Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, and parts of West Hills and Reseda — all within the school district's boundaries.
Los Angeles Daily News

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