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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

June 05, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Los Angeles County Launches Public Health Probe Of LAPD Typhoid Case
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked public health officials Tuesday to develop a communicable-disease prevention and intervention plan in response to an LAPD employee contracting the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended a coordinated intervention by public health workers in coordination with city sanitation departments and other health agencies. "In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our residents and law enforcement personnel, the county must examine the root causes of the spread of communicable diseases associated with trash and rodent infestations, and develop a comprehensive plan to minimize risk of additional cases," Barger said. She reminded her colleagues that the county had a 2017 outbreak of hepatitis A and a flea-borne typhus outbreak last fall related to rat infestations and filthy conditions on the streets where homeless people congregate in tents or makeshift shelters.

Photo Released Of Alleged Suspect In Los Feliz Hit-and-Run
A $5,000 reward is on the table for information leading to the arrest of a woman who ran down a pedestrian in Los Feliz, leaving him for dead. A photo taken by surveillance video shows the suspect at a gas station near the scene of the incident -- Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont. She's described as a woman in her 30s, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 4 inches tall. She's believed to be between 130 and 140 pounds. The incident happened after 11 p.m. on May 19. The female suspect was driving a blue Honda Accord and entered a nearby gas station. While inside, she asked until when will they be selling alcohol and then she got back in her car and took off, according to LAPD Det. Moses Castillo, who said she was speeding.

Suspect In Fatal Reseda Shooting Taken Into Custody
A 20-year-old man was behind bars Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a man found dead in a Reseda alley. Rafael Taximaroa was arrested Monday on suspicion of the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Oscar Bonilla, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Bonilla was shot multiple times around 4 a.m. Sunday and found dead in an alley in the 7000 block of Chimineas Avenue. A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed, and it was unclear what led police to Taximaroa. Police had said they did not believe the shooting was gang-related. Taximaroa was in jail in lieu of a $2 million bail amount.
Los Angeles Daily News

Driver Strikes Man In Wheelchair, Waits For A Bit Before Taking Off Running
Witnesses say that after striking a man in a wheelchair with his pickup truck Monday in the Pico-Union area, the driver of the truck cried at the scene and waited before then taking off as paramedics arrived. The crash occurred near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Beacon Avenue, and the driver in an orange high-visibility vest, literally, took off running. "He walked normal, but as soon as he turned the corner he just took off running," Gilma Ovando, a witness, said. Witnesses say the man was southbound on Beacon Street, crossing heavy traffic on Olympic Boulevard when he struck the man in the wheelchair, knocking him out of it. Police had the pickup truck towed and are now working to figure out who owns it, and whether that person is the man who ditched it in rush hour traffic. If police catch the driver, they say he will face felony hit-and-run, a serious criminal charge he would not have faced if had he stayed at the scene. 

North Hollywood Teacher's Aide Held On $850,000 Bail After Allegedly Sexually Abusing 6 Children
A former teacher's assistant at an elementary school in North Hollywood accused of sexually abusing children made his first court appearance on Tuesday. Lino Cabrera, 27, has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child and five counts of lewd or lascivious acts upon a child, prosecutors said. Cabrera entered a not guilty plea to the charges, according to the Los Angeles county District Attorney's Office. He is being held on $850,000 bail. A booking photo was not released. Cabrera, who worked at Oxnard Street Elementary School's computer lab, was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and child annoying following an investigation that began on May 16 with a crime report alleging inappropriate behavior, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Man Who Killed Shooting Witness Gets Life Sentence
A man has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for killing a witness to a California shooting — a woman whose children were later kidnapped and abandoned. Thirty-one-year-old Alex Valdez was sentenced Friday in Los Angeles for the 2016 killing of Kimberly Harvill. Her body was found in a remote area of Gorman. Prosecutors say Harvill was killed because a few days earlier she'd witnessed a shooting in Fresno involving Valdez and another man, Joshua Robertson. Authorities say Robertson and the victim's half-sister then kidnapped Harvill's three children, ages 2, 3, and 5. They were later found abandoned in a New Mexico hotel. Robertson is serving a life sentence for murder and kidnapping. Brittney Sue Humphrey is serving 13 years for kidnapping.

Leader Of Mexican Church La Luz Del Mundo Charged With Child Rape, Human Trafficking In SoCal
The leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based church with branches in the U.S. that claims over 1 million followers, has been charged with human trafficking and child rape, California officials announced Tuesday. Joaquín García and a follower of the church, 24-year-old Susana Medina Oaxaca, were arrested Monday after landing at Los Angeles International Airport, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office said. Around 1,000 worshippers gathered at the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on Tuesday evening to pray for García as he was held in Los Angeles on $25 million bail. García, 50, faces 26 counts of felony charges that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to forcible rape of a minor. The charges detail a series of disturbing allegations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County.

Public Safety News

California Turns To U.S. Defense Department Technology To Battle Wildfires
California has a new level of cooperation with the Pentagon as it tries to avoid another deadly, destructive fire season, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday, downplaying friction with President Donald Trump's administration. The Defense Department has agreed to provide information from a Cold War-era military satellite to help spot new wildfires, and Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gave the California National Guard blanket approval through year's end to use unmanned drones to map fires, count destroyed houses and spot survivors. “We finally got a breakthrough with the Pentagon,” Newsom said as he opened a day-long Emergency Management Preparedness Summit intended to help state and local officials better prepare for wildfires and other disasters.

Local Government News

Election 2019: John Lee, Loraine Lundquist Are Headed To Runoff In Race For LA City Council San Fernando Valley Seat
Los Angeles City Council candidates John Lee and Loraine Lundquist will face each other in a runoff election in August for the northwest San Fernando Valley seat after voters gave the two top spots at the ballot box on Tuesday. Final returns showed Lee winning by just 50 votes — 6,195 to Lundquist's 6,145, with 19.17% to Lundquist's 19.01%, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office. That was after the two switched places in a furious comeback just after midnight by Lundquist that had her winning before the tally went back in Lee's favor with all precincts reporting. Because no candidate among the 15 running and the one write-in hopeful for the seat received more than 50 percent of the vote, the two top finalists head to a runoff on Aug. 13.
Los Angeles Daily News

Homelessness Spikes Up 12 Percent In L.A. County
Homelessness in Los Angeles County spiked by 12% over the past year to reach an estimated 58,936 people, according to figures released Tuesday, with the region's housing costs outpacing wages and forcing people onto the streets faster than authorities can find them shelter. According to data released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, nearly three-quarters of homeless people are living in cars, tents, makeshift shelters or on the streets without any apparent cover from the elements. “We have the largest unsheltered population in the nation and one of the largest homeless counts across America. Only New York has more people experiencing homelessness on any given night,” according to LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn.

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