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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 12, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Esmeralda Ramirez Dies From On-Duty Injury
A longtime Los Angeles police officer died after complications in surgery to repair an injury tied to a 2015 traffic collision while on duty, police said Tuesday. Officer Esmeralda Ramirez, 49, died Sunday, the department's 210th officer to die from an injury received in the line of duty, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday. Ramirez, a mother of three adult children, joined the department in 2008 and was assigned to the Pacific Division. She worked patrol, community relations and as a detective. Two of her cousins also work as Los Angeles police officers. Police Chief Michel Moore told the Police Commission on Tuesday that Ramirez received injuries while she was driving a patrol car and another vehicle struck the police vehicle. Moore said he visited Ramirez last week in the hospital. Family members and friends surrounded Ramirez in her final hours, Moore said, adding, “Obviously, everyone is devastated in the Pacific Division.” Funeral services are pending, Moore said.
Los Angeles Times

Utah Man Arrested In The Shooting Of A Deputy In Alhambra, And Suspected Of Killing Another Man
A man from St. George, Utah arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting an off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy at an Alhambra Jack in the Box the day before is also a suspect in the earlier slaying of a man in Los Angeles. Rhett Nelson, 30, turned up Tuesday at a Long Beach church where he allegedly called his father and told him about shooting two people. Authorities believe the shootings were random and said they do not know the motives. Detectives probed several theories for a motive, including whether Nelson had been previously arrested by the deputy, but did not find a connection between the two, said Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, whose team is investigating the case. Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, 50, was in grave condition and on life support Tuesday at a local hospital, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a Tuesday press conference held at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. Solano, who had been shot in the head, was not wearing his uniform or anything that would indicate he was in law enforcement, sheriff's officials said. A 13-year veteran of the department, Solano worked at the jail ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputy Wounded, Suspect Killed in Exchange of Gunfire in Lake Hills
A deputy who responded to a domestic disturbance was hospitalized Wednesday morning in stable condition with a gunshot wound he suffered in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was subsequently killed in the unincorporated Lake Hills neighborhood of Riverside County near Riverside. The suspect shot at one of the deputies who responded to the call, striking him, officials said.

LAPD Officer Who Shot Trader Joe's Manager During Silver Lake Standoff Complied With Policy: Police Commission
A police officer who killed a bystander in a gun battle outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake did not violate department policy by shooting toward a crowded store, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday. A gunman had begun shooting at two LAPD officers as they pursued him in their patrol car July 21. The man crashed his car and ran towards the Trader Joe's store, firing more rounds at the officers. One officer shot back five times, stopping after the man entered the store because there were likely people inside, according to a report by LAPD Chief Michel Moore that was released Tuesday. But it was too late. A bullet had traveled into the Trader Joe's, striking 27-year-old store manager Melyda Corado in the chest, the report said.

Triple Stabbing Under Investigation In Mid-City L.A.

Three people were stabbed during a fight in Mid-City late Tuesday night, police say. Los Angeles police officers responded to the area of Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue around 11:50 p.m. Video shows a liquor store near the crime scene where a man appeared to use self-defense in the incident. But police say he was in custody Wednesday morning. The victims' conditions have not yet been released. A motive for the stabbings is unclear. An investigation is ongoing.

Woman Charged With Murder After High-Speed Crash Into Motor Scooter On North Hollywood Street

Jessica Martinez, 24, of North Hollywood, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murder and hit-and-run driving resulting in death after a crash on June 6 that killed 20-year-old Anthony Chay in North Hollywood. The collision occurred at 5:25 a.m., when Martinez was driving at “high speeds” southbound on Vineland Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Her red Audi A4 rear-ended Chay, who was stopped on his motorized scooter at a red light at Vineland and Vanowen. The crash ejected Chay from his motor scooter onto the street, according to the LAPD. Then, Martinez's vehicle continued to hit other parked vehicles before stopping and catching on fire. She was then treated and transported to a local hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department for minor injuries. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Commissioners and critics question LAPD's reports on suspected terrorist activity
Critics of a Los Angeles Police Department program that identifies potential terrorist activities called for it to be dismantled Tuesday, complaining that people of some races and ethnicities are unfairly targeted. An audit from the Police Commission's inspector general said the LAPD mostly followed correct policy in classifying 348 reports of suspicious activity filed by community members and police in 2016 and 2017. Moore acknowledged the department needs to do a better job of “articulating the outcomes” and offered to provide commissioners classified information in closed-door briefings. He cautioned that results cannot be measured by numbers, but said the program has led to arrests and thwarted potential terrorism acts. He did not provide details.
Los Angeles Times

Arraignment Set For Truck Driver Who Fatally Struck 2 Young Sisters
Arraignment is scheduled Wednesday for the driver of a truck that fatally struck two young girls who were walking to school in the Exposition Park area. Stanley Bernard Randle, 32, was charged last month with two misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter stemming from the deaths of Marlene Lorenzo, 14, and her 12-year-old sister, Amy. Police said the girls were crossing a street on a green light near 37th Street and Broadway around 8 a.m. April 4 when they were struck by a big rig while on their way to nearby Clinton Middle School. Marlene died that day. Amy was hospitalized with severe injuries, and police announced April 22 that she had also died. At least one witness said the truck driver was looking down when he struck the girls, a suggestion he might have been looking at a cell phone, but the driver was not arrested or cited at the time. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

Man Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail For Loaded Gun In His Vehicle In West Hills
A 24-year-old man is set to surrender Friday to begin serving 180 days in jail stemming from the discovery of a fully loaded semi-automatic firearm in his vehicle following a confrontation in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in West Hills, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Julian Womack was also ordered to serve three years on probation, stay 150 yards away from the unnamed man involved in the confrontation and the Chick-fil-A restaurant parking lot where he was arrested, and to not possess any firearm or ammunition. He had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of possession of a loaded firearm, officials said. On May 1, Womack pulled into the restaurant's parking lot, nearly striking the other man's vehicle and causing both drivers to swerve, according to city prosecutors. Womack then allegedly approached the other motorist and threatened to beat up the man and “put a thousand shots … if you come near my car.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Investigators Seek Tips To Help Find Woman Missing Since February
Investigators sought the public's help Tuesday to find a 63-year-old woman from the unincorporated Westmont area who has been missing since February. Sylvia Louise Thomas was last seen Feb. 27 at her home in the 1200 block of West 104th Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Thomas is black, 5 feet 4, about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts was urged to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

New DOJ Effort Targets Domestic Abusers
Attorney General William Barr has announced the formation of a working group to bolster efforts by U.S. attorneys to crack down on domestic abusers who have guns. “Keeping guns from domestic abusers legally prohibited from possessing them would significantly reduce violence in America, a major priority of the Justice Department,” said a press release from the Department of Justice. The news follows The Trace's March investigation, co-published with Slate, documenting an uptick in federal prosecutions of illegal gun possession by those convicted of domestic abuse. The working group will comprise nine U.S. attorneys from across the country, including officials from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, and California. Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, will chair the group. Cox featured prominently in The Trace/Slate article because her office has one of the most aggressive records for charging these crimes.
The Trace

Public Safety News

LA Firefighters Save Chatsworth Home
Los Angeles firefighters knocked down a house fire Monday in Chatsworth, preventing flames from extending into the attic and saving the structure from total destruction. It took 36 firefighters 16 minutes to knock down the blaze at the single-family home on the 9500 block of Lubao Avenue, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Additional resources were requested, but “knockdown was achieved prior to their arrival,” Stewart said. “Firefighters prevented flames from extending into the attic, thus defending the majority of the home,” the LAFD spokeswoman said. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire and the dollar value lost in terms of the structure and its contents are yet to be determined, Stewart said.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Kicks Off Competition To Discourage Distracted Driving
Mayor Eric Garcetti Wednesday launched the L.A.'s Safest Driver competition as a way to discourage distracted driving. "If we are going to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious accidents on our streets, we need to put an end to the epidemic of distracted driving," Garcetti said. "Safe driving is a reward unto itself, but some friendly competition is a great way to drive home the importance of keeping our minds and eyes on the road." To participate in the eight-week competition, Angelenos can download an app that measures speed, acceleration, braking, cornering and phone use while driving. The safest driver will be awarded $20,000, with several other categories that will bring the winners $7,500 to $10,000. The contest runs until July 26, and is open to people 18 years and older who currently reside or regularly travel through the Los Angeles area. The full list of prize categories and official rules can be found at

Local Government News

LA Councilmen Propose Penalizing Landlords For Vacant Units
Four Los Angeles councilmen Tuesday proposed a 2020 ballot measure that would allow the city to penalize property owners who leave housing units vacant, which they say contributes to a lack of affordable housing and exacerbates the homelessness problem. "This measure simply says, if you want to have a housing unit in this city while we are in this (housing) crisis, and you insist on keeping it vacant, you're going to participate in helping us solve this problem, and you're going to do it in a financial way," Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson said. A motion introduced by Harris-Dawson along with Councilmen Mike Bonin, David Ryu and Paul Koretz calls on city staff to explore various options for assessing penalties against property owners who leave units vacant, and to investigate how such laws have been applied in other cities.

L.A. Lawmakers Oppose Bill To Prevent Towing Of Vehicles Parked On Street For More Than 3 Days
Over the objections of anti-poverty advocates, Los Angeles lawmakers on Tuesday came out against legislation that would prevent California cities from towing vehicles left on the street for more than 72 hours. The bill, introduced in Sacramento by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco), would prevent cities from impounding cars with five or more unpaid parking tickets, or registration that is six months out of date. The City Council heard nearly two hours of heated, sometimes angry, public debate before opposing the bill on a 12 to 1 vote. Some lawmakers said they would support an end to towing for unpaid parking tickets and expired registration, but not for cars left parked on the street for more than three days. “The idea that you'd just stop enforcing the 72-hour hold is completely unconscionable,” said Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who represents South L.A., saying it keeps parking under control in neighborhoods starved for street spaces.

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