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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

June 18, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Man Gets 17 Years For Attacks On Santa Ana Police
A 30-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to 17 years in prison for two separate attacks on Santa Ana police over two months last summer. Braulio Victorio Hernandez pleaded guilty to four counts of resisting arrest, two counts of battery on a peace officer, a count of assault with a weapon on a peace officer, and a count of battery, all felonies. Hernandez also admitted three counts of resisting arrest, a count of unlawful entry of a noncommercial dwelling, a count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a count of possession of a drug, all misdemeanors. Hernandez also admitted sentencing enhancements for committing a crime while out on bail on another case.

Attorney: Officer Attacked Without Warning In Costco
The off-duty officer who shot and killed a man inside a Southern California Costco last week was attacked without warning as he held his toddler son, the policeman's attorney said Monday. Attorney David Winslow said his client — a Los Angeles Police Department officer whom he wouldn't name — was struck from behind without a word being spoken Friday night as he fed his son samples of teriyaki chicken in the warehouse store in Corona, southeast of Los Angeles. But a cousin of Kenneth French, the man who was killed, described him as a gentle man who didn't speak because of a mental condition. Winslow told The Associated Press the officer was briefly knocked unconscious and his 1 ½-year-old son also fell to the ground. When the officer regained consciousness, Winslow said, "he believed his life and his son's life was in immediate danger." "He believed he was under attack," Winslow said. "That's when the shooting started." The officer shot and killed French, 32, of Riverside, and critically wounded French's parents.
ABC News

Man Arrested In Connection With Series Of Sexual Batteries: LAPD
A suspect has been arrested after police sought the public's help identifying a man accused of sexually assaulting women across Los Angeles, officials said Monday. Carlos Vasquez Castro, 32, of Los Angeles, was booked Saturday on suspicion of assault with the intent to commit a felony, the L.A. Police Department said in a news release. LAPD said Castro was arrested around 5:30 a.m., but did not say where was taken into custody or how he was identified as a suspect. On Friday, authorities shared images of a man who they said was targeting women on the street and inside their homes along the Olympic Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard corridors within the department's West Bureau's jurisdiction.

LAPD Asking For Public's Help In Fatal Wilmington Shooting
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying suspect or suspects responsible for a fatal shooting. Police said they responded in the early morning hours of June 16 to a call of shots fired in the 800 block of N. Island Avenue. Once police arrived, they found 18-year-old Jose Guadalupe Vera lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds. He died from his injuries at the scene. The suspect's vehicle was described as a light colored compact vehicle. Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detectives Tiffin and Cortez, Harbor Area Detectives, at 310-726-7884 or 310-726-7889. Those wishing to remain anonymous can report submit their tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477.

2 Suspects On The Loose After South L.A. Shooting, Car Theft
One man is under arrest and investigators are searching for two additional suspects involved in a car-to-car shooting in a stolen vehicle in South Los Angeles. Police say the incident began Saturday night when three men in a car were stopped at a red light and apparently became impatient and started ramming other vehicles. A person in another car became angry at being struck and followed the other vehicle for a short distance, until the three men opened fire. Some vehicles were struck by gunfire, but no injuries were reported. But the three suspects then took off on foot and one of them, believed to be armed, barricaded himself in a nearby business, a trucking school. SWAT was called and after several hours the man came out and surrendered without further incident. The two other men remain at large.

Crack Pipe, Beer Cans Found At Scene Of Deadly Hit-Run Crash In North Hills
The driver of a dark SUV who was killed in a two-vehicle crash in North Hills was publicly identified Monday. Francisco Hernandez Rivas, 48, was a North Hills resident, coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. The crash occurred around 5:35 a.m. Sunday morning when a vehicle going north on Haskell Avenue struck a vehicle traveling west on Parthenia Street, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The SUV driver, now identified as Hernandez Rivas, was pronounced dead at the scene, Lopez said, and the female driver of the a white Lexus walked away from the scene. The white Lexus ran a red light and caused the deadly crash, the LAPD said. Four other people in serious condition were rushed to an area hospital, Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Police believe alcohol might have played a role in the accident, and said some empty beer cans were found inside the Lexus, Lopez said. What appeared to be a crack pipe was also found inside the white Lexus.

Powerful Firecrackers Going Off Near South L.A. School Prompt Report Of Bombs Exploding
A report of bombs being detonated near a South Los Angeles school turned out to be several large, powerful firecrackers being set off nearby, police said Monday. A Los Angeles police bomb squad responded to the area of Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, located at 10925 South Central Ave., around 8:55 a.m. after receiving a call about two bombs exploding. Authorities found a couple of M-80 firecrackers, which AIR7 HD's Scott Reiff said may have been put in a device used to detonate explosives as a precaution. Clovis Avenue was shut down while police investigated. An investigation is going.

Preliminary Hearing Begins In Echo Park Boy's Death
As a preliminary hearing began Monday for a mother charged with killing her 11-year-old son after keeping him sedated and hidden in a closet for at least three years, a prosecutor announced that she plans to add a special circumstance allegation of torture if the case proceeds to trial. Veronica Aguilar, 42, is currently charged with one count each of murder and child abuse resulting in the death of Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, whose emaciated body was discovered in the family's Echo Park home in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez Street on Aug. 22, 2016. Those counts carry a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. A special circumstance allegation of torture would make Aguilar eligible for the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A panel of prosecutors would decide later whether to pursue capital punishment.

YouTube Rapper From L.A. Arrested In Orange County On Suspicion Of Human Trafficking
Investigators from the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force on Monday circulated a photo of a YouTube rapper charged with pimping and pandering an 18-year-old woman and said they suspect there are additional victims. Angel Ortiz Diamond, 31, of Los Angeles — also known as Benjiboy Staccs — is being held in the Orange County Jail, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt. “The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (is) seeking additional victims of human trafficking by (Diamond), arrested early last week on charges of pimping and pandering an 18-year-old Orange County woman,” the sergeant said. Diamond has pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of pimping and pandering, Wyatt said. Authorities began investigating Diamond's activities after receiving reports from a relative of the alleged victim, he said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Californians Support The Death Penalty — And Newsom's Moratorium On Executions: Poll
Californians narrowly support Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on death row executions but they oppose abolishing the death penalty outright, a new poll shows. The findings offer some political affirmation for the Democratic governor who, after calling the death penalty immoral and unjust, stirred up controversy in March by issuing temporary reprieves to more than 700 inmates on California's death row. Conducted for the Los Angeles Times by UC Berkeley's Institute for Governmental Studies, the poll found that 52% of California voters backed Newsom's decision to grant a blanket reprieve to all condemned inmates on death row, compared with 48% who opposed the governor's action. The partisan divide was substantial, with 72% of Democrats supporting the moratorium and 85% of Republicans against it. But the survey also shows that a majority of Californians support capital punishment. Just over 61% of California voters said they supported keeping the death penalty as a “possible punishment for serious crimes,” compared with 39% who said it should be abolished, the poll found.

Public Safety News

California Assembly Votes To Raise Phone Fees To Fund 911 System Improvements
The California Assembly has voted to raise fees on phones to pay for an upgrade of the state's 911 system. It's estimated to total about 34 cents on each bill and includes landlines and cellphones. Republican Assemblyman Jay Obernolte says lawmakers should use some of the state's budget surplus to pay for improving 911 services instead of raising fees. Democratic Assemblywoman Christy Smith countered that while the state always has emergencies, it does not always have a surplus. She says 911 services need a reliable stream of funding. Three Democrats in competitive districts voted against the fee. They are Assemblywomen Sharon Quirk-Silva and Cottie Petrie-Norris and Assemblyman Rudy Salas. Quirk-Silva's district overlaps with an Orange County Senate district where a lawmaker was recalled last year for passing a tax increase.

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Council Allocates Millions To Aid Homeless Crisis
The Los Angeles City Council Friday doled out millions of dollars for various homeless services projects, including a temporary bridge housing facility in San Pedro and improved access to restrooms and showers for people living on Skid Row. The council voted unanimously to allocate roughly $2.7 million toward Skid Row-area services, while also routing $7.1 million toward the A Bridge Home housing site at 515 N. Beacon St. in San Pedro and $13.1 million to cover increased costs of other temporary housing facilities across the city. For Skid Row, the council allocated $2.7 million in state Homeless Emergency Aid Program funds to provide expanded access to showers and restrooms at St. Vincent de Paul and The People Concern facilities; improvements at The Bin storage-space facility; deployment of two more Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless Engagement Teams; addition of at least five drinking fountains located with attended public toilets; and collection boxes aimed at reducing improper disposal of hazardous materials.

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