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June 19, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Services For Los Angeles Police Officer Who Died From Injuries Suffered In Crash
Funeral services will be held Wednesday for a Los Angeles Police Department officer who died following surgery related to injuries she suffered in an on-duty traffic collision four years ago. Esmeralda Ramirez died Sunday. She was 49. “She passed away over the weekend after a surgery related to an on-duty traffic collision that occurred in 2015,” according to the LAPD. “She joined the department in 2008 and was a valued member of Pacific Division, where she worked in a variety of assignments. Her commitment to her follow officers and this department is only eclipsed by the love she had for her family.” Police said Ramirez was driving a patrol car when it was struck by another vehicle. Ramirez is survived by her three adult children. Services for Ramirez will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive. Ramirez was the 210th LAPD officer to die in the line of duty.

New Video Shows LAPD Officer Tossed From Motorcycle In Van Nuys Collision
Stunning new video shows a violent crash involving a Los Angeles motorcycle officer and an SUV in Van Nuys. Eyewitness News has exclusively obtained the video which shows the moment the crash happened and is being used as part of the police investigation. In the footage, the officer is seen flying off the motorcycle, flipping end-over-end and landing on the pavement. Bystanders rushed to his side to help. He is expected to recover, but is still in the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the SUV was also taken to the hospital for an evaluation after the crash on Friday morning. It occurred on Van Nuys Boulevard just north of Vanowen Street. No word yet who is at fault.

Fundraiser Planned For Slain L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy
A taco fundraiser will be held Wednesday to raise money for the family of Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Joseph Solano, who was fatally shot at an Alhambra Jack in the Box restaurant. Solano, 50, was shot June 10 while off duty and died two days later at County-USC Medical Center. The sheriff's department's Temple Station will host the fundraiser beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Temple City Park, 5939 Golden West Ave. For a suggested $10 donation, attendees can get a combination of Mexican food from Baja Cali Fish & Tacos. All proceeds will go to Solano's family, sheriff's officials said. The man suspected of shooting Solano, Rhett McKenzie Nelson, 30, is also accused of fatally shooting another man in downtown Los Angeles about an hour earlier. He is also accused in a pair of armed robberies carried out in Long Beach hours after the killings and a series of crimes in the San Diego area. Nelson was arrested June 11 in Long Beach after allegedly calling his father in Utah and saying he had committed a pair of killings in Southern California. Solano, a 13-year sheriff's department veteran, had a son, Matthew; longtime girlfriend Julianna Loza; and stepdaughter Jessica Jimenez.

Attorney: Man Killed At Costco Was Mentally Ill, Off Meds
A man fatally shot in a Southern California Costco store was mentally ill and off his medication when he pushed or slapped an off-duty police officer who opened fire and killed the man and critically wounded the man's parents, the lawyer for the man's family said Tuesday. Attorney Dale Galipo said he didn't know if there was any exchange between the officer and Kenneth French before the violence at the store in Corona, east of Los Angeles. The officer's attorney, David Winslow, told the AP on Monday that the officer was holding his 1½-year-old son when French knocked him to the ground and he briefly lost consciousness. "It wasn't an innocent push," Winslow said Tuesday. When he came to, Winslow said, "he believed his life and his son's life was in immediate danger" and fired his handgun.
Yahoo! News

Suspect In Fatal North Hills Hit-and-Run Crash Identified; LAPD Searching For Van Nuys Woman
Police Tuesday identified a woman who allegedly walked away from a violent T-bone collision in North Hills that left a man dead and three other people injured. The crash occurred about 5:35 a.m. Sunday when a white Lexus IS200 going north on Haskell Avenue struck a dark-blue Nissan Murano SUV traveling west on Parthenia Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Francisco Hernandez Rivas, 48, of North Hills, who was driving the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Passengers from both vehicles suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital. Investigators with the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division identified the Lexus driver as 27-year-old Maritza Joana Lara of Van Nuys. Video of the crash shows a suspect walking away from the wreckage. Lara — who is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes — was last seen headed east on Parthenia Street, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Wanted In Vicious Attack On Senior Citizen In Downtown LA
Police need the public's help Wednesday to catch a man they say suddenly attacked a senior citizen in downtown Los Angeles. The attack happened last Thursday at about 6:45 p.m. at 6th and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles. Police say a 76-year-old man was sitting in a chair waiting for a ride when he was attacked. Police say the suspect walked up to the man and punched him in the face several times. The elderly victim fell to the ground, but that didn't stop his attacker. The suspect then picked up an electric scooter and threw it at him twice. A witness intervened, stopping the attack. The suspect was last seen walking into the Midnight Mission, about a half-mile away. The elderly man suffered cuts to his head and an injury to his arm. Anyone with information about the attack can call the LAPD's Central Division. 

Woman Arrested At LAX, Police Say She Threw Chair At Officer
A drunken woman at a restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested Monday after tossing a chair at a police officer, authorities said. Officers were summoned to Terminal 1 at about 2 p.m. after bartenders refused to continue serving an intoxicated patron, Los Angeles Airport Police Department spokesman Robert Pedregon said. She became upset when police asked her to leave, and demanded that the responding officer carry her luggage. When he refused, she “went off of the deep end,” Pedregon said. “She grabbed a chair and threw it.” It struck the officer, but he was not injured. Police placed their hands on the woman to restrain her and get her into a patrol car, but no use of force took place, Pedregon said. The woman was arrested and taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division station, Pedregon said. She was expected to be booked on suspicion of public intoxication, and possibly for assaulting a police officer.
Los Angeles Daily News

Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen From Hollywood Gazebo, Police Say
The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the overnight disappearance of a Marilyn Monroe statue from the top of a gazebo in Hollywood. Located right off the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo honors women in film including Mae West, Dorothy Dandrige, Doores del RÍo, and Anna May Wong. A witness told LAPD that they saw a man with a hacksaw climb up the statue. The witness also said they didn't know what was going on but that no one stopped him. The stolen Monroe statue replicated her iconic white dress scene in "The Seven Year Itch" and was dedicated in 1994. The investigation is ongoing. LAPD has not released the name of any suspects and is asking anyone with information regarding the case to contact them. 
FOX 11

L.A. County Offers $10,000 Rewards In WeHo Attack, Willowbrook Shooting
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established or renewed $10,000 rewards Tuesday in hopes of solving the unrelated killings of a 65-year-old homeless man bludgeoned to death in West Hollywood last year and a 22-year-old former Long Beach City College football player gunned down in Willowbrook in 2015. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the reward in the case of George McKinney, who was found May 23, 2018, lying in the street near Santa Monica Boulevard and Hilldale Avenue with a head injury following an argument with a motorist. McKinney was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following day. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators said the argument broke out at the Santa Palm Car Wash at 8787 Santa Monica Blvd. and then continued several blocks west to where McKinney was attacked just before 2 p.m.

Border Officials Seized A Record Number Of Illegal Machine Gun Kits
In 2018 Federal officials policing American ports are recovering record numbers of illegal conversion kits that enable some semiautomatic handguns, including several popular models made by Glock, to shoot fully automatic. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection first encountered the devices in 2016. That year, agents seized 22 full-auto pistol conversion kits at all 328 American ports of entry, according to CBP data provided to The Trace. A year later, the number of recoveries dropped to seven. But in 2018, border agents seized 301 kits, a more than six-fold increase over 2016. The majority of the devices seized by the CBP have arrived in air parcels from Asia, according to a spokesperson. “These products are heavily regulated, and there are serious consequences for not intercepting them,” said Jesus Sanchez, the CBP's assistant port director at Los Angeles International Airport. Efforts by law enforcement to track down conversion kits were first reported by reported by CNN in May. 
The Trace

Local Government News

Councilman Recommends Pulling Permits For E-Scooter Companies If They Don't Cooperate In Criminal Investigations
A Los Angeles City councilman suggests the city should pull the permits for electric scooter companies if they do not work with police on criminal investigations. It comes after cops confirm a hit and run involving a scooter. Scooter companies say they work with police but want to continue to do so through a legal, official process. An electric scooter is a motorized vehicle. California law requires an instruction permit or drivers license to ride one and it must travel on the road. Councilman Paul Koretz tells the NBC4 I-Team getting information to police immediately after a crime could lead to the scooter rider who allegedly ran away after hitting a local pastor. "I've always had severe doubts about the safety of scooters," said Koretz, a councilman for the fifth district. "If there is a hit and run or someone's been injured there's no reason that the company should be hiding their identity," he said.

LA Metro Seeks Public Feedback As North San Fernando Valley Rapid Transit Bus Project Inches Forward
A San Fernando Valley business group is gearing up for another push in favor of an Orange Line-like bus route that would take commuters east to west on the northern end of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley Industry Commerce Association — VICA — has been calling for its members — which include business and corporate interests in the area — to rally in support of North San Fernando Valley Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project aimed to connect Cal State Northridge and other parts of the Valley. The Metro Planning and Programming Committee is expected to start an environmental study for the project and examine the project's scope, which includes the communities of Chatsworth, Northridge, North Hills, Panorama City, Pacoima, Sylmar, North Hollywood and San Fernando, with potential connections to Metrolink at the Chatsworth and Sylmar/San Fernando stations to the Metro Orange Line and Red lines at North Hollywood station, to the long-planned East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project on Van Nuys Boulevard and other regional projects, according to Metro. The route itself would be 18 to 20 miles.
Los Angeles Daily News

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