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July 15, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Indiana K-9 Dies In Fiery Crash After Pursuit
A police chase through several counties Wednesday afternoon after a carjacking in Plymouth resulted in a fiery crash in which a Whitley County deputy's police dog died. Indiana State Police officials said troopers spotted a car traveling on U.S. 30 near Foxfarm Road matching the description of one that was reported to have been taken in a carjacking about 3:30 p.m. near LifePlex gym near U.S. 30 and Pioneer Drive in Plymouth. Troopers and other officers pulled over the 2016 Chrysler on U.S. 30 near Meijer Drive in Kosciusko County, but the driver then drove off, heading east on U.S. 30. The chase entered Whitley County where a deputy placed stop sticks and his car carrying a K-9 at U.S. 30 County Road 450 West. The Chrysler being pursued tried to avoid the stop sticks and struck the police car broadside.
South Bend Tribune, Ind.

1 Person Dead, Another Hospitalized In Lincoln Heights Shooting
One person was killed and another was wounded in a Lincoln Heights shooting, authorities said Sunday. The shooting was reported at 3:25 p.m. Saturday on South Avenue 18 at North Broadway, a Los Angeles Police Department dispatcher said. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was hospitalized, the dispatcher said. That second victim's condition was not available. Two suspects fled the scene, he said. Their descriptions were not available.

Driver Taking Part In South LA Street Takeover Slams Into Wall After Short Pursuit
Four people face charges in connection with taking part in a street takeover, then leading a short pursuit that ended in a crash into South LA wall. The crash happened at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Slauson and Broadway in South LA. The driver and three passengers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and have since been arrested. Police say the driver had been part of a street takeover – where several cars take over an intersection to do dangerous stunts in front of an audience notified via social media — at 54th and Avalon. Neighbors called 911 to report the street takeover. An officer nearby tried to stop one of the vehicles that was part of the street takeover, but the driver did not stop and led a short pursuit before losing control and slamming into a wall. Police say it was a miracle no one was killed. “There's a food truck, there was a lot of pedestrian traffic,” LAPD Lt. Gus Barrientos said. “Had this gone sideways, and the vehicle traveled in a southwest direction, obviously probably we would have had many casualties.”

Murder Suspect Arrested In Random Attack Of LADWP Worker; Bail Set At $2 Million
A 22-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker who was attacked July 2 in downtown, authorities announced Friday. The suspect, Gerson Carrillo Torres, was detained by officers on Thursday near the intersection of East Third and Wall streets, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. The location is less than a mile southwest of where the attack occurred. Torres was later arrested after detectives connected him to the case, the news release said. He was booked for murder and held on $2 million bail. According to investigators, 70-year-old Julius Rondez was walking in the 400 block of East Temple Street when he was approached by a man and knocked to the ground. The victim's head struck the pavement as a result of the unprovoked attack, the LAPD said. Rondez was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He died the following day.

Bomb Squad Detonates Pressure Cooker Found Near Islamic Center Of Northridge
A bomb squad responded after a bag with a pressure cooker inside was discovered near the Islamic Center of Northridge in Granada Hills Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. An investigation began on the 11000 block of Encino Avenue after police received a report at about 9:30 p.m. regarding a bag found near the mosque. Upon investigation, police discovered a pressure cooker inside the bag. Police evacuated the area as a precaution and summoned a bomb squad. The pressure cooker was found to be empty, and it was detonated. The scene was declared safe at approximately 12:30 a.m. It is unclear who left the bag with the pressure cooker on the sidewalk, but a couple of hours before the discovery, the mosque called police to report a YouTube personality who they say was harassing worshippers. It is not known if the pressure cooker was left by accident or if it was intended to scare worshippers.

Instagram Influencer Arrested For Sex Assault: LAPD
A popular social media personality was arrested Friday in San Diego on suspicion of sexual assault, police said. Ray Diaz, 33, of Hollywood, was taken into custody by San Diego police around 5 a.m. in connection with allegations being investigated by Los Angeles police detectives, LAPD said in a brief news release. Police did not provide any details on the case, such as when the alleged assault occurred, how it was reported or when they began investigating Diaz. Diaz has 3.1 million followers on his Instagram account, which has been made private, and another 304,500 on his YouTube page. BuzzFeed News reports the investigation was sparked by a “disturbing clip” posted last Friday, July 5, on 17-year-old Angelica Salek's Instagram account. The video — which Salek has since deleted — allegedly showed Diaz striking the teen girl, who he was dating at the time.

Alleged DUI Driver Charged In Crash That Killed Mother Sleeping Next To Child In South L.A. Apartment
A driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol when her car crashed into a South Los Angeles apartment, killing a mother who was asleep beside her young daughter, has pleaded not guilty to charges, prosecutors said Friday. Connie Jo Howard, 59, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury and driving with .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The crash happened in the pre-dawn hours of July 3. Nicole Marks, 44, was sleeping next to her 4-year-old daughter when a car slammed into her bedroom in a building near Main Street and 87th Street Place, prosecutors said. The crash caused wall fragments to fatally strike Marks, according to Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Jon Pinto. Her daughter was not seriously hurt. Howard and a male passenger were critically injured and had to be extricated from the car, said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Lopez.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Hit-and-Run Crash
A 24-year-old woman accused in a hit-and-run crash in which a bicyclist was fatally injured last year in South Los Angeles was Friday barred from driving a motor vehicle while her case is pending. Mariah Banks appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. “The court is going to order the defendant not to drive a motor vehicle, period,” Sullivan told the defendant during the court hearing, noting that the issue could be re-evaluated at a later date. Banks is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Aug. 29, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against her to proceed to trial.

Video: South Carolina Deputy Saves Infant's Life
When a sheriff's department deputy pulled over a car in South Carolina for speeding, the driver got out, yelling that a 12-day-old infant in the car had stopped breathing. The mom said the baby was drinking a bottle and then stopped breathing, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. Deputy William Kimbro's body cam footage from June 11 shows him taking the limp baby from her mother and performing first aid to save her during a traffic stop in the Summerville area. The deputy can be heard in the video saying “come on baby, cry for me, cry for me. Come on, open those eyes for me sweetheart.” The baby then lets out a faint cry. The deputy reassures the mother: “As long as she's crying like that, she's breathing.” However, in the body cam video, the deputy expresses concern for the infant's circulation since he says, “her lips are a little blue.” “I'm worried about her,” Kimbro says to the mother. “I think she's going to be okay. She's breathing.” After about five minutes, EMS arrived to continue to treat the infant. “She's breathing. She's got a pulse,” Kimbro tells paramedics. “I didn't feel a heartbeat earlier so I started massaging her heart,” he also says. “Now I feel it. It's really strong now.” Kimbro was awarded the “Life-saving Medal,” the sheriff's office said.
The News & Observer

Public Safety News

Two New Measles Cases Reported In LA County
Two new cases of measles in Los Angeles County residents are under investigation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath said in a news release Friday. The latest cases were related to cases reported earlier in the month, the Department of Public Health said. There were no exposure locations immediately identified by the department. The Department of Public Health urged residents, especially people who have been traveling internationally or have not been fully protected against the disease, to get measles, mumps and rebella (MMR) immunization to protect themselves. "For those who are not protected, measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that initially causes fever, cough, red, watery eyes, and, finally, a rash," Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, said in a statement. "Measles spreads by air and by direct contact, even before you know you have it. The MMR immunization is a very effective measure to protect yourself and to prevent the unintentional spread of this potentially serious infection to others."

Mayor Garcetti, Lucy Jones Push LA Neighborhoods To Adopt City Disaster Preparedness Program
In the wake of a series of earthquakes in Ridgecrest, Mayor Eric Garcetti and seismologist Lucy Jones urged Angelenos on Friday to participate in a city program that trains local neighborhoods respond to natural disasters. Officials warn that in the case of of a major earthquake, it may take days to receive emergency assistance. “We were spared the worst last week but these earthquakes were a reminder to all of us. Be prepared, have a plan,” he said at a press conference held at a Sherman Oaks fire station, emphasizing Valley communities and well-organized neighborhood groups who have taken disaster preparedness measures. “Do what you can to become a neighborhood leader.” With the program called Ready Your LA Neighborhood, or RYLAN, residents of any neighborhood in the city can set up a meeting and receive training with their immediate neighbors on responding to a major quake, fire or flood. Since its launch in summer 2018, said the mayor, some 100 clusters of residents around the city have utilized it.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

LA City Council Candidates' Forum Will Tackle Northwestern San Fernando Valley Issues
Two candidates for Los Angeles City Council District 12 will speak at a forum Monday, July 15, weeks ahead of their runoff on Aug. 13. John Lee and Loraine Lundquist got the most votes in a special election to fill the San Fernando Valley seat vacated by former Councilman Mitch Englander. Residents of the district — which includes Porter Ranch, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge, West Hills, North Hills and Reseda — will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates and ask questions about issues affecting their communities. Lee, 49, is a Republican and former Councilman Englander's chief of staff. Lundquist, 41, who is a Democrat and sustainability instructor at Cal State Northridge. Candidates will have a chance to take questions from the audience and present their vision for the northwest Valley communities affected by the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak, cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Lab, development projects in Porter Ranch and operations at Sunshine Canyon Landfill, among other issues such as public safety, homelessness and affordable housing.
Los Angeles Daily News

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