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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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July 19, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LEO Killed In Arkansas Shooting
Authorities say two people, including a sheriff's deputy, were killed Thursday in a shooting in rural northern Arkansas. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stone County Sheriff's deputy Sergeant Mike Stephen, 56, was killed as he was responding to a call in Leslie when a suspect opened fire. Leslie is about 77 miles north of Little Rock. Sadler said Stephen arrived around 8:40 a.m. at a house in response to a domestic welfare check call, shortly before other deputies arrived. As Stephen approached the house, he began talking with a woman outside, while a man was inside. Then, Sadler said, "gunfire erupted." He did not say who shot first, what guns were involved or how many shots were fired. Both Stephen and a male suspect were killed. The woman was taken to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Associated Press

Alabama LEO Shot Multiple Times Expected To Recover
An Alabama police officer was shot as many as seven times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown, authorities said Thursday. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was among three involving area law enforcement officers within the span of a few hours. No one died in the other shootings. Officers were answering a call about a robbery reported at a small grocery store when they saw a man leaving the scene, Police Chief Patrick D. Smith told a news conference. Officers attempted to stop the man, who pulled out a gun and repeatedly shot Officer Cullen Stafford, Smith said. Authorities responding to Stafford's call for help were met with additional gunfire. Stafford was shot between five and seven times, and Smith said a bulletproof vest "probably saved his life." "He was still hit multiple times and he's going to have a long road to recovery," Smith said.
Associated Press

LAPD Officer Making History As Female Boxer At Montebello Charity Event
Deirdre Fonseca - known as "Sugar" Dre in the boxing ring - is preparing to make history Saturday. The 31-year-old Los Angeles Police Department officer will become the first woman to headline a charity law enforcement boxing event in the U.S., when she fights a female officer from England at the "Undisputed" event in Montebello. At five-feet two-inches and 128 pounds, Fonseca has come a long way. "I was 204 pounds when I had my second baby," she recalled. At that time, the single mom worked as an LAPD dispatcher, but said she wanted to show her two daughters, Demi, now 7 years old, and Violet, 8, that she could do more. She looked to her dad Daniel, a former boxer, for inspiration to get in the ring. "My dad had 17 amateur fights and 5 professional fights in the 1970s," said Fonseca. "That's part of my background, that's in my family tree." She says she started working out five or six days a week. "I would just work out, shower, take the girls to the sitter, go to work." She won her first fight in 2014. So far, she has five wins and one loss to her name. And she's gained a following.

Woman Shot Dead In East Hollywood
A woman was fatally shot Thursday in East Hollywood by a man who had been following her as she walked near an apartment complex, authorities said. Gunfire was reported about 2:20 p.m. in the 900 block of North Oxford Avenue, south of Romaine Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said. An ambulance was called to the scene for a woman who was down in the driveway of an apartment complex, not conscious or breathing, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Distraught family members told reporters that she was 27-year-old Cindy Lopez, who lived nearby with her mother and had been studying for a career in law. It's unclear if the woman and the man suspected of shooting her knew one another, but the shooting did not appear to be random, LAPD Lt. John Radtke said at the scene. The suspect, who was wearing shorts and a blue shirt, fled the scene northbound on foot and was being sought, according to the detective.

Hit-and-Run Crash Leaves Man Dead In Mid-City Street; LAPD Searching For Driver
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a man in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles and then fled the scene Friday morning. The incident was reported about 2:20 a.m. after the victim was found in the roadway on Venice Boulevard near Cadillac Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Elaine Morales said. Investigators believe the man had been struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene. “The injuries are consistent with a traffic collision,” Sgt. Rick Hernandez said. The victim, described only as a homeless man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A rolling suitcase was found next to the unidentified victim, Morales said. The person who discovered the victim in the roadway did try to help him before calling 911, she said. No information was available about the vehicle that struck the victim. Investigators are searching the area for witnesses or surveillance video.

LAPD To Equip More Officers With Medication To Reduce Opioid Deaths
As the nation battles an opioid epidemic, the Los Angeles Police Department is expanding a program to supply officers with thousands of doses of a nasal spray to treat overdose victims. Last year, the LAPD launched a pilot program to train and equip officers to administer naloxone, which blocks the effects of an opioid overdose. More than 6,100 officers now carry the drug sold under the brand name Narcan. Other officers are expected to receive training. So far, officers have saved 15 people's lives with the drug, but it did not work in two other cases, Deputy Chief Dominic Choi said. This week, the Police Commission approved the department's request to accept a $750,600 donation from the California Health and Human Services Agency to pay for 10,008 doses. “The officers know it's helpful,” said Choi, who until recently served as the LAPD's homeless coordinator. “This is really an effort by the department to help people.” Officers have dispensed the drug to overdose victims living on the streets, including in downtown Los Angeles' skid row, and those in homes needing emergency treatment, Choi said.
Los Angeles Times

Shooting Investigation Shuts Down Part Of Colorado Boulevard In Eagle Rock
A shooting investigation has shut down Colorado Boulevard between Glen Iris Avenue and Highland View Avenue in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles Thursday evening. One victim was rushed to the hospital in an unknown condition. The shooting happened in the 1900 block of Colorado Boulevard. LAPD says two male suspects were seen driving away in a white Honda Pilot. The first suspect was described as a male Hispanic wearing a red and white basketball jersey. Police described the second suspect as either a male Hispanic or Filipino wearing an L.A. Lakers jersey. This is a developing story. 
FOX 11

Police Searching For Suspect After 7-Year-Old Boy Shot In Watts
A massive police presence descended on a Watts neighborhood after a gunman opened fire near a group of children, wounding a 7-year-old boy, police and witnesses said. Dozens of police cars and fire vehicles were on the scene and about six blocks were taped off to traffic in the area of Wilmington Avenue and 111th Street as police searched for the shooter. Vanessa Sanchez saw her little brother Joseph get shot in the leg. "He's just a kid, he's only 7 years old," she said. "He didn't deserve this." Authorities said the shooting victim was listed in stable condition. Sanchez witnessed the gunman get out of a car and open fire with a rifle, hitting Joseph in the leg. "I saw the guy got out with a rifle. As soon as I saw that, I knew automatically something was gonna happen. I told the kids run inside, run inside." Sanchez said her brother ran upstairs before anybody had even realized he had been struck.

Detectives Searching For Missing 48-Year-Old Westlake District Woman
Police were asking the public's help Thursday to find a 48-year-old woman last seen leaving her home in Westlake. Sheryl Watson was last seen about 6 a.m. on July 8 in the 100 block of South Virgil Avenue and hasn't been heard from since, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “It is very unusual for Ms. Watson to be missing and for her to not have been in regular contact with her children,” according to a police statement. Watson is black, 5 feet 9 and about 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing shorts, a white T-shirt and a white scarf on her head when she was last seen. Anyone with information regarding Watson's whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD's Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1880 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Panorama City Man Accused Of Killing Wife With Machete In June Pleads Not Guilty

A Panorama City man pleaded not guilty Thursday, July 18, to killing his wife with a machete in June, and then forcing his way into his neighbors' apartment, where he allegedly attacked a couple and their teenage son. David Ernesto Rodriguez, 36, allegedly chased his wife, Karla, out of their apartment on Roscoe Boulevard near Kester Avenue during an argument June 22 and killed the 32-year-old woman with a machete, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He then allegedly forced his way into his neighbors' apartment and attacked the husband and wife, along with their 17-year-old son when he tried to intervene, according to prosecutors. The father suffered serious eye, nose and arm injuries from the machete, while the mother's head was cut and their son's hand was seriously injured, according to the District Attorney's Office. Rodriguez is charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary with a person present, along with two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem involving the alleged attacks. The charges include allegations that he used a deadly weapon and caused great bodily injury.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

City Of LA Installs 21 Drinking Fountains Near Homeless Encampments, But Residents Have Concerns
The city of Los Angeles has installed 21 new drinking fountains near homeless encampments to provide just a little bit of relief in this summer heat, with some in areas like Skid Row. But one of those fountains is inside a Venice Beach neighborhood, and some homeowners think that's the wrong place for it. A homeless man was seen cleaning razors in the new drinking fountain installed on 3rd Avenue near Rose in Venice Beach. Residents also snapped photos showing a man in bathrobe who just washed in the fountain, and piles of trash surrounding it. Resident Rick Swinger said he understands the need, but he thinks it's the wrong location for the fountain near homes just three blocks from the beach. "What it does is creates a camping environment, makes it easy for everybody to come here. World travelers come here for free camps because we're by the beach," he said. Lorenzo lives on the street with his two dogs. He said he's happy about the fountain, because he doesn't have to bother neighboring businesses for water. "We don't have money to buy water. It helps a lot," he said.

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