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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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July 24, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Video: California Cop Braves Flames To Pull Man From Burning Car
A police officer just happened to be in the right place at the right time for a resident in need after a solo vehicle crash, authorities said Monday. Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the officer was on his way to an unrelated shift call when he heard a call about a vehicle collision in the 1000 block of Curtner Road. Moments later, the officer arrived to find a small Lexus SUV that had struck a tree and come to rest on its side before bursting into flames. Bystanders at the scene alerted the officer about a man still inside, so the officer grabbed a fire extinguisher to try to beat back flames. But he soon realized there was a more urgent task. “He knew it could be a prolonged extraction,” Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said Monday night. “Once he realized the fire was beyond what could be put out, he gets into the car, using the extinguisher to beat back flames.” After opening a back-door hatch, the officer managed to reach the man inside before pulling him out to safety.
East Bay Times

Deputy, 2 Pedestrians Injured In Bellflower Area Multi-Vehicle Crash
A deputy and two pedestrians had to be hospitalized following a multi-vehicle crash in the Bellflower area Tuesday night. The incident occurred after 9 p.m. as the deputy was responding to a call to assist another deputy who was detaining a man with a knife, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Deputy Figueroa said. Investigators said a vehicle pulled out and struck the deputy's patrol car as it approached the intersection of Downey Avenue and Ramona Street. The patrol vehicle then hit a parked car and ended up on the sidewalk, Figueroa said. The deputy and two pedestrians were injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital. The unidentified deputy suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released Figueroa said. The pedestrians also appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, but their current condition was unknown, he said.

Man Found Lying On Mission Hills Street Dies, Leading To Homicide Investigation
A man found lying on a street in Mission Hills Tuesday died a short time later at a hospital, and police were investigating the death as an apparent homicide, authorities said. The man, in his 40s, was discovered about 3 a.m. near Stranwood Avenue and San Fernando Mission Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the man, who apparently was homeless. According to police, a homeless man went to a nearby fire station and reported finding the victim. No arrests were reported, and no suspect information was released. LAPD Detective Mark O'Donnell said that the man apparently had suffered an injury consistent with a broken neck.

1 Killed In Valley Village Drive-By Shooting
A man in his late 20s was killed Saturday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in an alley behind a strip mall in Valley Village, Los Angeles police said. The victim was walking in the alley just east of Whitsett Avenue, behind the strip mall on the southeast corner of Whitsett and Burbank Boulevard, at around 6:54 p.m. on Saturday when a group of men pulled up in a vehicle. The men fired at the victim from inside the vehicle, striking him at least once. Then the men fled. Police found the victim with a gunshot wound and paramedics transported to a nearby hospital, where he died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department and reports from the scene. Officer Rosario Cervantes said there were multiple men inside the vehicle. But no description of the men or the vehicle they were driving was available Sunday.
Los Angeles Daily News

Security Officer Shoots Man Armed With Knife Outside Federal Courthouse In Downtown L.A.
A security officer shot and wounded a man wielding a knife in front of a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon, police said. The gunfire was reported about 2:15 p.m. outside the First Street U.S. Courthouse at 350 W. First St., according to L.A. Police Officer Jeff Lee. The man with a knife was shot in the hand. He was hospitalized but expected to survive, Lee said. FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller said the officer fired after the armed man approached court security and became involved in an altercation. A man in his 30s or 40s was detained, Lee said. Police and FBI officials declined to comment on whether that man was the suspect, citing the ongoing investigation. A knife was recovered at the scene, said LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar. The steps leading to the courthouse were blocked off, and the area was expected remained closed throughout the evening.

A Van Nuys Man Lured Women From Nightclubs, Then Sexually Assaulted Them, Police Say
Police are seeking additional potential victims of a Van Nuys resident who authorities say would charm young women he met at nightclubs then sexually assault them. Omar Talley, 22, a self-described nightclub promoter and social media influencer, has been charged with three counts of rape with multiple victims, two counts of oral copulation and one count of forcible acts of sexual penetration, according to a statement Tuesday from the Los Angeles Police Department. Talley would travel frequently to nightclubs in Hollywood and West Hollywood, where he would befriend women in their early 20s and gain their trust, authorities said. He would then order a ride-share service to take himself and the women to his home in Van Nuys or to another “after party” location. Once there, police said he would sexually assault the women. “It appears Omar Talley would be charming just before the sexual act, then change his demeanor and force the women to perform sexual acts against their will,” LAPD Detective Katherine Gosser said in a statement. Talley's arrest on July 11 came after LAPD West Valley patrol officers responded to a woman who said she escaped during an attack. According to the LAPD statement, Talley forced her to perform sexual acts, physically assaulted her and spoke degrading words to her.
Los Angeles Times

Man Fatally Wounded In North Hollywood Alley Identified
Authorities Tuesday identified a man who was gunned down in an alley in North Hollywood, and continued their efforts to find the suspects who killed him. Alcides Quiroz Portillo, 27, of North Hollywood was found lying in the alley near Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue about 7 p.m. Saturday and died at a hospital, according to the coroner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers were sent to the area on a report of a shooting. “The investigation revealed that the victim was walking in the alley when he was approached by a light-colored vehicle,” an LAPD statement said. “The occupants from the vehicle and the victim had a discussion, and at that time the victim was struck by gunfire. The vehicle then drove away from the alley in an unknown direction.” The suspects were described only as males. No arrests have been reported. Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call LAPD Detective Steve Castro at 818-374-1925, or 877-LAPD-247.
Los Angeles Daily News

Security Camera Catches Trio Of Burglars In The Act As Homeowners Slept
Security cameras inside a Chatsworth home caught a trio of robbers in the act in the early hours of Sunday morning — one of whom appeared to be carrying a gun. “What were their intentions if my husband or I or some of my family members had awoken that night and they were in the kitchen,” the homeowner said. The video shows the robbers taking the homeowners purse from the kitchen, breaking into a pool house where once maneuvered a bicycle in the dark and broke into an SUV on the street. Since the burglary, the homeowners have added additional security measures to their home. “You need to stay away,” the homeowner said. “Because I'm very much prepared if you ever come back again.” Police ask that anyone with information about this crime call the Los Angeles Police Department – Devonshire Station at 818-832-0633.

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Pursuit, Standoff In South Los Angeles
A man who allegedly led police on a pursuit and then barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles apartment with an infant for several hours pleaded not guilty Friday to more than a half-dozen criminal charges. Juan Manuel Zamora, 25, was charged July 2 with one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle while driving recklessly, child abuse under circumstances likely to cause great bodily injury or death, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is also facing two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. Police officers responding to a call tried to stop Zamora's vehicle last June 28 in a parking lot at South San Pedro Street and East Washington Boulevard, but he allegedly drove away, according to prosecutors. Zamora allegedly hit a police vehicle as he fled, leading officers on a chase in which he crashed into a traffic pole, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Public Safety News

1st Positive Sample Of West Nile Virus In L.A. County Discovered In Long Beach
The first positive sample of West Nile virus in Los Angeles County this year has been discovered in Long Beach. It's not clear exactly when the mosquito with West Nile tested positive. To be clear, a mosquito tested positive, not humans, yet. But health officials are anticipating a significant year for the virus, especially as temperatures get warmer, and that brings more mosquitos to Los Angeles County. A 74-year-old Imperial County man died in June after contracting West Nile virus. He is believed to be the first death caused by the disease in the state this year. Last year, 11 people died of West Nile in California.

Local Government News

Metro Bumps Up Costs For Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project
Metro announced higher cost estimates Tuesday for its forthcoming Sepulveda Transit Corridor project, a route the agency hails as a much-needed alternative to the 405 freeway connecting LA's San Fernando Valley and Westside. New cost estimates project the heavy rail or monorail line would cost between $9.4 billion and $13.8 billion, a significant jump from Metro's estimate of $7.4 to $9.2 billion in 2016. In its announcement, the agency also made minor route changes and responded to community input – including a detailed proposal by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association to build a monorail down the middle of the 405 instead. Metro will be holding a slate of community meetings on the project this and next month.
Los Angeles Daily News

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