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July 25, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Arrests Made In Dousing Of NY Officers
A Brooklyn man surrendered Wednesday for his role in the weekend dousing of two city cops with buckets of water, an embarrassing incident that sparked outrage and criticism within the department and around the nation. Courtney Thompson, 28, turned himself in at the 73rd Precinct stationhouse in connection with the Saturday soaking where NYPD officers were openly mocked and splashed with water by a crowd of 15 to 20 local youths, police said. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief and criminal tampering — the last charge for damaging police equipment with the water. A third person was separately arrested for setting off a similar Saturday evening incident in Harlem by dousing a woman walking through the neighborhood and damaging her cell phone, cops said.
New York Daily News

Police: Manhunt Underway After Man Kills At Least 3, Including Family In San Fernando Valley
A manhunt is underway after a man is accused of shooting and killing his own brother and father, as well as wounding his mother in Canoga Park, police said Thursday. The shooting happened around 2 a.m. at a home located near the intersection of  Roscoe and Topanga Canyon boulevards. The 911 call came from the mother who locked herself inside a bathroom after her husband and son were shot by her other son, police said. Arriving officers discovered two men suffering from bullet wounds inside the home. They were both pronounced dead the scene. The mother was taken to a local hospital. Her condition was not immediately released. The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Gerry Dean Zaragoza of Canoga Park. Zaragoza had a history of threatening to kill his family, police said. It is unknown if Zaragoza fled the scene on foot or if he took one of his family member's vehicles. 
FOX 11

Shooting In North Hollywood Leaves 1 Dead, Another Hospitalized

Two people were wounded, one fatally, in a shooting outside a gas station in North Hollywood Thursday morning and a person was detained for questioning, authorities said. Officers responded to reports of a multi-victim shooting in the 6700 block of Vineland Avenue, near Vanowen Street, about 2:45 a.m. and located a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Both victims were taken to a hospital, where the woman died and the man was in critical condition, police said. Information was not immediately available on the woman's identity. A person was detained for questioning. It was unknown if the shooting was gang-related. The suspect was described only as a man in his 30s, police said.

How MS-13 Gang's Bloody Campaign Spilled Into A San Fernando Valley High School
Panorama High School was already on edge after a 10th grader went missing. Then, six students were detained in February 2018 with no explanation. There were whispers that the missing boy had been murdered, but the campus was in the dark about a possible motive and suspect. Authorities now say several of the students are linked to the killing of their missing classmate, Brayan Andino, and another man among seven slayings allegedly carried out by a local clique of MS-13. The high school has emerged as a disturbing backdrop to what authorities describe as a reign of terror in the San Fernando Valley by the notoriously violent street gang with a strong presence in both the U.S. and El Salvador. But teachers, students and parents said they received little or no information from either police or school officials about the gang's alleged operations on campus until last week, when prosecutors announced murder and racketeering charges against nearly two dozen adults who are alleged to be gang members.
Los Angeles Times

Man Booked For Murder In Valley Village Alley Shooting
A man was in custody today on suspicion of fatally shooting another man in an alley in Valley Village, police said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested earlier this week and booked on suspicion of murder in the killing of Alcides Quiroz Portillo, 27, of North Hollywood, who was gunned down in an alley on the southeast corner of Burbank Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue about 7 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles police Detective Steve Castro. The area is just south of the Valley Glen-Valley Village border on Burbank Boulevard. The corner is known for its many kosher markets and restaurants. “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.”
Los Angeles Daily News

VIDEO: Van Nuys Bat Attack Caught On Camera; Search For Suspect And 2 Women Underway
Disturbing video shows the brutal attack of a man who is beaten with a baseball bat in Van Nuys earlier this year. Two women, along with the victim, were walking through the parking lot of a hotel located in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in the early morning hours of Jan. 18. Los Angeles police said one of the women motioned with her hand for another man, who was walking behind them. The suspect came up to the victim and hit him several times in the face with a wooden bat. The victim fell to the ground and lost consciousness while the suspect continued to beat him, nearly killing him. Police said the suspect stole the victim's wallet and cellphone. He, along with the two women, fled the location with the victim's property, police said. Investigators are still looking for the male suspect and the two women who were with the victim. Police say the man was set up. He thought he was meeting these women for sex.

Two Men Sought After Allegedly Robbing Wholesale Jeweler At DTLA Home
Police are looking for two men who allegedly robbed a wholesale jeweler at his downtown Los Angeles home. The incident occurred on about 5:10 p.m. on July 20 near the intersection of 7th Street and Broadway. The two men had agreed to meet the jeweler at his home, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Once inside, the men took out handguns, handcuffed and hogtied the victim and ransacked his apartment. The men got away with cash, jewelry and clothing, police said. The men were caught on surveillance video going in and exiting the apartment building. The suspects are described as being between 18 and 30 years old. They were last seen going into a black SUV waiting outside. Anyone with information about the incident can call 213-996-1877 or 213-996-1877. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Woodland Hills Temple Vandalism Is Being Investigated As A Hate Crime, LAPD Says
White paint splattered on a large section of the Hebrew Discovery Center in Woodland Hills is being investigated as a hate crime as they continue looking for a suspect, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. As shown in surveillance camera footage provided by the synagogue's rabbi, a man walked up to the temple on July 14, threw a can of paint at the building and ran away. The splattered white paint still covers the front of the building, from parts of the roof down to the ground, according to Rabbi Netanel Louie, who called the act a hate crime from the very beginning. According to Louie, the LAPD found a fingerprint on the can of white paint the man threw at the building. Because this is an active hate crime investigation, the LAPD could not confirm this. However, police confirmed they are circulating an internal flyer with a photo of the man captured in surveillance video, to help generate potential names. The flyer has not been released to the public
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Denies Federal Charge Alleging He Sold Fentanyl That Caused 2 Overdose Deaths In Woodland Hills
A 28-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on a federal charge stemming from the deaths of a man and woman who overdosed on fentanyl at an apartment in Woodland Hills last year, prosecutors said Wednesday. Trent Michael Tomasovich of Sherman Oaks pleaded not guilty to trafficking the powerful opioid that resulted in the pair's deaths, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said in a news release. The defendant was arrested Tuesday by Los Angeles police and has since been transferred to federal custody. A one-count indictment naming him was unsealed Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Tomasovich allegedly sold the drug to 24-year-old Grace Montgomery, who took it at her friend's apartment. She died in the early morning hours of July 14, 2018. Montgomery was visiting the friend, who called paramedics after finding her unresponsive, authorities said. Several hours later, the apartment resident's boyfriend came over and found the fentanyl Montgomery had bought, according to court documents.

Public Safety News

New Case Of Measles Confirmed In LA County, 16th Of 2019
A new case of measles was confirmed in Los Angeles County Wednesday, and the county's department of public health said it is the 16th confirmed case in the county in 2019. The latest case involved an LA County resident who traveled outside the United States and is not linked to the outbreak reported earlier in the month, the LA County Department of Public Health said in a news release.

Local Government News

Miss The First LA City Council District 12 Forums? You Still Have A Chance To See The Valley's Next LA City Councilperson
A series of forums are scheduled for Los Angeles City Council candidates aiming to represent the northwest San Fernando Valley, ahead of the Aug. 13 election. The two candidates, John Lee and Loraine Lundquist, will take questions and share their views on the most pressing issues affecting Council District 12, such as homelessness, public safety, public transit, affordable housing, crime and environment in the district that includes neighborhoods in North Hills, Northridge, West Hills, Chatsworth, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch. Lee, 49, is a Republican and former Councilman Mitchell Englander's chief of staff, and Lundquist, 41, is a Democrat and sustainability instructor at Cal State Northridge, found common ground. The race comes after Englander left the City Council seat to work for a sports and entertainment company at the end of last year.
Los Angeles Daily News

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