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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

August 5, 2019
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Identifies 3 Suspects Arrested In Killing Of Off-Duty Officer Juan Diaz
Three suspects were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Los Angeles police Officer Juan Diaz as authorities conducted early morning raids in two counties Friday, Aug. 2, authorities said. Police released the names of the suspects, all of them Temecula residents, late Friday. The suspects, who police believe to be responsible for the deadly shooting in Lincoln Heights Saturday were arrested in Riverside, Murrieta and Temecula – in Riverside County – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Warrants were also served in Glassell Park and Mt. Washington areas of Los Angeles County, authorities said, but it wasn't immediately clear what was found at those locations. The specific time of the raids was not known. Late Friday, police identified those arrested as Francisco Talamantes, 23, Cristian Facundo, 20 and Ashlynn Smith, 18, all residents of Temecula. They were booked on suspicion of murder with a gang allegation and were being held on no bail, LAPD said in a statement. “These are the folks that we believe are responsible for that senseless murder of Juan Diaz,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala
Los Angeles Daily News

Memorial Held For Slain Off-Duty LAPD Officer 
A somber memorial service was held Sunday evening for the slain off duty LAPD officer who was allegedly shot and killed by a tagger he confronted. Juan Jose Diaz was 24. Three suspects — two men and one woman — were arrested Friday for their role in the slaying. CBS2/KCAL9's Cristy Fajardo reported that at the memorial, more mention was made about Diaz's life and not how he died. Diaz grew up in Lincoln Heights and the community came out to honor him and to say “thank you.” A makeshift memorial was surrounded by candles and mourning bands. There were also plenty of Dodger caps — a tribute to the late officer's favorite team. Many in the crowd knew Diaz. Some said they didn't have to know him. “This was a very, very important event to honor someone that cared about our community, who was trying to serve our community and lost his life in doing that,” says Juana Lambert. A little over a week ago Diaz went to a taco truck with his girlfriend, and, police say, was gunned down by gang members all because he tried stop one of them from tagging. His former academy classmates say the officer was full of integrity. And could always be counted on to do the right thing.

LA Domestic Hate Crimes Up 14 Percent In 2019
In the wake of a series of deadly mass shootings across the U.S., California State University San Bernardino professor Brian Levin, leading the Center For Hate & Extremism, says the data is clear: we live “in an era of concern.” Hate crimes across the U.S. and in Los Angeles, he says, are up. Levin's report, shared with Congress, shows in L.A. alone, hate crimes are up 14 percent this year compared to last. Last year, hate crimes were also at their highest rate in a decade in many of the country's biggest cities, including L.A., Chicago and Washington, D.C. “White supremacist homicides are now up the last few years. The terrorist hate crimes: we've seen them spike,” Levin said. “Right today, [we] have more extremist homicides in the United States than we did in all of last year.” In L.A., anti-black hate crimes rank highest, followed by anti-gay, anti-Jewish and anti-Latino. “We've seen increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Latino,” Levin said. For some Angelenos, the figures are too overwhelming to consider.

Drive-By Gang Shooting In South Los Angeles Leaves 4 Wounded
Three men and a woman were wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday morning in the Harvard Park area of South Los Angeles. Officers responded just after midnight to reports of a shooting in the area of Denker Avenue and West 62nd Street, where they located the victims, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The three men were taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said. ABC7 reported a woman was also injured. A detailed description of the shooter or suspect vehicle was not available. The shooting was believed to be gang-related, police said.

Police Offer $50k Reward In Hit-and-Run That Killed Woman In North Hills
Police were searching for the driver who they said struck and killed a 40-year-old woman who was walking across a North Hills street early Sunday morning. Los Angeles Police Department traffic detectives in the San Fernando Valley said they were investigating the fatal hit-and-run that occurred just past midnight, when a black vehicle driving westbound on Roscoe Boulevard hit a woman who was walking outside of a crosswalk. The woman was headed south across Roscoe, just west of the intersection with Haskell Avenue, at 12:05 a.m. when the vehicle hit her. Detectives said they believed the still unidentified vehicle never stopped. “The vehicle continued west, failing to stop to render aid and provide identification,” police said in a written statement. Police have not yet provided any other information about the vehicle, including its make or model. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics called to the scene pronounced the woman dead. She has not been identified — the coroner's office is still trying to notify her family, police said. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to the driver's identification, apprehension and conviction, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Pedestrian Killed In Fairfax Crash; DUI Suspect In Custody: LAPD

Authorities on Friday arrested a man accused of driving while under the influence when he crashed into another vehicle, which then fatally struck a pedestrian. Jacob Gralitzer, 27, has been booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence following the incident that happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday near several businesses on Melrose and Martel avenues. Gralitzer was heading east on Melrose Avenue in a 2018 Infinity Q60S when he hit a driver coming from the opposite direction and trying to turn left on Martel Avenue in a 2017 Acura MDX, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The Acura ran off the road and struck a pedestrian standing on the sidewalk in the southeast corner of the intersection, LAPD said.

During Dog Days Of Summer, Woodland Hills Car Wash Raises Funds For LAPD K-9 Unit
40 cadets from the Los Angeles Police Department Topanga and Devonshire Community Police Stations made a splash on Saturday in Woodland Hills. In fact, they made lots of them, washing cars for a worthy cause. The public was invited to have their cars washed for the ongoing effort to raise $12,000 that is needed to replace K-9 King, who died of cancer in January. Senior leads, K-9 Unit and youth officers were on hand to meet-and-greet those attending the fundraiser. Cash, the unit's demonstration dog, made an appearance and showed his skills. The officers chatted about the work of Cash and other police dogs in helping to solve crimes within the city. The Los Angeles Police K-9 Fund, a non-profit organization founded in 1980 and based in Woodland Hills, seeks donations in order to provide the unit with dogs and equipment for both handlers and dogs. Canines used by the LAPD are only acquired through public donations. The organization recently provided the K-9 Unit with lightweight helmets and heavy-duty battery chargers for the handlers' vehicles that are needed when they are out in the field.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man's Conviction Upheld For Maintenance Worker's Death In Van Nuys
A state appeals court panel Friday upheld a man's conviction for fatally shooting and stabbing a maintenance worker near a Target store parking lot in Van Nuys. The three-justice panel from California's 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense's contention that there were errors in Erick Renteria's trial. A jury in Van Nuys convicted Renteria in November 2016 of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. The case stemmed from the July 22, 2014, stabbing and shooting death of Francisco Miguel, who was part of a crew that was pressure-washing the store parking lot at Sepulveda Boulevard and Hatteras Street. The 48-year-old victim suffered four gunshot wounds and 10 stab wounds while working near a company truck that was parked on the street. One of the other workers saw Miguel fall to the ground, and the victim said repeatedly in Spanish that he had been shot. As the victim's co-worker was calling 911, Renteria walked past him carrying a long knife and stabbed Miguel, according to the ruling.

29 Killed In 2 US Shootings, And It Could Have Been Worse
It took just 30 seconds in Ohio and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters this weekend, but not before 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours. Officers gunned down the Ohio shooter at the doorstep of a bar-turned-hiding place in the middle of Dayton's nightclub district, and arrested the El Paso shooter as hundreds fled a crowded shopping center. Though the two attacks staggered a nation accustomed to gun violence, the bigger shock may have been that the death toll wasn't worse. In the Texas border city of El Paso, a gunman opened fire Saturday morning in a shopping area packed with thousands of people during the busy back-to-school season. The attack killed 20 and wounded more than two dozen, many of them critically. Hours later in Dayton, Ohio, a gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area, killing nine and injuring at least 26 people. The attacks came less than a week after a 19-year-old gunman killed three people and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival in California before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mass Shootings Are Destroying Our Sense of Public Space
A four-decade old food festival in California's wine country, which has brought people from across the country together to taste the harvest of famously productive local soil. An annual block party that for more than half a century has been a beloved reunion of longtime residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood. A Saturday morning rush of shopping at the local Walmart in the famously safe Texas border city of El Paso, where scores were fulfilling the everyday commercial necessities of life. A Saturday night on the town with music and drinks in the historic, brick-lined streets of Dayton, Ohio's Oregon District, a beloved bastion of social life and culture in the city. All four settings were cornerstones of communal life in a country that celebrates the freedom to gather, even (or especially) in this fractious era. But over the span of eight days, mass shooters marauded through each of those spaces, transforming them into scenes of unrelenting cruelty and primal fear. In all, 110 people were shot, and 33 died of their wounds. The gunmen not only destroyed the victims' bodies and forever altered survivors' lives. In as little as a minute, they also tore new holes in the sense of safety and community that makes public life possible.
The Trace

Public Safety News

Spread Of Fire Burning In Angeles National Forest Stopped, 80% Contained
Firefighters on land and in the air have stopped the spread and contained 80% of a brush fire that grew to 156 acres along the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Templin Highway in the Angeles National Forest, a fire official said Sunday, Aug 4. Officials have yet to project a time of when the brush fire will be 100% contained, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said. “We want to make sure that there are no hot spots within the interior of the fire,” Judy said. The fire was reported at 12:46 p.m. Saturday by a witness who told the California Highway Patrol that a black Kia Sorrento was burning on the right shoulder. By 12:53 p.m., the car was fully engulfed in flames pushed by northeast winds into the brush along the road. The blaze had a “moderate rate of spread,” Judy said. At about 4 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department reported the flames had grown to at least 150 acres but were 50 percent contained. They said “good progress” was made with fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
Los Angeles Daily News

More West Nile-Positive Mosquitoes Found In LA County
Another batch of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes was collected in Bellflower, the second group of infected insects captured in the county this year, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District announced Friday. Vector-control officials noted that West Nile activity was off to a slow start in the county, but warned the warm weather still to come will likely exacerbate matters. The district noted that 445 positive mosquito samples have been collected in Southern California outside of the county. The first positive sample in the county was found in mid-July in Long Beach. West Nile is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms from contracting the disease can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea or a skin rash, according to the department. The symptoms can last for several days to months. 

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