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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 20, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Police Investigating Sun Valley Murder-Suicide, 2-Year-Old Found Unharmed Inside Home
Police were investigating a murder-suicide at a home in Sun Valley Monday night. Two deceased adults — a woman with multiple gunshot wounds and a man with a gunshot wound to the head — were found dead inside as well as a 2-year-old female child who was unharmed and in the care of the Los Angeles Police Department. A firearm was recovered from the scene, police said. “She was in a very secure playpen with toys,” LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide Lt. Mike Kozak told reporters at the scene. “She looked well taken care of. She didn't seem to know what was going on, obviously at that age they really don't know what's going on.” Police continued the search Tuesday morning for relatives of the child who was found wearing only a diaper. Police did not immediately release the names or the relationship of the deceased.

3 In Custody Following Shooting On 10 Freeway In Downtown Los Angeles
Three suspects are in custody after a shooting on a freeway in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred at approximately 12:08 a.m. on the transition road of the eastbound 10 Freeway to the northbound 110 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. A Sigalert was issued for the eastbound and westbound 10 Freeway transition roads to the northbound 110 Freeway. The Sigalert was lifted shortly before 4:30 a.m. Details regarding what led to the shooting were not immediately known.

Rental Scam Suspect Arrested By LAPD Detectives
A suspect who scammed a woman out of money to supposedly rent a place to live was arrested, police said Monday. The victim responded to an internet ad listing a property for rent in Los Angeles this month and contacted the suspect, identified as Evan Weitzberg, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said Weitzberg used the name “John Cassab” in his dealings with the victim and asked her to sign a lease and wire money to a bank account to rent the property. The amount of money wired was not disclosed. The victim believed the ad was genuine and wired the money, but later became suspicious and contacted the LAPD's Hollywood Division when she was asked to send more money to secure the rental, police said. Detectives determined Weitzberg or an associate was posing as “Cassab” and he had no authority to rent the property. Weitzberg was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and posted bail, police said.

Search On For Inmate Who Walked Away From Reentry Program In Los Angeles
Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped a reentry program in Los Angeles Monday. Brandon Martin walked away from the Male Community Reentry Program facility about 1:30 p.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Local law enforcement agencies were alerted and began to search for Martin, 34. He had arrived at the facility onJuly 18 and is serving a two year eight month sentence for possessing or owning a firearm as a felon or addict and receiving stolen property. He was scheduled to be released on probation on Sept. 4, 2020. Martin is described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. Anyone who sees Martin or knows about his whereabouts is asked to call a local law enforcement agency or 911.

South LA Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery Of Mail Trucks In LA
A South Los Angeles man Monday admitted his participation in two armed robberies of U.S. Postal Service trucks carrying tens of thousands of dollars in cash -- heists that were planned out with the help of his half-brother, a former USPS employee. Myron Crosby, 28, of Athens pleaded guilty to one felony count of robbery of United States property, which carries a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero set sentencing for Nov. 25. Crosby admitted in his plea agreement that, on Feb. 1, 2018, he and his half-sibling organized the armed robbery of a USPS truck departing the Wagner Post Office located in Los Angeles, near the city boundary with Inglewood. During the robbery, in which Crosby acted as a lookout, a white minivan blocked the USPS truck just outside the post office and the robber threatened the truck driver at gunpoint and stole $37,658 in cash, the plea agreement states.

Black-Market Arms Dealer Faces Sentencing In L.A.
An international arms trafficker who conspired to transfer surface-to-air missile systems designed to shoot down aircraft to customers in Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and elsewhere faces at least 25 years behind bars when sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. Rami Najm Asad-Ghanem, 53, who was commonly known as Rami Ghanem — a naturalized United States citizen who was living in Egypt at the time of the offenses — was found guilty of the missile conspiracy charge in November in Los Angeles federal court following a nine-day trial. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that demonstrated he conspired to use Russian-made Igla and Strela surface-to-air missile systems by brokering the services of mercenary missile operators to a militant faction in Libya in 2015, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Among other actions, Ghanem negotiated the salaries and terms of service of the mercenary missile operators, coordinated their payment, facilitated their travel to Libya, and offered them a $50,000 bonus if they were successful in their mission of shooting down airplanes flown by the internationally recognized government of Libya.

California's ‘Red Flag' Law Might Be Helping To Reduce Mass Shooting Risk, Study Says
Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its “red flag” law appears to be helping to reduce the chance of mass shootings, according to a study released Monday by the UC Davis School of Medicine. The initial findings by the school's Violence Prevention Research Program were made public just hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he is interested in receiving a group of pending bills that would significantly expand the use of so-called “extreme risk protection” orders. At the same time, recent mass shootings in Gilroy, Calif., as well as El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, have renewed the conversation in Congress about possibly adopting national red flag laws. UC Davis researchers examined 21 cases of individuals who had firearms removed from them or purchases blocked because of court orders. The researchers found that none of the individuals was later involved in gun-related violence. “We can't prove that the orders are responsible for the outcome,” said Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency medicine and the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Site Of Explosive Paramount Blaze Investigated As Possible Drug Operation: Fire Officials
The site of a large fire that sparked explosions and sent flames and black smoke shooting into the air in Paramount Monday morning is being investigated as a possible drug operation, officials said. The fire was reported at a commercial building about 10:40 a.m. along the 7300 block of East Somerset Street and firefighters were on scene within a minute, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Flames and black smoke were billowing out of the roof of the large building, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The flames quickly spread through the roof and building as three explosions were seen from above. Several firefighters were battling the blaze from the ground and from the rooftop of another building in the area. The flames came dangerously close to homes in the vicinity, but no other buildings were damaged during the fire. By 11:15 a.m., the smoke had dissipated, but spread through a large swath of the area, aerial video showed. Flames could still be seen through the collapsed roof about 11:25 a.m.

West Nile Virus Appears In Four Los Angeles County Communities, L.A. County Residents Urged To Take Precautions
West Nile virus activity continues to be detected in Los Angeles County mosquitoes, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reported Monday. The district says signs of West Nile Virus has been found in four additional mosquito samples from traps in Carson, Northridge, Reseda and Signal Hill. Residents are urged to use EPA-registered repellents when spending time outdoors to prevent mosquito bites and WNV illness. Not all repellents are effective against mosquitoes but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends repellents with the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. West Nile virus is endemic in Los Angeles County, and the summer heat can increase virus activity and mosquito populations, according to a district statement. So far this year, 10 WNV human cases have been reported in California, two of which were identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
FOX 11

Local Government News

LADOT Offers Free DASH Bus Rides For Any And Every K-12 Or College Student
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation launched a program offering bus rides free of charge to K-12 and college students in Los Angeles on Monday, the day before students at LA Unified School District return to classrooms for a new school year. DASH buses are already inexpensive – rides are 50 cents a piece – but the DASH to Class pilot program aims to increase ridership while helping students get to classrooms more days and on time. Any student in LA County is eligible to receive a reduced-fare TAP card needed to receive the free rides. The pilot was developed in partnership with L.A. City Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Krekorian, who co-authored council legislation dedicating state Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) funds in support of the program. Based on current ridership trends and projections, LADOT estimates that providing free DASH passes to LAUSD and LACCD students will increase student ridership by 10%. Any student in LA County is eligible to apply for the reduced price TAP card online by providing photo ID and proof of enrollment.
Los Angeles Daily News

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