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August 28, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Texas Trooper Dies Months After Being Shot At Crash Scene
A state trooper has died more than four months after he was shot while investigating a vehicle collision in South Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement that Trooper Moises Sanchez died Saturday after suffering head injuries when he was shot April 6 in Edinburg. Authorities say Sanchez was investigating a vehicle collision but couldn't find one of the drivers. They say he then found Victor Alejandro Godinez nearby and was shot. Department Director Steven McCraw says the 49-year-old Sanchez "demonstrated great strength and bravery as a Texas trooper." Authorities say charges of attempted murder against Godinez will be upgraded to capital murder. Godinez, of Edinburg has been jailed since the weekend of the shooting. A message left Sunday with his attorney was not immediately returned.
Associated Press

Pedestrian Fatally Struck While Crossing Street In Vermont Square; Driver Sought
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a pedestrian in the Vermont Square neighborhood of Los Angeles early Wednesday morning. The crash occurred about 1:30 a.m. as the victim was crossing Normandy Avenue near West 51st Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Elaine Morales said. The victim, identified only as a man, was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Normandy Avenue, Morales said. The man was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck and was sent flying into two parked vehicles, LAPD Officer Clarence Perkins said. He was located between the parked vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene, Morales said. The driver fled the scene in an unknown vehicle. Detectives are searching the area for surveillance video and witnesses.

LAPD Makes Arrest In Boyle Heights Hit-And-Run That Injured Bicyclist

Tips from the public led to the arrest Tuesday of a 23-year-old driver who allegedly struck and injured a bicyclist in Boyle Heights and fled the scene. The arrest of Luis Rayaflores came a day after police released video of the head-on collision, which occurred about 10:30 p.m. Thursday on Whittier Boulevard near Calzona Street. Rayaflores knew why Los Angeles Police Department Detective Juan Campos turned up at his Canoga Park area home and admitted to being the driver, the detective said. Rayaflores, who was licensed and insured, said he fled because he panicked after hitting the bicyclist, according to Campos. Rayaflores was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail, Campos said. Tips received after the video was released to media outlets led to the vehicle and suspect, according to Campos, who said Rayaflores had also seen the collision video on the news.

After A Deadly Hit-and-Run In North Hills, The Suspect Jumped On A Bus And Fled Deep Into Mexico, Police Say

The suspect in the deadly North Hills hit-and-run in June bought a bus ticket two hours after the crash and then fled to the southernmost tip of Mexico in an attempt to escape charges, authorities said on Tuesday, Aug 27. When Los Angeles Police Department detectives went to the home of Maritza Lara after the June 16 crash that killed one man and injured several of her own passengers, she was already gone, Sgt. Nicholas Sinclair said. Family members drove her to the Greyhound station in downtown L.A., where she purchased tickets for herself and her four children. Investigators said they were told the family was on their way to Calexico, a small city that is 120 miles east of San Diego and on the U.S.-Mexico border. But U.S. Marshals later found Lara had travelled all the way to a town near the Mexican border with Guatemala. She was arrested in Mexico on Aug. 17 and deported back to the U.S. two days later. Lara now faces charges of murder, driving under the influence, and felony hit and run, authorities said. Sinclair, a detective with LAPD's Valley Traffic Division, said bottles of rum and beer were found inside the Lexus that Lara was driving at the time of the crash. Marijuana was also found in the vehicle.
Los Angeles Daily News

Former Marine Arrested After Hourslong Standoff In Reseda
A former Marine was arrested after a nearly seven-hour standoff in Reseda Wednesday morning. The suspect's landlord contacted authorities on Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. reporting his tenant who lives in a converted garage fired his gun. In addition, the landlord said his tenant had been behaving 'strangely,' by acting "paranoid" and "hearing voices." Arriving officers responded to the home in the 18900 block of Cantara Street, near the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue. The suspect refused to come out of the home prompting a SWAT team with the Los Angeles Police Department and crisis negotiators to be called to the scene. The standoff lasted well into the night and into the early morning hours as the suspect refused to exit the home. The suspect called 911 several times throughout the night and admitted to dispatchers he had fired the shot. He also reportedly admitted to using meth. The suspect came out of the home after police used tear gas around 5:30 a.m. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for psychiatric evaluation. 
FOX 11

Intoxicated Transient Being Chased By Officers Jumps Onto 101 Freeway, LAPD Says
A reportedly intoxicated transient walking in the street in East Hollywood jumped off a 101 Freeway overpass and died while being chased by officers, Los Angeles police said. The transient was walking in traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard when two officers began chasing him, the Los Angeles Police Department said. It was not immediately clear if the man was killed by the fall off the Santa Monica Boulevard overpass onto the 101 Freeway or by being struck by a vehicle, police said. The fall temporarily shut down all southbound lanes and backed up traffic. There was a significant backup starting near the Santa Monica Boulevard overpass. Around 10:40 p.m., two lanes of the 101 Freeway were reopened, but the death investigation was ongoing and expected to carry on for several hours. There was no estimate into what time the remaining lanes would reopen.

Police Investigate Possible Swatting Call At Winnetka Home

Police were investigating a possible swatting call at a home Tuesday night in the 8100 block of Oso Avenue in Winnetka. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. of a shooting inside the home. A fire engine was on the scene and an ambulance was heading to the scene after getting calls of a person shot. According to initial reports, the family later called police to say that there was nothing of the sort happening in the home and that nobody from the home made the call. The family was evacuated from the home, and police searched the two-story home. “It was a fake call,” said a man who lives in the house. “They got inside my house, and they checked. And it's clear.” The family was able to return back to their home shortly after being evacuated. Police are investigating the incident as a possible swatting call.

Missing Venice Man's Burned Body Found In Joshua Tree; 2 Women, Man Charged With Murder: Authorities

Three people, including the victim's stepdaughter, have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a missing Venice man whose burned body was found in a dry lake bed in Joshua Tree earlier this month, officials said Tuesday. The victim, 72-year-old William Webb, had been reported missing out before his body was found, according to LAPD Officer Jader Chavez. Webb was killed on Aug. 15, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His charred remains were found near Sunway Road and Rosehedge Avenue the following morning. Evidence located at the scene prompted homicide detectives to begin investigating, authorities said. Three people were subsequently arrested and charged with murder in connection with the man's death, according to the DA's office. The criminal complaint identifies the suspects as Haena Worthing, 44, of Marina del Rey; John Schiefer, 38, of Nipomo; and Shavonne Webster, 40, of Winchester, Indiana. The DA's office alleged that Shiefer and Webster used a hammer to kill the victim, according to the complaint.

Southern California Man Surrenders In $14M Movie Scam

A Southern California man who allegedly scammed $14 million from investors by falsely telling them their money would be used to produce a feature film has surrendered to federal authorities. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Tuesday that 41-year-old Adam Joiner is charged with wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. It wasn't immediately known if the Manhattan Beach resident has an attorney. Prosecutors say Joiner used fake documents and forged signatures to raise millions from investment firms in South Korea and China for a project called "Legends." The fake film was to be an anachronistic mash-up of legendary and historical figures from nineteenth century America — including Davy Crockett, Calamity Jane and Paul Bunyan. Joiner allegedly told investors that Netflix had agreed to distribute the picture.

Convicted California Arsonist Faces New Fire Charges

A man already in prison for arson is facing new charges that he set fires as a diversion to burglarize fire stations in Southern California. Prosecutors contend that 21-year-old Christian Saddler of Hesperia caused more than $5 million in damage. The Orange County Fire Authority on Tuesday announced new charges against Saddler, a onetime member of San Bernardino County's Fire Explorer program. Authorities say Saddler set fires to divert crews in order to steal cash and personal items from Orange County stations. KTLA-TV reports that one fire spread to a Santa Ana apartment building where families slept. They escaped without injury. Authorities say they suspect Saddler also set fires in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. Saddler currently is serving five years for arson and burglary involving other cases.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA Bars Could Stay Open Until 4 A.M. Under State Bill, But LA Council Says No Way
A proposal that would allow bars in select cities to remain open until 4 a.m. should be cut off, Los Angeles City Council members declared Tuesday as they passed a resolution opposing the bill pending in Sacramento. “I'm looking to my council colleagues to support this resolution as a critical vote for public safety,” said Councilman Paul Koretz, who authored the resolution. “This is a bill that puts not only consumers of alcohol in danger but all the innocent bystanders that will suffer, if it passes. “… Today's resolution is an opportunity to tell Sacramento legislators the people of Los Angeles are not guinea pigs in an experiment likely to kill and maim many of its residents,” Koretz said. The bill, SB 58, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would create a five-year pilot program beginning in 2022 that would allow bars to remain open until 4 a.m. in Cathedral City, Coachella, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, Fresno, San Francisco and West Hollywood. Existing law prohibits the sale of alcohol from 2 to 6 a.m. The City Council passed the resolution 10-2.
Los Angeles Daily News

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