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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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August 29, 2019
Law Enforcement News

9/11 Attacks Claim More LEO Victims
Multiple officers have passed away in recent months due to health complications that were a direct result of responding to the 9/11 terror attacks. Sergeant Jeffrey Cicora, 54, died August 10. Police Officer Raymond Harris, 52, died August 4. Lieutenant Robert Jones, 55, passed away June 15. Detective Christopher Cranston, 48, died July 20. According to ODMP, three of the LEOs died from cancer developed as a result of responding to Ground Zero. Jones died from complications of surgery required to treat an illness he developed during his work at Ground Zero. The deaths come during a summer of renewed attention on the ongoing health struggles of many first responders who bravely assisted in the search and recovery efforts in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. Detective Luis Alvarez, one of the faces of the push for Congress to permanently extend the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund, appeared before Congress alongside comedian Jon Stewart and many other first responders in a powerful rebuke of the politicians' inaction. Alvarez died shortly after the visit, which garnered national attention.

Man Fatally Shot In South LA Marijuana Dispensary, 2 Detained
A man was fatally shot this morning inside of a marijuana dispensary in the Florence section of South Los Angeles — and two people were detained. Officers responded around 1 a.m. to reports of a shooting inside of a marijuana dispensary in the 8100 block of South Broadway near 81st street. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Two people, who police said were part of the investigation, were detained. Police said a preliminary investigation determined that the suspect was inside of the unidentified business and fired several shots that struck the victim, who was not immediately identified. It was not immediately clear if the two detained were suspects, or if there were other suspects at large.

Driver Flees Scene After Plowing Into Thrift Store In Pico Union
Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who they say plowed into a thrift store in Pico Union early Wednesday morning. Los Angeles police responded to the 2600 block of West Pico Boulevard at about 1 a.m. By the time officers arrived, the driver and the vehicle were gone. Debris, items from the store and a stop sign was seen scattered on the ground. Authorities describe the car as a dark blue sedan.

LA Man Charged With Capital Murder In LA Skid Row Burning Death
A Los Angeles man accused of intentionally setting a tent ablaze on skid row, killing a homeless man, was charged Wednesday with capital murder. Jonathan Early, 38, scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom in connection with the death of Dwayne Fields, 62. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Early. Early allegedly set the tent ablaze near Sixth and San Pedro streets on Monday night and was taken into custody a short time later. Fields died the following morning as a result of his injuries. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack, which remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles City Fire Department's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
Los Angeles Daily News

City Shuts Down Illegal Cannabis Dispensary In South Los Angeles
Authorities have shut down an unlicensed cannabis dispensary in South Los Angeles. The city says the crackdown is aimed at deterring other illegal operators. Los Angeles police served a search warrant and closed the illegal dispensary located at 8931 S. Broadway. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who represents the area, said his district has "far too many illegal dispensaries.'' "We have over 70 illegal dispensaries in our district and dozens are still listed on platforms like Weedmaps,'' Harris-Dawson said. "Illegal dispensaries poison our neighborhoods and their own customers by operating dangerous, unregulated businesses. Additionally, these illegal actors make it difficult for legal dispensaries to operate successfully, including Cannabis Social Equity Program participants.'' "Shutting down these persistent offenders will help to create more opportunities for legal cannabis businesses to contribute to their communities and the city while draining resources from the illegal market,'' said Cat Packer, executive director of the city's Department of Cannabis Regulations.
FOX 11

Man Caught On Video Smashing Car Windows With Rocks In Mid-City Gets 4 Years In Prison: DA
A man who was captured on video throwing rocks at vehicles, damaging several, as he walked along a busy street in the Mid-City area earlier this year has been sentenced after reaching a plea deal in the case, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Emmanuel Moncada, 32, pleaded no contest on Wednesday to felony counts of attempted carjacking, assault and throwing an object at a vehicle with intent to do great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. He was sentenced to four years and two months in state prison, and ordered to pay restitution to at least a dozen victims, according to a DA's office news release. The incident happened on Venice Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue on the afternoon of May 21. Moncada was walking up and down Venice when he started throwing rocks at passing vehicles, shattering several windows, prosecutors said. Cellphone video obtained by KTLA showed the shirtless man walking in the middle of the street, hurling rocks at several cars as traffic was stopped. He could be seen repeatedly throwing a rock at a Metro bus, damaging the windshield. Moncada then targeted another bus that was stopped at the curb, its doors open. He grabbed the large rock and boarded as frightened passengers fled at the behest of the driver.

Hearing Set For Man Charged In Deadly Gunbattle Outside Trader Joe's In Silver Lake
A hearing is set to begin Wednesday to determine if a 29-year-old man will have to stand trial on murder and other charges stemming from a chase and gunbattle last year that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Trader Joe's assistant manager by pursuing police officers in Silver Lake and a subsequent standoff inside the store. Gene Evin Atkins is charged with 51 counts, including the July 21, 2018, slaying of Melyda Maricela Corado, who was fatally wounded in front of the store in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue. Along with murder, the charges against Atkins include attempted murder, attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm, kidnapping, fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly, grand theft of an automobile, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, false imprisonment of a hostage and mayhem.

Big Rig Driver Flees South Toward L.A. After Stabbing 2 Other Truckers In Fresno: CHP
A truck driver was at large Wednesday after stabbing two other truckers in a possible road rage incident in Fresno, officials said. The violence broke out after one of the drivers pulled over around 7:30 a.m. to check on his load along southbound Highway 99 near Herndon Avenue, at the northern tip of the Central Valley town, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Salas. The suspect driver pulled in behind him and got out of his big rig to confront the first man. A scuffle ensued, Salas said. While they were fighting, the brother of the first man — hauling his own load — pulled over behind the suspect's truck. Salas said that's when the assailant pulled out a knife and began stabbing the first trucker, then his brother. An off-duty deputy arrived on scene while they were being stabbed and produced a firearm, which prompted the attacker to get into his big rig and flee, Salas said. The man was last seen heading south on Highway 99, toward Los Angeles. Both brothers sustained multiple stab wounds and were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. They were expected to survive, Salas said.

Deaths Caused By Drivers Running Red Lights At 10-Year High
The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals. In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights, according to a AAA study of government crash data. It's the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012. AAA says two people are killed every day in the U.S. by drivers who don't stop for the signals. “Drivers who decide to run a red light when they could have stopped safely are making a reckless choice that puts other road users in danger,” David Yang, executive director of AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, said Thursday. AAA isn't sure why the numbers are on the rise or why they have increased at a far higher rate than overall U.S. roadway deaths. Since 2012 the overall number of highway fatalities rose 10%, far short of the 28% increase in red-light running deaths.

Local Government News

Case Closed: Judge Keeps Restrictions On Downtown L.A. Homeless Sweeps
A legal settlement restricting the city from clearing homeless encampments on skid row has survived a court challenge, but the judge said business owners could file a separate claim if they can show that the agreement has adversely affected their property. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles rejected a petition filed in July by downtown property owners and residents and the DTLA Alliance for Human Rights to block the settlement. Otero said the settlement, which the city reached in April, closed the case. “The court concludes that it lacks jurisdiction over the litigation,” Otero wrote in the ruling Tuesday. The decision stems from a lawsuit brought in 2016 by homeless individuals and advocates who accused the city of using camp cleanups to drive homeless people out of the squalid downtown district. Later that year, the judge ordered the city to stop confiscating and destroying homeless people's property on skid row and surrounding streets, unless it was crime evidence, contraband or an immediate threat to public safety or health. The city's settlement this year with homeless people and advocates incorporated the limits that the judge set in 2016. The city also agreed to store all confiscated property and make it available for pickup within 72 hours, or if it consists of medication, medical equipment, sleeping bag or blankets, within 24 hours.
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Considers Allowing Police To Remove People From High-Rise Fire Zones
A Los Angeles City Council committee Wednesday approved a draft ordinance that would give law enforcement the authority to order homeless people out of encampments located in brush areas on high-risk fire days. “The implications … are dire in fire zones, particularly on red-flag days,” said Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee and co-authored the proposal with Councilman Bob Blumenfield. “There are inherent threats that we must mitigate and provide safety for all individuals.” The zones that will be marked off limits would be “Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones,” which are mapped by Cal Fire. Officials said most of the San Fernando Valley is within those zones, but they are limited by the state as to how large the zones can be. Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representatives said they would normally not advocate for the removal of homeless people from public spaces, but in this case it's about their safety as well.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Welcomes 4th Annual LA Fleet Week To San Pedro

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the city's official LA Fleet Week welcome Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro. The fourth annual Labor Day festivities open on Friday, Aug. 30, and run through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Port of Los Angeles, at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street. Six active-duty Navy and Coast Guard ships will be in port for first-come, first-served public tours between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. The event will also feature music (Cheap Trick is featured Friday night in a free concert expected to draw several thousand), food, demonstrations, an aerial show, a Navy parachute team and contests. Admission is free. Garcetti first announced — also from on the Battleship Iowa — that Los Angeles would join the Navy's Fleet Week event roundup in November 2016. It has quickly become the town's largest annual tourist draw, bringing an estimated 250,000 to the waterfront over the course of four days in 2018.
Los Angeles Daily News

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