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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 9, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Slain LAPD Officer To Be Honored At Dodgers Game
The life of slain Los Angeles Police Department Officer Juan Jose Diaz will be honored before Saturday's Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium, with Diaz's family members and LAPD Chief Michel Moore set to attend the ceremony. Diaz was an avid Dodgers fan. Many of the more than 100 people who gathered for a vigil in his memory the night he was killed wore Dodgers gear, reflecting his love of the team. Diaz, 24, was killed in the early morning hours of July 27 in Lincoln Heights, where he had gone with his girlfriend and her two brothers to a taco stand. Diaz grew up in the northeast Los Angeles area and professed his desire as a child to become a police officer. He had been with the LAPD for about two years, and was assigned to the Special Operations Division unit of the department's Professional Standards Bureau. Diaz was off-duty when he was killed. Three people were arrested in Riverside County Aug. 2 in connection with the killing. Two of them, reputed gang members. 

LAPD Officers Hospitalized After Exposure To Fentanyl In North Hollywood
Two Los Angeles police officers and a supervisor were hospitalized after they were exposed to fentanyl while making an arrest in North Hollywood, authorities said Friday. The officers were responding to a call about a person brandishing a weapon near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Hesby Street in the North Hollywood arts district about 11 a.m. Friday, according to a department spokesperson. The person was taken into custody without incident, but as the officers were searching the person's car, they came across an open container of fentanyl, police said. Two officers and a supervisor from the North Hollywood division were taken to an area hospital “as a precaution,” a department spokesman said.
Los Angeles Times

After Conception Burned, Police Divers Rushed To Help. Hazards And Stress Awaited
When calls went out for police divers on Labor Day morning, law enforcement teams hurried to Santa Barbara. They rushed to tackle the daunting task of locating 34 people who had been trapped below deck when the Conception dive boat, anchored off Santa Cruz Island, caught fire. Since last Monday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has praised the dive teams that have responded from across Southern California. “These divers are professional,” said Lt. Tim Kalkus, the leader of the Los Angeles Police Department's Underwater Dive Unit. But, he added, “I don't think there is anything that can prepare them to deal with this.” Officer Steve Gordon, who spent more than 10 years on the LAPD dive team, said divers knew the enormity of the task needed to recover 34 victims in 60 to 65 feet of water. “The gravity of the situation weighs heavily on their shoulders,” said Gordon, a director at the Los Angeles Police Protective League. “These divers are humane and professional. This isn't normal recreational diving.”
Los Angeles Times

Man Shot In Head At Hyde Park Residence
A man was rushed to a hospital Monday after he was shot in the head in a Hyde Park residence, authorities said. It happened about 3:20 a.m. in the 6000 block of Seventh Avenue, according to a Los Angeles Police Department dispatcher. A witness reported to police being asleep when gunshots rang out and finding the 35-year-old man wounded, the dispatcher said. Paramedics performed CPR on the victim while taking him to a hospital where his condition was not available, she said. No suspect information was available.

Police Seek Possible Additional Victims Of San Fernando Valley Sexual Assault Suspect
A sexual assault suspect charged with at least two attacks in the San Fernando Valley, one of which involved a minor, is suspected of being involved in other assaults. Allen Dante Villarreal was arrested May 9 and identified through DNA for the sexual assault of a minor in 2018 in the Topanga area and a 2019 sexual assault in the North Hollywood area. He was also identified as a suspect in a 2012 sexual assault of a minor in Ohio, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. According to police, Villarreal would contact his victims on the street and later sexually assault them. The victims, who ranged in age between 15 and 23 at the time of the assaults, did not know Villarreal, who may have been homeless when the assaults occurred and was known to hang out in Santa Monica, Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Compton, Carson and West Los Angeles, police said. Villarreal recently got a tattoo on his face, but did not have one during the known sexual assaults, and had short hair or short dread-lock style haircuts, police said.
Los Angeles Daily News

$25K Reward Offered In Hit-and-Run Of 13-Year-Old In Pico-Union
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the hit-and-run of a 13-year-old girl. Nathalia Rodriguez was hit in a crosswalk on her way to school Wednesday morning at the corner of Pico Boulevard and Alvarado Street in Pico-Union. "He was aware of what he did. He did not care. He left a 13-year-old alone on the street, Pauline Chaidez said. Rodriguez explained what the driver did after hitting her. "He reversed back and I got run over again. He came out of the car and said sorry for a little bit then he drove off," Rodriguez said. "I believe he has a little bit of a heart but he didn't do the right thing. He didn't remain at the scene," Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo said. The teen was left lying in the street until good Samaritans helped her. Her mother said Rodriguez's leg is broken in two places and she must use a wheelchair. "My daughter is a very sweet person and she hate toward this person or anger, but I do," Chaidez said. Police say the suspect was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Tips Sought In Hit-And-Run That Killed 55-Year-Old Bicyclist
Police Friday sought the public's help in identifying the Prius driver who left the scene of a collision in Sunland that killed a 55-year-old bicyclist. The collision was reported about 2:15 a.m. on Aug. 23 at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oro Vista Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The cyclist, a resident of Tujunga, was riding west on Foothill Boulevard when he was struck by a white, possibly older-model Toyota Prius that was headed in the same direction, police said. The rider was ejected from his bike and thrown into a parked vehicle. He was taken to a hospital by paramedics and was later pronounced dead, according to the LAPD. The man's name has not been released. The Prius driver did not stop. There's no suspect description. The car likely sustained damage to its right front passenger's side. Anyone with information that could help investigators identify the driver was urged to call Officer J. Takishita of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8116.

Newhall Man's Family Hasn't Heard From Him Since December
Sheriff's detectives continued to ask for the public's help on Sunday to find a man who suffers from schizoaffective disorder and has not been in contact with his family since Dec. 8. John William Thompson last spoke to his family on the telephone nine months ago and his relatives are concerned for his well being, according to Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau. He last lived in the Newhall area, Crowder said. Thompson was described as 48, white, 5-feet-9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Thompson's whereabouts was asked to call detectives at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
FOX 11

Public Safety News

3 Firefighters Hurt Battling Major Fire At Downtown LA Fabric Warehouse
Three firefighters were hurt early Monday battling a major fire that engulfed a fabric warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. The fire broke out just after midnight at Payman Fabric, at 1915 E. 7th St., a wholesale fabric firm in a 10,360-square-foot building in the downtown Arts District, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. With flames shooting out of the one-story building, the major emergency fire forced firefighters to stay outside the pre-1933 building and battle it from the street. Part of the roof of collapsed, and there is still concern that part of a wall could also fall. It took nearly three hours for more than 180 firefighters to get control of the blaze, but not before three firefighters required medical care. Two firefighters were injured, and a third experienced exhaustion, but none of the injuries were considered life threatening, authorities said. No other injuries were reported, and firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to adjoining buildings.

Super Scoopers Are Back In L.A. To Help Fight Wildfires
It is expected to be a busy fire season and a reliable tool to help battle wildfires is the super scoopers. The big yellow planes arrived to Los Angeles from Canada just in time for fire season. “When we start getting our Santa Ana wind events. It's critical to have them here for that time of the year,” said Chief Daryl Osby with the LA County Fire Department. The water-dropping fixed wing planes are a crucial part of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's firefighting effort. The county has been leasing the two planes and pilots from Quebec for 26 years. “We are very proud of this technology and as I mentioned it's invented by one of our flag ship companies bombardier.” Each plane carries 1,600 gallons of water - divided into four compartments. Pilots can drop as little as 400 gallons or the whole load with the push of one button. And they work in tandem, taking an average of only 12 seconds to refill.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Other Northwest San Fernando Valley Sites For Homeless Housing ‘Might Work A Little Better,' Says New L.A. City Councilman
A newly elected Los Angeles city councilman is looking at multiple locations to potentially approve a supportive housing project to shelter homeless people in the northwest San Fernando Valley — an effort that would replace another project proposed last month. Los Angeles Councilman John Lee told a room packed with dozens of neighbors at a Chatsworth neighborhood council meeting Wednesday that when a site at 10243 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. was proposed months ago, former interim City Councilman Greig Smith, Lee's predecessor, “didn't believe this would work and drove around with them to choose other different sites in this district that might work a little bit better.” Lee added that “we thought that this was taken off the project list and then to our surprise, it popped up on Thursday.” He said he was planning to meet with the developers next week to talk about the project. Colin Sweeney, a spokesman for Lee, said there is no deadline to introduce an alternative site but the councilman's office expects “to begin public engagement within the next few weeks.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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