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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 10, 2019
Law Enforcement News

2 LA Officers OK After Being Examined For Possible Fentanyl Exposure Following Arrest Of Drug Suspect
Two Los Angeles police officers were examined at a hospital for possible fentanyl exposure during the arrest of a drug suspect but apparently are OK, authorities said Monday. The incident occurred about 7:20 p.m. Sunday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, where the officers had detained the man on a narcotics investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The suspect, who was arrested, also was examined at a hospital. Information on his identity or condition were not released. It was not confirmed that the man was in possession of fentanyl. It was the second time in two days that LAPD officers came upon possible fentanyl during an investigation.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAPD Searches For Driver In Pico-Robertson Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 30-Year-Old Man
The driver in a Pico-Robertson hit-and-run crash that killed a 30-year-old man last month remained at large Monday, according to police. Street racing or road rage are being probed as possible causes of the Aug. 29 crash as it remains under investigation, authorities said. Two vehicles were both driving westbound along Pico Boulevard at a high rate of speed just before 6 a.m. when one of the cars — a dark blue 2015 Infiniti Q70L — lost control and slammed into a building at the corner of Pico and South Crest Drive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Ernest Jordan was later identified as the driver of the Infiniti by his father, William Jordan. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, a gray SUV, never stopped. Surveillance video appears to show the two vehicles driving alongside each other just before the crash. LAPD officials issued a plea for the public's help finding the driver of the gray SUV on Monday. A $50,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to an arrest and conviction or other resolution to the case — in accordance with a city policy that started in 2015.

Man Plays Dead During Armed Robbery In Hollywood Hills: Police
A driver played dead after being shot during a confrontation with a masked robber inside his parked car in the Hollywood Hills, authorities say. The man told Los Angeles police he had just parked on Mulholland Drive just before 12 a.m. Monday when another car pulled up. An armed robber wearing a ski mask allegedly opened the victim's car door, and as they struggled, the gun went off and the bullet struck the driver's finger. The man then played dead and the robber fled the scene with the victim's phone and wallet.

LAPD Seeks Robber Caught On Video Struggling With Best Buy Employee In Sawtelle
Investigators released surveillance video Monday as they work to identify a man who threatened a Best Buy employee with a knife and pepper spray while stealing from the retail chain's location in Sawtelle last week. The armed robbery was captured on cameras inside and outside the store at 11301 W. Pico Blvd. around 7:45 p.m. last Thursday, Sept. 5, Los Angeles police said in a news release. The thief walked into the Best Buy pushing a shopping cart that he proceeded to load with several items, officers said. Police say security guards immediately recognized the man, with whom they've had previous encounters. But it was unclear whether the guards were monitoring his activity. The man took his cart to the cellphone sales counter, where he told an associate he wanted to buy two iPhones. The video shows the worker put two phones on the counter, which the robber promptly grabs and stuffs into a brown leather tote he was carrying before making a bee-line for the exit. The associate chased the man down and tried to stop him before he got out the doors. But as they struggled over the bag, the suspect dragged the employee outside the store and into the parking lot.

Alleged Gang Member Set To Be Arraigned In USC Jazz Student's Murder
Arraignment is set Monday for a reputed gang member charged with killing a USC jazz student, who was the son of an Oakland city councilwoman, during an attempted robbery just blocks from campus. Ivan Hernandez, 23, is charged with murder for the March 10 shooting of 21-year-old Victor McElhaney, along with attempted second-degree robbery involving a friend who was with McElhaney. The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of murder during an attempted robbery and murder by an active participant in a criminal street gang, along with an allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a handgun. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Hernandez, who was arrested June 28 by detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division and remains jailed without bail. Evidence and witness statements led detectives to believe that Hernandez was involved in the attack, Los Angeles police said in a statement.

Man Ordered To Stand Trial For Trying To Kill 8-Month-Old Son In LA Apartment
A parolee charged with trying to kill his 8-month-old son in a vacant Los Angeles apartment was ordered Monday to stand trial on attempted murder and child abuse charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar found sufficient evidence against Michael Freeman, 30, of Nashville, Tennessee, to proceed to trial on the charges of attempted murder and child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Villar ordered Freeman, who is being held without bail, to return to court for arraignment on Sept. 23. Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami alleged when Freeman was first arraigned that the defendant forcibly took his son from the baby's mother following an argument, ran to an unoccupied room of an apartment in the 800 block of South Hill Street and punched him. The infant's injuries were also consistent with attempted strangulation and attempted drowning, according to the prosecutor, who told the judge that the baby may have permanent neurological injuries. Police allegedly found Freeman beating the baby and reportedly had to use a Taser to subdue and arrest him on April 18.

Boss Of San Fernando Valley Telephone-Order Heroin Ring Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years
The leader of a pizza-style telephone-order heroin and cocaine ring that operated in the San Fernando Valley was sentenced Monday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Sigifredo Gurrola “El Don” Barrientos, 42, who lived in Sylmar, was also ordered to pay a $40,000 fine and serve five years under supervised release following his 235-month prison term. However, he is expected to be returned to Mexico immediately after he is released from federal prison. Barrientos pleaded guilty last year in downtown Los Angeles to a single felony count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. “In simplest terms, this defendant is a drug trafficker and drug dealer … (who has) little or no respect for the law,” U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said from the bench. “This case is a painful reminder of the illegal drug epidemic this country is facing,” Anderson said, adding that he has seen the effects of heroin — from addicts suffering flesh-eating disease and overdoses to families ripped apart. “Trafficking, selling or using this poison carries a heavy price,” he said.

California Could Expand Use Of Gun Violence Restraining Orders Under Bill Sent To Governor
California teachers, school administrators and employers could ask the courts to take guns away from people they see as a danger to themselves or the public under a major expansion of the state's “red flag” law approved by the Legislature on Monday and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom. In response to a string of mass shootings, the governor has said he is interested in expanding the state's gun restraining order law, which for the last four years has allowed family members and law enforcement officers to ask courts to seize firearms from people deemed a public risk. Legislators have offered half a dozen proposals this year to broaden the law's reach. On Monday, the state Assembly gave final approval to a measure that would allow employers, co-workers and high school and college teachers and administrators to petition the courts to remove guns from employees and students. 
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

LA County Reports Its First Death Stemming From Vaping
Los Angeles County public health officials announced on Friday the county's first death stemming from the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping. It's believed to be the fourth such death nationwide. Details of the death were expected to be released at a Friday afternoon news conference. Public health officials said there have been a total of 12 cases in the county of illnesses stemming from e-cigarettes, with the illness dubbed vaping-associated pulmonary injury, or VAPI. The Los Angeles County death is believed to be the fourth connected to vaping nationally. Authorities in Indiana on Friday morning announced a vaping-related death, and deaths were previously reported in Illinois and Oregon. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning Friday morning, urging people to consider refraining from the use of e-cigarettes. CDC officials said an investigation into vaping-related cases found "clinical similarities among those affected."

Summer Heat Brings Increased West Nile Virus Concerns To L.A. County
The hot weather is bringing new concerns over West Nile Virus to the Southland. Eleven additional mosquito samples tested positive for the virus, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. Officials say positive samples were collected in four new areas: Montebello, Santa Fe Springs, South Whittier and Woodland Hills. There have been 25 positive samples in the area this year. Some neighborhoods in Anaheim and Buena Park will be sprayed next week after a recent uptick of adult mosquitoes and dead birds with West Nile in those areas. So far this year, 57 West Nile Virus cases in humans have been reported in California, four of which were identified by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Experts say the summer heat can increase virus activity and mosquito population.

Local Government News

Many Of L.A.'s Sidewalks Would Be Off-Limits For Homeless People To Sleep If Plan Passes
Night after night, Sheila Nassau hunts for a good spot to sleep in Hollywood — somewhere safe where no one will bother her. It's not easy, she said. Under existing rules in Los Angeles, homeless people who bed down on the streets for the night are supposed to stay away from doorways and driveways. Now a plan under consideration at City Hall could make it harder to find a spot by imposing rules that would bar people from resting on streets and sidewalks in at least 26 percent of the city, a Times analysis has found. Those restrictions would come on top of existing rules that put other areas of L.A. off limits at night. For example, homeless people are already supposed to clear out of many parks, which cover an additional 15 percent of the city. “These people need to be in our shoes for once,” Nassau said as she sat on a Selma Avenue sidewalk one recent morning. “See what it's like.” The plan, unveiled at a committee meeting last month by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, would rewrite L.A.'s existing rules about sidewalk sleeping, which have long been at the center of bitter court battles over public property as homeless encampments overtake city sidewalks.
Los Angeles Times

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