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December 17
Law Enforcement News

Earl Paysinger, Longtime LAPD Leader, Dies At 64
Earl C. Paysinger, a pillar of the Los Angeles Police Department and a respected leader in South L.A. who was credited with driving down crime by focusing on community partnerships, died Monday. He was 64. Paysinger was with his family at a hospital when he died from lung cancer, according to LAPD Cmdr. Al Labrada. Chief Michel Moore, who visited Paysinger on Monday morning at the hospital, praised his former colleague in a statement as “a man with a tireless work ethic who knew cops count. Who cared deeply for our community's youth. A professional and family man I respected for his dedication to his family, beliefs and convictions.” During 41 years with the LAPD, Paysinger rose through the ranks from patrol officer to first assistant chief, the second-highest-ranking post in the department. He was instrumental in Chief William J. Bratton's success in reducing violence, first as deputy chief of the South Bureau and later as head of operations. Inside the department he could be a stern task master, delivering incisive lines of questioning that startled captains.
Los Angeles Times

Alabama Lawmakers Consider Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Under Hate Crime Law
Alabama has faced an “exceptionally tough year” for law enforcement with six deaths occurring at the hands of gunmen, as Gov. Kay Ivey noted earlier this month. Few states had as many tragedies occur to law enforcement while they were on duty. And those that did have a much larger population – California, New York and Texas. The latest of the state's tragedies unfolded Dec. 6 in Huntsville after a Tennessee man with a long history of criminal activity allegedly shot Huntsville Police officer Billy Fred Clardy III in the heart and killed him. While Huntsville is mourning Clardy's death, public officials are looking to see if something can be done to ensure that law enforcement doesn't suffer a repeat of the danger in 2020. “It's a tragedy we shouldn't have to put up with,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. One effort expected to surface in the halls of the State House in Montgomery will occur in February: Adding law enforcement to those protected under the state's hate crime law.
Alabama Media Group

Police Seek Suspect, Victim's Family After Man Critically Injured In Florence Hit-and-Run
Police reached out to the public Monday for help in tracking down a hit-and-run driver who left a man critically injured following a collision in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles over the weekend. Officials say they're also searching for family members of the severely injured victim, officials said. Jose Artega, 39, was struck by a car about 11:30 p.m. Friday while crossing Central Avenue at 67th Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. “A vehicle described as a four-door, black or dark blue Kia was traveling southbound when it collided with a pedestrian,” according to the statement. “The driver of the Kia failed to stop and identify him/herself and render aid as required by law.” Los Angeles offers a standing $25,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of drivers involved in injury hit-and-run collisions.

LAPD Searches Exposition Park Neighborhood For Kidnapping Suspect
A search was on Monday evening in the Exposition Park area for a kidnapping suspect who is the subject of a felony arrest warrant. The perimeter search began about 8:25 p.m. in the area of Wisconsin and 38th streets for the suspect, who was identified as 25-year-old Joshua Maiden, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. No details were immediately available about the alleged kidnapping. Maiden is described as black, 6-feet tall, 170 pounds with a light moustache. He was wearing a blue jacket and khaki pants, Im said.

Hollywood Sexual Assault Caught On Video
Shock, outrage, and fear in a Hollywood apartment building after an apparent break-in and brutal assault, possibly involving the homeless. The initial images from the multiple security cameras at an apartment building on North Vermont are dramatic. You clearly see a man dragging what appears to be a young woman into a parking garage, and put her up against a parked car. The next part of the video isn't very clear, but it seems some type of sexual assault took place. When tenant Eliot Rosenberger saw this, he emailed FOX 11, and he called police. Rosenberger discovered this video almost by accident, as he was reviewing it because his motorcycle had been vandalized apparently by the same man. He thinks, and the LAPD is still investigating, that both the suspect and the alleged victim came from a homeless encampment that's popped up behind the apartment building.  
FOX 11

Police Arrest Two Home-Invasion Robbery Suspects Following Pursuit That Ended In Hawthorne
Authorities Monday arrested two alleged home invasion robbery suspects who led Los Angeles Police officers on a pursuit to Hawthorne. The chase began near Rosecrans Avenue and the 110 Freeway and led to the area of 136th Street and Jefferson Avenue, according to LAPD officials. Authorities said that around 10:20 a.m., officers responded to a report of a home invasion robbery in the 300 block of Ninth Street. When officers arrived, they saw a vehicle and suspects they believed were related to the crime fleeing the scene, and a chase ensued. A male suspect was arrested after the vehicle came to a stop, and a second male suspect was arrested a short time later, police said.
FOX 11

L.A.'s Most Wanted: Public's Help Sought Bringing Three Fugitives To Justice
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva sought the public's help bringing three of the county's most wanted criminals to justice. Sheriff Villanueva said the three suspects are highly sought after due to the violent crimes they have committed. Carlos Humberto Gamarro is wanted for committing lewd acts with a minor at a 99 Cents Only store, now Ekono 99, on North Bullis Road in Compton where he worked as an armed security guard. The 9-year-old victim was sexually assaulted while shopping with her mother at the store. The 49-year-old suspect was last seen in a silver Dodge Ram truck with black rims. The sexual assault occurred on July 28, 2014. esus Ramirez Laredo also goes by the names of “Acapulco Torres” and “Jesus Ramirez.” The 27-year-old is wanted for murder in a deadly shooting at Sosa's Market in South Gate located in the 9700 block of Long Beach Boulevard. The shooting occurred on September 2. He was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 230-250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Robert Bustamante is wanted for grand theft auto and embezzlement.
FOX 11

Former Reseda Man Gets Time Served For Mortgage Fraud Scheme Targeting Wells Fargo Bank
A longtime international fugitive who willingly returned to Los Angeles to face federal charges for his role in a multimillion-dollar bank swindle against Wells Fargo was sentenced Monday to the nine months he already served behind bars. Napoleon Olarte, 42, formerly of Reseda, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder to pay a share of $2.4 million in restitution and serve three years on supervised release, including six months of electronic monitoring. Olarte was the third and final defendant charged in the mortgage fraud scheme. His two co-conspirators — Juan Jose Calle and Nancy Karina Coleman — pleaded guilty to federal charges and served brief prison sentences, prosecutors said. According to court documents, Coleman worked as a mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo while Olarte and Calle ran Fast Escrow, a rogue brokerage and escrow company in Northridge.
Los Angeles Daily News

Border Patrol Agents Find 65 Pounds Of Cocaine Hidden In Pickup's Seats

More than 65 pounds of cocaine were found hidden inside the seats of a pickup when Border Patrol agents pulled over the driver of the truck near Temecula late last week. Officials said a man in a 2011 Dodge Ram was heading north on Interstate 15 near the Temecula checkpoint around 8:50 a.m. Friday when agents noticed he was driving erratically and pulled him over. After a drug-sniffing police dog reacted to the vehicle, agents searched the truck. They found two metal boxes embedded in seats where foam had been removed — and discovered 25 plastic-wrapped packages holding nearly 65.4 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $653,600. The driver, a 27-year-old Mexican national with a valid visa, was arrested, and the drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

‘Lifeless' Dog Resuscitated After Being Rescued By Firefighters From Burned Home In Exposition Park
Firefighters rescued and successfully revived a dog found inside a duplex that burned in the Exposition Park area of South L.A. on Monday morning. The blaze erupted around 9:45 a.m. on the bottom floor of the two-story building, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. It was contained to one area and extinguished in approximately 17 minutes, the alert stated. While looking for victims inside the damaged unit, firefighters came upon a lifeless dog. The canine was found to be in respiratory and cardiac arrest, according to the Fire Department. Firefighters performed life-saving measures and were able to resuscitate the small dog. They used a pet oxygen mask, something carried by all fire engines in the county, the L.A. County Fire Department said over the weekend.

Health Officials Warn Of Possible Measles Exposure At LAX During Busy Travel Season

Los Angeles County public health officials are warning the public about another case of measles involving three people who traveled through LAX during its busy holiday travel period. The three travelers went through the airport at Terminals 4 and 5 on Dec. 11 between 6:50 a.m. and noon while they were infected, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Health officials believe more people could be exposed, adding that anyone who was there there at that time may be at risk for developing measles for up to 21 days. Health officials are reminding the public to check their immunization records and monitor themselves for symptoms. If any symptoms develop, such as a fever or unexplained rash, individuals should stay home and contact a health care provider immediately.

Local Government News

LA Officials Respond To Supreme Court's Refusal To Hear Homeless Camping Case
The ability of Southland governments to enact and enforce restrictions on homeless people sleeping on sidewalks or in other public areas was left in doubt Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling barring such regulations unless adequate shelter space is available. The city and county of Los Angeles, along with a host of other government agencies, had filed court papers in support of an appeal of the ruling in the case known as Martin v. City of Boise. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals essentially bars cities and counties from citing people for sleeping on sidewalks unless there is enough alternative shelter space available for the homeless. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, declined to hear the case, meaning the 9th Circuit ruling will stand. “With unprecedented numbers of people falling into homelessness nationwide, we are experiencing an urgent humanitarian crisis,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “More than 1,000 individuals will die on Los Angeles County streets this year. Supporting the city of Boise's position to appeal to the Supreme Court was never an attempt to criminalize the homeless. Rather, it was a pursuit of a legal framework that is clear, in comparison to a status quo that is ambiguous and confusing.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LA County To Use Data-Driven Research Models to Prevent Homelessness

Struggling to keep up with an estimated 150 people who fall into homelessness daily in Los Angeles County, officials announced Monday they will use data-driven models to identify and help individuals who are most likely to end up on the street. The models, developed by the California Policy Lab and the University of Chicago Poverty Lab, used data on Los Angeles County residents receiving county services between 2012 and 2016 to try to identify residents at the highest risk of becoming homeless. Researchers found that nearly half of those identified actually became homeless in 2017. The individuals identified were 27 times more likely to become homeless than the average person receiving county services.

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