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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 8, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Funeral Services Held For Retired LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger
Mourners gathered Tuesday to honor the memory of retired Los Angeles Police Department First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, who died Dec. 16 at the age of 64 after battling cancer. The late morning funeral service was held at West Angeles Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles. A one-hour viewing preceded the service. LAPD Chief Michel Moore was among the mourners. Paysinger spent 41 years with the LAPD, retiring in 2016, when he was appointed as USC's vice president of civic engagement, a post he held at his death. “Today we said goodbye to a thoroughly respected law enforcement leader throughout Los Angeles …,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a statement. “His enduring impact on the communities, officers, & students at USC he influenced will never be forgotten.”

Fundraising Continues For Lakewood Deputy Struck By Suspected DUI Driver As She Slowly Gets Back On Her Feet

The 25-year-old Lakewood sheriff's deputy who was seriously injured, after she was struck by a suspected DUI driver during a foot pursuit in November, was showing more progress in her recovery this week as fundraising efforts were nearing an end. Deputy Dakota Palanca, who joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department five years ago, was in critical condition in the days and weeks following the crash on the night of Nov. 25, officials said. Hundreds of law enforcement officials and community members in the following weeks showed their support and raised at least $35,000 to aid the deputy's family, according to law enforcement and union officials. The deputy was showing more signs of improvement by Tuesday, Sheriff's Deputy Morgan Arteaga said. “She's still in the hospital,” she said. “She is awake and making small progress in terms of being able to breathe on her own.”
Los Angeles Daily News

15-Year-Old Shot, Killed In Highland Park
Authorities are investigating a shooting in Highland Park that left a 15-year-old boy dead Monday night. The homicide happened at about 8 p.m. in the 5700 block of Fayette Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Joseph Lopez of Los Angeles by the coroner's office. Los Angeles police were seen canvassing the area for evidence. They are still looking for a suspect in this homicide. Information on the suspect was not immediately available. Police say it appears an argument between the teen and suspect led to the deadly shooting. No further details were immediately known. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD at 877-527-3247.
FOX 11

Pedestrian Fatally Struck By Vehicles In Watts, Police Searching For At Least 1 Driver
Police were searching for at least one driver Monday after a pedestrian was fatally struck by multiple vehicles in a Watts intersection. Police said the victim, 32-year-old Norris Lucky, was in the middle of the street at the intersection of Central Avenue and 112th Street around 4 a.m. when he was hit by at least two vehicles. Watts was said to be homeless at the time of the collision. The driver who initially struck the man returned to the scene and was cooperating with police. That driver has not been arrested. Investigators said the force of the initial impact was strong enough to remove Lucky from his shoes. Evidence from the scene suggested that at least one other driver struck Lucky and kept on driving, investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department said. “There's mitigating circumstances as well,” Lt. David Ferry said. “You have to know that you're in a collision. You have to know that you're hitting somebody, and if you just think there's some debris in the roadway, and it's dark, then it's not a crime.”

Homeless Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing At Downtown L.A. Restaurant
A homeless man has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of another man at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant on New Year's Day, officials announced Tuesday. Devan Lampkin, 49, allegedly used a knife to stab Homer Garcia in the chest at Margarita's Place, 103 E. Seventh St. while the two dined there, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Garcia, who had recently celebrated his 56th birthday, died from his injuries. Video from inside the restaurant showed the two men arguing before the assailant picked up a knife that was on the table and repeatedly stabbed the victim. The suspect watched as Garcia collapsed before grabbing his belongings and walked away, the video shows. It is unclear what the two men were arguing about or what the motive behind the stabbing was.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Fire That Killed Two People
A 24-year-old Los Angeles woman who allegedly set a fire at an Exposition Park boarding house after being locked out, killing two people, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to capital murder charges. Khala Swasey is charged with two counts of murder stemming from the Aug. 22 fire at 1084 W. Leighton Ave. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of an arson. Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Swasey, who was arrested Aug. 27 in Pasadena. “She had been locked out of the residence and she was frustrated that she wasn't being allowed back into the residence,” LAPD Captain William Hayes said shortly after Swasey's arrest.

L.A. County Offers Rewards In Compton, Carson Shootings And Lancaster Hit AND Run
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved or renewed rewards in hopes of tracking down the gunmen in a double homicide in Carson and an unrelated fatal shooting in Compton, as well as a hit-and-run driver who ran down a man in Lancaster. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever fatally shot a young woman and a 17-year-old girl in Carson about 8:50 p.m. on Dec. 15. “Erin Lavender and Dalelaja Hearn's families and friends are devastated to lose them so young,” Ridley-Thomas told City News Service. “We are calling on the community to help them get justice by coming forward with information that can help solve this tragic case.” Lavender, 19, and Hearn were sitting in a parked car outside a home in the 20300 block of Alvo Avenue when someone opened fire on the vehicle.

Man Gets Life For Deadly L.A. County Joyride
A man who shot at strangers during a deadly Southern California joyride has been sentenced to 373 years to life in state prison. Twenty-three-year-old Alejandro Lazo was sentenced Monday. Prosecutors said that Lazo and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reyna Gomez of Whittier, carjacked a driver in Pico Rivera in April 2017 and drove around for hours, taking turns shooting at people and cars. A driver was killed as he waited with his family in a car at a red light in La Mirada. Two other people were wounded. Gomez and Lazo, both gang members, had been released from prison six months earlier. Lazo was convicted last month of first-degree murder, carjacking, and 12 counts of attempted murder. Gomez was sentenced last year to more than 350 years to life in prison.
Los Angeles Times

CBP Recovers Abandoned Boat, $24K Of Marijuana Off Coast Of Malibu
Customs and Border Patrol agents seized 60 pounds of marijuana and an abandoned boat Sunday off the coast of Malibu, the agency tweeted Tuesday afternoon. According to a release, the agents responded to a report from the Maritime Coordination Center that a 40-foot panga with three powerful outboard engines washed ashore at about 7:45 p.m. at Deer Creek Beach, near Point Mugu State Park. The agents did not find anyone on the boat or in the surrounding area, according to the release. But what the did find was several large bundles of marijuana nearby and more than 500 gallons of fuel on board the boat. In total, the agents recovered more than 60 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $24,000. The marijuana and the boat were both seized by the agents. Agents determined that the boat, capable of carrying up to 5,000 pounds of narcotics traveling at a high rate of speed, had a broken steering cable that they believed forced the smugglers to abandon the vessel.

Public Safety News

Woman Found Dead At Westchester Holiday Inn Hotel Near LAX
A woman was found dead at a hotel in Westchester near Los Angeles International Airport, prompting an investigation Monday evening, authorities said. Authorities responded to the 9900 block of South La Cienega Boulevard at about 11:19 p.m. to a Holiday Inn hotel. A 911 caller reported the incident to authorities as a suicide, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert, but the cause of death has not been confirmed. "9-1-1 caller reported a person died by suicide and left note stating chemicals on body. LAFD HazMat responded and after a thorough investigation, determined no hazard present," the alert said. The LAFD responded to investigate possible hazardous materials, but determined no hazard was present after the 911 caller said a note had been left saying there were chemicals on the body.

Local Government News

Los Angeles Opens 1st Housing Project Funded By $1.2 Billion Prop. HHH
A new affordable housing project has opened in Los Angeles that represents the first development to be completed under the city's 2016 bond measure Proposition HHH. Voters approved the $1.2 billion bond measure to build roughly 10,000 housing units to help relieve the homelessness and affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles. Since it passed, funding commitments have been made to 118 developments. The new project, named 88th and Vermont after its location, offers 46 housing units going to veterans, transitional-aged youth, households with special needs experiencing chronic homelessness and low-income families. Mayor Eric Garcetti and several local city councilmen appeared to celebrate the opening of the project.

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