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January 13, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Off-Duty L.A. County Sheriff's Detective Struck And Killed After Rendering Aid
A car struck and killed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective on Sunday in the Valley Village area after she helped an elderly woman cross the street, authorities said. The accident occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue as off-duty detective Amber Leist was returning to her car, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Leist, 41, was taken to a local hospital, where she later died of her injuries, Villanueva said during a news conference. “She was an outstanding detective,” Villanueva said. “She would lead by example through her act of kindness.” Leist, who was a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, began her career as a sheriff's deputy at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. She was assigned to the Lancaster Sheriff's Station before moving to the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, where she moved up the ranks from patrol to detective, Villanueva said. Leist leaves behind her parents and two sons, one who is serving in the Navy.
Los Angeles Times

Tennessee LEO Critically Injured By Alleged Drunk Driver
A Tennessee officer suffered critical injuries from being hit while inside his cruiser by a woman accused of drinking and driving with young children in her car. Cadarius Davis, 32, crashed into the police car, trapping the Memphis officer inside early Sunday morning, news outlets reported. The officer suffered a concussion, fractured pelvis and fractured tailbone, according to news outlets. He had been doing traffic control while crews repaired damage from storms. Officers said Davis appeared intoxicated, news outlets reported citing an affidavit. Officers also found an empty whiskey bottle on the passenger seat. Davis wasn't injured in the crash. A 2-year-old and 3-year-old in the back seat of her car were taken to a hospital to be checked out. Davis was charged with driving under the influence, non-violent child abuse, vehicular assault and other charges.
Associated Press

Search Underway For Suspect Who Shot 2 In The Face In Downtown Los Angeles, Police Say
A search was underway for the suspect who shot two people in the face in downtown Los Angeles Friday night, authorities said. The shooting happened around 9 p.m. near what police believe to be a homeless encampment off the intersection of Temple Avenue and Figueroa Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said the suspect, who was wearing all dark clothing and who may know the victims, fled from the scene. The condition of the victims was not immediately available.

Video: Man Wounded In North Hollywood Stabbing
A dramatic surveillance video captured the moment a man was stabbed in North Hollywood after a witness said he tried to break up a dispute between a man and woman on Sunday. The footage was captured shortly after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Willowcrest Avenue and Burbank Boulevard. It shows a man crossing the street and approaching another man, then suddenly swiping at the victim with a knife. The victim quickly reacted and punched the assailant. The two men are then seen fighting in the street, with the attacker slashing wildly with a large blade. The men then separate, and the stabber is seen casually walking away as the victim surveys his injuries. The condition of the victim, who was pictured in a witness photograph with a massive gaping wound in his forearm, was not clear. A witness who asked that his name be withheld told KTLA that police found and arrested the perpetrator.

Dennis McCarthy Column: They Sacrificed Their Time At A West Valley LAPD Station To Keep LA Cops On The Street
With a police force of approximately 10,000 LAPD officers protecting this city's nearly 4 million residents, we can use every cop we can get out on the streets patrolling, and not sitting behind a computer filling out paperwork. That's what Eleanor Zalin and Larry Schlesinger were thinking 23 years ago when they walked into the West Valley LAPD station within a few days of each other, and volunteered for duty. The recently retired 69-year-old elementary school teacher and 75-year-old corporate executive had never met before, but they shared the same desire. “We wanted to free police officers from the paperwork that ties them to a desk, the ‘dumb work,' I call it, and let them get back on the street to do the real policing,” Eleanor says. “We figured that was a good deal for everybody.” Boy, was it ever. Eleanor's 92 now, and Larry's 98. A few months ago they finally retired again after giving the West Valley station more than 10,000 hours of free labor taking reports, manning the phones, and straightening out personnel files they say were a mess. For their efforts, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Michel Moore sent them plaques lauding their work, and the City Council sent along an ornate resolution praising them. The station's captain's attended a farewell party for them, along with officers.
Los Angeles Daily News

Suspected Stolen Car Leads Authorities On Chase That Ends In Chinatown Crash
The driver of a Mercedes-Benz stolen in East Los Angeles was in custody Saturday morning after a high-speed pursuit that ended in a crash in Chinatown. The chase began at 10 p.m. Friday in East Los Angeles and proceeded south on the Golden State (5) Freeway through Commerce, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk, then returned to East Los Angeles and into Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles before the suspect crashed into another vehicle and a pole near College Street and Broadway. The driver ran from the vehicle and into an apartment building in the 900 block of Broadway as California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department officers swarmed the building, then turned their focus to the nearby Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station. The suspect was arrested outside the station.
FOX 11

Homeless Man Arrested After Attempting To Grab 6-Year-Old From Family At Venice Restaurant
Relatives sprang into action after a homeless man attempted to grab a 6-year-old from her family while they were at a restaurant in Venice. The incident happened Saturday night while the family was having dinner outside on the restaurant patio. Riley Pegram, the girl's father, said the man repeatedly walked up to them and tried taking the girl from her mother's arms, claiming that he had to "save her.”. When he returned for the final time, Pegram's brother can be seen on surveillance video grabbing the suspect from the hair and throwing him backwards on the ground. They say it's clear the man wasn't in his right mind. "We think he was on something. On some type of drugs or something. I don't know if he was homeless but I know he was on drugs," Riley said. The pair held the man down until police arrived and say it took six officers to finally arrest him.

$300,000 Worth Of Counterfeit Makeup Seized From DTLA
More than $300,000 worth of counterfeit makeup was seized from the Downtown Los Angeles area this week, according to police. Previous tests of counterfeit makeup showed animal feces and hazardous chemicals in the makeup. Among the counterfeit makeup was counterfeit Kylie Cosmetics products, Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits and Too Faced makeup palettes. Police advise buyers to purchase makeup from an authorized retailer. 

Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder In Venice Bar Shooting
A 48-year-old man was convicted Friday of shooting a fellow patron with whom he was arguing at a Venice bar, prosecutors said. Robert Leo Mewhorter pleaded no contest to attempted murder in the March 7, 2018, incident at the now-shuttered Surfside bar at 23 Windward Ave., the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a news release. The defendant also admitted to sentencing enhancement allegations that he used a handgun and caused great bodily injury, the DA's office said. Mewhorter, who was a homeless and living in the area at the time, originally told investigators he opened fire after feeling disrespected by the victim. The two men didn't know each other but had been arguing over something petty, police said. The victim was hospitalized in critical condition. It's unclear how many times he was struck, but at least nine shots can be heard ringing out in cellphone video from the scene.

Sentencing Set For Man Convicted Of South Los Angeles Woman's 1977 Killing
Sentencing is set Monday for a man convicted of fatally stabbing a young mother of two in her South Los Angeles apartment more than four decades ago. Jurors deliberated about three hours before finding Kenneth Ray Matthews, 61, guilty last Dec. 20 of first-degree murder for the Dec. 6, 1977, killing of Leona Davis, who was stabbed once in the throat. Jurors found true the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of an attempted rape, but rejected the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery or attempted robbery. The 25-year-old woman was attacked at her home in the 8700 block of Menlo Avenue just after putting her two young sons — then ages 4 and 7 — to bed. The victim's apartment had been ransacked, drawers were pulled out and piled on top of Davis, who was nude except for a red nightgown that was pulled up over her head, Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee told jurors.

New Bill Would Make It Illegal To Send Unsolicited Nude Photos In California
When Ling Ling Chang was a state assemblywoman making her first bid at a California senate seat in 2016, she wanted to make herself more accessible to the public. So she shared her cell phone number online. The Diamond Bar resident heard from constituents with legitimate concerns. She also got multiple nude photos from men she'd never met. “I was shocked,” said Chang, a Republican who now represents the 29th Senate District, which includes portions of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. “It was kind of scary because I didn't know who they were or why they would want to do that.” She thought about reporting the photos to police, then figured they were to be expected after she'd made her number public. But when Chang shared what happened to her with girlfriends, she said most of them weren't surprised – because they said the same thing had happened to them. Chang said she wasn't OK with this type of sexual harassment being the new normal.
OC Register

California May Switch To Shorter Probation Terms For Convicts
Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to overhaul California's probation system by greatly reducing the time a convict is under supervised release, but increasing rehabilitation programs at the outset of the probationary period, when they are considered the most effective. He wants to put what he called “an unprecedented amount of money” into a new effort to provide intensive services to those on the lower end of the criminal justice food chain: those serving probation for misdemeanor crimes. It's driven in part by a recent scourge in which car burglars have become so emboldened in California's urban areas that some San Francisco Bay Area gang members are traveling hundreds of miles to steal from tourists' vehicles in Los Angeles. They are the sort of property crimes that no longer merit prison time under the state's voter-approved criminal justice reforms, but make life miserable for victims.

Public Safety News

LAFD Announces Death Of Retired Arson Detection Dog
The Los Angeles Fire Department Friday night announced the death of retired Arson Detection Canine Major. Major was assigned to the department's Arson Counter Terrorism Section from December 2008 until retirement in April 2016. He lived with his handler, retired Arson Accelerant Detection Investigator Frankie Oglesby, the LAFD's Nicholas Prange said. During his time with the department Major responded to approximately 1,840 fire scenes. "While based in Los Angeles, Major responded to significant fires throughout the United States and abroad as a member of both the (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) National Response Team and the Los Angeles House of Worship Task Force," Prange said. Major was credited with helping authorities arrest "hundreds of arsonists who otherwise might have escaped justice,". Major was also an ambassador to children, helping educate them about fire safety.

Cold Weather Alert: Health Officials Warn Cold Temps Expected In Parts Of Los Angeles County Mountain Areas, Antelope Valley
Los Angeles County health officials are extending a cold weather alert due to the National Weather Service's forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit through January 16 in parts of L.A. County mountain areas and the Antelope Valley. The affected areas include Antelope Valley – through Thursday, January 16 and Los Angeles County mountain areas – through Thursday, January 16. Take precautions to protect yourself from the cold: Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors, protect head, hands and feet from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks and check on and help family members, friends and neighbors with limited mobility and limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently.
FOX 11

Local Government News

Same Candidates, New Race. Could Turnout Change The Results Of This L.A. Council Rematch?
Just months after he was sworn in at City Hall, Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee is facing a rematch for his seat against Loraine Lundquist, the astrophysicist and college educator who lost to Lee in a special election in August. But key things are different this time around: The presidential primary is expected to drive much bigger turnout in March, likely giving Democrats such as Lundquist a boost at the polls. Despite the northwest San Fernando Valley district's reputation as a relatively conservative part of L.A., Democrats now outnumber Republicans nearly 2-to-1 among registered voters. Lee now has the advantage of running as an incumbent. And he has recently shed his Republican registration, campaigning as an unaffiliated candidate in a district where “no party preference” voters make up 27% of registrants.
Los Angeles Times

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