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January 14, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Vigil Will Honor L.A. Sheriff's Detective Hit And Killed On The Street After Aiding
A Pedestrian The investigation continued Monday, Dec. 13, as mourners and members of the community made plans to honor the life of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective based out of West Hollywood who was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday after escorting a woman across a street in Valley Village. Detective Amber Leist, 41, got out of her car to help an elderly woman who fell at a crosswalk near Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. She was returning to her vehicle when she was struck at about 11 a.m. by a car traveling east on Riverside Drive, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. She was off duty at the time, officials said. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died died. A procession of sheriff's deputies escorted her body as she was transported from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. Her remains were kept there Monday evening, pending delivery to a mortuary, Sheriff's Sgt. Nelson Rios said.
Los Angeles Daily News

2 Charged In Death Of Tennessee Officer Killed During Foot Pursuit

Two men who fled from Tennessee authorities have been charged in the death of an officer who was struck by a vehicle during the pursuit. Kevin Jordan and Emani C. Martin Jr., both 19, were charged Thursday with reckless homicide in the death of Hendersonville Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol, news outlets reported. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, Bristol was driving after a fleeing car that crashed while attempting to merge onto an interstate. Jordan, the driver of the vehicle, was immediately arrest but Martin fled on foot, authorities said. Bristol followed Martin across the highway and was fatally struck by an SUV. Martin was later arrested. The arrest warrant said Jordan and Martin caused Bristol's death because they created “substantial and unjustifiable risk that the pursuing officer would be killed.”
Associated Press

WATCH: LAPD Releases Video Of Boyle Heights Shooting That Injured 1 Officer
New video released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the frantic moments when a routine patrol turned into a violent confrontation for a pair of officers. According to LAPD, two uniformed officers with the Hollenbeck Division's gang enforcement detail were on patrol at about 7:10 p.m. Nov. 29 near Malabar Street and Fickett Street at about 7:10 p.m. While on patrol, the pair attempted to make contact with a man identified as Nathan Alexander Tovar, who was on probation for narcotics violations, when he opened fire. One officer was struck and taken to the hospital where he was expected to recover. The officers returned fire, but did not strike Tovar who was taken into custody. Police said a 9mm semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Tovar has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

LAPD Asking Public's Help In Identifying Suspect In Fatal Pacoima Shooting
Police Monday were seeking the public's help to identify the suspect or suspects in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man who had been sitting in his vehicle in Pacoima. Police found Anthony Lopez II, of Mission Hills, suffering from a gunshot wound near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Vaughn Street around 10 p.m. on Sunday, according to the LAPD. He was taken to a hospital where he died, police reported. Detectives have determined that the shooting occurred near the intersection of Bromont Street and Fielding Avenue, as Lopez was sitting in his vehicle. He then drove to the area of Foothill and Vaughn, where a passerby called 9-1-1. Anyone with information about the killing should contact Valley Bureau homicide Detective Al Arguelles at 818-374-9550.
Los Angeles Daily News

Man Who Allegedly Reached Out To Girls Online Is Accused Of Sexual Assault; LAPD Seeks More Victims

A man accused of reaching out to underage girls on social media has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor and LAPD officials are looking for more victims, police said Monday. Markell Rowland, 25, was arrested in Hollywood on Nov. 5 on suspicion of oral copulation, unlawful sex with a minor, assault with intent to commit oral copulation and making criminal threats, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective Lesley Perkins did not provide any details about the alleged assault or the victim except that the victim is a girl. Rowland remains in custody for a parole violation hold. Bail for the current charges has been set at $225,000. “Rowland has a history of approaching underage girls in the Hollywood area and asking them for their social media screen names or approaching them directly online through their social media pages,” police said in the release.

Public Help Sought To Find 76-Year-Old Missing Woman

Police asked for the public's help Monday to find a 76-year-old missing woman. Gay Bennett was last seen on Sunday about 4 p.m. in the 5400 block of West Boulevard, near Slauson Avenue, in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was last seen wearing a grey sweater, multi-colored pants, a white scarf and red shoes, police reported. She is described as black, 5 feet tall, 125 pounds, with grey hair and brown eyes, according to the police. Investigators urged anyone knowing her whereabouts to call the Los Angeles Police Department, Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800 or the LAPD 24-hour tipline at 877-LAPD-24-7. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Man Pleads No Contest In Pursuit, South L.A. Standoff An ex-con who led police on a pursuit and then barricaded himself inside a South Los Angeles apartment for several hours with his 2-month-old infant pleaded no contest Monday to four felony charges. Juan Manuel Zamora, 25, entered his plea to one count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle while driving recklessly, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. He is expected to be sentenced Feb. 3 to five years in prison under the terms of the plea deal negotiated with prosecutors. Police officers responding to a call tried to stop Zamora's vehicle June 28 in a parking lot at South San Pedro Street and East Washington Boulevard, but he drove away, according to Deputy District Attorney Kristopher Gay.

Woodland Hills Man Faces Scorn Of Women He Dated, 33 Felony Charges Of Fraud, Theft

A Woodland Hills man is facing the scorn of many women he dated and 33 felony charges of fraud and theft. Wilson Jackson, 37 pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing Friday. Seven witnesses, including a Lyft driver and the business manager at his dentist's office, testified that Jackson convincingly described glitches with his bank and the need for help in cashing checks. Women victims have persisted in documenting their losses and urged other women to come forward. Women testified in a Van Nuys courtroom that Jackson invited them to his apartment then stole blank checks and credit card numbers from their bags when they weren't looking. "I think he has perfected his game. He literally morphs into what he needs to be," said alleged victim Acacia Oudinot from Scottsdale. The defense questioned accusers' credibility as women who may have been scorned.

4 Arrested In Series Of Robberies At Cellular Stores Throughout SoCal
Four out of five people allegedly involved in a series of robberies at cellphone stores throughout Southern California have been arrested, officials said. The robberies occurred between August and December of last year, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a news release. In each of the incidents, the suspects walked into the store and took items from the display tables, police said. They would then either cut or pull security cables from the electronic devices before running out of the store with multiple phones. Police on Monday released video of one of the incidents that are under investigation, but did not indicate when or where that incident occurred. Cellphone video captured and shared with KTLA from the day of the robbery shows the chaos that ensued as employees inside the store helplessly watched as several of the culprits are seen taking property from the store.

California Authorities Looking For Missing Tempe Woman Whose Car Was Found In LA Area
Investigators in Southern California say a car belonging to a missing Tempe woman has been found abandoned along a freeway in Los Angeles County, but there's been no sign of her. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, 37-year-old Robyn Nelson was last seen leaving her home two days after Christmas, near Southern and Priest in Tempe. Officials say Nelson's car was found on December 29, on the 60 Freeway in Walnut, California. Deputies describe Nelson as 5'5" tall, weighing 105 lbs, with brown eyes and short brown hair. Nelson suffers from PTSD, anxiety and depression, and she has a tattoo of planets on her left forearm and an Egyptian symbol on her right forearm. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to come forward. People can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477). or visit the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Website.
FOX 11

Dallas Police Plan To Use New Predictive Technology To Address Rising Crime Rate
A casual glance at a crime map of Dallas suggests the violence that barreled through the city last year was aimless. But a more detailed look at North Dallas reveals a high-risk setting for gun violence stems in part from a concentration of used-goods stores, apartment complexes and car washes. In southeast Dallas, the constellation of motels, gas stations and pharmacies serves as another prime location. Those conclusions were based on an analysis by the Child Poverty Action Lab, a Dallas-based nonprofit focused on improving the lives of kids. The organization released its findings exclusively to The Dallas Morning News. The data comes from emerging predictive police technology known as risk terrain modeling. The thesis behind the algorithm, developed during the last decade by two Rutgers University professors, is that environmental factors have an outsize influence on crime and that small informed changes to neighborhoods can prevent it.
Dallas Morning News

Public Safety News

Potent Strain Of Influenza B Surging In SoCal
Sick patients are flooding doctor's offices as cases of the flu surge across Southern California. This year, a particularly potent B strain of the virus seems to be causing many of the illnesses. However, influenza A virus also appears to be increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been about 9.7 million flu cases across the United States so far this season, with 87,000 hospitalizations and 4,800 deaths. Samantha Franco is seeing firsthand just how dangerous the flu can be to people who were otherwise healthy. Her daughter Jaden Carrillo is now fighting for her life after coming down with the flu. Jaden is an athlete and was always healthy, her mom says. For the past eight days she's been hospitalized for what started out seeming like a simple cold. She was diagnosed with influenza B and then pneumonia and developed a bacterial infection in her blood. She was put on life support on Friday.

Local Government News

L.A. Metro's Plan To Fix Plummeting Ridership: More Buses And Fewer Stops On Major Streets
Los Angeles County transportation officials on Monday unveiled plans for more frequent bus service on more corridors, a change they said could help reverse a steep decline in bus ridership. If approved, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's plan would be the first overhaul of the region's bus network in more than 25 years. Riders would see changes on the street by the end of next year, officials said. The plan calls for buses that arrive every 10 minutes or less — and in some cases, as frequently as every five minutes — on 29 major routes. About 83% of Metro riders could walk to a bus stop with that level of service, compared with 48% now, officials said. The proposal also calls for a $1-billion, five-year capital program to improve bus reliability, speed and comfort. The proposal includes $750 million for bus-only lanes, synchronized traffic signals and other improvements, and about $150 million for shelters and other changes at busy stops
Los Angeles Times

L.A. Mayor Garcetti, Eva Longoria Announce Job Program In Effort To Double Latino Representation In Hollywood

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading a new jobs program to double Latino representation in Hollywood, in front of and behind the camera, over the next decade. A new collective of Latino creators and executives called LA Collab has raised a quarter of a million dollars to finance a range of film, TV and podcast development deals and projects intended to provide opportunities for Latino filmmakers, writers and actors and crew members. The project is backed in part by the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, the Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia and Endeavor Content, Garcetti's office said in a statement Monday. The jobs initiative seeks to address the underrepresentation of Latinos in Hollywood by connecting workers with various employers in the industry.

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