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January 17, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Florida Detective Run Over, ‘Seriously Injured' While Trying To Arrest Kidnapping Suspect
A Plant City detective was run over and seriously injured while trying to arrest a kidnapping suspect Wednesday, authorities said. That led to a manhunt that ended hours later with a Polk County deputy shooting the wanted duo. Aaron Phillips, 31, was fatally shot when the deputy attempted to arrest the suspects, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference Wednesday. April Thompson, 36, who had already been shot in the leg by a Plant City officer, suffered a stomach wound when she was shot by a Polk deputy. She was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive. Phillips, 31, was released in August from state prison after serving four years and 10 months for possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, battery on a law enforcement officer and grand theft of a motor vehicle, records show.
Tampa Bay Times

5-Year-Old's Shooting In South L.A. Home Prompts Abuse Investigation
The 5-year-old girl who was shot in her South Los Angeles home Wednesday evening is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Abused Child Unit, authorities said Thursday. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded about 5:30 p.m. to treat a small child suffering from a gunshot wound. The shooting occurred near 41st Place and Woodlawn Avenue. The child, who was taken in critical condition to the L.A. County-USC Medical Center, was moved from the emergency room to the intensive care unit later that night, KABC-TV Channel 7 reported. The child's siblings were in the home when officers arrived, but it is unclear whether they were there at the time of the shooting, police told the station. “There's other family members that were in the house, and at this point, we just don't know what happened in here,” Lt. Raul Jovel with the LAPD told KTLA-TV Channel 5. “We don't know if it's a criminal act or negligence or an accident.”
Los Angeles Times

‘It's Not Fair': Mother Of Slain Man Pleads For Help To Find Killer
Kristen Turman stood near the grave site of her young adult son who was shot to death more than two years ago while riding his bike home from a friend's house and pleaded for help to find the killer. Anthony Iniguez, 20, was shot on June 17, 2017 in Harbor City. He left behind two young sons. "My son was 20 but he was still my baby," she said Thursday at a news conference announcing a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the shooter. "It's not fair to take people away from their family." Iniguez was riding his bicycle home from a friend's house when he was shot in the head in the early morning hours of June 17 at Normandie Avenue and 252nd Street. "There was a string of shootings that had happened around the time my son was shot," his mother said. "His friend was shot the week before he was shot. "We want to get these people off the street so they can't hurt anybody's babies," she said. The $10,000 reward is only available for three months, so anyone with information is urged to contact the LAPD. Those who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Long Beach Police Seek Public's Help Finding Missing 12-Year-Old Girl
Long Beach police are asking for the public's help finding a 12-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a day. Mia Gianna Goforth, 12, was last seen by her family Wednesday around 7:30 a.m. leaving her home in the 2100 block of Fidler Avenue, police say. She was believed to have been at school all day, but the last her family heard from her was a text message around 3 p.m. Authorities believe it is possible she may be in Buena Park or Los Angeles. Mia is described as a 12-year-old white female, 5-feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last wearing a black sweatshirt, black shirt and black pants and was carrying a blue-and-white backpack. Anyone with information is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department Missing Persons Detail at (562)570-7246. Anonymous tips may be provided through LA Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS.

Transient Man Charged In Murder, Carjacking Of 68-Year-Old Cab Driver
A man was charged with murder Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a cab driver in a Burger King parking lot last November, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. Transient Victor Daniel Torres, 32, aka Daniel Victor Torres, faces one count each of murder, attempted first-degree robbery on a transit operator and carjacking in connection with the November 15, 2019 killing of 68-year-old Burbank resident Oganes Papazyan. Torres was arraigned on Nov. 19 and pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges in the killing of Papazyan in a Burger King parking lot located at Grand and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Chinatown after being picked up from Union Station. A fellow driver said Papazyan and himself would often talk about the “unsavory characters that walked around Union Station looking for cabs.

Woman Gets Time Served For Defacing L.A. Federal Courthouse
A woman who spray-painted a message containing an expletive targeting President Donald Trump at the entrance to a downtown Los Angeles courthouse was sentenced Wednesday to time already served and ordered to repay the $11,161 it cost the government to remove the graffiti. Ines Habibovic, 29, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of willfully damaging federal property and was immediately sentenced to the 30 days she spent behind bars. Along with restitution, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. sentenced the San Fernando Valley resident to two years on probation, during which she's directed to get substance abuse and mental health treatment. Habibovic — a native of Croatia who has lawful permanent U.S. residency — was chased down and detained the evening of March 3 after she was spotted on real-time court surveillance video nine floors below Hatter's courtroom, defacing the exterior wall and glass window of the U.S. Courthouse on West First Street.

Border Patrol Agents In California Arrest Boy, 14, With Drugs Strapped To Body
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested at a California border checkpoint of Mexico with three bundles of crystal methamphetamine strapped to his body, authorities said. The boy, two other teens and an adult driver were arrested after a car was stopped Monday night at the State Route 94 checkpoint in Jamul, east of San Diego, and a drug-sniffing dog gave an alert, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol statement. A secondary inspection of the four people in the car found the 14-year-old had 3.31 pounds of meth under his clothing, authorities said. Another 50.71 pounds of meth were found in plastic-wrapped packages inside three backpacks in the car. The drugs had an estimated street value of $102,000, according to the Border Patrol. Authorities arrested the 14-year-old and a 16-year-old boy, both Mexican nationals; a 16-year-old U.S. citizen and the driver, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen.
FOX 11

Millions Of Guns For Sale. Few Questions Asked.
Thomas Caldwell was a veteran in his 60s with a soft physique, oval glasses, no income, and a history of mental illness. “I've been schizophrenic all my life, hearing voices,” he once said in a courtroom. He didn't have a license to sell firearms, but that hadn't stopped him. In 2015, according to prosecutors, police found a Glock in a Milwaukee drug house and quickly linked it to him. He'd purchased it only the day before. Months later, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confronted Caldwell about the pistol. According to the ATF, he said he had been purchasing guns from a licensed dealer, then reselling many of them through, a website that connects sellers with buyers looking for anything from a pistol to an AR-15. If Caldwell wanted to sell guns, the ATF warned him, there was a proper way to do it.
The Trace

During state-wide breathalyzer fraud probe, Mich. police turn to slower blood tests
Suspect breathalyzer machines responsible for thousands of drunk-driving charges in Michigan each year are “out of service.” Drunk driving arrests, however, are not on hold. Michigan State Police, in light of questions about the reliability of the state's 203 breathalyzer machines and the company hired to test and calibrate them, placed the machines out of service Monday, Jan. 13.

Public Safety News

6 Rescued, 2 Firefighters Hurt In Fire At Glendale Apartment Building
Five people were hospitalized, including two firefighters, after a fire tore through a Glendale apartment building Thursday afternoon, the Glendale Fire Department said. The fire started before 2:50 p.m. at 140 Carr Drive, where thick plumes of smoke were seen billowing over the two-story building as firefighters worked on the roof, aerial video from Sky5 showed. Glendale Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas described the fire as being "very challenging" as firefighters worked to rescue six people, including a child, from the more than 100-year-old building that didn't fit safety standards. Two firefighters were on the first level of the building when they fell through the floor and into the basement. They were rescued by other firefighters, quickly evacuated and taken to area hospitals, according to Lanzas, who said both firefighters are expected to be all right. Three of those rescued from the building were taken to a hospital due to minor smoke inhalation issues, while another three were treated at the scene, the chief said.

Firefighters Battle Flames At View Park Home
Firefighters battled a major fire at a home in the unincorporated community of View Park. The fire was first reported at the home in the 3600 block of West Mount Vernon Drive at about 3:15 a.m. Los Angeles County Fire officials say when they arrived, flames were coming from all three floors and they were forced to call for a commercial fire response in order to get more specialized equipment. The fire has caused a partial floor collapse and parts of the roof appear to be gone. Los Angeles County Fire Battalion Chief Trey Espy said the fire was declared out by 5:30 a.m., but firefighters continue to work on putting out any hotspots. The homeowner and his brother were not home at the time. No injuries have been reported.

Local Government News

L.A. Job Program Gets $10 Million For Formerly Incarcerated People
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the city received a three-year, $10 million grant from the California Department of Transportation to extend its New Roads to Second Chances program that gives formerly incarcerated Angelenos employment opportunities in street maintenance and cleaning. “Los Angeles is a place where everybody belongs, and we'll keep working to create opportunities for anyone ready to give back to our communities,” Garcetti said. “No one needs a second chance more urgently than our formerly incarcerated sisters and brothers, and New Roads to Second Chances gives people a chance to rebuild their lives through the dignity of work.” New Roads was launched in 2016 through a partnership between the mayor's office, Caltrans and the nonprofit organization Chrysalis, with an initial $8.9 million state grant. The mayor's office stated that more than 1,200 people have utilized New Roads in that time.
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Councilmen Call On Major League Baseball To Award World Series Titles To Dodgers
Los Angeles City Councilmen Paul Koretz and Gilbert Cedillo on Wednesday formally introduced a resolution calling on Major League Baseball to award the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles to the Dodgers in the wake of a cheating scandal that has rocked the league. MLB concluded this week that the Astros used a camera to illicitly steal pitching signs from opponents' catchers during the 2017 season, which culminated with Houston defeating the Dodgers in the World Series. According to the league, the sign-stealing system was orchestrated by then-Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who went on to serve as the Red Sox manager in 2018. That season ended with Boston besting the Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Koretz acknowledged that asking the league to strip the two teams of their titles is "uncharted territory," but said that awarding the championships to Los Angeles would be a fair move in light of the cheating.

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