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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 20, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Two Police Officers Shot Dead In Honolulu, Suspect Presumed Dead
Two Hawaii police officers were killed in a shooting in a residential area near famed tourist sites Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head in Honolulu. It all began when the 69-year-old suspect stabbed his landlord in the leg. He then ambushed responding officers with gunfire before torching his house, a fire that ripped through the neighborhood, destroying at least seven homes and several cars. Honolulu police said the suspect, identified as Jaroslav Hanel, is presumed dead inside the home where the trouble began just after 9 a.m. Sunday. Police say the suspect, who was being evicted from his multi-family home, attacked his landlord before turning on police. One witness reported hearing as many as twenty shots, and then, once the fire started, what sounded like exploding ammunition. Slain officers Kaulike Kalama and Tiffany-Victoria Enriquez were young veterans, each with less than ten years on the the force.

Fundraiser With In-N-Out Will Help Family Of Fallen West Hollywood Sheriff's Detective
Fans of In-N-Out Burger can grab lunch at a fundraiser hosted by the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station on Tuesday, Jan. 28., while supporting the family of a detective who died while performing an act of kindness this month. The event will take place in the parking lot of the station at 780 N. San Vicente Blvd. between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said in social media posts. Attendees will be able to purchase a burger, chips and a drink for $10. The fundraiser will support the family of LASD Detective Amber Leist. She was struck by a car and died Sunday, Jan. 12 in Valley Village shortly after coming to the aid of a woman who had fallen in an intersection. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Woman Stabbed To Death In Arlington Heights; 2nd Woman In Custody

A woman was fatally stabbed in Arlington Heights early Sunday, and another woman was taken into custody in connection with her death, Los Angeles police said. The victim, described only as a woman in her early 20s, was stabbed in the 4000 block of West Pico Boulevard at about 12:30 a.m., said Officer Rosario Cervantes, an LAPD spokeswoman. The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital, where she died. Paramedics also transported another person to the hospital for an unspecified medical emergency, said Nicholas Prange, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. That person was listed in fair condition. Another woman in her early 20s was taken into custody on suspicion of stabbing the woman who died, Cervantes said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Investigating West Hollywood-Area Shooting That Left 1 Dead
A shooting near the West Hollywood and Fairfax border left one person dead early Monday, and investigators are looking for those responsible, officials said. The Los Angeles Police Department did not specify when and where the attack occurred, but investigators had placed a crime scene tape between a half-mile stretch of Fairfax Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue by around 4:30 a.m. A male individual was struck multiple times and taken to a hospital by a third party, LAPD told KTLA. He ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Detectives, who have yet to determine a motive, are looking for possible witnesses to the crime, according to LAPD. It's unclear how long officers will remain at the scene.

Two People Shot In Hollywood, Shooters On The Loose
At least two people were shot and taken to the hospital Saturday after a shooting in Hollywood and the shooters were still on the run, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The shooting occurred in the 1600 block North La Brea Avenue around 1:11 p.m., the LAPD said. A perimeter was set up and there was a search for three shooters, police said. Initially, one person was arrested, but police later released that person and said the individual was not a suspect. Three shooters were outstanding, according to police. The victims both had non-life-threatening injuries, according to the LAPD.

VIDEO: Man Opens Fire Inside Bar In Westlake Area, Suspect Sought
Police Friday released security video of a shooting in a bar in the Westlake area that left a man wounded, and sought public help to solve the crime. The shooting occurred about 12:50 a.m. on Jan. 4 in the 2700 block of West Seventh Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. "The male victim ... became involved in an argument with the suspect," a police statement said. "During the argument, the suspect drew a firearm from his waistband and shot the victim." The wounded man was treated at a hospital and released. The gunman was described as Hispanic, about 35-40 years of age, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a black hat, black T-shirt, and gray pants. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call detectives at 213-484-3660; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
FOX 11

Man Causes Fire, Barricaded In East Hollywood Apartment
A 23-year-old man was taken into custody Sunday evening after barricading himself inside an East Hollywood apartment and causing a fire that finally forced him out, authorities said. It started about 8:40 p.m. at an apartment at 1124 E. New Hampshire Ave., according to a dispatcher in the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The suspect, believed a gang member, attempted to assault someone inside the apartment, then barricaded himself inside and caused the fire, the dispatcher said. Officers first requested a fire extinguisher to enable the suspect to put out the fire, he said. But the blaze grew to the point it forced the suspect out and into police custody about 11:15 p.m., as shown by broadcast video.

Police Issue Warning Of Thieves Targeting Distracted Cellphone Users
The Los Angeles Police Department recently posted several tweets warning residents the number of cellphone thefts downtown have spiked. Police say thieves are targeting people who appear to be distracted on their devices. In many cases, the phones are stolen right out of the victim's hands as they were making calls or looking down. Police say the incidents are usually violent in nature and want people to be alert and aware of their surroundings. If you happen to find yourself a victim LAPD says to note the description of the suspect, the direction of travel and if they fled on foot or in a car.
FOX 11

Former North Hollywood Teacher's Aide Convicted Of Sexually Abusing Half A Dozen Girls
A former North Hollywood teacher assistant, Lino Cabrera, pleaded no contest Friday to sexually abusing students at Oxnard Street Elementary School. He is expected to be sentenced to eight years in state prison and register as a sex offender for life, prosecutors said. Cabrera, 27, was charged last year with five felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and one count of continued sexual abuse — charges that carry a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison. He was accused of sexually abusing six girls, ages 10 and 11, between September 2016 and May 2019. The charges were reduced to a felony count of continuous sexual abuse, a felony count of a lewd act upon a child under 14 and four misdemeanor counts of child molestation under Cabrera's plea agreement, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Firefighters Extinguish House Fire In Canoga Park For Second Time In Two Days
For the second time in two nights, firefighters extinguished a fire inside a vacant home in Canoga Park, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze inside a one-story home at 21055 W. Ingomar St. was reported at 7:24 p.m., fire department spokesman Nicholas Prange said. LAFD's vertical ventilation was still in place from Saturday, Prange said. The department sent 26 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in 16 minutes, Prange continued. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fires were unknown, but the department dispatched arson investigators to the scene to examine the evidence inside the home, Prange said.

LAFD Station 9: Meet The Fire Station Helping The Homeless On Skid Row

Los Angeles Fire Department's Station 9 is one the busiest in the nation and the area it services is Skid Row. During the course of several months, ABC's Matt Gutman spent time with firefighters working on the front lines of the state's homelessness crisis for a "Nightline" exclusive look at the daily operations at the station. Gutman witnessed firefighters responding to overdoses, homeless camp fires and dramatic efforts to save lives. LAFD Station 9 averages about 80 calls a day, and many of the 7,000 homeless people living on Skid Row rely on them as their primary health care provider. Often the hardest factor to deal with is mental illness. The crew at Station 9 says they treat people without bias because their patients are human beings. And their mission is always to help.

Local Government News

Councilman Proposes Turning Closing Hospital Into Housing For Homeless
City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell Friday called on the city to explore the possibility of turning the soon-to-close St. Vincent Medical Center into housing for the homeless — potentially including mental health, substance abuse and other services. “I think at this time, property owners, folks who own institutions, city leaders, county leaders, state leaders, we need to put our heads together and figure out how we can put a deal together to either acquire the site outright and take over management and operations ourselves, or enter into some sort of long-term lease that might work financially as well,” O'Farrell said. “But we know that something has got to give, and if it is not going to continue (to be used) as a hospital, which looks more and more likely as the days go by … let's take a serious look at re-purposing the facility entirely.”

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