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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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January 24, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Georgia Deputy Killed During Early-Morning Vehicle Pursuit
A Long County deputy was killed early Thursday morning while assisting in a vehicle pursuit. WTOC reports Deputy Sheldon Whiteman was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck the wood line just after joining the pursuit of a motorist seen running stop signs in a nearby town. Whiteman was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville, where he died from his injuries. “It's just unfortunate that this happens when people fail to stop for law enforcement and anytime anyone loses their life in the law enforcement field,” Capt. Thornell King, Troop Commander of Georgia State Patrol, told WTOC. “It's a tragedy and it's just a bad thing for the county of Long County today.” Authorities are still searching for the suspect, according to WTOC.

Human Remains Found In Back Yard Of South L.A. Home
Police Thursday were investigating the discovery of human remains behind a home in the South Los Angeles area. Authorities were sent to the 100 block of West 49th Street, near Main Street, around 11 a.m. Wednesday after a resident at the property called to report the discovery of bones, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Lt. Ryan Rabbett told reporters at a press conference Thursday that an initial investigation determined that the partially buried bones were human remains. “At this point, we can't determine how long the victim has been deceased,” Rabbett said. “The remains were found behind the home in between two smaller structures, we'll call them sheds.” Rabbett said police are working closely with the coroner's office to determine an identification. No one has been arrested. The investigation, active since Wednesday, is ongoing.

Investigation Underway After Person Wounded In Shooting Near West Hollywood

One person suffered a gunshot wound during a shooting near West Hollywood early Thursday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim was shot just before 2 a.m. in the area of Fountain Avenue and Gardner Street and then he drove himself towards Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards where officers found him, authorities said. Paramedics transported the victim, described only as being male, to a nearby hospital in stable condition, police said. No description of the gunman was available and it's unclear what prompted the shooting. Streets were closed for hours as officers investigated.

Boy Beaten, Another Stabbed In Fight Near Lake Balboa Middle School

A boy was beaten with a skateboard and another was stabbed in a possible gang-related issue near a Los Angeles middle school Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The Los Angeles School Police Department received a call about 3:30 p.m., during dismissal hours, about a fight occurring near Mulholland Middle School, Sgt. Rudy Perez said. When police arrived, a boy was being taken to a hospital with lacerations to his head and cuts on his hand. That boy was in possession of a sharp object, Perez said. Another boy showed up at the hospital on his own with a stab wound, Perez said. It appeared that there were numerous others involved and police are detaining subjects of interest. Police are now investigating the fight as an assault with a deadly weapon. “Tomorrow the L.A. School Police Department will be patrolling with high visibility in the area,” Perez said. “We will continue on this investigation until we get to the bottom of it.”
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles ER Doctor Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexual Assault

An emergency medicine physician who recently worked at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a co-worker, law enforcement sources told NBCLA. Dr. Anshul M. Gandhi was booked late Wednesday on suspicion of a single felony count of forced oral copulation, according to arrest and booking data from the LAPD and LA County Sheriff's Department. Gandhi was released from jail early Thursday after posting a $100,000 bond, jail records said. He was due to appear in court for an initial appearance in February. There was no answer at an apartment near Cedars where Gandhi had an address and a message left requesting comment was not returned. According to the law enforcement sources he's suspected of attacking a woman he knew from work inside her home near downtown Los Angeles.

Three Charged With Robbery In Which Clerk Was Severely Beaten
Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the robbery of a Torrance convenience store, where a clerk was severely beaten and left in a coma, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. Long Beach residents William Sione Satuala, 20, and Sekope Tuitavuki, 26, and Jordyn Kiane Kolone, 19, of Harbor City, are charged with one count of second-degree robbery. Satuala is also charged with one count of dissuading a witness by force or threat with allegations of causing great bodily injury with an injury that caused the victim to become comatose, according to the District Attorney's Office. Kolone and Tuitavuki allegedly stole beer from the 7-Eleven store in the 1700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, near Western Avenue, about 1 a.m. Jan. 11, and Satuala reportedly beat the clerk as he chased the two to the parking lot, according to prosecutors.

10-Year-Old Shot In Drive-By Outside California School
A 10-year-old girlon a playground was shot by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting outside a Southern California elementary school, authorities said Thursday. Oxnard police said on Twitter the girl was struck Thursday morning during a car-to-car shooting outside McAuliffe Elementary School in the coastal city. The shooting is believed to be an isolated incident. The girl suffered non-life threatening injuries, and no one else was injured, police said. “She is in good spirits,” Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney said at a news conference. The Ventura County Star reported that police believe a semiautomatic handgun was used in the shooting, which took place at the back of the school. Authorities recovered shell casings in the street. The school was on lockdown during the investigation, and all students have been accounted for, authorities said. Police said no arrests have been made, but the newspaper reported that authorities have descriptions of the vehicles.
Associated Press

Border Patrol Seizes More Than 200 Pounds Of Meth Allegedly Hidden In Car By Grandma, Granddaughter
A woman and her granddaughter were apprehended at ports of entry in San Diego County on suspicion of trying to take more than 200 pounds of meth over the border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The incident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 19 near ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial Valley counties. A CBP K-9 team went through vehicle lanes at the Andrade Port of Entry when one of the dogs alerted officers to the passenger's side door of a 2006 Dodge Durango. The 65-year-old woman and her 19-year-old granddaughter, who are both U.S. citizens, were in the vehicle. Officers had the women and vehicle moved to another spot for further inspection, according to the agency. After CBP officers searched the vehicle, they removed 299 packages of meth from the roof, doors and quarter panels. The packages weighed a total of 219 pounds and had an estimated street value of more than $416,000.
FOX 11

They Planned To Start A Race War. DIY Gun Kits Allowed Them To Build An Arsenal.

Brian Mark Lemley was hatching a plan. On December 23, 2019, the 33-year-old former U.S. Army Cavalry scout examined his newly built AR-15, which was equipped with a thermal scope designed to pick up the heat of live targets. “It's so unfair what I can do to people with that, you know,” Lemley told Patrik Jordan Mathews, a 27-year old Canadian who was on the lam. “We could essentially, like, literally be hunting people,” Mathews responded, according to newly released court documents detailing video, audio, and computer surveillance gathered by federal agents. Prosecutors allege the men had violent plans for a January 20 gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia. Both Lemley and Mathews had military backgrounds and an obsession with violence. Secret recordings show they were also members of The Base, a white supremacist group made up of vigilantes working to defend the “European Race.”
The Trace

Public Safety News

CDC Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus In United States, Airport Health Screenings Continue
A United States resident traveling from China has been hospitalized in Seattle after being diagnosed with coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday. At least six people in China have died from the virus and nearly 300 have been infected worldwide. The virus, that doctors said can be spread from person to person, causes a pneumonia-like illness. The outbreak comes as millions of people travel for the Lunar New Year. The federal government has started screening passengers — at Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City — who arrive from Wuhan, China, where the virus was believed to have originated. The CDC said it would be adding screening centers at two more airports this week — in Atlanta and Chicago.

Local Government News

LAs Metro Takes Next Step In Vast Revamp Of Bus Network — And They Want To Know What You Think
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Board of Directors agreed Thursday to move forward with a series of public meetings on a proposed overhaul of the agency's vast bus system in hopes of attracting more riders. The NextGen Bus Plan is intended to increase ridership primarily by slashing wait and travel times on Metro's most-used lines. Twelve public workshops are scheduled to take place in February and March, followed by meetings with stakeholders this spring. Public hearings will take place in June, and the input from residents will be reviewed by Metro Service Councils in August and by the Board of Directors in September, Metro officials said. The list of public workshops is available at
Los Angeles Daily News

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