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January 27, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Funeral Service Held For Sheriff's Detective Killed As She Helped A Person In Need
Funeral services were held Saturday for Los Angeles County sheriff's Det. Amber Leist, who was struck by a vehicle after helping a woman cross a Valley Village street. “Since her passing, I've come to find out that she left a gigantic void in the hearts of many in our department, particularly those at the West Hollywood station,” where she was assigned, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at the service, held at the Mosaic Church on Hollywood Boulevard. “Amber's commitment to service is a reflection of what the men and women of the sheriff's department do every day.” Services were closed to the public, but were livestreamed on the sheriff's department Facebook page. Leist, 41, was returning to her vehicle when she was struck by a car Jan. 12. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was a 12-year veteran of the department.
Los Angeles Times

Alabama Officer Critically Wounded Following Mid-Robbery Shooting
A Birmingham police officer working security at Church of the Highlands in Woodlawn was shot Sunday morning when he confronted two robbery suspects. A 16-year-old is the accused shooter. The officer - identified as narcotics Det. John Finke - was hit twice in the abdomen. What was initially believed to be a third wound was a ricochet. He was rushed to UAB Hospital's Trauma Center by Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service via police escort. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said the officer as of 1:15 p.m. was out of his first surgery and in ICU. Finke, who was in uniform but not wearing a protective vest, is listed in critical condition. Finke has been with the department since 2005. He is a husband and father. His college-aged daughter is en route to Birmingham as are his parents, Smith said. Two suspects were taken into custody in Ensley. The two suspects in custody are ages 16 and 25. The 16-year-old is the accused shooter.
Alabama Media Group

17-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot In Exposition Park
A 17-year-old boy died Saturday after being shot in Exposition Park. Officers responded to a call of shots fired along the 3700 block of South Harvard Boulevard shortly after midnight and discovered the teenager suffering from gunshots wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. It's unclear what led up to the shooting and whether any arrests have been made.

Man Found Shot To Death In Hospital Parking Lot; Suspect Sought
A man was found shot to death Friday in a rear parking lot of West Hills Hospital Medical Center, apparently after being brought there by another man who left the scene and was being sought, police said. Officers were sent to 7300 Medical Center Drive about 11:30 a.m., said Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the fatally wounded man, who was in his 20s, Lee said. Police believe the man was wounded at another location and brought to the hospital by a man in his 20s who was seen near the emergency room entrance. The man, who was wearing an orange hoodie, may have left in a blue 4-door BMW 3-series car with black wheels, Lee said. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at 877-LAPD-247.
FOX 11

Suspected Killer Evades Police Barricade In Hyde Park
A man was shot to death Saturday in the Hyde Park area and the shooter, believed to have barricaded himself in a nearby apartment building, was gone when police eventually entered, authorities said. The drama began about 10 a.m. near Florence Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, according to Officer Jader Chaves of the Los Angeles Police Department. "Two men had a disagreement and had a shootout,'' said Sgt. Scott Blackman of the LAPD's 77th Street Station. One man was shot in the chest and died at UCLA Westwood Hospital, he said. Witnesses saw the suspected shooter run into an apartment in the 3400 block of Crenshaw and a SWAT unit surrounded the building, Blackman said. Police got a warrant and entered the apartment just after 4 p.m., but the man was gone, Blackman said. His identity was not known.
Police Seek Suspect In Deadly Hit-and-Run In Echo Park Authorities asked for the public's help Saturday in finding a 39-year-old homeless man suspected of causing a deadly hit-and-run crash in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. The driver of a 2019 BMW M4 was traveling westbound on Sunset Boulevard near Douglas Street at 7:45 a.m. Thursday when he veered into the eastbound lanes of Sunset Boulevard and crashed head-on into a 2004 Toyota Corolla, then fled on foot, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Traffic Division. Paramedics took the driver of the Toyota to a hospital, where she died from her injuries. She was identified as 61-year-old Rosa Garcia of Los Angeles, police said. The BMW was reported stolen, Sgt. D. Steussie of the LAPD's Central Traffic Division said. Investigators were able to identify the suspect because he left his wallet and driver license behind, Steussie said. The suspect was identified as Ilya Foks. Police said he is from Los Angeles, likely homeless and is known to hang out in West Hollywood, Echo Park and Silver Lake.

Missing Jurupa Valley Woman Allegedly Kidnapped By L.A.-Area Transient
Riverside County officials sought the public's help Saturday in their search for a Jurupa Valley woman allegedly taken against her will by an acquaintance. Robert Lopez, a 46-year-old transient from the Los Angeles area, is accused of kidnapping Jennifer Martinez from a home in the 3700 block of Eve Circle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Officers were called to the location at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The two, who knew each other, were last seen walking in the area, the agency said. Officers said they conducted an extensive search and deployed aviation units and bloodhounds, but did not find Lopez or Martinez. The Sheriff's Department described Martinez as a white woman who's about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 120 pounds. She has short, brown hair and was last seen wearing a white top and pajama pants with black and silver stripes.

Van Nuys Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Young Woman On International Flight
A Van Nuys man has been convicted by a federal jury in Seattle of two felony charges related to the sexual assault of a woman on a flight from London to Seattle. The Seattle Times reports Babak Rezapour was convicted of abusive sexual contact in a special aircraft jurisdiction and abusive sexual contact with an incapacitated victim. The jury deliberated about two-and-a-half hours following a five-day jury trial in which Rezapour denied the allegations. Rezapour was remanded into the custody of U.S. Marshals. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24. The charges say Rezapour repeatedly assaulted a 22-year-old woman on the 10-hour flight on Jan. 10, 2018.

'Hundreds And Hundreds' Of Military Explosives Found In California Home: Police
More than two dozen homes were evacuated in Northern California after police found “hundreds and hundreds” of military explosives, according to police and news reports. Stockton police originally went to a home in the 2900 block of Rockford Avenue on Thursday morning, where they found that a 70-year-old man had died of natural causes. Inside the residential home, police spokesman Officer Joe Silva told the Stockton Record that possibly “hundreds and hundreds” of military explosives and weapons were found inside. Twenty homes had to be evacuated. It's unclear if the man had ever served in the military or why he had stockpiled the weapons, Silva said. Police are also unsure if anyone else had been living at the residence with him.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

LAFD Rescues And Revives Woman From Burning Woodland Hills Home
A woman trapped in a burning Woodland Hills house was hospitalized Thursday in grave condition. Fire crews rescued the woman, and Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics restored her pulse, a department official said. The fire in the one-story house was reported about 2 p.m. Thursday on the 23500 block of Burbank Boulevard near Woodlake Avenue. Crews extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Los Angeles Daily News

First Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In L.A. County
Health officials confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Los Angeles County Sunday. "The infected person presented themselves for care once they noticed that they were not feeling well and is currently receiving medical treatment," according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "There is no immediate threat to the general public, no special precautions are required, and people should not be excluded from activities based on their race, country of origin, or recent travel if they do not have symptoms of respiratory illness." The patient is a returning traveler from Wuhan City, China. "L.A. County is well prepared to manage cases and suspected cases of novel coronavirus. We are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to provide healthcare providers and the public with accurate information about actions we are taking to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus and to care for those who are ill," said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's director of public health.

Local Government News

For LA's Leaders, Kobe Bryant's Death Is ‘A Dark And Sad Day For Los Angeles'
L.A. City Councilman Curren Price was in church Sunday, Jan. 26, when the word came. The pastor gave the news to the congregation at Phillips Temple CME Church, which was celebrating its 113th anniversary. Kobe Bryant, 41, the athlete who would help define LA for a generation — and, in the process, bring five NBA titles to the City of The Angels — was dead, along with his daughter Gianna. “The minister made the announcement. Everyone was shocked. And my memory just started flooding.” The moment hearkened back to that day in LA City Council's chamber, August 2016, when the Council deemed Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day.” (8/24 — the two numbers Bryant would wear in his career). Huge lines of people waited in long lines to snap a picture of the retired superstar — a ruthless competitor who some loved, some hated, but whose talent was as formidable as it could be. Hundreds of fans crammed the council chambers that day to see Bryant. They donned his jerseys — some 8s and some 24s.
Los Angeles Daily News

LA Officials Looking To Add Affordable Housing To Warner Center
The Warner Center has seen an influx of new development in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue under a plan that envisions turning the area into the San Fernando Valley's downtown. The 1.5-square-mile district is slated for commercial and residential developments, offices and hotels. A large entertainment and sports venue has been proposed. But one component has been missing: Not a single unit has been required for low- or middle-income neighbors. Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the area, is hoping to change that. He's been working on a plan that is expected to roll out in spring, requiring developers to add affordable housing to their Warner Center projects. 
Los Angeles Daily News

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