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January 31, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Alaska Man Sentenced In 2016 Killing Of Police Sergeant
A man convicted of killing a Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer in 2016 has been sentenced to 119 years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 32, for the shooting death of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department, Fairbanks television station KTVF reported. Current and former law enforcement officers, along with former Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson, packed the courtroom for the sentencing. The shooting occurred as Brandt responded in his patrol car to calls of shots fired and a man yelling in a neighborhood east of downtown Fairbanks. Brandt's dashboard camera recorded him driving slowly as Alexie-Jenkins approached on the sidewalk. As the patrol car stopped, Alexie-Jenkins, moved his right hand toward his coat pocket but continued out of the picture. Seconds later, Alexie-Jenkins, gripping a silver handgun with both hands, ran around the front of the car and started shooting, the video shows.
Associated Press

Man Shot To Death Outside Gentlemen's Club In Van Nuys
A homicide investigation was underway early Friday in Van Nuys after a man was shot to death outside of a strip club, police said. Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the Red Tie Gentlemen's Club located in the 15800 block of Stagg Street, near Woodley Avenue between Roscoe Boulevard and Sherman Way around 2:45 a.m. Arriving officers located an adult male in his 20s with gunshot wounds to his chest, police said. The victim has not been identified. Police say their preliminary information reveals the victim was standing outside the club, possibly about to enter, when the gunman and his two accomplices pulled up outside the club. One of the three suspects exited the vehicle and began arguing with the victim. The altercation turned violent when the gunman shot the victim multiples time, police said. A witness said he fired up to 15 times. 
FOX 11

Man Shot To Death In Lake Balboa Park After Witnesses Recall Hearing Arguing Followed By Gunshots: LAPD
Detectives are searching for answers after a homeless man was shot and killed Tuesday at Lake Balboa Park, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to Lake Balboa Park in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a person shot, according to the news release. When they arrived, they found 35-year-old Bryan Woodson suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. Woodson was homeless and was known to sleep in the park, according to police. Paramedics attempted to save Woodson's life, but he eventually succumbed to his injury and died at the scene. Witnesses told officers they heard arguing between the victim and an unknown male before they heard gunshots, according to the news release. No arrests have been made and anyone with information about this incident can call 818-374-9550 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

LAPD Asks For Public Help To Find Hit-and-Run Driver In Highland Park Crash
Police asked for the public's help today to find the driver in a hit-and-run crash in Highland Park that severely injured a pedestrian. The crash occurred about 1:05 a.m. Saturday as the pedestrian was crossing Avenue 51, just south of Eaton Street, police said. The motorist was driving a gray Ford Mustang and fled the scene immediately after the crash, police said. The pedestrian was taken a hospital by paramedics for treatment of injuries, police said. The pedestrian's age and gender were not immediately available. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered by Los Angeles for information leading to the driver's arrest, conviction or civil resolution as part of its Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund, police said. Anyone with information on the driver was asked to call LAPD's Central Division traffic detectives at 213-833-3713. Tipsters can also call the LAPD's 24-hour tipline at 877-527-3247 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Ex-Husband Of Woman Found Strangled To Death In Koreatown Apartment Charged With Murder
A man has been charged with strangling his ex-wife to death in a Koreatown apartment, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Joseph Song Chung, 50, was charged on Wednesday with one count of murder after his ex-wife, Hyun C., 48, was found dead inside an apartment near the 400 block of South Berendo Street last week. Investigators believe the crime occurred some time between Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. Los Angeles Police officers were told about a possible body last Wednesday afternoon when they finally discovered Hyun. Chung fled the scene before eventually surrendering to police in Santa Cruz on Jan. 27, according to a news release from the D.A.'s office. If convicted, Chung faces up to life in prison. He is expected to go before a judge on March 11, jail records show.

Man Accused Of Attacking And Stabbing Gay Men Across L.A. Region

Prosecutors charged a Los Angeles man Thursday with carrying out at least three hate-crime attacks across the region targeting men who were gay or perceived to be gay, and detectives believe more people may have been harmed. Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Ceballos said Joshua Ebow is accused of punching two victims and stabbing two others during confrontations at a store and at restaurants in Culver City, Inglewood and West L.A. Ebow, 30, was arrested Jan. 3 after detectives linked him to the stabbings. Since then, investigators have collected evidence for two other attacks at a Shakey's Pizza restaurant and the Brentwood eatery Jon & Vinny's. Three of the incidents have been formally charged as hate-crime enhancements, according to the complaint. Ceballos said evidence in the attacks points to the victims' sexual orientation as a motive.
Los Angeles Times

Man And Woman Get Probation In Los Angeles TOEFL Cheating Case

A Los Angeles man and woman were each placed on two years probation Thursday for their roles in a scheme that used fraudulent passports to help Chinese nationals obtain student visas by using impersonators to take their English proficiency tests for them. Tuan Tran, 34, and Mohan Zhang, 25, were also ordered by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt to each complete 120 hours of community service during the period of supervised release. Tran and Zhang were among six defendants charged with using doctored People's Republic of China passports to impersonate various Chinese nationals at testing locations in and around Los Angeles. They each pleaded guilty to a single federal count of use of a false passport, and admitted taking TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) exams in the names of others.

Authorities Find Longest U.S.-Mexico Border Smuggling Tunnel
U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area. The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance and a drainage system. While there were no arrests, no drugs found at the site and no confirmed exit point in the U.S., the length — more than 14 football fields — stunned authorities. “This one blows past (the second-longest),” said Lance LeNoir, a Border Patrol operations supervisor. “We never really thought they had the moxie to go that far. They continue to surprise me.”
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Authorities Continue To Investigate ‘Suspicious' Fire At West L.A. High-Rise
The origins of a "suspicious" fire that broke out on the seventh floor of a 25-story apartment building in West Los Angeles, injured 11 people, including one in grave condition, and prompted at least two residents to contemplate leaping from balconies, remained under Los Angeles Fire Department investigation Thursday. The flames were reported in the Barrington Plaza Apartments at 11740 Wilshire Blvd., near Barrington Avenue, at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday and were extinguished at 9:56 a.m., the LAFD reported. LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas did not discuss a possible cause of the fire, but called it "suspicious." "We have some information I can't share with you right now, but it is suspicious right now," he said shortly after the fire was knocked down.
FOX 11

SoCal Hospitals Preparing For Possible Coronavirus Cases
So far, there are two confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Southern California. One in Los Angeles County and the other in Orange County. Doctors at local hospitals say they're preparing to screen for the virus and handle cases if necessary. "Our staff is well equipped to handle them as they come in through the triage area," said Kristi Ann Parral, head of the emergency care department at Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange. "They're screening them, asking them questions and then as needed we will put them in isolation." At this hospital, they have designated an isolation room and will also set up isolation areas for any infected patient's relatives and close contacts. "We will have an outside tent if needed," Parral said. "And the reason for that is to cohort patients and family members if they have any like symptoms."

Local Government News

L.A. Considers Bold Makeover For Hollywood Boulevard: Fewer Cars, Bike Lanes, Wider Sidewalks
Though its terrazzo sidewalks and bronze inlaid stars show off the glitz of Los Angeles to the world, the Hollywood Walk of Fame often feels decidedly short on glamour of its own. That may change under a new makeover proposed for the iconic boulevard. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell unveiled a 90-page concept Thursday aimed at creating a less gritty, more welcoming atmosphere for the millions of tourists who visit the Walk of Fame each year. The initial proposal draws inspiration from world-class streets across the world, including the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. That could be achieved in Hollywood, too, the plan says, with wider sidewalks, more shade trees, more space for sidewalk dining — and far less space for drivers. “The boulevard hasn't reached its full potential — not by a long shot,” said O'Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood.
Los Angeles Times

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