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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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February 3, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Execution Set For Man In Slayings Of 3 Police Officers
An Alabama man convicted of killing three police officers in 2004 is set to be executed next month, state judges ordered. Nathaniel Woods is scheduled to be executed by injection on March 5 at a south Alabama prison, the court said Thursday. Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder for the 2004 killings of Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley A. Chisolm III and Charles R. Bennett. Spencer was also sentenced to death for the killings. Prosecutors said the officers were gunned down in an ambush as they tried to serve a misdemeanor warrant on Woods at a home where he and Spencer sold crack cocaine. “By the time help arrived, the other three officers were dead. Officer Bennett was discovered with a smoking hole in his face, and Officers Owen and Chisolm were found in the apartment. Each had died from multiple gunshot wounds," the Alabama attorney general's office said in a request to schedule the execution date.
Associated Press

LAPD Officers Hurt After Auto Theft Suspect Runs Red Light During Pursuit In Florence: Police
A person suspected of driving a stolen vehicle ran a red light while being chased by officers in South L.A.'s Florence neighborhood, striking a police vehicle that was not involved in the pursuit, officials said Saturday. The officers in the patrol vehicle were taken to the hospital in unknown condition after the collision, while the suspect was taken into custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The agency did not specify how many officers were injured. Sky5 video at around 11 p.m. Friday showed a police SUV on San Pedro and 76th streets with significant damages to its front left corner. Nearby, two individuals lay facing the ground with their arms and legs stretched out as surrounding officers pointed their weapons at them. LAPD only confirmed one suspect in the incident. The agency did not say whether any civilians were injured.

LAPD Commissioners Discuss Harbor Area Crime, Gangs And Homelessness At San Pedro Meeting
Gang- and homeless-related crimes rose last year in the Harbor Area, making those a focus for allocating resources within the Los Angeles Police Department throughout 2020. That message was among those delivered Thursday night, Jan. 30, by commanding officers during a traveling meeting of the LAPD's commission, held in San Pedro. The department's 2019 crime stats showed an overall reduction in crime citywide, said Chief Michel Moore. But there were increases in aggravated assaults and gang crime in the Harbor Area. “Our goal this year is to make sure we target that,” said Deputy Chief Regina Scott of the South Bureau, which includes Harbor Division. “We definitely want to see a reduction in gang crime.” The department, she said, will increase the numbers of gang units in the Harbor Area in 2020, with a goal of identifying gang members. Resources to help young people resist or get out of gangs will be among the goals, according to Scott.
Los Angeles Daily News

METH MAYHEM: L.A. Homeless Meth Addiction Epidemic Fueled By CJNG Drug Cartel, Enabled By Prop 47, DEA Says
The meth addiction epidemic gripping the homeless community on the streets of Los Angeles is being fueled by Mexico's Jaliso New Generation Cartel (CJNG), and is being enabled by California's Prop 47, the DEA said in an explosive interview with FOX 11. And in a growing sign that the crisis is spiraling out of control, one prominent local homeless advocate tells FOX 11 he believes FEMA and the National Guard need to be called in to assist. “CJNG, probably the most prolific cartel in Mexico right now as far as perpetrating violence and trafficking and drugs, huge influence on those of us in California,” said Bill Bodner, Special Agent in Charge of DEA Los Angeles. “They're pushing the drugs that are coming into the community here, they're responsible for part of the homelessness.” Bodner is the top dog at DEA LA, responsible for overseeing operations at 14 different DEA offices, and capturing CJNG's leader his office's number one priority. His name is Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, also known as “El Mencho”, and the DEA has a $10 million reward for any information that leads to his arrest.
FOX 11

SWAT Team Surrounds Boyle Heights House, Arrests 2 Suspects

A Los Angeles police SWAT team surrounded a Boyle Heights house Saturday evening after a report of two people barricaded inside, including a woman with a gun, authorities said. The incident was reported just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of Grande Vista Avenue and Atlantic Street, according to a desk officer in the LAPD Operations Center. It was reported that someone ran into the house after the woman with the gun, he said. A man was seen on KNBC4 running out of the house and away from the scene. Both suspects were in custody by 9 p.m., Officer D. Orris in the Operations Center said. Details of their arrests were not available, neither were there identities.

Hollywood Blvd Shut Down Overnight As Man Climbs Scaffolding, Threatens To Jump In Bizarre LAPD Standoff
A busy stretch of Hollywood Boulevard was shut down for hours overnight Friday as authorities tried to coax a man who was threatening to jump off a scaffolding outside of the Dolby Theater. The street was closed off between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive around 4:30 p.m. after the shirtless man was found about 30 feet above the ground, moving precariously along the scaffolding, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The sidewalks were also closed off for pedestrians. Rescue air cushions and several ladders were set up, but the man appeared to continue to evade authorities by moving away when they tried to approach him. It's unclear why he climbed up the structure. Believing that the might might jump, crisis negotiators were brought in to talk him down.

Suspect In Custody Following Police Pursuit In San Fernando Valley
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a man accused of leading officers on a pursuit through the San Fernando Valley at high-speeds. Officers say the chase began around 9:30 a.m. when officers tried to pull the vehicle over at Glenoaks Blvd. and Cabrini Dr. in Burbank. The suspect refused to pull over and a chase ensued. SkyFOX overhead captured the suspect driving up to 70 mph on surface streets in Reseda. The car being chased, a black Mercedes-Benz, was seen weaving in and out of traffic along surface streets in Encino, Van Nuys, and Sherman Oaks. The driver is believed to be a burglary suspect, it is not known if they are armed. It appears the pursuit came to a halt after the suspect pulled into a parking garage at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. A suspect was detained a few miles from the scene Friday afternoon and taken into custody. 
FOX 11

Police Seek Public's Help Finding Missing Devonshire Man
Police asked for the public's help Saturday morning in finding a missing man. Garo Garabedian is possibly driving a blue 2018 Dodge Challenger, according to Officer Troy Pearson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Area Station. A detailed description of Garabedian, including his age, height, weight, eye and hair color and clothing, was not available. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Garabedian was asked to call police at 1-888-275-5273.

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