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February 6, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Alabama Officer Fatally Shot, Man Charged With Murder
An Alabama police officer was shot to death in an ambush while assisting other officers during a vehicle pursuit, a mayor said Wednesday, and a suspect was charged with capital murder. Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock told a news conference that officer Nick O'Rear was killed in a confrontation that authorities said began on Interstate 65 around 10 p.m. Tuesday. O'Rear was assisting officers from another department with a pursuit when the driver shot him, the mayor said. Ellerbrock described the slaying as an ambush but declined to go into details. The state will investigate, he said. O'Rear had been with the department about a year. He was the father of two children, and another on the way, Ellerbrock said. “It's a sad day. It's a horrible day,” he said. Members of O'Rear's family were present during the news conference.
Associated Press

Florida Trooper Killed In Shooting

A stranded motorist fatally shot a Florida Highway Patrol trooper alongside Interstate 95 on Wednesday before he was killed by a passing police officer, the agency said. Trooper Joseph Bullock, 42, died in a shooting about 10:15 a.m. near Palm City, about a 45-minute drive north of West Palm Beach, said Col. Gene Spaulding, the agency's commander. He said a passing police officer from Riviera Beach fatally shot the suspect, whose name has not been released. Riviera Beach is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Palm City. Officials declined to say why the officer was in the area.
Associated Press

Arrest Made After Man Killed In Hit-and-Run Crash In South LA

A person was arrested after a man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning, police said. The hit-and-run crash occurred at approximately 1 a.m. near the area of Hill Street and W. Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles police said. Paramedics and police arrived to the scene and found the man dead on the road. Investigators believe the man was trying to get into his vehicle when he was struck. The vehicle involved in the crash, a Toyota Prius, was abandoned by the driver and located a few blocks from the crash scene. It was seen with extensive front end damage. Police detained a person and later made an arrest. The victim was not immediately identified.

FBI Searches San Pedro Home In Connection With 1996 Disappearance Of Kristin Smart

Authorities Wednesday searched a San Pedro home in connection with the mysterious Northern California disappearance of 19-year-old Kristin Smart back in 1996. An FBI spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 that it was assisting the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office with the search of a home in the 900 block of West Upland Avenue. A man who lives in the home, 43-year-old Paul Flores, is believed to be the last person who saw Smart alive. The search warrant was one of four served by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday. Two others were in San Luis Obispo County and the fourth was in Washington state, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The sheriff's office did not disclose why it was searching a San Pedro home and what it was hoping to find, except to say that it was looking for “specific items of evidence.”

Man Charged With Pimping 15-Year-Old Girl In LA And OC

Felony charges were filed Wednesday against a 29-year-old man accused of pimping a 15-year-old runaway girl in Los Angeles and Orange County. Andra Ali Moton was charged with human trafficking of a victim younger than 18, pimping for a prostitute younger than 16, pandering with a minor younger than 16, attempting pimping and pandering. The victim's mother called police Oct. 26, saying her daughter ran away and was believed to be working as a prostitute, according to court papers. An undercover investigator with Anaheim police tracked her down, contacted her via text message and met her at a motel. She told the investigator she met Moton in San Bernardino and he would drive her to Los Angeles and Orange County to work as a prostitute, according to court papers. The investigator, posing as a prostitute, contacted Moton and offered to work with him, the court papers allege. The investigator set up a meeting at a motel in Stanton, where Moton was arrested.

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Man Charged In Malibu Murder

A judge refused Wednesday to throw out the case against a man indicted for the killing of a research scientist from Irvine, who was shot while camping with his two young daughters in Malibu Creek State Park. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo rejected the defense's request to dismiss charges against Anthony Rauda, 43, who is awaiting trial on charges of murdering 35-year-old Allergan scientist Tristan Thomas Beaudette. He was shot about 4:45 a.m. on June 22, 2018, while sharing a tent with his then 2- and 4-year-old daughters, who escaped injury. Rauda is also is also facing 10 counts of attempted murder -- Beaudette's daughters are among the named victims -- along with five counts of second-degree commercial burglary involving a series of crimes dating back three years.

Detectives Link 2 Unsolved Pasadena Killings To Feuds Within Local Gang

Beneath the street lights of a Pasadena residential area, on the evening of Feb. 28, 2013, a shooter walked up to Tyrone English, 35, and fatally shot him multiple times, “execution style,” before running away. Two and a half years later, on Aug. 21, 2015, Monte Russell, 38, had stepped out of a Pasadena barbershop with a new haircut when an assailant pulled a gun on Russell and fired several shots. The suspect drove away in a gray four-door 2015 Dodge Charger, while Russell lay dying in the barbershop's parking lot along East Washington Boulevard. Pasadena police homicide detectives announced Tuesday that new information has led them to believe that both shootings are tied to separate internal feuds within a local street gang, the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods, breathing new life into the investigations of the unsolved killings. The police department had previously announced in September 2019 that detectives had learned English, a resident of Monrovia, had been targeted by the Denver Lane Bloods.
Los Angeles Daily News

Former California State Prosecutor Convicted Of Child Porn Charge

A federal judge on Wednesday convicted Raymond Liddy, a onetime prosecutor with the state attorney general's office and the son of the man who orchestrated the Watergate break-in, of possessing child pornography, following a non-jury trial in San Diego federal court that lasted 2½ days. U.S. Dist. Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo, who presided over the trial, scheduled Liddy's sentencing for May 1. He faces up to 10 years maximum in federal prison, but could also get far less time in custody. Liddy was arrested July 25, 2017, by FBI agents who had searched his home in Coronado, Calif. They had gone there after multiple internet service providers contacted a national tip line saying a user had uploaded images that appeared to be child pornography. Those tips were forwarded to a law enforcement task force charged with investigating online crimes against children.
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

5 People Sickened In LA Measles Outbreak; Patients Visited Dozens Of West LA Stores
Health officials Wednesday were warning the public about five measles patients who visited dozens of restaurants and stores across West Los Angeles last week while they were contagious. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that four local residents contracted the disease from an unimmunized international traveler. Last month, the health department had issued a warning about a measles patient who flew into L.A. International Airport on Jan. 12 and later visited a CVS Pharmacy in Brentwood. The health department provided a full list of all the places which were visited by the measles patients while they were infected. Those locations and dates are listed below. L.A. County was also hit with a measles outbreak last year. In 2019, there were 34 total measles cases: 20 among residents and another 14 from visitors who were just passing through. Most of the patients were not immunized, the health department said.

Local Government News

LA City Council Passes Hate Crime Prevention Legislation
The Los Angeles City Council is taking action against hate crimes. Members passed on Wednesday a Public Safety Committee report which instructs the Los Angeles Police Department to take steps to protect vulnerable institutions, including synagogues and other cultural centers, from hate-motivated crimes. The move comes after an LAPD report showed that hate crimes are up in the city for the fourth year in a row. “We will not give in to fear or cynicism,” Ryu said in a statement. “We will not accept this as the new normal. We will stand together, across communities and across neighborhoods, as one of the most diverse cities on Earth and make Los Angeles a national leader in hate crime prevention. This legislation is the first step in ensuring that our city is prepared and our communities are protected.” The legislation began with a motion introduced by councilmembers David Ryu, Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield.

LA City Council District 12 Election Forum Planned – And We Need Your Questions For The Candidates

The LA Daily News is teaming up with de Toledo High School in West Hills and the League of Women Voters-Los Angeles, to present a townhall-style candidates forum focusing on the race to fill northwest San Fernando Valley's LA City Council seat, up for grabs on March 3. But we need your help. We're looking for your questions on the key issues affecting Council District 12, which includes North Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, West Hills and Granada Hills. What answers do you want from L.A. City Councilman John Lee, who is looking to defend his recently won seat, and from challenger Loraine Lundquist? While we can't guarantee we'll ask all of your questions (we've only got 90 minutes), we'll do the best we can at the forum — at 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at the school's campus, 22622 Vanowen St., in West Hills. Send your questions to
Los Angeles Daily News

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