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February 11, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Gunman Killed After Shooting 2 Arkansas Police Officers
Two police officers were wounded and a gunman was killed Monday morning in an exchange of gunfire at a Walmart store in Forrest City in eastern Arkansas, authorities said. Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said one of the officers was taken to a hospital about 45 miles (70 kilometers) to the east in Memphis where he was in surgery, and the initial prognosis is “he's going to be OK.” The officers responded to the Walmart after someone called police to report a man who was making threats and was “kind of talking out of his head” Lee said at a news conference Monday afternoon. Lee identified the injured officers as Lt. Eric Varner and Detective Eugene Watlington. Both are assigned to the criminal investigation department and neither was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, Lee said. The mayor heaped praise on the officers.
Associated Press

At Least 3 Men Wounded In Hyde Park Drive-By Shooting
At least three men were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles Monday morning. The shooting occurred just after 8 a.m. at the intersection of Crenshaw and Hyde Park boulevards, the Los Angeles Police Department reports. A witness told police the victims were standing up against the wall of a donut shop when a car carrying two people drove up and eight or nine gunshots were fired. Three men were rushed to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The men are between the ages of 20 and 30. Two of the men were conscious and breathing as they were being transported by ambulance, police said. Investigators are unsure if there is a fourth victim. “The shooting is concerning because of the time of day, kids were on their way to school, and things of that nature, so it's very concerning for us,” LAPD Capt. Al Neal said. “We're going to make sure we do everything we can to take these suspects into custody.”

High-Speed Pursuit Suspect Escapes Police In Taxi At Commerce Casino
Police released surveillance video on Friday of a suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase on Southern California streets last month and escaped in a taxi. The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video on Friday showing the suspect evading police after the pursuit. The pursuit, which happened Jan. 31, involved a suspected stolen vehicle. The chase began in downtown Los Angeles and made its way through the 134, 210 and 605 freeways. The dark-colored Honda was seen driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour. The chase ended at the Commerce Casino where the driver abandoned the vehicle and walked into the building with other guests. Video shows the suspect make his way out of the building where a taxi cab was parked outside. The suspect then gets into the backseat and leaves moments later.

LAPD Searching For Women Who Left Man's Home With Expensive Watches Before He Was Found Unconscious
Detectives are searching for two women who left a man's Beverly Grove home with expensive watches before he was found unconscious and in serious condition, the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday. The women met the victim and his friend at an "exclusive" West Los Angeles restaurant around 9:35 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019, LAPD said in a news release. All four then left the restaurant together and went to the victim's home in the 6500 block of Lindenhurst Avenue, where the women mixed some alcoholic drinks for the men, police said. One woman was described as being blonde and police said the other was wearing a red wig. The men had the drinks before the woman in the wig and the victim's friend went outside the home, leaving the victim alone with the blonde woman. The woman then said she needed to use the restroom and walked back into the house. After some time, the victim's friend went into the home to check on her and discovered that both women were gone.

Man Wanted In Violent Purse-Snatching Caught On Video In Las Vegas Is Arrested In Downtown L.A.
A man accused of attacking an older woman inside a Las Vegas elevator before running off with her purse was arrested this week in Los Angeles, officials confirmed to KTLA Friday. Authorities had been searching for 43-year-old James Moore since Jan. 28, when he was identified as a suspect in the caught-on-video robbery that occurred two weeks before, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan police. Around 9:20 a.m. on Jan. 15, Moore and the victim — described by police as an "elderly woman" — were in an elevator on the 300 block of Fremont Street, near the Golden Nugget and Fremont Street Experience. As the lift doors opened, Moore put the woman in a headlock and threw her to the floor, according to investigators. The man identified as Moore proceeded to punch the woman in the face multiple times before wrangling away her purse and fleeing, the video shows.

Ex-Boyfriend Convicted Of Killing Cal State Northridge Student And Her New Boyfriend
A 28-year-old man was convicted Monday of murdering his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend in her Winnetka-area apartment. Jurors deliberated for roughly three hours before finding Brian Anthony Gonzales guilty of killing 22-year-old Cal State Northridge student Emily Fox and Jerrad Scott, 24, of La Mesa, on Jan. 17, 2016. The panel also found true special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a kidnapping and multiple murders, as well as a gun allegation. Gonzales is expected to be ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set for June 4. Prosecutors decided earlier not to seek the death penalty. Prosecutors said Gonzales confronted the victims in a hallway of the apartment building in the 7600 block of Oso Avenue where Fox lived. Scott tried to escape while Fox dialed 911, but Gonzales chased Scott down, brought him back to the scene at gunpoint and killed both of them.

Ex-NFL Player Accused Of Killing His Mom In L.A. Declared Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity
On a late April evening almost three years ago, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call in the Windsor Hills neighborhood. They found Alecia Benson on her back inside a well-kept home, battered, unconscious and gasping for air. Her only child, former NFL player De'von Hall, smoked a cigarette in the middle of the street outside. He fought three deputies who tried to handcuff him before being restrained and, days later, was charged with murdering his mother with his bare hands. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Lauren Weis Bernstein declared Hall not guilty by reason of insanity during a hearing last week. The defense and prosecution stipulated to the change of plea based on reports by doctors from both sides, according to a district attorney's spokesman.

Former NoHo Teacher's Aide Sentenced To 8 Years For Sexual Abuse
A former teacher's assistant at a North Hollywood elementary school was sentenced Monday to eight years in state prison for sexually abusing six female students. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eric Harmon also ordered Lino Cabrera, who worked in a computer lab at Oxnard Street Elementary School, to register as a sex offender for life. Cabrera, 27, of San Fernando, pleaded no contest in January to one felony count each of continuous sexual abuse and committing a lewd act on a child under 14, along with four misdemeanor counts of child molestation, in exchange for the negotiated sentence. The Los Angeles Police Department's Sexually Exploited Child Unit determined there were at least six victims, ages 10 and 11. Prosecutors said the lewd conduct occurred from September 2016 and last May.
Los Angeles Daily News

Husband Hunts Down Wife's Killer After Corona Hit-and-Run
A husband on a mission to find the driver who hit and killed his wife and mother of eight children may have found the killer on his own, Corona police said. Brenda Richardson was killed when a white Lexus hit her motorcycle on River Road in Corona Wednesday, police said. Richardson was thrown 30 feet from her motorcycle and taken to the hospital where she died Thursday. Rod Richardson said the grief of losing his wife and mother of his children was overwhelming. "When you have your older kids falling on the ground crying cause they have no control," said Rod Richardson "Your younger kids waking you up in the middle of the night saying they missed her, it's a lot." Rod Richardson knew he had to do something so he went to look for the Lexus that hit his wife. Eventually he ended up at intersection where the hit-and-run occurred and he saw a gated entrance of an apartment complex nearby. "Something was on my heart, tugging me, saying you need to go in," said Rod Richardson. As soon as he got into the complex he saw the car.

In Two-Month Operation, Coast Guard Crews Seize $338 Million In Cocaine
The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday offloaded about 20,000 pounds of smuggled cocaine worth roughly $338 million at a naval base in San Diego. The haul represented eight stops by four Coast Guard cutter crews along known drug routes at sea. From mid-November to mid-January, crews stopped and boarded boats off the west coast of Mexico, Central America and South America, seizing thousands of pounds of cocaine. The work was in support of Campaign Martillo, which the Coast Guard said in a news release announcing the hauls was a regional initiative that targeted trafficking that threatened “security and prosperity at the national, regional, and international levels.” 
Los Angeles Times

Public Safety News

Firefighters Extinguish Van Nuys Apartment Blaze
An electrical fire that began outside an apartment building in Van Nuys spread into one unit Tuesday morning before firefighters extinguished the flames. Crews responded to 6851 Sepulveda Blvd., north of Vanowen Street, about 5 a.m., and saw heavy fire coming from one unit of the three-story complex, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The address corresponds to the Sherman Pointe Apartments. “This was an exterior fire at an electrical panel that extended into one unit,” Stewart said. The fire did not spread “beyond the one unit on the first floor,” she said. A total of 26 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, and a knockdown was declared at 5:24 a.m., Stewart said. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.
Los Angeles Daily News

LAFD To Acquire 1st Electric Fire Engine In North America
After taking the world's first fully electric fire truck for a spin two months ago, the Los Angeles Fire Department said Monday it will buy one of its own. That will make LAFD the first fire agency in North America and third in the world to have an electric engine in its fleet, according to Chief Ralph Terrazas. “The electric fire engine is an innovative tool that will help reduce noise and harmful diesel emissions while providing a flexible tool for firefighting and rescue operations from a technologically advanced platform,” Terrazas said in a statement. Developed by Austrian firm Rosenbauer, the new rig will be based on the Concept Fire Truck (CFT) prototype that Terrazas test drove late last year. It will be custom made to fit LAFD's needs, as well as safety standards set by the National Fire Protection Association. LAFD expects it to arrive early next year, and the department plans to place it at Fire Station 82 in Hollywood.

Local Government News

L.A. Is Radically Altering The Way We Vote. Get Ready For Big Changes, Possible Problems
Voters are about to get their first peek at the future of balloting in Los Angeles County, where officials have spent years building a new voting system. As next month's presidential primary election approaches, officials are putting the finishing touches on a $300-million overhaul of a system that hasn't had major upgrades in decades. Scrutiny and expectations will be high in the wake of the botched vote counting in the Iowa caucuses. While the changes run the gamut, from expanded voting schedules to modernized balloting devices, the most significant change will be apparent as soon as many residents go to vote. That's because the number of polling places has been dramatically reduced from the last presidential primary, from more than 4,500 to about 960. But while many voters will discover that their traditional polling place has closed, they will also have more voting options.
Los Angeles Times

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