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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 9, 2020
Law Enforcement News

FBI Agent Shot, Kentucky Constable Arrested In Ongoing Corruption Probe
An FBI agent serving a federal arrest warrant in Kentucky was treated at a hospital Friday after being wounded in a shooting, authorities said. Agents were attempting to arrest two county constables in Pulaski County when the shooting occurred, according to news reports. A suspect wounded in the shooting was in stable condition on Friday, and the agent had been released from the hospital, the FBI said. The FBI has not identified the agents or the suspects, but an attorney, Robert Norfleet, told media outlets that his client, Constable Mike “Wally” Wallace, was arrested Friday morning. Constables are elected positions in Kentucky and are able to make arrests and serve warrants.

Woman Shot And Killed After Argument In Harbor Gateway
A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed following an argument and physical altercation in the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday night, authorities said. Officers responded to the 500 block of 127th Street after getting reports of a shooting around 11:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. The woman was found unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in the courtyard of an apartment complex. She was later pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation found that the woman had been involved in a physical altercation with at least one person in the parking lot of a nearby business, Capt. Emada Tingirides said. The altercation then at some point moved to the courtyard, where the victim was shot multiple times, the captain said. Two people wearing black hoodies were seen running away from the scene of the shooting, according to police. Police urged any witnesses with information about the killing to call homicide detectives at 323-786-5102.

Hit-and-Run Driver Sought In Koreatown Crash That Left Man Hospitalized
Los Angeles traffic detectives were searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously hurt a man Sunday in Koreatown. The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. on Ardmore Avenue, LAPD West traffic detectives said. According to police, a vehicle exiting westbound from a private parking lot on Ardmore Avenue north of Sixth Street hit a man in his 30s walking north on a sidewalk on Ardmore, police said. The vehicle was described as a white four-door sedan. After the crash, the driver fled the scene westbound on Sixth. Paramedics responded to the scene and took the man to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, the LAPD reported. A reward of up to $50,000 from the city fund is available to anyone who can provide information leading to the driver's identity, arrest and conviction or civil resolution, police said.

Teenager Arrested For Alleged Criminal Threat Against Porter Ranch Community School
A teenager was arrested for allegedly making a criminal threat against a Porter Ranch school, police said Thursday. Los Angeles police's Major Crimes Unit was notified of the threat at Porter Ranch Community School and officers began investigating at about 4:20 p.m. The suspect was arrested based on an LAPD assessment. The teenager is being held at juvenile hall. Police are not disclosing the nature of the threat, and the identity of the suspect was not known. Porter Ranch Community School is set to open as usual Friday.

LAPD Seeks Woman Who Stole Wallet And Engagement Ring At Sherman Oaks Restaurant
Authorities sought public help Friday in their search for a woman suspected of stealing a woman’s wallet and engagement ring from the victim’s purse in a Sherman Oaks restaurant. Security images were circulated of the suspect, who committed the crime in the undisclosed restaurant on Jan. 14. “The female suspect subsequently used the victim’s credit cards from the wallet to make purchases at three different retail locations in Van Nuys, Northridge and Pacoima,” a police statement said. “In addition to the credit cards, the wallet also contained her family’s: diamond engagement ring, which was also stolen,” police said. “The suspect entered the restaurant while the victim was dining with other family members. The suspect sat behind the victim and reached in to her purse, which was hanging from the back of her chair and removed the wallet.” The suspect was described as black, 25-35 years of age, with the lower half of her hair dyed pink.

Up To 22 Cars Left With Smashed, Shattered Windows After Vandalism Spree In Canoga Park
Up to 22 cars were damaged in an apparent vandalism spree in the Canoga Park area overnight. Someone smashed windows and vandalized the parked cars along the 7900 block of De Soto Avenue near Ingomar Street early Friday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police initially reported 15 cars were damaged but later discovered more in the area. No arrests have been made in the incident and a description of the suspect was not available. The investigation was ongoing.

LA City Attorney Assigns Prosecutors To Tackle ‘Porch Pirates,’ And ‘Problematic’ Patrons At Libraries
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has assigned neighborhood prosecutors to tackle two persistent issues in the San Fernando Valley — theft of mail and packages from porches and “problematic patrons” at libraries. City attorneys already work out of local police stations to figure out solutions to a variety of neighborhood issues — such as vandalism and illegal dumping — that are lower priority crimes but may take time away from law enforcement who need to tackle more serious crime. But Feuer’s newly assigned prosecutors will spend their time specializing in five specific issues that have proved persistent around the city. In the San Fernando Valley, those issues appear to be “porch pirates” who abscond with packages left outside homes, and patrons who cause problems at local libraries. Prosecutors were also assigned to oversee strategies for homelessness at Union Stations and LAX, and to figure out a solution for a decades-old problem of trash being illegally dumped in South Los Angeles.

Missing 4-Year-Old Boy Found After Amber Alert Issued In Los Angeles County
A mother and her 4-year-old son who went missing Friday in the Lincoln Heights area were found safe this evening. An Amber Alert was issued in Los Angeles County Friday afternoon for Reynaldo Gonzalez after he was last seen riding in a silver Toyota 4-Runner with California license plate 7VGY615 about 7:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Gates Street, near North Mission Road, with his mother, 35-year-old Christina Gonzalez, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Further information was not released.

Public Safety News

Health Officials Prep For Possible Coronavirus Outbreak Among LA's Homeless Population
The streets of Southern California could become one of the new front lines in the fight to contain coronavirus. Public health officials and homeless advocates are taking swift action to protect an extremely vulnerable part of our population and prevent it from spreading. The risk of the illness spreading at a rapid place is much higher with masses of people living in close quarters in encampments and shelters. Basic hygiene and sanitation is always a pressing matter. “When you're on the streets where do you have the opportunity to wash your hands? Where do you have the opportunity to even use adequate public toilet facilities? There's only 16 public toilets for thousands upon thousands of people who are on the streets,” said Union Rescue Mission CEO Rev. Andy Bales. Bales, who lost his leg to infection while helping the needy on LA's Skid Row, knows the dangers all too well. When it comes to coronavirus, Bales said they're bracing for every scenario.

As Coronavirus Spreads, Warnings Become More Urgent For The Elderly And Frail
As public health officials move to confront the coronavirus, they are targeting their most urgent messages to the elderly and frail who are at greatest risk from COVID-19. California officials have been urging that group to avoid large public gathering, travel and events. The Santa Clara city library is canceling all programs for the upcoming week, and most programs at the senior center. San Jose’s senior meals program will transition to a boxed to-go pick-up format. On Sunday, federal officials reiterated that message. “If you are an elderly person with an underlying condition, if you get infected, the risk of getting into trouble is considerable. So it’s our responsibility to protect the vulnerable,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on NBC’s Meet the Press. “When I say protect, I mean right now. Not wait until things get worse. Say no large crowds, no long trips. And above all, don’t get on a cruise ship.”

Local Government News

LA City Council Considers Giving 60 Beds To Echo Park Homeless
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell introduced a motion Friday to have 60 temporary shelter beds delivered to Echo Park Lake by early spring and to provide storage facilities and other assistance to the park's homeless population. "This crisis is a call to action for all Angelenos,'' O'Farrell said. "As we address this urgent priority to find safe, temporary shelter and permanent housing, we are expanding on some immediate solutions in the Echo Park Lake area. I look forward to our continued collaboration on short-term and long-term solutions to help people get back on their feet and live healthy, fulfilling lives." O'Farrell's motion to address the situation at Echo Park Lake consists of conducting a day on which to connect homeless people to service providers, weekly scheduled maintenance of the area, staffing restroom facilities on the park's north side at all hours, providing a mobile hygiene unit with showers four days a week, funding a safe storage unit nearby, continuing education and outreach of park rules to all users, and activating a 60-bed interim emergency shelter in the area.

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