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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 12, 2020
Law Enforcement News

New Jersey Officer Rushes Unresponsive Baby To Hospital In Patrol Car, Saves Child's Life
A Hackensack police officer saved a child having a seizure on Tuesday after he loaded his patrol car to rush the child to a hospital, authorities said. Officer Mark Carillo arrived at a city residence seconds after a 911 call reported a 1-year-old who was turning blue, with her eyes rolling into the back of her head, Hackensack Police Capt. Darrin DeWitt said in a statement. The girl’s body was limp and unresponsive to Carillo’s attempts to revive her, DeWitt said. Not wanting to wait for the ambulance, Carillo decided to do the transport himself, and raced the ailing child to a local hospital in his patrol car - lights flashing and sirens blaring. The child was treated at the hospital and is now recovering from the illness, which was not disclosed in the police statement. “Police understand there is nothing more precious than life and...Carillo showed compassion and concern for that family,” said DeWitt.

Double Shooting Leaves Woman Dead In Woodland Hills
A woman was killed and a man was hospitalized after gunshots rang out in a quiet Woodland Hills neighborhood early Thursday morning, police said. Arriving first responders called to the scene found the couple, who each suffered at least one gunshot wound, in front of their home just before 1:05 a.m. in the 23100 block of Gainford Street, located near the intersection of Avenue San Luis and Mulholland Drive. Despite lifesaving efforts, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The man who suffered at least one gunshot wound to his face was rushed to a local hospital. He is expected to survive, officials said. Witnesses said they believe the couple was targeted for a reason that has not been disclosed. 

Stolen Land Rover Flips On Side, Trapping Suspect After DTLA Police Chase
A chase of a stolen Land Rover ended when the suspect crashed and flipped the vehicle on its side, trapping him and a female passenger inside near South Los Angeles Tuesday night. The vehicle flipped onto its side on the Slauson Avenue exit of the southbound 110 Freeway. A driver could be seen leaning out the window, struggling to exit the vehicle. Officers waited a safe distance away until firefighters arrived with tools to cut the suspect out of the vehicle. The incident began with a report of a stolen vehicle in the downtown Los Angeles area. The suspect led police through downtown onto the 110, then exited at Figueroa before returning to the freeway. Finally he apparently lost control of the vehicle, possibly on rain-slicked roads, and flipped it on its side. Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and then cut it open to extricate the driver and female passenger. The woman reportedly told firefighters she was pregnant.

Grandfather On Jog Attacked, Stabbed By Homeless Man In Studio City
A 70-year-old grandfather jogging along the Los Angeles River in Studio City says he was followed and stabbed by a homeless man Sunday morning. Leonardo Di Pierre said he was jogging near Whitsett Avenue and Ventura Boulevard around 8:30 a.m. when he noticed a homeless man was following him, so he walked to the parking lot of of a nearby Christian Science Church to try and get help. Di Pierre did not find anyone in the area. That’s when, he says, the homeless man attacked him from behind, beat him in the head and shoulders, and stabbed him several times, perforating his lung. Then, the attacker ran off screaming about God. The grandfather, who is a mortgage broker, was released from the hospital Monday and will survive.

Sheriff’s Detectives Search For Missing L.A. Man, 47
Sheriff’s detectives asked for public help to find a 47-year-old man who went missing Wednesday from his residence in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County near the Florence area. Rodrigo Frias-Martinez was last seen about 7 a.m. in the 7800 block of Crocket Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s department. Frias-Martinez is Hispanic. He stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds, the department reported. He has brown eyes and brown, shoulder-length hair. He was last seen wearing a green short-sleeve shirt, the department said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff’s Missing Persons unit at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Feds Arrest 27 In L.A. County, 500 Nationwide Tied To Powerful Cartel
Federal agents arrested more than two dozen members of one of Mexico’s largest drug-trafficking cartels in Los Angeles County this week – part of a nationwide crackdown on the gang responsible for smuggling vast quantities of methamphetamines, heroin and fentanyl into this country, authorities said on Wednesday. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said the U.S.-based members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG, sent back machine guns they purchased in America to their bosses across the border, contributing to continuing violence in Mexico. More than 500 CJNG members were arrested across the U.S. in the last week during a six-month investigation the agency calls “Project Python,” the DEA said during a downtown Los Angeles press conference. Agents investigated the gang with the help of wiretaps and undercover operatives. Among those were 27 in L.A. County, some as recently as a few hours before the announcement. DEA agents had served search warrants at multiple L.A. County locations, including in Sun Valley and North Hollywood, starting late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

He Tracked Terrorists For The FBI. Now His Job Is To Stop School Shooters And Teen Suicides.
In February 2018, a 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in the bathroom of a middle school in Massillon, Ohio. When police checked the student’s cell phone, they found notes that indicated he had planned a mass shooting at the school. It was the latest in a disturbing spate of incidents that rocked the local community and put law enforcement on edge. Between August 2017 and March 2018, 12 teenagers in the broader area killed themselves. That’s a suicide rate more than seven times the national average for 10 to 19-year-olds, and more than 11 times the number of child and teen suicides the area had in past years. The incidents prompted officials of the 6,000-student district to take a hard look at the way their schools operated, and to find ways to better monitor both student mental health and possible outside threats. They brought in David Morgan, a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to oversee that effort. 

Public Safety News

L.A. County Health Officials Report First Coronavirus-Related Death
A woman has become the first person in Los Angeles County to die of COVID-19, health officials announced Wednesday. The patient, a woman over the age of 60, was not a local resident. She had recently been on a long flight layover in South Korea, had traveled extensively and was visiting someone in L.A. County when she became sick, L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. In a phone interview with KCAL9, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city is in a critical time period for being able to push back on the continued spread of the virus. “I believe in this city strongly — whether it’s through fires or earthquakes — this is a very resilient city, but unlike the recent fires, the first responders aren’t just the professionals who work in government, they’re all of us,” he said. “And right now is a critical period for us that, literally what we do… that can help push out the cases to a number of days or even weeks.”

Local Government News

City Council Cancels Committee Meetings For March, Limits Full Council Meetings Due To Coronavirus
Responding to the coronavirus, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez Wednesday canceled all committee meetings for the rest of the month, and also limited the full council to meeting only on Tuesdays during March. In a letter to her council colleagues, Martinez said the action is being taken "in order to conduct our city business with utmost caution" in response to the coronavirus. The full council normally meets three times a week -- on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Under Martinez's direction, however, the council this month will meet only on March 17, 24 and 31. She said all council honorary presentations have been canceled for the rest of the month, and she asked that the number of city staff be limited in the Council Chamber during meetings.

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